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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Fun & Spooky Halloween Events

Be festive and have a "haunting" good time time at one of these great Halloween events happening around town this week:

“Spirits of Fort Lauderdale: Halloween at the Historic Stranahan House Museum”
October 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 ($30/person)
Travel back in time to experience a Victorian home funeral at the Historic Stranahan House (Go to stranahanhouse.org for more info).

“Croissant Park Neighborhood Halloween Party”
October 25, 4-6pm (FREE!)
Family activities, contests, prizes and food at Croissant Park (SW 4th Avenue & SW 17th Street).

“Family Fall Festival”
October 25 (FREE!)
Celebrate fall with a day for the whole family that includes hayrides, arts and crafts, face painting, pumpkin decorating and a costume contest at Mills Pond Park (Powerline Road & NW 9th Avenue).

“Trick or Treating on 2nd Street”
October 26, 1-5pm (FREE!)
An event with bounce houses, carnival games, and face painting at Esplanade Park (400 SW 2nd Street).

“The Signature Grand Ghoul Party”
October 27, 7-11pm ($100/person)
The Signature Grand (6900 W. State Road 84) will once again transform into a haunted nightspot for this annual Halloween tradition. (Go to 211-broward.org for more info.)

“Bass Park Spooky Halloween Dance Party”
October 30, 6:30-8:30pm (FREE!)
Children ages 5-11 (grades K-5) are invited to this fun event featuring games, craft projects, food, and music at Bass Park (2750 NW 19th Street).

“Trick or Treating at MODS”
October 31, 6-9pm ($12/child, $14/adult, $13/senior)
Come to the Museum of Discovery & Science (401 SW 2nd Street) dressed as your favorite children’s movie character and prizes will be awarded for best costumes throughout the night. Take pictures with Joey the Otter! (Go to mods.org for more info.)

Posted at 12:53:14 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Running Season Heats up in South Florida!

You can wear a costume and maybe even get half-dozen doughnuts! No, we’re not Trick-or-Treating early this year! It’s running season in South Florida! And as the weather begins to cool, “half-marathon season” heats up. Find out why race directors across the area are saying they are continuing to see an increase in the number of runners for the 13.1-mile races…

Overall, it appears the half-marathon distance is increasing in popularity because of it’s accessibility to a broad audience. With a little bit of training, almost anyone can walk or jog this middle distance. The trend is seeing a lot of 5K runners moving up to the longer distance as the 13.1 miles are still an achievable, realistic goal for many runners, as opposed to the more grueling full marathon. In addition, running, though always considered an individual sport, has also become more social, with people running in groups and participating in races for charities.

The season's first event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, with the Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon. About 1,600 people are expected to participate - many in costume! - showing an overall increase of 1,300 over last year’s race. The more casual atmosphere of the costumed run seems to foster a good time, with family and friends of the runners coming out to enjoy it, as well.

There’s also been an increase in race amenities. Everyone gets a finisher's medal and many races even feature a treat for each finisher, like a half-dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts! We think that would motivate us to finish!

Here is a list of the upcoming Half-Marathon Races throughout South Florida:

Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon and Freaky 4-Miler, 7 a.m. Oct. 25, Jungle Island, Miami; http://halloweenhalfmarathon.com/ or 561-241-3801

Sun Capital Partners Half Marathon and 5K, 6:30 a.m. Nov. 2, Spanish River Park, Boca Raton; RunnersEdgeBoca.com or 561-361-1950

Michelob Ultra 13.1 Marathon Fort Lauderdale and 5K, 6:35 a.m. Nov. 9, Southwest First Avenue and Southwest Second Street, Fort Lauderdale; 131Marathon.com or 305-278-8668

Palm Beach Marathon and Run Fest, 6:30 a.m. Dec. 7, downtown West Palm Beach; RunPalmBeaches.com or 561-833-3711

Run for Tomorrow Half-Marathon, 5K and 1-mile Family Walk, 6:20 a.m. Dec. 14, Weston Town Center; WestonRotary.com

A1A Marathon, Half Marathon and Kids' 1.2-mile Run, 6 a.m. Feb. 21, Fort Lauderdale Beach; A1AMarathon.com or 561-241-3801

So get out there and run! And if you need a little help getting started, check out this great post: http://www.halfmarathons.net/first-timers-guide-to-running-a-half-marathon/

Posted at 12:13:53 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Oct 13 to Oct 19)

Looking for something fun to do this week? We’re not just sun and sand here in Fort Lauderdale, there is so much more to do! Here are a few of our picks this week…

Leapin' Lizards! Annie, the world's best-loved musical has its much-anticipated return to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Avenue) October 7-19. Directed by original lyricist/director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Tickets are available for $34-114 and showtimes vary.

One of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 20th Century is set to take the stage at The Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Don’t miss Earth, Wind & Fire make their South Florida stop on their “Guiding Light Tour” on October 15th. The legendary American band has spanned musical genres from R&B and soul, to funk, jazz, disco and pop. Rolling Stone Magazine has described them as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and has also declared that the band "changed the sound” of pop music. The show starts at 7:00pm.

Just in time for Halloween, “Dracula Untold: An Imax ® Experience” will be presented at the Museum of Discovery & Science (401 SW 2nd Street) on October 17 at 10:00am. This thrilling saga explores the origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler, and depicting Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war. The horror tale takes place in Romania during the Turkish invasion as Vlad goes to great lengths to fight for his homeland and loved ones — even if it means selling his soul and becoming forever doomed as a creature of the night.

On October 18, the Historic Downtowner Restaurant (10 S. New River Drive) will host the “2nd Annual Craftoberfest”! From 1-10pm enjoy a Fort Lauderdale-style Bierfest on the beautiful New River and Riverwalk. Celebrate the fall season with German food specialties and a great selection of craft beer from local and national breweries. Listen to live music all day with Grindstone, Joel DiSilva and the Midnight Howl, and the Mr. Nice Guy Band. Prost!

The always exciting Las Olas Art Fair will be held October 18-19 from 10am-5pm along Las Olas Boulevard. The Art Fair is ranked as one of the top 100 art festivals in the nation and continues to be one of the most anticipated art events in the area. People come out yearly to see more than 150 artists display their work in what looks like a mini art gallery lined along the street. Meet the creators of the art on display; commission a specific piece; ask questions about techniques; learn the sources of their inspirations; and purchase fine works of art at affordable prices. No matter what you're looking for, you'll be sure to find it on Las Olas!

Be sure to continue checking in with us as we share the many events Fort Lauderdale has to offer. And to learn more about our great city - or for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at www.gayleborden.com or call The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.

Posted at 10:11:37 AM
Monday, September 29, 2014
Things to Do This Week in Fort Lauderdale (Sept 29 – October 5)

Looking for something fun to do this week? We’re not just sun and sand here in Fort Lauderdale, there is so much more to do! Music, film, ballet, family fun, there are many things from which to choose. Here are a few things happening this week:

On October 2, the legendary rock-blues band Chicago will take the stage to perform all of their American rock classics at The Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Hear them play some of their biggest hits like “25 or 6 to 4”, “So Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, “You’re the Inspiration”, “Hard Habit to Break”, “Saturday in the Park” and many, many, more. Tickets start at $40, which includes a $1 donation towards Chicago's charity. The show begins at 8:00pm.

Also on October 2, The Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale (One E. Las Olas Blvd.) will be presenting the Oscar-nominated film “The Color Purple”. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover). Admission is $10/person, which includes admission to the museum, and is free for members and NSU students and faculty. Showtimes are 11:15, 3:00, and 6:00. The film’s running time is154 minutes, and is Rated R. The museum requests that you please RSVP to moareservations@moafl.org.

October 3-5, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave) presents “Sesame Street Live – Make a New Friend!” No matter where you're from or where you've been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover's friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! Showtimes vary, and tickets range from $11 to $36.

October 3 – October 4, the Florida Grand Ballet Theater will present "An Evening at the Ballet". This annual gala performance will open the winter season, and features a sneak peek at upcoming new works. See the artists as they are showcased in classical pas de deux and new contemporary divertissement. Performances will be held in the Amaturo Theater of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Tickets are on sale for $35 and $45.

Though the South Florida temps in September & October may not always feel like Fall, you can still get into the spirit of the season by joining the Flamingo Road Nursery & Farmers Market (1655 S. Flamingo Road, Davie) for their 2014 “Fall Harvest Festival” now through November 2! Choose from the biggest and best pumpkins in the area. Other activities include: Pumpkin picking, Pumpkin and pot painting, photo ops with “Tow Mater” and “Herbie the Love Bug”, a Corn Kids Maze, authentic southern BBQ, live music and hayrides. Flamingo Road Nursery has premium fresh local produce, homegrown local honey, baked pies, jams and jellies, as well as Carmel apples, cider and popcorn. Everything you need to celebrate the fall!

And on October 5, legendary British rock guitarist Peter Frampton, will take the stage at the Hard Rick Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Best known for his live release “Frampton Comes Alive!”, which sold more than 6 million copies in the US alone and spawned several hits hits, his career has successfully spanned 4 decades and culminated in his recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets start at $49 and the show begins at 7:00pm.

Be sure to continue checking in with us as we share the many events Fort Lauderdale has to offer. And to learn more about our great city - or for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate - visit us at www.gayleborden.com or call The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.

Posted at 11:47:19 AM
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Major Development Planned at Fort Lauderdale’s Galleria Mall

A $1 billion neighborhood of homes, senior-living apartments and hotel rooms - including a 45-story tower that could become Fort Lauderdale's tallest building – has been proposed for the area surrounding the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall. The mall's owner, Keystone-Florida Property Holding Corp., announced plans recently to build seven new buildings surrounding the existing property and featuring 1,600 apartments/condos and 150 hotel rooms, connected by tree-lined streets, walkways and bike lanes in what the company calls a “walkable” community off of East Sunrise Boulevard. The plans submitted to the city's Department of Sustainable Development proposed the expansion on the 40 acres adjacent to the mall. The 45-story tower would stand on the eastern edge, containing luxury apartments/condos. At this height, it would be Fort Lauderdale's tallest building, rising three stories higher than the Las Olas River House. If the plan is approved by the city, construction would start in late 2015 and be completed in phases over seven years, according to mall executives.

The Galleria, first opened in the 1950s as an open-air venue called Sunrise Shopping Center, was enclosed in 1980 and is now home to approximately 100 retailers, anchored by Macy's, Dillard's and Neiman Marcus. It also features popular restaurants P.F. Chang's, The Capital Grille and Truluck's. But the mall lost two major national tenants in recent years when Lord & Taylor moved out in 2002 and Saks Fifth Avenue followed suit in 2008. It has since struggled to fill the large spaces they left behind. This proposed development will better position the Galleria in the retail industry, as retailers look for dense regions when choosing where to operate new locations.

Some residents of the area have expressed concerns about parking and additional traffic to an area that already sees heavy usage. Neighbors attended a meeting last week where project staff presented the plans to the community and responded to questions and concerns raised by residents. Many were concerned about the density of the project, the impact on the surrounding neighborhood, and the drastic changes that could accompany the development. Some parents also were concerned that additional residences may contribute to possible overcrowding at nearby schools. Mall representatives said they are conducting traffic studies and will continue to have community meetings to hear from neighbors and address their concerns.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler has said he has not yet seen the plans, but has spoken with the Developers and feels that the project would seem to benefit the community through new jobs and housing, as long as the Developers are able to address parking and traffic concerns. "Everything is about balance," he told the Sun Sentinel. "You can bring good projects in here and good development, but at the end of the day, you've got to maintain balance with quality of life. There's no reason to believe they're not going to make the necessary compromises to really present a first-class project in the city that also preserves our quality of life."

We’re looking forward to learning more about the project as it progresses through the planning stages and to see how it can improve the Galleria Mall and its surrounding areas, including its impact on the overall Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Market. We’ll keep our clients and readers updated as we hear more! Follow the Gayle Borden Real Estate Group blog to keep up with any news as we receive it. And for any information on any Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, contact us anytime by e-mail at gayle@gayleborden.com or by phone at 954-525-3355.

Posted at 12:45:51 PM
Friday, September 19, 2014
Celebrate Broward County's 100th Anniversary!

Mark your calendars and help Fort Lauderdale celebrate Broward County's 100th Anniversary! The Kickoff event for the year-long centennial celebration is a block party in downtown Fort Lauderdale on October 16, from 5-9pm. See below for a schedule of the evening's festivities and we hope to see you there!

Event Schedule

5 - 5:30 p.m.
Arrive, explore the children's plaza, the information/education booths and food trucks, music will be playing and a graffiti artist will be creating art on the Museum of Art plaza

6:10 - 6:30 p.m.
Speakers on Children’s Plaza

6:30 p.m.
John Wai Kung Fu Academy Lion Dance Performance Team will lead the public over to the areas where other activity is taking place -- Education Plaza, Entertainment Plaza, Museum of Art plaza and the Museum of Art Academy

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Children's Plaza entertainment continues

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Busker performing artists along Las Olas between 1st and 2nd Avenues

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Performers will be on the stage at the Entertainment plaza

More information about Broward 100 @ The Block Party can be found on the Broward 100 website.

Posted at 1:35:34 PM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Ft Lauderdale Neighborhood Spotlight: Rio Vista

Rio Vista is a beautiful tree-lined community adjacent to downtown Fort Lauderdale. Its name means "River View" in Spanish, and as you can expect, the sought-after neighborhood is nestled between the banks of both the New River and the Tarpon River, as they flow through the southeastern part of the city towards the Intracoastal. It is one of the oldest communities in Fort Lauderdale and, in addition to its shady tree-lined streets, features meandering sidewalks and plenty of unique architecture, both old and new.

At the close of World War I, Fort Lauderdale claimed approximately 2,000 residents. An era of prosperity in the early 1920’s, along with the proliferation of new modes of transportation, saw the city begin its transition from a mostly agricultural community to a full-fledged resort town. Residential areas began to develop along the New River, with the creation of neighborhoods like Rio Vista on the south bank and Colee Hammock on the north. The first plat of the area to the south of the river was recorded by Mary Brickell, the famous pioneer developer in Miami and now a major landholder in Fort Lauderdale, as well (she also owned much of the land in Colee Hammock and along Las Olas Boulevard). Upon her death, the land to the south was purchased by C.J. Hector, who began developing the area he dubbed “River View”. By February 1923, the Fort Lauderdale Herald newspaper (now the Sun Sentinel) reported that Rio Vista was booming, with over 5,000 feet of sidewalk laid and streetlights installed!

The land boom reached its peak by 1925, when Fort Lauderdale's population climbed to 16,000. The late 1920’s saw a series of unfortunate events plague the city, only to be followed by the start of the Great Depression, and then the onset of World War II later in the decade. It was after the war that Fort Lauderdale started seeing growth again when thousands of servicemen discovered the area with its pleasing climate and a chance to reasonably purchase land in a burgeoning community. Rio Vista development began anew, thus accounting for the eclectic architectural style that is incorporated in this picturesque community. You may find an original 1930’s Spanish Mediterranean design next to a 1940’s bungalow next to a modern estate; yet nothing seems out of place, lending to the distinct character of this charming neighborhood.

Today our beautiful city has a total population of close to 165,000 and Rio Vista is comprised of about 1000 homes. It is bordered by US 1 to the west, the Intracoastal to the east, SE 12th Street on the south (adjacent to the neighborhoods of Harbordale and Lauderdale Harbours) and, of course, the New River to the north. Though the interior of the neighborhood is very quiet and peaceful with no through traffic, the enviable location (close to downtown, commercial/retail areas, as well as offering quick and convenient access to major highways, airport, and Port Everglades) makes this waterfront neighborhood one of the most desirable places to live in the area.

Of course, that’s not even taking into consideration its prime waterfront location. Though Fort Lauderdale has nearly 170 miles of waterfront real estate (it isn’t called the “Venice of America” for nothing!), Rio Vista has long been considered one of the foremost communities for mariners to call home. Residences along the “Rio Vista Isles”, or the finger streets on the east side of the neighborhood, have only the 17th Street Causeway bridge over the Intracoastal between them and the open sea (this bridge measures 55’ when it’s closed, but will open for vessels upon request). Many homes here are on double lots with 100’ of waterfront. The canals are large – averaging about 130’ wide (with depth varying from 4-7’) - offering many options for boat size. There are also homes along a stretch of the Tarpon River, but with a width of 60-90’ and a fixed bridge at SE 9th Street with just an 8’ clearance, only smaller motorboats and kayaks can traverse this route. But it is the dozen or so homes located directly on the New River that are the most sought-after in Rio Vista. With 100’ of waterfront each along the river that is 140-165’ wide, there is ample space for homeowners to dock even the largest yacht right in their back yard!

The Gayle Borden Real Estate Group is the leading expert in luxury Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, working tirelessly to provide comprehensive service to all of our clients. For information on Homes for Sale in Rio Vista or other fine Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods, please contact us by phone at 954-525-3355 or by e-mail at gayle@gayleborden.com.

Posted at 11:48:33 AM

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