The winter holiday season is in full swing! With near-perfect weather and so many exciting things to do, Fort Lauderdale is surely the place to be! Check out what’s happening this week…
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper, “Seussical the Musical”! The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics playing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5 Ave) now through December 15. Sweet-natured Horton the Elephant, imaginative Who Jojo, insecure Miss Gertrude McFuzz and amazingly lazy Maysie La Bird, find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous "think" ever save the day! Admission is just $7 and show times are daily at 10:00am and 11:30am.
Open daily through January 5, Skate Las Olas brings the magic of ice skating to Las Olas Boulevard for a month-long event under the sun and stars. Children and Adults alike can “skate” in this 1,800 square foot outdoor rink on the Lawn at the Riverside Hotel (620 E. Las Olas Blvd). Enjoy an hour long skate for $10.00, which includes ice skate rental. Hours vary, so be sure to check the schedule!
And of course you don't want to miss one of Fort Lauderdale's signature events: the 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade held on Saturday, December 14. This visually dazzling event, named one of the “Top 20 Parades in the World” by USA Today, starts at 6:00pm on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and ends at Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Watch 100 brilliantly illuminated boats sail down the river and up the Intracoastal Waterway during this famous holiday season event.
Don’t forget to check in with us each week as we share the exciting activities and events available in our community. In addition, you can browse our Fort Lauderdale Real Estate listings anytime by visiting www.Gayleborden.com or call us at 954-525-3355.
Posted at 1:57:32 PM
Imperial Point is a lovely residential neighborhood in northeast Fort Lauderdale, bordered on the north by McNab Road, and on the south by NE 56th Street, between US 1 (Federal Highway) and NE 18th Avenue. It is a friendly community with sidewalks and streetlights and is home to both waterfront and dry-lot homes, all beautifully maintained and framed by lovingly manicured lawns.
Imperial Point began as a new development of custom homes in the early 1960's, built by Haft-Gaines, a local builder famous for developing much of this section of northeast Fort Lauderdale (including nearby Bay Colony and The Landings) and areas west of the city. Though much of the neighborhood and many of the Builder’s original models still exist as they were built 50 years ago, the homes have been updated throughout the years to keep up with the changing Fort Lauderdale real estate market. Lots are typically sized at 100' x 80' on average and those that are waterfront do have limited ocean access with 2 fixed bridges along the way. At the north end of the meticulously designed neighborhood sits the beautiful Imperial Point Park. With its shaded playground and serene oasis, the park is popular among the residents but is almost unknown to anyone outside of the neighborhood. Imperial Point is also home to the prestigious Pine Crest School, with a nationally recognized academic program for Pre-K through 12th Grade.
Residents enjoy being just minutes to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, with its Commercial Boulevard pier providing great fishing and diving opportunities, and many fine beachfront restaurants and bars, some of which offer live music on the weekends. They can also enjoy a short drive to downtown Fort Lauderdale, and are virtually around the corner from nearly every convenience to be found along Federal Highway.
Imperial Point is a great location for those seeking a quiet suburban feel, with manicured lawns and public parks, as well as its convenience to the city and the beach. If you are interested in learning more about Imperial Point Real Estate, call Fort Lauderdale Real Estate expert, Gayle Borden, at 954.525.3355.
Posted at 11:25:52 AM
One of Fort Lauderdale’s most anticipated yearly events takes place tomorrow evening, December 3! The 51st Annual “Christmas on Las Olas” once again transforms East Las Olas Boulevard (from SE 6th Avenue to SE 11th Avenue) into a veritable winter wonderland! An estimated 40,000 people gather for this event each year to celebrate the unofficial start to the winter season. The experience includes a rare sight as snow showers down from the rooftops; children can climb Snow Mountain & ice skate in the “Skate Las Olas” rink, while you and your family can mingle with CEOs, city officials, celebrities and other VIPs. Local choirs from schools and churches fill the air with the sounds of the holidays from 3 stages, while strolling carolers delight the crowd as you fill your bellies with food & drink! Take in the sights and sounds from 5-10pm tomorrow evening.
On December 4, you can enjoy more holiday merriment at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s “Christmas-by-the-Sea”. The town’s annual seaside event features carolers, dancers, music, bell ringers, a Yuletide Market and the lighting of the town's Christmas tree. There are fun activities for children, including a visit with Santa Claus, who traditionally arrives atop a Fire Truck. Celebrate the season at this fun-filled event from 5:30-9pm at Anglin’s Square near the pier (1 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea).
This weekend, December 6-8, downtown Fort Lauderdale is proud to host the debut of the Fort Lauderdale Live music festival, taking place at the beautiful waterfront Huizenga Plaza. The spectacular lineup of this much anticipated event is scheduled to include Lyle Lovett, Huey Lewis & The News, Indigo Girls, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Shovels & Rope, Jason Isbell, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, The Wild Feathers, Holly Williams and much more. Huizenga Plaza is a public park/cultural space in the heart of the city's nightlife, dining, and arts/entertainment scene. Attendees of Lauderdale Live will get to enjoy a fabulous festival set against the backdrop of scenic waterways, top restaurants and hotels. Tickets for the festival start at $79 and shows will be held at various times throughout the weekend.
Be sure to check in with us each week as we continue to share the many events Fort Lauderdale has to offer. And to learn more about this great city, or for information on Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, visit us at www.gayleborden.com or contact The Gayle Borden Group at 954.525.3355.
Posted at 11:29:09 AM
The shining star of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, the Villas-by-the-Sea condo community is an intimate enclave of just 67 very private and exclusive residences sitting directly on the shores of the Atlantic.
At Villas-by-the-Sea, two 4-story buildings feature residences with 2-bedrooms plus den or 3-bedrooms, each built around beautifully landscaped atriums with private gated courtyard entry. These luxury homes are distinctive in their Mediterranean-style design, providing lots of open space and large terraces with beautiful views of the beach and beyond. Floor plans range in size from 1,500 to nearly 2,300 sq. ft. and offer state-of-the-art design, including innovative beach-style lofts. This type of low-rise oceanfront luxury simply doesn't exist anywhere else in South Florida.
All residences at Villas-by-the-Sea feature gourmet kitchens with Italian cabinetry, granite counters and high-end appliances; luxurious baths with marble or granite vanities and designer fixtures; impact-resistant windows; and ample secured parking conveniently tucked beneath the buildings. Residents have convenient access to the private Sea Club, with its 2-story clubhouse with fitness center and social room, and a beautifully landscaped pool area with a spa and private furnished cabanas, all overlooking 600 ft. of white sand beach and the Atlantic. In addition to the clubhouse and beach, the beautiful Oceanfront Park that is incorporated into the property is another fabulous place to unwind for those who call Villas-by-the-Sea home. The property is pet friendly (two pets of any size are allowed!) and owners are permitted to lease their units twice yearly with a minimum lease period of 90 days.
Villas-by-the-Sea is an intimate and exclusive community within the charming town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. By limiting development and high-rise construction along its shoreline, the tiny 1.5 square mile town continues to go to great lengths to preserve and maintain its small beach-town feel and casual way of life. Though it feels miles away from urban life, with a convenient location just north of Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is merely a short drive from the world class dining and shopping of Las Olas Boulevard or the Galleria Mall.
Because there are few town homes or low-rise condos within walking distance to the ocean, Villas-by-the-Sea is a truly unique property. It offers oceanfront luxury living the way it was meant to be — low rise, low key, and with high style! To get your dream home on the ocean at Villas-by-the-Sea, or to learn more about oceanfront living in Fort Lauderdale or surrounding area, call Gayle Borden at 954.525.3355.
Posted at 10:23:33 AM
Looking for something fun to do over the Thanksgiving holiday“ Here are a few things happening this week in and around Fort Lauderdale to kick off the "holiday season". Enjoy!
The touring production of “The Book of Mormon”, the critically-acclaimed musical from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, begins its 3-week run at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5 Avenue) on November 26. The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century”, while Entertainment Weekly says it's "the funniest musical of all time." Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." The winner of nine Tony Awards - including Best Musical - “The Book of Mormon” will take center stage at the Broward Center through December 22 and tickets start at $45.
Get some exercise in before your big holiday meal! The 3rd annual Fort Lauderdale 5K Turkey Trot & Turkey Paddle takes place on Thanksgiving morning (November 28) and offers participants the chance to run one of most scenic routes in America as it takes you down beautiful State Road A1A along Fort Lauderdale’s famous white sand beach. This USA Track & Field sanctioned race is great for everyone, from beginners to elite runners and even paddleboarders, too. (The 2 mile Stand-Up Paddleboard course will start at the same mileage marker as the 5K Run/Walk, head north for 1 mile and then turn around to finish back at the starting point.) Thanksgiving-themed costumes are welcomed and encouraged! Race registration begins at 6 am, with the starting gun going off at 7:30. Your $35 registration fee benefits the iTrace Foundation and its mission to fight childhood obesity.
On November 29, the BB&T Center (One Panther Parkway, Sunrise) will host the arena-rock juggernaut that is The Trans Siberian Orchestra, perfectly coinciding with the start of the holiday season. With a musical style incorporating classical, orchestral, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal, the Trans Siberian Orchestra is widely known for their elaborate concerts that feature a string section, a light show, lasers, moving trusses, video screens, and special effects synchronized to music. Consistently one of the top ten ticket-selling bands to tour the world, it is TSO’s holiday rock opera that is always most anticipated. Set to debut a new stage with new surprises this year, you don't want to miss this rocking holiday tradition! Two shows at 4 pm & 8 pm feature tickets starting at $46.
The legendary Bonnie Raitt will be performing at the Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood) on November 30 at 8pm. The famous singer/songwriter’s first few albums of the early 1970’s largely comprised traditional blues material and introduced her unique voice, feminist stance, and abilities as a slide guitarist. But it was her 1989 release, “Nick of Time”, that reached the top of the charts - earning her 3 Grammys along the way - and sent her career soaring. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2012, she released her 16th studio album, “Slipstream”, which went on to win various awards, including the 2013 Grammy Award for best Americana album. Her current tour showcases the new album along with many of her greatest hits and tickets for the evening’s show start at $59.
We hope you continue to check in with us each week as we share the exciting activities and events available in our community. In addition, you can browse our Fort Lauderdale Real Estate listings anytime by visiting www.Gayleborden.com or call us at 954-525-3355.
And a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Gayle Borden Group!
Posted at 3:38:06 PM
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea proudly traces its roots back to the 1920s. In 1924, Developer W.F. Morang (known also for his development of the Las Olas Isles) purchased and platted the property as a seaside subdivision north of downtown Fort Lauderdale. He bought the land with $10 down, $250 in revenue stamps, and a $50,000 mortgage from the sellers. Several years later, Melvin Anglin, a successful contractor and real estate investor from Indiana, bought the land platted by Morang with the intention of creating a new town. Anglin would later serve as the town’s first mayor.
The boom of the 1920’s soon went bust, and the town’s charter was revoked by the state in 1933 after a failure to make mortgage payments. It wasn’t until 1947 that an effort was spearheaded to once again incorporate this area now known as Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Margaret Linardy was elected mayor of the new town, making her the first woman mayor in the state of Florida.
Today, what separates Lauderdale-by-the-Sea from its neighbors is its laid back, vintage charm. While most other coastal cities in Florida began allowing the development of high rise condominium and hotel complexes on the beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea constantly strives to maintain its small town appeal - and its ocean views - by limiting building heights and development, even today. With a total area of just 1.5 square miles (and just 6000 year-round residents) it truly retains its feel as a charming seaside oasis, far from the bustle of the city just to its south.
Situated between Fort Lauderdale to the south and Pompano Beach to its north, the town is essentially a long narrow island separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway and stretching an approximately half-dozen city blocks east to the Atlantic Ocean. The town is centered at the junction of State Road A1A and Commercial Boulevard, where you can find a variety of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as the long wooden pier at the end of Commercial Blvd - one of only four such piers in Broward County - famous for its great fishing and diving. Weekends in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea often feature a variety of festivals, flea markets, art shows, or live music, taking place on or around this social hub. In addition to its popular beaches and a myriad of activities for all, the town features public tennis, shuffleboard, and bocce courts; a children’s park; and a Senior Center.
While some of the most popular real estate in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea can be found in its oceanfront condos, there are many sought-after single family homes still within walking distance to the beach. They can be found along the Intracoastal and on ocean-access canals, or on dry lots in the communities of Bel Air Isles, Bel Air, Lauderdale Surf & Yacht Estates, Palm Club Co-op, Silver Shores, and Terra Mar Island Estates.
Whether waterfront or dry lot, full-time or part-time residence, condo or single family, if you seek a small, tight-knit community full of vivacity and charm, look no further than Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. For questions about Lauderdale-By-the-Sea or other beautiful oceanfront communities in the area, call Fort Lauderdale Real Estate expert Gayle Borden at 954.525.3355.
Posted at 10:44:18 AM
Its name inspired by its location, The Symphony condominium sits adjacent to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on 2.5 acres along prime waterfront of the New River. The very best in contemporary living, this luxury high-rise includes one, two, and three bedroom units in each of its two 22-story towers, most with spectacular views of the city, the riverfront, and the surrounding areas.
The Symphony offers all the conveniences and sophistication of downtown living with amenities typically saved for the best vacation resorts. Among these top-notch features are its exclusive Resident’s Club featuring a private theater, billiard and game room, cutting-edge fitness center, and catering facilities. The building also boasts a heated pool, a private lawn and garden area designed for hosting events, and outdoor terraces with superb vistas, virtually unmatched in the city.
The residences within The Symphony feature expansive balconies on which to take advantage of the views, beautiful kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and Italian cabinetry. Modern baths are finished with designer fixtures and glass-enclosed showers. The building is pet friendly, and even has a recreational area designated just for them.
Just steps from The Symphony is Himmarshee Village, the oldest section of Downtown Fort Lauderdale and an eclectic, historically-designated commercial district featuring a collection of bars and clubs (many offering live music), restaurants, and a coffee house. Just east along the water is Las Olas Riverfront, an open-air entertainment complex with additional restaurants, nightclubs, Movie Theater and access to the Water Taxi. Also nearby are the Museum of Science and Discovery, an IMAX Theater, and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. The Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley stops right outside the door, to conveniently whisk residents east along famous Las Olas Boulevard down to Fort Lauderdale Beach.
For those searching for the convenience and sophistication of downtown living, The Symphony will be like music to your ears. For more information on The Symphony, or other luxury Fort Lauderdale condos, call Realtor Gayle Borden at 954.525.3355.
Posted at 10:52:27 AM
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