I work with lots of buyers from all over the country. Many have heard about Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors but don’t know much about the area. I always do my best to get them acquainted with our “grown-up beach town”. Of course they don’t just take my word it. Nor should they.
Recently a couple I’ve been working with asked friends, who own a vacation place here, to tell them what they liked about Fort Lauderdale for their vacation home. I couldn’t have chosen the words better myself, and share them with those of you considering a real estate purchase here.
“We are thrilled that you are looking at condos in Lauderdale…and what spectacular views! While we are not acquainted personally with these properties, each of them looks simply fabulous. And, if you do buy in Lauderdale, from everything we know, your timing is impeccable!We love the idea of seeing you both more frequently…and we know that you will love the magic of Lauderdale. Among other enticing attributes, Lauderdale offers proximity to Miami, Miami Beach, the Keys and the Bahamas…and the small town atmosphere and casualness of Las Olas and, when the mood strikes you, you can wine and dine in almost totally gay Wilton Manors.Every trip we are discovering new restaurants…and going back to old favorites. After growing up and living in small town America with very few fine dining venues, we still get a rush out of the cornucopia of dining choices. The new hot spots seem to be JMarks on Federal Highway, and TooJays on Wilton Drive…excellent food at both with predominate gay patronage. Of course, Sunday brunch at Rosie’s is now a gay tour de force.
We love Broward Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the other smaller theaters in the area. Dinner at Hammershee, a performance at the Broward, and an after glow, make for a perfect evening. Of course, you have all these wonderful big city amenities in Cleveland…but for us country mice, this is magical to have all of this virtually in our front yard.
We also love the convenience, efficiency, and proximity of the airport. As you may know, the main runway and south runway ( which run east and west) are being dramatically expanded and improved, and the cross wind runway (which has the trajectory right over our house) is being totally eliminated. Net result: we get the views of the aircraft approaching in the distance…but no noise!
One thing we have come to really appreciate about Lauderdale is that everything is much more casual and understated in comparison to Boca Raton, Manalapan and Palm Beach….and always has been. We love visiting our friends to the north…but generally breathe a sigh of relief and comfort as we get back to the crazy mixed up neighborhood of Riverland.
If there is any way we can be helpful, please let us know. I will send you the link to our Lauderdale attorney…she is a real estate specialist, and very active in several GLBT advocacy organizations….as is her partner. We were very pleased…and I have recommended her to several friends with great results.
Again…we are thrilled that you are looking…and hope you chose Lauderdale for your next chapter. Keep us posted!!
Big hugs to you both!
WOW, now that’s a testimonial! Ready to think about buying in Fort Lauderdale or Wilton Manors? Ken Can Help! Call or email me today so we can find your place in paradise.