Written by Abigail Golder for The Gary Lanham Group at Coldwell Banker, Fort Lauderdale Beach Office.
Live in a vibrant community with an active lifestyle
The sense of community in Fort Lauderdale is strong and many residents enjoy familiar faces when on their morning walk or run. This active lifestyle is easily maintained with nearly 23 miles of beautiful, clean beaches along the Fort Lauderdale coast.
The city is often referred to as the “Venice of America” for its Intracoastal Waterway, which includes over 165 miles of canals throughout the oceanfront city. Properties along the canals vary from luxury high-rise apartments to affordable Florida getaways dotted along the Intracoastal, a recommendation for anyone who wants a room with a view.
Even better is the possibility of taking your morning commutes on a boat or enjoying a relaxing weekend ride around town on a kayak or jet ski. Whether you’re interested in trying something new, like surfing the warm southeastern Florida waters or just want to ride your bike to the local farmer’s market, Fort Lauderdale has the perfect environment for a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Be within walking distance of outdoor and family-friendly activities
The outdoor activities in Fort Lauderdale are plentiful and year-round, however, there are also a variety of indoor things to do that make this city a great place to live. Enjoy dinner at a waterfront restaurant then catch a musical or concert at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Or, take a stroll along the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, which boasts even more dining, entertainment and nightlife options.
The variety of activities to do outdoors range from community bikes rides to snorkeling and everything in between. Many apartments and condos come with a pool to enjoy the beautiful weather or you can become a member of the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.
Have close proximity to Miami, the Everglades and even Disney
You can have it all while living in the Sunshine State with Fort Lauderdale as the perfect home base for nearby cities and attractions all around Florida. Fort Lauderdale is under an hour’s drive to the “Magic City,” Miami. Take the convenient Tri Rail to see a Miami Heat game or discover what South Beach is all about. Not only is property in Fort Lauderdale is more affordable than Miami, but the smaller city offers a more laid-back vibe than the compared 5.5 million population.
Living in Fort Lauderdale also means being within driving distance to several national parks. The most popular is Everglades National Park, a tropical wetland just an hour from Fort Lauderdale. You can also enjoy a weekend trip to Dry Tortugas National Park, where you’ll likely spot sea turtles and several lighthouses. Of course, we can’t talk about Florida without mentioning Disney World. Fort Lauderdale is about three hours from the park and Florida residents get a discounted rate at Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld.
Experience year-round sunshine
Fort Lauderdale is located on the eastern side of Florida and weather is typically in the 70s to 80s during the winter with occasional rainy days. This can be the perfect climate for those who are sick of shoveling snow off their cars. In fact, a 2004 University of Michigan study found that people who spend at least 30 minutes a day outside in sunny weather had happier moods.
Of course, there are the occasional rainy days, but you can always spend the day at the AMC Dine-in Theater or the local Savor Cinema Fort Lauderdale.
Enjoy unique seasonal activities
Celebrating the holidays without a white Christmas may seem odd to some, however, Fort Lauderdale offers so many community events that you won’t even notice the lack of snow. The famous Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant is an extravagant holiday show throughout the month of December. The show includes live animals and hundreds of performers with people traveling throughout the state to see it. The city also offers a boat parade during the holidays in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The boats are decked out in lights, decorations and friendly “Lauderdaleans” bringing holiday cheer to attendees.
Keep an eye out for sea turtle hatchlings if you’re around between March and October. The beaches are a bustling place at night during these months with sea turtles hatching and making their way to the sea. You can book a tour with groups like Sea Turtle Overnight Protection to experience sea turtles hatching and learn more about how the city protects them.
Live in a growing city
Fort Lauderdale was named by Forbes in 2016 as one of America’s fastest growing cities, making it the perfect time to be a part of the action. This beach town also ranked as the top US city to invest in real estate. And hot off the presses, So, get out there and buy some property in Fort Lauderdale, you won’t regret it!