Fort Lauderdale’s Charming Homes Ready for Modern Amenities

From Boca Raton through Fort Lauderdale to exclusive Harbor Beach on Port Everglades, The Gary Lanham Group at Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach Office knows greater Fort Lauderdale real estate. No place is this more apparent than the magnificent old Florida home located at 2313 East Las Olas Boulevard. Built in the 1940s, it stands today as a charming waterfront example of the beauty and elegance Fort Lauderdale’s homes continue to hold in the era of “mini-mansions.”

With three bedrooms and three-and-one-half bathrooms, it’s truly functional home for almost any buyer. From a young family looking for a place to raise a family to a corporate executive in search of a trophy home to seasonal residents eyeing the perfect winter getaway, it’s ideal for many masters.

That’s just as it has been for almost four generations. Across the market, whether in Las Olas Isles, or Lake Ridge, Wilton Manors, Coral Ridge, Imperial Point, Coral Ridge Isles, or Oakland Park, these older, elegant and charming Florida homes provide a glimpse into what life was like back when times were less frenetic.

In this video and blog, we show why we at The Gary Lanham Group at Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach Office were excited to list, stage, market and show this home. Unlike other homes in the area, its location deep in Fort Lauderdale’s historic Las Olas Isles neighborhood set this home apart – for that right buyer. Listed at more than $1 million, from the day it hit the market, it attracted only highly intellectual and successful prospects.

Live Life Less Taxing

Whether for this home or others of its caliber, we continue to hear from them. These are people migrating east from the suburbs or south from the over-taxed Northeast. They’re seeking a lifestyle greater Fort Lauderdale business development professionals call, “Life Less Taxing.”

And with this home, it’s especially true. One walk-through makes it clear. The stately and sizeable master bedroom enjoys a convenient and comfortable master bathroom. Actually, two of the three bedrooms in this home could qualify in size as being “master” bedrooms. They’re that large and well-placed in the home.

Even the third bedroom has a spacious walk-in closet and its own bathroom. Whether as a bedroom, a home office, a media room, a home gym, or some other functional space, that bedroom – and all the unique niches throughout the home – provide the variety and functionality needed to meet neatly with today’s owner lifestyle.

Built in the 1940s, the home still possesses some of the original design amenities it’s held for more than 70 years. Ceilings are lower, roof lines are flatter in slope, and the elevation reflects a timeless design that is becoming increasingly rare – and highly in demand – across South Florida.

Outside, it’s just as remarkable – and move-in ready. The home features a circular driveway, a pool, a spacious patio, surrounded by lush landscaping. Set on the Las Olas Isles waterfront, the canal is 20 homes from the Intracoastal Waterway. This unrestricted, “deepwater access” to the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean provides power boats and yachts a quick launch and short travel to the Intracoastal in minutes – and the ocean.

Want to take a walk and hit the ocean from another vantage? The home is a 15-minute walk from A1A and Fort Lauderdale Beach. That’s certainly an intriguing walk past some of historic old Fort Lauderdale’s charming and elegant homes.

Upgrades for Remarkable Living

Like other older homes, the bathrooms in this residence themselves could be prime for upgrades. And that could be a good call for the right buyer.

That’s a central decision behind how we positioned this home. We wavered between selling it at a discount to a developer who would have torn it down to build a waterfront mini-mansion, and staging it for the right buyer with an eye for its history.

We went with the staging. Key to that decision was the reality that upgrades – moving or removing walls, renovating a bathroom or kitchen, or doing other improves – are cheaper to complete than razing the home and starting brand new.

This is a solid home, built how homes of its era were constructed. With concrete block and stucco (CBS) construction, it has “solid bones.” It has survived numerous hurricanes and remains structurally sound. It’s clear when you look at the home; it’s more clear when you review the inspection report we ordered before listing the house. The inspector found the home is just as strong today as it was when it was build seven decades ago; it performs and functions in ways that no new home can live up to.

The Allure of Contemporary Living with Timeless Charm

That’s not to say modern homes are left wanting. Some home buyers thrive on the contemporary appeal, allure and luster of glass and concrete and metal.

But a traditional “old Florida” ranch-style home, with more than 2,700 square feet of living space spread across a single floor neatly tucked into a waterfront perch 20 homes from the Intracoastal is truly unique.

In an era where homebuyers wonder about the property’s pedigree, this home should have no such questions. The eventual buyer can move in with the confidence of a sound home and wise investment. As any waterfront homebuyer knows, they’re not making new waterfront properties in South Florida. So this one is member of a very elite club.

Whether buyer or seller, this elite status helps our client. It brings peace of mind and the assurance that what they’re selling or buying will retain its value – and place in the Fort Lauderdale real estate marketplace.

This home also is priced neatly within The Gary Lanham Group at Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach Office’s pricing expertise of between $175,000 to $2 million. What that means to any home seller or prospective buyer is we adapt to your niche because we believe everyone deserves a home no matter the price.

Today, the bulk of our business tackles complex transactions for existing or more experienced homebuyers or sellers. We find ourselves, however, increasingly helping first-time, millennial home buyers in that sweet spot of up to $350,000. From millennials and baby boomers at every price range or deal complexity, we give them the same attention to detail as we guide them on their search for beautiful single family, duplex, triplex, or condominium residences to become that special place they can live and enjoy their lives.

Any Charming Home for Any Intrigued Buyer

Whether you’re intrigued by this magnificent and charming waterfront Florida bungalow at 2313 East Las Olas Boulevard, or any home throughout Fort Lauderdale’s eastern neighborhoods, give us a call. Let us show you just what Fort Lauderdale living is all about.

That’s the expertise the team at  The Gary Lanham Group at Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach Office brings to each transaction. Whether listing, marketing and showing a home in  Lake Ridge, Wilton Manors, Coral Ridge, Imperial Point, Coral Ridge Isles, Oakland Park, or right here in Las Olas Isles, we help maximize each transaction.

Call us – we may be able to sell your current residence, or show you your next Fort Lauderdale home.

Gary Lanham Group at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is a boutique real estate organization offering sales, leasing, and brokerage services to the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. A listings agent matches home sellers with buyers and tenants with landlords. While Broward County is our universe, we focus on Coral Ridge Country Club, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Pompano Beach, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (954) 695-6518 or visit

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