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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Berkley South Building Renovations Mean Increased Values

I have always taken great pride in being a leader in Fort Lauderdale real estate. Over the years I have watched it evolve into something truly spectacular, and marveled at the expansion of high-end real estate that seems to be cropping up around every corner.

One particular building where I have had the pleasure of handling numerous successful real estate deals, is The Berkley South Condominium. It is Ideally located on Fort Lauderdale Central Beach between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, offering 24-hour concierge, garage parking for ALL residents, heated pool and large deck area, tennis court, fitness center, and GORGEOUS lobby.

But it is what the future holds that has me especially excited about The Berkley South. It is currently in the midst of a major renovation project that will completely change its appearance. This makeover includes new hallways (already completed), new fitness center, new clubroom and gorgeous new pool deck with artificial green turf, vanishing edge infinity pool, BBQ pavilion, walking track around the building, new trellis's on east and west side of deck and more to compliment the already gorgeously designed lobby. This is not just a plus for the elevated level of luxury it provides for residents of the building, but it has great implications in the long term. Once these renovations are complete, Berkley South units will command higher prices and create greater demand than ever before!

As Fort Lauderdale continues its rapid expansion, which includes a variety of luxury housing, dining, and retail, it makes sense that this will attract a wave of more discerning buyers. Luxury seekers place high value on amenities, and amenities have become a main attraction when considering a condo. A recent Forbes article stated that creating the right amenities “will result in a compelling suite of buyer-appropriate spaces that can be the ultimate differentiator in closing a sale.” The value of Berkley South as a whole will greatly appreciate once the renovations, a majority of which are dedicated to improving the amenities, are complete.

The area around Berkley South (and most of Fort Lauderdale) has been experiencing a transformation of its own. The upscale real estate projects currently being completed and planned for the future are truly impressive. While once considered a party spot for spring breakers, Fort Lauderdale’s recent significant luxury development in both the residential and hospitality sphere, along with beautiful beachfront and high amount of office space downtown, has drawn thousands from Miami to Fort Lauderdale.

I’m excited to watch both Berkley South and Fort Lauderdale reach new and improved levels! The Berkley South location is perfect for beach lovers, and close to great shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. If you would like to check out some available Berkley South listings, please click here!

For any other Fort Lauderdale real estate information, contact me at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com.

Check Out these Berkley South Renderings!

Here are Some Great Listings Currently Available in Berkley South!

3015 N OCEAN Unit 16A, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

3015 N Ocean Blvd Unit 11A, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

3015 N Ocean Blvd Unit 19K, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

3015 N Ocean Blvd Unit 5L, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

3015 N Ocean Blvd Unit 6A, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Treat Your Mom to a Wonderful Mother’s Day at these Fort Lauderdale Hotspots!

It’s that time of year to celebrate the people who take on the toughest, yet most rewarding, job of all time: being a mother! Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and Fort Lauderdale has some great ways you can show your appreciation to that special woman in your life! Check out some of these ideas and give your mother the pampering she deserves!

Spa Day at Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Give the busy mom in your life a break with a nice, relaxing spa day! The Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale is offering a “You Are Beautiful” spa package this Mother’s Day. It includes a $250 PURE Spa credit so that Mom can choose her own treatment (facial, massage, manicure, etc.), plus two signature cocktails. As an added gift, the Pelican Grand will take care of any resort fees.

2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.568.9431; pelicanbeach.com

Lobster Bar Fort Lauderdale

Delight your mother’s taste buds at Lobster Bar in Fort Lauderdale! They’ll be offering their decadent menu as well as Channé Rosé for $9 a glass and $34 a bottle. World-renowned chef Jeff Pfeiffer offers some of the best seafood in South Florida, and the nautical theme in the restaurant makes it feel as if you are dining on a yacht!

450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.772.2675; buckheadrestaurants.com

Spa Day At The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

Take mom on a spa journey at the new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach she’ll never forget! Let her enjoy the gift of a signature 150-minute “Conrad Spa Journey” that includes a detoxifying body exfoliation, a lava stone massage and a restorative antioxidant facial. She’ll also receive a luxurious “Ocean Quench” hand treatment with the option to take home her choice of Isola hand cream. Finally, the spa will escort mom to the Atlas Cocktail Lounge to sip on the resort’s exclusive Mother’s Day cocktail. The entire package is $292. Heaven!

551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.5100; spa.linksrez.net

Mother’s Day Brunch at RIVA

What is Mother’s Day without a fabulous brunch! Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa seaside restaurant RIVA will host a delicious brunch from noon to 4 pm for $79 per person ($39 for children under 12). Brunch includes omelets, waffles, antipasto, a soup and salad bar, carved meats, seafood station and a huge dessert section that includes dulce de leche cheesecake. Make reservations here.

3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954.766.3100; marriott.com

Shooters Waterfront Mother’s Day Buffet

Do you have a mom who appreciates a more laid back atmosphere? Then head to Fort Lauderdale’s staple Shooters Waterfront restaurant. Enjoy an all-American buffet from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $59 ($25 for kids 12 and under). The menu includes grilled salmon and mahimahi, a raw bar and sushi, a prime rib carving station, antipasto and lox, plus a desserts station. Dine and take in some of the best views of the city!

3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.566.2855; shooterswaterfront.com/event/mothers-day-buffet/

I wish all of you a very happy Mother’s Day!

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Friday, May 04, 2018

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s the Annual Ford Lauderdale Air Show! Taking place on Fort Lauderdale Beach May 5th and 6th, this is truly an event not to be missed! Be dazzled by dozens of civilian and military performers performing unbelievable stunts in the sky. Headlined this year by the F/A-18F Super Hornet, this year’s show will blow you away.

According to the aircraft’s pilot, U.S. Navy Lt. Chris Walker, attendees can expect to see planes “flying up to speeds of about 620 knots, or 670 miles an hour, they'll see us fly upside down -- we'll do loops, we'll do all sorts of high-speed passes, and then we'll come in for a carrier break at one point and show you what it looks like right before we land on a boat.” Other performers include the New York Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III Demo and the U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo.

Ready to see all of the death defying action? Here are my top 5 picks to watch the Fort Lauderdale Air Show:

The Flight Line Club and Drop Zone Beach:

Watch the show while soaking in the sun on the beach! Tickets can be bought directly from the Ford Lauderdale Air Show. It will be hosting a VIP beach viewing experience called The Flight Line Club, as well as offering a general admission area called the Drop Zone Beach. VIP tickets are $179 and allow you to sit on the aerial 50-yard line. General admission is $29.75 for adults and $14.75 for children. Click here to find out more details.

3110 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.563.6917; fortlauderdaleairshow.com

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort:

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort will be hosting a special viewing party on May 6th, located on the oceanfront BalQony. Tickets are $45 and include valet parking, a DJ and a reserved spot on the viewing stage. Beer buckets and light-bite specials are available to order. A VIP upgrade will also be available for guests to access the lounge and bottle service.

505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.2222; eventbrite.com

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa:

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa will host watch parties on its fifth floor viewing deck. $99 tickets include a buffet-style lunch, three alcoholic drinks per person, live music and meet-and-greets with the Skytyper pilots. VIP Lounge add-ons are also available and include unlimited SKYY Vodka cocktails, a sushi and sashimi buffet and an air-conditioned lounge.

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.567.8020; eventbrite.com

El Vez Fort Lauderdale:

Want to combine Cinco do Mayo AND the Air Show? Then new restaurant El Vez at W Fort Lauderdale is the perfect choice for you! Complimentary fare includes guacamole, grilled carnitas and corn. Signature margaritas will be available for purchase by the glass or pitchers, along with Mexican beers and more. Entertainment at the event will include El Vez himself, the namesake performer and Mexican Elvis impersonator, a social media contest, musical guests and lawn games on the deck with sweeping views of the sky.

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.8336; wfortlauderdalehotel.com/el-vez

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach:

Recently opened Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach will host its inaugural VIP viewing party on May 5 on the Sky Deck. The party will include valet parking, a DJ, reserved seating and unlimited Cinco de Mayo tacos and beer. The signature Cinco de Mayo cocktail, the Rosé Margarita, will also be served for guests to sip on as they watch the show. Tickets are $179 per person.

551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.5100; eventbrite.com.

Have a great time!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

If you dream of living in Fort Lauderdale, one of the most highly sought after real estate cities in the country, then my latest listing may be the perfect opportunity to enjoy all that South Florida living has to offer.

Corinthian 16B is an immaculate, unfurnished annual rental located conveniently on the Sunrise Intracoastal Waterway. This unbeatable location means that renters can enjoy the best views in Fort Lauderdale, taking in unobstructed high-floor Ocean, Bonnet Preserve, and Intracoastal Waterway views. These fantastic views can be enjoyed through either floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the spacious living/dining room areas, or on the large private balcony. The balcony is the perfect space to create your own hidden tropical getaway, where you can enjoy great conversation with friends, enjoy delicious dinners, or just relax and enjoy the gorgeous view while getting a breath of fresh air. 16 B is also in great move-in condition and has been freshly painted, boasts custom walk-in closets, and an in home washer/dryer. Another fabulous feature? City skyline views can be enjoyed from both generously-sized bedrooms!

As mentioned earlier, Fort Lauderdale is an incredible city with exciting new real estate ventures coming up at every turn. Corinthian has wonderful resort-style amenities, including an updated lobby, 2 level library with floor to ceiling glass water views, heated rooftop pool and clubhouse with full kitchen facilities for entertaining, 3 room fitness center on penthouse level, and 24 hour security. It is located minutes away from world-renowned restaurants and shopping centers, such as Galleria Mall, Coral Ridge Yacht Club, and Fort Lauderdale beaches. The opportunities for fun, entertainment, fine dining, and relaxation in the sun are endless!

Why not see the views from 16B for yourself? Contact me at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com for a private tour!

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Whether you consider yourself a serious Yogi or a beginner who would like to learn more about the ancient art, The Yoga Expo has something for everyone! Being held April 14th, from 10 am to 6:30 pm at the Broward County Convention Center, this unique event will feature local and national teachers, studios, and celebrated yoga experts teaching participants why this well-respected form of exercise may be the perfect practice to add to their daily routine.

Attendees can look forward to over 50 yoga and meditation classes, with more than eight styles of yoga being taught by master teachers. Yoga styles include Ashtanga yoga, Budokon yoga, pre-natal yoga, laughter yoga and Hatha yoga. Those who would like to discover more about the art of meditation can check out the various mediation workshops that combine simple, effective techniques with ancient spiritual wisdom from around the world.

All of that yoga might work up your appetite! In addition to yoga and meditation, The Yoga Expo will have a yoga-themed marketplace showcasing local and sustainable food samples. The food court will feature over 100 booths with plant-based cuisine from vendors, including organic, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free options.

Other exciting activities for attendees? Live music, a speaker series, aerial yoga, and acro-yoga shows!

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit theyogaexpo.org. It is suggested that all participants bring their own yoga mats and water bottles.

Get exercise, find your Zen, and have a great time!

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Monday, April 02, 2018

It always gives me great pleasure to spread the news about one of my favorite Fort Lauderdale events! The 3-day Tortuga Music Festival rolls back into town this Friday through Sunday, and this year’s star-studded lineup may be one of the best yet! This year the show is offering attendees both single and three-day ticket packages, with musical act Florida Georgia Line headlining Friday, Keith Urban dazzling the crowd on Saturday, and Eric Church wrapping up the festival on Sunday. Other acts include Brothers Osborne, Cheap Trick, Dan + Shay, Kip Moore, Snoop Dogg, Shaggy, and Dwight Yoakam. In total 27 talented artists will take the stage at the 2018 Tortuga Musical Festival.

This is the 7th year Tortuga Music Festival has rocked an impressive crowd at Fort Lauderdale. Last year saw over 100,000 attendees, so make sure to secure your ticket now! One of my favorite aspects of this event is that it not only unites music fans across the country, but it also benefits the Rock the Ocean Foundation, a fantastic cause benefiting 5 core conservation efforts. The efforts are shark conservation, turtle conservation, marine pollution, overfishing, and coral reef degradation. The festival will host Conservation Village, where over 30 organizations including the Guy Harvey Foundation, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (S.T.O.P.), University of Miami, Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation, and Surfrider Foundation come together to entertain the crowd with games, interactive touch tanks, and cooking exhibitions that are not only fun, but provide awareness on issues impacting the world’s oceans and how individuals can support scientific research, education, and ocean conservation initiatives. Tortuga Music Festival has been able to donate over $300,000 to Conservation Village, which really highlights how this event not only contributes to Fort Lauderdale, but ultimately marine efforts around the world.

What better way to spend this weekend than checking out your favorite musical acts and giving back to the community? For more information, check out the official website where you can buy passes, register wristbands, videos of past festivals, hotel information, and the Tortuga Music Festival store (20% of proceeds are donated to the Rock the Ocean Foundation).

Be safe and have a wonderful time!

Florida Georgia Line

Keith Urban

Eric Church

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