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Friday, June 30, 2017

Fort Lauderdale Celebrates the 4th of July with Fireworks, Music, and FUN!

I love the time of year when the country comes together to celebrate America’s Independence Day. Adorned in red, white, and blue, it is a time when we all take a moment to reflect on how lucky we are to live in one of the greatest countries in the world.

This year the City of Fort Lauderdale will host the 4th of July Spectacular! This FREE event will be a patriotic extravaganza, full of a variety of events such as awesome live bands, a kid’s zone, beach games, contests, family activities, and one of the most dazzling fireworks displays in Broward County! The 4th of July Spectacular takes place on July 4th from noon-9:30 pm on Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, so make sure you throw on your best star spangled bathing suit and head to the beach for fun, sun, and all things American!

Kids will have a blast in the Kids Zone, which will keep them entertained for hours with a variety of exciting activities! Open from noon- 5pm, highlights will include DJ, music, bounce houses, water slides, face painting, human foosball, beach games and contests. It’s kid heaven! Feeling hungry? Then brace yourself and compete in either the old-fashioned hot dog eating contest or the July 4th watermelon eating contest!

And now…time for the GRAND FINALE! As the sun goes down the atmosphere will begin to buzz with anticipation as live music and entertainment take over the beach. At 9 pm, a spectacular fireworks display will light up the skies, thrilling all spectators! Combined with upbeat music from 101.5 Lite FM, this is going to be one electrifying celebration! Show your American pride and be sure to attend this Fort Lauderdale annual event!

For information on transportation options such as bike valet, water transportation, and Sun Trolley service, click here.

I wish all of you a fun, safe 4th of July!

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

The secret is out: Fort Lauderdale is now considered one of the most booming real estate towns in the country, with new real estate projects popping up at a fascinating rate. For my blog today, I wanted to discuss five Fort Lauderdale real estate trends/acquisitions and the implications behind them:

Fort Lauderdale is having a Skyline Transformation!

Upcoming real estate projects are transforming the Fort Lauderdale skyline! The leader in this new construction is 100 Las Olas, standing at nearly 500 feet tall. According to Fort Lauderdale mayor Jack Seiler, “We're trying to create a very walkable, livable, 24/7 live, work, play downtown…We're not trying to be any other city, we’re just trying to be the best city we can be.”

Trader Joe’s Retail Center Sells for $49.2 Million!

Trader Joe’s location has sold to 1600 Commons shopping center in Fort Lauderdale, adding up to a hefty $753 per square foot deal, one of the highest values for a retail property seen in Broward County. This is a sign of a strong anchor tenant. Extra proof that Fort Lauderdale continues to be a strong attraction to retail giants, boosting the job market and economy.

International Boat Show Staying in Fort Lauderdale!

Great news boat lovers! The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is set to remain at the Bahia Mar resort through 2050. This announcement comes from the Marine Industries Association of South Florida confirming that this 30 year lease extension will allow developer Jimmy Tate and Rahn Bahia Mar LLC to submit new proposals that would allow the site to be developed. Such upgrades include replacing the existing hotel and add 11-story apartment buildings, as well as renovating the surrounding dock space, adding restaurants, and even including a small fishing village on the property. When asked for comment on these new additions, Tate replied,” Between the 650 residential units and the commercial and the hotel, it’s probably, from an investment standpoint, $500 [million], $600 million.” I look forward to attending the new, improved boat shows for years to come!

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Up for Sale!

One of the largest hotels in Broward County is now up for sale. The 589 Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina is expected to receive around $175 million. Property would include a 33-slip marina, and also offers tons of redevelopment potential. This hotel is the third largest in Broward County, and has been renovated several times. It’s reported that this listing is being marketed to domestic and foreign investors in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Amaray Las Olas Sold for $134 Million!

Amaray Las Olas has set a new precedent for apartment tower real estate deals, selling at an impressive $133.55 million. This equates to $525,787 per unit, one of the highest prices per unit for a Broward County apartment deal in recent years. This continues the momentum of Fort Lauderdale luxury apartments setting new standards in resort-style amenities in Broward County. According to John Petricola of Rockefeller Group, part of the joint venture that included Stiles Corporation in this deal, this only speaks positively about the future of Fort Lauderdale real estate: “Amaray Las Olas set a new benchmark for the market, as evidenced by the speed of the leasing program, which we attribute to its spectacular location, authentic and singular design and its luxury lifestyle amenities. This is the new defining landmark on Fort Lauderdale’s skyline and we expect that it will continue to be a strong success far into the future.”

It is evident that Fort Lauderdale is the hottest thing in real estate, and I only see the Fort Lauderdale real estate market improving with time! If you would like to find the perfect Fort Lauderdale property for you, please contact me at 954-770-8525 or by email via realtor@joannedwards.com. This is one real estate phenomenon you don’t want to miss!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Enjoy daily boat parades from the convenience of home!

Located along the Intracoastal Waterway, condo 4D is incredibly warm and inviting upon entry. Upon stepping through the double door foyer entrance of this 2 BR/2 BA condo, a plethora of natural light highlights this condo’s open east/west flow thru floorplan. You will immediately notice the wall to wall floor-to-ceiling impact glass windows and sliders, giving way to unbelievable DIRECT unobstructed water views everywhere you look! Step out onto the spacious private balcony and take a closer look at the breathtaking views this Fort Lauderdale gem has to offer! Allow this condo to perfectly demonstrate why Fort Lauderdale is referred to as the “Yachting Capital of the World.” Invite over a special group of friends and host fabulous boat parties, where you can watch magnificent million dollar megayachts cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway over delicious food, cocktails, and great conversation! Create long-lasting memories while relishing the most spectacular water views in the city.

Corinthian unit 4D not only comes packed with beautiful views, but a variety of upgrades as well. Take your culinary skills to new heights in the updated granite and stainless steel kitchen with sunny south facing breakfast area, which allows you to gaze upon the lush tropical greenery from the protected Bonnet Preserve across the water. Beyond the living areas are two large bedrooms with custom walk-in closets and updated bathrooms. Completing this condo are new 24-inch tile floors and Plantation Shutter window treatments in each bedroom.

The Corinthian Condominium is a leader in resort-style living in Fort Lauderdale, with several upscale amenities and the best location in the city! Amenities include a gorgeous updated lobby and 2 level library with floor to ceiling glass water views, heated rooftop pool and clubhouse with full kitchen facilities for entertaining, and 3 room fitness center on the penthouse level with gorgeous water views. This gated luxury building is also incredibly safe, offering 24 hour security and parking attendants. Additionally, it is just minutes away from world-renowned restaurants and shopping centers, such as Galleria Mall, Coral Ridge Yacht Club, and Fort Lauderdale beaches. At the Corinthian, everyday feels like a vacation!

Is your inner yacht lover excited? Then contact me at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com to see this condo for yourself! With amazing views and numerous upgrades, a deal like this can’t be beat!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Great investment opportunity in Fort Lauderdale!

Berkley South unit 7J is a great combination of good value and ideal location in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Recently reduced in price to $260,000, this 2 BR/2 BA sunny south-facing condo is only 2 short blocks from the beach and just minutes from renowned restaurants and fabulous shopping. This condo boasts a bright and airy floor plan, complimented by an abundance of natural light that highlights the eat-in kitchen, dining, and living room areas. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliders lead to a spacious private balcony with Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, and city skyline views. Enjoy a glass of wine with friends while enjoying a beautiful sunset. The perfect location of this listing provides you with numerous options for entertainment, sure to make for a memorable night out. Two large bedrooms with walk-in closets complete this condo. A deal like this in rapidly growing Fort Lauderdale won’t last long!

Berkley South is currently undergoing several building upgrades that will only increase the value of 7J over time. An added bonus is that the ASSESSMENT IS PAID IN FULL! Berkley South’s makeover includes new hallways, a new 2nd floor amenity deck with Infinity heated pool, BBQ grill pavilion area, green space, new tennis court, and redesigned clubroom. The new jogging track around the building and remodeled Fitness center with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the revamped pool deck offer great options for the fitness conscious. Berkley South also offers bike and kayak storage, a full time manager on premises, direct beach access, and garage parking for your convenience. Security in the building is a priority, and a professional front desk person greets all who enter Berkley South. Berkley South is also PET FRIENDLY, so feel free to bring your furry friend along!

Berkley South unit 7J is a GREAT value! All serious buyers should contact me at realtor@joannedwards.com or 954-770-8525. Come see this listing for yourself!

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Monday, June 05, 2017

This Park Tower dream condo embraces beauty both inside and out!

The perfect fusion of luxury design and breathtaking scenery, Park Tower 15B makes quite a first impression. This sprawling, 1,700 sq. ft. 2 bedroom 2 bath oceanfront condominium boasts high-end designer finishes upon entry, with skim coated tray ceilings, crown molding, and lustrous 24 inch Porcelain floors adding the perfect touch of sophistication. Natural light cascades through two walls of almost floor to ceiling impact glass windows, illuminating the spacious open living and dining room area. LED stripe candescent lighting in the living room enhances the bright, airy feel of this stunning listing, while two domes with antique gold silver leaf in the breakfast and dining area provide an elegant finish. The culinary artist within will be inspired by the open chef’s kitchen, which boasts a variety of upgrades such as hi-end custom cabinetry, beautiful thick quartz counters, mosaic tile backsplash, and brand new stainless steel appliances.

Invite special guests over to enjoy your delicious creations while taking in the best views Fort Lauderdale has to offer on your spacious private balcony! Located conveniently on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Park Tower 15B boasts unobstructed panoramic Ocean views at every turn, as well as breathtaking views of Birch Park and the Intracoastal Waterway. Imagine waking up every day to glistening Ocean waves and refreshing breezes, as you enjoy a moment of peace and serenity before starting your day. Colorful sunsets only enhance the greenery of lush Birch Park. The split floor plan of 15B affords any overnight guests a premium level of privacy. Both generously-sized bedrooms showcase stunning water and park views. The master bedroom has a gorgeous reconfigured en suite master bath full of beautiful upgrades, as well as large customized walk-in closet. Frosted glass solid core pocket doors put the final chic finishing touches on this luxurious condo.

Park Tower is a cozy boutique resort-style community surrounded by Birch State Park and the Atlantic Ocean, with fine-dining, fabulous shopping, and nightlife hotspots only minutes away! Amenities include a heated freshwater pool behind the building, BBQ, fitness room, updated clubroom and extra storage. Any size PETS WELCOME!

Park Tower 15B is the perfect package! The breathtaking water views and quality custom finishes make this condo a great value in a great location. Contact me at 954-770-8525 or realtor@joannedwards.com to see this listing!

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Breathtaking unobstructed OCEAN and ICW views will mesmerize you from every angle and create a “WOW FACTOR” upon entering this sunny, south facing 2BR/2BA penthouse residence. Hurricane-impact glass allows an abundance of natural light to flow throughout, highlighting the spacious layout of the kitchen, dining, and living room areas. Step out onto the roomy balcony and savor the best views in the city! Friends will flock to visit, eager to enjoy a delicious cocktail and refreshing Ocean breeze as the glowing city skyline shines in the background. Need a moment to yourself? Nothing could be better than relishing a gorgeous sunrise over the water while enjoying a good book and a cup of coffee to start your day. Unit PH-10 also has one of the most desirable locations in Fort Lauderdale, only minutes from the beach and wonderful shopping and fine-dining establishments, so once you’re ready to explore, the options are endless! Completing this fabulous penthouse are knockdown ceilings, updated bathrooms, large master bedroom with en suite bath, and 2 walk in closets.

Berkley South is currently undergoing several building upgrades (ASSESSMENT PAID IN FULL BY SELLER) that I know you will love! This makeover includes new hallways, a new 2nd floor amenity deck with Infinity heated pool, BBQ grill pavilion area, green space, new tennis court, and redesigned clubroom. Fitness conscious residents will love working up a sweat on the new jogging track around the building, or in the remodeled Fitness center with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the revamped pool deck. Berkley South also offers bike and kayak storage, a full time manager on premises, 24-hour concierge, DIRECT beach access, and garage parking for your convenience. Animal lovers should also check out unity PH-10, because Berkley South is PET FRIENDLY!

Time to check out the stunning Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway views for yourself! To see the endless water views and stylish upgrades of this Berkley South penthouse, please contact me at realtor@joannedwards.com or 954-770-8525. This deal won’t last long!

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