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Monday, September 29, 2014

Across the nation waterfront real estate is seeing a rise in marina properties or homes with deeded docks over beachfront homes, according to the Wallstreet Journal, and in Fort Lauderdale, we are increasingly seeing demand for these style homes. There are a number of reasons that these homes are preferable to beachfront homes. One reason is they are generally less expensive to insure and the dock space eliminates the need for boat slip rental. An advantage of these homes also is the access to a number of popular water activities. Boating, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and fishing are all very popular pursuits, especially in Fort Lauderdale with weather being perfect nearly year round.

Water Sports has actually increased with the sale of jet skis and power boats up from 2010, evidence of a rebounding economy. Further, the recent weather disasters in recent years and erosion in certain regions has made beachfront single family homes less desirable, particularly in areas prone to flooding. The condominium market in Fort Lauderdale offers a vast array of opportunities that include dockage in addition to many homes on the Intracoastal Waterway, isles and canals in Fort Lauderdale, making it an excellent place to invest in a waterfront luxury home or condominium. If you are looking to invest or purchase a primary or secondary home on the water in Fort Lauderdale to enjoy the water without worry, contact me today

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Berkley South has a new listing and it is 6I, offered at $269,000. This desirable south facing two bedroom, two bath condominium has been maintained in immaculate condition by its seasonal owners. It is the second unit in from the SE corner and has views of the Atlantic Ocean, city, and Intracoastal Waterway. Special features include an eat-in kitchen, with updated 18 inch diagonally laid tile flooring that extends down the hallway into the master bedroom, walk-in closets and hurricane shutters on all openings. There is extra storage and laundry facilities on the floor. You will never find a cleaner, well taken care of unit.
Amenities include a heated freshwater pool situated on a 40,000 square foot deck, tennis facilities, billiards, fitness facilities, and BBQ area. The building is full service with a 24 hour concierge, full time manager on premises and provides underground secured parking. It is also a pet friendly building, 20# maximum weight and has direct beach access.
The Berkley South is a well-managed financially stable condominium with an excellent Board of Directors. Berkley South enjoys a prime location, nestled in between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by many wonderful restaurants, bars shopping and nightlife with easy access to Downtown Fort Lauderdale and Las Olas attractions. This is an excellent opportunity for a primary or secondary residence just steps from the beach in Fort Lauderdale. Please call me for more information!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It is with pleasure that I introduce residence 905 at The Royal Mariner. This is an incredible opportunity for a newly remodeled waterfront residence on the Intracoastal Waterway and canal. It is located on a high floor and has two beds and two baths, 1400 square feet under air and spectacular views. Upgrades include a new kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances, new cabinets and countertops. Updated baths feature new vanity, all new fixtures and newly tiled tub and showers. The balcony has been enclosed into a large Florida room with wall to wall hurricane impact glass windows offering incredible views of the Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and canal. The Royal Mariner allows pets up to 15 lbs. and offers dockage at $3/ft. per month, on an as available basis. This unit has the largest floor plan in the building and has the rarely available amenity of 2 deeded garage parking spaces. Unit 905 is offered at $298,988.
The Royal Mariner boasts a beautiful pool and deck directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, prime location for the watching the Winterfest Boat Parade or simply viewing mega yachts cruise up and down the waterway day or night. Situated in the highly desirable Coral Ridge Country Club neighborhood, home to the upscale Coral Ridge Country Club, close to many wonderful restaurants and shops in the area. It is also within walking distance to the popular Lauderdale-by-the Sea beaches. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is the quintessential Florida beach town with pubs, outdoor dining, and lively music. The Fort Lauderdale International Airport and various executive airports are nearby as is Downtown Fort Lauderdale. For more information on this listing and others at The Royal Mariner, please contact me today

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The kitchen is one of the focal points of any home. Whether you are a chef or not, the kitchen is most commonly a place of congregation, even from primitive times of a campfire, where your guests and family come together. Kitchens in homes and condominiums can often be a selling point for a property for sale and there are a number of upgrades that are increasingly popular in kitchen remodels in Fort Lauderdale Real Estate. My preferred kitchen designer is Marco Laterreur, of Creative Concepts by Marco, and has his pulse on these trends. Below are some of my favorite of his designs and items that my buyers and sellers gravitate towards. For your next remodel or to schedule a consultation, please call Marco at 786-586-8760 or visit his website at www.creativeconceptsbymarco.com.

1. The Standout Backsplash: Fort Lauderdale condominiums are increasingly minimal in design, however the sleek kitchen can be a bit cold without a great backsplash. From interesting tile work to mosaics the backsplash can be personal and add depth and warmth to a predominately stainless steel kitchen. Also popular are backsplashes with different textures.

2. Stainless Standard: It is an industry standard in real estate and design for stainless steel to be the preference of choice in appliances for the kitchen. Additionally, clients prefer built-in models that are seamlessly integrated into the cabinet design, especially in condominiums where space is more limited.

3. Lighten Up: The lighting in a kitchen has come a very long way from a ceiling fan with a bulb underneath, today’s lighting trends light backsplashes as if lighting pieces of art and illuminate from beneath the cabinetry to add an appealing ambiance to the cooking and cleaning that occur under their beam. Another of the very popular and chic trends are having specialty hanging lighting over kitchen islands. These add a soft glow and are often works of art in themselves that are easily displayed in a kitchen and a conversation piece.

4. Quartz Appeal: Although Granite has been one of the most popular kitchen countertop options in recent years, it’s not the only surface that is trending now. Quartz (man-made engineered stone countertops) has become the most popular alternative to granite and provides a safer area for food preparation. Quartz countertops are man-made engineered stone formed by combining 90% ground quartz (a natural hard mineral) with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. This forms a very hard granite-like surface. The appearance depends on how the quartz is ground: coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth look. Extremely hard and durable; glossy sheen; non-porous and stain-and-crack resistant; does not require sealing or resealing; wide range of colors; and easy to clean with mild soap, water, and a soft cloth.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fort Lauderdale has some of the best waterfront properties in the nation given its yachting capital of the world reputation, and the neighborhood of Coral Ridge offers even more than waterfront properties with its’ housing the Coral Ridge Country club. Coral Ridge is located in Northeast Fort Lauderdale between Sunrise boulevard and Commercial Boulevard, west of the Intracoastal Waterway. There are homes located on the East Side of Bayview Drive, which are on the water, and within the neighborhood there are smaller subdivisions that are on dry lots. Homes in Coral Ridge are in a variety of styles ranging from modern to Mediterranean and most are located on larger than average lots. What they all have in common is luxury. From wine vaults to expansive pools, to mega yacht docks, these homes are some of the most sought after in Fort Lauderdale.

Coral Ridge is not only an incredible neighborhood within the limits, but also the area cannot be beat. It is minutes from Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the shoppes at Galleria. The Coral Ridge Country Club is located in Coral Ridge and is one of the most exclusive private clubs in South Florida and offers an incredible wealth of family friendly and adult amusements. The club has casual and gourmet dining in addition to award winning golf and tennis facilities. Each season there are a variety of special nights for the family to enjoy. For more information on Coral Ridge homes for sale or if you would like to list your Coral Ridge home, contact me today!

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