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A great variety of luxury condos are available in Fort Lauderdale, ranging from charming boutique buildings to soaring high-rise luxury towers and almost everything in between. Most of the properties are waterfront, giving buyers an option to choose from the riverfront, oceanfront, or Intracoastal front locations. Large apartment and condo buildings are the primary housing type in Fort Lauderdale, representing around 40% of all properties in the city, with the remainder being single-family homes and small apartment buildings.

Welcome to Fort Lauderdale!

Fort Lauderdale is a city nestled on the southeastern coast of Florida, about 25 miles north of Miami.  Nicknamed the “Venice of America,” the city is a well-loved tourist destination known for its network of scenic inland waterways, pleasant climate, array of cultural and entertainment destinations, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and New River. 


Fort Lauderdale is the county seat of Broward County, and is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area. The city encompasses an area of approximately 36 square miles and is currently home to more than 185,000 people, which makes it the largest of 31 municipalities in Broward County and one of the ten largest cities in the state of Florida. 


In addition to being a popular tourist destination, Fort Lauderdale also offers an excellent quality of life enhanced by a semi-tropical climate, picturesque scenery, and wealth of recreational amenities. The city is blessed with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine every year combined with cool and refreshing year-round ocean breezes, making it a prime location for relaxation and a variety of outdoor activities.


Fort Lauderdale is an ideal choice for anyone looking forward to a relaxing South Florida lifestyle that’s more subdued compared to Miami and Miami Beach. This oceanfront community has plenty to offer, including a business-friendly environment, tons of recreational amenities, top-quality shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, a vibrant downtown area home to Broward College and Florida Atlantic University, and many more. 


Waterfront condo in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Aerial View

Fort Lauderdale’s history and culture at a glance

Before the 20th century, the area occupied by present-day Fort Lauderdale was known as the “New River Settlement.”


The city of Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of Second Seminole War stockades constructed along the banks of New River 1838. The forts themselves were named in honor of Major William Lauderdale, a planter-soldier who led a company of Tennessee Volunteers along Florida’s east coast to capture agricultural lands. 


The Fort Lauderdale stockade was the site of several skirmishes during the Second Seminole War, and was abandoned at the end of the war in 1842. 


Fort Lauderdale was officially incorporated as a city in 1911, and was designated county seat of Broward County in 1915.


The Florida land boom during the 1920s triggered the first major development in Fort Lauderdale. 


During World War II, Fort Lauderdale was used as a major U.S base. A Naval Air Station was built as a training center for pilots, fire control operators, and radar operators. A Coast Guard base was also constructed at Port Everglades.



• After World War II ended, a large number of service members returned to Fort Lauderdale, causing a significant increase in population. The 1960 Census recorded more than 83,000 people in the city, which showed a 230% increase compared to the 1950 record.


• Growth in the Fort Lauderdale area shifted to surrounding suburbs and nearby cities after the city was essentially built out in the 1970s.


• Fort Lauderdale is a premier yachting center that’s home to over a hundred marinas and more than 50,000 registered yachts. The city also hosts the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest boating event in the world.


• Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades is one of the largest ship terminals throughout the globe. It features nine major cruise lines and more than 40 megaships.


• The city features over 300 miles of navigable inland canals which are known as the Intracoastal Waterway. These canals are a key component of Fort Lauderdale’s culture, economy, and recreation.


• One of Fort Lauderdale’s major attractions are its picturesque beaches with pristine sands. Several beaches in Fort Lauderdale are designated as “Blue Wave Certified” by the Clean Beach Council.

Fort Lauderdale Average Home Statistics
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,294 Sq. Ft.
2000 Build

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Fort Lauderdale condos and
waterfront homes for sale

Those searching for their dream home in Fort Lauderdale will be able to choose from a fantastic selection of condos and waterfront homes for sale. This is the perfect choice for buyers looking forward to a relaxing lifestyle right by the water, as many properties are designed and built with one core element in mind: they need to be located adjacent to a body of water. Whether you’re an avid boater or just someone who loves water-based activities, Fort Lauderdale’s selection of homes is guaranteed to satisfy.


Regardless of location however, Fort Lauderdale’s exceptional neighborhoods provide an outstanding quality of life and convenient access to top amenities and some of the best destinations throughout the city. The neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale each have their own unique charm and can accommodate any type of lifestyle. For example, Victoria Park features a great selection of elegant estates, while Harbor Beach has villas and quaint cottages designed with a classic Floridian style. If you enjoy shopping, there’s the neighborhood of Las Olas, known as the “Beverly Hills of Fort Lauderdale.” Looking forward to golf and country club living? The community of Coral Ridge will be happy to welcome you. These are just some of the many terrific neighborhoods waiting for you in Fort Lauderdale!


Condos in Fort Lauderdale 


A great variety of luxury condos are available in Fort Lauderdale, ranging from charming boutique buildings to soaring high-rise luxury towers and almost everything in between. Most of the properties are waterfront, giving buyers an option to choose from riverfront, oceanfront, or Intracoastal front locations. Large apartment and condo buildings are the primary housing type in Fort Lauderdale, representing around 40% of all properties in the city, with the remainder being single-family homes and small apartment buildings.


Condos in the area offer a terrific balance between privacy, comfort, and relaxation, and are equipped with a range of top-quality features such as spacious bedrooms with large walk-in closets, gourmet kitchens with stone counters and stainless steel appliances, expansive balconies with glass railings, breathtaking water views, and more.  


In addition to first-class features, most condos also offer a wide variety of luxurious amenities such as:


• 24/7 security, valet, and concierge

• Private elevator entries

• Fitness centers with massage and steam rooms

• Heated swimming pools with poolside bars and private cabanas

• Summer kitchens with BBQ grills

• Club and social room

• Playgrounds and kids’ rooms

• Private beach and marina access


Condo living in Fort Lauderdale offers a highly convenient lifestyle for residents as well, as most condo residences are situated steps away from shopping and entertainment venues, restaurants, marinas, arts and culture destinations, grocery stores, and more.  

Getting around Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is known as a very pedestrian-friendly city, making it an ideal place to live for physically active people or those looking to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Grocery stores, food shops, cafés, and many primary schools in Fort Lauderdale can be reached on foot. 


For car owners, most of the homes for sale in Fort Lauderdale are a short drive away from major highways such as Interstate 95. Parking in the city is also quite hassle-free. As for public transit options, Fort Lauderdale has two stops on the Tri-Rail: Cypress Creek Station and the Fort Lauderdale Broward Station. There are also nearly 30 different bus lines crossing the city, and many homes are situated a short distance away from the nearest bus stop. 


Fort Lauderdale’s economy


While Fort Lauderdale was mostly known as a spring break destination in the 1980s, the city’s economy has become more diverse throughout the years. Although the city still continues to attract the college crowd, Fort Lauderdale’s cruise ships and nautical recreation opportunities now draw in more affluent tourists. 


More than ten million convention attendees also flock to Fort Lauderdale every year, as many conventions are hosted in the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, which boasts 1.2 million square feet of space. 


Fort Lauderdale’s bustling central business district is also the largest in Broward County, and is home to numerous high-rise office buildings such as 110 Tower, Las Olas Grand, Broward Financial Center, One Financial Plaza, Bank of America Plaza, and many more. 


The city is also a major maintenance and manufacturing hub for yachts, which has helped generate more than 109,000 jobs for the county. Its network of canals and close proximity to both the Caribbean and the Bahamas also makes it a popular yachting stop. The annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, known as the largest boat show in the world, attracts more than 125,000 visitors to the city every year. 


Fort Lauderdale’s top employers include:


• Broward County Public Schools

• AutoNation


• Citrix Systems

• Extended Stay America

• Broward Health

• Kaplan

• Broward County Sheriff’s Office

• Charter Schools USA

• SEACOR Holdings


Schools in Fort Lauderdale


Public schools in Fort Lauderdale are administered by Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), Florida’s second-largest school district. The first fully accredited school system in Florida since 1962, BCPS currently serves a student population of over 270,000, along with more than 175,000 adult students in more than 240 schools, technical colleges, centers, and charter schools. 


Some of the top-ranked schools in Fort Lauderdale are:


• City/Pembroke Pines Charter High School

• Sheridan Technical High School

• Bayview Elementary School

• Floranada Elementary School

• Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School

• Harbordale Elementary School


Attractions, destinations, and things to do in Fort Lauderdale


Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is home to a dazzling collection of shops, restaurants, parks, and family-friendly attractions. Some of the city’s top cultural destinations are located right here, including the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, History Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, and the Stranahan House Museum.


Nestled right between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a scenic urban oasis perfect for relaxation, exercise, and fun activities with friends and family. The park is a popular location for activities such as sightseeing, jogging, canoeing, picnicking, and camping. Park visitors can also access the beach through a pedestrian tunnel, or drop by the Terramar Visitor Center which features exhibits highlighting the area’s natural and cultural history. 


Las Olas Boulevard is Fort Lauderdale’s premier shopping and dining district with more than three dozen bistros, restaurants, and clubs, along with a colorful array of specialty boutiques, art galleries, museums, and retail establishments. 


Aerial Photo Las Olas Boulevard Downtown
Morning in Fort Lauderdale beach
luxury yachts fort lauderdale

The picturesque palm tree-lined boulevard connects downtown Fort Lauderdale to State Road A1A and the scenic Fort Lauderdale Beach, treating visitors to breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway flanked by luxurious yachts and elegant million-dollar waterfront homes.  

  • Looking for a fun place to visit with your kids? The Museum of Discovery & Science delights visitors of all ages with over 200 fascinating hands-on exhibits and a massive five-story IMAX 3D Theater that offers an incredible, immersive experience that puts viewers right at the center of the action. 
  • For beach lovers, Fort Lauderdale is home to over seven miles of pristine, sun kissed beaches providing unparalleled opportunities for relaxation and recreation. Fort Lauderdale Beach offers a wide range of water-based activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, boating, jet skiing, windsurfing, and more. The beach also features a superb selection of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and sidewalk cafes.
  • The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is one of the premier shopping destinations in South Florida, boasting more than a hundred fashion retailers including top department store chains such as Macy’s, Dillard’s and Neiman Marcus, in addition to a fine collection of popular retailers such as Ann Taylor, H&M, Apple, Michael Kors, Sephora, American Eagle Outfitters, J. Crew, and more.  

Ready to begin your search for the finest Fort Lauderdale, Florida condos for sale? Let my experience and in-depth knowledge of the area work for you to fulfill your real estate goals in Fort Lauderdale! Get in touch with me by calling 586.489.7875, or send an email to theresa(at)somersetandmain(dotted)com