Ft. Lauderdale Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Having gained national attention in the 1960s with the movie Where the Boys Are, Ft. Lauderdale still has a wonderful reputation some 40 years later. It's no wonder that it has, given the sparkling white Atlantic beaches, semitropical climate, and a dynamic atmosphere. And given its 165 miles of navigable waterways, its sobriquet of the Venice of the South is well deserved. Ft. Lauderdale is as renowned for its yachting and business opportunities as it is for its beaches.

Surveying the Ft. Lauderdale Scene

Situated midway between Palm Beach and Miami, the city proper has a population of about 160,000 and the greater surrounding Broward County that stretches some 25 miles along the Atlantic boasts a metropolitan area population of approximately 1.6 million. Whether you're looking for a place to live within the city or open to nearby communities, you're best advised to dismiss the U.S. Census Bureau's median house value of $150,000. It's not realistic. As Mark Twain remarked, statistics are highly suspect, and a median is a statistic.

You have a great many choices in looking for real estate. From Ft. Lauderdale itself, to nearby Deerfield and Pompano Beaches, or inland to Plantation, Davie, Weston, and Sunrise, you'll find a host of marvelous communities to call home! All in all, the range of property values along this Gold Coast of south Florida runs from about $130,000 to $850,000. The great majority of houses go for anywhere between $150,000 and $300,000. New construction is definitely on the rise.

With a good countywide school system, easy access to points north and south, and countless local amenities, it's no wonder that this area of southeast Florida is so popular among young people raising families and retirees alike. Interstate 95 runs north to south and 75 east to west. They're your route to Disney, Epcot, the Everglades, Cape Canaveral, and Lake Okeechobee--none of which are more than a couple hours away. But by no means do you need to travel that far to delight in calling Ft. Lauderdale home!

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