Plantation Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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One of Broward County's gems, the city of Plantation lies on the site of an 1838 Seminole War battle. Its name did not come from any subsequent 19th agricultural property with a cotton or rice crop but instead evolved during the World War II years. The grand plan during the 1920s had been to drain the Everglades and convert the land to agriculture. Large tracts of south Florida property were sold off. Land came cheap. One man from Missouri bought up property in Broward County and then sold to Fort Lauderdale urbanites during the 1940s. It was they who called their parcels plantations.

What Plantation, Florida Has to Offer

Enjoying the same delightful temperate climate and comfortable pace as the rest of south Florida, the city of Plantation now encompasses 22.8 square miles of coastal lowlands. Its population in 2003 was about 83,000. Within 15 minutes of the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Plantation offers a transportation system that includes city and county buses, Amtrak, and a Tri-Rail commuter line.

Medical services include two hospitals, four nursing homes, and numerous rehab clinics, medical centers, and professional offices. Recreational facilities include three golf courses, tennis courts, and 37 public parks. There are six public elementary schools, two public middle and high schools, numerous private schools, and two libraries. Median income is higher than the county average and median age (37.9) is the same.

You may well find, once you start working with a local realtor, that settling in the area is not only what you want, but what you can afford as well. Considering the year-round tropical climate, being almost encircled by miles of white sand Atlantic beaches all within easy reach, and the many attractions and recreational opportunities, you won't be off the mark in thinking that you've found the best of both worlds in Plantation realty. It's a great place to live.

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