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Coral Ridge

Get to Know Fort Lauderdale’s Coral Ridge Neighborhood 

 

Discover what makes this little gem sparkle

Located in the northeast corner of Fort Lauderdale, Coral Ridge sits along Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway and is made up of just over 2.5 square miles.

 

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History

The city of Fort Lauderdale was incorporated in 1911 and labeled the New River Settlement. About a decade later, developers emerged on the scene and the various parts of the city – including Coral Ridge – began to take shape. It wasn’t until after WWII, however, when the population in the area really started to take off. One large segment of new residents included Navy veterans. Because Fort Lauderdale was home to a major U.S. navy base (since converted into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport), after the war ended, many vets came back to stay for good. 

 

Coral Ridge Center (since renovated) circa early 1960s. Source: hemmings.com

 

Living in Coral Ridge

People love Coral Ridge because it’s a quaint little neighborhood consisting of a quiet but active community. Perfect for boat owners, a series of canals runs through the town and the Atlantic Ocean is just a stone’s throw away.

 

Population

  • The current population is around 10,000
  • Median age of residents is just under 52, with the largest segment over 60
  • Around 15 percent of households have children

 

Real Estate

Coral Ridge is filled with beautiful estate homes and luxury water-front properties. There is also an assortment of condos and townhouses.

  • The median sale price for a house in Coral Ridge for 2016 is $375k
  • Most houses were built from 1950 to 1979, with the majority built between 1960 and 1969

 

Transportation

Coral Ridge is a very walkable neighborhood, but for those who prefer to ride, many Broward County Transit lines run through the town. Drivers will have no problem getting around, and parking in most places is free.

 

Schools

Only one school actually resides in Coral Ridge: Bayview Elementary, which consists of Kindergarten through 5th grade. Fort Lauderdale High School is nearby, as are several charter and private schools.  

 

Bayview Elementary Image credit: broward.k12.fl.us

 

Things to do in Coral Ridge

People rarely get bored in Coral Ridge. From shopping and entertainment to taking in the neighborhood’s beautiful natural scenery, there is always something going on in this bustling community or the nearby area.

 

Shopping

Coral Ridge is a shopper’s paradise. It’s home to two major shopping centers: the Coral Ridge Mall and the upscale The Galleria. Both offer a variety of stores sure to meet any need or taste.

The majestic Galleria. Image credit: southfloridafinds.com

 

Restaurants

Coral Ridge has many exceptional eateries and several more are just a short drive away. Here are a few of the best:

  • Truluck’s: Seafood and steaks are the specialty at Truluck’s. The restaurant also sports one of the best happy hours in the area, along with live entertainment every night of the week.
  • Café Seville: You would have to visit Spain to find Spanish food as fresh and tasty as the offerings presented by Café Seville. Their paella especially is worth a visit.
  • Sage French Café: Fort Lauderdale’s longest-established French restaurant, Sage has exquisite food and an extensive selection of wine. Sage holds wine tastings twice a month, and makes the perfect spot for Sunday brunch

 

Parks

The weather in Coral Ridge is almost always good, which makes it a haven for people who love spending time outdoors in one of its many parks.

You can’t talk about Coral Ridge without mentioning Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. This gorgeous and immense park consists of pristine woods and a fresh-water lagoon. Perfect for bird watching fishing, or just enjoying nature, the park also provides access to the beach.  

 

Canal in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Image credit: floridastateparks.org

 

Coral Ridge has a couple of other parks designed for people who like to stay active. George English Park contains tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, walking and jogging trails, and a rec center. And parents love Coral Ridge Park, made especially for young children. This little park has a playground and provides picnic tables and other spots to relax or enjoy a snack.

 

Entertainment

For people looking for a fun night out, Coral Ridge delivers. Sadly, most drive-in movie theaters are gone, but Coral Ridge offers the next best thing: the AMC Dine-in Theatre. Forget popcorn and soda; here folks can watch the latest movies while digging into delicious food and some more adult beverages.

Coral Ridge is no slouch in the music department either. Step into Blue Jean Blues any day of the week to hear some excellent music. For even more, head on over to Culture Room, a venue that routinely features some of the biggest musical acts touring right now.

For more of a quiet day out, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is always worth a trip. In addition to viewing an excellent art collection, visitors can stroll around the gardens to see a variety of animals and to experience five distinct ecosystems.

 

One of the many beautiful sights at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Image credit: theoceanfortlaurderdale.com

 

The Coral Ridge Country Club

One of the most popular spots in Coral Ridge is the country club, and it’s no surprise why. In addition to its championship 18-hole golf course, the club recently opened a challenging 9-hole par-3 course. It also boasts 11 tennis courts, including two hard courts and nine made of clay, and the club pro is USPTA Hall-of-Famer Will Hoag. A junior Olympic-sized pool and superb dining facilities round out the Coral Ridge Country Club as one of the premier destinations in town.

From world-class shopping to amazing food to incredible natural amenities, Coral Ridge really has something for everybody. Plus, it’s the perfect neighborhood for everyone from young families to retirees. If you’re interested in finding a home in Coral Ridge, contact Tim Singer & Associates today.