Downtown Fort Lauderdale:The Heart of the city
Hip, happening, and full of life
The hub of this thriving city, Downtown Fort Lauderdale is alive with fun and excitement. Tourists know it’s a great place to visit, but residents realize that it’s vibrant nightlife, many entertainment and convenience options, and excellent residences make it an even better place to live. ?
Before the 20th century, the Fort Lauderdale area was known as the New River Settlement. Some pioneer families lived there since the late 1840s, but it wasn’t until the 1890s that any real development began. It was then that the Florida East Coast Railroad began laying tracks through the area. In 1911, Fort Lauderdale was officially incorporated, and four years later the city became the county seat of the new Broward County.
Governor’s Club Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard, circa 1939. The hotel was torn down in 1995. Source: Fort Lauderdale Daily
Living in Downtown
The beauty of Downtown Fort Lauderdale is that you get to live in a vibrant urban community with all of the amenities that entails, while at the same time you’re mere miles away from spectacular beaches. It’s really the best of both worlds.
The current population of Downtown Fort Lauderdale is around 2,500. A young area, the median age of residents is just over 34 and about 60 percent are single.
Offices, apartments, and condos dot the Downtown Fort Lauderdale skyline. Source: Sun-Sentinel
The median price for a home in Downtown Fort Lauderdale is right around $365,000. In this section of the city, there are many apartment buildings and condos which are perfect for people who want to be immersed in South Florida urban living.
Getting around Downtown is easy. Most amenities and essential shops and restaurants are within walking distance, and you can always hop on a Broward County Transit bus (or an Uber taxi) in lieu of driving.
Several public and private schools can be found in Downtown Fort Lauderdale or nearby, including:
Things to Do
You will never run out of things to do in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. There truly is something for everyone. Check it out:
Downtown is full of little shops, boutiques, galleries, and other stores containing items you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re looking for some of the hottest fashions around, you’re sure to find them at Elektrik Boutique or Zola Keller. To add some new sparkle to your life, head over to Alex and Ani, which sells beautiful bangle bracelets and other jewelry. Ever wanted to design your own motorcycle? You can do it at Thunder Cycle Designs.
There’s only one problem with the restaurants in Downtown Fort Lauderdale: There are so many great ones, how can you decide which one to choose? The good news is that if you live here, you’ll have plenty of time to try them all. Here are some of the best:
The exquisitely-designed Lobster Bar Sea Grille. Source: Buckhead Restaurants
Just like with cuisine, Downtown Fort Lauderdale has something for all tastes when it comes to entertainment. Like clubbing? You can head on over to Vibe or Club Euro. Want to sit back in a casual atmosphere, have a couple of drinks, and listen to some good music? Check out Rhythm & Vine or the Downtowner.
If museums are more your scene, you’ll find plenty Downtown. The Museum of Discovery and Science is the largest museum of its kind in Florida and has an IMAX movie theater. The NSU Art Museum houses an amazing collection of over 6,000 works of art by some of the biggest names in the art world. Want to get to know more about Fort Lauderdale? After a trip to the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, you’ll be an expert.
The colorful NSU Art Museum. Source: Riverwalk A&E
When you live in any part of Fort Lauderdale, you’ll probably want to get outside as often as possible. In the downtown area, there are several gorgeous parks, including Esplanade and Bubier, which both offer stunning views of the Tarpon River. Stranahan Park is the perfect place to bring the kids or just while away an afternoon.
A beautiful shot of Esplanade Park. Source: Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
In addition to the daily happenings in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, there are also many big events that give residents a chance to get together and party as a community. The Riverwalk Fall Festival is held at Esplanade Park, featuring live music and fun for the whole family. Ranked as one of the top 100 art festivals in the U.S., the Las Olas Art Fair has been taking place in October for the last three decades. Christmas on Las Olas has been a Downtown Fort Lauderdale fixture for even longer. Dating back over 50 years, this annual event has great food and entertainment – and even snow!
Yup, that’s snow in Fort Lauderdale. Source: Las Olas Boulevard
If you want to be close to all of the action, Downtown Fort Lauderdale is the place to be. Anxious to get started looking for a home there? At Tim Singer & Associates we can help you find the perfect residence in or near downtown, whether it’s a luxury condo or a single-family home. We specialize in Downtown as well as the desirable neighborhoods of Las Olas, Victoria Park, Rio Vista, Coral Ridge, and Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Contact us at 954-463-1373 or through our online contact form to get started on your search.