The Gorgeous and Luxurious Las Olas
Fort Lauderdale’s own “Little Venice”
The famous Las Olas neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale mostly consists of a variety of little islands and canals that make it feel more like a European city than your typical Florida neighborhood.
Up until about a century ago, Las Olas was little more than swampland. In 1917, a small dirt road that extended through these wetlands to Fort Lauderdale Beach was transformed into Las Olas Boulevard, which to this day is a major thoroughfare. Soon after, the area was dredged, houses were built, and people started flocking to the gorgeous new neighborhood.
The early days of Las Olas Boulevard. Source: Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Living in Las Olas
There may not be a more beautiful neighborhood in all of Florida than Las Olas. Spanish for “the waves,” water is certainly a major component of this unique slice of Fort Lauderdale. For homeowners, living in Las Olas is like staying year-round in a vacation home.
One of the many canals in Las Olas. Source: City-Data
When it comes to homes in Las Olas, luxury is the name of the game. Because this is a very desirable neighborhood, even modestly-sized homes can be expensive. Single-family homes as well as mansions can be found on Las Olas, and those looking to buy should be prepared to get into seven figures territory. Currently, the 42-story Las Olas River House is the biggest residential building – and tallest overall – in Fort Lauderdale, though a proposed condo-hotel project on Las Olas Boulevard would top it by four stories.
Las Olas is an especially great neighborhood for families, as there are many schools in the area, specifically for young children.
St. Anthony Catholic School. Source
Things to do
There are shops galore along Las Olas Boulevard. Source: I Am Las Olas
Described as the Rodeo Drive of Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard has a plethora of amazing shops, restaurants, and other spots enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
Whatever you are looking for, you can probably find in on Las Olas Boulevard. If you need some new threads, you can head over to Maus & Hoffman. For all of your beach gear, Swimland has you covered. Some of the most beautiful jewelry in the area can be found at Alex and Ani. Want to add something new to your art collection? With so many galleries along the boulevard, it’s almost like one long museum.
Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, you’ll have your choice of some exceptional eateries. For those who like meat and lots of it, Chima Steakhouse is the place to go for dinner. Mangos has excellent food and drinks and features live music on most nights. If sushi is what you’re craving, Asia Bay is a must-visit.
Okay, you’ve shopped and eaten, now it’s time to have some fun! Las Olas gives you a lot of choices. You can stop in at the Elbo Room to see which band is playing. If their dance floor doesn’t thrill you, you can boogie on over to Vibe Ultra Music Lounge.
Just want to take it easy and enjoy the great outdoors? Merle Fogg Park/Idlewyld Park is the perfect spot to catch some rays or just take it easy.
If sight-seeing is more your pace, you can hop aboard a Jungle Queen riverboat and see firsthand what makes Las Olas so special.
Most days in Las Olas are perfect for taking a ride on a Jungle Queen riverboat. Source: Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
It’s almost impossible to learn about Las Olas and not want to live there. For more about the area as well as the current real estate for sale, contact us at 954-463-1373 or through our online contact form. Tim Singer & Associates has years of local expertise that can help find your dream home in Las Olas, as well as other prime Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods like Victoria Park, Rio Vista, Coral Ridge, Downtown, and the Beach.