Fort Lauderdale might be a great city, but not all its neighborhoods are created equal. Some are safe, clean, packed with amenities and parks, and within easy reach of anywhere you could want to go. Others are the opposite. If you're a resident of the city, you'll already have a good idea of which Fort Lauderdale's communities are the best. If you're a newcomer, it's harder to judge. If you're thinking about moving in, here are the ten best places to live in Fort Lauderdale.
10. Sailboat Bend
Named by Home Snacks as one of the best neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, Sailboat Bend is certainly an attractive option for newcomers. Boasting a friendly, welcoming community, safe, clean streets, good schools, and a good selection of shops and dining options, it's a great destination for single professionals and families alike. The home value of $359,700 may seem slightly high, but it's very reasonable in comparison to some of Fort Lauderdale's other premium neighborhoods. It's even more reasonable when you consider that most households are earning the very healthy median income of $85,337.
9. Nurmi Isles
A property in Nurmi Isles will set you back almost a million. If you can swallow that, you're set for some good times ahead. As one of Fort Lauderdale's most attractive neighborhoods, Nurmi Isles offers its residences safe, clean streets, a tiny crime rate, and some of the best incomes in the city. Amenities are in plentiful supply. If you can't find everything you need on your doorstep, access into the rest of the city is a breeze thanks to great transit links.
8. Tarpon River
The waterfront neighborhood of Tarpon River has enjoyed a huge boom in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Located just north of Davie Boulevard and west of Andrews Avenue, it offers easy access to the downtown along with a score of great attractions. The treelined streets are safe and clean, while the abundance of vibrant parks in the area adds to the green appeal. Most single-family homes retail for the reasonable median value of $320,000, while condos and townhomes can be snapped up for around $232,00. Thanks to its vicinity to New River, kayaking and boating are popular pastimes. The range of nearby shops, restaurants, and recreational venues adds to the attraction.
7. Victoria Park
Victoria Park is a clean, family-friendly neighborhood with a lot to recommend it. The community is welcoming and friendly, there's plenty of green spaces, and the crime rate is so low as to be almost non-existent. The nearby schools have an excellent reputation, making it a great destination for young families with kids. The average property price may be high at $544,090, but it's balanced by the very respectable median income of $73,174.
6. Palm-Aire Village
Palm-Aire Village is a family-friendly neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale with a lot to recommend it. According to Area Vibes, the area has a 'Livability Score' of 88/100, which is considered exceptional. Safe, quiet, and with plenty of amenities and green spaces, it has all the qualities you expect of a great place to live. As an added bonus, the cost of housing is among the most affordable in the city.
5. Highland Beach
If you're prepared to live just a little outside the city, you'll find the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Highland Beach an incredibly attractive destination. With just 3,885 people to its name, it's small but mighty, boasting an outstanding range of shops, dining options, and entertainment venues. The center of Fort Lauderdale is just a short drive away, giving residents easy access to all the job and recreational opportunities of the city. The median income is a very attractive $115,219 - the fourth highest in the Fort Lauderdale region. The poverty level is a tiny 5.7% and only 4.5% of people are out of work. Property is on the expensive side, but if you don't mind sacrificing your savings for a great standard of living, it's well worth considering.
If you want the high life, the high life is exactly what you get at Idlewyld. Known as one of Fort Lauderdale's most exclusive, luxury neighborhoods, Idlewyld is an incredibly hot address. Its location on the Intracoastal Waterway is hard to fault, offering residents plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun and recreation along with easy access to the shops, bars, and restaurants of Las Olas Blvd. Most of the homes are on the waterfront... something that may help explain their astronomical $750,000 median value.
3. Colee Hammock
Getbellhops.com has ranked Colee Hammock as one of the best neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, and for good reason. As one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, it's got plenty of charm and history, not to mention a great collection of boutiques, cafes, dining, and entertainment venues. Within just a few minute's walk are theaters, art galleries, and museums. The schools are well regarded and the crime rate is low enough to make it an attractive option for families. Accommodation options are numerous, with a good selection of condos, apartments, and historic homes. The median home value is a reasonable $350,000.
2. Sunrise Intracoastal
According to Niche, Sunrise Intracoastal ranks as the best neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale. With its well-regarded schools, excellent amenities, abundant green areas, family-orientated community, and low crime rate, it's not hard to see the justification for their reasoning. Access into the rest of the city is easy thanks to great transit links. Property might be on the expensive side (expect to pay around $708,300 for a single-family home), but the equally high median income of $93,839 more than compensates.
1. Las Olas Isles
If you're on a shoestring budget, you might want to move on now. Las Olas Isles is many things, but cheap it isn't. If you want to buy a property here, don't expect to get much change from $750,000. If that doesn't scare you away, then you're in for a treat. Despite their astronomical mortgages, residents still have plenty of disposable cash to play with thanks to a median income of $106,625. The unemployment rate is a tiny 1.5%. Crime is next to non-existent, green spaces are bountiful, and the transit links into the rest of the city are exceptional. It might be expensive, but it's most definitely worth it.
Written by Dana Hanson
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