The Grand Canals of Fort Lauderdale
Why not take a boat ride along the Rio Barcelona? Or drop anchor in Sunset Lake. The Las Olas waterways extend over a canal system with twenty-nine finger canals, flanked by waterfront residences architecturally inspired by the Mediterranean, Key West, the British West Indies, etc.
The isles were dredged from the original mangrove swamps in the 1920’s and abandoned until after World War II when development started in earnest.
Incredible pool designs, tropical landscaping, summer kitchens, full service private docks are just some of the luxury amenities to be found in these fabulous waterfront residences. Such residences are designed for easy outdoor living to take advantage of the Florida sunshine and serious boating. These navigable waterways have no fixed bridges leading to the Intracoastal Waterway then on to Port Everglades or the Hillsboro Inlet.
Residences range from picturesque ranch-style, single family designs to luxurious two story estates finished to the highest specifications, hurricane preparedness and in-house technology. Alternatively, you may consider acquiring land and building your own custom residence.
Explore the private and security patrolled community of Seven Isles, an island retreat within our bustling city. Accessed by a narrow bridge and with Spanish inspired isles such as Barcelona, Castilla and Aragon, this is a neighborhood with its own association and a relaxing island ambiance.
The Nurmi Isles (named after its owner/developer, Victor Nurmi) comprises five finger isles off East Las Olas Boulevard. Closest to the city are Hendricks and Isle of Venice which have been developed into luxurious townhouse and condominium communities. Fiesta Way unfolds with residences of varying sizes, age and architectural influences. Enjoy the grandeur of the majestic royal palm tree-lined isles of Nurmi, or Royal Palm Drive, where the utility lines have been buried. Signature properties are proudly located on point lots of many of these isles, doubling your water frontage and creating an island atmosphere.
Idlewyld is a neighborhood consisting of only eight streets bordered by Las Olas Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway. Idlewyld has enjoyed some of the most significant real estate activity over the years and is home to buyers seeking a private and secure family compound environment with deepwater dockage. Idlewyld also has some of the oldest residences in town with a mixture of Spanish and mission architecture, blended with Mediterranean styles and mid-century Florida ranches.
The South Las Olas Isles are pretty and secluded, lined with magnificent Royal Palms and water frontages averaging 100 feet or more. Italian influences such as Lido, Luna, Oriente and Venezia are home to large waterfront estates and lushly landscaped villas.
The Las Olas Isles offer easy access to the beach, the fine shopping and dining along the highly cosmopolitan, Las Olas Boulevard. In addition to the plentiful array of boutiques and restaurants, the boulevard hosts holiday festivals, craft shows and a farmer’s market for outdoor enjoyment. The downtown commercial district of Fort Lauderdale is also only minutes away, further benefited by easy access to the local school system, major highways and choice of airports. Fort Lauderdale’s highly active Museum of Art and the Broward Center for Performing Arts add to year-round entertainment.