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Fort Lauderdale Neighborhood Overview: Rio Vista, Sailboat Bend, and The Isles

System - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The city of Fort Lauderdale encompasses so many vibrant, desirable, and appealing neighborhoods that you can call your home. If you are considering moving to the area, be sure to contact a great property management company like Mayfair Property Management, LLC. Our expert realtors will find the right neighborhood for you and get your moved into your perfect new home.

If you are a property owner in Fort Lauderdale, a great property management company like Mayfair can make your responsibilities as a landlord hassle free, efficient, and budget-friendly. Hiring a property management company can ensure your success as a property owner. In the beautiful city of Fort Lauderdale, at Mayfair, we will handle everything from renting out your space, tenant screening, move-ins, maintenance, marketing, financial reporting, and much more.

The city of Fort Lauderdale is such a great place to live and has a little something for everyone. The city is growing, flourishing, and bursting with culture. Property owners in Fort Lauderdale are fortunate enough to have a space in some of the hippest and nicest spots in Florida. In this article, we will describe three of the most beautiful and trendiest neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale: Rio Vista, Sailboat Bend, and the Seven Isles.

Rio Vista was founded in the 1920s and still carries that antique character of the Old South. It is the ideal location for families. The neighborhood is just east of Federal Highway (U.S. 1) and a few blocks south of downtown Fort Lauderdale. There are more than 1,000 homes in the community.

Many of the homes in Rio Vista are placed along the Intracoastal Waterway or the New River, offering spectacular views and great canal access. Even small homes in Rio Vista have their own personal docks. Boating is very popular in the neighborhood and boaters are easily able to cruise or sail around.

There are quite a few speed bumps placed along the roads in Rio Vista to ensure it is kid-friendly. However, you will find yourself not wanting to speed through the neighborhood, but instead, pause to take in the natural beauty and serenity of the Rio Vista community in the midst of a very urban environment.

Just west of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the neighborhood of Sailboat Bend has emerged as the new “in” place to live. The community has the ultimate comeback-kid story when it comes to its revival and complete transformation.

The neighborhood of Sailboat Bend began as a working-class community in the early 1900s. The place was filled with “cracker” houses that were built with the cheapest local materials. Only a few decades ago, Sailboat Bend had high crime rates due to illegal drugs and prostitution, which was ruling its economy.

The community of Sailboat Bend rallied together and fought back against the crime. They succeeded in cleaning up the neighborhood. Now, historic Sailboat Bend is full of beautifully restored and very colorful homes with meticulous landscaping and picket fences. The community of Sailboat Bend offers tours for historic homes and sites.

New to the community of Sailboat Bend are the trendy artist-loft developments. These are in high demand because of their hip location. The New River forms the southern border line of the community with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on the East. The northern boundary of Sailboat Bend is made by Broward Boulevard, which is the main road to travel into downtown Fort Lauderdale from Interstate 95.

Sailboat Bend is very small, roughly sixty city blocks in all. One-third of the community is government buildings, making it a very popular place for professionals to move. However, Sailboat Bend is both unique, historic, hip, and family-friendly, so people of all backgrounds and ages are happy to call it their home.

The Seven Isles is the place to go in Fort Lauderdale for spectacular waterfront property. It earns its nickname as the “Venice of America.” The community was formed by dredging the mangrove swamps in the 1920s. Developer Charles G. Rhodes, who studied the parallel canal system in Venice, Italy, decided to employ the new technique of “finger islanding.” This technique made way for more than three hundred miles of inland waterways in Greater Fort Lauderdale and one of the most desirable communities to live in the country.

As you might have guessed, the Seven Isles is very popular for its waterway activities. The community is home to spectacular houses with stunning yachts docked outside their backdoors. There are tons of speedboats, sailboats, and kayaks lining the canals waiting for some fun and adventure.

If you drive down one of the finger islands, you will enter the residential streets. The neighborhood associations in the Seven Isles are very active in making sure the community is safe and prospering.

The Seven Isles encompasses homes on Las Olas Boulevard, which is a very trendy and desirable location because it is just minutes from the ocean and also downtown Fort Lauderdale. By boat or by car, residents can go sunbathing on the beach or into the urban heart of the city in the same amount of time.

An added bonus to living in the Seven Isles and some extra special charm occurs during the holiday season. Residents and visitors can hop onboard of charter boats, water taxis, personal boats, or dinner cruise yachts and go around to see the spectacular holiday lights and breathtaking views of Fort Lauderdale from the water.