Oakland Park Pool Home

Garden Acres neighborhood of Oakland Park
Just listed in Oakland Park

Located in the City of Oakland Park is a hidden little gem of a neighborhood called Garden Acres, just east of North Andrews Gardens. This area consists of about 130 homes and is easily accessible to I-95, Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors. It is located about 2 miles from the beach with access from Commercial Blvd. What makes this neighborhood so unique is close to 100 years ago it used to be a mango grove. Everywhere you look are mature mango trees.

I was fortunate as a realtor to list a lovely 3 bedroom home with 2 full baths and a pool. The home also consists of a screened porch and Florida room. It has been fully renovated with a new kitchen and two renovated baths. The kitchen boast stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and beautiful white appliances. The bathrooms, both totally redone feature designer finishes such as granite counters and a walk in shower large enough for anyones desire. The floors are porcelain tiles which run throughout the entire home.

The jewel of this exceptional home is the pool. Just come home and relax in your own backyard and take a dip in the pool. Move into this fabulous home and you don’t need to lift a finger. It’s all been done for you.

Just call or text me for a private viewing of this beautiful home.
Paul Slutsky, ReMax Experience 954-560-8330

Paul Slutsky and ReMax Experience support Wilton Manors Stonewall Gay Pride Festival

Stonewall Parade on Wilton Drive

Gay and straight, couples from all walks of life came to Wilton Manors to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. It was a celebration where love and support for the Gay community just flooded over onto the main street of Wilton Drive. Wilton Drive was closed to traffic for the day.

The day started with local businesses and organizations from Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas showing their support. Wilton Drive was lined with booths and tables displaying the products and services which they offer to the community. It was a time where everyone, gay or straight came to show their love and support as a community.

ReMax experience was represented along Wilton Drive
ReMax Experience invited our friends to enjoy Pride from our “living room”

I was happy to be part of it. ReMax Experience showed our support with a booth on Wilton Drive. ReMax Experience tried to make everyone feel “at home” and invited our visitors to come into the living room setting which we created for them. We had a sofa, a chandelier and all the things to make our guests feel at home. We made an empty space into a home setting and spoke to as many people as we could. I personally met many new friends as well as many old ones too.

As the day progressed the excitement peaked. The highlight of the day for me was the Pride Parade. Local business, organizations, political candidates as well as many others flooded Wilton Drive. There were floats, cars and flatbeds, feathers, balloons and glitter galore. All of this just adding to the excitement.  The parade is an annual event that you shouldn’t miss.

Wilton Drive was the scene of the Stonewall Pride Parade
The Annual Pride Parade in Wilton Manors celebrating the rights for Gay individuals

Oakland Park Plans to Build More Homes and Townhouses

 

Oak Tree Golf Course has everyone talking

The nations trend of golf courses is failing. With land so scarce, many builders have set their eyes upon golf courses as a source for redevelopment. There are approximately 45 golf courses in Broward County and at least three have closed in the past five years. Oak Tree Golf Course in Oakland Park was one those casualties which closed its doors over 10 years ago. Once an urban oasis and well-manicured golf course, the 150 acres has turned into a field of unmowed grass and overgrown foliage.

A new life for an old golf course

Homebuilder, PulteGroup has big plans to bring life back this little piece of heaven in Oakland Park. This property is located just off of Prospect Road. On the site of the former Oak Tree Golf Course plans are being finalized to move forward with a new home community. The developer has proposed building 288 single family houses together with 117 townhomes and could start building by the end of 2019.
Prices would range in the $300,000s for the townhomes and $400,000 to $600,000 for one and two story houses.
Oakland Park has seen a tremendous boom and continues to grow at an extremely rapid pace. To the east we’ve seen Eastside Townhomes emerge off of Dixie Highway. To the west construction continue with the building of Urban Village. Oakland Park has been working on the redevelopment of the downtown area and the development of the Culinary District.

Location Location Location

Situated so close to Fort Lauderdale beach along with it’s close proximity to the Fort Lauderdale airport people are discovering what Oakland Park has to offer. It’s accessibility to all major highways makes traveling south to Miami or north to West Palm Beach an easy commute. Oakland Park is a wonderful place to live, work and play.

For more information, contact Paul Slutsky, Re/Max Experience. 954-560-8330. Paul has been a homeowner and resident of Oakland Park for over 15 years.

Heaven Must Have Sent an Angel

Heaven must have sent an angel.

Recently I listed a home in Fort Lauderdale for an elderly woman who was no longer able to live on her own. Her home was a distance away from her children and everyone decided it would be best for her to move closer to them.

Martha was a widow, who would love sharing stories with me about her late husband. A smile would come upon her face with every mention of her beloved Harry. She would tell me how their home was filled with love and she shared with me the memories they made. She would go on to talk about the wonderful life the two of them made for themselves in Fort Lauderale.

Harry and Martha lived in an active 55 plus senior community where they took advantage of as many of the planned activities as they could. From themed parties to excursions to the beach. Their neighbors became their extended family. They enjoyed lounging at the pool. Their lives were rich and fulfilled,  just the way they dreamed their retirement in Fort Lauderdale would be.

As time when on and as life has it, Harry and Martha began slowing down and were not able to partake in all the activities that an 55 plus community has to offer. Trips to the beach were less often. They visited the pool less often.

Eventually, Harry became ill.  There became a point where he was confined to their condominium. Still in his  home, he was surrounded by the love of his wife. His wife of 70 years.

Unfortunately, as Harry’s health continued to decline it was time for Hospice to be called in.

Gretchen was a Hospice nurse and assigned to help with Harry. She, along with Martha cared for him making his last days as comfortable as possible.  Gretchen was there until the day that Harry passed along.

Very difficult for Martha, sad and broken hearted, she stayed in her 55 plus condominium. She stayed for another 2 years. Eventually it was time for her to sell her 3 bedroom condominium and move to a place which was better suited for her. It was time for the difficult decision to sell her home.

Her family packed her up and found a wonderful, 1 bedroom co-op for Martha to move into. Her condo was placed on the market for sale. Buyers came and buyers went until a wonderful couple fell in love with the home where Martha and Harry lived. They made an offer and Martha accepted it.

Martha didn’t attend the actual closing but I did.

At the closing I was told by the buyers, they knew right away this was the condo for them. They knew the love and memories this home held. The buyer then told me she had been in the condo a few years ago. She lifted her head and looked me and said …my name Gretchen. As a tear came to my eye, we both smiled and knew Martha wasn’t at that closing, but we knew Harry certainly was.

 

 

Oakland Park has a well kept secret

One of the best kept secrets in Oakland Park is Garden Acres. Oakland Park a city which is divided into “pocket neighborhoods” or sections. Some of those are neighborhoods include North Andrews Gardens, North Andrews Terrace, Coral Heights, Floranada, Lloyd Estates, Oakland Forest and Garden Acres.

Today Lets Talk About Garden Acres

This small community of approximately 140 homes and has only two entrances. As a result of its limited access into the community of Garden Acres, it is a quiet neighborhood where you can peacefully walk down the street with extremely limited traffic and is extremely pedestrian friendly.

Garden Acres used to be a Mango Grove

Another unique characteristic about Garden Acres, which was developed in the late 1950’s is its mature mango trees. Over 80-90 years the neighborhood used to be a mango grove. When the community was developed just about every home had mango trees in the yard. When I take buyers into the neighborhood of Garden Acres they know there is something different that they like, they just can’t put their finger on it. I end up pointing out to them that its the mature canopies created by the mango trees which makes Garden Acres unique.

The homes it this area are primarily 2 and 3 bedroom homes with 1-2 baths. Most of the lots are approximately 60 wide by 100 deep. Square footage ranges from 1000 – 1200 on an average.

Location, Location, Location

Conveniently located in Oakland Park, Garden Acres borders on the north with Commercial Blvd, on the south it touches NE 47th Street. Dixie Highway is the east border and  NE 6th Avenue is its west border. Just a two short traffic lights and you’ll find yourself on 95. If you head east 2 miles, your at the beach. For those who enjoy the lifestyle and entertainment of Wilton Manors, NE 6th Avenue is a gateway which ends on Wilton Drive. Garden Acres borders up against its “big sister” North Andrews Gardens, separated only by NE 6th Ave.

Oakland Park is no Stranger to Development

Situated on the east border is Dixie Highway, home to the Culinary District. Oakland Park proudly boasts its redevelopment project bringing restaurants, coffee houses, bars and entertainment to what has now become known the downtown Oakland Park. The Funky Buddha Brewery is one of just many new additions to the neighborhood – all a short stroll from Garden Acres.

So if you’re looking for a neighborhood, thats quiet but close to it all, Garden Acres is the one for you, and by the way I have a home there thats getting ready to be listed.

For more information contact:
Paul Slutsky, PA
Re/Max Experience
954-560-8330
www.paulsellshomes.com
paul@paulsellshomes.com

 

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Waterfront condos offer the perfect view at holiday time in Fort Lauderdale

Intracoastal Condos offer the best view for the Winterfest Boat Parade

Whether you’re watching from one of the waterfront condos on the intracoastal, or a spectator on the street the Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale is always an event not to be missed. For years, the Winterfest Boat Parade has been taking place down Fort Lauderdale’s intracoastal. There’s barely an empty balcony on the waterfront condos that overlook the parade. People line the intracoastal to watch the display of yachts of all sizes decorated with ornate holiday lights. It’s like watching the Thanksgiving Day parade but only with lights. If you haven’t witnessed it yet, it certainly must go on your to do list.

Crusing the Intracoastal

Another exciting thing to do in Fort Lauderdale during the holiday season is to take one of the many chartered yachts and cruise past the beautifully decorated intracoastal condos and  homes. Here you will see everything from  contemporary waterfront homes to huge stately mansions decorated from top to bottom with holiday lights. Palm trees glisten with white and colored bulbs. It’s not uncommon to see Santa Clause and his reindeer sitting on a dock. You will see 150 foot luxury yachts docked and draped with holiday decor. You’ll even might see someone riding a kayak dressed up as Santa. If this doesn’t put you in the spirit of the holiday, nothing will.

Christmas on Las Olas

Las Olas Blvd has its annual Christmas on Las Olas down the street in December as well. Here you’ll see children sliding down a mound of snow. Yes, snow in Florida. Restaurants will be tempting you with the most delicious food they can offer. Crowds line the streets to welcome the season Fort Lauderdale style. Artisans will be displaying their fine crafts. It’s an event where there is something for the youngest member of your family right on up to grandma and grandpa.

For more information contact:
Paul Slutsky, PA
Re/Max Experience
954-560-8330
www.paulsellshomes.com
paul@paulsellshomes.com

NAGLREP Convention in Palm Springs

I’d like to share with you my experience at the Gay Realtor convention – NAGLREP in Palm Springs. As a realtor, I was proud to be representing Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors.

In October, I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals convention. This years convention was held in Palm Springs, California. As always, it was a wonderful event for networking and meeting some of the most successful gay realtors from around the country. It was a reunion with old friends I met in past years and new friends, all in the real estate profession. It was the perfect opportunity, as a gay realtor to build my referral network with other realtors all across America. I was joined with a few fellow realtors for my home office of Re/Max Experience in Wilton Manors as well some familiar faces from Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors.

The Nuts and Bolts of the Convention
With his humor, comedian Alex Mapa emceed the NAGLREP convention, making it a huge success.

During the days, we attended lectures and learned about the latest technology available for today’s realtor. There were breakout sessions on lead generation and social media, home buying trends and information on marketing to the gay community. We listened to tips for selling homes and condos to the luxury buyer and talked about building our database. We were educated on diversity and learned the secrets of top producing real estate agents. From marketing professionals to mortgage lenders, from real estate coaches and agents that are larger than life, they were all there. The event ended with a keynote speech made by Human Rights Activist Clive Jones.

Million Dollar Listing
In this time of reality TV shows, I’m sure at least once, while flipping through you television stations, you landed on Bravo’s, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. I had the fortunate opportunity to spend some time and speak one on one with Madison Hildebrand. Madison is know for specializing in the luxury real estate market in Malibu and co-stared in the television series with Josh Flagg and Josh Altman.

With this being my first trip to Palm Springs I have to say, I fell in love with the desert air and mountains. This is quite different than Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors with our ocean and beachfront condos. I certainly enjoyed the change but most of all I enjoyed the Post Modern Architecture that the city has to offer. I can’t wait for the 2018 National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals which will be in Palm Spring again.

For more information contact:
Paul Slutsky, PA
Re/Max Experience
954-560-8330
www.paulsellshomes.com
paul@paulsellshomes.com

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Two realtor associations merge

Realtor Association Announces Merger

Uniting as one:
A merger has taken place between The Realtor Association of the Palm Beaches and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors Association. A vote was held this week to unite the two associations together. United they are going to be called the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale.  The merger was received  “with a 99% pass and had record. number of members turn out to vote in support of the merger.” Members who were unable to attend the meeting were able to vote by proxy. This is a very exciting time for both boards in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Size Matters:
Once this is  complete,  the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale will be the third largest realtor association in the country. It will also be one of the largest MLS systems in the country. Together it will have 25,000 realtor members, 30,000 MLS subscribers and over 40,000 online listings.

Benefits of the Association Merger:
Here are a few of the key points as a result of the mergers between the two associations. With it’s vast membership with the combined associations will have huge legislative power. The association now will be the voice to be heard and not ignored. In addition the members will benefit by the extraordinary purchasing power. This is something that a smaller association can not leverage.

The most exciting part for the individual realtor is that the MLS information. The information is feed into an IDX system which powers individual websites. Going forward it will include property listing from Western Broward  County,  South Palm Beach, North Palm Beach and up to the the Treasure Coast.

For more information visit:  the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors Association website at www.r-world.com.

For more information contact:
Paul Slutsky, PA
Re/Max Experience
954-560-8330
www.paulsellshomes.com
paul@paulsellshomes.com

 

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Electronic Lockboxes Have Their Benefits – Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale Realtor

 

supra report from box

• Electronic lockboxes are used by real estate agents:

Electronic lockboxes certainly have many benefits for real estate agents. I feel it’s important to show a property myself. Next to you, I should knows the ins and outs of your home the best.  However, sometimes it is just impossible to be able to attend every single showing. For these times, I use an electronic lockbox or as it is called, the iBox. iBox is a sophisticated key holder where your door key is placed and accessed by other realtors.

• Sophisticated level of security
Unlike the old combination lockbox, iBox has a very sophisticated level of security. Each licensed realtor is assigned their  very own “key fob” to open an iBox. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Board of Realtors assigns the fob. Each time a realtor uses his own fob to enter an iBoxes an email is immediately sent. This email alerts me that someone has entered the home.  The email contains detailed information. This information includes the date and time of the entry, name of the realtor, his/her phone number and email. A secure database online then maintains all of this information for future use.

The information has many benefits to me and you. If something was missing from your property, I would know who had accessed it last. With this knowledge I can then know who last entered the home.

As a homeowner you are going to ask me how many showings your property has had. Have their been repeat showing you may ask me.  I can then pull a report and tell you the number of showing which occurred along with the date and time.

iBox also gives valuable information to enable me to follow up with the other real estate agents to get feedback as to what their client felt about your home.

As a realtor, I find iBox invaluable. Never will you find one of those old rusty combination locks on any of the properties that I list. It’s just too easy to gain access to your home with a combination lockbox.

This is how I have gain the reputation that I have worked so hard for. I think of my clients and never compromising your safety or mine. I am always looking for the toward the latest technology to put me ahead of the average realtor.

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Here’s What People Are Saying About Paul Slutsky, Real Estate Agent

The Search for a Real Estate Agent:

When I was looking for a real estate agent I contacted Paul Slutsky by email while still living up north. He replied promptly and arranged for us to have a phone discussion. During this time he described the real estate market in the Fort Lauderdale area and inquired about my housing needs and preferences. He also took the time to describe his approach as a real estate agent.  I was able to decide if I thought we would work well together during my search. Before I traveled to Florida to condo hunt, Paul scheduled appointments for a variety of places. All of these met my non-negotiable (e.g., two-bedroom) and were in my price range or just slightly higher.

Our First meeting:

During the first morning of viewing condos, Paul spent a great deal of our time (in the car and in the condos) getting to know me beyond my condo preferences. Paul made great suggestions that helped me focus on what was most important to me – city/town/neighborhoods and lifestyle. We found a great place and now that I am living in it, I can say it actually exceeds my expectations. Paul is a smart, warm and polite realtor with a keen sense of people. (I am a psychologist so I don’t use that phrase lightly). Paul is honest and diplomatically straight-forward, which is refreshing. I really felt that his goal was to help me find a home that I would be happy living in for many years to come. And, I believe that goal was not only met but exceeded. Thanks, Paul.

Edward Spauster,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

For more testimonials and to learn what people are saying about Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale’s Premier Realtor, his expertise and how he listens and works with his clients: click here: https://www.paulsellshomes.com/testimonials

For more information contact:
Paul Slutsky, PA
Re/Max Experience
954-560-8330
www.paulsellshomes.com
paul@paulsellshomes.com

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