Looking Through My Window in Fort Lauderdale

As we drive down A1A and see beautiful new buildings being erected, creating the “new Fort Lauderdale” we tend to forget what was there before. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. As we start our tour we’ll pay tribute to Connie Francis for putting us on the map with the movie “Where to Boys Are,” the movie and the artist which gave us fame, fortune and a future.

Strolling further down Atlantic Blvd to the Las Olas Beach Club, now a luxury high rise condominium directly on the ocean once stood the Lauderdale Beach Hotel built in 1937 during World War II. It was once used as a Navy Training Center and eventually went on to become a hotel to the elite and the famous. Known for their “black tie dining service” and Truman Suite it was the hotel of choice for President Truman when he would visit the beach.

Lauderdale Beach Hotel has special meaning to me. Back in the mid 1990’s when tourism was down and the hotel was struggling, I personally rented an office on the second floor. As time when on and redevelopment started, from my window I would look out and watch the construction of what is now Marriott’s BeachPlace Towers. Where once stood the Marlin Beach Hotel and the Poop Deck a well known gay resort, a new pinicle for Fort Lauderdale tourism was born.

Aquavue, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, Paul Slutsky|Realtor

Thirty years later I once again find myself looking out the window, but this time from a residence on the Isle of Venice. From our own piece of paradise, I am watching one of Fort Lauderdale’s new and exciting waterfront properties, AquaVue, emerge. This five-story building will feature eight loft like residences, all three bedroom homes with three-and-a-half baths. Each double-corner residence will feature enormous terraces and floor to ceiling glass windows. Being situated directly on the Intracoastal Waterway each residence will all include a private boat slip which can accommodate a yacht up to 50 feet.  Pricing will range from $1.475 million to $1.625 million, all approximately 2850 square feet. This project is part of the transformation occurring on the Isle of Venice, the jewel of Fort Lauderdale, just off Las Olas and west of the Intracoastal.  Other projects include AquaVita, AquaLuna, AquaMar and AquaBlue. If you’d like to become our neighbor, contact me, Paul Slutsky, and let me introduce you to your new waterfront property.





Auberge – What You Need To Know!

South Florida has been booming with new construction and this is not thought to end any time soon. Miami has been at the forefront of this boom, but it is now moving north into areas such as Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach and Hollywood. Developers are moving north to these areas that may not have as much cachet, but because of their beachfront locations are seen as having great upside potential. Lastly, it is also cheaper which makes for relatively good deals at the moment.

On Fort Lauderdale Beach, Ireland’s Inn at 2220 N. Atlantic Blvd., is set to be razed and redeveloped into an elegant 171-unit condominium project called Auberge Beach Residences & Spa. “If that building was in South Beach, it would probably command close to $5,000 a square foot,” said Carlos Rosso to The New York Times, head of the Related Group’s condominium division, referring to the Auberge. “But because it’s Fort Lauderdale, spectacular luxury units with 20-feet-deep terraces are selling for $1,100 a square foot.”

This is one of the more recent projects. What does this all mean exactly? The project was originally slated with the possible chance to open in 2017, though 2018 seemed more likely. However, 2017 is now the expected delivery date. The early sales push for the 171 units ranging from $1.8 million to $8 million has gone way better than anticipated. “We thought it would take longer to sell,” said Carlos Rosso to The Sun Sentinel, head of the condo division for The Related Group, which is building Auberge with Fortune International Group and the Fairwinds Group. As of early May 2015, the firms say they have 90 percent of the units reserved and 10 contracts signed.

Although the boom has moved to Fort Lauderdale, the Auberge is set to head back to Miami. Plans for the Auberge Residences Miami at 1400 Biscayne Blvd. call for three towers, with the tallest two at 58 stories and the third at 49 stories, plus 1,629 parking spaces. It would have 13,280 square feet of retail. The project would total 2.7 million square feet.