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.
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.