REAL ESTATE IN BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA
Broward County is probably best known for Fort Lauderdale, the “Venice of America” and a former Spring Break capital that gained its claim to fame with the 1960 movie, “Where the Boys Are.” Indeed, Fort Lauderdale is Broward County’s largest city – one that’s particularly popular among the yachting crowd -- but it’s just one of more than 30 municipalities within this South Florida county from which real estate buyers have to choose. More than 1.7 million people reside in Broward County condominiums, townhouses and private homes. The median household income of $51,603 and the near $200,000 median value of owner-occupied homes are higher than the Florida average. Some of the priciest homes in Broward County list in the $70 million range.
Real estate buyers in Broward County find themselves amid a diverse, international community that’s central to the South Florida metropolitan area and boasts 185 miles of local waterways. Real estate offerings range from high-rise condominiums and exclusive waterfront estates nearer the coast to gated communities farther west. Real estate buyers within this South Florida county find themselves situated between Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties and with abundant dining, shopping, entertainment and land and sea-based recreational opportunities right in their backyards. Broward County leaders support vibrant arts, culture, recreation and educational opportunities. Their focuses also include access to health and human services as well as efficient transportation offerings.
Broward County is consistently rated among the best and most high-tech places to do business and to state a business. It’s bordered by Boca Raton to the north and Aventura and Miami Gardens to the south and home to Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades as well as Nova Southeastern University, Florida International University, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and Broward Community College. County leaders working to become an epicenter for world trade offer private and public partnerships as a means of attracting and retaining targeted and high-wage businesses while at the same time focusing on sustainable development and a healthy environment, in part by trying to limit urban sprawl and make the best use of area resources.
In 1915, when Broward County was established, it was considered “unfit for human habitation.” The county has since become home to more than 1.7 million people. Native Americans who were among South Florida’s earliest inhabitants retain a strong presence at locations such as the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and Billie Swamp Safari, both near the Hard Rock and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Gamblers in Broward County can also try their luck at the Gulfstream Racing & Casino Park and the Isle Casino at the Pompano Park standardbred harness race track.
Tourism has been a strong component of Broward County since the 1920s. Butterfly World, the Hillsboro Lighthouse and dining and shopping complexes and strips such as Las Olas Boulevard and Riverwalk are among the area’s contemporary activities and attractions. The International Swimming Hall of Fame and the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum are situated in Broward County. Additional museums in Broward County are centered around everything from art, science and antique cars to fire and safety.
Real Estate in Eastern Broward County, Florida
Deerfield Beach • Pompano Beach • Hillsboro Beach • Lighthouse Point • Sea Ranch Lakes • Lauderdale-by-the-Sea • Oakland Park • Fort Lauderdale • Dania Beach • Hollywood • Hallandale
Eastern Broward County is bustling with visitors and boasts townhouses, high-rise condominiums and luxury homes within communities surrounding the ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway as well as the Middle and New Rivers that connect with the waterway. Real estate buyers in Eastern Broward County can find Victorian homes and security patrolled waterfront estates near chic urban areas, homes and condominiums within walking distance to the beach and canal-filled coastal communities that beckon boating. Eastern Broward County offers the choice of large cities and more intimate, upscale towns.
Real Estate in Western Broward County, Florida
Coconut Creek • Coral Springs • Margate • North Lauderdale • Tamarac • Parkland • Sunrise • Plantation • Davie • Pembroke Pines • Weston • Cooper City • Miramar
Broward County’s western municipalities vary from suburban Plantation and Sunrise with many gated residential communities to more rural Davie and Parkland, where a variety of housing options are offered and horseback riding is a common pastime. Western Broward County is home to Nova Southeastern University, and the main north-south stretch is University Drive.
Broward County at a Glance
- Broward County spans 1,228 square miles.
- Of that, 796.6 square miles is set aside for conservation
- Sandy beaches in Broward County span 24 miles
- The area features nine birding and wildlife trails, two state parks, four bays and inlets and four rivers and paddling trails
- Unique rankings: One of the most wired broadband areas in the nation; one of the best cities for Thanksgiving and one of the most popular cities for the holidays.
- Sources: US Census, 2012; Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; Forbes, March 2010; Sperling’s Best Places; 50states.com