Melanie & David Schrand

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Fort Lauderdale’s Historic Rivers and Real Estate

When you think of Fort Lauderdale, beaches come to mind, not rivers per say. Fort Lauderdale is the sister city to Venice, Italy being known as the Venice of Americas for its network of Intracoastal canals and waterways. If you are looking for something to do rather than lounging around the pool or on the beach there are plenty of nice features of spending an afternoon around the local historic rivers. The Riverwalk ( is a quiet pedestrian path that runs along part of the Tarpon River in the heart of downtown. You could start inland at the westernmost end that leads off SW Fourth Court and meander east, savoring the beautiful views of the river along this mile-long trail. It finishes on the famous Las Olas Boulevard – turn right and continue east along the main strip, ducking into many of the fine art galleries and beachy boutiques along the way. Check out the New River as it flanks Las Olas and take a tour of the Stranahan House, the oldest building in Fort Lauderdale. The New River has a criminal background where pirates, rum-runners and scammers would sail along these Intracoastal passages. How exciting to be walking along the same waters today where pirates raised their sails.

Last weekend you might have noticed about 1,000 four-legged local friends walking along the riverfront in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale for the Annual Humane Society of Broward County “Walk for The Animals” event. The pathway is pet friendly. If you stroll along the meandering path and go West, you could head to the Broward Center of the Performing Arts and catch a show or venture into the Museum of Discovery and Science for an action-packed day. This weekend catch the Arts Ballet Theatre show Papillon the Butterfly or the Miami City Ballet is performing there too this weekend. Along your walk you won’t miss the beautiful historic New River Inn Museum of History constructed in 1905 originally as a hotel nestled in the heart of the Riverwalk Park on the New River. There are both historical and ghost tours for the choosing along with art exhibits. Drive a little North and you will encounter Middle River where there is a private 8- bedroom, 10,000 square foot modern day estate castle. Worth the visit.

Across from the Fort Lauderdale castle is a brand-new condominium called RIVA. Once you have taken a walk along the rivers edge in Fort Lauderdale you might, just might, be enthralled with the views and tranquility. Now you can have it every day and live on the river in East Fort Lauderdale in the stunning RIVA building that is newly built just North of Sunrise Boulevard. Built by Bradley Deckelbaum a respected fourth generation developer. This developer has prominent 100-year legacy from Canada to Florida with an impressive Florida portfolio containing over 2,000 Florida homes. RIVA’s waterfront location is directly on the banks of the Middle River on a tranquil 2-acre site close to the Galleria Mall, the beaches and downtown Fort Lauderdale. It’s a
15-story riverfront tower that offers home to only 100 owners with exquisite surround views. You can even paddleboard, dock your boat or drive your Jet Ski right up to the resident Watersports Center and docks. An extraordinary life worth living along the river’s edge.

Choose from one of the ten different model plans, with only 90 residences from floors 5-14 with garage parking and private storage areas. Spacious two bedrooms are over 1,500 sf and expansive three bedrooms go over 2,500 sf. Each residence has a wrap-around panoramic enormous terraces featuring summer kitchens for entertaining or simply to enjoy coffee and sunrises. RIVA’s penthouse collection marvels by offering 8 diverse models with two floors, two terraces, two horizons, two-car garage and a boat slip. Each penthouse has all the amenities of the lower floors and more, starting with a private elevator foyer, no communal hallways, even a personal elevator between the two intimate floors. In over 5,000 – 7,000 sf of indoor-outdoor living space and choose from up to four bedrooms and up to four and a half baths. A relaxing environment for water enthusiast.

We would be happy to let you know the current availability and schedule a showing at RIVA if you are in the market to buy riverfront real estate in Fort Lauderdale. We actually live right across the river in neighborhood of Coral Ridge. Being neighbors to RIVA would be more than happy to provide local and real estate tips on the neighborhood. Please call us to schedule an appointment 954.817.1056.