Melanie & David Schrand

  Call: 954.817.1056

RIVA Fort Lauderdale Fall Fest

Halloween and fall is one of the most exciting times of the year, so naturally, your whole family will want to get in on the fun. Except come on let’s be real, the only time you know it has transitioned to fall in South Florida is you see Halloween and fall decorations in the stores. Walking into Michael’s, Home Depot, your pet’s veterinarian office, flipping through Frontgate magazine, or listening to the House of Horrors advertisements on the radio or in your local grocery store. Not to mention seeing the pop-up Halloween costume stores in all the shopping centers. What better way to get into the Halloween and fall spirit than decorating your home. Especially if it’s a brand new condominium right in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Inspiration to deck out your new space with hues of orange, black, gold with all the fancy festive decorations that are on the market these days might touch your soul with some pumpkin cinnamon apple spirit. Not talking about the new latte at Starbucks either. Not to mention, save the date as the Dania Beach to the Design Center of The Americas, DCOATA, fall market and Fort Lauderdale Home Show will be coming up in November that will surely get your creative design juices flowing. A home uniquely extraordinary as the home owner.

In the market for a new condominium centrally located in Fort Lauderdale with water access that won’t break the bank then you should consider RIVA. RIVA celebrated completion by local general contractor Moss & Associates this June. Sitting glamorously on the banks of the Middle River at 561,458 square feet in the heart of Fort Lauderdale this 15-story, sleek glass condominium is where nature and modern collide. The $85 million dollar building is home to only 100 owners offering exquisite surround views located at 1180 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304. Walking distance to George English Park, , and only one mile from Fort Lauderdale beach not to mention you can step into the warm waters of the Middle River directly off the community dock or an electric water taxi. Or better yet take your kayak or boat from RIVA and follow the waterways to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park just over the bridge on the other side on the way to AIA and take a hike or have a picnic. Or jump on your paddleboard and paddle down the Intracoastal Waterway to the Stranahan House to the New River and get a history lesson of this historical 1901 landmark. Grasps of modern living with walking distance to the Galleria Mall with eateries and shops not to mention a short drive to the historical Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and downtown Fort Lauderdale. Centrally located in Fort Lauderdale at its finest.

RIVA offers ten different model plans, with only 90 residences from floors 5-14 with garage parking and private storage areas. These exquisitely designed two bedrooms are over 1,500 square feet and expansive three bedrooms go over 2,500 square feet. Each residence has a wrap-around panoramic enormous terraces featuring summer kitchens for entertaining or simply to enjoy coffee and sunrises. 2 & 3 bedroom, luxury residences are priced from $700,000. 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 and two master suites. In over 5,000 – 7,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space and choose from up to four bedrooms and up to four and a half baths starting from $2 million.

Currently there are two units available for purchase. Unit #808 a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2,251 sf. Includes a private boat slip listed at $1,475,000. Or a smaller condominium #609 with 1,411 living space, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths priced to sell at $583,500. Both units offer 2 parking spaces in buildings parking garage, sleek modern European kitchens with tones of wine and dark brown cabinetry and an outdoor kitchen. Decorating either of these luxurious residences for Halloween and fall would be a lot of fun and would exude festive spirit. Imagine the possibilities of artfully uniting an extraordinary home with your unique style of a privileged waterfront lifestyle. Now let’s present where you can have a local Halloween and fall festivals experience like they do up north.

Hayrides, Halloween parties, trick-or-treating and pumpkin patches can be found throughout Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. All events listed are free and are suitable for children and even your beloved family pet unless otherwise noted.


1) Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church HarvestFest, 5555 N. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 Fall festival, hay slides, giveaways, trunk or treat, costume contest, bounce house, food trucks, and more!
Info: 954-771-8840.
Dates: October 31 from 6:00-8:00pm


2) Flamingo Road Nursery Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch, 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie, FL
Info: (954)476-7878
Fall Harvest Festival Kickoff Weekend, September 29-30
Fall Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch Dates: Every Day from Sept 29-October 31
Applefest with apple sampling, October 20-21
Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Horse-Drawn Hayrides: (Starting October 6) Saturdays, Noon – 3:00 pm & Sundays, 1:00-4:00 pm, $4 per person


3) Flamingo Gardens Harvest Festival, 3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie, FL
Info: (954) 473-2955
Harvest Festival & 3rd Annual Scarecrow Competition, October 13, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Haunted Nights at Flamingo Gardens with Hay Rides, October 19, 20, 26, 27, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (no children
10 and under permitted)
Haunted Food Trucks, October 19, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Story Time for Kids with the Good Witches, October 28
Check website for details and special admission fees


4) Gross Out Halloween Activities and Costume Contest at Museum of Discovery and Science, Museum of
Discovery & Science, 401 SW 2nd Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Info: (954) 713-0930
Date: October 26 -27
Hours: Friday & Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday, noon – 6:00 pm
Tickets: Adults $9; Seniors $8; Children $7.


5) Esplande Park Trick-or-Treat on 2nd Street and Howl-O-Ween Kid and Pet Parade, 400 Southwest 2nd
Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Info: (954) 828-5363
Date: October 27, Hours: Festival and Entertainment, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Parade starts at 4:00 pm


6) Riverland Park Trick-or-Treat Halloween Party and Costume Contest, 950 SW 27 th Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Info: (954)828-5320
Date: October 27
Hours: 4:00 – 8:00 pm


7) PetSet’s “Fifty Shades of Masquerade” Halloween Party to benefit the amazing Humane Society of Broward
of Fort Lauderdale, 301 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Date: October 27, 2012
Info: (954) 266-6827
Hours: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
Tickets: $25 for Petset members, $30 for non-members


8) Broward County Parks Hayrides and Campfires, hayrides and campfire at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S.
Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, FL,
Info: (954) 357-5100
Dates: October 23, November 20, December 11; Fridays 7-9:30pm.
Other parks locations and dates are below.  $3.50+sales tax per person ages 3 and up – Includes one
hayride and one bag of fixings for s'mores. Preregistration and prepayment are required (except at T.Y.
Park) by calling or visiting the park of your choice. T.Y. Park accepts cash only.
Other Parks:
Tradewinds Park & Stables
January 15, January 29, February 26
3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek
954-357-8870
T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park
October 23, November 20, December 18, January 22, February 19
3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood
Info: 954-357-8811
We would be happy to schedule a showing at RIVA if you are in the market to buy waterfront and/or riverfront real estate in Fort Lauderdale. We actually live right across the river and being neighbors to RIVA would be more than happy to provide local real estate and fall tips about the neighborhood. Please call us to schedule an appointment 954.817.1056.