Secret Gems of South Florida: Las Olas By The River

Have you fallen in love with Fort Lauderdale? It’s so easy to see why! There’s not anywhere in the world quite like “The Venice of America.” This vibrant South Florida city is famous for its beaches, boating canals, arts, culture, and events – along with the weather to enjoy all of these incredible attractions year-round. From shopping on Las Olas Boulevard to the historic riverfront, and gondola rides on the canals, there’s just something so special about Fort Lauderdale. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy in the area, there are so many fantastic property options – and Signature International Real Estate is here to help you find your Fort Lauderdale dream home! 

Living in Fort Lauderdale

Nestled between Miami and West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale is a coastal city in Broward County with a decidedly cosmopolitan vibe. While Fort Lauderdale has long been a popular tourist destination, there’s a distinct feeling among locals that their city represents South Florida living at its finest. And they couldn’t be more right! This boater’s paradise is home to just over 180,000 people and about 50,000 registered yachts. It’s no wonder that the city is referred to as the Yachting Capital of the World! The city is run through with scenic canals that are lined with gorgeous homes, luxury condominiums, and lush tropical vegetation. By far, the best way to get to know the area is by boat, from a simple gondola tour, or by chartering your own yacht for the day. You can also arrive at many fabulous Fort Lauderdale destinations via water taxi. 

Fort Lauderdale was built in 1838 during the Seminole War under the command of U.S. Major William Lauderdale. The city was incorporated in 1911 and, in 1915, was designated the county seat of the newly formed Broward County. 

Fort Lauderdale may be geographically small, but it is absolutely bursting to the brim with character with a surprising amount of history, a lively art scene, and a unique ecology as part of the Everglades. Some must-see Fort Lauderdale sites include the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, the NSU Art Museum, and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. Just two miles north of Port Everglades, you can soak up the sunshine and sea air on Fort Lauderdale Beach’s iconic promenade, with its signature white wave wall and brick paved path. Be sure to head to the upscale Las Olas neighborhood with its art galleries, museums, boutiques, cafes, cocktail bars, and fine dining and waterfront dining options. Las Olas Boulevard stretches from downtown Fort Lauderdale along New River to Las Olas Beach, overlooking the grand mansions and yachts of the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Whether you’re looking to rent or purchase a property in Fort Lauderdale, you’re in luck! There is a wide range of neighborhoods and available properties in this beautiful city, each with its own unique charm. So, how do you decide where to start looking? Luckily, we’re here to help! One of our agents’ favorite Fort Lauderdale properties is, without a doubt, Las Olas By The River. 

Discover Las Olas By The River 

According to Eric Jaiven, Director of Agent Services at Signature Real Estate Companies, Las Olas By The River is one of South Florida’s best-kept secrets, and we are delighted to share the inside scoop about this amazing property with you! 

The 520 SE 5th Ave location in the Rio Vista neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale is a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Located on the south side of the river, Las Olas By The River offers a sophisticated yet comfortable and convenient lifestyle for all to enjoy. Within walking distance, you can find the everyday essentials like Publix and Whole Foods, as well as fabulous shopping, charming cafes, world-class restaurants, and trendy entertainment. Just blocks away, you can find the renowned independent movie theater, Savor Cinema. A moment's ride by water taxi will take you from Riverwalk to Fort Lauderdale’s incredible beaches.

This highly desirable mid-rise gated development features 240 units spread across three buildings with seven floors each. This collection of one, two, and three-bedroom condos has so much to offer it’s hard to list it all! Each unit has its own balcony offering stunning views of the pool and serene tropical gardens. Units also include features like spacious open floor plans, walk-in closets, well-laid-out gourmet kitchens, tile and wood floors, and updated bathrooms. 

Residents of Las Olas By The River will enjoy an array of luxurious amenities, including 24/7 concierge service, security, state-of-the-art fitness center (featuring a yoga room!), jacuzzi spa, bbq and picnic area, club room, children’s play area, bike storage, business center, lounge, billiard room, party room, library, outdoor summer kitchen, heated resort-style pool, pool deck cabanas, and more. Las Olas By The River condos vary in size from around 1,000-square-feet to more than 1,400-square-feet with prices starting at just over $250,000. For additional information or to schedule a private tour of Las Olas By The River, contact a Signature real estate agent today!