Fort Lauderdale Waterfront Real Estate • 49th Street Townhomes

front view49th Street Townhouses are located in the sought-after Coral Ridge area of Fort Lauderdale and if you like the beach, you’ll love their location because they are only one block south of Commercial Blvd. and east of Bayview Drive. 

The business and shopping district along Commercial Blvd. is just steps away from 49th Street Townhomes and residents need drive only 5 minutes to get to the beach and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s pier.  Holy Cross Hospital is only about a mile west and the popular Coral Ridge Country Club is just 10 blocks south on Bayview Drive.

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rear view49th Street Townhomes is a waterfront community of 28 tri-level townhouses located on one of Fort Lauderdale’s many finger canals off the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).  These townhouses are very spacious and offer 2-bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a loft, and a 1 or 2 car garage.  

Want more information?  Read more about these Fort Lauderdale waterfront townhomes and find out which ones are currently for sale.  Of course, if you own one of these townhomes and are considering selling, we’d love to hear from you, too.  Remember… we market homes like no one else!  This post illustrates just one of the marketing techniques we utilize to ensure maximum market exposure for your home.

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Home Energy Conservation Tips

Summer SunIf you’ve ever visited or lived in South Florida during the summer months, you know there are days when it can be very hot and humid!  Whether it’s due to global warming or just coincidental, it’s always a good idea to take energy conservation seriously.

Taking steps now to conserve home energy costs can save you money over time.  These steps range from the free or low-cost to the more expensive which are worthwhile but will take longer to see a return on investment (ROI).  Examples of both include keeping your blinds closed (except during showings if your home is for sale!), installing a programmable thermostat, regularly replacing your A/C filter, vacuuming any build-up of dust on refrigerator and freezer coils, lowering your hot water heaters’ temperature setting, installing window tinting, or replacing your air-conditioning system with a new, more efficient one.  Whole house air-conditioning units typically need replacement every 10-12 years in South Florida.

To find out if your energy use is above average, take 5 minutes to complete this home energy analysis. To perform this worthwhile test you’ll need to know your home’s age, square footage, number of occupants, and energy bill totals for a consecutive 12-month period (1 year).

Here’s a breakdown of what the typical energy bill pays for:

  • 45% – Heating and Cooling
  • 15% – Other*
  • 11% – Water Heater
  • 10% – Clothes Washer & Dryer
  • 7% – Lighting
  • 6% – Refrigerator
  • 2% – Dishwasher
  • 2% – TV / VCR / DVD
  • 2% – Computer and Monitor

* “Other” represents an array of household products including stoves, ovens, microwaves, and other small appliances. Individually, these products account for no more than about 2% of a household’s energy bills. Source: EnergyStar.gov

Also, many utility companies offer homeowners a free energy audit that includes a report on things you can do to lower your energy bills.  Wondering what to do to reduce your home’s energy consumption? Here are some resources to assist you:

Google Maps of South Florida Can Be Useful to Home Buyers

blue tarps on roofs in South FloridaIf you use Google Maps you may have noticed that they seem to have recently updated their maps of South Florida (satellite/hybrid aerial maps).  How can I tell?  Well, because now when I use Google Maps, I see lots of roofs with blue tarps on them… something we saw everywhere throughout South Florida for many months after Hurricane Wilma blew through Broward County as well as other surrounding counties.  Even now… almost two years later, you’ll still ocassionally see homes with a blue tarp on the roof.

If you’re a home buyer looking at homes in South Florida, this may be a good way to tell if the home you’re considering buying had roof damage.  In fact, the aerial maps even reveal which South Florida neighborhoods had roofs that weathered the hurricane better than others.  

Of course, Florida home buyers should always ask the home seller to provide them with a copy of the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement (SPDS) which is designed to assist home buyers in evaluating the property being considered.  In Florida, a home seller is obligated to disclose to a buyer all known facts that materially affect the value of the property being sold and that are not readily observable.

Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol

Sometimes you can drive down the same street dozens of times before you notice something that’s been there for a long time.  That was the case with the following historical marker that I took a photo of the other day.  It’s located along N. Riverside Drive in Pompano Beach and I was glad I finally noticed it because it offers some interesting tidbits of the history of that area of Pompano Beach. 

The recreational area encompassed by Colony Club Road is considered a Florida Heritage Site and the historical marker is sponsored by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and the Florida Department of State.  Apparently, the marker was erected in 2002.  For ease of reading, I’ve included the text of this historical marker below the photo.

Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol

“The recreation area encompassed by Colony Club Road, during World War II (1941-1945) , was the site of the corrals and paddocks for the United States Coast Guard’s Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol.  The mounted beach patrol protected the coast from U-boat activity and saboteurs.  The location of the Beach Patrol headquarters was the site of the Old Silver Thatch Inn, which was built by the Jelks family c. 1930s.  When the Coast Guard requsitioned the property in 1942, stables, corrals and a paddock were built behind the hotel, which served as headquarters for the unit and barracks for the men.  Starting the eight-hour duty at 4 P.M. , the unit patrolled from Hillsboro Inlet to Port Everglades.  In 1945, the unit was decommissioned and the hotel was returned to civilian control.  In 1954, Ed Stack, who later became Broward County Sheriff, and then was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, purchased the property and started the Bath and Tennis Club of Pompano Beach on the site.  The hotel was torn down in 1972, when the Silver Thatch Atlantic Plaza was built on the property.  The recreational area remains because of a 1962 deed restriction, which precludes any building on the parcel.”

Average Temperatures for Fort Lauderdale

When I ask buyers what made them decide to relocate to South Florida from other states, their reasons almost always include Florida’s year-round warm weather.  While the summer months may be uncomfortably hot for some, there are plenty of ways to keep cool and enjoy living in South Florida year-round.  Below is a chart of the average temperatures and precipitation for the greater Fort Lauderdale area.

Average temps for Fort Lauderdale

Brand new and already functionally obsolete!

BlueprintsI recently showed one of my clients a 2-bedroom/1-bathroom townhome which has the 2 bedrooms with a bathroom between them upstairs and zero bathrooms downstairs (where the kitchen and living room/dining room are).  Whenever I come across these types of odd floor plans, I have to ask “what were the builders thinking?”.  Who wants to have to go upstairs every time they need to go to the bathroom or make their guests do that?  I know some older homes were built with only one bathroom but this was a 10-year old townhouse… a townhouse that was functionally obsolete even when it was brand new!

Whenever you are shopping for a home, be sure to take into consideration the potential value of a home in the future.  Oddities such as the one I mentioned above can negatively affect the value of the home and make it more difficult to sell, especially during a buyer’s market when inventory levels are high.  Unless there is a way to fix the problem and the fix is not unreasonably expensive, it’s best to move on and find another home you like that won’t make it difficult to sell when you decide to move again and have to put it on the market.