Artesia’s Clubhouse and Recreational Activities Are Like No Other!

Luxury condos in Broward County!If you like to lead a social lifestyle, it’s hard to beat what owning a condo or townhome at Artesia in west Sunrise has to offer.  ‘Villa Artesia’… the magnificent new clubhouse at Artesia, officially opened it’s doors in late June 2007 by hosting an open house for real estate brokers in the Sunrise, Florida area.  The event was well worth attending as we were amazed at the range of fitness, recreational and social activities the palatial clubhouse and outdoor amenities have to offer the residents of Artesia.

Artesia truly brings the resort lifestyle to West Broward. This new home community features a vast plaza with shimmering pools and fountains… including a Grand Canal. Stroll along the brick-paved walkways and enjoy the lush landscaping throughout. Take a dip in one of three pools! Sip a drink by the tropical poolside tiki bar or have a bite to eat in the charming Fountain Cafe. Try your hand at pool in the ultimate billiard club room (complete with sports bar and flat screen TV) or take a class in the Art Room. Get in shape in the state-of-the art Exercise Center, or play a game of basketball or tennis, then get a massage at the spa. The Sunrise Room is available for hosting social gatherings.  There’s even a tot lot and waterworks area for kids! All this and much more is available for you at Artesia… South Florida living at it’s best!

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This new home community is located in the Sawgrass area of Sunrise, Florida.  It’s an area that has seen a great deal of activity in recent years not only because of the new construction of condos (including Tao) but also because of new local shopping areas (IKEA’s Sunrise store & Sawgrass Landings, where you’ll find LA Fitness, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Quizno’s, Kinko’s & more).  Let’s not forget the additions to the Sawgrass Mills Mall (the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass, Grand Lux Cafe & PF Chang’s to name a few).

If you haven’t visited any of the models at Artesia yet, but are thinking of going, be sure to call me first to find out how you can qualify for a $1,000 rebate at closing (one of the conditions is that I must register you as my customer).  By the way… I don’t bite.  Really!  If you’d like to view Artesia condos for sale on the South Florida MLS, click here then choose “Broward County” and enter “Artesia” next to “Complex Name” and click on the search button.  At the time this post was published, there were 23 Artesia condos for sale varying in price from $293,000-$549,000.  I’m offering the rebate on resale condos in Artesia as well as new construction units (call 954-846-1600 for details).

Plum Bay Homes in Tamarac, Florida

View of dock/fishing pier and lakefront homes.  Find listings of homes for sale at Plum Bay in Tamarac.The single-family home community of Plum Bay features a lakeside pool with spacious sun deck, cabana baths, covered patio, two tennis courts (one of which doubles as a basketball court), a fishing pier and a boat launch ramp next to the fishing pier/dock.  Homes in this South Florida neighborhood were built between 1995 and 1999.  Plum Bay offers one- and two-story homes, some with lake or golf course views.  Certain floorplans include a loft area, an ideal spot for a small home office, media center or play area.  Prices currently range from the high-$200’s to the high-$300’s and the community maintains a low monthly HOA maintenance fee.

Residents of Plum Bay can enjoy nearby parks including Sunset Point Park (11000 W. McNab Rd.) as well as the Caporella Aquatic Center (across from Challenger Elementary School and Millenium Middle School on NW 94th Avenue).  The main entrance to Plum Bay is located a block north of the N.E. corner of Commercial Blvd. and Nob Hill Road providing for easy access to the Sawgrass Expressway.

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Call Leanne Paynter at 954-846-1600 to find out how you can qualify for a $1,000 rebate if you want to purchase a home in Plum Bay.  You can search the MLS for listings of homes for sale in Plum Bay here.

Tamarac Florida – Recent Home Sales Prices

Homes that sold recently in Tamarac, FL.Tamarac originally drew many retirees but has experienced a considerable change in demographics over the past 15 years, with more younger families moving in.  Anyone looking for affordable single-family homes in western Broward County will find quite a lot of them here.  There are also some very nice high-end homes in the country club/golf course communities of Woodmont and Woodlands… many of them with 3,000+ sq. ft. of interior living space.

For over 32 years, the city has also been home to University Hospital and Medical Center.  Tamarac was a winner of the national “Livable Communities for All Ages” award in 2005 and has proudly earned the National Arbor Day Foundation’s annual “Tree City USA” designation 14 times.

Below is a sampling of recent home sale prices* in Tamarac, Florida (sold/closed sales over the past three months through the date of this post).

Recent Single-Family Home Sales Prices in Tamarac, FL:

Recent Condo Sales Prices in Tamarac, FL:

*As reported on the South Florida MLS. <– Find South Florida real estate for sale!

The Tequesta Trail at Forest Ridge in Davie, Florida

trail signPart of the Tequesta Trail can be found in the residential neighborhood of Forest Ridge in Davie, FL.  At one point along the winding road that is shaded by a canopy of live oak trees just past Forest Ridge’s grand main entrance, there is a sign marker that is sponsored by the Archeological and Historical Conservancy which reads:

“The Tequesta Indians and their ancestors inhabited Pine Island from circa 3000 BC through 1500 AD.  The Tequesta inhabited southeast Florida from Boca Raton southward to Key West.  Historians estimate that as many as 20,000 Indians may have lived in South Florida before they became extinct from diseases contracted from Europeans.

On August 31, 1989, archeologists unearthed during road construction the remains of a Tequesta Village at this site.  Near this sign are the remains of an ancient Tequesta settlement that is at least 2,000 years old.”

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Weston FL Homes with No Homeowner Association Fees

BonaventureThe third in my series of posts on South Florida neighborhoods with no homeowners association (HOA), this one focuses on the City of Weston.   Unlike my previous two installments to this series, this one will be considerably shorter because only one neighborhood of single family homes in Weston is not governed by a homeowner association.

Although the Bonaventure Lakes neighborhood is HOA-free, there is a requirement of membership at the Bonaventure Town Center Club, a recreation and community center for the residents of the community of Bonaventure in Weston.  The club is located at the SW corner of Saddle Club Road and Bonaventure Blvd. and membership is currently $270 per year.

The majority of Weston’s Bonaventure Lakes homes have 3-4 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms as well as a 1- or 2-car garage, though there are a few homes that offer as many as 5 or 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.  Most homes feature a swimming pool and some offer canal or lake views.  Almost all homes here were built between the late 1970’s and early 1990’s and all are one-story homes.  Within the Bonaventure Lakes neighborhood there are two tennis courts and two basketball courts for residents to enjoy.  You’ll find Bonaventure Lakes homes ranging in price from $339,000 to about $625,000.  So, if you’d like to live in Weston and prefer not to live in a community with a homeowner association, this community may be just what you’re looking for!

Sunrise Florida – Recent Home Sales Prices

Recent home sales prices in Sunrise, Florida.The City of Sunrise is conveniently located in the heart of the tri-county area with easy access to all major highways in Broward County.  Some of the larger neighborhoods in Sunrise include the Residences of Sawgrass Mills, Welleby and Sunrise Golf Village.  Two new developments — Artesia (condos and townhomes) and the Tao Condo towers (two 26-story high-rise buildings that are the tallest structures in west Broward) are currently in various stages of construction.

Sunrise, Florida, is home to Sawgrass Mills (Florida’s largest retail and entertainment complex) as well as the Bank Atlantic Center – the second largest arena in the country and home to the NHL’s Florida Panthers ice hockey team.  Residents of the City of Sunrise can enjoy several amenities, including a world-class tennis club, golf courses, a soccer club, playgrounds and municipal swimming pools. Come see the lifestyle Sunrise can offer you! 

Below is a sampling of recent home sale prices* in Sunrise, Florida (sold/closed sales over the past 3+/- months through the date of this post).  You can search the South Florida MLS if you’d like to see listings of homes and condos currently for sale.

Recent Single-Family Home Sales Prices in Sunrise, FL:

Recent Condo Sales Prices in Sunrise, FL:

*As reported on the South Florida MLS. <– Find homes for sale in South Florida!

Davie FL Homes with No Homeowner Association Fees

Davie FLToday’s installment is the second in my series of posts on South Florida neighborhoods with no homeowners association (HOA) and this one focuses on Davie, FL homes.  The bulleted list below represents just some of the subdivisions in Davie, Florida that are HOA-free.  

Additional Davie neighborhoods that are not part of a homeowners association include CCC Ranches, Crooked Oaks, D & M Acres, Davie Farmettes, Davie Heights, Davie Little Ranches, Everglades Land Sales, Fla Fruit Lands, Griffin Park Estates and Hiatus Ranchettes.  Never heard of these?  Well, that’s probably because they don’t have entrance signs!  Other communities that you’re not likely to recognize and have no homeowner association include Lakeshore Ranches, Lauderdale Little Ranches, Lychee Woods, Marlboro Estates, Martha Bright Farms, Mecuda Estates, Miele-Simonson Estates, Newman’s Survey and North Acres.  Additional Davie, FL neighborhoods with no HOA include Orange Acres, Palm Garden Park, Paradise Farms, Rio Ranches, Sequoia Estates, Silver Lake, Strong Park, SunnyLane Farms and Zinner Park.

Next to each neighborhood’s name, I’ve included the price range of homes you’ll find in that neighborhood as of the date this post was published.  Click through if you’d like to learn more about a particular community.

If you’re looking for a home in Broward County that’s in a community that is HOA-free, be sure to check out my previous post which focused on Plantation Florida neighborhoods with no homeowners association.