If the sunny weather, miles of beaches, and beautiful ocean are pulling you towards Fort Lauderdale you’ll find diverse neighborhoods with historical homes next to large, modern mansions. According to Zillow data, median home values are roughly $300,000 but can go up into the millions.
The best neighborhood for you and your family will depend on your needs, whether you’re looking for a good school or for a neighborhood to walk during your retirement. This list of the top five neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale is a good starting point to narrow down your options. But be sure to talk to an experienced, local realtor before beginning your house hunt in earnest.
This neighborhood features the oldest homes in the city, many of which have been lovingly restored. It’s located on a hammock, or rise in the ground, between waterways and marshes. Most of the streets have sidewalks and residents can walk to the theater, museums, art galleries, post office, and more.
According to data from AreaVibes, the median sale price is $576,000, though you can find many condominiums in the area that sell for much less. The high school graduation rate is 95% and the average student to teacher ratio is 15 to 1.
While an expensive place to live, Collee Hammock also has a high crime rate, with a 1 in 10 chance of becoming a victim. Its central location works against it in this respect. If you love the historical homes but are concerned about the crime rate, work with a local realtor who has deep knowledge of the neighborhood and will be able to steer you to safer pockets.
Tarpon River is a working-class neighborhood full of single-family homes and parks. It has many convenient supermarkets, restaurants, and bars. Residents still have beach access at Sunset Beach.
Median home values are $313,500, far more reasonable for many families. Reflecting its family-friendly vibe, schools that serve Tarpon River are highly-rated and 93% of students graduate from high school.
Crime is a bit higher in Tarpon River, with its crime rates being 3% higher than the state rate. However, compared to all of Fort Lauderdale the chances of being a victim is much lower.
Victoria Park is very walkable and just a short trip from downtown, dining, and five parks. Arts and culture lovers can also take a quick jaunt over to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, catch a play at the Parker Playhouse, or visit the War Memorial Auditorium. It’s a diverse community of seniors, singles, families, and couples with a very active neighborhood association.
Median home values are $459,400 and rose 4.1% last year. The average student to teacher ratio in schools serving Victoria Park is 15 to 1 and the high school graduation rate is 94%.
While Harbor Beach is primarily for the wealthy, there are still some young families and professionals who call it home. It’s a guarded, gated community with its own private beach club and marina. The famous Pier 66 with its abundant waterfront dining is also a short walk away.
Median home values are $1.1 million and went up 10.0% in 2018. Schools in Harbor Beach have a 97% high school graduation rate and the average student to teacher ratio is 15 to 1. If you can afford the high cost of living it’s an excellent place to raise children.
Harbor Beach is a relatively safe community, too, with your odds of becoming a crime victim 1 in 41 and a crime rate 11% lower than the national average.
Rio Vista is a neighborhood from the 1920s stocked with small, jewel-box homes, many having their own docks. It’s a family-oriented place, but also a short drive to downtown, Port Everglades, and the Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport.
Median home values are $1.2 million and rose 5.3% last year. Homes with a dock, or on the river or a waterway, sell for more. The high school graduation rate is 96% and the average student to teacher ratio is 15 to 1. Rio Vista is a safer area of the city, with your odds of becoming a victim of crime at 1 in 56.
Before you start driving around neighborhoods, get in touch with Clever to be connected with a top-rated Partner Agent in Fort Lauderdale for guidance and support throughout the home buying process.
Buyers who use a Clever Partner Agent can also qualify for a Home Buyer Rebate of $1,000 or 1% of the sale price on homes over $500,000. That money can help you get set up in your new Fort Lauderdale neighborhood by being used to cover closing costs or other expenses.