Gene Chow, Both Buyer and Seller in Kaneohe, HI

What is the best area of Ft Lauderdale to buy a home if you do not drive. Is there any reliable public transportation? Looking in the $350,000 range.

Asked by Gene Chow, Kaneohe, HI Wed Mar 2, 2011

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Please contact me, will be glad to help you with this or any other properties in this area.


James Loftis
Real Estate 911 Inc Broker/Owner
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City View Dr. Gated Community walking distance to the bus terminal
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Best area for family in fort Lauderdale
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Hello Gene
There are several areas in East Ft. Lauderdale that offer public transportation. Living in the downtown area offers transportation plus you can walk to shopping, restaurants, museums and the theatre. Also the beach area has public transportation and you can walk to the beach, shopping, banks, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. Both of these areas have the local Trolley service.

If you don’t mind, I’d like to ask you a few questions to help me determine how I can help. That way I can be specific with the information and suggestions I believe will best meet your needs.

You can reach by phone or email.

Patricia Salerno
Galleria International Realty
945 E Las Olas Blvd
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-292-10001 cell phone
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Hi Gene. Ft. Lauderdale is quite large. Choosing the best place to live based on reliable public transportation is a bit tricky because South Florida isn't know for it's great public transportation. Most people who live here own cars. However, we do have bus service and I believe that there will be a great abundance of it in east Ft. Lauderdale. Your price range of $350k opens you up to many options, but I need more information. For example, do you prefer a condo, townhouse or single family home? Do you need a pet friendly building? How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? Please get in touch with me so that we can discuss this further. It's a big decision to buy a home and it's worthy of a discussion.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Nicole Marks Mason, Realtor
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Dear Gene Chow,

There are many section of the town that you will find very interesting to buy. Please let me know some details like;
How close do you want to be to the beach or intra-coastal?
Do you have a boat? Do you need a dock space? If so, how many feet?
Do you want easy access to interstate road?
Do you want to be close to restaurants, shopping, school, etc?

Please let me know so I can provide you better answer.


Sedat Celik

954.661.2565 - Phone
954.302.8388 - Fax | |
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Hi Gene:

I work mainly in the beach areas of Fort Lauderdale and can tell you, that there is public transportation throughout most of the eastern coastal area. Along the beach between Oakland Park Blvd and Commercial Blvd has everything you would need to walk to. I also know a great website, where you can see all walkable places just by putting in an address. There are other areas, like Las Olas that have many amenities to walk to. There is not just one place to live with ease and relying on public transportation, there are many - lots of people do it. The public transport is not the best, but certainly you can get everywhere on it.
I would love to send you information and the website, so you can see for yourself where you can walk to.

Lynne Hale, Broker-Associate CRS, e-Pro, CIPS
Century 21 Hansen Realty Inc
Direct: 954-303-0071
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Contrary to popular belief the bus system is not that bad at all. My parents, who are in their 70's and visit from England, seem to navigate their way around town very easily on the buses. It is very inexpensive and reliable as long as you have some additional time to wait for one. I live and work on the east side of Fort Lauderdale close to the beach. There are quite a number of great nieghborhoods around here that are close enough to shopping, dining, places of worship and entertainment so that you may walk. If you would like me to send some examples of those homes please contact me at 954-812-4801 or

Richard Salter
Salter REalty.
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Of course, it would depend upon your particular wants/needs/lifestyle. There are many favorite areas from which to choose, so when you get ready to come here, please give me a call, in advance, so we can connect. Also, if you would like, I can forward to you information on properties, including photos, square footage and tax information, as well as a description of the home, well in advance of your arrival so that you have some idea what the home offerings are like. You can contact me via e mail or telephone. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Hello Gene,

I hope your day is going well. I'm thinking Las Olas Park or Victoria Park. Here is some information about the areas below;

Victoria Park
Real estate metrics for Victoria Park
Median Sale Price: $551,000 vs. $160,000 in Fort Lauderdale, $100,000 in Broward County FL, $100,000 in Broward, $120,000 in South Florida metro Foreclosure Rate: 22.73% vs. 27.14% in Fort Lauderdale, 33.30% in Broward County FL, 33.30% in Broward, 29.91% in South Florida metro % For Sale: 8.28% vs. 5.14% in Fort Lauderdale Located in Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, Florida and South Florida's Broward, the subdivision of Victoria Park has 302 homes.
100.00% of all the residential properties in Victoria Park are single-family homes.

Las Olas Park MLS Search and Community Information
The Ft. Lauderdale condos for sale in Las Olas Park have a luxurious location minutes away from the beach and the shops on Las Olas Boulevard.

The bus system (Broward County Transit) in Fort Lauderdale is a great way to get around. The fare is $1.50 per person. If you will be using the bus more than once a day, buy a day pass for $3.50, good value if you are getting on a bus more that twice in a day. For longer stays they also offer a 10 trip ticket or a 7 day ticket, either of these tickets will cost you $13.

Once you are in Fort Lauderdale, be sure to check out the Sun Trolley. Trolleys are run by the city and most are either free or 50 cents per ride. The most popular trolley takes passengers from Las Olas Blvd downtown to the beach and back. Great way to shop Las Olas if you are staying in a beach hotel.

Yellow Cab ( 954-777-7777 ) is the main taxi service in Fort Lauderdale. If your trip is not a long one, and the taxi has had to wait its turn as they do at the airport and cruise port, they will not be pleased. Make sure that you pay attention to the meter and have the correct address for your destination written down. Take a printout of your reservation which includes the name and complete address and hand it to your driver as this may help. He knows his way around, however, don't assume that he will take you there directly. Show him your destination on a map; he may then resign himself to take you there quickly and get on to his next fare.

Please send me your contact info so we can connect.


Darren Nelson
Short Sale Expert
Coral Shores Realty
1119 E Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Office: (954) 568-9698 x255
Cell: (954) 881-8800
Fax: (954) 944-3178
MLS Search:
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Lake Ridge: Walk to the Gateway Shops, Publix, the Library, a park, a gym, 1.5 miles to the beach. Take alook at 1228 NE 17 Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, 33304,, scrabis.r, 954 232 0300, Rick Scrabis
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Public Transportation in Ft. Lauderdale is not the greatest. Actually, in most of Florida. Downtown Miami seems to have the best because they actually have a Metro rail that can take you to various places in East and West Miami. And of course your mix of Buses, taxi's and private cars.

In Ft. Lauderdale, it's all about taxi's, which are expensive, buses, which take forever, and private cars.

As Erich mentioned, Las Olas and Downtown Ft. Lauderdale has many walkable areas.

Feel free to call me or email me with your questions.

Jesus Pazmino
Coldwell Banker
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Hi, Gene.

Not driving in South Florida is difficult. Mass transit has improved but it is still not as good as Honolulu, or even the regularity of the busses out to Hanauma Bay.

If you want to stay near water, then Las Olas Isles or North Beach are good options. If you want to be nearer restaurants, downtown is good. There is a trolley in addition to the County Transit system for getting around the downtown area, including grocery and drug stores.

If you want a quieter area, then Wilton Manors is a good location, with many stores, restaurants, coffee shops and nightclubs within walking distance. There is also the Green Hopper, electric powered taxis sponsored by the various businesses. They are like large golf carts with drivers.
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My first thought is Downtown. Near Las Olas, The Beaches, Shopping and easy bus routes to just about everything.

Sunny Isles Rel Estate Guy
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Hi Gene,

Fort Lauderdale offers many areas in the price range for people that do not drive. Please feel free to contact me and I will provide you with neighborhood information as well as properties in your price range that will suit your needs.

Carlos Cardenas
Broker Associate
Keller Williams Commercial Realty
2000 NW 150th Ave suite 2000
954.707.0927 Direct
866.700.8169 Fax
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Hi Gene,

It depends on your lifestyle and where you want to go. Las Olas is the area considered to be "downtown" and probably offers the most public transportation.

Please call Liz Vanino with Givoni Realty Corp. at 561-779-9950 or email her at She would be happy to send you a list of properties currently available for you. In addition, she can set you up to receive email alerts when something new comes on the market that meets your criteria. If you would like to receive the email alerts, please email her your price range, town preference, number of bedrooms desired and any other information that is important to you.

Thank you.
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