I have been working with a client here in Fort Lauderdale and is looking for a waterfront home too. I have noticed that Coral Ridge Country Club and Bermuda Riviera have some great values. Homes that are waterfront with no fixed bridges and approximately 75 to 100 ft of waterfront are being offered with entry listing prices of $700,000++. The homes are all concrete block construction, dockage for a large boat if needed and great neighborhoods. Coral Ridge has consistantly been a solid neighborhood and I would recommend it highly.
I am a waterfront expert (and longtime beach resident) here in Fort Lauderdale. Are your friends looking for a condo? If so, there are a few really nice waterfront/beach options available for them.
There is an area called the Galt Ocean Mile here in Fort Lauderdale, which is a mile of highrise condos that are sitting right on the sand. There are 22 buildings on the Galt for them to choose from. This is where I live myself, so I am very familiar with the Galt. When I am helping my clients, I need to know their price range, how many bedrooms & baths, what type of view they want, and what amenities they want before I would know which buildings I would take them to, since all of the buildings literally offer different things. Some buildings have underground parking, not all buildings have washer & dryers in the unit, some pool are heated, some are pet friendly, some allow rentals, etc. What makes the Galt nice is that is within walking distance to shops, restaurants, a CVS and a post office.
Another option is about 2 miles north up the road on the beach in a complex called The Sea Ranch Club. The Sea Ranch Club consists of 3 buildings that sit on 10 acres of beautifully tropically landscaped grounds, with many tennis courts, 3 pools, barbeque and picnic facilities, and a nice, wide beach. It has a very resort like feeling to it. Right across the street is the Sea Ranch Plaza which has a Publix supermarket, CVS, Dunkin Donuts, and many shops and restaurants. You can live here and never need your car.
Both the Sea Ranch Club and the Galt Ocean Mile are withing walking distance of Lauderdale By The Sea, which is a lovely, small beach town with many more shops, restaurants and good nightlife. It has been called "The Prettiest Little Small Town in America". You truly feel as if you are in a casual little beach town.
Both areas are about 6 miles from the Fort Lauderdale/Holywood International airport, Port Everglades, and downtown Fort Lauderdale/Las Olas area. Also, both areas are located about a half an hour from West Palm Beach to the north, and Miami Beach to the South, as well as about 6 miles to I-95 and I-595. Both of these areas are truly very central and convenient locations.
If they are looking for a house, there is an area called Fort Lauderdale Beach, which is literally a block to the south of Galt Ocean Drive. There are waterfront homes here, many right on the beach. There are currently only 10 for sale, and they range from $1.6 million to almost $9 million.
Even in these slower real estate times, east Fort Lauderdale / waterfront beach homes and condos continue to hold their values better than anywhere else, as there are only so many of them available, and water properties will always be in demand..
All of my buyers coming from some where else want either beach front or intracoastal waterway vacation homes/condos. They want to be able to step right out onto the sand in minutes, or to be able to step right into their boats in minutes. When they are here on vacation, they want it all to be easy. And for resale, or if they want to rent these properties, waterfront/waterway condos and houses are always what people want.
If yo want to get an idea of what these 2 of these 3 areas look like, go to my website, http://www.buyinsouthflorida.com. Look for the link in the top sand colored box to "Galt Ocean Mile". There is also a link in the same place for "Lauderdale By The Sea". The link for "Sea Ranch Club" is not yet ready, it is a work in progress.
Needless to say, if you are looking for an agent to take very good care of your friends, I would love it if you would consider me. I love referrals, and I love paying referrals to other agents.
Good luck, Genevieve,