Coral Springs is known for its great schools and Eagle Ridge Elementary School is considered to be one of the best. Eagle Ridge Elementary has a Great Schools rating of 8 out of 10. Parents give complements to the teamwork among teachers, staff and parents; the involvement of the principal of the school; and wonderful after school activities.
Coral Springs is known for its great schools and Park Springs Elementary School is considered to be one of the best. Park Springs Elementary has a Great Schools rating of 8 out of 10. Parents give complements to the great teachers and staff, the level of parental involvement that is encouraged by the school, a wonderful media center and library, and all the extra activities that the school provides such as the Winter Festival, musical performances, Tuesday Night Live events and more.
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Coral Springs is known for its great schools and Country Hills Elementary School is considered to be one of the best. Country Hills Elementary has a Great Schools rating of 8 out of 10. Parents give complements to the level of communication between the school and the parents, the level of involvement that the school encourages of the parents, great teachers, and the strong PTA.
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Searching for town homes and row homes can be confusing to buyers with FHA or other low down payment mortgages
Low down payment buyers are often surprised to learn that a condominium might not be a good fit for their loan program. Single family homes are not always affordable in areas where buyers are looking, so looking for town-homes might work – if you can find the right one. Some townhomes are just like single family homes as far as ownership is concerned; and others behave more like condominiums. Learn about the differences in the video:
Mortgage interest is consistent among various lenders
A client asked me about shopping around for mortgage rates this week. She thought that mortgages were similar to car loans or credit cards and that they could vary greatly depending on your credit score and credit blemishes. In reality, mortgage interest rates among lenders are pretty similar. However other features of the mortgage can change such as mortgage insurance, down payment and other terms. Check out the full video:
Everyone loves a gorgeous new development. The glamour of the shimmering high rise towering above the cosmopolitan skyline grabs attention, and the press loves to print gorgeous glossy advertisements in the cosmopolitan magazines. Flying under the radar, however, are thousands of affordable condominium homes that make owning a second home or retirement condominium a possibility for the savvy south Florida shopper.
The exploration of these Snowbird communities began for Your Guru three years ago with the arrival of my mother-in law. Her first visit was for two weeks when we bought our first home. The following year, the visit stretched to six weeks. Last year, mom made herself at home for a solid three months. Sometime last summer, she announced that this visit, she’d be staying. So there was some incentive to find a place – outside my house.
The following is my starting point for anyone that comes to south Florida with a desire to escape the frigid north and pursue the dream of a get-away in the sunshine state. It should be noted that a search of Fort Lauderdale’s surrounding communities will return a myriad of condominium choices, the selection can range from the downright dismal to the merely adequate. My guidance invariably reverts to one of four to eight communities of exceptional character, location, management and amenities. Follow along as I take a drive through my Four Favorites in the following video and check out my recommendations below.
Robert’s Top Snowbird Friendly Condos in South Florida
I’ve not mentioned pricing on this page as I do not want the page to get “stale” – each page linked here is updated with the latest pricing and availability.
Cypress Bend Condominiums in Pompano Beach are my favorite alternative to the larger community of Palm Aire located nearby. What draws folks to Cypress Bend are the amazing location just north of Fort Lauderdale, only 15 minutes to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, the Isle Casino next door and the beach only two miles away. From Cypress Bend you can get to great restaurants, movies, malls and attractions just outside the community entrance. The community is extremely well managed, exceptionally well cared for, on sprawling grounds where every building is nestled along the banks of a central lake. Here’s the page with what’s currently available in Cypress Bend.
Palm Aire Condominiums in Pompano Beach are on nearly everyone’s list of places to investigate – with good reason. The community features thousands of homes that vary from standalone villas to condominium high-rises. There are townhomes, garden-style walk-ups as well offering something for every taste. Nestled around FOUR golf courses, the property has acres of green space and miles of recreation paths. The golf courses are public and no membership is required. Palm Aire is an all-ages community so there are no restrictions on who can purchase a home. Throughout the community are tennis courts, multiple pools, clubhouses with fitness facilities, even small convenience stores! Here’s the page with what’s currently available in Palm Aire.
Century Village East in Deerfield Beach is where my search ended. The condominium that we purchased for Mom was a one-bedroom, one-bath with screened in balcony in one of the mid-rise buildings for the crazy price of $36,000. To give you an idea of pricing at Century Village East, prices vary depending on where you are in the community – more for condos close to the center, less for condos closer to the outside edge. Prices vary by size (one bedrooms are available with a bath-and-a-half as well) and by how updated they are. Finally there are a variety of walk-up (2-story) buildings or 5-story elevator buildings – of which the mid-rises are more expensive. Mom’s condo was freshly painted, had modern tile throughout, and a dated kitchen and bath. We gutted the kitchen with a clean modern kitchen and freshened the bath. Maybe spent $2,500 updating the apartment with a good cleaning and new paint. There are Century Village communities in three other locations as well depending on whether you prefer Pembroke Pines, Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach or Boca Raton. Here’s the page with what’s currently available in Century Village East.
Kings Point in Tamarac is the newest development, which makes sense since it’s the furthest west – near the Sawgrass Mills Mall and the BB&T Center. Residents of Kings Point enjoy modern buildings that feature contemporary floor plans, hurricane impact windows in some buildings and in-home laundry in many buildings. Sprawling over several square miles and with 9,000 homes, the community has endless jogging, walking and bicycle paths. The landscaping is lush and most buildings feature some water view. Of course there’s a community center with amazing facilities along with a theater for live shows and movies. Every cluster of homes has its own pool as well so every resident can walk to a sundeck and a soak. The benefit to the location at the western boundary in Broward is proximity to enormous parks, everglades nature preserves and of course world-class shopping, sports and entertainment at BB&T Center. Here’s the page with what’s currently available in Kings Point.
Lauderdale Oaks is located along Oakland Park Boulevard in central Broward between I-95 and the Turnpike, and once you enter the community the tranquility will amaze you compared to the busy congestion that surrounds the community. Don’t let it deter you, however, as the community is located conveniently close to I-95 for easy access to the airports, and the central location means residents have access to both the beach (3.5 miles east) or to attractions further west in Weston and Sunrise. Golf, shopping, movies, dining, and entertainment are plentiful in any direction.
Inside Lauderdale Oaks the community features 716 condominiums in 19 buildings. Being a 55+ community means the homes are very affordable which is a surprising change from incredibly expensive new construction nearby. A large club house features an auditorium with seating for 300 and many activities all year long. Three pools, shuffleboard, bocce ball, and plentiful walking trails create a tranquil oasis where it’s easy to relax. Here’s the page with what’s currently available in Lauderdale Oaks.
These are my top four favorite spots for your ideal Snowbird Retreat. I’d say there are another half a dozen that I like. Although you may see dozens more, one of the benefits of having a pro working for you is the time and aggravation saved from seeking out this information on your own. They don’t call me the Guru for no reason!
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Kings Point in Tamarac truly offers something for everyone with nearly 9,000 residences. Modern elevator buildings afford contemporary floor plans with new kitchens and bathrooms, many with in-home laundry. Garden style buildings feature more secluded living with private entryways and walk-up homes. Miles of bicycle and walking paths wind through the various communities. As you make your way throughout, residents enjoy pools, tennis courts and a myriad of other outdoor activities.
In the center of it all is a large community center and theater for both live performances and movie screenings. A business center features computers and printers, and internet access throughout the center. Class and recreation rooms accommodate the extensive class schedule and recreation rooms range from a pool hall to card rooms with the obligatory tournaments. The location in Tamarac is tranquil and secluded, however only a short distance to major attractions such as the Sawgrass Mills Outlets and the BB&T Center.
What’s Available in Kings Point
Kings Point is a community of “neighborhoods” throughout Tamarac. Each separate community offers a different feel with different types of homes. Some feature mid-rise modern buildings, some are villas and town homes, and others feature first and second floor walkups in a woodland setting. Home selections in the various neighborhoods are listed below.
Ashmont: One bedroom with one bath and two bedroom with two bath condominiums in elevator buildings. Amenities include an entrance gate, heated pool and shuffleboard. Click to see what’s available in the Ashmont neighborhood.
Belfort: Two bedroom with one or two bath condominiums in a garden setting with first and second floor walk up homes. Residents enjoy the secure entrance, a barbecue and picnic area, heated pool and shuffleboard. Click to see what’s available in the Belfort neighborhood.
Clairmont: One bedroom with two bath, and two bedroom with both one and two bath homes in elevator buildings surrounded by lush landscaping and water views. Residents appreciate 24-hour security and secured entrance, a barbecue and picnic area, heated pool and shuffleboard. Click to see what’s available in the Clairmont neighborhood.
Devon: The Devon community features all modern two bedrooms with two baths in three story elevator buildings. Amenities include an entrance gate, outdoor pool and shuffleboard. Click to see what’s available in the Devon neighborhood.
Century Village East in Deerfield Beach, Florida, features 8,500 condominium homes conveniently located only a mile and a half to the beach along Hillsboro Boulevard and Military Trail. The grounds are beautifully landscaped featuring miles of walking and jogging paths, nature preserves, ponds and lakes and so much more. The community is active and vibrant catering to snowbirds and retirees that want a myriad of activities to stay busy.
A community center offers two theaters – one for movies and another for live performances. A museum has constantly rotating galleries. Classes are offered in nearly every subject imaginable. An outdoor pool features a cafe with food and beverage service. There are several floors of recreational spaces, meeting rooms, card rooms, pool halls, specialty classrooms, and so much more. Outside the community center, nearly every cluster of buildings has its own pool so residents are never farther than a few steps to a sundeck. Tennis courts are everywhere.
What’s Available in Cypress Bend Condominiums
Cypress Bend is located just two miles from the beach and conveniently near recreational amenities such as movie theaters, shopping, restaurants and the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach. Cypress Bend features jogging and walking paths, tennis courts, outdoor pool and recreation building with fitness and on-site management. There is plenty of parking available for residents. Enjoy the picturesque gardens, lakes and fountains. Homes in Cypress Bend are spacious and modern and many feature in-home laundry!
UPDATE: New photos posted!
UPDATE: Open House and Garage Sale on Saturday 10/29. Garage Sale starts at 7:00 am. Open House runs 10 to 12.
Kimbanora House is a spacious, well kept pool home just off Kimberly Blvd. Two beds with two baths plus a spacious sun-room overlooking a screened in pool. Inside the baths have been updated as well as the kitchen with dishwasher & disposal.
This home is in great shape although it’s cluttered at the moment. Better photos will be posted next week, but our owner wants to get the word out about this great house as quickly as possible. The home is clean, features neutral decor, and has been updated although not brand new. Central air conditioning and all the major systems are in great shape.
This home is great value for the neighborhood and affords a wonderful opportunity to purchase a single family home for the price of many condominiums nearby.
To request additional information or schedule a viewing on this home, call me at (954) 446-9001 or send me a note below.