Las Olas Isles is a unique South Florida waterfront community nestled in one of the region’s most dynamic urban areas. Flanking world-renown Las Olas Boulevard, the isles feature luxury waterfront homes that offer the best of both worlds for boaters and water babies: easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic, yet within a stone’s throw of an energetic section of Broward County.
A short drive or (or maybe even a walk) offers land lover residents a great variety of options: entertainment, shopping at exclusive boutiques, jewelers, internationally renown art galleries; gourmet dining and world-class cultural centers and museums, including the Broward Center for the Performing Arts — all this abounds on Las Olas Boulevard, which borders Fort Lauderdale’s picturesque New River.
Over the decades, the Las Olas Isles have been home to numerous celebrities, including Johnny Weismuller of Tarzan fame, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz of the “I Love Lucy” show, entertainers Sonny and Cher, fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt and corporate mogul Wayne Huizenga, among others.
The area’s history goes further back in time — pioneer Frank Stranahan, who traded goods with Seminole Indians — helped build what would become today’s vibrant downtown district. The 1901 home, which has had several renovations, still stands today as a quaint reminder of the Fort Lauderdale’s early years. Stranahan’s wife, Ivy, was a civic activist, instrumental in creating education programs and one of the region’s first lady philanthrophists.
The Las Olas Isles were dredged as spoil islands circa 1920s. Some homes feature dockage for large yachts, which is convenient for boaters as the closest access to the Atlantic is just a short distance away at the 17th street cut, with no fixed bridges. For beach lovers who want to swim and sunbathe on the Atlantic shores, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park is never more than about two miles away from home.
Isles residents also enjoy close proximity to boat yards for yacht repairs and maintenance, marinas as well as yacht and swim clubs. Luxury hotels for events, including the Ritz Carlton, Hyatt Pier 66 and the charming Riverside Hotel, are all located within minutes of the Las Olas Isles neighborhoods.
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