Andy Weiser Fort Lauderdale Realtor Blog

Exciting Potential Recreational Options for Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale has always had its beaches being among its main attractions for both visitors and residents. Now with the city growing in popularity, new exciting amenities are on the horizon and currently being discussed. Earlier this year the plans for a major water park fell apart, but the parcel of 65 acres is still available.

“It is the last large piece of city-owned property that we can look to do something on,” City Manager Lee Feldman said.

Commissioners are considering a potential War Memorial Auditorium in Holiday Park. A concert venue, indoor soccer hub and ice rink are all options that are currently being pitched. According to a recent survey conducted for city residents, the general sentiment was that there is a need for more activities made available especially for those with children.

The city has agreed to revisit the idea of an aerial rope adventure course to be added at Snyder Park. Plans were also confirmed to grant the YMCA permission to proceed with a new $10 million center for youth.

The area that was originally slated for the water park is quite a large parcel and big enough to accommodate things like an amusement park, aviation charter school, golf driving range or similar. It was even considered as a site for a new police station yet that was not well received. Interest was expressed in the idea of an aviation charter school, however.

The old Lockhart Stadium that is there is awaiting demolition, but city commissioners would like to explore options and ideas including a possible restoration of the stadium. As part of the ideas they city has looked at either leasing out the entire space to include things like an amusement park, location for concerts or events or potentially split up the parcel and use a portion for aviation-related things and another portion for entertainment. With its great location combined with land scarcity in the area, there is a lot of demand for a parcel like this.

Over at Holiday Park, commissioners have stated that they no longer want to host a commercial gun show there. Other potential options include ice rinks, live music and soccer. “I’ve always felt it was an underused facility,” Mayor Dean Trantalis said.

The Florida Panthers hockey team has expressed interest for youth ice skating, a live music promoter has also stated the flat-floor venue would be ideal for concerts. And finally, the Florida Crushers, a soccer organization has also shown interest in calling the auditorium home and would co-exist with the ice rinks.

What’s Hot for 2019 Kitchen Designs

According to HomeAdvisor’s Smart Home Strategist, homeowners had focused renovation efforts on bathrooms in 2018, but for next year they are moving their attention on to kitchens. The goal is to add value to the home while creating an environment to promote wellness and reduce stress.

According to Home Advisor’s Home Expert, Dan DiClerico, “Wellness is going to be a huge theme for 2019. Many people are living longer, healthier lives, and they’re looking to the kitchen to support those efforts.”

DiClerico says that homeowners are going to primarily achieve this goal by doing a few things. They will purchase appliances to make life easier for cooking healthy like blenders and steam cookers. They will also make physical changes by adding either large windows or glass sliding doors to bring the outdoors inside. Finally, earthy tones including blues and greens will be used to provide a sense of calm.

Are you looking to work some of these ideas into your home? Here are some more details on the emerging trends.

Appliances – In 2019 we will see more popularity for appliances that lend themselves to healthy eating. People are using steam cookers to avoid using butter and oils as they reduce their fat and calorie intake. Blenders have also become more sought after with the ease of making smoothies and soups. Manufacturers are already ahead of this curve by introducing more appliances in their line to cater to these needs.

Sliding Glass – For many years there has been a focus on kitchens open to living areas, but a shift is being seen with kitchens open to the outdoors. Adding glass doors that lead to outdoor space will extend your living space while adding more natural light to your interior.

Column Refrigerators – Column refrigerators have been gaining popularity where you can pair any size refrigerator with any size freezer column. This allows homeowners to maximize their food storage based on their individual needs.

Calming Colors – DiClerico has shared that although white kitchens are not a thing of the past, blues and greens are slowly gaining popularity. Cabinetry has been seen in these colors and manufacturers of appliances are also introducing these colors into their lines as well.

Technology – Popular technology includes things that are voice activated. For example controlling your blinds or your lights with voice activation makes creating a comfortable mood extremely easy to achieve. The right light creates a calming atmosphere and can also make your food look more appetizing.

What not to do – While they are not gone yet, marble, granite and stainless steel are losing their edge in popularity. Homeowners are now introducing quartz and black stainless steel which are easier to keep clean and maintain.

Fort Lauderdale Neighborhood Spotlight: Flagler Village

Development is afoot in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village area. Since the early 2,000s, the area has been gaining popularity among developers with recently built and proposed projects for housing while restaurants, cafes and breweries have been opening up. Namely “FAT Village,” (Flagler Arts and Technology Village), an area within the neighborhood has been a focus as of late. Both Henry’s Sandwich Station debuted earlier this year as well as General Provision, a co-working space nearby.

According to Clarence Woods, Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency manage for the Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights area, these local and successful businesses are inspiring developers to want to build nearby.  

“What’s happening in Flagler is happening naturally, and what we’re looking to do is take advantage of what’s happening to allow that momentum to come northwest and westward in a managed way,” Woods said. “What’s exciting about that is that the area’s been populated and there’s density that’s going to create the need for more goods and services. Developers are talking about commercial development opportunities that would bring in more amenities.”

Woods has shared that there are 13 sizeable projects that lie on the northwest and west sides of Flagler that are scheduled to bring hundreds of residential units to the area as well as mixed-use projects. Here is a quick snapshot at what is coming down the pike:

ID Flagler Village – 113 NE 6th St. – Townhouse with 24 units recently opened.

ArchCo Metropolitan – 500 N. Andrews – 385 Apartments, restaurants, retail and 754 parking spaces. Ground broke in March.

FATCity – Corner of N. Andrews and NE 3rd St. Final plans TBD. This was approved for 612 apartments, retail, office space and 1,300 parking spaces. The owner decided to sell so plans are to be seen.

The SIX13 – 613 NW 3rd Ave. – This project includes 142 workforce rental units, retail space and 240 parking spaces.

Hilton – This dual project will boast 112 rooms as well as 106 extended -stay rooms. There will also be 5,000 SF of meeting space, a fitness center, 102 parking spaces and outdoor bar.

Gallery at FATVillage – This project includes 41 market rate apartments, 12 stories of affordable apartments for restricted income individuals, 232 parking spaces, pool, fitness center and clubhouse.

Finally, a few restaurants are also being opened. Rank & File Social Club is slated to open this year at 702 NE 1st Ave. Bungalow, a new entertainment and dining venue, is scheduled to open next year at 810 NE 4th Ave. This will boast 3,500 SF of indoor space and 6,500 of outdoor.

Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home?

For several Americans, buying their first home is their first big step of achieving part of the American Dream. There is a sense of pride that comes along with owning your own home and building your family’s wealth through making your monthly mortgage payment.

It may seem difficult to imagine that the first home you purchased, which made your dreams come true, may not be the home that will allow you to achieve the rest of the dreams that you have in store. The great news is that it’s okay to admit that your home no longer fits your needs. Things can change over time and you may need a different home to accommodate you.

According to CoreLogic’s recent Home Price Index, prices in the starter home market have appreciated faster than any other category over the last year at 9.4%. At the same time, inventory in this category has dropped 14.2%. These two stats are directly related to one another. As inventory has decreased and demand has increased, prices have been driven up.

This is good news if you own a starter home and are looking to trade up to a larger home as the equity you have in your home has risen as prices have continued to increase. Even better is the fact that there is a large pool of buyers out there searching for your starter home to help them achieve their American Dream.

The bottom line is if it has come to be time where you have outgrown your starter home, contact a local real estate professional such as myself who can explain the market conditions in your area and help you find your next home. You may be pleasantly surprised with what your home’s value has matured to!

If you are interested in searching for your next home or if you want to know the present value of your home, please contact me and I would be happy to assist you.


10 Ways to Protect Your Home and Prepare for Emergencies

Emergencies and accidents often strike without warning which is why being prepared ahead of time is always a wise idea. These tips will assist you in making sure your home and family will be best protected and prepared should an emergency occur.

Protect against break-ins. Home invasions happen in all areas in the United States. This rate suggests that it is a good idea to invest in a home security system to protect your home and family.

Be aware of local threats. In South Florida of course tropical storms, hurricanes and tornadoes can strike. Alert your family of the natural threats and have a plan in place to be best prepared for potential disasters.

Outdoor lighting. Be sure your outdoor lights are working properly and keeping your perimeter well illuminated. Homes that are well-lit will deter burglars better.

Home checks. Every month or so, inspect your home for any damaged or broken items. Roofs, doors, windows, pipes and drains are things to be on top of for wear and tear. Making sure everything is in good operating shape will help ensure safety.

Test smoke detectors. Billions of dollars in personal property are lost every year due to fires, therefore it is a wise idea to regularly check both your smoke detectors as well as carbon monoxide detectors. This can save you money or even your life.

Test your fire extinguisher. These units can get old and stop functioning after a while. Check the pressure gauge along with the hoses for any cracks to see if it is ready to be used and in tact.

Devise an emergency plan. Construct a plan for you and your family in the event of an emergency. Where will you meet? How will you communicate? If lines are down you will need to agree on a meeting place to ensure that everyone knows that you are all okay.

Keep contact information accessible to all. Be sure to have important contact numbers stored in your cell phone, however keeping a backup hard copy is also a great idea. Numbers to record include primary care physicians, poison control and a trusted neighbor.

72-Hour emergency kits. The CDC suggests having the following kit in your home and car.

  • One gallon of water per person, per day
  • Non perishable food
  • Can opener
  • Important medication
  • Radio
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Toilet paper

Home inventory. In case you need to file an insurance claim it is helpful to have an itemized inventory of your valuable goods. Keep instruction manuals, serial numbers, receipts and the like in a safe place so you can easily access them if needed.


How to Simplify Your Move

When you are at the first stages of moving, getting organized can seem like a lower priority. Getting pre-qualified for a mortgage, looking for homes available for purchase and the like all seem to take precedence. However, there are several benefits to getting your home organized ahead of schedule. For one, minimizing the clutter can help as you stage your home to be viewed by many prospective buyers. Additionally, getting your home prepared in the beginning is only going to save you more time when it actually comes to moving day. Here are 5 great tips that can help you get started for a more simplified move.

Create groups of items – Begin by sorting through your belongings. You may create a few piles with one for trash, one for donating or one to give to friends or family. You may even create an additional “maybe” pile for items you feel you may want to keep. Give yourself a time limit for this pile and revisit it after a short period of time.

Give yourself time – The process of getting organized does take some time. Especially where there may be sentimental items that require thought, be sure to give yourself enough time to go through everything.

Invest in clear plastic bins – Keeping your items packed away in clear plastic bins will keep everything stored away but also allows you to view what is inside. Alternatively, if you already have boxes or colored bins, be sure to clearly label what is inside.

Recycle paper – Many households have one common problem – a paper trail in each room. Whether it’s miscellaneous documents, old mail, newspapers, magazines or the like it can certainly start to collect. Consider scanning in anything valuable to an online storage location. Recycle all non valuable items and shred anything else that may have account numbers or personal information.

Begin now – Time can be your most valuable asset. Start as soon as you can as depending on your home’s size and the amount of possessions you have, getting organized may take some time. You can even go as far as scheduling some time slots in on your calendar to hold yourself accountable.