July 20, 2022

How to Live Like a Local in Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale Beach
When you imagine your perfect day – it’s a pretty good bet that soft sand, blue water, and sunny skies are part of the picture. But with the colorful lifestyle of Fort Lauderdale Beach, it’s no wonder why the world is drawn to this part of the Florida coastline. Although Fort Lauderdale Beach is profoundly known to beach lovers, it’s the one-of-a-kind mix of spectacular natural scenery, vibrant arts and culture, delectable and diverse dining options, world-class boating, and a spirit for life that’s captured the heart of its residents.  See why so many are drawn to “live like a local.”

The Boating Capital of the World and The Gateway to the Bahamas

They call it the “Venice of America” – a community built around endless canals that connect to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulfstream waters. Here, boaters from around the world flock for fun on the water, whether close to home, or crossing over to The Bahamas. Head out for world-class fishing and diving offshore or take a water taxi or sunset cruise to numerous dining venues throughout the area. There’s a party-like atmosphere on the waterfront throughout the town, celebrating the water-oriented resort lifestyle. Once a year, the world descends on Fort Lauderdale for the International Boat Show, where thousands of people get a taste of the boating lifestyle.
riverwalk near Selene Fort Lauderdale

Coconuts to Casablanca – Walk, Ride or Glide to Dining Delights

There are few places in the world where such a diverse array of dining venues is concentrated on the sand. The iconic curved walls and pillars along the Fort Lauderdale shoreline serve as landmark guides for a restaurant row unlike any other. For those fortunate to live nearby, the car never has to leave home. Whether you set out to the north or south, a stroll along the beach brings so many dining venues, you need more days in the month to take them all in.
Casablanca Cafe Fort Lauderdale

Luxury resorts are a great place for visiting family and friends, but they are also home to some of the freshest dining concepts. At the W hotel, Steak 954 or Sobe Vegan provide options for the carnivore or herbivore. Looking for a little international flair, Tinta at the Westin or El Vez at the W are highly rated. And when you’re ready to be transported to Asia, Takato at the Conrad won’t disappoint. The Hilton’s LaMarche outside terrace is a popular choice. Or many hit the Cornucopia Gourmet Market to take home a variety of savory tastes from around the world.

Nearby five-star resorts also provide exceptional fine dining venues. Evelyn’s at the Four Seasons, the Ritz-Carton’s Burlock Coast or The Atlantic Hotel’s WildTyme Oceanside Eatery are all top-rated culinary destinations. Along the beach, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of South Florida. Raise a drink and listen to live music at a variety of places where the names set the tone for the evening. Step out into the Quarterdeck, kick back at Coconuts, or meet up with friends at Casablanca. 

Fort Lauderdale Beach - The Epicenter of South Florida

It’s said that Las Olas Boulevard is the melting pot of South Florida. Designer shopping and contemporary art museums are nestled along fun-filled music venues, oyster bars and coffee houses. From morning to midnight, living near Las Olas Boulevard means you’ll never be bored. Catch a water taxi to Pier 66, take a walk over to the Performing Arts Center for a live performance, or be whisked away to a rooftop bar to take in the nightlife overlooking the city skyline. 

Welcome to Las Olas Sign

Throughout the year, endless festivals and events are held throughout the region. At the intersection of Las Olas Boulevard and the Atlantic shoreline, a palm-tree lined public park and open-air amphitheater play hosts to a variety of live performances. The Tortuga Music Festival, the Las Olas Arts Festival, and the annual Land, Sea & Sky air show are among some of the most talked about events in the country.

Just a short 10–15-minute drive from Las Olas Boulevard offers even more arts and shopping scenes for the family fashionista. Explore dozens of global luxury retailers at The Galleria Mall or explore Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s quaint walkable streetscape with fabulous restaurants, nightly live music, and shopping. Head to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts or The Parker Playhouse to watch the latest Broadway musical. Or head to Hard Rock, DRV PNK, and FLA Live stadiums for live music from international celebrities, and where the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Inter Miami CF, and the Florida Marlins provide constant action.

New Oceanfront Residences – A Rare Find in Florida

Although the coastline of Florida is lined with towering condominiums, it’s rare to find new construction in the heart of a prime destination like Fort Lauderdale Beach. Developers have been forced to inland, urban locations, or focus on bayfront sites rather than oceanfront. Fortunately, Fort Lauderdale Beach is the exception to the rule and Kolter Urban’s two towers at Selene will be the area’s tallest buildings.  The Kobi Karp design will soar to 300 feet providing spectacular oceanfront, city skyline and Intracoastal Waterway views. Surrounded on all sides with fabulous resorts, incredible dining, endless arts, and culture, and of course the world-famous white sand beaches of the Fort Lauderdale coast, the prime site creates an unparalleled oceanfront lifestyle. With construction underway, the luxurious condominium tower will be delivered in 2024, providing a private sanctuary of oceanfront opulence in one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. The expansive residences showcase panoramic views through walls of floor-to-ceiling glass and feature wide terraces with both sunrise and sunset views. The remaining residences are priced from $2.5 million, and floorplans can be viewed at SeleneFTL.com.

2 buildings selene

Direct Flights from Nearly Everywhere

Getting to Fort Lauderdale is exceptionally easy by air. The Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale International Airport is the gateway to Florida and welcomes a high volume of travelers embarking on cruises from Port Everglades. The demand results in an enviable number of direct flights from around the country, all touching down just 10 minutes from Selene. Once you’re in town, getting home from Miami or Fort Lauderdale Airports is a breeze on the Brightline high-speed train, with a station just off Las Olas Boulevard for easy access. The Brightline also brings the best of South Florida within reach, with seamless connection spanning north to Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue and south to Miami’s South Beach for easily accessible day trips.

Ft Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport

Live Like a Local

Selene’s prime position on Fort Lauderdale Beach blends contemporary architecture together with a host of indoor and outdoor resort-style amenities, including an elevated pool terrace with a resort-style pool, a lap fitness pool and a spa, contemporary poolside cabanas and day beds, open gathering spaces and intimate conversation areas, an outdoor kitchen, multiple fire pit lounge areas and a pavilion-shaded pool bar.
rendering of the selene pool deck
Kolter Urban brings over 25 years of successful development experience to each new residential property, including regional achievements such as 100 Las Olas in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Water Club North Palm Beach, The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Sarasota, and Hyde Park House in Tampa, among many other notable properties. The company not only delivers high-quality design and construction, but developments that provide a unique and amenity-rich lifestyle that anticipates the needs of residents and shapes how people will live in the future.
Private appointments are welcomed at the Presentation Gallery located at 2591 East Sunrise Blvd by calling 954-833-1911. For more information, please visit SeleneFTL.com.
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