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Margaritaville on Hollywood Beach, Fl: Closer to Reality


Hollywood Broadwalk before Transformation

The 5 acre site between Johnson and Michigan Streets in Hollywood Beach is being redeveloped with a 349 room luxury resort.  The permits have now been approved and include a 1600 sq ft Bar and Grill on the Intracoastal with dock space for boats, a convention hall,  retail, restaurants, spa and fitness, etc.

Slated to open in 2014, its part of the upgrading and transformation of Hollywood Beach.

The beach itself is also getting a facelift:  124,000 tons of sand is being brought in from near Lake Okeechobee to restore parts of north and south Hollywood Beach.

All good news for real estate investment in the surrounding area.  Condo buildings in the immediate neighbourhood include The Summit, the Renaissance, and the Positano.

For information on any of the above, feel free to contact us at www.TheRealEstateOrange.com

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West Lake Village, Hollywood FL

West Lake Village, Hollywood Florida  (click for map)  is a gated community, built in the late 1990’s with close to 700 single family homes, and located about 1 mile from famed Hollywood Beach. Homes include spacious detached homes measuring over 2200 sq. ft to townhouses from 1400 to 1750 sq. ft.

But all models are characterized by their Mediterranean-style appeal, with features that include

·         courtyards,

·         balconies,

·         walk-in closets,

·         French doors,

·         high ceilings,

·         garages,

·         and tropical vegetations.

The average price of West Lake Village homes for sale ranges between $269,000 and $595,000. Amenities include a community clubhouse, a state-of-the-art exercise room, and tennis courts. Residents are within a short distance from the beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway

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Jogging in Hollywood Fl

I just discovered a neat website for joggers.  It’s called Map My Run , and it offers jogging routes throughout the US.  I googled it for routes in Hollywood FL, especially ones that offered water views, and it gave me different lengths of runs, complete with maps and description. Go to MapMyRun.com

Let us know which routes you liked best.  Personally, I love to run the Hollywood Broadwalk up to Dania and back, but if you prefer a loop, check out the website, and let me know what you think.

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Josh’s Organic Farmers’ Market on Hollywood Beach

josh's organicOne of my favorite places to shop and/or hang out on Hollywood Beach is Josh’s.  Apparently I am not alone, or even one of a small community group.  Our  ‘group’  is about to get larger, as Josh’s is being featured in the traditional media, namely  CBS 4 News  in the “Good for You” segment at 6pm on Friday, September 4th.

According to the Hollywood  CRA,  the  3-5 minute segment will “highlight the extraordinary story of Hollywood Beach’s popular weekly farmer’s market and owner Josh Steinhauser’s commitment to healthy living and community service”

As if we didn’t already know!  But it’s nice to see Josh get the accolades  he deserves.

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The Village at Gulfstream Park

Yesterday, the Aventura Marketing Council hosted an information session about what’s happening at Gulfstream. Looks pretty exciting.Ultimately comprising 1 million sq. ft., the “village” will be built in phases, with phase 1 being to be completed by February 2009. It will consist of :

Later phases are to include 2500-seat theater, with more retail, office and hotel units. Original plans for residential units were scrapped by the developer, and we all understand why. When the market turns around, as it surely will, those units may well be re-instated in the plan.On first view, the mediterranean village style (a mizner-type development) looks great, and who doesn’t look forward to the opening of new restaurants in the area. The big question mark: how well the developers and the city handle the traffic congestion that already exists, and is bound to be exascerbated?Check out the website: www.thevillageatgulfstreampark.com

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South Florida Hospitals: Not Sicko

aventura hospitalDespite Michael Moore’s condemnation of our healthcare, I have to share some personal experiences I’ve had with our hospitals in South Florida.

On 2 different occasions, once when I had to bring my young daughter to the emergency room at Joe Dimaggio, the children’s wing of the Memoral Regional Hospital, www.memorialregional.com and another time when my husband was rushed to the emergency room at Aventura Hospital www.aventurahospital.com . Both times, I was truly amazed by the attention and speed of care. We were immediately admitted, tests were administered, before anyone even asked how we would be paying.

And that is how emergency rooms in American hospitals work: you cannot be denied medical attention. This is in sharp contrast to the Canadian system, where, through personal experience, I have seen patients waiting for hours before any triage was done, and being required to show some proof for payment. Now that is sicko.

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Restaurants on the Hollywood Boardwalk or How to Eat Well and Stay Fit at the same time?

sunsetOxymoron, you say? No, Hollywood Boardwalk I say. Look, it’s this easy: pick your favorite eating place, and there are quite a few to choose from, and your preferred mode of working it off– jogging, rollerblading, biking, walking or swimming– and you have the perfect solution to keeping fit, dining out, and enjoying some ocean air with magnificent sunsets to cap it off. Doesn’t get much better.

Thai Sushi by the Beach or the SugarReef are among my personal favorites.

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Why taking a cruise is so much better when you live in South Florida

cruise shipNever really thought I was a cruise-type person (if there is such a thing). But I’ve discovered the ease and simplicity of a cruise vacation, in our post 9/11 world, especially when you live in South Florida. It begins with arrivals and continues through to departures: no airport stress, in fact driving and finding parking right at the ship terminal couldn’t be easier. You can be setting sail on a 14-dayon board fun odyssey, or a 3-day outing, like the Labor Day weekend I recently cruised with my family. The wonderful cruise photos you see here were taken by our new friend, Bob, who was kind enough to email these photos the same day we returned from our cruise. Thanks Bob!

The best part of cruising for me: not the food, not the places you visit, but the chance to disconnect along with your fellow travelers; everyone from young to old gets to spend the time as they choose. And you don’t have to put on weight!

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Josh’s Organic fruit & vegetable market right on the boardwalk in Hollywood


Add this gem of a farmer’s market to all the reasons why you should live near the Hollywood Boardwalk.

For about the last 4 and 1/2 years, Josh has been bringing fruits & veggies so fresh, they can be on your table within 24 hours of having been picked in the field. Organics don’t come any better or fresher, as Josh’s devotees congregate from near and far to sample wares and try juice concoctions made right on the spot, all within steps from the Atlantic Ocean.

Check out my future posts on Hollywood Beach & Boardwalk, and why I think it’s one of the best places in the world to adopt as your ‘hood.


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