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7 Best South Florida Markets for Real Estate Investors

Which South Florida property markets offer the best protection for investors?

The South Florida region offers a diverse group of unique real estate markets which attract the interest of local and international investors, as well as millions of retirees, entrepreneurs, and workers from around the USA.
This area, which runs from the top of Palm Beach County to the Florida Keys, offers a wide variety of exciting communities to invest in. However, with the recent turmoil and uncertainty in global financial markets, many savvy investors aren’t just asking which neighborhoods have the most aesthetically pleasing new construction developments, or which are the least expensive and may offer the most room for growth. They want to know which also offer the best protection for their capital and financial future.

So with wealth preservation, consistent income, and long term investment in mind, our #1 Fort Lauderdale real estate agents have compiled a list of some of the most reliable havens to invest in now, and for the future. Check out the Top 7 Neighborhoods Offering the Best Protection for Investors.

1. Las Olas

In Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard runs from downtown to the beach. Along this strip are boutique fashion stores and fine restaurants. On either side, buyers will discover neighborhoods offering up luxurious homes. Some are incredibly expansive and provide deep water docking for private yachts. This stretch of real estate will continue to be a top choice for the wealthy in the future.

2. Coral Ridge

Between Fort Lauderdale Beach and Sea Ranch Lakes to the north is Coral Ridge. This is a small, boutique community with waterfront homes which have been popular with international artists and some of the area’s most successful property agents.

3. Lighthouse Point

Just to the south of Hillsboro Beach is the small waterfront community of Lighthouse Point. Although surrounded by the popular, yet less expensive markets of Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach, Lighthouse Point is a stronghold for wealthy owners demanding refined living with water access.

4. Hollywood & Hallandale Beach

Hollywood and Hallandale Beach, Florida can be great value plays. These cities are more affordable than Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and being wedged between them still offers a great lifestyle and easy access to all the best of the South Florida region. This area has experienced significant development over the last few years, adding the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, new shopping and dining options, and in some ways may be more stable in price than the more famous Sunny Isles just to the south

5. Golden Beach

Golden Beach is one of South Florida’s most upscale and elite communities. Just 4 blocks wide and 1 mile long, this exclusive town runs along Collins Avenue, which runs down to Miami Beach. Celebrity owners have included Bill Gates and Eric Clapton who named his 461 Ocean Boulevard album after a property here.

6. South Beach

South Beach is the prized jewel of the region, known for its lifestyle, celebrity residents, and gleaming skyscrapers. South Beach may not be immune to property price fluctuations, but it is sure to continue to attract the world’s most wealthy and famous in search of investment property and second homes in the sun.

7. Coral Gables

Coral Gables, also known as the ‘City Beautiful’, and adjacent Coconut Grove lie just south of Downtown Miami. This area is known for being a magnet for pioneers and innovators, a haven for wealthy international residents and bankers. This area is home to the famous Biltmore Hotel, Miracle Mile, Cocowalk, and the University of Miami. In contrast to Miami Beach, this is a more refined leafy neighborhood with sizable estates and a prominent business district

Where Will You Invest?

There are many great places to invest in Florida real estate from Boca Raton to the less expensive North Fort Lauderdale, to South Miami. Many neighborhoods are being redeveloped with stylish, but affordable new properties. For those seeking safe investments to protect and grow their family wealth over the long term, this list is definitely a good starting point for discovering what’s available.


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