If you are familiar with South Florida, you will know that the view of many beaches is hidden by row after row of high-rise buildings. The attractive boardwalks, which are essentially pedestrian streets right on beach level, are a rare commodity here. Whoever knows the magnificent promenades alongside the ocean in cities like Rio, Atlantic City, Venice Beach, will wonder why they are a such rarity in South Florida.
Among the few exceptions are South Beach and Hollywood Beach.
If you enjoy walking while breathing the saline breeze, a lazy stroll under palm trees shade, the occasional beer and appetizers on an outside table, and people-sighting, Hollywood Beach is where you want to be. Not quite as “sexy” and trendy as South Beach, Hollywood Beach has however preserved much of its natural flavor, and its relaxed old-Florida feeling, while adapting to the times. New pavement, sidewalks, and artsy beach boundaries, a bike path, recently arranged rest areas and mini-parks, a new attitude at refurbishing old store fronts with contemporary architecture, are slowly transforming the beach.
The famous pizzerias, catering to Canadian tourists, with their fixed price for pitchers of beer and large pizzas, are still here. But new and trendy restaurants are emerging. French, Italian, Turkish, Argentinian, Cuban eateries, blend well with small ice cream places, and sport bars.
There are some buildings right on, or very close to the boardwalk. I can mention the Baker Tower, La Playa, Crystal Tower, the Mainsail, the Nautilus, among just a few available. The only new construction is the luxurious Villas of Positano. Remember that building high or mid-rise structures is seriously restricted here.
However, if you still want to be at a walking distance from this great beach area, there are a few more options in high-rise condominiums, right on the beach side of Ocean Drive. The newer constructions include the Trump Hollywood condos, the Diplomat Residences, the Ocean Palms. Good options are: The Wave condos, a condo conversion, the Quadomain Complex and its four buildings: Brittania, Catania, Grenoble, and Valencia. Also to mention are the Sea-Air tower, the Alexander Towers, the Tides on Hollywood Beach, the Residences, the Summit Condominiums, the Waterway. At the very beginning of Hollywood Beach and at the border with Hallandale Beach, the Sian is a condo conversion that gutted an older building and completely renewed all the units. I would give it a serious consideration. Across the street from the beach, and on the intracoastal waters, I will mention the Hallmark, a large complex, as well as the two Allington Towers.
Of course there are many more buildings and prices are at a low since the “boom” years ended in 2005.
A great opportunity to own a piece of Florida is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Think about it: where else can you buy starting at the $200,000 or even less, a nice two-bedroom apartment at this top destination, and right on the beach? Even in under-developed countries, these prices would raise eyebrows. Remember, this is not Costa Rica, Panama, or Angola. You are talking South Florida, and just in the midst of the best action. Close to some of the best shopping locations in the world. Casinos, Racetracks, superb shopping Malls, South Beach, Aventura, Sunny Isles, you are at the center of everything.
Downtown Hollywood is just a few blocks West of the beach. It has not yet become the second South Beach, but it’s getting better by the day, or better even, by the night. Nightclubs and cafes, restaurants and sports bars, musicians and outdoor tables, and of course the year-long balmy weather. Proximity to the Everglades natural beauties, the warm Atlantic waters, the fishing and the sand. Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale is just a few minutes drive. Little Havana with its memories and South American scenery; Palm Beach, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables and their magnificent mansions and gardens. The Hollywood luxury homes and Hollywood Lakes. Could you ask for a nicer environment? Or a nicer location for your vacation condo?
I am a fan of Hollywood. As many will find out every day, it is easy to adopt as your home. And it has this homey feeling in every corner. We all hope that we shall be able to keep it the same for many years to come, avoiding excessive development and disproportionate construction.
Source by Henry B. Nathan