By Beth Daly, Realtor®
- Return to Neighborhoods Page - Idlewyld is inconspicuously nestled onto the south west shore of our Intracoastal waterway at Las Olas Boulevard. A most elegant community of only about 125 homes many don't even realize it's beauty and history. Platted back in 1921, what was once part of a vast mangrove swamp along the New River became lovely Idlewyld. This is most definitely one of our most treasured, and one of our oldest and tiniest neighborhoods. The lots were sold from 1921 and sold out in 1923. The area was developed as only 8 streets, accessible off of Las Olas Boulevard by either Riviera Isle Drive or Idlewyld Drive.
According to Marilyn Rathburn of the Fort Lauderdale History Center Idlewyld is one of very few local land formations that would accommodate residential waterfront property naturally. This is not a dredge and fill area as are some of the isles a bit further west such as the Riviera Isles which are located adjacent to the west side of Idlewyld. Riviera Isles are made up of only 3 streets; Riviera Isle, Solar Isle and Flamingo Isle. These 3 waterfront isles were developed by a gentleman from Anderson, Indiana; Thomas Stillwell. Mr. Stillwell used this dredge and fill process; similar to how Carl Fisher had successfully filled in swampland in Miami Beach to create this special waterfront enclave.
Many of the homes in the Idlewyld neighborhood were designed by famed local architect Francis Abreu. Abreu built in the Spanish Revival-style which has been recognized as symbolizing early Fort Lauderdale architecture. It is sad to know that only about 8 of his homes still stand today.
Merle Fogg Park is a beautiful park along the NE shore of Idlewyld bordering the beautiful wide expanse of our Intracoastal waterway named after after Broward's pioneer aviator; Mr. Merle Fogg who was one of Broward's best known and most liked residents of the time. This park is located on the south side of Las Olas, near the location of his original tiny airfield with a primitive wooden hanger that bore a sign stating "Merle Fogg Flying Service" just north of Las Olas.
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