Rio Vista
By Beth Daly,Realtor®

Nicely nestled into a magnificent lush canopy of mature gumbo limbo, royal palms, majestic poincianas, sea grapes and live oaks Rio Vista is bordered by the meandering New River on the north side, SE 12th Street on the south end, the Intracoastal waterway on the east side and US 1 (Federal Highway) on the west.

Rich in character and history and one of the first areas settled in Fort Lauderale; Rio Vista is one of Fort Lauderdale's most sought after neighborhoods.  Many appreciate all of the green space that was planned into this little suburb on the fringe of the city. Virginia Young Park is in the center of this friendly enclave, Hector Park is at the south fringe and on top of the tunnel in the north western corner you'll find Stranahan Landing.  This small park area is said to be the crossing point where in the 1890's Frank Stranahan started a ferry service to the other side of the New River where his campsite was.

There is a wide variety of architecture in Rio Vista with some homes dating back nearly 85 years or a bit more.  Some families in Rio Vista have history dating back nearly 3 generations.  After World War One Fort Lauderdale began to flourish.  A developer named C.J. Hector began selling lots and creating this beautiful neighborhood he named Rio Vista or "River View" for it's magnificent views of the New River.  By 1923 Rio Vista was well on it's way with 27 blocks and nearly 700 lots, over 5,000 feet of sidewalks and streetlights installed.  The famed local architect; Frances Abreu built the bulk of the homes in the 20's and 30's, mostly in the Mediterranean-Revival style with the distinctive archways and expansive lots.  A few of these beauties still exist and most of them have been lovingly restored. 


In 1926 the "Great Miami Hurricane" hit Miami and really put a damper on Florida's economy.  This event actually started the "Depression" here in South Florida a few years before the rest of the country.  After World War Two there was another influx of new residents and Rio Vista was once again growing along with the rest of Fort Lauderdale and Florida.  In the 1950's and 1960's the homes were more conservative as a sign of the times.  One story, flat roofed structures were the homes of choice back then.  They were minimally sized and had exactly enough room for a family of that era and nothing more.  Many of these little beauties still exist and proudly display their period restorations adding to the charm and character of the neighborhood.   

As you travel east deeper into Rio Vista and closer to the Intracoastal waterway you will find that the home prices increase as do the home sizes.  East of Cordova Road lies the Rio Vista Isles, the streets which comprise The Rio Vista Isles are 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th Street as well as the northern section of Ponce de Leon Drive.  Here you will find magnificent, deepwater properties with adequate dockage for mega yachts. 


Folks who live in Rio Vista just love it.  There is a strong sense of community here in this lushly landscaped downtown subdivision.  Many are very active in the Rio Vista Civic Association and the Lauderdale Yacht Club.  The proximity to Downtown Fort Lauderdale, the beaches, the lushly landscaped yards, the majestic, mature tree canopies, the history, the walkability, the deep water dockage and proximity to Port Everglades, the charm, the spirit, the character... The list just goes on and on.  Please give us a call and let us introduce you to this lovely Fort Lauderdale area.  ...Be ready, you may just fall in love! 

Beth Daly

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