Sea Ranch Lakes
Sea Ranch Lakes is one of Broward County's smallest, safest, wealthiest and most exclusive communities. In fact, it is the only police
patrolled, gated and walled community east of the Intracoastal waterway. Bounded by Ocean Bay Club Drive to the north, Pine Avenue to the south, the sparkling Atlantic Ocean to the east and our beautiful Intracoastal waterway to the west. This
peaceful seaside village is a little treasure.
By Beth Daly, Realtor®
On October 6, 1959 this
sleepy, gated beachside town was first incorporated. Sea Ranch Lakes was named after
the Sea Ranch Hotel which was a landmark hotel on the east side of A1A
opposite the entryway. The town and council members chose to incorporate so the town could remain indefinitely autonomous and not be forcibly annexed by Lauderdale by the Sea, Fort Lauderdale or Pompano.
They have their own municipal code, mayor, 7 council members and police force. In quite the unusual situation, none of the land in Sea Ranch Lakes is owned by the village. The streets, the parks and the lakes are owned by the Sea Ranch Lakes Beach Club. The Beach Club also owns the oceanfront property upon which the beach clubhouse and swimming pool are located.
The Beach Club as the single common owner of the villages common areas is responsible for the infrastructure; roads, street lights, signs, capital improvements, etc. The revenue is generated with the dues and also with the tax base from the nearby Sea Ranch Shopping Center just to the south. There are annual membership dues that all residents must pay in addition to typical costs and real estate taxes. The dues to the Beach Club are used to pay the salaries of the Beach Club employees as well as to maintain the amenities, streets, painting, etc.
As you approach the entry to Sea Ranch Lakes you must stop at the guard house. You will meet one of the Sea Ranch Lakes police officers who will ask who you are visiting. The police here are wonderful, knowing each resident and even many guests by name. Many have been here for several years. Once contact has been made confirming your permission to enter you will drive down Gatehouse Drive to your destination. As you drive through the beautifully tree lined streets with carefully landscaped yards you will notice how clean it all is. Even the powerlines are buried in Sea Ranch Lakes which is a real blessing in the case of storms.
You will find yourself driving over Lake Cayuga on the south side of Gatehouse and Lake Seneca on the north. These beautiful man made lakes are fresh water, with fish and turtles, ducks and other beautiful water birds. Residents are permitted to fish but it's "catch and release" only. Also, kayaking, paddle boarding and row boats are permitted but nothing with a motor is allowed. There are only about 200 homes in this wonderful village. There are about 48 homes on the lakes at this time, Intracoastal front homes are about 28 and the balance, approximately 130 or so are nestled onto one of the quiet, private, tree lined streets.
This is one of our most fabulous neighborhoods. Not only do you have the security of your own Sea Ranch Lakes Police Department, you have the gorgeous Beach Side Club House and pool right across the street on the beaches of Lauderdale by the Sea. This is a neighborhood I am looking forward to introducing you to!
Direct Cellular Phone (954) 663-3180
E Mail: Beth@LiveByTheSea.com