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Victoria Park
                                                                                                            By Beth Daly, Realtor®

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Victoria Park sitting on top of the edge of a prehistoric coastline on an ancient coral ridge is one of the oldest neighborhoods in our city; charming and home to some of our most beautiful streets, homes and landscapes some of which continue to exemplify the style and character reflective of the time when this little subdivision was "planned" back in the mid 1920's.  

To go back just a bit further.... In the winters of 1894 & 1895 there were two very severe frosts virtually wiping out all of the orange groves to the north.  One of Fort Lauderdale's first residents; Mary Brickell thought it would be a good idea to send Railroad Magnet Henry Flagler some fresh orange blossoms to show him that the SE coastal area did not suffer the frost and loss of crops in the winter.  She also wanted him to understand that her extensive land holdings would permit her to support a profitable freight operation year round.  Mr. Flagler was convinced and in the mid 1890's he did bring the railway to Fort Lauderdale. 

In order to protect the beautiful, pristine Oak Hammock and views of the waterway Mary Brickell insisted that he route the railroad around the Victoria Park and Colee Hammock neighborhoods; just north of the New River bending about a mile to the west crossing the river just west of Andrews - actually a more "bridgeable" location.  This action was key in preserving the beauty of two of Fort Lauderdale's most charming neighborhoods to date. 

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Alfred G. Kuhn, Victoria Park's developer named his subdivision after his daughter Victoria, recording in public records the first dedication of land July 11, 1925.  He intended for his subdivision to be an enclave of exclusively residential real estate.  The north boundary was NE 7th Street, the south boundary was Broward Boulevard, east was the Karen Canal and west was NE 14th and NE 17th Avenues.  To make the homes and lots more interesting and appealing the original 24 blocks featured curved and diagonal street patterns. 

In early 1925 an addition was planned and added to the Victoria Park neighborhood and in 1926, Victoria Courts developed by Ralph Horton (now a designated historic district of darling cottages) was also included in Kuhn's subdivision adding yet even more desirable real estate to Victoria Park.  Today Victoria Park stretches a little over 1 square mile from US 1 on the west end to Lake Karen at the east end and from Broward Boulevard on the south to Sunrise Boulevard on the north. 

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In the winters of 1894 & 1895 there were two very severe frosts virtually wiping out all of the orange groves to the north.  Mary Brickell thought it would be a good idea to send Railroad Magnet Henry Flagler some fresh orange blossoms to show him that the SE coastal area did not suffer the frost and loss of crops in the winter.  She also wanted him to understand that her extensive land holdings would permit her to support a profitable freight operation year round.  Mr. Flagler did bring the rail to Fort Lauderdale.  In order to protect the beautiful, pristine Oak Hammock and views of the waterway she had him route the railroad around the Victoria Park neighborhood; just north of the New River bending about a mile to the west crossing the river just west of Andrews - actually a more "bridgeable" location.  This action was also instrumental in saving the beautiful canopy and charm of the adjacent Colee Hammock neighborhood. 

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Residents and guests in beautiful Victoria Park can enjoy any one of 3 parks and a wonderful playhouse/auditorium; Holiday Park - Home to the Chris Evert Tennis Center, Victoria Park, Annie Beck Park and the War Memorial Auditorium and Parker Playhouse.


There are also three parks also- the large Holiday Park, War Memorial Auditorium, Victoria Park and Annie Beck Park.

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Beth Daly

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Beth Daly
Beth Daly
Broker/Associate