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Golden Isles.  Own a little piece of paradise on the water

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If you are looking for a dream home on the water, you are on the right track.

Think of a small oasis halfway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, where most homes are situated on oversized lots, bordered by navigable canals.

A "safe neighborhood "  in Broward County and the City of Hallandale Beach, Golden Isles is a calm, beautifully landscaped area, surrounded but all the amenities, shopping, and entertainment you could ask for, crisscrossed by deep water canals with ocean access.

I have been a resident of Golden Isles since 1986. 24 years later, I can say that it was a good choice. Peaceful and pleasant would be adequate words to define the quality of life here.  Throughout the years, just a few changes: the guardhouse has been rebuilt, and the new entrance to our neighborhood; the famous Golden Isles arch is still in the same place. The Park has been nicely redone and improved since the time my kids enjoyed the sandy playground. The Tennis courts are still available but the pros have expanded the reach of their trainings for kids and adults.

Many older homes have been replaced by new, well designed construction, all for the better.
On the corner, at the end of Layne Blvd, the shopping center has seen the Albertson supermarket move out years ago and many stores have come and gone, but the Publix is still very alive.   An upscale restaurant & night club caters to a Russian clientele; there is an outpatient medical center, a boat supply business and many other stores.  


Across Hallandale Beach Blvd. an attractive shopping center where the Diplomat Mall used to gather elderly patrons, was turned into a modern and pretty center of entertainment just across the street from Golden Isles: Burlington and Ross department stores, the Winn Dixie supermarket, a Panera bakery, many cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating,  Starbucks, Officemax, a Bank.  All this keeps adding convenience to life in Golden Isles, without taking away the sense of an enclosed community.

 

Conveniently located in Hallandale Beach, Golden Isles consists of about 304 single family homes, in a 24-hour guarded community. Most are waterfront lots with deep water docks, on wide canals, and easy access to the Ocean. Amenities include a park, a tennis center, and a playground.

 

 

If you like the water, Golden Isles has some of the best choices of waterfront homes for boaters.


 

A family-oriented neighborhood with superbly landscaped homes, many with stunning architectural designs, Golden Isles is one of the best options, a short distance from Haulover Cut, minutes from Hollywood Beach with easy access to both Fort Lauderdale and Miami International airports.  

 

 

The famous Aventura Mall is a five minutes drive, Hollywood Circle about the same distance, with many dining and entertainment choices.

The Gulfstream Racetrack and Casino, with its lovely Village at Gulfstream has become a wonderful  shopping and entertainment complex. Recently inaugurated, it is quickly turning into a major pole of attraction, and the place to go for the young and less young crowd.

A few blocks away,  the Greyhound  Track and its adjoining Mardi Gras Casino add another leisure option.

And there is much more to these Golden Isles in the midst of civilization and city life.
Of course... the beach!

Hallandale Beach is just some blocks away across the bridge, and you can't miss the famous Hollywood boardwalk on the sand, that you will reach driving past the superb Diplomat Hotel complex and a few waterfront cafes and restaurants on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Golden Isles attracts many boaters who dream of catching the big one. However, for the less adventurous, ownership of a boat or a yacht can still be a  relaxing and mundane affair, thanks to the wonderful network of canals, bays, and lakes connecting to the Intracoastal,  that bring excitement and enjoyment  in the gorgeous Florida outdoors without the exposure to rough waters.

 

It is not even mandatory to wear your Captain's cap while you cruise the Hollywood Lakes or eat breakfast at the Giorgio's Bakery, get some beer at a waterfront bar, a pizza at Capone's, or dock at Le Tub, winner of the "best US hamburger" award despite its modest appearance; savor some Billy's stone crabs, or just lazily follow the canal while admiring a spectacular Florida sunset.

 

 

 

 

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NEWS

Home price gains slowing as market recovers

NEW bottom, potentially marking a new phase for the housing recovery.

Home values aren’t rising as fast as they were and even dipped in a few hot markets in September, according to Zillow. More homes are coming on the market, and Realtors report less competition among buyers.

“It’s a market in flux,” says Sherry Chris, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. “We are in year two of a long-term recovery, and there will be bumps.”

Home value gains are a key indicator of a market shift.

Home values were up 1.2 percent in the third quarter from the second, Zillow data show, down from a 2.5 percent rise in the second quarter from the first.

In September, values dipped about 1 percent from August in Los Angeles and San Diego, the first notable month-to-month drop in those markets since the recovery began, Zillow says.

All told, half of 30 major metro areas covered by Zillow saw values fall in September from August, seasonally adjusted numbers show. Earlier this summer, all the same metros were seeing month-to-month gains.

More markets are likely to see declines this month, too, says Svenja Gudell, Zillow chief economist.

Home values were flat or slightly up in September from August in Washington, D.C., Miami and Atlanta, Zillow’s data show. But growth has slowed in the metros each month since July. In Atlanta, for instance, July values were up 3.1 percent from June. But September saw only a 0.7 percent bump from August, after being adjusted for seasonal factors.

While down, it’s still rapid appreciation. Historically, homes appreciated an average of 0.3 percent a month, says Jed Kolko, Trulia economist.

“It’s not like prices are falling off a cliff. They’re just slowing to a more sustainable pace,” Guddell says.

Fewer investor buyers and more inventory are two key factors affecting prices.

The number of existing single-family homes for sale in August was up 5 percent from January, seasonally adjusted, Kolko says. Meanwhile, higher prices have dampened investor activity, leaving more homes for regular buyers, he says.

While popular homes got 10 to 15 offers several months ago, two to three are more likely now, says Better Homes’ Chris.

Slowing price gains should lessen fears of housing bubbles in some markets, including in California, Zillow says. Homes are also taking longer to sell in some California markets.

Homes spent a median of 28 days on the market in Oakland, in September before being sold, up from 14 days earlier this year, reports Realtor.com, which tracks 146 markets.

From Florida Realtors.org – Oct 18, 2013

 

Harbor Islands

Another great area of Luxury Homes in South Hollywood, Florida.

Waterfront Homes close to the beach, in a great location, close to Supermarkets, Shopping Areas, Entertainment, Casino, Race-track, Mall.

A very secure, gated neighborhood, ideal for boat lovers.