Old City, New Look: Barry Levinson On The Shifting Profile Of Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale’s downtown is experiencing an amazing redevelopment after finally receiving long overdue recognition of all that it has to offer. The city’s warm climate, convenient walking distance to a wide range of cultural and educational venues, world class dining, shopping and nightlife, proximity to the beach, and urban parks and gardens are all compressed into an attractive riverside location making it a one of a kind opportunity for developers, residents and investors alike.

Additionally, an international airport and cruise port are just minutes away. The train system linking the tri-counties of Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale-Broward and West Palm Beach with a soon to be added stop in Orlando make accessibility for those who travel or commute long-distance much easier, affordable and time-saving.

Barry Levinson, Real Estate Consultant with BEX Realty LLC, is a specialist in Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas and has developed a global presence and a reputation as one of the most sought after real estate consultants for his expertise in its redevelopment. He feels that with rising values, terrific tax advantages and an unbeatable quality of living, there has never been a better time than now to buy in the Fort Lauderdale area.


New high-rise residential projects are springing up and thousands of condos and townhomes have been recently built, are soon to be erected, or are currently under construction. Hotels, office towers, galleries, salons, spas, restaurants, and breweries are flourishing downtown and in the surrounding areas including East Las Olas, trendy Flagler Village, creative FAT Village (Flagler Arts and Technology District, and the community and economic development area of Mass District (Music and Arts South of Sunrise).

Importantly, there’s something for everybody. Professionals, hipsters, young families, and baby boomers can all easily find the appeal in this diverse area. In fact, with the city’s urban building code and master plan calling for preserved views, multi-use and pedestrian-friendly retail ground floors, along with hidden parking garages, the area allows everyone to mingle and enjoy the sights, and they frequently do. Artwalks, festivals, concerts, along with fundraising events and other happenings occur on an ongoing basis.

Moreover, most buildings call for plentiful shared amenities to allow for shared social opportunities, while removing the typical hassles of home ownership. These buildings range from small units with modest price tags to ultra-luxury level residences and compared with Miami’s soaring cost of housing the value of this area really shines. According to Levinson, “It’s a thrilling time not only for the city, but for everyone who lives, works and invests in the downtown Fort Lauderdale community.”

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