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Old 06-13-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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I'm thinking about moving to this cute little town. It's right over the bride on Commercial Blvd and it has some restaurants and shops on the beach. Also has a pier and seems like a a place this is friendly to just walk about and eat at a restaurant or grab a drink on the beach....

Has anyone lived there or perhaps vacationed there and want to talk about their experience?

I currently live in Coral Springs area and am looking to head east to be by the beach. Opinions? Suggestions?
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:57 AM
 
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Where do you work?

It gets very congested there as I'm sure you know.
I can't imagine having to deal with that traffic as far as getting in/out, especially during season, but if you don't have a problem with that.. go for it!

Also.. just an FYI.. the corner just west of Aruba's is the biggest DUI trap.. so be careful!

It is a cute area.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:04 PM
 
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Where do you work?

It gets very congested there as I'm sure you know.
I can't imagine having to deal with that traffic as far as getting in/out, especially during season, but if you don't have a problem with that.. go for it!

Also.. just an FYI.. the corner just west of Aruba's is the biggest DUI trap.. so be careful!

It is a cute area.
I work at home for a university based in California, so im not all that concerned about communting... however, I do have a car and drive about running errands and things like that. Didn't know about that DUI trap lol. Not that I drive drunk, but it's good to know that kind of stuff, so thanks. My whole reason in wanting to move there is to perhaps be in an area where I can walk, grab a few drinks, eat at a restaurant, etc....without having to drive.

In Coral Springs one must drive everywhere! It's like how does one go out and about withput having to drive? not possible. It's a decent enough area, it's just so suburban and filled with chain restaurants, not very unique setting.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:09 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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an area where I can walk, grab a few drinks, eat at a restaurant, etc....without having to drive.
That's a big reason that area's so appealing.
If you work from home go for it!

There seems to be a real sense of community down that way too.
Very rare in South Florida.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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I'm thinking about moving to this cute little town. It's right over the bride on Commercial Blvd and it has some restaurants and shops on the beach. Also has a pier and seems like a a place this is friendly to just walk about and eat at a restaurant or grab a drink on the beach....

Has anyone lived there or perhaps vacationed there and want to talk about their experience?

I currently live in Coral Springs area and am looking to head east to be by the beach. Opinions? Suggestions?
I work nearby (i95 and Cypress Creek) and we often go to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea for lunch of dinner or happy hour.

I haven't lived there, but it looks Really nice. Excellent beach there too.

There is a good share of retirees. And restaurants tend to close early (for example we had our office Christmas party at Seawatch and were asked to wrap it up at 10pm... still a very nice retaurant... but at lunch time it looks like a bingo joint)

Good proximity to everything, including restaurants that don't close early

(my favorites - Blue Moon, Eduardo De San Angel, Thai Spice)
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:18 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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When I lived there or visit now, it's my favorite place. Would love to live close neough to walk to it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:13 PM
 
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lauderdale by the sea is a nice place, i used to live behind the 7-11 on bougainvillea drive.
the only thing is this, you need to beware of petty crime. car break ins. since there are many old one story little cottage one room apartments for rent, efficiency, it attracts many people that otherwise could not afford a real apartment with the first, last, and security deposits. so if you rent in one of these transient places your neighbors could be crack heads or losers.
the lbts cops are always on the look out for drunks. they will pull anybody over that drives through town, especially if it is late at night. this is how the town makes their money.
i would suggest living behind las olas blvd instead. there is more to do on las olas blvd than lbts. many many more bars and within walking distance. in lbts there are only a few bars but you do have the beach. traffic gets really bad, especially in the season when all the snow birds are down from canada and the north.
check out las olas first before deciding on lbts.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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lauderdale by the sea is a nice place, i used to live behind the 7-11 on bougainvillea drive.
the only thing is this, you need to beware of petty crime. car break ins. since there are many old one story little cottage one room apartments for rent, efficiency, it attracts many people that otherwise could not afford a real apartment with the first, last, and security deposits. so if you rent in one of these transient places your neighbors could be crack heads or losers.
the lbts cops are always on the look out for drunks. they will pull anybody over that drives through town, especially if it is late at night. this is how the town makes their money.
i would suggest living behind las olas blvd instead. there is more to do on las olas blvd than lbts. many many more bars and within walking distance. in lbts there are only a few bars but you do have the beach. traffic gets really bad, especially in the season when all the snow birds are down from canada and the north.
check out las olas first before deciding on lbts.
Gurrrrl, this exactly the type of insight I was looking for.
I hadn't even thought of Las Olas area.... I'm gonna go there tomorrow. And look for places there too. I'm not ruling it out.
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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Keep us posted.
I'm going to live vicariously through you on this.

Check out places in Victoria Park.

And there's a place a little too far from Las Olas to walk, but you could ride a bike... awesome community, gated with guards...several swimming pools, tennis courts, boat docks.. beautiful views (a friend of mine lives there and LOVES it) called River Reach.
They're condos, but you can rent there as well.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:04 PM
 
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Gurrrrl, this exactly the type of insight I was looking for.
I hadn't even thought of Las Olas area.... I'm gonna go there tomorrow. And look for places there too. I'm not ruling it out.
yes, def check out las olas. the people that live in that area are a mixed crowd with more culture than you will find in other areas. they enjoy the great restaurants and awesome bars that surround this area. there are high end shops, cappuccino places, and great restaurants. the old floridian restaurant/diner is open 24/7 and is a favorite hangout at all hours. the las olas crowd for happy hour will be a lot of business professionals from the law offices downtown.
in lauderdale by the sea you will have a somewhat mixed crowd. not all are cultured, many bum types hanging at the beach. and there really are only about 3 local bars that you can walk to and those bars are kinda hickish. but most of all, the lauderdale by the sea cops are the worst and there is no getting around them if you chose to live in that area. there are several low end motels along A1A that are cute but you wouldn't want to live by them.
i am happy to hear you are checking out the las olas area... this is a wonderful place to live. the area behind the 7-11 on las olas has many cute apartments that are reasonable in rent.

good luck to you. let us know where you decided to live.
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