A little waterfront hideaway off Oakland Park Boulevard.
Text Mark Williams
Unexpected. That’s the word that comes to mind to many after they’ve ventured in to little Coral Shores. Located with only two entrances/exits about a block north of E. Oakland Park Boulevard, this community of 155 single-family homes was platted and built out during the boom that started in the early 1950s. Positioned facing Wilton Manors just across the North Fork of the Middle River this neighborhood captivates those who visit with its quiet. No drive-through traffic here, Coral Shores was established on a peninsula that wraps a good 80% of the neighborhood in water.
The peninsula of Coral Shores (top of above photograph) is separated by the north fork of the Middle River from WIlton Manors’ Coral Gardens neighborhood.
As is the case in many of the adjoining neighborhoods, three out of four properties in this part of Fort Lauderdale are 1950s and 60s-era homes with well-maintained yards and swimming pools. Luckily for Coral Shores, more than a third of all homes are on the water, which makes this enclave of particular interest to boaters. Of the waterfront homes, 36 line the Middle River and 23 sit along the eastern edge of Coral Shores along the Midriver Canal. This wide canal offers serene views across to the greened-in walls that buffer this waterfront from Federal Highway commercial establishments like Tesla and Crafty Crab.
Until recently, little Coral Shores was a relative bargain, but started seeing a lot of interest in the last decade as prices went on a steep incline. To give you one example, a two-bedroom, two bath, 1,387 square foot home that sold for $93,000 in 2001 resold for $375,000 a dozen years later, and was again marketed and sold this year, closing at $595,000.
Another recent trend is to buy and renovate. With some of the housing stock here in almost original condition, Coral Shores offers opportunities not found elsewhere. Lastly, the tear-down craze that has hit other waterfront areas like Middle River Drive has thankfully not gotten a foothold in Coral Shores, so there are very few situations where a massive, new construction home looms over a mid-century ranch style home.
Although traffic on E. Oakland Park Boulevard can make entering and exiting the neighborhood by car a bit challenging during peak traffic hours, those in the know love Coral Shores for its quiet neighborhood feel and the dearth of through traffic. Residents also enjoy being able to walk to neighborhood restaurants and markets, which include Angelo’s Bakery Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Sea Salt Fish Market, not to mention all the options just a few blocks further afield along the Federal Highway corridor.
Sales prices for homes in Coral Shores averaged $534,000 in the last 6 months, but that figure rises to over $548,000 for waterfront homes. At press time there were only 5 homes on the market, and try as we might to bring you the latest, homes here and elsewhere –– priced correctly –– are often under contract in just a few days. With that caveat in mind, the least expensive on the market at press time had an asking price of $549,000 for a 1,401 square foot pool home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. At the other end of the market is a 2,300 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2-bath waterfront home offered at $775,000.
On The Market in Coral Shores
2818 NE 21st Terrace
3 bed, 2 bath,
2,300 Square Feet
Compass Florida LLC
2725 NE 21st Avenue
3 bed, 2 bath
1,829 Square Feet
Marant & Associates, Inc.
1905 NE 30th Street
3 bed, 2 bath
1,319 Square Feet
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