From clubhouse to our house:

The story of Coral Ridge Country Club Estates.

Text Mary Dugan

Just as the developers of Coral Ridge lured potential buyers into its new development with amenities like the Charles McKirahan-designed Coral Ridge Yacht Club, when Coral Ridge Properties was ready to sell lots in adjacent Coral Ridge Country Club Estates they built (what else?) a Country Club. 

Developers conceptualized what Coral Ridge Country Club Estates was to become, right from their little office at 716 E. Oakland Park Boulevard. A large part of that concept had to do with leisure… and leisure in South Florida meant boating and golfing. The group and their architects and construction crews needed to build on those leisure dreams, and build on them in a big way. But Fort Lauderdale, they must have surmised, was no Connecticut. There would be no neo-Tudor clubhouse with puffing chimneys and oak trees. Postwar Florida needed to put out a completely different vibe to attract potential buyers… something tropical, breezy. In 1950s Fort Lauderdale, Charles McKirahan was one of the few architects who understood the flare needed to convey Florida’s pool and patio lifestyle. James Hunt, Joe Taravella and Steven Calder, the men in charge of Coral Ridge Country Club Estates development, went straight to McKirahan who designed an impossibly long, ground-hugging clubhouse topped by a fabulous (recently discarded) Bermuda roof, all painted a gleaming white. Try finding that in Bloomfield Hills! 

Above: Architect Charles McKirahan’s sprawling clubhouse, built in 1954, was soon surrounded by land-hugging ranch-style homes, some of which have been replaced.

McKirahan’s club design was an instant hit and its laid back image influenced either overtly or subliminally, much of what was built in the next decade. Stretching north and south from the Club, the developers at Coral Ridge Properties oversaw extensive dredging and filling, creating no less than 19 finger-like peninsulas reaching into the waters of the Intracoastal. This genius move gave the nascent neighborhood 20 idyllic canals, allowing yachts easy, “no fixed bridges” access to the Intracoastal and Atlantic Ocean beyond. 

Now called home by about 4,900 residents, Coral Ridge Country Club Estates is – without doubt – a well-to-do community, with a median household income about twice the city average. While the vast majority of housing stock here is comprised of single family homes, most of which rose in the 1960s, there are a number of multi-family condominiums, co-operatives and apartments located along the neighborhood’s northern, western and, to a lesser extent, southern edges. The neighborhood also includes a new development with a guarded entry off N. Federal Highway called The Enclave. With 36 expansive lots starting at 17,000 square feet and growing to over an acre, the homeowner’s association carries with it a one-percentish restriction that no new home built here may be smaller than 3,700 square feet. Be that as it may, those living here like it, and homes here have already been constructed topping 12,000 square feet. 

Although there are a few small condominiums in older buildings with idyllic golf course views under $200,000, these are outliers. The vast majority of homes on the market now are single-family homes asking from $700,000 to $3,000,000. There are outliers on this end of the market as well, with single-family homes at the enclave asking $4 to $5.75 million.

On The Market in Coral Ridge Country Club

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2841 NE 38th Street
5 bed, 6 bath,
waterfront, pool
5,075 Square Feet

$2,950,000
John O’Flaherty
Keller Williams Realty Prof.
954.565.7989

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3917 Country Club Lane
5 bed, 6+ bath,
pool
5,000 Square Feet

$3,995,000
Francisco Garcia
Engel & Voelkers
561.722.8905

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4812 NE 23rd Avenue #6
2 bed, 2 bath,
pool
942 Square Feet

$299,000
Liz Halford Ward
Better Homes & Gardens
954.803.2220

Recently Sold in Coral Ridge Country Club

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2500 NE 40th Street
3 bed, 3+ bath,
pool
3,827 Square Feet

$2,100,000
$1,950,000
Gilles Rais
Coldwell Banker Realty

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3933 Country Club Lane
8 bed, 8+ bath,
pool
8,958 Square Feet

$7,200,000
$6,078,550
James Hoffman
Heritage Intl. Realty 

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2824 NE 33rd Court #5
2 bed, 2 bath,
waterfront, pool
877 Square Feet

$220,000
$202,500
Dale Palmer
Coldwell Banker Realty