Seven Isles:

The original Fort Lauderdale dream… made real.

Text Sybil Robert

To tell the story of Seven Isles is, in many ways, to tell the story much of East Fort Lauderdale’s development.  Whether you are speaking of the developers of huge parcels, like Thomas Stillwell, who developed posh Idlewyld out of what was basically a sandbar, or Charley Rodes and others who perfected the dredge and fill technique, creating developments named Venice, the Coral Isles and Rio Vista Isles, the story has a similar overlay.  This was at the very pinnacle of the Florida land boom of the 1920s and all the developers in Fort Lauderdale were selling a dream. That dream, of a European-inspired playground for the rich, a place of Mediterranean revival styled homes and leisurely days on the water, was played up by all of East Fort Lauderdale’s developers. Advertising depicted this idyllic life, with statements like “Every lot has both Avenue and canal frontage ––– your car parked at one door, your yacht moored at another.”

Above: A point lot estate on Aqua Vista Boulevard offers over 500 feet of deep water dockage on over an acre of prime, Seven Isles land and is priced at $19,500,000.
Photo: Fidelity Real Estate

Seven Isles mirrored this scenario, taking it even further. To sell lots on Seven Isles ––– then called Lauderdale Isles ––– developer William Morang took prospects to see lots by boat. Leaving from an elaborate dock directly on E. Las Olas Blvd., boats motored prospects through the new canals as colorful brochures were handed out, waxing poetic about Lauderdale’s tropical lifestyle. 

It all turned out to be a false start, as the Great Hurricane of 1926 dealt one blow, the following land bust a second punch, the knockout coming with the Great Depression. In a way, it wasn’t until well after the Reagan years, when showing your wealth has suddenly become fashionable, that buyers began tearing down earlier, more modest homes that were mostly single-story and about 2,400 square feet, replacing them with opulent showcases with six, seven or even eight bedrooms averaging 5,000 square feet of living space. 

For the nautically inclined, Seven Isles is a prized neighborhood. There are no fixed bridges between these Isles and the Port Everglades inlet. Have a 100-foot yacht you need to anchor? Take one look at Google Earth and it should be clear that one of the 300 or so homes here should be just right for you. Residents here are also fortunate to live walking distance to the Atlantic Ocean, the shops of Las Olas and more. Because they are surrounded by waterways and due to the Isles one-way-in, one-way-out roadway and privately patrolled streets, this neighborhood tends to be very quiet. 

Today, of course, those homes from the turn of the 20th century rub elbows with contemporary homes… albeit of similar size and carrying an even higher price tag. In 2021, to purchase your ticket into this enclave, you’ll shell out a minimum of $2 million. The lowest priced home at press time was $1.995 million for a 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath new construction home. Other homes available ranged from $2.5 million to $7.5 million, the outliers at the top end of the market being three sprawling homes hovering around $20 million each.

On The Market in Seven Isles

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31 Pelican Drive
7 bed, 7.5 bath,
waterfront, pool
6,473 Square Feet

$6,850,000
Jeff Greenberg
Coast Properties of S. FL.
954.224.5737

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2300 Aqua Vista Blvd.
7 bed, 7.5 bath,
waterfront, pool
8,132 Square Feet

$19,950,000
Che Nelson
Fidelity Real Estate
786.715.8180

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2409 E. Las Olas Blvd.
2 bed, 2 bath,
waterfront, pool
942 Square Feet

$2,854,000
Vivian & Ray Murphy
Intercoastal Realty, Inc.
954.562.8167

Recently Sold in Seven Isles

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225 Plaza Las Olas
3 bed, 3+ bath
waterfront, pool
3,314 Square Feet

$4,299,000
$4,100,000
Dany Landry
Royal International Realty

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408 Seven Isles Drive
4 bed, 5 bath
pool
4,088 Square Feet

$2,350,000
$2,175,000
Terra Rosensweig
ERA Infinity Properties

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2700 Aqua Vista Blvd.
8 bed, 10+ bath,
waterfront, pool
12,338 Square Feet

$14,995,000
$12,750,000
Julie Jones-Bernard
Florida Luxurious Props.