NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE

Sunrise Intracoastal:

Secluded, yet closer to more than you might think..

text Mary Dugan

Fly over Fort Lauderdale’s Sunrise Intracoastal neighborhood and you’ll spy a grand piano-shaped neighborhood lined with idyllic waterfront homes, some facing the Intracoastal while others face the Middle River and Sunrise Key, just beyond. Less than 6 blocks wide and 4 blocks from north to south, most in Fort Lauderdale have no idea where this neighborhood is, or how it is entered. And believe us when we say, that is exactly how its residents like it. A 57-acre enclave of single-family homes, Sunrise Intracoastal has but one entrance and no through traffic. This translates into a set of dreamy, quiet streets where walking and biking does not mean taking your life into your own hands. Sunrise Intracoastal is undoubtedly one of the more serene neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, yet it is close to so much. Restaurants like Capitol Grill, Seasons 52 and BurgerFi are walking distance, as is the beach and the Galleria.

Tucked behind The Galleria, Sunrise Intracoastal is a roughly “Florida-shaped” peninsula, boasting 55 waterfront homes.

This peninsular parcel remained undeveloped until Hugh Taylor Birch bequeathed it to Antioch College in 1943 along with what is now known as North Beach Village. The vision was to create an enclave of luxurious, single-family homes both separate and distinct from the surrounding neighborhoods. By all accounts, this mission was achieved. The growing popularity of fiberglass boats in the early 1950s helped make the dream of carefree, waterfront living a reality in Fort Lauderdale just as development started here. It’s no surprise that the fifty-six waterfront lots along Middle River Drive and Intracoastal Drive attracted the well-to-do. With no fixed bridges between these homes and the ocean, Sunrise In- tracoastal’s waterfront properties were desirable then and, if recent prices are any indication, they are now hotter than hot. Sunrise Intracoastal’s location and perceived exclusivity have also helped to both push prices up and keep inventory low.

Single-family home sales in Sunrise Intracoastal averaged almost $2,751,000 in the last 12 months ($511 per square foot), but that figure jumps to $5,494,000 for waterfront homes ($732 per square foot). There were just 8 single-family homes on the market at press time, the least ex- pensive being a dry lot home with an asking price of just over $1,000,000 which gets you a 2,192 square foot, 4-bed, 3-bath with pool. At the other end of the market is a sprawling, Post-Modern, waterfront pool home of 6,897 square foot with six bedrooms, seven and a half baths. Built in 2016 it boasts plenty of dockage and has an asking price of $9,995,000.

Dry lot, single-family homes have sold between $228 and $439 per square foot over the last year, but there are currently just four on the market with asking prices between $382 and $497 per square foot.

While a 2,500 square foot, single-story ranch on the water was common here until a couple decades ago, those last 20 years have seen a frenzy of teardowns on waterfront parcels. It seems the American dream of the mid-century era has succumbed to the seemingly inevitable pull to build ever-larger homes. Over 40% of the original, waterfront homes have been demolished here since 1980 to make way for larger homes. This trend hasn’t taken hold on the interior lots, however, most of the landlocked homes instead being preserved and renovated, allowing Sunrise Intracoastal to evoke an ‘updated vintage’ charm. Most homes are lushly landscaped and meticulous maintenance completes the illusion of an effortless, tropical lifestyle for those lucky enough to call Sunrise Intracoastal home.

On The Market in Sunrise Intracoastal

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501 Middle River Drive
5 bed, 4+ bath
Waterfront
4,538 Square Feet

$4,495,000
Tim Elmes
Compass Florida, LLC
954.557.0411

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555 Middle River Drive
7 bed, 8+ bath,
Waterfront, pool
8,919 Square Feet

$6,699,000
Jim Cunningham
ONE Sotheby’s Intl.
954.522.2831

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733 Middle River Drive
4 bed, 4+ bath,
Waterfront, pool
5,007 Square Feet

$4,795,000
E. Clay Shaw, III
Shaw & Company, Inc.
954.779.3936

Recently Sold in Sunrise Intracoastal

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671 Middle River Drive
6 bed, 7+ bath,
Waterfront, pool
13,044 Square Feet

$15,900,000
$12,400,000
Dov Stark
Charles Rutenberg Realty

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623 Middle River Drive
5 bed, 5+ bath,
Waterfront, pool
7,463 Square Feet

$7,195,000
$6,800,000
Tim Elmes
Compass Florida, LLC

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730 Intracoastal Drive
4 bed, 5 bath,
Waterfront, pool
3,257 Square Feet

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$2,465,000
Lori Fein
Coldwell Banker