Downtown Fort Lauderdale

For many people Fort Lauderdale evokes images of “Where the Boys Are,” Yankees spring training, Swimming Hall of Fame, and certainly “Venice of America.” But, in recent years, Fort Lauderdale has evolved into a vibrant metropolitan center. It has experienced a rise in business interest in the city center, with many office buildings under construction or approved for development.
1st Avenue Residences at Riverwalk, a mixed-use high-rise with 380 residences, is located in the desirable Riverwalk section of downtown. The property is steps from 5.4 million square feet of downtown office space, including a new 741,000 SF county courthouse. Many people living in the downtown residential towers work in the city center and walk or bike to work, take the Sun Trolley, Water Trolley or Water Taxi.
With a population of 2.1 million, Broward is the state’s second most populous county after Miami-Dade, and 18th in the nation. The impressive cluster of mid and high-rise residential and commercial buildings downtown Fort Lauderdale is home to hundreds of diverse companies and becoming a hot spot for insurance, law, finance and personnel services industries.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale 1st Avenue Residences Location Map

Overview of 2017 City of Fort Lauderdale Accomplishments

Fort Lauderdale continues to receive notable accolades and acknowledgement as a world-class destination

  • Top 10 U.S. Markets to Watch (#6)
  • Current millage rate of 4.1193 ranks as the lowest among 25 largest cities in Florida
  • Lower crime rate in clean and graffiti-free public spaces
  • Fire & Rescue became one of the only 32 departments out of 47,000 nationwide to achieve both an ISO Class-1 rating and CFAI national accreditation
  • Home of most recognized Boat Show in the world, with a $857 million economic impact
  • City earned a national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA)
  • $200 million in bonds issued to fund priority water and sewer infrastructure improvements
  • Welcomed a record of 16 million visitors who spent $14 billion
  • Added 16,622 new jobs, lowering the unemployment rate to 3.4%
  • Brightline/All Aboard Florida Railway Station is now opened providing service between Miami and West Palm Beach

“10th Best Job Market in U.S.”

Wallethub, 2016

“10 Most Exciting Cities in America”

Movoto National Real Estate

“2nd Happiest City for Young Professionals in the U.S.”



Brightline provides express service between Miami and West Palm Beach, and planned future service to Orlando. The Brightline stations are centrally located downtown. Brightline offers free onboard Wi-Fi and outlets at each seat, large windows and food and beverage options.