Downtown Fort Lauderdale

For many people, Fort Lauderdale evokes images of “Where the Boys Are,” Yankee 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.

Therein lies the exceptional attraction of 488 Residences at Riverwalk, a Mixed-use high-rise with 362 residences in the desirable Riverwalk section of downtown. 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.

Overview of 2017 City of Fort Lauderdale Accomplishments
  • 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

“Top 10 Most Exciting Cities in America”

Movoto National Real Estate

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


“Top 10 Best Places to Retire”

Money Magazine

“Top 10 Small American Cities of the Future”

Foreign Direct Investment Magazine

“Top 10 Great Cities for Family Vacations”

Vacation Critic Travel Planning Guide


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.