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. The property is steps from 6.8 million square feet of downtown office space and 1 million square feet of retail.  Many people live and work in the city center.  They walk, ride a scooter  or bike to work, or take the Sun Trolley, Water Trolley or Water Taxi.

With a population of 2 million, Broward is the state’s second most populous county after Miami-Dade, and 17th in the nation.  Fort Lauderdale is the county seat.  The impressive cluster of mid and high-rise residential and commercial buildings downtown Fort Lauderdale is home to thousands of diverse companies including insurance, law, finance, real estate, construction, medical and many others.

Overview of Recent City of Fort Lauderdale Accomplishments
  • $300 million in bonds approved in 2019 for park improvements and a new police headquarters
  • $200 million in bonds approved in 2018 to fund priority water and sewer infrastructure improvements
  • $190 million allocated by Congress for a new Federal courthouse
  • A record 13 million visitors welcomed in the last year who spent $11 billion
  • Unemployment rate at 3.1% (2019)
  • Low crime rate in clean and graffiti-free public spaces
  • Major initiatives addressing the root causes of homelessness, following the housing-first approach
  • Lockhart Stadium site rebuilt by a group headed by David Beckham to accommodate professional and community soccer
  • War Memorial Auditorium site to be renovated by Florida Panthers hockey team to include indoor soccer and lacrosse fields and adjacent ice rinks
  • Brightline trains provide service to downtown Miami and West Palm Beach, and soon to Orlando
  • Home of the World’s Largest in-water Boat Show, with a $1.3 billion economic impact

“#1 Most Searched Location for Relocations”

MoveBuddha, 2018

“Top City for Job Growth in South Florida”

U.S. Census Bureau

“One of Happiest City for Young Professionals”


“#7 Best City to Retire in America”, 2020

“One of Best Cities for Small Business in America”


“#24 Top Most Fun Cities in America”



Brightline provides express train service between Miami and West Palm Beach, and planned future service to Orlando. The Brightline stations are centrally located downtown. With the Brightline train, commuters can travel from Fort Lauderdale to Miami or West Palm Beach in just 30 minutes. Brightline offers free Wi-Fi, large windows and food and beverage options.