Villas by the Sea Oceanfront Condo in Lauderdale by the Sea

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty

Villas by the Sea Residences Sales and Construction Update
November, 2009

Villas by the Sea Oceanfront Park

Construction of the first Oceanfront Building (4444 El Mar Drive) is now complete!  This is Villas by the Sea first DIRECT OCEANFRONT Building ON THE SAND and it contains 21 Residences on the top 3 Floors of a 4-story building.  Property Tax Records indicate that Closings started on August 28, 2009 and 14 Units have been purchased with purchase prices of $869,900 - $1,275,000.   The most recent purchase recorded was October 20, 2009.  Since 14 units have been purchased, only 7 remain with purchases that haven't been completed. 

As discussed in my post in March of 2009, Construction of the first building located across from the Ocean (4445 El Mar Drive) at Villas by Sea is also complete and Closings started in October of 2008.  To date (November 18, 2009), Broward County Property Tax Records indicate that Buyers have purchased 31 of the 45 Units in 4445 El Mar Drive, so the Building is almost sold out.  The purchase prices of the 31 Units were $469,000 - $1,295,800.   The 2009 Sales in the Building range in price from $469,000 - $1,050,000.   This Building is also a 4-Story Building with Units located on the top 3 Floors. Although it isn't a direct Oceanfront Building, several corner Units on upper Floors offer beautiful Ocean views. 

Additional Units are currently under Contract for purchase and successful closings will be recorded in Tax Records.

Several people have asked me why Villas by the Sea prices haven't been slashed.  My response was that a deep discount in prices at Villas by the Sea isn't necessary for 3 reasons:

  1. List prices at Villas by the Sea were already discounted slightly and reflect current market values, not values of several years ago.   
  2. Their reasonable prices are driving sales in the current market, so there isn't a problem of an excessive number of vacant units that need to be sold.
  3. Villas by the Sea is a unique product and has no competition in the current market so far as the availability of similar new product in Lauderdale by the Sea, Ft. Lauderdale, or Pompano Beach, so they're not in the position of having to compete with high inventory of similar new housing nearby.

As Buyers in the current market, the immediate assumption that all prices need to be deeply discounted beyond their current list prices is very often not the correct assessment.  While it is true that there are properties that are priced incorrectly for the current market, there are many others, such as Villas by the Sea, that are already correctly priced for the current market. 

The most unique feature of Villas by the Sea is that the Residences offer low-rise living instead of high-rise.  It's well-positioned because the Buildings are direct Oceanfront or directly across from the Ocean, within walking distance of Shops and Restaurants, and very close to Ft. Lauderdale as well.

Click to view additional details about Villas by the Sea Condo and contact me if you would like additional information about buying, selling, or leasing in Villas by the Sea.

Villas by the Sea could be a perfect fit if you're searching for Lauderdale by the Sea Oceanfront Condos or nearby Waterfront Condos in Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, or Hillsboro Beach.


Vickie Arcuri, Realtor®
EWM Realtors, Inc.
1700 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33301
Phone:  (954) 708-9309
Fax:  (954) 414-0492
Ft. Lauderdale Homes for Sale


Comments (3)

Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Is the low-rise limitation a city ordinance? We have areas that don't allow any high-rise buildings that will obstruct the view of the ocean.

Nov 18, 2009 06:40 AM
Vickie Arcuri
Coldwell Banker Realty - Fort Lauderdale, FL
South Florida Luxury Real Estate

Hi Lisa, thanks for asking.  I will add that note in my post.  In Lauderdale by the Sea, the City now has a 45-foot height restriction that all future buildings must be in compliance with so though the City has some high rise Condos, there won't be anymore in the future, which will preserve the more intimate feel of low rise living. 

Nov 18, 2009 06:56 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Vickie and thanks for all the information and I have always really like your area where you live and I think your other profile photo was better then your new one!

VB ;o)

Nov 18, 2009 02:08 PM