Nestled between Davie Boulevard and the New River banks, this sleepy Fort Lauderdale neighborhood abounds with quiet tree lined streets and beautiful South Florida homes for avid boaters, young professionals, families and retirees.
Whether you’re in the market for a cozy, cottage style bungalow hidden amongst an overhanging canopy of green, or an open concept industrial marvel shaded by massive oaks that’s architecture magazine worthy and an immediate eye catcher, this hidden treasure has quite a store of sights to see.
Location Is Prime
Though immediately east of the I95 ramp and within minutes of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard, the beach, and the 17th Street Causeway, you know you’ve driven into the tranquil sanctuary of the palm life as soon as you turn into Shady Banks from Davie Boulevard. The Fort Lauderdale airport is a ten minute drive away in traffic. Riverland, Rio Vista, Tarpon River and Riverside Park are all within a short bicycle trip.
Hortt Park is ideal for resident families of Shady Banks. Basketball courts, a baseball field, community center, playground, and of course wide open green space shaded by trees abounds for burning off some energy or sitting down with a great book and taking it all in.
I drive by every week and without fail at different times of the day I always see someone exercising, walking their dog, or just plain relaxing in the cover of the foliage of this peaceful centerpiece of the community. It’s such a bonus that this neighborhood enjoys.
The Bill Keith Preserve consists of 4 acres on the southern tip of the westernmost riverfront land of Shady Banks.
I have personally walked through it several times and I find it to be such an added value to the Shady Banks neighborhood. Within cycling or walking distance to most residents these mulched footpaths and riverfront boardwalk are great for a picnic (South Florida disclaimer – not during mosquito season of course!) or a brisk walk to let off some steam after a long day at work.
My daughter loves to watch the crabs scurry to their lairs as we approach – she’s only two. You can have yourself a seat at the river’s edge in the shade of the mangroves and check out the yachts docked at the marinas a stone’s throw away (for someone with a strong arm).
This is an incredible, yet to be overly popularized gem of a community in Fort Lauderdale, near the heart of it all within just the right distance from the metropolitan to still feel like you’re living in a tropical paradise.
Approximately 500 homes make up this neighborhood, and as the continuing westward expansion from the booming Fort Lauderdale real estate market approaches it the inevitable will happen for the already fortunate homeowners on these shady banks.
Shady Banks Real Estate Trend Graphic Reports