The Best Gated Communities in Fort Lauderdale

Our top 5 of the Best Gated Communities in Fort Lauderdale

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What are the best “gated communities” in Fort Lauderdale? This blog will review our top selections for gated communities in Fort Lauderdale. We will provide a subjective review of our favorites and the lifestyle details of each. The top gated neighborhoods each have outstanding yet different points of appeal. We review them in no particular order of excellence as the choice comes down to your preference for lifestyle aspects. We hope this article is helpful and that you will call us to be your qualified experts when the search for a home begins. Click here to see the communities on a map.

The Best Gated Communities in Fort Lauderdale

Bay Colony The Enclave Sea Ranch Lakes Sunrise Intracoastal Harbour Beach
Approximate number of homes 105 34 211 188 345
Average Lot Sizes 13,500 to 20,000 SF 17,000 to 20,000 SF 12,500 to 20,000 9,000 to 18,000 SF 12,500 to 18,000 SF
Gate Description Manned Guard Gate Manned Guard Gate Manned Guard Gate Automatic Gate Automatic Gate
Lifestyle Aspect Waterfront Homes Golf Course Homes Private Beach Club Waterfront Homes Waterfront Homes and Surf Club
List Price Rnage $7.5M to $19M $9M to $14M $2.5M to $13M $5M to $29M $2.5M to $24M
Links to Properties Bay Colony Waterfront Homes for Sale The Enclave Homes for Sale Sea Ranch Lakes Homes for Sale Sunrise Intracoastal Homes for Sale Harbor Beach Homes for Sale

The Best Gated Communities in Fort Lauderdale

#5 Bay Colony

Our first selection for the top gated community in Fort Lauderdale is Bay Colony. This boutique waterfront neighborhood provides a guard-gated entrance into the neighborhood. Bay Colony is one of only a few neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale that offers this level of entrance security. Once you are inside the gates, the community unfolds to tree-lined streets and beautiful waterfront estate homes. This is a close-knit neighborhood, with approximately 100 waterfront homes situated along the Intracoastal Waterway. Bay Colony also has the distinction of being within a five-minute drive of Pine Crest School, ranked the best private school in Florida for grades K thru 12. This neighborhood is ideal for families, boaters, and those seeking a higher level of secure living.

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#4. The Enclave at Coral Ridge Country Club

The Enclave at Coral Ridge Country Club is the newest addition to our selection of top gated communities. This gated community is an ultra boutique neighborhood of 34 homes on the Coral Ridge Country Club golf course. Visitors are only allowed inside this community with the approval of an owner, after they have registered at the guard-gated entrance. Homes in The Enclave are all new construction with incredible views of the greenways. Pine Crest School is very close by and offers the best private education in the state. The Enclave is ideal for anyone seeking new construction, verdant views, and proximity to an excellent private school. Plus, the beach is mere minutes away.

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#3 Sea Ranch Lakes

Sea Ranch Lakes is the third neighborhood in our selection that provides a guard-operated gate. The guarded gate is important to note due to the limited number of communities that offer this level of security. Sea Ranch Lakes is more than just a neighborhood; it is a fully incorporated village with a police force, building department, city hall, and private beach club. Furthermore, we’ve included this unique village in our selection due to its proximity to Fort Lauderdale and because it is a highly desired place to live. Included in the neighborhood are homes along the Intracoastal Waterway and lakefront homes. Additionally, one of the exclusive benefits for owners in Sea Ranch Lakes is access to the private Beach Club with tennis, resort pool, and clubhouse directly across the street. In short, Sea Ranch Lakes is ideal for families, beachgoers, and anyone seeking a rare community village.

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The Gated Community of Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale

#2. Sunrise Intracoastal

Sunrise Intracoastal is a secret neighborhood with a guard house gated entrance that opens upon approach. The guard house is unattended but still gives an unapproachable impression that keeps unwanted visitors outside the neighborhood. Once inside, Sunrise Intracoastal opens to a lovely setting with mature-growth trees and winding streets. The interior area of the neighborhood offers a mix of non-waterfront homes with traditional and contemporary designs. Sunrise Intracoastal is surrounded by water, so homes west of Middle River Drive and East of Intracoastal Drive are waterfront. These homes offer magnificent far-reaching water views and direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Sunrise Intracoastal also enjoys being assigned to the best public, A-rated elementary school in Fort Lauderdale, Bayview Elementary.

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#1. Harbor Beach

Harbor Beach is known for having the most valued properties in Fort Lauderdale. The neighborhood entrances have unattended guard houses with gates that open upon approach. The gates deter any unwanted visitors to the neighborhood, and roving police patrols supplement them. Residents of Harbor Beach enjoy many amenities, which include access to the private beachfront surf club and a community marina. The neighborhood spans the east and west side of the barrier island. The west side of Harbor Beach is a collection of islands connected with charming bridges. Waterfront homes on the west side islands boast wide canals with deep water dockage. Some of the largest yachts in South Florida are at berth in Harbor Beach. The east side of Harbor Beach is nearest the surf club and the prettiest beach in Fort Lauderdale.

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Looking for a Gated Community in Fort Lauderdale

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