Boating season is generally January through March, when the average temperature is an ideal 74 degrees with just four days a month of rain, he said.
“Diving is best mostly in the summer; our winter weather tends to be a bit windy, but that’s when the sailfish bite, so it’s a big deal. Lots of big money tournaments are hosted in the winter, and the hardcore fishing teams really come out and go for it,” Ms. Ewald said. These include the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament, Ladies Sailfish Tournament, Cheeca Lodge Sailfish Tournament, Poor Girls, Sailfly Tournament, Junior Sailfish Tournament, Bartender’s Tournament, just to name a few.
With hundreds of miles of waterfront in south Florida, whether Intercoastal or ocean, there’s so much to enjoy that complements the lifestyle buyers are seeking,” says Jeffrey Thomas Brown, Broker Associate with Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
The intracoastal waterway runs parallel to the ocean along South Florida’s coast, where you can find waterfront properties ranging from $1 million to $40 million and up, which can accommodate the owner’s vessel, Mr. Dotoli said. Some of the top intracoastal neighborhoods include Seven Isles, Harbor Beach, Rio Vista and Golden Isles.
Waterfront property with boat dockage is what buyers are looking for in Fort Lauderdale. “Known as the yachting capital of the U.S. and the ‘Venice of the Americas,’ there are luxury waterfront homes at different price points—but location is always the No. 1 amenity when looking at homes for boating enthusiasts,” Mr. Dotoli said.
One of the most exclusive neighborhoods in South Florida is Las Olas Isles in Fort Lauderdale. Las Olas Isles is primarily comprised of single-family homes and offers easy access to the lively Las Olas Boulevard in the Downtown Fort Lauderdale area and Fort Lauderdale Beach.
“While there is a rise in condo living with private deeded boat dockage, we still see a hot market for luxury, single family homes in Fort Lauderdale,” Mr. Dotoli said, noting that new construction continues to be the most sought-after property type.
In the Keys, the bigger your land, the deeper your dockage, the better your views and the pricier your property, Ms. Ewald said. Bayfront homes generally offer deeper dockage; an oceanfront property is more of a beach home with shallow dockage;and then of course there’s a wide variety of canal homes everywhere to choose from, Ms. Ewald said.
“We do have a lot of dry lot homes as well—and for the avid boater we suggest finding a home in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s park with a boat ramp,” she said. These generally start in the high $400,000s and can go all the way up to over a million, depending on the size of the property, home, and proximity to water, Ms. Ewald explained.
Islamorada, which is about an hour and a half away from Miami and surrounding areas, provides access points to various waterways. “If the wind is blowing in one direction or the other, you can quickly access the other side of the islands to get on the water. Generally, from any given point in Islamorada, it’s only about 15 minute max ride to get from Bay to Oceanside or vice versa,” Ms. Ewald said. It also has its share of very high-end neighborhoods with deep dockage and quick access through bridges for boaters.
Key Largo also offers stately pieces of land as well and is a bit closer to the city for a faster commute. “Marathon, 30-to-45 minutes south of Islamorada and over an hour from Key Largo, is very convenient if you fly privately; there’s an airport there,” Ms. Ewald said.
Homes in The Keys tend to be smaller and more minimal than homes on the mainland because people come to enjoy the outdoors. However, Ms. Ewald noted that architecture here is unique and all across the board. “You’ll find our homes are very well built as our building codes are very strict,” she said. “Most of our homes are elevated, concrete and sometimes even with concrete roofs and impact-resistant windows and doors.”
“While we are a secondary market, a lot of our clientele can see retirement in the not-so-far future and part of their planning is getting their foot in the door and enjoying their Keys home now as well as later.,” Ms. Ewald added. “We have very little land so what’s available is precious and valuable.”
Tzeses, Jennifer. “South Florida for Boating Lovers.” Mansion Global, Mansion Global, 23 Feb. 2020, www.mansionglobal.com/articles/south-florida-for-boating-lovers-212239