Taking its name from the actual ridge of coral on which it sits, the Coral Ridge neighborhood has a history as one of Fort Lauderdale’s most affluent neighborhoods.
Settled in the 1830s as part of the New River Settlement, the area took off after World War II. After Fort Lauderdale’s transformation into a US Navy base, many veterans returned for the tropical climate and beaches.
Buttressed to the east by the Intracoastal Waterway and featuring an abundance of navigable canals, Coral Ridge is the perfect place for boating enthusiasts. The Coral Ridge Yacht Club sits at the southeast corner of the neighborhood on Sunset Bay, and Florida’s famed manatees can often be seen frolicking in the Intracoastal waters.
The community features a healthy mix of Spanish Revival and sleek contemporary residences, along with shops and homes in Florida’s vibrantly colored take on Mid-Century Modern.
For those who enjoy shopping, at the south end of the neighborhood is the upscale Galleria Mall and a few blocks west is the world famous Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk along Las Olas Boulevard.
While Coral Ridge is a mainly residential neighborhood, nightlife, and fine dining abound nearby, with the downtown core only minutes away. Sublime Restaurant and Bar has made many national top ten lists, and the nightlife options run the gamut from low-key speakeasies to friendly pubs to lively nightclubs.
Arts enthusiasts are also well-served, with the downtown Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, which features many Picasso ceramics alongside the largest collection of work from the CoBrA avant-garde movement in North America. Also nearby is the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with regular programming that includes theater, concerts, and lectures. There’s also the semi-annual Las Olas Art Fair, which features an eclectic mix of artists in all styles and media.
Area schools include Bayview Elementary School—among the top 5% of primary schools in the state—Sunrise Middle, Little Flower Montessori School, the A-rated Fort Lauderdale High School and the private Cardinal Gibbons High School, a recipient of the Department of Education’s Excellence in Education Award.
Across the 300-foot waterway from Coral Ridge sits Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a diverse natural oasis featuring freshwater lagoons, a fishable seawall, hiking trails and four different ecosystem types, including one of Broward County’s last native maritime tropical hardwood hammocks. There are also plenty of smaller parks in the neighborhood proper. One gem is George English Park, with playgrounds, tennis courts, kayaking and a boat ramp.
Coral Ridge, which includes portions of the 33304, 33305, 33306 and 33308 zip codes, sits on the eastern coast of Broward County and is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the county seat, Fort Lauderdale.