money money money money money money money money money. wanna have fun? let's do some math.
this is a 2004 model, 116 ft azimut docked behind the chic broward county jail on the new river. it sleeps 8 comfortably and dines 12 in good style. separate crew quarters with lounge. it carries 4,700 gallons of fuel which will not get you across the ocean. so this is just your yacht for this side of the pond, and maybe a little island hopping down to the caribbean. for the mediterranean, you place it on a transport ship if you can only afford just one.
with a sales price asking a smidge over $9,000,000, it probably costs about 10%/annually of that for docking, fuel & maintenance (assuming you will be keeping it up to yacht standard), etc. add to that about $100k for captain and, oh, i don't know, maybe $40k per crew? figure a skeleton crew of two as the budget is tight this year. anyone wanna go yachting?
meanwhile, back to reality
this is lakeridge, between me and downtown. this area had fallen into disrepair, drugs, hookers, the usual fun. my area redeveloped first and then as the gays got priced out from here they moved there. to reduce crime, heavy plastic roadblocks were set up to prevent drivebys. it became known as a gayted community. since then, lots of infill townhouses have replaced cottages, entire blocks torn down to make way for apartment & mixed-use complexes as shown here...
typical lakeridge before redevelopment
stalled empty infill
the old houses, the new townhouses and the mixed-use apt complex
heading south towards downtown, just south of lakeridge is fabulous holiday park, home to many excellent events during the year including car shows, gay pride events, friday night free concerts and all that.
lazy's urban assault vehicle in holiday park with neighborhood art museum in background
downtown as seen from holiday park
between holiday park and las olas blvd which runs through downtown and over to the beach is victoria park. this is where i would have been living had i a partner or more lucrative career. still couldn't afford that azimut, but for $500k after the bubble, i could have gotten this lovely 2/1...
you thought i was kidding?
it had some high crime for a while but since redevelopment extended almost out to federal highway, i haven't heard much of that in a few years. this was typically smaller but very nice arts & crafts sorts of houses, close to downtown and with easy access to the beach. if there ever was an assault of minimansions in what should have remained just a lovely low-key historic area, this is our ground zero.
i love the charm of the original houses
but as land values increased, the houses became teardowns.
such grandeur. such a shame.
some of the architects were sensitive to neighbors (note the added minimansion set back behind the updated original one story cottage.
but most of them just designed conspicuously consumptive crap for sale
and some developers wiped out all the charm of the existing houses for blocks of townhouse apartments
to push through such density. even definitions where changed so as to avoid complete rezoning. single family used to mean one house on a property. but now single family can mean anything. because there are only 12 single families living in that one building. fortunately at least, this area is monied enough that the character destroyed was at least replaced with some sort of charm.
view of downtown from victoria park
south of victoria park is downtown fort lauderdale and las olas blvd, anyone wanna do lunch?
or you can gondola (is that a verb?)
down the himmarshee canal
lots of bars, retail, galleries, businesses and office buildings line las olas and a linear park runs both sides of the new river immediately south of las olas.
looking east along riverwalk park
looking west (that big boy is a 130 westport asking $12.5mm. with almost 10k gal fuel, you can cross those oceans all on your own. well with the help, of course, of your crew of 7 pampering your 10 guests.
anchoring the west end of riverwalk is the The Broward Center for Performing Arts: Welcome
, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science - Florida, USA. Ft Lauderdale, FL.
, various monuments to men in uniform and some new, empty waterfront condos.
along riverwalk at the fort lauderdale museum of art ||| MoAFL |||
is huizenga plaza with this dancing fountain (music is piped out of built-in speakers while the fountain "dances" to the tune being played.
to the east is one of my favorite residential areas known as colee hammock, east of that are the famed las olas isles and then the beach, subject of part 2 of this lazy series.
i stopped at my favorite little park in colee to enjoy a bag of pistachio nuts and just about the juciest sweetest most delicious orange i ever peeled.
between las olas and before the park, all on prime downtown waterfront property there is this church. for the poster who got indignant a while back that i might benefit from "save our home" value by downsizing so that i will not have to pay taxes on a $100k property, just imagine what never makes it to the coffers from this puppy...
just to for an idea, here is the property across the street from the religious tax-free zone. didn't know it until just now but it happens to be wayne's world, as in huizenga (Wayne Huizenga - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
). property taxes paid in 2007? $247,563.72. wow, money money money money money.
heading east on the new river towards las olas isles and where the boys used to be on fort lauderdale beach