A popular area for gays to live, love and play in South Florida is Wilton Manors.Ã‚Â Located a few miles north of Downtown Fort Lauderdale and a few miles east of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the city of Wilton Manors is surrounded by water and thus was aptly nicknamed Ã¢â‚¬Å“Island CityÃ¢â‚¬Â.Ã‚Â The gays on the other hand call the area Ã¢â‚¬Å“WilMaÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Incorporated in 1947, Wilton Manors was once a modest, sleepy town that wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t aging well.Ã‚Â Recently, the area has experienced tremendous economic revitalization Ã¢â‚¬â€œ thanks mostly to aesthetic-friendly gays, which has boosted both commercial and residential property values.Ã‚Â Homes in the area range from 1940Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s bungalows to more contemporary two-story single-family houses, townhomes and condos.
The colorful and quirky Wilton Drive is the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s signature thoroughfare.Ã‚Â This unique road features award-winning restaurants, entertainment, shopping, a chic nightlife and more Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all in a pedestrian and gay-friendly setting.
Wilton Manors also offers several recreational and open space options, many of which are located along Middle River Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â a scenic stretch of water that flows through Greater Fort Lauderdale to the Atlantic Ocean.Ã‚Â One of the more popular parks is Colohatchee Nature Park, which features a nature observation boardwalk, dog park and a boat ramp Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â all on over 9 acres of land.
With lazy rivers, swaying palm trees, a gay-friendly atmosphere, ambient temperatures, sunshine abound and lots of entertainment options, its no wonder Wilton Manors has become a gay hotspot.
To view homes for sale in Wilton Manors, an interactive map of the area and more pictures, visit our Wilton Manors Real Estate pageÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ or should we say our Ã¢â‚¬Å“WilMaÃ¢â‚¬Â Real Estate page!
This guest blog post is courtesy of Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale, a boutique Coldwell Banker real estate group focused on helping clients buy, sell or rent fabulous homes in Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors.