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By Jane Feehan
Fort Lauderdale grew significantly during its second real estate boom. Work began in February, 1950 on a ‘huge new development” - Lauderdale Manors - in the northwest section of the city.
The first permits for Lauderdale Manors that year were issued for 15 houses on the 1500 and 1600 blocks of NW 11th Street. The dwellings were to cost $7,000 a piece. The development, which originally took up one fourth of the old mile-square Chateau Park subdivision, was platted without any through streets.
All the houses were planned to be built on courts that ran east and west, a unique footprint at the time. The entire project was platted from NW 10th Place to NW 14th Court and from 15th to 20th Avenue where hundreds of houses were eventually built.
After the first real estate bubble burst in the 1920s, mortgage holders for the five or six houses that were built in Chateau Park came to pick up the pieces. According to builders of those first few homes, the mortgage people found things to be so bad that even the houses had been stolen. When is someone to think of that in today’s real estate downturn?
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Fort Lauderdale Daily News, Feb. 4, 1950.
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