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Weston, Florida provides the rare experience of a small town set in the midst of an immense metropolitan area. This lush, planned community in southwestern Broward County, with about 65,000 residents, became a city in 1996 but really goes back to the 1950s. What began as an Arvida development is today a very livable community with a large concentration of high earners.
Weston real estate comprises some of South Florida’s finest residential neighborhoods. The city is proud of its amenities, schools and excellent public safety record. Weston’s attractiveness can be summarized on a single statistic: Since 2000, Weston has grown by 34.95 percent.
Owners of Weston real estate have many shopping plazas scattered throughout the area from which to choose. Weston Town Center, an outdoor venue, is central Weston’s main shopping, dining and nightlife destination. Art lovers head for Royal Art Gallery, while apparel shoppers enjoy visiting A Nose for Clothes, Via Moda, Marcella’s Boutique or Fiorelli. Weston Jewelers, Barbara Palacios a Lifestyle and Applemint specialize in jewelry and accessories. Weston Town Center has an array of personal care businesses including Adazl Salon & Beauty Supply, Applewoods Wellness & Salon, Helen Charles Salon, Ike’s Barber Shop, Leslie’s Salon and The Nail Lounge. A variety of service businesses are also found at the Town Center.
After a few hours of shopping or a busy workday, Weston Town Center offers some tasty dining options including:
Weston’s dining scene, like Weston real estate itself, is diverse, with great eats in every price category. Local fine dining favorites include La Rural Argentine Grill, Ireland’s Steakhouse at Bonaventure Resort & Spa, Il Toscano or Aquolina (Italian). For casual fare, residents often head to Myung Ga Barbecue (Korean), Moon Thai & Japanese, Parc 28 (Chinese, Indian and Malaysian), Lucille’s Café for traditional American fare or Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. These are just a few of Weston’s many dining options.
The City of Weston’s Parks & Recreation Department manages 14 parks distributed throughout the town, each with its own amenities. A Community Center offers year-round enrichment classes and programming for all ages and interests, and a family YMCA resides within the City’s Regional Park, the city’s largest. Regional Park’s 102 acres offer picnic shelters with grills, an exercise trail with 8,000 linear feet, baseball/softball fields, football/soccer fields, basketball courts, full-size roller hockey rinks, a pair of playgrounds, sand volleyball courts and more. Weston is also a great community for cycling with 51 miles of marked bike lanes.
Weston is home to Fortune 500 companies, locally owned retail businesses, eateries and many other enterprises. It also has the lowest combined property taxes, municipal taxes and fees in Broward County.
Weston’s natural surroundings are inspiring. It borders the Florida Everglades and the city manages more than 2,200 acres of wetland preserves. Weston overall is strikingly landscaped, with thoroughfares lined with Royal Palms and city entry signs surrounded by lush foliage.
The median home cost in Weston is $290,100 (2012). The city has a number of very desirable residential areas including:
Weston public schools are administered by Broward County Public Schools, which manages 6 elementary schools, two middle schools and Cypress Bay High School; the city also runs the Imagine Charter School. Private school options include Sagemont School (pre-K to grade 12) and Weston Christian Academy (pre-K to grade 8).
Weston is very fortunate to offer remarkable healthcare options. World-class healthcare is provided by the Cleveland Clinic Florida, Broward Health Weston and the Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center. A large number of hospitals and specialty practitioners are available in the greater Fort Lauderdale-Miami metropolitan area.
Weston is served by Interstate 75 (I-595 east of Weston), known as the Everglades Parkway, which passes by the city’s eastern and northern borders. Florida 27 runs along its western side. For air travel, Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is 21 miles away while the Miami International Airport is approximately 30 miles away, typically a 45-minute drive.