Over 1,000 homes comprise the Rio Vista neighborhood, which is located just outside downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its name in Spanish means “River View.”. In addition to its tree-lined streets and sidewalks, it features unique architecture and is one of the oldest communities in Fort Lauderdale.
By the end of the First World War, Fort Snelling was constructed. There were about 2,000 residents in Lauderdale. As its economy improved and transportation improved, Fort Lauderdale developed from an agricultural town to a resort city in the 1920s. Residential development began in places like Rio Vista and Colee Hammock.
Mary Brickell (wife of Miami real estate mogul William Brickell) made the first plat of the area. In her will, C.J. left a bequest for C.J. to buy the property. “River View” is Hector’s first development. The Fort had been completed by February 1923. Over 5,000 feet of sidewalks were laid in Rio Vista, and streetlights were installed, according to the Lauderdale Herald (now the Sun Sentinel).
When Ft. Wayne, Missouri was developed in 1925, land prices rose to their highest point. Approximately 16,000 people live in Lauderdale. Almost three years before the rest of the country entered its economic downturn, the beaches of South Florida were devastated by the 1926 Miami Hurricane.
This area was discovered by servicemen during World War II, who settled here afterward. Rio Vista development began again, and today, the area reflects the history.
If you go west from Rio Vista Boulevard on S E 9th Street
about a half mile you will arrive at Bethany Christian School, 615 SE 9th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Then north on US1 about one half mile is the famous Phat Boy Sushi, Kitchen & Bar – Downtown at701 S Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Best sushi in town.
West on SE 7th Street about one half mile and south on Andrews Ave and you will arrive at the beautiful Florence C Hardy Park & Southside Cultural Center at 25 SW 9th St in Fort Lauderdale
South on S. Andrews to Davie Blvd and west one and a quarter miles and you are at another fantastic park, Coontie Hatchee Park located at 1116 SW 15th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
A short jog back south to Davie Blvd and then north on Riverland Road and you are at Americas Industrial Coatings at 420 NW 27th Ave Suite B, in Fort Lauderdale