By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
You’ve probably driven by it many times and assumed it was just another neighborhood in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Well, the 600 residents of tiny Sea Ranch Lakes — all 0.2 square miles of it — would like you to know that they live in their own incorporated village and that they’re celebrating their diamond anniversary this year.
“Our large anniversary was the 50th, but this one means 60 years of a small seaside community that has thrived over the years,” says Alexander Soto, mayor of Sea Ranch Lakes. “Sea Ranch Lakes is a small family community that’s reminiscent of the old Florida, where everybody knows everybody and everybody waves to everybody. That’s the best way to describe it.”
While the private Sea Ranch Lakes Beach Club has plans to commemorate the anniversary with a party, Soto says the Village currently has no celebration plans for the general public.
Incorporated in October 1959, the Village of Sea Ranch Lakes is bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway to the west, A1A and the Atlantic Ocean to the east and by Lauderdale-by-the-Sea to the north and south. The entire village consists of about 208 single-family homes, a private beach club and Sea Ranch Centre, a small strip shopping center anchored by Publix. The residential component of the village is gated.
“Sea Ranch is a low-key, quiet beachside community, but it’s unique because of the security,” says Meredith DiCarolis, a real-estate broker and a member of the Village Council. “A lot of people don’t even know that it exists, but once they come here for a party or friends, they want to live here because it’s such a neat community.”
Available homes in Sea Ranch Lakes currently range from $959,000 to over $4 million, DiCarolis says.
“Sea Ranch is a unique community,” Soto says. “It is entirely private, yet it is a sanctioned city within Broward County. It’s a little bit of paradise in South Florida but with the added convenience and advantage of a gated community.”