Sunrise Real Estate
Sunrise is a medium-sized city in east-central Florida, just outside of Ft. Lauderdale. Originally a small retirement community, the city has grown to be one of Florida's largest tourist destination thanks to its festivals, events, and nightlife.
The city was incorporated in 1961, when it claimed a mere 4,300 people. Norman Johnson, the developer that incorporated the city, began growing the city quickly by building what would famously become the city's first big tourist draw - the upside-down house. This completely furnished house included an upside-down car in the garage, and the stunt drew thousands of visitors from all around the country, some of whom decided to stay. By 2010, Sunrise had grown to nearly 85,000 citizens.
Sunrise Listings (Newest First)
Sunrise Listings (Newest First)
Of course, more people need more space, and the village that was originally less than 2 square miles has grown more than 9 times as large. Now, it stretches from the Florida Everglades to I-595, a major thoroughfare that funnels an enormous amount of local traffic through the area.
Sunrise grew primarily because its unique location and lack of early development left it perfectly suited to fill a much needed niche - shopping. The Sawgrass Mills Mall, one of the largest shopping destinations in the US, opened it's doors in 1990, to immediate success. Since then it has grown exponentially, and now covers more than 2 million square feet, with over 350 outlet stores, cinemas, and restaurants to choose from. The area is still expanding, and as recently as 2013 added a huge extension to cater specifically to fashionistas.
This city is also home to an NHL team, the Florida Panthers, who have made their home in the Broward County Civic Arena (BCCA), a 20,000 seat venue. When it's not being used for ice hockey, the BCCA hosts basketball and football games, major concerts from internationally known artists, trade shows, circuses and boxing bouts.
Sunrise is a diverse city, with people from all over the world making their home there. Residents range widely in age and ethnicity, and while English is the dominant language, native Spanish speakers make up nearly 17% of the population.
Residents are drawn to Sunrise thanks to its strong economy, anchored in part by the Sawgrass Mills Mall and the BCCA, and in part by the Sawgrass International Corporate Park (SICP). SICP encompasses 612 acres of real estate and is home to the headquarters and/or research facilities for a large number of companies. Along with numerous other businesses and retail outlets, this provides plenty of work and career options for the community. The median household income in the city is just over $40,000.
The city is home to 11 public schools. There are three institutes for higher education in the city, and many more within driving distance. The city is responsible for its own utilities, police and fire departments, and parks department. Community services include sports clubs - tennis, swimming, golf - and the Sunrise Civic Center, a combination art gallery and 300-seat community theater.
Throughout the year, the city fills with tourists drawn to it's festivals. Earth Day, Fourth of July and the October Harvest festival are popular events, the Cultural Festival highlights crafts, food, music and art from the diverse local community, and their annual "Woodstock" highlights local music and crafts.