Melissa Donnahoe, broker / owner


By Melissa Donnahoe

My Top 10 Reasons to Love Coral Springs

Coral Springs City Hall, photographed from the street

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Coral Springs is where I work, live and sell investment properties. The city is a beautiful and unique place to live – one that I’m proud to call home.

Here the top 10 reasons why I love Coral Springs:

The Weather

Sometimes Floridians forget how pleasant our weather is. We take for granted the sunny days, balmy breezes and mild temperatures. Coral Springs is a beneficiary of that excellent South Florida climate. If you prefer to sit outside when you dine and take long walks through quiet neighborhoods even in January, then Coral Springs is the place for you.

The City’s Commitment to Aesthetics

Coral Springs was founded as a planned community in the 1960s and has never lowered its dedication to aesthetic harmony. The city restricts the maximum height of buildings; its tallest is a 12-story condo called Country Club Tower. Its rules for business signs have challenged even McDonald’s golden arches, and the city outright bans billboards and all traces of neon.

Within neighborhoods, the city sets the bar high for proper landscaping and uniform exteriors. The results are streets that calmly guide its residents rather than screaming for attention at tourists. Coral Spring neighborhoods are manicured, green and pleasing to walk through.

The Walk

The Walk is one of my favorite places to eat out and shop in Coral Springs. Like its name suggests, it’s easy to stroll from a scrumptious dinner at 4Rivers Smokehouse or La Fontana Pizzeria to find treats at Kilwin’s or Crocante Bakery. There are plenty of outdoor tables and small shops to explore, and the Barnes and Noble bookstore was recently renovated to include a Trader Joe’s.

A Growing Downtown

The city of Coral Springs has been revitalizing its downtown district, with two big development projects in the works. The first is Cornerstone Plaza, at the southwest corner of University Drive and Sample Road. This pedestrian-friendly project will add an organic grocery store, fitness centers, offices and a cinema to Coral Springs and is designed to be a gathering place for new and current residents.

The second downtown project is the redevelopment of nearby City Village property, where City Hall once stood. That project is being developed into even more shops, restaurants and entertainment spaces.

Coral Springs ArtWalk

The ArtWalk is a big part of the city’s downtown effort. The ArtWalk features streetscaping, four permanent art pieces and visiting sculptures that change periodically. Its wide avenue on Northwest 31st Court is open to pedestrians and bicycles. The ArtWalk is only the beginning of the city’s commitment to art sculptures throughout the city.

The Coral Springs Center for the Arts

This 30,000-square foot Coral Springs venue does not play second fiddle to venues in other cities. The Coral Springs Center for the Arts attracts premier talent and notable shows, from Broadway touring productions to popular bands and performers.

Coral Springs Museum of Art

The Coral Springs Museum of Art is in the same building at the arts center, but it’s worthy of its own mention. The exhibits rotate and feature local artists as well as nationally renowned talent.

The Sawgrass Expressway

Why would I list a road on my top 10 list for Coral Springs? Because the Sawgrass is how Coral Springs stays connected to the rest of South Florida. All the beaches, night life and business districts of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and beyond are easily accessible by hopping on the Sawgrass. It’s a small thing, but Coral Springs wouldn’t be the same without it.

The Festival of the Arts

This nationally renowned festival combines two things featured on my list: art and The Walk! Tens of thousands of people converge for this juried art show to celebrate fine artisans and crafters. The 16th annual Festival of the Arts is opening soon, on March 19 and 20.

Coral Springs Covered Bridge

I just love this charming little bridge, built when Coral Springs had no other buildings to its name. Near the intersection of Wiles Road and University, you can drive down Northwest 95th Avenue and cross over this little piece of history that’s preserved to its original 1964 look.

These are just the first few reasons why Coral Springs is a great place to live and do business. Why do you love Coral Springs? What did I miss on my list?

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Melissa Donnahoe is the Broker/Owner of Royal Empire Realty, powered by SELLSTATE. She was born and raised in Florida and is extremely familiar with the area and the ever-changing real estate market. She has worked in both Residential and Commercial Real Estate and has been involved in hundreds of transactions.

She is not just a Realtor, but an investor as well. She works with other investors to show them how to leverage their time and money through her knowledge, experience and amazing team of professionals.

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