Davie real estate


What do you get when you cross a rural "Wild West" town with one of the nation's largest educational complexes? The answer: Davie, one of Broward County's most eclectic communities.

Incorporated in 1961, Davie is an oddity. Located in densely populated Southwest Broward, Davie is one of the county's greenest communities. Town residents voted to pay for a $10-million open space program in 1989 to preserve pastures and pines and retain Davie's small-town image. Many of the town's residential areas are zoned at one house per acre.

Adding to the rustic feel is the western theme of downtown Davie. There, town ordinances require buildings to feature signs and architecture more common to 19th-century frontier towns than urban South Florida.

Known for its horse and cattle ranches, Davie is where many prize racing and jumping horses are still bred. The town even has a rodeo arena, which is host to a variety of equestrian events throughout the year.

Davie is also home to the South Florida Educational Center, a 650-acre complex founded in 1960 on an abandoned airfield. More than 37,000 students attend school daily at the center, which includes five colleges - Broward Community College, Nova Southeastern University and branches of Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and the University of Florida - a vocational center, two high schools, four middle schools and four elementary schools.

Davie's history dates to the turn of the century, when settlers began buying land for $2 an acre in The First Developed Town in the Everglades. Many had just arrived from helping to build the Panama Canal, and the area was dubbed "Zona" because of its similarities to the canal zone.

In 1909, Colorado millionaire R.P. Davie bought 28,000 acres in the area, and Zona was renamed in his honor 10 years later. An extensive drainage project paved the way for future growth.

Today, Davie's 42 square miles are home to a variety of neighborhoods, shopping centers, commercial areas and 77,798 residents.

Davie has a town administrator/council form of government. The Town Council meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. with the exception of the third Wednesday in March following the general election, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The Town Council meets in the Council Chambers located at 6591 Orange Drive, Davie, Florida.

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