I have been a resident of Golden Isles since 1986. These have been 22 years of quiet and peaceful life. Only a few changes: the famous Golden Isles arch is still in the same place, the guardhouse has been rebuilt within the new entrance to the neighborhood. The Tennis courts and the park have been nicely redone and improved since the time I was taking my daughter to play in the sandy playground.
On the corner, at the end of Layne Blvd, the shopping center has seen the Albertson supermarket move out, many stores have come and gone, but the Publix is still very alive. An upscale restaurant and night club caters to a Russian clientele among real estate offices, an outpatient medical center, a boat supply business and many other stores.
Across Hallandale Beach Blvd. an even more active shopping center where the Diplomat Mall used to gather elderly patrons, is now the center of entertainment in Hallandale: Burlington and Ross department stores, a Winn Dixie supermarket, the Panera bakery, many cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating, a Starbucks, Officemax, a Bank, and more. All this has enhanced life at Golden Isles without taking away the sense of an enclosed community.
Conveniently located in Hallandale, Golden Isles consists of about 304 single family homes, in a 24-hour guarded community. Most are waterfront lots with deep water docks, on wide canals, and easy access to the Ocean. Amenities include a park, tennis center, and a playground.
If you like the water, Golden Isles is one of the best choices of waterfront homes for boaters. A family neighborhood with superbly landscaped homes, some with architecturally stunning designs, this is one of the best options, a short distance from Haulover Cut, minutes from Hollywood Beach and easy access to both Fort Lauderdale and Miami International airports.
Aventura Mall is a five minutes drive, Hollywood Circle about the same distance with many dining and entertainment choices. The Gulfstream Racetrack and Casino, which its promptly opening an expansive shopping and entertainment complex, the Dog Track and its adjoining casino, there are enough options to keep at a convenient distance all what one can ask for.
And of course... the beach: Hallandale Beach just some blocks away across the bridge, and the famous Hollywood board walk and beach, which you can reach after driving past the superb Diplomat Hotel complexm and quite a few waterfront cafes and restaurants on the Intracoastal canal.
You can watch the Hollywood Lakes while having breakfast at the Giorgio's bakery, a beer at the Las Palmas, a pizza at Capone's, stop at Le Tub, which won the "best US hamburger" award despite its modest appearance, or savor some stone crabs at Billy's.