How New Real Estate Developments Are Addressing the Rapid Population Growth in South Florida Cities

The recent surge has accelerated the adoption of previously rare concepts. 

The influx of residents in South Florida seeking more expansive spaces during COVID restrictions led to an increase in an already concerning area: housing demand. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida’s population has grown by 3.7% between 2020 and 2023, resulting in an additional 6.18 million individuals, making the housing shortage even more prevalent. The increased demand and low inventory have necessitated the development of innovative solutions to address the crisis. These innovative solutions address the housing shortage and infrastructure challenges, making them a fascinating avenue for real estate professionals, urban planners, investors, and individuals interested in real estate developments in South Florida.

Rapid population growth has promoted quick development by developers looking to capitalize on the demand. Unfortunately, this rapid expansion has occurred without long-term urban planning, and cities are now facing infrastructure challenges as they struggle to keep up with the swift pace of growth.

Master-planned communities offer a solution by creating walkable districts strategically developed with a cohesive approach. These districts serve multiple purposes, including providing space for hotels, retail outlets, entertainment venues, shopping areas, residential buildings, and office spaces. Vertical development within these master-planned communities further enhances their functionality and appeal.

Trendy real estate projects, such as FATVillage in Fort Lauderdale, the Miami Worldcenter, and West Palm’s new neighborhood Nora District, address not just the housing shortage and infrastructure challenges. They are transforming the area’s landscape, creating pedestrian-friendly hubs that allow residents and visitors to easily immerse themselves in a world of culture and entertainment. These projects provide a blueprint for a more livable, sustainable, and connected future, promoting a walkable lifestyle that puts people’s needs first.

FATVillage is a 5.6-acre urban development in Downtown Fort Lauderdale that features residential, office, retail, and entertainment spaces. It includes approximately 500 multifamily units in two towers, 80,000 square feet of food, shopping, entertainment, and art spaces, and 350,000 square feet of office space in two creative office buildings.

The Miami Worldcenter is a significant development project, the second largest master-planned community after Hudson Yards in New York City. Naftali Group, a well-known New York developer, is building its first project in Miami, JEM Private Residences. This skyscraper will be over 700 feet tall and will offer urban-style living. It will provide a city-living experience within a building, which is more common in New York than in South Florida. 

The Nora District is a 40-acre development in Downtown West Palm Beach along North Railroad Avenue. It is designed to be pedestrian-friendly and will include retail spaces, restaurants, a private club, a hotel, and residential units. The community will have a mix of old and modern infrastructure, with cobblestone streets, green spaces, public parks, and public art. It will also attract local, regional, and national industry leaders.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.