Buyers line up — literally — for Villas By The Sea condos

Villas By The Sea, 4510 El Mar Drive, Fort Lauderdale

Buyers stood in line from Friday to Saturday morning to reserve units at a Fort Lauderdale condo project — a practice that used to be routine during the housing boom of 2000 to 2005.

The Minto Communities’ Villas By The Sea condos, located at 4510 El Mar Drive in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, will have 15 units directly on the beach and 36 across the street, according to a published report.

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Prices for the 51 units start around $500,000,  and they’ll feature two to three bedrooms, island kitchens, master suites, balconies and optional studies, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Minto is a family-owned Canadian firm that says it has has built 20,000 homes in Florida.

“We’ve been watching the market for a while and saw this was the right time,” Minto vice president Steve Svopa told the paper. [Sun Sentinel] —  Katherine Kallergis

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