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Ft. Lauderdale's Top 3 Rooftop Lounges

February 27, 2024
Resident Experiences

In Southern Florida, nothing beats a luxurious open-air pool and rooftop lounge. So much so that many Class A multifamily residents consider the pool a necessity in the SoFlo summertime heat. With spring leasing season in full swing, it's not hard to imagine the most luxurious pools and outdoor lounging spaces will be at the top of prospective residents’ lists.

If lounging by the pool overlooking a downtown cityscape is your ideal resident experience, here are the top three rooftop amenities of riverfront downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Ft. Lauderdale Rooftop Amenity Spaces


Alluvion, developed by Stiles and managed by Greystar, owns a view like no other. A full-size swimming pool is flanked by poolside cabanas, barbecue grilling areas, and an open-air lounge that creates the perfect indoor-outdoor environment. The crowning jewel? A view from the best seat in the house - the glass corner jacuzzi with a downtown cityscape and New River backdrop.

Catering to “... the refined tastes of Fort Lauderdale’s deal makers, jet setters and pleasure seekers,” the community towers above the vibrant Las Olas corridor. Residents enjoy contemporary neighborhood perks within walking distance, or indulge in multiple sophisticated amenities without leaving the building. With over 40 stories and the claim to Ft. Lauderdale’s tallest multifamily tower, it’s no wonder Alluvion takes a spot on our list.

The Registry

The Registry Las Olas, developed by EDEN Multifamily and managed by Lincoln Property Company, is a 32-story high-rise on the distinguished East Las Olas Boulevard in historic downtown Fort Lauderdale. Recently opened and only one block away from the Riverwalk, The Registry claims “...an atmosphere of heightened style and convenience with indulgent amenities.” We couldn’t agree more. And with a 4.9-star rating on Google Reviews, it’s hard to argue with residents that claim the amenities, like the jaw-dropping pool terrace, are priceless.

Vu New River

Vu New River, developed by American Land Ventures and managed by Lincoln Property Company, boasts one of the best river-front locations in Fort Lauderdale’s downtown. Smoker Family Park cushions the foot of this established 18-story building with hard to come by green space and river taxi service. But don’t let the lavish rooftop pool and lounge fool you. This waterfront building is LEED Silver certified, with some of the area’s most impressive eco-friendly options.

Architect Magazine wrote, “Sustainable features include the use of low-emitting materials for all interior finishes, an efficient HVAC system, a building-wide recycling program, and 35% of the building’s electricity comes from Green-e Energy, the nation’s leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy.”

Amenities Are Here To Stay

Expansive heated resort-style pools with cabanas, indoor to outdoor lounging rooms, barbecue and dining spaces have come a long way since the start of the Amenity Wars. “And especially where land is scarce, offering a variety of options on a rooftop, a middle floor—or both—is catching on. The Bower at Edina, a Class A Greystar property in a busy Twin Cities retail corridor, put its …pool and hot tub and more on the fifth floor and grilling, firepit and entertainment/lounge areas on the 18th floor, connected to the club space,” explains Ellen Ryan in National Apartment Association’s latest article on outdoor amenity spaces.

Just because amenity space may be limited doesn’t make amenities any less desirable, say 342 industry professionals in the latest iteration of Multifamily Design+Construction’s research. “Fire pits (66.1 percent), lounge areas (64.0 percent) ...were cited most often by survey respondents, followed by rooftop deck/terrace (54.4 percent), outdoor pool (53.2 percent), and walking paths (49.4 percent). Outdoor kitchens (43.6%) and community gardens (31.6%) are also popular items.”

Residents are as sure as ever of the amenities they want, and the classic pool with a view is here to stay.