The Las Olas Company is committed to providing exceptional service, products and value, in a unique destination, while ensuring a fair return to all stakeholders. We will serve everyone with care, integrity and professionalism.
In the early 1930’s, two brothers from Chicago, Preston and John Wells, began visiting Fort Lauderdale. Having made their fortunes in Chicago real estate, the two brothers decided to lay down roots in Fort Lauderdale. The brothers began purchasing property, most of which is now the famous Las Olas Boulevard. In 1936, they opened the Champ Carr Hotel (later renamed The Riverside Hotel) which was then and remains today, the cornerstone of what is commonly referred to as ”the crown jewel of Fort Lauderdale,” Las Olas Boulevard. Today, the charming Las Olas Boulevard attracts strolling visitors and shoppers from around the world as well as the neighbors from just down the street, offering an eclectic blend of fine and casual dining, art and antiques, extraordinary jewelry and gifts and an abundance of unique boutiques. The Las Olas Company currently owns, leases and manages approximately eighty-five percent of the retail real estate on Las Olas Boulevard as well as owning an additional acreage of prime retail, office and residential development opportunities.
Las Olas Boulevard Today
Las Olas Boulevard is so much more than a location. It is an experience. A quaint boulevard lined with old fashion street lamps and unique storefronts reminiscent of times gone by. Within minutes of the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Port Everglades Seaport, the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Performing Arts Center, Museum of Discovery & Science, Museum of Art, the historic Stranahan House, not to mention the multitude of office buildings located just a short walk from the restaurants and shops.
Las Olas Boulevard serves as a gathering place for residents of Broward, Palm Beach and Dade Counties by offering fun-filled outdoor events throughout the year. Among the events are Christmas on Las Olas, which attracts over 50,000 attendees each year, three nationally recognized Art Festivals, Las Olas Wine and Food Festival, Riverwalk Trust’s Burger Battle, monthly “Art Walks” and an assortment of other events appealing to all ages.
The Boulevard is well positioned to take advantage of the tourist market, whether travelers are here for the season, the week or are looking for a way to spend their pre and post-cruise time. Port Everglades (anticipated to be the “number one” cruise port in the world as a result of the Oasis class ships and the port’s recent agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines) is only a short ride from the heart of Las Olas Boulevard.
Residents of the nearby affluent neighborhoods of Las Olas Isles, Harbor Beach, Victoria Park, Rio Vista, Idewyld, and the numerous high rise condominiums in downtown Fort Lauderdale consider Las Olas Boulevard as their neighborhood gathering place to be with family, friends and business associates.
The values that were established by the Wells family over 75 years ago continue to serve the community and will continue to guide the growth of the company into the future.