We all are well aware of the countries big gay neighborhoods and cities: West Hollywood, Silver Lake, The Castro, South Beach, Wilton Manors,etc. Yes these are cities and areas that gays have moved in some time ago and fixed up, polished and reinvented. These are also areas that have seen rent and real estate sky rocket (and yes some have seen huge price drops).

But with a CNN Money article out this past summer that highlighted some “Gayborhood alternatives”. Some of these communities are a close drive from some of the ones mentioned above and make your dollar go further. Sunny Fort Lauderdale has always been gay but in the last 10-15 years it has really become one of the largest and most diverse gay centers in the USA.

It’s no secret that Wilton Manors is now the gay heart of Fort Lauderdale with it’s clubs, bars, shops, diners and more. But now just a stones throw from Wilton Manors is Oakland Park. This city is just starting to see a new refurbished downtown (OK so it still has a ways to go). But there are some big plans in store from what we have heard.

With some of it’s cute neighborhoods and several bars plus a 5-10 minute drive to Wilton Manors it looks like Oakland Park has a bright and sunny future.