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Lazy Lake

Broward County

Year Founded: 1953


Together with architect Clinton Gamble and financier Charles H. Lindfors, Hal Ratliff began building the community in 1946 around an old rock quarry. His goal was to build a community that allowed neighbors to keep to themselves and keep the world at bay. Lazy Lake received its name when a friend remarked that the lake looked “so lazy and peaceful.” The village consists of 13 homes on 13 acres (the maximum allowed by the charter).

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