Fantastic 2 Bedroom Vacation House on Private Lake in Ft. Lauderdale
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Riverland house description
This great vacation house is situated on a private lake in Fort Lauderdale, there are houses next door to it, but the view out the back is unrestricted with no other houses or fences. The house is in a residential neighborhood, but other houses are not permitted to use the lake. It is a totally unique location in South Florida. You may fish at the lake. The house is fully furnished, just arrive with your suitcase for a great vacation, everything else is provided. 10 mins from Fort Lauderdale Airport, 10-15 mins from the beach, 5 mins from Las Olas and downtown. Its the perfect spot to enjoy South Florida. If you wish, you have the added bonus of reserving water ski lessons. We run a water-ski school on the lake (well away from the house) but you can see the skiers out on the water from your home as you eat your breakfast or laze by the pool.
The address to the property is 4524 SW 24th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317.
Imagine a place where nearly any activity is available and is served up with sunshine. Fort Lauderdale, is a world class destination. From luxury mega yachts to high performance speedboats, stretch limousines, sport cars and the finest resorts to multi million estates, South Florida has the beauty and adventure that truly belongs in the movies.
Looking for a relaxing lunch? with some 3,000 restaurants you can dine on a distinct cusine at every meal. If the beach is calling, you will easily find a spot with more than 23 miles of sand and surf and the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If diving is more your forte you will find 73 artificial reefs, greater Fort Lauderdale is the wreck dive site capital of the United States.
There are over 12 shopping malls and over 1,000 speciality retail shops. You can find everything you want from the finest merchandise to the bargains of the flea markets.
If it is culture you seek, you will be surprised at the array of museums and galleries displaying fine art. Performing art venues offer wonderful performances of all kinds from ballet to rock bands.
South Florida is a beautiful area, you will see many kinds of wildlife from parrots flying through the skies to alligators in the Everglades to the turtles laying their eggs on the beach, you will be in awe of the spectacular wildlife in our area.
You will be amazed and enchanted by our beautiful city, there is something here for everyone!
History of the Lake
The McGinnis Family purchased the lake in 1975, back then the area was considered quite far west, over the years we have become more central with the growth of Fort Lauderdale.
The lake is 50 acres and approximately 30 feet deep, it is filled with freshwater springs. The original landowners bought the land to dig rock and sand from the area and sold the fill to builders who used it to build the Turnpike. It was dug so deep that they dug into the Biscayne Aquifer and that is how the lake was formed. We have freshwater Bass, Brim, Carp and Oscar fish in the lake. There are Ospreys nesting in the Pine Trees, a bald Eagle and many marine birds who live here. You will also see Iguanas. The water temperature in the winter months is on average 72 degrees Fahrenheit , in the peak summer months its up to 92 degrees Fahrenheit.
We have run a water ski school at the lake for 30 years. People from all over the world and the United States come to water ski with us.
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- This vacation house has two bedrooms, the master bedroom has a king size bed and a flat screen TV and a door that leads out to the pool area. The second bedroom has a queen size bed and a flat screen TV. The living room has a queen size pullout sofa bed. There is also a roll a way bed. There is also an air mattress if you need it. There is also a pack and play which is ideal for a young child 25lbs and under, it can be used as a bed....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Sight Seeing
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Paddle Boating
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Fitness Center
We are 5 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale, a beautiful setting on Las Olas, where there are many bars, restaurants and unique shops. You can take a boat around the intracoastal waterways or take the water taxi to many places....moreless
- Lake View
sports and adventure activities
- Pier Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Ice Skating
- Deepsea Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Tubing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Jet Skiing
- Surf Fishing
Communication / Internet
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Activities Guide
- Parking Off Street
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Basic Soaps
- Air Conditioning
- Alarm Clock
- Mosquito Magnet
- Security System
- Laundry Soap
- Iron & Board
- Toilet Paper
- Ceiling Fans
- Sofa Bed
- Paper Towels
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Linens Provided
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Coffee Maker
- Pantry Items
- 4 Ring Stove
- Cooking Utensils
- Water Skis
- Beach Chairs
- Porch / Veranda
- Small Cooler
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Beach Towels
- Lawn / Garden
- Tennis Court
- Screen Porch / Veranda
- Wood Deck
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- Hot Tub
- Outdoor Pool
- Outdoor Hot Tub
ReviewsWrite a review
the house where sweet dreams drift by
the house where sweet dreams drift by
“The house where sweet dreams drift by…..” This “ Gem “ of a house is really beautifully furnished, kitchen , bathrooms equipment etc .perfect and clean, as all the rest, for that matter, most comfortable beds out of which one never wishes to get out until the brain wakes up to its senses telling you to rush and get up so to open all the many windows and doors and allow the sun , the light and all the glitters coming from the lake to get in and dance playfully in the soft-multicolored rooms…….then you step out into a wonderland of natural beauties: ( apart from another flash of blue water reflected by the swimming pool) a slither of green grass and…a wonderful lake , a festive playground for native inhabitants : birds (ibis, herons,cranes, crows, doves , green parroquets , ….) shy iguanas…. Area : very quiet , nice neighbours. Location : perfect, you’ll find yourselves pampered and nestled in a crystal bubble ..Skischool: excellent , just check the owner 's performances and her husband 's credentials, not only as a “ boat “ pilot…..I,we, could go on and on…….with complimenting …..Owners: : the nicest, most adorable, discreet , helpful , people in the world . if you think we are exaggerating it….give it a try! You won’t regret it….Finally, on a more personal note, the house on the lake was, is, will always hold a special place in our hearts and keep the sweetest memories….Forever.
- Guest fiore, the goofy monkey (brescia, italy)
- Date of stay 11/30/08
- Review Submitted 02/04/09
Recommended for: Pet owners, families with young children, families with teenagers, people with disabilities, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Hi Fiore and Marco, thank you for your wonderful review. We will miss you so much after coming to the lake for 10 years every winter. We hope you enjoy your new home in California and we will definately come and see you both in Italy and Califonia. Thank you for being such loyal and wonderful guest for the past 10 years. love and best wishes from our family.
This is a great house! My husband, myself and our son stayed for a week. You can't go wrong with the views, the wildlife and the water skiers going by! Ann was VERY accomodating with everything!! We definitely would like to plan on coming back in the future... Thanks Ann for making our stay so nice and relaxing! Hope to see you this year! our thanks to you - Glenn, Josh and Sue Vidal
- Guest Sue V.
- Date of stay 12/05/12
- Review Submitted 05/30/13
Owner response: Thank you Sue, Glen & Josh, for chosing our property, we look forward to seeing you again. Best regards Ann
Hi JP and Ann, Thanks again for having us in your relaxing, quiet home. We really enjoyed watching the water skiiers by the pool. Your house met our needs nicely, expecially the very comfortable beds. We enjoyed chatting with Jim and eating the delicious star fruit and tangerines he gave us. It's too bad the pool isn't heated, but we did use the hot tub regularly. We hated to leave and return to snow. Ohio Couples
- Guest Lynn W. (Shelby)
- Date of stay 12/28/12
- Review Submitted 01/06/13
Owner response: Thank you Lynn, we are so happy you had a great vacation and enjoyed the house. We would like to get the pool heated for next winter, we think it would be a nice addition. However the hot tub is a fun feature. We hope to meet you again.
GREAT House we Love it.
GREAT House we Love it.
My wife and I was staying in this house for 1 month. From the time we stepped in the frontdoor of the house, we felt comfortable and after 10 minutes we loved being in the house. Every thing was clean and nice, super views of the lake, where you almost everyday see the training on some of usa best water skiers, which was very interesting. Unbelievable wildlife around the house and the lake, which is hard to describe, but you just have to experience. We love the pool and Hottub as we used a lot. The house is located close to supermarket, restaurant and fantastic shopping in some of the biggest mall in FL. The beach is only 12 minutes drive away and not forgetting lot of the incredible golf courses located very close to the house. It is or 5th time in Fort Lauderdale area and the best ever. It was very hard to leave the house and go home from this vacation. So we have already rented the house again next year. Big thanks to the owner Ann and J. P. McGinnis for their kindness and make things so easy for us. Look forward to come back next year.
- Guest Stig J.
- Date of stay 09/18/12
- Review Submitted 11/05/12
Owner response: Hello Heidi & Stig It was such a pleasure meeting you. We are so happy you had a great vacation and enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you again in October 2013. Thank you for leaving the house in such an immaculate condition when you left and thank you for the wine and chocolates.
our first vacation on the US
our first vacation on the US
Wir mieteten das Haus für 1 Woche. Die Vermieter sind sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Mein Sohn angelt sehr gern und wir bekamen von den Vermietern eine Angel geliehen. Das Haus ist in Ordnung. Es ist sauber und zweckmässig eingerichtet. Sehr gut fanden wir den beheizten Whirlpool. Diesen genossen wir jeden Abend. Was uns aber sehr störte war der Baulärm der große Baustelle an dem Autobahnkreuz Turnpike und 595. Morgens um 8 Uhr wurde man von dem Lärm geweckt und der ging bis nachmittags. Dieses Autobahnkreuz ist sehr groß und auch ohne Baustelle hört man den Verkehr. Auf den Bildern ist davon nichts zu sehen. Aber dieses Autobahnkreuz ist wirklich sehr nah. Des Weiteren liegt das Haus in der Einflugschneise des Flughafens. Bei bedecktem Wetter hört man wenig, wenn es aber schön ist, ist es nicht ruhig. Wir waren froh, das Haus nur für eine Woche gemietet zu haben. Das Haus und der See wären eine Idylle, würde es den Flugplatz und das Autobahnkreuz in der Nähe nicht geben. We rented the house for one week. The owners are very nice and helpful. The house is clean and functional. Very well, we found the hot tub. This we enjoyed every evening. What bothered us was the very great road works at the intersection Turnpike and 595th. That began at 8 o´clock in the morning and earlier and ended in the afternoon. The motorway junction is very large and you can hear the traffic when you're lying by the pool. Also you can see the aircrafts. When the weather is overcast it is not so loud, but if is beautiful it is not quiet. We were glad to have rented the house for one week only. The house and the lake would be an idyll, if it would not stand in the near from the airport and the motorway junction. Sorry for mistakes on my part but American is not my first language.
- Guest Lange
- Date of stay 10/07/11
- Review Submitted 02/15/12
Owner response: Thank you for submitting your owner response. The purpose of the review system is to give future travelers additional information about the vacation rental. To ensure the integrity of our review system, and to be fair to other travelers and owners, an owner response must conform with our guidelines before it can be posted on our website. The owner response you submitted does not meet our guidelines and it cannot be posted at this time for the following reason(s): Your review contains personal or business contact information. You can find the owner response guidelines in full at: guidelines page Like many websites that accept and post user generated content, HomeAway has adopted policies that conform with the Communications Decency Act (in the United States) and the EU Ecommerce directive in the European Union. While there are many facets to these regulations, at the most basic level these laws require that user generated content be the result of your efforts and your efforts alone. A review must be in your own words. We cannot modify or change the content of a review, nor can we tell you how to change the content to conform to the guidelines because giving you guidance as to what to say is the same as modifying or editing it ourselves. You can resubmit it by clicking on the button below. Your current review is displayed at the bottom of this message. Owner Response #4959607 "our first vacation on the US" The road construction by the interstate is a billion and a half dollar improvement project to the south Florida area. It was a nuisance and noise to many, however it has now finished and is not an issue, we are sorry it bothered you and hope it did not spoil your vacation. The interstate which is a way across the lake can only be slightly heard when there is a west wind, our prevailing wind is always from the east. The airplanes landing at the airport are not heard and not going over the house, the airport is 15 minutes car ride. Many people enjoy seeing the planes and they are delivering tourists to our thriving vacation spot here in South Florida. We thank you for staying with us hope you enjoyed your first visit to America! .
My husband and family stayed here for 4 days and it was better than we expected. The home is great you can relax by the pool, have a BBQ, watch the skiiers go by the lake which we will definetely have to try next time we go because we will definetely use this home if available every time we go to this area. The owners are very nice, wish all the getaway rentals were as easy as these homeowners made the whole transaction. Sorry to ramble on but I know that these reviews are a great help to future renters when choosing like it was for me! Again thank you Ann and her Husband for making this a great getaway for me and my family! Will recommend to friends and will be back!!!
- Guest Erica (Miami)
- Date of stay 05/27/11
- Review Submitted 05/30/11
Recommended for: Pet owners, adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Thank YouGuest comment entered by owner
Dear Ann, We wanted to send you a note to let you know how wonderful we thought your home was. We enjoyed our stay more than you can imagine. The house is set up perfectly for anyone's needs. Very nicely decorated, extremely clean, and well equipped. The pool and hot tub after a busy day of sight-seeing was a dream. Loved the wildlife, all the beautiful birds and the very timid iguana. We would love to come back again. We would definitely recommend your home to anyone. Thanks again.
- Guest Patty, Don Audrey and John
- Date of stay 01/14/10
- Review Submitted 01/31/10
Very noisy house at the edge of the swimming pool
Very noisy house at the edge of the swimming pool
We have master key one week of rental in this house the house is very clean but the big problem not specifies in rental announces; is at the edge of the swimming pool is very noisy many roads visible of the swimming pool and also surface to take sun baths is really reduced
- Guest Myriam and laurent france (FRANCE )
- Date of stay 06/26/09
- Review Submitted 08/03/09
Owner response: The highway these renters are refering to is the Turnpike which is at least half a mile away across the lake, it can be seen on an aerial map. It has never been a problem for anyone in fact to see the cars you need binoculars.
Nice house, great location
Nice house, great location
We were 9 days in this wonderful house. It was clean, location was close to everything and amazing wild life! Thanks to Ann, we had very nice holiday and we'll come back to Fort Lauderdale for sure! Pekka/Finland
- Guest Traveller80 (Finland)
- Date of stay 04/23/09
- Review Submitted 05/19/09
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Wonderful Vacation Rental
Wonderful Vacation Rental
The house and property were great. It was so nice to get up in the morning and go sit by the water and watch all the wildlife. At nightime we enjoyed swimming in the pool and sitting in the hot tub. Everything was more than we could of hoped for. The property was close to everything. We also enjoyed watching people waterski up and down the lake. Thank You for everything, we will be back.
- Guest TheGang (Lake Echo Nova Scotia)
- Date of stay 04/19/09
- Review Submitted 04/29/09
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, people with disabilities, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
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Florida Tourist Development Tax 5%
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View from master bedroom and kitchen. We own the lake.
Living Room / Dining Area
2nd bedroom with flat screen TV
Aerial View of house on the lake
Aerial view of lakeside house with pool and hot tub.
Kitchen and Laundry Room
Lake with ski boat at dock 100 yards from house
Master Bedroom with king bed
Outside screened in patio area
2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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