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Tropical Oasis with Private Heated Pool and Spa

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Large 3 Bedroom 3 Bath Home in beautiful Coral Ridge

Thanks for looking at my listing! My house is located in Coral Ridge, one of the best neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale. It is in a perfect location - far enough away from main thoroughfares to be quiet, but within walking or biking distance of the beach, malls, and many restaurants.

If you rent the house, you'll enter the living room first - and in front of you will be a wall of glass doors, through which you'll see the pool, waterfall, and spa. It's pretty awesome both during the day and especially at night, and it's why I bought the house. On nice days the doors can be slid to the side, creating an expansive opening.

The living room is equipped with a 60' LCD LED TV with 3D capability, Blu-ray player, and surround sound. And you'll be sure to find your favorite shows with high definition cable with 320 channels.

The French Country kitchen is fully equipped with everything you'd need to prepare meals. The appliances are stainless steel, and include a wine cooler and dishwasher.

There are three very spacious bedrooms, all of which are easily large enough for king-sized beds. All bedrooms are equipped with 40 inch LED LCD TVs, with Blu-ray players and upgraded high definition cable. King beds are present in the master suite and the 'green room', and two twins (which may be exchanged with a king upon request) are found in the 'grey room'.

The dining room overlooks the patio/garden area, with a table that normally seats 6. Table can be expanded to seat 8 guests.

The patio, the pool, and the hot tub are new. The patio is travertine marble, with a dining area, a sitting area, and 4 lounge chairs. Gas grille is located on the patio. The back is completely surrounded by tropical plants and is entirely private. The pool and hot tub are heated and controlled by remote control.

Other amenities:

- High speed wireless internet

- New washer and dryer

- 4 bicycles (3 adult, 1 child-sized) with helmets and locks

- Audio can be wirelessly streamed from Apple devices or iTunes to the living room and to the patio. Devices can also be connected with standard headphone jacks.

- iPhone docks with speakers in all bedrooms, kitchen, and dining room. For those with other devices, a standard headphone jack can also be used.

- Completely equipped kitchen

- High chair and port-a-crib (on request)

More Details

Owner
Donald Imwalle
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Donald Imwalle

I live in Ohio and am a born-and-bred Buckeye. Well, technically more a Bearcat since the University of Cincinnati was where I went to school. I've lived here in the Midwest most of my life. I enjoy the change of seasons (especially the fall), but I also learned that escaping south a couple of times during the winter does wonders for the mood. So for years I saved and saved, and I was lucky enough in 2012 to find the place down in Fort Lauderdale! It was a much bigger project than I ever imagined it would be, but I had so much fun putting the house together...I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Donald Imwalle purchased this house in 2012

Why Donald Imwalle chose Fort Lauderdale

As a young man in Ohio, I worked at a nursery with a green house. Hard work but I loved it. I eventually asked the owner to let me have my own little corner where I could grow my own tropical plants. He looked at me a little odd, but I guess he liked me because gave me the green light. I think even then I knew I wanted a house in Florida, where all those exotic plants could thrive outside.

Many, many years later, and with a lot of work and a LOT of saving, I was lucky enough to make that dream come true.

After having traveled many times to Florida, I eventually figured out that Fort Lauderdale best fit what I wanted. Although the beach is central to any coastal Florida city, Fort Lauderdale takes it a step further by offering hundreds of additional activities.

I wanted a place in one of the nicer areas of Fort Lauderdale. Although there are plenty of nice neighborhoods, Coral Ridge really stands out. The residents take great pride in maintaining their homes. The neighborhood is also mature - plenty of beautiful trees and tropical plants.

What makes this house unique

I looked at an insane number of houses while searching for a house in Fort Lauderdale. While I liked a lot of them, as soon as I walked into this one I knew it was the one I wanted. Why? I wanted a house where the outside would be the focal point...after all, Florida weather practically invites you to enjoy it all year long. One look at the bank of windows in the living room and the reason I fell in love should be clear.

I also wanted a 'split' floorplan - a house where the master suite was separate from the other bedrooms. This house definitely fits the bill, with a master suite that is entirely private.

Most of all, I wanted to the feel of a tropical paradise in my backyard - a place that was private, tranquil; a place to relax and unwind. The house had a nice backyard when I purchased it, but it wasn't quite there.

First I wanted a hot tub, because in my mind there is nothing more relaxing than a bike ride along the beach or a good exercise session followed by a dip in the hot tub. So one of the first orders of business was to have a spa installed with a waterfall to create a soothing background.

Next I had a new marble patio installed, being sure the design allowed maximum utility (i.e., dining and sitting areas, plenty of rooms for chaise lounges), but still a patio that allowed sufficient room to install a variety of tropical plants.

And finally - my favorite part - was to install a wall of tropical plants. I probably went a little overboard at the nursery, but for a guy who likes tropical plants, the place was a little like heaven. So after planting hundreds of plants, the place is just how I wanted: an escape from the everyday, just a step outside the back doors.

Honestly, I'm pretty proud of the place...I think you'll find it really is something extraordinary.

Amenities

East Fort Lauderdale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Green Room - 1 king
    Grey Room - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , On request the king bed can be switched to two twin beds.
  • All bedrooms have king-sized beds. Additional 2 people can be accommodated with a queen sized pull out sleeper sofa (or alternatively with extra mattresses placed on floor). The sofa bed is actually quite comfortable, with a mechanism that does not have the annoying cross bar.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(56 traveler reviews)

Tropical Oasis with Private Heated Pool and Spa
average rating of 5.0 based on 56 reviews
5

Our Vacation Was A Success

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed at this beautiful home from April 8 - 15, 2017 with our son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren, ages 9 and 6. We were very nervous since this was our 1st experience of renting a home but everything worked out perfectly. Mary Ellen was so helpful in the months prior as we planned our vacation and even walked us through the technology aspects of the home once we arrived. It was so comforting that we could count on her if needed.

The kids loved the heated pool! They were swimming first thing in the morning and before bed every evening. Many family games were played in the pool. We would wake up to see Grandpa in the spa each morning. Having so many towels available and other essentials made staying there so easy. My daughter-in-law, who has traveled to other vacation properties, truly spoke highly of the pool and oasis in the backyard. It was an absolute hit!

We only cooked dinner once but only because we wanted to visit all the highlights of Ft. Lauderdale. The kitchen was clean, spacious and just as advertised. There was a blender available so we made smoothies for the children and had adult smoothies ourselves.

The master bedroom was a dream. The bed was so comfortable and we slept like babies.

We did drive to all locations and the traffic was heavy but fortunately we always were able to find parking and make it work. Stores are very close, many wonderful restaurants in the area, went to the Everglades, took a boat ride, found a great ice-cream shop for the kids, and even took a trip to Miami to see a Miami Heat basketball game. It was wonderful to get back to the house, a nice, safe, quiet neighborhood, where we could relax from all our fun adventures.

Any trip to Ft. Lauderdale in the future, we certainly hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home super clean accommodating owner

  • 5 of 5

All round great vaca beautiful home and weather close to beach shopping restaurants etc

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
5

A 5 star experience in a tropical paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a one week stay at this absolutely lovely home. There were 3 couples in total, and it was important that each couple had a good size comfortable king bedroom and their own bathroom, which this house supplied, and more! When we opened the door to our home for the week, it was one of those "Ahhhh" moments. The home is just beautiful; designer decorated, and equipped with all high end amenities. The inside of the home is only out-done by the tropical backyard - the pool and spa were heavenly and the foliage and landscaping outstanding - it felt as though we were on a tropical island - very private and very quiet. The location is excellent - lovely residential area, but only 10-15 minutes walk to shopping, movie theatres and restaurants and about a 15-20 minute walk to the beach (the walk is mostly by a very busy road). The owners Mary Ellen and Donald were excellent to deal with, and the experience exceeded our expectations.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Oasis in Fort Lauderdale

  • 5 of 5

House well equipped close to the beach for the 6 of us.

Walkable to beach and shops and nice restaurants.

Bikes were available and were used.

Enjoyed pool and hot tub nice we could control the heat for both.

Beautiful landscaping at time forget you are in the city like your in the jungle almost.

Nice to have board games and books available.

Easy to get to house from airport.

We would definitely return to this house.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greensburg, Pa
5

This house is perfect inside and out! We were able to totally relax! Every detail is wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this home to everyone!! We can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
5

Our Second Return

  • 5 of 5

We returned for a second time to this lovely, private amazing vacation home. We love the location and how easy it is to get to the beach, grocery stores and the Galleria Mall. Mary Ellen is very nice to talk you and you will see the care that is put in looking after the house, gardens and pool. This home is the best vacation rental and we will definitely return for our 3rd stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
9.5 Miles
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Aiport
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Car: recommended

Fort Lauderdale is obviously known for its beach, and in that respect it doesn't disappoint. The beach runs several miles in length, and is lined by a palm tree-lined walk the whole way. It's a great place to walk, bike, or blade. And if you want to relax, just throw down the towel and listen to the ocean.

Just across from the beach are numerous night clubs and restaurants...and places just to sit and people watch. Just as much fun is the night life in Fort Lauderdale. Cafes and bars can be found Downtown, in the Los Olas district, along the beach, and in Wilton Manors.

Not far from Fort Lauderdale is the Everglades National Park. If you or your family has never had a ride on an airboat, it's definitely something to try out. It's a great place to meet the alligators (safely!), see exotic birds, and fish.

If you're like me and really like eating, Fort Lauderdale is a great destination. There are literally thousands of restaurants in the area, from upscale eateries that overlook the intracoastal waterway to small cafes along the beach.

There are so many things to do, it's almost impossible to list them all. But take a look at sunny.org - the website gives a great overview of all that Fort Lauderdale offers.

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Rates & Availability

East Fort Lauderdale House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring (Late) 2017
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$380
From
$450
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,325
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 16 2017
5 night minimum stay
$320
From
$395
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,375
 
 
July 4 2017 Saturday
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 1 2017
1 night minimum stay
$425
Flat fee
 
 
July 4 2017 Sunday
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 2 2017
1 night minimum stay
$425
Flat fee
 
 
July 4 2017 Monday
Jul 3 2017 - Jul 3 2017
1 night minimum stay
$425
Flat fee
 
 
Labor Day 2017 Saturday
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 2 2017
1 night minimum stay
$420
Flat fee
 
 
Labor Day 2017 Sunday
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 3 2017
1 night minimum stay
$420
Flat fee
 
 
Labor Day 2017 Monday
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
$420
Flat fee
 
 
Fall 2017
Sep 17 2017 - Nov 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
$275
From
$350
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,950
 
 
Winter (Early) 2017
Nov 16 2017 - Dec 23 2017
5 night minimum stay
$350
From
$435
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,595
 
 
Christmas and New Year's
Dec 24 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$700
 
 
Winter & Spring 2018
Jan 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
$475
From
$575
Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,250
 
 
Spring (Late) 2018
May 1 2018 - May 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
$380
From
$450
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,325
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Dogs welcome (additional charge applies). Sorry, cats cannot be accommodated.
Sorry, no parties are permitted (for example, bachelor(ette) parties)
Renter must be 25 years of age or older. Those younger than 25 must be accompanied by parent/guardian.
Unfortunately Broward County imposes 11% tax. Legitimate rentals must charge this. :(
Rental rates quoted do not include refundable deposit ($500)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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