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Tropical Oasis with Private Heated Pool and Spa

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


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

Donald Imwalle
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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 Downtown

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.


Downtown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 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).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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


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Tropical Oasis with Private Heated Pool and Spa
average rating of 5.0 based on 70 reviews
Fairfield Glade, tn.

Excellent, great vacation

  • 5 of 5

Loved the pool and hot tub. Furnishings are excellent. The owners were in contact with us and the instructions about the house were among the best we have experienced. Maintenance was present taking care of the property. Check in and out was very easy.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect private yard, well-equipped beautiful home in great neighborhood by the beach!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about the home was well maintained. We stayed for a month and enjoyed every moment. The pool and spa in this extremely quiet, private yard were the best. Lots of sun and shade! Every gadget you could need is in the kitchen, as well as a nice BBQ grill (with an extra propane tank). The beds are super comfortable with quality linens and the water pressure is terrific. We used the bikes to ride around the area which is very quiet and safe feeling.The location is a few minute drive to the beach (you could walk it if not carrying much) and there are tons of great restaurants which are also very close. Mary Ellen, the owner answered our questions promptly and it was obvious she wanted to make sure our family enjoyed our trip. This is our 3rd year visiting the area and this is the best house we have stayed at. We are re-booking for next February!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wish this was our home!

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting from HomeAway for many years and this rental by far is the best one yet! The owners are extremely organized leaving no stone unturned. The entire house is up to date, immaculate and has everything you could possibly need on vacation. Although within walking distance to the beach, we honestly left the beach to go back and swim in the nice warm pool and hot tub. Publix, also within walking distance was convenient. We made some fantastic meals and all eight of us were able to eat together in the dining room. My husband & I went for a walk every morning through the neighborhood, always felt safe, as there were many friendly neighbors out walking their dogs. Our adult kids rode the bikes to Fort Lauderdale beach everyday, locked them up and walked the beach & A1A. Ate at Hooter’s and a couple of outdoor eateries, which was very nice. Had a great time parasailing. Cost was $85pp but it lasted 1.5hrs. They are located at 1005 Seabreeze Blvd. An 81yr old went up with her granddaughter & a Jewish couple as well. The girl had a dress & stockings on with lots of jewelry & her husband was dressed up with a yamaka hat on. I have no idea how it did not fall off with it being so windy! We all had a great time on the boat. Also went on the Jungle Queen dinner cruise. I highly recommend this as we had an incredible time! This is a family owned operation dating back to the 1930’s (They have it perfected). For $55 (less with groupon or AAA), you are entertained for four hrs. & the food is pretty good. The best part is no waiting for anything.

Thank you Donald & Mary Ellen for sharing your house with us. We definitely would rent from you again!

John & Brenda DiCocco-from the deep freeze in upstate NY, Jan.13-19 (it was hard to leave)

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is the first review I’ve ever done & can’t say enough about how wonderful our stay was, everything you could possibly need. Convenient location & very well maintained. Best place we’ve ever stayed! Made our Christmas very special!! We can’t thank the owners enough for having us!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic , Beautiful , Perfection!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay and every single expectation is met and some!! House is absolutely beautiful and has anything and everything you could ever need during your stay. Situated in a very convenient and quiet neighborhood. The owners are a pleasure to deal with and go that extra mile to make sure that all is perfect... Thanks so much for allowing our family to enjoy your beautiful home once again!! See you next year!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I along with two other couples recently stayed at the property for 9 nights. The house is exactly as pictured, attractive and comfortable. The space was well equipped with absolutely everything we needed. The owners, Mary Ellen and Donald, were very accommodating and always available when we had questions. The location is convenient to airport, shopping, A1A and beaches. We normally stay at 4 Star hotels when we travel, however, this home more than satisfied the needs of our group of six. Thank you for making our vacation one of the best...Derek & Michelle C., Methuen, MA

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9.5 Miles
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Aiport
Nearest Beach
0.7 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 - the website gives a great overview of all that Fort Lauderdale offers.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $250
Damage Deposit $500

It is unlawful for a sexual offender to occupy this residence.
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 12% tax. Legitimate rentals must charge this. :(
Certificate of Compliance Number: 1501018

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.