The last time I wrote a blog about a waterfront home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida it was about a little Modernist cutie on one of the quiet backwaters. This time I thought I would show what an extra $14 million or so can buy. Actually it buys quite a lot.
Homebuyers often like a corner plot as it gives them so much more frontage. Well this is a corner plot like no other. The frontage here is about 289 ft. But this is no ordinary frontage. This is Fort Lauderdale Grand Canal frontage. In the world’s capital for super yachts – also known as The Venice of America – it does not get much better. That’s because one can tether up a 160 ft yacht alongside the house and not have it spoil the view from your bedroom – unless that is you would prefer looking at your yacht rather than the rest of Fort Lauderdale.
This is 2 Pelican Drive on the gated Seven Isles Point Estate. The award-winning house was designed by architect Rex Nichols and enjoys astounding views down and across the wide Intracoastal Waterway.
When landing at this home from the water one could be forgiven for perhaps feeling a little like a doge reaching a grand Venice palazzo. And if this entrance wasn’t enough, the house continues the sense of grand arrival with its impressive marble foyer and sensational two-story living room with arcing window wall across the waterfront loggia.
In all there are five bedrooms – including a sumptuous first-floor master bedroom suite featuring a sitting room, exercise room, morning bar, plus separate his-and-her spa-style baths and wardrobe rooms. In all the internal space extends to about 15,000 sq ft.
Outside is a pool cabana with changing room and bath and a three-bay garage.
Close to the beach, this magnificent waterside palace is adjacent to Las Olas Boulevard – Fort Lauderdale’s signature thoroughfare – famous for its fine boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafes.
So – as we say in the UK – you pays your money and you takes your choice – the small cutie or the large show stopper. Personally I think they are both fabulous in their own ways. That is the thing with real estate. Good isn’t determined by size or cost. It is determined by location, design and personal taste.