|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
We offer you a vacation getaway in the sky – a 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxury condo at the very top of the Esplanade, right on the New River, in exciting Downtown Ft. Lauderdale.
DOWNTOWN ON THE NEW RIVER – means you are there. Not having to get into your car to “get there”, not “only a mile (or two, or three) to THERE”, but actually being THERE. We have 35 restaurants, night clubs, play houses, historic center, and art museums all within a quarter mile from us – that’s 2 blocks. They are all just an easy short walk away. Or you can take one of our bikes for a pleasant 5 or 10 minute ride to any of them. Walk to the Water Taxi stop just down the street and go anywhere on the New River and Intercoastal Waterway. Eat at one of the nearby restaurants on the river (the Pirates Republic Saloon & Restaurant is a block away). Suggestion: Plan your vacation to take in one of the first-run Broadway productions offered at the Broward Performing Arts Center.
LUXURY CONDO – is like staying in a fancy resort but without the resort prices and small rooms. It is NOT some rental house buried in a residential neighborhood miles from where you want to be. Luxury Condo means a swimming pool, a jetted spa pool, a dry heat sauna room, tennis courts (plus a pickleball court - we have a book that will explain how to play it), a full gym, 2 reserved parking spaces (with no parking charges), a Business Center and 24 hour desk service with a full time residential manager. A place where someone says “Hello” when you arrive and that can help with problems and questions.
“A VIEW TO DIE FOR” – means we are on the penthouse floor, 16 stories up looking down on the river and the boat traffic. Across the river is the Performing Arts Center mentioned above, Esplanade Park, the City’s Historic District, the Entertainment District and the start of the premier shopping district – Las Olas Blvd. “A view to die for” means the whole City is laid out before you, and at night it lights up as far as you can see.
FULLY EQUIPPED – means a 50”, a 40' and 32' HDTVs in the living room and bedrooms (plus even a under-counter TV in the kitchen. Comcast cable service with 275 channels with over 100 in HD including 19 sports channels. Plus FREE Netflix, Hulu Plus and Streamplx streaming services with thousands of movies and recent TV show to watch. Streaming services allow you to watch shows and movies when you want and not be tied to the cable company's schedule. A Sony, iPod Entertainment Center with over 10,000 songs, Blu-ray DVD player, 20 to 50 Mbps Internet service with free Wi-Fi, free phone service to anywhere in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Two bicycles, a kayak for the river, tennis rackets and balls for the 2 courts, paddles and balls for the pickleball court, a blanket, chairs and cooler for the beach, full kitchen supplies and the list goes on.
SEE OUR WEB SITE AND WEB CAM – for more pictures, for a live river view from the nifty camera on our balcony, for a 2D and 3D floor plan, for more about our “stuff”, for more about your hosts Ralph and Judy, for more about the special events like the Winterfest Boat Parade that starts on the river below us and the New Year’s Eve party that takes place in the park across the river from us. And more about the dock spaces available for your boat or yacht. The link for the website and camera are shown at the bottom of this listing. Page down to the very bottom to find them.
Your hosts, Ralph and Judy.
Ralph Enderby purchased this condo in 2004
After retiring from Motorola after 40 years as an engineer in their Research Department we wanted to buy a place we could go to getaway. We fell in love with the Esplanade Condo as the perfect hideaway. It is only 30 minutes from our home in Coral Springs but a 'world away'.
The view is what sold us and I think will sell you. We look down on the New River and overlook the City for a 'view to die for'.
Dear Ralph and Judy, Thank you for allowing us to stay at your beautiful place. Our trip was cut short but we had a wonderful time - short as it was. We are headed to the cool north & wish you both well for the New Year. - Canada
Whenever we travel as journalists, reporting on destinations around the world there is one thing that frequently blights our enjoyment and that is finding accommodation that we can afford to pay for and more importantly meets our high standards. We are sure that we are not alone in our desire to avoid noisy and sometimes dirty rooms in hotels chains that are uncomfortable, have expensive and poorly served breakfasts and supplement their already substantial profit by charging huge sums to guests for the use the internet.
When we travel we like to live locally do in comfort with the necessities of life that make being and working away from home that little bit more bearable. A good, well equipped kitchen, washing machines, a place to work and other home comforts help ease the stress of being away from home.
Over the years we have frequently suffered by staying in poor accommodation. So, it is wonderfully refreshing to be able to report on, and even recommend, a great self catering apartment in downtown Fort Lauderdale that is not only fully equipped, but is at the same time, not outrageously expensive.
Now, before we tell you how great and fully equipped it is, let us make this abundantly clear that it is not available during next years show because we have booked it already but for brokers, captains yacht managers and would be purchasers of super yachts this place has our recommendation.
The penthouse suite on the 17th floor is a two bedroom apartment located over looking the New River with spectacular views of down town and the water in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. This unit whose second bedroom is laid out as a study with its own WiFi, features stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, wood floors, and an over-sized balcony. It has an excellent location. Walk across the bridge to the Broward Center for Performing Arts and all that Las Olas Boulevard has to offer or catch the water taxi over to the beach or along the water ways so you get to see the houses belonging to millionaires who park their super yachts at the foot of their gardens! The apartment block has its own covered secure parking, a sauna, fitness centre, pool surrounded by BBQs for use by guests and even a 24 hour lobby.
For those who cherish the sights and sounds of the city as experienced from a riverfront penthouse condo, this venue cannot be surpassed. The owners provide for every comfort and convenience of their guests. The free riverfront water shuttle, nearby restaurants, and proximity to Las Olas Street add further appeal.
I was pleasantly surprised the moment I got to the Esplanade... from the gentle awareness and attention from the desk staff downstairs (Tiffany and her associate) to the moment I shook hands with Ralph who is the epitome of what HomeAway owner should be. Talk about instant at-ease? Ralph and Judy were excellent host who really put a lot of time and energy into ensuring that their clients experience is above par. I truly felt like I was visiting family and once I stepped on the balcony of their penthouse I was completely blown away. There is absolutely no better view on the New River and all of my guests would agree that day and night a step out to view all of downtown was just what the doctor ordered. The apartment itself is perfect to relax but somehow I found myself to excited to sit still. From the subtle touches of detail (champagne, cheese and crackers and NYE decorations to the night staff writing parking passes for my guest) to smiles from all of the neighbors in the building, I truly had a tough time leaving. Let's just say you find yourself smiling a huge smile each and everytime you open the front door to apartment! Thank you Ralph and Judy for a wonderful experience! I will most certainly be back!
It's a fact of life that the pictures of something online are normally much better than the real-life experience - houses, cars, hotels etc.
This property is the complete opposite. I had been concerned I was going in with my expectations too high, and that something, somewhere, would let me down. Not the case at all, this condo was absolutely perfect.
Ralph and Judy were perfect hosts, responding to all my pre-rental contact promptly and providing suitable information.
They also went out their way to make me feel welcome upon arrival, and there were lots of small touches that made it feel more of a home than a vacation rental. The free cocktails provided were much appreciated, and utilised!
And if you can't enjoy that balcony, there's probably not much in life you DO enjoy!
The location cannot be beat. I used Uber to get to 2nd street, and it doesn't even register above the minimum fare.
The beach is pretty much a straight drive away, less than 10 minutes depending on traffic.
Whilst being centrally located, there's no passing road traffic, and the area felt safe to walk around in.
And the 2 included parking spots are absolutely priceless. Friends could come visit me and not have to pay for the privilege.
I was devastated to leave at the end of my visit, as this place is much nicer than anything I'll ever own, so I will book again without hesitation!
Thanks very much Ralph & Judy :)
We had a great stay at Ralph and Judy's apartment. We have stayed in lots of self catering apartments but Ralph and Judy provided an exceptional level of hospitality. The apartment was as described, but what really struck us was that it felt more like home from home. Some apartments tend to be a little on the sparse side, and it's a real pain when you arrive at 10 in the evening and then you have to go and find groceries. This was not the case with this apartment and we really appreciated it after our long journey.
If we return to Ft Lauderdale we would definitely book this apartment again.
This Condo is worth every cent paying for. You have the best view ever. Condo is clean beds are good and they thought of everything. We did not have one moment that we thought we are missing something. Everything is in the neighborhood and people are friendly. We'll defiantly rent this for a 100% again. Thank you Ralph and Judy. Regards Patrick, Jennifer and Dylan
If you are not familiar with the Downtown area of Fort Lauderdale, it is the fastest growing, most vibrant part of the City. A number of years ago the City Commission decided to re-develop the downtown area as an arts, entertainment and residential living area. A number of studies were done and a master plan developed. The first phase was the building of the “Riverwalk Park” along the north bank of the New River (the main river that runs through the downtown area and has some of the most expensive homes in the City). The Riverwalk Park allows you to walk the river (or ride one of our bikes) and enjoy the activities. The west end of the Park (where we are) starts at the cultural center of Broward County with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and going east passes the Museum of Discovery and IMAX Theater, the Old Ft. Lauderdale Village and Museum, the Museum of Art (one of the few museums in the country to show the King Tut Exhibition) - Continued below
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 1 2015 - Apr 14 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Cleaning fee||$150.00 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300.00|
Note: January, February and March are rented by the month with a discounted rate of $240 a night (a 20% savings), also we have a "last minute" special discount of 25% that is in affect all year long if you book with a starting date 30 days or less out. A great way to get away at the last minute and save money.
The cancellation policy is that during the Winter/Holiday season of December 1st to April 14th, you can cancel up to 60 days before your arrival with a $300 cancellation fee. During the rest of the year, April 15th to November 30th, you can cancel up to 30 days before your arrival with a $150 cancellation fee. What that means is if you cancel before the 30 or 60 day point, all monies you have deposited would be returned as a credit card refund less the $150 or $300 cancellation fee. If you cancelled within the 30 or 60 days before your arrival date then all monies deposited would be forfeited, but you would not be liable for any payments not yet made.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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