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The Orchid House - A Tropical Family Getaway With Pool & Sun Deck Near the Beach

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,201 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 5 nights


About the property

Spacious Tropical Pool Home Near The Beach with 5 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Sleeps 12

The Orchid House is very close to the beach in a central location to everything that Fort Lauderdale and South Florida has to offer. The Coral Ridge neighborhood it is located in is an upscale neighborhood that is very quiet/safe, and the home is not located on a busy street. This convenient location offers the ability to walk, bike, or take a short drive to the beach, grocery stores, malls and many restaurants/entertainment options in the immediate area and beyond.

As you arrive at the home you will notice a well kept tropical front yard shaded by large trees with a small but cozy South Florida front porch perfect for a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine. Once in the front door you will notice the bright and open feel that permeates the whole house through the impact windows, and down to the beautiful travertine marble that runs throughout, except for the upstairs which has Brazilian cherry wood. As you enter you will come upon the first living room on your right, and the central desk/work station area is straight ahead. Continuing to the right and down the hall will take you to the master bedroom with a king size bed, and a remodeled master bathroom. A little farther down will lead to two other rooms with the downstairs guest bathroom between them. One of the bedrooms has a queen sized bed, and the other one has two single beds. All five of the bedrooms have flat screen TV's in them. Walking straight from the front door will take you into the dining area with the beautiful teak wood table that can seat eight to ten, and then on into the den which offers peaceful views of greenery from the back and a tropical pool setting through the sliding glass doors on the side. To the left of the dining area is the gorgeous remodeled kitchen which offers granite counter tops, maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and is fully equipped with everything you need to prepare many types of meals. Continuing straight through the kitchen brings you to a hall with the stairs to the second floor on the left, the spacious laundry room with high capacity LG washer and dryer straight ahead, and the family game room to the right. The game room is large and offers a flat screen TV, a pool table, and a gaming table complete with an assortment of cards, board games, poker chips, and puzzles. The stairway leads to the second floor living area which has two bedrooms, a sitting room with a flat screen TV, a bathroom, and a large sun deck. One of the rooms upstairs has a queen bed while the other offers two twin beds. The large sun deck has four lounge chairs, a table with many outdoor chairs, and is perfect for: relaxing with a refreshing drink as the sun comes up or goes down, while catching the prevailing breeze on a pleasant day, during that never ending quest for the perfect sun tan, and finally when gazing upon the stars on a clear night. Going out the back door of the family game room leads to the grassy back yard with the peaceful Orchid Garden ideal for enjoying a late afternoon cup of tea on the left, and the private pool/patio area on the right. The tropical pool setting is a wonderful place to enjoy the South Florida outdoors with a large covered teak table and chairs that seat eight to ten, and refreshing pool complete with an aquatic basketball hoop to relax and play in. The gas grill on the patio is oversized, and grilling out by the pool is a very easy and enjoyable thing to do.

So whether you are planning on coming for just a short stay or an entire season we are confident The Orchid House can be your next great home away from home!

More Details

Sandi Gardner
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Sandi Gardner

My name is Sandi and I am originally from the farming area of southwest Minnesota. I met my husband Ray at the University of Buffalo which is where he is from, and we both moved from there to Fort Lauderdale in 1972.

Twenty years later we had two young children and a small home that no longer fit our needs. So at that time we set out to find a larger home that we could redo to our liking.

Our goals were we wanted to be close to the beach, in a central location close to everything, and in a safe quiet neighborhood where our children could grow.

This is how we came to find The Orchid House in the prestigious Coral Ridge Neighborhood although at the time it wasn't called that and was vastly different as we have basically remodeled the entire property over the years.

Now 25 years later we are both retired, our children no longer live with us, and our daughter has settled down with her two young kids in the small town in Western Ny where my husbands family lives. This has caused us to want to be up there more to be with her and our grandchildren, plus we would like to travel some.

Therefore we have decided to offer our amazing home to others when we are not there.

Sandi Gardner purchased this house in 1992

Why Sandi Gardner chose Downtown

Fort Lauderdale is an amazing place to live, work, and play. The weather is usually perfect during the winter, and offers a very tropical beach lifestyle in the summer time. The sun shines well over 300 days a year, and the old saying is if you don't like the weather just wait 15 minutes, as most storms come and go very quickly. Dinning, shopping, and entertainment options surround the property in all directions meaning there is never a lack of something to do. Outddor activities are a plenty, and the nightlife is unique and thriving. Whether your just looking to relax in the sun or take in all of what South Florida has to offer this property has it all.

What makes this house unique

The homes unique layout creates lots of space for everyone with three bedrooms downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs. There are 3 separate living areas with Tv's, and one of them has a pool table as well as a game table. Each of the 5 bedrooms has a flat screen tv on the wall. Outside you will find four separate seating areas with the front porch, the backyard pool area, the large second floor sun deck, and the tea time orchid garden. The upstairs balcony is wonderful for catching the prevailing breeze, and offers a great place to enjoy dawn, dusk, and the stars. Overall just a wonderful tropical place to stay.


Downtown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3201 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12 ...
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No more than 12 people are allowed on the property without prior approval, violations of this will result in your stay being immediately terminated.
  • No more than 5 cars are allowed in the driveway at once & parking on the street is never allowed. Violations over 15 min will terminate your stay.
  • No noise can be audible 50 feet from the property line between 11pm - 7am. Repeated violations of this will result in your stay being terminated.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Master Bath and guest full bath including tub on the 1st floor and full bath including tub on the second floor.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
  • There are 3 bedrooms on the first floor and 2 bedrooms on the second floor
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Vitamix blender, Small food processor, 4 Slice toaster is large enough to toast bagels.


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The Orchid House - A Tropical Family Getaway With Pool & Sun Deck Near the Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

Stayed with 5 friends end of Jan 2018 and thoroughly enjoyed our time at the house. Location is excellent, the house was fully equipped with everything we required and each room was clean on arrival.

With many common areas to relax in and enjoy, we found it very spacious for our group size.

Would definitely stay again next time I’m in the area.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful stay. Jon was extremely helpful, went above and beyond, to make sure we had everything we needed. The house was a perfect location - a close drive/bike ride from my favorite beach in the area. Restaurants were fun and Jon had great recommendations! Will definitely return if in the area.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you want in a HOME.....

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here. The house was perfect and the hospitality from the owners was exceptional. We were able to get in the pool, barbeque, or play games in the family game room. We felt right at home this is a place to relax and you didn't have to worry about anything. This house is clean and everything works properly in the home. My family cant wait to go there in the summer.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Orchid House

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful Home. My family and I truly enjoyed our vacation at the Orchid House. We will definitely stay there again when we visit the area again.

Highly recommend the Orchid House.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It's was 7 adults that stayed in the house and we were all pleased with the rooms, the space, the amenities and to top it off the location was perfect! Everything was beautiful; the floors, table settings, lamps and as Construction Project Manager I appreciated that the house displayed it's city licenses and all up to code. We were less than a mile from restaurants and local stores. Everything was perfect from the private pool to the grill to the vitamix blender for us fitness junkies. We loved every second in this house and we felt safe and right at home. It was unanimous that we will only rent this house every time we come to Fort Lauderdale.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Fantastic House

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Orchid House so we could have a family get together and to see a Miami Dolphins game. The house was awesome. Every thing was available right up to band aids! We felt so at home. The pool had a basketball net so we spent a lot of time in it. The neighborhood was so nice and quiet at night I sat out on the deck and read my kindle for a few hours. What a great place! Jon met us there, and he was wonderful ! We highly recommend this house, the location was perfect to everything you want to do. We will be calling again to rent this beautiful house. Thanks, Jon for some wonderful memories.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
8.5 Miles
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Tropical Oasis Poolside Tiki Bar
Nearest Ferry
4.2 Miles
Jungle Queen Riverboat
Nearest Golf
6.6 Miles
Pompano Beach Golf Course
Nearest Train
7.9 Miles
Fort Lauderdale Station
Nearest Motorway
3.6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
J. Alexander's - Redlands Grill
Nearest Ski
1.6 Miles
George English Park and Boat Ramp
Nearest Beach
1.3 Miles
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Car: recommended

The home is about a 3 minute drive to the gorgeous Fort Lauderdale Beach and all of the fun and relaxation that it has to offer.

The Coral Ridge Mall is about 3 minutes away, the Galleria Mall is about 5 minutes away, and the Sawgrass Mills and Aventura malls are each about 45-55 minutes away.

It is within 3 minutes from Whole Foods and Publix supermarkets, and within 5 minutes of Trader Joes, and The Fresh Market.

The AMC Coral Ridge movie theater is 3 minutes away.

George English and Bayview parks are each 5 minute drives down the road, and both offer very nice playgrounds and tennis courts.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is about a 7 minute drive and offers a wonderful old Florida nature experience that can be walked, biked, rollerbladed, or driven.

The Bahia Mar charter fishing area is fifteen minutes away.

The museum of Discovery and Science, the Funderdome Indoor Playground and Café, and Sky Zone Trampoline Park are all about twenty minutes away.

The area offers many gyms close by including Orangetheory, LA Fitness, and CrossFit.

The downtown area and the world renowned Las Olas shopping district are about 15 minutes away.

Smaller city centers with unique shopping, dining and entertaining options like Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, and Lauderdale by the sea border the area to the west, and north and can all be reached in under ten minutes.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood international Airport, and Port Everglades where the cruise ships come and go are both about 25 minutes away.

Downtown Hollywood is about 40 minutes to the south, and Boca Raton is about 40 minutes to the north.

Downtown Miami and the South Beach area are both about an hour and fifteen minutes away.

The location has so many restaurants within 15 minutes it’s hard to list them all however the ones in the immediate vicinity are Primanti Brothers Pizza, Seasons 52, The Capital Grill, Truluck's Seafood, Mayapapaya Juicery + Kitchen, P.F. Chang's, Texas de Brazil, Red Cow, Big Louie's Pizzeria, Tijuana Flats, J Mark's, Café Vico Ristorante, Joe's Crab Shack, Sublime Vegetarian, Chipotle, Zona Fresca Mexican, Rubios Fish Tacos, California Pizza Kitchen, Ruth's Chris Steak House, J. alexander's Redlands Grill, Crazy Wok Chinese, Jimmy John's, Panera Bread, Spring Chicken Southern, The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel, Sage French Café and Wine Bar, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Catalina, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Piola Italian, The Revenant Coffee House and Eatery, Egg and You Diner, Chick- Fil- A, Mcdonalds, Wendy's, Masamune Japanese, Pollo Tropical, Kitchenetta Italian, Miller's Ale House, The Original Pancake House, Flash Fire Pizza, Agave Taco Bar, Hot and Soul, Il Paesano, Café Seville, Time Square Pizza, Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine, Ceviche by The Sea, Shooters Waterfront, Bokampers Sports Bar and Grill, Pizza Rustica, Café Martorano, Smoke BBQ, Greek Islands Taverna , and the world famous Mai Kai Tiki Bar and Restaurant.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $260
Pet Fee $200
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 11.0%

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.

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