|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
If you like staying at fancy resorts where there is lots to do, BUT you hate the prices, then our place is for you. We are a two bedroom penthouse condo right on the New River in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale. We have tennis and Pickleball courts, a heated pool and spa, a workout room, 24 hour front desk service, a business center and even your own bicycles plus a two person kayak to explore the river. Our view overlooks the City and river, not some parking lot. We have free secured parking for two cars with no parking charges. There is free water trolley service to travel the New River, to visit one of the many restaurants or the shops on Las Olas Blvd. The trolley stops right at our front door. A great riverside restaurant, the Pirates Bar and Republic, is just a 3 minute walk down the street
So you could stay at a house in some quiet neighborhood where there is basically nothing to do, or you could stay at our place with its many advantages. Please come and give us a try - I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:
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.
My wife and I stayed here with our toddler a while back and had a great trip.
My wife and I flew from the UK with our daughter and we all had a ball.The apartment has great views over Ft.L - we hired a Camaro SS rag top, but basically hardly used it on arrival, as you can walk to the grocery store, nice restaurants and the water taxi easily.
Views from the apartment are stunning: having a beer/glass of wine in the evening on the balcony was really special - you can see for miles. There is a decent height glass banister so it is safe for kids, as long as you are out there with them of course.
Facilities are great - gym, pool, BBQ, lifts for lazy people like me, easy parking, loads of space in the apartment and one of the biggest TVs I have ever seen, with an internet connection that was second to none.
Would definitely come back. Shame this work thing seems to get in the way.
Thanks to Ralph and Judy for providing everything we needed to make our stay at The Esplanade comfortable and enjoyable. Our favorite part of the unit was the extra large wrap around balcony affording us sunset and sunrise views as well as a fantastic snapshot of the city in action. Even the train horn became a fond part of our sensory experience. We immersed ourselves in the community by frequenting local establishments like The Coffee Grind Project, The Yoga Warehouse, Downtown Harbor Church and several fine local restaurants: Pirate Republic, Hardywood Bistro, Riverside Market and The Chimney House to name a few. The property is in walking distance to the culture of the city. We enjoyed concerts, movies and a Broadway play, all just blocks from the property. Fort Lauderdale is such a great city and this property is a perfect location from which to access all it has to offer.
Firstly, we would like to thank Ralph and Judy for being wonderful owners and hosts. The greeted us on our arrival spending time to explain the operation of everything in the condo and great instructions for getting around. They included a notebook containing every bit of tourist information possible. Additionally, they stocked the condo with all conceivable necessities, e.g. fully stocked kitchen, complementary sodas, beach chairis/umbrellas, bicycles, board games, a laptop computer with printer, and the list goes on. The condo penthouse floor provides a panoramic view of the city and New River. The furniture both on the lanai and living room were extremely comfortable. You will need to either walk across the bridge or take the water shutter or water taxi in order to get to the Broward Center side of the river, but this was no problem. The only slight negative was the noise from the the train whistle that unfortunately does blow loud and frequently even in the early morning hours. This, however, was a small price to pay for a wonderful condo and location.
Ralph and Judy went above and beyond to make sure our week stay was comfortable. The view from the balcony is wonderful and we stayed out there pretty much all the time. It was great! We would definitely stay again. :0)
We spent a month in the unit and it was all and more then we had hoped for. Everything is first class and in great shape. Owners are wonderful and take great pride in their Condo. Ralph has created the best web site ever!! We can't wait to return. Gregg and Debbie
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 2016 - Apr 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Cleaning fee||$150 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
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% 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. Sorry but the discount doesn't apply for nights in December with all its great events. HomeAway is not set up to apply the "last minute" discount of 25%, so if it applies to your stay mention it and I will adjust your quote accordingly.
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.