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Penthouse Luxury Apartment Downtown on the New River

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,230 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 - 28 nights


About the property

- 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 4

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.

More Details

Ralph Enderby
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Ralph Enderby

Your hosts, Ralph and Judy.

Ralph Enderby purchased this condo in 2004

Why Ralph Enderby chose Downtown

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'.

What makes this condo unique

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'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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
Dec 2011
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Downtown Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1230 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    2nd - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 king
    2nd - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 'den' with plasma HDTV and computer desk
  • The second bedroom is smaller (128 sq. feet) and is set up as a den/office/bedroom with a desk complete with high speed wireless internet service, free unlimited telephone calling anywhere in the US and Canada, and a printer/scanner/copy machine - an arrangement that makes an ideal business office. The room also has a 40 inch HD plasma TV. The bed is a sofa bed with a 2 inch foam topper and a upgraded mattress. The master bedroom is very large (206 sq. feet) and very comfortable with a pillow-top king size mattress with a 32 inch HDTV for watching late night talk shows or movies.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Boat Dock
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
1 king bed, 1 sleep sofa, Whirlpool tub and shower, 50' HD TV with Blu-ray player in living room with sofa seating for 6, broadband wireless internet service, 2 reserved parking spaces, free unlimited telephone service calling anywhere in the US and Canada


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Penthouse Luxury Apartment Downtown on the New River
average rating of 4.84375 based on 56 reviews
newport, ri

Excellent Property

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for a month-long winter escape. This condo felt like home from the day we arrived. Ralph and Judy thought of everything. They met us at the condo, and showed us where everything was in the complex. This condo was extremely well stocked, and the kitchen very well equipped. The layout of the condo was good. We were both working so having our own space was important. Of course it was easy to be distracted by the manatees swimming by and the constant mega yacht traffic going up and down the river. :)

It was so nice to be out on the balcony. I spent many mornings drinking my coffee, evenings having a cocktail, and enjoying many meals outside.

The property itself was very well maintained. Very secure as well. We took full advantage of the pool, gym, tennis courts and the grills. Thanks Ralph and Judy for the Pickle Ball set. It was a blast! And thank you for the beach equipment. I will be buying the beach blanket as a gift for everyone in my family -- such a great thing!

My husband and I took a gamble, and did not have a car. Kind of unheard of in Florida, but we did great. We are used to walking a a lot , so we were fine walking to restaurants, to the coffee shop and the grocery. There is a free water taxi that goes to Las Olas Blvd so we took advantage of that frequently. We also used the bikes provided by Ralph and Judy. Uber was readily available when needed, and only $8 from the airport (FLL).

You do have to be prepared for the train noise. The noise machine provided was helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ami for the kind words - we try to have something for everyone when they come. We are blessed that we are the only luxury condo Downtown on the New River with tennis/Pickle Ball courts so those along with the two person Kayak, bikes, beach chairs and picnic coolers help people have a fuller vacation. We are looking forward to the completion of the passenger train service to Miami in August. The Fort Lauderdale station is just blocks from the condo and will drop you in the heart of Miami. Judy and I plan to make a weekend of it when finished and stay at one of the hotels on South Beach for a night or two. The train noise will also be reduced on completion when the City goes to "quiet zones" at the rail crossings. Come back and see us again soon. - Ralph
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the best!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place moré than we expected. The vien incredible, very good location, has all the necessary for a nice stay including a kayac for 2 and 2 bicycles. Ralph is the best has time to show all in detail!!!!

We recommend the place highly

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mirtha for the nice review. We enjoy meeting all our guests and showing them around. We believe a warm personal welcome is important when quests like you come from thousands of miles away and don't know what to expect and are hoping they made a good choice. Please come back again soon. - Ralph
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Great Family Holiday Location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We enjoyed our stay very much!

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for those kind words and Judy and I happy that you enjoyed your stay. Please come back again soon. Regards, Ralph
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Winter Stay at the Esplande

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for all the kind words. One of the things that we enjoy doing is meeting all the people and showing then around. We have such wonderful people from all over the world stay with us. You will be happy to know that the train whistle is planned to be silenced later this year (or early next year) when the railroad crossing are upgraded with additional gates so the whistle will no longer be needed. Thanks again and come back soon. - Ralph
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Relaxing oasis

  • 5 of 5

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)

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fort Lauderdale Beach
"The famous Ft. Lauderdale Beach is 3 mile down Las Olas Blvd. and you can ride our bikes the..."
Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Fort Lauderdale International
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
I95 and Broward Blvd.
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Fort Lauderdale
Car: recommended

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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