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Fantastic 2 Bedroom Vacation House on Private Lake in Ft. Lauderdale

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, private pool, on our lake in Fort Lauderdale, sleeps 5

This great vacation house is situated on a private lake in Fort Lauderdale, the view out the back is of the lake and unrestricted. The house is in a residential neighborhood, however other houses are not permitted to use the lake. It is a totally unique location in South Florida. You may fish at the lake. The house is fully furnished, just arrive with your suitcase for a great vacation, everything else is provided. 10 mins from Fort Lauderdale Airport, 10-15 mins from the beach, 5 mins from Las Olas and downtown. Its the perfect spot to enjoy South Florida. If you wish, you have the added bonus of reserving water ski lessons. We run a water-ski school on the lake (well away from the house) but you can see the skiers out on the water from your home as you eat your breakfast or laze by the pool.

Imagine a place where nearly any activity is available and is served up with sunshine. Fort Lauderdale, is a world class destination. From luxury mega yachts to high performance speedboats, stretch limousines, sport cars and the finest resorts to multi million estates, South Florida has the beauty and adventure that truly belongs in the movies.

Looking for a relaxing lunch? with some 3,000 restaurants you can dine on a distinct cusine at every meal. If the beach is calling, you will easily find a spot with more than 23 miles of sand and surf and the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If diving is more your forte you will find 73 artificial reefs, greater Fort Lauderdale is the wreck dive site capital of the United States.

There are over 12 shopping malls and over 1,000 speciality retail shops. You can find everything you want from the finest merchandise to the bargains of the flea markets.

If it is culture you seek, you will be surprised at the array of museums and galleries displaying fine art. Performing art venues offer wonderful performances of all kinds from ballet to rock bands.

South Florida is a beautiful area, you will see many kinds of wildlife from parrots flying through the skies to alligators in the Everglades to the turtles laying their eggs on the beach, you will be in awe of the spectacular wildlife in our area.

You will be amazed and enchanted by our beautiful city, there is something here for everyone!

History of the Lake

The McGinnis Family purchased the lake in 1975, back then the area was considered quite far west, over the years we have become more central with the growth of Fort Lauderdale.

The lake is 50 acres and approximately 30 feet deep, it is filled with freshwater springs. The original landowners bought the land to dig rock and sand from the area and sold the fill to builders who used it to build the Turnpike. It was dug so deep that they dug into the Biscayne Aquifer and that is how the lake was formed. We have freshwater Bass, Brim, Carp and Oscar fish in the lake. There are Ospreys nesting in the Pine Trees, a bald Eagle and many marine birds who live here. You will also see Iguanas. The water temperature in the winter months is on average 72 degrees Fahrenheit , in the peak summer months its up to 92 degrees Fahrenheit.

We have run a water ski school at the lake for 30 years. People from all over the world and the United States come to water ski with us.

More Details

Ann McGinnis
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Ann,

We wanted to send you a note to let you know how wonderful we thought your home was. We enjoyed our stay more than you can imagine. The house is set up perfectly for anyone's needs. Very nicely decorated, extremely clean, and well equipped. The pool and hot tub after a busy day of sight-seeing was a dream. Loved the wildlife, all the beautiful birds and the very timid iguana. We would love to come back again. We would definitely recommend your home to anyone.

Thanks again.
Jan 2010
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Fort Lauderdale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The first bathroom has a bath and shower and toilet and sink, the second bathroom has a shower and toilet and sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Pull out queen sofa bed - 1 queen
  • This vacation house has two bedrooms, the master bedroom has a king size bed and a flat screen TV and a door that leads out to the pool area. The second bedroom has a queen size bed and a flat screen TV. The living room has a queen size pullout sofa bed. There is also a roll a way bed. There is also an air mattress if you need it. There is also a pack and play which is ideal for a young child 25lbs and under, it can be used as a bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis Court
  • Water Skis
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Fantastic 2 Bedroom Vacation House on Private Lake in Ft. Lauderdale
average rating of 4.3809524 based on 22 reviews

the house where sweet dreams drift by

  • 5 of 5

“The house where sweet dreams

drift by…..”

This “ Gem “ of a house is really beautifully furnished, kitchen , bathrooms equipment etc .perfect and clean, as all the rest, for that matter, most comfortable beds out of which one never wishes to get out until the brain wakes up to its senses telling you to rush and get up so to open all the many windows and doors and allow the sun , the light and all the glitters coming from the lake to get in and dance playfully in the soft-multicolored rooms…….then you step out into a wonderland of natural beauties: ( apart from another flash of blue water reflected by the swimming pool) a slither of green grass and…a wonderful lake , a festive playground for native inhabitants : birds (ibis, herons,cranes, crows, doves , green parroquets , ….) shy iguanas…. Area : very quiet , nice neighbours. Location : perfect, you’ll find yourselves pampered and nestled in a crystal bubble ..Skischool: excellent , just check the owner 's performances and her husband 's credentials, not only as a “ boat “ pilot…..I,we, could go on and on…….with complimenting …..Owners: : the nicest, most adorable, discreet , helpful , people in the world . if you think we are exaggerating it….give it a try! You won’t regret it….Finally, on a more personal note, the house on the lake was, is, will always hold a special place in our hearts and keep the sweetest memories….Forever.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2009
  • Stayed: Nov 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Fiore and Marco, thank you for your wonderful review. We will miss you so much after coming to the lake for 10 years every winter. We hope you enjoy your new home in California and we will definately come and see you both in Italy and Califonia. Thank you for being such loyal and wonderful guest for the past 10 years. love and best wishes from our family.
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This was a great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This location was great! We had to move our daughter from NYC to Nova university. This location was around everything you need, Walmart, supermarket, and Target. This home was great it was clean and everything you need to stay. When ever I need a question answered Ann was on top of it. Now that my daughter will be there in school I will BE BACK! Would I recommend this property to a friend or family? No, cause I want to stay here all the time.. LOL. I will pass the word out. Ann thank you sooooo much for making our move nice a smooth. I forgot to mention when you see the speed boat don't forget to wave... :)


Ralph and Karla

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rafael, it was a pleasure having your family stay at the house, we look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks again!
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Fantastic Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in this lovely home which was very accommodating. The home had everything we needed and some. It was it a great location with easy access to get to major cities that we visited like Miami and W Palm Beach. Ann was excellent and made our booking and stay very pleasant and we can't wait to stay again next year! Thanks Again Ann!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation

  • 4 of 5

From the time of arrival to the time of departure from the home it was an overall wonderful stay. We had everything that we needed and more. My son loved being in the private pool. The backyard is private and was nice to utilize. The wild life was entertaining as we were able to set out back in the mornings and have several different species of birds come in close to say "good morning now give me some food". We would recommend this house to anyone looking for vacation rental in the area.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stays beautiful, beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

My wife my daughter and I spent unforgettable holiday in this house for two weeks. All was great. the quality of the house, cleanliness and Ann is very very nice, helpful etc. We hope to return soon. But this time there longer. The Jacuzzi was at the top, the pool just a little cold. We loved our stay. I recommend this house. On the highway we understand it but it's not at all disturbing. Sorry for my poor English. Best rgards, Michael

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michael and Claudia and Sophia, we are so happy you had a great vacation. Thank you so much for cleaning the house on your departure it was a wonderful thing you did. Until we see you again, take care and stay warm. Ann
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, my 90 year old mother, and I stayed five days. The house is exactly as described - and more. The pool was sparkling clean, as was the hot tub. The house is immaculate and comfortable. Everything needed was provided, which made for a relaxing, stress-free holiday. We know that Ft. Lauderdale has lots to offer, but we pretty much stayed close to the property for our vacation. We'll be back. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic Inn
McGinnis Ski School
Passion Nightclub
Westfield Broward Mall
"SHOPPING - Macy's, Sears, JC Penney, Hollister, Movie Theatre, Restaurants"
Islamorada Fish Company
Flanigan's Seafood Bar & Grill
"Best Ribs in Town"
Pei Wei Asian Diner
Round Up Country Western Night Club & Restaurant
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Bass Pro Shops
Sawgrass Mills
"Shopping movies"
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Steak 954
Las Olas Boulevard
Seasons 52
"wonderful seasonal food. Great deserts in small shot glasses."
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Fort Lauderdale International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Jacaranda Golf Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Tri Rail at Broward Boulevard
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Florida Turnpike and I-595 and Iinterstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
waterski at the lake
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Car: necessary

The house is situated on our unique private lake in Fort Lauderdale, it is in a residential neighborhood and is a single family home. Its a wonderful location, the beach is 7 miles away and takes about 10-15 mins by car. Downtown is 4 miles away. Restaurants, grocery stores and malls are 5 minutes away.

Sawgrass Mills Mall is 10 miles from the house, a must visit for the avid shopper, it is one of the largest malls in the country offering discount designer shops and everything you can imagine. Many shoppers just visit Fort Lauderdale to go to Sawgrass Mall.


Rates & Availability

Fort Lauderdale House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 11.0%

We require a signed rental agreement to be on file. We never charge a cleaning fee. We do not require a deposit for renting the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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