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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
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 12, 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:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • 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
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • 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


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Fantastic 2 Bedroom Vacation House on Private Lake in Ft. Lauderdale
average rating of 4.392857 based on 29 reviews

Very nice rental. Lovely location. Very helpful owner.

  • 4 of 5

Excellent! Thanks Ann ! Only thing I would say is one of the bedrooms is quite small so had to keep our luggage in the hallway as we ended up with the small bedroom but otherwise, the place is lovely.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Big Lake, Alaska

A great find!

  • 4 of 5

Loved the cute immaculate house with all the amenities. It was fun to watch the water skiers from the pool, as well as viewing the beautiful sunsets. The house is older, with small bathrooms, but well kept with new appliances. Lots of stores and restaurants within 3 miles.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Janet and Jim for choosing our house and we are so happy you had a wonderful stay. We hope you come back when you are in Fort Lauderdale.
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Union, Missouri


  • 4 of 5

It was a wonderful place to stay. My children didn't want to get out of the pool.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kristie and Greg we are so happy you and your children had a fun and relaxing vacation. We hope you come back soon!
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the pictures don't do this house justice! my family and i will deff be coming back!

  • 5 of 5

such a cozy, florida vibe house! we loved everything about this house especially the backyard! a pool, jacuzzi and a lake view! felt like home!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Naya and Marcio for the great review, we look forward to hosting your family on your next Florida trip. Ann
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Avon, Ohio

Very Sweet Vacation Home

  • 4 of 5

We, my mother and I had a lovely stay at your vacation home in Plantation Florida. Your home was very clean and had everything we needed. We especially enjoyed the wildlife in the backyard. The ugly ducks were actually very cute and became our little friends. Stores and restaurants were very close and easy to find. Thank you for everything. Eileen and Lois

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Eileen and Lois we are so happy you enjoyed your stay and the beautiful wildlife was an entertaining addition. We hope to see you again. Have a great summer!
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Best vacation house

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I had a fantastic experience, since I have family in Miami they enjoyed being able to come over and use the pool everything was fantastic thank you so much I will be back in the winter with my brother I hope to share the experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic Inn
McGinnis Ski School
Passion Nightclub -- CLOSED
Westfield Broward
"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 Outlet Mall
"Shopping movies"
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Steak 954
Las Olas Boulevard
Seasons 52
"wonderful seasonal food. Great deserts in small shot glasses."
The Ritz-Carlton
J. Mark's
15th Street Fisheries
Le Tub
Pelican Landing Restaurant
Timpano Chophouse and Martini Bar - Ft. Lauderdale
Las Olas Boulevard
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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