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The Parrot House in Fort Lauderdale

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 6 nights


South Fort Lauderdale House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 3 bath, detached cottage. Can sleep more than 9

The Parrot House was built in 1918 and is on the Historical Registry of Fort Lauderdale. It is the 5th oldest residential home still standiing. The three bedroom home is nestled in mature landscaping with a 4th bedroom available in the detached cottage. Heated swimming pool. The existing vegetation and wooden fence around the border of the property create a private tropical oasis. The home has been thoroughly restored and each room holds the charm and harmony of an older tropical home combined with new furnishings and interior design that compliments the historical character of the home. The kitchen is complete with top of the line stainless steel appliances. The living room has the original fire place. The den has 11 windows with views to the heated pool and gardens.

The previous owner was a landscape architect and over 15 species of palm trees along with stately live oaks create a tropical ambiance that is nothing short of superlative in its beauty. Landscape lighting at night around the heated pool makes you feel like you are in a 5 star tropical resort.

There are parrot feeders in the front gardens that attract over 5 species of wild exotic parrots that visit the feeders in flocks throughout the day. A host of resident and migratory native bird species like painted buntings, cardinals, mockingbirds visit the mature vegetation of the gardens and neighborhood.

In addition to the central AC there is a separate split level air conditioner on the upper floor that allows guests to custom control the temperature throughout the home and in the cooler seasons windows can be opened with screens to enjoy the cool micro climate created by the mature vegetation.

Majestic Royal Palms border the large swimming pool which is tucked into the landscaping and surrounded by a stone and wooden deck which is located just off the first story porch and protected from the rain. This area is accessed from the den and two bedrooms and is a major hang spot for guests. The 2nd floor balcony off the master bedroom puts you in the canopy of the live oaks.

The Parrot House is a unique property in Fort Lauderdale.

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  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Jeffrey Dietrich
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german, spanish, Tagalog
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Jeffrey Dietrich

The current owners are the founders of two eco resorts, one in Panama (Mount Totumas Cloud Forest) and the other in Thailand (Koh Jum Beach Villas) . They spend most the year managing these resorts and maintain the Parrot House as their home when in the US. Jeffrey was born in Pennsylvania, lived over 25 years abroad and is educated as a naturalist having graduated in Environmental Science from Antioch College. Alma was born in the Philippines. They have been married 25 years and have two daughters. Their passion is nature and preservation of bio diversity.

Both Alma and Jeff lived over 20 years in South Florida and have visited natural areas throughout the sate. They are wealth of information for visitors interested in visiting some of the remaining preserved areas of 'Real Florida'.

Jeffrey Dietrich purchased this house in 2010

Why Jeffrey Dietrich chose Fort Lauderdale

With the past boom and busts of real estate in South Florida and the transient nature of the local population, older historical homes have largely been wiped off the map as poor city management allowed developers to tear down many of the historical homes. The Parrot House will celebrate its 100 year anniversary in just a couple of years and is the 5th oldest residency in Fort Lauderdale located in an old historical neighborhood where older vegetation still echoes back to the virgin Oak hammocks that once lined the New River. These attributes are what attracted us to this home. Open windows in the cooler season create breezeways that still show the intelligent architectural design present before air conditioning. Mature landscaping creates a cooler microclimate during hot summers.

The gardens and trees in the neighborhood and property hold a large number of native species of birds and butterflies, both resident and migratory. Together with the exotic flocks of feral parrots the home and neighborhood is shared with a large diversity of flora and fauna.

What makes this house unique

You are in a tropical oasis when you are a guest of the Parrot House, whether you are in the hammock on the porch by the pool or on the upper porch looking into the canopy of live oaks and royal palms. The historical Parrot House is a luxurious escape into the tropics and the past.


based on 29 traveler reviews

The Parrot House in Fort Lauderdale
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Awesome Birhday Weekend!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I booked at the Parrott House along with the Cottage next door.

We had a group of 12 people. Jeffrey and Jim were both so wonderful and easy to communicate with!! Both responded quickly to emails and text messages. My friends and I all came from different states and some flew in before others. The property manager was so nice and was able to accommodate us in checking at an earlier time and checking out at a later time due to our flight schedules. My friends and I had booked another home in Miami prior to this one and were cancelled 3 weeks prior to our arrival date! We were so lucky to have found this house in such short notice AND on a holiday weekend!! Both house and cottage are very clean and super spacious. To our surprise, there was a separate room right across from the Parrot House. The pool was a nice addition to the house. We definitely put it to us everyday that we were there. Most of our activities were pretty much all planned out in Miami. The drive was about 25-30 minutes away so it wasn't so bad getting there but getting back took us over an hour. My friends and I definitely enjoyed our stay. So much better than getting a hotel. We were all together and it was great!! Thank you Jeffrey and Jim for everything!! We will definitely book again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Awesome Weekend at the Parrot House!

  • 5 of 5

Had a group of 12 girls at the property, split among the main house and cottage. Plenty of sleeping space for all (showering was a small issue but we totally made it work!) Jim, the property manager, was so great and he really made our trip so memorable. The pool was a great spot to hangout during the day. The Riverside Market & Cafe down the street is a perfect place to grab some beer and pizza or just to hang out. The property is a quick Uber ride away from Publix, the beach, and central Las Olas. Definitely will return! We had a blast!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Beautiful, Spacious, Accomodating

  • 5 of 5

I booked both the Parrot House and the Riverside Bungalow for my bachelorette weekend. In addition to the perks like the pool and the hot tub, the location was outstanding. While the house was only a 15 minute car ride from the beach and was close to the airport, the house felt so tropical and secluded. 15 girls stayed in the two properties for the weekend, yet the house and the property were so spacious that it never felt crowded.

Both Jeffrey and Jimmy were very accommodating and pleasant to work with. We all couldn't stop raving about the houses once we got home. I'd recommend the Parrot House or Riverside Bungalow to anyone staying in Fort Lauderdale! I wish I was still there now.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We came from Europe for a family wedding in Miami and we spent 8 nights at the Parrot House. The house is beautiful and cosy. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The terrace, pool and surrounding gardens are amazing. Hope to come back here soon!


Antwerp, Belgium

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bachelorette weekend

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here and in the bungalow next door for a weekend girls getaway. It was so great to relax by the pool and hang in the hot tub. On Saturday morning I walked into downtown via the river walk and explores a little. It's a nice but easy walk. We planned a dinner at the chimney house which is in walking distance from the house. Overall it was a good time had by all. Jimmy the property manager was so friendly and helpful. One thing is that the house seems like it's in the middle of nowhere so a car would be nice, but not necessary as über and lift were readily available. Also the house is a great place to relax and hang so there's no point in really going anywhere else. Would totally recommend this place for an affordable getaway with friends or family.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Loved the Parrot House!

  • 5 of 5

With a great interest in historic houses, we felt quite at home at the wonderful Parrot House. The owners have done an outstanding job. The kitchen was well-stocked and organized. The furnishings extra comfortable. In spite of being in the middle of a dense neighborhood in Ft. Lauderdale, the landscaping made us feel completely private. Beautiful pool - our only regret that the days we were there, it was too chilly for a swim. But we felt so good just sitting out on the patio. We could almost imagine we were on a tropical island! Jimmy was most helpful in welcoming us and getting us oriented to the house. Hope very much to come back!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Fort Lauderdale International Airport
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Tri Rail
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Miami International Airport

The Parrot House is located in historical Riverside Park and is a 10 minute walk from The Riverwalk and downtown Fort Lauderdale. Riverside Park is bordered by 2 branches of the New River where access to the neighborhood is restricted to local traffic. There are only two entry points, one of which is a historical swing bridge on Palm Ave. . Add the mature vegetation with tall majestic live oaks and older homes and you have the perfect quiet location as a base for walking or driving to Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding attractions. The beaches are only a 5 minute drive. The airport and interstate are both within a 10 minute drive as well. Also within a 10 minute walk is the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science, Imax Theatre and the beginning of The River Walk. .


Rates & Availability

South Fort Lauderdale House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Holiday Season
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 1 2017
6 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

The Parrot House is next to the Riverside Bungalow (VRBO Listing 392559) and can be offered as a compound for larger private groups that will sleep up to 15 people. The fence bordering the properties is opened and pathways join the two properties. Inquiry about rates for renting both properties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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South Fort Lauderdale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Up to 3 Pick and Play cribs available for small children
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 4 (detached cottage) - 2 queen
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (1). Can provide queen mattress futon for additional sleep arrangement.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We own the neighboring property (see VRBO listing 392559) and can open gate to join both lots for accommodating groups up to 15 people when combined. Please inquire. Check in time on day of arrival is 4:00pm Check out time on day of departure is 10:00am We try our best to accommodate guest requests for early check in or late check out when possible.

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