The Villa Amorosa - A Love Affair. 1 mile to the beach
About Campbell Buchanan
Dan (R. in photo) and I (Campbell) on one of our diving trips to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday ... this time in the British Virgin Islands. The boat was a South African Leopard chartered through the Moorings ... perfect for diving and a surprisingly fast sailing vessel. For those of you who, like us, have traveled since with sailing family or friends in their 80s, a catamaran is the boat to choose. Save the sloops for a more agile group.
Campbell Buchanan purchased this Villa in 2012
Why Campbell Buchanan chose Victoria Park
Location: Victoria Park. The Villa Amorosa is centrally located: a 15 minute (6 miles) ride to the Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport; a 1 1/2 block walk to the Intercoastal Waterway Canals and Annie Beck Park, and 1 mile from downtown Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Blvd., the Riverfront and the Beach.... A beautiful area to bike, jog or walk in ... or otherwise be Rickshawed about. Property: The Villa Amorosa immediately caught our attention with its combination of lot size, building/lot proportion, interior proportions, Mediterranean feel, wood-burning fireplace, gas stove, gas-point water heater, and old style construction. The adage 'They don't make them like they use to' well applies: A cement walled foundation throughout, Old Dade County pine (termite proof) used extensively, plaster walls in all rooms of the original house, Spanish tiled roofs and select Spanish tiled floors. The Villa Amorosa's construction has stood the test of time. History: The property has been standing since 1939, six years into Franklin D Roosevelt's administration, from the beginning through the end of World War II and wars since (Korean, Vietnam, ...), through hurricanes and other natural and man-made disasters. You can walk into this house and feel its immediate warmth and history. Too many of the old Victoria Park properties have been bulldozed to make room for more modern homes, condominium buildings, and multiple-family rental properties ... and with them bulldozed what was once an old world presence and charm that cannot be artificially duplicated.
What makes this Villa unique
We are in the heart of historic Victoria Park, one of the most desirable locations in the city - quaint and quiet streets, lush greenery and old growth. We are 1 1/2 blocks from the Intercoastal Waterway canals and 1 mile from: Downtown Fort Lauderdale; Las Olas Blvd. with its Myriad Shops, Restaurants and Bars; the Riverfront which meanders upriver to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts; and the Beach. A beautiful area to Bike, Jog or Walk in ... or to see by Rickshaw- be picked up and dropped off at the Villa. BENEFITS THAT WE OFFER OUR GUESTS: OUTSIDE 1) High Speed Wireless Internet (WIFI) throughout the property and grounds 2) Private 40 ' Pool & 9 ' x 4 ' Jacuzzi 3) Private Bar 4) Private Outdoor Living Room Areas under the Tent 5) 2 Private Outdoor Dining Areas 6) 2 Private Outdoor Showers 7) Private Outdoor Grill 8) Massage Table (for the Bedroom as well) INSIDE 1) 2nd Floor Balcony overlooking the Pool / Jacuzzi / Pool Deck 2) 2 Overhead Fans on Vaulted Ceiling 3) Large King size Coco-Mat organic bed made in Greece 4) 2 Skylights that can be Blacked Out 5) Blackouts on All Windows and glass paned door to Balcony 6) Plenty of Storage Space 7) Hotel Safe in the Closet 8) New Sony Personal Docking Station / Clock / Radio with available Lightning Adapter for accommodation with the iPhone series 5 9) New Samsung 46'' LED TV with remote 10)Ensuite Half-Bath (1st floor Main Living Area). 1) New Samsung 50'' LED TV with remote 2) New Samsung Blu-Ray Disc Player with remote 3) New Xfinity Digital Set Top Box with remote 4) New Bose Sound Dock Series II with remote and available Lightning Adapter for accommodation with the iPhone series 5 5) 2 Overhead Fans on Vaulted Ceiling 6) 2 French Doors with Shades 7) Kitchen with Schott Ceran induction cooking burner, 2 Refrigerators, Microwave, Ice Maker, Keurig Coffee Maker 8) New LG Washer and Dryer 9) Ultra Quiet Mitsubishi AC 10) Bathroom
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children not allowed - only exception is a child under the age of 1only exception is a child under the age of 1
No smoking - NO SMOKING inside house, only outsideNO SMOKING inside house, only outside
Max guests: 2
- To accommodate our European guests in particular, we do allow smoking Outdoors on the Pool Deck & in the Front of the property, incl Brick Entrance
- We ask that cigarettes be put out, and their butts put in, the appropriate receptacles located around the property.
Luxurious, relaxing getaway
Fantastic place. Extremely relaxing. Clean. Friendly, helpful owners who yet give you all the privacy you need. Highly recommend.
Exceptional in every way
We have rented numerous properties via VRBO. With two exceptions (never, ever stay at an apartment complex that is on VRBO) we have had great experiences. But even the “best” ones usually fail on the simple things. .
The Villa Amorosa is a “best” property…. in its appearance, cleanliness, beauty and location. But it is the small things that make it really exceptional.
First, the hosts, Campbell and Dan, are very welcoming. Their thoughtfulness is evident everywhere (which will be obvious as this review continues). They are attentive but not intrusive (we basically never saw them on their own property, an important consideration as the Villa is attached to the main house and shares the lovely pool area). Their attention to detail is amazing.
The physical property is simply gorgeous, and is sited in a beautiful and very safe section of town (Victoria Park), minutes from…everything. There are two outdoor showers. The pool is very cool, with a small waterfall at one end.
On arrival There were two bottles of wine in the kitchen and beautiful fresh flowers in a huge vase.
There was a very substantial supply paper products. The kitchen was stocked with teas, sugar, soaps, detergents, and cleaning products. Many were organic; all the spices were organic.
There was a generous supply of bath and pool towels….and like the sheets, they did not have (as is common) an odor of laundry detergent.
The coffee table was stocked with new and current copies of intellectually worthwhile publications: Forbes, National Affairs, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, The Harvard Business review, Yachting, and excellent travel magazines, among others. There is a small library with interesting books.
There are flashlights throughout the villa and beside the bed should they be needed.
Twice Campbell briefly appeared with gifts…fresh croissants; an amazing chocolate cake. Details…
We highly recommend the Villa Amorosa….
Wow! First of all, Campbell and Dan were gracious hosts. The Villa was so clean and well maintained. We had so much space, and everything was thoughtfully addressed. The obvious highlight for us was the pool and deck area. We had plans to frequent the beach often, but the pool area was so much more enjoyable and private. On our last day, we couldn't pry ourselves away from the patio, so we ordered in so we could continue lounging poolside. When we did get out, we loved eating on Las Olas (so many great restaurants). Also we recommend the water taxi and the parks. We highly recommend this place, and would love to go back again in the future. A 10 out of 10!
Another great visit to Villa Amorosa.
Dan and Campbell are the world's best hosts.
The most fabulous holiday home for a couple with every attention to detail provided by the generous hosts. Truly outstanding!!! Loved it will revisit for sure.
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