|Minimum Stay||4 - 6 nights|
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: The Villa Amorosa was built in 1939. The original bungalow remains as a private residence and the two-story addition as a VRBO.
The Interior of the VRBO itself is Self-Contained and Private from the main house. Guests of the VRBO have Exclusive Use of the following: 40 ' Pool and 9 ' x 4 ' Jacuzzi; Open Bar; Outdoor Showers; Outdoor Dining Tables; Deck Chairs; Deck Umbrellas; Outdoor Grill; and the Outdoor Living Room / Seating areas under the Tent. High Speed Wireless Internet (WIFI) affords access throughout the property and grounds.
VRBO - 2nd FLOOR. BEDROOM: The VRBO contains a very large Bedroom and ensuite Half-Bath on the Second Floor, accessed via a Circular Staircase. There are 2 Overhead Fans on the Vaulted Ceiling and a State-of-the-Art, Ultra Quiet Mitsubishi Remote-controlled Air Conditioning unit. The room has 2 Skylights and 3 Windows, all of which have Black-Out Blinds should they be needed. The room contains one large, luxurious King-size Coco-Mat organic Bed made in Greece, two Bed Tables and Table Lamps, a Reclining Chair and Ottoman, a Reading Table and Lamp, a Large Dresser, a Dressing Mirror, and a Closet with Plenty of Storage and a Hotel Safe. The Closet contains a new set of King-size 500-thread Sateen Sheets, a new Knit blanket, an Ironing Board and Iron, a Revlon Hair Blower, rolls of Paper Towels and Toilet Paper and new Towels: 2 Bath Sheets, 2 Large, 2 Hand and 2 Wash-Cloths. Each bathroom, in addition, has towels, as well as the Hamper between the two French Doors on the 1st Floor. An Antique Moroccan Rug lies on the African Hardwood floors and Antique Photographs align the walls.
ELECTRONICS: include a New Sony Personal Docking Station / Clock / Radio with available Lighting Adapter for accommodation with the iPhone series 5; a New 46'' Samsung LED TV with remote; and a New JBL Wireless Headphone for silent listening to the LED TV while your partner / lover sleeps.
ENSUITE HALF-BATH: The ensuite Half-Bath contains a Pedestal Sink, Toilet and Table. Its window looks out to the east toward the ocean, and, like those in the Bedroom, can be Blacked Out. There are new Towels hanging up: 2 Large, 2 Hand, and 2 Wash-Cloths as well as two Bathmats and additional rolls of Toilet Paper and Paper Towels.
BALCONY: The bedroom has a Balcony that faces south overlooking the VRBO's Private 40 ' Pool / 9 ' x 4 ' Jacuzzi / Open Bar / Outdoor Dining and Outdoor Living Room / Seating areas, as well as its two Outdoor Showers.
VRBO - 1st FLOOR. The entranceway into the First floor VRBO houses a New, Full-Size LG Washer and LG Dryer for the Exclusive Use of VRBO guests.
The 1st floor of the VRBO contains the main Living area, with Kitchen, indoor Dining area, Living Room and Bathroom. There are two Overhead Fans on the Vaulted Ceiling and a State-of-the-Art, Ultra Quiet Mitsubishi Remote-controlled Air Conditioning unit. The living room contains a wonderful, overstuffed white cotton couch and matching reading chair and ottoman. High Speed Wireless Internet (WIFI) affords access throughout the property - inside and out.
ELECTRONICS: include a new Samsung 50'' LED TV with remote ; a new Samsung Blu-Ray Disc Player with remote; a new Xfinity Digital Set Top Box with remote; and a new Bose Sound Dock Series II with remote and available Lightning Adapter for accommodation with the iPhone series 5.
BATHROOM: The downstairs VRBO Bathroom is completely tiled. It contains a Large Walk-In Shower, Pedestal Sink and Toilet, and looks out to the south over the Pool. Toilet Paper, Soap, Shampoo, Towels, Bathmat, Mouthwash, and Hair Dryer are all included. The Towels include: 2 Large, 4 Hand Towels, and 2 Wash-Cloths.
The two French Doors, with pull-down shades for Privacy, lead out to the VRBO's Private 40 ' Pool and 9 ' x 4 ' Jacuzzi, the Open Bar, the Outdoor Grill, and across from the bar the Living Room / Seating Areas under the Tent. There are two Outdoor Dining Tables: one that Seats 4 persons just outside the VRBO's French doors and near the Grill; and a Larger Table that Seats 6 persons just outside the Tent.
OUTDOOR SHOWERS: There are two Outdoor Showers: One directly behind the outside wall to the VRBO bathroom on the 1st floor; and the Other directly behind the 9 ' x 4 ' Jacuzzi.
The Villa Amorosa's architect, G. Sherman Childs, worked for the Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner originally as Mizner's chief draftsman. While working for Mizner, Childs was involved in many significant projects such as the Everglades Club, El Miraso, Playa Rienta and Casa Bendita.
Subsequently he became an architect for himself and opened up his own office in Lake Worth.
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
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.
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:
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)
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
(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
I have sent The Villa Amorosa link to almost all of my closest family and friends, pleading with them to book it immediately! The villa is exceptionally maintained, and the guys have thought of providing everything you could possibly need while staying there. Their kindness was so appreciated during our stay, and it really felt like they wanted us to have the best time possible while there. The neighborhood is fantastic, the pool is relaxing, and all of the amenities were wonderful.
What makes this property stand above the rest?
The hospitality! Danny gave us a tour of the neighborhood and the sights on our first day which was a great way to figure out what we wanted to do while there for the week. They also brought us some champagne and croissants for New Year's which were absolutely fantastic, and likely the reason I gained 5 pounds during the week we were there #worthit
What to do while there?
Well, besides sitting by the pool and doing absolutely nothing...we recommend:
Water Taxi - such a cool way to see all the sights of Fort Lauderdale from the water (and thanks to Danny for the recommendation)
Las Olas Boulevard - also a recommendation from Danny, we enjoyed various happy hours at Vinos and Louie Bossi. We also had a fantastic brunch at Big City.
Thank you Campbell and Danny for such a wonderful and relaxing stay. Your villa was more than we could have asked for, and we can't wait to visit Fort Lauderdale again!
We thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality and convenient amenities offered by Dan and Cambell at the Villa Amorosa. In fact, it ended up being so much more than we expected! The hosts really make this stay a special experience for you. You can find places to stay all over Ft. Lauderdale, but trust us, it was hard to leave this place even for the beach. The lemon and lime trees, the complimentary wines and HUGE coffee selection, the washer and dryer, SO MANY towels, french soaps (which at first I read were all the rave in the reviews and thought not something that would be my selling point... but OH MY GOD those soaps make your skin feel like you're in a cloud), chocolates, heated pool and my favorite the hot tub that was the most beautiful and relaxing hot tub I've ever seen. Most importantly, the place was impeccably clean and anything we needed was at our fingertips. Dan and Campbell were on-site but its completely separated and they said that we would only see them if we wanted to. They recommended a great restaurant, Cafe Vico, which is a meal we will remember until we go back next year. We loved our stay at the Villa Amorosa and it was a very special time for us. We hope to make it a Christmastime tradition! Thanks to Dan and Cambell for their hospitality.
What can I say that others haven't already said?! Our stay was perfect, only wished we would have booked the entire week. Campbell and Danny were great hosts and their villa is perfect! We cannot wait to go back! You will LOVE this place. Almost didn't want to leave a review because don't want to give away our "secret spot"
Our week at Campbell and Danny's villa was relaxing and rejuvenating. Our host went above and beyond to make us feel welcome making sure we had everything we needed. The villa was well appointed with many modern upscale amenities. The outside space was our favorite spot for morning coffee, an afternoon swim and an evening soak in the spa tub. The location was great as we were close to everything Ft. Lauderdale has to offer.
We had an amazing stay at the villa.
Situated in a beautiful area of Fort Lauderdale, just a short distance from restaurants, shopping and the beach..... and the villa..... was really stunning! Our hosts made us feel very welcome, providing us with fresh flowers, chocolates, and lovely smelling soaps from France. The decor was modern and fresh with all the equipment needed for a luxurious stay. Would recommend this little villa to any couples wishing for a luxurious restful break.
My husband & I so enjoyed our stay here. Campbell & Dan were so accommodating with anything one would need. I appreciate the flowers, wine, coffee & so many other things that made our stay there very special. You can tell that Campbell & Dan respect this place which makes anyone who visits feel at home. We will be back!!
Wilton Manors, the Island City, is about 10 minutes from The Villa Amorosa. It has one of the largest gay and lesbian communities in the United States.
|Property Damage Protection||$79|
Minimum reservation: Low Season (2 nights), High Season (4 nights), Christmas and New Years (6 nights)
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Fees: Departure Cleaning (not taxed) $ 100
Damage Insurance $ 69