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The Villa Amorosa - A Love Affair

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 547 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

A Private, Luxuriou2-Story VRBO. Your own 40' Pool/Jacuzzi/Open Bar/Garden/Tent


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.

More Details

Campbell Buchanan
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

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 Downtown

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.



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

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


Downtown Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 547 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Pedestal Sink. 1st Floor VRBO
    Bedroom Bath - toilet , 2nd Floor VRBO. Ensuite Half-Bath. Pedestal Sink.
  • 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, Hair Dryer are all included. On the other side of its exterior wall is one of the 2 Outdoor Showers; the other Outdoor Shower is located just above the 40 ' pool and 9' x 4 ' jacuzzi.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • The Bedroom and ensuite Half-Bath are on the 2nd floor of the VRBO, accessed by a Circular Staircase. The room has 2 Skylights, 4 Windows and a Balcony facing south that overlooks the Pool / Bar / Outdoor Dining & Outdoor Living Room Area; All can be Blacked Out. The room contains one large King-size Coco-Mat organic bed, a Reclining Chair and Ottoman, 2 Bed Tables and Table Lamps, a Large Dresser, a Dressing Mirror, and a Closet with Plenty of Storage and a Hotel Safe. Electronics include: a Sony Personal Docking Station / Clock / Radio with available Lighting Adapter for accommodation with the iPhone series 5; and a New 46'' Samsung LED TV with Remote which sits on top of the dresser. An Antique Moroccan Rug lies on the African Hardwood floors. Two Overhead Fans and a State-of-the-Art, Ultra Quiet Mitsubishi Remote-Controlled Air Conditioning Unit round out the space. The Ensuite Half-Bath contains a pedestal sink, toilet and table and looks out to the east, toward the ocean.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
MAINTENANCE STAFF The Pool Man, as well as the Gardener, come on Monday late morning. MASSAGE TABLE The Villa Amarosa has a Massage Table for the use of VRBO guests. It can be moved Upstairs for Privacy or to the Pool Deck for an Outdoor Massage. Masseurs and Masseuses are available. FORT LAUDERDALE EVENTS 'Dine Out Lauderdale' ----------------------- October 1 - November 7. Thirty-seven restaurants offer specially-created, three-course dinners at a $35 fixed price. Discover the mouthwatering ingredients that make dining here so enjoyable. '54th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show' ------------------------------------------------------------ October 31, 2013 - November 04, 2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Yachting Capital of the World” for a reason. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the world’s largest, showcasing more than $3 billion in mega-yachts and more than 3 million square feet of marine products.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews

So great!

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing lacking at The Villa Amorosa.. Every attention to comfort and cleanliness has been thought out by owners Campbell and Don. A fully appointed kitchen includes (2) refrigerators, an ice maker, an upgraded countertop oven, juicing machine, microwave, Keurig machine and an induction burner. Spice racks were stocked full, utensils and pots and pans and dishes were top quality. Plenty of thick towels for the bath and oversize beach towels were provided. The bed linens were soft and clean atop a terrific mattress. There is even a new full sized stackable LG washer and dryer. Beach gear was available should one choose a trek to the beach. Our favorite feature is the 40' long saltwater lap pool. Sparkling clean and heavenly. It was difficult to get away as we just wanted to hang out at the apartment. As one can see by the photos the pool area and loungers were comfortable. The owners gave a great orientation and welcomed us with a bottle of red and white wine. Later in the week french pastries showed up and a few day later a fantastic flourless chocolate compliments of Campbell and Don. The owners were available should anything need addressing, but unless something unforeseen occurs there is absolutely no need to engage them. I'm one of those who looks under the bed...alas clean and dust free as the rest of this unique apartment. Various upscale body and bath products were available in the full bath and 1/2 bath which is upstairs. Two outdoor showers provide the experience of showering in privacy in the tropical outdoors. The only thing I am concerned about is that it will be available due to popularity when we plan our next trip to Lauderdale...we definitely will be back in the future. Thanks again to our hosts for making this a wonderful and memorable 12 days in the Victoria park section of Ft.Lauderdale. 5 Stars Plus!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enchanting and private

  • 5 of 5

Just a wonderful place by far the best VBRO we have ever rented . Campbell amd Dan and wonderful hosts , the facilities are first class. Everything about Villa Amorosa was luxurious. The beach and shopping are both close by and the backyard is so wonderful you will never want to leave. Many thanks for a wonderful stay hope to se you all again next Jan,

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Decatur, GA

Top Notch Residence in Ft Lauderdale

  • 5 of 5

Located in the lovely Victoria Park section of Fort Lauderdale, this property offered anything you could ask for including a private pool, spa and fully stocked bar. The kitchen was well equipped and fully appointed. My wife and I felt right at home. The owners provided some wonderful extras including fresh flowers, two bottles of wine, chocolates and some yummy croissants. Very deserving of a five star rating!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada

Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place to stay when you're visiting Fort Lauderdale. They hosts went above and beyond to make our stay most comfortable. We highly recommend The Villa Amorosa and will be back again soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Villa Amorosa is a wonderful tropical getaway. The house is great for a getaway with your someone special. The back yard is an Oasis. The waterfall salt water pool, the Jacuzzi, cabana, the outside showers and all the lush foliage. My husband and I spent our annual week in Ft Lauderdale and totally enjoyed the Villa. Campbell was a wonderful host bringing us croissants one morning and a cake for our wedding anniversary. Gave us suggestions on where to eat. The pictures are true to form and you wont be disapponted. T&E

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Amazing place and great hosts !!!

  • 5 of 5

Campbell and Dan are wonderful hosts. Their home is beautiful, the pictures on here do it no juistice at all. In person it's overwhelming and quiet. The pool is breathtaking and my favorite. I am sad to leave but looking forward to return in the near future. This deserves more than the stars they allow

Best overall stay ever


  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Various Bars on Las Olas, Downtown, Wilton Manors
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Coral Ridge Country Club
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Amtrak Station, Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Various Restaurants
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Various Beaches
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Insurance $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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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