This "Island Colonial" home has the historic feel of old Florida along with a rare view of the New River and the downtown skyline. Built in 1928 with an addition in 1939, it was meticulously renovated in 1999-2000 (over $1,000,000) and brought up-to-date while preserving the original architectural details and the patina of time.
With the now extinct Dade County Pine and oak floors, 120 year old crown moldings preserved from Henry Flagler's original Ormand Hotel, 11 sets of French doors, and traditional woodwork throughout, this home has an elegant family feel and flow which is now hard to find in a city full of newer homes. A true chef's kitchen with a pantry, extensive cabinetry, gas stove, and an island with butcher-block top was an important part of the refurbishment and is now the obvious "heart" of the residence. The approx. 2000 sq ft of covered porches, including a large pavilion with exposed Key West style rafters, bring the outdoors in and allow shade and elegant entertainment in almost any weather. Sun (and view) blocking draperies are virtually unnecessary. A large, private veranda expands the master suite with an unmatched view of the water and the city. A separate mother-in-law suite with its own entrance provides guests, staff, and homeowners with privacy.
This home is grandly situated on 2.5 lots so close to the water that it feels as if the passing boats can be touched. Almost every room has a river view. Though the parade of boats offers constant activity, the Winterfest Boat Parade begins a few hundred yards upriver allowing an annual close-up-view celebration afforded by only a few South Florida homes.
The main house is set far back from the road providing a private and quiet ambiance. Mature trees, palms, extensive landscaping, and beach rocks grace a very generous yard with unusually wide separations from adjacent houses. The approx. 40' pool with "natural" finish and adjacent garden, fountain, and whirlpool create an outside environment which is pleasing to the senses.
The neighborhood is a walker's paradise. Five minutes walking distance from Riverwalk, ten minutes from Las Olas, one can access the downtown or enjoy a comfortable stroll in a real neighborhood in a combination which is uncommon in South Florida with its cul-de-sac peninsulas. At once, you can be surprised that you are both next to the downtown yet separated into a serene paradise.
|ISLAND COLONIAL - RIO VISTA
OFFERED AT $2,999,500
New River in Fort Lauderdale