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Donald Imwalle

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights
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TROPICAL OASIS WITH PRIVATE HEATED POOL AND SPA

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Fort Lauderdale - Casa del Don

Large 3 Bedroom 3 Bath Home in beautiful Coral Ridge

Thanks for looking at my listing! My house is located in Coral Ridge, one of the best neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale. It is in a perfect location - far enough away from main thoroughfares to be quiet, but within walking or biking distance of the beach, malls, and many restaurants.

If you rent the house, you'll enter the living room first - and in front of you will be a wall of glass doors, through which you'll see the pool, waterfall, and spa. It's pretty awesome both during the day and especially at night, and it's why I bought the house. On nice days the doors can be slid to the side, creating an expansive opening.

The living room is equipped with a 60' LCD LED TV with 3D capability, Blu-ray player, and surround sound. And you'll be sure to find your favorite shows with high definition cable with 320 channels.

The French Country kitchen is fully equipped with everything you'd need to prepare meals. The appliances are stainless steel, and include a wine cooler and dishwasher.

There are three very spacious bedrooms, all of which are easily large enough for king-sized beds. All bedrooms are equipped with 40 inch LED LCD TVs, with Blu-ray players and upgraded high definition cable. King beds are present in the master suite and the 'green room', and two twins (which may be exchanged with a king upon request) are found in the 'grey room'.

The dining room overlooks the patio/garden area, with a table that normally seats 6. Table can be expanded to seat 8 guests.

The patio, the pool, and the hot tub are brand new. The patio is travertine marble, with a dining area, a sitting area, and 4 lounge chairs. Gas grille is located on the patio. The back is completely surrounded by tropical plants and is entirely private. The pool and hot tub are heated and controlled by remote control.

Other amenities:

- High speed wireless internet

- New washer and dryer

- 4 bicycles (3 adult, 1 child-sized) with helmets and locks

- Audio can be wirelessly streamed from Apple devices or iTunes to the living room and to the patio. Devices can also be connected with standard headphone jacks.

- iPhone docks with speakers in all bedrooms, kitchen, and dining room. For those with other devices, a standard headphone jack can also be used.

- Completely equipped kitchen

- High chair and port-a-crib (on request)

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Donald Imwalle (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
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About Donald Imwalle

I live in Ohio and am a born-and-bred Buckeye. Well, technically more a Bearcat since the University of Cincinnati was where I went to school. I've lived here in the Midwest most of my life. I enjoy the change of seasons (especially the fall), but I also learned that escaping south a couple of times during the winter does wonders for the mood. So for years I saved and saved, and I was lucky enough in 2012 to find the place down in Fort Lauderdale! It was a much bigger project than I ever imagined it would be, but I had so much fun putting the house together...I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Donald Imwalle purchased this house in 2012

Why Donald Imwalle chose Fort Lauderdale

As a young man in Ohio, I worked at a nursery with a green house. Hard work but I loved it. I eventually asked the owner to let me have my own little corner where I could grow my own tropical plants. He looked at me a little odd, but I guess he liked me because gave me the green light. I think even then I knew I wanted a house in Florida, where all those exotic plants could thrive outside.

Many, many years later, and with a lot of work and a LOT of saving, I was lucky enough to make that dream come true.

After having traveled many times to Florida, I eventually figured out that Fort Lauderdale best fit what I wanted. Although the beach is central to any coastal Florida city, Fort Lauderdale takes it a step further by offering hundreds of additional activities.

I wanted a place in one of the nicer areas of Fort Lauderdale. Although there are plenty of nice neighborhoods, Coral Ridge really stands out. The residents take great pride in maintaining their homes. The neighborhood is also mature - plenty of beautiful trees and tropical plants.

What makes this house unique

I looked at an insane number of houses while searching for a house in Fort Lauderdale. While I liked a lot of them, as soon as I walked into this one I knew it was the one I wanted. Why? I wanted a house where the outside would be the focal point...after all, Florida weather practically invites you to enjoy it all year long. One look at the bank of windows in the living room and the reason I fell in love should be clear.

I also wanted a 'split' floorplan - a house where the master suite was separate from the other bedrooms. This house definitely fits the bill, with a master suite that is entirely private.

Most of all, I wanted to the feel of a tropical paradise in my backyard - a place that was private, tranquil; a place to relax and unwind. The house had a nice backyard when I purchased it, but it wasn't quite there.

First I wanted a hot tub, because in my mind there is nothing more relaxing than a bike ride along the beach or a good exercise session followed by a dip in the hot tub. So one of the first orders of business was to have a spa installed with a waterfall to create a soothing background.

Next I had a new marble patio installed, being sure the design allowed maximum utility (i.e., dining and sitting areas, plenty of rooms for chaise lounges), but still a patio that allowed sufficient room to install a variety of tropical plants.

And finally - my favorite part - was to install a wall of tropical plants. I probably went a little overboard at the nursery, but for a guy who likes tropical plants, the place was a little like heaven. So after planting hundreds of plants, the place is just how I wanted: an escape from the everyday, just a step outside the back doors.

Honestly, I'm pretty proud of the place...I think you'll find it really is something extraordinary.

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Bathrooms3
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 21 holidaymaker reviews

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Tropical Oasis with Private Heated Pool and Spa
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
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Tropical Oasis with Private Heated Pool and Spa
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p3490928
-+1 5134841683
Fort Lauderdale Greater Fort Lauderdale
5

Vacances à Fort Lauderdale

  • 5 out of 5
Je recommande vivement cette villa exceptionnelle, située dans un quartier résidentiel, proche de toutes commodités, de la mer et du quartier animé de Las Olas.
La villa offre de grands espaces et les équipements sont au top (les photos sont conformes à la réalité).
Bref, tous les ingrédients sont au rendez-vous afin de passer un séjour en Floride formidable.
Sincèrement.
  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci! And that's all the French I know. :(

I'm glad you had a nice time and hope you'll get back down to Florida!
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Tropical Oasis with Private Heated Pool and Spa
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p3490928
-+1 5134841683
Fort Lauderdale Greater Fort Lauderdale
5

Fabulous Family Retreat!

  • 5 out of 5
This home is Not a home away from home... it's much more spectacular! We are a family of four two tween girls. This home provided us with the space we were all craving, coming from the inner city. It also gave us the touch of luxury we were seeking. The house itself is immaculately kept. All conveniences were available, from beach towels to pool toys to candlles for a jacuzzi tub relaxation session for this tired mom. My husband liked that the home was located close enough to major roads but off of the main drag. We enjoyed swimming daily. We took a ride out to the Everglades for some alligator and airboat fun. We visited the local high end shopping malls. During all that we were able to have family who live close by visit and arrangements were made for a pac-n-play and a highchair to be brought out. Everything was so convenient. We surely didn't want to leave. Just when we were getting the hang of the house's technology... it was time to pack. Be sure, our next Florida trip will incude this home! Thank you Donald !
  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words and I'm glad you had a nice time!!
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Tropical Oasis with Private Heated Pool and Spa
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p3490928
-+1 5134841683
Fort Lauderdale Greater Fort Lauderdale
5

Awesome, Fabulous stay in Gorgeous Home!!

  • 5 out of 5
It took me awhile to getting around to writing this review, but such a fabulous host and home can not be overlooked!
First of all, let me say that Donald, the owner, is an amazing person. Even before we got to his beautiful house, I already felt like we were friends. He is very proud of his home and rightfully so. Donald's attention to his incoming renters goes above and beyond.
We arrived late at night, around 11 pm. When we walked into Donald's home, we were floored by it's beauty and serenity. The lighting and ambience inside the house and looking out to the pool made us feel that we were truly in paradise.
Donald's attention to detail in his house is remarkable. We loved the pool, hot tub, barbeque, fabulous flat-screened tv's in every room, and his stereo system. His choice of decor is impressive, beautiful, classy yet comfortable. We could even plug in our ipod and hear the music out on the deck (even though my 24 year old son didn't like my music...I'm definately much cooler than he is!)
The kitchen was phenomenal and had everything I needed! The problem was I was jealous and kept thinking about having to go back to my own kitchen...
The bathroom in the master bedroom is fantastic, what a shower...who needs a massage? The whirlpool tub was amazing, also. All three bedrooms were beautifully appointed, plus we had 3 bathrooms...for three people! Wonderful!
The location was great...we rode bikes (well to be fair, my husband and son did) ...it's right over the bridge to Lauderdale by the Sea which is so quaint with good restaurants and an excellent beach. Plus Ft. Lauderdale is right there, so we had many choices of restaurants.
It was a fantastic vacation because of Donald's gorgeous home. It truly is a tropical oasis..And like I said...Donald is a wonderful host...Go...you will not be disappointed!!!
Debbie
  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Debbie! I've always said, one thing I never expected was to make friends throughout the world by owning a vacation rental...it's an awesome perk!

Thanks again and I sure hope you get down again!
business
Tropical Oasis with Private Heated Pool and Spa
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p3490928
-+1 5134841683
Fort Lauderdale Greater Fort Lauderdale
5

Return Guests

  • 5 out of 5
We booked this house in 2013 and absolutely loved it, so we booked again in 2014! I have rented numerous houses from Maine to Florida. This place is my Family's favorite without question! Donald is great to work with, the property is kept up very nicely. Both times we rented it was very clean and welcoming! The biggest problem when renting a house like this, is the vacation is to short!
  • Review Submitted: 28-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tropical Oasis with Private Heated Pool and Spa
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p3490928
-+1 5134841683
Fort Lauderdale Greater Fort Lauderdale
5

Truly an oasis!

  • 5 out of 5
You won't want to leave! Our family stayed in Donald's home for 2 weeks. We have 2 young children (1 and 3) and were able to play hard and actually still RELAX! The location couldn't be better... All the amenities shopping, restaurants and the beach are all in walking/biking distances. The house itself is perfect for families! Donald has taken the time and carefully thought through everything to ensure your holiday will be amazing. The backyard is truly an oasis! The pool, hot tub and lush gardens are beautiful, secluded and a quiet neighbourhood ....this home will be YOUR holiday. We flew home yesterday and already can't wait to visit again! Love, love, love!
  • Review Submitted: 03-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tropical Oasis with Private Heated Pool and Spa
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p3490928
-+1 5134841683
Fort Lauderdale Greater Fort Lauderdale
5

Dream House!

  • 5 out of 5
This rental house is excellent beyond description! Our family spend most of time in pool and spa. I relieved my stress in the pool surrounding the tropical trees that
gave us privacy and tranquility. I can not find like this unbelievable house in JAPAN.
We are sure to come back ! Thank you so much.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
9.5 Miles
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Aiport
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Car: recommended

Fort Lauderdale is obviously known for its beach, and in that respect it doesn't disappoint. The beach runs several miles in length, and is lined by a palm tree-lined walk the whole way. It's a great place to walk, bike, or blade. And if you want to relax, just throw down the towel and listen to the ocean.

Just across from the beach are numerous night clubs and restaurants...and places just to sit and people watch. Just as much fun is the night life in Fort Lauderdale. Cafes and bars can be found Downtown, in the Los Olas district, along the beach, and in Wilton Manors.

Not far from Fort Lauderdale is the Everglades National Park. If you or your family has never had a ride on an airboat, it's definitely something to try out. It's a great place to meet the alligators (safely!), see exotic birds, and fish.

If you're like me and really like eating, Fort Lauderdale is a great destination. There are literally thousands of restaurants in the area, from upscale eateries that overlook the intracoastal waterway to small cafes along the beach.

There are so many things to do, it's almost impossible to list them all. But take a look at sunny.org - the website gives a great overview of all that Fort Lauderdale offers.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Fort Lauderdale, Greater Fort Lauderdale

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Fall
16 Sep - 15 Nov
4 night minimum stay
$1,260
for 4 nights
From
$278
From
$361
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,209
 
 
Winter (Early)
16 Nov 2014 - 24 Dec 2014
5 night minimum stay
$2,187
for 5 nights
From
$388
From
$483
Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,030
 
 
Thanksgiving 2014 Thurs
27 Nov 2014 - 27 Nov 2014
1 night minimum stay
$677
 
 
Thanksgiving 2014 Friday
28 Nov 2014 - 28 Nov 2014
1 night minimum stay
$677
 
 
Thanksgiving 2014 Saturday
29 Nov 2014 - 29 Nov 2014
1 night minimum stay
$677
 
 
Christmas and New Year's
25 Dec 2014 - 1 Jan 2015
5 night minimum stay
$3,719
for 5 nights
From
$714
$5,145
 
 
Winter & Spring 2015
2 Jan 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
5 night minimum stay
$2,653
for 5 nights
From
$483
From
$572
Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,308
 
 
Spring 2015 (Late)
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
4 night minimum stay
$1,815
for 4 nights
From
$416
From
$500
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,675
 
 
Memorial Day 2015 Monday
25 May 2015 - 25 May 2015
1 night minimum stay
$650
 
 
Summer 2015
1 Jun 2015 - 15 Sep 2015
5 night minimum stay
$2,009
for 5 nights
From
$355
From
$438
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,786
 
 
July 4th 2015 Saturday
4 Jul 2015 - 4 Jul 2015
1 night minimum stay
$622
 
 
July 4th Sunday 2015
5 Jul 2015 - 5 Jul 2015
1 night minimum stay
$622
 
 
July 4th Monday 2015
6 Jul 2015 - 6 Jul 2015
1 night minimum stay
$622
 
 
Labor Day 2015 Saturday
5 Sep 2015 - 5 Sep 2015
1 night minimum stay
$616
 
 
Labor Day 2015 Sunday
6 Sep 2015 - 6 Sep 2015
1 night minimum stay
$616
 
 
Labor Day 2015 Monday
7 Sep 2015 - 7 Sep 2015
1 night minimum stay
$616
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $250
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes Dogs welcome (additional charge applies). Sorry, cats cannot be accommodated.
Sorry, no parties are permitted (for example, bachelor(ette) parties)
Renter must be 25 years of age or older. Those younger than 25 must be accompanied by parent/guardian.
Unfortunately Broward County imposes 11% tax. Legitimate rentals must charge this. :(
Rental rates quoted do not include refundable deposit ($500)

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fort Lauderdale in Greater Fort Lauderdale

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Green Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Grey Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , On request the king bed can be switched to two twin beds.
  • All bedrooms have king-sized beds. Additional 2 people can be accommodated with a queen sized pull out sleeper sofa (or alternatively with extra mattresses placed on floor). The sofa bed is actually quite comfortable, with a mechanism that does not have the annoying cross bar.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
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