About this listing
If you're looking for a place directly in the center of town and close to everything, equipped with all the amenities you could possibly need such as bicycles, wifi, travel adapters, the advice of a 24-year local, etc., that would be our place. :-)
Welcome to our home and the beautiful city of Fort Lauderdale!
Located just over 1 mile from the beach directly in the center of town, our location is ideal for anyone interested in touring the city, whether you do so by foot, car, or bicycle. We will gladly offer you our 2 bicycles for you to use for free as a way to go about the city. Fort Lauderdale is a great city for bicycling and we are very centrally located, being only a 5-10 minute bike ride to the beach and a 10-15 minute bike ride to downtown and Las Olas Blvd.
HOUSE: Our house sits in the safe, cozy neighborhood of Lake Ridge in Fort Lauderdale, within walking distance of a pool, a classic 1950's movie theater, 24/7 drug store, multiple grocery stores, banks, restaurants, bars, a French bakery, the Galleria Mall, post office, water taxi stop, and even a Hustler. Pretty much everything. You will sleep on a queen size bed in your own private room and you will have your own private bathroom. The entire house is super clean and modern and has all updated appliances. We are both laid back, down-to-earth, and quite well-travelled (40 countries and counting), so we understand a traveler's needs and are here for you whenever you need us.
AMENITIES: The house has everything you may need, including:
-Two bicycles with locks.
-Free soap and shampoo as well as a hairdryer. We will also provide you with freshly cleaned towels, linens, and wash cloths.
-Plenty of free parking if you have a car
-Washer and dryer
-Cable and free wireless internet (AT&T U-verse)
-Personalized maps and info on everywhere to go in Fort Lauderdale/Miami. I have lived here 24 years and know the city extremely well.
-For those from another country, I have an adapter/converter for your electrical appliances.
-If you are driving and don't want to get lost, I can provide you with a Garmin GPS
-Should you need to check your email, print boarding passes, or book your next night of accommodation, you can use our computer.
RULES TO NOTE:
-We do have a very nice kitchen, but you may only use it for drinks (water, beer, wine, coffee, tea, etc.) and not for food. We are surrounded by cafes, bakeries, and restaurants, and we seek guests who wish to explore our city's culture just as we do when we travel.
-Check-in is anytime after 2pm. We are flexible though, so should you want to arrive earlier, please let us know before booking so we can help accommodate you. Thank you.
SUMMARY: We consider ourselves very friendly and generous people who are cultured and laid back. Having been to 40 countries, we are used to interacting with all sorts of people and truly enjoy meeting people from other countries. We know how it feels to be a traveler and we understand what a traveler needs, so you can be assured that we will take good care of you and take care of all your needs. At this point, all we can do is welcome you to Fort Lauderdale.
Interaction with Guests
I'm available 24/7 to answer any question you might have or cater to any needs. So, I'm surely available when you need me, but will keep my distance to respect your space and privacy.
Our neighborhood is in the heart of Fort Lauderdale and has a very residential feel to it with quaint houses, almost all entirely built in the early 1950s. Being just a 10-15 minute bike ride to the beach, a 15 minute bike ride to downtown and Las Olas, and surrounded by every possible type of store, restaurant, or activity you would ever need or want, it makes for a great location and neighborhood. It is very safe, clean, and desirable to live in, evidenced in the median sale price of a home ($300,000+). I still consider it a middle class neighborhood, but it's surely affluent as well.
South Florida is extremely vast and the public transportation, that of which exists, is notoriously poor. I highly recommend that you rent a car at the airport for about $25/day if you wish to tour outside of the Fort Lauderdale city center. Our location is at the city center midpoint, so bicycling is a good way, if not the best way, to get around should you only wish to tour the city center. Uber is another good option as the taxis here cost twice as much and have a really bad reputation.
The only rule to note is that we don't allow the use of the kitchen for food. Only drinks/beverages. We seek active travelers who want to explore our town and what it has to offer.
Check-in is anytime after 2pm. We are flexible, but please let us know before booking with us should you want to check-in earlier. Thank you.
My name is Dave and I'm originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but grew up in South Florida and have lived here for 24 years. I consider myself easy-going and I love to travel and meet new people. I am currently working on creating a travel website about European culture and this is what I spend all of my free time doing. I'm interested in the arts (music, art, architecture, history, religion, science, psychology, etc.) and enjoy a good conversation. I stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors as well. My favorite movie is Amelie, my favorite place to travel is Europe, and my favorite hobby is currently learning about wine. I don't watch too much T.V. besides the news and non-fictional programs. As for music, I enjoy all types of music and I am a musician, playing the trumpet and the piano. I reside with my wife Sindy who is originally from Germany.