709 North Rio Vista Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL
A boater’s dream home, this completely renovated Rio Vista estate sits directly on the Tarpon River, with 106 feet of deep-water frontage and easy ocean access, securely accommodating a yacht of up to 96 feet. The newly constructed seawall and private dock come with 5-foot setbacks and a 24,000-pound boatlift, providing 50 amps of power. Every sunrise brings a new day’s boat parade along the river, enjoyable from your backyard or bedroom window.
With old Florida charm, this ranch style home sprawls across an oversized, half-acre lot. Originally built in the 1940s, the house was completely gutted and renovated in 2014 by contractor Jim Lavalle, giving it the look and feel of a brand-new home updated with hurricane-impact doors and windows. An outdoor kitchen and beautiful gazebo make hosting a summer (or winter!) barbeque a breeze. Custom landscaping has created a lush, peaceful environment to enjoy the sunshine or starlight. Inside, the eat-in kitchen will impress any gourmet chef, with top-end finishes including a Viking stove and microwave, Subzero fridge, Quartzite countertops, and butler’s pantry.
Every living space offers stunning river views, especially the family room’s sliding glass door, inviting the outdoors in while entertaining guests who prefer air-conditioning to sea breeze. An antique built-in bar, brought from France in the late-1880s, offers an additional touch of class. For the rare cold South Florida winter evening, warm up by the living room gas fireplace underneath beautiful beamed ceilings and gorgeous wooden floors. Attached to the property is a four-car garage, currently equipped with an air-conditioned workshop, perfect for the hobbyist who restores cars or loves home projects. Visitors to the property are welcomed by manicured hedges with ornate fountains and green gardens.
With tree-lined streets, sidewalks, and bike paths, the historic Rio Vista neighborhood is next to downtown Fort Lauderdale and within walking distance to the famous Las Olas shops and restaurants. Easy access to major highways can take the stress out of a daily commute. Whether you prefer eating lunch riverside on the backyard swing or dining out at the Lobster Bar, this yachter’s paradise will surely make you feel at home. Original photography and virtual staging included in photography of this home.
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