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As alluring as a worlds-away tropical resort, Havana House is supremely private amid the lush beauty of a mile-long freshwater Long Lake of Birch State Park, where the view is protected by the park's pristine woodlands in this quiet Old Florida setting only a few properties from Fort Lauderdale's newly renourished beach. On sprawling gated grounds at the end of the cul-de-sac, this one-of-a-kind retreat lends fresh modern style in a relaxed living environment, and is kept in mint condition, having undergone continual updates. The light and airy five-bedroom residence has fireplaces as inviting focal points of the living room, family room, and one of two luxe master suites.
Bright banks of windows in many rooms overlook the enchanting west courtyard featuring a freeform pool, garden pergola, and gorgeous greenery that filters the sunlight in a shady oasis framing a view to a fountain in the middle of the lagoon, with night lighting and park-side sunsets adding a romantic effect for evening gatherings. A highlight of the outdoor entertainment space, the exotic night-lit tiki hut centers on a fabulous professional-style bar with its wraparound counter inlaid with vintage photographs and other authentic memorabilia that portray the history of Havana. Another charming spot for lounging by the lagoon's sandy shore has a boat dock for canoeing on the water. With the beach beckoning just steps away, this is an idyllic and utterly unique Fort Lauderdale retreat.
Northeast 16th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Las Olas by the Sea is a charming community nestled in between the iconic Atlantic Ocean beachfront and 180-acre Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a lushly wooded natural treasure in the middle of Fort Lauderdale which preserves Broward County's last tropical hardwood hammock. This quiet neighborhood is just a short drive away from fine shopping and dining at The Galleria and on famous Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale's signature thoroughfare. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is only 25+/- minutes away.
Fronting 144+/- feet on Birch Park's scenic Long Lake, with views over the lake's fountain, island, and wooded shore, this sprawling resort-style retreat encompasses .28+/- acres of gated grounds which are also private walled and fenced. In the west courtyard, a loggia opens by the freeform pool with spillover spa, next to a romantic pergola ideal for outdoor dining. Authentically designed with a thatch-roofed beamed ceiling and brick floor, the spectacular tiki hut is served by a well-equipped professional-style bar with beverage coolers, an ice-maker, two lighted ceiling fans, and a built-in television. The bar's large counter is inlaid with Cuban memorabilia including currency, stamps, and historic photos of Havana and famous cigar houses. The property also provides a convenient outdoor shower. A small dock serves the lakefront on a sandy beach area and is perfect for canoeing. Artistically designed night lighting complements the grounds.
Continually updated and carefully maintained, Havana House provides a spacious floor-plan totaling 5,748+/- square feet including five bedrooms, six and a-half baths, custom-fitted closets, and a four-bay garage which is served by a full bath. Airy banks of windows, crown-molded volume ceilings, and hardwood floors give the residence a fresh modern feel.