By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America” — and with good reason. The city boasts 165 miles of navigable waterways, from scenic canals to flowing rivers to the Intracoastal Waterway. With easy access to the ocean and a boating culture that’s unsurpassed (not to mention the world’s largest in-water boat show), there’s no doubt why so many yacht owners want to call Fort Lauderdale home.
But finding a home with a dock big enough for your big boat might not be so easy.
“Dockage is a very treasured feature of some of the more exclusive properties throughout our market,” says Jay Phillip Parker, chief executive officer of Douglas Elliman Florida Brokerage. “There are certainly people who have yachts worth in excess of what their homes are worth, and the home almost becomes an anchor for the yacht.”
Parker says that even though buyers are willing to pay a premium for dockage, it’s still a challenge to find the right home on the right site. “Many people have told me they’re looking for a home but they need 140 feet of water frontage,” he says. “They may love a particular house, but they don’t have the ability to keep their yacht there. In some circumstances, people assemble two or three lots just so they’re able to keep their yacht in back of their home.”
For those seeking the perfect home — for themselves and their yacht — here are five South Florida properties that should work.
1575 Ponce de Leon Drive, Fort Lauderdale
This 21,057-square-foot estate, known as Tarpon Pointe, is on a private 1.5-acre point lot on the New River in Fort Lauderdale’s Rio Vista neighborhood. It has 600+ feet of water frontage and protected dockage for a megayacht. The former home of the late billionaire H. Wayne Huizenga, Tarpon Pointe features 10 bedrooms, 11 full and seven half baths and lush grounds that include a three-story mosaic gazebo rising out of a free-form swimming pool. $26.95 million. Contact: Kelly Drum, Drum Realty. 954-931-3222, drumrealty.com.
2501 Mercedes Drive, Fort Lauderdale
This point lot in Harbor Beach, which offers 450 feet of waterfront, can accommodate a 250-foot megayacht with 200 feet of dock space to spare. The five-bedroom, 9,295-square-foot home features an elevator, theater, office suite, gourmet kitchen and third-level gym. $24.9 million. Contact: Tim Elmes, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. 954-557-0411, timelmes.com.
2900 NE 37th St., Fort Lauderdale
This 24,000-square-foot home has nine bedrooms, 10 full and six half baths and sits on an acre with 665 feet of waterfront on three sides. There’s also a 102-foot, resort-style pool complete with rock waterfall and grotto — for lounging after you sail. $15.95 million. Contact: Steven Solomon, Douglas Elliman. 561-289-3609, elliman.com.
899 Enfield St., Boca Raton
This 10,780-square-foot home, which offers six bedrooms and eight baths, sits on an Intracoastal point lot with 202 feet of water frontage and two 50-foot concrete docks. It also boasts a media room, club room, office, infinity-edged pool and four-car garage. $11.5 million. Contact: Kathryn Gillespie, Illustrated Properties. 561-789-8007, ipre.com.
879 Coventry St., Boca Raton
This mansion, with 180 feet of water frontage and 130 feet of dockage, has six bedrooms and extensive facilities for entertaining, including a waterfall grotto Jacuzzi and full summer kitchen. The house has been completely remodeled and boasts a chef’s kitchen, top-of-the-line appliances, elevator, fireplace, wood-paneled library and finishes that include onyx, Jerusalem stone and wood. $5.499 million. Contact: Chad Carroll, Douglas Elliman. 305-400-9507, elliman.com.