By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
With 300 miles of waterways and 40,000 resident yachts, it’s no wonder Fort Lauderdale’s known as the “Venice of America.” The city is a boater’s paradise, offering easy access to both fresh and saltwater fishing, waterfront restaurants with docks, islands to explore a few hours away – and plenty of sunshine to enjoy it all.
Nothing is more convenient than having your vessel right in your own back yard, and while many homes in Fort Lauderdale have their own docks, finding one large enough to house your prized yacht may not be so easy.
“Demand for yacht dockage is extraordinarily high in South Florida luxury real estate, as it is driven by the Florida yachting lifestyle,” says Senada Adzem, executive director of luxury sales at Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Boca Raton. “Luxury homebuyers in South Florida, who are ubiquitously yachting enthusiasts, find it a must-have for beautiful waterfront homes to have superior dockage.”
Adzem says that most yachting connoisseurs are willing to pay a premium to keep their yacht close by. “If a client is willing to pay the right price, it is not too difficult to find a mega-home with sufficient dockage for a mega-yacht,” she says. “The caliber of a buyer’s budget is a critical parameter in this scenario.”
For those seeking the perfect home — for themselves and their yacht — here are five properties to consider.
1831 SE Ninth St., Fort Lauderdale
This 16,759-square-foot point lot estate has 437 feet of deep-water frontage and a 170-foot full-service dock for your mega-yacht. Upon arrival through the gatehouse, you will pass by expansive lawns and huge shade trees before you arrive at the porte-cochere of this seven-bedroom, nine-bath estate in the Rio Vista neighborhood, which features a chef’s kitchen, formal dining room, master suite with marble bath, elevator, wine cellar, fireplace and summer kitchen. $29 million. Contact: Tim Elmes, Compass Real Estate. 954-522-2803, timeelmes.com.
3018 NE 22nd St., Fort Lauderdale
This 10,364-square-foot mansion sits on an Intracoastal point lot with 250 feet of water frontage and wide water views. Features of the five-bedroom, eight-bath home include 38-foot coffered ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, gas fireplace, gym, elevator, wine cellar, game room with bar and summer kitchen. $6.2 million. Contact: Sandra Tagliamonte, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. 954-818-4219, onesothebysrealty.com.
315 Royal Plaza Drive, Fort Lauderdale
Known as “the Royal Entertainers Mansion” and located in Las Olas Isles, this 16,149-square-foot estate has six bedrooms, nine baths and 310 feet on the water. There’s 190 linear feet of dock space, a 1,600-square-foot outdoor kitchen terrace, a 5,000-bottle wine cellar and a separate guest house (for the crew!). Additional features include a grand ballroom, hidden passages, formal dining room for 14 and a 2,000-square-foot master bedroom. $8.9 million. Contact: Chad Carroll, Douglas Elliman Real Estate. 305-400-9507, thechadcarrollgrop.com.
706 SE Second St., Delray Beach
Just in case you’re in need of another boat to house at your new mansion, this one comes with a $1.6 million custom boat by Midnight Express. (And a $350,000 Ferrari Spider so you can travel in style on land too). The 12,778-square-foot house that comes with these toys is perfect for entertaining. Known as Casa del Encanto, it comes furnished and with artwork and includes 120 linear feet on the Intracoastal Waterway, a pool, Jacuzzi, four bars and a high-tech wine cellar accessed via your thumbprint. There are five bedrooms and nine baths. $13 million (or $7.795 million without the furniture, art, boat and car). Contact: Senada Adzem, Douglas Elliman Real Estate. 917-913-6680, senadaadzem.com.
220 N. Compass Drive, Fort Lauderdale
This custom estate sits on 250 feet of Intracoastal Waterway frontage and offers additional dockage on a 111-foot deep-water canal. It features six bedrooms, eight baths, a chef’s kitchen, 1,000-bottle wine cellar, fireplace, theater and a loggia overlooking the infinity-edge pool. For stock market enthusiasts, the 12,523-square-foot home also has its own trading room with stock ticker. $12.995 million. Contact: Niki Higgins, Douglas Elliman Real Estate. 954-817-2500, nikihiggins.elliman.com.
Photo: This 10,364-square-foot mansion in Fort Lauderdale has 250 feet of waterfront. (Courtesy ONE Sotheby’s International Realty).