Do you dream of spending time or buying a home in the West? Somewhere in Montana, perhaps? Do you long for quiet mornings in the country where you can sip your coffee on your front porch rocking chair, as the birds gather for their first feeding of the day in your private pond? What about rising from a midday nap on a beautiful January morning and saddling up your horse to gallop around your property in the sunshine? After an afternoon lounging by your private pool, why not take a quick drive over to Las Olas Boulevard for an al fresco dinner? Or, perhaps meet friends for a more adventurous night, starting with dinner on Ocean Drive under the neon lights of South Beach...
Welcome to River Rock Ranch! This unique offering brings the wide open spaces of the West right to your doorstep in South Florida, just 20 minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, and only thirty minutes from South Beach and the burgeoning metropolis that is downtown Miami. The excellent location of River Rock Ranch, set on 8.43 acres in the prime equestrian neighborhood of South Florida, affords a relaxed country lifestyle amidst the backdrop of a refined cosmopolitan oasis. This is an exciting time to live in South Florida, and this gem provides substantial value in a market that is exploding onto the stage as a world-class destination in a tax-friendly state with just about the best year-round weather and amenities one can find.
The architectural beauty of this estate and land is like nothing else that exists in South Florida - a magnolia-lined private drive up to a quaint pond; a facade comprised of real river rocks that extends indoors provides a rugged warmth and sophistication; a wrap-around porch downstairs with huge upstairs terraces brings the outdoors in; a gorgeous pool area with Italian-styled trellises and bougainvillea’s.
When architectural beauty is combined with daily life functionality, a truly special property emerges. An open-format floor plan allows each section of the house to seamlessly communicate and flow into the next. Light pervades all common areas, as do views of the pool and expansive backyard. The house is cozy in areas such as the two living rooms each with a river-rock framed fireplace, yet open enough to host a holiday party for as many as you'd like. Entertaining and living areas include the large gourmet kitchen that contains two vented cooktops and three ovens, as well as the wet bar in front of the lounge or billiards room. These areas are all meant to be enjoyed and utilized in a way that keeps your family and friends together, yet provides enough space to spread out in comfort.
The river rock staircase and the elevator open up to the large upstairs living room that serves as a private sanctuary for the family with four bedrooms gathered around it. This incredible space has rich wood floors and adjoins a large terrace overlooking the front of the property and the pasture of the neighboring ranch. All bedrooms are well appointed with cedar-lined closets of the highest quality. An extra-large master bedroom with sitting area opens to an oversized terrace with views of the pool and several acres of land that comprises the backyard.
Additional features include electric hurricane shutters, two ponds with fountains, a four-car air-conditioned garage, five air-conditioning units/zones, Viking appliances in the kitchen, and a whole house generator with buried propane tanks. An added financial benefit is that the property is actually two separate parcels, with one having an agricultural exemption for significant property tax savings. Additionally, this property can be subdivided into several one-acre lots if so desired in the future, as this area attracts many athletes, celebrities and CEO's due to the locational benefits already described herein.
If you have read this far along, then River Rock Ranch deserves a visit to truly be appreciated.
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By: Ben Moss
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