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Robert Eliot Wirt Jr ( alias ) Bob WIRT

This is the beach house Bettye and Bob built in Fort Lauderdale 1985-1997.

© 2005

The following is a description of Bettye and Bob's house on Fort Lauderdale Beach. We bought a `50s style beach house on A1A in April 1985, worked on it for almost thirteen years, and sold it in November 1997, for our asking price ... sold it furnished to close the deal, which meant we got to furnish our new, much smaller, 17th floor waterfront condo with all new stuff.

We increased the square footage in the house from 1,800 to 4,000 under A/C, with another 2,400 sq/ft of viewing decks. The beach was great, but we still see the same beach (and our ex-house behind Birch State Park), plus our view now overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and across the Bonnett House Park to the ocean behind.

Now we have a front-row balcony view of the Winterfest Boat Parade each December, in addition to still having great seats for the Air & Sea Show each May. Life in South Florida ... It's rough, but someone's gotta do it.

This is the web page we used when we sold the house
1997 web graphics and all:

Fort Lauderdale Beach - Florida - USA
Oceanfront Home - 4,000 Sq/Ft
Two Master Suites - Koi Pond
Grotto Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi
2,400 Sq/Ft Viewing Decks
Ocean Views From Every Room In House
For Sale : $1,350,000

Neo-Mayan Architecture Updated In 1991; One Dozen Mature Sea Grape and Green and Silver Buttonwood Trees, Manicured To Accentuate The Environment, Provide Shade and Enhance Ocean Views; Entire Grounds Finished Out In Flagstone, Rock, Tile and Old Chicago Brickwork Paths and Stairs. Enclosed By Perimeter Walls and Electric Powered Driveway Gates, House Equipped With Monitored Security, Fire and Medical Response Alarm System. Ideal Corporate Getaway - Couple's Paradise - Perfect For Casual Entertaining.

First Floor Office / Den / Guest Room Off Atrium Entry with Full Bath and Cabana Access to Grotto Swimming Pool.

First Floor Guest Master Suite with 8'x6' Cedar Walk-In Closet; plus Marble Tub Room Featuring 7'x4' Jacuzzi, Japanese Shower and Separate W/C with Bidet plus Marble Topped Antique Vanity, Marble Half-Walls and Floors, and Four Half-Wall Mirrors.

Guest Master Suite Overlooks Grotto Swimming Pool Area with Three Waterfalls and Tile and Rock Jacuzzi with Walled and Gated Privacy.

30' Galley Kitchen Finished In Veined Granite Countertops, Mirrored Walls and Window Trims and White Lacquer Cabinetry; New, Top Of The Line Black GE Profile Appliances Installed December 1996; Utility Area with Marble Countertop Surrounding Work / Flower Sink.
Glass Walled Living Room With French Style Fireplace Imported From England; Surrounded On The East and South By 100' Long (15,000 gallon) Koi Pond with Six Waterfalls, Three Brick Bridges, Brick Oceanfront Shaded Patio and Under-Patio Tunnel - Fish Pond Stocked with 250 Japanese Koi and One Turtle.

Neo-Mayan Doorway with Walnut Louvered Double-Door Entry Surrounding Brick Stairs Rising 5' From Street Level, Leading To Dramatic Atrium Entranceway Featuring 12' Glass Block Wall, Full Mirror Wall and 28' High Spiral Stair-Tower, with A 10' Circular Opening Through The Second Floor To The Third Floor Rooftop Deck.
2,000 Sq/Ft Master Suite On Entire Second Floor With Six 8' High Windows, One 16', Two 12', One 8' and Two 4' Wide; 9' Plus Ceilings and Two Ceiling Fans; Oceanfront Deck Nestled In Treetops Above Koi Pond with 180 Degree Ocean and Beach Views; White Cut -Pile Carpeting Throughout; Two Cedar Walk-In Closets - One 8'x8' and One 8'x10'; 2nd Floor Exit From Bath Area To Private West Deck Above Swimming Pool Area.

12' x 32' Master Bath Area with 7'x4' Double Glass-Block Shower, Double Jacuzzi Tub, Double-Sink 8' White Marble-Topped Vanity, Wraparound Mirrored Walls, 7'x7' Cedar Sauna, W/C with Bidet and Pedestal Sink, plus Sixteen Foot Ceilings Above Shower, Tub and Vanity Area with Plentiful Ocean Views.

Custom Built Spiral Staircase To Third Floor Rooftop Deck Area with 2,000 Sq/Ft Of Commanding Ocean, Beach and Park Views; Affords Total Privacy Amid The Action Of Fort Lauderdale Beach, Plus Ground-Zero Views Of The Spectacular Air & Sea Show Performance Each May.

Convenient To The Broward Performing Arts Center, Design Center Of The Americas (DCOTA), Art Institute Of Fort Lauderdale, International Swimming Hall Of Fame, Galleria Mall, Port Everglades and Broward County Convention Center; Ten Minutes From Downtown, Most Fine Dining and Better Shopping Areas.

Situated In Las-Olas-By-The-Sea-Extension, Right In The Middle Of Three Miles Of Unobstructed Oceanfront Drive Along Fort Lauderdale's Newly Renovated, World-Famous State Road A1A - North Atlantic Boulevard.

Open Listing With Two Recent Bank Appraisals - Brokers Protected.

Offered For Sale At $1,350,000 - SOLD

Phone: 1-954-565-5211
FAX:  1-954-565-5922
Write:  Beach Property c/o
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Post Office Box 11280
Fort Lauderdale FL 33339-1280 USA

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