An Abreu Masterpiece

This 1920s Idlewyld home offers modern luxury and the classic style of one of the city’s great architects.


Natasha Yvette Lucas

Published date: 

May. 1, 2017

Photos by LauderdaleOne Luxury Real Estate

This home offers history and luxurious resort-style living. Guests are greeted with a lush garden, palm trees and impressive landscaping, and a front porch patio with seating. When entering the home, you may notice the plaque next to the door that reads “FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 1928.”

Located just off Las Olas Boulevard, this Idlewyld home features three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, an upstairs living area, backyard resort-style pool area and a pool house. Influential architect Francis Abreu designed this home during his busy Fort Lauderdale period in the 1920s.

Many of those Abreu homes are no longer around, but here original structure remains intact. In classic Abreu style, this chic home has a Mediterranean/Spanish look. Notice details such as the arches that are found throughout the house, from the hallways to doorways, that enhance the Spanish-revival style.

The living room offers wooden flooring and a marble-framed fireplace with gold velvet sofas with neutral color pillows and artwork adorning the walls. While the home’s classic look has been maintained, some modern touches have been added, such as a contemporary-style chandelier. Off the master bedroom, the master bath is designed with a contemporary resort-style feel that features sleek his-and-hers freestanding sinks, a freestanding tub and a glass shower.

Entering the kitchen, guests are welcomed with sunlight from multiple windows that present a colorful view of the backyard pool area. The kitchen leans toward a contemporary style with neutral grey cabinetry. It also features white marble flooring, a marble countertop island, steel chrome SubZero and Miele appliances and a wine cellar. Further into the kitchen sits the breakfast table. It lies underneath the contemporary-style chandelier and wood ceiling.

Skip the hotel staycation getaway; this home provides the vacation vibe right outside in the backyard. This lavish yard is surrounded by greenery and features an outside patio with plenty of seating, an impressive resort-style pool, a dining area, a cabana and a private pool house companied by fire pit bowls. This outside area is an impeccable setting for hosting an elegant cocktail party at night or a family pool party during the day.

This home provides a historical influence but also offers elegant, resort-style living. And it’s all minutes away from live entertainment, restaurants and everything that Las Olas has to offer.