History and Directions


Florida historians believe this 9 bedroom, 9 bath home, was built in the 1920’s by Hollywood Founder and Developer Joseph Young, and was named  the Indiana Apartments.


Devastated by hurricanes and The Great Depression the Young  Company suffered financial collapse, and  after his death in 1930, all assets and holdings were court appointed into receivership.


The receiver believed that the beach, and only the beach, was the land of value in this “Gawd foreseekin” swamp of mosquitoes, snakes and alligators. For sure he wasn’t happy about the humidity either. Around 1936, the Indiana was relocated from its  original location believed to be 19th and Buchanan Street, near today’s Little Flower Catholic Church on US 1.

Greetings from Hollywood in Florida 1930s Schaaf

Greetings from Hollywood in Florida 1930s Schaaf

This historic home was purchased by a prominent Judge, and his wife and 3 daughters. For reasons unknown, the wife became the sole owner and began to operate an avant garde beach haven for the “beautiful people”, the hipsters, poets and writers, bit actors and artists, pre beatniks and moochers calling the home  The South Surf. One such writers was James Jones, who during the 1950’s both visited and resided at this historic home. Jones, is the author of “From Here to Eternity”, “The Thin Red Line” and other American classics.

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The judge’s family sold the home to the Tozzi family in 1973,who used it as their home until the early 1990’s. The Tozzi’s then reverted the home back into its original 1920’s usage, apartments. After years of neglect, vandalism, a few minor fires and hurricanes, the Tozzi’s sold the home in 1998 to Dean Liotta who developed the Hollywood by the Sea Bed and Breakfast. From 2002 thru 2006, the B&B was a haven for visitors, friends and family. The B&B was sold in 2007, but returned to Dean on March 23, 2009.


From Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Airport: Take US 1 South through Dania Beach. Look for a McDonald’s on your right, turn left at the next light (Sheridan St.) proceed east to the beach, go over the Sheridan St. bridge, turn right (South) on Rt. A1A. Pass but do not  go over the next bridge at Hollywood Blvd.  Turn  East on Jackson St. and  drive towards the ocean, 301 Jackson St. should be on your left side (North).From Miami International Airport: Drive north on I 95, exit east at Hollywood Blvd. and continue  through downtown  Hollywood towards the beach. Go over the Hollywood Blvd. bridge going South on A1A and at  the exit base will be Jackson St., make the next U-turn (North)and turn right  on to Jackson St. drive towards the ocean, 301 Jackson St. will be on your left side.


  • Check In: 3pm
  • Check Out: 10am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Suitable For Children: Not all rooms have Occupancy of more than 2 persons
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No


  • Minimum Stay: Minimum stay is 3 nights ( unless otherwise notified during peak seasons )
  • Deposit: 2 night minimum deposit required