Excellent

3 reviews

1 / 14 Private heated pool with shallow kiddie pool area that is only 16 inches deep!

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Overview

Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
4
Sleeps:
14
Type:
House
Pets allowed:
No
Wi-Fi available:
Yes

Description from owner

We are NOW OFFERING up to a $2,000 DISCOUNT off our last Spring Break Week of 3/18 thru 3/25 (Now only $1975 plus C&T) AND off ALL of our remaining April & May weeks which include:

- 4/15 thru 4/22 (Now only $1975 plus C&T),

- 5/13 thru 5/20 (Now only $3475 plus C&T),

- 5/20 thru 5/27 (Now only $4475 plus C&T)

- 5/28 thru 6/3 (Now only $5475 plus C&T)!

We we also are still offering FREE POOL HEATING for each of our March, April & early May weeks (normally $175/week)! The updated prices are reflected in our new rate schedule.

My wife and I know how hard it is to select the PERFECT rental house when all you have to go on are a few outdated pictures and a description that sounds the same in every house listing! To help my wife and I handle our reservations ourselves and we are available day or evening to answer your questions personally! My name is Craig and my wife's name is Dodie and unlike most folks these days we still prefer to talk to people rather than just communicate via email :).

'Down By The Sea' is a luxury 5 bedroom & 4 bath beach vacation home that includes 3 King Suites, complete accommodations for children, toddlers & babies, Gulf views from the 3rd floor balcony, a large heated Private Pool with a one-of-a-kind shallow kiddie pool area that is only 16 inches deep and is perfect for toddlers and small children, 2 community pools, private beach access to Destin's famous sugar white sand beaches, and is located in an exclusive gated Destin neighborhood that is only approximately 100 steps / yards (ie an easy and safe 1 minute walk on a paved sidewalk with kids) from the sugar white sand beach!

This home was custom built for 1 to 4 families (and their children) that desire a King Suite for the first 3 adult couples, a 4th bedroom with a Queen Bed and a twin bunk bed set, and a 5th bedroom that has 2 twin bunk bed sets. We also have a private crib room with a full sized baby crib and a separate pack-and-play for up to 2 babies! One of the King Suites is even on the 1st Floor to accommodate the grandparents or anyone that may have trouble climbing stairs! We cater to families with small children and babies and we provide a full sized baby crib that resides in its own crib room inside the 2nf Floor Master Suite, a pack-and-play, high-chair, 2 toddler booster seats, baby walker, umbrella stroller, kid's pool/beach toys, and a special shallow kids pool area that is only 16 inches deep! Even though this home has 5 bedrooms, it is perfect for groups between 4 and 14, and we generally offer special discounts to smaller groups in the spring, late summer, fall and winter! This luxury home was carefully designed to exceed the expectations of the most discriminate vacationing family yet was also designed to accommodate the most basic needs of a mother with small children, and is therefore perfect for those desiring to generate lasting family memories!

Our home is also a short walk to 2 very fun family appropriate beach restaurants / beach bars that offer open air seating and beautiful views of the gulf and sand! Both are perfect for drinks, lunch or dinner. Additionally, there is a nice ice cream/sandwich shop less than 1 minute from the back of our home that is a favorite destination for our kid's after dinner! Approximately 2 blocks to the east is a gourmet coffee shop that also serves breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and there is a new Dairy Queen! In addition to the local amenities within walking distance, we are less than a 5 minute drive to countless other restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, grocery stores, amusement parks, golfing, fishing, etc.

The home boasts 4300 square feet of luxury living space including 900 square feet of private balconies. The home also offers spectacular views of the Gulf, is located approximately 100 yards from the private beach, and is a one-of-a-kind custom Mediterranean style home with a rich stucco exterior and custom tile roof! For families with small children and babies, we provide a full sized baby crib that resides in its own baby room inside the Primary Master Suite. We also provide a pack-and-play, high-chair, 2 toddler booster seats, baby walker, umbrella stroller and kid's pool / beach play toys free to charge!

The yard is truly an oasis and includes a spectacular one-of-a-kind large PRIVATE swimming pool (12'W x 24'L) PLUS a shallow kid's pool area (7'W x 9'L) that is only 16" deep and is a perfect play area for toddlers and young kids! While the big kids swim at the deeper end of pool and the small kid's splash in the shallow kid's area, the adults can relax on the Lounge Deck "INSIDE" the pool that also can accommodate 1 or 2 full-size lounge chairs for sunbathing without leaving the cool waters of the pool! Adjacent to the pool's lounge deck is also a large sunbathing area on the pool deck, an outside shower, a large covered porch that overlooks the pool, and a professionally landscaped yard!

The 1st FLOOR of the home boasts 10 foot ceilings, a fully stocked gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a spacious open floor plan that includes a large dining area that can accommodate up to 10 at a time, and a large living room that includes a large 55 inch flat screen TV with Digital Cable, and DVD.

The 1st floor also includes a large front bedroom with a king-size bed and attached bathroom and walk-in closet and large wall mounted flat screen TV with digital cable. (This bedroom is perfect for those older residents or those that have trouble climbing stairs!). The 1st floor also includes a laundry room with washer, dryer and laundry sink, a mud room decorated with white bead board and shelves.

The 2ndD FLOOR boasts 10 foot ceilings, a HUGE primary Master Bedroom and Bathroom Suite that includes a king-size bed, private sitting area, TV/Digital Cable/DVD/Phone/alarm clock, three closets, a large private balcony with spectacular views of the Gulf and Destin sunsets, double vanity sinks with custom limestone tops, a whirlpool tub, and a large stone and glass shower. The 2nd floor also includes two large kid's bedrooms that each has two sets of bunk beds (8 beds total) and a built-in dresser and TV/Digital Cable/DVD alcove, and an adjacent kid's bathroom with double vanity sinks and a tub/shower.

The 3rd FLOOR boasts 10+ foot vaulted ceilings and is the home of the Tower Master Bedroom and Bathroom Suite that includes a king-size bed, TV/Digital Cable/phone/alarm clock, a large private balcony with the most spectacular views of the Gulf and the sunset in the home. The bathroom suite includes a walk-in closet, double vanity sinks with custom limestone tops, a whirlpool tub, and a large stone and glass shower.

In addition to the world famous beaches, Destin also offers many wonderful beachside family restaurants that have open air gulf views, great sport fishing, world class golf courses, great shopping at one of many new malls, and family activities galore at one of Destin's many kid's entertainment parks.

Beds: 3 King Beds, 1 Queen Bed, 6 Twin Beds, 1 Sofa Bed, 2 Cribs

About the area

Our home is also within walking distance to 2 very nice beach restaurants / beach bars that offer open air seating and beautiful views of the gulf and sand! Both are perfect for drinks, lunch or dinner. Additionally, there is a nice ice cream/sandwich shop less than 1 minute from the back of our home that is a favorite destination for our kid's after dinner! Approx 2 blocks to the east is a gourmet coffee shop that serves breakfast and lunch sandwiches as well as a nice family style pizza parlor with video games and a juke box! In addition to the local amenities within walking distance, we are less than a 5 minute drive to countless other restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, grocery stores, amusement parks, etc.

Owner profile

Craig B

Amenities

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Parking Included
  • Sea view
  • Wheelchair users

Appliances

  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine

Activities

  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding

Reviews (3)

Excellent – based on 3 reviews Excellent
3 reviews

“Perfectly Located!”

Reviewed 29 Dec 2015

We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful home! We can't wait to book again in 2016. Spacious and well equipped for families with small children. Going directly through the owners is 100% better than going through an agency. Mr. and Mrs. Boren were very helpful and prompt with delivering all the information we needed for our stay. It made for a stress free vacation!

Owner's reply: Thank you for staying with us and for your kind words Josi! It was a pleasure to have you and your family stay in our home and we look forward to you coming back next year! Craig & Dodie

“Very Impressive”

Reviewed 30 Jul 2014

This house exceeded our expectations. Very clean and beautiful. Our kids were always in the pool and we enjoyed the surround sound music while sitting poolside. So close to the beach. Very well furnished and Janet responded immediately when we had a question or minor problem. Very Very happy with our stay. Glad we didn't stay anywhere else.

“This is a beautiful vacation home!”

Reviewed 13 Jun 2011

We were a family of 7 adults and 3 children, ages 8, 5, and 3 yrs. old staying in this home. Everything is just as the pictures show-this is a beautiful home inside & out! The home is decorated beautifully and looks new. It has been well maintained by the owners and previous vacation renters. The kitchen is well stocked with anything a cook would need. We grilled a couple of times on the outdoor grill. The children loved playing in the pool when we were not at the beach. We especially liked the 16" water in one area of the pool for the 3 yr. old to play in. There is an outside storage bin with all the pool toys one would need. The beach is a short walk and there is a convenient place to shop across the street. We look forward to our next trip back as a family reunion.

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

My wife and I know how hard it is to select the PERFECT rental house when all you have to go on are a few outdated pictures and a description that sounds the same in every house listing! We've been there before ourselves:) To help people with this problem, when my wife and I had this vacation rental home built for us a few years back, we decided that we would handle 100% of our rental inquiries ourselves so that folks could get honest answers to their questions and would have a better chance of finding the perfect house for their vacation! If we can help you with your questions about our rental home, please call me anytime on my cell phone! We welcome your phone call and actually prefer to talk with people in person rather than via email whenever possible.

When we built this home a few years ago for our family and we included many very nice upscale amenities that cannot generally be found in the typical 'rental house' that is listed on the Internet. Because this is our private home we take GREAT care to insure that we only rent to nice families that help us look after the place, and WE CATER to families with young children, toddlers and babies since we have 3 young children ourselves, and we could never find such accommodations for ourselves when visiting Destin in the past. Unlike many of the homes that you will see online, our home is very well maintained and will always be clean when you arrive! Additionally, you can be assured that it will look EXACTLY like it does in our photos! We have experienced first hand that it is possible to show up to your rental home only to be disappointed by the fact that the online pictures were old and the house had not been maintained - I can promise you that this will NOT happen with our home. If you are interested in our home, please feel free to call me anytime and either my wife or I will personally answer any questions that you may have! I hope you come to stay with us Down By The Sea sometime in the near future!