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Almarito an older safe, clean and simple basic rustic 5 bdrm 3 bath Gulf of Mexico view lodge built on 13-ft. stllts for young fun-loving families on Seagrove's ' 'south beach' at 2971 E. County Hwy 30A, Seagrove Beach, FL,has added 3 more beds as top levels to all 3 beds in the 2 snug side kids' bdrms , now sleeps 17 rathern 14, so toddlers in big cribs last year now have their own regular children's single size beds.
A kids, sunsset fanciers' & swimmers' delight with the largest private rental home pool in Old Seagrove Beach, T-shaped, 40' x 31' (max. dimensions), screened & heated, tree shaded for summer comfort, its straight 40-ft. long lap lanes widening out to include a 16 x 16 ft. stepped toddlers area, w/1 ft. & 2 ft deep zones, outlined with PVC surface level markers to separate depths before deepening to grade school kids and then standing adult levels.
There is no deep end. Safety is king and diving is not allowed.
Kids clamber up 2 ladders. Parents & grand parents can take it easy, entering and leaving on the gently sloping ramp, no steps, with a long sloping handrail on one side and the pool's edge on which to rest a steadying hand on the other.
Next to the pool enclosure is an open sunbathing deck with/charcoal grill, table & chairs.
All this located between old Seagrove's 2 finest restaurants & only steps from the Cow Girl Kitchen breakfast & espresso bar.
Its large sheltered wood-decked ground floor recreation area features an all weather ping pong table, low basket ball net for sub-teens (no slam dunks permitted) and a screened-in & roofed over dining/cocktail patio on its lowest level.
Guests in the kitchen, dining area, living room and front porch on the main living area level upstairs enjoy a broad south view of the gulf whose deep blue color glimmers at solar noon with thousaands of tiny silver sparks of light. and early mornings and evenings watch as the rising and setting sun paints magnificent palettes of color on the clouds above and the sea below. This level also houses Almarito's 3 baths, 2 newly upgraded, one with a jetted whirlpool bath tub. Parking is available on site for 4-6 bvehicles. This is a good joint vacation spot for several couples or families with kids to gather for holidays, wedding parties & other family celebrations & reunions, special artistic, cultural & athletic events at nearby Seaside or open markets, auto shows etc. in that famed resort's central amphitheater.
Its a safe, simple clean and very basic modestly furnished vacation home designed for a young family seeking holiday fun at a budget price. You should not come here looking for the comforts of a city dweller's year-round home, or a chic resort villa, despite this house's location between new 'showplace' homes in luxury resort villages like Seaside & Water Color west of us & Water Sound, Alyce Beach, Rosemary Beach & others east of us. For these very good reasons Almarito is priced thousands of dollars lower per week than those fancy newer houses, many without gulf views, with the same number of bedrooms, to say nothing of its over-sized swimming pool, screened & heated to up to 90 degrees F. all year round at no extra charge to you. But you have to remember in booking it that Almarito is such a bargain because I had it built 35 years ago using budget materials and it is a very basic house with 1978-style sheets of wood paneling on the walls, only moderately priced kitchen appliances, basic low cost furniture, and no antiques, fancy paintings or luxury touches except the huge pool and the fun jetted whirl pool tub between the 2nd largest queen bdrm and the tiny bunk bedded (single over double) children's room between that bath and another bathrm with a conventional bath tub with no jets.
I went for more bdrms, therefore smaller, for use only as very small sleeping places for vacationers eager to get outside into the sun and surf, or heated pool or play ping pong.
PLEASE NOTE: We have brought many improvements to this property, including a massive air conditioning reducting operation which has increased cool air distribution to every room. And we continue to improve every facility, acting often on our guests' suggestions.
The treetop level gulf view dining room & bar upstairs accommodates only 10 of the home's 17-person capacity for sit-down meals & parties, but are supplemented by the sofas & love seat, chairs around the living area & outside on the front porch overlooking the Gulf.
But potential guests who can't handle stairs should look elsewhere because, to secure our gulf views, our principal floor is elevated 13 feet to provide ocean water views framed by overhanging magnolias & mature oaks overlooking the surrounding village. We are right on coastal highway 30-A with its 16-mile adjacent bike path carrying cyclists safely across our coastal lakes on their own bikes-only bridges.
Old pine floors & wood paneling throughout give a warm cozy feeling to the L-shaped living/dining room area surrounding the open kitchen facing a breakfast bar & adjacent dining table lighted by gulf view sliding glass doors.
Wi-fi for multiple computer users, a 32' flat screen HD-TV with TiVo/satellite & net channel selections as well as DVD and VCR, + stereo, furnish music & entertainment while 2 sofas (one convertible to a dble bed), side chairs & an arm chair + games + puzzles enhance fun times together.
Each of the 5 bdrms has either an adjoining bath or private sink/vanity where Dad can shave mornings without tying up a full bathroom or diapers can be changed at midnight without walking down the hall to wash up. All 3 Queen bedrooms now have modernized connecting baths w/showers, 2 w/tubs, one of those with whirlpool jets, in the upgraded east side bath.
Besides its updated connecting bath, the 3rd Queen bdrm also has HD TV, a vanity cabinet w/basin for make up, wash up and/or shaving.. One bdrm with a double deck bed (full double size bed at bottom & single on top) connects to 2 of the 3 baths.
The largest Queen bdrm, with an additional double bed, is excellent for parents with a young child or children the couple may want to have sleeping close by (or a place for an insomniac to doze at a distance from a loudly snoring partner) and has a TV and private bath with tub/shower. Some families bunk 4 or 5 or more small kids in this master bedroom. The children's bdrm next door has (2 double bunks, sleeping 4 total) & a vanity+sink in-room for convenience.
One of the home's two clothes washers, a small one, is handily located up on the main tree top level living floor for easy accessand another full size washer plus a large 7 cubic ft dryer rated by Maytag for a capacity of up to 18 towels, are down in the main laundry & ironing room on the ground level, between the pool & the covered play area with its ping pong table, sheltered on its wood floor deck from the rain by the house above it.
Almarito overlooks the Timpoochee Trail, an 18 mile bike & jogging path that parallels 30A & facilitates a quick & easy bike ride to the beauties of nearby Grayton Beach State Park.
Crossing signs, zebra stripes, a traffic bump and flashing lights protect the pedestrian/bicycle crossing in front of our driveway to slow and stop passing vehicles to provide quicker pedestrian access directly from our front door to the convenient public beach entry path point kitty-cornered across our street and then just steps to the west from Almarito.
A short drive takes you to Sandestin with its big outlet mall featuring New York's finest shops and, even closer to Seagrove, brand-new swank multi-screen cinema with dine-in 'Ovation' screening room, plus another Giant Screen projection room. And more eateries, water parks and entertainment, are nearby to east & est, including more multi-screen cinemas, including deep sea fishing boat departures most days from nearby Destin harbor and, in the other direction, the amusement parks & City Beach's Pier Park.
Contact Scott by phone or e-mail if you have any questions or need help with anything, and for pictures & details about my 5 bedroom 4 bath gulf front house, Chez Mireille, vrbo 253008, just a few blocks up the street, also in Seagrove Beach for family reunions as well as weddings, and only steps away in the other direction from the famed Seaside Gulf resort
with its chic shops, art galleries and more people friendly night life.
The Almarito property manager no longer resides on the Almarito lot. But Scott and/or our full time handy man Todd welcome your calls (we answer everything that rings, screen no one out, only miss calls if we on another line), devote our time to only two houses and react promptly to your calls for information or assistance.)
Keywords: HUGE GULF VIEW! Mermaid's Delight with gulf view main floor kitchen, dining room, living room and front porch. Swim in Old Seagrove's largest private pool, screened & heated, with a 40 ft lap lane, 31 ft at its widest, with a shallow stepped toddler play area + and inside whirlpool bath tub next to 2nd master bdm. Nearby gulf beach access; Weather-proof wood-floored kids' play area under house. Roofed ping pong area; Fly Southwest, No baggage charge, to ECP, Panama City, Fla., or fly Delta to ECP or to VPS, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Mom sleeps in & everybody eats out at breakfast bar/coffee shop 3 doors east, lunches & dines at the classy Whiskey Bravo bar & restaurant w/gulf view roof terrace for long lazy brunches a quarter block east. Leave your car at home evenings. Have a glass of wine at dinner at Whiskey Bravo's friendly rooftop bar to mix & mingle and then walk home to bed or for a romantic moonlight swim in Almarito's relaxing 90 F. heated pool.
Hi school/college spring breakers only allowed with at least 1 parent present every single day & night. Sprng brk parties expelled without any refund at all if landlord ever finds no parent present ...moreless
Maybe the most welcoming home in old Seagrove for primary school age children, the only private vacation home in the area with all this: a covered floored ping pong area, next to screened baby-sitting sewing, reading, cocktail area for doting parents, plus the largest private home pool in old Seagrove Beach, heated and enclosed by screened walls & top so tighly knitted it keeps out 'no-see-ums' and even reduces damage to skin by burning solar rays, but with an open sun bathing deck on other side of the screen. The pool has no 'deep end' or diving, all for greater safety. And upstairs, only steps from the kitchen door, but blocked by a lockable door from children leaving behind sitters and parents, a hot tub in which supervised children their parents judge old and strong and responsible enough, can splash and play under the watchful eyes of parents or sitters. ...moreless
Most definitely NO SMOKING ALLOWED INSIDE BUILDING OR POOL ENCLOSURE. To prevent fires, guests on decks or stairs are asked to use metal ash trays supplied on front deck and not to drop cigarettes or ash on wood deck and not to flick or drop cigarettes or ash or stubs into trees or onto shrubbery surrounding the house and and its 4 access/escape stair ways (converging into two at mid-level -- 6'4' -- mezzanine stair landings) or into or onto shrubbery and trees anywhere near the wooded lots on either side of the pool or driveway. Use metal ash trays at all times and keep smoking debris, ash and cigarette butts off wooden deck if/when smoking on screen-free sun deck outside the screened pool enclosure....moreless
Watch the sea surf, sunsets and sunrises from inside the kitchen, dining room, living room, outside porches and from the comfort of the convertible double sized sofa bed from your elevated viewing point looking down at the gulf waters just beyond the seaside path to the beach steps....moreless
Now 13 seated (8 at table, 4 at counter) in dining room+others in living room, porch & lower deck tables +6 ground level tables for huge multi level bar-b-cue and other feasts. Child boosters avail....moreless
Extra tons of cooling capacity added to a/c & heat pump, additional return & distribution ducts, new compressor & circulating fan motor added for optimum year round comfort in your tree top level home on stilts....moreless
Use wi fi or plug computer directly into hi speed dsl modem, w/wide plug cable for most secure way to transmit yr financial & other private data. Code between parentheses on transmitter box, after serial number. ...moreless
One king size clothes dryer & 2nd clothes washer in laundry & ironing room next to the covered wood floored ping pong + children's play area downstairs, allowing quick re-use of towels at the adjacent heated screened 40 x 31 foot pool & upstairs whirlpool tub. Double outdoor clothes lines next to unscreened sun deck supplement the big dryer, help give a sweet smell to those 17 bathing suits you want to dry asap between pool & ocean swimming & hot tub soaking. Addition of extra linen closet off upstairs hallway, required removal of outdated extra dryer....moreless
The long driveway's overhanging shade trees keep your cars and vans cool in summer in their convenient location right next to the entry landing. A;so more tree-shaded areas in front of & behind the house....moreless
Plenty of big white towels supplied for use at pool, in hot tub, at beach (PLS BRING 'EM BACK UP), in jetted whirl pool & other baths. 2 wshers & 2 dryers & clothes line to clean them with. Wash 'em....moreless
(2) Two clothes washers & 2 dryers for exclusive use of this unit, one of each on each floor, allow quick re-use of towels for heated screened 40 x 31 foot pool, 3rd flr level deck outside hot tub & the indoors whirlpool tub visitors run night & day in master bath next to one of 3 Queen bedrooms. To dry out all that wet stuff (IMAGINE 14 WET BATHNG SUITS 3 TIMES A DAY !), we use our extra space to give you not only the two clothes dryers, but a double clothes line right next to the open sundeck outside the pool area so the sea breezes and baking Florida sunshine can sweeten up your freshly washed clothes and linens to smell better than they ever could coming out of a city dryer. Press your clothes with our iron & ironing board in the downstairs laundry room near the roofed-over play area for the kids....moreless
Wi fi picks up your computer signal from anywhere on either level of house or sheltered children's play area and screened cocktail area beneath it, plus bar-b-q sun deck and screen enclosed pool deck and gazebo baby sitting area...moreless
Everything needed to serve food on upstairs gulf view porch, in wide windowed dining and living room, on open sundeck next to charcoal bar-b-q, on screened deck beside heated 40 x 31 ft (max. dimensions) pool...moreless
No one gets left behind in this control room kitchen. View big Sat. flat screen HD TV, TiVo, CDC, etc player & gulf+sunset views thru high & wide counter/pass-thru & side of washing & food prep. area...moreless
Long & wide front porch with clear view of Gulf of Mexico. Gulf view hot tub deck above that and rooftop sky deck above that temporarily closed this fall & winter to build 2 more bdrms & baths....moreless
Enjoy the custom wood downstairs deck with walkway to open bar-b-q deck and screen enclosed pool deck. Screened and covered cocktail patio for parents next to covered children's play area with table tennis and general play area on dry deck under house w/screen wire around it to keep wild ping pong shots from going astray. Or sleep in bar-b-cue deck's big hammock. Gulf view Hot Tub & Sky decks off limits this fall & winter....moreless
Located inside the over arching screened pool dome, this lower overhead shelter protects baby sitters from the hottest summer sun's heat as well as their possessions, papers, radios and portable TV sets as they watch kids playing in the warm pool water during passing light rain showers...moreless
Crow's nest hot tub and 360 degree view roof top sky deck closed this fall and winter & until construction completed on 2 more bedrms and 2 deluxe baths with house's 2nd & 3rd inside jetted tubs....moreless
Cook up a storm on 2 grills, one charcoal, other gas & serve on 5 ground level tables in pool enclosure, unscreened ground level sun deck, on hot tub deck or rooftop deck tables or porch table. ...moreless
Old Seagrove's largest (40 x 31 ft) private home pool, heated & screened, T-shaped, includes shallow play areas 1 ft + 2 ft deep w/pipe dividers to help kids keep to their own depths. No deep end to endanger little ones. No diving. Large adjacent open sun deck with gas & charcoal grills...moreless
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Late Summer 2015
Aug 15 - Sep 6, 2015
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $285 Nightly
Early Fall 2015
Sep 7 - Nov 13, 2015
3 night min stay
Thu, Sat, Sun
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $271 Nightly
Nov 20 - Nov 28, 2015
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $285 Nightly
Late Fall 2015
Nov 29 - Dec 17, 2015
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $228 Nightly
Year end 2015-16
Dec 18 - Jan 3, 2016
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $285 Nightly
WeWeddings & Banquets
Dec 7 - Dec 8, 2016
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Discounts: 3 nights or more: $371 Nightly
Additional information about rental rates
Monthly = 28 days in winter months. No refunds for utility service failures so long as owner has paid due service bills, temporary equipment, fixture or appliance breakdowns when owner has promptly called for repairmen, spare parts if needed, ordered replacements when necessary, or prepared alternate arrangments (such as supplementary a/c if main unit temporarily out of service.)
Client uses ordinary personal check for half seasonal rent+half cleaning fee+half Weddng,Other fee(IfApplicable)+half 12% sales & bed taxes on rent+cleaning+other fees to pay for reservation posted on caleendar. Mails 2nd half of 2 advance payments about 7 weeks before arrival (in time for owner to deposit it & for bank to clear check at least 45 days before vacation slated to begin.) No cards.
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Car: Not Necessary
For horsemen and women, and their show riding children, a dressage trainer is based in the nearby resort and fishing port of Destin,Florida.
Year Purchased: 1978
About the owner: My Aunts, uncles and cousins began enjoying these white sand beaches shortly after World War II and began buying in the 1950s when the pavement on 30-A stopped before you got to my aunt's house at the end of that road, where it died in a field of scraggly bushes until years later when bridges were built across Eastern Lake and Western Lake and Seaside was built even later. My Mom bought her house, just south of and adjacent to Almarito's pool, in 1960, and now about 30 family members occupy about 20 permanent homes here, with many more cousins and spouses, children and family friends, coming in for holidays and special occasions like weddings and funerals and baptisms. I am a retired news correspondent and editor who has worked in D.C. and abroad, grew up in Virginia and New Orleans, but chose this area for cool season retirement living because, as the locals say, it is paradise. Hope you all love it as much as I and my family and friends do.
Why the Owner Chose Old Seagrove Beach:
It's right in the middle of Seagrove Beach, the real Seagrove Beach within a half a mile or so of State Road 395, which sits up about 30-40 feet above the gulf, and nearly that much above the surrounding areas, where you can look out at the second sandbar and enjoy being enclosed and protected by the bigger and more fully grown trees which, small as they may appear to visitors from afar, are often more than fifty or sixty years old and protect our houses from the winds of some of the fiercest hurricanes, the visual pollution of some structures built with more concrete than taste, and also shelter us from the sound of passing vehicles unless we are foolish enough to cut them down.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
My favorite spot at Almarito is the year-round heated pool with the screen to keep the bugs out at cocktail hour, before I go up to the roof top deck to watch the golden orange sunset, or after I come up from the beach on those sturdy gray splinterless composition steps (which never heat up to burn your feet in the sun) at the end of the path diagonally across the street from the end of Camellia Street, right next door. Sure, I sometimes take a cup of tea or something stronger in a glass when I sit in the screened and roofed over raised ground level recreation deck watching the teen-agers play ping pong on their dry sheltered play deck when it rains. Not many homes at Seagrove give the kids in all age groups a completely private, wood floored play area to enjoy safely in inclement weather.
T-shaped 40 x 31 ft. screened pool heated year-round to up to 90 degrees F.
Open sundeck w/bar-b-Q + screened heated pool. Hot tub nearby this season.
Enjoy 32 inch flat screen TV or gaze beyond it at the blue Gulf of Mexico.
2nd Master Suite w/queen+double beds.We don't change photos for every update.
Big tiled bath & 2nd (queen+full) master bedrm; or 4-child bunk rm, as needed..
Sugar white sands via beach access stairway path just steps west of house.
Singlle bunk bed over double in kids bdrm between 2 baths.
Big shower, basic & toilet next to 3rd Queen Bedroom.
Queen bedroom has jetted whirlpool tub + basic & toilet in adjoinig bath.
Children's room sleeps 4. Also has wash basic in room.
Children's bedroom between 2 baths tubs, one with whirlpool bath.
Gulf view dining Room viewed from gulf view living room.
View gulf from stilt elevated living room, dining room, kitchen & front porch.
Adjoining pool fix dinner on charcoal bar-b-Q grill to serve on dining tables.
Big comfortable living area with hide away bed. View Gulf of Mexico to the left.
Relax in screened cocktail patito to watch kids play ping pong on covered deck.
Third Queen bedroom has its own bath & shower + 2nd wash basic shown here.
3rd Queen bedrm has sep closet wash basin + adjoining shower, toilet & 2nd basin
Bath next to 2nd Queen bedroom has jetted whirlpool tub + basin & toilet.l
Pair of stacked bunks sleeps 4 in 2nd children's bdrm, Wash basin also in room.
Shower in tub, + toilet & basin, in bath for 1st queen bed rm, also w/double bed
One of. Two master bedrooms with queen-beds, one with whirlpool circulation.
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