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Summerlight was featured in the April 2006 issue of Cottage Living magazine in a story called 'Bright Hues and Ocean Views.' Each room has a different easter egg color scheme to make you smile. Star gaze on a summer's eve in the jasmine covered hammock, sip your margaritas among friends on the screen porch under the ceiling fans, or listen to a tropical deluge pounding away on on the tin rooftops. Each is an experience you can enjoy all year around at Summerlight.
Cross one street serving the community only and there is dune walkover # 2. Get to the top of the and then it hits you. This is what you came for! It's that first blast of moist salt air on your skin. And it's the delicate scent of the sea oats wafting past on the breeze. But, mostly, it's the breathtaking first glimpse from the heights of the dunes at the Gulf's infinite expanse of sky, sand and water opening up in front of you. Everything sparkles blue and white.
The Summerlight floor plan is living downstairs and sleeping up. This means no hiking up steps with sandy feet to re-fill your iced tea. The laundry, outdoor shower and powder room are just off the kitchen for convenience. Living and dining are all together in a cozy yet open floor plan. Upstairs are the master suite with bath, guest room, full hall bath and the bunk area with a pocket door. The large screen porch is like an extra great room. Out back is the hammock/gazebo, bar b que grill and our private 'nature zone' with native scrub oak and frankly, non indigenous, 8 palm trees, pink oleander, ginger and bottlebrush.
The house has wi-fi, a new 47' Smart TV with Comcast internet, DVD, Blu-Ray and even 3-D features. Netflix and many cable channels give you plenty of entertainment choices. Our sound system is by Bose. Upstairs in the master suite sitting area is another HD TV. The guest room also has a TV and DVD player. An HP Officejet 4500 printer is available but please provide your own ink and paper. Equipment for guests include a baby gate, a double wide air bed, tennis rackets, a simple fishing rig, bocce ball, croquet, board games, flashlights and crab nets. The kitchen has first class everything. Really. Even a wine rack and starfish cookie cutters. We have a first aid kit reserved for jellyfish stings - but no one's ever used it.
The Carillon Beach Community has three pools including a beachfront pavillion with living room style covered seating, and a kiddie pool adjacent heated pool. We have a sand lot and playground as well as basketball and tennis courts. Carillon is a gated community whose streets see more golf carts and bikes than cars. It is over 100 acres in size and the individually architect designed houses are knit together with a maze of 'sand walks' and paved and Camellia strewn promenades perfect for family portraits. People who use walking assistance will love them. The homes of Carillon are adjacent downtown Carillon which has many restaurants, an arcade, a candy shop and free public holiday and music events. Summer and Spring Saturdays are usually graced with weddings in the gorgeous Village Chapel.
We are next to Camp Helen State Park and the huge brackish water Lake Powell which is usually open to the Gulf. The fishing from shore is fantastic ! Kayaks are available to rent.
Carillon is located on the quiet end of the Panama City Beach far from high rises and traffic. Yet, Carillon guests have everything they could want in the way of necessities just across Back Beach Road. ( Publix, CVS, Winn Dixie, Liquor store and bank ) Up Back Beach Rd three miles is Buddy's seafood market. You gotta go to Buddy's. Just east of that is the Beach's newest attraction; Pier Park, where luxuries like an IMAX theater, upscale shopping, dining and entertainment are always in high gear. Get some Kilwin's salt water taffy there to take home. And no - it is not 'airport' taffy. While at Pier Park go see the pier ! The new county pier is the biggest in the state and you can see amazing creatures below the surface and some being pulled up by lucky anglers. To our west, cross Lake Powell into Walton County and Scenic Highway 30-A which is dubbed the 'Design Coast' for it's famous New Urbanist communities including Seaside, Alys Beach, Watercolor and Rosemary Beach. Carillon was one of the first on the coast started in the early '80's.
New Arcade Game Parlour in DownTown Carillon for teens. Also, basketball court. Golf Carts available for rent. Kayak concession in downtown Carillon.
Castaways Restaurant has Trivia nite, Karaoke and live music nights. Carillon Institute has Tuesday night summer movies and Monday night 'Groovin' on the Green' concerts. Carillon Fitness is a 24 hour gym downtown. Carillon Inn has a wine bar overlooking Lake Carillon. There is also a new candy and ice cream parlour, Cafe Cantina Mexican Cafe and the Sunrise cafe with great coffee....moreless
Access codes posted on the fridge and MBR desk...moreless
See 3 ring binders provided by owners for details. They're on the kitchen bookshelf. Also contains a restaurant and grocery shopping guide. Where to buy the best seafood tips....moreless
You'll enjoy All-Clad cookware - Henkles knives, Kitchen- Aid utensil set, all barbque gadgets, ka-bob skewers, fish turner and seafood gadgets. Tableware is heavy top quality plated, dishes are Cordon Bleu china, also a plastic set in pic nic kit, margarita, wine and cordial glasses. Aded bonus ! Cookie cutters in ocean shapes !...moreless
Jenn-Aire stainless gas range with down draft vent. Small but well stocked.
We have ocean safety and hurricane preparedness tips posted and a battery operated weather radio plus flashlights. We have a jelly fish sting kit. (unused, we're glad to say.)...moreless
We do not have a damage deposit. We use the honor system.
We only take Saturday to Saturday rentals in high season.
We ask for 50% of the total rent cost immediately by check mailed to our home to hold your reservation. We ask for the remaining 50% to be paid at least 30 days prior to your arrival.
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Carillon Beach, Sunnyside Beach, Laguna Beach, Panama City Beach areas, Florida Northwest, Florida, USA. 20 miles west of newly built Beaches International Airport in Panama City (code ECP ) accessible via Delta and Southwest, 40 miles east of Valparaiso International (code VPS ) Ft Walton Beach and Destin airport via US Air, Delta, American Eagle 60 miles east of Pensacola (code PNS) via United, American, Air Tran and Delta
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Ed caught the Redfish from shore !
Why the Owner Chose Carillon Beach: We like the roomy lots which provide more privacy and the lack of cars makes our days much more relaxed. The landscape is fantastic. We have the best of both worlds here. The wild Florida of Camp Helen and Lake Powell as well as the convenience of suburban amenities plus all the leisure beachside activities anyone could want. Young or young at heart !
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Close to convenience - far from 'civilization.'