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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset

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View of the front of the house from our boardwalk.

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Last updated: 05/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The Lil House is a four bedroom, three bath, house on stilts with a porch all the way around allowing for a breeze at anytime of the day or night. It has the best view of the sunset on Dauphin Island allowing for memorable front porch memories. The sandy yard with seawall just feet from the porch allows for the best of both island worlds--sand fun for the kids, and boat access for the sports enthusiast. The fishing from seawall/boardwalk is great both day and night. Dolphins are frequent visitors at Lil House and can often be seen swimming in front of the house. So whether you are a family with small children, or snowbirds looking for tranquility, or a fishing afficienado, the Lil House is for you!

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The children love this house because it has a sandy yard to play in. They can also swim and fish from the boardwalk covered seawall. And if they bring their bikes (or rent them on the island) it is a safe cul-de-sac in which to ride freely. Responsible kids can even ride their bike to the beach three blocks away or he ice cream stand five blocks away. Kayaks and paddleboards can be delivered to your doorstep by local companies and they can play for hours in front of the house, or across the street in little Lafitte Bay....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    A $25 fee is accessed and used to clean white slipcovers. Please allow two extra hours for cleaning slipcovers (check out will be 9:00 a.m. rather than 11:00.) ...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Smoking is only allowed outside, but since every single room has a door leading to the outside, this is usually not a problem. We provide ashtrays outside and only ask that the butts not be thrown into the sand....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Master bedroom has a private bathroom....moreless

  • Sailboat Room: 1 double

    Has a pull out mattress underneath bed for easy access....moreless

  • Seagull Room: 2 twin/ single

    ...moreless

  • Sofa Bed: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    This sofa bed is located in main living room/kitchen area...moreless

  • Teen Bunkroom: 2 twin/ single

    Not accessible from house; not suitable for small children....moreless

  • Queen Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin Beds (2), Sleeper Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (2)...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Main Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Bunkroom/Downstairs Bath: toilet, shower

    This bath is located downstairs in teen bunkroom...moreless

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The downstairs bunkroom is not suitable for small children since you must go outside and down the stairs (albeit covered) to access the room. But this room is a perfect 'get away' for teens with its sofa, TV and play station. The deck downstairs gets a nice breeze since the house is on stilts. There is covered seating and open deck area both adjacent to the sandy yard where the kids play and the boardwalk-covered seawall where someone is always fishing. There is a bike trail that extends from one end of the island to the other and several bike rental companies on the island. There is a sea lab and estuarium that is open to the public seven days a week. Its very educational and a new shark and stingray tanks allows for petting. There is a bird sanctuary on the island with a beautiful boardwalk leading through the piney area of the island to a secluded beach. Because the house has plenty of beds but limited living space area, for your comfort, we request no more than 10 guests. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Monopoly, Scrabble, Yahtzee, cards, etc. As well as boccie ball and horse shoes is provided. The fold up ping pong tabletop can be put up on the farm table on rainy days....moreless

  • Toys:

    sand toys available. Life jackets for all ages provided....moreless

  • Video Game Console:

    Wii is provided in the teen bunkroom....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Shelling
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Oceanfront:

    The house faces the Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay and has a beautiful sunset view and sunrise. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Faces the Mississippi Sound with beautiful sunset as well as swimming and water sports from the sewall....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining:

    The farm table seats 6 (or 8 if chairs brought in from bedroom) and the bar with bar stools seats 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central AC is located in main house, and a new window unit featuring heat and air was added to the downstairs bunkroom in July 2014....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    A brand new, full sized washer and dryer were added in winter of 2014....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat is provided in main house and a window unit for heat and AC is provided in the teen bunkroom downstairs....moreless

  • Internet:

    The password is located underneath the router box on the kitchen counter...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens, towels, blankets and pillows are provided (even for the pull out mattress, sleeper sofa and blow up mattress twin mattress in bunk room.) Four to six beach towels are also provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    There are two sofas, three chairs, a padded stool and a padded ottoman in living room allowing for 8 people seated comfortably....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    cell coverage is not a problem...moreless

  • Parking:

    Covered parking for up to four cars under house, (and room for three more cars uncovered.)...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Yes, 16 bath towels and 4-6 beach towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Brand new, full sized washer and dryer were added in winter of 2014....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    12 cup maker provided as well as a coffee grinder....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    limited but adequate...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All dishes and utensils provided for up to 12 people....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Small appliances include a blender, mixer, toaster, coffee pot maker and grinder....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Brand new microwave added July 2014....moreless

  • Oven:

    Brand new electric oven installed July 2014....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    spices, sugar, salt, coffee filters and tea provided...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Brand new electric stove added July 2014....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster provided (no toaster oven.)...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    A porch that goes all the way around the house allows for a breeze at all times. There is also a wooden deck below the house with Adirondack chairs. Part of deck is covered and part iopen for sunning....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A charcoal grill is provided. ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    7-8 life jackets are provided, and 2 wire crab traps. 4-5 foam boards for floating are provided....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    There is a public swimming pool on the island about 2 miles from house. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. ...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall/Winter
Sep 14 - Apr 30, 2016
4 night min stay
$150
$875 $2,500
My Standard Rate
6 night min stay
$275
$1,650 $4,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $25
  • Cleaning fee $150
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Included

Notes:

In case of cancellation, the first payment will be refunded at 100% if more than a 30-day notice is given of cancellation; 50% if less than a 30-day notice is given. The damage deposit of $200, which is included in the quote, will be refunded within two weeks of departure if there is no damage found. Check in is 4:00 pm on arrival date. Key entry information will be emailed. Checkout is 10:00 a.m.


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 05/22/2015
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Location

37 Miles
Nearest Airport
Mobile Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Dauphin Island-Mobile Bay-Gulf Shores Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Dauphin Island Public Beach

Car: Necessary

Other Activities on the Island:

Paddleboard rental—Michael Wing with SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards)--(251)591-3316

Surfing lessons and rentals—Blue Revival (one of the little shops across from the condos)—(251)861-2048

Kayak and Bicycle Rentals—(251) 861-2222

In-land Fishing charters—the following licensed captains (who I all know personally) will pick you up at the house or the marina and take up to 4 or 5 fishing for speckled trout, blackfish, bluefish, etc. and bring you back within 4-6 hours for approximately $400. Richard Rutland, With Coldblooded Fishing, (251)459-5077, Joey Abruscato 251-680-0653, or Charlie Gray with Gray Gulf Charters, (251) 379-5067.

Deep Sea Fishing on the Lady Ann with Cap’t Mike—(251) 861-5302

Bird Sanctuary—even if you are not a bird watcher, this is an excellent sanctuary where you can enjoy a pleasant, shady walking trail through the pines and around estuaries all the way to the beach.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Estuarium and Aquarium--open 7 days a week. They now have a Stingray and Shark Tank where you can touch them. (251) 861-2141

Fort Gaines—(251) 861-6992 Tour the site of the battle of Mobile Bay

West End Public Beach with Inflatable Water Slide—there is good parking, or you can ride bikes to this beach. There is usually a food truck and bar.

Ferry ride—There is a ferry on the far east end of the island that takes passengers and cars across the mouth of Mobile Bay. The trip is 30 minutes over and 30 minutes back. It is fun to just go for a ride and stand on the deck watching the seagulls, pelicans, dolphins, and boats/ships/barges coming in and out of Mobile Bay. Or you can take the ferry over the bay for the day and tour Fort Morgan or have lunch at Tacky Jack’s or go spend the day in nearby Gulf Shores/Orange Beach where there is a Waterworld and putt-putt courses, and lots of touristy things to do if you or your kids are tired of the “sleepy little fishing village” of Dauphin Island. ; )

Children's Museum and Exploreum--located in downtown Mobile, just 30 miles away, also has an IMAX theater

USS Alabama Battleship is a popular tourist attraction is located on Mobile Bay Causeway about 35 miles away (near Exploreum.)

Bellingrath Gardens--only 15 miles away these gardens which are always in bloom is a beautiful site and popular tourist attraction.

Fairhope, Alabama is a precious village on the Eastern Shore of the Bay, about 50 miles away.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1974

About: I am a 49 year old mother of two middle schoolers living in Mobile, Alabama with my husband, Kevin. I own a coffee shop in the historic part of town called Cream & Sugar Café. We live just a short 35 minute drive from the island where we love ALL water sports and just watching the sunsets and dolphins....that never gets old!

Why Dauphin Island:
My grandmother, Lil, built this beautiful island house in the early 70's and I grew up coming to the house every summer with my six cousins and two siblings. We have fond memories of running the seawall chasing porpoises, fishing morning and night, and crabbing with chicken bones with my grandmother. Now my children run the seawalls, catch our dinner, and swim in the very water that we did as children.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
My uncle designed the house to be like a steamboat with a porch 'deck' all the way around the house, doors in every room that open out onto the 'deck', and water views from every window. The front porch with swing and rocking chairs offers the best sunset view on the island. It also sits so close to the seawall that the adults can sit in the shade (of upstairs or downstairs deck) and watch the kids as they swim, ski, or kayak in front of the house. Because the house is situated on a cul-de-sac, the children can ride their bikes and play safely with other neighborhood kids. The house faces the Mississippi Sound allowing for good fishing and boat access, but is directly across the street from Lafitte Bay which is a no wake zone and allows for great, safe place for kayaking or swimming. The house is just a short two block walk from the Gulf front beaches which gives you the option of a day at the beach or a day of watersports. The kids will also love sandcrabbing on the beach at night!


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Photos

  • View of the front of the house from our boardwalk.

    View of the front of the house from our boardwalk.

  • View of the front of the house from a boat.

    View of the front of the house from a boat.

  • Master bathroom with shower.

    Master bathroom with shower.

  • The teen bunk room also has sofa, arm chair, TV, Wii, and bathroom with shower.

    The teen bunk room also has sofa, arm chair, TV, Wii, and bathroom with shower.

  • The living room easily seats 8; forms one large room w/ dining room and kitchen.

    The living room easily seats 8; forms one large room w/ dining room and kitchen.

  • The porch swing on upper deck is the best seat in the house!

    The porch swing on upper deck is the best seat in the house!

  • Our location allows for early morning sunrise views AND beautiful sunsets.

    Our location allows for early morning sunrise views AND beautiful sunsets.

  • The water trampoline is not  provided, but all ages enjoying swimming out front.

    The water trampoline is not provided, but all ages enjoying swimming out front.

  • Lafitte Bay is just across the street and is calmer when rough water out front.

    Lafitte Bay is just across the street and is calmer when rough water out front.

  • The boardwalk & seawall make loading and unloading your boat (or charter) easy!

    The boardwalk & seawall make loading and unloading your boat (or charter) easy!

  • A night light allows for night fishing.

    A night light allows for night fishing.

  • The Gulfside beach is three blocks from the house for long walks on the beach.

    The Gulfside beach is three blocks from the house for long walks on the beach.

  • View from the street shows the concrete driveway, lower wooden deck and bunkroom

    View from the street shows the concrete driveway, lower wooden deck and bunkroom

  • The master bedroom with queen size bed, large dresser and full bathroom

    The master bedroom with queen size bed, large dresser and full bathroom

  • Full size bed, plus full size mattress under bed that easily pulls out.

    Full size bed, plus full size mattress under bed that easily pulls out.

  • Kitchen counter seats six people, and the farm table seats another 6-8 people.

    Kitchen counter seats six people, and the farm table seats another 6-8 people.

  • The sunset can be enjoyed from inside also! This is view from living room couch.

    The sunset can be enjoyed from inside also! This is view from living room couch.

  • This is one of my favorite pictures of the sunset taken from our boardwalk. 2014

    This is one of my favorite pictures of the sunset taken from our boardwalk. 2014

  • Upper and lower decks, plus sandy yard allows for fun for all ages.

    Upper and lower decks, plus sandy yard allows for fun for all ages.

  • Paddleboarding and kayak rental companies will deliver to our house.

    Paddleboarding and kayak rental companies will deliver to our house.

  • Fishing from the boardwalk in front of the house is enjoyed by novices and pros!

    Fishing from the boardwalk in front of the house is enjoyed by novices and pros!

  • My husband and son fishing near Dauphin Island bridge.

    My husband and son fishing near Dauphin Island bridge.

  • All weather curtains on porch block afternoon sun, strong winds, or light rain.

    All weather curtains on porch block afternoon sun, strong winds, or light rain.

  • Brand new appliances and washer/dryer were added in 2014.

    Brand new appliances and washer/dryer were added in 2014.

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  • Bathrooms
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Member since: 2012
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  • Response rate 100%
  • Calendar last updated 05/22/2015
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