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Last updated: 11/10/2015
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Welcome to our piece of Sugar Beach! We have just recently (Feb, 2014) finished renovations on our unit!

We're ~1 mile from Live Bait, ~5 miles from FloraBama, and ~20 minutes from the Foley outlet mall. And more importantly: we're ON the beach!

Sugar Beach is located across the street from the Gulf State Park, which gives us a 2-sided advantage. On the bay side, we are across the street from several biking trails (Rosemary Dunes Trail), and on the beach side, we have significantly less people to worry about, as there's little development between us and the Gulf State Pier.

Sugar Beach features 4 pools, 1 of which is heated during the cooler months. Our parking is underneath the units, so your cars wont be 5000 degrees all day long. There is a near permanent state of people grilling out, the environment tends to be family oriented and friendly, and if you pan through the reviews of other units, everybody loves these for the bang for the buck.

This particular unit has new granite, paint, air conditioning unit (late 2013), the walls were all stripped and smoothed down, the king size bed is new as of 2014, all of the furniture was removed and replaced with much more tasteful options. The unit even had 2 old CRT TV's when we bought it... those are now wall mounted LCD's with blu ray players, and a high speed DSL connection with wireless access. Dont laugh - you may get a sunburn and really appreciate having them around! Faucets are new, sinks are new, appliances are new stainless steel units, and the dreaded popcorn ceilings are gone.

This unit looks amazing and offers updated amenities with a price that's hard to beat.

...and of course, it's on the BEACH!

NOTE ON SECURITY DEPOSIT: this is 100% refunded once our cleaning service verifies you havent destroyed or stolen anything. To date, we've never had to keep a penny of this. Just dont damage anything and this will be sent back the day you check out. Takes ~2-5 days to be at your door, generally. If you do damage something, it's in your best interest to be forthcoming and let us know. Accidents happen. I'd rather take care of it in a civil manner than one involving legalities and a lot of paperwork!

Note: When we stayed here ourselves for Memorial Day, we noticed somebody had flipped the futon, and it does NOT feel the same on both sides. It's only meant to lay one way. If you sit on the futon and it feels like an iron maiden, please flip it over, and it'll feel like a mattress again.


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Property Type

  • Condo
  • On floor 3
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Details:

    Elevator : carts are available right by the elevator, optionally the stairs are right next to the unit...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    I wish I could say yes, but this is strict even for owners. We're dog owners, owning 2 dogs around 100lbs each, but we respect that people dont want to smell animals, see hair, or may be wildly allergic to them. I had to have surgeries and multiple prescriptions to even own a dog - prior to that, I couldnt have stayed in a pet friendly unit. We love them like they're our children as I'm sure you do, too, but they'll have to take their vacation with a friend or relative!...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    This one depends. You couldnt easily get UPSTAIRS, but the downstairs area would easily be accessible via the elevator....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Living room futon mattress: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    this is a legitimate mattress futon, not just a cushion...moreless

  • Master bedroom: 1 king


  • Upstairs bedroom features a king size bed on a low-rise European looking (we used the same one in Belgium) pull out drawers. The lower mattress futon is an actual mattress - not just a thick cushion on top of a futon frame. We bring a pillow topper when we visit and we'll often sleep downstairs ourselves....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master bathroom: toilet, shower

    This is the bathroom attached to the upstairs bedroom...moreless

  • downstairs bathroom: toilet, shower

    This shower is all new tile from ceiling to floor!...moreless


  • DVD Player:

    both TV's have a blue-ray player...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Both blu-ray players will stream Netflix and Pandora. You could plug in a phone to stream Google music, or your own collection....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Several channels, standard and HD, available...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Both TV's can double up as stereos, as they feature Pandora from the blu-ray players....moreless

  • Television:

    2 LCD TV's. Wall mounted. One in living room, one in the upstairs bedroom....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Both blu ray players will do Netflix, bring your own account, however...moreless


  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Luaus
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    We arent full-frontal beach facing, but we have a very nice side view. The sunsets from the balcony overlook Gulf Shores, the state pier, and the Gulf all at the same time :)...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Jet Skiing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    2 chairs at the bar, but you could get away with another 1 if you wished. There's a smaller table that can seat 2 more inside, or simply use the outdoor table and seat 4 more very comfortably....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    New Trane unit, as of late 2013...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator:

    carts are available right by the elevator, optionally the stairs are right next to the unit...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    New Trane unit, as of late 2013...moreless

  • Internet:

    10Mbit Centurylink DSL - wireless available...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    With backups, if you wish to replace them yourself, or make another bed out of the downstairs futon....moreless

  • Parking:

    This usually is paid when you arrive. I believe it's $20 for your entire stay. I cant really get around this myself - even if I bring guests, they have to pay for it during the summer, as well....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of towels here!...moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    We removed a 30 year old Mr Coffee from this place.. I wanted to leave it, as that's just awesome, but my wife wanted it new. Wouldnt feel right not to get another Mr Coffee....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full set of steak knives, dishes, plates, glasses, etc. No need to bring anything from home....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Dishwasher is new, stainless steel, cleans very well....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen has a new glass top open, new blender, new range, new granite, new faucets.. pretty much anything you could lift or smash with a hammer is new....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Microwave is there. It's not stainless or oversized, but works just fine for anything I can imagine you doing at the beach...moreless

  • Oven:

    New glass top oven. Be careful not to scratch it, please!...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    This one isnt stainless steel, but it's black and works just fine. Icemaker included, but if you want to party on your first night, bring a bag of ice. We clean it out after every renter....moreless

  • Stove:

    Stove is new. Used perhaps a dozen times while we were staying there, renovating it....moreless

  • Toaster:

    It's a toaster. It magically turns bread into toast....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Balcony view is magnificent. perfect place to spend sunset, assuming you dont do it on the beach....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Bring your own - but the Gulf State Park trail is across the street, if you wish to stroll through. Look up 'Rosemary Dunes Trail' for pics and details....moreless

  • Boat:

    It's the gulf coast.. what more would you need to know? There are several marinas nearby, as well. Zekes and Sanroc Cay have great food, charters, and shopping....moreless

  • Golf:

    There are multiple courses nearby: Glenlakes, Magnolia Springs, and at least half a dozen others are on the map if you look it up. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    This is a popular option on the bay side, where the water is much calmer....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    multiple outdoor grills...moreless

  • Tennis:

    tennis courts are nearly connected to the condo, 1 floor down....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Pleeenty of places down here for this one!...moreless

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Last updated: 11/10/2015
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Pensacola - PNS
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Live Bait
Sugar Beach
Nearest Beach
outside the front door

Car: Not Necessary

Our newly renovated (finished early 2014) unit is located beach side, 3rd floor, on some of the most beautiful beaches you could hope for in the continental US. We are across the street from Rosemary Dunes Trail in the Gulf State Park if you're interested in leisure biking, and 1.4 miles from Live Bait if you're not interested in leisure at all!

A couple of miles into Gulf Shores, the state pier is available if you're interested in fishing, or just watching what our locals manage to pull up that day. The legendary FloraBama is of course a quick cab ride away - maybe 5 miles further into Orange Beach.

Sugar Beach itself is located conveniently next to an empty lot and the Gulf State Park, so if you just want to grab some rum and some sun, we tend to have significantly less people competing for the sand than other condos. This also works out if you're just after some shells, as there's a good stretch between Sugar Beach and the Gulf State Pier in which there's very few people on the beach.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: I was raised around the Gulf Coast of AL, whereas my wife is from FL. We met online in 1996, back when meeting online was arcane, mysterious, and mostly just scary for most people. We never met each other physically until the year 2000, when we were both graduating high school and had our own cars. I worked as a jet ski tour guide, and suggested she meet me at the OB pass by Zekes. It was beautiful, and apparently worked.. she moved in 2 weeks later and we've been together ever since. We both enjoy outdoor activities such as deep sea fishing, spelunking, rappelling, camping, and anything else we can get into. I (Sean) build (and sometimes race) the cars we're proud to own. Nicole is a natural artist, and has decorated our house with paintings that you couldnt pick apart from the artists works we've collected in our travels. I've lived across the Southeast, Aleutian Islands, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Belgium, and seen 20+ other countries. It's been an amazing ride and we've met some incredible friends, but the Gulf Coast is home! Throughout our years together, it was our dream to acquire our own place on the beach where we met, and in 2010 we were able to see that dream come to fruition.

Why the Owner Chose Sugar Beach:
We're both 32 and bought this unit in 2010. It was never rented because we allowed my family to stay in it after my dad and brother died. That's a downer of a detail, but I dont know how else to explain it not renting for 3+ years. It was a place to allow my mother to see her grandchildren, our other relatives in the area, and regain our senses where my family considers 'home.' To that end, we've poured a lot of heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, and money into this unit. It's not just a mass rented unit: it's something we're proud of, and it shows. The unit was renting just fine prior to our renting it, but it wasnt something we could introduce friends to and say 'THIS IS OURS!' Now, it definitely is. We made every inch we touched a product of the labor of love, not simply a unit seeking maximum capitalization rate. We worked so hard that we were actually anxious about renting it! The environment is perfect for relaxing or partying, the prices are affordable, and we've always left the beach with more friends than we arrived with. And now, you can enjoy our little piece of paradise, too.

The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
Sugar Beach has enough pools that if you want to relax around a pool, enjoying the Gulf breeze, you wont have to compete with 100 other people. If you want adult conversation, chances are the upstairs pool isnt taken, while the kids are by the downstairs kiddie pool areas. If you want to cook out, that's right by the pool. If you want a snack and dont want to cook it, there's even a 'Sugar Shack' which makes burgers and other snacks, right there by the pool. You really do get a lot for your money with these units. Why go to the beach and think 'we shouldnt eat out again... we're spending so much already.' Stay here, and enjoy the best of both worlds!

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

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