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Set 'Great Expectations' in This Beautiful Gulf Front Home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

****WEEKLY ONLY Sat-Sat thru Mid-May***

Five bedroom, 5 1/2 bath, sleeps 16 - 3 kings, 3 queens, 4 Twin bunks. Gulf front home on the vacation market for large fun-filled gatherings. This house is perfectly located on Hwy 30-A near Gulf Place shops, dining, golf, tennis and more.

This home features three gulf front bedrooms, spacious family room with large 52' screen TV, DVD, Dolby Digital audio/video surround sound stereo system, all stainless steel appliances including 2 refrigerators and a separate ice maker, covered porches and grilling areas featuring natural gas or charcoal. TV's in all bedrooms. There are stone and wood floors throughout and lots of original art and custom linens. Great for off-season getaways featuring a , 15' x 30' pool that can be heated for an additional charge per week, gas fireplaces in the den and master bedroom, Private walkway that leads to the beach. High Speed internet service provided at no charge.

We have just renovated (2012) the master bath and west gulf front bathroom with stone and glass tile showers and a stone and glass tile tub surround in the master bath.

Weekly only preferred March thru October (nightly considered - handled on individual basis with owner approval). Become a fan on FACEBOOK!

Keywords: House, gulf front home, private pool, gulf front, home, Dune allen beach

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About The Owner

Wayne and Mary and Mary's brother, Bill, bought Great Expectations in 2001 and in about 3 months we redid the interior and added 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Lots of demolition work!

Wayne and Mary live in an artsy little town in Alabama and Bill lives in California.

We all love to vacation together at Great Expectations in the off-season....but Bill

always says that 'Mr. Project' (Wayne) keeps us busy the whole time working on the house! We do find time to have a little bit of fun.

The Owner purchased this house in 2001

Why The Owner chose Santa Rosa Beach

We have been coming to this area since 1981 and have seen lots of changes. We bought this house with the intentions of making changes and adding a pool. We love to do projects and thought this would be a lot of fun, but it was a ton of work!

What makes this house unique

We love having a pool at Great Expectations. We have spent some Christmas vacations there and have been swimming in the heated pool while it was about 35 degrees outside. Lots of fun, but extremely cold when getting out!

We also love having Smiling Fish restaurant and Miss Lucille's Gossip Parlor across the street.

We love going out bike riding on the bike path also!


Santa Rosa Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Set 'Great Expectations' in This Beautiful Gulf Front Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
Missouri City, TX

Perfect in Every Way --

  • 5 of 5

Sibling get together was heightened by this stunning house and location! The Owners created the most thoughtful and beautiful home.

The Home is as inviting as the large heated pool, and the stunningly white sand beaches and emerald waters.

Plenty of room to spread out or to come together for cooking together, game playing around the huge dining table, or congregating in the living room on their Oh So Comfy sofas.

The two decks are filled with nice furniture calling you out to watch the amazing sunrise or sunsets, or to watch the frolicking dolphins that are ever present.

Every amenity was provided, plenty of towels! Thank you :). The kitchen was well stocked, and the ice maker was a great addition.

Bottom Line: You simply must come! This area has not been over developed (yet) and thus house is wonderful.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake of the Ozarks

Great Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious, clean, lots of conveniences. Private pool with great views from ever part of the house. Private steps to beach. Beach toys, chairs, umbrellas, you name it. Within walking distance to restaurants and coffee shop and great location overall. Great spot

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tuscaloosa, AL

Great Location and Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 13 absolutely LOVED this house and location! We can't wait to book it again!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded all "Great Expectations!"

  • 5 of 5

When my family and I arrived at the house we were pleasantly surprised to find it not only matched the description on the website to a "T," but was even better than described. The pictures really do not do this house justice. It's obvious the house has been well-cared for. The bedrooms are spacious and well-decorated, the kitchen well-stocked with everything in working order, the gathering area has plenty of room for an actual gathering, and the view is amazing. Only steps away from the beach, this house has it all. We loved it!

The purpose of our trip was to host a small gathering for my acting troupe's annual awards party. On Saturday 6 of us prepared delicious gourmet appetizers for the 25 guests we were expecting. We had plenty of room to place the food and serving dishes and the deck just outside the gathering area was perfect to set up our bar. When the actors arrived, we had plenty of room for the award presentations, acceptance speeches, video presentations and the dancing afterwards. They have seating for around 20 people (between the couches, living area chairs, bar stools and dining room table chairs) so we did bring in 8 folding chairs, but there was even room for the extra seating. The TV and DVD had no issues, as there are ample instructions and everything is marked, and the sound system was outstanding. The party was one of the best ones we've ever had (this was our 9th).

The next day it was just the family again - we took a nice long walk on the beach and later in the day 8 of us played games on the large dining room table. The entire long weekend was just perfect, and much of it was because the house was absolutely perfect. I'd also like to note that the owners were nothing but wonderful to work with. Although I never spoke to them, we emailed frequently and they were more than accommodating. I highly recommend this house for your next family gathering or event. (But we're planning to come back next year so don't take my weekend! :) )

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ruston Louisiana

one family, our daughter and husband with 2 grandchildren, and our son and his wife

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation! This house is so well planned. There are essentially 3 master bedrooms, and 2 bedrooms for plenty other family members. The art work is fabulous. I walked through daily, and enjoyed the details all over the house. The pool was heated for our granddaughter, and we spent as much time there ,as we did the beach.The owners are kind and available for anything you might need! We are looking forward to coming back, and soon!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Christmas at the beach!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I wanted to finally experience our "Christmas at the beach" that we had been talking about for years, and we finally booked it this year at Great Expectations. I can't begin to say enough good things about this house! It was gorgeous inside, well maintained and had plenty of space for everyone (there were 8 of us). The house is right on the beach with breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the ocean, which was perfect for morning coffee on the porch or an evening jog. The owners were very sweet in answering our phone calls about internet access and were more than accommodating to all of our needs. We hope to spend many more holidays here in the future!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Panama City

Great Expectations is located on the Gulf of Mexico along the scenic Hwy 30-A where there are some of the world's most pristine beaches. There are many state parks and dune lakes nearby to explore during the day.

Numerous art galleries, quality shops, and excellent restaurants abound. Come explore all the unique architecture that numerous beach communities offer or enjoy some of the local festivals or events throughout the year. There

are so many different activities for all ages!

Across the street from Great Expectations are bike paths, shopping areas and restaurants. Less than a mile from our home is a golf course. Some of our guests have said they didn't get back in their car the whole week!

Golf: There are many golf facilities nearby...some as close as 1/2 mile and others within driving distance


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.