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Local Owner - Gorgeous Western Corner Unit - Not Your Typical Rental!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,050 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Free Beach Chair Upgrade for returning guests with code before booking.

STUNNING, SOPHISTICATED, UPDATED CONDO Unit 307 is a premier 2 bedroom 2 bath condominium located in the gorgeous 14 story Crystal Shores complex within walking distance of shopping, dinner, drinks and more.

Please read my listing & reviews to make sure this is a good fit for your vacation plans as CS307 is not your typical 2 bedroom sleeps 6 model (it doesn't)! My unit only sleeps 4. No sleeper sofa... no air mattresses, etc. Please note the VRBO Service Fee is not my charge so please contact VRBO at directly to discuss what all that entails. I look to provide a property designed around creating an environment where guests look to return again and again. For instance my Beach Chair Upgrade in 2018 will be offered FREE to returning guests (within 12 months of last stay who get code from me before booking). Sorry but VRBO does no allow phone calls any longer before booking so a Catch 22 of sorts you will need to find me via your email system.

If you are looking for a bargain price or a last minute special on a rental property, this is not the unit for you. This is not a rental property but a property that I rent. If you opt for the Beach Chair Upgrade Option, add $66.60 ($60 plus AL tax) to the bottom line of the quote. My goal is to provide an exceptional vacation experience as to your accommodations while in Gulf Shores. There are more expensive as well as cheaper units available in Crystal Shores but few if any will match 307 as to the quality of the vacation experience delivered for the money you spend. That it is my only objective... the best value for the money. Read my most recent reviews and those 5 years ago as I strive for the same exceptional experience today as I did on day one. Every guest, every time as this YOUR vacation time. It should be stress free!.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION - This breathtaking 3rd floor West corner unit directly overlooks the pool, the beach boardwalk, and you are only 30 seconds away from the work out and game room facilities! You can take the stairs directly outside this unit and be at the pool within 1 minute and literally be on the beach within 2 minutes and in Gulf in less than 3 minutes. This unit comes has 1 reserved covered (no sun/hail damage) parking space within 50 feet of the 2 elevators. A second additional parking space is available in the non-reserved portion of the parking area if needed for an additional $22 (tax Included).

Crystal Shores is one of the newer (2004) 2 bedroom condominium complexes on the quieter West Beach sitting directly on the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores. Complete with an indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, dry sauna, work-out room with TV’s allowing you to easily overlook both the beach and the pool! The game room is equipped with both pool and foosball tables for your enjoyment off the beach. WIFI Internet is included as is NETFLIX for those occasional rainy days when you have to stay in so no need to run to the store for Redbox. Charcoal grills are available for our guests use as well but you must bring your own charcoal/starter/lighter. Rental chaise lounges/umbrella's are available March to November from a 3rd party for $130/week. There is a place to leave YOUR beach chairs in a beach side storage area but consider bringing a cable lock to secure them.

This a corner unit with 9 ft ceilings so it has a light and airy feeling to it. I have updated, upgraded, and up-scaled from top to bottom! I have elected to appoint this unit very comfortably for 4 adults (1 King and 1 Queen bed). I only rent weekly and only Saturday to Saturday.

Upscale bedding is in both bedrooms which have “Ecowood” tile floors and sisal carpet runners. Both bedrooms feature flat screen TV's.

The main room has a 43” Samsung Plasma with Dish TV and a BluRay/NETFLIX/DVD/CD player. There are granite top tables and 2 recliners (one rocks & swivels) completing the furnishings in the main room.

The dining room set has 4 leather chairs and an alligator glass topped table with 2 more matching bar chairs. Again my focus is a great vacation space for up to 4 persons.

The kitchen is fully stocked, has both granite counters and granite/stone/glass tile back splash for those who savor cooking, an upscale cozy space to do so.

The in unit laundry room features upgraded full size Maytag Bravos HE washer and dryer with a drying rack, an iron and ironing board with the laundry detergent provided. The sheets and towels are replaced annually with 600 count equivalent microfiber and plush towels. Both providing a difference you will feel!

My unit has been furnished with a rich mixture of colors, textures, with original art work throughout. The well-appointed living and dining rooms boast style, function, and comfort. One thing you must experience in person however is the sunsets from this corner unit as they do not readily translate into either pictures or words. Whether you have stayed at Crystal Shores before or not, please take a moment to read the comments from my guests as to their stay at Unit 307 as I work very hard to make your stay at my condo truly exceptional!

The balcony directly overlooks the beach and the pool, and no unit is closer to both. On the balcony or inside with the doors open you will hear AND SEE the surf cascading onto the white sand beaches. It is furnished with a selection of 4 HDPE captains chairs, 2 with a connecting table so as to provide a view above the railings. During the hot summer months you remain cool in the shade. During the cooler winter months you will feel the warmth of the sun relaxing in those same chairs providing you with a great unobstructed view of the sunset on the beach as effective 1-1-2016 items left on the beach will be considered abandoned by the City of Gulf Shores and disposed of at your expense.

In order to accommodate some guest requests I now offer an upgrade option for $66.60/week (tax included). This upgrade provides: 4 folding wood rocking chairs with headrests as well as a cup/cellphone phone holder. 4 Beach Towels. 2 wireless speakers for IPOD (yours) or my MP3 player with over 800 'best of' 70's and 80's tunes included. 1 George Foreman electric outdoor grill for use on the balcony, a 3 gallon compressor so you can blow up your beach items daily as desired, and a cooler for the beach.

I actually live in Gulf Shores so you can expect it to be very clean, completely stocked (soap/paper products/cleaners), and in good condition upon your arrival, no excuses. If there is an issue or one that comes up, I live only 5 miles away. There are no pets allowed at Crystal Shores except for owners. This is a non-smoking unit as well including the balcony. There is community use smoking balcony available on the second level. I was the President of the Association for 2 years here and active on other Boards where I own. Gulf Shores is a great place and happy to help people have the best vacation possible here.


While I appreciate your interest in my unit I do not entertain/accept/reply to discounted offers. If you have a limited budget to spend I would be happy to help you with some suggestions perhaps for other complexes to consider.


DEPOSIT - The Deposit would be in addition to the Rental Rate and a $300 deposit is required to hold a date for a weekly or daily rental. A $600 deposit is required for a rental lasting 4 or more weeks.

Check in time is 2:30 PM and check out time is 8:30 AM. I try and get you in and out before traffic builds which indeed it does on Saturdays.

There are shower/changing facilities on the second floor should you choose to arrive earlier and/or stay later on that Saturday but the reserved parking space transfers to the next renter at 8:30 AM on day of departure. You need to ask me about this before your arrival as a unique code is on the back of the unit but you will not have access that to that in the event of an early arrival.

The condo association does not allow RV's or trailers on the property nor are pets allowed. There is no smoking in my unit or on my balcony. There is smoking allows on a community balcony on the second floor if you wish.

CALENDAR - Please consult the calendar for available dates as it is ALWAYS current.

Once paid in full you will be sent an email prior to your arrival with an access code to the key less lock. The parking pass(es) will be inside on the counter so nothing to forget and nothing to pick-up or return. VRBO refunds the deposit after 7 days provided there are no lost or damaged items.

Vacations should be simple and relaxing so I've tried to make that true from the moment you view this listing to the moment you get an email notification your deposit has already been processed once you've left Gulf Shores (for rentals not via VRBO... those they send directly to you a week later).

Best of luck with your vacation plans in Gulf Shores.

More Details


Gulf Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 8:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No Spray Suntan lotion as it damages sheets/towels and stains balcony flooring.
  • Late departure subjects you to loss of deposit/compensation for incoming guests. Late out means late in for next guest at your expense.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hall bath with private guest room access. ADA height toilet.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master bathroom. ADA height toilet, hairdryer.
  • 2 updated rubbed oil faucets, shower trim, towel bars etc. Toilets are ADA height with no slam seat lids.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1) New in 2012.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Optional $66.60 (includes tax) Weekly upgrade includes 4 wooden rocking beach chairs, 4 aluminum waters edge low rider chairs, 2 umbrellas, 1 cooler, George Foreman Electric outdoor grill, 4 beach towels, a 110V compressor for your inflatibles, MP3 player with WiFi remote speakers.


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average rating of 4.978022 based on 91 reviews

Everything was Great. The Condo and it’s facilities were just what I was looking for.

  • 5 of 5

Although weather this time of year is hit or miss I booked this Vacation for the solitude and stress relief only the Waves of the Gulf can bring. Being the first time I have ever experienced the Beach Front Living Lifestyle, I expect I will be doing it more often. Thanks again for everything.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ed, Thank you... indeed weather can be fickle here this time of the year... Two days ago 39 the high, tomorrow... 71! Still much nicer to be on the beach and sometimes with the sun on the balcony even 39 can be shorts out of the wind. Thanks again and hope to see you folks in the future! Michael
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Great spot to relax!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the condo on the beach! Had cool weather when we were there, but loved the sound of the waves, watched the beautiful sunsets, and relaxed on the comfy furniture. Owner was "johnny on the spot" when a concern arose. Would happily return for a longer stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: James, Glad you liked my place and sorry the weather not so warm but it can be a crap shoot in December... Maybe 60-70 or 40-50. One of the reasons I moved here was to take care of my place... or Johnny on the spot as you state as indeed it matters as to the guest experience. Hope to see you all back again one day! Michael
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Beautiful Condo on the Beach

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place. This was our first visit to Gulf Shores & won’t be our last as long as we can stay here. The condo was so clean & furnished so nicely just like the pictures. Location is perfect & the views from the balcony are the best. Thank you Michael.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pam & Pat, Glad you were able to visit Gulf Shores and happy to have you back any time at CS307. Really clean guests... any owner would be pleased to have you folks stay! Come on back whenever you feel the need for toes in the sand! Michael
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Beautiful condo with gorgeous views.

  • 5 of 5

The condo is a private corner unit with great views along the coast. Just a short easy walk to the beach and the pool and hot tub were well maintained. Would do this again!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathleen I'm glad you liked it. We just completed replacing the lining in both the hot tub and the pool 2 weeks after your departure but glad it was available and clean for your use while here! Michael
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Beautiful condo!!

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Gulf Shores for 30 years and Michael's condo has been one of the best that we have stayed in. We had everything we needed and then some. Michael was very accommodating and readily available with any questions. Loved the views, the great balcony and the fantastic chairs on the deck to sit and watch all the action on the beach including the playful dolphins out in the Gulf. We really enjoyed this condo and hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gaylene, You were great guests... so clean I can tell you how much that means for an owner to have someone who cares for your place like you would. HUGE difference. Like I said you are welcome back anytime. Glad you liked it as I try to make every guests stay as special for them as possible as that is the week/time that matters for them. Best of luck with year 31 coming back to Gulf Shores!! Michael
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Looking Forward to Making More Beach Memories at Crystal Shores

  • 5 of 5

My wife, daughter, and I have been vacationing in Gulf Shores for years. We used to rent a beach house at the end of Fort Morgan Road from a friend but after my wife passed away in February of last year, my daughter did not want to return there for a while. This was our third time to rent at Crystal Shores, each time from a different owner, and each experience was a positive one. The units are modern, very clean, and nicely decorated. We most recently stayed in CS307 and had a great time. CS307 is an end unit so we had a great view of the beach in both directions while sitting on the comfortable deck chairs enjoying our morning coffee and making plans for the day. Michael, the local owner of this unit, was very nice. He even stopped by shortly after we arrived to ensure that we had everything we needed and to answer questions. It was hard for us to leave at the end of the week but we are already looking forward to our next vacation so that we can make more beach memories at Crystal Shores.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Robert, Glad to have you as a guest and welcome back anytime. Contact me directly if you wish as happy to provide you with Judi or Marilyn's contact info as well. We all love to have guests like you and your family stay with us and glad you like Crystal Shores as it is a special place on West Beach.. big and small enough all at one time. I always try to stop by early in a guests stay to answer anything I can and to make sure my unit meets all their needs. Thanks for being such a great guest! Michael
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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Michael

I purchased this property in November of 2011 with the intention to rent it to adults and it is furnished as such. Your children are welcome but there are no games/toys/floaties/beach pails provided with this unit so please be sure to bring those types of items with you if they are needed.

There are literally thousands of condo's available for rental in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The goal for this condo was specifically to create an environment where vacation memories would be created for a party of 4.

As of May 2012 I relocated from IL and now live in Gulf Shores so as to be able to personally provide the cleaning and maintenance for my unit and a few others at this complex. There are no 3rd party maintenance or cleaning people involved with my unit. This is not my vacation home that I rent out to help cover the costs. The left over furniture and dishes end up in my home and the new furnishings and linens end up here!

If you are looking to make vacation memories with your loved ones, I am literally here now to help you accomplish that while staying at my unit.

Michael purchased this condo in 2011

Why Michael chose Gulf Shores

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION...Please read my guests reviews as to why Unit 307.

Gulf Shores has beautiful fine white sand beaches, some of the best in the US. Crystal Shores is one of the premier properties having year round amenities and within walking distance to a number of places to eat or shop. Forgot toothpaste, the Pier 33 grocery store is within a 5 minute walk for just such occasions. Crystal Shores is a nice location within Gulf Shores... close but not too close to everything.

Within Crystal Shores, unit 307 has the best location. It is an end unit with an unobstructed view down the beach to the west. You can look down onto the pool/hut tub and close enough to actually speak to someone below without shouting from the balcony. The work out and game room as well as the sauna are literally right below. The reserved covered parking space is about 50-60 feet from the 2 elevators and the second floor parking access is even closer just up 1 flight of stairs. Down those same stairs the beach is less than 2 minutes away from this unit.... and that is at a leisurely pace. After all you are on vacation while here!

While I can't control the weather or the traffic, I do clean and maintain my own unit personally so I can and do control what you will experience inside of the unit while you are here. If you read the reviews, most have been kind enough to comment as to the quality of the amenities and level of cleanliness they observed. I very much listen to what my guests say they need and to the extent I can, make improvements/adjustments. Should you decide to stay here, hopefully you too will also notice and comment on those differences. From the start Crystal Shores 307 was never meant to be just another rental property. I do not treat my guests as renters and I do not expect my guests to treat this as a rental unit either. If that sounds like the vacation experience you are seeking, I look forward to providing that for you!

What makes this condo unique

The beautiful white sand beaches are literally 1 to 2 minutes away from this unit as is the pool, the sauna, the the hot tub, the game room, the work out facilities and your car in a reserved covered parking space. Best of all however is the view to the west. No way to describe it short of breathtaking! When you stay at Crystal Shores 307, you feel like you are at the beach... not just looking at it!


Nearest Barpub
0.9 Miles
Hang Out
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Bahama Bob'

Google 'Orange Beach Gulf Shores Concerts' for calendar of national acts coming to the Hang Out (walking distance) or the Wharf in Orange Beach.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Parking Per Visit $20 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Hurricanes are a fact of life in the Gulf. It is strongly recommended you consider the purchase of travel insurance when traveling in hurricane season (6-1 to 11-1). We will refund prorated rental (not cleaning or parking fees or taxes for those) rates in the event of a Mandatory Evacuation. If Gulf Shores is open to arrival/departures you will be expected to honor your commitment as will I.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.