About the property
- Condo1050 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights
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. As of April 2018 I now also own Unit 706 so now I have 2 rentals at Crystal Shores!!
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 6 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. Please note that as of March 2018 the storage area requires code access as does the beach, the pool, and exercise and game room areas so as to limit access to Crystal Shores owners and guests. I also provide FOBs if you prefer not to deal with codes.
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. Those are available at no charge to returning guests in good standing.
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. .
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.
ALL RENTALS ARE WEEKLY AND RUN SATURDAY TO SATURDAY.
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 allowed 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 and keep me in mind as I now have 2 units here at Crystal Shores!!
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- Apr 12, 2018
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! We have secured (coded lock and security camera's on the entrance) beach side storage so less to haul back and forth to your car or unit while here.
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Check-in: 2:30 PM
Check-out: 8:30 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A stay in paradise
The condo is absolutely beautiful! We couldn't have asked for better scenery overlooking the ocean. Michael made sure that we had everything that we needed and was an absolute wonderful person to work with.
Great condo on the beach
Condo was very clean and quiet. Owner Michael was super friendly, responsive and helpful. Would definitely rent from him again, had a great week.
AMAZING SPRING BREAK!
Loved this place. It was ideal for my husband, myself and our college age granddaughter. The view from balcony was beautiful especially since there were a couple of days that were too cool to be on beach. Michael had the unit very well furnished including the kitchen and he was always so very helpful w any questions we had and giving us great suggestions for places to eat. We so appreciated his understanding when we were not ready when he arrived tp clean (still cannot understand where I got the wrong checkout time!). The condo had a recreation room w pool table and exercise room w great view of ocean. We will definitely make a big effort to come back to this exact spot again. Michael was a very gracious property owner.
Glad you liked it... and I do try and be a gracious host and help my guests make the most of their time on the beach.
Hope to see you folks again one day and you now know how to reach me. Should have my second unit at Crystal Shores by then so double to odds of being able to come back here and stay with me :).
Nice condo and we had a really great time!
Thanks for choosing CS307. Crystal Shores is a nice property and hopefully you will be back one day and can find a unit that has everything you are looking for as I try and deliver a 5 star experience for every guest every time!
Thanks again glad you had a great time!
Crystal Shores 307 was a lovely beachfront condo.
This condo was a fantastic place to stay. It was impeccably clean and well furnished. You can sit on the large 3rd floor balcony and feel as if you are directly on the beach. The owner, Michael, was great. He makes you feel at home, and does a great job introducing you to Gulf Shores. We would highly recommend staying in this unit.
There is no excuse for ANY rental unit not to be clean but sadly that is not the case. I always shoot for extremely clean so thank you for noticing that. Gulf Shores is my hometown at this point and happy to share the places and things I enjoy doing here with all my guests. I appreciate you choosing CS307 and hope you can return again one day!
Everything was Great. The Condo and it’s facilities were just what I was looking for.
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.
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!
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Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.