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8BR - Unobstructed Gulf View Across to Beach, Huge Pool/Spa on Private Lake

Bedrooms 8
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 8 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 7 Baths, (Sleeps 18-20)

Destination Paradise. THERE IS NO BETTER RENTAL LOCATION FOR LARGE FAMILY GATHERINGS. There are 8 bedrooms (SLEEPS 20) - OVER 80 FAVORABLE REVIEWS, directly across the street from the beach with spectacular UNOBSTRUCTED GULF AND LAKE VIEWS. You will enjoy one of the largest pool/deck in Destin, a HUGE 37' x 16' private pool/spa on the lake with over 1,200 ft. of sundeck, located directly on a spring fed lake, gated community, over 4,000 square feet home with 1,000 feet of balconies/porches on a 0.5 acre lot with adjacent green space/park. You are directly across and steps away from the sugar white sands and emerald waters of Destin’s finest beaches (and the Crab Trap restaurant).

The house contains 3 king beds (two masters with jetted tubs and private balconies), 4 queen beds, 1 bunk bed set, two twins (twin with trundle), and queen size sofa sleeper.

There are two of everything at this home to make your stay more enjoyable and less stressful - two over sized front loading washer/dryer sets, two dishwashers, two masters (each with jetted tub and private balcony), double oven, two 50-55' HDTVs in the two large family rooms. LOTS of parking (8 or more cars) on the 0.5 acre lot located adjacent to a green space/park with gazebo.

*8 bedrooms (two masters)

*Sleeps 20

*UNOBSTRUCTED and breathtaking gulf view

*Huge private pool/sun deck on the lake with several palm trees

*Directly across the street from the beach and Crab Trap restaurant

*Located directly on a spring fed lake

*0.5 acre lot with adjacent green space/park with gazebo

*Tons of parking - can easily accomodate 8 or more cars

*All flat screen TVs

'Destination Paradise”, is located in the prestigious Destiny neighborhood that offers a large community pool, tennis court, and basketball. The neighborhood is gated, offering additional privacy and security for you and your family. This home is located across from the Crab Trap restaurant.

NEW FOR 2016 - New paint, custom dining room table/chairs, gray-wash cypress ceiling added to the 2nd floor, all new 2nd floor family room furniture, and wainscoting added to the dining room and stairwell.

See the link provided to our personal website, which includes additional information including virtual tours and additional photos.

Keywords: Beach House

More Details

Nick & Tina Athens
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2017

About Nick & Tina Athens

We totally renovated, furnished, and operate this home. We are hands on owners. We keep our homes updated and are very attentive to detail, including a high cleanliness standard. Take a look at our guest comments - we take care of our guests!

Nick & Tina Athens purchased this house in 2008

Why Nick & Tina Athens chose Scenic Gulf Drive West

This is one of the most unique settings. Very few places in the world can you be on a spring fed lake while also on a saltwater body of water. This home offers great views of both. This lot is the largest of any rental home in Destin and is also next to a large green space.

What makes this house unique

Largest lot size of any rental home in Destin!



Crystal Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) pack n' play is available, Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
COMPLETELY RENOVATED in July 2008: all new travertine flooring inside and out, granite tops, cabinets, furniture, paint, private pool, pool deck, lighting and plumbing fixtures, mattresses and bedding! Two washer/dryer sets, two refrigerators, two dishwashers, double oven. Wet bar with icemaker, frig and two blenders!


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(90 traveler reviews)

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8BR - Unobstructed Gulf View Across to Beach, Huge Pool/Spa on Private Lake
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 90 reviews
Louisville, Kentucky

A Piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

There are many reasons to rent this home and only one not to and that reason is if the calendar is booked. I am a very picky renter and reviewed hundreds of homes before choosing this one. One never knows what they are going to get when renting, but this is the real deal. Every single word of the description is accurate. The property is extremely clean and the owner rocks. Nick was great to work with and the housekeeper, Nora was an added bonus. The personal involvement by the owner is added value to this rental. The home is spacious (we had 17 guests-11 adults; 6 children); the furnishings are beyond what is needed; I would rent this house even if I didn't need this much space. The pool area is fabulous and the lake views are as breath taking as the ocean views. The actual views are far better than the pictures demonstrate. Simply magnificent.The landscaping is beautiful and well manicured. The double washers/dryers and double dishwashers and double kitchen supplies (dishes, cookware, utensils, etc.) exceeded the need. The owners have done a wonderful job ensuring the home is furnished for large groups. This is rare in larger homes. The pool area was a fan favorite, moreso than the beach; the men were certain they were in heaven with the two 50" TV's. The smaller children loved the windows under the larger window panels around the house. They were entertained on the one rainy day, and declined to use the door to the deck-they thought the windows were little doors for them (have to rent the property to know what I mean). The location was perfect; close to everything one could possible want or need. Finally, thank you Nick for your personal involvement and to your wife for her vision of the furnishings. You demonstrated the difference between an involved owner and an absentee owner. I'll be back whether I need the 8 bedrooms or not.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house and location!

  • 5 of 5

Great experience! We loved the house. It was perfect for all of us and a group of our size (16). There were enough bedrooms for all of us and the house is beautiful and well maintained. The pool is huge and more than enough seating for our entire group. We will definitely be returning to this house for our vacation next year. The owner was a pleasure to work with and was very accommodating. We have nothing but great thing to say about this vacation house! We would highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house and location

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's first time in Destin as well as our first time renting a beach house. There were 18 people in our group - mostly adults and just a few children. Almost every bedroom had its own bathroom or one that was adjacent to it. The kitchen was well stocked with cookware beyond our expectations. All of the furnishings were comfortable and could easily accommodate a group our size. The pool was the perfect size for our group and although it was close to the main road, it did not feel that way at all. It felt very private being next to the lake. We loved sitting on the back balcony looking out at the ocean. The beach access was just across the street which was a plus. The house, views, pool was beyond our expectations. The housekeeper, Zoltan, was fantastic during check in as well as answering any questions or concerns we had during our stay. I highly recommend this property if you are looking to stay in Destin!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great family reunion retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had our family reunion here with all our kids and grand kids. Nothing better for us. Plenty of room and with the pool and beach across the street, we couldn't keep the kids out of the water. The Grand kids even fished in the spring fed lake and caught several. What fun. The facilities were top notch and comfortable. Thank you Nick and Tina for a wonderful summer vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pictures Don't Do It Justice!

  • 5 of 5

My now husband and I rented this beautiful home for our wedding week and it was just amazing. We had 4 other families with us and had enough space to not run into one another while staying there. Great location if you're a daily beach goer. We would start at the beach and end up at the pool which is much bigger than it seems in the picture. We frequented the Crab Trap since it was right there across the street. You literally can walk out the garage, cross the street and there are the steps to Crab Trap. And most important event that week happened right across the street as well and down from the Crab Trap.....OUR WEDDING! We had a wedding planner who made everything just perfect for our special day. Probably won't rent such a big house again to visit Destin but for what we were there for it was PERFECT! Highly recommend it and Nick & Tina are very helpful and kind.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome house for a vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 18 (9 adults, 9 teenagers) stay at this home this past week and it is everything and more than what was promised. The views are amazing and the walk to the beach is very short. The pool and home are very well maintained and the location is central to everything in the area. Can't wait to go back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $500
Damage Insurance $99
Damage Deposit $500

$500.00 damage/security deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund