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Seaside Proper-Gulfside ~30A! ~Wraparound Gulf View! Designer Finishes!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Walk up the stairs and step into the glass surrounded great room with the turquoise seas calling. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves against the beach. Watch the famous gulf sunsets from the sofa, or walk the 10 steps to the beach entrance. Look out at night at the lights on the famed East Ruskin Pavilion right outside the windows. Take a stroll to Bud and Alley’s for dinner or a drink or perhaps an ice-cream at Heavenly Shortcakes. After sunning on the beach, riding bikes, or being our guest at the private Seaside Swim and Tennis Club, curl up in one of our (2) master suites. Both feature king-size beds with plush linens to indulge. Luxurious L'Occitane En Provence bath amenities are provided.

The second floor master has a newly remodeled private bath with double vanity and marble shower along with great ocean views and a gulf side balcony. The other master is for the late sleeper and is located on the first floor with its newly remodeled bath with double vanity, marble shower, morning kitchen and screen porch access. The third oversized suite has bunkbeds with plenty of play space, a 32' TV, play table and chairs and a private bath. Our home has been furnished by Pizitz for that great Seaside feel.

The open concept kitchen is completely remodeled with new cabinets and appliances including a GE stainless steel dual-fuel range. Vetrazzo (recycled sea glass) countertops and dark stained wood floors round out the fresh, clean look.

We've added Directv HD with Genie throughout the house. There’s a large 46' LCD TV and DVD in the living room, along with 32' LCD TV’s in each of the three bedrooms. WIFI access is available throughout the cottage. Sony Stereo with iPod Dock in living room and 2 private off-street parking spaces are provided.

This is the real deal for gulf viewing. You don’t have to hang over the balcony and stand on one leg to see the ocean. It’s right in plain sight and in full view from many vantage points. This was one of the original Anniversary Cottages (Completely re-done) at Seaside and overlooks the quaint Honeymoon Cottages that are in our front yard. Merilee By-The-Sea is the cottage you dream of. Simple, quaint, cozy, beautiful and ready for your memories.

*Special Notes*

Seaside Swim and Tennis Club Passes (3 pools, tennis courts, etc) are included for "Summer Peak Season" Rates. Passes are available at other times for a $36/Day fee plus taxes. Except for Spring Break and Summer Peak, Stay for 6-Nights and the 7th night is free!

Keywords: Seaside Beach House, Gulf View, Beachside 30A, Gulf side, South of 30A, water view, Seaside

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Merilee

We've traveled everywhere and found that our hearts were always drawn back to Seaside. From when Merilee first read about Seaside in 1983, until we finally visited for the first time in 1996, we were transformed. God answered our prayers and we were able to purchase our cottage in 2008. This is a treasure for all who come and it is our dream for our children, grandchildren and their children to enjoy the legacy of Seaside and Merilee By-The-Sea.

Merilee purchased this house in 2008

Why Merilee chose Beaches of South Walton

Seaside is simply the best! The town has a great story to match the development. From Robert Davis' grandfather to the present day, great care has gone in to every detail that is Seaside. Often imitated, there's no substitute for the original.

What makes this house unique

Waking every morning and looking out at the gulf, just can't be beat. Walking to Bud & Alley's for a drink at sunset is priceless. During colder weather, stay inside and watch the sunset from our Great Room. This is the best location in Seaside. Park the car and walk to everything. Return to simpler times and enjoy the surrounding beauty and each other. There’s always something to do…or nothing at all.

Check out the new 'V' in Seagrove. Miami Beach atmosphere comes to Seagrove. A short walk to great food and drinks, then take one of the 'rickshaws' home to your door.


Seaside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Dual Vanity, Marble shower, and separate toilet room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Dual Vanity, Marble shower, and separate toilet room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
  • (2) King size beds and (1) Bunk Bed. All (3) bedrooms have en suite bathrooms.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(15 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Best Seaside vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five just returned from our week at Meri Lee by the Sea. It was wonderful. We are a veteran Seaside family. Over the years we have stayed many places and we have found our favorite. The cottage is an ideal location, beautifully decorated and maintained, and has the gorgeous sea right there! The owner was easy to work with and provided a lovely gift basket upon our arrival. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathy-We loved having you and your family stay with us and are looking forward to your visit next year. Thank you for staying at Merilee By-The-Sea.
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Fabulous First Visit to Seaside!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Seaside and I'm not sure it could have been any better!! This house was perfect for us. (There were three adults and two children.) The house was very well maintained and well represented in the online pictures. It was very clean and fresh upon our arrival. (I consider this quite a feat considering someone else had just finished their one week stay hours before us.) The location was the BEST! The views were incredible. We were literally steps from the beach and walking distance to everything else Seaside has to offer. Meri Lee made the entire booking process completely painless. She promptly returned emails/phone calls and provided all of the info we needed for our stay a week in advance. We will definitely be back to Seaside and hopefully to Meri Lee by the Sea.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments Kari. We have a great housekeeper who helps us with our fast turns each Saturday. We're so glad you enjoyed our home, the views and Seaside and hope you'll come back and visit us again soon.
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

Our third visit to Seaside and we've chosen a different house each time. This home was by far the nicest and best location. The place is beautiful, the floor plan really worked for us and we had a great time. My only, only negative comment is about the lack of a full size refrigerator. We cook a lot and had leftovers and this cramped our style quite a bit. Would love to use the place again and would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed the beauty of our home and it's fabulous location. I'm sorry you were disappointed with the size of our refrigerators. We have the two sets of refrigerator drawers and an additional beverage fridge on the first floor. We opted for the below counter refrigerators so as not to take away from any of the ocean views. We hope you'll come back again soon. Thanks.
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Nashville, TN

Rested traveler

  • 5 of 5

Meri Lee by the Sea is very well maintained, nicely decorated and furnished - especially for a beach house! Great location with views of ocean from living room and master bedroom. Owner very responsive to questions. We travel all over the world but my husband said was most relaxing vacation he has had in years. Would love to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merilee and I are so happy you enjoyed our home and your time in Seaside. Thank you Tracy for your kind words and we hope you can come back again soon.
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Atlanta, Georgia

Perfect for Mom/Dad and Preteen/Teen

  • 5 of 5

We booked because of Merilee-by-the-Sea's location; perfect location in Seaside! Upon arrival we realized it really was more than just location "perfect". Our family has been to Seaside many many times. Each visit we have found a different Seaside pleasure to book. This year we found our repeat location. Steps ~ literally ~ from the ocean, coffee shop, Seaside activities … great for families who have preteen/teenagers. Keeping a lookout while enjoying the beach. Thank you Merilee for being so easy to book with and having such a great house for our family. We will be back!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad that your family enjoyed our home and look forward to your return visit. Thank you for your compliments and appreciation of our personal service.
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Merilee-by-the Sea & a Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have just returned from a two-week stay at Merilee-by-the-Sea on 30A in Seaside, FL. In all of our many years vacationing in Seaside, we have stayed in many different cottages. This home proved to be for us the PERFECT one. It's not just about its overall comfort and the fact that it recently was renovated. It has more to do with the exquisite taste with which it has been furnished and designed. We had a fabulous time there, in large part due to the many amenities of the home: plenty of refrigeration and freezer space; an ice-maker; wine cooler downstairs, and a clean and beautiful gas range. The kitchen's countertops are most unusual and beautiful. To say the least, everything was sparkling clean. The home's living area furnishings are tastefully done in soft off-white tones, with some color touches here and there; the sofa appears to be down-filled and extremely comfortable. There is artwork throughout that is very comforting to view, in particular some exquisite drawings in the master bedroom upstairs. These owners clearly have very fine taste in all regards. This home provided us with one of the most memorable of our many years visiting Seaside. It is by far the most beautiful one we've stayed in. In fact, we look forward to booking a vacation there again next year.

The owner was very helpful prior to our arrival, sending us all the pertinent information well ahead of our visit.

We can offer no higher recommendation for a vacation cottage in Seaside than this one. Bar none! I can promise you will enjoy your stay in the lovely comforts of this carefully-tended cottage.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We love making the house better each year so that our repeat guests like you keep having the best experiences. We're so glad that you enjoy and appreciate the labor of love that is Merilee By-The-Sea and look forward to your return next year.
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Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Bud & Alley's
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Santa Rosa Beach Golf Club


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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