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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 1 - 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 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 "Spring Break", "Early Summer," and "Summer Season" Rates. Passes are available at other times for a $40.50/Day fee plus taxes. Except for "Spring Break", "Early Summer" and "Summer", 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
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Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

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 Seaside

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 "Surfing Deer" in Seagrove. Miami Beach atmosphere comes to Seagrove. A short walk to great food and drinks. Seagrove Market has recently re-opened. Fresh look but the same fried goodness.


Seaside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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 , Sink and toilet as well as a large 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
  • Tennis ...
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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(19 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Best beach week ever!

  • 5 of 5

Merilee by The Sea is a dream come true & was well worth the price. LITERALLY steps from the East Ruskin Pavillion & a very short walk to the heart of Seaside. We had a family of 4 (15 yr old & 4 yr old) I rented bikes but we didn’t use them much as it was so easy to walk. The close beach access was so nice with the little one, making the daily beach haul less dramatic & easy jaunt back for lunch & snacks. The home itself is fantastic. So pretty & comfortable, the views are awesome, the beds were awesome...I can’t say enough wonderful things about this home. It was our 2nd stay in Seaside. I ‘upgraded’ us to the other side of 30A (beachside) & it proved to be a very nice treat for everyone. We love Seaside, it is such a special place. Our highlights this year included seeing Stingray, dolphins, fish...we discovered the Taco Bar (must try the street corn) & our family favorite Modica Market. I would highly reccomemd Merilee, I didn’t want to leave & CAN NOT wait to go back. Thank you for sharing your beautiful beach home!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed Seaside and Merilee By-The-Sea as much as we do. There’s always something new to enjoy as well as the old favorites. Please come back and visit soon.
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Perfect vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great trip. The house was amazing and right on the beach and next to town. We will be back !!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re so glad you enjoyed our home and look forward to having you visit again soon.
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: May 19, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for parents & teens!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Merilee By The Sea! The cottage was really cute, comfortable & cozy. Great for my husband, me and 4 teenage boys. We (parents) stayed in the upstairs master bedroom and liked the den and kitchen being so close. We took advantage of the beautiful ocean views from the den and while having coffee, drinks, and meals on the upstairs deck. The boys loved having the bottom floor & porch to themselves. The master bedroom, bunk room, and dedicated bathrooms were perfect. They enjoyed playing games and watching movies in the bunk room and really appreciated having their own ‘“mini kitchen”. The location is PERFECT-very close to the beach, shops, restaurants and the square (where all the teenagers hung-out)! We all worked out at the surprisingly well-equipped exercise facility and rarely had to drive anywhere, which was great! Merilee would also be a great cottage for 2 small families with young children who could share the bunk room and not have to cross the street to go to the beautiful beach. Thanks for sharing your lovely cottage!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Angela-Thank you for your kind words and we are thrilled that you and your family enjoyed our cottage as much as we do. Please come back again and continue your Seaside memories at Merilee By-The-Sea.
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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: June 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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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

Refundable damage deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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