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Sunny Side - Beach, Sun, 30A, Relaxation ... Priceless

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths

Need a break from the hectic pace of everyday life? Look no further than the 'Sunny Side', a delightful cottage located near scenic 30-A on the beautiful beaches of South Walton between Panama City Beach and Destin. 30A is speckled with artsy villages, rare coastal dune lakes, upscale resorts, funky beach bars, world class restaurants and 25,000 acres of protected nature habitats. Once you vacation here you will want to come back time and again.

'Sunny Side' is nestled in the charming and family-friendly Magnolia Cottages by the Sea beach community. Private beach access to the sugary sands of the Gulf is only a quick four minute walk away. Or, you can enjoy Magnolia's large heated swimming pool.

The cottage has a spacious one-level floor plan making access easy for all members of your party. Hardwood floors and high ceilings compliment the comfortable and tasteful furnishings. A full-size washer and dryer are available for your convenience.

The cottage sleeps six very comfortably and consists of:

- Master bedroom with king-size bed, TV, and ensuite bath

- Second bedroom with queen-size bed, TV, and ensuite bath

- Third bedroom with queen-size bed

- Third full bath

The kitchen comes fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and all of the utensils and accessories needed to prepare a quick snack or a gourmet meal. Or use the outside charcoal grill and cook up some delicious local seafood. The spacious screened-in porch is the perfect refuge to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine at the end of an activity-filled day. The very private and large (300 sq. ft.) porch has a dining table and chairs, and a comfortable settee with two chairs.

Keep in touch with the outside world with one of the three flat screen TVs or bring your laptop and take advantage of the high speed internet connection. Additional entertainment is provided by a stereo and DVD player. We also provide some DVDs, board games, puzzles and books.

Treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of the area's excellent eateries. Be it an informal lunch, or a gourmet meal at an award winning restaurant, you'll be impressed by the selection of dining options.

A visit to 'Sunny Side' isn't complete without a leisurely bike ride along the miles of bike trails. Explore the neighboring communities of Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Seagrove, and Alys Beach. Bike rental shops are conveniently located along 30-A.

Shopping anyone? Everything from quaint boutiques to the country's largest designer outlet mall is less than 30 minutes away. Options include Destin Commons, Silver Sands Factory Stores, Pier Park, The Market Shops at Sandestin and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, just to name a few.

Your remedy to life's hectic pace is only a few mouse clicks away. Reserve a piece of paradise today and keep on the 'Sunny Side' of life ... you'll be glad you did.

Keywords: magnolia cottages, seacrest, 30a, snowbirds, seacrest beach, vrbo, magnolia, seaside, santa rosa beach, seacrest beach rentals

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About The Owner

We live in a suburb of Cleveland, OH. We have been coming down to the Panhandle for about 10 years. When we first stayed in South Walton, we never dreamed that one day we would own a cottage by the sea. We just love the area ... beautiful natural settings, interesting architecture, and so much to do.

The Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why The Owner chose Beaches of South Walton

Magnolia Cottages by the Sea is located in Seacrest, FL. We are about 1 mile west of Alys Beach, 2 miles west of Rosemary Beach and approximately 5 miles east of Seaside. Seacrest is a quiet beach community. Renting our cottage is an affordable way to enjoy everything 30A and the beaches of South Walton have to offer.

What makes this house unique

Our cottage offers a good amount of privacy as it is located on one of the small side lanes in Magnolia Cottages. Our large 300 sq. ft. screened-in porch faces the natural vegetation of the area ... and since we're on a side street, you won't be distracted by cars driving by. We're close to the pool and it's a quick stroll to the beach. At times, we can hear the ocean surf. We take pride in our home and come down several times during the year to perform deep cleans and maintenance (and to have fun, of course). We hope you will enjoy your stay at our cottage and have a wonderful visit.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We throughly enjoyed our week at Sunny Side. The acutal house was very

comfortable and beautifully decorated. The gas grill made cooking a few nights

easy and healthy! The home was equipped with more than enough other cooking

utensils and gadgets. My kids enjoyed the pool. My husband I loved the location

proximatey to Alys Beach and Rosemary (about 1 1/4 mile) and then to Seaside

(5.5 miles). We usually started our day with a run to Rosemary or biking to

Seaside. My kids also enjoyed biking to the Sugar Shack at Rosemary each day.

If you have a lot of stuff consider each day as we did to load up drop your

stuff near the beach board walk and then pick it back up at the end of day.

Overall we had a great time and loved the accomodations as well as the location

of the property. I would highly recommend this vacation home to anyone!!!
May 2010
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Sunny Side - Beach, Sun, 30A, Relaxation ... Priceless
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 39 reviews

Great Cottage and Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Sunnyside Cottage for Labor Day. We loved that it had 3 bedrooms with their own bathrooms as well as king and queen beds. You don't find that often. It was clean, decorated so nicely, and we enjoyed the back screened in porch. We vacation in Panama City and on 30A often and we were very pleased with our stay at Sunnyside. We also loved that it was in walking distance from the beach and right around the corner from the pool. Very quiet neighborhood and family friendly. It has everything you need for a weekend stay to a weeks stay. We will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Leaves a lot to be desired

  • 3 of 5

Was so excited to be in this 5-star rated house. It is close to the beach, but in reality it's a 10-minute walk with kids (not 4-5). Upon arrival, we realized one of the door hinges was broken and smoke detector battery was low (lots of beeping). They (Sandcastle Escapes) fixed the smoke detector about 4-5 hours later, but NEVER returned our daily calls about the completely, unacceptably broken front door, which was impossible to close. Only my husband could close it, and has the bruises to prove it. Be warned – they'll only provide you with the bare minimum here – beds are rock hard, pillows are limp, and sheets are thin and scratchy. There is no hand or body soap (only a tiny hotel-style shampoo, conditioner, and lotion in each bathroom), no dish soap, and a few packets of laundry detergent. There are no beach towels, no bikes, no extra touches whatsoever. We called ahead and asked about beach toys and were told no – yet magically, there was a wagon full on the back porch (too bad we'd already purchased a ton at the grocery store). There's zero food or condiments, etc. – barren pantry and refrigerator, so make sure to get anything you think you might need. Neither the microwave nor the stove seemed to work properly for us. They give you ONE roll of toilet paper per bathroom (feels like what we had in elementary school), and one roll of paper towels. Again, you'll have a long grocery list to be sure. The pool is nice and nearby, and the neighborhood is lovely. The house was clean (as clean as a beach house can get), but I wouldn't stay in it again. I would stay in Magnolia – great location close to Alys, Rosemary, and Seaside without the prices. Just make sure your expectations are managed if you rent here.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for taking the time to leave a review. We're sorry your stay at Sunny Side didn't meet your expectations. Regarding the distance to the beach, we agree that walk times can differ depending on who is doing the walking, but we believe our 4 - 5 minute estimate is reasonable. It's unfortunate the door hinge was broken, but such things happen. However, we agree that the lack of response from the rental agency was unacceptable. It's uncharacteristic of them not to respond to calls. The smoke detector batteries were replaced in May, so it's surprising that one of them would by beeping only a few months after being replaced. We will determine if the detector needs to be replaced. As to the firmness and texture of the mattresses, pillows and sheets, preferences vary widely so it's impossible to please everyone. Each bathroom is stocked with hand and bath towels along with travel size soap, lotion & shampoo. We believe this is the accepted norm for rental properties as most people prefer to bring their own toiletries. We state in our VRBO description that only towels for indoor use are provided. Similarly, laundry detergent, paper towels and toilet paper are provided to get you started. The rental agency was correct in telling you that no beach toys were provided. We used to keep a large plastic bin full of beach toys on the porch, but both the bin and the toys would go missing so we eventually gave up. The toys you mentioned were probably left behind by a previous renter. We don't provide bikes due to potential liability issues and again, we did not state that we did in our property description. We also do not stock the pantry and fridge with food as rentals are typically self catering. We have received no reports of the microwave or oven not working properly. We do supply instruction manuals that can be referred to when operating appliances. Thanks again for your feedback.
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Great cottage and close to ocean!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this for our Spring Break and our daughters each brought a friend. Each of them had their own bathroom and own bedroom and we had privacy in ours. The place was so clean and the kitchen was fully stocked. The outside patio was nice to sit on after a long day. One of the best things about this place is how close you are to the ocean. It was a short walk down a quiet street, across the road and down the stairs. If we did not want to go to the ocean, the pool was just as fun for the kids. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anniversary at Sunny Side

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been more pleased with Sunny Side.We've been vacationing in Florida for twenty plus years and this was by far the best equipped kitchen of any house we've stayed in before. It was adorably decorated and the screened in porch was such a peaceful retreat at the end of the day.Super easy walk to the beach and nice quiet neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying at Sunny Side. It was very nice and clean. Kitchen looked like it was updated fairly recently. Everything worked well. Good washer and drier for lots of beach towels. We loved the screened in porch.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in other places at Magnolia By the Sea, but we liked the one story design of Sunny Side as well as the privacy from the main street. We would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Seacrest House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 8 2017 - May 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 20 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer/Fall
Aug 5 2017 - Oct 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 22 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $145 + Tax
Damage Waiver Fee $45 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Add 11% tax and cleaning fee of $145 and $45 damage waiver fee that covers up to $1,500 of unintentional damage. Monthly snowbird rate includes all utilities. Rentals not available in November & December. Contact owner for January & February rentals. If reservation is cancelled within 30 days of arrival date, a $200 fee will be charged to the renter and the balance paid will be remitted to the renter. During peak summer weeks, if cancellation is made within 30 days of arrival date, renter will receive 50% of monies paid to date.

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Seacrest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • 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 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom, flat screen TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ensuite bathroom, flat screen TV
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Please note that there are approximately 55 steps on the stairs leading to the beach. This is a common feature along this section of 30A because of high dunes. This can be an issue for those individuals with limited mobility.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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