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Updated, Free Beach Service, Unique Perks, High End Lower Cost, Pet Friendly

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View from very large balcony and bedroom; 4 chairs, 1 table, 2 loungers.

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Last updated: 12/05/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Condo
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

This is the best value at Dunes of Panama. A top flight condo at below market pricing. Fastest booking condo at Dunes on VRBO 2011-2016 because we give more for less, and have booked virtually every week for 6 straight years. In 2017 will consider pets for $150 fee.

In addition to stunning gulf views from our 4th floor beachfront condo (with large balcony off living and master bedroom), and the regular Dunes amenities, we have unique amenities to make your vacation special:

- New 2015 condo comes with free beach service (2 loungers and umbrella) $175 value!.

- Condo comes with one of a handful of assigned parking spots right underneath the building.

- Sanyo Shiatsu massage chair for unwinding after a day of beach fun. This top of the line relaxation machine has been a big hit. Seriously, name another condo with a massage chair.

- New in 2015: pretty much everything...new floors, cabinets, appliances, countertops, paint and most furnishings.


- Upgraded Balcony furniture. We are one of the few units in PCB that doesn't have that cheapo plastic stuff from Walmart...enjoy view in style and comfort. This is a bigger deal than it sounds...check out the pictures of the other units and ask if you'd want to sit in those for a week and look thru balcony railing like you're in jail.

- Our three flat screen TV’s (42”, and two 32”) come with a library of DVDs (including Disney and cartoons for the kids). Some absentee investor owned units actually have tube TVs, seriously.

- Wireless connection in room.

- Super upgrade sleeper sofa is actually made to sleep humans with a six inch mattress (not standard 3-4) and trampoline suspension to further keep you off support bars.

- Unlocked owner's closet with beach stuff. Check before you buy at Walmart.

- Three inch thick binder with menus from all the local restaurants for your dining pleasure. Our guests have graciously added menus et al., from their favorite places.

- A cupboard of board and party games, cards, for evening pleasure. Beach toys in owner's closet.

- Full sized water heater (not a condo miniature) so you don’t run out of hot water. Have stayed with 8 people and never run out of hot water!

- Virtually nothing in condo is older than 2011, most newer. Fully stocked kitchen supplies (down to the last measuring spoon) replaced along with most furnishings.

Top of the line pillowtop King Mattress in master bedroom; again this defies general rental unit practice of putting in the cheapest, hardest (thus the most durable) mattress available.

- The usual stuff too; king bed, two fulls, pull out couch, fully equipped kitchen with fridge/icemaker and dishwasher, washer/dryer, new small appliances, flat screen LCD TVs, huge balcony.

We believe that we have one of the best 2 BRs available at Dunes of Panama, certainly in terms of the actual building and location, location within the building, and in the dozens of special touches and unique amenities that we (as former PCB renters ourselves), believe we would most appreciate in a vacation rental ourselves. If you've ever rented a beach vacation condo and said 'I wish they had this' -- that is how we put our condo together. So you'll find the stuff that perhaps might not occur to an absentee landlord that doesn't use the place. If our guests think something is missing, we have a guest book that they can make suggestions so we can constantly improve.

We are on the fourth floor of the coveted “B” building. The B building has an unobstructed view of both the beach and two of the three pools and there are only 40 units in the building. It is closest to most of the amenities (pools, tennis courts). It is physically possible, I suppose, to get a unit that is geographically closer to the beach, but you're splitting hairs over 20 steps or so. Not scientific, but polling the 'stay at Dunes every year crowd' tell me they like building B the best. All the buildings are nice with spectacular views, but we think 'B' is the best.

We are constantly updating and improving our unit, trying to provide every conceivable amenity we can pack into the unit;

I look at the some of these ads on VRBO for the same type unit as ours, but outdated, without the great view, none of the perks we offer, and they charge hundreds more. I don't get it. We use the condo all the time and it is much more important to us to get guests that won't tear the place up, rather than try and squeeze an extra couple of hundred a week out of guests. Pay more and get less somewhere else if you want.

The secret to our low pricing is that, even after extensive renovations, we paid a half to a third of what most other owners did. So, yes, we really do charge less for a nicer unit and there really isn't a catch. This is more of a hobby than a business, and by charging under market we can be rented for the year by February and not have to worry about it.

Try us once and we think you’ll agree and come back.

Note: No smoking. Someone in party MUST be 25 or older to check-in.

Keywords: Beachfront, ocean front, gulf front, dunes of panama, Panama City Beach, beach condo, beach rental, vacation rental, spring break rental,
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/05/2016

Property Type

  • Condo
  • On floor 4
  • 1190 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    If unmarried, someone in the group must be 25 to rent....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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  • Bedroom 2: 2 double

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  • Convertible bed(s): 1 queen

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  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This is not your standard sleeper. This is a commercial sleeper sofa made by a company in Alabama for high end condos. 5-6 inch mattress and trampoline suspension - the only sleeper you can actually sleep on and wake up feeling great....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Massage chair, Flat screen TV in Living Room and Both Bedrooms, Three Gulf-front Swimming Pools w/ Large Sunning Decks and Gazebos, Poolside Snack Bars, Two Lighted Tennis Courts, Shuffleboard, Outdoor Barbecue Areas, Beach Volleyball, Beach Service Rentals, Game Room and workout room, board games and other amenities in condo...moreless

Entertainment

  • Air Hockey
  • DVD Player:

    Have about 50 DVDs, family oriented, and classics....moreless

  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Dunes has a game room, cheap video arcade games and air hocky....moreless

  • Games:

    Have a board game library; trivial pursuit, cards, etc....moreless

  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dunes upgrading to hi def multiple channel cable 2013...moreless

  • Television:

    (3) Two 32 inch in bedrooms, 42 iinch in living room. Flat screens of course....moreless

  • Toys:

    I have a separate storage area outside condo so I keep the owners closet unlocked; guests leave boogie boards, beach chairs etc., we cull a couple times a year for quality, so check before you spend ...moreless

  • Video Game Console:

    Playstation with games....moreless

  • Video Games:

    Playstation...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    None of this 'beach view' stuff, YOU ARE ON the beach ---- 10 steps from building to pool that opens to beach. 80 steps total building to sand....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    About 15-20% of units have covered assigned parking - we have a huge spot in the middle of our building on the pool side; One guest told me made them feel like VIP....moreless

  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Dunes comes with free wifi. They are upgrading in 2013...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    We inventory twice a year and replace anything that is missing....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We inventory twice a year and replace anything that is missing....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New August 2013 adding stainless stove...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    We inventory twice a year and replace anything that is missing....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    New 2013 added new Stainless large refrigerator...moreless

  • Stove:

    New 2013 stainless Stove...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    We have a LARGE balcony dead on the beach. This is something you should ask other ads about; some are half balconies....moreless

  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill:

    6 Grills throughout complex, two are super convenient to our unit....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Overlook Tennis Courts on the non water view side of condo....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    (3) We are physically as close to 2 of 3 pools as is humanly possible....moreless

  • Heated Pool
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 2016 to Jan 2017
Oct 29 - Jan 28, 2017
7 night min stay
$55
$1,300
March
Mar 4 - Mar 11, 2017
7 night min stay
$85
early spring
Mar 25 - Mar 31, 2017
7 night min stay
$115
ATL Spring Break
Apr 1 - Apr 7, 2017
7 night min stay
$136
April
Apr 8 - Apr 28, 2017
7 night min stay
$100
Early May
Apr 29 - May 12, 2017
7 night min stay
$85
Late May
May 13 - May 26, 2017
7 night min stay
$100
Early Summer
May 27 - Jun 2, 2017
7 night min stay
$147
Summer
Jun 3 - Jul 28, 2017
7 night min stay
$200
August
Jul 29 - Aug 25, 2017
7 night min stay
$114
Sept
Aug 26 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay
$97
Oct
Sep 30 - Oct 27, 2017
7 night min stay
$87
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$79
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $150 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Maid and Registration $140
  • Tax Rate 3.5%

Notes:

Call on Pets. Generally dogs only, 30 pounds max.

Initial payment is $400, there is no deposit because I eat the damage waiver insurance (it shows in your price, but I charge $60 less rate than I would have). Balance due 30 days prior to your arrival. Always 10-20% below rack rates for Dunes and for a much cooler condo. I price below market and other owners to rent quickly so I can be done booking early.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: Naval Academy Class of 1983, so no West Pointers please! Just kidding. My wife and two children live in Peachtree City Georgia and we love the Dunes of Panama. We thought it was the best when we were renting, we think the 'B' building is the best location, so when a unit opened up (there are only 40 in B building), we jumped on it.

Why the Owner Chose Holiday Beach, Lower Grand Lagoon, FL, USA:
We had our choice of condos and chose the Dunes. The Dunes, at 1500 feet of beachfront has one of the best beachfront to occupant ratio in Panama City. With three pools, it has one of the best pool to occupant ratios as well. The Dunes is well maintained, gated, and patrolled by security and safe. The Dunes is on Thomas drive, close to all the attractions, but away from the spring break maniacs. We have stayed many places in PCB, but prefer the Dunes. We aren’t people who have twenty units and do this for a living, we have one, this one, and for us it is a labor of love. If you check out the Dunes is #3 of 76 beachfront resorts, and it is about half the price of the ones listed as 1-3. It is the best deal on the beach for a vacation rental when we were renting, and we believe it is the best place to own now that we are owners. This is our home and we plan to retire there.

The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
We take pride in our home, and never forget what it is like to be Beach Condo renters for all those years. As such, we try to provide the stuff that we liked and always seemed to be missing. If you are looking for a quiet condo overlooking and just steps from two pools, tennis, beach, and assigned parking spot; and one that is in a safe gated property with a high beachfront to occupant ratio, then this is the place for you.


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/05/2016

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Photos

  • View from very large balcony and bedroom; 4 chairs, 1 table, 2 loungers.

    View from very large balcony and bedroom; 4 chairs, 1 table, 2 loungers.

  • Note, queen size sleeper is custom with 5 inch mattress

    Note, queen size sleeper is custom with 5 inch mattress

  • Another kitchen view

    Another kitchen view

  • Balcony looking left

    Balcony looking left

  • Second Bedroom, two FULL beds, tv, dvd, closet not shown

    Second Bedroom, two FULL beds, tv, dvd, closet not shown

  • Building B  helicopter view; overlook pools, beach, tennis clubhouse

    Building B helicopter view; overlook pools, beach, tennis clubhouse

  • Kitchen, GIANT fridge, icemaker, stainless app, BIG pantry (behind white door)

    Kitchen, GIANT fridge, icemaker, stainless app, BIG pantry (behind white door)

  • Make up table and mirror in left corner

    Make up table and mirror in left corner

  • From balcony one of two pools, shuffleboard and two BBQ right in front of unit.

    From balcony one of two pools, shuffleboard and two BBQ right in front of unit.

  • Condo is 4 up one from left, parking direct underneath, perk

    Condo is 4 up one from left, parking direct underneath, perk

  • Building B 19 steps to 2 pools, 83 steps to beach. Parking spot center poolside.

    Building B 19 steps to 2 pools, 83 steps to beach. Parking spot center poolside.

  • View from master

    View from master

  • Balcony looking straight out

    Balcony looking straight out

  • Balcony looking right

    Balcony looking right

  • Dining and bar (bench on other side of table seats two or three more

    Dining and bar (bench on other side of table seats two or three more

  • Fully stocked kitchen

    Fully stocked kitchen

  • Second bath, shower and washer dryer not shown

    Second bath, shower and washer dryer not shown

  • Living room, 42 in tv, dvd, SANYO massage chair,

    Living room, 42 in tv, dvd, SANYO massage chair,

  • In the mirror can see reflection of walk in closet

    In the mirror can see reflection of walk in closet

  • Tennis court on the street side of condo

    Tennis court on the street side of condo

  • Taken from LARGE balcony that stretches from master bedroom to living area

    Taken from LARGE balcony that stretches from master bedroom to living area

  • From non-beach side, assigned parking directly under building (perk)

    From non-beach side, assigned parking directly under building (perk)

  • Dunes complex; 1500 feet of beachfront for 331 units, BEST RATIO ON BEACH

    Dunes complex; 1500 feet of beachfront for 331 units, BEST RATIO ON BEACH

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Friday, December 09, 2016

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