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Woods, Water and Sweeping Bay Views from Glassed Front Room

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Family friendly, quiet and peaceful. Heavily wooded area directly on the bay with amenities within easy reach. Sugar sand beaches of Pensacola and Gulf Shores a short drive away. All-around view of the bay from spacious living room floor-to-ceiling windows. Air conditioned, electric heat, working fireplace, Dish TV, WiFi, laundry facilities, ample parking. Pirates' Cove with its dolphin cruises, old fashioned hamburgers and live music weekends is around the corner on Intracoastal Waterway. Fishing reef farther out in the bay (constructed of fragments of a Gulf Shores pier destroyed by a hurricane.) by which there is always a boat of someone fishing. Sugar sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Pensacola a short drive away. Fresh fruits and vegetable stands, farmstead cheese factory close by near Elberta. The 24 inch redfish in the photo was caught just offshorre. My son observed that just after a rain the water would be more fresh than usual and sure enough, he caught the fsh just about ten feet offshore.

Sit in the shade of ancient live oaks next to the sea wall. Moon rise is spectacular. (So is the sunrise if you're up that soon.) Still possible to encounter deer on a walk through the woods. Swimming good for children -- my father picked out the lot because of the shallow water and clean, sandy bottom.

One king bedroom, one double bedroom, one den with sleeper sofa, one daybed in center reading room, two day beds on enclosed sleeping porch. Two full bathrooms (one with shower and one with bath tub). Large kitchen with roomy eating facilities.

Keywords: Swim, watch an osprey catch a fish: Directly on wide waterfront with big trees, spacious house with ample space for parking, year round, in Josephine, on the Alabama side of Perdido Bay, laundry facilities, fishing reef out in front. Southwest from Pensacola about a 35 minute drive via Hwy 98, then south on 95. About an hour's drive from Mobile.

Minimum stay two nights. Cleaning fee $65.00. No pets. Bellingrath Gardens near Mobile and the Blue Angels in Pensacola are well known attractions. Separate cottage available on same lot. Listing is 351034.

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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About The Owner

Writer whose children learned to swim here, and enjoyed walking on the sands of Perdido Bay.

The Owner purchased this house in 1956

Why The Owner chose Elberta

This house was built in 1954 and expanded in 1975 by my Father who was and engineer and supervised a large part of the building of the Hoover Dam. My brother-in-law commented, after seeing the house during construction; "your father is building that house like he is spending government money." He was referring to my father's engineer's attention to detail.

My father selected this site because of the soft sand and the warm shallow water which is perfect for small children. In the photos section you can see my three great granddaughters playing about 40 or 50 feet in front of the see wall, and they just over waist-deep at high tide. This is the perfect place for children.

What makes this house unique

Seeing the ospreys and other wildlife, the sound of the waves throughout the house, the quiet, friendly neighborhood, water safe for children to learn to swim, uncrowded boating, fishing right there.


Elberta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • There is one full bathroom with a large vanity and a 3/4 bathroom. There is also a shower head outside to rinse off after playing in the warm water of Perdido Bay.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • This house comfortably sleeps six to eight people. There are two spacious bedrooms, one with a king size bed and one with a double. There are three day beds in common areas of the house, which guest may position to their comfort. There is a den off of the main living room with a view of the water, which has a pullout sofa bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Woods, Water and Sweeping Bay Views from Glassed Front Room
average rating of 3.8888888 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful view, close to all the good spots, nice friendly property owner and property manager

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful views, nice friendly property owner and property manager

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great view and very friendly area.

  • 5 of 5

We love staying here. Owner is very easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded beach house

  • 5 of 5

loved staying here. funky little beach house that worked wonderfully for our group. Had no issues with smell or anything else (had seen previous reviews about this). would love to bring the view out of the living room (infinite water) back home to the city!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the location and Home

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home and location and the people in the area. We will definitely be renting this home again and again over the years. The owner was very easy to work with and very helpful. Our little dogs loved the neighbors dogs and played and had so much fun.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded with beautiful views BUT...

  • 2 of 5

We loved getting away from the crowded tourist-y condos we have stayed in before, and the view of the bay from the house and backyard was incredible. (Wish the Adirondack chairs visible in the picture had actually been there, though.) Another positive was the friendly property manager; she was great to speak with.

Unfortunately, having found this property when searching for a handicapped-friendly vacation rental and seeing that it is labeled as wheelchair-accessible, we were extremely disappointed to find steps throughout the house, making it decidedly not handicapped-accessible. For others in similar situations, the toilets aren't just not ADA-approved, they are sit-on-the-ground, been-here-since-the-'60s low. Overall, the house is in dire need of updating and could have used a much more thorough cleaning. Also, we killed spiders and roaches throughout our stay. And having people staying in the cottage next to the driveway was a bit awkward, especially at night with lights on in the kitchen and no window coverings. Expect to drive at least half an hour to Perdido Key and much longer to Pensacola.

This place just wasn't what we were hoping for. We have learned to ask some very specific questions in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Secluded, and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

I've been coming to this beautiful home for many years and it's the most relaxing vacation spot I've every visited. You can't beat the view - it's right on the water. Great swimming. The water is perfect for children - calm, shallow and sandy bottom. The sunsets are spectacular! The house is large and the front is almost entirely glass, so you can sit inside and enjoy the beautiful view. There's WiFi and DirecTV to keep you busy at night time. But you may prefer to go fishing instead. It's about 30 minutes by car from the house to Foley, where there are a Walmart, the outlet mall and fast food joints.

Now someone wrote a particularly mean-spirited comment about mold and I can tell you that person must have confused this house with some other property. I was just there (June 2017) and the house is definitely not a 5-star resort, but it's clean and comfortable with some terrific views of Perdido Bay, Ono Island and Pensacola. In fact, I feel rejuvenated and ready to face the world again.

Speaking of Pensacola: You need to visit the Naval Air Museum. It's about an hour's drive from the house. It's a great way spend an afternoon admiring vintage Navy aircraft. And if you plan it just right you can see the Blue Angels practice. Plus, it's free! (they do however accept donations).

I recommend this home to anyone looking for rest and relaxation. If you're into the night-life, bar-hoping, and making new friends at the pool you're going to be disappointed. But, if you want beautiful scenery, a cool breeze in your hair as you watch the dolphins swim by, and to feel human again, this is the place.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Pensacola International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Pirates Cove Marina
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Gulf Shores/Dauphin Isle.
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Foley Greens
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
US 98
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Pirates Cove Marina
Nearest Beach
Perdido Bay In The Front Yard
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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