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116 Ground floor in a beachside complex (chairs included)

Bedrooms Studio
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Condo, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

This deluxe ground floor studio condominium in a beachside complex at 8817 South Thomas Drive,. This studio condo has a fully-equipped kitchen with a stove, refrigerator, microwave,dishes and pots and pans. The condo features , tile floor, large TV with DVD player and two queen size beds. This unit is newly decorated, featuring a couch, new mattresses and headboards, and a dining are with seating for 4. This is a studio which means the living/sleeping area is in one room. This condo has a patio with a landscape view. (This condo does NOT have a view of the gulf but it is in a gulffront complex).

We do not allow more than 4 in this condo. This is in compliance with NFPA 01, 2010 Life Safety Code Occupant Load Factor.

If you show up with more than 4 to stay in my condo, you are subject to loss of deposit and monies paid and be turned away by security.

The condominium is located in the heart of Panama City Beach, and is within walking distance to Clubs LaVela and Spinnaker, shopping, golfing, and other activities. There is an age restriction of 21 years old for singles, and it is strictly enforced. This condominium unit is a NON-SMOKING Unit. (Smoking allowed in outside areas.) Smoking in the unit, or any other deviations from the rules of Top of the Gulf (including failure to occupy the room without advanced notice) will lead to a forfeiture of the $200 deposit. We do not allow pets. By sending the deposit, you are agreeing to these simple conditions.

This family oriented condominium complex has a large pool, baby pool, seasonal snack bar, and a massive sundeck overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches on the Emerald Coast.

Come on down and get away. Don't spend all your money on a big condo that all your going to do is sleep in, save that money and spend it on the restaurants, Zooworld, Gulfworld, and the other sights around.

**Some reviews may mention a view or close to the pool but this ad is from a previous rental on the 2nd floor and sometimes it is necessary to move a guest for whatever reason.**

** There is no view from this condo**

Keywords*: studio, Top of the Gulf, effeciency, Thomas Drive, beachside, gulffront complex, suite

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Owner/Manager

Gary, Hannah, and I have been coming to Top of the Gulf since 1995. We have owned different units through out the complex. We love the place. Our family loves it too. My mom, brother, and sister have all purchased here also.

Owner/Manager purchased this condo in 2012

Why Owner/Manager chose Panama City Beach Area

We love the convenience of being on Thomas Drive. We are close to shops, restaurants, and most importantly the complex is on the beach.

What makes this condo unique

This complex is a small, family oriented place. There are common area balconies, plenty of loung chairs, and its right on the beach.


West Panama City Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 queen beds
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

116 Ground floor in a beachside complex (chairs included)
average rating of 4.83871 based on 31 reviews

The property around the condo could have been cleaned up

  • 4 of 5

The condo we stayed in was fantastic and clean. Outside the property was puddles of water and it wasn't that clean around the property. The actual condo was clean and cozy

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Condo By The Sea!

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a more-than-charming condominium at family-friendly rates, this is your place! This condominium is adorable! We were extremely pleased with the comfort of the condominium, as well. Carolyn has provided all you need to have a memorable trip, and I cannot wait to stay here next year!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property

  • 4 of 5

This is a wonderful place to stay! The condo was decorated so nicely and the beds were very comfortable. It has everything you will need for your stay. They also had beach chairs for the condo and that was very nice each day on the beach. The beach in front of the condo isn't crowded and it's location is close to lots of great shopping and restaurants. It is located on the ground floor which was great for beach and pool access. There is also parking very close to the condo which was great for unloading all of our stuff. I would recommend this property to anyone and will be looking to stay here again when we return.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We LOVE it here!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying in one of Carolyn's units and I don't think we will rent from anyone else, ever! She is excellent with communication, her units are always clean, both have been updated units (and well decorated!), and the location is great! This unit was our favorite even though it does not have a view of the beach/ocean. Top of The Gulf is an older building but it's still quite charming and we love Mamasong's tiki bar by the pool! I highly recommend this place! (or any of Carolyn's other units)

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded expectations and already planning our next trip back!

  • 5 of 5

To be honest I was on the fence about going. Most of us have booked something going by pictures posted and when it comes to life you're disappointed and it's not quite what you thought. The stay in this studio is exactly the opposite! First, the owner is an amazing decorator with incredible taste for the items she selects for the condo. The rental was bright and looked like something out of a catalog. Her bedding, kitchen items and general things around are great quality and she has thought of absolutely EVERYTHING you could think of needing while on vacation. She has WIFI, extra pillows, blankets, a coffee maker, Keurig maker, many towels, cups and plates (you don't have to worry about dishes after using a few), there are ceiling fans and if you are like me and can't exist without a plug in fan she even has one for you in there! The condo was clean, well maintained and EXTREMELY convenient to the parking lot, pool and beach. Her patios were honestly the nicest of any patio I saw while walking around the property and were furnished with multiple lovely wood Adirondack chairs and tables. We felt very safe in our rental as well as the property. The resort has security present at all times who were friendly, approachable, helpful and frequently seen making rounds, at the front gate or chatting with guests. Another perk of this complex was the ease of getting to the beach (which they supply you with beach chairs/umbrella rental). Unlike other rentals in the area I noticed from walking the beach, this beach wasn't overcrowded and was a short walk from the main building to your sand spot. The pool at the facility was well maintained with great lounge chairs and had a snack stand with bags of ice, cocktails, food/snacks available quick and very affordable. On the last day of our stay I got to meet one of the owners, Carolyn, at the pool and she was absolutely fantastic not just in person but with communication and questions from day one of booking with her. She showed me her other rentals after we talked and they were just as beautiful and equipped! Staying at this condo made our vacation and we can't wait to come back and book this or another of this couples again! I apologize this was lengthy but simply saying our stay was great would be shorting how fantastic this rental is!

Carolyn, if you read this thank you again for everything! It was truly a pleasure meeting you and being able to stay here for our vacation! I look forward to our next visit

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristen, thank you so much for the great review. We strive to maintain our properties for guests like you and your Mom. We want guests that have worked hard and spent hard earned monies to have a great vacation without breaking the bank!! I was happy we were able to meet. I look forward to seeing you both again!
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Great Location and Very Clean!

  • 4 of 5

This is a 1st floor studio that is not beach front but IS very convenient to the beach AND the parking lot. This unit is very clean and well equipped. Loved the Décor! I do believe this owner owns more units in the building that have pool side views. For the location, cleanliness, and price we plan to book our next visit with this VRBO owner! In addition, the overall atmosphere of the complex is very "family Oriented"!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Spinaker and LeVela
Nearest Golf
0.25 Miles
Signal Hill Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Pineapple Willies, Spinaker, Dee's Hangout
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Panama City Beach, FL


Rates & Availability

West Panama City Beach Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring
Apr 15 2017 - May 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 20 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
4th of Juy
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dog Days of Summer
Aug 7 2017 - Aug 30 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

One Time Cleaning fee $55 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 13.0%

Add 12.5% taxes (city, county, and state) to rentals
$50 cleaning fee to have condo cleaned when you depart
**Registration fee for Spring break $25/Registration fee for other times $15 This is paid to the HOA and is not a part of my rental fee.
$500 refundable security deposit during spring break.
No pets/no singles under 21 Proof of age is required. MAX 4 in the unit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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