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5/5.5 Great Gulf Getaway-3,500 Sq Ft Professionally Designed

Seacrest, FL, USA
  • House3500 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

House & carriage house- 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14-16)

Purchased 2010, renovated, and designed by the owner- ASID designer, and her daughter--majored in interior design at Dallas Art Institute, “Great Gulf Getaway” is situated on a corner lot in Seacrest Beach which is located on Highway 30A, nestled between Alys Beach, and Rosemary Beach. The house is located 2 blocks from the beautifully landscaped 12,000 sq ft lagoon style pool--the largest on 30A. The beach is short walk (less than 4min), but why walk when you can ride the free shuttle to the gulf and to the pool.

The main house is spacious--3000 sq ft with an additional 3000 sq ft of fully furnished covered porches on 2 levels. There is an additional 500 sq ft of space available in the carriage house. Both the house and the carriage house have wireless wifi and a total of 8 flat screen TVs 42' or larger--all with DVDS. There is also a sony play station3 in the 3rd floor media room.

The carriage house, above the garage, has a mini kitchen, dining table/chairs for 4, a queen bed, sofa sleeper, LCD flat screen 46' TV, DVD, and a bath with a shower. Carriage house is connected to the main house on the 2nd floor via the covered porch. This space is available for rent for an additional fee with the rental of the main house.

The first floor has 10 ft ceilings, slate floors, and a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances,a gas stove, and granite counter tops. There is a breakfast bar with seating for 5, and a dining table that seats 10. The great room has HD LCD flat screen 46” TV and HD DVD player. The first floor also has a powder room, and a laundry room, as well as a master bedroom with a king size bed, LCD flat screen 46' TV, DVD player, and a bath with soaking tub, separate shower, double vanity, and a walk-in closet.

The 2nd floor has 9 ft ceilings, hardwood floors, and a mini kitchen with a sitting area that has a queen sleeper sofa, and wall hung LCD flat screen 42” TV.. There are 3 carpeted bedrooms on the 2nd floor-each with their own bathroom. The 2nd master bedroom has a king size bed, LCD flat screen 46' TV, and DVD player, and a queen size sofa sleeper. The ensuite bathroom has a separate shower, jacuzzi tub, and a double sink vanity area. One of the bedrooms has 2 twin bunk beds, and the other has 2 queen beds--both have LCD flat screen 42” TV's and DVD players.

A spiral staircase leads to the 3rd floor room media room. It has sectional sofa seating with media cabinet housing a 50 inch plasma TV and Sony playstation 3 for movie viewing, and game playing. There is a deck off of this area with a lounge chair.

Each of the main house bedrooms has french doors that open out unto a covered porch! The covered porches are furnished with sofas, lounge chairs, tables and chairs and a gas grill on the first floor.

Brief Snapshot: House

1st Floor: Great room/eating area, kitchen, powder room/ master bedroom-king/ ensuite bath-separate tub/shower/double vanity

2nd Floor: Sitting room/queen sleeper sofa/tv/ mini kitchen

master bedroom w/king/queen sofa sleeper, ensuite bath/separate tub/shower/ double vanity, 2nd bedroom-4 twin bunk room/ bath/combo tub/shower, 3rd bedroom-2 queens/ bath w/shower

3rd Floor: media room/ balcony with partial gulf view

Carriage House: mini kitchen, sitting area, eating area, queen bed, queen sleeper sofa, bath w/shower

Keywords: beach house, carriage house,


Cathie Parkerson

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
About Cathie Parkerson

My husband and I with our family this past summer!

Cathie Parkerson purchased this House in 2010

Why Cathie Parkerson chose Santa Rosa Beach

We love the the area and the feeling of being in a small, friendly, safe,community that includes a wonderful lagoon style pool, beautiful white sand beach and all of the activities available without the congestion you find towards the Destin area.

What makes this House unique

We designed this house for our family's enjoyment and comfort, and we believe your family will enjoy staying here as much as we do, because of the attention to detail and the warm and inviting atmosphere.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
        • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) Queen sofa beds, Bunk Beds (4)


        • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
          • 5.5


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Parking
                  2 behind garage and ample street parking
                • Air Conditioning
                • Fireplace
                  electric wall fireplace
                • Free Long Distance
                • Garage
                • Linens Provided
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Parking Off Street
                • Telephone
                • Towels Provided
                  Not beach towels
                • Washing Machine
                • Wireless Internet


                    • Coffee Maker
                      3 keurigs & 1 regular
                    • Cooking Utensils
                      well stocked
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Dishwasher
                      generous size
                    • Kitchen
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                      gas oven
                    • Refrigerator
                    • Shared Kitchen
                      (2) 2 mini kitchens
                    • Toaster
                      3 toasters


                        • Dining
                          + seating for 5 at the bar eating space
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 10 people


                            • DVD Player
                            • Games
                            • Satellite / Cable
                            • Television
                            • Video Game Console
                              Sony Playstation 3
                            • Video Games
                              some provided


                                • Balcony
                                • Deck / Patio
                                  3000 sq ft of covered porches 4 lounge chairs/ seating for 16 + 2 tables/ seating for 10
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  Stainless steel gas grill

                                  Pool / Spa

                                    • Communal Pool
                                      lagoon style largest pool on 30A
                                    • jetted tub
                                      2nd flloor masted bedroom


                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • health/beauty spa
                                        • live theater
                                        • playground
                                        • restaurants
                                        • theme parks
                                        • water parks

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • miniature golf
                                            • outlet shopping
                                            • shelling
                                            • shopping
                                            • walking

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • cycling
                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                • fishing
                                                • golf
                                                • parasailing
                                                • swimming
                                                • tennis


                                                    • 3000 sq ft of covered porches, rafts, bean bag throws, beach umbrella

                                                      7 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      Home away from home.l

                                                      Mecohouma, la, usa

                                                      We stayed here recently(June 2016). The owner was very nice and accommodating. The place itself is nicer than the pics. It is beautiful, and the wrap around porch is amazing! It also slept 16 well. It has some beach gear to be used. We like to cook, and the kitchen had lots of conveniences. Great gas stove. Great getaway for extended family. We will stay again!

                                                      Nice House; Community has issues

                                                      Linda M.

                                                      There were a few minor issues with the house, but overall it was a very comfortable home. The ice maker didn't function properly and we had to purchase ice for our daily use. The cleaners were an hour late leaving the property. There was a few kitchen essentials that we had to purchase ourselves. The biggest issue was the community and I would have liked to have known before we booked this home, which is why I'm writing a review. The access to the beach is limited because you can only go through the community directly in front of the main entrance to the Seacrest community. They do not allow bikes or any other wheeled objects (wheelbarrows, coolers, strollers) to go through their community, much less a car. So you have to park them across the street and carry all of your beach things (and kids) a good quarter mile to the beach. There are a few large golf carts the Seacrest community provides that you call and they will come to you, but only one can go into the beachside community at a time and there are only a handful, so during prime times, you will wait. I'm sure this system works fine in non-peak weeks, but in the middle of July it was quite annoying. The beach is also very crowded because everyone from these two communities is accessing it at from the same staircase. Two beach chair companies have monopolized the space and if you want to purchase an umbrella and two chairs it's $275 for the week or $50 a day. If you don't rent an umbrella for the week, you are hauling your things even farther down the beach. All these things considered, the water was beautiful and we had a wonderful time. We just wished we had known the issues with the beach access before we had selected this house/community. There is also a lot of construction going on in the community, so there was noise all day starting early in the morning.

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      I am always sorry when my guests are unhappy! I do try to address issues with the property when I am made aware of them. I apologize for the cleaners being late. I was not aware of it at the time, and the situation hopefully has been taken care of. The refrigerator is new, and it does work. For sanitary reasons, the ice is emptied between guests, and it takes awhile for it to build up again. I do state in my information letter that if your group is large, you probably will need to supplement the ice by buying some. I believe I have a well stocked kitchen, but the renter did mention she bought a pitcher that I didn't have. Again, I am sorry she was disappointed, but some of the issues are beyond my control, and are the result of a popular growing community!

                                                      cajun's family fun

                                                      lindaleeJennings, Louisiana United States

                                                      During the week of June 13-20 our family of fourteen spent a wonderful week at Seacrest Beach. This was our fifth every-other-year family vacation at Seacrest. We have stayed in two previous homes, both of which we really thought were great. Since our family continues to grow, this time I decided to look for a larger home. As I searched through the various houses, it seemed that Great Gulf Getaway would be a good choice. We were not at all disappointed. All of us enjoyed the lovely spacious home, and our grandchildren LOVED the third floor media room. The only negative was that we were not able to enter the home until a little after 5:00 the Saturday afternoon that we arrived, because housekeeping had not completed the cleaning. The supervisor of housekeeping showed up at our front door the next morning, apologizing for our delay in entering the house. She actually brought us a $50 Target gift card to make amends. We really appreciated that. Our week was very relaxing and fun-filled, as always! We especially loved having early morning coffee on the west porch with our three children and their spouses. That was a daily ritual, and a pleasurable one. My oldest daughter said, "You hit it out of the park, with this house." We are all looking forward to returning to Great Gulf Getaway for our next family vacation in 2017. Thank you to the Parkerson's for sharing their vacation home with our family.

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Thank you! I am sorry about the cleaning situation, but glad you found their response acceptable. Thanks again for staying with us and taking the time to write a review,

                                                      It IS a "Great Gulf Getaway"!!!

                                                      My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with our three children, their spouses and our 4 grandkids in this lovely home.

                                                      The photos do not lie; this is a VERY spacious home with plenty of room for adults and children alike.

                                                      The "girls" and I especially appreciated the big kitchen with huge counter space for prep and cooking. We also enjoyed the large dining table for family meals and the adjacent eating space on the first floor porch. The large flat screen TV's in the living room and ALL adult bedrooms plus the 3rd floor "movie" room were a nice bonus!! The house, including the three levels of porches, was so large we all could have our "own" space. The location is ideal in close enough to the pool and beach but far enough for privacy and quiet.

                                                      The few minor issues we had were taken care of promptly and satisfactorily by the owner and local manager.

                                                      I would highly recommend this home and hope to return there in the near future.

                                                      My Favorite Home to Rent in Seacreat

                                                      Bethann R.Plano, Texas

                                                      This home is one of the most beautiful, inviting and comforable homes in all of Seacrest. Cathie has done a fantastic job with decorating and with the detail for her guests. We have rented for years, and stumbled upon this home and have already booked our next visit in August. I highly recommend this home and homeowner.

                                                      Beautiful house, very comfortable!

                                                      We really enjoyed our recent stay at this house. It is very new and modern with great beds, cookware, appliances and bathrooms. The multiple decks and porches are very nice and the community pool is a highlight. You just can't beat this community. Would highly recommend to any anyone.


                                                      Seacrest, FL, USA

                                                      Located in Seacrest Beach nestled on Highway 30A between Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach, the community features a 12,000 sq ft lagoon style pool-one of the best in the area. All of the shops and restaurants and many of the actvities associated with the 30A communities from Seaside to Rosemary are easily accessed. In one direction towards Destin is an outstanding outlet mall, and a short distance in the opposite direction is Pier Park with shopping and mini amusement park.

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