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Cindy Lou's 3BR/3BA Beachfront 10th Floor East Corner Condo in Island Royale!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,275 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cindy Lou’s TOP TEN reasons to rent unit 1001 in Island Royale:

1. Beach/Gulf Front! Nothing separates you from the Gulf of Mexico other than a short walk on sugar white sand!

2. Balcony and Views! The private and spacious balcony is on the 10th floor and on the east corner of the building. The unobstructed views of the Gulf’s emerald green water and white sand beaches are to die for!! The sunrises and sunsets are will take your breath away! (Please view my photos!)

3. Location! The condo is located 0.8 miles from downtown Gulf Shores, making it an easy walk (along the street or beach) to restaurants like The Hangout , Bahama Bob’s, and The Pink Pony Pub. Pier 33 (a small carryout/grocery store) is just across the street.

4. Beach! Our beach is huge, clean and sugar white! Unlike other larger condo complexes where guests crowd the beach, Island Royale is a smaller but newer building which allows for a comfortable beach population! Set up your beach camp and have plenty of room to play!

5. Condo Layout! My family friendly, 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo sleeps 8 and has plenty of room for everyone to spread out and have their own space. Each bedroom has an attached bath for each guest’s privacy. There is a flat screen TV and Blu-ray or DVD player in each bedroom. The dining area seats 9. If you have an extended family and you need more space, check out my penthouse unit that’s just 5 floors above this unit (VRBO 838652). It will sleep 8 people too, so that gives a total of 16 family and friends all located in the same building and on the same beach!!

6. Convenient Beach Gear Storage: No need to lug your beach gear for miles after your day in the sun. Unit 1001 has parking near the entrance to the beach. Simply walk off the beach and drop your heavy beach gear in the back of your vehicle. Done!

7. Clean! How many units have you had to clean when you arrived to begin your vacation? Not here!! My unit is cleaned by a wonderful cleaning company who treat my unit as if it were their own home. They do not cut corners, they clean ‘em!!

8. Updated! My unit has new carpet in all 3 bedrooms, a new dining set, bar stools and new upholstered swivel chairs in the living room. The bedrooms were recently painted and 2 of the 3 bathrooms were remodeled in 2014.

9. Extra Features! There is a fabulous indoor/outdoor swim through heated pool and indoor and outdoor hot tubs. The Island Royale building has 4 outdoor charcoal grills, a fitness center, and sauna and steam room and upgraded Wi-Fi for 2018!

10. Owner Operated! I own my unit and I manage it. I do not use a hard to reach Management Company. You may call me 24/7 and I will either pick up my phone or return your call within minutes. If you have any issues, I will address them immediately!! Your vacation is very important to me and I want to make it the best ever! My goal, for my guests, is to have such a positive experience they want to make my condo and Gulf Shores part of their family tradition year after year!


** 1276 square feet of living space with an additional 311 square feet on the balcony.

** Spacious three bedrooms and three bathrooms with ample closet and drawer space.

** King, Queen, Twins, and Queen Size Sofa Sleeper.

** 46 in. Samsung HDTV with WiFi and Blu-Ray player with WiFi in living room.

** 40 in. Sony HDTV and Blu-Ray player with WiFi in master bedroom

** 32 in. Samsung HDTV with WiFi and DVD Player in Queen BR

** 32 in. Samsung HDTV and Blu-Ray Player in Twin bedroom

** Books, and assorted games.

** Highchair

** 12 cup basket type filter coffee maker, George Foreman grill, crock-pot, waffle iron, in addition to a fully equipped kitchen.

** Full size laundry room with large washer and dryer, iron, and vacuum.

** Telephone for local calls and 911 service.

** Wireless Internet

** KEYLESS ENTRY - Don't hassle with keys - give your unique code to all guests for easy access. Code expires at the end of your stay.


** 200 Feet of private beachfront

** Beach-side heated indoor with swim through to outdoor pool.

** Two heated whirlpool/hot tubs.

** Exercise room.

** Sauna and steam rooms.

** Conference room

** Outside grilling area.

** Two large elevators with utility carts for transporting belongings.

** Beach boardwalk with showers (no steps allowing for handicap access to beach).

** Beach rentals providing chairs and umbrellas.

** Pier 33 convenience store across the street has most of your beach and vacation needs.


** Check In Time: 3:00 PM

** Check Out Time: 10:00 AM

** Non Smoking Unit.

** Absolutely No Pets (Local kennels available).

** Adults and Families Only. No Student Rentals.

** 13% State and Lodging Tax

** $135 Cleaning Fee

** $25 Per Vehicle Parking Pass (2 vehicles per unit may park in the building's lot)

** $59 Damage Insurance Fee Replaces the Need for a Deposit by Providing $1500 in Accidental Damage Insurance.

** No Security Deposit

Keywords: Condominium, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Island Royale, Vacation Rental

More Details

Cindy Winkeljohn
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2018

About Cindy Winkeljohn

Hi! My name is Cindy Winkeljohn (my friends call me Cindy Lou) and I (along with my husband) own Island Royale units 1001 and P201. I really enjoy managing our condos and I truly wish for all who spend their vacation there to have a great time and a good experience! I live in a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, but grew up on a hog/dairy farm in western Ohio with my 4 brothers and sisters, a horde of dogs, cats, chickens, pony, cows and pigs. I'm a Physical Therapist but my true love is spending time at the beach and managing these properties. I have twin boys and a daughter who are now out of college and doing their own thing, but every summer while they were growing up, we vacationed at the beaches along the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. In 1996 we started vacationing in Gulf Shores and since our first visit, we never went anywhere else. When the real estate market corrected in 2008 and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill happened in 2010, it created the perfect opportunity for us to purchase in Gulf Shores and Island Royale. We purchased unit 1001 in 2012 and added P201 in 2016. We absolutely love the Island Royale property and love sharing it and all it has to offer with our guests.

Cindy Winkeljohn purchased this condo in 2012

Why Cindy Winkeljohn chose Gulf Shores

When I was growing up and newly married, I lived in Ohio and Northern Virginia. We always went to the beach for vacation, so I’ve vacationed at Cape Cod, Long Beach Island, Virginia Beach, Emerald Isle, Oak Island, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, Amelia Island, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Cape San Blas. In 1996 we moved to Collierville, TN, and the closest beach was Gulf Shores, Alabama. I had never heard of the beach in L.A. (Lower Alabama), but was blown away by what I found. The beach was sugar white and the people very relaxed and laid back. Gulf Shores has managed to stay a well kept secret that allows us to stay at a perfect beach that is not nearly as commercialized as any of the other beaches we visited. After we moved to Texas, Gulf Shores was still the best beach we had visited, so rather than go to the Texas beaches, we kept making the trip to Gulf Shores, and eventually purchased our first Island Royale property there in 2012.

What makes this condo unique

The best feature of this property is the corner view! The wide open east end balcony offers a panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico to the south and to the east. Most of your time at this property will be spent on the balcony. Another unique feature is the inclusion of a full bath in each of the three bedrooms. This really presents itself as three individual suites where you can get away from your group for some down time if desired. Each bedroom has a HDTV along with either a DVD or Blu ray player.

Finally, unlike many of the properties in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, I manage the properties I this is truly a vacation rental by owner, and you will always work directly with me. The majority of properties are managed by BIG real estate companies that are hard to contact and add big fees to their total rental price.

I hope you will love Gulf Shores as much as I do, and I look forward to working with you to provide a wonderful vacation experience.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Once again we had a wonderful and relaxing time in your condo. Thank you so much the wonderful gift. Condo is still as pretty as last time we stayed.
Dec 2010
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Gulf Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 10
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1275 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Access from master bedroom - includes a single sink vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Access from 2nd bedroom - includes single sink vanity
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Access from 3rd BR & hallway - includes single sink vanity
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Living Room Sleeper Sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Cindy Lou's 3BR/3BA Beachfront 10th Floor East Corner Condo in Island Royale!
average rating of 4.854839 based on 94 reviews
Parma, Mi


  • 5 of 5

Very nice condo, very relaxing, beautiful view

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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spring break

  • 4 of 5

Condo was very nice and enjoyed by family that visited. 3 bed and 3 bath nice for privacy. Directly on the beach and large patio was excellent. Bathroom in the queen room could use an updated vanity. No drawers for storage and don't like to keep cosmetics , toothbrushes etc. by drains. Couch cushions so soft hard to get out you sit so low to ground. All personal choices that probably affected only a few people. Only one issue with condo and very prompt and friendly response by Cindy which is excellent!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for leaving a review, Karla. I appreciate you mentioning the large balcony with its beach/Gulf view. I agree with you about the sofa. It is a little squishy. It's always difficult to find a comfy sofa that is also a sleeper. I hope you return to Gulf Shores and will stay in one of my condos again!
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Relaxing Family Location

  • 5 of 5

The amazing views from this oversized patio elevate relaxation to a new level. Renting this unit felt more like staying with a friend, imagine my surprise when I realized I forgot coffee for the first morning and found a can of "Emergency Coffee" in the freezer left by the owner. Thanks for a well maintained 3 bedroom unit.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for leaving a review, Chris. I'm glad you found the emergency coffee in the freezer! I've forgotten my coffee a time or two---not a good way to start the first day of vacation--so that's why I keep a stash in the freezer! I'm always trying to anticipate what people will need to make their stay great! And, as always, thanks for pointing out the view from the oversized balcony. Takes my breath away every time I'm there!
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The condo was beautiful, just as advertised. Kitchen was well stocked. Views were amazing!

  • 4 of 5

The building was in the perfect location for us. Pool was heated and there was a hot tub inside and outside. It was fantastic to go to the outdoor hot tub at night and look at the stars. Perfect way to end the day after walking the beach. We made lots of great memories.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great idea to star gaze while hanging out in the hot tub! We will do that the next time we are at the condo! Thanks for leaving a review. I'm glad you made some great memories!
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Happy Days

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The condo was perfect for our needs. Location was great. Cindy was very accessible and receptive to our questions.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for writing a review, Colleen! I am so happy you all had a great time. September and October in Gulf Shores is so beautiful and a wonderful time for a vacation!
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Awesome views!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this unit. The views from the corner balcony were terrific. Could view the bay and the ocean. Sitting on the balcony was almost like sitting on the beach itself. The unit was very well furnished and the furniture was comfortable. First time using VRBO and Cindy made this a great experience. We will definitely be back!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Diane! I'm glad you enjoyed the views! They are really spectacular!! Being able to view both the sunrise and sunset from the balcony is always a treat. Also, I'm happy that your first experience using VRBO was a good one!
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The Wharf
Cobalt, The Restaurant
Tanger Outlet Center
Joe Patti's Seafood
Pirates Island Adventure Golf
Lambert's Cafe III
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
The Hangout
Close to the condo-- .75 mile walk. Food is "so-so."
Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park
Doc's Seafood Shack and Oyster Bar -- CLOSED
Ike's Beach Services
Ike's sets up right at the end of the Island Royale boardwalk. Reserve your umbrella and ch...
Kiva Dunes Golf Club
Big Fish Restaurant
Shrimp Basket
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Awesome hike right down to an unspoiled (protected) section of the beach.
Alligator Alley
Sassy Bass Amazin' Grill
A bit of a drive to Sassy Bass in Ft. Morgan but worth it. Live music sometimes.
Waterville USA Inc
Nearest Airport
37.4 Miles
Pensacola International Airport, 2430 Airport Blvd
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
The Hangout
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Mobile Bay Ferry at Ft. Morgan
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Kiva Dunes
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Bahama Bobs
Nearest Beach
Beach is right out the door!!
Car: recommended

Water and Amusement Parks, Dolphin Cruises, Several Golf Courses to choose from. Deep sea fiishing, parasailing, paddle boarding, hiking, outlet mall shopping, Segway tours, antiquing, historic Fort Morgan, Pensacola Lighthouse, USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile, Many restaurants and bars!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

$25 Each Parking Pass $50
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $135


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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