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Windsong By The Sea Home in Crystal Beach Destin, Private Pool & Wi-Fi

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8

This charming home is in the quaint neighborhood of Crystal Beach, known for its seaside-styled cottages and white picket fences, and has the look and feel of the sea. Arrive in the cozy family room with vaulted ceilings, and settle in. This seaside cottage has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths to accommodate all your happy campers. At your fingertips are the most beautiful beaches in the world, by way of the beach access that is only two short blocks away.

After a day soaking in the sun at the beach, celebrate your vacation with a few cannon balls into your heated (fee, optional) private pool, before firing up the grill. Close amenities include the renowned Destin Commons, with its 75 plus stores, including the new 55,000 square foot Bass Pro Shop, Ann Taylor, Abercrombie, Hard Rock Cafe, a Motion Picture theater, and the Publix grocery store, to name but a few. The Destin Commons has received over 19 million visitors so far in 2016! If golfing is your 'bag', treat yourself to any of the 15 finest, world-class golf courses available, such as Kelly Plantation, Regatta Bay, 4 courses in SanDestin, and Camp Creek.

The Destin Harbor is minutes away for deep sea fishing, snorkeling, boating and jet-skiing. The harbor is your gateway to the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico! And how about the many fine eateries serving up their fresh catch of the day (many are within walking distance from Windsong by the Sea). Close by are Big Kahuna's Waterpark, Silver Sands Outlet Mall, The Track, and the Gulfarium. Good times will be had by the whole family, but make time for each other once the kids are tucked in, enjoying a glass of wine while relaxing on the front porch while breathing in the sea breezes.

Feel free to use the included wireless high-speed internet to email your boss: You’ll be staying a while longer ?, because this lifestyle is addictive!

Need directions? I can help as I lived in Destin for many years.

More Details

Terri Julian
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 2, 2017

About Terri Julian

Hi, I'm Terri Julian. I first purchased Windsong in 2005 with dreams of owning my own little piece of paradise in Destin, FL. I lived in my dream home for three wonderful years before moving back to my home town of Little Rock, AR. I couldn't bear the thought of selling the home, and since it is only 2 blocks from the beach, I installed a pool on my lot, and I began renting Windsong By The Sea out on a short-term basis back in 2008. I travel to back to Destin on a 4 or 5 times a year, and the minute I walk through the front door my heart stirs with nostalgia and affection. I love this home, and I continue to pour sweat and love into it in hopes that it just as charming to you as it is to me.

Terri Julian purchased this house in 2005

Why Terri Julian chose Crystal Beach

Unbeknownst to me when I purchased this home, which only had one other owner previously, the location of Windsong is ideal. It is strategically located within a 2 block radius of so many wonderful amenities, including of course, the beautiful beach and a dedicated Crystal Beach beach access, to the Destin Commons Open Air Mall with its famous 49-head 'pop-up' fountain and outdoor playground, to over 30 restaurants, and a Publix GROCERY store!

What makes this house unique

Windsong By The Sea offers a wonderful front porch experience, as you relax and watch the world go by. Interesting people from states near and far, as well as from other countries(!), stroll by on the sidewalks of the seaside neighborhood of Crystal Beach. Many have their canine companions out with them so all can stretch their legs in the gulf breeze. It is such a magical place and you just want time to stand still!

Windsong also offers a private pool and complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time at Windsong! We went shopping, ate at great restaurants, and fished. Your beach home was warm and cozy, and we didn't want to go home! Thank you Terri!
Mar 2010
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Destin Commons
Pompano Joe's
Harborwalk Village
Silver Sands Premium Outlets
Bonefish Grill
Bass Pro Shops
AMC Destin Commons 14
790 On The Gulf
Whale's Tail At Seascape
Ciao Bella Pizza Da Guglielmo
Ocean Club Restaurant
Pompano Joe's
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
McGuire's Irish Pub & Brewery
The Track Family Recreation Center
Car: recommended

All at your fingertips are the Gulf of Mexico, Deep sea fishing, Wildlife viewing (dolphins!), Golf (any of the finest 15 are available), Tennis, Shopping and more shopping (Destin Commons, the Outlet Mall, Sandestin), Swimming and sunning, Basking by the pool, Snorkeling and Diving, Water skiing, Boating, Surfing, Sailing, Para sailing, Gulfarium, Jet-skiing, Airplane rides, Dining at the finest restaurants, and the Rave Theater!

Other Activities: dolphin watching, shopping and more shopping, fine dining


Crystal Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Queen Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Bunk Room
  • 2 rooms with one single bed, 1 room with 4 children's beds. Master bedroom has king-sized bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 18 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is a king-sized bed in the master bedroom and a queen-sized bed in the 3rd bedroom. There is a bunk bed in the 2nd bedroom that consists of a twin on the top; a full-sized bed on the bottom with a twin bed trundle underneath the full bed(sleeps 4). Windsong is two short blocks from the beach and beach access. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything that you need if you were at your home. All you have to bring is food! You have your own private pool and wireless, high-speed (7 'Meg') Internet access!


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Windsong By The Sea Home in Crystal Beach Destin, Private Pool & Wi-Fi
average rating of 4.4473686 based on 44 reviews

Great Place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We all enjoyed Windsong by the Sea. The location was great ! The beach was an easy walk. The home was very comfortable and had was stock with all that we needed. All of us agreed that we made a good choice by staying here. Thanks Terri for the use of your vacation home. Hope to come back again.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2009
  • Stayed: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place - enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Many memories made

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved this house. It is centrally located, but in a quiet, friendly neighborhood. Everything you could want/need is within walking distance. The house was very clean and equipped with everything we needed and more. Our dog had enough yard to run around and chase the lizards and the pool was perfect for lounging and cooling off. Plus the owner was only a phone call away to answer any questions. We loved it all and will definitely try to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dana, thanks so much for your kind words! You and your family (including your fur baby) were perfect guests. It makes my day that y'all had a good vacation. I hope and look forward to you returning to Windsong sometime in the near future! Thank you again, Dana, it means the world to me. Terri Julian
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The house is fine, the situation surrounding the house is not.

  • 2 of 5

My family has been staying in Destin yearly for the last 18 years, and never have I encountered a situation like I did staying here. I'm not sure where to even begin.... The house wasn't ready until 3 hours past check in time after my family had driven 9 hours to get here and were exhausted and starving. It appeared as though the owner must be living there between rentals. My parents, who arrived a couple of hours before us were very upset at the situation. Tried to talk to her about it and she got defensive, and wouldn't even speak to us when we first arrived. She refused to finish cleaning the house... I wish I could share the photo I took of the huge pile of dog hair that I swept from the floor after she left! The pool was dirty. (The pool guy did come the next day to clean it) And imagine how I felt after we had all climbed into bed exhausted the first night, and the next morning realizing that my son had slept in a bed of dirty dog hair sheets! We had to dispose of a rat under the deck steps that she would not take care of. And it's not like we could have even gotten in touch with her for anything because she left her cell phone sitting on the kitchen counter and wouldn't dare show back up to get it! I certainly hope she dares not respond with a negative comment like she has the other reviewers that had problems. I guarantee that we left this house cleaner than when we checked in and nothing was broken. BEWARE... and maybe be prepared to clean up first if you decide to stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: OMG, I couldn't leave because you and your crazy mother held me hostage in my own home! Your mother accused me of fraud! Yes, I didn't pick up the dead rat. I pressure washed the deck and trimmed all the surrounding bushes by the pool (just for you), and the dead rat was too much. The pool keeper comes the same day of the week unless there is an emergency. I wouldn't have picked up a snake or any other acts of God. I cleaned and bleached the sheets myself and there were no wads of dog hair in them. Maybe they were yours... Windsong was dean spic and span. I had left my drivers license in my scanner at home, and your senile mother was threatening to call the police, or I would have called the police and EVICTED you and your drive- deliriousness party. (Would you have treated me the same if I was a 250 pound man?) You had really better think twice in the future about trapping an owner of property in at their own home. You were trespassing at that point, which is majorly against the law. BEWARE owners; and remember that you are the owner the renters are your guests. And, yes, the house was indeed a huge mess when they left..
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  • 3 of 5

The beach experience was great. House needs fixed and updates. Pool was small.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Close to perfect beach cottage

  • 4 of 5

The house was great, clean, and adorable! Def has a beach vibe. Only downsides were: With a baby the walk to the beach was a little to far and by the end of the week the pool was not very clean..

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Optional pool heat $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rental Rates for cottage/beach home in Crystal Beach, Florida Panhandle, Destin
Add 11% Florida State Taxes to rates. Saturday to Saturday, with approved exceptions.$125 Pet Fee--non-refundable, 1st pet; 2nd pet is $75. I Pay Housekeeping before and after your stay!
Nightly (4 day min.) may be available with additional cleaning fee of $100.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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.