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Great Gulf Views from All Rooms! Large Pool! Big Balcony! Available Hangout Fest

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Imagine sitting on the couch, watching tv, and listening to the waves crashing!!

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Last updated: 03/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Condo
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms + Sleep Sofa in Living Room, 2 Full Baths, (Sleeps 10)

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A Whale of a View! That describes this condo perfectly! As owners of three other properties in Gulf Shores (two houses and one townhouse), we never thought we would own a condo. But that was before we saw this unit. The Whaler condo complex is very small, with only 27 units. There are 7 floors with an elevator to get you to where you want to go. There are 4 units on each floor. The 'D' units span the entire southern part of each floor. With this unit being 5D, you are high enough to have a great view yet low enough to see what is happening below you. Due to the unique architecture of the building, every room in this condo has a great gulf/beach view! I don't think any other condo in Gulf Shores can say that!

When you walk into the unit, you can turn right to pass a separate washer/dryer area on the left and a large pantry on the right. Then you enter the galley kitchen. On the right are the refrigerator, stove and microwave. On the left are the double sinks, dishwasher and rollout trash can. There is a bar behind the sink with three stools. Passing through the kitchen, you come to the dining area with a large table, 6 chairs and a wall of mirror. Turning left between the kitchen and dining area takes you into the living room with seating for 8, 42" HDTV, lots of movies and lots of games for everyone to play. There is a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Note ... it probably goes without saying but sleeper sofas are best for kids ... not very comfortable for adults!!! Of course, there are also sliding glass doors covering the entire wall taking you out onto the large balcony. On the balcony, the west side is open so you have an incredible view and don't feel boxed in. You can also look straight down into the swimming pool! Back in the living room, you can take a hall past the bar stools on your left and the wet bar, yes, wet bar, on your right. That takes you to the three bedrooms, all with queen beds and the third having bunk beds as well. All three have 32" HDTVs and great gulf views. The third room also has a Playstation with games and the master has sliding doors to the balcony. The master bathroom has his/her sinks and lots of counter space and the toilet and jetted tub/shower is behind a separate door. The second bathroom is between the other two bedrooms.

What else can we tell you? Did we mention the full size washer and dryer? Or that the living room and master bedroom have sliding glass doors onto a deck where you can watch the sunrise and sunset? That the condo has a colorful beach decor? That you can sleep as many as 10 in the home? That there is wireless internet throughout the condo? That the entire place has ceramic tile floors. That there are ceiling fans in all rooms? Come see for yourself. You will never want to leave as you think you are in paradise with the views from A Whale Of A View!

If you are like us, sometimes you want peace and quiet and sometimes you want to be where the action is. This condo provides the best of both worlds. If you step out on the beach and go to the west, you will have beach chairs, refreshments, and other amenties. You will be in the middle of the action and can even take a short walk down the beach and eat at Sea and Suds restaurant. If you walk to the east, however, you encounter a different world. The Whaler is very close to the state park. As you walk east, you will see less and less people and will feel like you have the beach to yourself! A short walk to the east will take you to the Gulf State Park. The park is home to the Gulf Start Park Pier which is the longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico at 1,540 feet long!

Is A Whale Of A View booked the week you need it? We have 3 other properties. If you want a stand alone house with an unobstructed view of the beach then check out The Southern Cross, vrbo number 257393. This is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath house on West Beach Blvd. This unit is perfect for those wanting a house with a great gulf view! Less than 50 yards from The Southern Cross is Fun In The Sun, vrbo 332813. This is also a 3 bedroom, 3 bath unit that sits right on Little Lagoon yet is a very short walk to the beach. This is perfect if you want peace and quiet and watch the wildlife and boats on the lagoon. If you have a big family reunion, go to Sweet Dreams, vrbo number 291114. This is a very large house with 8 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and a very large, private pool on West Beach Blvd and directly across the street from the beach. This house can actually sleep 30!

Keywords: Gulf View, On The Beach
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Owner

Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

Property Type

  • Condo
  • 1100 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be at least 25 years of age....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Please, no smoking in the unit or on the balcony....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Limited Accessibility:

    No stairs to climb....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable tv in living room and all three bedrooms...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console:

    Playstation console and games in bedroom...moreless

  • Video Games:

    Multiple playstation video games...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Good selection of DVDs....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Full-size washer and dryer in separate laundry room....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless internet throughout the condo....moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Includes everything you need....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Large balcony with great views to the east, south and west....moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Jetted Tub:

    Jetted tub in master bath...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Break 2017
Feb 25 - Apr 14, 2017
2 night min stay
$139
$831
Late Spring 2017
Apr 15 - May 12, 2017
2 night min stay
$139
$831
Summer 2017
May 13 - Aug 18, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,950

Changeover Day: Saturday

Late Summer 2017
Aug 19 - Sep 8, 2017
3 night min stay
$277
$1,662
Fall 2017
Sep 9 - Oct 27, 2017
3 night min stay
$182
$1,090
Winter 2017
Oct 28 - Mar 2, 2018
3 night min stay
$125
$752 $1,572
Spring Break 2018
Mar 3 - Apr 13, 2018
7 night min stay

$1,662
Late Spring 2018
Apr 14 - May 11, 2018
3 night min stay
$182
$1,090
Summer 2018
May 12 - Aug 17, 2018
7 night min stay

$1,950
Late Summer
Aug 18 - Sep 7, 2018
3 night min stay
$415
$1,662
Fall 2018
Sep 8 - Nov 2, 2018
3 night min stay
$182
$1,090
Winter 2018
Nov 3 - Mar 1, 2019
3 night min stay
$125
$752 $1,572
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $135 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

Minimum age limit is 25 but may be waived with additional fees.

PLEASE contact owner before booking if you are under 25 years of age.

Saturday - Saturday only during the summer season and spring break period.

Nightly rates may be available in the off-season.

Rates for Holidays & Special Events may be higher.

If you find a better rate for a comparable property, please let us know!


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Last updated: 03/28/2017
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Location

churches, marina, playground, zoo, beachcombing, water parks, cycling, deepsea fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling, paragliding, sound/bay fishing, pier fishing, surf fishing

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: We are Mark and Janet Binkley. We lived in Starkville, MS and worked for Mississippi State University for almost 30 years before retiring and moving to Gulf Shores in 2015. We manage four properties in Gulf Shores as well as 168 mini storage units in Columbus, MS. Our son graduated from MSU and manages a Sherwin Williams store in MS. Our daughter also graduated from MSU and works for United Health Care in MS. When our kids headed off to college, we discovered that we enjoy being at the beach. After looking at literally hundreds of homes along the coasts of Alabama and Florida, we decided to make a purchase in Gulf Shores (The Southern Cross, vrbo 257393). A Whale Of A View is our rental property in Gulf Shores. To us, it is a great location, right on the beach! If you like to be "with the crowd", start walking along the beach to the west. If you like to be alone, start walking along the beach to the east. Plus, there are great beach views from EVERY room in the condo! Add that to the fishing in the gulf, the pool, shopping and great restaurants, and all in a beautiful location and you get a great vacation site.. We would love for you to visit our home and have a great vacation! Mark & Janet Binkley Gulf Shores, AL

The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
We feel that A Whale Of A View is a great vacation spot. When we are at this property, here is a typical day for us ... see if this works for you. First, I tend to be up at sunrise while my wife likes to sleep in. I walk out of the condo and I'm immediately on the beach. There I fish and enjoy watching both the sunrise over the water and the wildlife. Watching the sunrise over the gulf is an incredible site! When my wife awakes, she heads to the beach to enjoy a morning dip in the gulf and catch some rays. Later, we meet back at the house to have lunch while sitting on the large deck, watching the waves and the people below. After lunch, we head to the large pool directly below our unit for some swimming and relaxation. That evening, we leave the peace and quiet at our condo and drive just a couple of minutes to one of many great restaurants ... or just walk down the beach to Sea N Suds! Or we may do a little shopping in Gulf Shores or in Foley at the outlet mall. Returning home, we take a moonlite walk on the beach looking for sea turtles. Sometimes we just lay on the wooden beach chairs and stare at the stars while enjoying the sea breeze from the gulf. If we are lazy after supper, we may just sit on the deck and listen as the only noise is from the waves crashing onshore. Talk about peaceful! To finish the day, we watch a favorite TV show or a DVD on the 42" HD TV in the living room or on the 32" HD TV in our bedroom. Sound like a perfect day? It is to us too!!! And should the kids join us? Well, in addition to the fishing, swimming and playing on the beach, they can relax in their private rooms, each with 32" HD TVs and DVD players and one with a Playstation, or play some of the games we have in the house for everyone to use. Oh, and if you just have to get on your computer to check email or that dreaded facebook account, then you can use the wireless high speed connection anywhere in the condo or on the deck.


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Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

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Photos

  • Imagine sitting on the couch, watching tv, and listening to the waves crashing!!

    Imagine sitting on the couch, watching tv, and listening to the waves crashing!!

  • On The Beach! Gulf Views From Every Room! All of the south side of the 5th Floor

    On The Beach! Gulf Views From Every Room! All of the south side of the 5th Floor

  • Large pool a few steps from the elevator. At the end of the pool is the beach!

    Large pool a few steps from the elevator. At the end of the pool is the beach!

  • View of living room from the balcony. The dining area with a mirrored wall is behind the recliners

    View of living room from the balcony. The dining area with a mirrored wall is behind the recliners

  • Kitchen has everything you need to prepare meals. The unit has an open floor plan so the family can talk to each other from the kitchen, dining room, living room and balcony.

    Kitchen has everything you need to prepare meals. The unit has an open floor plan so the family can talk to each other from the kitchen, dining room, living room and balcony.

  • Hallway with bar stools on one side and the wet bar on the other side. Very open

    Hallway with bar stools on one side and the wet bar on the other side. Very open

  • Queen bed in Master bedroom. Private bathroom with jacuzzi tub and shower.

    Queen bed in Master bedroom. Private bathroom with jacuzzi tub and shower.

  • View of the beach from the master bedroom. Few condos have views from all rooms!

    View of the beach from the master bedroom. Few condos have views from all rooms!

  • Door separates the jacuzzi tub/shower and toilet from the rest of the bathroom.

    Door separates the jacuzzi tub/shower and toilet from the rest of the bathroom.

  • 2nd bedroom ... every bedroom has a HD flat screen tv and windows that look out over the water.

    2nd bedroom ... every bedroom has a HD flat screen tv and windows that look out over the water.

  • 3rd bedroom can sleep four with a queen bed and bunks.  Also has game system!

    3rd bedroom can sleep four with a queen bed and bunks. Also has game system!

  • View from the window in the 3rd bedroom. There are DVD players in all 3 bedrooms and living room with movies to choose from.

    View from the window in the 3rd bedroom. There are DVD players in all 3 bedrooms and living room with movies to choose from.

  • View to the east ... sunrise from the balcony! Gulf State Park and pier is just to the east.

    View to the east ... sunrise from the balcony! Gulf State Park and pier is just to the east.

  • View of the pool from our balcony. Plenty of room to swim or just sit and relax!

    View of the pool from our balcony. Plenty of room to swim or just sit and relax!

  • View of the living room with wall of glass. Sleeper sofa, loveseat and two rockers provide plenty of sitting room.

    View of the living room with wall of glass. Sleeper sofa, loveseat and two rockers provide plenty of sitting room.

  • Large dining table sits 6 comfortably. Stools at the bar seat 3 more.

    Large dining table sits 6 comfortably. Stools at the bar seat 3 more.

  • Hallway through the kitchen to the dining area. To the left are bifold doors for the full size washer & dryer. The door on the right is the pantry

    Hallway through the kitchen to the dining area. To the left are bifold doors for the full size washer & dryer. The door on the right is the pantry

  • Bar at the kitchen seats 3 more.  Below the wet bar are lots of games and books!

    Bar at the kitchen seats 3 more. Below the wet bar are lots of games and books!

  • Master bedroom with sliding glass door to balcony. Imagine waking up to this view!

    Master bedroom with sliding glass door to balcony. Imagine waking up to this view!

  • Large master bath with double sinks adjoin the master bedroom.

    Large master bath with double sinks adjoin the master bedroom.

  • Queen bed in the 2nd bedroom. All of the bedrooms and living room have ceiling fans.

    Queen bed in the 2nd bedroom. All of the bedrooms and living room have ceiling fans.

  • This is the view from the window in the 2nd bedroom! A great view of the beach and gulf

    This is the view from the window in the 2nd bedroom! A great view of the beach and gulf

  • Incredible beach views!  5th floor is the perfect height.  Walk to restaurants!

    Incredible beach views! 5th floor is the perfect height. Walk to restaurants!

  • The second bathroom is between the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms and has a tub/shower.

    The second bathroom is between the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms and has a tub/shower.

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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