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Amazing Gulf Views From All Rooms! Large Pool! 70+ Reviews! Walk to Shop & Eat!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

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

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

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 Owner purchased this condo in 2011

What makes this condo unique

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

Amenities

Gulf Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
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 ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (3) Queen bed in each bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sleeper sofa in living room., Bunk Beds (1) Bunk bed in one bedroom
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
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

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(78 traveler reviews)

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Amazing Gulf Views From All Rooms! Large Pool! 70+ Reviews! Walk to Shop & Eat!
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5

Everything it said it was!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival! The weather was perfect during our entire stay and the view from the balcony couldn't be any better. We stayed on the beach and in the Gulf during the morning and the pool in the afternoon. The condo was in the perfect location for our stay. To the left was the Gulf State Park, to the right was Sea N Suds restaurant and less than a mile down the beach was the festival. The owner was super responsive when we sent a text about the air conditioner. The weather was extremely warm and humid so it was very important to keep the doors closed. Between folks leaving that morning, housekeeping and our group moving in the first day, the AC had a hard time catching up but once it did, it worked great. Also, when we were not in the unit, we kept the blinds closed to keep the direct sunlight out which help dramatically. While in the unit, we opened them back up and able to enjoy the fantastic view. Plenty of space for the entire family and the PlayStation and DVD player in the back bedroom for the grandson was a hit. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome visit. Rate 4.5!!!

  • 4 of 5

Our family needed a place to meet while my brother was here from Germany. The condo was a great place. It was very clean. The only issues we had were there were not enough towels and bed linen, but when we called the owner it was taken care of within a few hours. One of the beds sagged, but they checked it out and the slats were bowed and the box springs was broken. A temporary fix was accomplished and the owner notified of the need to replace box springs. Everyone was very accommodating and the manager 'Mike' was especially helpful during our stay. The view of the ocean is amazing! We had an awesome time and I would recommend this facility to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying at our condo, A Whale Of A View, and thanks for taking the time to write a review! My comments are for future guests or those thinking about staying with us ... I'm not sure why the cleaners did not leave enough towels when they cleaned the unit. However, after our guests notified us, we contacted the cleaning crew and they had the correct number of towels to the unit within an hour. Also while they were there, the cleaners checked the bed and found that the slates were off the bed and a board in the middle of the box springs was broken (this is a queen bed in the room with the bunk beds so it was probably kids jumping on the bed!). The cleaners fixed the problem while they were there!
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5

Great Condo with great views from every room!

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this condo to all! My family had a great time and the location is perfect. When we needed something Mark was a phone call away. Thanks for everything and I hope to visit again next year!

Mike

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Everything we expected plus!!!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a great week at Gulf Shores and our condo was exactly what we wanted - beautiful views of the beach along with easy access to the water. We were pleasantly surprised that the pool was as large as it was compared to the size of the complex. Condo was comfortable for our family of 6 adults but when my parents joined us for 2 nights, it was a bit cozy. We loved walking to Sea 'n Suds and ate there a couple of a nights. Mark was quick to respond to an internet issue. We would not hesitate to stay here again and hope to be able to do so soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Nice views, quiet, right on the beach was really nice

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great time. There were so many things to do in the area. Of course, the beach was the best part.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Family Fun At The Beach

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 10 recently stayed at The Whaler/Property ID 398689, and had a wonderful week. Beds were comfortable and condo was clean. Even the sofa sleeper was comfortable. We love Gulf Shores area because there is so much to do.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $135 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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 if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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