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Private Pool - Beautiful Beach House - Ocean View - Family Friendly

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3BR Beach home with large private POOL. Beautiful view of Ocean and Mobile Bay

Take a trip back in time to Turtle Crawl; a time before high rises and congested beaches. Go back to a place where beaches of pure white sand, clean and empty, run for miles. A place where you can watch the morning fog drift through the pines and then burn away in a beautiful sunrise. Experience the sunset on your private pool deck, just outside your back door, unobstructed by concrete behemoths. If you time it right; come to a place where you may see the sea turtles boil from their nests and crawl for the ocean. Come to Turtle Crawl on Fort Morgan Beach.

A perfect fly in vacation or easy drive from Hwy 10. Jack Edwards National Airport (Gulf Shores Regional Airport KJKA) can accommodate from Cessna to Jet-sized aircraft. Gulf Air Center FBO is also a pick up/drop point for Enterprise Car leasing (Foley AL). Their expert line crew will have your rental car pulled up to your aircraft and bags loaded before you've tied down. Drop the keys with the young lady behind the counter when you depart.

Whether your journey to the Gulf Coast is by plane, train or automobile; you will eventually arrive on Highway 59 South in Gulf Shores. After you cross the inter-coastal waterway with the high rises looming ahead, take a turn. Turn west onto Fort Morgan Road (Hwy 180) and journey back in time; go past the Peninsula Golf Course and The Pines General Store. Further past the Kiva Dunes Resort and Golf Course; a mere 16.5 miles will reset the calendar and transport you to a better place where time melts away. To your right is Mobile Bay; to your left the Gulf of Mexico glistens to the horizon. Fort Morgan Beach, dotted with individual homes, unfurls its white sands for your pleasure.

Enjoy a sunset from your private pool deck or a stroll on a quiet beach. As the moon rises over the gulf; with steaks sizzling on the grill, shrimp boiling in the pot and the blender cranking in the background: time truly evaporates and takes the stress of daily life with it.

If you don’t care to cook, just four miles west is Tacky Jack's; great seafood and options for the kids. The view of the sunset from their deck is also beautiful. If you'd like something closer, less than a mile east is a great restaurant and bar, Sassy Bass (next to their pizza shop/small grocery/liquor store). Formal dining at Kiva is a short drive away, as is the informal at The Beach Club Sports Bar (5 miles) or Behind The Pines Restaurant and Bar (5.5 miles). Of course, you can time travel to the night life and action of Gulf Shores day or night.

Enjoy Turtle Crawl; and for a time, make it your own.

More Details

Laura + Chip
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Laura + Chip

Born and raised in St. Louis, the only beaches we grew up with were the rocky shores of the small rivers of the Ozarks. We first came to the area in March of 1982; we fell in love with the sugary sands and wide open beaches. We arrived under orders to Flight School for the US Navy. Our travels took us to beaches worldwide: California, Oregon, Washington, the East Coast, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, South Pacific, Diego Garcia, Africa, Europe, Central America, The Mideast, and Mediterranean. None compared to the soft sands of the Gulf Coast. With our four children grown, we had to come back.

Laura + Chip purchased this house in 2012

Why Laura + Chip chose Alabama

After retiring from the Navy we settled back in St. Louis and I flew for American Airlines. The Gulf Coast called and again we answered. We quickly found the Gulf Shores we had known was gone. A building boom had replaced the quaint down home area; we thought. Our dear old friends from flight school, and beach neighbors (two houses East) introduced us to Fort Morgan. Having grown up in the area, he knew of the well kept secret place. We were hooked!

What makes this house unique

We chose Turtle Crawl for its peacefulness and views in every direction from our private POOL deck. As owners of two small companies; one a Production company (Broken Wing) and the other a Publisher (Project 7 Alpha). We use Turtle Crawl as an escape to write and brainstorm. The daily distractions of life are swept away by the tide.

As a retired Naval Aviator, I also wanted a place close to a full service airport that I could fly our little airplane into. A true fly-in vacation home. Jack Edwards National Airport (KJKA) provides all the services any pilot could require. Gulf Air Center FBO is also an Enterprise Car Leasing pick up and drop point. The convenience of stepping from your aircraft into your rental with the A/C running is very nice. On your journey home you simply drop the key at the counter of the FBO. It is, after all, a vacation!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Laura and Chip: We really enjoyed your place and a chance to experience the Gulf Shores. It had been several decades since I had been in Alabama, where Ann was born, so it was great to spend a week there. You have a nice beach home that has all the amenities one needs. We also enjoyed a chance to visit Dauphin Island and see the aquarium there. One of our former students is on the staff.

Thanks for all you do for HSU (Humboldt State University) and its athletics programs. I hope all is well with you and you get a chance to enjoy your beach house too. All the best, Rollin
Oct 2012
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Jack Edwards
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Tacky Jack's
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Dauphin Island- Fort Morgan
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Kiva Dunes
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sassy Bass
Nearest Beach
Fort Morgan Beach
Car: necessary

Fort Morgan National Park has an 1840's Coastal Defense Fort. This fort is one in a system of the largest brick structures ever built. Incredibly preserved historical landmark. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge-migratory birds,beach trails/hikes, nesting sea turtles; includes a trail guide, maps and info on the various protected species found. These activities are just a few miles from the house. If you choose to make a day trip, the National Naval Aviation Museum, a part of the Smithsonian Institute, is a must-see in Pensacola, FL. You may be lucky enough to see the Navy's Blue Angels aerial demonstration team practicing their flying routine. Look closely and you will see the owner's name in the museum's Cubi O'Club, on a couple of plaques.


Gulf Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 full baths.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Pack and play crib in master closet.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) memory foam.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Private Pool - Beautiful Beach House - Ocean View - Family Friendly
average rating of 4.7941175 based on 35 reviews
Nashviile , TN

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house! The pool was awesome and very much needed in the August heat. Great location one row back from the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham, AL

Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

Great house. Very short walk to the beach. Nice pool. Great area for families. House was very nice and had a well stocked kitchen.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, fun-filled family vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

There were four adults and two grandsons in this lovely, comfortable beach house for a week. There was plenty of space inside, on the front porch and around the pool that we never felt crowded. The boys (nine and six) had a hard time choosing between the beach - just a quick walk across the street - or the beautiful pool. We ended up starting early mornings at the beach, pool during the afternoon, and then back to the beach.

We're already making plans to try to spend two weeks next year! One just wasn't long enough.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, nice owners, great pool!

  • 5 of 5

We came here for a family vacation and truly enjoyed our week-long stay. The distance to the beach was great and we enjoyed sitting at the kitchen table or on the porch and watching the ocean while we ate. It was so relaxing. The pool was absolutely glorious and the sole reason we picked this particular house. I'm somebody who likes the idea of the beach more than the actual beach so being able to gaze at the ocean yet have the pool available any time we wanted was perfect. The kitchen was well-equipped with everything we needed and the fridge was a great size. Some of the furniture is showing its age and probably getting to the end of it's life, but that's to be expected with a rental property. Thanks for a fantastic week!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great review! We always love to hear from our guests. You will be happy to know the twin beds were the only thing remaining from the purchase of our home in 2012 and have now been replaced!
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Loved it!

  • 4 of 5

Loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tracey, We were so happy to have you back again and are glad you love Turtle Crawl as much as we do! We hope to have you as our guests again soon! Laura + Chip
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Mableton, Georgia

Great Place to Get Away for a Rest and Retreat

  • 4 of 5

This is a well kept, fully equipped rental just across the street from the beach. The house was very clean! It is located at the far end of the barrier island closer to Fort Morgan. It is about 25 minutes from Gulf Shores. Therefore, if you are looking for a quiet retreat, it is the place to rent. The master bedroom has a bathroom with a shower but the other rooms use a hallway bathroom that has a tub and shower. The pool is not heated and was too cold the beginning of April for swimming. The house is not baby proofed, so when we arrived with a five year old and 18 month old, we had to put many breakables away. No problem but something to be aware of. Also, our week was the recent week of very stormy weather so the area was extremely windy and the ocean very rough with rip tides. So once again, with a stormy week and being isolated, it is a drive to find entertainment for small children. Also, the tv's in the house are small so if you are a tv or sports enthusiast, be advised. The final observation is that there is offshore drilling on this end of the island so the view is somewhat tainted. But once again, a great rental house to get away from it all. Owners were great to work with in addition. We loved the Cruise Orange Beach Dolphin Cruise for the kids!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Cleaning Fee $140 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates may change depending on dates reserved, ie: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.