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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset

Royal Lagoons, Dauphin Island, AL, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 - 6 nights

The Lil House is a four bedroom, three bath, house on stilts with a porch all the way around allowing for a breeze at anytime of the day or night. It has the best view of the sunset on Dauphin Island allowing for memorable front porch memories. The sandy yard with seawall just feet from the porch allows for the best of both island worlds--sand fun for the kids, and boat access for the sports enthusiast. The fishing from seawall/boardwalk is great both day and night. Dolphins are frequent visitors at Lil House and can often be seen swimming in front of the house. So whether you are a family with small children, or snowbirds looking for tranquility, or a fishing afficienado, the Lil House is for you!

Property Manager

Susan Carley

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 12, 2018
About Susan Carley

I am a 49 year old mother of two middle schoolers living in Mobile, Alabama with my husband, Kevin. I own a coffee shop in the historic part of town called Cream & Sugar Café. We live just a short 35 minute drive from the island where we love ALL water sports and just watching the sunsets and dolphins....that never gets old!

Susan Carley purchased this House in 1974

Why Susan Carley chose Royal Lagoons

My grandmother, Lil, built this beautiful island house in the early 70's and I grew up coming to the house every summer with my six cousins and two siblings. We have fond memories of running the seawall chasing porpoises, fishing morning and night, and crabbing with chicken bones with my grandmother. Now my children run the seawalls, catch our dinner, and swim in the very water that we did as children.

What makes this House unique

My uncle designed the house to be like a steamboat with a porch 'deck' all the way around the house, doors in every room that open out onto the 'deck', and water views from every window. The front porch with swing and rocking chairs offers the best sunset view on the island. It also sits so close to the seawall that the adults can sit in the shade (of upstairs or downstairs deck) and watch the kids as they swim, ski, or kayak in front of the house. Because the house is situated on a cul-de-sac, the children can ride their bikes and play safely with other neighborhood kids. The house faces the Mississippi Sound allowing for good fishing and boat access, but is directly across the street from Lafitte Bay which is a no wake zone and allows for great, safe place for kayaking or swimming. The house is just a short two block walk from the Gulf front beaches which gives you the option of a day at the beach or a day of watersports. The kids will also love sandcrabbing on the beach at night!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen, Master bedroom has a private bathroom.
      • Sailboat Room
        1 double, Has a pull out mattress underneath bed for easy access.
      • Seagull Room
        2 twin/ single
      • Sofa Bed
        1 sleep sofa /futon, This sofa bed is located in main living room/kitchen area
      • Teen Bunkroom
        2 twin/ single, Not accessible from house; not suitable for small children.
      • Queen Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin Beds (2), Sleeper Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (2)


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Main Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bunkroom/Downstairs Bath
        toilet, shower, This bath is located downstairs in teen bunkroom
      • Master Bathroom
        toilet, shower
      • 3

      Location Type

        • Oceanfront
          The house faces the Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay and has a beautiful sunset view and sunrise.
        • Waterfront
          Faces the Mississippi Sound with beautiful sunset as well as swimming and water sports from the sewall.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      All linens, towels, blankets and pillows are provided (even for the pull out mattress, sleeper sofa and blow up mattress twin mattress in bunk room.)
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central AC is located in main house, and a new window unit featuring heat and air was added to the downstairs bunkroom in July 2014.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central heat is provided in main house and a window unit for heat and AC is provided in the teen bunkroom downstairs.
                    • Internet
                      The password is located on the wall near the router box on the kitchen counter
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      A brand new, full sized washer and dryer were added in winter of 2014.
                    • Living Room
                      There are two sofas, three chairs, a padded stool and a padded ottoman in living room allowing for 8 people seated comfortably.
                    • Mobile Phone
                      cell coverage is not a problem
                    • Parking
                      Covered parking for up to four cars under house, (and room for three more cars uncovered.)
                    • Towels Provided
                      Yes, 16 bath towels. Beach towels are not provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Brand new, full sized washer and dryer were added in winter of 2014.


                        • Microwave
                          Microwave added July 2014.
                        • Coffee Maker
                          12 cup maker provided as well as a coffee grinder. Kuerig also provided.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          All dishes and utensils provided for up to 12 people.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Small appliances include a blender, hand mixer, toaster, electric coffee pot, grinder, Kuerig, and electric pancake griddle.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          limited but adequate
                        • Oven
                          Electric oven installed July 2014.
                        • Pantry Items
                          spices, sugar, salt, coffee filters and tea provided
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Electric stove added July 2014.
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster provided (no toaster oven.)


                            • Dining
                              The farm table seats 6 (or 8 if chairs brought in from bedroom) and the bar with bar stools seats 6.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • DVD Player
                                  Yes, DVD provided.
                                • Games
                                  Monopoly, Scrabble, Yahtzee, cards, etc. As well as boccie ball and horse shoes is provided.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Comcast cable is provided
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  sand toys available.
                                • Video Game Console
                                  Wii is provided in the teen bunkroom. Not many games.


                                    • Bicycles
                                      One childs bike is provided but there are lots of bike rental places on island.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      The porch goes all the way around the house allows for a breeze at all times. There is also a wooden deck below the house with Adirondack chairs,. Part of deck is covered and part
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Three kayaks and one paddleboard are provided.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      A charcoal grill is provided.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Three kayaks and one paddleboard, a few floaties, and a crabtrap are provided.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • smoking allowed
                                          Smoking is only allowed outside, but since every single room has a door leading to the outside, this is usually not a problem. We provide ashtrays outside and only ask that the butts not be thrown into the sand.
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              There is a public swimming pool on the island about 2 miles from house. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.


                                                • botanical garden
                                                • churches
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • groceries
                                                        • laundromat

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water tubing


                                                                • The downstairs bunkroom is not suitable for small children since you must go outside and down the stairs (albeit covered) to access the room. But this room is a perfect 'get away' for teens with its sofa, TV and play station. The deck downstairs gets a nice breeze since the house is on stilts. There is covered seating and open deck area both adjacent to the sandy yard where the kids play and the boardwalk-covered seawall where someone is always fishing. There is a bike trail that extends from one end of the island to the other and several bike rental companies on the island. There is a sea lab and estuarium that is open to the public seven days a week. Its very educational and a new shark and stingray tanks allows for petting. There is a bird sanctuary on the island with a beautiful boardwalk leading through the piney area of the island to a secluded beach. Because the house has plenty of beds but limited living space area, for your comfort, we request no more than 10 guests.

                                                                  55 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Very relaxing, we were able to enjoy our family!!

                                                                  The house had picture perfect views! We were able to see dolphins every day from the porch! That is something our daughter and grand daughters will never forget! We were also able to enjoy the kayaks and paddle board! I wish we could have stayed longer! We hope to be able to come back again in a few years. We had excellent weather as well!! Thank you Susan for allowing us to stay in your home!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We are so happy to hear you made lasting memories at Lil House. And glad the dolphins didn’t disappoint! Hope to see you next time!

                                                                  Good times in Dauphin Island

                                                                  Mary K.Marthas Vineyard, Ma

                                                                  We had a great time at “LilHouse”. The house had everything we needed. The weather was a little cold the first two weeks but then it got nice and warm. We did a lot of exploring to Bayou La Batre, Mobile, Fort Morgan and Orange beach. Enjoyed all of the Mardi Gras celebrations while we were there.

                                                                  Great Lil House

                                                                  Dan G.

                                                                  Very enjoyable place to stay on the island - especially enjoyed the spectacular sunsets. Cozy, clean, and comfortable home.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  So glad y’all enjoyed your month-long stay! Hope to see you again!

                                                                  Great location and views

                                                                  Cindy N.Madison, Al

                                                                  We stayed a week and had a relaxing time biking and fishing. We saw dauphins everyday and the beach was very peaceful. The house is in a great location and the view of the water from the house is fantastic. The house has lots of fun perks. Great Time!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We were so happy to have y'all this past week at Lil House and hope to see you again in the near future!

                                                                  Awesome getaway!!

                                                                  Amber H.

                                                                  The house was great with lots of character. Great fishing every night! Short walk to the beach. Owner was very easy to reach when the power went out. Amazing vacation, we will be back!!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Glad y'all had a good time and caught lots of fish! October is such a great time of year at the island!

                                                                  We loved the house and everything about it! Susan was a dream to work with! Will definitely be back!

                                                                  Sarah S.

                                                                  The house was the perfect fit for our family! Amazing views from every seat, beds were comfy, kitchen had more than we needed, couldn't have been more pleased, just wish we could've stayed longer!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for the kind words and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay! You were very easy to work with also, making my job easy! Hope to see you again!



                                                                  Royal Lagoons, Dauphin Island, AL, USA

                                                                  Other Activities on the Island: Paddleboard rental—Michael Wing with SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards)--(251)591-3316 Surfing lessons and rentals—Blue Revival (one of the little shops across from the condos)—(251)861-2048 Kayak and Bicycle Rentals—(251) 861-2222 In-land Fishing charters—the following licensed captains (who I all know personally) will pick you up at the house or the marina and take up to 4 or 5 fishing for speckled trout, blackfish, bluefish, etc. and bring you back within 4-6 hours for approximately $400. Richard Rutland, With Coldblooded Fishing, (251)459-5077, Joey Abruscato 251-680-0653, or Charlie Gray with Gray Gulf Charters, (251) 379-5067. Deep Sea Fishing on the Lady Ann with Cap’t Mike—(251) 861-5302 Bird Sanctuary—even if you are not a bird watcher, this is an excellent sanctuary where you can enjoy a pleasant, shady walking trail through the pines and around estuaries all the way to the beach. Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Estuarium and Aquarium--open 7 days a week. They now have a Stingray and Shark Tank where you can touch them. (251) 861-2141 Fort Gaines—(251) 861-6992 Tour the site of the battle of Mobile Bay West End Public Beach with Inflatable Water Slide—there is good parking, or you can ride bikes to this beach. There is usually a food truck and bar. Ferry ride—There is a ferry on the far east end of the island that takes passengers and cars across the mouth of Mobile Bay. The trip is 30 minutes over and 30 minutes back. It is fun to just go for a ride and stand on the deck watching the seagulls, pelicans, dolphins, and boats/ships/barges coming in and out of Mobile Bay. Or you can take the ferry over the bay for the day and tour Fort Morgan or have lunch at Tacky Jack’s or go spend the day in nearby Gulf Shores/Orange Beach where there is a Waterworld and putt-putt courses, and lots of touristy things to do if you or your kids are tired of the “sleepy little fishing village” of Dauphin Island. ; ) Children's Museum and Exploreum--located in downtown Mobile, just 30 miles away, also has an IMAX theater USS Alabama Battleship is a popular tourist attraction is located on Mobile Bay Causeway about 35 miles away (near Exploreum.) Bellingrath Gardens--only 15 miles away these gardens which are always in bloom is a beautiful site and popular tourist attraction. Fairhope, Alabama is a precious village on the Eastern Shore of the Bay, about 50 miles away.

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                                                                  In case of cancellation, the first payment will be refunded at 100% if more than a 30-day notice is given of cancellation; 50% if less than a 30-day notice is given. The damage deposit of $200, which is included in the quote, will be refunded within two weeks of departure if there is no damage found. Check in is 4:00 pm on arrival date. Key entry information will be emailed. Checkout is 10:00 a.m.

                                                                  55 Reviews
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