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Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Remodeled 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, Sleeps 12-13, Heated Pool. Private Boardwalk.

Island Girl, sister home to Island Time at Sunrise, is a charming, newly remodeled cottage style home next door to Sunrise Beach. Lush green wetlands border the home's east side, providing views of nature and the gulf beyond. Private boardwalk to beach access and next door to Highland House, private events facility. Home has covered wrap deck on main level and private deck upstairs off master bedroom. Interior newly remodeled throughout including hardwood floors, granite counter tops, glass back splash, new vanities, upgraded kitchen cabinets, wood ceilings, Florida trim, and much more. Living room, dining, kitchen with breakfast bar, bedroom with queen bed, bath and laundry on main level. Master bedroom with king bed and private bath, bedroom with two sets of bunk beds and its own private bath on the second level. Third level bedroom provides queen bed and private bath. Sleeps as many as 12, and 13 if using the portable twin. Dining for 10. Located on a private street surrounded by grand scale properties; next door to Sunrise Beach. Street leads to public beach access that is basically private; gets very little use by public at large. Island Girl's private boardwalk ties into to the public boardwalk a short distance prior to reaching the beach. Wonderful location that is within walking distance to Gulf Place and restaurants such as Goatfeathers, La Playa, Tango and Local Catch.

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Brenda Dacus
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Brenda Dacus

Fred and I have a real estate company in our hometown of Jonesboro, AR. We have always invested in rental property in Jonesboro, yet always dreamed of investing in the 30A area one day. We now own and manage four properties that are located within a two block area of Santa Rosa Beach.

Brenda Dacus purchased this house in 2012

Why Brenda Dacus chose Beaches of South Walton

Our family has enjoyed vacationing in the 30A area over the past 40 years and always looked forward to return visits. We rented the beach cottage original to the site of Sunrise Beach and Shell Seekers Cove (no longer standing) on several occasions years ago. And since Sunrise Beach was developed, we have rented there as well. We always thought it would have been special to own that old-style Florida bungalow and remember vividly the wonderful times spent there. Its spirit is still much alive to us to this day. So when we decided to purchase a property of our own, we were excited to locate a property within yards of the home we once desired. That home is now Island Time in Sunrise Beach. Then two years later we discovered what has since become our Island Girl. Her street is possibly the very drive that led to the original bungalow. We spent a year remodeling the home and installing the pool and decking to make her special. We wanted to continue the tradition of providing a place where guests could store their own memories on these special grounds.

What makes this house unique

I love this particular street of homes; tucked away and yet so close to the beach. I love walking on the private boardwalk and sitting on the steps to the beach watching the sunset, the stars at night and listening to the surf. I could sit there for hours! I also enjoy being able to walk to good restaurants at night. And the decks, pool and oversize decking offer many hours of outdoor enjoyment. But the beach is the special attraction! Walking in the white sand is like walking in powdered sugar. It is amazing!! But then there is the surf!!!!


Santa Rosa Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ground level guest bath; next to ground level BR.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private master bath with double vanity; newly remodeled.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private bath off bunk room; newly remodeled.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath off loft room; newly remodeled.
  • All baths have new vanities, granite tops, new faucets, towel bars, new ceramic tile floors, new trim, and freshly painted.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Ground level bedroom with adjoining bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Room for available twin portable bed. Private bath, deck.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Two bunks that can sleep 6; 2 twins over 2 fulls.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Private bath.
  • Each bedroom has bath. Main floor: One BR with gueen bed. Second floor: 2 BRs; master with king bed (available twin portable bed on frame) plus BR with 2 sets of bunks (singles over doubles). Third floor: queen bed.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Ideal area and property for family vacation. Three houses back from one of the best beaches in the world. Tourist attractions available in Destin and Panama City Beach; within 15-30 minutes driving time. Historic areas also within the region. Wonderful parks and trails for exploring. Area not as crowded as Destin and Panama City Beach. Can get away from it all if you prefer.


5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Lucky Lubbock Texans

  • 5 of 5

This is our second visit to 30A. Last year we rented a condo. This year we rented "Island Girl", and what a difference it made.

"Island Girl" was just PERFECT!!! Our family consisted of 9, and we had ample room. The house was wonderfully furnished. The kitchen had everything we needed ( pots, pans, dishes, utensils, etc...). We have rented some properties where the kitchen had mixed matched supplies, not " Island Girl". She was also well stocked in soaps, detergents, paper products, trash bags, etc.... Bathrooms were ample as well. We had 2 teenage girls, little kids and 4 adults. We all had plenty of bath space and hot water.

Outside amenities were perfect as well. The pool is full size, and not just a splash pool with plenty of privacy provided by the house and surrounding foliage. The boardwalk was a short walk to beach with little traffic because of the private entrance used only by the four houses

on our street.

Brenda was wonderful to work with!!! She answered any questions we put forward and provided loads of tips for the surrounding area. We are already planning our next trip with more people, and Brenda will be the first person we contact. Thanks Brenda!

If "Island Girl" is one of your top selections in your rental search, then seriously consider her, you will not be disappointed!!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John, all I can say is Wow! We are pleased Island Girl worked well for your family. We are proud of her and obviously appreciate when our guests fall in love with her as well. Look forward to your return!
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Great house and close distance to the beach!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned home from staying at Island Girl with our 3 small children and my in-laws. We had a great vacation! The house is exactly as it looks in the pictures. It was newly remodeled and was very clean. Upon arrival, the house was stocked with toilet paper, garbage bags, detergents, soap, etc., which was helpful. The owner also provided a vacuum cleaner, brooms, charcoal, a high chair, step stools, lots of bathroom towels and other helpful little amenities. You will need to bring your own beach towels, which is probably the case with most rentals. Regarding any little issue/question that I had, the owner was very responsive. Having 3 small children, I found the distance to the beach really ideal. The backyard opens to a boardwalk which brings you directly to the beach without going on streets. That is really helpful for people with children. The boardwalk trip to the beach does involve stairs, but we navigated it easily with our beach cart loaded with chairs and toys. Also helpful for people with children is that the public beach with lifeguards is a short distance away, so you could easily 'camp out' by the lifeguards for added safety, or use the beach near the house for a less-crowded/busy beach. The private pool behind the house is a nice size and was really nice as well. The pool was cleaned/serviced twice a week by a friendly technician and was a lovely place to spend time with the children in a very private, secluded setting. The pool got morning/early afternoon sun and was shady after around 3pm. The shaded pool time was great when I thought the kids had too much sun for the day, but they still wanted to play in the water. The homes to each side of Island Girl are situated in such a way that Island Girls' backyard is very private. We had a lovely vacation and felt that Island Girl was well maintained and very charming. The home was a great fit for our family.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeanine, we are so pleased you and your family enjoyed Island Girl. I recall you mentioned liking the floor plan for your family's needs. Glad it did work for you. And I often wonder if the amenities provided are even noticed, but you have confirmed they are. Island Girl did not have a pool when we purchased the cottage. We worked months on plans, trying to get the most we could with the space that was available. So we are especially pleased you enjoyed the pool, deck and setting so much. And you are right, you don't have to go down streets to get to the beach. Our boardwalk is so private, I like to go down late at night and sit at the end just to listen to the surf. But I hadn't stopped to think about lifeguards being at Ed Wahline public beach access nearby. We always stay in the area off our boardwalk because it is less crowded. I can see how that would be an advantage, especially if you have small children. Thanks again for the kind words. We hope to see you in the future!
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Great new rental!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a week at Island Girl. It was very difficult to leave as it was such an enjoyable home and location. The owners did an amazing job renovating this home, no detail was spared. It is the perfect blend of upscale but beachy and comfortable. The colors in the home are very happy, the furniture and bedding are very comfortable, and it just feels good being there. It's neither sparsely decorated like some rentals are, nor cluttered like others can be. Every surface is brand new and the home was extremely clean upon our arrival. We also appreciated that the owners supplied us with a lot of the little necessities that many larger rental companies don't bother to include like; starter coffee and creamer, mini shampoo and toiletries, multiple rolls of toilet paper, trash bags that lasted us the week, cleaning supplies, detergent, charcoal etc. The listing very accurately describes the home. The pool was in a private backyard and was nicely landscaped, there was a nice view while floating in the pool! Many of the pools in the immediate area were not private, they were set on the street, or were smaller than this one. The short walk to the beach was very pleasant and close enough you could run back for food or drinks. We also appreciated the keyless entry as we didn't have to keep track of who had the key with many of us coming and going at different times. The owners clearly have the rental property system well worked out, they have done a great job anticipating the needs of families renting homes for vacation. Brenda was very attentive and informative throughout the entire rental and check in process and returned our security deposit extremely quickly. It was like renting from a boutique firm with all of the perks of a smaller rental company!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Patty, we are so pleased you enjoyed your time at Island Girl. We want the home to be "your home" while on vacation. So we do try to have enough necessities available so you are not having to rush out to shop when you first get to the beach. And we are extremely pleased you appreciate what we did with the house. We worked hard for a number of months remodeling the property, installing the pool, and turning it into a home WE very much love. Thanks again for the kind words.
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I'm a very picky renter and This did not disappoint! Choose this one! Choose this one!!

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to do a road trip with my sister, niece, nephew and one of my kids. Sharing a hotel room with teenagers is NOT an option. Even my own family of 4 rooms and even condos have become a bit crowded and for the price gotta love the houses. I've rented in various states and countries. I tend to look at each and every listing, perhaps spending more time researching properties than I actually spend on my vacation. If you're reading this, stop now and book this home. I will just say that it's hard to get a beautiful picture that does this home justice from the front, but it is a beauty. The location is spectacular. It is on such a pristine, unspoiled and uncrowded piece of 30a that I will highly suggest this home to my friends, family and anyone reading this.

I will say that when looking at reviews and listings I'm hoping to find uncluttered, rooms with out cheesy themes. I prefer higher end furnishings and kitchens and bathrooms. I was not disappointed. In fact in the past I've gotten to a rental only to find that the photos were old and what I walked into was less than stellar. Here however, were excited and loving this home from the second we stepped onto the porch and experienced the vast size, beauty, charm, cleanliness, and amenities offered.

Brenda the owner, was such a pleasure to work with before and during our stay. I honestly could write all day about the great experience we all had. The walk to the beach is about 30 seconds and really perfect. It was a chilly week and the private pool is blocked from the winds and in the best spot for the sun until late afternoon. So private unlike some of the others in that area. The beach is right there, and the sunsets rock!

Bring your kites, loved ones, and about a dozen candles for the spectacular candle holders out by the pool and enjoy the evenings there, the days at the pool and beach and if you feel that you need to leave the house then consider the location perfect.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda, we are pleased you were excited about Island Girl when you arrived. Yes, she is difficult to capture in a photograph, so I am really not surprised when you emailed me that the home exceeded your expectations. The home is unique in terms of location, and that also is difficult to describe to others. That was a major part of the home's appeal for us when we decided to purchase; worth the time and hours of work toward remodeling. It became a labor of love in the process. We probably went overboard in making certain she was as special as the homes that surround her. And while I think it takes a little longer than thirty seconds to get to the beach, it is a very short walk. Again, we are pleased you were pleased with your experience at Island Girl. And we hope to see you return; especially hope we have more guests like you!
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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Santa Rosa Country Club Golf Course
Car: recommended

Beach communities along a 26 mile area of Highway 30A that are collectively referred to as 30A. Each community has its own personality; includes Seaside, Grayton Beach, Sea grove, Watercolor, Water sould, Rosemary Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach. The area in general is more laid back, less congestive, with no high rises or franchised restaurants. Beaches sport white sand; almost like powdered sugar. Santa Rosa Beach was listed by Yahoo Travel a few years ago as being a top 10 beach. Restaurants are privately owned with many boasting notable chefs.


Rates & Availability

Santa Rosa Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 22 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $275 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%

Pool can be heated upon request. This is a Saturday to Saturday rental. We do not rent to those under 25 unless accompanied by an adult.

50% (rent) deposit requested upon booking. Balance, including damage deposit, due 14 days prior to reservation. Personal checks or credit cards accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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