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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,787 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

VeryLg /3Bd/3Ba/Sleeps10; 4th Fl./CovPkg. 100ft fr dr/ EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS

Beautifully decorated 4th floor 1800sf, 3/bdrm/3bath condo with spectacular views of Terry Cove and animal life. The unit is DIRECTLY OVER the LAZY river (4th floor) with NO "LINE OF SIGHT" obstructions. We have the LARGEST and WIDEST lazy river (about 3 ft. deep) at the Gulf. It will take you about 10 min. to float completely around it. The "Water Slide" provides a fun activity for kids/adults. Free tube floats provided, or you can provide your own. Adjustable chaise recliners for sunbathing are provided, and you can bring your own type, if you prefer. 4 pools on property. The main center pool has 2 large, permanent umbrellas. One is with underwater sitting benches for swimmers to relax while not directly in the sun. The other has a concrete table, beneath. There is an indoor heated pool w bathrooms & 2 heated hot tubs nearby. SPECIAL GATED "kiddie pool" w/ splash pad (very safe pool) is located at the main, outside pool area. A putting green for golfers to practice is near the large pool area. Workout room with exercise machines on 2nd floor. Sauna located in rear of workout room. 2 Tennis courts are located on both sides ( on roof area ). Large grassy area, located between pools and edge of water to play or relax; 4 piers w boat slips. Fishing is permitted on the 4 pier areas. BUT,, NO SWIMMING is allowed in boating area, off of the piers, or from the shoreline area. My slip has a automated boat lift . A very nice, shallow & wide, concreted BOAT LAUNCH with side ramps for safe boarding is provided. The launch is located at water's edge on the left side of the POB complex. Stainless steel fish cleaning station with water and grinder pump for fish parts. Aluminum carts are available to transport boating and fishing equipment. If you bring a Boat and/or Personal Water Craft, go to the front desk and register it with them. The guards will be instructed to sticker your boat and trailer. They will assign you a trailer spot, which is in the upfront area of Phoenix on the Bay. Trailer parking avail. ($5/day charged by front desk).

ALL of our very large rooms are "tiled ". NO permanent carpets: Therefore, NO SMELLS from spills, etc.. NO BLINDS on patio windows (custom drapes in den & blackout window treatment in MB). NEW stainless side/side Fridge. There are19 seating places in the den/dining area of our condo. Our large, wide patio area has a table that seats 6 with 2 additional spring rocker chairs and a chaise & side table. The living area & master bedroom have full "floor to ceiling" patio windows. ** NOTE** With patio doors closed, you have virtually NO outside noise. One roll away bed is provided. Special PUB type table by window(seats for 4 ).

Wave runners can be secured on a sandy beach in the docking area. Covered parking on all levels. If it rains, NO PROBLEM!! Our condo is on the West side, 4th floor (no afternoon sun in your eyes). Parking is within 100 ft. of our unit. There are 2 trash chutes at POB. One on each side. Our condo is within 30 ft. of the trash chute which makes emptying your trash very, very convenient (no long walks to make multiple times per day). Our unit is equipped with a digital coded locking system for the entry door. The four digit code (provided by owner) is ALL that you need. **NOTE** Parking Passes are required to be purchased at the front desk. A 3 Brm/3 Bath condo is granted a maximum of 2 parking passes for purchase. As of Jan/2016, the cost per pass is $25.75. Place the pass on the driver's side of your dashboard and leave it there for your entire stay @ POB. Guards periodically check the parking area for these. If a "day guest" comes to visit you, they will need to obtain a visitor's 24hr. pass at the Guard shack at the entrance area. If no guard is present, then they need to go to the "front desk" to obtain one. Have them put it on the driver's side dashboard of the vehicle. All visitors and "staying guests" must wear "colored armbands" (available at front desk) while in the pool areas. POOL SECURITY regularly checks for these, especially during the heavily rented summer period. To obtain these armbands, just go to the front desk and ask for them. Ask the front desk personnel to give you a pair of scissors to cut of the excess length of the armband....should be worn on ARM...not leg. They may ask you , "what condo you are in". Just remember to tell them that you are staying in condo #1411 (Mr. Cate's unit). You & your guests need to wear the armbands. If you need additional ones, go back to the front desk. ***SPECIAL NOTE*** "NO ONE" is allowed to bring any GLASS CONTAINERS OF ANY KIND INTO THE POOL AREAS. If you see someone with a glass object in or at the pool area, PLEASE report it to a security or to the front desk personnel. REASON!! If glass is broken in one of the pools or Lazy River, then that area will have to be "shut down" and drained and cleaned (SAFETY AND LIABILITY ISSUES). The Lazy River would be closed for over 3 days to accomplish this.

There are many amenities on site and lots of entertainment and excellent restaurants within a 15 minute drive or less. Canal Road has probably over 20 different eating establishments on it. We think that the BEST restaurant at the Gulf is only about 300 yards from POB (Shipp's Harbour Grill!!). However, there is normally a 2 hr wait in the p.m. so make reservations even on a week night.


PS: Our condo is "Professionally" cleaned by our own husband and wife team. THE BEST!!

More Details

Jim Cate
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2017

About Jim Cate

We both grew up in Mobile and have had the good fortune to enjoy the beauty and activities in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores area our entire lives. We first came as children with our respective families...later, as parents with our son...and now with our son, daughter-in-law, and beautiful granddaughters in tow.

We love to sit on our balcony and take in the views of the bay watching people boat, fish, picnic, jet ski and sail. Motoring around the bay in our Deck boat is fun and visiting Robinson Island which is about 300 yards from our dock is a great treat for the family. We enjoy watching the pelicans and herons fly overhead, and our granddaughters always make a trip to the small sandy beach to look for hermit crabs...a tradition they started as toddlers.

Actually, we like this area so much that my wife and I purchased another property that is water front w/beautiful pier overlooking a large bay with pelicans, egrets, eagles, hawks, and, of course, dolphins. I rent it to "special people". Just Ask??

Now that we are both retired and trying to 'Kick-back', we would like say to any lucky renter of our condo, 'Y'all come on down and get the sand between your toes and enjoy our slice of paradise!!'


Jim Cate purchased this condo in 2006

Why Jim Cate chose Orange Beach

FIRST THING: Don't let the word "Canal" throw you. Canal Road is NOT located on a little canal. The "canal" is actually the Intra Coastal Waterway that was constructed by the Corp of Engineers during WWII and connects this area with Mobile Bay (Of Admiral Farragut Fame: "DAMN THE TORPEDOES, FULL SPEED AHEAD"). There are beautiful bays on either side of Canal Road, except "for about a 2 mile span". Canal Road is over 9 miles long and has some fabulous residences, condos, restaurants, etc. on it. It is a busy road (recently extended to 4 lanes). It was named Canal Rd., probably in the 40s, and it stuck. Just think of it like you would "The Erie Canal". Get the picture ??

Since the Mobile/Gulf Shores area is our home, we had the chance to look at a lot of condos and properties before we bought. Here is a list of our reasons for buying at Phoenix on the Bay and specifically our unit 1411. In our opinion, Brett/Robinson builds the very best condos on the Gulf Coast. Many of the builders' family members live at this complex. This is a luxury condo complex. All condos have over sized rooms and extra amenities. Our condo is on the west side and right in the middle of the spacious grounds and pools. The afternoon sun is not a factor on our balcony during the hot summer months. Parking is covered and is approx. 100 ft. from our entry door; getting wet while loading and unloading the car is never a factor. The trash chute is 30 ft. away (no long walks to a dumpster); no sand in our condo like Gulf front (from wind and tracking in); no obstructed views from our 4th floor unit (no palms in your face and no loud noises); 4 elevators and virtually no waits (5 floors). We have an excellent security staff and a friendly, accommodating front desk crew. If you want a venue where "just about nothing can go wrong", this is your place, especially if you have a boat. Come join us for a relaxing visit!

What makes this condo unique

All flat screen TVs. 60', 32', 32', 32'. The 60'' unit is a new SMART TV. Takes about 10 minutes to float around the 3 ft deep large, wide lazy river (tubes are provided), or bring your own type. Canal road has a long wide sidewalk for walking, jogging, biking. Just on Canal Road or just "off of it" there are over 20 various eating and entertaining venues. Some of the VERY BEST eating venues are on Canal. Something for every taste.

There is a small hardware store directly across the street from POB and a "SPECIAL little place" called SAM'S about 1/2 mile back down Canal Rd. It looks like a gas station, but it is MUCH, MUCH more. They have about every kind of fishing and boat gear that you can think of. Great selection of beach clothes (various college branded wear) etc. & beach shoes.

They have just about every thing that a 7/11 has also. In the very back of the store, and "on the left" is a little kitchen area. In the morning, they have some ladies that cook a "ready to go" type breakfast. Sausage (2 types), ham, bacon, eggs ( prepared like you want them), biscuits ( with meat or plain) and with gravy; various types of pastries. Good coffee (to go). The good thing about this little place (as far as the kitchen food is concerned) is that it is CHEAP. Example: you can get a "take out" breakfast that includes 2 eggs (how you like them), 2 meats, ( and a lot of it), w/biscuit for only $3.95 plus tax. Great quick breakfast & large coffee is reasonable also. You can leave the condo and go get breakfast and be back in about 25 minutes. One thing that I forgot to mention is.. they have "marine type gas" with NO ethanol available for your 4 cycle boat engine or wave-runner. Cheaper than the Marina gas by about $1.00/gal.

Just call what I've said above as " JIM'S LOCAL TIPS ".

Canal Road has a fire station w/paramedics, comm. ctr., library, special senior ctr., kid park. & Pier on water.


Orange Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1787 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1...master bath - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Double-sink vanity; hair dryer
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Single vanity; hair dryer
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Single vanity; hair dryer
  • Bathroom 1...Master Bath has jetted tub and separate glass-enclosed shower. Double sink. Hair dryer. Handicap bar assist in shower. Bathroom 2...Tub/shower combination. Single sink. Hair dryer. Handicap bar assist in tub/shower. Bathroom 3...Tub/shower combination. Single sink. Hair dryer. Handicap bar assist in tub/shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1...Master Bedroom - 1 king , full length mirror; chair; 32 inch flat screen TV with DVD
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Overhead Fan, Chair, 32' Flat Screen TV with DVD
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Overhead Fan, Bench, 32' Flat Screen TV with DVD
  • All bedrooms are carpeted and have overhead fans w/light; walk-in closets in bedrooms #1 & #2; flat screen TVs with DVDs; abundant closet and drawer storage. Each bedroom has a private bath.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Natchez, MS

Total Bliss for for month of October

  • 5 of 5

This condo was fabulous. Very spacious with wonderful views. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. We really appreciated having a built in ice machine at the bar. The master bedroom and bath were quite large and you have a view of the back bay and pass from your bed. Plenty of room to spread out. We sat out on the patio every morning and night enjoying the views watching boats and wild life.

Convenient covered parking nearby to the condo is a huge plus when time to unload luggage and groceries.

The pools and lazy river were awesome. But the best for us was the use of the piers and boat dock. Without a doubt they have the best set up for boating. We loved having our own boat ramp. Jim was very efficient and courteous. You will be hard pressed to find a better landlord. We loved our stay in this unit and felt fortunate to be there.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As an owner of a beautiful condo in a beautiful complex as Phoenix on the Bay is , I am always looking for the "perfect" guest. This guest and family was it. Very respectful of our condo and its' contents. Treated it as if it were their home. This is "THE" kind of guest that any owner would " go the extra mile" for. They exhibit that " Natchez Mississippi Charm " that is "natural and homegrown". WOW!!
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great Condo! Very Clean, Owner was very helpful and easy to communicate with. Love that you don't need keys anymore. We will plan to stay at this condo again. James only one thing (pots) Thanks for sharing your condo with us. Enjoyed

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

The condo was fabulous and super clean. We had a great family stay! Owner could not have been nicer. He was helpful and very informative. Returned all phone calls immediately. LOVE the keypad door entry. Condo also had a lot of extras including blankets, brooms, blow-up mattresses, small kids picnic table, etc. Already planning another stay in this condo!! Thank you for a great stay!!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sunset, LA

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great condo! Very clean & nicely equipped! Keypad door entry is great, no worrying about room keys. Owner was helpful and easy to communicate with. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Huntsville, AL

Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

The condo is great. It is very large and spacious with everything you need to have a great stay. It is very nice having the boat dock. The complex is very nice and great place for families. The kids loved the pool, the slide and the lazy river. I would definitely recommend to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We Loved Our Stay in this Great Condo

  • 5 of 5

Our condo was extremely large, many closets, well equipped kitchen, spectacular view, and very convenient for our wedding festivities. It was perfect for our adult children and ourselves. The owner went out of his way to make sure everything was as we needed it to be. Upon our departure, I realized I had left my medication. He went so far as to FedEx it to me. I would highly recommend this unit because of its spaciousness, accommodating owner, and the peacefulness it evokes as you relax on the large balcony ( where we stayed as much as possible to enjoy the view and weather.) The pool is just wonderful, the lazy river and water slide a big hit with others in our group. Our expectations were exceeded. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Jack Edwards
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Tiki Bar
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Fort Morgan Road
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Gulf of Mexico...Gulf Shores, AL
Car: necessary

Our condo is located on Canal Road just minutes away from The Gulf of Mexico beaches. There are many outstanding restaurants and endless entertainment opportunities in the area. Here are a few suggestions.

..Pensacola Naval Air Station to visit the Home of the Blue Angels and the famous Naval Air Museum. Great visit. About half of a day trip. (30-40 min drive)

.. Jimmy Buffett's sister's eatery ( LuLu's..20-30 min drive) ..The famous FLORA/BAMA bar and lounge (on the beach--home of the mullet toss...30 min drive)..

..Tanger's Outlet shopping in Foley (scenic 30 min drive)

..The Gulf Shores Zoo (20-30 mins)

..The Wharf has shops, restaurants, Laser Tag, cinema, many special events and concerts (10 mins)

..Waterville (20-30 mins)

..Gulf State Fishing Pier, Gulf State Public Beach & Gulf State Park (20 mins)

..Championship Golf Courses..many to choose from

..Public playground and pier (5 min drive)

..Fort Morgan Historical Civil War site (30-40 mins)

..Zip Line


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%


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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.