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Gulf Front Fifth Floor 2br/2ba with STUNNING Views!

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Our 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit is on the 5th floor of a low density complex that only has 6 floors, so the view is grand from our balcony! This complex is one of Gulf Shores’ most popular rental complexes, with affordable rates, convenience of walking to restaurants/shopping and DIRECT gulf -front condos.

The living room has a large window showing a stunning view of the sugar sand beach and sparkling blue waves below. From the balcony you will enjoy watching the activities on the beach, the red sunset or taking a nap listening to the methodical rolling of waves against the shore.

The master bedroom has a king size bed and a private bath. The new flat screen tv has been wall mounted for easy viewing from bed. This tv has a built-in DVD player as well as cable.

The second bedroom has a beautiful view of the beach through the double windows! It has a queen bed, a wall mounted flat screen tv and an XBOX 360 for the kids enjoyment! The XBOX 360 will allow game play and also play DVDs. It has built in WIFI, so connecting to XBOX live with your own account is a snap!

The living room has a flat screen tv with cable and a DVD player. It also has a sleeper sofa. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you could want, the dining area has seating for four.

The sparkling pool is located on the north side of the complex, which keeps sand and debris from blowing into it constantly. It has plenty of seating for laying out in the sun or watching the kids swim.

Please NOTE: Standard deposit for renters under 25 years old is $300, but we can change to $200 deposit for those 25 and older. Also, I answer vrbo inquiries once each day, usually after 9 pm central time. I have a full time job and therefore generally cannot answer inquiries during the day. Thank you for understanding.

We are sometimes asked if we give military discounts. We do not give military discounts, however, we donate 8 full weeks per year to Operation Reconnect. Operation Reconnect is a Non-Profit organization that provides complimentary vacations to combat veterans and their families.

The Island Shores complex is a low density, family oriented facility with only 59 units in a building with 6 floors. It is located in the heart of Gulf Shores, with shopping, Alabama State Fishing Pier, restaurants, fresh seafood markets and much more all within walking distance of the unit. The Sea and Suds is a wonderful restaurant on the beach within a stone’s throw of our complex.

No smoking and no pets inside any of the units at Island Shores!

There is a drink vending machine, a coin operated laundry and of course an elevator and luggage carts for your convenience.

The Complex is within a short drive of several grocery stores (including a Wal -Mart Supercenter), pharmacies, package stores, movie rentals, spas, deep sea fishing charters, movie theaters, golf courses, water parks, mini golf, the Tanger Outlet Mall in Foley, Gulf Shores State Park, the Alabama Birding Trail and Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge.

There is a great local cheesemaker near the condo in Elberta Alabama, about 20 minutes away. Sweet Home Farms has a small herd of Guernsey milk cows that they milk to produce a variety of high quality cheeses. They produce cheeses ranging from incredibly smooth to wonderfully sharp! The blue cheese is unbelievable! They are open friday and saturday only from 10 am til 5 pm.

History buffs can ride out to Fort Morgan State Park, built in 1834 and heavily used during the civil war. For those that want to visit her sister fort across Mobile Bay, Fort Gaines, they can take the interesting ride on the car ferry over to Dauphin Island! Makes a great day trip!

For those that have never experienced the night life on the beach, you are in for a wonderful time. There are many night clubs in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The Pink Pony and The Hangout are a half mile from our condo. Live Bait is a popular spot in Orange Beach. All have live music most of the time. One of the best places to experience the Gulf Coast nightlife and meet people ages 18 to 80 is the world famous roadhouse, the Florabama Lounge. Located right on the Alabama/Florida line, the Florabama has beach access, great food and some of the best live music around, but don’t take the kids past 6 pm… unless they are at least 18 years old!

Island Shores is only an hour away from Mobile Alabama, 30 minutes from Pensacola Florida, and 10 minutes from Foley, Alabama. Located directly on the beach at 421 East Beach Blvd, ½ half mile east of where 59 ends at the public beach in Gulf Shores. From I-10, take highway 59 to Gulf Shores and take a left on East Beach Blvd, then go ½ mile and Island Shores is on the right. From the Foley Beach Express, after going through the toll bridge keep going straight until you dead end into Canal Road, then take a right and follow it to 59 and take another left, then when 59 dead ends at the beach take another left and go ½ mile and Island Shores is on your left.

For your security and convenience, we have this unit listed with a rental company. But, by going directly with us through VRBO, you will save a bundle! When you decide to book with us, we will get you in touch with the company and we will tell them the rates on which we have agreed. You don't have to worry about giving a stranger your paypal or credit card info, or for that matter mailing in a deposit. They allow you the convenience and safety of completing the booking through their secure systems, have convenient key pick up, and 24/7 customer service.

If you happen to be in need of two adjoining units, then please ask because we have friends that own unit 554 right beside our unit and we can get you in touch with them and coordinate rentals during the same time frame.

If you prefer a 2 bedroom unit, we have 3 other condos, all 2 bedroom direct beachfront units, at Island Shores in Gulf Shores. Check out our 5th floor unit at Island Shores at VRBO #555510. We also own a 2nd floor unit at Island Shores, VRBO 555508 and our 4th floor Island Shores unit is listed with VRBO as number 681060. We also have a 2 bedroom that is a less expensive, but it is not direct beach view. It is on the canal behind Papa Rocco's Pizza in Gulf Shores a few blocks from the beach. It is Venetian Isle vrbo #910888. To view any of these other VRBO listings, just type in the VRBO listing number above into the search line in VRBO.

Minimum rental age for this unit is 21, but we might consider renting to responsible 19 or 20 year olds with a higher deposit. We also have 3 other beachfront units that have a minimum rental age of 21. They are vrbo 55508, 681060 and 681059. We do have one other unit (NOT direct beach front) that has a minimum age of 19. It is Venetian Isle Condos behind Papa Rocco's on the canal in Gulf Shores. VRBO #910888.

Enjoy your stay!

More Details

Jeff & Judy Thurmond
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Jeff & Judy Thurmond

We purchased our condo to give us a place to get away from the rat race of life. We love the relaxing pace at the beach and break away from work as often as we can to go to our condo.

Jeff & Judy Thurmond purchased this condo in 2013

Why Jeff & Judy Thurmond chose Alabama

We bought at Island Shores because it is close to everything!

What makes this condo unique

Island Shores is a low density complex within walking distance of restaurants, shopping and even the Hangout.


Gulf Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 5
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Private Bath
    Beach Bedroom - 1 queen , Has XBOX 360
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • 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
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Gulf Front Fifth Floor 2br/2ba with STUNNING Views!
average rating of 4.625 based on 8 reviews
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We all (to include a full sized family) enjoyed our stay

  • 4 of 5

The grounds were noticeably cleaned daily. The access to a family vacation was without a doubt the best we could ask for. Judy was on top of things before the even became an issue went out of their way just to ensure i stayed a happy customer. Flaws maybe update or reccomend updating the vending machines as they wouldnt take paper bills during our stay nor do they accept debit or cc no biggie there just an inconvenience. The home was in great shape the view was great as were the shape of the appliances and furnishings. If i were to know someone going to gulf shores i would reccomend island shores owed by jeff anf judy thurman. A little bonus of which im dure is accumulation of things donated or left very nice addition

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Very nice condo!

  • 5 of 5

The condo was well maintained. Judy and Jeff were very easy to work with and provided excellent customer service. The view from our balcony was really nice! It is within 10- 15 minutes driving time of several restaurants and stores.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Beautiful! I

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at 555, and it was wonderful! Condo had everything, just like home. Balcony had beautiful views and seen dolphins quite often! Would go back again. Thanks to the owner, she was very helpful with any questions I had.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

My sister, Mom, and I stayed in this condo Mother's Day weekend. It was perfect for the 3 of us. My Mom uses a walker and/or wheelchair. The condo has Handicapped Parking right at the elevator and the room was close to the elevator which helped out tremendously with her maneuverability. Even though the elevator was nearby, we were never disturbed by people coming and going. Once inside the condo, we rarely heard any noise.

This Island Shores condo has a great view and is bright and cheery. We enjoyed hours and hours sitting on the balcony in comfortable chairs as we watched the waves roll in and dolphins swim by. The large picture windows in the den area enabled Mom to kick back in the recliner and take in the views in air conditioned comfort. These units had mostly couples and families and was quiet and peaceful even though centrally located.

Everything we needed was provided. The appliances all looked new. And I loved the great detachable, hand-held shower heads that I used to massage my sore muscles at the end of a long day. The towels were luxurious and the linens above average and clean.

The condo is walking distance to Sea & Suds and only a few blocks from The Hangout. It has a great walkway leading down to the beach with a shower to wash off the sand and grime before returning to the room.

Jeff and Judy were wonderful and quick to respond whenever I sent a text. They checked to make sure everything was going okay and even surprised us with a special blessing. I can't thank them enough for that unexpected gift.

I highly recommend this condo if you are planning a trip to Gulf Shores. I will definitely use it again. This was the best mother/daughters trip ever.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great condo- great view, very clean, private, and on the beach!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in the unit. We love the set up, very well kept, and kitchen has every thing you might ever need. The owners and property management are so easy to work with. The view of the beach is perfect. The property is quiet and very well kept. Great easy access to the beach and local restaurants. We will certainly book for a third year!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice stay!

  • 4 of 5

We were very pleased with our stay for a family gathering. The owner, Jeff, was very prompt in responding to our questions and requests. The condo was clean, well maintained and convenient to restaurants (Sea n Suds - one of our favorites) and shopping. The beach access was great. We would return again and recommend this condo to our friends. The management company was super also. They made accessing the condo so easy and had an app and emailed us and called to make sure everything was going well!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Summer
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Aug 13 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Shrimp Fest
Oct 11 2017 - Oct 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Oct 17 2017 - Dec 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Parking Pass $20 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Booking & Admin Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $110 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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