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Gulf Front: Beautiful Luxury West Corner Unit: Wrap-Around Balcony

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Crystal Shores opened in May of 2004 and is located directly on the West Beach of Gulf Shores. It has a stunning view of the ocean and the white powder beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Crystal Shores is a luxury condominium complex that has all the amenities that one could ask for.

This complex has a heated, Indoor-Outdoor Pool and Outdoor Jacuzzi. It also has a Fitness Room, Game Room, Sauna, Lobby, and Conference Room. It offers Wireless DSL Internet Service. Crystal Shores is 1 mile west of Gulf Shores Pkwy on West Beach Blvd and is centrally located near restaurants, shopping malls, water parks, amusement parks, golfing, and the State Park.

This large, Two Bedroom, Two Bathroom, condominium has been professionally decorated and painted. It is located on the 4th floor of Crystal Shores Condominiums. This unit has 9 ft. ceilings, crown molding, tile flooring, and granite counter tops.

The living room and master bedroom have sliding glass doors to the balcony and a panoramic view of the West Beach of Gulf Shores. The living room has a 7 ft. Armoire with a 37' Flat Screen Television. The master bedroom has a King-Size, Sealy, Pillow-Top Bed and a Flat Screen Television. The guest bedroom has new furniture and decorations with a Queen-Size, Serta, Pillow-Top Bed and a Flat Screen Television as of April 2015. Each bedroom has a large adjoining bathroom. Also, our condo has a In-Suite Laundry Room with a Full-Size Washer and Dryer.

This is a West-End Corner Unit and it has large windows on the west side and south side of the condo. This makes for a sunny and cheery atmosphere inside the condo. Each evening as our guest, you will enjoy fantastic sunsets from the Large Balcony which wraps around the corner of the building. This also gives our guests an excellent view of the beach and the pool. This unit offers Private-Covered Parking for our guests.

This condominium is warm, inviting, and very comfortable. We know that you will feel the same way that we do when we stay here. It is our Home-Away-From-Home!

Keywords: Ocean Beach Condominium

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Mark & Erica Thimsen
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2017

About Mark & Erica Thimsen

Mark & I are the proud new owners of this beautiful condo. We live in Madison, Alabama. We bought this property from our good friends, the Howards. We have decorated it with beauty and comfort in mind. This is our beach home. We hope that you enjoy your visit to our condo as much as we do!

Mark & Erica Thimsen purchased this condo in 2015

Why Mark & Erica Thimsen chose Alabama

Crystal Shores is a beautiful, modern building with luxury amenities. It is close to everything in Gulf Shores.

What makes this condo unique

This condo has ocean, beach, and pool views from the wrap-around balcony. You get to enjoy fantastic sunsets from the western corner.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(55 traveler reviews)

Gulf Front: Beautiful Luxury West Corner Unit: Wrap-Around Balcony
average rating of 4.9636364 based on 55 reviews

Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

In comparison to many units over the years, this one rates as one of the best! My view from the kitchen sink was even amazing. I look for a lot of relaxation and comfort in decor and this unit has it. Loved the comfort of the patio furniture which was better quality than most. This couple takes pride in their condo, and very nice and generous with their personal items. Everything was well stocked in the kitchen. And as far as cleanliness, this unit was immaculate! If we don't find our condo to purchase, as we are currently looking, then we hope to visit this one again. Great security onsite and if the complex is in need of something, i.e. heater was out on the pool, the HOA was right on it and had it repaired. Also loved the washer and dryer were normal sized and not stacked. Thanks so much for allowing us to rent your condo!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoy such great reviews and especially when our guests notice the details and little things that make our unit and this property so special. We did a lot of upgrades this year (new patio furniture, new couch and living room chairs, new mattress and box springs in the master) in hopes our guests have a wonderful and comfortable experience. This review really made our day! Mark & Erica
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Loved this condo!!!!

  • 5 of 5

It was a perfect place to recover from a busy weekend of my son’s wedding in Birmingham. The condo was very clean, with lots of amenities. The view from the balcony was perfect for those late night sunsets. Mark was so kind to answer all my questions quickly. He provided detailed directions to the condo and how to use the door keypad. I will recommend any of their properties to friends, and we are planning on coming back hopefully soon and bringing family. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful place with us. Linda & Mike

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations on your son's wedding! A stay at the beach is a great way to decompress. We just came back from the condo and agree the view from the corner wrap around balcony is hard to beat. Thank you for the great review and we look forward to seeing you again. Mark & Erica
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about staying in this unit at Crystal Shores from beginning to end! Parking was convenient, safe, and close to the room by being just on the ground level in a covered area. The unit itself was welcoming from the moment we opened the door with a beach atmosphere and decor. Everything in the unit was clean, comfortable, and made us feel just like we were at home, from the comfortable beds and couches, to the tv's, wifi, and fully furnished bathrooms. We loved the sliding glass doors out onto the balcony that overlooked the beach and the pool, and the outdoor furniture got so much use as that's where we ate breakfast each day and spent afternoon breaks from the ocean. The fully furnished kitchen and laundry room were so convenient for us to store snacks, prepare meals, and keep our beach towels clean. The building itself was well-lit, clean, and had a calm and quiet, family atmosphere, and the direct walkway to the beach was so convenient. Building attendants and a security guard greeted us each morning as we went to the beach, which gave us a safe and peaceful feeling about our stay. We couldn't recommend this unit more - we very much hope to come back again soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, we couldn't have said it better ourselves - that's for sure. Thank you so much for the great review and please do come back and stay with us again. Mark & Erica
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  • 5 of 5

We have had a great time in Gulf Shores and the condo is great. Clean and well appointed. Beds were very comfortable with and condo is well layer out. Balcony furniture was nice to sit on as well. Facility is well run with security in parking lot and lots of cleaning and upgrades being done. Fitness room had all I needed for a good travel workout. Indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub were also nice. Chai rental on the beach was easy and lifeguards were friendly and helpful. I look forward to return trips to this condo and we really had a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a nice review! Thank you!! We are glad you mentioned the security staff - they do a great job of keeping an eye on the property. Also excited to hear our guests are taking full advantage of the amenities our condo and building have to offer. So glad you had a wonderful time. Please keep us in mind on your next beach vacation. Mark & Erica
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Great Condo

  • 5 of 5

The condo was wonderfully decorated . It was very clean and equipped with everything you may need. The owners were very nice Ned easy to work with . Had a problem with dryer, notified owner and she was right on it . I would highly recommend .

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. We truly value guest recommendations and strive to keep the condo clean, up to date and with all the essentials. Sorry about the dryer - we had it fixed as fast as possible. Mark & Erica
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Beautiful condo in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely condo. It is beautifully decorated and maintained! And, it had every amenity to help make our trip wonderful. We loved the location and the fact that it is on a low floor with a gorgeous view! Would definitely stay in this condo again when we plan another trip to Gulf Shores!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We think our west corner unit is in the perfect location - and very glad to hear you enjoyed it just as much as we do. And please do keep us in mind when planning your next trip to Gulf Shores! Mark & Erica
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Our condo is 2 blocks from Bahama Bob's Restaurant on the beach. It is 1 mile from Alvin's Island Department Store, Desoto's Seafood Kitchen, the Hang Out, the Shrimp Basket and the Oyster House Restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2016-2017
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Mar 11 2017 - May 19 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 20 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Jul 29 2017 - Sep 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter 2017-2018
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 10 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $110
One Parking Pass $15
Tax Rate 11.0%

For Spring Break, Minimum Reservation is 7 Nights

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.
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Gulf Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Corner Unit, Wrap-Around Balcony, Reserved Covered-Parking

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