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Renovated 2014, Affordable Piece Of The Beach! :)

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Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 6 nights

About the property

Beach Side, 1 Bedroom, Patio Side View Of The Gulf

Welcome to your piece of Sugar Beach! Just recently (Feb, 2014) finished renovations on my unit!

~1 mile from Live Bait, ~5 miles from FloraBama, and ~20 minutes from the Foley outlet mall. And more importantly: its ON the beach!

Sugar Beach is located across the street from the Gulf State Park, which gives us a 2-sided advantage. On the bay side, this unit is across the street from several biking trails (Rosemary Dunes Trail), and on the beach side, has significantly less people to worry about, as there's little development between us and the Gulf State Pier. You can enjoy the beach without stepping over 20 people to get to the water because of the location.

Sugar Beach features 4 pools, 1 of which is heated during the cooler months. Our parking is underneath the units, so your car wont be 5000 degrees all day long. There is a near permanent state of people grilling out, the environment tends to be family oriented and friendly, and if you pan through the reviews of other units, everybody loves these for the bang for the buck.

This particular unit has new granite, paint, air conditioning unit (late 2013), the walls were all stripped and smoothed down, the king size bed is new as of 2014, all of the furniture was removed and replaced with much more tasteful options. The unit even had 2 old CRT TV's when I bought it... those are now wall mounted LCD's with blu ray players, and a high speed DSL connection with wireless access. Dont laugh - you may get a sunburn and really appreciate having them around! Faucets are new, sinks are new, appliances are new stainless steel units, and the dreaded popcorn ceilings are gone.

This unit looks amazing and offers updated amenities with a price that's hard to beat.

...and of course, it's on the BEACH!

NOTE ON SECURITY DEPOSIT: this is 100% refunded once my cleaning service verifies you havent destroyed or stolen anything. To date, I’ve never had to keep a penny of this. Just dont damage anything and this will be sent back the day you check out. Takes ~2-5 days to be at your door, generally. If you do damage something, it's in your best interest to be forthcoming and let us know. Accidents happen. I'd rather take care of it in a civil manner than one involving legalities and a lot of paperwork!

Note: In the past, I noticed somebody had flipped the futon, and it does NOT feel the same on both sides. It's only meant to lay ONE way. If you sit on the futon and it feels like a torture device, please flip it over, and it'll feel like a mattress again.

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Sean Barmettler
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

About Sean Barmettler

I've lived across the Southeast, Aleutian Islands, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Belgium, and seen 20+ other countries.

It's been an amazing ride and we've met some incredible friends, but the Gulf Coast is home!

Ever since living here, it was my dream to own a condo here. In 2010 that dream finally came true. I'll rent this until I'm ready to retire, and I might one day call this place home again in the future.

Sean Barmettler purchased this condo in 2010

Why Sean Barmettler chose Alabama

I'm about to turn 34 and bought this unit in 2010. It was never rented because I allowed my family to stay in it after my dad and brother died. That's a downer of a detail, but I dont know how else to explain it not renting for 3+ years. It was a place to allow my mother to see her grandchildren, our other relatives in the area, and regain our senses where my family considers 'home.' My ex wife actually wanted this in the divorce, but it means too much to give up!

To that end, I've poured a lot of heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, and money into this unit. It's not just a mass rented unit: it's something I'm proud of, and it shows.

The unit was renting just fine prior to my renting it, but it wasnt something I could introduce to friends and say 'THIS IS MINE!' Now, it definitely is. I've made every inch I touched a product of the labor of love, not simply a unit seeking maximum capitalization rate. I worked so hard that I was actually anxious about renting it!

The environment is perfect for relaxing or partying, the prices are affordable, and I always leave the beach with more friends than I arrived with. And now you can enjoy the result of a lot of labor and a lot of love.

What makes this condo unique

Sugar Beach has enough pools that if you want to relax around a pool, enjoying the Gulf breeze, you wont have to compete with 100 other people. If you want adult conversation, chances are the upstairs pool isnt taken, while the kids are by the downstairs kiddie pool areas. If you want to cook out, that's right by the pool. If you want a snack and dont want to cook it, there's even a 'Sugar Shack' which makes burgers and other snacks, right there by the pool/beach.

You really do get a lot for your money with these units. Why go to the beach and think 'we shouldnt eat out again... we're spending so much already.' Stay here, and enjoy the best of both worlds!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Renovated 2014, Affordable Piece Of The Beach! :)
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The condo was true to the pictures. We had coffee and breakfast a few mornings on the balcony along with a few cocktails in the evening! Even though I was concerned this is the condo closest to the road, the noise was not a problem at all. The bed was very comfortable and after a day on the beach we slept like babies! The weather was beautiful all week and we came home to Indiana with awesome tans! It could use a small table beside the futon to set my cocktails, but we used our cooler and all was well! LOL! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks Sean!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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There were a few things I feel needed sprucing up; but overall, it was a nice place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

You could not beat what we got for the price of this condo. The location on the beach was excellent. The empty lot next door made the beach even less crowded. All the pools were nice. We got burgers and things from the snack shack on several occasions (very convenient, but the employee we encountered was not very friendly to say the least). The bed in the condo was very comfortable. My nieces slept on the futon downstairs, no complaints about comfort. It was nice having the 2 bathrooms, the washer and dryer, the ice-maker in the freezer, and the key-less entry for the condo. All the beach gear in the closet was great, we used the beach chairs several times and my nieces used the buckets and such to catch crab on the beach at night. They caught 3 or 4 different kinds of crab. Some in the sand and others in the water. We even caught a larger sized blue crab that washed up on shore (off course we let them all go after getting pics). One night around midnight me and my husband went for a walk along the shore and a giant sea turtle washed up. That was really cool, one highlight of the trip. I really liked staying in Orange Beach versus Gulf Shores (Gulf Shores seemed so much more crowded/busy). We ate at Moe's BBQ, it was excellent. My niece said the chicken sandwich she got there was the best she has ever ate and my potato salad was delish. A local told us to try Fish River Grill for seafood. It was also really good. We got the gator bites for an appetizer and we all really liked them. We rented kayaks at Paddledbyyou to go kayaking on Cotton Bayou. We did the half-day trip. Going to the different islands was neat. We stayed on the island known for swimming most of the time, it was island paradise. The water was so calm, you could see little crabs in their shells walking on the sand. Our trip was great, the condo was great. We would stay here again and have already told others about what a great deal it was.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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We would love to come back.

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Gulf Shores and Orange and we had a wonderful time. The condo was very nice and comfortable. Sean was always accommodating and quick to respond. If we have an opportunity to return to the area this will be the first place that we check for availability!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Great place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Nice clean room. Very comfortable for a family of four. Air condition worked great!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Everything you extras!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this unit for a week in July 2016. It had all the necessities of home to help you make the most out of your stay. There was also an added bonus of beach chairs, rolling cooler, and plenty of beach toys for the kids to enjoy. The beach was just a short walk away and the pools were nice to enjoy in the evenings. The Sugar Shack was conveniently located near the pool if you need anything. With being a smaller condominium, crowded beaches and pools weren't an issue. We were traveling with my son's baseball team and several other families stayed here as well. Some of their rooms weren't as equipped (one didn't even have towels!!) or quite as nice as ours so my advice would be to make sure you review what is included with your room before you make your reservation. We were very satisfied with this unit and will definitely stay here again. It is on the top floor right off the stairwell, located in the corner closest to the street. There is a view of the beach off the balcony as shown in the owner's pictures. Sean was very helpful and quick to respond when I had a question.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great condo!

  • 5 of 5

This condo was very nice! The owner was overly nice and helped us so much! We will definitely recommend this condo to friends and family. We will most definitely be staying in it again.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Pensacola - PNS
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Live Bait
Nearest Beach
outside the front door
Car: not necessary

Our newly renovated (finished early 2014) unit is located beach side, 3rd floor, on some of the most beautiful beaches you could hope for in the continental US. We are across the street from Rosemary Dunes Trail in the Gulf State Park if you're interested in leisure biking, and 1.4 miles from Live Bait if you're not interested in leisure at all!

A couple of miles into Gulf Shores, the state pier is available if you're interested in fishing, or just watching what our locals manage to pull up that day. The legendary FloraBama is of course a quick cab ride away - maybe 5 miles further into Orange Beach.

Sugar Beach itself is located conveniently next to an empty lot and the Gulf State Park, so if you just want to grab some rum and some sun, we tend to have significantly less people competing for the sand than other condos. This also works out if you're just after some shells, as there's a good stretch between Sugar Beach and the Gulf State Pier in which there's very few people on the beach.


Rates & Availability

Orange Beach Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 1 2016 - Jan 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Feb 1 2017 - Mar 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
Pre Summer
Mar 19 2017 - May 13 2017
5 night minimum stay
Hangout Fest and Memorial Day
May 14 2017 - May 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
May 28 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fourth of July
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
6 night minimum stay
Summer/ Early Fall
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 13 2017
5 night minimum stay
Aug 14 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Security Deposit $125
Cleaning Fee $70
Tax Rate 11.0%

If you cancel 30+ days out, it's 100% refundable. Cancelling within 7 days of the reservation is subject to a $100 penalty. Cancelling 3 days out is subject to 100% forfeiture. We simply cant risk the unit being empty during prime time due to a last second booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Orange Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , shower , This is the bathroom attached to the upstairs bedroom
    downstairs bathroom - toilet , shower , This shower is all new tile from ceiling to floor!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Living room futon mattress - 1 sleep sofa /futon , this is a legitimate mattress futon, not just a cushion
    Master bedroom - 1 king
  • Upstairs bedroom features a king size bed on a low-rise European looking (we used the same one in Belgium) pull out drawers. The lower mattress futon is an actual mattress - not just a thick cushion on top of a futon frame. We bring a pillow topper when we visit and we'll often sleep downstairs ourselves.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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