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Renovated 2014 & 2018, Affordable Piece Of The Beach! :)

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

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

Welcome to your piece of Sugar Beach! Just recently (Feb, 2014.. and now again in April 2018) finished renovations on my unit!

~1 mile from Live Bait, ~5 miles from FloraBama, and ~20 minutes from the Foley outlet mall. A new series of restaurants and shopping just went up a block away. 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, chase sand crabs at night, and find shells by day with far less people to deal with.

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 value.

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 (I was going to replace it this year, but it's still doing great), all of the furniture was removed and replaced with much more tasteful options. Wall mounted LCD's with blu ray players, and a high speed cable 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 - still true as of 2018. 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 not your normal futon padding. 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. This was replaced late in 2017, and is basically new.

More Details

Sean Barmettler
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

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 Orange Beach

I'm 36 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 wife is a professionally trained (college as well as 3rd party classes) artist, who put several hundred hours into the art that now decorates the bedroom, here. I definitely couldnt have justified the cost of what those prints alone would have cost, but now my renters can enjoy her amazing sealife decor for their stay!

My wife and I have 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 we're both very 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 OURS!' Now, it definitely is. We've made every inch I touched a product of the labor of love, not simply a unit seeking maximum rental income. I worked so hard that I was actually anxious about renting it back in 2014 for the first time, but my renters have loved it, my friends and family have loved it, and it's far more to us now than simply a source of income.

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!


Orange Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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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Renovated 2014 & 2018, Affordable Piece Of The Beach! :)
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Very enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

Great property and a great value. Location on the beach was the best.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Great condo right on the beach. We have stayed at Sugar Beach several times before but we will be repeat renters of this condo from now on. This has been our best trip and best stay. The owner is extremely helpful and quick to respond to any question that may arise. The condo is clean and well stocked. Perfect view of the sunset from the balcony. We have really enjoyed our stay here and can't wait to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay to relax and recharge! Had a wonderful time and will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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  • 5 of 5

The location on the beach is great. Toward the end of the condos. Plenty of open beach. The sand is powdery soft. All 3 pools are clean and beautiful.

The room (381) was updated and charming and extremely affordable. Comfortable for my wife and 2x daughters for a week. Clean and tidy. Would definitely stay here again.

Thanks a ton for the great experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Family time!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our family time! If giving the opportunity will stay again. The only downfall was that the room didnt have a pitcher to make sweet tea in! Would have stayed longer but one must go back to work😀

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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We will return

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience from booking, to when it was time to leave. Great place and great value! Sean was very helpful when we had questions and quick to respond. We hope to return again next year and will definitely check to see if this place is available before booking anywhere else!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Seafood Restaurant
Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead
The Southern Grind at INDIGO
Coffee Shop
The Southern Grind Coffee House
Big Wave Dave's Kitchen & Beach Bar
American Restaurant
The Flying Harpoon 2
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Orange Beach Welcome Center
Gulf State Park
Wintzell's Oyster House
The Ruby Slipper Cafe
Brunch Restaurant
Flipdaddy's Brilliant Burgers & Craft Beer Bar
Hamburger Restaurant
Live Bait Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Adventure Island
Bubba's Seafood House
Seafood Restaurant
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Niki's Seafood & Thai
Thai Restaurant
The Wharf
Franco's Italian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Little New Orleans
Cajun Restaurant
Hamburger Restaurant
Buns in the Sun
Sandwich Shop
Bayes Southern Bar and Grill
Southern Restaurant (US)
Hazel's Family Seafood Restaurant & Catering
Seafood Restaurant
Arena The Next Level
Sol Y Mar
Mexican Restaurant
The Southern Grind Coffee House at the WHARF
Coffee Shop
Mama Lottie's Pizza
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Blue Water BBQ Company
Barbecue Restaurant
Mexico Lindo Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
China Dragon
Chinese Restaurant
Ginny Lane Bar and Grill
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Villaggio Grille
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Moe's Original Bar B Que
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The Intracoastal Waterfront Restaurant and Bar
Seafood Restaurant
Island Time Daiquiris
DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant
Fast Food Restaurant
The Wharf Amphitheater
Liquid Life Cafe
Espresso Bar
Rotolo's Pizzeria
Pizza Restaurant
Duck's Diner
Southern Restaurant (US)
Chronic Tacos
Taco Restaurant
Orange Beach Golf Center
Brick & Spoon
Southern Restaurant (US)
Hogfish Grille
Seafood Restaurant
Sea N Suds
Seafood Restaurant
The Undertow
Bar & Grill
Cotton's Restaurant
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Island Pancake House
Ragatta Condominiums
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $125
Cleaning Fee $80
Tax Rate 13.0%

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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