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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Renovated 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Private Home! *NEW Private Pool, Private Yard, more!

Perfectly situated in the highly-desirable QUIET west-end of Panama City Beach, our freshly updated “Bella by the Beach” is a cozy beach getaway for retired couples, small families, couples traveling together, or even a girlfriends’ escape. This family-friendly, quiet neighborhood in “Sunnyside” is one of the best in the area thanks to over-sized lots that offer space and privacy from neighbors. Everyone familiar with the different neighborhoods in PCB knows that LOCATION matters, and it really doesn’t get any better than this! Honest. Check the map, and you’ll see.

In addition to the fantastic neighborhood location, the emerald waters and sugar sand of the “World’s Most Beautiful Beach” is literally steps away – fewer than 700 walking steps, that is. Or, if you prefer, 3/10 of a mile down the street and around the corner. Easy, peasy. The PRIVATE “Sunnyside” beach is close enough to hear the waves from the privacy of your own pool during that late night swim or the next morning while enjoying a cup of coffee and the morning paper in the covered lanai. Not bad….and SOOOOO relaxing….! When the weather cooperates, you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves, too, thanks to a sliding glass door that opens from a comfy bedroom.

Your stay at “Bella by the Beach” is the perfect spot to have the quiet getaway you want, but all the modern conveniences you need within easy reach. Shopping, including Pier Park, is just a few minutes’ drive away. Restaurants, including the world famous Thomas’ donuts, are close and easy to find. Decadent 30A is a lovely drive offering even more in shopping, biking, and gourmet cuisines. Family activities abound along the entire stretch of Front Beach Road and the whole of Panama City Beach. If you want to do it, no doubt you can…. And, for those who want nothing but a book and a private beach, you got that too.

There’s so much to enjoy here, it won't take long to see why people fall in love with the quiet west-end of PCB, its glorious beaches and sunsets, and keep coming back year after year! Maybe you’ll be one of them?


Pride in ownership shows around every corner of this charming cottage, we call “Bella by the Beach”. It is in a fantastic -- and very quiet – “Sunnyside” neighborhood and has everything you need for a relaxing vacation. It has been totally renovated and includes many new updates for you to enjoy the perfect respite in this comfortable and cozy “home away from home”. Although it’s just our fourth season as owners, we continue to enhance the entire property to make for the best in guest comfort and enjoyment. The cottage offers:

• Two bedrooms with a queen bed in each, with quality mattresses and bedding, walk-in closets and ample room for storage; overhead ceiling fan

• Two renovated bathrooms with new granite counters, sinks and toilets; tub and shower enclosures (2011)

• New tile throughout entire home (2011)

• Freshly painted interior (2017) and exterior (2015). Every surfaced has been touched.

• New state of the art, quiet and efficient washer and dryer so you can pack light and wash as needed (2012)

• Completely furnished living room with comfy sleeper sofa and two chairs (2016)

• New 42” Smart TV with DVD, digital cable, movies, books, games (2014)

* New 32” HDTV with DVD, digital cable in master bedroom (2017)

• New kitchen appliances, including a very quiet dishwasher (2016)

• Fully stocked kitchen with coffee maker, blender, toaster and all kinds of dishware, glassware, pots and pans

• Off-street parking, including a one-car garage, complete with door opener

• Central heat (lol) and a/c (system updated in 2015)

• Free WI-FI, of course…..

And, then there’s the private, relaxing, delightful saltwater pool with ample patio furniture, gas grill, pool toys and privacy fence! (2015)


Always want a vacation home with your OWN private pool? Who doesn’t? No need to share a community pool here! This vacation rental has a built-in, PRIVATE saltwater gunite pool. It is 15x30 in size and 3-5 feet deep, so perfect for you and your little ones. Towels included, of course. Noodles and toys provided too! It has a wonderful feature for those who like to sunbathe in cool comfort, which is called a sun shelf. Just park yourself in this 6” deep space and keep cool while basking in the warm sun. Talk about decadent!

As part of the “pool area”, we have provided a large gas grill and a table for dining alfresco, complete with a tilted umbrella. Four chaise lounges allow all the sun catching needed, all while being in total privacy thanks to a 6’ high fence that surrounds the pool, creating an oasis everyone dreams about.

Mix a pitcher of margaritas, grab a good book, a towel and a selection of some of your favorite music choices and head out to YOUR pool!

It really doesn’t get any better than this….


Want to go to the beach before your pool swim? Well, of course…! No need to pack up the car. Grab the beach chairs, cart and towels and walk down the street and around the corner. You are that close – just 3/10 of a mile away to the sugar white sands of Panama City Beach!

The “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” is really right here! Sunnyside beach is dedicated to its residents so you are ensured of privacy and quiet as you relax in your beach chair with a good book. It’s perfect for a picnic as you watch the dolphins play just a few yards away. Or walk the magnificent, white sugar sand Emerald coast of the Gulf of Mexico for a country mile before encountering any high-rise buildings.

This beautiful part of the world on Florida’s northwest shores in Panama City Beach promises to keep you yearning for more!

Yes, the sand is like sugar, and it’s almost as white! And, the water is Emerald green, and magnificent….

The sunsets are amazing.

It is truly paradise.


You are only a short drive to some of the best attractions Panama City Beach has to offer, but far enough away from the crowds and congestion.

In the immediate area you’ll find Thomas' Donuts (2 miles away, tops) and the Carousel Market (even closer). Thomas’ makes the best donuts you’ve ever had and you’ll HAVE to have them over and over again. Very close to Thomas’ you’ll find and visit (over and over) the Carousel Market. It’s a handy place for quick groceries, beer and wine. They carry nice, fresh produce and good meat choices too!

A little bit down the road (but not by much) you have access to the local post office, Winn Dixie grocery, Publix, CVS, and – our personal favorite -- Buddy's Seafood, which has the freshest local fish around at a reasonable price, and in a clean environment too! Buy your fish to cook at home, or have them steam your shrimp for your day at the beach. And, don’t forget their homemade Key Lime Pie for dessert – yummy!

A little further beyond is Pier Park, with mega movie theaters, several restaurants including Jimmy Buffet's 'Margaritaville' and shopping galore. Close by is a fun local’s restaurant called “Dusty’s” Fresh Oyster Bar, and they have the BEST oysters anywhere. Raw or cooked, they shuck them right in front of you! It doesn’t get much fresher than that… All this shopping, good food, nightlife and more are just five miles away. Everything you need, or could imagine needing, is there including big box stores like Target and Walmart, and many chain restaurants too.

The City Pier is also right there for the fisherman in you. The popular Frank Brown Park is located across from Pier Park with ball fields and a outdoor public pool. Golf courses, antiquing, boating, kayaking, water skiing, etc. are all within easy reach.

There is so much to do, so little time! Panama City Beach is THE vacation spot for just about anything you want to do --- or do nothing at all…

Isn’t it time to plan YOUR trip?

KEYWORDS: Laguna Beach, Beach Home, Pool, Sunnyside, Pier Park, Private Home, Vacation, Rental

More Details


Gulf VIsta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • 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 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , New toilet & sink, granite counter, xtra storage, new towels
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , New toilet & sink, granite counter; new towels, window
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen bed, walk-in closet, dresser for storage, tile floors
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen bed, walk-in closet, sm dresser, sliding glass door
    Living Room Sleeper Sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , New for 2016 - queen sleeper sofa in living room
  • NEW in 2016: Sofa in living room is a queen sleeper to accommodate up to six persons in total to sleep comfortably.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
NEW private in-ground pool! Also, gas grill, beach cart, beach chairs, NEW kitchen appliances, like-new washer & dryer, lots of love and care in this charming, fully-renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bath private home in a highly desirable, quiet neighborhood, close to a private, dedicated beach that has NO condos, high-rises, or beach homes on it of any kind!


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average rating of 4.9512196 based on 41 reviews

Quiet location, GREAT owners, close to the beach, close (but not too close) to town

  • 5 of 5

We can't help but praise the owners for their hospitality! From our first inquiry of the property, to the day we left, Renée and Chris were so helpful and personal. The house was clean, the pool was PERFECT for an afternoon swim, and the walk to the beach wasn't bad (especially since they provide a cart to carry everything)! The house is located far enough from town so you don't experience the late night sounds of traffic and tourists, but you're only a few minutes away if you're craving a late night ice cream. We hope to stay at Bella by the Beach again really soon! It was a perfect one year anniversary trip. Nothing but praise from us!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Holly, so much for taking the time to leave your review. We were so pleased to be part of your anniversary vacation and are even more pleased that you found our home, and the area, to be exactly what you needed. We feel quite fortunate to have found a home in such a perfect neighborhood for not only us to enjoy quiet and exclusion, but also for anyone who chooses to stay at Bella by the Beach! The pool and beach are just bonuses, lol! We welcome you back anytime!
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Lovely place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

It's a lovely place to stay! Everything for the most part is updated. Everything is nice and clean! I do wish the pool was heated because it's such cold water but the privacy fence is a plus! Renee takes the time to make sure you have what you need and to make you feel welcome! Beach is just up the road, not far, a nice hop & a skip away!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, for taking the time to review our home for your recent little getaway. We do appreciate it! I just want to mention that we do have a pool heater that can be used by those guests who come in the cooler months. It is noted on all our listings that it is available on request for an additional fee. I’m sorry that you must not have been aware of this because it sounds as if you would have preferred it for your family. We would have been happy to let you use it. Next time, maybe....should you decide to return. Thanks again for choosing a Bella by the Beach for your Panama City Beach vacation! Renee
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great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

clean, POOL!!!!, walk to beach, quiet!! couldn't have asked for a better place to stay, great owners too - were at my fingertips with any questions or concerns we had. would highly recommend

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love this place "Bella by the Beach"

  • 5 of 5

We found this place because we had been renting another and it sold.. so I got online and found "Bella by the Beach"

The owners were awesome to work with.. we couldn't have found a more perfect vacation spot for us!!! EVERYTHING was just as advertised and more, great neighborhood, location and NO crowds, elevators, or anyone in your space!! It's an amazing place and you really should try for yourself, we WILL be back again, and my husband and I can't wait!!

Renee and Chris were like friends before we left, great caring owners wanting everything for you to be special at the beach!!

Tom and Becky 😉?

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house is perfect for a beach vacation. Very clean and just big enough. We loved the pool and the house and property are extremely well maintained. We will be back next year for sure!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bella on the Beach was FANTASTIC

  • 5 of 5

the house was perfect for our family

the house was well maintained and in a great location away from all the PCB traffic

the pool was AWESOME!

thank you very much for renting us your house for a FANTASTIC stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Renee Scorsone and Chris Miller
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 an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

About Renee Scorsone and Chris Miller

My hubby and I love PCB and you will too! We are lucky enough to enjoy our Bella by the Beach all winter long, so we take great pride in offering an immaculate, well-stocked and comfortable home for you to enjoy, relax and hopefully return to again and again! We are recent retirees of our own Bed and Breakfast in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of NY and we believe our 9-yr experience in owning and operating a B&B will be to your advantage as we work hard to not only meet guests' expectations, but to exceed them.

Renee Scorsone and Chris Miller purchased this house in 2014

Why Renee Scorsone and Chris Miller chose Gulf VIsta

This area of Panama City Beach is so quaint, laid back and beautiful, we knew within one week of being here that this where we wanted to spend a lot more time. It's not just the sugar white sandy beaches or the clear emerald water, it's the people, the food, and the feeling of getting away from it all. It's unlike anywhere else (in Florida, anyway) and is really like paradise.

What makes this house unique

This home is in a great neighborhood, full of single family private homes. Nice-sized lots on a quiet street. We added a fantastic new in-ground pool that is private, private, private! Streets here made for biking and the private Sunnyside beach less than two blocks away. There aren't many neighborhoods better, if any! And when we found this little gem - all freshly renovated and ready for new occupants - we knew it was the one! It makes for a comfortable, cozy home away from home, and who doesn't love the sound of the gulf to fall asleep to? The house may not be on the beach, but it is very close and the sounds are very clear as the waves come on shore. Just lovely…. AND, let's not forget your own PRIVATE pool……!


Nearest Airport
15 Miles
NW Florida Beaches International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Dusty's! Delish fresh oysters in this local spot!
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Rt. 98
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
So many to choose from!
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Sunnyside Beach - Private!
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Insurance $59

Minimum renters' age is 25 years old (families excluded, of course).

Absolutely no pets permitted.

No smoking allowed.

Pool can be heated for an extra charge and on prior request only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.