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Quiet Neighborhood, Close To Beach And Restaurants, Boat and Pet Friendly

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 3 nights

About the property

Large 4 bedroom home sleeps up to 9

*** Now booking for our fall season - 3 night minimum ***

7 night minimum during the summer high season - Sunday to Sunday.

We have a mosquito control program from Mosquito Joe to help make your stay more comfortable!

The entire family can spend a fun filled week together in our roomy beach cottage. The beach is an easy, short 5 minute drive away and we're located just one block away from the Orange Beach Recreation Center which offers fitness classes, a gym, heated pool and tennis courts for a small daily fee. Our house is conveniently located near restaurants, marinas, and city parks. Osprey Watch, named after our neighborhood's world famous osprey offers you an escape to the coast - as well as an escape from the crowds.

Start your morning off with a cup of coffee in one our rocking chairs on the front porch. A big live oak tree covers our front yard with shade and the front porch has two ceiling fans to keep you cool. You’ll be greeted by the joggers and walkers that enjoy exercising in one of Orange Beach’s most welcoming neighborhoods.

The home features an open floor plan and is furnished 'beach style' with beautiful and comfortable rattan furniture. The living area contains a love seat, sofa, a recliner and an oversized chair with ottoman for kicking up your feet after a busy day at the beach or on the water. Reading lamps grace each side of the room which gives you plenty of light for reading your favorite novels. The room boasts a media center consisting of a new 50' Smart TV, as well as a DVD player, sound bar and Apple TV. The home is Wi-Fi equipped which can be accessed from the entire house, including the porches and deck.

Osprey Watch has been our second home for the past 10 years and our kitchen is equipped better than most rentals. We have a deep fryer, food processor, blender, toaster, iced tea maker, cookie sheets and even a cake pan. There is regular food and then there’s beach food. This kitchen is stocked for beach food! There is even an old fashioned ice cream churn for creating memories as well as a delicious dessert. Our table seats 8 comfortably and two more can eat at the bar.

Osprey Watch sleeps 9 comfortably in their own beds. No need for a sleeper sofa when you have this many beds. All of the bedrooms, including the bunk room have their own LCD TVs. Bedroom #1 has twin beds, Bedroom #2 has a queen as well as a twin bed. The bunk room has twin beds. These bedrooms adjoin a large bathroom with tub/shower combo.

The large master suite has new luxurious bedding and high thread count sheets. An antique desk serves as a makeup table and makes it easy to get ready for dinner at one of Orange Beach’s fabulous restaurants. An ensuite bathroom is decorated with beadboard wainscoting that adds to the cottage style decor. The master has a new LCD Smart TV for watching movies in bed.

One of our favorite features of the house is the HUGE 600 square foot screen porch which runs the entire width of the home. The porch has new wicker furnishings including two wicker chairs and a dining set that seats 6. We spend a lot of time on the porch thanks to three ceiling fans that keep everything cool. Strings of white lights surround the porch in soft light creating a magical atmosphere.

The porch has a ping-pong table as well as a Bimini Ring Game (just like the one at LuLu's). Visitors to our house stay entertained for hours playing this simple game. Be careful if you get challenged to play by one of the kids!

The screen porch opens onto a large deck which has an umbrella covered patio set for additional seating. The deck is also home to a new CharBroil Infrared gas grill and we have sizzling steak plates for serving your creation in style. With all of this, you may find yourself eating out less and enjoying more family time at the cottage. Our backyard is professionally landscaped and managed and is surrounded by a privacy fence so you can feel at ease letting your kids (or pet) play outside.

The neighborhood has 2 private sandy beaches where your kids can play without crowds. In addition, there is another area at the end of our street with a private pier. Around the corner is a small public area with another pier. You are literally surrounded by water in our neighborhood and there are plenty of access points to allow you to enjoy it.

FOR THE BOATER - Our house has ample room to park your boat. We can park our 22 ft bay boat in the driveway and even keep the tow vehicle connected. When you return from a day on the water, a water hose is conveniently located to flush out the motor. Our neighborhood has a private boat launch that provides hassle free launching. The launch is located on Bay La Launch and is convenient for trips to Pirate’s Cove, The Wharf and LuLu’s. Perdido Pass is a short hop away with minimal No Wake Zone waiting.

FOR THE PET LOVER - Our house features a fenced in back yard. The house is pet friendly and most of the house is tile flooring. Our neighborhood is great for dog walking and Orange Beach’s Dog Park is only 1 mile away. Another great option is the Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trail. It's a wonderful paved trail that runs from Orange Beach to the Gulf State Park. It is pet friendly.

FOR THE FISHERMAN - Our family has been in the charter boat business in Orange Beach for almost 35 years. We have two boats and can accommodate your group from 4 persons to over 20.

More Details

Royce Ard
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

Why Royce Ard chose Alabama

I grew up walking along the dirt roads (now paved) of this neighborhood between my aunt and uncles house and our family's house. This place has lots of memories for me... catching tadpoles in the streams, seine netting for minnows, learning to drive a boat and fishing with my Dad. There is even a white knuckled ride along Wilson Blvd on the back of my cousin's motorcycle that I'll never forget!

We bought this house in 2004 and have spent my family holidays here. Christmas at the beach is one of our longest family traditions and each year we travel down from Georgia to keep it alive for another year.

Orange Beach is where we go to relax. For us, that may mean spending time cruising the bay in our boat, enjoying one of the many great restaurants the area has to offer, or just spending time with family.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)

Quiet Neighborhood, Close To Beach And Restaurants, Boat and Pet Friendly
average rating of 4.911111 based on 45 reviews

Awesome location, Awesome home, Awesome owners!

  • 5 of 5

This was my first experience with home away & it has been absolutely amazing! The Ards are great & communicated with me quickly each time I had a question. The home is beautiful & the pictures online are absolutely true depictions. The beds are very comfy, towels are plush, & the amenities are more than enough. The neighborhood is nice, quiet, & relaxing. We enjoyed the friendly neighbors, sunsets, easy water access, etc. The home is located close to EVERYTHING... the beach, the grocery, the beaches, pharmacy, souvenir shops...I mean EVERYTHING! I could go on & on just know that if you select this location you will NOT be disappointed! My family is already thinking about scheduling time to come back! Very kid & dog-friendly too my 3 year old & my brother's dog both enjoyed the stay. 10 stars! Thanks again for making my graduation weekend GREAT! Thanks Royce for everything!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always special when we can be a small part of a celebration. I'm glad that you chose Osprey Watch as home base for your graduation from Columbia Southern. Hope to have you guys back again soon!
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house was adorable, beach area not what I expected

  • 1 of 5

The home was as pictured, clean and spacious. I did not like the beach area or the access to the HOA water area where I could walk my dog. Dogs are not allowed on the main beach so I did not stay in the home.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Guest called to book and said that she wanted to take her dog to the beach. I explained then that dogs are not allowed on the beach by city ordinance. She booked anyway, drove down,... and took her dog to the beach. Not sure what happened but came back to the house and packed up and left. Glad she mentioned that our house was nice and adorable! Dogs are not allowed on the beach, but our neighborhood has a small bay side beach where you can take your well behaved dog. Took mine swimming there yesterday and she had a blast!
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Love everything about this house!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were two couples with one child staying in this house. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood and has everything you can dream of about a great vacation home. The house is clean, rooms are nicely decorated, cozy and comfortable. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need to prepare a meal. The outdoor area incudes a barbecue spot and a screened porch with a ping- pong table that our son enjoyed!!! It is also very relaxing in the evening, after a long day at the beach. The owner, Royce, emailed very detailed information from the itinerary, use of devices/appliances to points of interest in the surrounding areas. He went far and beyond and made it his business to give us a memorable stay at Orange Beach. We will definitely come back and will recommend it to any friends and family visiting Orange Beach. This place exceeded our expectation. Thanks Royce, thanks VRBO...

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the nice review and wonderful comments. I hope you are able to come back again soon!
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

Great property. Enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the 5 star review. I'm glad you had a great trip. Hope to see you again soon.
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and cozy. Feels just like home only at the beach. Five minutes from public beaches and access to a private neighborhood beach on the bay. Everything you need is at the house. All you need to bring is food and drinks and start your vacation. The owners only ask that you treat their home with the same respect as you treat your own. We had a great time and hopefully on our next trip to Gulf Shores Osprey Watch will be available for rent. Highly recommended for your family.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. As you mention, staying here is like staying in your own personal beach house. Because for many years it was our second home. So it doesn't feel like a rental. Hope you can come back again soon!
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  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Osprey Watch. The house is really nice and conveniently located to the beach, restaurants and shopping. I love the quiet neighborhood setting. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. We hope you can come back and visit again soon!
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Nearest Airport
33.7 Miles
Pensacola, Florida
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Anchor Bar and Grill (at end of Wilson Blvd)
Nearest Golf
7.6 Miles
Gulf State Park
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Anchor Bar and Grill (at end of Wilson Blvd)
Nearest Beach
3.4 Miles
You're Here! Beach access
Car: necessary

Our neighborhood has 3 private beaches, a private boat launch and 2 piers. We are just a short walk from the Orange Beach Rec Center offering a swimming pool, tennis and fitness center.

Hudson Marina at Skull Harbor (.5 miles) offers a Pirate Cruise, Dinner cruises, sailing charters and rental boats.

The children's park at the Orange Beach Waterfront Park is less than 1.5 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Orange Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Winter Season
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Spring
Mar 1 2017 - May 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Summer High Season
May 28 2017 - Aug 6 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

7 night rentals begin and end on Sunday. Check in after 3 pm. Check out by 10 am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Orange Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1764 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bunkroom - 1 bunk bed
    Master - 1 king
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Get away from the crowds on the beach and discover the Orange Beach that the locals know and love. Includes use of a gated, private boat launch at no additional charge to our guests. No need to take boat outside of neighborhood.

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