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Affordable & Roomy! Just a few houses from the beach & family friendly!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Lots of room for everyone - even your pets! 2 minute walk to beach!


Come stay with us and you will see why we call this our Happy Place. Three bedrooms, two baths, two decks, dual grill (charcoal and propane), views of both the ocean and the bay from both decks . . . all you need to do to enjoy is kick off your shoes when you arrive!

The place is so serene, you can do as much or as little as you want! You can walk to the beach or the bay. You can play games in the yard or sit out on the deck. There are a several restaurants out here near Ft. Morgan and a couple of general stores.

The Fort Morgan historic site is less than 2 miles away. After exploring there, jump on the Dauphin Island Ferry and explore the island. Sometimes you can just sit on the deck and watch the Blue Angels practice!

Our home is about a 15 to 20-minute drive back to Gulf Shores central. Once there, restaurants and tourist gift shops are everywhere! You can find a gift on your list for everyone.

If you tire of the beach, you can always visit the zoo, the water park, go on a zip-line, rent a kayak or paddle board, take a dolphin cruise - - - Oh the places you could go!

If it's quiet at home you seek, just sit back and read one of the many books. Maybe you're in the mood for a game or a jigsaw puzzle?

There's lots to do, but remember, you don't have to do anything at all!

We aim to make our Happy Place, one of your favorites!

More Details

Jill Rathert
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Jill Rathert

We are just your average, All-American family. We work hard and play hard. Much of our time centers around 3 things: ice hockey, all-star cheer and Alabama football - ROLL TIDE!

Jill Rathert purchased this house in 2012

Why Jill Rathert chose Gulf Shores

We began looking for a beach house to call our own in March of 2012. Our whole family loves the beach, and we thought we'd see if there was something out there in our price range. We were blessed enough to come across this gem! It was in sad shape, but had good bones. We have worked hard to update it and are continuously making improvements!

What makes this house unique

When we first purchased the house, it didn't have a name, we simply called it the Lil Beach Shack. We spent months debating names before settling on Happy Place. It truly is our happy place - hope it's your also.

One of the benefits of our home is you get a double view off the front and back porches of both the Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Our floor plan allows you to close off the sleeping areas from the living areas. Plus, in case it's raining, you can enter the storage room and take our wrought iron staircase up to the house so you don't get wet. The iron staircase was already there and it's just sort of like a secret passage!


Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Pensacola Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Tacky Jacks II
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Dauphin Island Ferry
Nearest Motorway
0.01 Miles
Highway 180
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Tacky Jacks II
Nearest Beach
0.05 Miles
Beach at Ft. Morgan
Car: necessary

Our home is located on a fun, family-oriented street - away from the hustle and bustle of most rentals.


Gulf Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 1) If you break something, like a pool float or umbrella, please replace it. Thanks!
  • 2) Absolutely no pets on any furniture. If it is discovered your pets were on any furniture - couches, beds, etc., you forfeit your security deposit.
  • 3) Please do not leave open food out as it can attract bugs. Thanks!
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor Shower - shower , We added an outdoor shower under the house in 2016!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master bedroom with bathroom, walk-in closet & desk
    Guest Room B - 2 double , Extra big closet and flat screen television
    Guest Room A - 2 twin/ single , 1 murphy bed , Trundle, not Murphy, bed, Television, Toys & Keyboard
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • 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
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Affordable & Roomy! Just a few houses from the beach & family friendly!
average rating of 4.7954545 based on 44 reviews

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The owners are great to work with and it was an easy transaction. Very clean home. The house has any essentials that you would need, although we usually bring most of those items with us. Our dog was very comfortable in the home, and the neighbors are all very kind. Everything is exactly as we expected, and some things were even better. If you want to use your vacation wisely and go somewhere that you can really relax and enjoy your time off, then this is it.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great location. Plenty of room. The home was clean, well-stocked with our basic needs. We loved dining on the front deck and reading on the back deck. The outdoor shower is the bomb! A short walk to the beach. The place was very comfy and cozy. We hope to visit again next year!!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome family getaway!!!!

  • 5 of 5

It was very pleasant and quiet area. The house had everything you needed for the perfect getaway(Grill, beach chairs, umbrellas, and etc). The house was kid friendly, it has a gated porch blocking stairs and plenty of toys in bedroom. My 2 year old had a blast playing with all the toys. We will definitely be returning for another vacay!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet Seclusion

  • 5 of 5

By far one of my favorite rentals! Quiet street, close to beach, no crowds! House was clean and comfortable. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to relax and enjoy the beach.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great time

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The weather was great and the location was close enough to the beach that it was just a short walk. It was really nice to be able to bring our dog. I really enjoyed eating breakfast on the back deck every morning.

We made the short drive to the Daughin Island Ferry, walking on to visit the Estuarium. It was a lot of fun.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40
Housekeeping/Linens $135
Refundable damage deposit $200

WE CONSIDER SPECIAL REQUESTS. PET FEE IS PER PET! Please note that by renting, you agree to replace any broken or damaged toys/items, wash and put away beach towels (housekeeping takes care of the rest), make sure grill is clean, take out trash, leave no open food and start dishwasher before you leave. Thanks!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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