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FAMILY FRIENDLY TOWNHOME!! 3 bdrm/2 bath! Summer weeks are going FAST!!

Bedrooms 3
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

About the property

3BD/2BTH beds for 8! Family friendly, small quiet complex! *Must be 25 or older*

This beautiful townhome is in the ideal location for experiencing the FABULOUS Gulf Shores! We are right across the street from the sugar white sand & sparkling blue-green waters of the gulf of mexico.

The Sands has an authentic beach town feel in this quaint private complex of only 16 units!

Private entrance with KEY-LESS ENTRY so you don't have to worry about losing your keys!

This is a 2 story town home with no one above or below it.

SUPER PRACTICAL LAY OUT!!! This condo is perfect for the multi-generational vacation w/3 nice sized bedrooms & 2 full baths.

The main floor bedroom is ideal for the grandparents w/a comfortable queen sized bed, flat panel TV and private entrance to a full bath! The Master & 2nd bedroom are located upstairs w/a full "jack and jill" bath between them along with full sized washer and dryer.

There are also 2 flip out chairs suitable for children, a Pack n play and nursery monitor located in the Master bedroom.

Beautiful granite counter tops in the fully equipped kitchen w/extra deep sink & high end spray faucet. When we say fully equipped we mean ice maker, blender, toaster, coffee maker, crock pot, oils & spices all for your use! We also provide dishwasher, laundry, & hand soap to get you started :) Full sized washer and dryer located in the upstairs hall closet between the bunk room and master bedroom. This unit has 2 private balconies, one off the living rm and the other off the master bdrm. There is a brand new GAS GRILL located under our unit exclusively for our guests! An outdoor shower is also located under the unit for rinsing off beach sand, again just for our guests. Parking for 2 vehicles in a SAFE, low density complex. In the storage closet under the unit you will find beach chairs, boogie boards, umbrella & sand toys to help you enjoy a fun day at the beach! We have tried to think of everything possible to make your family vacation enjoyable, even providing BEACH TOWELS!!!

Want to come for one of our world famous festivals? Then this unit is BY FAR THE BEST LOCATION because you can reach it by taking Windmill Ridge Rd. & bypassing all the traffic on West Beach Blvd! We are w/in walking distance of many of the famous Gulf Shores HOT SPOTS including, The Hangout, Bahama Bobs, Pink Pony, & Pier 33 as well as fun souvenir shops!

Pristine white sandy beach is about 80 steps away from our stairs & an easy walk w/in the safety crossing zone to cross the street. Clean & convenient showers & restrooms are also located beach side. Just the PERFECT place for a FAMILY VACATION :)

Come make some memories at The Sands!!!

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017


My husband and I have been married since 1989 and have come to Gulf Shores almost every single one of those years! Our 5 children have grown up spending almost every spring break here! We feel so blessed to have the dream of owning our own condo finally come true!

RACHEL SAUDER purchased this townhome in 2014

Why RACHEL SAUDER chose Alabama

We love the location of Central Gulf Shores! Enough happening that the kids don't get bored, lots of things w/in walking distance, but yet not over-crowded like so many vacation places have become and very family friendly!

We loved the lay-out of this unit, the fact that it has and upstairs and downstairs just gives everyone more room to spread out! We love the fact that it has a bedroom on the main floor w/it's own full bathroom. So nice when we brought our elderly parents down w/us for a week!

We have never been a fan of the high-rise big, too crowded, less security & safety! Too much time waiting for elevators!

We love not having to be worried about security in this small 16 unit complex! It just has a 'safe' feeling to it and most of the units here are owner occupied. It's a great place for kids! It's a very comfortable, quiet complex! We just absolutely fell in love with this place!!!

What makes this townhome unique

The Sands is a tiny PEARL of a complex w/only 16 units! The perfect place to experience the authentic "beach town" feel of Gulf Shores!! We love that this is NOT a high rise complex! Very small complex, each unit w/a private entrance. No waiting on slow, smelly elevators :)

The beautiful beach across the street has conveniently located outdoor showers and restrooms. This area is also very family friendly and safe!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

FAMILY FRIENDLY TOWNHOME!! 3 bdrm/2 bath! Summer weeks are going FAST!!
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 22 reviews

Far surpassed expectations

  • 5 of 5

We started by arriving in Gulf Shores about 2 hours early. I called the property owner and she allowed us to enter the property a little before check in time. When I walked into the front door I was speechless. I had been looking at the pictures online everyday for the month prior to our trip and was still shocked when I actually walked in. The property was very clean and exactly as presented on the internet. There was so much more included that I ever expected from coffee pot towels and extra blankets. I expected to have to eat from paper plates and plastic forks all week but everything we needed was there. The only thing we needed was food. The layout of the property was perfect for my family and the family we stayed with. The beds were very comfortable and it felt like home throughout. There was a light in the kitchen that was not working properly but the owner called me prior to checking in and advised me she knew of the problem and had someone come and fix it right away. We stayed here for a week and I can tell you it was very hard to leave. This was my first visit to the beach as well as my children and it could not have been more perfect. The beach was beautiful and very relaxing to sit by and enjoy the view. We were able to swim in the ocean on the first day but the rest of the week it gradually got worse as there was a rip tide warning and several jellyfish in the area which from what I heard from the locals is not a normal event it just happened to be our luck. We did not let that stop us though after my wife was stung by a jellyfish we decided to stick to the pool for our swimming adventure. The pool was very clean and relaxing, it was never crowded and we were able to leave our inflatable toys for the kids at the pool without fear of them being taken. The neighbors were very friendly and offered assistance with anything or advise on where to visit. We did most of our shopping at the Dollar General which was just up the road and the largest Dollar General we have ever seen. We visited several local stores and restaurants with which we were very satisfied with all of. If you are going to visit this location especially with children I would recommend going to The Hangout. The owner of this property is an amazing person and very friendly and easy to work with. This is a place that I will definitely visit again and recommend to EVERYONE!!! We had the time of our lives and will never forget or week in Gulf Shores or at this beautiful property.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a great time! Reading this review made us remember how fun our first time in Gulf Shores was, and honestly we enjoy it every time :) Please come back soon!!!
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Grand Saline, TX

Perfect for families with a toddler!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. Rachel has everything you need for your toddler including: baby monitor, pack and play and baby gate for the stairs. There are small toys and board games for older kids/adults. The location is perfect! The condo is right across from the public beach access so no need to pay to park. We highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Princeville Illinois

Perfect beach get away

  • 5 of 5

This condo was perfect for our families. We had so much fun. Close to everything yet quiet and cozy. The condo felt like home. All the little extras that make it easy to relax and have fun. Thank you for sharing your little gem with us!!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are very welcome! Glad it worked out for your families and we hope you made some good memories! Come back just as soon as you can 😊🌴
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We love this property. We have stayed here twice and will certainly stay again.

  • 5 of 5

Great location and amenities close by. Very family friendly. This unit saves us from packing a lot of baby items such as gates and a pack-n-play because it is all provided.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! We love having you as guests! Please come back soon!
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Our week was fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time to use VRBO. This unit was perfect for us. We had grandparents downstairs, 3 parents and 3 kids upstairs. The unit was clean and well kept. Decorated just like in the pictures. The location was right across the street from beach access. The pool was nice and easy access from this unit. It is located on Beach Ave. so there is some noise, but if you want to be close to the beach (and we did!) you are gonna have some street noise. It really never bothered us much. We were at the beach as much at night as we were in the daytime. Grandkids LOVED to go crabbing. In my opinion, this is a great location. Kitchen was well stocked. Lots of pots and pans and spices. Rachel was so nice to answer my questions right away. We couldn't have picked a more perfect spot for our first time in Gulf Shores. Thank you to the Saunders for sharing your beach condo with us. We appreciated all the extra beach towels and toys and chairs. We are already recommending it to all our friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thoroughly enjoyed my stay!! Would definitely use this property again.

  • 4 of 5

Great location, across the street from the beach. Pool access as well as all the amenities you need in a "home away from home".

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the nice review!
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
block and a half
Nearest Beach
across the street!
Car: recommended

Our unit is located directly across the street from the beach w/safety cross walk zone. With in walking distance is a small grocery store (pier 33) and restaurants such as Bahama Bobs & The Hangout, and several souvenir shops. This is an ideal location for families w/teens or small children, or a couples retreat. More than anything we want you to be comfortable and feel 'right at home'. We hope you enjoy your stay w/us :)


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2017
Jan 15 2017 - Mar 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Hangout Fest *ck out on 22nd*
May 18 2017 - May 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer bargain ck-out on 27th
May 22 2017 - May 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Aug 19 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Aug 20 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $120 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change until actual booking. ***Please be aware that tenants will be required to pay for any intentional or unintentional damage done to the unit that is reported & photographed by our Housekeeper after check-out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Gulf Shores Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1056 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , also has separate sink area
    outdoor shower - outdoor shower , this is located under the unit and is cold water only
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 1st floor bedroom: The 'Shell' room - 1 queen , Has it's own flat panel TV & private entrance to bathroom!
    Upstairs bedrm: The 'Bunk' rm. - 1 queen , 2 bunk bed , NEW 32" flat panel TV!! Nautical themed, sleeps 4!
    Upstairs Master Bedroom w/private balcony & entrance to bath - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Large flat panel TV, 2 flip out chairs, pack n play crib!
  • For the comfort of our guests, we only use high thread count quality sheets. All beds are covered with a 100% cotton quilt. Extra blankets and pillows are located in each closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Check in time is 4:00 p.m. Check out time is 11:00 a.m. Maximum occupancy for our unit is 8 adults. We do have 2 flip out chairs located in the master bedroom that would be suitable for children and also a pack n play crib if there is a need. Please respect our occupancy limit. For the convenience of our guests dish soap is provided in dispenser next to the sink, starter packs of Dishwasher detergent and Laundry detergent are also provided. We also have designated a couple of "Beach sheets" next to the beach towels. Please wash and replace them before you go :) Please note that we are unable to provide bikes for our guests. Ikes Beach Services does have beach bikes for rent.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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