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7/24 STILL AVAILABLE - 4/nt Min for these dates

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Great Property on the Beach, 4BR/4Bath, Sleeps 12

This beautifully decorated 2-story, 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home sits directly on the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. By the Sea is located 4.2 miles on west beach from Hwy 59. Located on the main floor is the living and dining area, kitchen to include separate ice maker, laundry room and two bedrooms, both with private baths. The living, dining and kitchen are open and quite spacious. Floor to ceiling windows and doors on the south wall provides wonderful views of the Gulf and large sun deck.

All bedrooms are Gulf-front with private baths and balconys. Two master suites (one on the first floor and one on second floor) with double vanities, walk in showers and soaker tubs. Each have king beds. The bedroom on the southwest side of first floor has queen bed with private bath. The bedroom on the second floor southwest side has twin bunks with private bath. In addition on the second floor overlooking the first floor living area is a loft sitting area with tv, sleeper sofa and sleeper chair. This loft area provides a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico and beautiful white sandy beach.

More Details

Lisa Ray
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Lisa Ray

I am Phyllis Campbell the owner of By The Sea. My husband and I are from North Alabama and have had a beach get away for 30 plus years. We started on the Florida Coast then inched our way to the Alabama Gulf Coast with the purchase of our first property in Alabama in the eighties.

We love the privacy and convenience of west beach and fell in love with this home which we affectionately named 'By The Sea'. We used the home for many years as our family's second home, also for family reunions as well as both our daughter's weddings.

Our daughter, Lisa Ray, lives locally and manages the rentals on our beach home.

Lisa Ray purchased this house in 1998

Why Lisa Ray chose Alabama

By The Sea is located right on the Gulf of Mexico with beautiful white sandy beaches. Gulf Shores is a small town with a big beach and is very family friendly. Our home is located in the west beach area conveniently located near many local restaurants and shops.

What makes this house unique

Our home offers the ideal location for small weddings, family reunions or just a relaxing vacation. The west beach area of Gulf Shores offers a large beach with the privacy and seclusion unlike the more heavily populated areas still just minutes away from everything.

Guestbook comments from the owner

So glad you enjoyed your stay at our beach house! Thanks for your feedback, I will definitely check into the ants and notify the exterminators as well. I have not seen them. We just bought a new dryer this week and the washer was new last fall so hopefully this will make the laundry a little quieter for your next stay.

Also I will check into the ceiling fan, sometimes they can get out of balance and become noisy but thanks for letting us know. If it cannot be repaired we will replace it. Look forward to you visiting our beach house again soon.
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Gulf Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Main Level Queen - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upper Level Bunk - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upper Level Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Double Vanity
    Main Level Master - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Double Vanity
  • Four Baths
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Main Floor Master - 1 king , Balcony Access
    Main Floor Queen - 1 queen , Balcony Access
    Upper Level Master - 1 king , Private Balcony
    Upper Level Bunk Bedroom - 2 bunk bed , Private Balcony
    Loft - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Double Sleeper/Single Sleeper
  • Four Bedrooms
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

7/24 STILL AVAILABLE - 4/nt Min for these dates
average rating of 4.888889 based on 19 reviews
Houston, TX

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful beach house in a great spot, the house had everything we needed and offered great views ! We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Beautifully decorated home right on the gulf

  • 5 of 5

My siblings and I enjoyed our stay immensely in this home. The listing description of the location, layout and amenities

was very accurate. The property was clean and well maintained inside. We noticed a bit of rusty areas on the outside but

that probably goes with waterfront property. The owner was extremely accommodating and was always available and extremely

responsive to any of my questions. We would definitely recommend this listing to any of our friends or relatives.

The first night there we saw a large school of dolphins right out front of the property. Beautiful sunsets and very clean

beach! We definitely would rent this property again in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay in Gulf Shores! My husband and I have been many times to this area, and we decided to include our son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons on this trip. The home is beautiful, and with empty lots on both sides it was the perfect place. It is very spacious with gorgeous views from every bedroom, and the living area is floor to ceiling windows. We saw dolphins on a daily basis, and even saw the Blue Angels fly by the house in formation returning from their show in California. The house was perfect for this trip, and I would recommend anyone to stay in this beautiful home. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect base for long weekend

  • 5 of 5

The location, floor plan and vibe of By the Sea were perfect for a long late-summer weekend with family and friends. The description of the house is accurate, with a common area that feels larger than the pictures indicate and a view that is hard to beat. The private bedrooms/bathrooms were appreciated, as well as the loft space for the kids. Balconies off of each room were utilized fully, along with the main patio and landing. Having empty lots on both sides give a hint of seclusion along normally packed West Beach. And the awesome beach is an easy walk right outside the door.

The amenities are ample: the icemaker is a lifesaver, the grill is new, the kitchen utensils and appliances are great, the washer/dryer are new, the dishwasher worked, and the beach closet is nicely supplied. The decor appears to be more formal in pictures than it is in person. The fake plants throw you off, but as other reviewers mentioned, just hide them and you're fine. The TVs and internet service worked well on a good football weekend.

Lisa Ray made the transaction and communication easy---just enough info to manage easily with no intrusion. By the Sea is a great place for a small or big group that wants enough of a beach feel but in a more refined environment. Our family has been Gulf Shores regulars for several decades, seeing much of the development and several homes. This house stands out.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Gulf Coast Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family (4 Adults, 3 Children) loved staying here. The house is well appointed and steps to the beach. It felt like we had out own private beach because there are empty lots on either side of the house. We would definitely recommend it. The outdoor shower having hot and cold water made it easy to wash down the kids before coming back in. The owner is very responsive and returned my emails quickly.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice property great location.

  • 4 of 5

Really great location. The beach was fantastic. Layout of home was really nice

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Fort Morgan
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 27 2017 - Jul 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 24 2017 - Jul 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jul 30 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2017 - Dec 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 28 2017 - Dec 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2018 - Feb 28 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
May 19 2018 - Aug 11 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Linen Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.0%

All trash must be taken to outside cans
All dishes must be cleaned and put away
Summer Months/Thermostat must be placed at 77 degrees upon departure

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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