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3800+ SQFOOT Total Living/NEW PRIVATE HOT TUB&Gas Grill/3 King Beds/2 GreatRooms

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,416 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 31 nights


About the property

Full 3/3, 1 living room, 1 den, huge kitchen & balcony, and high end finishes!!

Thank you for considering Heron L01!

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* The rates on this site may not be accurate for any stays other than SATURDAY to SATURDAY from March to October, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.



** DIRECT BAY VIEW: One of 3 stacks available @ Heron!

** PRIVACY: Most private stack in the Heron building!

** HUGE CONDO: 2400+ SqFt heated & cooled, largest @ Destin West!

** HUGE LANAI: 1400+ SqFt, largest same floor indoor/outdoor living on island!

** FULLY UPGRADED: Granite everywhere, GE Profile, travertine, & custom cabinets!

** LANAI UNIT: Access to bay, pools, and private garage from the balcony!

** 2017 NEW PRIVATE HOT TUB: 33% larger than other private tubs with 3 times the jets!

** PRIVATE GAS GRILL NEW 2017: One of 2 same level gas grills @ Heron!

** BATHROOMS: One of only 10 rentals with 3 bathrooms @ Destin West!


** THREE KING BEDS: One in each of the oversized bedrooms!

** HERON BUILDING: Closest of the two upscale complexes to beach walkover!

** LIVING ROOM: Fifty-five-inch smart TV W/Pandora & Netflix!

** SEPERATE DEN: Xbox 360, 50” Smart TV W/Netflix, and new queen sleeper! ****

** PRIVATE SECURE GARAGE: Access to beach cart, chairs, and umbrellas! ****

** JET SKI STORAGE: Available if you park it in our private garage!

** TV’S: 5 Total flat screens & 2 50" smart TV’s

** NEW 65" 4K Smart TV

** NO CARPET: 100% tile and/or hardwoods!

** 12 IN BEDS: 3 KING Bed; 1 FULL TRUNDLE (Custom built for adults for maximum comfort); 2 TWIN TRUNDLES (Custom built for adults for maximum comfort); and 1 QUEEN SOFA SLEEPER

** TWIN SLEEPER: Master closet for young kids (PLEASE BRING SHEETS FOR THIS BED)

** END UNIT: Only one wall touches another unit along with the ceiling!

** DEADBOLT LATCH: High so small children can't open the door and escape!

** CALENDAR: Always up to date!

** FULL SIZE: Washer & Dryer in laundry room

****We strive to have the beach gear available however if the previous guest took or broke the gear it may not be available. Please alert us as we will replace when necessary and available at Sam’s Club. Additionally, please bring your own Xbox games and extra controller as ours can often go missing.


I am the owner of this unit, and it is my pleasure to run a business that creates vacation experiences for our guest! We own several units on Okaloosa Island each having its own unique benefits.

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It is my goal to provide an excellent vacation experience for our guest, and we do our best to keep the units unique and fully stocked with items you would expect to have in your own home.

We understand our guest typically represent multiple families and provide King size beds in each bedroom so no one feels left out when it comes to bed time, everyone has a large flat screen TV, and the privacy of a bathroom located next to the bedroom or on suite. Who really wants to share a bathroom with their friend’s kids in an open hall? We also make sure we have four beach chairs w/built in coolers, a beach cart, two umbrellas, surround bar or system, Netflix, Xbox 360, Gas grill on the balcony, private hot tub on the balcony, and a fully equipped kitchen.

Heron L01 is located just high enough for an amazing view of the bay. The huge lanai is perfect for morning coffee, meals, or afternoon drinks while viewing the beautiful bay. What makes this lanai more unique is that you can elect to be in the covered section if you don’t want to be in the sun or in the open section along with the private grill and hot tub all located on the same level unlike the other lanai or penthouse units at Destin West!

The original owner was a physician who had the unit completely upgraded and he used it as his full-time residence for several years. This means you as our guest get to enjoy upgrades that few if any other unit in the entire complex can boast! Travertine, hardwood floors, 3 CM granite on all countertops, upgraded GE Profile appliances, and custom cabinets and lighting! Staying in this unit is like having a luxury beach house because of the size with the advantage of best in class amenities a short walk from the balcony!

Heron L01 is the largest unit @ the Heron building. Only three other lanai units in all of Destin West compare in terms of size and amenities. These are Heron L03 along with Osprey L01 & L03. Units in the 01 & 03 stack are approximately 50% larger than any other beach or bay side @ Destin West. That extra space truly makes a difference when you are on vacation! Only the L01 units have the hot tub and gas grill on the main balcony. The advantage of the Lanai units is that you can walk directly from your balcony to the pools or your private garage. The garage is another nice feature as we provide four beach chairs, two umbrellas, and a beach cart for your enjoyment. It also will nicely separate the sand from beach toys from the inside of the unit. We have even set up a second den to create two lounging areas for our guest to spread out and for the kids to separate from the adults if they or you desire!

As the owner, I am accessible before, during, and after your stay. Our management company is located on the island and can handle immediate needs or emergencies. This is a convenience most VRBO owners don’t provide.


Destin West offers the best combination of location and amenities on Okaloosa Island or Destin. Our 700-foot lazy river is easily three times the size of the next closest in the area including Waterscape! As far as amenities go the jewels of the resort are located on the bay, because these units allow immediate access to the best pools and newest units! The 700-foot lazy river is fantastic along with two expansive hot tubs, a huge zero entry pool, private heated (when necessary) pool just for Heron guest, and another large heated pool (when necessary) complete with waterfall between the two hot tub areas! On top of this you can go fishing right off the private pier!

The beach side is also wonderful with a complete gym, large swimming pool, hot tub, access to use the Ramada Inn’s Splash Garden Water Park, and of course the beach. Both sides can be accessed using the walk over preventing any need to get in a car or walk across a road. The walk from our unit takes approximately 5-7 minutes to reach the beach.

In terms of location Destin West cannot be beat. We are within a quarter mile of eight restaurants, the convention center, a 4-mile stretch of undeveloped beach, boat/jet ski rental next door, and the brand-new entertainment complex known as Wild Willy’s, These attractions can be easily walked to from our unit! Not to mention you will be less than five miles to the Destin harbor and tons of additional restaurants (15+) and fishing/boating. Additionally, you are less than 1.5 miles from a Publix Grocery and another 10+ restaurants in quaint downtown Fort Walton Beach.

You should know what is unique about each of the five main buildings that make up Destin Beach and Bay Resort. The gulf side was completed in 2002, the original developer finishes are simple with basic tile, no granite, and the floor plans are somewhat choppy. Additionally, the original floor plans did not have 3 bedrooms as the developer had not installed a door and the “third” bedroom is only 12’3” X 8’11’’. The largest gulf side unit is 1279 SQFT H&C (1475 total). As an owner in multiple buildings along the beach, I would encourage folks to consider Waterscape if being on the beach is primary but you are also looking for awesome pool amenities.

On the bay side of Destin West, we have the other four main buildings: Heron, Osprey, Pelican, and Sandpiper. Both Heron and Osprey are located directly on the bay, these units range in size from 1567 SQFT H&C (1790 total) to mine at 2416 SQFT H&C (3824 total) and were completed in 2006. Heron also is the closer of the two to the beach walkover. The units in the Sandpiper and Pelican building offer smaller and less costly accommodations. These were completed in 2004. The standard developer finishes are slightly better than the gulf side but are not nearly as well done as Heron or Osprey. They are also smaller @ 1270 SQFT H&C (1395 total) being the largest 3-bedroom unit. If you are looking to save money and don’t need to sleep 8 or more folks, these make a great option! I would lean toward the Pelican building as it is closer to the beach walkover. As you can see the best combination of size and finishes are in the newer buildings, and ours is the largest unit located all on one level in the Heron building which is closest to the beach walkover.






More Details

Rick Angle
Member since: 2010
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
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Rick Angle

It was always my mom's dream to own a condo in Fort Walton Beach. My wife and I adopted this dream and were fortunate to make it come true. We were blessed to be able to purchase units during the downturn in the market. After seeing this could actually become a business we started DESTIN WEST ESCAPES! Each year we improve on our ability to deliver a solid vacation experience for our guest. It is my sincere desire to be a small part of your families vacation memory making experience!

Rick Angle purchased this condo in 2015

Why Rick Angle chose Ft Walton Beach

We have wanted one of the large lanai units at Destin West Heron for years. This one finally came available and we jumped at the chance to own. We love the huge size of this property. It truly feels like we get the best of both worlds i.e. the condo is the size of a large beach house with the amenities of a top notch resort!


Ft Walton Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2416 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12 ...
  • Max. adults: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • If more than 12 guest are using the unit and/or balcony you may be subject to additional fee's or eviction.
  • Instant bookings from 3/1 to 10/31, Thanksgiving, & Christmas will be subject to #38 of our rental agreement if not Saturday-Saturday.
  • Monthly pricing is a minimum of two months. Jan and Feb guest must check in Jan 2nd - March 2nd. Hot tub fee $150/month and will be balance billed.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Ensuite Bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 double , Ensuite Bath
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom with huge ensuite Bath and walk in closet
  • The den is private and sits away from the living room making it a great selection for our queen sleeper sofa!
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.883721 based on 43 reviews

Just perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Wow. The nicest place I have ever stayed in. Great outdoor living space. Lots of room for two families. Well stocked tools in the kitchen. Literally perfect.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the super kind words!! We look forward to your return!
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Garland, Texas - USA

Great Week in Fort Walton Beach!!!

  • 5 of 5

This year was my family's 23rd year to spend a week long vacation in Fort Walton Beach and this year was definitely one of the best! The unit we selected this year was Heron L1 and it was by far, the best unit we have selected over all the years we have stayed at the Destin West properties. This unit has 3 full bedroom with 3 baths, and an extremely large balcony with a great hot tub! The unit also has lots of beach accessories in the garage that we used to take down to the beach while we were there. Also during the time we were there I called the owner and talked to him and he answered all my questions and was very helpful to make sure my stay was the best. I have stayed at other units on both the Bay Side and the Beach Side, over the years and even stayed at the Ramada (now renamed to The Island) and I can say for sure that my selection this year was the best !!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Super happy you guys had a fun and memorable trip! We look forward to being a future part of your families Fort Walton Beach memories! Thanks, Rick
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Very nice, spacious, will stay again!

  • 5 of 5

Two families stayed in this condo. 4 adults and 5 kids. We couldn’t have asked for more room! This condo is bay side - which normally I would prefer ocean side - but it was great! The hot tub was a nice bonus. There are several options for pools. The lazy river, several more spas, and several pools. Having access to the gulf side pool plus the Island Hotel pools was very nice too. The beach was a short trip over the sky walk. Daily dolphin sightings from the beach and sea turtles from the pier was an added bonus. The Boardwalk (which we walked to several times) had lots of wonderful shops and restaurants! You can’t beat this condo’s space or location. The owner, Rick, is quick to respond to questions. Highly recommend this condo for a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indianapolis, IN

Perfect for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time in this condo. We liked the location. We loved having our own hot tub, and the location of the balcony was perfect for seeing the fireworks--amazing view! We had everything we needed at this condo. Thanks for a great time!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lancaster, Ky

Enjoyed our week in this unit.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed the unit. Plenty of space. Enjoyed being close to the pools and lazy river.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big condo perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The condo was big enough for our 11 people. Kitchen was stocked. 3 bed 3 bath was perfect. Enough seating for everyone inside and outside. The outside patio is perfect for sitting enjoying the constant breeze and the passersby at the dock next door. I will definitely rent this condo again in the future. Thanks for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Hot Tub $85
Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax

This is a Saturday to Saturday booking from March - October, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Guest who wish to stay over a Saturday night between March and October will be charged as if they stayed two full weeks. The owner reserves the right to balance bill the difference if it is accidentally booked at inaccurate pricing as VRBO is changing our pricing module without alerting us as owners. A processing fee is included in the tax calculation to pay for the cost of processing new reservations.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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