Step out of the back door of this open and airy end unit and stand directly on the sugar white sand while looking at the water. This unit is very family friendly with a beach volleyball court right out back, picnic area, pool next door and large porches and balconies with swings and seating.
I cannot imagine any beach fanatic not loving the location of this condo. It is right on the bay and directly across the street from the public walkover to the gulf. It has three patios; the first is on the same level as the covered parking area and is literally on the sands of the bay; the second is on the same level as the living room / kitchen; the third is accessed from the master bedroom. All three patios have ample seating (picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, porch swings, etc), and we spent more hours on them than we could count over our two weeks in the condo. The ground floor condo also has a shower and hose area for rinsing off sand. Part of the patio areas are shaded all day; parts of them are sunny.
The pool and clubhouse are directly next door - literally steps from the condo. We could go for a quick dip and then walk back over to our private patio to lounge instead of sitting at the pool with neighbors. The pool was busy some days, especially during the Blue Angels week, but it was never over full. We never had issues with noise even though several large parties used the clubhouse during the time we were there.
Since this condo is right on the bay the sunsets are astounding. Also, the bay offers calm waters for when travelers need a break from the waves on the gulf side.
Peg Leg Pete's is a 1/4 of a mile away and an easy walk .There are trolley stops both directions within easy walking distance. There is a Tom Thumb convenience store that is very well-stocked with minor grocery and beach items next door to Peg Leg Pete's. You do have to walk across the street to access the public beach walkover to the gulf, but the street was never hectic; it's not a dangerous walk at all, and it takes about three minutes to walk over to amazing, crystal-clear, emerald waters.
The condo worked great - the AC, dishwasher, washer and dryer, plumbing, etc. It was all great. The condo is showing some wear. A good coat of paint and a few updates could prove beneficial. Also, the kitchen was a little disorganized. If you are a gourmet cook looking to prepare a high-class meal for a crowd, you might be disappointed. But this condo is not about gourmet kitchens and ultra modern, sleek furnishings. It's about sun and sand and a location that absolutely cannot be beat. If you love being outdoors on your beach vacation, then this is the perfect location. You will not regret those patios for one second.
We stayed in this condo late April, 2014. The pictures do not do this condo justice. Much more beautiful in person. Directly on the best beach on the sound. Deck off the living room great for dinner or hanging out. Balcony deck of master wonderful for peaceful morning coffee or to read a book. My kids loved this place. Great location, relaxing vacation, and nicest owner. Last minute asked him if we could stay one more day, and he gracious enough to allow us another day.