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FANTASTIC GULF VIEWS -- 5 Minute Walk to Beaches and Pool

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights

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3 - 8 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Alys Beach - It Had to Be View

3 Bedroom House, 3 baths, Fabulous Gulf Views from 3rd Floor Balconies

Enjoy the BEST and MOST SWEEPING Gulf views of any home in the Seacrest Beach development ... while still getting to enjoy the awesome 12,000-square foot lagoon pool. You can expect an up to date remodeled home ready for Spring Break 2016, including new floors throughout, new kitchen appliances, painted cabinets and quartz countertops! Perfectly gorgeous beach décor!

Our three-bedroom cottage, 'It Had to be View,' is conveniently located at the front of the popular neighborhood of Seacrest Beach Resort, with NO development between our home and the Gulf. We offer the best of all worlds at a great value:

-- Gorgeous views of the Gulf from the third floor

-- A 2-minute walk to the fabulous Seacrest Beach lagoon pool

-- A 4-5 minute walk (or a FREE and convenient shuttle ride) to the beach

-- An easy walk along 30-A to shopping and dining in the town centers of both Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach

-- Two blocks from a fun playground near the Fonville Press at Alys Beach

At the end of the day, enjoy the stunning panoramic views that will take your breath away!

The home also comes with free wireless internet access -- WIFI

The home sleeps 8 very comfortably with a king sized bed, a queen, a double bed, twin bunks and a daybed with pop-up trundle.

The living area offers a large flat-screen TV with DVD player. The dining and kitchen area, open to the living room, seat 8 for mealtimes -- 6 at the table and 2 at the bar. The well equipped kitchen has quartz countertops, new stainless steel appliances and a spacious pantry.

A full bath serves both the living area and the downstairs bedroom. This bedroom has a private porch which leads to the back yard. It is a flexible room with twin bunk beds and a double bed, suitable for families or four children. There is also a flat screen TV and DVD player to keep the children occupied. Out the back door is a porch, gas grill and a fenced-in backyard for youngsters to play safely.

The second floor has a spacious master bedroom with king bed, hardwood floors, sitting area with a large flat-screen TV and DVD player, and a private porch. The master bathroom has a view of the Gulf from the glass-enclosed shower and tile floors, double sinks and a large tub.

The third bedroom on the same level has a queen bed dressed with a down comforter and a private bath/shower. Double doors lead to a private porch. The second level also includes a laundry closet with full-size washer and dryer. All bedrooms have plenty of closet space.

The third floor is the tower room with wet bar, refrigerator, Carribean-style game table, a 19 in. TV to catch your favorite sports, and daybed with pop up trundle -- great for lounging during the day. There are wrap-around windows and sun decks on both east and west sides to enjoy sunrise and sunset on the gulf and the beautiful beaches of South Walton. Truly AWESOME!

House Features:

* Stainless steel appliances

* Fully equipped Kitchen

* Quartz countertops

* Hardwood floors

* 9' ceilings

* Wireless internet WIFI

* Large closets in all bedrooms

* Amazing gulf views from the 2 third floor balconies!

Seacrest Beach Resort:

* 12,000 square foot lagoon pool.

* 2 parking places in front of house

Location and Entertainment:

* At the corner of 30A and Sand Flea Drive, Seacrest Beach, Florida

* Nestled between Alys Beach to the West and Rosemary Beach to the East

* Seaside and Watercolor only minutes away

* Close to Publix, Winn-Dixie, Yogurt Shoppe, many restaurants and spa.

* 15 minutes from Silver Sands Outlet Mall and Destin shopping

* Golf at nearby Ocean Club or Sandestin Golf courses.

* Bikes available for rent nearby

Keywords: Gulf views, 30A, Seacrest, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seaside, Grayton, Santa Rosa,Watercolor,Seagrove,Red Bar,Gulf Place,biking trail,beach access,pool,

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Kathy Martin
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2016
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About Kathy Martin

The beaches of 30A are absolutely the most gorgeous in all of Florida. I moved here from Georgia to be close to my grandchildren who live in Blue Mountain Beach. I built a house in Blue Mountains Beach a couple years ago to be close to them, just a hop, skip and a jump for 'It Had to Be View'. This has been the most delightful transition and being here makes me want to get up and get out and be active. Katie and Pippa, my lab and Cavalier King Charles, make sure I do the getting up for sure as soon as the sun comes up -- which is really early here!

My son who lives in Atlanta bought this beautiful home in Seacrest in August, 2013, for others to enjoy until he can get here for a quick getaway. I know he would appreciate your telling him what a lovely time you had at It Had to be View! The kitchen and appliances were completely remodeled in 2016 and is amazing!

Kathy Martin purchased this house in 2013

Why Kathy Martin chose Florida

Seacrest Beach is probably one of the most popular vacation spots on 30A because of its proximity to Rosemary and Alys Beaches. The lagoon pool at the Resort is 12000 square feet which gives plenty of space for families to enjoy. The property, named for its amazing views, has unobstructed views of the gulf, and was THE major attraction for us.

What makes this house unique

I love the shopping experience in this area. There are so many neat decorating stores -- Pizitz at Seaside, Tracery at Rosemary and Beau in Grayton Corners, just love those places. Can't pass up a bargain at the Outlet mall in Sandestin! And it is only 10 miles to Pier Park Shopping Center in Panama City Beach where they have a huge movie theater. Winn Dixie, Publix and CVS are only 3 miles away. My favorite restaurants are George's in Alys Beach, Paradis and Edwards in Rosemary and love the new 'Pearl' Hotel. Can't forget Cuvee 30A at 30 Avenue. Children are welcome in all the restaurants here and so are your animals allowed to sit outside while you enjoy a cocktail or dinner. The walking/bike trail on 30A is unique to this area and a safe and fun place to enjoy.


based on 27 holidaymaker reviews

FANTASTIC GULF VIEWS -- 5 Minute Walk to Beaches and Pool
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews

The Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This house is as beautiful! It has everything you could want. We loved being able to park the car and not get back in it for a week. Everything is within a short walk or bike ride away. The design of the house allows for multiple residents but also allows places to go for a little quiet or privacy.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad everything worked well for you. Hope you will consider coming back next year. Kathy
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Fabulous Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and has everything a person could need including a number of private decks.

It is a short walk or bike ride to anywhere you want to go.

I would definitely come back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home! Excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience at "It Had to be View"! The home is beautifully decorated, stocked with everything you will need, and has such a great location! The design of this home allowed plenty of space to gather, but had plenty of separate areas for relaxation and privacy. The chic, coastal decor was soothing and relaxing. The kitchen is open and beautiful! Decks have fantastic views and are spacious and comfortable for one or many. We loved the location, just inside the community, with an easy walk to the beach or the pool! Kathy was helpful, efficient with communications, and accommodating. I would definitely recommend this home. We look forward to returning here!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a wonderful time. Look forward to your return visit. Kathy
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Fantastic house, fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this house! The location is great, and an easy walk to the beach! The house is very nice and is very well decorated and has plenty of space (we had 3 couples with no kids but there would be plenty of space if we all had kids!). The view from the top deck is fantastic as well. The property manager, Kathy, is also very nice and accommodating. We hope to make the same trip next year!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy the house met your expectations! Hope you will come back again. Enjoyed working with you.
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Great house for family needs, beach experience could have been better

  • 4 of 5

The house was wonderful and the location couldn't have been better in the community. The walk to the beach was short and the pool as well. We rented bikes which were wonderful to get around to the neighboring communities.

The main issue to know about is the strict beach/easement rules. You MUST have your wristband to enter the walkway to the beach. If one person in the group is missing it they will not let you down to the beach. We saw this happen a lot. We also knew about no wagons before we went (thank you Kathy) so that wasn't as issue for us but it was for many other guests. The "vibe" between the security guards and those of us with wristbands seemed to be quite tense at times and made for an unpleasant experience each time we went to the beach. All to say, the beach experience was not the best we think we could have found along 30a.

Kathy was a wonderful owner and we couldn't have been more pleased with the house and her knowledge. If we did decide to return to Seacrest this house would be a top choice for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you enjoyed your stay and sorry for the inconvenience you experienced with the beach access. I will pass this along to the Homeowners Association. Hope you will consider staying again next year!
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Never disappoints!

  • 5 of 5

This as our fourth year staying here! We love the house location and the owners are so nice and easy to work with. The ocean was closed due to riptides but, we never got bored because of the amazingly beautiful pool the neighborhood has to offer. The manager Kathy is always available if you need anything or anything goes wrong. They made many new improvements over the past year and the house is just gorgeous! Look forward to staying there again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always a pleasure to host you and your family. Look forward to seeing you again next year and was delighted to meet all of you this year.
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Camp Creek
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Alys Beach, South Walton

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
15 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Nov 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
5 night minimum stay
17 Dec 2016 - 10 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas Holiday
23 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
New Years 2016
28 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
Spring Break
11 Mar 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
15 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
20 May 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4th July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
8 night minimum stay
Late Summer
12 Aug 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
21 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Thanksgiving 2017
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £245
Housekeeping £184 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Weekly rates are Saturday to Saturday

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Alys Beach, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2016 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 First Floor - 1 Double Bed , 2 Bunk Bed , There is also an Evenflo Pack and Play available
    Bedroom 1 Second Floor - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 Second Floor - 1 Large Double Bed
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Granite countertops, hardwood floors, 9' ceilings, 4-5 minute walk to beach, free shuttle service to beach in peak season (March-September), easy walking distance to Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach, no smoking or pets allowed. Portable wagon is provided to cart items to pool, 3 folding chairs provided and umbrellas for the beach.

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