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Sandcastle, Luxury Watercolor Home with Private Pool, 6 pass GEM Car option

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool


About the property

Right out of the pages of Coastal Magazine Stunning White Cottage Decor

The Sandcastle luxury home is fabulous. Be sure to see us at Watercolorsandcastle com

Private pool and backyard. Quiet street with small private park in front of the house.

Spacious, luxury 5 bedroom 5 1/2 bath beach home is in immaculate condition. Will not disappoint. This home is ready for your enjoyment.

No construction anywhere near this home.

The 2015 GEM LSV is an extra charge. Inquire about rates.. Seats six people.

If you need another home close by for your friends or family, please let me know. Brand new home just completed in March 2017.

6 bed bunk room and third floor playroom are perfect for kids. Smart TV, Direct TV , Apple TV, Wii and Xbox. Sonos on first floor and backyard.

Four additional bedrooms and full baths. The home is fully equipped with everything you need. Fresh thick towels and luxury bed linens are provided. Pool towels and beach chairs and 7 bikes for heading to the beach. 10 minute ride to the beach. Amenity ID cards will gain you access to all the pools, tennis courts and boat house. Amenity resort cards are extra at $300 per week for all guests.

Home Highlights

Chef's kitchen with every large and small appliance you will need.

- Subzero Refrigerator

- Two Miele dishwashers

- Scotsman commercial ice maker

- Thermador six burner Gas range with griddle and oven.

- Wall mounted Pot filler over the range

-Two drip coffee makers

-Keurig K cup coffee maker

- Microwave convection oven

- Panini maker, waffle iron, steamer, Smoothie King, blender, icee machine, popsicle maker, toaster

- Flatware and dinnerware for 16

- Glassware of every type for entertaining

- Platters and accessories for serving

- Bakeware of every type


First Floor

- Queen Bedroom with on suite full bath. TV, Apple TV, Double doors lead to back porch with pool garden area.

-Den/Bedroom with Full Bath. Twin sleep sofa. Pocket doors close for privacy.

- Half Bath/Powder Room

Second Floor

-Master Bedroom Suite with all Marble bathroom and steam shower. Marble floors are heated to a comfortable 80 degrees. Subzero refrigerator and Smart TV Direct Tv and Apple TV. Bathtub and separate STEAM shower. Instant hot water circulating pump gives your shower hot water as soon as you turn it on. Walk-in Closet. Double doors lead to front screened porch with Brown Jordan furniture. Pure Luxury! You won't find a more beautiful master bedroom/bathroom in Watercolor! 600 count sheets and fluffy thick white towels. Two bathrobes

- Guest Bedroom with on suite full bath Double doors lead to large screened porch with swinging bed/lounge, Brown Jordan furniture and Direct TV and Apple TV.

- Bunk Room in the nautical theme with wooden door featuring a port hole. 6 bed bunk room! This is a dream room for a crowd. On suite nautical bathroom with shower.

Third Floor

- Entertainment room features Smart TV, Direct Tv, Apple TV, Xbox 360, blu ray and Nintendo Wii with Wii Fit balance board. Bring your own games. We have a few. Subzero refrigerator, microwave and sink complete the room.

Private Pool and Backyard

- Very private backing up to a Watercolor preserve.

- Private saline water Pool- no chemicals

- BBQ outdoor kitchen with sink and subzero refrigerator

- Patio furniture and lounge chairs with 3 umbrellas

- Outdoor Shower for cleaning off the sand after returning from the beach.

- Outdoor covered porches and lounge chairs

- Poolcan be heated at extra charge. $150 to bring to 85 degrees and $30 per day after that. The Camp Watercolor pool just across the street is heated

Front Porch

Look out at a beautiful private park. Porch features rocking chairs and spacious deck. Beautiful setting for your morning coffee.

To the Beach and Seaside

- 7 beach cruisers with locks and helmets for the 10 minute ride to the beach and Seaside.(most homes have 1 bike per bedroom. Rental fees are generally $25/day for one bike) Beach backpack chairs and umbrella, Bikes are the main mode of transportation in Watercolor The 2015 GEM car is NOT included. $1200 per week additional.

- Located in Watercolor's Camp District with either a 1 minute bike ride to the Camp pool and park or a short 2 min walk just across the street.

- Short drive/bike ride to Publix grocery store. 10 minute bike ride to the beach and town of Seaside. 9 beach cruiser bikes available for guest use. Extra bikes available through Big Daddy Bike Shop. Give them a call and you will have bikes delivered to the door. Smaller kids bikes and even a tandem is available.

- We want to share our home with you and help you create lasting memories of the perfect beach vacation.

Payment Information: 50% Deposit required upon reserving the property. 100% due 60 days prior to check in. No refunds after 60 days. Two payment options are offered. E check which is free of charge and credit card which has a 3% charge and will de deducted from your deposit.

Watercolor Neighborhood info:

-Named #1 Family vacation destination in the U.S.

- 499 acre resort and beach community designed with families in mind.

- Bike paths and trails for everyone to use. Beach cruisers are the main mode of transportation! Very safe to ride anywhere in the community, all vehicles yield to bicycle traffic.

- White sand beaches and turquoise water. Chairs and umbrellas can be reserved for a nominal fee for all Watercolor guests. Beach towels available at the Beach club entrance to the beach (included with your guest resort passes).

- 4 community swimming pools

- tennis facility

- golf nearby

- beachside and lakeside dining

Smart Home

Lutron light controls throughout

Surround Sound and iTunes dock. Sonos on first floor. Apple TV and Direct TV.

Location Location Location!

- Home is very private. House backs up to a local preserve and in front is a small park which separates it from Western Lake Dr. Perfect place for kids to play and for adults to relax in the shade on park benches or on our front porch.

- Croquet and badminton set to use in the park

- Short walk to Camp Watercolor (Summer day camp for kids. See Watercolor Inn & Resort website for details).

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call. The availability calendar is always current.

. See our website for more information watercolorsandcastle

An email with a link to our Hospitality App will also be sent to you. Download the app and you will have information about the house and neighborhood right on your smart home.

Real Estate Sales

If you are looking for a home to purchase in Watercolor or surrounding areas, John will find the right home for you. He is responsible for finding this beautiful home for our family. You will not find a more honest, hard working individual anywhere!

More Details

Laurie Redmond
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2017

About Laurie Redmond

We found paradise when we came to Watercolor for a wedding in 2014. Just loved the relaxed, family friendly atmosphere and decided we absolutely needed to make this place our home at least part time.

Before we make this our permanent home, we decided to selectively rent it for several weeks per year. My two boys and I will enjoy the property the rest of the time! Riding the beach cruiser to the beach and Seaside is the way of life here. Do not really need a car. Publix grocery store is a 10 minute walk or minutes away on the bike or GEM car.. Ride to Seaside for breakfast. Doesn't get much better than this for a family vacation.

Laurie Redmond purchased this house in 2014

Why Laurie Redmond chose South Walton

The location is fabulous! There are no homes behind ours (which backs up to a local preserve) and there is a quiet park in front of the house. The home is spectacular!

What makes this house unique

Very private location. No homes in back make the backyard with pool quiet and peaceful. Beautiful small park in front of the house with large green belt.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved our stay at The Sandcastle! Two weeks was definitely not long enough. The home is beautifully appointed and proved to be difficult to leave! We loved lazy mornings making big breakfasts and late afternoons grilling by the pool. The close proximity of the playground and camp pool was ideal for our young family. We also enjoyed exploring the other resort pools and amenities. By far, our favorite experience was a bonfire and cookout on the beach with s'mores and sparklers.

We can't wait to return and add another year of experiences and memories!

Thank you for the hospitality!!

The Aghamalian Family

Austin, Texas
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Watercolor in Santa Rosa Beach

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • resort ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • 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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower
    First floor den/bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bath is off the first floor reading room
    Second floor Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , In Suite Bath
    Second floor bunk Room Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , In suite Bath
    First floor Bedroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , In suite bathroom
    First Floor Powder Room - Toilet , Powder Room for Guests
    Second floor Master Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Luxury marble bath with heated floors, soaking tub
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • First floor Bedroom/den - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Twin sleeper for one
    Second floor Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Sunny room with spacious porch w Brown Jordan furniture TV
    Second floor Bunk Room - 6 Single Bed , Dream Bunk Room with a Ship Theme with Port Hole Wooden Door
    Second floor Bedroom Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , Spacious porch with Brown Jordan furniture &TV
    First floor Bedroom Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , Double doors lead to back porch and pool. TV
  • Note: 5th bedroom is a den/bedroom with single sleep sofa suitable for one person. There is a full private bath and pocket doors for privacy.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 9 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
GEM car included at $1200 per week upon approval. Must be registered with HOA. Insurance and drivers license required.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)

Sandcastle, Luxury Watercolor Home with Private Pool, 6 pass GEM Car option
average rating of 4.952381 based on 22 reviews

Such a warm and beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Sandcastle! The house is so well appointed and the owners went above and beyond to create the perfect vacation experience. I recommend using the GEM, it was such fun, so convenient and parking is so much easier! The kitchen is an absolute dream and we had several cookouts by the pool! Both the front and back porches are the absolute perfect spots for reading and relaxing and I am already missing the master suite!! We definitely hope to book another trip!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Leslye, You were the perfect guest and we would love to have you back. The GEM car is so much fun and I am glad you were able to enjoy it. Thanks for your kind words. Laurie
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Extraordinary! A True Treasure of a Home

  • 5 of 5

Extraordinary! A True Treasure of a Home

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We just returned from a fabulous vacation at the Sandcastle! This is our second time to rent Laurie's beautiful home and it was spectacular once again! The house is fully equipped with literally EVERYTHING you could need while vacationing at Watercolor. The kitchen has a array of wonderful appliances including such things as a waffle maker, panini maker, VitaMix blender, Scottsman ice machine, two dishwashers and much much more. Anything you think you would want or need is there. This is the same for the other amenities whether it be extra towels for the pool, the bikes, the beach chairs, umbrellas, etc.- anything you need is provided. The house also has Apple TV, a Sonos system and Wireless throughout. The location of the house is close to everything. You can bike to the beach, the Tennis Center and the Inn at Watercolor as well as to Seaside and even to the grocery store.

In addition to all of the items so generously stocked with the home, the layout of the rooms and the furnishings make for a very spacious, restful and relaxing vacation for all ages. The pool is a lovely bonus and there is an outdoor grill and t/v surrounding the pool area as well.

Laurie is a very responsive and pleasant person to rent from and her property shows her care and attention to detail!

We hope to be able to come back again soon. It was a true TREAT to be in such a home with our family!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

Laurie, Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. We enjoyed the pool, the location, bikes and so much more. This is our second time renting the sandcastle and hope to return many more. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Sandcastle Home

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home yesterday from our stay and I am already missing the feeling of total relaxation in this home. We have stayed in 6 different Watercolor homes and Sandcastle is certainly the most beautiful! I am sometimes overly picky about details such as linens and dishes in a vacation home. The linens were beautiful and luxurious. There was a great variety of dishes including glass and plastics...much appreciated. The master bed mattress was as comfortable as mine at home. Great water pressure in the shower! My grand daughters loved the bunk room and I appreciated that they each had their own individual nightlights that could be dimmed. I don't understand the previous poster about the fees associated with the rental??? Those fees are clearly stated in any renter's contract. We also had use of the GEM car and it was such an easy way to get around and found parking to be much more available for the GEM. I loved the SONOS in the house and quickly figured out how to download the app to use it, but it would have been helpful to had details about that in advance. The pool...something else that I found confusing with the previous poster...it's pretty clear from the photos that this is not a lap pool. It's small. I honestly thought we would have very little use for it other that the 2 children splashing around a bit. Actually, it was enjoyed by everyone. At one point, 4 adults and the 2 kids were playing beach ball volleyball for a pretty long time. All of the porch areas were beautifully furnished and pretty close to perfect. A personal favorite item for everyone was the "tiny pellet" ice maker. We used it constantly and it stayed full! I have to have one now! This home was very clean and well cared for and the owner was readily available for any questions.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melanie, I very much appreciate your comments from the only guest that has written a less than cheerful review. You are great guests and thanks for taking care of the house. Much appreciated. Hope you come back soon. Laurie
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Very nice home in a good location

  • 4 of 5

Property is quite nice - it is well designed and furnished.

The master bedroom is small, but the master bathroom is beautiful. The kids' bunkroom is terrific. The kitchen is nice and well-appointed.

The pool is tiny -- the kids laughed at it and never used it.

The audio/video systems are complicated and have issues, but overall are fine. The kids' den on the third floor is great.

The GEM car is really nice to have, but the price charged is excessive. The amenity cards (which you pay several hundred dollars for) provide almost nothing -- no charging privileges, no ability to get canoes or kayaks on the lake, etc. It is much better when you rent through St. Joe's.

Owner, who self manages, is responsive to questions via text.

Overall a nice stay. Just beware -- price transparency felt less than I've experienced with St. Joe's or the other agencies. Whether it's the GEM car or the credit card surcharge or all the other fees added in, the referenced "per night" charge winds up being about half the actual price you'll pay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Is the house for sale? Kristin wants to buy. Seriously... 😎 This is what I received from this guest while staying at The Sandcastle. You can imagine how surprised I was to receive this review. Let me address the issues "The pool is tiny and kids laughed at it". What a shame the children chose not to have fun splashing in the pool. Most Watercolor homes don't even have a private pool and I have been told this pool is quite large in comparison to other private pools. I can't imagine that my children or most children would have such a reaction! Audio visual. Direct tv throughout the house. The third floor blue ray player is not working however there are two alternate options for watching a movie as this guest discovered. GEM car: Watercolor restricts rentals of LSV,s to 35 per day and can only be rented with one company. They sell out at the beginning of the season which leaves many guests without that option. My GEM car is available to my guests that would like to have use of an LSV. The rate is competitive and the guests choice. Resort cards: All Watercolor guest passes are issued by the HOA and are the same for everyone, whether issued by an owner or a management company. The cards allow the guest access to all 5 pools, tennis courts, boat house, beach club and private beach entrance. There are fees for tennis and boat rentals that are not included. Some agencies may offer a free boat rental as an incentive. Transparency: The instant quote feature shows all costs for renting my home. Options such as the GEM car and credit cards fees are not included as not all guests choose these options. Those charges are communicated prior to paying. I checked the agency referred to in the review and the Instant quote does not include everything. Specifically resort cards. Oh and a $300 pool clean is mentioned later! Credit Card charges: there are two payment options that are very clearly spelled out when it comes time for my guest to pay. It is very clear and transparent that if the guest chooses to pay by credit card, 2.9 % will be deducted from their deposit. The other option is echeck which is free. Since most guests choose this option, I do not pad the rate with credit cards fees. It is unfortunate this guest became angry when it came time to pay for the two options he clearly selected. Hope this helps explain the one review that is less than fair. Please read the other reviews as they are truly accurate and very gracious. Laurie
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One of a kind in watercolor

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we walked in the front door we felt like we were home away from home! The homeowner was unbelievable to work with and her residence is absolutely beautiful! We traveled with our three children ranging from 3-9 and our best friends who have three as well and the house could not have been more perfect! The bunk room and playroom were perfect for the 6 of them to have their space. The home has everything you need and is extremely well appointed. It was so nice to be able to jump into the pool after a long day at the beach, an absolute must have and rare to find in a rental in watercolor. So grateful for this amazing trip, life long memory and look forward to the next visit! We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your very kind review. You were fabulous guests! The pool is a nice feature like you said. With no houses behind, it makes the entire backyard very private and fun for the kids. Thanks for leaving pool and beach toys behind for the next guests as well as extra beer and wine. Our guests are so generous. We look forward to your return for another two weeks! Thanks for taking such good care of the house, Laurie
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Panama City Beach (ECP) 35 miles away
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Tarpon Bar/Bud and Alley's
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Seaside Beach
Car: recommended

Watercolor has been named the No. 1 vacation destination in the country several times. This 499-acre community provides everything you need for long lasting memories with your family and friends. The white sand beach and turquoise water is as close to the caribbean experience you will find in the U.S. Gulf water is refreshingly warm. Pull up the beach chairs and umbrellas, reserved just for Watercolor residents and guests, and enjoy your day in the sun. It doesn't get better than this.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Watercolor, North West Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer Early
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Memorial Day
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fourth of July 2017
2 Jul 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
6 day week special
9 Jul 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
8 Day Week Special
22 Jul 2017 - 29 Jul 2017
8 night minimum stay
for 8 nights
Summer Late
6 Aug 2017 - 19 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
20 Aug 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
19 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Year's
28 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £773.03
Resort Cards/week £231.91 + Tax
Cleaning Fee £347.86 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Effective February 2016 VRBO is charging guests a service fee. This fee is going directly to VRBO's financial institution. The service fee is being added to my property quote by VRBO. I have no way of waiving it or opting out of it. You should call VRBO if you have questions about it.

If you choose to pay by credit card 2.9 % will be deducted from your deposit. If you choose the E Check option when paying, there are no charges.

Resort cards. $270 per week

A $250 cancellation fee will apply to reservations cancelled at any time. If a credit card was used, Credit Card fees will be deducted.

Check in 4pm Sunday
Check out 10AM Sunday

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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