Seagrove Beach Lodge Rental Photos and Description
Gulf View Home, Huge heated Pool: 5 Bdrms+Pull-out Queen+3 Baths, Sleeps 17
Almarito Gulf View, a simple rustic older 5 bdrm 3 bath basic stilt house for young fun loving families on Seagrove's 'south beach': 2971 E. County Hwy 30A, Seagrove Beach, FL, HAS JUST ADDED 3 MORE BEDS, adding top levels to all 3 beds in the 2 snug kids' bdrms in the middle of each side of the lodge, now sleeps 17 rathern 14, so larger toddlers in big cribs last year now have their own regular children's single size beds.
A kids & swimmers' delight with the largest private rental home pool in Old Seagrove Beach, T-shaped, 40' x 31' (max. dimensions), screened & heated, tree shaded for summer comfort, its straight 40-ft. long lap lanes widening out to include a 16 x 16 ft. stepped toddlers area, w/1 ft. & 2 ft deep zones, outlined with PVC surface level markers to separate depths before deepening to grade school kids and then standing adult levels.
There is no deep end. Safety is king and diving is not allowed.
Kids clamber up 2 ladders. Parents & grand parents can take it easy, entering and leaving on the gently sloping ramp, no steps, with a long sloping handrail on one side and the pool's edge on which to rest a steadying hand on the other.
Next to the pool enclosure is an open sunbathing deck with/charcoal grill, table & chairs.
All this located between old Seagrove's 2 finest restaurants & steps from a breakfast & espresso bar, but out of sight of all 3.
Due to off season construction adding 2 more bdrms & 2 more baths, each w/jetted tub, bringing the final total in expanded house to 7 bedrms, 5 baths, + gulf view hot tub outside, w/3 jetted whirlpool style jetted baths inside, our previously offered gulf view hot tub and 2 highest level decks with additional Gulf views, in addition to still existing main floor and front porch gulf views, will not be available to our guests this fall & winter or until this work completed.
We offer a fair-sized but simple basic beach style family friendly 5 bedroom home for all ages, only steps from the nearby beach walkway.
Its large sheltered wood-decked ground floor recreation area features an all weather ping pong table and screened-in & roofed over dining/cocktail patio on its lowest level. The main living area upstairs houses the 3 baths, 2 newly upgraded, one with a jetted whirlpool tub. Parking is available on site for 4-6 vehicles. This is a good joint vacation spot for several couples or families with kids to gather for holidays, wedding parties & other family celebrations & reunions, special artistic, cultural & athletic events at nearby Seaside or open markets, auto shows etc. in that famed resort's central amphitheater.
Its a safe, simple clean and very basic modestly furnished vacation home designed for a young family seeking holiday fun at a budget price. You should not come here looking for the comforts of a city dweller's year-round home, or a chic resort villa, despite this house's location between new 'showplace' homes in luxury resort villages like Seaside & Water Color west of us & Water Sound, Alyce Beach, Rosemary Beach & others east of us. For these very good reasons Almarito is priced thousands of dollars lower per week than those fancy newer houses, many without gulf views, with the same number of bedrooms, to say nothing of its over-sized swimming pool, screened & heated to up to 90 degrees F. all year round at no extra charge to you. But you have to remember in booking it that Almarito is such a bargain because I had it built 35 years ago using budget materials and it is a very basic house with 1978-style sheets of wood paneling on the walls, only moderately priced kitchen appliances, basic low cost furniture, and no antiques, fancy paintings or luxury touches except the huge pool and the fun jetted whirl pool tub between the 2nd largest queen bdrm and the tiny bunk bedded (single over double) children's room between that bath and another bathrm with a conventional bath tub with no jets.
I went for more bdrms, therefore smaller, for use only as very small sleeping places for vacationers eager to get outside into the sun and surf, or heated pool or play ping pong.
PLEASE NOTE: We have brought many improvements to this property, including a massive air conditioning reducting operation which has increased cool air distribution to every room. And we continue to improve every facility, acting often on our guests' suggestions.
The treetop level gulf view dining room & bar upstairs accommodates only 10 of the home's 17-person capacity for sit-down meals & parties, but are supplemented by the sofas & love seat, chairs around the living area & outside on the front porch overlooking the Gulf.
But potential guests who can't handle stairs should look elsewhere because, to secure our gulf views, our principal floor is elevated 13 feet to provide ocean water views framed by overhanging magnolias & mature oaks overlooking the surrounding village. We are right on coastal highway 30-A with its 16-mile adjacent bike path carrying cyclists safely across our coastal lakes on their own bikes-only bridges.
Old pine floors & wood paneling throughout give a warm cozy feeling to the L-shaped living/dining room area surrounding the open kitchen facing a breakfast bar & adjacent dining table lighted by gulf view sliding glass doors.
Wi-fi for multiple computer users, a 32' flat screen HD-TV with TiVo/satellite & net channel selections as well as DVD and VCR, + stereo, furnish music & entertainment while 2 sofas (one convertible to a dble bed), side chairs & an arm chair + games + puzzles enhance fun times together.
Each of the 5 bdrms has either an adjoining bath or private sink/vanity where Dad can shave mornings without tying up a full bathroom or diapers can be changed at midnight without walking down the hall to wash up. All 3 Queen bedrooms now have modernized connecting baths w/showers, 2 w/tubs, one of those with whirlpool jets, in the upgraded east side bath.
Besides its updated connecting bath, the 3rd Queen bdrm also has HD TV, a vanity cabinet w/basin for make up, wash up and/or shaving.. One bdrm with a double deck bed (full double size bed at bottom & single on top) connects to 2 of the 3 baths.
The largest Queen bdrm, with an additional double bed, is excellent for parents with a young child or children the couple may want to have sleeping close by (or a place for an insomniac to doze at a distance from a loudly snoring partner) and has a TV and private bath with tub/shower. Some families bunk 4 or 5 or more small kids in this master bedroom. The children's bdrm next door has (2 double bunks, sleeping 4 total) & a vanity+sink in-room for convenience.
One of the home's two clothes washers, a small one, is handily located up on the main tree top level living floor for easy access. A big dryer, king size for those swimming pool towels, & another washer, this one full size, are down in the main laundry & ironing room on the ground level, between the pool & the covered play area with its ping pong table, sheltered on its wood floor deck from the rain by the house above it.
Almarito overlooks the Timpoochee Trail, an 18 mile bike & jogging path that parallels 30A & facilitates a quick & easy bike ride to the beauties of nearby Grayton Beach State Park.
Crossing signs, zebra stripes, a traffic bump and flashing lights protect the pedestrian/bicycle crossing in front of our driveway to slow and stop passing vehicles to provide quicker pedestrian access directly from our front door to the convenient public beach entry path point kitty-cornered across our street and then just steps to the west from Almarito.
A short drive takes you to Sandestin with its big outlet mall featuring New York's finest shops and, even closer to Seagrove, brand-new swank multi-screen cinema with dine-in 'Ovation' screening room, plus another Giant Screen projection room. And more eateries, water parks and entertainment, are nearby to east & est, including more multi-screen cinemas, including deep sea fishing boat departures most days from nearby Destin harbor and, in the other direction, the amusement parks & City Beach's Pier Park.
Contact Scott by phone or e-mail if you have any questions or need help with anything, and for pictures & details about my 5 bedroom 4 bath gulf front house, Chez Mireille, vrbo 253008, just a few blocks up the street, also in Seagrove Beach for family reunions as well as weddings, and only steps away in the other direction from the famed Seaside Gulf resort
with its chic shops, art galleries and more people friendly night life.
The Almarito property manager no longer resides on the Almarito lot. But Scott and/or our full time handy man Todd welcome your calls (we answer everything that rings, screen no one out, only miss calls if we on another line), devote our time to only two houses and react promptly to your calls for information or assistance.)
Keywords: HUGE GULF VIEW! Mermaid's Delight with gulf view main floor kitchen, dining room, living room and front porch. Swim in Old Seagrove's largest private pool, screened & heated, with a 40 ft lap lane, 31 ft at its widest, with a shallow stepped toddler play area + and inside whirlpool bath tub next to 2nd master bdm. Nearby gulf beach access; Weather-proof wood-floored kids' play area under house. Roofed ping pong area; Fly Southwest, No baggage charge, to ECP, Panama City, Fla., or fly Delta to ECP or to VPS, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Mom sleeps in & everybody eats out at breakfast bar/coffee shop 3 doors east, lunches & dines at the classy Whiskey Bravo bar & restaurant w/gulf view roof terrace for long lazy brunches a quarter block east. Leave your car at home evenings. Have a glass of wine at dinner at Whiskey Bravo's friendly rooftop bar to mix & mingle and then walk home to bed or for a romantic moonlight swim in Almarito's relaxing 90 F. heated screened pool.
- children welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
About Scott Bryan Bruns
My Aunts, uncles and cousins began enjoying these white sand beaches shortly after World War II and began buying in the 1950s when the pavement on 30-A stopped before you got to my aunt's house at the end of that road, where it died in a field of scraggly bushes until years later when bridges were built across Eastern Lake and Western Lake and Seaside was built even later.
My Mom bought her house, just south of and adjacent to Almarito's pool, in 1960, and now about 30 family members occupy about 20 permanent homes here, with many more cousins and spouses, children and family friends, coming in for holidays and special occasions like weddings and funerals and baptisms.
I am a retired news correspondent and editor who has worked in D.C. and abroad, grew up in Virginia and New Orleans, but chose this area for cool season retirement living because, as the locals say, it is paradise.
Hope you all love it as much as I and my family and friends do.
Scott Bryan Bruns purchased this lodge in 1978
Why Scott Bryan Bruns chose Seagrove Beach
It's right in the middle of Seagrove Beach, the real Seagrove Beach within a half a mile or so of State Road 395, which sits up about 30-40 feet above the gulf, and nearly that much above the surrounding areas, where you can look out at the second sandbar and enjoy being enclosed and protected by the bigger and more fully grown trees which, small as they may appear to visitors from afar, are often more than fifty or sixty years old and protect our houses from the winds of some of the fiercest hurricanes, the visual pollution of some structures built with more concrete than taste, and also shelter us from the sound of passing vehicles unless we are foolish enough to cut them down.
What makes this lodge unique
My favorite spot at Almarito is the year-round heated pool with the screen to keep the bugs out at cocktail hour, before I go up to the roof top deck to watch the golden orange sunset, or after I come up from the beach on those sturdy gray splinterless composition steps (which never heat up to burn your feet in the sun) at the end of the path diagonally across the street from the end of Camellia Street, right next door.
Sure, I sometimes take a cup of tea or something stronger in a glass when I sit in the screened and roofed over raised ground level recreation deck watching the teen-agers play ping pong on their dry sheltered play deck when it rains.
Not many homes at Seagrove give the kids in all age groups a completely private, wood floored play area to enjoy safely in inclement weather.
Guestbook comments from the manager
This is an owner notification that the Mediacome service working perfectly, as advertised, on the large flat screen HD television set in Almarito's living room through the morning of Saturday, June 21, 20144, was replaced before noon on that day by the installation of a Direct TV satellite dish, providing 140 channels, including all networks, ESPN, TiVo and other services to that big HD TV in the main living room and dining room areas as well as to the house's three queen bed adult bedrooms, formerly all served by cable but to which Mediacom service had deteriorated in recent months, leading to my decision to replace all services effective Saturday, June 21,2014, via Direct TV adaptors putting large, clear and brilliant HD TV pictures on to the screens of the three large conventional concave screen sets installed in those three larger adult bedrms equipped with large queen beds for adult couples, as well as the large flat screen TiVo equipped set in the living room, which is also equipped with DVD and VCR players for those seeking to use those older technologies..