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David Houtsma

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Just a 60 second walk to sugar white sands!

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Emerald Coast-Destin Area House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Location, Location, Location!! Our Beautiful Destin Beach home is perfectly located in the quaint Crystal Beach neighborhood known for its white picket fences and cottage style homes!

Tired of waiting for a shuttle? With a house this close to the beach there is NO need to pack a lunch or search for public restrooms! Forgotten items are only steps away when you are just 3 homes from the turquoise waters and sugar white sands.

A perfect family retreat nestled between the gorgeous white sands and the upscale shopping center of Destin Commons that also features kid-friendly fountains and water play. You can retreat to the privacy of the beautiful neighborhood or get out and satisfy everyone's desires with unlimited fun...centrally located just minutes to shopping, all your favorite restaurants, water parks, miniature golf, and more family fun.

All the comforts of home await you. The main floor features a large eat-in kitchen, a family room with 50''plasma TV and queen fold out sleeper, a master suite with king bed & flat screen TV/dvd and second bedroom with queen bed & TV/dvd. Climb the circular staircase to the bunkroom (double bed) and then the tower loft (twin & twin trundle) with gorgeous 360 degree views of the gulf and Destin area.

This is a home you will love with a location like no other!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
David Houtsma (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About David Houtsma

David lives in Cumming, GA with two beautiful daughters. Georgia is definitely home, but we LOVE Florida and the coastal waters of Destin can not be beat! We welcome you and your family to our home and hope it is as much the wonderful getaway for you as it is for us!

David Houtsma purchased this house in 2008

Why David Houtsma chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

Our beautiful home sits nestled in the quaint Crystal Beach area of Destin, FL. Crystal beach is known for its beautiful water and quaint white picket fenced cottages. Our home leads the Water’s Edge subdivision, known for bringing the Florida Cottage style homes to the area.

Crystal Beach is convenient to all of the best restaurants including regionally known favorites like the Hard Rock Café, The Bonefish Grill, The Cracker Barrel, The Waffle House, Longhorn Steakhouse, Coldstone Creamery, and a Starbucks as well as many local hot spots located along the waterfront.

Destin is also a shopper’s paradise. Crystal Beach is located next to the new Destin Commons mall with water fountains and playgrounds for children and upscale shopping sure to fit every taste. Three miles to the East are the Destin Outlets where bargains make every day a “black Friday.”

To the West of Crystal Beach you will find value stores such as Walmart, Home Depot and other favorites as you journey toward the Harbor area Destin is famous for. Along the way you’ll find even more restaurants and family friendly activities like miniature golf, go-cart racing and water slides.

Part of what makes Crystal Beach such a wonderful area to vacation in is how it approaches the beach. Much of the Destin waterfront is surrounded by high rise condo developments that empty large groups of vacationers onto a limited beach area. But at Barracuda, you walk onto a beachfront area fronted by a neighborhood so there is always room to spread out on the sand.

Favorite area activities include fishing excursions and boat trips to Destin's favorite 'Crab Island.'

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Robin. Just wanted to let you know that we arrived late today and could not be happier with your home. It is even more lovely than advertised, by you. Also wanted to thank you for allowing us to stay an extra day. It was a godsend to be able to come a day earlier given the weather in the midwest.

We are so happy with your place that we would like you to consider renting it to again next year for approximately the same time period and then for

2 or 3 months the following year, after my wife retires. I assure you we will treat your home like it is our own.

Thanks again,

R. W.
Dec 2008
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based on 31 traveler reviews

Just a 60 second walk to sugar white sands!
average rating of 4.870968 based on 32 reviews

Family Friendly Home including 4 legged family members

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this awesome beach cottage. We appreciate the owners allowing us to have our dogs because our family vacation wouldn't have been the same without them. The home is right across the street to the beach. We appreciate David preparing us for the beach and the 20 foot rules for public beach access because we had young adults guarding the beach each day hoping that we didn't know anything about it. We held our ground and they left us alone. Thanks for allowing us to stay in your home!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

During our stay this house was absolutely perfect. It was missing a swimming pool but added a fire pit in the back yard to sit around a fire. I would have given 5 stars but it was hard to find firewood in the area. Would be nice if we had a list of places to get firewood. Besides that the walk to the beach was very short and all the information provided by the owner was perfect. We enjoyed going out at night, looking at the stars and walking on the beach. Plenty of restaurants around and the Harbor was only 5 miles away which was perfect for us since we didn't want to have to be around all the noise.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Perfect family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This house was very nice, spacious and close to the beach. Our only problem was a spiral staircase that we couldn't keep or 19 month old from climbing, but we got her home in one piece:) The owner is also very responsive. We hope to go back next year.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this home. The owners quickly responded to our questions and even let us in 4 hours early! Literally a 5 minute walk to the beach. Located next to many stores including bass pro shop and the outlet mall. Great restaurants, loved the Harbor Walk. We had an amazing time and would definetely do it all over again!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Beautiful home, wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

This house was even more than the pictures have to offer. We stayed in the beginning of March so the water was a little cold and the beach was very windy but that allowed us to take advantage of the great deck in the back yard and the roof top deck because the house blocked most of the wind. Ten of us stayed in the house and fit more than comfortably, with the pull out couch and additional bed that are stowed away other beds, many were even able to have our own bed. We were driving from the west coast and did not realize the time change meaning we ended up being at the house and hour before check in and the owner was easily reach and even allowed us to enter early. This was an amazing, relaxing trip which must be owed to the home and the environment in which it was in I thought that it was an over-exaggeration how close the beach was but in reality I think it is less than 60 seconds.

We loved this house! 10/10 would recommend to a friend!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here to celebrate mine and my Dad's Birthdays. There was plenty of room for everyone. Everything we needed was there. It was clean. We traveled with our two dogs and the the yard and neighborhood were perfect for exercising them. The house is very close to the beach, a very short walk and you are in the sand. We will definitely be staying here again! Thank you for sharing Paradise with us!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Other Activities: Shopping, Parasailing, Boating, Miniature Golf, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing.


Rates & Availability

Crystal Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 28 2016 - Jul 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Jul 30 2016 - Aug 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning $170 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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Emerald Coast-Destin Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futon (1) Queen pull out
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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