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Fall Asleep Listening to the Waves; Booking Spring Break and Summer dates now!

Bedrooms 1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 28 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 28 nights

About the property

Townhome, 1 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom on the Bay

Luxury VIP villa:

Quiet privacy and water views prevail in this corner townhouse located on pristine Choctawhatchee Bay facing six miles of water and incredible sunsets. An electric fireplace adds to the cozy atmosphere at night. Enjoy the refreshing pool around the corner. Upgraded kitchen includes sub-zero fridge, convection oven and is chocked full of Pampered Chef tools for those who like to cook and grill. Resort restaurants are 1 mile away for those who don't want to touch the kitchen.

The high vaulted ceilings give the main room an expansive feel. With the enclosed lanai, there is plenty of space to spread out so you can relax and experience a vacation as you should; no worries, lots of entertainment, and relaxing waters to gaze on at the end of the day.

Easy bike or car ride to the beach or The Village of Baytowne Wharf - a New Orleans styled village featuring restaurants, bars, shops, live music, a merry-go-round, zip line, winter ice skating and seasonal fireworks.

Breathe deeply the ambience of this perfect vacation spot which is as pretty as Disney and entertaining as a nature preserve. Frequent heron, bird and dolphin sightings. Enjoy the fun of the beach and the busy, night life in the Village, then come home to peaceful quiet. North Shore properties are mostly non-rental units where residents keep an orderly but friendly complex. The owners, Chris and Joe Manion, reside full-time at their home next door. They are always happy to answer any questions that might make your stay more enjoyable.

Our renters call this airy unit 'dreamy,' 'first class,' 'The Ritz!' and 'the pictures don't do it justice.'

Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort offers the most complete resort experience in North America. Located on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sandestin is a 2,400-acre destination resort for all seasons and for all ages with its gorgeous 7-mile stretch of world-famous sugar-white sands and emerald green waters.

The resort boasts a pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, certified children's programs, a fitness center and spa, 65,000 square feet of meeting space and a pedestrian village featuring a host of boutique shops, top notch restaurants and nightlife venues. The nation’s largest designer outlet mall is less than a mile away for a diversion from the beach on a rainy day.

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Chris Manion
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2017

About Chris Manion

We left Chicago winters behind to live in this dreamy resort and wish to share it with as many as we can. The soul needs beauty to restore itself from time to time. We live on property, so if you need anything, we're close at hand. Our son is a Second Class Petty Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard; our daughter teaches high school English in Michigan. We are proud of them both and highly supportive of families and parents who raise them. We are happily married 38 years and love welcoming newlyweds!

Chris Manion purchased this townhome in 2006

Why Chris Manion chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

People familiar with Sandestin repeatedly said that this unit was the nicest they'd stayed in - these were visitors who'd come here 20 or more years. We dismissed the comments the first few times; after the fourth comment, we began to take them seriously. We didn't realize we had such a gem! The resort's beauty is widely known; the peace at North Shore is rarely found. I don't think we'll ever tire of the water view...

What makes this townhome unique

You just can't get much closer to the water! In the 2nd picture with table and chairs, that's the Bay where the grass ends! Very spacious, calming decor matches the peacefulness outside.

We have beach chairs and an umbrella available for our guests, as well as water toys and horse shoes. Tennis on clay and hard court, 72 holes of incredible golf, great lessons from pros, kayaking (with the dolphins) on the Bay or Gulf, fishing & crabbing right out your door, #1 beaches in the continental US (per US Travel & Leisure).

The high vaulted ceilings give the main room an expansive feel. With the enclosed lanai, there is plenty of space to spread out so you and your family or friends can relax and experience a vacation as you should; no worries, lots of entertainment, and relaxing waters to gaze on at the end of the day. Hang out by the fire, grab a drink and some cards or dominoes, or peruse the book drawer: it's always stocked with a variety of good books. See how many satellites or meteors you can count from your private balcony. With no major city lights to bog up the sky, every visible star is waiting to twinkle at you and your loved ones. On calm nights, you'll see them reflected in the Bay's waters.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Simply loved your condo. So comfortable, inviting and pretty!!

Thank you for letting us use it. It was perfect.
Sep 2012
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(57 traveler reviews)

Fall Asleep Listening to the Waves; Booking Spring Break and Summer dates now!
average rating of 4.894737 based on 63 reviews
Baileys Harbor WI

Picture perfect!!

  • 4 of 5

The townhouse was wonderful. It looks exactly like the pictures and was decorated beautifully. It was spotless and the owner was there to greet us and show us around. It was very peaceful and the lake was beautiful. We enjoyed walking every morning and there is a restaurant right around the corner where we could go for breakfast or lunch. The gated community made us feel very safe. We enjoyed Sandestin very much.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure meeting you both! Come back soon! Chris & Joe
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We loved the town home which had all the amenities we needed for our stay.

  • 5 of 5
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The Propery was very clean and was ready when we arrived for our conference and vacation. We would stay there again . Thanks Chris and Joe.

Steve and Lisa

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

The area is very quiet and enjoys the security of the gated community -- making it all the more enjoyable to take in the peace and tranquility of the Bay. We especially enjoyed some nice evenings sipping on a glass of wine on the balcony off of the master bedroom while watching the sun set on our day -- we were even entertained watching a “local” heron fishing for his dinner at the property perimeter to the waters edge. Mornings were just as beautiful watching the Monarch butterflies over morning coffee, (we happened to be visiting during Monarch Migration).

Local entertainment is plentiful - rentable bicycles, golf courses, quaint shops, local musicians and restaurants. We especially enjoyed our tour of the Bay by way of an evening dinner cruise on the “Solaris” - with very easy access from the nearby marina.

You will not be disappointed with your stay. Joe and Chris are awesome hosts and make themselves available for anything you might need. They’re very gracious when offering ideas/recommendations for places to dine, etc. We look forward to our return!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The home was exactly as pictured. We were met by Chris and given a brief tour of the home. There were numerous thoughtful touches throughout the home. We enjoyed the view of the bay each morning and at sunset. We were entertained by the native (small) animals. The walk to the beach was a nice way to begin our day before swimming in the ocean. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time at the pool which is just a short stroll from the home. Our son (stationed at Eglin Air Force Base) was able to spend time with us relaxing. The property worked well for us; coming from Pensacola Airport and going to Elgin. We left with smiles on our faces and wonderful memories of our time together in Florida. I would completely recommend this property and we hope to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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most of all we felt very much at home. Sandestin is too busy but the unit was great

  • 4 of 5

Clean and well-maintained. Beautiful views

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Metairie, La

Paradise on the Bay in Sandestin

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect for my wife and I as we were looking for a property away from the noise and traffic of the "Gulf Side" while enjoying all the amenities you would expect and more. Excellent kitchen (well stocked) with every imaginable gadget from Pampered Chef. Champagne views virtually everywhere in the townhouse including the deck off the master bedroom. Seating for 10 in the dining area which we needed one night as we hosted a family event. Fishing right outside your back door.... tip... please use live shrimp for bait!!!! Joe & Chris Manion, the owners were available to answer all questions/or concerns. Could not ask for better service and communication.

Would absolutely stay again when in the area.

Mike & Laurie Drufner

Metairie, La

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love your description of the "champagne views," Mike and Laurie! We'd love to see you again. Come back soon!
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS)
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Gulf of Mexico, beach access for guests/owners

Sandestin Gumbo Festival February 17-18, 2017

Sandestin Wine Festival April 20-23, 2017

Destin Charity Wine Auction April 28-30, 2017


Rates & Availability

Sandestin Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
January/February 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring Break 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Apr 16 2017 - May 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 12 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Glorious Fall
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
November/December 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
January/February 2018
Jan 1 2018 - Feb 28 2018
28 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $85 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

11% = 6% FL sales tax, 1% Walton county sales tax, 4% bed tax.

IMPORTANT: All reservations paid by credit/debit card are subject to a 2.9% processing fee (foreign transaction fee is 5% i.e. Canada). An additional Payment Request will be sent if a credit/debit card is used for your initial or final payment. You may opt to pay with echeck. Monthly renters may elect to mail a personal check 22 days prior to arrival (normal final payment is due 15 days prior). Finally, the VRBO/Home Away payment option of echeck is not available when making a reservation within 15 days of arrival. A credit/debit card fee of 2.9% or 5% international will be charged.

Some 2-night stays may be available during the 3-night minimum time periods of Spring Break and Summer. Based upon availability. Please inquire and we will try to accommodate your request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Sandestin Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1st Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bath, 2nd Floor - toilet , tub , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom, on 2nd floor - 1 king
    Landing outside Master (see notes below) - Landing area outside MB for crib,blowup mattress,sleepingbag
  • King size beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is a carpeted landing outside the Master Bedroom with ample space for a large inflatable mattress, crib or sleeping bags (BYO). Sofa in Living Room is NOT a sleeper sofa. FAQ's How far away is the beach? Gulf of Mexico sugar-white sand beach is 1.2 miles away, within the resort

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