Waterfront Island Condo, Complete Remodel in 2007 with 2BR/2BA
Elaine K. Conley
About Elaine K. Conley
I'm semi-retired CPA and I enjoy traveling, especially to beach destinations. This is such a great location and now that they added the snorkel reef that will satisfy another passion. Growing up and living in Ohio only offers limited beach time my husband and I purchased this condo and have many wonderful memories of spending time and relaxing there. Then our grandchildren came along and we knew we would want to see them enjoying the condo and beach we love so much also. We decided to share our place with others so they cam make memories like ours.
Elaine K. Conley purchased this Condo in 1997
Why Elaine K. Conley chose Pensacola Beach
Both my husband and myself have always shared a love of the ocean.We both had traveled to Florida frequently as children and knew the charm of old Florida, not the modern Florida of high rise condos and strip malls. So when we saw Pensacola Beach with its ''old Florida charm'' we knew that this was the spot for us. Pristine beaches with absolutely beautiful white sand, dunes two stories high, well you get the picture.
What makes this Condo unique
We know that our guest will love the area as we do. Watching the unbelievable sunsets from the verandas, watching as a dolphin swims by. At night the light tower from the navel base across the bay is so romantic. It's great to watch the Blue Angels practice from our balcony if they are in town. We enjoy the lights and boats that go by on the sound.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We love the condo very much. Loved the bay side and condo was very homey.
Thanks for the great score. We are happy when the guests enjoy themselves.
Nice condo and great location BUT
The condo was beautiful, spacious, and the couches and chairs were very comfortable. We loved the bay window looking out to the bay. Just across the road (Not a busy road) was the wonderful ocean beach. The kitchen had everything you would need.
The beds were a little hard for us but everyone has a different preference. What was odd is that the beds had plastic somewhere in the pad I guess because you could here it when you sat on it or turned over.
The pool was nice and not to crowded. There was ample chairs but only three umbrellas for shade. Still a very nice place.
On the down side is that we could not use either balcony. The first night there we sat in one of the plastic chairs and the leg broke off . We tried another chair and the legs started to buckle so we gave up.. We used to hang our wet clothes and towels on. The other balcony had very old frayed wicker furniture. The frayed part was very sharp and we were afraid the toddler would get hurt.
Like I said the condo was well furnished except there was only 6 forks barely enough for breakfast. So you had to do dishes after every meal.
You had to completely rinse every dish before you ran the dishwasher or food was stuck in cups and glasses.
As a side note we will not come back to Pensacola Beach because it took us 2 hours to go the final 10 miles to the beach. It was bumper to bumper traffic the whole way because of the toll booth. Locals say that most condos rent Sat to Sat so everyone comes down at the same time. My daughter flew down from St Louis and it was only a 2 hour flight then she had to wait 2 hours in the traffic.
This was by far the best location we have EVER had on a beach!! Red flag on the Gulf no worries... just go to the bay right behind you! We loved having both options for the water! Both easily reached within minutes! The condo was EVERYTHING we hoped for and then some. Plenty of items in kitchen to cook everything and bathrooms fully stocked too. Soaps towels spices.. it’s all there. Loved the beach chairs and umbrella and floats provided as well. We dined at Peg Leg Pete’s, Shaggys, Crabs, Whataburger, Tommy’s Snowballs, McGuires Pub and Doghouse Deli and will definitely go back to them all again!! I NEVER say this ... but we will DEFINITELY be back! We were planning on coming back before we even left! Is it too early to book for next June?!?!
We are so happy you had such a wonderful experience. All your comments are some of the reasons we also love it there. Thanks for staying with us.
I could not have been happier with the location and the condo. Condo was fully equipped with everything you could need and the location for a family with two children could not have been better. The owner's were a pleasure to deal with and gave great instructions and recommendations.
We were very happy to have your family stay with us and glad your experience was good. It really is a great location and very peaceful.
Very roomy, nicely appointed condo with excellent bay views from every window. Very convenient location. With four of us inside, it never seemed crowded. The pool was refreshing.
We are happy your family enjoyed the condo and views. Being able to watch the boats, sea life and even just looking at the lights across the bay at night is so relaxing. Thanks for staying with us and hope you make it back again.
The condo we stayed in was pretty basic but clean. The bed in the bedroom next to the back patio had a mattress cover that had a heavy plastic liner. Any time you moved it was loud and the mattress was uncomfortable. The other bed was comfortable. We could not get the spa tub to work and it wasn’t clean around the jets. The toilets look like the original toilets and did not flush very well. The outdoor patio was pretty small. We did not get the codes to the gate or door of condo emailed to us as we were supposed to. Staying at condos is new to me and my wife. This is our second stay at one. The first was in orange beach and they had employees working the front desk. I assumed there was going to be an employee here to give us what we needed. To my surprise there were no employees and no way to get ahold of anybody except by going threw the vrbo site. I messaged the owners twice with no answer back. This was around 5:00pm the evening of what was going to be our first night. My wife used her phone to find phone numbers which we called and they were no longer in service. Around 6:30pm I decided we were gonna have to go stay at a hotel. I had pulled out driving away from condo when my wife says I think I found the owners phone number. I pulled over and she called them for me. The call went to an answering machine and I was leaving them a message about who we were and that we didn’t have the codes to get in when a man picked the phone up. He was like okay are you at the door? I said no we can’t even get in the gate. I said we have been sitting out here trying to get ahold of some one. He kept trying to talk over me as I was trying to tell him what had been going on. He didn’t want to hear what I had been dealing with. He said I’m trying to give you the codes to the gate. I was upset from dealing with this for almost 2 hours so I gave the phone to my wife. He gave her the codes for us to get in. Then I received an email from his wife stating her records show that she sent me the codes. I did not receive them. She had to throw in that her records show she sent them. So needless to say our first evening was ruined. The complex was nice and clean. The area was very nice. I would recommend this condo. If you are staying in a condo make sure you have codes before you leave town if you need them . Do all of your asking ahead of time. It’s almost impossible to get ahold of anybody when you are on site.
This guest had an unfortunate arrival that delayed their entry due to a misunderstanding. Once he contacted us by phone it was less than 10 minutes until he entered the property. Even though both my husband and I apologized the guest was frustrated and angry and only wanted to vent instead of listening to the help offered.
The HomeAway website has all the information necessary for instructions to find and enter the properties. When you book you are invited to look at them and approximately 1 to 2 weeks prior to arrival you are again sent a reminder if you have not accessed the information. I usually send an additional letter welcoming the guests but I was out of the country until a few days before arrival and it was never delivered.
Since we have been doing this for over 20 years and this is the first time an incident such as this as happened I feel this process must work normally and most people could understand and accept some responsibility in this situation.
The condo is located one of the most beautiful islands in all of Fl. with pure white sand so fine that it squeaks when you walk on it. The location of the condo complex is the best on the Island with it being the last complex on Ft. Pickens Rd. that allows it to have beach on 3 sides. You are 1/2 mile from the best resterant/bar on Pensacola Beach [PEG LEG PETS] which is a short walk on the paved bike/jogging path or you can take the free trolley. The trolley can also transport you to the boardwalk about 1.5 miles, the main shopping area on the beach with other restaurants including fine dinning. Local artists have shops there as well as clothing stores and stores for beach accessories. Often on weekends local bands give free concerts at the small open air theater at the center of the Boardwalk. This area is on the water and has a marina where you can rent boats, wave-runners,sail boats ect., there is also miniature golf and go cart rentals.
Other Activities: Some of my favorite things to do that cost nothing are beach-combing watching the sail boats from the balcony of the condo, or on Tuesday you can watch the Blue Angels practice from the balcony also. The sunset from the condo is stunning and after dark you will certainly enjoy the lights and the light house across the way. Ft. Pickens is about 7 miles west of the condo with nothing between the condo and the Ft. Pickens except gorgeous white sand and sea oats, some of the sand dunes are two stories high reminding you of the way most of Florida's beaches used to look. Ft Pickens has many free things to do including guides for touring the Ft., eco tours, ect. The Ft. also has a fishing pier. All this without leaving the island!
On the mainland you can visit the world class Navy Air Force museum, old downtown Pensacola. Also visit the world renowned Joe Paddy's fish market.
Golf: Golf is available at the beautiful Tiger Point golf club on the peninsula (Gulf Breeze) across the bridge. The club is a 15 minute drive.