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Amazing Gulf Views From All Rooms! Large Pool! 80+ Reviews! Walk to Shop & Eat!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms + Sleep Sofa in Living Room, 2 Full Baths, (Sleeps 10)

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A Whale of a View! That describes this condo perfectly! As owners of three other properties in Gulf Shores (two houses and one townhouse), we never thought we would own a condo. But that was before we saw this unit. The Whaler condo complex is very small, with only 27 units. There are 7 floors with an elevator to get you to where you want to go. There are 4 units on each floor. The 'D' units span the entire southern part of each floor. With this unit being 5D, you are high enough to have a great view yet low enough to see what is happening below you. Due to the unique architecture of the building, every room in this condo has a great gulf/beach view! I don't think any other condo in Gulf Shores can say that!

When you walk into the unit, you can turn right to pass a separate washer/dryer area on the left and a large pantry on the right. Then you enter the galley kitchen. On the right are the refrigerator, stove and microwave. On the left are the double sinks, dishwasher and rollout trash can. There is a bar behind the sink with three stools. Passing through the kitchen, you come to the dining area with a large table, 6 chairs and a wall of mirror. Turning left between the kitchen and dining area takes you into the living room with seating for 8, 42" HDTV, lots of movies and lots of games for everyone to play. There is a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Note ... it probably goes without saying but sleeper sofas are best for kids ... not very comfortable for adults!!! Of course, there are also sliding glass doors covering the entire wall taking you out onto the large balcony. On the balcony, the west side is open so you have an incredible view and don't feel boxed in. You can also look straight down into the swimming pool! Back in the living room, you can take a hall past the bar stools on your left and the wet bar, yes, wet bar, on your right. That takes you to the three bedrooms, all with queen beds and the third having bunk beds as well. All three have 32" HDTVs and great gulf views. The master bedroom has sliding doors to the balcony. The master bathroom has his/her sinks and lots of counter space and the toilet and jetted tub/shower is behind a separate door. The second bathroom is between the other two bedrooms.

What else can we tell you? Did we mention the full size washer and dryer? Or that the living room and master bedroom have sliding glass doors onto a deck where you can watch the sunrise and sunset? That the condo has a colorful beach decor? That you can sleep as many as 10 in the home? That there is wireless internet throughout the condo? That the entire place has ceramic tile floors. That there are ceiling fans in all rooms? Come see for yourself. You will never want to leave as you think you are in paradise with the views from A Whale Of A View!

If you are like us, sometimes you want peace and quiet and sometimes you want to be where the action is. This condo provides the best of both worlds. If you step out on the beach and go to the west, you will have beach chairs, refreshments, and other amenties. You will be in the middle of the action and can even take a short walk down the beach and eat at Sea and Suds restaurant. If you walk to the east, however, you encounter a different world. The Whaler is very close to the state park. As you walk east, you will see less and less people and will feel like you have the beach to yourself! A short walk to the east will take you to the Gulf State Park. The park is home to the Gulf Start Park Pier which is the longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico at 1,540 feet long!

Is A Whale Of A View booked the week you need it? We have 3 other properties. If you want a stand alone house with an unobstructed view of the beach then check out The Southern Cross, vrbo number 257393. This is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath house on West Beach Blvd. This unit is perfect for those wanting a house with a great gulf view! Less than 50 yards from The Southern Cross is Fun In The Sun, vrbo 332813. This is also a 3 bedroom, 3 bath unit that sits right on Little Lagoon yet is a very short walk to the beach. This is perfect if you want peace and quiet and watch the wildlife and boats on the lagoon. If you have a big family reunion, go to Sweet Dreams, vrbo number 291114. This is a very large house with 8 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and a very large, private pool on West Beach Blvd and directly across the street from the beach. This house can actually sleep 30!

Keywords: Gulf View, On The Beach

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About The Owner

We are Mark and Janet Binkley. We lived in Starkville, MS and worked for Mississippi State University for almost 30 years before retiring and moving to Gulf Shores in 2015. We manage four properties in Gulf Shores as well as 168 mini storage units in Columbus, MS. Our son graduated from MSU and manages a Sherwin Williams store in MS. Our daughter also graduated from MSU and works for United Health Care in MS. When our kids headed off to college, we discovered that we enjoy being at the beach. After looking at literally hundreds of homes along the coasts of Alabama and Florida, we decided to make a purchase in Gulf Shores (The Southern Cross, vrbo 257393). A Whale Of A View is our rental property in Gulf Shores. To us, it is a great location, right on the beach! If you like to be "with the crowd", start walking along the beach to the west. If you like to be alone, start walking along the beach to the east. Plus, there are great beach views from EVERY room in the condo! Add that to the fishing in the gulf, the pool, shopping and great restaurants, and all in a beautiful location and you get a great vacation site.. We would love for you to visit our home and have a great vacation!

Mark & Janet Binkley

Gulf Shores, AL

The Owner purchased this condo in 2011

What makes this condo unique

We feel that A Whale Of A View is a great vacation spot. When we are at this property, here is a typical day for us ... see if this works for you. First, I tend to be up at sunrise while my wife likes to sleep in. I walk out of the condo and I'm immediately on the beach. There I fish and enjoy watching both the sunrise over the water and the wildlife. Watching the sunrise over the gulf is an incredible site! When my wife awakes, she heads to the beach to enjoy a morning dip in the gulf and catch some rays. Later, we meet back at the house to have lunch while sitting on the large deck, watching the waves and the people below. After lunch, we head to the large pool directly below our unit for some swimming and relaxation. That evening, we leave the peace and quiet at our condo and drive just a couple of minutes to one of many great restaurants ... or just walk down the beach to Sea N Suds! Or we may do a little shopping in Gulf Shores or in Foley at the outlet mall. Returning home, we take a moonlite walk on the beach looking for sea turtles. Sometimes we just lay on the wooden beach chairs and stare at the stars while enjoying the sea breeze from the gulf. If we are lazy after supper, we may just sit on the deck and listen as the only noise is from the waves crashing onshore. Talk about peaceful! To finish the day, we watch a favorite TV show or a DVD on the 42" HD TV in the living room or on the 32" HD TV in our bedroom. Sound like a perfect day? It is to us too!!! And should the kids join us? Well, in addition to the fishing, swimming and playing on the beach, they can relax in their private rooms, each with 32" HD TVs and DVD players and one with a Playstation, or play some of the games we have in the house for everyone to use. Oh, and if you just have to get on your computer to check email or that dreaded facebook account, then you can use the wireless high speed connection anywhere in the condo or on the deck.

Amenities

Gulf Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (3) Queen bed in each bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sleeper sofa in living room., Bunk Beds (1) Bunk bed in one bedroom
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(85 traveler reviews)

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Amazing Gulf Views From All Rooms! Large Pool! 80+ Reviews! Walk to Shop & Eat!
average rating of 4.6941175 based on 85 reviews
5

Very nice place

  • 5 of 5

The place was very nice, we enjoyed our week at Marks place and would sure stay there again.

Thanks for a great week away from home.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great location and views!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect condo for our family. We could walk to the state pier and to some restaurants. The beach was beautiful and we had great views from all of our rooms. Mark was super nice to work with.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great place with a great price!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in several condos in Gulf Shores but this one was the best. We plan to be back for a week next summer!

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Can't ask for a better location!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a condo for a quick getaway. This one turned out to be exactly what we wanted. The views from all the bedrooms were fantastic! It was chilly when we were there so we spent alot of time in the living room and dining room playing all sorts of games that Mark had in the house while looking out onto the beach and watching the waves. It was a great family experience! Thanks, Mark!

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great place for a vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a few days at the condo. It was exactly like the description and pictures showed. We had a great time and enjoyed the property. The location was also excellent as we could walk to some restaurants and shops. Definitely will be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Stay at the Whaler

  • 5 of 5

Property was very nice, enjoyed being right on the beach. Grounds and pool was very clean and maintained. The gentleman that lives there and takes care of the property was very nice and helpful, he had plenty of pool toys that he has collected and brought out for the kids to play with. Would recommend for anyone to stay here.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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churches, marina, playground, zoo, beachcombing, water parks, cycling, deepsea fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling, paragliding, sound/bay fishing, pier fishing, surf fishing

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $135 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Minimum age limit is 25 but may be waived with additional fees.
PLEASE contact owner before booking if you are under 25 years of age.
Saturday - Saturday only during the summer season and spring break period.
Nightly rates may be available in the off-season.
Rates for Holidays & Special Events may be higher.
If you find a better rate for a comparable property, please let us know!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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