|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Leave your worries behind when you relax in our 2 BR/2BA spacious, beachfront retreat in the Castaways condominium complex. From our fifth floor balcony, you can watch the sun rise and set, enjoy the ocean breeze and sounds of waves lapping the shore, and watch families chasing crabs at night with the lights of shrimp boats twinkling on the horizon. Our condo is just a few steps to everywhere that you might want to be: relaxation with a good book while the kids entertain themselves in the white sand and clear blue water, miles of shell-lined shoreline, fresh seafood prepared just the way you want it, fluffy pancakes and endless hot coffee, entertainment at The Hangout, bicycle and moped rentals across the street alongside cold, adult beverage store across the street to enhance your relaxation(no driving necessary;)). A short walk leads you to Alabama State parks with miles of trails for jogging, biking and observing nature at its finest as well as convenience stores and favorite local establishments. Further entertainment opportunities are within minutes on multiple golf courses, deep sea fishing, and water sports rentals nearby.
Our 1200 square foot condominium feels much larger with its breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico maximized by our double, sliding glass doors which open onto a large tiled balcony. The over-sized master suite has a king sized bed, spacious walk-in closet, and sitting area with private access to the balcony as well as a large picture window overlooking the beach. The master suite also has a flat screen TV and iHome stereo, a private bathroom with double sink vanity, plenty of storage and separate bath area. The guest bedroom is furnished with twin beds, two dressers to keep the clutter to a minimum and private access to a second bathroom, shared with the living area. Along with its awesome view, the living room offers a queen pullout sofa, large flat screen TV with DVD and cable, Xbox and stereo system/CD player. The bright, L-shaped kitchen has ample counter and cabinet space for all that you need as well as a popcorn popper, toaster, blender, automatic coffee maker, new appliances and is fully stocked with new pans and cooking gear(replaced spring 2015). Luxurious linens await you at the end of your day, with high thread-count sheets, plush pillows, fluffy towels, and pillow top mattress covers(replaced spring 2015).
Outside, you will find a large L-shaped, beachfront pool with a corner fountain and expansive decking perfect for sunbathing, reading a good book and watching the kids play in the water. The pool extends underneath the condo to provide relief from the sun with picnic tables and seating in the shade, and poolside bathrooms are convenient for swimmers and beach combers with sandy feet. Guests have access to two charcoal grills for grilling fresh seafood or hamburgers and hotdogs for your picnic by the pool. Our fifth floor balcony is directly above the pool and perfect for calling down when dinner is ready or monitoring older children in the pool or on the beach. Check out our new porch furniture in the last picture, made from recycled milk containers but sturdy enough to feel like wood!
At the end of the day, or during pop-up thunderstorms, there is plenty of space to spread out(and stay dry) on the spacious balcony or in the master suite, while the kids enjoy a movie in their room or battle on the Xbox. We have also provided our guests with board games, paperback books and puzzles for added relaxation.
There are several options for dining on the beach within steps from our condo, and a leisurely 20 minute stroll along the shore will take you to the Alabama State pier, where you can rent fishing gear, buy bait and catch Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and Red Snapper, to name a few. When walking down the beach in either direction, you will appreciate the wide open, under populated beaches in front of our condominium. The low density complexes on either side of our 36-unit Castaways complex provide our guests with the ability to spread out and relax without having to claim their spot on the beach every morning. Guests may use our sun umbrella and beach chairs or may choose to rent lounge chair with built-in umbrellas daily on the beach. Also included for our guests’ enjoyment are boogie boards, beach blankets, pool toys, sand toys, kites and bocce ball set. Once you stay with us, you will wonder why you ever looked elsewhere! Come put your toes in the sand….
Our family likes to vacation in a relaxed setting while maintaining the utmost in comfort. We are just as busy as everyone else these days, but we put aside time to get away from the stresses of every day life as a family. We hope that your family enjoys our home away from home as much as we do!
Chloe Harden purchased this condo in 2012
We fell in love with Gulf Shores a few years ago and decided to buy this particular condominium because of the wide open beaches in front of the unit, the pool, workout room, and close proximity to many local attractions. The kids LOVE to visit The Hangout where you can get a foot-tall milkshake while watching the wait staff dance on the tables when certain songs are played. Also a short walk to the pier for excellent fishing, year-round and several beachfront restaurants are steps away when you want to dine out!
The double, sliding glass doors in our condo open up wide and seem to bring the ocean indoors. The floor plan allows us all to spread out at the end of the day and awaken on different schedules early in the morning to watch the seagulls while drinking our coffee. The spacious kitchen allows the cook plenty of space and upgraded amenities so that cooking on vacation doesn't seem like a chore. The dehumidifier also makes the inside air so refreshing after baking in the sun all day at the beach!
Chloe, Your condo was perfect! This was our third annual trip for four moms who met just a few years ago at a Bible study. Lots of talking, praying, a few tears and major relaxation was had here. I hope we get to use it again next year. Loved it!
Condo was one of the nicest we have ever stayed in. Everything was exactly as described and better. Really appreciate the little extras Ms. Harden provided.
I decided to take my 7 &10 year old grandsons to see the beach for the first time to Gulf Shores for a week.....then as a pleasant surprise my 78 year old Mother decided to join us. I had been to Gulf Shores just two times prior to that for a couple days and knew I loved the beaches there but wasn't familiar with anything else there.
It turned out to be the best family vacation place I had ever experienced for several reasons. The accommodations were excellent, the condo provided almost all of the toys and beach entertainment we needed and we totally utilized the balcony every morning and evening by watching the Dolphins swim past as well as watching all the activities on the beach. The area is the most kid friendly area I had ever been to. After a day or two of being around the people and getting used to the area we were so relaxed and felt very secure with letting the kids run and play at the beach and the pool without worry.
We never had to wonder where we would go out to eat (by the way we didn't have a car) because we could walk everywhere we needed to go. Great food nearby, shopping, etc.
It was the family's consensus that in two years we will definitely return. I highly recommend this to any families!
We rented Chloe's condo for a volleyball tournament by the Hangout. We chose this condo primarily for location, but also for view and amenities. We weren't disappointed in the slightest! Parking is a bit tight, but we never got in our car the entire weekend! Restaurants, bars, beach, gift shops all within walking distance. Well appointed kitchen and condo overall...we literally only had to bring our own food...even dishwasher detergent and laundry soap were provided. Chloe is an attentive owner and we hope to make this condo our family destination for volleyball beach tournaments in the future!
Condo is beautifully decorated and furnished. Building itself is older but inside this condo you would never know it. Walking distance to The Hangout, which was great because they were getting ready for the music festival and most of the Hangout parking was closed. Beach is quiet and peaceful even being so close to two popular restaurants. Pool looked very inviting though we didn't use it, and plenty of picnic tables available as well, underneath the building so they are shaded. Minor problems, that were no fault of the owner, were handled quickly. We had no issue with noisy tenants, we actually rarely ran into any! Parking is a little tight if you have a large vehicle but that is normal. Bed was very comfortable, plenty of hot water and shower had great pressure, which is usually hard to find! Kitchen was well equipped. Only ice trays in the freezer but if you need ice there is a place directly across the street that sells bags. All in all it was a great weekend getaway for myself and my husband. We didn't use the TV or Wifi while we were there so can't comment on that. There were a lot of beach chairs and such to choose from, though we prefer just using a blanket. Would definitely stay again if the occasion occurs.
We had a wonderful family vacation!!! This condo had everything we needed and the beds were very comfortable! We'll be back next year!!!!!
Our beach stay was Valentines Day weekend 2016 at the Castaway condo in Gulf Shores. The location and condo was great. Walking distance between the Hangout and Sea and Suds. The owner of this condo provided extra surprises that we have not had in any other rental. Beach chairs, beach toys, beach towels and a cooler. Washing powders and coffee (a must for me). We will definitely be repeat guest. I would highly recommend this condo for families with children, teenagers even older couples. This location was convenient to everything but also quiet and peaceful.
Gulf Shores is a wonderful vacation town with an endless supply of things to see and do! Explore all that awaits you!
|Parking Pass||$15 + Tax|
|Cleaning Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
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