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Gorgeous Condo - Close to BEACH! WiFi * Reserved Parking * Large Private Decks!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps up to 6)

Perfect getaway for relaxing in the Florida sun. This two story, two bedroom, two and a half bath townhouse, affectionately called the 'DREAM CHASER', is situated on the beach side of Highway 98 on a beautiful five-acre fresh water lake and just a three - four minute stroll through Southbay's tropical paradise to the sugar-white beach Destin is so famous for. Two huge balconies catch the sun and the Gulf breezes, and the large living area on the second floor is perfect for families or just a romantic getaway for two. This is where you wanna stay to make your vacation dreams come true!

This privately-owned, spacious, beautifully decorated townhouse offers everything you can imagine for the perfect beach vacation ... new 42 inch flatscreen TV in the living room and flatscreen TV's in the master bedroom and guest bedroom, wireless high-speed internet, two private balconies both w/patio furniture, grill, fully equipped kitchen with brand new stainless steel appliances, fresh linens, pillow-top kingsize bed, queensize bed and queensize sleeper sofa, en-suite bathrooms, reserved parking at the front door (no elevators), keyless entry, full-size washer & dryer and much more.

Our ideal location gives you quiet, relaxing beach time, but is just minutes from a water park, putt-putt golf, and an amusement park for the kids. If you're looking for a little excitement in the evening, we're close to dozens of fantastic restaurants and night entertainment. As an alternative, you can relax on the large upper balcony as you sip your favorite beverage, listen to tunes, grill fresh Florida seafood or steaks, and enjoy the ocean breeze as it sweeps across the lake.

Southbay's amenities include two swimming pools with restroom facilities, two lighted tennis courts, reserved parking for each unit, a freshwater lake for fishing from your deck or gazebo and 300 feet of private beach with beach service. Mingle with friends and enjoy breath-taking sunrises and sunsets from Southbay's gazebo located directly on the beach.

Book soon as the best times are going quickly! We look forward to your visit.

Sample of renters' comments:

* We had a wonderful time! Your home is fabulous! Now we are spoiled -- we can never stay anywhere but on the lake. Thank you for sharing your condo with us. Everything was perfect!!

* Your condo and Southbay far exceeded our expectations. The condo is so nicely decorated. Could not believe how convenient it is to everything, including the BEACH! We will gladly recommend your place to others and will definitely return next year. We really appreciate you taking a personal interest in making our stay the best it could possibly be. Thanks again for everything!

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Jeannie Carter
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2017

About Jeannie Carter

When we were growing up our families always vacationed in Destin. We continued the tradition, but instead of building castles in the sand, we sat on the beach and daydreamed about someday having a place of our own in Destin. That dream came true in 2005 when we bought our first condo at Southbay by the Gulf, affectionately known as the 'Dream Chaser'. We love the beach and enjoy fishing, so we found the perfect getaway overlooking a beautiful 5-acre lake and just a short stroll to the beach through Southbay's tropical foliage. This is our piece of paradise and we enjoy it so much. We hope you will allow us to share it with you, your family and friends!

Jeannie Carter purchased this condo in 2005

Why Jeannie Carter chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

Southbay by the Gulf is a tropical paradise. The grounds and the buildings are very well-maintained. Southbay has many amenities including two swimming pools (one is heated), lighted tennis courts, clubhouse, reserved parking at your front door, 5-acre fishing lake, direct beach access, etc. It is in walking distance to restaurants, shops, water park, amusement park, grocery stores, and of course, the BEACH!

What makes this condo unique

You will enjoy this beautifully decorated two-story condo/townhouse. It has recently been updated with new stylish floor tile and carpet, fresh paint, renovated kitchen, and new accessories throughout. You have reserved parking right at the front door and a key-less entry, so no crowded elevators and no keys to keep up with. There are two bedrooms (king-size and queen-size) with adjoining baths downstairs and a queen-size sleeper sofa upstairs. The spacious living room, dining room, kitchen, 1/2 bath and laundry room are upstairs. Two large balconies overlook the lake and are perfect for relaxing while you enjoy your favorite beverage and watch the sunset. This is a place for making lasting memories and one that you will want to return to year after year!

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have rented Dreamchaser at Southbay by the Gulf twice. We go again in May for the third time.

Why we like it:

-- One of the nicest Southbay units re: furnishings, large deck off living area and master bedroom, both overlooking the lake. Many units are not lake-front and have only little patios without much privacy.

-- You feel like you are staying in the owner's home rather than a cheaply furnished rental.

-- It is a short walk to the beach (all through the Southbay property with no roads to cross).

-- Good shopping just across the street.
May 2009
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Gorgeous Condo - Close to BEACH! WiFi * Reserved Parking * Large Private Decks!
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Very nice condo!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I just returned from our stay in Destin. The condo was beautiful & nicely furnished. We loved that it is right on the lake, we enjoyed sitting on the decks and looking out over the water. The 2 pools are very nice & 1 is located within a few steps of the condo. The private beach area was a plus. The beach is only a short walk (3 to 4 mins) with a nice walk way down to the beach. A lot of nice restaurants within walking distance. We have been to the Destin area several times, but this is first time we have stayed @ this condo. The reserved parking was wonderful!! We will be back, we loved it. And the owner is so nice & very accommodating!!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place was beautiful! The condo was so nice, and it was on the lake, which was beautiful! We loved it. Everything was clean and we had all the information we needed. Anywhere you could think you need to go was close. We did not have to drive far for anything! The bed is very comfortable!! My husband and I are definitely going back with our boys!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Water Lovers

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time in Destin, we usually go further south. The Dream Chaser is a beautiful condo. All the amenities of home. The beds are so comfortable after a long day on the water. The kitchen has everything you need. However we ate out every night at one of the nice restaurants. Shrimp lovers paradise. We enjoyed fishing off the decks. We had fantastic neighbors and so beautiful sitting and watching the activity around us. We spendt all of our time doing water activities, rented a pontoon and went to crab island, the ice cream boat was a big hit as you standing in waist high water. Jeannie is the best to work with. I highly recommend closing the patio umbrella every time you are not sitting under it. The wind gust will take umbrella and all. Absolutely coming back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place for a family vacation with plenty of Luxuries

  • 5 of 5

First trip to the ocean with our young children and we could not have asked for a better experience. First, the condo unit has been recently modernized to give a very up do date feel. The bed is very comfortable and allowed us to rejuvenate after long days in the sun. Next, the living area/dining room is very spacious and allowed our kids to have plenty of room to crawl around. We didn't get to experience the two decks as much as my wife and I would've liked but they provide a great view to the lake. The private beach is a major plus as we strolled down the beach one day to the public beach and it was chaos. If we had to go to the public beach with two young children it would have put a damper on the trip. In closing, we could not have asked for a better place to stay. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham, AL

PARADISE FOUND ..... Awesome Condo! Beautiful Lake! Stunning Beach! Great Experience!

  • 5 of 5

What can I say? The Dream Chaser at Southbay was one of the nicest places my family has ever stayed in Destin. It was even more than we expected. Fully equipped with everything we needed and very nicely furnished. It was great being able to park at the front door and bring our luggage right in. We all really enjoyed fishing in the lake and watching/feeding the turtles and ducks from our balcony. The beach and both pools were very convenient to the condo. The sand was the whitest and the water the clearest that we've seen anywhere in Destin. Jeannie was very accommodating and extremely easy to work with. This was truly a great experience and we will be back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beach Lovers

  • 5 of 5

The Dream Chaser was a perfect fit for our family of 5, and we can't wait to come back! We loved being close to the beach and the pool, and we enjoyed watching the Thursday night fireworks from the upper balcony. Jeannie was exceptional! She was readily available for any questions and/or concerns and was very accommodating. We did have a concern with the air conditioning and Jeannie's response, along with a solution, was immediate to ensure that we were comfortable during our stay. We did utilize the kitchen to prepare several meals; however, for dining out, we would recommend the Back Porch to seafood lovers with children. The food was excellent and the restaurant is located on the beach and just a short drive from the condo. Thank you, Jeannie! We couldn't have asked for a better experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park
Harborwalk Village
Harbor Docks
Walmart Supercenter
Another Broken Egg Cafe
Dewey Destin Seafood
The Back Porch
Crab Island
Southern Star Dolphin & Sunset Cruises
Mellow Mushroom
McGuire's Irish Pub
A J's Restaurant
Lighthouse Restaurant
Dewey Destin Harborside
Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill
Graffiti -- CLOSED
Captain Dave's On The Gulf

Two pools both with restroom facilities, tennis courts, gazebos, lake, etc.


Rates & Availability

Destin Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 15 2017 - May 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Holiday
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Independence Day Holiday
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fall - Early Winter
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.0%

Seven (7) night minimum stay during holidays and summer months. Personal check, cashier's check and PayPal are accepted by Owner. Please refer to Owner's Rental Agreement (accessible through this site) for cancellation policy.

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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Destin Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Resort
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private full bath adjoins bedroom.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private full bath adjoins bedroom.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Half bath with toilet and lav. Convenient to living area.
  • Full-size private bath connected to each bedroom. Half bath on main level.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Queen size Sleeper Sofa (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
2 1/2 baths (bedrooms have adjoining bathrooms), large flat screen TV's in living room and both bedrooms, WiFi, two large balconies both w/patio furniture and grill, reserved parking at front door (no elevators), keyless entry, nicely decorated, fully equipped, mesmerizing lake view, beach toys for the kids, very short stroll to the beach, beach service available.

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