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Tarzah Archer

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish

Walk to Everywhere!! Updated South Bay #32 Poolfront End Unit, Doorfront Parking

7 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Overview

Destin Townhome Rental Photos and Description

*Updated in 2016 & professionally decorated* *Pool front, End unit* 3 bd 3 bth

When you book a Destin vacation rental at Southbay by the Gulf you get among the most beautiful 2 & 3 Bedroom seaside town homes that are nestled on over 300 ft of private Gulf front beach in Destin. The resort boasts a number of fine amenities for you to enjoy while visiting Destin, FL, including a 5-acre fresh water lake, lighted tennis courts, two full sized pools & two kiddie pools, shuffleboard courts & beach side volleyball courts, BBQ grilling pits & so much more!

Nearby, you can experience some of the finest golf courses near Southbay in Destin, deep sea fishing adventures, parasailing, boating and much more. Not to mention the numerous dining & shopping options for you to indulge in. Guests can also take advantage of the shuttle service that is available throughout the Destin area!

*Updated in 2014 and professionally decorated*

*Updated kitchen in 2015*

*Pool front, End unit*

*All new flat screens in every bedroom*

Southbay by the Gulf, is a quaint little townhome community located on the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This secluded property offers such a variety of vacation homes; you will be drawn back, time after memorable time. Our units feature private patios bursting with Florida wildlife, or you can fish from your private lake front balcony.

Southbay has 2 swimming pools and 2 kiddy pools; the south pool is heated in the winter. If it's tennis that you love, we have that too. Our grounds are made for walking so park at your front door and enjoy a stroll through the property while feeding the birds, fish and turtles.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Tarzah Archer (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish

About Tarzah Archer

We are a military family that lived in Destin for years. We had to move but wanted to hold on to a bit of paradise to come back and enjoy.

Tarzah Archer purchased this townhome in 2014

Why Tarzah Archer chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

It is a family friendly complex and has a lot to offer. It is centrally located and you can walk most anywhere.

What makes this townhome unique

When you book a Destin vacation rental at Southbay by the Gulf you get among the most beautiful 2 & 3 Bedroom seaside town homes that are nestled on over 300 ft of private Gulf front beach in Destin. The resort boasts a number of fine amenities for you to enjoy while visiting Destin, FL, including a 5-acre fresh water lake, lighted tennis courts, two full sized pools & two kiddie pools, shuffleboard courts & beach side volleyball courts, BBQ grilling pits & so much more!

Nearby, you can experience some of the finest golf courses near Southbay in Destin, deep sea fishing adventures. Not to mention the numerous dining & shopping options for you to indulge in. Guests can also take advantage of the shuttle service that is available throughout the Destin area!

Reviews

4.1
based on 7 traveler reviews

Walk to Everywhere!! Updated South Bay #32 Poolfront End Unit, Doorfront Parking
average rating of 4.142857 based on 7 reviews
Watkinsville, GA
5

Wife's 50th Birthday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the unit in May 2016 and the stay was wonderful. I hadn't been to Southbay in over thirty years. I wanted to take my family and show them the joy Southbay gave me as a kid. The area has grown but the property area has stayed the same and been kept up too. The owner takes pride in the property and answers any questions/emails promptly. The property management was also extremely helpful. My family had a wonderful time and even stated they loved the "family" atmosphere the unit displays. l could go on about our experience but the best indicator is if one is willing to return. I will say we will be returning.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great Secret Place in Destin

  • 4 of 5

Recently returned from a family vacation - wouldn't hesitate to return again to this unit! (Would also recommend this Unit to others seeking a nice family vacation too...!)

Southbay Complex is a bit hidden - easy access to many restaurants and stores yet when you are in the Complex, it's like being in your own little hidden world. My kids LOVED being right by the pool - it's just the right size to cool off/play and never too crowded. I took a walk with our dog each morning before the sun was up - was a nice quiet trip up and down the road before the day's activities got started.

It's a bit of a walk to the beach (about 5-10 minutes) but it's easy access - I have no complaints whatsoever. Complex is nice to walk through, lovely ramp over the lake (tried fishing but only caught leaves- LOL), quiet tidy area... A shower is near the beach that one could use to rinse off the sand- very nice!

Unit is very comfortable - lots of room for private space yet big enough to cook/eat/watch a movie as a family. The unit has a nice "beach" theme that adds to the fun of being at the beach. Being able to bring my furbaby with my kiddos adds to our enjoyment and I really appreciate the unit being pet friendly. Everything you might need is there- even some started soap, shampoo, etc in case you forgot as you eagerly headed out to Destin. Owner was absolutely GREAT - quick response to my questions and this helped make my visit more enjoyable.

Feel free to bring your book, your favorite recipes, your favorite DVD - whatever you enjoy doing on your vacation b/c this Unit will accommodate it - big comfy couch, nice chairs on the back patio or poolside.

My only complaint is totally NOT with the Unit but with the entire Destin beach area itself - the chair vendors have taken over leaving NO SPACE for those of us who are families who just want to crash on the sand with towels, kids & sandbuckets... I'd recommend future visitors bring sand chairs/beach umbrella and stake out your spot early. I chose a complex on the beach yet had to leave "our" beach area to find a place for my kids and their towels :( (That's not the fault of the Complex - it's Destin zoning and I hope many people contact the city to complain about these vendors...!)

I enjoyed my visit and would happily turn around and head back there right now if I could!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burlington, Ky, United States
3

Destin condo

  • 3 of 5

My family and in-laws rented this unit for a family vacation. You had to walk to the lake, not too far, but it was a few minutes. The beach is a far walk from the condo, about a 1000 feet, which is farther than I would have liked since my husband is disabled. The pool in the front of the unit where we were was not crowded and was a relaxing time. There is a shower in the pool area to clean off sand from the beach which was very nice. The condo was a nice space and an end unit with no trouble parking. I really liked that they picked up the trash twice a day. The unit had a washer and dryer. The downfall was the dryer lint looked like it had never been changed, it was so thick I could barely get it out of the slot. Everytime I ran it, the lint was just as thick. After numerous cycles it appeared to be cleared out enough it would dry the clothes. The unit as not ready for check-in and the office manager had to call in cleaning people to clean it after we arrived. The complex was difficult to get in and out of because of the heavy traffic.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. I apologize for the housekeeping and dryer - they will receive a call from me today although they have always been very reliable in the past. Destin is so nice that the traffic is always a bit challenging during the peak summer months. Recommend you visit in Sep or Oct when the weather is still beautiful and those summer crowds have gone home.
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Description Misleading

  • 3 of 5

The description given is only of the resort not of this particular unit which is extremely misleading. Along with the fact that they have it pin pointed on Google maps right on the beach. When in reality this specific unit is at the front of the property and a good walk from the beach. The location pointing out beach front, ocean front, etc OR even ocean views is false. Even if I go upstairs and look out my window I can see the other apartment tops. Yes the place does have nice space and decoration but the flatscreen in every room actually means master bedroom and living room only and the master bedroom flat screen is quite small. They provide no information or maps of the property. Their office is closed on the weekends which seems slightly odd seeing that many people check in and out Saturday's. If I did want to go play tennis or the beach wherever that may be. I will either wander aimlessly or perhaps check it out on Google maps and hope that it isn't false also. The kitchen appliances look new and decor is cute. Other than that I feel extremely mislead and misguided by the description and location. Also multiple places run through here called the dunes and others that make the layout quite confusing. I would be more pleased if they had be giving a description of the unit I paid for instead of selling their resort of their best units. In the end I will most likely not use Southbay again for fear of future misguiding and sales pitch descriptions rather than an honest location and description.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. I'd like to address a few of your comments. 1. You are correct that a portion of the property description is of the complex itself, which I believe is a very important part of the renting the actual condo. The google maps pin point is very rough - simply used to show where the complex sits in relation to the rest of Destin. I believe the listing is fairly clear that the complex is on the water, but the condo is not. I measured it approximately 900-1000 feet away from the beach - it usually takes me about 4-5 minutes to walk there across the complex depending on the mood of the kids of course! :) 2. Yes, there are flat screens in every bedroom and the family room. Two of the bedroom TVs are located on dressers in the closets in order to protect them from damage - recommendation from my real estate agent. If you open the closet, they are oriented such that you have a clear view from the beds. I assume you did not check? However, I will move the largest of the three to the master. I'm not a huge TV watcher, but I do think that will be a nice change for future guests. 3. Although I've never had a guest get "lost" in the complex, I will add a basic complex map to the listing and condo - good feedback! Unfortunately the complex office in only open on the weekends during the high season from approximately mid-May to mid-August. Thanks again for the feedback as I always appreciate info to make things better for the next guest. This situation was unfortunate since all your confusion could have been avoided by simply emailing me your questions or concerns directly. Best of luck!
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5

A little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

This place is fabulous! The beds are comfortable and there is so much space. The community is quiet and relaxing. We were about two blocks from Big Kahuna and a ten minute drive to the Harborwalk. Access to the beach was a little farther away then I would have liked because I had my 77 yr old grandmother with us. Our unit was located in the front of the property by the pool and beach access was in the back. The little lake and bridge were nice. I loved the gazebo. There is a Small BBQ pit on the patio as well as comfortable furniture for relaxing. A full kitchen with dishes and utensils. A full size washer and dryer. Trash pick up from 8-10 am. TVs in every room. Showers are located in several locations on the property so that you can rinse off from the beach or pool. This location is surrounded by shops and cafes. I didn't want to leave. I would totally recommend this to any of my friends or family. I hope to come back to this exact unit next year.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great quiet family vacation at the beach! Beautifully clear water!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here with my brother's family and my parents. Our first full family outing and it was the best! Room for some privacy and space to get away from each other when needed. We have never stayed anywhere other than a condo high rise and were a hit skeptical but pleasantly surprised. The grounds is very relaxing for walking and / or enjoying the patio privacy. We cooked in out unit every day and were close enough to walk to the pancakery. Walmart was less than 5 min which was a bonus as well. The unit is a bit older but is beautifully decorated, clean, well stocked and maintained. Full size washer and dryer kept us going home with fresh clothes when we left and no loading laundry. The kids enjoyed the pool being right outside our door. The boys went fishing at the lake which was steps out our patio door. Beach was not crowded, plenty of space and a short walk. We stayed or the beach up into the night nearly every night. Nice quiet family getaway! Recommendation...beach access needs a wheelchair ramp by the gazebo and the pool gates need to be couple inches wider. We rented a beach power chair for my dad during our visit which worked out great for him to enjoy some independence. Overall one of the next vacations we have ever had! My husband even enjoyed being with the in laws.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Valpariso
Nearest Barpub
Several
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Regatta Bay
Nearest Motorway
Highway 98
Nearest Restaurant
Many
Nearest Beach
Destin Beach

Central location! Walking distance to shopping, Target, grocery store, ice cream, countless restaurants, water park, etc. You name it, it's close by.

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Rates & Availability

Destin Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 29 2016
5 night minimum stay
$85
$550
$1,200
 
 
Winter Special
Oct 30 2016 - Jan 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Spring Break
Mar 18 2017 - Apr 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
$150
$950
 
 
Spring
Apr 23 2017 - May 27 2017
5 night minimum stay
$130
$800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200 + Tax
Complex cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

*** Please contact me if you would like to reserve the condo. DO NOT request a booking via the website. I use a local Destin management company to handle the bookings and payments. ***

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Amenities

Destin Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In Hall upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , First floor hall bath
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 4 bunk bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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