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Best of All Worlds! Direct Beach View! Pool! Fish In Little Lagoon! Sleeps 11

Best of All Worlds! Direct Beach View! Pool! Fish In Little Lagoon! Sleeps 11


Property Details

Updated: May 14, 2015
House, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeper Sofa & Sleeper Loveseat, 3 Full Baths, (Sleeps 8-11)

The Southern Cross. It may not get any better than this! Seriously! What are you looking for in your vacation home? Play time on the beach? Okay, that would be less than 100 yards from the front door by way of your deeded boardwalk beach access. Fishing in Little Lagoon? Okay, that is only 50 yards out the back door. Swimming? Try the pool to the back of the house. Quiet, peaceful relaxation? Try awakening in your bed to a view of the gulf, or sitting in your living room looking out on the gulf, or hearing the waves crash at night from one of your decks with total unobstructed views of the gulf. This house has it all! Located 3.7 miles from the intersection of Hwy 59 on West Beach Blvd, you are close to the great restaurants and shopping but yet in a very quiet part of Gulf Shores.

This house has great unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico out the front door. It also has great views of Little Lagoon out the back door where you can fish (spotted trout, red fish, flounder, stingrays and many other fish all call the lagoon home) and crab day and night. Of course, you can clean your fish at the fish cleaning station at the pier, which goes out into the lagoon. Have your own boat? Launch it using our boat ramp. The kids will also enjoy the shared swimming pool. This is NOT a condo ... this is your own house. Very hard to find a 3 bedroom, 3 bath house with unobstructed gulf views, lagoon fishing, swimming pool and in a quiet area!

This home features 3 bedrooms, all with queen size beds plus bunk beds in the downstairs bedroom. There are also 3 full baths. Two bedrooms and two baths are upstairs and both have incredible views of the gulf and open onto a large deck. These bedrooms also have sitting areas. The third bedroom and bath is downstairs and looks out onto the lagoon and also opens onto a deck. There are tables and chairs on all of the decks. Also on the first floor are a kitchen, eating area, living room, and laundry room. Sliding doors take you from the living room onto a first floor deck overlooking the gulf. The living room has ample sitting options, plus both a queen sleeper sofa and twin sleeper loveseat. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you will need. Eating options include a decorative table and chairs with a great gulf view or pull a stool up to the bar separating the kitchen and living room. There is a 37' high definition TV in the living room and 26' high definition TVs in each bedroom. Plus, there are 4 DVD players and an X-Box with game for the kids. Speaking of games, there are lots of games, books, puzzles and toys for everyone to enjoy. Finally, don't worry about your vehicle since you can park up to three vehicles under the house.

What else can we tell you? Did we mention the full size washer and dryer in a separate downstairs room? Or that the living room and master bedrooms have sliding glass doors onto decks overlooking the gulf? Or that this is a very quiet location where you can really relax? Or that the house has a colorful beach decor? Or that you can sleep as many as 11 in the home? Come see for yourself. As the song says 'when you see the Southern Cross for the first time, you understand now why you came this way.'

Is The Southern Cross booked the week you need it? We have 3 other properties. If you have kids then check out Fun In The Sun, vrbo number 332813. This is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath townhouse on West Beach Blvd less than 50 yards from The Southern Cross. This unit sits right on Little Lagoon and is perfect for those with small kids wanting to play in the water! If you want to be right on the gulf then look at A Whale Of A View, vrbo number 398689. This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo (5D) at The Whaler on East Beach Blvd. This unit may have the best gulf views of any unit in all of Gulf Shores with gulf views from every room in the house! 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.

Keywords: house, beach view, pool

More Details
  • Sleeps 11
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We are Mark and Janet Binkley from Starkville, MS. Janet works at Mississippi State University. I am retired from MSU and manage four properties in Gulf Shores as well as 168 mini storage units in Columbus, MS. We are looking forward to moving to Gulf Shores in 2016. We have a son who manages a Sherwin Williams store in MS and a daughter who is a police officer in MS. With the kids 'normally' out of the house, 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 on this home in Gulf Shores. To us, it is the perfect spot, complete with the beach and gulf, fishing in the lagoon, shopping and great restaurants, and all in a quiet location. We would love for you to visit our home and have a great vacation!

Mark & Janet Binkley

Starkville, MS

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Best of All Worlds! Direct Beach View! Pool! Fish In Little Lagoon! Sleeps 11
-(662) 312-2402 (Mississippi, USA)
Gulf Shores Alabama Gulf Coast
Troy, Mo

review of rental 257393

  • 5 of 5
We totally enjoyed the unit. It has everything one would need and then some. Unit was very clean, TVs in all bedrooms as well as living quarters. Great location for viewing the beach and ocean across the street, great for fishing, walking, convenient to everything. Owners were very accomodating and easy to work with. Would highly recommend this unit to families. Enjoy!!!!!
  • Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Best of All Worlds! Direct Beach View! Pool! Fish In Little Lagoon! Sleeps 11
-(662) 312-2402 (Mississippi, USA)
Gulf Shores Alabama Gulf Coast
Saint Louis

The view was spectacular!!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for a week at Southern Cross and had such a wonderful time. The view (even though we were not directly on the beach) was outstanding. We enjoyed the sounds of the gulf and an unobstructed view of the waves rolling in. We even got to see some porpoises on the horizon. We had beautiful sunsets and great local seafood and a well outfitted kitchen in which to prepare our food each day. The decks on both sides of the house afforded beautiful views and the pool was very nice for days when the beach was a bit windy for our granddaughter. The beach was very accessible and all the necessary beach accouterments were available. I highly recommend Southern Cross for families ( there were 11 of us and plenty of space for everyone.) It was as relaxing and fulfilling a time as I have had in a while!
  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Best of All Worlds! Direct Beach View! Pool! Fish In Little Lagoon! Sleeps 11
-(662) 312-2402 (Mississippi, USA)
Gulf Shores Alabama Gulf Coast

Perfect Getaway! Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at the Southern Cross with two families (4 adults and 4 toddlers ages 2 to 5) and had absolutely amazing time. The property fully accommodated our personal needs. All bedrooms have individual bathrooms attached which was very helpful and convenient. The kids stayed downstairs while the adults were upstairs. We loved eating outside on the porch and truly enjoyed the close proximity to the beach, community pool and Little Lagoon pier as well as the private beach area. Walking across the street to the Gulf coast beach took less than a minute. The community pool was hardly used so we almost had it to ourselves during our stay. We spent most mornings at the Gulf and the afternoons at the pool. Grocery stores are within a few minutes by car. One night we went to THE HANGOUT and enjoyed some life music and ice cream with the kids. I highly recommend this property to any family with little ones. Mark the owner was always helpful and immediate with his correspondence. We will definitely return next year!!! Thanks Mark, we wholeheartedly loved our stay at the Southern Cross!
  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Best of All Worlds! Direct Beach View! Pool! Fish In Little Lagoon! Sleeps 11
-(662) 312-2402 (Mississippi, USA)
Gulf Shores Alabama Gulf Coast

Great Girls Getaway Location

  • 5 of 5
We had a big group of girls come out to stay for a few nights at Southern Cross and absolutely loved it! The property was perfect for us as it was able to convert to holding all eleven of us. We had a great time especially out on the porch; we spent loads of time just chatting out there and loved it! The beach is right across the street, which was also so convenient. We also went out back to the bay a lot and loved that -- very relaxing! Overall the bay was likely our favorite part of the location; although the beach was close, it was great to go back to the bay to our own "private beach" and spend time out there. Great property overall, I highly recommend it!
  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Best of All Worlds! Direct Beach View! Pool! Fish In Little Lagoon! Sleeps 11
-(662) 312-2402 (Mississippi, USA)
Gulf Shores Alabama Gulf Coast
Memphis, TN

Just what you want a beach vacation to be!

  • 5 of 5
We have stayed in another property (Fun in the Sun) from this owner in the past and loved it, but when it wasn't available for this trip, we gladly stayed at Southern Cross. We found it to be exactly as described, and perfect for our little family of grandma, pregnant daughter and son-in-law and two toddlers. The kids loved the beach of course, but the pool and lagoon really made the trip extra special. The house is perfectly situated on West Beach Boulevard, after the cut-through and away from all the noise, but close enough to town to get to a restaurant or shop without spending too much time in the car. The house itself is like a comfortable old friend and I can't say enough about the owners, who are available and responsive as soon as you need them but not in any way intrusive. We will definitely stay there again.
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Best of All Worlds! Direct Beach View! Pool! Fish In Little Lagoon! Sleeps 11
-(662) 312-2402 (Mississippi, USA)
Gulf Shores Alabama Gulf Coast

Exceptionally Relaxing

  • 5 of 5
We really enjoyed our stay in this home. The location is incredible, equally distanced from the lagoon and the ocean… a quick walk to each. The beach is wide with white sands, clear waters (that were pretty calm on our trip), and plenty of space to stretch out. The lagoon has a dock with seating for fishing and lines to hang a crab cage. We caught a variety of fish and a few crabs. The house has three similarly sized bedrooms each with a bathroom. The kitchen is stocked with plenty of pans, dishes, silverware, etc. The living room is very comfortable. We had a party of five adults and one child and it was very appropriate. You could easily fit a couple more people in here with ease. A room on the ground floor was stocked with beach umbrellas, beach chairs, sand toys, kites, a crab cage, etc. I particularly appreciated this bonus bit of equipment. The pool was shared but very relaxing and usually you had it to yourself when swimming.
We had no complaints with this property. Highly recommended.
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children


Activity and Interests

The Southern Cross is 3.7 miles from the intersection of Highway 59 and Beach Blvd. We are roughly 1 mile past 'the pass'. We are removed from the noise and traffic yet only minutes from the restaurants and attractions. The beach at our house is never crowded. We are in a perfect location with the beach steps away in front of the house and Little Lagoon steps away to the back of the house.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Parasailing, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa


From $175 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 9 2015 - Aug 14 2015
7 night minimum stay
Aug 15 2015 - Oct 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Oct 31 2015 - Feb 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Apr 16 2016 - May 13 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $447.00
  • Cleaning Fee $135.00 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates for Holidays & Special Events may be higher.
Minimum age limit may be waived with additional fees.
Prices do not include $135 cleaning fee and 11% Alabama tax.
Saturday - Saturday only during the summer season.
Nightly rates may be available in the off-season.
Fully refundable security deposit is 15% of the total cost.
If you find a better rate for a comparable property, please let us know!

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Updated: May 14, 2015


From the Owner

We feel that The Southern Cross (we know, you can't see it from here!) is the perfect vacation home. Here is a typical day for us at our home ... see if this works for you. First, I tend to be up at sunrise while my wife likes to sleep in. I walk less than 50 yards out the back door of the house to the pier on Little Lagoon. There I fish and enjoy watching both the sunrise over the water and the wildlife. Feeding the bait fish to the herons who stand patiently behind you as you fish is always fun. When my wife awakes, she walks across the street on the deeded beach access 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 one of the three decks (two facing the beach, one facing the lagoon) all of which have great water views. After lunch, we head to the pool at the back of the house for some swimming and relaxation. That evening, we leave the peace and quiet at our house and drive 3 miles into Gulf Shores to have seafood at any of the great restaurants or do a little shopping. Returning home, we take a moonlite walk on the beach looking for sea turtles and go to the lagoon to set the fishing poles out for the night in case a fish decides to have a midnight snack. We then sit on the deck and listen to the waves crash on the shore. Talk about peaceful! To finish the day, we watch a favorite TV show or a DVD on the 37' HD TV in the living room or on the 26' 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 and in the gulf, they can relax in their private rooms, each with TVs, one with DVD player and X-box, 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 house or on the decks.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Lake View


  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • fitness center

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1300 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Den
  • Queen size Beds (3) Queen bed in each of the bedrooms. Each bedroom has a private full bathroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Living room has both a queen sofa sleeper and a twin loveseat sleeper., Bunk Beds (1) Downstairs bedroom has a queen bed and bunk beds with a private full bathroom.


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck

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