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8 bedrooms! Beach View on West Beach! Sleeps 30! BIG pool! 3 living areas!


Property Details

Updated: Oct 9, 2016
Large House, 8 Bedrooms, 3 Living Rooms, 3 Kitchens, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 26-31)

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Sweet Dreams is the perfect house for your large family vacation, plus it can be rented by snowbirds as a 2 or 3 bedroom unit in the winter. Here are some of the highlights of this house:

- On West Beach Blvd with a great view of the gulf

- 2.5 miles from the intersection of Highway 59 and Beach Blvd; Close enough to enjoy the activities but far enough removed to escape the crowds

- 8, yes that is EIGHT, bedrooms

- 3 king beds, 5 queen beds, 1 twin bed, 3 full/twin bunk beds, 1 child's bed, 2 queen sleeper sofas and a regular sofa. This home can sleep up to 31 people! 10 mattresses/box springs were replaced in November 2014 and 6 more were replaced in April 2016! Note ... it probably goes without saying but sleeper sofas are best for kids ... not very comfortable for adults!!! If there are no kids in your group, then the house can sleep 26.

- 5 full baths and 2 half baths

- 3 living areas

- 3 full kitchens

- 3 sets of washers and dryers

- Over 3,800 sq ft of living space

- Covered parking for at least 4 vehicles

- Driveway parking for at least 6 more vehicles

- Large deck on the front of the house with beach views

- Large screen TVs in every room! 37' HD televisions in all three living rooms and 32' televisions in every bedroom!

- Two video game systems (X-Box and Nintendo) with games

- A very large, private, in-ground pool! This pool is completely enclosed with a vinyl fence for privacy, has two ladders for easy access, and has lots of built-in seating for your comfort. There are chairs, chairs and more chairs for your comfort around the pool. This may be one of the nicest pools in Gulf Shores, with a size of 16 feet by 32 feet and a depth of 3.5 feet to 5.5 feet.

We know that the kids (and adults) love the beach, but a beach vacation also means time away from the beach. At Sweet Dreams, you can enjoy the beach, enjoy the pool, watch some of the dozens of movies in the house, or play some of the dozens of games. Or just sit on the deck and catch the rays. There is something for everyone!

Oh, did we mention the best feature of this house? In today's economy, all of us look for bargains. There is no doubt that this house is the best bargain in Gulf Shores. You can rent this home, with 8 bedrooms, 5 baths, sleeping 31 people, with a large private pool and a great beach view for much less than any similar house will cost in Gulf Shores!

A house this large means that a large extended family can enjoy a vacation together. With three kitchens, everyone can cook what they want. With 3 living rooms and 8 bedrooms all with HDTVs and DVD players, everyone can watch what they want! If you want everyone together, use the large deck facing the gulf or gather around the pool.

This home could be a perfect vacation spot for you even if you don't have 31 in your party. Because of the layout of this home, during the off-season (Fall, Winter and Spring) you can rent as few as 3 bedrooms or as many as 8 bedrooms. For a family not needing the entire house, there are steps from the covered parking to each side of the house. The front deck has a divider that can be closed off to ensure privacy between the two sides. Plus, there are steps at the back of the house to the 3rd floor apartment. But, if you do have a large family and need the entire house, there is a door on the deck to connect the two sides and there are steps in the east side unit that can be used to get to the apartment.

Here are your choices for how to rent the house and the costs for each. The prices are for a week, as we rent from Saturday to Saturday throughout the year. We also rent by the month in November through February. If you need less than a week, we may be able to assist you. Please email or call.

Summer 2016: 14 May - 19 August

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $6,700 / week

Fall 2016: 20 August - 28 October

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $2,358

- West side of house (3 bedrooms) = $1,217

- East side of house (5 bedrooms) = $1,727

Winter 2016: 29 October - 24 February

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $1,592 / week or $3,484 / month

- West side of house (3 bedrooms) = $788 / week or $1,604 / month

- East side of house (5 bedrooms) = $1,141 / week or $2,413 / month

Spring Break weeks 2017: 25 February - 7 April

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $7,770 / week

Late Spring 2016: 8 April - 12 May

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $3,484

- West side of house (3 bedrooms) = $1,743

- East side of house (5 bedrooms) = $2,615

Summer 2017: 13 May - 18 August

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $7,700

Fall 2017: 19 August - 27 October

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $2,358

- West side of house (3 bedrooms) = $1,217

- East side of house (5 bedrooms) = $1,727

So, if you need lots of room, want a view of the gulf from three living rooms, three kitchens, two decks, and two bedrooms, want to be able to sleep up to 31 people, want a very large, private pool, and all at a great price, then Sweet Dreams is the place for you!

Is Sweet Dreams booked the week you need it or do you need something smaller? 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. If you need 6 bedrooms and 6 baths, then you could rent The Southern Cross and Fun In The Sun. Fun In The sun, vrbo number 331813, is right on Little Lagoon (perfect for kids playing in the water) and is less than 50 yards from The Southern Cross! 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!

More Details
  • Sleeps 30
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • 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. 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 on a home in Gulf Shores (The Southern Cross, VRBO 257393). Within a few months, we knew we had found the perfect location and began to search for a second house. Sweet Dreams is our second beach home and is great for large family gatherings. Since then, we have purchased two more homes in Gulf Shores. We would love for you to visit one of our homes and have a great vacation! Please email us to get more information and more photos of all the properties. Mark & Janet Binkley Starkville, MS.

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56 Reviews

based on 56 traveler reviews


Great place and owners!

  • 4 of 5

We had a large group, all of our children, grandchildren, and my brother and his family. We rented the entire space. With 15 adults and 7 children, having 3 refrigerators was wonderful! The pool area is where we spent most of our time and the grandchildren actually preferred it to the beach. Mark answered all my questions in a very timely manner and we really enjoyed renting from him. It was such a big hit we plan on renting it again next year for our family beach vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet Dreams

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sweet Dreams for our 2016 summer vacation and it was wonderful !! It was very relaxing and the view from the deck was awesome in the early morning hours!! Mark was very accommodating and responded promptly to any question we had. The pool was great to have with young kids and teens. This is a perfect spot because it is close to everything and right across the street from the beach. . I would highly recommend staying at Sweet Dreams !! Thank you, Mark !!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Reunion 2016

  • 5 of 5

Sweet Dreams was exactly what we were looking for when we starting planning for our 2016 family reunion. We needed a place that would accommodate 23 people (ages 1 - 83). It worked out perfectly - we obviously rented the entire house (including the upstairs apartment). Other than having to climb stairs which would be the case at any beach house, we couldn't have been more comfortable. The walk to the beach (across the street) was easy and for those who don't like the sand, the private pool was fabulous. We utilized the underneath of the house for evening gatherings (dinner, games, etc...) enough room for everyone. Early morning coffee on the upper decks yielded a great view and awesome breeze. The house was recently renovated and looked awesome. We truly wanted for NOTHING. Everything worked great and I would recommend this house to anyone - Mark was so easy to work with and very responsive. After the great success we had at this house, I am considering a smaller gathering at one of Mark's other beach properties. I am confident they are just as nice if not nicer than Sweet Dreams.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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July Family vacation

  • 5 of 5


Thank you for having the perfect place for our family vacation! We had never been to Gulf Shores before. The info that you sent was so helpful. We had 20 people staying at Sweet Dreams ranging from age 1 yr. to 70. Everything worked out perfectly. The thing that most of the people staying there liked was that it was close to everything but still not right in the hustle and bustle. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool when they did not want to go to the beach. Each kitchen was well furnished with dishes, appliances and cooking utensils. We liked having the carport where we could use it as outdoor eating and be out of the sun. The family enjoyed a night out playing putt-putt golf. Some of the younger crowd enjoyed going to the Hang-Out. We also visited the Old Fort. My husband and I did a kayak tour in Oyster Bay. We absolutely loved it! My husband and I also loved getting up early and walking 3 miles every day either on the beach or the sidewalk. We have fallen in love with Gulf Shores and Sweet Dreams! Thank you again for giving us a wonderful place for our family vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet Dreams is Perfect for Family Reunions

  • 5 of 5

Sweet Dreams was the perfect beach house for our 2016 family reunion. We had 25 people ranging from 4 month old to 62 years old and the house was very accommodating to everyone and plenty of space for more people. Everyone enjoyed the spacious pool and close proximity to the beach. Mark was very attentive and made sure the house and amenities were fully functional. With multiple kitchens, it was easy to cook for 25 people every day/night, which allowed us to save money from going out to eat. We did go out for a family dinner at Lambert's and had so many other restaurant options close to the house. The large outdoor deck facing the beach was perfect to relax at night and converse after a long day of playing in the sun. I recommend this house for anyone who is looking for a large family young and old gathering.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good house a lot of room

  • 4 of 5

The house is very large and has a ton of space. We had our extended family in the house 8 adults and 11 kids, and there was plenty of room. It is an older house, and somethings are showing their age, but any problems we had the owner (Mark) got back to us very quickly and fixed those issues promptly. The pool is fantastic, it is the largest I have been in at a beach house. The beach is across the street, and you need to walk through someone's yard to get to it or go down a few blocks to the public access. We walked though another houses yard, but I could see some people not liking that. The house is a duplex and it connects only at the patio which you can see on the pictures. At first we thought there would be a inside door we could open but there is not. We actually ended up liking the patio entrance just because it does give both sides a bit of privacy and quiet when you want it. There is a 3rd unit above the right side unit which actually has a lot of space and would be fantastic for one large family or say putting the teenagers up in.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Sweet Dreams is located approximately 2.5 miles from the intersection of Highway 59 and Beach Blvd. The house is located at 1392 West Beach Blvd. We are directly across the street from the beach with gulf views from the decks, living rooms and some bedrooms. Need a smaller home or is Sweet Dreams booked the week you need it? Check out The Southern Cross, located at 1964 West Beach Blvd. This is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath house with great views of the gulf. This house also backs up to Little Lagoon. You can go out on the pier and fish in the lagoon! There is also a swimming pool. Visit for details or go to rental # 332937 on Home Away.

Other Activities: shopping, boating, wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa, minature golf


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016 - Entire House
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2016 - Entire House
Oct 29 2016 - Feb 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Break 2017
Feb 25 2017 - Apr 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
LateSpring 2017 - Entire House
Apr 8 2017 - May 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017 - Entire House
May 13 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017 Entire House
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 27 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $300 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Call for rates between 27 February and 16 April 2016.
Rates for Holidays and Special Events may be higher.
Minimum age limit may be waived with additional fees.
Prices do not include $300 cleaning fee & 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!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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From the Owner

Sweet Dreams is the perfect location for a large family who want to vacation together without breaking the bank. There are many reasons why we enjoy this home. (1) It is a large home, with over 3,800 sq ft. There is plenty of room for everyone to have privacy. (2) There are three separate living areas. Each living area has plenty of seating, so one group can watch the big game on one HDTV, while another group can watch a favorite show on a second HDTV and a third group can catch the movie they want to watch on the third HDTV. And, of course, the kids can watch their shows in their bedrooms since there is a tv in each bedroom! (3) We know how difficult it is to prepare enough food for 30 people in one kitchen, or how difficult it is to find food that 30 people like. That is not a problem in Sweet Dreams as there are THREE full kitchens (refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers) in the house! (4) If you are going to bring 30 people to a family retreat, you don't want people sleeping on the floor. That is not a problem with Sweet Dreams as there are king, queen, twin, single and children beds throughout the house. Enough beds to handle 30 people (counting sleeper sofas in two living rooms)! (5) Need to do laundry while visiting? There are three sets of washers and dryers. (6) Need to catch up on work or that facebook account? Wireless internet is in the house. (7) Finally, and most important, are the outside activities. Walk across the street and you are on the beach! Being 2.5 miles from the center of Gulf Shores, the beach is not crowded and you can enjoy your time laying in the sun or trying your luck at fishing in the gulf. For those who want the sun and water but prefer fresh water and privacy, wait till you see our swimming pool! It is HUGE! Plenty of room for the entire family. It is a large in-ground pool, 16 by 32, completely surrounded by a vinyl privacy fence. You could stay at the pool all day soaking up the rays in your lounger!

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
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...


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


  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


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

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View


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

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • fitness center

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Floor Area

  • 3800 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4
  • Bathroom 5


  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, West Side, 1st floor. Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 king, East side, 1st floor. Sleeps 2.
  • Den - 2 sleep sofa /futon, Queen sleeper sofas in two downstairs living rooms. Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 queen, East side, 2nd floor, south end. Sleeps 2.
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, East side, 2nd floor, north end. Sleeps 3.
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 queen, 1 bunk bed, South bedroom in apartment. Bunk is Twin over Full. Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 8 - 1 queen, 1 bunk bed, North bedroom in apartment. Bunk is twin over full. Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king, 1 child bed, West side, 2nd floor, south end. Sleeps 3.
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, 1 bunk bed, West side, 2nd floor, north end. Bunk is twin/full. Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (3) 2 king beds in west side of house. 1 king bed in east side of house. Queen size Beds (4) 1 queen bed in west side of house. 2 queen beds in east side of house. 2 queen beds in apartment. Twin or Single Beds (1) 1 twin bed in east side of house. Child Beds (1) 1 child bed in west side of house. Sleep Sofa (2) 1 sleeper sofa in the west side of the house. 1 sleeper sofa in the east side of the house. Bunk Beds (3) 1 twin over full bunk bed in west side of house. 2 twin over full bunk beds in the apartment.


  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website

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