USA Alabama Alabama Gulf Coast Gulf Shores Listing #29588

The Sands 102 - Gulf Shores, AL

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25 reviews
Max. occupancy: 8 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Bed 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Sleeps 6 comfortably  No pets 
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Two-story condo w/ two balconies, shared pool, & beach access across the street

This charming, cottage-style condo in Orange Beach features two balconies, comfortable, nautical-themed living spaces, and a well-equipped full kitchen with a large dining table. The Sands offers a shared, outdoor pool, and you'll also find access to the Gulf Shores Public Beach right across the street.

What's nearby:
Discover plentiful dining options all along W Beach Blvd, including Bahama Bob's Beach Side Cafe, only steps away, and the Hangout Gulf Shores just a mile away. For family-friendly fun, visit Waterville USA as well as the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, both of which are less than two miles from your front door. And for outdoor fun, head west 11 miles to explore the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.

Things to know:
Free WiFi
Full kitchen
Boat parking nearby
Snowbird-friendly. Please contact us for special rates.
Monthly reservations are available between November 1st and March 15th
This property is managed by Vacasa Alabama LLC.
If you have any questions please contact Vacasa at 251-968-6868.

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.




Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC

Partial AC

Kitchen & dining






Water view

Beach access





Wireless router

Nearby activities & attractions

Golf Nearby

On-site activities

Pool : Shared

Volleyball court







25 reviews

Cara K. Apr 2022
My family was over the moon, the Sands 102 was beautiful. So close to the beach. The rooms were beautifully decorated and so comfortable. It was like we had arrived at our home away from home. It done only had a main floor balcony but it also had a second-floor balcony which was a beautiful surprise. My family and I had the most wonderful vacation and the most wonderful place to come back and make meals and spend time together. We have definitely found our home away from home in Gulf Shores.
Tanya D. Apr 2022
I love the west side of Beach Blvd. This condo is walking distance to Pier 33 that also has a nice coffee shop and a very short drive to great restaurants and The Hangout. The house was nice and clean and perfect for what we needed this weekend.
Elizabeth K. Apr 2022
The room was as expected. Very clean and comfy! Will be staying again!
Julie G. Mar 2022
The townhome was in a great location across from the beach. Covered parking. The kitchen definitely needed some help. Pots and pans were old and a bit crusty. The electric stove top was wonky and pans sat uneven to cook. The dishwasher seemed to need a good tug to open as the placement or fit of dishwasher was off. This place has potential, but a lot of wear and tear. The bed sheets (fitted especially) did not stay on mattress. No extra blankets if needed. Pillows are old. Laundry room needed a good cleaning and the dryer had to be run several times to get the load fully dry.
Manager response:
Thanks for sharing your valuable feedback, Julie. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay, and apologize for the shortcomings that prevented you from having a perfect stay. We appreciate you bringing these items to our attention, and will use guest feedback as a means to continually improve. We hope to host you again soon!
Lydia S. Dec 2021
A great location
Sha C. Sep 2021
My family and myself enjoyed the stay at The Sand's # 102.
Stephanie P. Aug 2021
When you look at the pictures online, it looks like such a great place to stay. Don’t believe the pictures because they are not of the unit you are staying in. Our pictures showed wood floors when in actuality the floors were poorly laid vinyl planking that was not securely attached to the floor. Also, the pictures showed a spotless clean dwelling that was welcoming. Wrong again, we got a dirty unit that required us to dust and clean before unpacking our clothes. The downstairs bedspread was so nasty that we had to strip it off and find other bedding to use instead. The picture shows nice wood steps which are not in unit 102. Unit 102 has carpet over the steps that is not secured to the step itself. Be careful because that’s a nice tripping hazard. The lights in the kitchen constantly flickered, and the dishwasher is connected to a light switch for some strange reason. We didn’t figure that out until the day we left. If you like to consume alcohol, then I highly suggest that you do not go onto the outside balcony. The balconies have a nasty lean and feel wonky. Every time I stepped on them I felt like they were going to break away from the house. The outside pool was nothing more than a cheap above ground pool with a deck around it, and was green and cloudy. It’s sad when you’d rather risk getting stung by jelly fish in the ocean than swimming in the nasty pool. The upstairs bed was anything but pure joy. Every little move made the bed squeak. That made it hard to sleep because every time someone moved, the bed made noises.
Another feature not shown in the pictures was the air ducts full of mold. Not only were the ducts full of mold and dust, but one of the ducts had a towel rolled up and placed inside the duct above the washer & dryer to stop the flow of air. My family has breathing issues and caused severe reactions with everyone there. In addition, the dryer vent was not connected to the ventilation and required us to reconnect it to stop the dryer exhaust from blowing into the upstairs bedroom. While packing up the truck to leave, I noticed the bed of our truck was full of water. Strange since it was parked under the house and hadn’t rained. Upon inspection I noticed water pouring out of the ceiling. I’m not an engineer, but even I can tell that this place has structural issues. At $500 a night, once you include all the fees, I feel like I was given the biggest bait and switch in history. This place is not worth it. Stay far away from this poorly ran overpriced filthy property.
Manager response:
Hello, Stephanie! We are very sorry to hear about your disappointing stay at our home. While we have no record of any issues being reported during your stay, we sincerely apologize for the cleanliness and maintenance issues you encountered upon your arrival. We are glad to confirm all the repairs have been completed. A new A/C has been installed and the A/C company took care of the air ducts. The HOA has been notified about the pool and balcony. We haven't had any problems with the lights after your stay. Housekeeping has been notified about the oversights you found and is working on improving the home for our next renters. We apologize for any missteps, as it is never our intention to disappoint. We hope to have the opportunity to better impress you in the future.
Summer P. May 2021
It was a lovely vacation even tho it rained 2 of the 3 days we were there but the bedrooms were great, the bed was extremely comfortable, it was very clean, we did notice our living room window was shattered in a spot on the bottom and had a garbage bag taped over it to keep it shut and they were fixing the roof wile we were there and the light switches were placed odd for what they turn on and stuff but other then that it was a very nice place. Definitely would go again.
Manager response:
Thank you for staying with us, Summer! We are glad you enjoyed the home and we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We are continuing to work with our team to address areas for improvement. We look forward to hosting you again!
Jessica R. May 2021
Convenient access to the Beach!! Very clean! Would stay here again!
Russell H. May 2021
Great location and comfy beds.
Rachel T. Apr 2021
Enjoyed our stay. It’s in a great location.
KARON D. Apr 2021
This is the cutest unit, right across the street from beach access. Thankful for under unit parking, saved our vehicles from hailstorm! Very comfortable.
Anita C. Mar 2021
We loved the cleanliness, location and comfort of the beach home. In addition, we receive effective communication regarding check-in and expectations for our stay. We had a great time!
Caleb C. Mar 2021
We loved the ability to feel at home with our family. Plenty of blankets and towels. No loud noise late at night or early in the was newly renovated which was also a plus. And we loved how close the beach was!

There were a few downsides though. We used the kitchen a lot, and the stove burners we falling apart. A few minor things in the house were broken (Garbage disposal that we fixed, plugs, loose screws). Small things but they add up. Also there was no broom so it got very dirty and sandy!

Overall.. very good stay, and we’d stay there again!
Glenda Sue E. Feb 2021
The pictures were lovely and you can tell that the owners have put effort toward renovation. Unfortunately we were very dissapointed with the condo once we arrived. There are multiple wiring issues: no working light in interior stairway, multiple outlets that do not work, the electrical box in master bath is falling out of the wall. Cleanliness is also an issue: master bedding is heavily stained, the upstairs bathroom fan is covered in dust, vent is moldy and the ac filter is so thick with dust. It has evidently not been changed in months. Garbage disposal does not work. We also had issues with the service company: Several promises were made that someone would come by, but they never did. This wasted our vacation time as we were left waiting for their arrival. Overall, I would not recommend this property.
Manager response:
Hi, Glenda Sue! The owner has been made aware of your review and will personally be attending to the home ensure all concerns are addressed. Thank you!
Stephanie N. Jan 2021
Great house for all 8 of us. Not to far from the beach and very cozy.
Kellie B. Jun 2020
This place is beautiful and so comfortable. The beach is right across the street and takes about 30 seconds to get to. Do yourself a favor and book this place. You will not be sorry.
Jesse P. Jul 2019
Overall, the wife and I loved it. To the great beach access, to none of us feeling like we were on top of each other while in the condo. Great space for all 5 of us. Will definitely try and book again for next year.
Shannon W. Jun 2019
I rated the rental as an 8 only because the two bathroom outlets by the sinks did not work. This made it difficult to blow dry and straighten our hair.
Michael S. Aug 2018
We loved the location and the close beach access.