USA Alabama Gulf Shores Fort Morgan Listing #53160

The Courthouse - Gulf Shores, AL

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Max. occupancy: 18 4 King Bed, 10 Twin Bed 6 bedrooms 6.5 bathrooms No pets 
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Large, Two-Story Beachfront Home w/Free WiFi, Oceanfront Decks, Fireplace, Views

Make yourself at home at this large (3,400 sq. ft.) beach and oceanfront home that sits directly on the Gulf of Mexico! It's ideal for families and groups of friends and is complete with all the amenities needed to experience a breezy stay. You'll find bedrooms, bathrooms, and beachfront decks on both levels. The main living space of this gem of a home is on the first floor featuring a bright open layout and delightful beach and ocean views from every window. The living room has been furnished with comfort in mind and boasts three comfortable sofas in front of a fireplace and a flatscreen TV with cable and a DVD/VCR. This is a great spot to hang out with your friends and watch TV, plan your next moves, or simply relax with a good book in hand. There is a convenient wet bar under the stairs, which is perfect to show off your bartender skills and prepare delicious cocktails for your group.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all the essentials to make cooking a breeze, including an extra full-size refrigerator that can be found in the laundry room right off the kitchen. It's complete with custom cabinets, black granite countertops, and incredible amenities such as a dishwasher, coffee maker, and microwave. The elegant breakfast bar wraps around the kitchen and seats 10 people comfortably. If you'd like to have more of a formal mealtime, the glass dining table awaits with space for eight. This level also boasts an ocean and beachfront covered deck, which also offers prime access to the white sand and blue water of the Gulf of Mexico. You'll have your very own private dune walk-over with an outdoor shower to rinse off the sand.

The main bedroom is on this level too, featuring an ensuite full bathroom with a garden tub, walk-in shower, and walk-in closet. The other bedroom has a flatscreen TV and an ensuite full bathroom with a nice tub/shower combo. Additionally, you can find a half bathroom in the hallway. Upstairs, you'll find four more bedrooms (two main suites), four full bathrooms, and another covered deck with jawdropping views. Both main suites feature a flatscreen TV, ensuite full bathrooms with tub/shower combos, and shared access to a Gulf front covered deck.

What's nearby:
This coastal gem is located near the celebrated Kiva Dunes and Peninsula golf courses and Ft. Morgan Marina. It is a short drive to world-class shopping and dining in Gulf Shores. Outdoor enthusiasts will have a blast with all the incredible activities and places to visit nearby. The Gulf State Park with its fishing pier and hiking and biking trails is 17.4 miles away. Or you can take the kids to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo (20.7 miles). You'll have unlimited and endless access to biking and hiking trails, fishing, diving, snorkeling, boating, kayaking, canoeing, dolphin watching, and more! Experience the most thrilling adventures at The Park at OWA (26 miles).

Things to know:
High-speed internet and free WiFi, perfect for working from home, distance learning, and streaming.

This property is managed by Vacasa Alabama LLC.

Parking Notes: There is ample space for 2 vehicles in the drive.

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.




Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Kitchen & dining






Water view


Gulf view



Internet : Other



DVD player

VHS library

Wireless router



Nearby activities & attractions

Golf Nearby


Gas grill : Private



42 reviews

Teresa W. Oct 2021
House was great...right on the beach. Makeshift driveway from the main road could be a problem for lower cars...especially when it rains.
Suzanne J. Sep 2021
The house is just as it appears. There is plenty of room and great views. The beach access is GREAT!!
Anita B. Aug 2021
I loved having plenty of room for all the kids and grandkids and never feeling crowded. I loved being right on the beach. We had a wonderful vacation. The couches and mattresses need to be replaced. The washer is small for so many people. With a few updates I would give 5 stars!
Ronnie H. Aug 2021
It was the perfect house for our family and we loved the location! It has some issues-outside door knobs need to be replaced and the drains are slow! Loved all the pots and pans because we are a cooking family. The house would be perfect if it had an ice machine! That would complete the house! We go every two years with all the kids and grandkids- we will try and get this house again! Also- Vacasa was quick to get a repairman there when we needed it! Thanks!! Ronnie HARDIN
Leanne W. Jul 2021
I love the living space and kitchen- large with enough chairs for 18 people. We went with 3 other families with kids and had enough room for all of us. It is right on the beach— walkway is well maintained. It does need some repairs on doorknobs & lights- but Vacasa was responsive when we called them to fix a broken lock. Love that it had 4 rooms with king size beds & bathrooms for the parents ! However the drive way is a dirt road with gravel— it is hard to see especially at night- does need a paved drive way. Overall 4 ⭐️
Manager response:
Thank you for your generous review, Leanne. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the living space and kitchen in our home! We are sorry that you experienced some issues with the doorknobs and lights and are very appreciative that you notified our local staff so that they could promptly resolve these issues. We hope to have the chance to host you again soon!
Robert J. Jun 2021
Beds, baths, eating space, and private beach. There were 11 of us so the kids used the extra bedroom for play space. 5 stars really once Vacasa gets it up to their standards.
Amanda E. Jun 2021
This home had a lot of space for our family beach week but this home needs a LOT of updates. Vacasa just took over management of this home. We got the price that was agreed on from last year with the previous owner. For the price we paid the home was great, that is why I gave it 3 stars. I looked at the home yesterday to book for next year and it is doubled in price from what we paid this year. This house needs too many updates to be priced there for a week. If you have a large group and are looking for a home right on the beach and can get this one for the right price it is great. Some of the issues we had during our week are listed below.
When we got to the house to check in the outside shower was broken and spraying water everywhere, took them 4 days to fix this. The septic system alarm was going off and the sewage water was spraying out, took them 3 days to fix this. The second fridge inside was not cold but it was likely because the seal was bad, they never fixed this and just told us that we needed to make sure to really push the fridge closed each time. It did get cold the next day but both fridges were like this and we had 4 little kids in our party so it was a constant check of the fridge to make sure our food did not go bad. The door knobs did not latch properly, this was never fixed. On the day before we left the heating element of the oven caught fire and we had to put it out. We called on this and they said they would have to order the part to fix it so no telling on a time line for this. The floors are worn, the furniture is worn, and little things like all the toilet paper holders are broken and have toilet paper on them to hold them together. The kitchen was stocked in a rather odd way. There were 4-5 coffee pots bot all the knifes in the home were dull and hard to cook with. The pots and pans were mismatched sets and were so bad that we ended up buying one to cook with over the week and just left it there. There is a crock pot but it is small and older. There was mold in the washer. The beds were comfortable though. The maintenance people were very nice and said that they just took on a large amount of homes and this houses is rented out each week thru the summer so it has not had a good once over.
Manager response:
Hi, Amanda! We are so sorry for the inconveniences you encountered due to this home having new owners and a new management company. The shower has been fixed as has the septic. Please keep in mind this a very old house with plenty of quirks. Thank you!
Michelle . Apr 2021
The location is perfect for privacy and beach access. Glenn was available to answer questions quickly and followed through on our requests. For future guests - you will need to bring trash bags, paper towels, and toilet paper (only 1 extra provided). Only one small bar of soap was provided in the bathrooms and bring ALL bathroom linens, not just towels. We prepared most of our meals there for a week and the kitchen was well-equipped. We did need to provide extra dish soap and dishwasher soap. We were impressed with how quiet the house was - even with 8 people. We had a great vacation!
Coty . Mar 2021
It is a beautiful home with a great location to the beach. If your someone who wants to be in the middle of town this isn’t the spot for you. For us it was perfect quite and away from the hustle and bustle where you can just breath and relax. There where more than enough beds and the kitchen and living area is open and where my family spent most of our time. I would recommend this house to anyone looking.
Nancy . Mar 2021
Glen was wonderful to work with and went out of his way to make sure our trip went well.
Candace . Mar 2021
Our family had an amazing time at this beautiful beach house. It was exactly as described. We loved the easy beach access and porch views. Would definitely love to plan a trip back.
Lisa . Dec 2020
Our New Years weekend trip was fantastic. The property was just as listed. The VIEW was fantastic. We had 12 adults with three small children. Plenty of room for the entire group with very large living area and dining for us all to be together for belated Christmas together due to limiting group gatherings this year. The porch was our favorite spot. We all talked about trying to revisit this property in the spring or summer. The board walk to the beach made great pictures. My son even proposed to his girlfriend on this trip! The size of property and the views far exceeded our expectations. I truly can not complain about any of the little things. Take your family and make memories!!!
Bonnie . Dec 2020
We were a family of 10, gathered to celebrate Christmas after a year of not being able to see each other. Plenty of room for togetherness and yet space enough to not be on top of each other. Extra refrigerator was a huge help. Gulf front with porches and boardwalk making beach easily accessible, caught lots of fish, watched the Blue Angels as they train in the skys right in front, saw dophins playing in the water. Great place, great owner who was easy to work with and always accessible.
Pamela . Oct 2020
The pictures did not do justice to this property!! The house was beautiful and the views were gorgeous. Everything was in working order and as stated. This property is about 16 miles from the heart of town and is away from all of the hustle and bustle. Has an internet connection but cell phone signals were a little sketchy at times. Due to damage from the last hurricane in the area, the houses to the left and right were not even rented at the time so it definitely felt like a private beach for us!! The only con we could find was the bedroom floors were obviously not swept well and full of sand as were the beds, in between the sheets. It had appeared as though they had not been washed since the prior visitors. Other than that, no complaints at all!!
Sharon . Jul 2020
Very easy to rent. The owner was always available when we had questions. We had a great time.
Bart . May 2020
This house was perfect! Great house with incredible access to the beach. Beautiful view off the front of the house and great location overall. Perfect for my kids! I will definitely rent this house again. Highly recommend this house!
Sonya . May 2020
good lay out plenty of room. loved it being right on the beach.
Art . May 2020
We really enjoyed our time at the `Courthouse.` Right on the beach with excellent access. Beach not crowded. Nearby convenience stores. Owner was very responsive.
Douglas . Mar 2020
Great house and location. Very roomy and comfortable both inside and out. We`d definitely stay again.
Rebecca . Dec 2019
A great place for fun at the beach! Owners are very professional and easy to work with. Beach home is well supplied with all things needed for an enjoyable vacation.
Craig . Jul 2019
Loved the house and location. Will go back😎
Philip . Jul 2019
We had a great time at the beach house, until tropical storm Barry forced us to leave early. Our routes home were through Louisiana.
Debra . Jun 2019
This is a great location for anyone with a large group that is not wanting to be crowded on the beach. We had plenty of room for our canopy, umbrellas and chairs. The house is nice and roomy, we had 16 guests and no one felt crowded. The bedrooms are very spacious as well, with each one having their own bath. We loved feeling the nice breezes on the open covered porch that faced the ocean. And the walkway made for easy access to the sand.
Dave & shirly . Jun 2019
We were blessed to have our whole family together in honor of our 50th wedding anniversary for a week at The Courthouse home on the beach! With three grown children and spouses and eight grandchildren ranging from 5 years old to 22 years old/-this house offered exactly what we needed for accommodations and for family fun times. We cooked fun meals and played lots of family games in the wonderful kitchen/great room!! We enjoyed hours on the beach that was essentially private to us. The porches with comfy Adirondack chairs were used daily for relaxation out of the direct sun! The owner was quickly responsive to our few questions—which was greatly appreciated! We highly recommend this Place to you for a large family stay at the beach!
William . May 2019
We had a great time, right on the beach. One small problem that owners fixed right away.
Matt . May 2019
Very spacious house with plenty of room. Beach was beautiful and the location was perfect. We will be back!
Shandra . Mar 2019
The Courthouse was a excellent choice for our party of 18 (4 families). We loved the 4 master suites with their own bathrooms and 2 bedrooms for all the kids which had full baths also. The kitchen is fully stocked, which was so nice. We would however recommend a electric griddle for those big breakfasts. Unfortunately we didn`t have the best weather but that is no reflection on the house itself. The owner was so nice and very attentive to all my questions before our trip. We would definitely vacation again at the Courthouse. Thank you Glenn and Fontaine!
Brandi . Mar 2019
Could use some maintenance with the AC, washer/dryer and hot water tanks. Well stocked kitchen and space for plenty. Great beach front spot.
Kelley . Nov 2018
Beautiful location on Ft. Morgan- which was a surprise, since it was listed as Gulf Shores, but was fine. House has a great layout and was perfect for our large family gathering! We loved the large deck for watching the dolphins every day! Thanks for sharing your home!
Desira . Oct 2018
The location and home layout was perfect for our ten adults party. The home was well equipped and included everything we needed. Thankful for the extra refrigerator. However the home is in need of some repairs and replacements, but it not interfere with us having a.great time. The home owner was easy to work with and very pleasant.
Betsy . Oct 2018
We had a blast! It`s the best stocked kitchen we`ve ever had in a vacation rental! Lots of room! Right on the beach, convenient short drive to town for fun at night, what more could anyone want! Perfect for large multi family group!
Mallory . Jul 2018
There were 7 adults and 8 children but we had plenty of room. The walkway to the beach was a huge plus for our little ones. The location was the best we ever had-almost like a private beach. Sassy Bass is only a few minutes away and had most everything we needed. The kitchen was well stocked-plenty of plates etc. There was plenty of seating for meals. We all loved the Courthouse and the owner could not have been nicer!!! Will definitely return.
Patty . Jun 2018
The house was beautiful! The best part of my day was sitting on the front porch in the early morning, watching the colors of the sunrise and enjoying the sound of the waves. We had plenty of room in the house, and particularly appreciated the wood floors, high ceilings, and lovely decor. We never had any maintenance issues, and especially appreciated the cold air-conditioning, even upstairs. The beach is clean and quiet, and we were continually entertained by the pelicans and dolphins. The kitchen was very well stocked, and having the second refrigerator was fabulous! The extra-large washer and dryer kept washing to a minimum. The only thing that disappointed us was condition of the Teflon skillets. The Teflon was scarred to the point that we were not comfortable using them. It was also a minor hassle to bring our own towels, just from a packing standpoint, but aside from that we were quite pleased and would book again.
Irma . May 2018
Our family spent 5 days at The Courthouse in May-June. We were following `Alberto` when we arrived on May 29th. The weather cleared up and we had a fantastic time. The Courthouse was perfect for our family. We were impressed with the availability of items in the kitchen. I can`t remember anything we needed to prepare meals that we didn`t have available to us. Several of our younger family members had not seen the Gulf before and were thrilled from first sight on. It was like we had our own private beach! . We would not hesitate to stay at The Courthouse again.
Kyle . Mar 2018
Everything was amazing. The views, the space, the layout, even the location! We stayed with 6 adults and six kids so we had a full house, but it never felt crowded or overwhelming. The beach is steps away, something that many other house do not offer. The boardwalk makes it so easy to run down there. Don`t get stuck trekking through the sand like in some of the other rentals! It`s about 20 minutes from the main strip so it`s quiet, we didn`t see or hear any loud groups in the area either.
Anne . Jul 2017
We had a group of 17 people, so the 6 bedrooms and multiple bathrooms were great. Location couldn`t be beat; we didn`t want to be close to town and we weren`t. The house could definitely use some work; a bathroom door in one of the bedrooms wouldn`t shut; multiple bulbs were burnt out throughout the house; the broom was all but useless (as was the working vacuum--and it is impossible to keep all that sand out); an upstairs bathroom didn`t drain at all well and led to a funky smell; the deadlock on the front door was busted. I would definitely recommend a larger grate for the grill--the grill was a good size but the grate was about half that. A different family cooked each night and after the first night and an overly extended cook time (and very hungry people), everyone who was grilling had to modify their meal. Kitchen is very well supplied. Two full size fridges was a godsend. The ample seating on the back porch was awesome--it was where the adults gathered in the morning with coffee to watch for birds and dolphins. Beach is beautiful and clean. It is a little hard to walk down because there is a ridge at the water line but given a storm or two i imagine that could change!! Water was clear and warm; we got some jelly stings but nothing that kept us out of the water. All in all the inconveniences were far outweighed by the ability for all 17 of us to gather in one space and enjoy each other. We would definitely return if we can ever manage to clear schedules and get family groups spread throughout the country and world together in one place again!
Greg . Jun 2017
We are three families with 10 kids. Plenty of room, toilets, kitchen, decks and most of all plenty of Beautiful Alabama Gulf & Beach!
Cindy . Mar 2017
This is a great beach house right on the gulf. The kitchen/den area is just right for a large group. It has beautiful, big windows with great views. Two large bedrooms on the second floor have a balcony overlooking the ocean. This home has lots of room and can easily accommodate a large group. We enjoyed our stay here and would definitely go back if we need a house this large. One feature we really appreciated is that it had 2 refrigerators! I would recommend replacing the grill. Overall, we enjoyed our week at The Courthouse very much.
Florensa . Mar 2017
It was six couples and we didn`t have to share rooms or bathrooms.
Kathleen . Dec 2016
This house couldn`t have been more perfect! It sits directly on the beautiful white beaches of Gulf Shores (Ft. Morgan Rd). With two huge decks, (a full deck upstairs too) that offer such beautiful views, sunrise to sunset! The house is perfect for two people or it can easily sleep as many as 20 (I think!) At different times of our stay we had as many as 15 (7 adults and 8 children ages 3 mos to 16 yrs). How wonderful it is to be able to gather all your family in one place! There are two full king suites downstairs, one with a whirlpool tub and a separate shower, plus a hall half bath and a huge and gorgeous kitchen/den that looks out on the beach with deck access and a short walk to step right on the private beach. The house is beautifully furnished and decorated and the kitchen is fully equipped, lots of pots and pans, silverware, and glasses, two refrigerators and a utility room with full size washer and dryer. Upstairs are two more king master bedrooms with full baths, another bedroom with two twins and a day/trundle bed with full bath and a bedroom that is wall to wall twin beds with a full bath in the hall. The king masters upstairs are on the beach side with access to the upstairs deck. At night, if the weather permits, you can open the windows or doors and hear the beach. What could be more peaceful? The owners are but a phone call away and anxious to help if needed. I stayed 4 months this year and I can`t wait to get back!