I stayed in this condo over labor day weekend with my husband, our 3 month old daughter, my husbands two sisters, one of their husbands and their 13 month old daughter. It was a full house! Unfortunately Tropical Storm Lee had also arrived on the same day we did. It rained for the duration of our 3 night stay and the entire beach, not just the water was closed for most of that time as well. I was able to take one long walk on the beach before being flagged down by a life guard and asked to go back to my condo. So... we spent a lot of time IN the condo.
The Condo: The condo was clean and spacious. The master bedroom is a very nice size with a king bed and a huge bathroom! It also has access to the balcony and the views from that particular unit are spectacular. Being that this condo is on the corner you can see 180 degrees of beach. The views were the best thing about this condo. It was a beautiful sight to be able to look out the window and see the Tropical Storm bands rolling in across the ocean. The balcony was rather small and there was a huge table out there making it almost impossible to get from one side of the balcony to the other. The property owners really need to get rid of this table and just place a few chairs out there. The table makes the balcony hard to enjoy. The guest bedroom in the front of the condo has a small window that looks out over the parking lot and you can also see a little of the marina. That bedroom is rather small with a queen bed and a tiny bathroom but it was sufficient for sleeping. We never turned on the TV in that room. We did notice that all over the condo random outlets did not work. You would have to unplug a lamp to plug in your phone charger but it was no big deal. The twin bed room (2 twin beds) was rather spacious with one window looking out into the parking lot. The twin bed room shared the bathroom that was also the guest bathroom. There was a private entrance into that bathroom from the twin bedroom as well as an entrance from the hallway of the condo. All in all the bedrooms were nice. The beds were not very comfortable, especially the bedroom in the front guest room and the sheets and comforters were scratchy and old but clean. The pillows were also cheap and not very comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped. The microwave, coffee maker, stove, dishwasher, washing machine and fridge all worked well. There were plenty of glasses plates and utensils. The living room TV worked well as well as the DVD player and there are several books in the condo to read. The decor in the condo is very outdated but you will have a hard time finding a condo in Ft. Walton that isn't outdated. Ft. Walton is what we like to call "old school" but that one of the things we like about this area. It's small and not super developed or crowded. Because it rained the entire time we were there we did notice that water leaks into the condo from the balcony. This water got on the carpet and rug and there was really no way to keep it from coming in so I would image the carpet and rug next to the balcony door is infested with mildew and mold. The property managers really need to rip this carpet up an lay tile. That way when it rains the renters can wipe it up with towels. I used the pool once. It is small and there is no deep end. It was clean but very chilly; probably no warmer than 82 degrees at the most. But it was refreshing. You cannot really 'lay out' by the pool because it is sunken in. Each condo does get one assigned parking spot which is nice and this particular unit's parking spot is the first one in the covered garage and right next to the elevator, super convenient.
In conclusion, this condo was exactly what you would expect from a Fort Walton vacation rental. Beautiful location, outdated property and decor but spacious and comfortable. The pool and pool area leaves a lot to be desired but you've got one of the most beautiful beaches right there so I'm sure the pool was an afterthought when this condo was being built.
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