Our Story

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Welcome to the beautiful beaches and vacation destinations along the Gulf Coast. We are beach lovers who live near the Atlantic Ocean, only 3 hours from the resort town of Ocean City, MD. As beach lovers, we had heard of the powder white sands and gorgeous clear waters of the Gulf Coast. We first came to visit in 1999 and quickly fell in love with the place. We now drive the 16 hours to the Gulf instead of 3 hours to the Atlantic. Not knowing when the return trip might be, and with a potential retirement locale in mind (although that is a long way off!), just for kicks, we started working with a local realtor in 2004. One day in April 2004, one of the multiple list emails had a different type of property. It was a beach cottage in a nice resort called Mainsail. Two days later we were on the plane to Florida, and before we left, we sat at a table at one of our favorite restaurants, Pompano Joes, and signed the papers to buy it. As this was 3 days before Lori’s 40th birthday, she now claims that she got a beach cottage for her birthday. A tough act to top, indeed. It did not take very long before we saw the potential of the area for investment, so we (along with Phil’s brother Sam) have continued to invest in Destin/Ft. Walton and have since branched out to the Alabama beaches as well.


We are not professional real estate people. We have real jobs in a logistics business owned by Phil and brother Sam. We enjoy the rental business as it helps secure our family’s future and we are privileged to make so many friends all around the U.S. and Canada. We pride ourselves on having repeat guests and referrals. We need both to make this work. Along with our 10 year old daughter, we visit the area several times a year and are quite familiar with many of things to do. We are happy to share this information and our experiences with you so that you get a vacation experience that makes you want to return year after year. We’d love to have you visit. Please view the various lodging options and feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have or to make a reservation.



Phil & Lori Polakoff