The Bay House, Fort Walton Beach, Waterfront Bayfront Home

The Bay Ft. Walton

The Bay House: Luxurious Oasis on Fort Walton's Bay Drive

Welcome to The Bay!

"The Bay" is a beautiful, quiet, luxurious home with one of the best views on Choctawhatchee Bay. This home is located on Bay Drive which is home to Ft. Walton Beach's most premier bayfront properties. Views extend from Shalimar to Ft. Walton Beach and include Destin's Mid-Bay Bridge, Crab Island, the Destin Harbor, and more.

Seated on a half acre of waterfront property, this home is sure to have something for everyone. The private dock is open to swimmers and boaters alike. There is a small boat launch just a mile down the street which is hidden from all but the locals. If you like fishing, or even watching for them, we've got you covered there too. Large and small crabs, redfish, mullet, shrimp, stingrays, and even dolphin are frequent visitors to our oasis here. Like to walk, run, or bike? Bay Drive has you covered. It's the prettiest street in town, with Spanish moss drooping from our beautiful trees. We are also less than a mile from Ferry Park which has tennis courts, a zipline, baseketball courts, a walking trail, frisbee golf, and more. We are also very close to the Ft. Walton Yacht Club, and from our dock you can watch Regatta (sailboat races) every Wednesday of summer. The Destin Harbor weekly summer fireworks shows are also seen from the back yard patio. The patio has covered seating and a swing, patio table and chairs, loungers, a grill, and a fire pit in the cooler months. There is a hammock in the back yard overlooking the beautiful water views.

The inside of The Bay is just as exciting as the outside. It has the finest furnishings with a classy, coastal charm. Beautiful marble, granite, and high end cabinetry work fill the kitchens and baths. Floor to ceiling windows are sure the please the eye. Both the Master Bedroom and Guest Bedroom Suite have gorgeous views of the Choctawhatchee Bay. From the kitchen you can overlook the waterfront while preparing the next meal. Floors are whitewashed hardwoods. No expense was spared.

This home includes 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. It can sleep 10 people in beds plus 2 on a sofa bed. The driveway has room for 6 cars, or a few less and a boat trailer.

If you want to bring your boat, you may certainly do so. Jet skis are welcome here, too. We have a dock with ropes and bumpers waiting for you. If you want to kayak, bring it. Snorkeling, shelling, fishing, swimming, or just doing absolutely nothing....This is your private playhouse and has everything for your dream vacation in your private backyard. We include bikes, two paddle boards, a floating dock (like a BOTE), and floats and water toys. You can rent a Golf Cart and ride around our cart-friendly community--to shopping, restuarants, great parks, or to the grocery store. When you want to go to the beach, there are seven local access points within 2 miles of our driveway. Come enjoy the quiet side of Destin/Ft. Walton Beach!

Technical details about The Bay

  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Maximum occupancy is 10 people (infants included)
  • Master Suite has a king size bed
  • Master bath has a single vanity and a cast iron tub/shower combo
  • Second bedroom suite has a King bed
  • Third bedroom has a Queen bed
  • 2nd bath is Jack & Jill, which connects to both guest bedrooms. Walk-in, newly remodeled shower
  • Third bathroom (upstairs) includes a shower and single vanity
  • Living room has a queen size sofa bed with tempurpedic mattress
  • Fully stocked gourmet kitchen with all the finest furnishings
  • Laundry area includes full size washer and dryer, with custom cabinetry
  • Keypad lock to ensure you never have to look for keys
  • Wifi and cable TV are included
  • Pet Friendly (but all pets must be pre-approved)
  • Pack-n-Play and high chair are provided in the bedroom closet
  • Beach chairs, umbrella, and umbrella anchor are provided for your use at public beaches

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights are Weekday Nights.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are Weekend Nights.

Your rental total will be your calculated rent, plus a cleaning fee, plus 13% tax.

A $250 Refundable Damage Deposit is required to reserve this rental.

More details: To book this property you will need to contact me to make sure I don't have another contract in progress on your specified dates. If all clear, you will pay the $250 deposit. Once the deposit is received, I will block the calendar and email you a contract. Rent is due one month prior to your arrival. The $250 deposit is returned promptly upon a tidy check-out. I take payment by e-check. Credit Cards are expensive to swipe on large rental transactions. A 5% fee will be added if you want to pay by card.

Get a Quote, Ask a Question, or Request to Book

I do not allow online booking. I like to speak to each of my guests prior to booking. I pride myself on amazing customer service, and will personally handle the details of your reservation. Please fill out this form, and I will be back with you in a jiffy!

Booking Rules

I don't force full week rentals. However, I do not allow reservations that cause small gaps in the calendar which can't be rented. You have to go back-to-back with other reservations, OR leave at least four nights between you. ALL gaps must remain rentable. The calendar won't let you select dates unless they fit these rules.

Babies count! Please include them in your totals.

Patrice S.

March, 2024

Family Time

Lovely home on the Bay with beautiful views. Danica couldn't have been more accommodating from providing lovely home, arranging wonderful boat trip, arranging birthday cake and balloons - she does it all!! Home was perfect for our family group of 6 with plenty of room to spread out. Everyone had a wonderful time and we would definitely go back.

Rhonda B.

Feburary, 2024

Pure Perfection!

Let's start with Danica our host! AMAZING......One could not ask for a more hands on manager/owner. Baked and delivered biscuits to us one morning! We rented the Bay House and the setting was perfect, the house was perfect, the sunrises STUNNING! We have already booked our next rental with RentWaterscape/Danica, and don't plan to rent from anyone else!

Rebecca R.

January, 2024

The Perfect Place

We have stayed both at waterscape and the bay house. We LOVE using waterscape rentals by owner because everything is immaculate and trustworthy! We do not usually leave reviews but perfection is exactly what our stay at the bay house was: the house was pet friendly, clean, had plenty of space, cute decorations all the amenities and THE ViEW made our new years stay perfect. The owner is always receptive to communication and the recommendations were on point. I asked everyone in my family separately if we should go on a cruise or stay at the bay house again and it was unanimous- we will be back to the bay house. Thank you again!

Tonda H.

November, 2023


This was our second time staying in the Bay House. I can’t even put in words how awesome it is! The kitchen is fully stocked, the beds are comfortable and they even leave travel soap/shampoo/conditioner/lotion in each bathroom. They had even upgraded the dock since our last visit - it’s now big enough to have 4 lounge chairs on it and it’s still very roomy! I love how private it feels, too. And, of course, the fact that we can bring our dogs!

One of the best things about it is Danica - she responds quickly to emails/texts and answers every question. Her customer service is great!

We are already checking dates for a trip back next year!

Sarah K.

October, 2023


If I could give this BEAUTIFUL home 1000 stars I would! Me and my husband planned a destination wedding & I searched for months for the perfect home big enough to fit 10 people and our beloved dog Nova. Nearly impossible!!! Out of the blue, a ray of sunshine popped up! Danica is the BEST host, she even gave us a suggestion for our wedding location which was beautiful.

This home is so perfect & HUGE! Slept all of us comfortably. Fully stocked, if you need to cook, everything is there. We took full advantage, cooking on the grill, swimming in the beautiful bay, fishing from the dock, playing games at the huge dining table, drinking coffee at sunrise ☀️🌊 and most importantly getting ready for our big day!

The beds are so comfy & this house is so homey! There was even Halloween decorations which we LOVED! I was definitely not ready to come home!

When we come back to Fort Walton, Danica will be the first person we contact! I can’t thank you enough for making our first time in Florida feel like home. 10/10!

Dana J.

October, 2023

Dolphins and swimming!

What a great trip! The house is perfect and laid out well for two families. We went out in a boat 150 yards off shore and had dolphins swimming everywhere! The kiddos loved it! We had a blast.

Kim C.

October, 2023

"Meade County Crew"

We had an awesome stay at the "Bay House!!!" It was so beautiful :) The equipment they provided at the place was really nice, and in super good shape. The commutation was great! We would 100% come back and stay here again! Thank you for such a nice place to stay at.

Jennifer W.

September, 2023

The Bay House NAILED IT!

Woke up this morning, missing paradise! Saying that our last vacation to The Bay House was amazing is an understatement. I have sat here for a week trying to find the right words to describe our week as words just do not do it justice. My family and I had the pleasure of staying in The Bay House for the first week of September which was hands down probably the best week to visit the Destin area. The weather and water were perfect, less crowds, less traffic...just perfect! We have rented with Danica before at Waterscape which was absolutely amazing... but this time we chose The Bay House to see the best of both worlds! This is a large bay front house... with amazing curb appeal, beautiful mature trees that hug the house, huge back yard that leads to the water and the most amazing dock! The water is so clear you can see the sea life just standing on the dock! 3 bedrooms with an entire second floor with 4 more beds... huge kitchen and living space, pet friendly for our small pup, and all the water items you could ever need or want! We are now booking the Bay House again for next September as we made such fun memories there. Danica hands down is the most amazing human and so very easy to work with. She wants the experience to be perfect and you will be able to tell from the moment you walk into any of her units and hear the music playing that she has left on for you.... She truly has left nothing out! Thank you to Dan and Danica for your hospitality and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Pamala F.

August, 2023

So Perfect!

What a fantastic, relaxing long weekend with the family! The bay house was perfect. We felt far enough away from the crowds to be able to decompress, yet close enough to go do what we wanted to do. We spent a day snorkeling at the beach, drove to the springs for a day and went snorkeling there, spent two days at the bay house relaxing and floating in the bay ( saw dolphins, stingrays, crabs, and lots of fish!); and watched the sunrise every morning! Perfect getaway. Don’t hesitate to rent this house for your family. Danica was a great hostess. She communicated well, everything was clean and the accommodations were wonderful… The beds were SO comfortable! This is a must do. Don’t hesitate! Normally I want to go home after three days. However, I did not want to leave this place. Perfect.

Dana C.

August, 2023

Our Blessed Week at the Bay House

We had the honor of visiting the Bay House for our family vacation this summer. The home was spectacular and the views were breathtakingly beautiful. We had the joy of having family pictures taken and the welcomed surprise of our daughter's engagement during our stay that week. It was truly a memorable week and we look so forward to returning again in the future. Thank you so much to Danica, our superb host and now friend.

Tom C.

August, 2023

Perfect Score!

Took the family for a vacation the first week of August and stayed at the Bay House. It was so relaxing and wonderful. The house is great, big enough, great kitchen, spectacular view, and the bay is so fun. Danica is amazing. She is responsive, helpful, flexible, basically everything you want from who you rent a house from. She has paddle boards and a floating dock we used everyday. My kids are 7 and 11 so it was perfect for them and my wife and I loved sitting in the backyard enjoying the view. Five stars in every category, will be back for sure.

Amber R.

June, 2023

Bay house family vacation

We have stayed at Waterscape for a few years now. This was our first time to stay in the Bay house. We absolutely LOVED it. It is beautiful and fully furnished with everything you need. Danica is very accommodating and attentive. We will be back next year for sure!

Jenny B.

June, 2023

10 stars even tho not an option! 5 does not do justice!

The home was absolutely beautiful. On a quaint street and quiet. The rooms were a great size we fit three couples in the downstairs bedroom and my three girls in the upstairs loft area. Plenty of room for more! The kitchen was well equipped, very roomy for our group. The backyard was an oasis, the kids loved the swing and the sand. They loved laying in the lawn chairs. We had dinner outside some nights, plenty of room for the entire group. We brought a boat, which was perfect for the dock. We played in the bay water most days or boated over to crab island. We saw dolphins three days in a row. We have been coming to Destin for eight years now. Six of those years we have rented with Danica--you will not find anybody better! We have stayed in her beautiful condos and now beautiful house. If you are coming to this spot, she can accommodate you. We've never had one issue.

Tonda H.

May, 2023

The Bay House is Paradise!

We stayed at the Bay House for our much needed vacation. The house was amazing and the view was breathtaking! I got up every morning and watched the sunrise with my dogs. Danica has been great to work with! We are already planning our next trip back later this year.

Linda M.

May, 2023

Relaxing Week

The Bay House is a beautiful spacious home with a spectacular view! Neighborhood was quiet and scenery with the birds singing was very relaxing! Gorgeous sunrises!

Amy L.

May, 2023

This will WOW you!

The Bay House is amazing! It is even more beautiful in person than the website pics. We stayed at Waterscape last year and decided to mix it up this year. A wonderful Mother's Day weekend with paddle boarding, fishing, crabbing, fire pit, lawn games, bike riding.....we did it all. Danica has thought of everything! No really you'll be pleasantly amazed. Comfortable beds, gorgeous stocked kitchen, two refrigerators, large den and only 5 minutes over the bridge to public beaches (but you won't want to leave). The water is clear, the bottom is hard, shallow and the sunrises are amazing. Only complaint we had was that we couldn't stay longer. We will be back!

Anita S.

May, 2023


We LOVE Danica! We took a short notice opening for the Bay House and we were treated like royalty. Everything was perfect. The best part of staying in the house was the incredible Sunrises and if you time it just right the Moonrises. Stunning every morning!!

Kitty Hawk Kites

April, 2023

Teaching the World to Fly

Another successful kite festival!! Thank you Danica for providing an incredible stay for my flyers!!

Angie D.

March, 2023

The Bay The Bay

The Bay House is amazing, if you enjoy privacy and peacefulness this is the place for you! All the comforts of home with the Bay in your backyard. The bonus toys included like the paddle Boards and crab trap give you lots of extra entertainment along with a fire pit makes for perfect evenings. Danica as always is amazing and gives you all the information you need making renting easy. I promise you will be sad when you have to leave this little piece of paradise!

Cindi M.

March, 2023

10 Day Stay at The Bay

Oh my goodness! I've just returned home from a 10-day stay at The Bay. This is a 4 bedroom house on the water in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. (It's actually 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms on the main floor with the entire upstairs being a loft full of beds and its own full bathroom). It's HUGE!! It's very comfortable with so much space to spread out. The outdoors is amazing! The water is crystal clear, and you can walk forever and it's only to your knees. Excellent for kayaking, paddle boarding, sunbathing and for children to play safely. NO HUGE WAVES. It's in a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood. Great for walks, bike rides, golfcarts. Close to shops and restaurants. But I think the best amenity is the privacy. Your group has its own house, backyard, dock, sandy area, water. This is a great fit for a large family, a reunion, a girls or guys trip. We'll be back for sure. 👍👍

Leslie R.

February, 2023


We stayed at The Bay for my sons birthday, 4 nights. The house is absolute perfection! We traveled with 4 kiddos ranging in ages 4-15 and there was soo much to do there at the house for each one, I could barely get them to leave to do anything else. Which meant more relaxation for me 😉 Sand fun? ✅ water fun ✅ drool-worthy views ✅✅. Danica also grabbed my groceries for me before my arrival and made sure every detail was taken care of. Cannot say enough good things about our stay or our host.

Sara W.

January, 2023

Visiting The Bay

We had a wonderful time staying at "The Bay" with Danica. The home is absolutely beautiful and the views are magazine worthy. The beds were extremely comfortable which is something we really appreciate when going on vacation. The home was super clean and supplied everything we needed for our stay. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend staying here! You won't regret it!

Andrea F.

December, 2022

Peaceful Getaway

My parents and our family of 3 plus two dogs had a fantastic time at this gorgeous home over Christmas! Danica went above and beyond to make our stay special. From the beautifully decorated Christmas tree to the sweet gifts that she left for us, everything was wonderful! The views of the Bay are just incredible and having a yard with a fence and hedges on two sides all the way down to the water let our fur babies enjoy the outside without worry of them wandering off. Thank you so much, we can't wait to visit again in the future!

Kitty Hawk Kites

September, 2022

The Bay let our dreams fly

Kitty Hawk kites LOVES DANICA!!!! We had a lot of special requests, and a very tight budget. She met every need beyond expectations, via text and email she was incredibly responsive and effective. Absolutely the BEST experience I have ever had in literally any traveling situation ever. I refuse to ever look elsewhere. I would put all my money on her, and always will. Thank you so much for being the most crucial part of our mission: to teach the world to FLY!!!

Tyler G.

July, 2022

The Bay

My family and I had a wonderful experience during our week staying in The Bay house. We enjoyed the extra space and quiet neighborhood but still less than 3 miles away from the beach.

I would highly recommend the Bay house and/or using Danica with waterscape. Great host and always quick with responses.

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