Ohana Hale – 916 Rio Vista Drive

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4 bedroom cottage on Pensacola Beach with 180 degree Sound Views and across from a sandy beach. Pet friendly. Sleeps 10. Weekly rentals only during peak summer season.

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This 4 bedroom cottage, located on the Soundside of Pensacola Beach, has 180 degree views of the Sound and wrap-around covered decks for enjoying hot summer days. The house is built on three levels including the area under the pilings. We do not have an elevator. The house sleeps a maximum of 10 people and typically rents weekly during the summer months, usually Sunday to Sunday.

This home was built for longtime beach family in 2006 after Hurricane’s Ivan and Dennis destroyed their block home. It is built on pilings and is a very cozy place to spend a family gathering. We call this house Ohana Hale which means Family Home in Hawaiian. We are pleased to offer this house for your family to enjoy our island during the summer. We will consider one well behaved dog with this rental for an additional pet fee.

The house has 3 bedrooms on the main level and one on the upper level. The Master Suite has a King size bed, a small seating area, sliding door that opens to covered deck, TV, charming ensuite bathroom with walk-in tiled shower and an outside private shower as well. There is an indoor dry sauna in the laundry area just off the master bedroom.

The second bedroom on the main level has a King bed and shares a hall bath with the third bedroom which has a Double bed and a piano. The main level also has an open kitchen, dining area and living room with TV, sound system and a fireplace. The main living area has lots of sliding glass doors that access the outside decks. There is additional seating at the bar for 4. The floors are hardwood throughout. On the upstairs deck we have a dining table and lots of casual seating.

Upstairs we have a large bedroom and a computer work area. This bedroom would be most appropriate for the kids – it has a queen bed tucked into a nook, a love seat sleeper sofa, two single bunk beds and a TV. We have recently installed a full bathroom on the upper level.

The house has 2600 ft of interior space plus 1800 ft of covered decks on main level and lots of space under the shade of the house.

Downstairs at ground level, you will find plenty of open shaded space to relax and cook out. There is an outdoor shower outside the master bedroom to rinse off after a swim in the sound. The Gulf of Mexico is a short walk along public easements (sidewalks). There is a sandy beach across the street which the locals call “Baby Beach” because the water is shallow and good for kids to swim. We provide some basic beach toys – beach chairs, umbrellas and a wagon. There are bike, kayak and paddle board rentals available on Pensacola Beach. There is parking for up to four cars in our driveway.

The house is in a quiet residential neighborhood on Rio Vista Drive a few miles away from the core business area of Pensacola Beach. There are no ‘wedding or party houses’ in our neighborhood and we cannot host events or parties. Our minimum age for renting this property is 25 years old – no high school or college groups.


This private home is well appointed with the following amenities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Pack and Play
  • Booster Seat
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Cable TV with Music and Movies
  • Linens (no beach towels)
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  • Hairdryer, Soaps and Shampoos
  • Beach Chairs and Toys
  • Covered balconies
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Coffee Maker
  • Well equipped kitchen
  • Pets Considered
  • Special Events

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This property is managed by local residents Maria and Julie. We are a small operation which means we provide excellent personal service to our guests. We both live less than one mile from the property and are available during your stay as needed. Payments are processed through W&M Investments.