There's no doubt condos are very popular in Gulf Shores and the Orange Beach area. Because it can be hard to pick between the great buildings, we've put together a list of the best Gulf Shores and Orange Beach condos, ranking them by value and bang for the buck when it comes to units in the $100,000-$400,000 range:
1. The Beach Club
While The Beach Club does have condos available for more than our $400,000 top-end range, it also has many units under $400,000. For value, The Beach Club Gulf Shores can't be beat. The building is right on the beach and this luxury resort also has a full-service spa, no less than six swimming pools, clay tennis courts and a fitness center. When it comes to value for your dollar, The Beach Club is the best condo unit you can choose.
2. Phoenix VII
This Orange Beach condo offers stunning views and fine living. Also located on the beach, Phoenix VII boasts the luxury amenities you'd expect from a much more costly condo but at a much better price. The building has tennis courts (indoor and outdoor with lighting), a racquetball court, indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs and fitness facility. Because of the value you get on Phoenix VII condos, we have it ranked as the second best unit in the area.
At No.3 we have the largest beachfront development when it comes to Gulf Shores condos. This is a very popular complex and for good reason: Buyers get luxury oceanfront living at a reasonable price. And this resort has 635 feet of private beach. Whether you're an investor looking to rent or someone looking for maintenance-free living on the ocean, Lighthouse is one of the best Gulf Shores condos.
4. Caribe Resort
Located in Orange Beach, Caribe Resort has units that are outside our top-10 parameters, but, like The Beach Club, it has units for $400,000 or less. This complex boasts great views of Bayou St. John to the north and the pristine Gulf beaches to the south. Caribe features spacious floor plans, high-end finishings and large balconies. In addition, the building has all the amenities, even water slides and a large marina!
5. Surfside Shores I & II
Completed in 1995, Surfside Shores is found in the west beach section of Gulf Shores. Located on the beach with excellent views of the gulf, units at Surfside shores make great investment properties. In addition to a regular pool, this complex also has a separate children's pool.
6. Bel Sole
Situated across the street from the beach, Bel Sole condos are definitely a Gulf Shores gem. With only 49 units, it's a perfect sized building featuring large floor plans with high-end finishings. The kitchen, dining and living areas are open, with floor to ceiling windows and nice balconies. The complex, which is noted for its security, also has its own marina on Little Lagoon. No doubt Bel Sole is one of Gulf Shore's best condos.
7. Crystal Tower
Crystal Tower has 170 spacious, two-bedroom units, each of which has a spectacular view from the balcony. These condos include granite countertops, tiled floors, and nine-foot ceilings. The building has two outdoor pools, two Jacuzzis along with an indoor pool and a games/arcade room. Located across the street from the beach in Gulf Shores, Crystal Tower has a walkway over the road, giving direct access to the beach. When it comes to value, this condo unit is right up there.
8. Gulf Village
With the Gulf of Mexico in front and Little Lagoon in back, Gulf Village has excellent water views. Gulf Village is an efficient basic development with concrete-structure condos. It is beach side with quiet cottages across the street from gulf and features two outdoor pools and covered parking available to owners. You can find one-bedroom condos here for less than $120,000. This development makes for exceptional investment opportunities.
Featuring one and two bedrooms units ranging in size from 650-900 sq. ft., Seacrest in located in the west beach area of Gulf Shores. What sets these units apart is a set of bunk beds in the entryway, adding extra sleeping space. The building has an outdoor pool and hot tub, along with a shaded pool veranda.
10. Palm Beach
Located in Orange Beach, the Palm Beach building has only 100 units. The Palm Beach is, naturally, on the beach and faces the Gulf, offering wide, stunning views, and is just east of Gulf State Park. It features two outdoor heated pools and beautifully landscaped grounds with a boardwalk leading to the beach.