Oceanfront? Yes, and exactly as it should be — with million-dollar views! Savor your morning coffee in a rocking chair on the upper deck —just steps from the kitchen — while you watch the kids play in the surf or the dolphins frolic in the waves. Go back out at dusk to enjoy the sunset and gentle evening breezes as you have supper around the picnic table, then watch the moon rise as you linger over dessert.
In between, after you've had enough sun and surf and fishing for the day, enjoy the private hot and cold outdoor shower. Then, grab a one of the great beach books from our extensive library and hang the hammock on the lower, shaded deck.
If rain showers blow through, take that book upstairs and curl up on one of the daybeds in the Crow's Nest, or just enjoy the oceanfront view that goes on forever. Or, if you're feeling more active, push back the three love seats that cluster around the big-screen TV and turn on our yoga DVD for your own private yoga class.
At night, stroll out your own private walkway to the dune deck and practice identifying the constellations (there's a great app for your iPhone or iPad to help you). Or, walk just 8/10 of a mile down down the beach to Bogue Inlet Pier and see what fish are biting. Or, push back the furniture like we do, and play some dance tunes through the iPod dock or by using one of the DVD players for your CDs. For a quieter time, enjoy our selection of puzzles and board games.
We have five cable TVs, two DVD players, some of our favorite old videos for the VCR, and, of course, clock radios in every bedroom. And, you should have no problem streaming videos on your Netflix account, or hooking up your own Wii or xBox to the TVs!
If you have trouble living completely on 'island time,' or if you absolutely have to bring work along, there is broadband Wi-Fi throughout the house.
The kitchen is fully equipped (including Jenn-Air range, microwave, toaster, toaster-oven, coffee maker, blender, slow cooker, ice maker, lots of specialty cookware and good kitchen knives with a good sharpener). The inside dining tables seat twelve, in addition to the four stools at the breakfast bar, and we provide an ample number of table settings in case guests drop in.
There are four two-person bedrooms (two of them with king beds and two with queens — two are oceanfront, and two have nice ocean views). Each bedroom has its own full bath and direct access to an oceanfront deck. The large Crow's Nest has four more single beds, and accesses one of the en suite bathrooms (one floor down) directly through a separate door, without having to go through the attached bedroom. There is also a queen sleep sofa in the living room.
Our duplex will sleep up to 12 on a side, with 4 of them (often kids) being in the Crow's Nest. But some folks prefer not to sleep people in the Crows' Nest at all, because they love its great views and like to use it as a refuge as the kids run in and out downstairs; others enjoy it as a dedicated media room to watch movies or the big game on the big screen. In fact, our low rates and great views have enticed some couples to rent the house for a getaway just for the two of them!
You can even double your bedrooms and bathrooms! If you need more room, remember that this is a duplex. Subject to availability, we can offer the other, mirror-image side for you to rent as well (and sometimes at a discount). While completely private and well soundproofed, the two units can communicate through otherwise-locked passage doors on the two decks, as well as through the rain-protected carport on the ground entry level. We enjoy renting both sides to host large families, weddings, company retreats, yoga and writing workshops, and groups of home-schoolers on field trips.
We welcome children of all ages. You'll find a couple of baby gates that you can position at the top and bottom of stairs. We do encourage you to sleep babies and toddlers in their parents' room, both for their safety and for their sense of security in a strange house. Because of sanitary and safety concerns, we don't offer cribs or high chairs, but we can help you rent up-to-date ones if you don't travel with them. Do bring your own outlet covers if you want them, as it is impracticable for us to guarantee that outlet covers remain in place in a vacation rental from week to week.
'I'm bored!' Well, if the beach and the surf and books and TVs and puzzles and games aren't enough for your kids, let them ride their bikes and skateboards on our quiet cul-de-sac or along the miles of paved pedestrian/bike paths in Emerald Isle. They'll also find a basketball goal in the cul-de-sac, and, within easy walking distance are a miniature golf course, a go-kart track (well out of earshot!) a water slide, an arcade, and ice cream shops.
For the whole family, there are many other services and activities within easy walking distance: Bogue Inlet Pier, the grocery store, the ABC store, a coffee shop, a hardware store with fishing supplies and beach equipment, restaurants, a movie theater, surf shops, and numerous specialty stores. Extensive paved bike/walk paths make exploring more distant shops, services and scenery a breeze. Other adventures await you a short drive away: boat & kayak rentals, charter fishing, historic Swansboro and Beaufort, the NC Aquarium, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, Cedar Point Park, Hammock's Beach State Park, Fort Macon State Park, cruises to Cape Lookout and dolphin-watch cruises. And don't forget the wonderful walk along the beach to Bogue Inlet at the western end of the island.
We can occasionally allow up to two small dogs, but only with special permission and a nonrefundable pet fee of $150 per dog. We love dogs, but please understand that we have to be picky because we need to be confident that we can quickly turn the house around in pristine shape for our next renters. Tell us about your 'best friends' – weight, breed, age, length of fur, on year-round flea and tick preventative, crate-trained? – and request that we email you the special provision in our rental agreement regarding pets.
There is Absolutely No Smoking in the House! We do provide urns for the disposal of cigarette butt outside, and ask that you use them – not just because butts on the ground are unsightly, but because the beach grasses and high coastal winds can quickly fan a hot cigarette into a blaze threatening many houses.
While we prefer weekly rentals (usually Sunday-to-Sunday), we will at times consider renting for shorter periods with a nightly rate that is 1/5 to 1/4 of the weekly rate; because of the high demand for our house on a weekly basis, these shorter periods are typically available only for mid-November through mid-March, and only 10 days or less in advance. Discounted multi-week rates are available. Email us your questions!
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I'm a native North Carolinian who grew up spending two weeks at the beach every summer with my extended family: mom and dad, my sister, grandma and grandpa, and assorted aunts, uncles and cousins. Those vacations were glorious, marked by huge family dinners (often featuring the fish that dad and granddad had caught that very day) and by hours riding an inflatable raft in the surf. I've tried to recreate that feeling at Emerald Isle for my own family, and for yours. We take pride in lovingly maintaining – and continually updating – a house that we, and you, will want to return to again and again.
A lawyer by training, I'm a traveler by calling and a flying trapeze artist by passion. I've lived in four countries and traveled in many more. Always, everywhere, I'm on the lookout for a place to ride the waves that were so important to my childhood – whether in a huge wave pool on the shores of the Danube in Vienna or in the frigid waters of the North Sea. In exotic places or back home in Emerald Isle with my boogie board, I'm twelve years old again. Come to the beach and play!
I’d love to chat with you about our beach house. Send me an email with your questions, or feel free to call me directly, anytime, on the phone number listed here on VRBO. We find it is very helpful to have direct conversations – at least by email – with all our renters. We want to be as certain as we can that our house is a good fit for your vacation needs so you will have a great experience, will want to return and will recommend us to your friends. And, we want all our renters to understand that they are guests in the home of a family just like theirs, because we believe that will encourage our renters to treat our home with the same care and respect they would want us to give their own home; that, in turn, helps us offer remarkably low rates.
When I returned to the States in the early 1990's after a diplomatic posting to South America, I began looking at beach houses within a few hours drive of my permanent residence in central North Carolina, in an area that had ample services but was not overbuilt. I visited scores of oceanfront houses, but none of them sang to me. Finally, I found a lovely vacant lot on a quiet cul-de-sac in Emerald Isle, and I set about designing a house that would incorporate the best features of what I had seen during my search.
We truly enjoy being able to walk and bike everywhere; we can easily park our car in the carport and not use it for two weeks. And, since we are always doing maintenance to keep the house fresh for you, we have come to love the smell of acrylic paint and caulk mixed with the salt air as we enjoy the ocean view from the top of a ladder!
Our oceanfront house is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in a residential neighborhood a short walk from the Food Lion supermarket, a coffee shop, ice cream shops, movie theater, restaurants, surf shops, Bogue Inlet Pier, the liquor store, a hardware store with fishing supplies, beach shops, miniature golf courses, water slide, a go-kart track (well out of earshot!) and arcade. Golf carts for tooling about the island may be rented nearby.
Extensive paved bike/walk paths make exploring slightly more distant shops, services and scenery a breeze. Other adventures await you a short drive away: Emerald Isle Woods Park, boat and kayak rentals, deep-sea charter-boat and guided fishing, the historic ports of Swansboro, Morehead City and Beaufort, the wild ponies of Shackleford Banks, day cruises to Cape Lookout and dolphin cruises, the NC Aquarium, Cedar Point Park, Hammock's Beach State Park, Fort Macon State Park and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum. And, don't forget the wonderful walk along the beach from our house to Bogue Inlet at the western end of our island.
Swimming, boogie boarding, surf fishing (and your own fish-cleaning station!) are just steps away down your own private walkway to the beach!
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