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We are long-time vrbo renters, and we rented this house over the long Easter weekend. The website's pictures were glorious, and the house was as well! It was extremely clean, well-stocked, even with beach equipment, and the down stairs area was great! The beds, linens, and beach towels were excellent quality. He also was flexible with check in/out. Definitely a top-dollar rental. HOWEVER, the picture of the clean beach from the deck is EXTREMELY misleading, Driving/parking right in front of the house and on the beach were allowed. It sits on a corner of the beach and a public road, which is a long driving area with public assess.There are no houses to the right on this road. There are dunes, and that is the public restroom that we watched all weekend. The driving/parking area is also in front of 3 homes, this one being on the corner as stated. Police had to be stationed at the entrance of the road (in front of this house) because the crowds were so dense and rowdy on Friday. It took 6 police officers to remove the crowd Friday, and we (my children and older parents) were witness to a group-arrest right in from of the house...handcuffs, police vans, etc. They did station police during the day Sat/Sun, but the crowds were unbelievable..so loud. The minute the police left, the crowd got out of hand again; we had to call the police at 10 pm and 2am on Saturday to remove people who were doing unbelievable things. We could also not use the beach in front of the house (except for Mon when he had to leave), as there were lines of cars there continually, even early in the morning. We had to drag our stuff 5 houses down to the no-driving section to set up. (Holidays are probably worse, but there are still cars around due to public access.) On the site, its location with driving/parking access are not disclosed, and the owner had stated that the driving should be removed from in front of his home, but it was not. (new city ordinance). That is not his fault, but keeping the cost/ night as stated, when it what was not as advertised, is. I sent pictures of police arrests and crowds to him and informed him everytime we had to call the police. Apologies were made for this unfortunate situation, but we still had to pay top dollar for this terrible inconvenience. Seems that being close to town justifies this high price?? He did offer to let us stay into the week, but of course, we had school/ work.INQUIRE about the current status of the driving situation before you rent.
Owner's Response: We have spoken with the renter about her bad experience Easter weekend and expressed our sincere apologies. Unfortunately, this weekend was an unusually crazy weekend for all Galveston beaches. The house is adjacent to the access road to a public beach. There are bollards/dividers that prevent people from driving on the beach that we have successfully petitioned to the City to have relocated. So as of May 1, 2012 the beach in front of the house will not be accessible by car.
We appreciate the renter’s kind comments regarding the quality of the house. We have worked hard with the City of Galveston to clear the beach in front of the house so that it would not be accessible to cars. We hope that in the future that the renter’s will find the beach to be as nice as the house, since cars will no longer be allowed to park on the beach in front of our beach house.
Helpful votes: 5/8
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