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Stunning Oceanfront Views-Clean-Pet Friendly-Amazing sound system indoors & out

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)


Welcome. Your search for the perfect beach escape ends here...

Just for the Halibut West is not just another beach rental. THIS is a Beach Home, replete with all the essentials. I want my guests to feel welcomed, and comfortable. So, I make sure that they are wonderfully surprised from the moment they arrive. Your vacation is a precious thing. I make sure its treated as such.

Please Click above on 'Traveler Reviews' and read what others guests have said about my little cottage by the sea.

Bookings for the 2017 Spring and Summer Seasons are well underway. The 2016 summer season was a complete sell-out! So, if you have a desired date, don't hesitate to book early!

My 2017 guests will enjoy off-season upgrades at Just for the Halibut WEST, including new Sealy Pillow Top Mattresses, new living room furnishings, new gas grill, and more....

Many of my guests have commented on the sound system at Halibut. I recently installed an integrated system, with speakers both indoors and out. Just plug in your device, and play back the sound track of your Life! One of my favorite Pandora channels is "Laid Back Beach Music." Give it a listen on the expanded ocean view deck.


What makes Halibut WEST so accommodating? When you arrive, the beds are made, and towels are on your bed. The house is clean and welcoming. You merely need to get unpacked, grab a frosty beverage, and step out to the BEACH, or the gracious Ocean Front Deck! That loud noise you hear? It's the SURF!

I hope you can steal some time from your hectic Life to experience this beautifully decorated oceanfront duplex, where the seaside porch, furnished with rocking chairs, and loungers becomes your seaside living room. That smell? It's the salt air!

Greet the morning from the recently expanded ocean view deck, as the sun rises over the mighty Atlantic. Enjoy your morning coffee, as Dolphins meander past. Seabirds soar, waves crash, and the sea breeze replenishes your spirit, releasing you from the World whence you came. You are sitting, front row, on one of His most amazing wonders. This is beachfront vacationing, North Carolina style..

After a day on the beach, enjoy showering 'alfresco' in the enclosed outdoor shower (hot/cold water) with dressing area, located underneath the cottage. I have guests report that they never shower indoors when they stay at Halibut...

So evening has finally arrived. It's time to relax on the front porch, and listen to the crashing waves, the ocean breeze, and your favorite music... Speakers on the deck are soooo sweet! :)

Sandy beaches, gentle ocean waves, and a quiet family atmosphere define the Emerald Isle vacation experience. This isn't Myrtle Beach! It's far less commercialized and busy. It's much more laid back...but, there's plenty to do! It IS the perfect Carolina Coastal getaway.

Don’t forget that your furry family members are welcome. (Limited to two dogs, up to 30 pounds MAX each). No pet fee is required!

Saturday to Saturday rentals. NO SMOKING INSIDE...but a fine cigar on the deck is encouraged. YOU MUST be 25 or older to rent my home.

When making your reservation, please reference 'Just for the Halibut- WEST!'

I look forward to welcoming you to my little cottage by the sea.

Please note that reservations made under false pretenses will be subject to cancellation, and eviction with no refund given. OUCH! Plus, you will have to endure a serious lecture from my Mom.

Keywords: Duplex, Ocean front

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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2017

About The Owner

My name is Mark Storie. I reside in New Bern, NC, and have been a fan of North Carolina's Crystal Coast since I was 10. After visiting Emerald Isle, and visiting Just for the Halibut, it was love at first sight. When you visit, you'll understand just what I discovered.

The Owner purchased this house in 2013

Why The Owner chose Coastal North Carolina

I have always loved this area, and when I discovered this house, I immediately fell in love. This warm, comfortable cottage wraps around you... This home, and this place, are very special.

What makes this house unique

IT'S on the ocean? :) You can throw a shell to the edge of the surf at high tide from the new ocean view deck. The south facing beach view provides sun drenched days, and star filled nights. The home was recently upgraded with a new, larger ocean view deck, new integrated sound system both indoors and out. Plus, new flat screens TV's in every bed room, new hard wood floors, and accent rugs. Why don't you spend a week here, and let me know if what you discover is 'unique'?

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi, I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful vacation at your lovely house. You made us feel so welcomed and at home. Just for the Halibut is so beautifully decorated, is nicely furnished and stocked and has an abundance of heart! You had music playing, beer in the frig, and lights on upon our arrival. We felt so welcomed. WOW! What an amazing place to stay! Thank you for putting your heart and soul into our vacation!
Jun 2015
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Stunning Oceanfront Views-Clean-Pet Friendly-Amazing sound system indoors & out
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

Already booked for next year!!

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Great Beach. What more do you need? We have already reserved for next summer. Only negative was that we could only stay one week.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, VA

Best beach house I've stayed at in my entire life!

  • 5 of 5

This is the best beach house I've stayed at in my entire life! The space is perfectly planned out to efficiently fit three bedrooms and two baths, plus plenty of living space and kitchen counter top space for slicing, dicing and cooking. Last but not least, just a few short steps to the ocean.

Most well equipped home, especially the kitchen, that I've ever seen. Nicer kitchen knives than I have at home! Great supplies already provided to help get you started before you can make it to the grocery store. Tons of items already there for the beach including an umbrella and toys. Very modern appliances. Everything is extremely new and clean throughout the home.

We also loved the outdoor shower under the house. Never even used the indoor showers all week!

Can't wait to come back next year, this time for two weeks!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad to hear you had a great experience, and I look forward to your extended return in 2015! Halibut West is a wonderful beach front treasure. One that I will continue to improve annually. My guests should always expect exceptional value, comfort, and the perfect vacation escape.
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Newark, Ohio


  • 5 of 5

This wasn't our first beach house rental at Emerald Isle, but it was by far the best. The view was spectacular! The house and surround sound was excellent. We saw multiple dolphins, and my husband loves to surf fish - and there was plenty to catch! VERY private considering it was a duplex. The enlarged deck was perfect. Mark did everything to make sure our stay was comfortable. We stayed two weeks, and didn't even leave the beach house the second week! Our puppy loved it too!!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I am happy to know you had a wonderful stay. The surround sound is one of my favorite features, too! I hope you will return next year, as I already have plans for additional upgrades and improvements. My best to you,
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Sanford N.C.

A small dose of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Hi Martha: Coming back to your beachfront home was like coming home for us to the beauty and comfort that surrounds us while we are here. Of course the Tropical storm this week has kind of dampened our spirits a bit, but none the less we have enjoyed being here. Sitting out on the deck in the morning with our coffee, watching the Pelicans soar by and the dolphins out there jumping like it's the best day is total enjoyment. Hope to come back in 2014, but will be in touch with some dates. Hope all is well with you and your family.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joan. So happy to hear about your stay. I apologize for the weather. By the way, I recently purchased this home from Martha, and am planning some upgrades and additions for 2014!! I hope you will come back and continue to enjoy this little treasure on the Beach. Thank you.
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Nice location - beautiful beach!

  • 5 of 5

Great house for a beach vacation. House was nice. Perfect for our family of four adults. We went at a great time of the year before the busy summer season started, there was plenty of things to do and we kept busy everyday. The town of Beaufort, Fort Macon, aquarium, etc, plus of course the beach! The beach was exquisite! We brought our dog who had a great time and was tuckered out every night.

A note to the property manager: Please be sure to fix the back storm door as it was bent and kept getting stuck due to the wind slamming it closed. Also, make sure the correct dishwasher detergent is supplied to use in the dishwasher to keep dishes from getting covered in lime scale which is extremely difficult to remove.

Thanks for renting to us.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Laura..thank you so much for feedback. Glad that you and your family were able to enjoy a great vacation at the beach. Appreciate you letting us know about the back door. I'm assuming that you also advised our maintenance team and they were able to fix this for you. I will followup with them tomorrow to ensure that this has been fixed for the next renter. Thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you to our home next year. Take care, Martha & Rob
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Relaxing Vacation, Beautiful Home!

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful home away from home! Quiet, comfortable, clean and made for an amazing getaway. Just as described in the listing description and the perfect size for 4 adults and 2 kids. Also ended up have great neighbors!! Kitchen has just about everything I needed for a week's worth of cooking, Beach access was perfect and was a great way to spend the day watching the ocean...either sitting on the beach, reading from the deck or relaxing in the living room early in the morning. Thank you Martha for being a great host and allowing us to stay in your fantastic home. Can't wait to come back next year!!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mindy for your kind words. I am so happy that you and your family loved our home. We know how important and limited vacations are so we do try our best to make it as special as we can. We look forward to welcoming you all back next year. Take care and again, thank you.
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Fort Macon State Park, Carolina Maritime Museum, Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina Aquarium, Historic Waterford District, Morehead City Waterfront District, Swansboro Waterfront District, Moonlight & Sunset Cruises, Dinner Cruises, Aerial Island Tours and much more....Suggest you visit Visitors Center on the left - just before you get on the Emerald Isle Bridge


Rates & Availability

Emerald Isle House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Island Pleasures
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mar 25 2017 - May 5 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Island Economy
May 6 2017 - Jun 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Island Value
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Island Value
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Island Economy
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall Fishing
Sep 2 2017 - Nov 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Island Pleasures
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.75%

Payment is required in full thirty days prior to arrival. Optional travel insurance will be offered. Guest may purchase security deposit protection plan for $50 (covers up to $3000 in accidental damage) or pay a $500 refundable damage deposit.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Emerald Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master Bath has walk in over sized shower.... 2nd Bathroom has tub with shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Linens PROVIDED - Beds are made prior to arrival and stripped for you upon your departure.. (1) Master Bedroom has Queen size Bed and its on private bath...Enjoy beautiful views from oceanfront master (2) Two Double Beds in one guest room (3) Two Bunk Beds in other guest room (**) Child Bed Rails provided (you can find under bed in bunk room)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Enclosed Outdoor Shower (hot/cold water) with Dressing Area... TV's in every bedroom. Plus, 42' HD TV in Living Room - An integrated sound system with music indoors and out - Ceiling fans throughout, Clock radios in each bedroom, Hair dryers in every bathroom, ....... Beach toys & Board Games provided.....

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