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Corolla Beach House - Beautiful - Just Off Ocean

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

'Water Music' is the perfect, affordable home for your beach vacation. A very short walk (about 200 yards) to the beach and community pool. Ocean views and the sound of the surf, sunshine, sand, and a fabulous ocean beach plus a wonderful view of Currituck Lighthouse (from the kitchen window).

Let your cares melt away on the outdoor decks in a hammock or swing or relax in the hot tub on a private deck and you will think you have landed in paradise. Large, open, vaulted ceiling in the living and dining areas plus a queen-size master suite with private bath on the top floor. Four lovely bedrooms on the mid-level. Game room with new foosball table on the ground level, basketball and volleyball for our more active guests. Full cable TV (premium channels) and high-speed wireless internet connection are included at no extra cost. See why families come back year after year to 'Water Music.' And oh, yes, our home and our beach are pet friendly.

Sorry, no student group rentals.

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More Details

Howard Search
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Howard Search

I am a retired pharmacist now a photographer and my wife is a registered oncology nurse. We fell in love with the outer banks and its beautiful beaches. We welcome you and hope you will enjoy our beach home as much as we do.

Howard Search purchased this house in 2005

Why Howard Search chose Outer Banks

Our area, in particular, is uncrowded and inviting. The famous wild mustangs are frequently seen just north of our location. Villages at Ocean Hill is a beautiful, residential neighborhood but is close to all conveniences.

What makes this house unique

See the wild horses on the beach just minutes away - Rent a Jeep or take a guided tour. Fly a kite, surf (lessons and rentals available), swim in our beautiful ocean or in the community pools. Relax on the decks or front porch swing. Moments spent here are meant to be savored and remembered forever.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time in Corolla. Thank you so much for renting your lovely place to us. Thank you again. It is a place I would love to visit again as the accommodations were exceptional.
Jul 2010
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Ocean Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1) Pyramid bunk has large lower and single sized upper.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

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Corolla Beach House - Beautiful - Just Off Ocean
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 22 reviews

Spacious and close to everything

  • 5 of 5

This place made really made our vacation. There were only 4 of us with 3 dogs but there was room for so many more. However, the location is so close to everything in the Corolla area that you'll find yourself frequently away while you explore OBX. The proximity to the beach is fantastic and with a very short walk you can find sand between your toes. Also with a short drive you can find a number of restaurants, groceries, markets, and family activities. One of the best things is that just around the corner is a nature preserve with a beautiful view of the sound.

This is a great place for a casual getaway with family and/or friends. I've seen other reviews mention the musty smell on the ground level, sand in the hot tub, and other worn out/outdated aspects of the location. To those "issues" I say this:

1. It's the ground level of a beach house, it's going to smell musty. Besides it's a small area in between the carports with a couch, foosball table, and half-bath so you won't be spending a lot of time down there anyway.

2. It's a near-beach property in OBX, if you have an issue with sand you probably should pick another vacation spot. You'll track sand everywhere you go. We didn't have an issue with the tiny amount of sand in the hot tub, it didn't ruin the experience.

3. The property could probably use new carpeting and an update in decor. But in no way do those things deter from an overall positive experience. Once again, this is a casual place for a casual getaway. If you want something fancier you're going to have to pay more for somewhere else that will provide the same access to the surrounding restaurants and activities.

Pick this place if you are looking for a relaxing vacation with proximity to everything and space to move about.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Less than impressed.

  • 1 of 5

The house itself, structurally, was is good enough shape. Although, outdated, and worn in many areas. But I understand that weekly rentals get a certain about of wear and tear. You must also understand that this was my first weekly rental of this type. I was expecting a better experience, and was over all disappointed. I would also have to say that I was negatively surprised that we either had to rent bath towels, or bring our own. Also, none of the beds were made. Although the bed linens were supplied, they were in a plastic garbage bag, thrown on the floor, of the 1st landing.

Although a water cooler was advertised, there was none. The local water literally stank of chlorine, so we had to purchase enough bottled water so that all in our party had drinking water for the week.

The first floor was musty smelling, and reeked of mold. The outside of the house was grimy, especially around the window frames, sashes, and panes. ALL of the windows were exceedingly dirty, and nasty. Immediately surrounding the house was derbies ( Old hot tub cover, broken and worn out patio furniture, roof shingles... etc...).

Although there were 5 televisions provided (one in the living room, and 4 bedrooms) only two worked on the cable system. Both in bedrooms. The one in the living room did not.

When we first arrived, there was an overflowed toilet, and we had to hunt for the only plunger in a three story house.

We'll probably return to the area for vacationing, as we enjoyed the general amenities of the islands. I highly doubt we'll ever return to that particular property.... I DO know this, we'll do a lot better vetting the properties.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for the usual honky-tonk, bustling, OBX vacation, this is not it! Relaxing, beautiful, uncrowded, yet near anything you could want. Restaurants and shopping nearby and the beach is to die for. Great place to just relax on the beach, read a book, or learn to surf (call Gary at Corolla Surf Shop). Pet friendly too.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our part of the outer banks is unique in it's beauty and ambiance. Thanks for the great review.
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Overall - quite good

  • 4 of 5

Overall clean, comfortable, plenty of utensils, grill, clean modern bathrooms, close to ocean. Only negative was landscaping - overgrown bushes, needing trimming

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, John. We try our best to respond to guest information promptly. Recent storm has kept everyone busy here in paradise!
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Needs updates

  • 2 of 5

Two pluses: close walk to the beach, big kitchen and dining area.

Mattresses very uncomfortable, smells old and moldy. Not very well kept, or clean.

Decorating needs updating. I guess you get what you pay for.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location, Very Poor Upkeep

  • 1 of 5

We were very excited to celebrate my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary and felt confident that our stay would be comfortable as the owner provided details and was responsive via email before we arrived. However, the overall level of cleanliness and upkeep was unexpected and unacceptable, despite the fact that we were well aware the house was older and carpeted.


1. Corolla is beautiful and family-friendly.

2. The house is a 5-7 minute walk to the beach.

3. The pools are nice and a 1 minute drive away.

4. House is dog-friendly.

5. The great room is a good space for the family to hang out; most houses in the neighborhood have rooms like this.


1. When we arrived, we were told that the linens were not yet in the house; when they did arrive a couple hours later, they were the wrong sizes.

2. The comforters on the beds were absolutely filthy; one comforter and two blankets had what looked like dried blood on them. The owner responded that someone would pick them up to clean them; they were picked up, but never returned.

3. Additional blankets were thrown into the washing machine area, but not washed. The owner stated that he would provide us with a $50 credit if we washed them ourselves. First, they did not fit in the washing machine. Second, they were covered with pet hair and dirt. Finally, the cleaning team should have taken care of this.

4. The stairs and edges of the carpet were not vacuumed revealing piles of pet hair and food bits.

5. The deck had about 7 chairs and 2 chaise lounges. 3 of the chairs and both lounges were broken. The rest were filthy. When I told the owner about the broken chairs, so he would know we did not break them, he asked us to take them to the curb for trash day. No, that should be done by the cleaning crew.

6. When we opened the hot tub, there was hair and sand in the bottom. We did not report this to the owner as we were already exasperated by the lack of service. A person came on Wednesday and put chlorine in; she did not empty the tub or clean it.

7. In contrast to the information provided by the owner, the trash was not picked up on Wednesday.

In summary, our otherwise lovely vacation was peppered with unnecessary inconveniences that could have been easily avoided with better cleaning and attention to detail. Overall, Corolla is a lovely place to vacation, but our advice would be to just pick a different house.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry you did not have a favorable response. I can't understand many of the complaints unless the fact that the linens were late set the stage for the rest. I tried to address each and every one of your complaints but evidently was unsuccessful. Other guests have not had these problems. Our hot tub maintenance lady is a neighbor and has been maintaining our hot tub for over 10 years. If there is a bit of a problem, she dumps the tub and refills it. Maybe you would be happier with the Hilton next time.
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Volleyball- Court is just across the street.

Sorry, we do not rent to student groups.


Rates & Availability

Ocean Hill House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
July 8-August 5 Special!
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 5-12
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
August 12-19
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
August 19-26
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
August 26-Sept 2
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sept 2-16
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sept 16-Dec 16
Sep 16 2017 - Dec 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Bed Linens $70
Pet Fee $95
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $135
Tax Rate 12.75%

No student rentals please. Sorry but we only rent to adult (over 24 yrs) family groups.

CANCELLATIONS & Refunds – A sixty (60) day notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations that are made more than sixty (60) days prior to the arrival date will incur no penalty except if deposits were made via PayPal or Credit card. All PayPal/Credit Card cancellations are subject to a 5% Cancellation fe

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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