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Traditional Ocean Front Family Beach House - Newly Renovated

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights


Ocean Drive Beach House Rental Photos and Description

House, 6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

The Fran-Ma-Ray, a wonderful ocean front family beach house on the beautiful beach of Ocean Drive in North Myrtle Beach, is available for year-round rental. The Fran-Ma-Ray has the delightful and comfortable atmosphere of an old-style beach house, but with many modern conveniences.

The Fran-Ma-Ray, located at 821 South Ocean Boulevard of North Myrtle Beach, has been owned by the same family since it was built in 1939. After extensive damage during Hurricane Hazel in 1954, the Fran-Ma-Ray was rebuilt in 1955. It has been enjoyed by many family and friends since that time. In 2009-2010, The Fran-Ma-Ray underwent still another extensive remodeling. The updates include a new open front deck and five sets of new French doors in the living area which open up a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. While the house now features many modern updates and additions (including central heat and air-conditioning, washer and dryer, cable TV, internet access and ceiling fans throughout), the original knotty-pine paneled and hardwood floors heart of the house has been retained and provides the nostalgic feel of an old-style beach house.

The Fran-Ma-Ray features all the comfort and convenience a vacationer could want with the Atlantic Ocean right outside your front door. Everything from the excitement of Myrtle Beach entertainment to the quiet of sitting and rocking on the front porch and watching the waves. The Fran-Ma-Ray offers it all!!

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will enjoy our beach house as much as four generations of the Smith family and friends have over the last 70 years.

Keywords: Fran-Ma-Ray, Beach House, Oceanfront,

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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September 28, 2016
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based on 18 traveler reviews

Traditional Ocean Front Family Beach House - Newly Renovated
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Comfortable - Spacious - Peaceful - A+ Location

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at Fan-M-Ray was superb.

9 Adults, 3 children

- The Kitchen: much larger than I expected & well equipped. This allowed us to prepare most all of our meals without the 4 cooks tripping over one another. The frig is nice & has been updated since the listing photos were taken. The only thing missing is an Ice maker. A stand alone ice maker would be so awesome. :O)

- The Porch: I don't know of a waking hour that at least one of us wasn't occupying a rocker. We also enjoyed every meal on the porch (2 picnic tables). Breakfast on the porch was my favorite.

- The Bed & Bathrooms: The bedrooms are much larger than I expected, comfortable and tastefully decorated in a relaxing coastal theme. The Bathrooms were clean and satisfied our needs.

-The Living Room: The sofas are more comfortable than I imagined from the photos. We never felt crowded or uncomfortable. There's no need to pack those rainy day games & puzzles! They have you selection of any rental we've seen so far.

-Large Backyard: Perfect for Corn Hole, Grilling etc.

-Parking: generous amount of covered parking which is often hard to find. The beach access parking was great for when we had visitors stop by.

Location: Short distance & easy access to the beach. The walk to Main St was convenient ...15 min, 1 mi

We will most definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia, SC

Not enough superlatives to describe the Fran-Ma-Ray!!

  • 5 of 5

For 34 years of annual Myrtle Beach vacations, our family (12+) has not found any beach rental that can hold a candle to the Fran-Ma-Ray! This was out 6th straight year (2011-2016) and we can't wait to get back next year! We agree with every 5-star review posted on the website. Three things we treasure the most about this place are: 1) unique nostalgic feel of the "old days" (50's-60's) w/knotty pine construction combined with modern amenities that you find in modern condos; 2) the numerous "Cracker Barrel" rockers on the southern style wrap-around porch overlooking the beach (coffee sipping in the morning and story-telling/relaxing in the early evening); and 3) the direct access/short walk to the beach (30' to the sand from the deck stairs!). We feel so blessed to have found the Fran-Ma-Ray back in 2011 and think of it as our beach "home-away-from-home"!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colonial Heights, Virginia

The porch, oh the porch!

  • 5 of 5

The Fran Ma Ray, as the sign on the inside reads, allows you to experience a delightfully pleasant trip back in time. From the knotty pine floors, walls and ceilings to the wall hangings taking you back to the 1940's and 50's. It is a place of relaxation amidst the goings on of all things North Myrtle Beach, just far enough away (about 7/8 of a mile south of Main Street) but close enough for a walk to get that ice cream snack or have a dance at the OD Pavilion.

On the main floor there is a large open area that makes a great gathering place. The kitchen, off the main area, has a lot of space and is well stocked with all of the equipment and gadgets that you will need. From our experience at other rental homes, this time we took way much more than we needed. We barely had to unpack our kitchen supplies. There is also a master bedroom on this level with a private bath that has a view of the ocean.

Upstairs there are two ocean front view rooms and plenty of space to move around without walking over top of each other. In addition, we utilized the ground level floor with its' private bath and screened porch.

But it's the porch! The porch, wrapping around two sides of the house is an extension of the living area on the main floor. We spent countless amounts of time sitting in the rockers, eating at the picnic tables and just hanging out.

The property is very well maintained, very clean and a wonderful way to experience the beach! We enjoyed it immensely and will return!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Medora, Indiana

Great for families!

  • 5 of 5

Great location, very clean , a lot of room to relax and enjoy the beach. Large kitchen, cabinets full of dishes, glasses, silverware, pots-pans, crock pot, stock pot for clam bake! Very nice enclosed outdoor showers, clothes line under carport to hang beach towels, area to lock up chairs and umbrellas. Charcoal barbecue (Weber) available. Very nice and clean washer and dryer. A/C works great, even during the extremely hot heat of summer. Living room is very cozy, Directv, furniture is very nice. Has a cozy cabin like feel with all of the beautiful wood paneling. Extra little "bungalow" room with screened in porch on ground floor. Plenty of rocking chairs (8) on porch overlooking the gorgeous view of the ocean. Also 2 large picnic tables on porch. Short distance to beach. Beach not crowded, lifeguard on duty, beach chairs & umbrella rental available from lifeguards. Really nice IGA grocery store(has everything you need) just north of house on Ocean Blvd. My family plans on renting this property again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We returned to the Fran-Ma-Ray where we enjoyed many years in the 60's, 70's & 80's. It was even better than we could imagine, with all the updated features and AC! Our family (four generations) had a wonderful time and we hope to return again next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, PA

Best Vacation House Ever

  • 5 of 5

We went on this vacation to get all of my children (3 different states) and grandparents together for a week. Absolutely beautiful house - decorated beautifully. Has all of the amenities you would ever need. We loved sitting on the porch looking out at the ocean. We grilled and ate on the big screened in porch, played games in the yard, and loved just walking to the beach yards away. If you have a family and want to get away then this is the house that you want to rent. The owners are friendly and helpful and it was so amazing that we did not want to leave. We are definitely going to return and I am already looking into weeks available for next year. My daughter got married while we were there and we all went back to the house and grilled and went down to the beach afterwards. Words can not describe the week that we enjoyed there! The only disadvantage to this house was that we had to leave!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Wide Sandy Beaches with Fine Swimming, Surfing, Sailing, Parasailing, Windsurfing, Fishing, Boating, Bird Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Biking, Shell Collecting, Rocking on the the Porch and Watching the Tide Roll In, Wonderful Seafood Restaurants, Renowned Golf Courses, Tennis, Outlet Malls, Entertainment Arcades, Miniature Golf, Movie Theaters, Shopping, Live Theaters.


Rates & Availability

Ocean Drive Beach House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Shoulder
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

The minimum rental period during peak season is for a week.
Our rental period is Saturday to Saturday.
Rates do not include 11% local and state tax or $200.00 departure cleaning fee.

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Ocean Drive Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Internet
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 1 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Central Heat and Air-Conditioning, TV, DVD, Washer/Dryer, Wireless Internet, Screened in Porch with Outdoor Eating Area, Grill, 2 Enclosed Outdoor Showers with dressing areas for easy clean-up after the beach, Spacious Covered Parking, Locked downstairs storage for Tenant use (beach chairs, umbrellas, beach toys), No Pets Please, Smoking allowed outside only, Municipal Garbage Service.

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