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Charming Private Oceanfront Home Just Steps to the Beach in 4X4 Off Road Area

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 6

Privacy and location are at your fingertips. Looking for a private home with fantastic views that is right at the ocean but sheltered from the rest of the humanity.... look no further. Outdoor living is the heart of 'Moonshadow' with a very spacious screened porch that contains a complete kitchen including refrigerator, dishwasher, sink and large gas grill. A hammock for those lazy summer afternoons or maybe even a summer thunder shower. There is also a seating area with comfortable chairs and footrests. You can read, swing in the hammock, watch the wild mustangs walk by, or have your dinner all in 'Rufito's Cantina'. The best part of this area is that it can be closed off by electrical shutters that protect it during storms or windy conditions. Multilevel decks surround the house giving a very different ambiance in every area. Watch the dolphins, the many bird migrations, and even hummingbirds right from your own deck. Four wheel drive is necessary to insure a pleasant stay.

Wild Spanish Mustangs and our Loggerhead Turtles: There is nothing more exciting that to get up early and watch the sunrise from the Master Bedroom Suite and see the wild horses walking down the beach. And if you are really lucky, you may see a newborn colt walking next to its mother. There is not a better place to view our wild horses than from our own deck. People pay large amounts of money to have guides take them to see the horses. You have a front row seat where you can not only watch the horses, but you can watch the tourists that watch the horses. Both are equally interesting and sometimes quite comical.

We have been very fortunate to witness first hand the nesting of Loggerhead turtles on our beach. This is not a situation that occurs often. If you are fortunate enough to be apart of the nest sitting and actually experience the hatching, it will be an experience of a lifetime and one that you will never forget.

Rufito's Cantina: This outdoor kitchen is great for any activity from eating to napping in the hammock and since it is all screened in there is never a problem with bugs trying to share your meal. The large gas grill allows you to cook inside even if the weather is poor. Ceiling fans keep you cool and the electric shutters can be closed to protect you from the wind and rain. There is a lounge areas with two comfy chairs and footstools where you can lie back and watch the world go by or immerse yourself in a new book.

Beachcombing, Dolphin and Bird Watching: There is nothing more peaceful than to walk the beach and watch the dolphin surfing the waves or jumping out of the water as they play and feed all along the ocean. You will see all types of migrating birds that stop by for a visit. We even have hummingbirds that feed on the flowers on the deck and at our feeders. As you walk the beach, you never know what will lay at your feet. There always seems to be some gift from the sea that presents itself on each walk. Sand dollars, sea stars, and a variety of shells and other unknown items come and go with the tide. Sometimes the ocean is calm as a lake and other times it can be quite rough with huge waves and high tides. There is always something to catch your attention or allow you the excuse to do nothing. A full moon rising over the ocean is truly a romantic, soul searching experience that will give you long lasting memories of your visit to 'Moonshadow'. Here are two links that will give you additional information and more pictures.

More Details

Rufus Baldwin
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2017


Corolla House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Outdoor Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We have two kitchens that compliment each other. The small refrigerator in the 'Cantina' is perfect for beer, soft drinks and a staging area for the gas grill. A separate dishwasher is great for putting in all the prep dishes from the evening meal, eliminating a need to carry them back into the house. No need to bring bottled water as we have our own reverse osmosis water treatment system that can be accessed in the main kitchen, the icemaker, and a special faucet in the 'Cantina'. There is no pool and no hot tub.......just the view and the ocean right at your feet.


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Charming Private Oceanfront Home Just Steps to the Beach in 4X4 Off Road Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Stop searching for other rental, Paradise is here!

  • 5 of 5

We had a trip around the east coast coming from Germany and have searched for a outstanding home to rest at the end of 3 weeks around the US. I have compared a lot but this house seems to be a class of its own at OBX. Location, pricacy and a full appointed home. We have found our paradise at Swan Beach.

The owner is such a courteous host. He answered within a day on every question I had and provided us with a lot of information upfront. Delightful.

We had long summer walks around the Corolla beach area and have seen a lot of houses but nothing compares to this. Stay here! No regrets!

Und für Besucher aus Deutschland. Dieses Haus ist einfach das Beste was man sich vorstellen kann. Wer darüber nachdenkt seinen Urlaub auf den Outer Banks zu verbringen, sollte sich das nicht entgehen lassen. Das Haus ist für einen Strandurlaub einfach perfekt.

Der Besitzer ist jederzeit per email oder Telefon erreichbar und gibt sich viel Mühe. Ich kann es nur weiterempfehlen, wir haben wirklich eine tolle Zeit dort verbracht.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that your stay was memorable. You chose a very difficult time of year to visit as the weather is unpredictable. Glad you had several days of beautiful weather. We enjoy going there in the winter as it is equally nice. Watching the huge waves roll in and the pelicans flying close to the dunes is equally exciting. Thanks for the card and the review......Rufus
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What a treasure !!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Superb rental - very comfortable, very clean. Wonderful, private location. Great wildlife sightings. Every item you could need or want for a beach vacation was at our fingertips.Owners seem to have thought of everything and were very accommodating and prompt in answering any questions we had. We felt very welcome and that they sincerely cared about the quality of our stay. Hated to leave -- would love to go back. Don't miss Lighthouse Bagels in Corolla....phenomenal.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Experience!!

  • 5 of 5

If you are considering renting a house on Carova Beach, this is the one to pick. The owner, Mr. Baldwin, was extremely helpful, personable, and answered all our questions in a timely fashion before and during our stay. We can also vouch that the hurricane shutters work well. The view and access to the beach is simply unbeatable. The catina with the gas grill, chairs, and view of the beach was one of our favorite spots. Everything was provided, cookware, towels, etc. The home is private and is protected from the wind by a large sand dune, however, you have a really good view of the ocean from all decks (there are three porches) and the catina. The home is ocean front, nothing between you and the ocean except the dune.

The short private sand road to the house and beach pathway was a bonus, especially after seeing how far others had to drive to their rental or walk to access the beach. If it rains, the home is still really easily accessible, unlike others which are actually behind the main dune line. This one is kinda in front of the main line so the sand leading to it is not as deep or rutted. The home was also very clean (something that can make or break a rental for us), no bugs, everything worked properly, quite homey. It was very well taken care of.

We really enjoyed seeing the horses, very neat! Some of the attractions, such as Kitty Hawk and Cape Hatteras are a ways away from the house but if you plan for it, it's not a problem. Corolla Village was really cool. Also, try the Corolla Village BBQ (in Corolla), it's very very good. If you go on a horse tour use BackCountry Safari, they have a great tour.

In short, if you own or can rent a 4x4 vehicle (a must as we saw several stuck people) and are trying to find a place that everyone will like, this home and place is for you. The only bad thing was leaving at the end! We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Myf friends and I have taught for many years and love what we do! The week that we got out of school we visited Moonshadow! We have traveled all over the world together and this was our best vacation ever. Looking forward to being there again! The relaxation we had was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your hiome. It is truly incredible! Thanks Rufus and Linda! Would love to bring the dogs next time.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful, relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful time we had at this beautiful home! Rufus and his wife have truly thought of it ALL! This home is so relaxing and has everything you could want or need! I truly didn't wear shoes all week! It is a short walk to the beach and not too far from town! The house is secluded behind dunes but has a wonderful view of ocean! We saw many horses and dolphins daily! If you. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, you will not find anything more perfect! Rufus is very thoughtful and accommodating! We can not wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good times make lasting impressions. We thank you for sharing your thoughts as we have a lifetime of memories at "Moonshadow". I must admit that it is a lot of work when Mother Nature is not very nice, but it is all worth it when you can lie in the hammock and rock the afternoon away. We even love it in the Winter as the whole environment changes and your experiences are totally different. "Moonshadow" is waiting for you!
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Nearest Airport
110 Miles
Norfolk, Virginia (ORF)
Car: necessary

Just 4 miles north on the beach road at MM17 you will find 'Moonshadow' in Swan Beach's 4X4 Off Road area.

Other Activities: Relaxing, shelling, dolphin watching, bird watching,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Security Insurance Fee $49
Cleaning $160
Tax Rate 12.75%

12.75% local taxes of $429, $160 cleaning fee, and a $49 Security Deposit Insurance are additional. This is an all inclusive price of $3998. Payment Options: Personal check or Pay Pal. Rates are subject to change without notice. This is a non-smoking unit and pets are not allowed. We do not rent to individuals under the age of 27, and we do verify that all guests adhere to the maximum number of people in the contract.

A 50% Deposit is required at time of booking with balance due 90 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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