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Phil Karsting

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Fall weeks still available

11 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

South Rehoboth House Rental Photos and Description

Sunday to Sunday, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps maximum of 6)

Three bedroom, 1.5 bathroom beach duplex with bright and airy great room overlooking the treetops. This 2nd floor, walk-up unit is entirely seperate from the owners' two-bedroom unit below.

The south end of the boardwalk and beach are about 4 1/2 blocks away. Best of all, no need to cross Route 1 to get to the beach.

If you like Dwell Magazine (or just have an aversion to doilies and dried flower decor) this might be your kind of place. Great light, gentle cross breezes and simple, efficient design set it apart from other beach rentals.

Decks on two levels enlarge the living space. First deck at ground level is perfect for private sunbathing and a great 'drop zone' for beach chairs, umbrellas and towels after a big day at the beach. The upper screened deck is perfect for post-beach cocktails and family style dinner.

Finally.....there's the outdoor shower. Down a boarded path, the shower is tucked away at the back of the property. It's private, yet open, with a big 'rain' shower head and bench. You'll miss it once you've returned home.

Last season, this unit was completely repainted and updated with new beds, sofas and carpet. For 2016, the 1.5 bathrooms have been completely renovated with new tile, fresh paint and updated fixtures.

A note about email inquiries: Please don't be troubled if my response isn't immediate. I travel frequently (sometimes to places with sketchy wifi and cell coverage) often don't get an opportunity to deal with rental questions until evening hours.

Also, please check the availability calendar. I keep it up to date and if the week is blocked out it means a) the unit is already booked by family or friends, or b) I've already cashed a check from someone who is looking foward to a beach week and I don't have any flexibility for those dates.

Thanks.

Keywords: Duplex

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Phil Karsting (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Phil Karsting

This property is primarily a weekend getaway for two Washingtonians. We keep the downstairs unit exclusively for ourselves and use the upstairs as a rental and accommodations for visiting family and friends.

Phil Karsting purchased this house in 2007

Why Phil Karsting chose Delaware

The beach...of course. And lots of good dining and sport activities. There's also a fantastic 7- mile (mostly shaded) bike trail to Lewes where they have a great farmers market on Saturdays during the Summer. Bring your bike or rent one.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time...thoroughly enjoyed your place!



Getting off the plane Friday I literally felt like I was waking up from a dream....which was a first time experience for me, and very surprising, as I have done a fair amount of traveling...

We go east every summer, and we're already looking forward to next year....We usually stay a week on the South Jersey shore (my family is there), and one in RB, but we're considering spending both weeks in RB next year! We'll see!



Again, we completely enjoyed your place, and were very comfortable there! Thank you!
Sep 2011
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Reviews

4.7
based on 11 traveler reviews

Fall weeks still available
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 12 reviews
4

Well Kept, Great Value and Close to Town

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for a week in August with our 2 young girls (ages 4 and 1) and had a great time. The space is clean with modern touches (not your typical tacky beach house). The outdoor decks and landscaping give you a sense of seclusion and privacy. The outdoor shower is awesome, especially after a day at the beach and you don't want the kids tracking sand through the house. It is in relatively close proximity to Rehoboth Avenue, about 15 minutes or so, but it is enjoyable, as you pass through Silver Lake and the surrounding neighborhood. If you have bikes, there are plenty of racks to lock them up on the boardwalk. Overall, a great time, and we will consider it again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Comfy and convenient

  • 4 of 5

The description of this rental is accurate and complete -- no surprises. Two of the best features of this rental were the owners. They made it very easy to communicate with them by phone and text. I never got the feeling that even my smallest concern was neglected in any way. The place was, as described in other reviews, cozy, not fancy but with many nice features, comfortable and clean. The outdoor shower really is a gem. Our only problem was who would get to use it first! The screened porch was quite enjoyable, too.

The other reviews were also quite helpful in getting more details about the walk to the beach (quite reasonable) and other things we wanted to know. We did buy a parking permit for the week, just in case, and we found the closest street adjacent to the beach had plenty of parking during the week so we could drive our chairs and other gear there rather than having to walk with them (only slightly more crowded on weekend, get there around 9 or earlier and you shouldn't have an issue). Very convenient. The duplex is close to route 1, so there was a reasonably muted (but audible) traffic noise at night with the windows open, in the room closest to the road. It did not keep me awake.

It may be something we'd like to take for granted, but when you get a rental and really have no complaints of any significance, then you know the owners have really put a lot of thought and care into the unit. Everything was in working order. My main caution to renters is that if you plan to do much cooking, be aware that the cookware is a bit random and the kitchen stove is really only sufficient for very simple meals. We were probably more interested in cooking "at home" than the average renters. Specifically (for example): almost all the pots and pans are old Teflon (got a couple others from the thrift store across the way); we had to buy knives (and a used knife sharpener) because the knives in the drawer were very dull; there was no grater (but a nice garlic press); and the burners on the stove were not level, making any hot liquids a bit of a hazard. I should also mention, if you want to eat inside, there are 4 stools around the kitchen counter, but no real indoor dining area. On the plus side, there is a small health food store literally across the street, so last minute purchases were a snap.We genuinely enjoyed our stay and felt we got our money's worth; I believe you will, too. Our sincere thanks to the owners for being so warm and gracious.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

A relaxing place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

The upstairs home was cozy, clean, efficient and had everything we needed. Three bedrooms and master is separated with small bathroom. Location was a big factor and we enjoyed the short walk to the beach. Also, great to be in walking distance of the downtown entertainment and eating places. There was a nice garden area and outdoor shower was a big hit. Yes, we stay there again and probably will.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great spot for beach vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for a week, mostly by ourselves with visitors for one weekend. We enjoyed the open kitchen/living, enclosed porch, deck, outdoor shower, beach chairs, bikes and washer/dryer. It was a 15 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride to St Lawrence beach. We also walked to dinner in Rehoboth (20 min) a couple of times. Property owner was downstairs for part of our stay and was very helpful in answering any questions. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Good Value at Rehoboth

  • 5 of 5

We rented last minute in August 2014 and were lucky this place was still available. I give it five stars not because it's perfect, but because it's a good value and safe bet. The owners were there, but we didn't see them much, and they seemed really nice. They were helpful and normal and we had no problems at all with getting our deposit back. So I'd say this is a trustworthy, affordable rental. No surprises, no horror stories.

The price of this place is pretty low for Rehoboth, but the location is a compromise. It's .7 miles to the beach and boardwalk. I would say that if you are young and don't have small children, then you can easily walk. I ran there every morning. But if you have small children or older folks, or if you are carrying a bunch of beach stuff, then you will need to drive. We drove. Suggest checking out Google maps streetview to see the street.

If you have to drive, parking is not that difficult. During the day, we never had a problem parking near the beach. Parking only becomes difficult in the evening, especially on weekends, when everyone is going out to restaurants and bars.

Some people say rent a bike, but I brought a bike with me, and never rode it anywhere after the first couple of times I nearly got run over. The house did have an extra bike or two, but they weren't in great working order. Can't recommend planning to bike anywhere.

The place itself is as pictured - it's simple, nothing fancy. It was pretty clean, but I think the cleaning lady was in a bit of a hurry, because some things were let go, like dust under one of the beds and some mildew on the bottom corner of the shower curtain. But it was minimal, and overall the place was free of dust and grime, the kitchen was very clean, and I felt comfortable there and not worried about germs or bugs (there were none). The furniture was simple but seemed new enough.

There are only two negatives I would point out. One is that the beds and linens were really uncomfortable. The sheets didn't seem to fit the beds properly and would get all bunched up. If I went there again, I'd bring my own sheets and pillows. This year they got new mattresses, so hopefully the bed situation is better now.

Also, the bedrooms are small. The two of us felt a bit cramped in the bedroom with the larger bed (queen?). I'd say this is a good place for 3 or 4 people, but more than that and you can expect to feel crowded.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We had a great stay...

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property, great location, and great for families. Phil, property owner, was incredibly hospitable and made sure we had a wonderful stay. Would return again!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Map

Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Nearest Point of Interest
Bin 66 Wine Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
Bad Hair Day Salon/Spa
Nearest Point of Interest
Browseabout Books
Nearest Point of Interest
Bike Trail to Lewes starts here.
Nearest Point of Interest
Foot Bridge and Playground
Nearest Point of Interest
Fifer's Market

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Rates & Availability

South Rehoboth House Rental Rates

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Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$1,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

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Amenities

South Rehoboth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • ….plus outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , with half bath
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
A great OUTDOOR SHOWER is one of the best perks of beach living....and ours is pretty sweet with a wonderful rain shower head. The screened dining porch is perfect for post beach cocktails and family dining.

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