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Newly Built, Waterfront (Aransas Bay) Home, Family Friendly

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Newly Built, Waterfront (Aransas Bay) Home, Family Friendly

Located on a dead end, quiet street bordering Aransas Bay. Excellent wade fishing,swimming, boating, boat fishing, duck hunting; Intracostal Waterway passes in front of the house....good views of various boats passing by

4/5 bedrooms, 4 baths (one with tub/shower;master with shower, 2 with toilet, sink, hardwood cabinets......also a shhowere on the ground floor), private pier, 2 large decks facing water, one on second floor, one on third floor. Fully furnished, all kitchen amenities + Clothes washer/dryer

Wi fi.

All new house completed in June, 2013.

All,kitchen and bathroom cabinets are hand built of hardwood; kitchen counters are granite (both wall counters and island counters) Bathrooms are tiled in; Guest full bath upstair equipped with combination shower, tub. Tile floors throughout lower living area. Hardwood floors throughout upper bedroom/bath area.

6 TV's ; one in living room, one in each of the 5 bedrooms.

Many windows and doors throughout to take advantage of the view. Double pane windows provide good insulation...special transparent covering to make them more rigid.

Ground level shower provides a guick rinse when you are coming in from the water. Ground level cage (10' x 10') provided for dog containment when you are absent from the property. Also excellent for unruly children.

Lot is very large....60' wide by 300' deep....for parking any large vehicles/boats you may bring with you. Covered Parking for several autos, vans under the house.

Separately controlled A/C units for the first floor and the second floor

Shed and Garage in Back yard are for owner's use.

More Details

Philip Almquist/Valerie Almquist
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 11, 2017

About Philip Almquist/Valerie Almquist

As children in Connecticut, learned to love salt water/beaches...After living around the country for several years, (san francisco, boston, seattle) moved to austin and decided we were there to stay. After a few years and many trips to the Rockport area, decided it would be cost effective to have a home there. First house was burned down by juveniles after 35 years; immediately started to rebuild what you see today. We have been married for 54 years; have 2 sons (twins), one daughter and two granddaughters.

Philip Almquist/Valerie Almquist purchased this house in 2013

Why Philip Almquist/Valerie Almquist chose Texas Gulf Coast

Love of Salt Water, Sun, fishing, boating, lower Summer temperatures, higher Winter temperatures on the coast. Excellent Birding. Very Casual Life Style. Small town environment. Access to Golf Courses, Many Restaurants

What makes this house unique

If you are an early riser you will be treated to a breathtaking sunrise over the water. Relax with a cup of coffee outside your bedroom door, or go back to sleep on the Mexican hammock. Mullet are already jumping, waiting to be caught for bait later in the day. Porch swing on the first deck

Quarter of a mile up the road our special breakfast taco place with the locals already lined up at the door.

It is fun to get the binoculars and catch a glimpse of the dolphins swimming after the shrimpboats—hoping to catch some scraps from their morning haul.

The shops open at 10, lots of art galleries and mom and pops. The HEB (our local food store ) has something for everyone, tho with so many restaurants in town it is hard to think about cooking. Speaking of cooking, our completely outfitted kitchen with its granite counter tops and custom cabinets, farm sink, is a culinary dream. We believe in leaving some staples there, spices, sugar, flour items in the pantry and a refrigerator with some more essentials.

Our area is known for its fishing; redfish, trout, fishing guides abound;typically the evening meal is the result of the day's fishing. For those less adventurous, our long 500 ft dock, with two T heads, very often brings in a big one. Others may want to wade out in the shallow water to take their chances. One must watch out for the dolphins; they can get close enough to steal your stringer. Being on a dead end street is perfect for children. They can play on the sandy beach, splash in the clear water, or collect sea shells and hermit crabs. We advise people to wear water shoes. While most of the bottom is sandy, there may be oyster shells = hence the name Shell Ridge Rd:

Our house is very comfortable, don’t have to worry about wet bathing suits or sandy feet. There is a big flat screen tv in the living room,that the children love to monopolize, so we have several others in bedrooms that they can use.


Rockport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tiled , hand crafted cabinets
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , tiled, part of Master suite
    Outdoor Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , first (ground) level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tiled, hardwood cabinets
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tiled, hand built hardwood cabinets, sink/custom vanity
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , full bath, tiled shower, custom cabinets
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single , discuss with owner
  • Bedrooms 2, 3, 4, 5 on second floor. Bedrooms 2, 3, 4, open on to Sun Deck, 2 baths accommodate all bedrooms Bedroom 1 on first floor Master Suite with bath/shower. Separate bath for general use.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
discuss with owner


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Newly Built, Waterfront (Aransas Bay) Home, Family Friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Annual Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

When renting a home for a getaway one of the most important aspects to concider that most disregard is a excellent owner of the home. Philip and Val are amazing owners who make their renters comfort and experience top priority.

I can't thank them enough for giving my family exactly what we needed after an emotional year. Let me explain. My family (parents, brothers, their wives, my daughter & husband) have an annual tradition of renting a home in Rockport so we can all stay together once a year. I had Tara reserved since early 2016 and we were all very excited. In June we lost my father and thought about canceling our trip, but it's not what my father would have wanted. After he passed our schedules changes and so did the dates we would be able to travel. Phillip worked with me to rearrange our travel dates and made life a little less stressful during that difficult time.

Once we arrived at Tara it didn't disappoint. The views are incredible and we can all vouch for the comfort of the home. After a very long emotional year this was just what we needed to completely relax and enjoy each other's company. Our favorite spot was the deck in the early morning hours. Amazing sunrises and great photo opportunity while drinking your morning coffee.

The fishing was great with lots of trout and gafftop. Even one nice black drum. More than enough keepers for us to have a fish fry/crab boil. Best spot to set your crab traps is at the end of the pier off to the left. Really nice big blue crab!

Thanks again Phillip and Val! I really appreciate y'all!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Shannon, Jeff et al. We really appreciate your kind words, and hope to hear from you in 2017. It is gratifying that that you took the time to send this review, since our goal is to make everyone's stay at Tara as wrinkle free as possible.
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Austin, Texas

Perfect for a couples as well as families.

  • 5 of 5

This is the third year taking our family (kids and grandkids) to "Tara" for the week, and what a week it was. Our younger daughter and her family drove all the way from North Carolina to be here. Once again, wade fishing out the front door was excellent. We normally catch plenty of trout and reds. This year was the year of the flounder. 21 keepers to be exact. Enough for a fish fry and still more for the freezer. Rockport shopping, according to the girls, was fantastic. Views from either of the decks were spectacular. Facing the east we got the stunning morning sunrises, but not the hot west sunsets. This is where we would find 93 year old great-grand mom. Kudos to the Almquists for installing an elevator (lift). Sure made moving great-grand mom up and down easier. Did we enjoy our vacation here? We're set for another great week next year. Thanks, Phil and Val.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind remarks. Hopefully, we will be able to meet your vacation needs for years to come.
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Magnificent Home with so much room. The owners are delightful. The view is gorgeous.

  • 5 of 5

This property is the best we have EVER stayed in.

The view, fishing, restaurants, are fabulous and the home in/out is gorgeous

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio

This beautiful home has it all!

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting annually from Phil and Val for 20+ years. They are wonderful to work with, and they have really outdone themselves with this new home, rebuilt on the same great location as the original ground level cottage. We are getting ready for our 2014 visit, the 2nd in this home. Our grown children will be coming for a few days with our almost 5 year old grand-twins. Am so looking forward to sharing all that Rockport and this home have to enjoy. The pier, swimming in the warm bay water in front of the house, shopping for souvenirs in Rockport, driving over to the Big Tree on Goose Island, the Maritime Museum, Fulton Harbor, a short drive to the ferry and Port Aransas. The Wildlife Preserve is a fairly short drive and a fun day trip as well. All these things we did when our children were small, and, as oldsters, we still love Rockport and Shell Ridge Road just as much as ever. It's a wonderful vacation location - you can relax in the air-conditioning, sit on the balcony and enjoy the view, or take short drives to a wide variety of sights, shops, and activities. It's one of our favorite places to be!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous Place for a Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Got to stay at Tara twice this year - August (when I really needed a va-cay!) and September (when I had a little more energy!).

In August, the quiet peaceful location of the house and the many options for relaxing with a fabulous view (LOVE the hammock on the second story balcony!) made it a perfect place to relax for a week. The kitchen is well-stocked, the master bath is almost spa-like, and the wi-fi was nice when I occasionally had to check back in to real life.

In September, Rockport's attractions took over! The aquarium, the museums, and the parks are all fabulous. The house is in such a convenient location to get to and from everything you could want in Rockport.

The new house is really terrific, as are the owners! Can't imagine a more perfect place to stay for a Rockport vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words, Laura.
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  • 5 of 5

We have enjoyed this beautiful location for approximately 20 years, beginning with the cozy, rustic one story cabin, which unfortunately burned. In its place is the "new Tara." The newly constructed home is magnificent, complete with all modern amenities, including granite countertops, tile & wood floors, etc. We love to fish & bird watch, and there was an abundance of both this week before Christmas 2013. From the pier we caught redfish, black drum, & trout. We saw an incredible osprey overhead, a peregrine falcon, a cluster of roseate spoonbills wading literally feet from the bank of Aransas Bay, in front of the home. We shopped along the strand in downtown Rockport, ate at our favorite restaurants, Latitude, Los Comales, Cap'n Bennies (oysters on half shell), and Moondogs, rode bikes across Copano Bay bridge to Goose Island, & watched every glorious sunrise & sunset from the balconies. We highly recommend this property to anyone who loves the Texas Coast. Cam & Mary Wilson, Boerne, TX

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Mary and Cam....we have enjoyed having you as our guests. One of the benefits of your staying at Christmastime is that you put up a tree for yourselves and others to enjoyl
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Latitude 28 02
"Upscale restaurant. great appetizers and bar. Attached to an art gallery for browsing befor..."
Bellino's Italian Restaurant
"Nice Italian Restaurant. Hours vary. Call first for reservations"
The Original Vallarta Restaurant
"GREAT breakfast tacos. Homemade tortillas. about a mile from the house."
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Corpus Christi
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Port Aransas/Aransas Pass
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Rockport Country Club/Northshore Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Rockport (Blue water) or in Front of House
Car: necessary

Aquatic Museum, Blue Water Beach, Rental Boats, Maritime Museum, Historic Sea Captains House. Well known areas for birding,

5 minutes to closest Boat Ramp, Wade Fishing right in front of house


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125

Need traveler's phone number, email address, mailing address

We would like to converse with renter by telephone prior to confirming reservation. Payment arrangements made at that time

Damage protection charge may be replaced by $200 damage deposit.

Payment is by Check or Money Order Mail to: 11902 Brookwood Road, Austin, TX 78750

25% with confirmation, 75% 6 weeks before occupancy see notes below.

Owner'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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