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Alta Vista - El Gallo Unit # 4

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The 'El Gallo' Is Large One Bedroom With The Pool At Your Back Door

Alta Vista is a beautifully restored historical property built in 1931. Constructed of timber, masonry and stucco, it is similar to many buildings in Old Mexico from that time period with it's Colonial style, arched entries, private covered porches and courtyard.

Our family purchased the property in 2003 which had been neglected for many years and began a complete authentic restoration. The structure has been completely renovated and most of the original features preserved including the beautiful oak flooring, exterior masonry and doors.

The property has been modernized to with central air conditioning, on-demand hot water, satellite TV, WI-FI internet and swimming pool.

The kitchens and bathrooms feature beautiful talavera tile and saltillo tile floors which we brought with us from trips to Central Mexico.

This Apartment has a comfortable king size bed, queen sleeper sofa and a set of twin bunk beds. All bed tops are freshly laundered before your arrival. You have the convenience of a furnished kitchen.

Outside you will find lush tropical gardens, the courtyard swimming pool, lounge chairs and umbrellas. There is an outside kitchen with a wood burning churrascaria style barbecue, gas grill, fish fryer and bar.

There is a cool breezeway with rocking chairs and a hammock for relaxing. On cool evenings you can enjoy the warm glow of an outdoor fireplace by the pool. The private coin operated laundry is handy for those on extended stay.

We can offer suggestions for all types of activities, restaurants, directions and points of interest. We know Port Isabel, South Padre Island, and the Rio Grande Valley very well and gladly share our knowledge of the area to enhance your stay.

More Details

Property Manager
Courtney Mayfield
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Courtney Mayfield

This property was purchased by myself Bell, my husband Jeff, my mother Mackie, and my son Ike with his wife Courtney I first

saw and loved the property in the early 70's. We bought it and have been working to restore it for the last eleven years. It's been a hall but well worth it. We all live here, Ike and Courtney, with there new baby Mackie, named after my mom after she passed away, live here full time. Myself and Jeff live between here and Houston.

Courtney Mayfield purchased this apartment in 2003

What makes this apartment unique

Salt water pool, a small work out room.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for sharing your wonderful place!
Aug 2014
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Port Isabel Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , jetted tub , outdoor shower
  • The bath has a jacuzzi tub/shower. With a dressing table and make up mirror
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • The bedroom has a king size bed in a tropical decor, with a Polynesian flare. The room is spacious with a comfortable cane chair in a rich red and gold upolstery. There is a 30 flat TV
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing


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Alta Vista - El Gallo Unit # 4
average rating of 4.857143 based on 19 reviews

Perfect Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Not only was Alta Vista a perfect anniversary getaway that made us feel as though we were a thousand miles away, it was within walking distance to cute shops and scrumptious local restaurants (try the cerviche at Joe's!). The owners could not be sweeter and it is clear that they have painstakingly worked to cover each detail in order to create a beautiful stay. I know it is hard to believe--but the pictures do not do this place justice. Thanks for an incredible stay. Will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The property is absolutely beautiful and well taken care of. The property owners were so kind and thoughtful! When we arrived, we were greeted with a warm email from Courtney checking to see if we needed anything and to share the best place to see the fireworks that evening. The property itself has been well restored with a touch of modern amenities. Definitely a place to visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay , so welcoming

  • 4 of 5

Stay in unit #4 for 5 weeks. The unit was well stocked with everything that you would need. Loved the out door kitchen & pool area. it was very nice to meet the other guests in the courtyard. The owners make you feel at home & are very knowledgeable about the area. There is lots to do & see. The beach is amazing. There are lots of good restaurants. We liked the fresh shrimp & maragritas. Would recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure meeting & having you both stay with us. We hope to see you again.
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We loved our stay at Alta Vista. Clean and comfortable one bedroom unit. Loved the private courtyard

  • 5 of 5

Very nice accommodations. Friendly people and great place to relax and soak up the sun. My husband and I loved it.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy that you enjoyed your stay & do hope to see you again soon!
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  • 5 of 5

Not only was this place awesome; it was relaxing, peaceful and a true getaway. My husband and I opted to stay in Port Isabel instead of paying for an overpriced dirty condo on SPI for twice the price of this gem. So glad I found this place. The Spanish architecture is beautiful and the Mayfield's have done a fantastic job updating and caring for this property. My husband loved the bed, it was a bit hard for me; but, wasn't so bad I couldn't sleep like the dead. However, i could sleep (and have slept) thru a hurricane; lol!

The outdoor area is where the relaxation is. I spent a lot of time by the pool when we weren't on the beach. It was perfect with all of the plants, watered daily by a real sweetheart named Jenn. The massive plumeria was my favorite. I have a huge love of these plants. The north winds also blew right thru the area making it perfect even in the heat of the day.

Fair warning, if you have never lived or stayed in a beachy/coastal area; the little sugar ants won't hurt you. I grew up on North Padre Island and they were probably a solid part of my diet as a child. You just have to remember not to leave anything and I mean anything out that could be enticing to them. They are part of the salt life; be prepared and don't be squimish.

Anyway, back to Gallo; there is a private sitting area out front, complete with patio table and chairs. Street parking under a massive tropical tree; wish I knew what it was, I want one! You're also a short walk away to the Laguna Madre if you just want to look at the water or see the fireworks outside the tourist trap of Louie's Backyard on SPI Thursday and Friday's. Definitely walk to few short blocks to Joe's Oyster Bar on Maxan; some of the best grilled fish I've ever had. That is saying a lot for me! I was turned off fish years ago smelling redtide from the NPI part of the laguna madre.

I loved everything about our trip. Note, if you're going to the beach, its probably cheaper to buy a 30 day pass than to pay the $12 a day to get onto the beach. If you want to watch a perfect sunset; go to Laguna Bob's and hang out with Jesse, Brandon and Tom. Best burger and ceviche I've had in a while!

All in all, if you want a relaxing beach trip that feels like home; stay with the Mayfield's! If you want an overpriced hotel or condo on the beach with onsite restaurants/roomservice/bar, where the maids wake you up at 8 a.m. don't stay here. If you have expect a 5 star resort, don't stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! The tree out front is one of our massive rubber trees. It is not the easiest to trim & maintain at its size because of the glue like sap, but they do provide a nice shade to help keep your car cool from that summer sun. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay! We hope to see you again. Take care.
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  • 5 of 5

We headed down for Memorial Weekend and I'm SO thankful that we stayed at Alta Vista and away from the crowds at SPI... And its just a 5 minute drive to SPI! What can I say, the rental was even better than the pictures. The landscaping is beautiful and we enjoyed the private patio that offered peace and quiet at the end of long days. It was a very functional rental for a family of 4 with everything that we needed. The kids loved the bunk beds and our bed was super comfortable. The decor was outstanding. They've really done a magnificent job with the remodel.

You'll know this was the right choice the moment you open the door. Oh yes, the swimming pool! The beach was wonderful but the pool was amazing! We didn't get the chance to use the outdoor kitchen but we will on our next visit. If you're reading this post, I promise you won't be disappointed. Words to describe this rental: Clean, beautiful, relaxing, comfortable, friendly. A free tip... Just around the corner you'll find Joe's Oyster Bar. Order the special and the Mexican shrimp cocktail ;)

We lucked out with this one... If its available, grab it while you can!!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review! We are happy to here that you and your family enjoyed your stay. Please do come back and see us.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Harlingen or Brownsville
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Shark tank or Double Days
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Shark Tank or Pelican Station
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
South Padre

Port Isabel is a sleepy spot just across the bay from South Padre Island where you can find all the action one would like.


Rates & Availability

Port Isabel Apartment Rental Rates

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Winter Rates
Nov 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

Ask about our special rate for 5,6, or 7 nights stay!
Any additional cleaning services $45.00
Rates & information are subject to change at anytime.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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