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Soundfront & Close To Beach. Sunday turnover.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Soundfront 4 Bedroom, 3 1/2 bath Home- Beautiful Views And Ultra-quiet Location

This amazing home sits on one of the most beautiful waterfront sites on the Currituck Sound. Built in 1985 as a passive cedar solar home, it is partially shaded by live oaks and evergreens and is located in the most desirable area of Southern Shores on a no-thru street. While it feels far from the maddening crowd, it is only a short walk to the ocean beach. It has been completely renovated and refurnished. It was the #1 winner of the 2015 Builder's Parade of Homes competition of 50 new/renovated OBX properties.

PLEASE DO NOT BOOK ONLINE UNTIL WE HAVE TALKED BY PHONE AND YOU HAVE REVIEWED THE RENTAL AGREEMENT I WILL SEND YOU. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ONLINE BOOKINGS WHICH BYPASS THIS PROCESS. We rent to families of no more than 6 people and we do not accept rentals from families with children under 6 years old in order to protect the the high-end furnishings. This is a non-smoking and no-pets house.

Beautifully decorated, the home features 2 master king bedroom suites, a queen bedroom and a twins bedroom which share a bath. All bedrooms have videostreaming TVs with Netflix and internet Sling TV. The king and queen bedrooms have fabulous sound views as does the entire first floor living area which includes a large living room with woodburning fireplace and a brand-new large open gourmet kitchen and dining area. The living room features a large Roku videostreaming TV. This is not an old-fashioned cable TV house. Instead, we provide Netflix and internet Sling TV. This is a mid-century home unlike most other properties on the OBX and features an open first floor plan. There is ample parking on site with additional parking at the sound view access two lots down the street for those occasions when you entertain.

We provide kayaks and paddleboards for paddling on the adjacent sound which is now accessible via our new dock with sitting area. The beach is an easy 10-15 minute walk directly down Hillcrest Drive to the Hillcrest beach area. We provide beach chairs. This is a life-guarded beach and there is ample parking there via guest permits we provide if you prefer to drive.

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Daniel Merlis
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017

About Daniel Merlis

My wife and I are residents of DC and use this home as our retreat. We are looking for a small number of people who would like to share this home with us and will care for it as if it is their own.

Daniel Merlis purchased this house in 2014

Why Daniel Merlis chose Southern Shores

We have vacationed here with our children for over 20 years and have come to truly love the area. We previously owned, for several years, a vacation home only a few lots away and purchased this soundfront property in spring 2014 when it became available. We have had our eye on this property for years. It is such an amazing spot! Away from the loud and busy rental areas, it is so peaceful and restful here while at the same time it offers opportunities for kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing and sunset cocktails from the dock seating area . The people here are among the friendliest we have ever met and the atmosphere is very laid back and spacious unlike the Maryland and Delaware beaches. We love the sandy beaches and the clean clear water. There are several different kinds of beach communities within 30 minutes of our home, each with a different feel and lifestyle. It is fun to explore the area and we still find new places and people to enjoy!

What makes this house unique

People from the east coast of the U.S. and Canada travel to the Outer Banks each year to just let go and relax. Whether you come for the summer, fall, winter or spring, this is beautiful country and never disappoints.


Southern Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No pets of any kind. No smoking indoors. No loud parties. Our neighbors are residents of Southern Shores and should not be disturbed.
  • No glass bottles/glasses on dock. Use plastic glasses provided to prevent accidental glass breakage which would impact use of swimming/launch area.
  • Return kayaks, paddleboards, and gear to the kayak rack/storage area. 2 plastic paddleboards and 2-person kayak may be left in lower yard.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • First Floor Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Second Floor Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Shared Second Floor Bath - toilet , tub , shower , Small tub suitable for use by children
    First Floor Powder Room - toilet , and laundry area
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen Soundview - 1 queen , Queen bedroom with balcony overlooking sound. Shared bath.
    Twins Bedroom - 3 twin/ single , One twin bunk & one twin. Shares bath with queen bedroom.
    Master Suite- First Floor - 1 king , First floor master suite with soundview and private bath.
    Master Suite- Second Floor - 1 king , Second floor master suite with soundview and private bath
  • All bedrooms have videostreaming TVs with Netflix and internet Sling TV. Twins bedroom has Playstation 4 with large Roku TV.
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • marina
  • playground
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Soundfront & Close To Beach. Sunday turnover.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Amazing home in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a winderful stay at Sound Waves. Truly an amazing home unlike any we have rented at the OBX or other beach areas. The owner told me that this was built the company that specialized in cedar solar homes. The fantastic water views from all areas in the house but especially from the main living areas is fabulous. The mid-century decor is something we love. The kitchen was equipped with everything and very recently. The close proximity to the beach was a big plus but we also enjoyed the very quiet location. The evening sunsets are unequaled and we enjoyed cocktails on the dock as we communed with the natural world. How we wish we owned this home!! Speaking of which, the owner, Dan, was helpful in so many ways. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to share this magnificent soundfront home.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing your experience of staying at our beach home, Sound Waves! We are happy that you experienced the joy of being there. We wish you and your family a very happy New Year
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  • 5 of 5

Everything about the house exceeded our expectations.....EVERYTHING. The home was absolutely beautiful as was the location on the sound and proximity to the ocean side beaches. We had a wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to offer this review. I am so glad that you share our enthusiasm for the home and this very special spot in nature. Our housekeeper noted that you took exceptionally good care of the house and for that we are very appreciative. While we do not plan to rent regularly next year, you are welcome to return. Just make sure to contact me directly.
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Incredible Visit!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough good things about our stay at Sound Waves and the treatment we received from its gracious owners. It was our first time using a service like Homeaway, and we were admittedly a little nervous at first, but Dan (the owner) put us completely at ease. The property, and our overall experience, exceeded all expectations! Location is fabulous, kayaks and paddle boards were a lot of fun, and sunsets/cocktail hour on their scenic dock made for the perfect close to our days. We are already looking ahead to summer/fall 2016 to get back down again. If you're considering places for your family vacation, or a quiet couples' retreat, look no further! PS- Dinner at Blue Point and breakfast/coffee from Tullio's made for excellent additions!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Waterfront Home in Southern Shores

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend renting this house. It is comfortable and convenient. Southern Shores is closer to the highway than Duck, and we avoided most of the traffic. It is nice to have a water view of the sound, and it is easy to go to the beach. There is a beach pass, and we made the short drive to the public beach near the intersection of Hickory Trail and Ocean Avenue. We arrived on Sunday, and the house was in pristine condition. It is beautifully decorated, and the kitchen is recently renovated. There is one bedroom on the main floor, along with the kitchen, dining room, family room, powder room, and laundry area. We enjoyed using Roku and watching the sunset at night. There are a large master bedroom with balcony and two additional bedrooms upstairs. There are also two bathrooms, which was perfect for our small family. The patio and dock are fantastic. We used the grill and ate outside often. The owners are very hospitable, and we relied on their book of personal recommendations. One of our favorite things about the property is the fact that there is a community park down the street with a swing set, seesaw, and access to the sound. The listing is accurate and everything is spelled out for renters. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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NoVa Virginia USA

Relaxing vacation in beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

This house has exceptional location on sound side, house located in cul-de-sac , you will be in secluded place with only one house next to you which is pretty far away with no interruption to your stay. Location is beautiful, very relaxing you won’t want to leave the place. House surrounded by trees with nice shade and same time you have plenty of sun if you need it. You have a nice view of the sound, peaceful water, nest of osprey and gorgeous sunset on private deck, where you will start your kayak journey which is available from owner.

House itself is looking like 5+ stars hotels but it is all yours, very clean , fully equipped kitchen, spectacular living room with big widows facing water front. TV , Roku , Play satiation If you want. High quality of WiFI and powerful Air condition and outdoors Grill and this hose have much more to offer.

Unique location of the house allows you to use both Sound side and short refreshing walk to Ocean side, Owner provide you with comfortable chairs if you want to spend your day on the ocean , Also don’t forget to use tennis courts that located on the way to the beach. Fishing, Kites, Tennis, Kayaking, relaxing views close to the Town of Duck for shopping and restaurants or nearby Walmart or Food Lion for grocery and more.

We enjoyed very much and definitely will go again, Thank you Dan high quality of customer service and wonderful memorable vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wilmington, DE

Privacy, luxury and natural beauty at Soundwaves!

  • 5 of 5

Soundwaves is a beautifully renovated, exquisitely decorated vacation retreat located at the end of a private road. Our family (2 adults and 4 older kids) began and ended each day on the water, kayaking or paddle boarding under the watchful eye of nesting Ospreys. Wildlife thrives in this wooded setting adding adventure to the 10 minute walk to a lovely life guarded beach where soft sand and turquoise waters await.

We enjoyed returning to Soundwaves each afternoon for another trip out onto the sound; having a refreshing rinse in the brand new, private outdoor showers and relaxing on the spacious patio featuring comfortable, new wood furniture. This home is central to Duck village and Kitty Hawk, so many outstanding restaurants are an easy drive in either direction. We opted to make some meals in the beautifully appointed kitchen where every detail has been thought of. The owners thoughtfully share big and small conveniences with the home chef, eliminating a mad dash to the store for basics (no need to pack a good knife or spices for this vacation, they have em')!

Our group chose to stay in many nights for movies with surround sound, games or puzzles. Retire early if you need to, the solid wood doors make this home virtually sound proof... great for teens who sleep a little later! The decor is just beautiful and enhances the experience of staying in this high end home, while still making it family friendly with vinyl seat cushions around the family table and a bare feet policy inside, we loved it!

Dan has been a pleasure to work with, responsive and friendly at every turn. We were lucky enough to meet the local team who look out for the property; they keep the landscaping beautiful and the housekeeper is simply amazing. Every room was immaculate and ready for guests.

We have many fond and unique memories from our stay at Soundwaves; I hope they will sustain us until our next visit to this "little slice of heaven" on the Outer Banks.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Duck Woods Country Club
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Hillcrest Beach in Southern Shores

This could be among the very best locations on the Outer Banks! Located in Southern Shores, an ocean-to-sound community located just south of Duck, the house is sited directly on the Currituck Sound for kayaking, fishing, watching osprey, and taking in the beautiful sunsets from our own pier. The tennis courts are only steps away, and this location also allows for a short 10 minute walk to the beach or a short walk or bike ride into the town of Duck to enjoy the boutiques, live music, and dining Duck offers.

Sit on the dock or the back patio adjacent to the sound for beautiful sunsets, osprey watching, and the soothing feel of the breeze and lap of the waves. Kayak or paddle board along the sound shore up to Duck for breakfast or lunch or to hear live music on the Duck sound-side boardwalk.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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