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5-Star Ocean Front Architectural Gem & Green Travel Award Winner

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 3,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4+ Bedrooms, 2 full/4 half Baths,outside shower, (Sleeps 14-16)

This luxurious oceanfront home has stunning views of the best beach in north end of Virginia Beach. In a quiet residential neighborhood, this property feels like a private retreat from the moment you round the corner of the driveway. This is the place to get away from it all!

3,200 square feet on five levels plus two patios, a rooftop deck, two garden areas, a grove of live oaks, and playground for children give ample space for individuals in a large group to have moments of quiet retreat, making this home ideal for family gatherings. Guests repeatedly state that the website photos don't do it justice.

Fees quoted are for up to twelve people in four bedrooms. Guests repeatedly remark about how comfortable the memory foam mattresses are and how well they sleep. A fifth bedroom which has a separate entrance, plus a bedroom next door in the Owner's home, and a queen air mattress for the music room are available for additional fees. The dining room seats 16.

Inspired by the Norfolk residency of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1953, and designed by local architect, Herbert Smith, this home was built in 1955 and is registered on the Virginia Beach Historic Register. There are still some pieces of the original 1955 furniture and the mid-century aesthetic has been retained in the updating.

A fully furnished rooftop deck has what is often described as “the best view in Virginia Beach”. Our beach is where the dolphin watching boats stop to view our favorite mammals and you can watch them at any time from the comfort of your dining room or rooftop deck! Cook on the deck with the grill or cook in the kitchen and send food up in the dumb waiter! And enjoy a perfect view of the weekly city fireworks, as well as sunrises, sunsets and full moons.

'Sandswept' is a multilevel level house with four floors plus the ground floor which has a laundry room, outdoor shower, additional half bath and optional fifth bedroom. The multiple levels provide a large group numerous opportunities for privacy, with the bedrooms well spread out from each other. The many steps, however, make this inaccessible for the handicapped and uncomfortable for those with mobility issues. Access to Pelican room on top and the rooftop deck is only via a spiral staircase.

Both full bathrooms provide spa like experiences, with tubs that provide aeromassage, dynamic turbo massage and chromatherapy. Toilets are located in “water closets” separated from the cleansing shower and tub area, which allows a bather to relax undisturbed. Dimmers in the bathrooms and throughout the house let you create mood lighting whenever and wherever you want.

A spacious hot and cold exterior shower with two stalls helps your group easily clean off the sand after the beach. A beach cart makes it easy to carry small children and their toys, umbrellas, chairs, and snacks to the beach. Bring or rent a surfboard or kayak. We can provide wheels to help roll the kayak down to the beach. Surfing is allowed before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. in the summer. Dogs are allowed on the beach before 10:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m in the summer and anytime the rest of the year.

The grounds offer numerous places to retreat outside: a playground for the kids, two patios, one on the east side and one on the west, a pond with goldfish, and a garden that is a recognized wildlife habitat, full of flowers and bushes that attract and feed birds, butterflies and hummingbirds.

There are six parking places which is an unusual luxury in this part of Virginia Beach.

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood, this home is perfect for families, but is not suitable for noisy gatherings of unrelated adults.

Listed with Virginia Green Travel as an exemplary green vacation rental, this Green home was fully renovated in 2006 to Energy Star and LEED ReGreen standards with top of the line Energy Star appliances and excellent windows and insulation to provide greater indoor comfort.There are no VOCs in the finishes so this is the perfect home for anyone with chronic allergies or asthma. Virginia Green Travel awarded Sandswept a Star Award "Green Vacation Rental of 2017".

This cul de sac has no traffic and has primarily year round residents. An entrance to walking paths in First Landing State Park is two blocks away. The Resort with all its activities is 3 miles away, a safe and easy bike ride on the access road. The Virginia Aquarium, Auto World bumper cars and Ocean Breeze Water Park are 6 miles. Busch Gardens, Water Country and historic Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown are an hour away.

There are two TVs with DISH network plus DVD players, movies, and board/card games for rainy days. An additional TV with Disney and Magic School Bus VCRs is in the Chameleon bedroom. WiFi is provided. A solar and wind powered clothes dryer lets your clothes smell fresh. Port-a-crib, high chair, booster chair, infant seat for outdoor swingset, and diaper pail are available.

No Smoking inside or within 50' of an open window. Leave outside shoes at the door as this is the single most important way to protect indoor air quality. Dogs are permitted on a case by case basis, with an extra pet fee per dog; shaded, fenced dog yard can be shared with owner’s dogs.

The owner lives next door and shares the driveway, laundry facilities, and grounds. She provides inside tips on local information and restaurants as a concierge would do. Her Australian terriers love to share their dog yard with visiting dog buddies.

Keywords: Oceanfront, Private, Quiet, exclusive Northend Virginia Beach, Award winning Green Vacation Rental, awesome views, Perfect for Family Vacations, quiet beach retreat, good for those with asthma or allergies

More Details

Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About Gayle

I am a classical musician, a harpsichordist, and an eco- builder, helping homeowners build high performance, energy efficient homes.

I have two Australian terriers and we walk every day on the beach.

Gayle purchased this house in 1955

Why Gayle chose Northeast Virginia Beach

This is my family home, built by my parents in 1955 to entertain summer guests. It has provided many happy summer memories for many people for over 60 years! It is on the historic register for the city of Virginia Beach. We aim to preserve this historic property and keep providing a restorative retreat for many people. The rooftop deck is often said to have the best view in Virginia Beach.

What makes this house unique

Walking dogs on the beach, observing the weather and the wildlife are my favorite activities year round.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful time we had in your house... The view here is awesome, beautiful, brilliant.... The house is a treasure and we could have the pleasure to see the dolphins swimming in the ocean while having breakfast. We enjoy everything there, the dogs, the owner and the place... and very moment.

(excerpt from guest logbook)
Sep 2012
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Northeast Virginia Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Shoes worn outside should not be worn inside.
  • Noisy merry-making shall either get quiet or come inside after 10:00 p.m.
  • Non-compliance to House Rules in Exhibit A of Lease will result in removal from property with no refund.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Half bath on kitchen level - toilet , Toilet and sink accessed through sky blue bedroom
    2 Outdoor showers - outdoor shower , Spacious outdoor shower with two stalls
    Ground floor half bath - toilet , Accessed from outside, near outdoor shower
    Master bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , toilet & additional sink in separate
    Level Two bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , toilet and additional sink in separate room
  • two baths that have shower, jetted tub & sink with adjacent separate toilet and sink, 2 other half baths, 2 outdoor showers
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , Master bath with separated toilet & additional sink.
    Music Room - Queen air mattress; privacy shades between living room
    Sky blue room - 1 queen , connected to half bath on dining room/kitchen level
    Chameleon room - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Default: 2nd twin stores under main twin for more space
    Seaside room - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    Optional Ground Floor bedroom with separate access - 1 double
  • Queen Beds in master bedroom, Seaside room and Sky blue bedroom, Double Bed (1) in Chameleon room , Twin or Single Beds (2) in 'Chameleon' bedroom. (1) Port-A-Crib- 38' x 24' can fit in any bedroom. Highchair and booster seat in dining room; infant swing seat, & diaper pail available. Bunk Bed (1) with two twin beds in Seaside bedroom. Children under six are not allowed in the top bunk. Full or Double Bed (1) in optional Ground floor bedroom. More than 14 people requires additional fee.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Winner of Star Award from Virginia Green Travel for "Green Vacation Rental of 2017". Green attributes include superior indoor air quality, water conservation, energy efficiency, wildlife habitat, eco-friendly materials, solar and wind powered clothes dryer, solar panels, geo thermal heating and air conditioning, chemical free cleaning via Norwex system, composting and advanced recycling to move toward zero waste.


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5-Star Ocean Front Architectural Gem & Green Travel Award Winner
average rating of 5.0 based on 68 reviews
Boyne City, MI USA

This is the perfect place!!

  • 5 of 5

Sandswept was the perfect place for our vacation! Our group numbered 10 adults, 1 teen, 3 young kids and 5 dogs! Five families that span 4 generations! Our hostess Gayle was an absolute pleasure and the fact that this beautiful home is her family history made our memories there even more special. Everyone had their own space and the location was perfect for us. Little ones took full advantage of the lovely playground/garden area everyday and our teen loved staying up in the pelican room. Gayle was always quick to respond to any questions...we just text her and she answered right away. She has everything labeled and instructions clearly marked. The beach is wonderful to walk, fly kites, play volleyball and just relax. The music room has a comfy couch to curl up on and read a book and a table and chairs with enough room for everyone to gather and play games. You will find everything you need in the fabulous kitchen and we all got a lesson in energy efficiency! This is truly the perfect place for a family to gather and make memories!

The different levels in the house are great but can pose a problem for someone with mobility issues and parking is tight but we parked as Gayle instructed us and had no problems with 4 cars! The rainfall showers and jacuzzi tubs were a favorite and the heated floors in the bathrooms...what else could you want! Will go back to Sandswept in a heartbeat if the opportunity comes along again. We enjoyed our stay! Thank you Gayle for sharing this beautiful place with us!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review! I'm happy you enjoyed Sandswept so much and I look forward to seeing you again!
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This lovely home has it all! It’s beautiful, impeccably maintained, and right on an amazing beach.

  • 5 of 5

This amazing home sits right on the beach, even featuring a stunning third level room with adjoining outside deck which allows sweeping views of the beach and refreshing ocean. It is appointed with every necessity and luxury, and has the added bonus of being a study in green living. It is beautifully maintained and immaculate. The owner, Gayle, is beyond generous with her time, belongings, and knowledge. She has perfected the art of being instantly available to her guests while also being unobtrusive. Our youngest family member is under the age of 3, and the home was stocked with numerous games, puzzles and even furniture perfect for her. Attention has been paid to every detail to ensure that your stay is stress-free and thoroughly enjoyable. Even our dogs were catered to!

This is our third rental in the area, and it is definitely the one to which we’ll return. Thank you to Gayle for the use of the perfect summer getaway!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Timeless oceanfront home, great space for large family gatherings

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed with 9 adults, four teenagers and two dogs. We never felt cramped or on top of one another. Easy access to the best beach front in all of Virginia Beach. Enjoy going back to the house after a day at the beach. Refreshing outdoor showers and beautiful breezy views from the top floor Pelican room.Gail is an awesome host!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love seeing my guests relax and enjoy themselves so much here and I look forward to seeing you next year.
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had the pleasure of staying here for our first vacation in 17 years!! The five days spent here made up for all those years!! First of all, Gayle, the homeowner has thought of everything you could possibly want and need for the perfect stay!! I can't say enough about all the "bells and whistles" throughout! From automatic raise/lower shades in each room, to speakers throughout, to heated floors in the bathrooms, towel warmer, GORGEOUS glass tiles in the shower and around the tub to lighting controls from every room and much more! Oh and about those tubs....every woman's dream! I won't describe it so as not to spoil the experience but I can say I would have been happy to spend entire vacation enjoying that alone! Now, back to the beginning. As we approached the house the driveway sets the tone of what's to come! The ambiance created by the lovely trees, vegetation, and perfectly placed lighting (during the evening/night) sets the stage for THE vacation of vacations!!

This home is very clean! Yay! The views are breathtaking! You will find EVERY thing you need for your family as well as several families!! The location is perfect! Away from the noise but close enough to the boardwalk!! The beach is very clean, not crowded at all, and makes for the perfect place to enjoy a sunrise or sunset!!!

Finally, if you are committed to an eco-friendly lifestyle, you will appreciate that which you find here! We are now aware of many ways to live more eco-friendly!

Thank you Gayle for a wonderful experience! What a blessing it was to meet you and to experience the vacation of vacations!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your enthusiastic review! I am so happy to hear that my family's home was a perfect place for your vacation. I love it when my guests go home with pleasant memories and ideas about how to live more eco-friendly. I hope to see you again! Gayle
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perfect experience for all!!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house. We loved the location. Gayle was an excellent hostess that made the stay perfect. We will definetly be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I look forward to your return. Gayle
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  • 5 of 5

Gail was super attentive to making our stay fun and easy.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Norfolk International
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Jamestown Ferry
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I64 and I264
Car: recommended

This home is in the prestigious Northend of Virginia Beach, a quiet residential neighborhood with no hotels or commerce. Tucked away in the middle of the block, this home provides a quiet refuge where children can play safely on the playground and adults can relax and listen to the ocean waves and bird calls on two patios, a rooftop deck and in the garden. The widest beach at Virginia Beach is easily accessed by a public walkway. Being a quiet residential neighborhood with neighbors who value peace, this is not a place for loud parties. It can however be ideal for small weddings or family reunions that wind down by c. 10:00 p.m. Parking is limited in the neighborhood but there are six possible parking spaces at this property.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

city room tax $ 2/day $14
cleaning $320
Pet Fee $85
Property Damage Protection $99

These rates are for four bedrooms which sleep 12 plus a queen air mattress in the music room. An optional fifth bedroom on the ground floor has a double bed and separate entrance and is adjacent to the ground floor half bath and outdoor shower.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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