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Luxury Family Retreat,OceanViews,Semi-Of,Pool,HotTub,Movie Room,Grill,Free WiFi.

Bedrooms 8
Space 3,236 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

8 Master Bedrooms, 6 With Ocean Views, Theater Room, Hot Tub, Pool, Wifi

Come down and enjoy a place like no other on the east coast. Drive your four wheel drive vehicle to the edge of the pavement, shift into the four wheel drive you don't use enough, and cruise up this beautiful sandy coast of eastern North Carolina. Experience the beach like it used to be for our great grandparents, wide open and free. **WARNING; After coming to this beach, every other beach you visit in your life will probably feel "crowded"** This area is also home to multiple bird sanctuaries and home to the wild Corolla horses, North Carolina's official state horses. These horses are believed to be descendants of wild mustangs brought over from Europe many, many years ago. They are absolutely beautiful animals and roam the area at will. Our house is located about 7 miles up the coast from the end of the pavement along one of the widest areas of beach in the area. When you arrive at the house you will enjoy all the modern amenities of today and some. This elevated Semi-oceanfront (one lot back) home features eight bedroom (4 Master King Ocean view bedrooms, 2 Master Queen Ocean view Bedrooms, 2 Duo bunk Bedrooms). There will be no fighting over bathrooms as every room has its own master bath. All the king and queen rooms have direct access to deck with ocean views. The sunrise is literally just outside your door. The large kitchen will make any Chef completely happy with an over sized oven, two dishwashers, two refrigerator/freezers and wine fridge. When is the last time you cooked and had views of the Atlantic Ocean just out the window? The dining room is very well sized with seating for the entire family with windows that allow you to watch the sunset over the woodlands to the west. Bring some popcorn, because the kids will absolutely enjoy movie night with the family in your own personal big screen theater room. Mom and dad will love having the private pool and hot tub to relax in with the family without worrying about sharing it with anyone else. No community pool here! This house was built with the sole purpose of making family memories that last. The beach is a short walk down an unimproved easement directly in front of the house or we always hop in the car and tailgate for the day. Hanging out at the beach with the family is sooo much fun. There is some limited parking for a family member that does not have a four wheel drive vehicles for a nominal charge about 8 miles from the house. Once you visit, we truly believe you will be back. Even if you do not rent our house, you need to experience this area sometime in your life. **New for 2017= Poolside Bar**

Tracy Halker
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Tracy Halker

We have vacationed in this area for over 16 years and truly love this area. Our family has made so many memories in Carova over the years and we hope yours will also.

Tracy Halker purchased this house in 2015

Why Tracy Halker chose Corolla

We personally designed this house with a local architect to offer some of the best amenities and views around. Over the years we have vacationed here and chose one of the tallest lots and widest areas of the four wheel drive beach to build our house by. This house was build for the vacationing extended family to enjoy.


Corolla House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3236 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Master King Bathroom #1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master King Bathroom #2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master King Bathroom #3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master King Bathroom #4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Duo bunk Bathroom #7 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Duo bunk Bathroom #8 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Queen Bathroom #5 - toilet , shower , Waterfall type shower
    Master Queen Bathroom #6 - toilet , shower , Waterfall type shower
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Ocean view King Bedroom #1 - 1 king , King bedroom with a master bath and ocean views.
    Ocean view King Bedroom #2 - 1 king , King bedroom with a master bath and ocean views.
    Oceanview King Bedroom #3 - 1 king , King bedroom with a master bath and ocean views.
    Oceanview King Bedroom #4 - 1 king , King bedroom with a master bath and ocean views.
    Oceanview Queen Bedroom #5 - 1 queen , Queen bedroom with a master bath and ocean views.
    Oceanview Queen Bedroom #6 - 1 queen , Queen bedroom with a master bath and ocean views.
    Duobunk Bedroom #8 - 2 double , Duo bunk bedroom with master bath and some video games.
    Duobunk Bedroom #7 - 2 double , Duo bunk bedroom with master bath and fooseball table.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking


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Luxury Family Retreat,OceanViews,Semi-Of,Pool,HotTub,Movie Room,Grill,Free WiFi.
average rating of 4.7391305 based on 23 reviews

Not As Good As Hyped in These Reviews

  • 2 of 5

If you report existing damage or request that cleaning crew come out to address items that should have been cleaned, be prepared to lose your deposit. While we appreciate the owner addressing our concerns in a timely fashion, guests should not be held financially accountable for items that are the owner's responsibility.

The outstanding reviews for this home was the determining factor to book this home, anticipation was high for all seven families. Yet upon arrival, we immediately noticed, among other items, that the pictures weren't reflective of the property, the majority of the toilets took several attempts before successfully flushing, multiple cobwebs decorated the decks and ceilings, shampoo residue was splattered all over bathtub walls and the home overall felt dirty.

We noted these issues immediately to the owner by phone and email, including broken door handles, a leaking sink, disconnected smoke detectors, missing remotes, etc. specifically to avoid any confusion as to who the damage should be attributed to. Though the maintenance folks came out promptly to fix the toilets and sink, the other reported damage was unaddressed and the cleaning crew barely lifted a broom.

Upon departure, we followed all departure protocol and left the premises in broom-clean condition. After our stay, the owner did not return our deposit within the 10-day timeframe required by the contract we signed. Three weeks after our stay, the owner simply stated that he is waiting for the maintenance and cleaning crew to invoice him and that he did not get a good report after our party left.

Nearly 5 months after our stay, I am still in communication with the owner regarding the unreturned deposit, which is unacceptable in the hospitality industry. Even after periodic follow up, the only response we receive is that he's waiting to get invoiced by the maintenance and cleaning crew.

We usually leave great reviews and have never had an issue with our annual family vacations, yet here, we felt an obligation to leave a constructive review so future guests can make an informed decision before booking this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have had families and children accidently break things at our house in the past. I talk with these families and work out solutions with them mostly to the benefit of the renter. Accidents happen. I appreciate these families as it helps get the house ready for the next family so they don't have any unexpected issues. The maintenance crew fixed the sink and put in new seals in ALL of the toilets, whether they needed it or not, within hours. There are no disconnected smoke detectors. We even put in extra ones and CO detectors not required by code. Also, if you had the cleaning crew come out, why would you let them leave without the house being perfect for you? I have no record of them revisiting the house for you. You are the ONLY family that I have ever had to hold a security deposit for in 3 years. When I have to send out a crew to re clean the yard from trash and towels, clean out grills, send TWO separate crews to clean the house and pull out multiple bags of food and trash, pull beer bottles out of the bunk beds, send someone out to rehook and fix broken and disconnected wires in the movie room, send someone out to remove a broken blind, you WILL lose your deposit. You not only inconvenienced me but also the family after you that had to take time out of THEIR vacation to deal with these problems. Renters like you are the reason that deposits and accident insurance even exist. Other owners beware if this family ever wants to rent from you. And future renters know that we do everything possible to help you have the best vacation possible.
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Perfect Winter Getaway Together

  • 5 of 5

We had four generations together for a fabulous winter family getaway at Crystal Cove. We love at least one large family vacation every couple years. Crystal Cove was the perfect choice. It was cozy and intimate without ever feeling crowded. It was modern and yet perfectly situated near wild mustangs and beach driving. The Halkers are incredible hosts and we really appreciated their thoroughness, the design of the house, and their investment in the property. Highly recommend any large family (15 of us) that loves cooking, spending time together watching movies, playing games, or just taking long walks visit Crystal Cove as soon as they can!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Was a very nice house for our family to come together. Accommodated us well, proximity to beach was

  • 4 of 5

We loved it out in Carova away from everything and truly being on the beach it is beautiful out there. Would definitely stay there again much better than being in town but close enough if you wanted to go. We made great memories with our family, everyone had a good time.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to have you as guests. Hope you can come back again sometime. Tracy and family
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Living on the beach without the crowd and not concerned about space.

  • 4 of 5

Great with everyone having their own room and space. Kitchen layout was perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard, It was great having your family stay with us. Hope to have you back in 2019 like we talked. Tracy and family
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The house is beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

The Grandkids enjoyed the horses and the older kids enjoyed the beach driving. Something everyone should experience once in their life time. Plenty of beach toys for the young kids and the theater room was a bonus.... Thank you so much for sharing your house.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Debra, It was great having your family as guests. I really like the HomeAway system over the traditional rental company we used before because it allows us to have a more personal interaction that works both ways. I really appreciated the call about the pool pump needing primed. It probably saved us a $200 motor. I hope to have your family back in the future and plan on using some of your suggestions when we expand the house. Thanks again, Tracy and family
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Grad School Graduation Trip

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic family trip to celebrate a graduation from graduate school. It was wonderful to unwind and enjoy quality time with loved ones. The house is beautiful, clean, and comfortable. The beach is a short walk over the dunes, wild horses can be seen grazing on the beach and around the house, and the pool provided a great place to cool off for those who didn't care to brave the cold ocean water. We had a fantastic time and have already talked about returning some day for another great vacation. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations on graduating from grad school. Best of luck in the future. Really hope you can make it back to the house again. We would love to have you as guests again. Thanks, Tracy and family
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The wild mustangs of Corolla live in this area and are a must see while visiting. False Cape State park is around 6 miles away and offers a beautiful place to shell and hike.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 12.75%

State Tax is 6.75%, Local Tax is 6%, $100 additional Refundable Deposit per pet approved ahead by homeowner

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund