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Mid-Century Modern Lakefront Estate, Close to Beach & Bay

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate

Overview

About the property

Lakefront Privacy: 2 Guest Rooms & connected en-suite bath. Great room sofabed.

Mid-Century Modern oasis on Lake Whitehurst, close to Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy 4,000sf one-level estate on 3 lush private acres.

Two guest rooms w/queen beds & private en-suite bath. Additional sofa-bed in great room. Brand new reno'd chef's kitchen.

Tranquility & FUN in this cool Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired pad. Hot tub, fishing, wi-fi. Idyllic for families, groups, couples & solitude. Expertise in hosting weddings & events. My house is your home! Easy-going, 5-star host.

An idyllic locale for a relaxing respite from the rat race, for family excursions, weddings & receptions and other events, both intimate and expansive.

DETAILS

Welcome to Wiseacre, an expansive retreat reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr.—with a dollop of “Mad Men” tossed in.

This whimsical 4000sf Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Mid-Century Modern property was built in 1962 and offers a relaxing respite from the rat race (if note the rat pack), and a destination for family vacations, couples, solo time or a stop along the way from NY to GA.

One level with a cavernous 650sf great room (20-foot ceilings), newly renovated chef's kitchen, 10-foot dining room table, wet bar, porch & hot tub, multiple terraces—and 3 acres of landscaped grounds nestled on three sides by picturesque Lake Whitehurst (sublime sunrises & sunsets).

* Guests are privy to a private bedroom with luxurious queen-size bed and updated en-suite bathroom w/step-in shower.

* A second guest room with queen bed includes a 55-inch HDTV/DVR/DVD, adjoining the first BR via the jack & jill bath.

* For more than 4 guests, a queen-size pullout sofa is available in the great room. For larger families, please contact your host. We’ve had as many as 18 sleep here comfortably!

* Keyless entry, free high-speed WiFi, & coffee/tea make your stay all the more restful.

VALUE ADD! We now have Amazon’s brilliant Echo, which allows you to connect your smart devices for music, info, weather and so much more. Your music and playlists are accessible through our sound system. Alexa is FUN, too!

---> Any EVENT with more than SIX hosted at the home must be discussed with your host in advance. Meetings, parties, weddings & receptions incur additional fees.

---> Please note: Your host is on premises during your stay. I am a full-time work-at-home journalist, and spend days in the back office. Consider this your private getaway... with a butler present!

Wiseacre is 5 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay and Norfolk Botanical Garden, while the Virginia Beach oceanfront & boardwalk are an easy 15-minute drive. Downtown Norfolk is 12 minutes on I-64. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg & Jamestown are an hour away.

Also: Hot tub inside a roomy screened-in porch (robes provided!), multiple entertainment terraces w/seating and vistas of spectacular sunrises & sunsets, hammock, fishing, baby grand piano, and plenty of parking.

Enjoy the best of both worlds: serenity on-site & all conveniences minutes away. Welcome to Hampton Roads... and Wiseacre!

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

*Local restaurants, taverns, groceries, gas, museums, shopping within minutes.

* High-speed Internet: Password shared upon arrival.

* Keyless entry, with a personalized 4-digit code.

* Towels & Linens: Of course, provided. Shampoo, blow dryer also at hand.

* Coffee & Tea: And lots of it.

* Parking: Private driveway, for your ease.

* PLEASE NOTE: Your host has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy in the house. Sweet Charlotte looks forward to meeting you!

PLEASE SEE OUR WISEACRE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE!!

Go to FB & type in Wiseacre Norfolk...

More Details

Owner
Chuck Taylor
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Chuck Taylor

Your host Chuck has worked in the entertainment industry as a professional journalist for three decades. As a former New York City boy with southern roots, I'm a friendly, open-minded guy.

If you'd like to share a cocktail on the terrace, I'm game. Or if you'd prefer privacy and a getaway from life's chaos, this spacious home also allows for minimal interaction. The choice is yours!

PLEASE NOTE: Your host is on premises during your stay. I am a full-time writer, and spend days in the back office. Consider this your private getaway... with a butler present! In addition, a King Charles Spaniel named Charlotte looks forward to saying hello!

Chuck Taylor purchased this estate in 2014

Why Chuck Taylor chose Norfolk

Located on the border of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Wiseacre Estate is minutes from the Chesapeake Bay & Norfolk Botanical Gardens, with the Virginia Beach Oceanfront an easy 15-minute drive. Quick access to local restaurants, bars, groceries, conveniences and retail.

Norfolk International Airport is 6 minutes away. Cabs are easily available there, while Uber serves the region. Rental cars are also on-site at the airport.

For those driving to Hampton Roads, Wiseacre is minutes from I-64 and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Once you're here, there's plenty of safe private driveway parking.

What makes this estate unique

* Free high-speed Internet access: Password shared upon your arrival.

* Towels & Linens: Yes, of course, provided. Shampoo, soap and blow dryer are also at hand.

* Coffee & Tea: And lots of it, in the morning.

* Parking: Private driveway, for your convenience.

* In addition to your private bedroom and en-suite bathroom, guests have full access to a connected media room, with 55" plasma HDTV/DVD player/Tivo.

* Your quiet, house-trained dogs are welcome (with additional fees and security deposit). Safe fenced dog run, and 3 acres to run (with leash).

* Smoking allowed outdoors.

* Your host is a 50-year-old single guy who is young at heart and sociable. All ages welcome. As a former New Yorker, I am flexible, accommodating and ready to welcome new friends.

* Any EVENT hosted at the home must be discussed with your host in advance. Meetings, sizable bachelorette parties, weddings & receptions incur additional fees.

Amenities

Camellia Shores Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Beautifully renovated en-suite private bathroom with step-in shower. Links Guest Room and second Bedroom. All necessities provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Guest Room - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size sleeper sofa for an additional 2 guests
    Guest Room 2 - 1 queen
  • Two comfy private Guest Bedrooms with queen beds and a private shared en-suite bathroom. HDTV/Tivo in BR2. Bottled water, towels, hairdryer, shampoo, linens all provided. For additional guests, queen-size sleeper in the great room. We have accommodated as many as 12 overnight for flexible guests looking for a fun getaway that is not your typical stuffy vacation rental. Please see property photos and reach out with any questions. Relaxation and fun... that's the name of the game at Wiseacre!
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
PLEASE NOTE: Your host is on premises during your stay. I am a full-time writer, and spend days in the back office. Consider this your private getaway... with a butler present! * Your quiet, house-trained pets are welcome! Safe fenced dog run, and 3 acres to run (with leash). Additional fees and security deposit apply. * Any EVENT hosted at the home must be discussed with your host in advance. Meetings, sizeable bachelorette parties, weddings & receptions incur additional fees via homeaway.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Mid-Century Modern Lakefront Estate, Close to Beach & Bay
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 22 reviews
4

Don't pass this up!!

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful stay. Chuck was friendly and accommodating and Charlotte is the cutest. "Scap-gals" (4 of us with plenty of supplies) were able to spread out and have plenty of room. Full range of kitchen...beautiful modern and plenty of room.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome home. Loved the setting, architecture and Chuck was a fantastic host!

  • 5 of 5

My brother, two sisters and I booked this property for 6days to attend the wedding of my brother's daughter at the close by Botanical Gardens. This home is spacious, well decorated and has a fantastic kitchen if you are into cooking. Chuck the host and his little dog Charlotte were just the best. He was around to give great ideas on where to eat and things to see and do on the days we were not involved with the wedding. Charlotte was very friendly and love to play but she did not bark hardly at all, so would not disturb you that way. Other times you hardly new they were in the house. It was really nice having someone that knew the area to talk with when at the house. Highly recommend Chuck and his home for a relaxing stay. The price is great too! Would stay here again if came back to Norfolk.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home & gracious host!

  • 5 of 5

My son & daughter-in-law's wedding was held at Wiseacre and we couldn't have been happier with the outcome. Chuck, our host, was extremely accomodating and was helpful in so many ways. He gave us pointers and was nice enough to let us "rearrange his furniture" because we chose to have the ceremony inside. I suppose that was extremely unusual because most of the weddings held at Wiseacre are outside on the vast lawn. And, though it was hot (a 2pm wedding in front of those massive windows is toasty!), the ceremony was short, precious and everything we had hoped for. The kitchen is a dream to work in (we catered it ourselves!) and there was plenty of room for all indorr and outdoor activites. I would only give one bit of advice,...if you hold a large affair at this home, utilize the second bathroom between the rental bedrooms or consider renting a portable potty for the back yard!! We forgot to instruct guests about the second bathroom and I think the one bathroom near the kitchen was in constant use by our 100 guests.

Overall, Wiseacre is a beautiful home with a stunning view that is worth every penny. I recommend renting it for more than just a weekend if you are holding a wedding or large affair. We rented it for five nights and had plenty of time to get ready for the wedding and clean up afterwards. I'd do it all again! Thank you Chuck, you are the best!

Cookie, Bill, Michelle, Ian and the whole family!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

WONDERFUL

  • 5 of 5

Omg where to begin, this house is Beautiful inside and out, the stories about the house were so warming and exciting to hear about, Chuck was AMAZING, and a very good host, welcomed my husband I and our 3 children with open arms!!! My 7 yr old cried when we left :) i would recommend this home to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation or even a place to hold a wedding or an event....breathtaking scenery!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous

  • 5 of 5

This place and its owner are just so splendid. My mother-in-law and I recently stayed 4 nights and couldn't have had a more lovely time. Chuck was so welcoming, informative, and respectful of our space and privacy that it made our vacation to Virginia Beach extremely special. I hope to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrible!

  • 1 of 5

My sister got married here and the home and the view was amazing. Unfortunately, multiple times throughout the night there was major issues. Chuck became very intoxicated and extremely rude. There was only one bathroom that was allowed to be used when there was 120+ people. He also turned the AC off inside the home making very humid and muggy for those inside. He even yelled at my two year old son for accidently walking into a screen door and threatened to "kick us out if we could not control our child." Earlier, my husband had arrived early to help set up for the wedding and once We were finished he went to the bathroom to change his clothes. Chuck walked in on him changing and kicked him out,of the bathroom stating, "this is a bathroom and not a dressing room." We were not "allowed" to wash the dishes after our guests got done eating. If this is not enough he was so rude and nasty the bride and groom packed up all the stuff from their wedding and did not even stay at the home that night and had their wedding night RUINED! Do yourself and guests and run so fast from this guy!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Norfolk Botanical Garden
Aberdeen Barn Steak House
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Cutty Sark
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Norfolk International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Many to choose from!
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I-64
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many to choose from!
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Car: necessary

There are countless local sites to see throughout this resort area! Williamsburg and Busch Gardens are within an hour's drive.

I will furnish all info upon your arrival with travel guides for Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

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Rates & Availability

Camellia Shores Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2017 1-2Q
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
$127
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 3-4Q
May 1 2017 - May 1 2018
1 night minimum stay
$127
From
$135
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$97
From
$107
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Cleaning Fee $15
Tax Rate 5.0%

PLEASE NOTE: Your host is on premises during your stay. I am a full-time writer, and spend days & evening in the back office. Consider this your private getaway... with a butler present!

* Any EVENT hosted at the home must be discussed with your host in advance. Meetings, sizable bachelorette parties, weddings & receptions incur additional fees via homeaway.

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.
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