|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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The house is oceanfront sitting on one of the most picturesque beaches along the North Shore--Ke Iki Beach. The upstairs of the house features 2 bedrooms (one oceanfront bedroom with a queen bed, and one mountain facing bedroom with two single beds). Downstairs, there is also a large, separate, oceanfront studio with a queen-sized bed, a sitting area, kitchenette and full bathroom. The yard is large with a grassy lawn and tropical plant garden. Guests may walk right out the door, across the grass yard and onto the secluded beach. To provide privacy, the house is separated by some low vegetation at the yard's edge and a private path onto the beach sand. The house also has a fenced yard and gate for safety and added privacy.
We live in Raleigh, NC but all of our extended family live on the North Shore so we regularly spend holidays and summer vacations there. Knowing the beauty of this beach, and the restorative affect of this location, we wanted to be able to share it with others.
Gretchen purchased this house in 2012
Our family lives right next door to this house so we are quite familiar with this secluded beach, the wide span of sand here, the gorgeous views from this property and the beauty of the area. When the house came on the market this recent summer, we knew that we wanted to have a place to call our own for the future.
The beach at this location is unique because, typically, only residents of Ke Iki Road use this beach. To be able to vacation on such a lovely spot with so few beach-goers is unique and rather restorative.
We've been to Oahu several times and staying at Gretchen's home has been the hands down best! Private, secluded, and on a exclusive expanse of beach with direct access. We enjoyed warm mornings on the lanai and sunsets in the garden/lawn or on the beach as the waves crashed. The waves were big (mid-Oct) but even with a 5 and 6 year old, the tide pools and shore run off were a playground for hours. The house is beautifully located and with all needed amenities, plus extras like snorkel gear, boogie boards, bikes, bamboo mats, etc. We had a scheduling conflict that Gretchen was absolutely amazing at accommodating without question. I hope the 'Rest and Restore' continues to be a VRBO staple in our vacationing years to come.
We arrived at the tail end of a storm in early August, so it was raining and windy and there was surf. The storm passed through in the next couple of days and the weather settled in to rain at night and mostly sunny and hot days. It did get hotter after the cool from the storm, be careful what you wish for!
The house was ready at 3pm, we had arrived early so went to the market, Foodland, and stocked up the supplies we would need for our group.
The house was really clean and the previous guests had just left, so that's a great tribute to the housekeepers.
The view and location are unmatched. The kids never got out of the ocean. The beach was mostly empty even on the weekend. The house is on the main and busy road, which has traffic even at night, but the master bedroom is on the ocean side and we were lulled by the sound of the waves. The boys (13 yrs old) were passed out in the bedroom closest to the road, we never had any complaints. My other guests slept in the apartment on the ground floor, which also faces the ocean. The two standing fas provided enough air, so they were comfortable. The house upstairs has ceiling fans, and we needed to keep them running at all times when we were in the house.
The outdoor shower was a huge plus, especially with for the kids. The surf was just rough enough to provide a lot of sand in the bathing suits, so showering inside was not possible as I didn't want to spend my vacation cleaning the tub.
The house is very simple, the neighborhood felt very safe. There was a locked automatic door for the car and also for the pedestrian gate. We lived outside on the lanai, unless I was in the kitchen cooking. The gas stove was a welcome sight, I love to cook and hate the electric stoves. I brought my own knives, but I always do.
We live in NYC, so I don't think we'll be back, it's a LONG trip. I need to see some old friends who live in Hawaii, and now that's done.
We loved the food trucks at Shark's Cove. And my son took a surfing lesson from the dive shop, those guys are the real deal. I highly recommend them.
The North Shore is an awesome place. We had a great family (of 4) vacation and this property and its owner, Gretchen, had a lot to do with it.
It’s a perfect location right in the middle of all the famous beaches. But you don't have to leave to go to one of those beaches because right out the front door is beautiful Ke Iki beach. A 5 minute walk gets you to Shark’s cove and 10 minutes to 3 tables for great snorkeling. We swam with sea turtles!
The house worked very well for our family and was stocked with everything we needed. Gretchen was staying next door with her mother and gave us great suggestions of places to go visit and restaurants to eat at. It was that “Ohana” friendliness. Mahalo Gretchen
Some of our best memories will be eating and playing card games on the lanai while watching the sunset and listening to the waves crash as we feel asleep…so relaxing.
I would highly recommend this house to anyone. When we go back to the North Shore we will stay here again.
The listing description was accurate regarding the location, layout, and amenities. The property was clean and well maintained. The owner Gretchen was responsive and staying next door at her mom's house during our visit.
The master bedroom upstairs and the downstairs studio face the ocean, and the house is located on a side street off the highway, so the sound of the ocean and crickets lulled us to sleep. The ceiling fans were efficient and very quiet.
We spent many hours relaxing, reading, and playing games on the balcony and big grassy lawn. We swam with a sea turtle, saw our first monk seal napping, and observed a pod of dolphins offshore. Please be respectful and keep your distance from these creatures to avoid stressing them.
The shady walk/bike path made it easy to explore Shark's Cove (intermediate snorkeling due to rocky entry and dodging scuba divers), the tide pools (saw a spiny starfish, sea cucumbers, and some humuhumu; more fish where kids can snorkel in the deeper pools), and Three Tables sandy beach (beginner boogie boarding for young kids).
We enjoyed fresh ahi poke from Foodland deli, ahi skewers at Shark's Cove Grill, and delicious Korean BBQ from Kalbi on Fire (a must-eat worth the short drive to Kahuku, which we did twice; the shrimp truck next door is also one of the best), as well as ono plate lunch and dream cake from Ted's Bakery.
This was our fourth year visiting the North Shore, and our first time renting this property. We've recommended this property to our friends, colleagues, and relatives. In fact, we've already booked our next stay here.
Really enjoyed this rental. Felt right at home, very comfortable, very well equipped and a perfect location. Highlights were the location right on the beach, and the beautiful yard for when you don't want to get sandy or want some shade. The owner was quick to respond and very helpful when we had an unforeseen problem with the plumbing.
We just returned from a week in this beautiful location and really hated to leave. The house was perfect for the 6 of us and included a daylight lower level walk out for my parents. The house is fully equipped with everything you need!
Gretchen was great to work with very prompt in replying to any question I had prior to our arrival.
We honestly can't wait to come back again!
The North Shore offers numerous activities. You can be as active or relaxed as you want here. Surfing, swimming, snorkeling, are all readily available and boat rentals, jet ski rentals, sunset sail cruises, massage therapists, spa offerings and more are all locally available.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|one-time cleaning fee||$200|
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
|electronic payment fee||$150|
When renting just the upstairs house for 4 or fewer people the cleaning fee is $155. If renting the whole house for 4-6 people, the cleaning fee is $200.
Discount rate for monthly rental is available.