|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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Our NEW water front 4/3.5 custom home features 2 King master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, private pier with fishing light and nearby boat ramp. Nautical is the perfect destination for outdoor relaxation and family fun.
Nautical offers the best coastal outdoor living on West Bay. Expansive porches provide a panoramic view and ideal setting for phenomenal sunsets and sunrises. 1000+ s.f. covered porches allow all to enjoy outdoor dining, watch kids fish (or play football, soccer or croquet in the yard) or just relax. After a long day at the beach or sightseeing at Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, Pleasure Pier, or the Strand District, kick back and enjoy the sounds of nature as the sun slips down over the horizon of West Galveston Bay.
West Beach, tourist attractions & fabulous restaurants are 5-15 minutes away.
NEW HOME: Nautical's construction completed in 2013.
Nautical's cool coastal colors, maritime decor and custom furnishings blend the elegant with the playful. The Main Floor sets the tone with 10 ft high ceilings and 7 ft windows that showcase the great views of West Bay and 50+ acres of wetlands.
Nautical's Main Floor has a Great Room (Living, Dining, & Kitchen Area), Two (2) King ensuite Master Bedrooms, powder room and Laundry Room equipped with washer & dryer. The Living Area's seating area is anchored by a gas fireplace with ceramic logs, mounted TV and beadboard bookcases. The fully stocked kitchen features a large island with gas cook top and counter seating for 6. The Dining Table seats 10 and has views of the bay, Causeway Bridge, Mainland city lights to the North and wetlands to the South! The game table seats 4 and overlooks the wetlands to the South. The Upstairs Floor has two bedrooms that share an expanded bathroom (double sink vanity area, shower/tub room and toilet closet/room).
The ground level has a propane grill, outdoor sink & granite counter, fish filleting area, picnic table, 14+ chairs and two outdoor Cabana Showers with lots of hot water.
NAUTICAL SLEEPS 14:
Main floor has 2 King Master Bedrooms with private bathrooms. (One master also has a twin with trundle which nicely accommodates children or grandparents.) Upstairs floor has Bunk Room for 6 (all twin mattresses) and Vaulted ceiling Bedroom with 2 Twin beds.
WIFI, HD CABLE & ELECTRONICS:
Great Room and 4 bedrooms have TVs, DVD players and HD cable boxes. Great Room's stereo has both WiFi Airplay and USB ports to directly access your play list from your IPhone to speakers in Great Room and porches.
Nautical has a private pier equipped with cleats and fishing light. Launch your boat or kayak at the nearby boat ramp and catch bait fish along the pier or small ditch across the street. Outdoor fillet sink & counter.
OUTDOOR LIVING & THINGS TO DO:
Nautical offers more than 1,000 sq. ft. of covered porches, including a 15' by 13' screened porch. The porches provide a relaxed setting for conversation, bay watching, observing the birds' daily migration to wetlands and witnessing phenomenal sunsets and sunrises. The Bay Porch spans over 50 ft of waterfront and wraps around to a 30+ ft East Porch. After a long day at the beach or sightseeing at Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, Pleasure Pier, or the Strand District, relax and enjoy the sounds of nature as the sun slips down over the horizon of West Galveston Bay.
Nautical is beach ready: beach towels, beach toys and collapsible chairs.
GAME NIGHT, ANYONE?
Nautical also has board games, cards, books, assorted DVDs and croquet set. Pack your camera, sunscreen, fishing gear & life jackets!
Galveston has great tourist destinations. When you get weary from spending big bucks at Galveston's iconic tourist destinations, board the free Bolivar Ferry & watch bottle nose dolphins race the ferry as maritime & cruise ships navigate this active waterway; you'll experience first hand how maritime traffic from the Ports of Houston and Galveston exit the intercoastal canal and enter the Gulf of Mexico! Then enjoy a great meal or just really good pizza at Mario's Italian Restaurant (Seawall @ 6th St.) before heading to the Historic Strand district.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT NAUTICAL:
While Nautical is a fenced property, families with small children should know that Nautical has an unfenced waterfront and low profile window sills that are approximately 1 foot from floor. The exterior stairwell features a keyed security gate which provides privacy.
Email owner to request 7 p.m. LATE check out, special pricing/discounts for weekends and EARLY check-in. Prices include 15% hotel tax, cleaning, linens and $69 damage waiver coverage. A $200 damage/security deposit is required and will be refunded within 72 hours of your departure date.
No proms nor large parties (wedding, graduation or college related) are permitted. We rent only to adults 26 and older. No pets. No smoking. Maximum sleeping occupancy is 14.
In 2008 Hurricane Ike destroyed our 1960s fishing camp. We built Nautical with over 1000 sq. ft. of covered porch including a large screened porch because the views are expansive and beautiful.
We poured our souls into Nautical's design and soothing seashell & sea-loving decor so please treat Nautical 'like it's yours'. Our location offers incredible views of bay, wetlands, sunrise & gorgeous sunsets. Relax on the porch and enjoy the birds' daily migrations: Brown Pelicans, pink Roseate Spoonbills, Grey Blue Herons, Great White, Snowy and Cattle Egrets, various Terns & the classic Laughing Sea Gulls. In the winter season elegant White Pelicans float for hours in the pier fishing lights. If you have watercraft, you can launch from a public access boat ramp within walking distance.
Our typical lazy day: Grab coffee & watch sunrise from porch, eat breakfast, drive the kids 5 minutes to West Beach, collect seashells & build sand castles! Rinse sand off kids in 2 Cabana Showers before throwing burgers on the grill. After quiet time on the 58 foot wide Bay Porch, let children enjoy an afternoon of pier fishing, crabbing, or bird watching/cycling along our quiet, mile long street. Old & young always enjoy tossing bread to seagulls from Nautical's private pier in late afternoon. After dinner, night fish on the pier or relax in the screened porch and enjoy the breezes and expansive skyline framing West Bay.
Owner/Property Manager purchased this house in 2012
We rebuilt after Hurricane Ike because our lot is situated in an idyllic waterfront location yet civilization is at our doorstep.
We spent our childhood summers - fishing, crabbing, boating, sailing on West Bay and building sand castles, seashell hunting and riding the waves at West Beach which is just minutes from Nautical. As adults, we appreciate how our unique location allows us to observe the coastal birds daily and witness migrating birds (from as far away as South America). Simply put, we built Nautical so the next generation experiences our unique bayfront life.
The breezes, views, sounds of wave action, bird calls and Nautical's relaxed, coastal interior allow us to escape 'city life'. The 'kid in us' appreciates that Galveston's tourist attractions and restaurants are so nearby. We also enjoy watching the sunrises, sunsets, moonrises and stars from Nautical's porches!
UNIQUE NATURAL SETTING ON SECLUDED STREET: Bay front property with private pier and fishing lights, nearby public boat launch on our secluded street, and wetlands on the opposite side of the street. Even though its location feels secluded - Galveston's historic seawall is only 6 minutes away!
SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE: Enjoy fishing, crabbing, boating or watching boats cruise the bay. If you kayak, bring it because the inlets along West Bay provide great fishing and calm wave/tidal currents for paddling your water toy!! Nautical's private pier is equipped with many cleats. Do not dock boats overnight due to active tide.
INSPIRING SUNSETS & SUNRISES: Bring your camera because God's sunsets and sunrises can be spectacular! In the evening, the lights on the distant mainland, Causeway Bridge and Galveston Island nicely frame West Bay and create a beautiful skyline. From the East Porch and house, the rising moon is memorably huge and quick; Star gaze the constellations from the porches or pier because the stars don't have to compete against bright city lights.
BEST BIRD WATCHING: Enjoy the daily bird migration between the federally protected bird sanctuary islands to the North and federally protected wetlands directly South of Nautical; daily you'll see Brown Pelicans, pink Roseate Spoonbills, Grey Blue Herons, Great White, Snowy and Cattle Egrets, various Terns, other Herons & the classic Laughing Sea Gulls. From Fall through Spring, birds migrate from as far away as South America. As our mantra says, 'It doesn't get any better than this!' ....
We had a wonderful time. The fishing was great under the lights. Use glow in the dark spec-rigs and you will be happy. Wonderful family time with 3 generations sharing wonderful times.
We rented Nautical for our family's Thanksgiving holiday, and were just blown away. The house is lovely, well-appointed, with plenty of rooms and bathrooms. There are windows on all sides and there is no bad view, since you get the bay on one side and the wetlands on the other, and both are pretty. You really do feel like you're getting away, and yet you're still very, very close to Galveston proper so if you need to pop out for something, it's just a quick trip. Having a private pier was a real treat, and we literally fished all night, every night. It was also a treat to see so many different kinds of birds. My daughter especially loved looking at her phone from the porch swing that faced the bay. And the sunsets were spectacular. Fishing and sunsets -- it really doesn't get any better than this!
Our work group stayed at Nautical in early November and had a wonderful relaxing weekend. The home is beautiful, newly built, and nicely decorated. This is the owner's family retreat and it shows both in the care of the property and furnishings. I believe the description said it would sleep 14 and would do so comfortably. Towels, sheets, and kitchen items were provided, but many extras such as hardback books, games, and serving ware in the kitchen were lovely extras. Detergent for the washing machine and cleaning supplies were available. There's a wooden porch swing downstairs and a screened in porch with rocking chairs upstairs, but we really enjoyed just sitting on the dock and looking out at the water. I cannot think of any negatives. Be aware that the Bosch dishwasher has an alarm that beeps hourly when the cycle is complete, so running the dishwasher before bed may not be a good option. :) There are stores and restaurants within a few minutes, but thankfully we planned ahead and brought food so we didn't have to leave!
The property was perfect for our family gathering. Well kept and stocked with everything that you need. The fishing was excellent and the beach was nearby.
The sunrise and especially the sun sets were magnificent .Initially I was concerned that we wouldn't be on the beach but the bay side provides equally awesome views from the deck. And it was good to be away from the hustle and bustle of the beach traffic. Working with Joan was great, great southern hospitality . She was always available with quick responses. We'll certainly be back. Thanks again Joan for extending your home to us.
The Nautical was a perfect place for my family to meet up and celebrate my father's 70th birthday. The house is immaculate and well thought out. There is always a constant cool breeze we enjoyed on the hammocks and on the porch. There were lots of games for our kids to play during down time. Our favorite part was the private pier that was lit in the evening. We all got to fish and crab which was on our "must do" list. We caught sand trout, red fish, drum, gaftop catfish, a stingray, and lots of crab. Sunny Beach is just a few minutes drive and you can drive and park on beach. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to others.
Well stocked, very conducive to quality family time. We had easy access to the beach and to the Strand. We loved our time on the deck & the guys enjoyed fishing.
The owner is very easy to work with & easy to reach . The home is beautifully decorated . We cooked most of our meals there
and found Kroger to have everything we needed.
We would recommend Nautical to our friends without hesitation.
Our stay at the Nautical made this Memorial Day weekend a special one for our whole family! I've searched many bay houses in the area, but this one was significantly better than the rest! The layout and space was absolutely perfect for us. The cleanliness and décor made this place comfortable and pleasant to relax and enjoy spending quality time together. Everything was organized, labeled and easy to find throughout the entire house. We enjoyed fishing off the pier at night and the sunset views were breathtaking. I was also impressed with how informative and attentive Joan was from our initial booking to our returning home. Once we arrived back home, I realized I lost my wedding band at the bay house and asked Joan to have the housekeeper check for it when they cleaned. The housekeeper did find my wedding band and my daughters earrings too. Joan then offered to have someone meet me in Houston to deliver it safe and sound. I am so thankful for the trusted management at the Nautical that would go out of their way to return these valuable items. The Nautical is excellent in both accommodations and service!
Galveston tourist attractions include
Moody Gardens (Aquarium, Rainforest, Beach Pool & Waterpark, IMAX theatre, Museum & Golf Course, Colonel's Paddleboat) and Galveston's newest water front attraction, The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier on the seawall; the Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions like a giant roller coaster, ferris wheel, other rides, midway games, food venues and retail shops.
Drive to Galveston Broadway Blvd, where you'll see examples of the old Victorian era architecture and historical home tours (we recommend the famous Moody Mansion and Bishop's Palace which survived the Hurricane of 1900).
Visit the Strand National Historic District's shops, galleries and restaurants, book a performance at The Grand 1894 Opera House, check out the Victorian era architecture or stroll the nearby cruise ship alley. While harborside, walk over to the Texas Seaport Museum, where you can explore the decks of the celebrated 1877 tall ship 'Elissa', a floating National Historic Landmark. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum is located nearby in a retired jack-up drilling rig which allows you to experience the offshore industry first-hand. Before heading back to Nautical, pick up the day's catch from one of Pier 19's licensed vendors who sell seafood fresh off the boat - blue crab, shrimp of all sizes, speckled trout, red snapper, flounder and more. Nautical's kitchen comes equipped with everything you need to prepare and serve your seafood feast!
For outdoor adventures, we recommend a kayak, duck boat or airboat tour. Majic Carpet Putt Putt, located on the Seawall, features two 18 hole 'old school' miniature golf courses, Bungee swing and shaved ice stand! Just a quarter mile west of Majic Carpet is another new attraction 'Go Karts' that features a low-key arcade and go-kart park complex. Jet ski, motor boat and sailboat rentals shops are available in Offat's Bay at 61st Street.
If the natural and coastal aspects of Galveston are more your pace, visit the Galveston Sea Turtle Facility which is free, affiliated with NOAA Fisheries and works to increase and protect the Kemp's Ridley turtle population and offers weekly tours. Bring your own gear if you don't want to hit the tourist destinations; walk along our mile-long street bordered by the bay and wetlands. These unique wetlands have inlets, shallow inter-tidal marshes, tidal creeks and mud flats that attract various coastal and migrating birds. Birders and non-Birders will be amazed at the variety and beauty of birds and wetlands terrain.
For a faster pace, go roller blading/cycling on the 10 mile-long Seawall. If you don't want to haul your bike, Seawall shops rent cruiser bicycles and cycle carts that seat 4 for $15-25/hour. Ride the free Bolivar Ferry to watch the bottlenose dolphins and the massive maritime & cruise ships navigate this waterway where the Gulf of Mexico meets the inter coastal canal.
Avid sportsmen can fish from our private pier, kayak fish West bay, or fish from jetties & commercial fishing piers along Galveston's Seawall, surf fish along West beach, or book one of many deep sea fishing boats in the area. Our street has a boat ramp within walking distance. From our pier, we catch Speckled Trout, Sand Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Croaker, Black Tip Shark, Gafftop and sometimes Red Fish. Tip: Bring your casting net to catch mullet & piggy perch in wetlands' inlet!
Children will also enjoy crabbing in the wetlands' inlet on our street from the little dock! Please throw back the female Blue Crabs so our local crab population stays strong!
If you have any questions or want more options, Nautical has a selection of tourist pamphlets.
|Property Damage Waiver||$69 + Tax|
|Tax on Cleaning||$16|
|Cleaning & Linen Fees||$275 + Tax|
CONFIRMED RESERVATION: Upon receipt of 50%. If arrival date is less than 30 days, full rate is due. Full payment due 30 days prior to arrival date.
PAYMENT: personal check, Echeck, credit card, cashiers check or money order. Call owner if arrival under 10 days.
REFUNDABLE $200 DAMAGE/SECURITY DEPOSIT: mail separate check.
15% Tax only on Rental Rate.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Please read Nautical's Rental Agreement.