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4/3 Designer on bay 2 Masters, Covered Porches, BEST Sunset, Pier, Fishing Light

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Bayhouse offers endless bay,sunset, wetland views & late check outs, worth the $

Most weeks: Receive 8pm Sunday check out, if available. If possible, 9 am check in.

BEST NIGHT & DAY FISHING ON PRIVATE PIER: Speckled trout, Redfish and more - expansive waterfront home designed for multiple generations who enjoy the outdoors and fishing.

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!' ....

Request availability on early check-in and late check out.

Water front 4/3.5 custom home features 2 King master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, private pier with fishing light and nearby boat ramp. Built in 2013, 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: Built 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 8 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 on property. No smoking. Maximum sleeping occupancy is 14.

More Details

Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About Owner/Property Manager

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 2013

Why Owner/Property Manager chose Sportsman Road

Our lot is situated in an idyllic waterfront & natural location yet civilization is at our doorstep. (Amusements, restaurants & stores are just 10 minutes away!)

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. Its unique location allows all 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!

What makes this house unique

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!' ....

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Jul 2013
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Sportsman Road House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bath 1: Bay Master's ensuite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private bathroom For Bay Master, granite countertop
    Half Bath: Powder Room off Hallway - toilet
    Bath 2: Marsh Master's ensuite Bathroom - toilet , shower , Private Bathroom with 3' x 5' Roll-in shower with grip bars
    Bath 3: Upstairs Bathroom has 2 sinks - toilet , combination tub/shower , Separate Shower Room. Separate Toilet Closet.
    2 Outdoor Showers & Changing Areas - outdoor shower , Rinse kids as you return from beach, fishing or riding bike.
  • All bathrooms have granite counter tops, undermount sinks, tiled bath and/or shower and generous lighting. Upstairs Bathroom has three (3) separate rooms which allows for privacy: Double sink vanity area, Toilet Closet and separate Tub/Shower Room. The double sink vanity features a wide counter with ample storage for everyone's toiletries. GROUND LEVEL: Two oversized, louvered outdoor Cabana Showers with hot water. Great for rinsing off in bathing suits after the beach! The 'Toe Wash' at base of exterior stairs is convenient for rinsing off sand & grass.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bay Master with Private Bathroom - 1 king
    Marsh Master with Private Bathroom - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed under Twin
    Bedroom 3: Bunk Room Upstairs - 6 bunk bed , Two bunk beds sleep 4. (Trundle beds accomodate 2 more).
    Bedroom 4: Vaulted Twin Upstairs - 2 twin/ single , Room has cathedral ceiling and views of bay and wetlands.
  • MAIN FLOOR: Two Master Bedrooms have King beds, private baths, custom area carpets and coastal themed bedding that complement the views. The Marsh Master also has a Twin with full-sized trundle to accommodate children or grandparents; its bathroom features a roll-in shower with shower grip bars. The Bay Master has direct access to screened porch. UPSTAIRS FLOOR: Bunk Room has two sets of bunk beds with trundle beds to sleep 6; Bunk Room also has deep window seats, mounted TV, lots of outlets for gamers and large walk-in closet to hang clothes and stow suitcases. Vaulted Twin Bedroom has 2 twin beds with views of bay & wetlands and cathedral ceiling; Loaded with drawers for clothes & closet. ALL BEDROOMS are equipped with ceiling fans, flat screen cable TVs, DVD players, clock radios, closets, chest of drawers and great views. Nautical sleeps 14.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 20 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
GREAT OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS: 1000+ s.f. covered porches and 1,000+ s.f. paved ground level to enjoy Nautical's water front setting on Bay. Private Pier equipped with overhead fishing light. Granite fillet table and sink on ground level. Bring your water toys! A Low profile cat-walk allows easy boarding for kayaks, sailboats and jet skis. Beach towels and assorted beach chairs are available for use. If requested, beach toys and croquet set are available.


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4/3 Designer on bay 2 Masters, Covered Porches, BEST Sunset, Pier, Fishing Light
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

Perfect Weekend Getaway home

  • 5 of 5

First and foremost, Joan is the easiest and most accommodating owner I have ever rented from. The home is clean, beautiful and just as pictured. The location is perfect, you close to the seawall but still feel the peace and quiet at the rental. The house is fully stocked with all amenities and we have caught a abundance of fishes under the night time fishing lights. We will definitely be back to rent again.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time on our visit. We are not only a reasonable distance to shops and restaurants but the kids had a blast I. The peer fishing kept the kids happy.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great get a way! Peaceful & lovely!

  • 5 of 5

We had wonderful family vacation at Nautical! We cooked with ease, we slept so comfortable and outdoors was wonderful, great fishing and family time downstairs & the beach is 10 min away! Of course we hope to go back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great interior design, very new and clean

  • 5 of 5

Love the light blue interior design, sea shell deco, very clean and neat , very new , every one enjoyed stay, caught lots fish , will recommend to my friends

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at previous homes in Galveston but this was our favorite. Very clean home and the owner was awesome.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Beautiful property in a quiet setting on the Bay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this property. We fished every night and caught some really nice trout and red. We were surprised by the protected area across the street as we got to see all types of different birds! Sunsets were great, the bedrooms were large, and the house was very well furnished! Only trouble we had was connecting to the internet. Other than that we would definitely rent it again!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're available 24/7 via text, call or email to address ANY QUESTION OR CONCERN. To avoid this situation, instructions to reset WI-FI tower ('turn off and then on') are now posted in Welcome Packet and on property. Wi-Fi password now texted on each renter's CHECK- IN DATE.
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Nearest Airport
47 Miles
Houston Hobby Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Woody's - casual, beach views, outdoor seating
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Ferry to Explore Bolivar Peninsula, watch Dolphins
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Moody Gardens Golf Course (open to Public)
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Cafe Michael Burger
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
61st Street at Offat's Bayou
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
West Beach
Car: necessary

Galveston tourist attractions include

Schlitterbahn Waterpark,

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $292
Damage Deposit $69

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.
15% Hotel Tax on rental rate, Linen & cleaning fees and property damager waiver.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Refer to Nautical's Rental Agreement. If booking during Hurricane Season (June 1 through November 30), we recommend you purchase Travel Insurance through this website.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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