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Michael Hemphill

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

Exclusive Townhouse-Brilliant Bay Views-Very Close to Beach

7 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

Wildwood Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Full Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

This immaculately clean, upscale, 3 bedroom, bi-level villa is situated in the SW corner Diamond Beach offers privacy and stillness that no one would expect from the New Jersey seashore. Yet it is just a few blocks from a gorgeous, private beach known as 'the Club at Diamond Beach' and minutes from many exciting area dining locales and other interesting attractions. Beach tags are provided.

From the moment you walk into this impressive town home, your stress will melt away!

Take in the spectacular bayfront views of the bay and wetlands. The covered deck allows you to enjoy the outside all day and night long. Sunsets and bird-watching are spellbinding, so have your camera ready! If you are into bird watching, you see many varieties right from the condo's deck and by car, you're within 10 minutes of the best bird watching in the world.

Both floors have large sliders and windows to show off the beautiful scenery. Two stairways allow easy access to both floors.

This townhome is THE BEST unit located at Harbor Vista. Since it is an end unit and located adjacent to the pool, it offers the maximum in privacy (no direct views of neighbors) and you can walk out the first level door and be right at the pool's gate. The townhouse is 1600sq. ft space with many upgrades. These include granite countertops, marble flooring in the bathrooms and well maintained carpeting. The interior colors are comforting and warm, as they too aid in eliminating your stress.

The master bedroom features a King size Tempurpedic mattress, one of the most comfortable sleep innovations of the modern era!

Overall the location can be described like this - you are close enough to many conveniences, but yet far enough away that you experience unparalleled peaceful and quiet hours away from traffic and the frenzy of people running to and fro.

The pool can be seen just below the master bedroom's window and looks great lit up at night. Not to worry, the pool is closed from 800 pm until 1000 am,so you won't be awaken too early by people using the pool area.

Parking can be a problem in many places but not here. You have two spaces allocated in the garage to keep your car out of the blazing summer sun. There are also many spaces available in the street if you have guests.

Area Features:

* 3 blocks to world class beach: The clean beach includes palm trees planted for atmosphere and shade, live music on weekend afternoons/evenings, and plenty of refreshments: wet bar, hot/cold food cart. It also has large, comfortable restrooms and you can even rent cabanas for your family and relax in style while at the beach.

* A challenging, 18 hole, miniature golf course is located 150 feet away.

* A Bayside Dock Bar - Harbor View, on the bay featuring reggae and other music daily. Only 1 mile out onto causeway.

* US Coast Guard Reserve and National Wildlife Preserve is 1 block away. For hiking and bird watching, this place is great!

* 'No outlet' street creates zero noise and congestion.

* 3.5 miles to historic Cape May and its treasure trove of bars, stores, antique shops and more.

* Hometown great, Crest Tavern, 3 blocks away. Features decent food at reasonable prices.

* Downtown Wildwood 3 miles north. For the real flavor of a summer resort, you have to visit this a least one night. It is a great place to rent bikes and go for a ride during the day.

* 6 golf courses within a 10 mile radius and double that number if you extend the radius to 30 miles.

* Two parking spaces in the garage.

Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover Credit Cards are accepted however, a 3.0 percent convenience charge will be added to rental price.

Keywords: Condominium New Jersey Seashore Shore Cape May Birdwatching

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Michael Hemphill (Owner)
Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

About Michael Hemphill

Hello Everyone, I am Mike Hemphill, the owner of Unit 101 at Harbor Vista. Thanks for taking the time to review the vacation information about my townhome. As someone who likes to travel, I understand very well what it's like to stay in a place that is clean, free of critters, spacious and comfortable. That is why I have done my best in feathering this nest so that it offers the very best in creature comforts for my guest's vacations. I look forward to the opportunity of serving you. Good luck and I hope you come stay at Harbor Vista this year!

Michael Hemphill purchased this condo in 2002

Why Michael Hemphill chose South NJ Shore

I bought this vacation rental in Diamond Beach due to its proximity to so many attractions. Historic Cape May is 5 minutes to the south but without the hustle and bustle of say, Ocean City. However, where my townhouse is located it has much more room to spread out not to mention parking.

I instantly knew I wanted to purchase this condo because its incredible location - no through streets, no city noise and so close to a well managed, private beach with a Tiki bar.

I also was sold on the fact that this area in comparison to others, had so much to offer in terms of dining and other manmade and mothernature made attractions.

What makes this condo unique

The scenery and the quiet are the best benefits of all. For Bird Watchers, the view from the covered rear deck are extraordinary. Many species can be seen in this nearly 270 degree panoramic view! Inside, since the walls and ceiling are of concrete, you cannot hear anything unless the windows are open. And then you hear nothing but the wind, the birds and the ocean in the distance. When I can, I like invite family and friends over because Diamond Beach is a great place relax and enjoy with them.

Reviews

5
based on 7 traveler reviews

Exclusive Townhouse-Brilliant Bay Views-Very Close to Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Washington, DC
5

Great views, great for family stay!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a week-long stay at Mike's house in Diamond Beach and we had a great time. There were 7 of us in all: me and my husband, my 2 teenage children and their 2 friends, and my mother--and we all fit comfortably! The 16 year old boys took the cots (and couch and TV) in the basement, and the rest of us were upstairs with Grandma in the queen bed, the 14 year old girls in the twin bed room, and me & hubby in the tempurpedic king bed in the master! I slept wonderfully all week. The combo of the kitchen table and kitchen counter with stools were just right for our group, and if the weather was nicer, some of us could eat at the table on the deck!

BTW, the deck was very nice for morning coffee and reading and bird watching, and especially the beautiful sunsets over the bay & nature preserve. Perfect view!

Though the beach was 4 or 5 blocks from the house, it wasn't a bad walk, and if we went early enough we could drop off chairs, etc. and park closer. Another good thing about the distance is that it's very quiet at this condo. Apart from seeing a few people at the pool, it is a quiet community which is what we were looking for in our vacation. Within a quick walk from the house (within a block or two) was ice cream, mini golf, a well stocked beach shop, an Italian market that made Taylor Ham sandwiches! and a pizza/Italian restaurant! It was nice to have all of that so close by.

The house is spacious (we didn't feel like we were on top of each other all week) is very clean and neat, decorated nicely, and has the basics in the kitchen (plates, utensils, margarita glasses), and the beds are comfy. Mike will tell you, but don't forget to bring your own sheets, beach towels, and supplemental bath towels.

We really enjoyed our week at the Jersey Shore, and are thankful for this great property and Mike's excellent care of it! I'd definitely stay here again, and I'd recommend it to others!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic in Every Way!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were searching for a clean, spacious house, with a nice view and a pool, for a fun and relaxing family vacation by the beach. Not always easy to find in the Jersey Shore. We found this unit on VRBO, and booked it based on the description and pictures provided on the listing. Upon entering this Unit, we were extremely happy, as it was represented very well on VRBO. It was everything we were looking for in a shore getaway.

The house is very comfortable, well kept, and decorated very nicely. I felt at home, and slept wonderfully. The back porch has a beautiful view overlooking the Bay. There is an electric grill on the porch, which worked very well. We ate many meals outside as we enjoyed the scenery, and the variety of birds flying by. Very relaxing!! The house is a short walk from the best beach in Wildwood (IMO). Diamond Beach is private, thus it is occupied primarily by families renting houses in the vicinity. It was never crowded, and we were always able to setup right by the water for a perfect ocean view.

Within walking distance, there is mini-golf, (which my daughter and I enjoyed very much), a Diamond Hut Beach Store (beach chairs, umbrellas, bathing suits, sunglasses, etc) and a grocery store. Across the bridge is Cape May (less than a 10 minute drive), and the Wildwood boardwalk is just a couple of miles away. There are many seafood restaurants in the area, in addition to Italian restaurants, and places to get ice-cream.

Mike is very friendly, and attentive. It was a pleasure to rent from him. My family and I were very comfortable and had a great time! I highly recommend this unit, and we look forward to coming back next Summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous Vacation Property

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed the week we spent at this property! The two story condominium is exactly as described. It is modern and exceptionally well maintained. We really appreciated the stylish décor, a hotel/resort level feel that was thoughtfully designed. With two floors the condo is very spacious and ideal for families. There is plenty of room on the deck, entertainment room and living/dining room to gather larger groups and enough rooms to spread out when looking for some space.

The location of this end unit is ideal. The views of the bay are superb! We enjoyed peaceful mornings and spectacular sunsets every evening on the deck. The condo is literally steps to the pool which is immaculately clean and wonderfully secluded. The bordering tall grasses create an almost exotic feel. And the bay breeze was fabulous, on an exceptionally hot week, we were comfortable the entire time.

This particular section of the Wildwoods, Diamond Beach, is our favorite area hands down. A quick 3 block walk to the beach reveals a treasure! With clean bathrooms, a beach club with live music, food truck, access to surfing and paddle boarding...this area feels like a resort. Other attractions nearby include a great miniature golf course, a wonderful range of dining options, charming Cape May, a zoo, shopping and all the boardwalk has to offer.

We highly recommend this property. We had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Mike Hemphill, who is very gracious and accommodating. The only question we would have about renting this property again is which week to choose!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Poconos in Pa
5

Most relaxing vacation ever

  • 5 of 5

Mike is wonderful to work with.

The house is very comfortable. Best nights sleep on the king size bed.Plenty of room for the whole family and enough space for everyone to have their own splace.We even got to enjoy the old clasics like Flipper and Gidget.

The view spctacular, I never wanted to leave that view. Tranquil is putting it mild.We were able to see all the fireworks with out dealing with the crowds.

Location was great walk to the beach never crowded.There is a private beach club that had a band playing often when we were on the beach just a nice added feature. Some very beautiful homes in the are to see.

The condo is in a great area mini golf and ice cream on the corner Beach store had everything you need and not badly priced on the other corner. Food market and very good Italian food and pizza all on the same block.

Location in between Cape May and Wildwood. best of all close to everything but not right there so you can relax and not feel like you have to be doing all the time, and spending money. Having the pool was nice for just a dip to cool off.

My Granddaughter 9 yrs enjoyed watching the birds and painting a picture of the scenery and the bird that always come and sits on the branch by the deck.

If you are really looking for a relaxing family vacation I highly recomend you call Mike.

Make sure to go to the lobster house. But go at 4:00 or you will wait 1 1/2 hrs. Best food .

We are looking foward to going back.

Enjoy we did.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania/USA
5

Relaxing Beach Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is the 2nd time we have stayed in Harbor Vista and the first time we have stayed in this Unit. The unit is well kept and very tastefully decorated. The furnishings, decor and colors are current and in excellent condition. The views of the sound from the main living areas are phenomenal. We find it very quiet, peaceful and relaxing. Love to sit out on the covered porch enjoying the view while having our morning coffee, reading a book or hanging out in the evening with candles lit. Love this section of Diamond Beach. We park ourselves along the fence line of the restricted wildlife protected area and it feels like we are the only ones at the beach. After a day at the beach you can come back and go for a dip in the pool. Usually you have that all to yourself too. So nice to be able to park 2 cars and store your beach equipment in a garage. There is plenty of additional street parking nearby. There is a beach supply shop and convenience store within walking distance and some very nice restaurants close by. Owner Michael Hemphill was very pleasant to deal with. We would definitely stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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hawthorne, nj
5

Harbor Vista 101: A Vacation Dream Where You Can Have It All

  • 5 of 5

Harbor Vista 101 is a vacation dream. If you are looking to vacation at the New Jersey Shore in the Wildwoods and Cape May area, it doen't get much better than this. "Why", you ask? The range of options for your vacation that range from the beach, to quiet & restful accommodations, to the boardwalk at the Wildwoods and its attractions, convenient services and restaurants, shopping and outdoor activities.

My family and I have enjoyed leasing this unit from owner Mike Hemphill for the past two years. His description at VRBO's web-site was as presented. The unit is in a fantastic location. One of the prime reasons I was interested in this location is the fact that it is not along the Wildwood beaches with all of the other highrise buildings. The view of Jarvis Sound is wonderful to observe fantastic sunsets and enjoy a relaxing drink at the end of the day. This townhouse development is clean and Mike's unit is very comfortable and well appointed. The pool is a convenient and a nice feature. The indoor parking really does help to keep your car cool & protected. Finally, your only neighbor is an 18 hole mini-golf course and ice-cream stand. Kids love this! However, convenience services and several local restaurants are within a 2 to 4 block walking distance, a big help.

Access to the local beach is a 3 block walk. The beach club at this beach ( access included in the lease) has food services on the beach and access to private, clean bathrooms on the entry to the beach. A large, flat beach, with a gentle drop into the ocean made this a great beach for my kids and family in general. Its proximity to the bird sanctuary at the Coast Guard Base next door made for great side trips for exploring. Finally, everyday on the beach we had repeated sightings of dolphins no more that 50 feet off the beach. Great and exciting to see!

We liked that while this area was quiet and relaxing, if you want more entertainment the Wildwood Boardwalk is a 5 minute drive away. The kids really loved the rides and the beach shops are, if nothingelse, entertaining to see the "stuff" they are selling. Multiple restaurants and food choices exist throughout the area.

Cape May and its beaches are also close by. The lighthouse, bird sanctuary and state beach are worth a visit. Also, within 20 minutes of this location to the north is the county zoo (great for kids) & nearby historic garden (great for birds & plants/gardens).

Thanks Mike, for a great vacation location!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate this kind, true and insightful review!
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Car: necessary

Also available: whale watching tours, deep sea fishing, Historic Victorian Cape May, parasailing, oodles of restaurants and historic Wildwood boardwalk and attractions.

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Rates & Availability

Wildwood Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
September 2016
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
$2,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

The deposit is returned not later than 30 days after leaving the unit. It is asked that you take care of the unit like it is your own. It is in very nice condition for you and all guests for this purpose.
If you elect to use a credit card, there is a 2% premium added to the rental fee to cover additional processing fees.

Typically personal checks are the common method of payment. To reserve the townhouse, you would be required to send a $500 non-refundable deposit to Michael Hemphill 4615 Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143. Once this payment is received, you will receive a lease for your week(s). In this lease will be a payment plan. Your rental week is paid in full prior to entry for your leased week(s).

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Amenities

Wildwood Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Water View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Bathrooms are always immaculately clean and all floors are tiled with Limestone, Marble and Ceramic substrates. They all feature pedestal sinks and a full shower in each. One is a combo shower and bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Tempurpedic Signature Series
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , This is bonus room on ground level. Sleeps two on (2) twins
  • King size Tempurpedic Signature Series (1) in Master Bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) One mattress is normal thickness and quite firm. The other is a deep pocket and is somewhat softer., Twin or Single Beds (4), Child Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
3 Bedrooms, Family Room, Great Room/Kitchen, 2 car Garage, 3 Full Baths. Bonus room in basement provides a 4th bedroom for additional sleeping area.

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