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Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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4 - 7 nights


Emerald Isle House Rental Photos and Description

Oceanfront 5 Br, 5 Bath, Reverse Floor Plan

2,450 square foot duplex with the feel of a single family home, 5BR, 5 bath.

Beds: 4 queens, 3 twins. double futon

TOP FLOOR: large open oceanfront deck with picnic table, deck chairs and 11 foot umbrella outside the main living/dining area; small sound-side covered deck; 48 inch digital cable LCD home theater system; octagonal oceanfront dining space and 8-10 person 64' diameter round table w built in lazy Susan; separate game table space; sound-side bedroom with window seat and shower bathroom. Granite counter tops in well equipped kitchen

MIDDLE FLOOR: two oceanfront master bedrooms each bathroom with whirlpool baths as well as showers, 26' lcd TV's and DVD players; sound-side 2 twin beds bedroom and bathroom w shower; even larger shaded oceanfront deck with porch swing and deck chairs; deck box with beach chairs and four beach umbrellas with sand anchors. BOTTOM FLOOR: queen bed with single bunk above it; double futon; 40' LCD TV home theater system; mini-fridge and bar sink; private bath room with shower. Bottom floor room opens out to the private (not shared with other side) walkway to the beach: Hot/cold outdoor shower with beach toys in enclosure; Large private dune deck with benches and cold rinse off shower.

Linens, bath and beach towels and made beds make this an easy and beautiful turn key experience for guests. finish one, replace one spice drawer.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Bob Winton
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Bob Winton

Pam and I are in our 47th year of marriage, with three adult sons, two terrific daughter in laws, and four lovable grandchildren.. We have lived in Durham since 1975 and Bob grew up in Raleigh.

Bob Winton purchased this house in 2002

Why Bob Winton chose Coastal North Carolina

Starting in 1977 we have been coming to Emerald Isle for at least one week a year. Pam and I and our boys have stayed in several duplexes on the island. We occasionally looked at for sale properties and we always terribly unimpressed with ones we could afford to buy. We began looking regularly one day of each vacation trip to Emerald Isle starting in about 1994. After seeing yet another set of undesirable offers in November 2001, I said I was done wasting our time and was not going to look any further. Pam and I were walking on the beach that same evening. As we glanced at the various houses we passed, I noted some that might have promise were they for sale. In particular, Aquarius East, with its obvious reverse floor plan, which we both strongly favor, and also obvious octagonal oceanfront dining space, struck us as an awesome and unique design, which it is. When I mentioned it to my middle son, he did some e-sleuthing and got Curtis Estes' name. I called him and it turned out he was considering selling. Pam and I looked at the inside for less than 5 minutes and agreed to his price. It was the best duplex we had seen from the inside and appeared to be from the outside as well. I am positive it is near the top, if not the best on the island. We decided to shift to VRBO, 1) because the realty company we were using had gotten so large that they really could not keep adequate oversight of the property to our satisfaction and 2) because it seemed those who were renting through this agency were being more destructive than we had originally experienced. We love the house and we thought that renting more directly to families might get a more thoughtful clientele for whom we could securely provide more services. We believe such folks would within reason take care of the property while enjoying their stay, so that whoever followed them would also have the same type experience.

What makes this house unique

Aquarius East offers a private walkway and large dune deck, full main deck separation, and solid soundproofing that give this duplex a very realistic feel of staying in a single family space. Because of its location on the lot and that of the houses to the East (Aquarius and the beach face due South), there is a view all the way to Atlantic Beach. The South facing beach also means in the winter, when there is the typical wind from behind, (north) the top deck is quite warm and one can often sit there during the middle part of the day in a t-shirt and shorts. Furthermore you can see the sun rise out of the ocean and set into the ocean, often with spectacular sunsets. Having two full decks, one open, one covered is an added bonus. We have been able to up the amenities substantially without raising the rents much if at all. These are linens, towels, made beds, beach towels, spices, laundry and dishwasher detergent, high quality (Pantene) shampoo, conditioner and Oil of Olay soap dispensers in all 5 indoor showers, beach chairs and umbrellas, and kids plastic beach toys


based on 16 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Aquarius East is the nicest place I have stayed on Emerald Isle in more than 30 yrs.

We had NO COMPLAINTS at all.

Bob is such a wonderful owner to work with, and you can tell he loves his home, and genuinely cares for his renters.

There are many extras to make our stay even more enjoyable.

Since returning 10 days ago I have recommended this home to three people.


  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another great experience!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We would like to thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us again. We had a wonderful vacation spending time with family and enjoying the beach. We look forward to returning to your home in August.


  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Just a great place for a relaxing week.

The owners show they really care about their home and those who rent it, so eager to please.

The home and location is wonderful. Many, many extras to make our vacation even more enjoyable.

We certainly would like to return

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always pleased when our guest are happy, and particularly like suggestions. All of yours are taken care of for 2016. In addition for 2016 we have refinished the upper level floors , are on the way to kitchen counter top replacement, and if materials (PVC decking which is fairly new, cooler and more durable) and workers to install it, will have the decks replaced by summer Welcome back for 2016. Bob and Pam Winton
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3rd time renting this place!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great vacation at Aquarius East and the place was just as we remembered. We love how uncrowded the beach is here and the water is always amazingly warm. We love how everyone has their own bathrooms, however noticed we can not all run the showers at the same time - max of 2 showers at once for enough pressure. Overall, great stay, love the view from the top deck and breakfast area. Bob was a pleasure to work with.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. You r shower comments are new to me, and i have not noticed that when we are there with our now 12 person family, so it is very useful to get that feedback. I will check with my do everything person there and see if he has some suggestions. 2016 will see some big upgrades otherwise, along with our made beds, beach towels, beach chairs, umbrellas and top notch linens and towels. We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Bob and Pam Winton
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Manassas, Va

Very Happy Family!!

  • 5 of 5

Let me start with the owners - FANTABULOUS to work with! The House - Great location on beach; all kinds of amenities and fantastic view and access to the ocean! We hope to return next year for another family escape from the real world!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for writing such a positive review Bob the golfer. If you do think you may come back next year, be sure to let me know let me know sooner rather than later. We would love to have you stay with us again. Bob
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McDonough, GA

Fantastic place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This place is awesome. All our children and grandchildren joined us for an unbelievably relaxing week on the beach. Aquarius East has everything a family would want in a beach rental. The place was clean and ready when we arrived. The location is perfect. Just far enough away from the more crowded areas but close enough to grocery stores, activities, etc. The owner is just a great guy. This was our first time using VRBO and he made me feel so comfortable. The only way we would not return to this rental is if our family out grew it.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jon, I very much appreciate your review of Aquarius. The thing I love most about having Aquarius and sharing it through VRBO, is that I get to directly e-talk with the folks who are staying with us and hear how they love it like we do. Bob
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Car: recommended

Aquarius East is located near the Pine Knoll Shores State Aquarium, Hammocks Beach State Park, fishing piers, go carts, mini golf, water slides and more.


Rates & Availability

Emerald Isle House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 21 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late fall
Oct 22 2016 - Nov 18 2016
4 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
4 night minimum stay
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 23 2016
4 night minimum stay
Christmas week
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 31 2016 - Feb 10 2017
4 night minimum stay
early Spring
Feb 11 2017 - Mar 24 2017
4 night minimum stay
Mar 25 2017 - Apr 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late spring, Sat-Sat
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early season , Sat=Sat
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Main Season 2017, Sat-Sat
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
main season wk
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late season 2017
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
late summer 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early fall
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.75%

$100 booking fee is nonrefundable.
Weekly rental Saturday to Saturday during season, May 1 to mid October

Call or email Bob for the electronic door locks key code for your reservation a month prior to arrival , if not received by email.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Emerald Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • middle floor master BR - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    middle floor twin room - toilet , shower
    top floor - toilet , shower , connected sink/toilet room is shared with living space
    Bottom floor - toilet , shower , multipurpose room, bathroom shared
    middle floor master BR2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • All Aquarius East bathrooms have tile floors. Top floor powder room is accessible both from the main living area and via the shower room connected with the top floor bedroom.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • top floor - 1 queen , 3 ' memory foam topper
    Middle floor oceanfront master - 1 queen , 3 ' memory foam topper
    Middle floor oceanfront master #2 - 1 queen , 3' memory foam topper
    middle floor twin - 2 twin/ single
    Bottom floor Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , Queen has 3' memory foam topper
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Beach and bath towels and linens, with made beds are included. Shampoo, conditioner and soap dispensers are in each shower. Cleaning supplies, laundry and dish detergents are provided. Child beach toys are provided in outdoor shower. Rentals Saturday to Saturday only from early May through mid October

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