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About this Property
Please also check out our new Vacation Rental By Owner listing of an adjoining, mirror-image oceanfront unit (1083172) and feel complimentary to message us If you have any question about either one – or about renting both! Just click on the “Contact Owner" link on the right-hand column, and we’ll message you right back. We’ve tried to answer all the frequently asked questions here on our web pages, but we know that there is a lot of information to work through, and we want you to be certain that our home meets all your family’s needs – that’s how we’ve gotten all these great reviews year after year!
Are you ready to rent, with your entire group on board? Click the “Request to Rent” button on the right. Since we offer multiple options, such as different-sized linen packages and multi-week Snowbird costs that the website doesn't compute, we regret that we’re not able to offer the Rent It Now feature. But, we do respond quickly.
Now, please read on to learn more about our home!
Oceanfront? Yes, and exactly as it should be — with million-dollar vistas! Savor your morning coffee in a rocking chair on the upper outdoor space —just steps from the kitchen — while you watch the children play in the surf or the dolphins frolic in the waves. Go back out at dusk to adore the sunset and gentle evening winds as you have supper around the picnic table, then watch the moon rise as you linger over dessert.
In between, after you've had enough sun and surf and fishing for the day, savor the private hot and cold outdoor shower. Then, grab a one of the great beach books from our comprehensive library and hang the hammock on the lower, shaded outdoor space.
If rain showers blow through, take that rent upstairs and curl up on one of the daybeds in the Crow's Nest, or just adore the oceanfront view that goes on forever. Or, if you're feeling more active, push back the three appreciate seats that cluster around the big-screen TV and turn on our yoga DVD for your own private yoga class.
At nighttime, walk out your own private walkway to the dune outdoor space and practice identifying the constellations (there's a great app for your iPhone or iPad to help you). Or, walk just 8/10 of a mile down the beach to Bogue Inlet Pier and see what fish are biting. Or, push back the furnishings like we do, and play some dance tunes through the iPod dock or by using one of the DVD players for your CDs. For a quieter time, appreciate our selection of puzzles and board games.
We have five cable TVs, two DVD players, and, of course, clock radios in every bedroom. The big-screen TV also has Netflix and Amazon Prime on-demand video streaming. You should have no problem hooking up your own Wii or Xbox to the TVs!
If you have trouble living completely on 'island time,' or if you categorically must bring work along, there is broadband Wi-Fi everywhere the home.
The kitchen is entirely supplied (including Jenn-Air range, microwave, toaster, toaster-oven, coffee maker, blender, slow cooker, ice maker, a shrimp steamer, tons of specialty cookware and good kitchen knives that are sharpened between each rental). The inside dining tables seat twelve, in addition to the four stools at the breakfast bar, and we give an substantial number of table settings in case visitors drop in.
There are four two-person bedrooms (two of them with king beds and two with queens — two are oceanfront, and two have alluring sea vistas). Each bedroom has its own full bath en suite and direct access to an oceanfront outdoor space. The huge Crow's Nest has four more single beds, and accesses one of the en suite bathrooms (one floor down) directly through a separate door, without having to go through the attached bedroom. There is also a queen sleep couch in the living room.
Our duplex will sleep up to 12 on a side, with 4 of them (often children) being in the Crow's Nest. But some folks prefer not to sleep people in the Crows' Nest at all, because they appreciate its great vistas and like to use it as a refuge as the children run in and out downstairs; others relish it as a dedicated media room to watch movies or the big game on the big screen. In fact, our low costs and great vistas have enticed many couples to rent the home for a hideaway just for the two of them!
You can even double your bedrooms and bathrooms! If you need more room, remember that this is a duplex. Subject to availability, we can offer the other, mirror-image side for you to rent as well (and sometimes at a discount). While completely private and well soundproofed, the two units can communicate through otherwise-locked passage doors on the two decks, as well as through the rain-protected carport on the ground entry level. We adore renting both sides to host sizable families, weddings, company retreats, yoga and writing workshops, and groups of home-schoolers on field trips. However, if you do want to rent one side or both for a special event, please give us details in your initial inquiry so we can be sure that your plans and parking needs are a good fit for the home and neighborhood.
We welcome children of all ages. You'll find a couple of infant gates that you can position at the top and bottom of stairs. We do encourage you to sleep babies and toddlers in their parents' room, both for their safety and for their sense of security in a strange home. Because of sanitary and safety concerns, we don't offer cribs or high chairs, but we can help you rent up-to-date ones if you don't travel with them. Do bring your own outlet covers if you want them, as it is impracticable for us to guarantee that outlet covers remain in place in a holiday rental from week to week.
'I'm bored!' Well, if the beach and the surf and books and TVs and puzzles and games aren't enough for your children, let them ride their bicycles and skateboards on our peaceful cul-de-sac or along the miles of paved pedestrian/bicycle paths in Emerald Isle. They'll also find a b-ball goal in the cul-de-sac, and, within painless walking distance are two miniature golf courses, a go-kart track (well out of earshot!), an arcade, and ice cream stores.
For the whole family, there are many other services and activities within smooth walking distance: Bogue Inlet Pier, the Food Lion and Publix grocery stores, the ABC store, a coffee shop, a hardware store with fishing supplies and beach equipment, eateries, a movie theater, surf stores, and copious specialty stores. Extensive paved bicycle/walk paths make exploring more distant stores, services and scenery a wind. Other adventures await you a brief drive away: boat & kayak units, charter fishing, historic Swansboro and Beaufort, the NC Aquarium, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, Cedar Point Park, Hammocks Beach State Park, Fort Macon State Park, cruises to Cape Lookout and dolphin-watch cruises. And don't forget the incredible walk along the beach to Bogue Inlet at the western end of the island.
We can occasionally accept up to two modest, brief-haired, crate-trained dogs (in most cases only under 20 pounds), but only with special permission and a nonrefundable pet fee of $175 per dog. We adore dogs, but please understand that we must be picky because we need to be confident that we can quickly turn the home around in pristine shape for our next renters. Tell us about your dog – weight, breed, age, length of fur, on year-round flea and tick preventative, crate-trained? – and request that we send you the special provision in our rental agreement regarding dogs and cats. We very cannot accept any dogs and cats other than approved dogs – no cats or other species!
There is Absolutely No Smoking in the House! We do give urns for the disposal of cigarette butt outdoor, and ask that you use them – not just because butts on the ground are unsightly, but because the beach grasses and high coastal winds can quickly fan a hot cigarette into a blaze threatening many homes.
While we prefer weekly units (usually Sunday-to-Sunday), we will at times consider renting for shorter periods with a nightly rate that is 1/5 to 1/4 of the weekly rate; because of the high demand for our home on a weekly basis, these shorter periods are typically available only for mid-November through mid-March, and only 10 days or less in advance. Discounted multi-week prices are available. Send us your questions!
Keywords: Oceanfront, Duplex, Wi-Fi, Big-Screen TV, Modest, Crate-Trained Dogs with Fee and Permission, Pet Amiable, Beachfront, Kid Amicable, Child Helpful, Walk or Bicycle to Stores, Surf Fishing, Bogue Inlet, Fishing Pier, Rents Mostly Sunday-to-Sunday
How to Save Money on Your Rental
- Search for the official tourism bureau where you want to vacation. Many tourism bureaus supply printed guide books with special offers for lodging, restaurants and tours. Keep an eye out for these magazines and coupon books, as this allows vacationers to experience those fantastic attractions with a quite often substantial discounted.
- Are your travel dates flexible? Off-peak rates are usually a fraction of peak fees.
- Are you a military veteran? Some management companies provide price reductions to veterans and active-duty forces. Make sure to ask vacation rental company to see if your visiting crew is eligible for a markdown.
- Some homes are primarily designed for specific groups of guests. Event homes are great for weddings, wedding parties and corporate escapes. Some rentals cater to wildlife enthusiasts. Other rentals are positioned close to nightlife. You will definitely get the best value from a home that most thoroughly satisfies your ideal holiday setting, even if it costs a tad bit more.
- Vacation rental companies and individual rental owners commonly offer guests the chance to buy trip insurance protection. Trip insurance, which generally costs between 1% - 5% of the basic term price, provides vacationers reimbursement of their trip expenses for any nights missed a result of personal health related emergencies or weather, and additionally ensuing additional hurricane evacuation costs or charges, such as an unforeseen hotel room stay or extra gasoline. Trip insurance can be a bank account-saver if the unforseen happens (heaven forbid!).
How to Book a Vacation Home
Some people are shocked to learn just how many rentals are available in their area of interest. Rental home accommodations have gained in popularity with the rise of online search sites like Homeaway and VRBO.
Virtually all rentals in Morehead City are privately operated and many are represented by experienced local rental management companies. Owners often select management companies to assist with marketing, housekeeping and regular maintenance.
Here are some ideas and techniques to help you navigate the rental search and reservation process.
Finding and reserving the best rental home:
Do you believe "Four Full Baths Plus Outdoor Shower, and Plenty of Hot Water, Walk to Groceries" is the perfect rental property for your next getaway? Browse through this guide to ensure it fits all of your preferences.
The Earlier, The Better
Morehead City vacation homes book months (and up to a year) in advance. To guarantee the best selection of rental homes, we recommend searching and reserving your Morehead City getaway Six-Twelve months in advance, whenever possible. A lot of visitors choose to begin their search over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holiday gatherings.
Select your Place and Travel Week
Agreement can be difficult among family members, but as soon as this tricky part is finished everything will quickly fall in place.
How Many Bedrooms?
Keep a list of attendees. How many beds and bedrooms will you be needing? Consider that most vacation rentals list maximum guest capacity, which usually includes sofa beds in the living room space. It is important to figure out what is acceptable for the company. Most rental listings will summarize each of the unit's specific bedrooms and mattress sizes.
Commit to a Budget
The majority of vacation homes are presented with a cost range. Confirm the cost for your chosen stay. It may be at the high end of the range. Make sure you get cost-sharing commitments from family and friends well before booking a costly vacation property. Most rental contracts call for a single person to be responsible for the full reservation.
Rental Home Features
What amenities is your group trying to find? Do you simply want a property with a pool, spa or volleyball court? Do you wish to be away from it all, or near civilization? Are sheets included with the rental, or will you need to take your own? Build a list of priority amenities to guide narrow your search.
Elderly family members will appreciate you for not reserving a stairs-only condo on the Third floor. If wheel chair access, elevators, pool lifts or other specialized devices are necessary, include that into your search. Most rental listings include a list of amenities.
Your Dog Deserves a Vacation, Too
Make sure you include your pets. While many rental homes allow dogs, rules and costs vary per rental. Examine your agreement thoroughly! Extra fees or costs may be applied to your contract. Ask questions *before* you reserve!
Its Time to Search
Several websites exist to match vacationers with rental home owners.. Together with Homeaway, VRBO and Tripadvisor, we suggest searching Google for "Morehead City local vacation rentals" for local vacation rental management companies. Local rental management companies take pride in a superior rental experience.
Negotiate the Price
When you've located the rentalhome of your dreams, check to confirm your travel dates are available.
Some property owners will negotiate prices, and some won't. If the rate isn't negotiable, the number of nights may be. Off-peak weeks will probably be negotiable more often than peak-season..
Read through the Entire Contract
You really should know which services are included:
- Utility bills
- Telephone service
- Pool Heating
- Pay Per View Movies
- Trash collection
- Maintenance policies
- Check in & Check Out Key Exchange
- Parking Fees
Make sure your quote includes all state taxes and fees.
Be sure to be aware of the cancellation policy before reserving. You'll probably be offered trip insurance. Trip insurance, which commonly costs somewhere between 1% - 5% of the standard vacation rental rate, can provide vacationers with reimbursement of their vacation costs (and subsequent rental property costs) for any days missed as a consequence of personal health-related emergencies or weather, in addition to hurricane evacuation costs, such as a unanticipated hotel stay or extra gas.
Book your Rental
As soon as you feel you've found "the one", start the booking process. Remember that most rental contracts require a considerable rental down payment and/or security deposit to cover the vacation rental owner.
Keep Your Property Manager's Information
Put the rental manager's contact info into your smart phone and wallet for quick access to answers during your visit.
Congrats! All that is left is enjoying your vacation!
During your Stay
- To make sure no damages are associated with your stay, create a record of any problem areas of the rental. Get in touch with the rental manager right away to report your observations. If there is a disagreement about legal responsibility later, having the recorded problems and communication attempts will probably be useful.
- Ask questions. If you have any ambiguity about vehicle parking, policies of the property, condo access, swimming pool functions, etc... we suggest you ask the rental manager promptly. A brief phone call prevents many complications.
- Be considerate of the local community. Many times, neighboring properties are filled by permanent residents. Remember the golden rule and treat others the same way you'd like to be treated by vacationers next to your residence.
- Ask a local. Natives may point you in the right direction.
- Make sure you protect the property owner (and your stuff!) by keeping the rental locked up while you are away, just like you would in your own home.
- Check to make sure you've packed all of your personal belongings. Sweep every room in the home for left-behind possessions. Inspect bathrooms, the garage, cabinets, decks, the pool area, and anywhere else your personal property might "hide".
- Once your things are all out, do a walk-through of the rental to make sure that no property damage occurred in the course of your stay. We advise walking through with the rental manager whenever you can (this isn't always the case).. If the property manager is not available, make sure you take photos of the property to record its condition.
- Did you love your vacation rental? Just about all rental home management companies and rental websites permit renters to provide reviews. If the vacation rental and/or property manager was top notch, they'll appreciate your compliments. If something went wrong and they didn't correct it in a reasonable manner, or when the rental was not as described, you will want to note that as part of your critique.
Learn and Improve
How did they like the rental choice? Maybe everything was outstanding and you are excited to re-book the property for next year. Maybe the rental property wasn't ideal, and you'll better understand how to refine your search for the next vacation.