7 BR/7 BA Historic Beachfont Villa, Centrally Located
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
East End Historic District house description
Seawall house is located on Galveston’s Seawall at 18th Street, between The Galvez Hotel and the Holiday Inn Express and is closer to the gulf and beach than either hotel.
On the first floor, a large veranda and covered porch overlook the ocean and provide a great place to eat, have a cocktail or to just sit and watch the gulf or the parade of people.
On the second floor the two south bedrooms front on a large porch equipped with swing hammock, chaise and chairs. On clear nights, ships shimmer like stars lighting the horizon as they make their way to Houston or from it to all corners of the world.
A deck accessed by the third floor loft looks out on the gulf and the city is great for sunbathing.
Seawall house has four bedrooms on the second floor and one bedroom on the first floor. The third floor loft has two bunks, but it is accessed by any steep stair more like a ladder.
The house is equipped with dominoes, cards, poker chips, board games, a ping-pong table and a small library of books. Reluctantly we do provide cable, a CD player and TV. However it is hoped that the beach is well enjoyed rather than catching up on the latest television shows. A high-speed Internet connection is provided on the first floor.
The back patio is also a great place to have lunch. There the level of activity lessens. Lay in the hammock under the logia and be enveloped in the tropical foliage.
Two one bedroom apartments sit on the north of the patio and both have modest views of the gulf.
The house was built in 1914 by Frederick Langbin, one of the original investor’s in the Galvez hotel who intended the home as a residence for his sister and her daughter. It was constructed of poured reinforced concrete and was the first house so constructed in Texas. The style is similar to that of some Frank Loyd Wright structures. Unfortunately Galveston was not to the taste of Mr. Langbin’s sister who returned to England with her daughter after a stay of only a few years.
The home incorporated such anti-hurricane features as small lights (panes) in the multi-light windows which were much stronger and a Spanish tile roof, now gone. The home went through the 1915 hurricane with nary a scratch.
The house is furnished with an eclectic mix of fine antiques, carpets which accent the cypress, oak, and long leaf pine wood work in the house along with comfortable resort style furniture. There are many nooks to enjoy.
Your may lease the entire estate consisting of the Big House, and two courtyard apartments may be leased -- 7 bedrooms plus the sleeping loft, 3 gulf-view porches, the court yard or you may chose just one of the properties.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Ice Maker
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Cooking Utensils
- Living Room seats 0:
- Clothes Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques, this historical home is the only private home remaining on Galveston's Seawall directly across Galveston's Seawall Boulevard from the beach. Wonderful outdoor spaces, walled tropical garden, terrace, second floor balcony, and third floor deck complement the interior. The property consists of the main house and two one bedroom courtyard apartments that also have attractive beach views. The house is in town and thus close to shopping, historical sites, the Opera House, Art Center and Museums....moreless
- Game Room:
- Satellite / Cable
- Ping Pong Table
- Broadband Access
- Wireless Internet
- Deck / Patio
- Porch / Veranda
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Fitness Center
- Sight Seeing
- Medical Services
- Pier Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Surf Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Wildlife Viewing
- Miniature Golf
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding, Coastal Birding Trail, Moody Gardens and it's attractions, Rainforest Pyramid, IMAX 3D Theater, Palm Beach, Discovery Museum, Ridefilm Theater and the Aquarium Pyramid, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Shopping, and Sightseeing - Historical Homes, The Strand Historical District, Duck Tours and water tours on Galveston Bay....moreless
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Just What We Were Looking For
Just What We Were Looking For
My family and I planned for our yearly Thanksgiving trip to Galveston and stay at Seawall House. We did our research and Seawall House was just what we were looking for. The history of the house was one selling point, along with the location. When we arrived several family members commented that we had outdone ourselves this time. The house was as advertised and perfect for us. It is an old house with so much character and charm. It doesn't try to be something it's not. We thought it might be noisy because of the open spaces, but it was very soundproof and solidly built. Upon arrival the owner gave us valuable island information along with the keys. The house was clean and you could tell that it was loved. It gave us, a family of 12, the room to spread out and have our own space. This was particularly good since the weather did not cooperate at first and we spent more time at home than expected. The location was perfect. Everyone has different interests and we were able to see the island both by foot and by car(the parking was great!) It had been years since we had been to Galveston and everyone found something that they loved. We rented the entire property and used all of it. The courtyard was great for the grandchildren. They were able to safely get outside and get some exercise without being in harm's way.
- Guest Peggy M. (West Fargo ND)
- Date of stay 11/23/13
- Review Submitted 12/12/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.
Birthday Party at Seawall House
Birthday Party at Seawall House
Great facility for party! Tons of room, and can add air mattresses in loft and apartments for even more sleeping space. Great location, so much better than way down the West End! Tons to do! Lots of outdoor space for visiting. Plenty of bathrooms, good water pressure, good air conditioning for such a large space. Love the art, love the charm! I have passed this place hundreds of times as we live nearby and visit Galveston often. Had no idea this was here! Will definitely use the house again for family gatherings! Everyone loved it!!
- Guest Mary M.
- Date of stay 09/06/13
- Review Submitted 09/17/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, age 55+, tourists without a car, families with teenagers.
A Wonderful Week
A Wonderful Week
Seawall house provided an excellent vacation get away for our family. It was the perfect size for our large family in an ideal location on the beach. We hope to be able to get everyone there again next summer.
- Guest "Chuck" (Oklahoma)
- Date of stay 07/26/13
- Review Submitted 09/16/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, tourists without a car, families with young children, families with teenagers.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this historical home on the seawall. Not only was the location ideal, but the views are spectacuar, there is plenty of room to spread out and a nice large table for coming together at meal time. The house has a lot of character - including unusual paintings and a staircase to nowhere! We look forward to our next trip!
- Guest Gwen (Shenandoah, TX)
- Date of stay 08/02/13
- Review Submitted 08/11/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
We had our family reunion there the house is not worth the rates charged for it. The house was dirty and smelled like mildew. The bathrooms are old and outdated need to be replaced. The master bedroom had curtains at door and so did the master bath. There is not a bathroom in each bedroom as stated, false information about this house. The pictures are deceiving. The upstairs bedrooms was in pretty good shape except the bath tub in one of them stopped up after one night use. The other bed room with the twin beds, shower out dated and toilet old and need to be replaced. I would not stay there again. This could be a nice place with repairs and cleaning took in serious consideration.
- Guest diappointed (Sherman, Tx U.S.)
- Date of stay 06/21/13
- Review Submitted 07/01/13
Owner response: I enjoyed meeting these guests who were gracious and gentile, it We do get a lot of repeat business. Those staying at the house on the 4th of July, this week, stayed last year. I have reservations, waiting for a deposit for repeat guests in August (Dan), October (Rosetta), November (Stephanie), Mardi Gras (Z-Krewe), and a reservation in April from a couple who met while staying at the house and plan to get married there. I love the house. If my wife had not decided, when the children were younger, that they needed a neighborhood, we would still be living there. The house is 98 years old, and being constructed of poured concrete, it is just not possible to change the configurations of the bathrooms, and five of them are done in 1950’s style tile and so they do look dated. I looked at the pictures. They have not been retouched, and to me, they look like the house The house does have 7 Bedrooms and 7 baths. We are sometimes asked the configuration, and we give it in detail. The downstairs bedroom/ bath has an oak door which locks. There is a curtain that separates the bedroom from the bath area and another curtain that separates the lavatory from the toilet and bath area. No complaints on this before. (We were let know about the stopped up drain—an accumulation of hair—after 5 and had a plumber there the next morning. ) Every dollar we have made from the property and then some has gone into improvements-- everything from waste lines to new ac to a new roof-- in process painting the exterior and of redoing all the windows which will not be complete until the fall. We run the AC or dehumidifiers 100% of the time as the location on the Seawall and the prevailing humid, South wind predisposes the property to a musty smell. We currently have a really excellent cleaning crew, but in summer with only 6 hours between check-out and check-in everything may not be perfect. They do wipe surfaces that might attract mildew with Lysol.
We were very happy with the size and location of the Seawall House. We had a family reunion and this was the perfect place to have family meals and space to visit together. Everyone was able to have their own rooms; we were able to get to the beach and activities easily. The kids loved the ping pong table. The reviews we read prior to our stay were so encouraging. However, we must have hit an "off" weekend. We had to go to Target to buy cleaning supplies and fans; the house was not clean at all and the a/c didn't work well. The ones staying in the outside apartments wanted to go next door to Holiday Inn so they could be cool -- the owner did replace the a/c unit there. With the price we were paying, adding these costs and having to spend time cleaning was disappointing. We would stay there again, but would get reassurances from the owner that the property was thoroughly clean and the a/c in good working order.
- Guest Tommie S.
- Date of stay 07/27/12
- Review Submitted 05/24/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: I appreciate the very objective review, both the good and the bad. the good is great and appreciated, but it is from the bad that we know where to make improvements. During this stay, in 2012, we had issues with the cleaning crew at the time; they really needed to work and were trying, but we could not get the house as it should have been. We have since changed to a crew that specializes in vacation homes. So far they have done well. Still this is a large, old house and in the summer there is often only 6 hours to clean it. Another issue we had was that we left the slate floors natural and they chalked, blackening feet and sox. We have since sealed them. I don't like the look as much as the natural slate, but it is easier to clean and does not chalk. My nightmare is an AC going out. Most of them are youths or adolescents; just one entering middle age. We did get the window unit replaced with in 12 to 24 hours and when there has been a problem my AC guys have come out on occasion on Friday evening for which I am very greatfull.
Really Nice TimeGuest comment entered by owner
Really Nice Time
We had a really nice trip and loved the Seawall house. My husband and I hope to bring our family back to Galveston and hopefully we can stay at your home again.
- Guest Siiri
- Date of stay 11/01/12
- Review Submitted 11/14/12
We had the most wonderful time!Guest comment entered by owner
We had the most wonderful time!
We had the most wonderful time at your house (except I broke my toe). But we loved the rooms, the history books, the art (probably more than anything), and so, so much more.
- Guest Tara
- Date of stay 06/10/12
- Review Submitted 07/04/12
We had a great timeGuest comment entered by owner
We had a great time
Hi Ken, We had a great time in the house and the location was perfect! Our teenagers could walk everywhere. The Pleasure Pier was a big hit and not too far to walk. They also went to Shitterbaun and we went to the Moody Gardens. The girls did a horseback ride on the beach which was fun! All the restaurants were great: Miller's, right next door, Papas Pizza, Gaidos and Buuba Gumps. Thanks again and we highly reccommend the Seawall House.
- Guest Sherri
- Date of stay 06/30/12
- Review Submitted 07/04/12
Second visit. We will be back.Guest comment entered by owner
Second visit. We will be back.
This is the second time in the past 7 months we have stayed at the house, I can tell you that I love this house and I will be going back. The location of the home is great. the stairs are my favorite.. I love the privacy the house has not only inside, but outside as well. I will be back; your home is very relaxing.
- Guest Stephanie
- Date of stay 05/04/12
- Review Submitted 05/16/12
Main House Only/week - $3000* peak season, $2200* low season Main House 5 bedrooms/5 baths - sleeps 12 Entire Property/week - $3800* peak season, $2900* low season Entire property (House plus 2 one-bedroom/bath courtyard apartments) sleeps 16 *Note: Rates do not include 15% hotel tax. See our website. Call for Holiday rates.
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- Nearest Beach: beach at 100 Metres
Year Purchased: 1982
About the owner: The house was built in 1914 by Frederick Langbin, one of the original investors, in the Galvez Hotel. He had intended the home as a residence for his sister and her daughter. It was built of poured, reinforced concrete and was the first house so constructed in Texas. The style is similar to that of some Frank Loyd Wright structures. Unfortunately Galveston was not to the taste of Mr. Langbin’s sister who returned to England with her daughter after a short stay. The property became home to the Nedwing family. After WWII it suffered through many owners until purchased by Kenneth Shelton and his brother in the 1970’s. Kenneth purchased his brother’s interest years later, and, with his family, lived in the house, which he continues to own, until 1994. Mr. Langbin incorporated many anti-hurricane features into the home. Small lights (panes) in the multi-light windows were much stronger than normal windows and a Spanish tile roof, now gone, provided additional heft to the structure. The home went thought the 1915 hurricane with nary a scratch. Along with comfortable resort style furniture, the house is furnished with an eclectic mix of fine antiques, oriental carpets and art which accent the home’s cypress, oak, and longleaf pine woodwork, most of which was milled especially for the house. There are many unique areas from which to enjoy the Gulf, and they can be seen from almost every room. You may lease the entire property consisting of the Seawall House and two one bedroom, courtyard apartments for a total of 7 bedrooms, not including the sleeping loft, and 7 baths. The house boasts 3 – Gulf view porches and marble paved court yard. Or, you may lease only the main house or one or both apartments. (We reserve the right to require the lease of the entire property certain times of year.)
Why the Owner Chose East End Historic District:
We love the house and we love the city and the beach. We want others to experience this exciting and interesting city and enjoy this wonderful house that offers the best of both. We will work to make sure that your stay is fun and trouble free. Please let us know any way we can help.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Seawall House is located on Galveston’s Seawall at 18th Street, between The Galvez Hotel and the Holiday Inn Express and is closer to the Gulf of Mexico and beach than either hotel. On the first floor, a large veranda and covered porch overlook the ocean and provide a great place to eat, have a cocktail or to just sit and watch the waves or the parade of people. On the second floor, the two south bedrooms front on a large porch equipped with swing, hammock, chaise and chairs. On a clear nights one sees, on the horizon, ships shimmering like stars as they make their way to Houston, or from it, to all corners of the world. A deck accessed by the third floor loft looks out on the and the city and is great for sunbathing. Seawall House has four bedrooms on the second floor and one bedroom on the first floor. The third floor loft has two bunks, but it is accessed by a very steep stair, more like a ladder, and should be used only by the physically fit and sober. The back patio is also a great place to have lunch. Here, the level of activity lessens; lie in the hammock under the loggia surrounded by tropical foliage -- oleander, ginger, palms and flowering plants -- be enveloped in the usually gentle breeze and enjoy the quiet serenity. Two, one bedroom courtyard apartments sit on the north side of the patio and both have views of the Gulf. (These may be leased with the main house or separately: see below.) The main house is equipped with dominions, cards, poker chips, board games a ping-pong table and a small library of books. There, reluctantly, we provide cable, a DVD player and TV, but it is hoped that guests will take advantage of the unique opportunities offered by the house to get back in touch with each other, have a good read or enjoy the sea and sky and will postpone any addictions to electronics until their return to the real work-a-day world. However for digitally addicted, a high-speed Internet connection is provided.
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Along with comfortable resort style furniture
Second Floor Porch
Third Floor Bunk
Seawall House is located on Galveston’s Seawall at 18th Street
Game Room with ping pong table
Front Patio facing beach
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