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7 BR/7 BA Historic Beachfont Villa, Centrally Located

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Seawall House is located on Galveston’s Seawall at 18th Street

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Last updated: 01/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Special offer: 20% off in February. Details

Private Homes 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 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 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. For the digitally addicted, a high-speed Internet connection is provided.

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 offer 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.


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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16

              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

                Great Gulf Views....moreless

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

                Master. Great Gulf Views! Porch....moreless

              • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

                Opens on to loft area with shared bath...moreless

              • Bedroom 5: 1 queen

                First, Floor, Garden views....moreless

              • Loft: 2 twin/ single

                Built in beds. Great views of Gulf. ...moreless

              • Bedroom 6: 1 queen

                Garden Apartment with sitting room and kitchenette....moreless

              • Bedroom 7: 1 queen

                Garden apartment with sitting room, kitchenette, Gulf Views....moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

                Quiet, Gulf view....moreless

              • Queen size beds (6), Twin or Single Beds (4)

              Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms

              Other Amenities

                  • 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

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    Eclectic selection of light and heavy literature and books about Galveston. ...moreless

                  • Game Room:

                    Ping Pong...moreless

                  • Ping Pong Table
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Television

                  Attractions

                  • Arboretum
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Restaurants
                  • Synagogues
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Water Parks

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Shelling
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Beachfront
                  • Oceanfront

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Sailing
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Surf Fishing
                  • Surfing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Wind-Surfing

                  Dining

                      • Dining Area

                      General

                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room:

                        Great Gulf views. ...moreless

                      • Parking:

                        Reserved angle parking spaces on side of house. ...moreless

                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet

                      Kitchen

                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Ice Maker
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Refrigerator

                      Outside

                       

                      Reviews

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                      Special offer: 20% off in February.

                      Rent in a vacant date in February and we will reduce the normal rate by 20%.

                      Offer for: Feb 1, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015 View calendar

                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Jan - Feb
                      Jan 4 - Feb 5, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $600 $800
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $3,000
                      Mardi Gras
                      Feb 6 - Feb 8, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $1,000 $1,000
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $3,800
                      February
                      Feb 9 - Feb 12, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $600 $800
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $3,800
                      Mardi Gras 2nd Weekend
                      Feb 13 - Feb 15, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $1,000 $1,000
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $3,800
                      February
                      Feb 16 - Feb 28, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $600 $800
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $3,000
                      March
                      Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $800 $1,000
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $3,800
                      Easter
                      Apr 1 - Apr 5, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $1,000 $1,000
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $3,800
                      April
                      Apr 6 - Apr 30, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $600 $800
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $3,000
                      May - June - July
                      May 1 - Jul 2, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $800 $1,000
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $3,800
                      4th of July
                      Jul 3 - Jul 5, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $1,100 $1,100
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $4,200
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay
                      $800 $1,000
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $3,800

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
                      • Tax Rate 15%

                      Notes:

                      PLEASE NOTE: The VRBO computer generated quotes are sometimes inaccurate. Please contact the owner for DISCOUNTED RATES FOR STAYS OF MORE THAN 3 NIGHTS.

                      Review our Rental Process and Rental Policies on our website: www.galvestonseawallhouse.com

                      For leases made more than 30 days in advance, we require a deposit (check or money order) of ½ the amount due plus fees. Note all leases made less than 30 days before check-in must be paid-in-full. We must receive payment within 7 days of our email to you for us to confirm your booking.

                      •On receipt of the above, we will confirm your booking by email.

                      •Check-in at our office and pay the balance.


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                      Calendar

                      Last updated: 01/22/2015
                      Check availability
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                      21 Unavailable
                      22 Today
                      23 Selected dates
                       

                      Location

                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      100 Metres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      100 Metres
                      Nearest Beach
                      Beach

                      Car: Recommended

                      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.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1972

                      About the owner: Kenneth Shelton is a 6th generation Galvestonian: the first of his family arrived in Texas while it was still part of Mexico. One or more of his family was in the city during every major hurricane since the 1850’s including the devastating 1900 storm, and many were involved in the financial, business and cultural life of the city. An uncle, David Moore did the two monumental bronzes on the Seawall near 48th street. Shelton attended Galveston schools and received a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. On returning to Galveston, he engaged in the Real Estate business. He is an amateur artist and did some of the paintings and drawings in the house. Many of the other Galveston artists hung in the house are friends. Shelton is an avid fencer, a sport he has enjoyed for more than 50 years. He enjoys wood work and designed the book case in the ping pong room. A love of books and of reading was shared by Shelton and his mother and grandfather. He and his wife live in a historical home that has been owned by members of his wife’s family since 1929, the move from the Seawall property being made, not without some sadness, to provide their three sons with more of a neighborhood.

                      Why the Owner Chose Private Homes:
                      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.) 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.

                      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 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.


                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english, A little very bad French and worse Spanish.

                      Links to more information:

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                      • Seawall House is located on Galveston’s Seawall at 18th Street

                        Seawall House is located on Galveston’s Seawall at 18th Street

                      • Veranda with hammock, lounge chairs, dining table and chairs

                        Veranda with hammock, lounge chairs, dining table and chairs

                      • Master Bedroom

                        Master Bedroom

                      • Middle Bedroom

                        Middle Bedroom

                      • Logia

                        Logia

                      • Game Room with ping pong table

                        Game Room with ping pong table

                      • Front Patio facing beach

                        Front Patio facing beach

                      • Living Room

                        Living Room

                      • SW view from upstairs porch

                        SW view from upstairs porch

                      • Living Room

                        Living Room

                      • Second Floor Plan

                        Second Floor Plan

                      • Family Reunion at Seawall House

                        Family Reunion at Seawall House

                      • Comfortable resort style furniture

                        Comfortable resort style furniture

                      • Dining Room

                        Dining Room

                      • Second Floor Porch

                        Second Floor Porch

                      • Third Floor Bunk

                        Third Floor Bunk

                      • Middle Bedroom

                        Middle Bedroom

                      • Front Patio

                        Front Patio

                      • Logia

                        Logia

                      • Bedroom 2 upstairs

                        Bedroom 2 upstairs

                      • West view from upstairs porch

                        West view from upstairs porch

                      • First Floor Plan

                        First Floor Plan

                      • 'My 7 year-old had an assignment at school today
to draw a beautiful place.'

                        'My 7 year-old had an assignment at school today to draw a beautiful place.'

                      • Christmas at Seawall House

                        Christmas at Seawall House

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                      Date last modified - Saturday, January 24, 2015

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                      Minimum stay: 3 nights
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                      • Sleeps
                        16
                      • Bedrooms
                        7
                      • Bathrooms
                        7
                      • Property type
                        House
                      • Reviews
                        15
                      Owner
                      Member since: 2007
                      Speaks: english, A little very bad French and worse Spanish.
                      • Response time: Within a few hours
                      • Response rate: 100%
                      • Calendar last updated: 01/22/2015
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