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

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Last updated: 06/26/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.


Keywords: Vacation Rental House
Compound Great for family reunions

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

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

              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

              Kitchen & Dining

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

              Amenities

              • Parking:

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

              • Living Room:

                Great Gulf views. ...moreless

              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Air Conditioning
              • Linens Provided

              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

                  Communications

                  • Internet
                  • Broadband Access
                  • Telephone
                  • Wireless Internet

                  Outdoor Features

                  Location & View

                  • Beachfront
                  • Oceanfront

                  Activities

                  • Museums
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Sailing
                  • Hiking
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Golf
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Surf Fishing
                  • Surfing
                  • Cycling
                  • Shopping
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Arboretum
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Library
                  • Marina
                  • Playground
                  • Synagogues
                  • Water Parks
                  • Shelling
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Live Theater
                  • Cinemas
                  • Antiquing
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Restaurants
                  • Jet Skiing
                   

                  Reviews

                  Write a review 4.5
                  from 12 traveler reviews
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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  May - Sept/Mar/Holidays/Events
                  May 1 - Sep 30, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  $800 $1,000
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  $3,800
                  October - February & April
                  Oct 1 - Feb 28, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $600 $800
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  $3,000
                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  $600 $800
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  $3,000

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
                  • Tax Rate 15%

                  Notes:

                  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.


                  Always make sure to call the number on the listing to confirm payment details.
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                  Calendar

                  Last updated: 06/26/2014
                  Check availability
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                  21 Unavailable
                  22 Today
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                  Location

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

                  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.

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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

                  VRBO #135949

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                  Date last modified - Saturday, June 21, 2014

                  $600 - $1,000 per night (USD)
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                  7 Bedroom / 7 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 16

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