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The Green Cottage is a private vacation home nestled beneath live oaks and magnolias in downtown Ocean Springs. The cottage is within short walking distance of restaurants, shops, grocery, and harbors and is about 100 yards from the Inner Harbor Park, which has public tennis courts, a boardwalk for bird watching and fishing, and a gazebo for picnicking. From here you can launch your canoe or kayak for paddling around the harbor or out to nearby Deer Island. World famous Shearwater Pottery is just beyond the harbor, a pleasant walk from the cottage down a live-oak-lined street and across the little Outer Harbor bridge, a distance of about a quarter mile. The internationally renown Walter Anderson Museum of Art is six blocks away, and the new Frank Gehry-designed George Ohr Museum is just across the bay bridge in Biloxi.
The fishing is great. You can bring your own boat (there's room in the driveway) and launch it from the free public boat ramp at the outer edge of the harbor (less than a mile away) or arrange for a fishing charter or a private guide to take you out to nearby Horn and Ship islands, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore wilderness area, The National Seashore museum, picnic areas, and Park Service boat launch are about two miles away. The Biloxi Bay Bridge with its pedestrian walkway and bicycle path is about a mile away, a perfect place for sunsets. The Gulf Hills Golf Club is about two miles away, and there are others in nearby Biloxi and Gautier.
The cottage has a very private screened porch looking out at live oaks, sago palms, and camellias. The porch furniture includes a rocker, an old-fashioned glider, chaises, and dining table and chairs. This is a great place to enjoy the morning bird symphony. The house is newly remodeled and has porcelain tile throughout with Oriental and Mexican rugs. The kitchen is well furnished for people who like to cook and entertain. A bi-weekly farmers market in nearby Biloxi provides fresh vegetables year-round, and the Ocean Springs Saturday market offers organic produce, local food specialties, and live music.
Ocean Springs is the oldest French settlement on the Gulf Coast, founded in 1699 by the LeMoyne brothers, the younger of whom later went on down the coast to found New Orleans. It’s a town of live oaks, magnolias, small shops, and art galleries and contrasts sharply with the condos and casinos to the west. Visitors come for bird-watching, fishing, uncrowded family beaches, and to visit the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and Shearwater Pottery. Biloxi casinos are two miles away. Beaches are a mile away, restaurants, grocery, shops, and bars are half a mile or less. This is a great town for bicycling and walking. New Orleans is about 90 miles away, an easy day trip; Keesler Air Force Base, 12 miles; and Mobile and Dauphin Island, 50 miles.
The house is somewhat handicapped-accessible through the screened porch (one step of about four inches in each doorway). The bathroom won’t accommodate a wheelchair, but a walker is fine. The two bedrooms and one bathroom open onto the same small hall, so the bathroom is just a few steps from the bedrooms. The second bedroom is in the den, close to the living area and kitchen.
The house is located in an old, established residential neighborhood, and my neighbors value their quiet and privacy. Please no loud parties or noisy gatherings, and please park only in the driveway, which will accommodate three or four cars parked carefully. There is no on-street parking. Although I don't normally take pets, I make exceptions. Please check with me in advance if you have a small dog (under 20 lbs).
I ACCEPT PAYPAL or personal checks. Please note maximum occupancy of four and restrictions regarding smoking.
Bath #1 has grab bars at commode and in tub/shower.
Located in charming, historic Gulf Coast town within easy walking distance to shops, grocery, and downtown restaurants; tennis courts, fishing, harbors, half block away. Public golf courses, 2-3 miles. Town has two beaches....moreless
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Maximum occupancy is four adults. Rate for 2 nights is $150/night; 3 nights or more, $125/night. Minimum stay for Cruising the Coast is 3 days; daily rate is $150 for that event.
$150 to reserve. Balance prior to arrival. Payment by check or PayPal.
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Bird-watching, wildlife refuge (Mississippi sandhill cranes), nearby National Seashore, canoeing & kayaking, great fishing, convenient to casinos, free boat launch close by. Strong artist community with Walter Anderson Museum of Art and Shearwater Pottery, Mary C. O'Keefe Art Center, all within walking distance; Frank Geary's George Ohr Museum in Biloxi two miles away. New Orleans (90 miles) an easy day trip. Pilates and yoga offered in town.
Year Purchased: 1995
About the owner: I'm a New Orleans native living in Atlanta, and I spend as much time as possible in Ocean Springs. I enjoy meeting my vacation renters, who come from all over the world.
Why the Owner Chose Ocean Springs: There's something magical about Ocean Springs. I bought the house within 48 hours of my first visit to the town.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: I enjoy the beautiful, green surroundings, the quiet, the friendly neighbors, proximity to the Gulf and to the little harbors and the wildlife there, the art and pottery community, and morning coffee on on the front porch. My favorite walks are across Biloxi bridge or along East Beach at sunset.