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Elegant Mansion with Private Swimming Pool

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Last updated: 01/25/2014

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

East End Historic District estate description


This grand estate was built in 1908, by a family who believed in Galveston's future prosperity and longevity despite the disasterous 1900 Hurricane. Its design was inspired by hope and built with architectural integrity that has withstood over a 100 years of historical events. It proudly displays the original stained glass, fine woodwork and original floors. It still boasts it original pocket doors and undisturbed floor plan. Its bottom floor offers a great flow to host a wedding or social event. This home has been often used as a venue to host an extended family gathering or reunion. The estate was once owned by Robert Neal who was a dear friend and best man to actor Peter Lawford who married into the Kennedy family. Both President J.F Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy stayed in the home while he was in office. This was rumored to be the' Rat Packs' party house when they were in Galveston as featured entertainers at the historic Ballinese Room. The kitchen has been updated with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The home offers an expansive master's quarters with a king size bed and a private bathroom. The best part of this room is the quaint porch that overlooks the tropical pool area where 7 age-old palms that stand guard. On the third floor is a unique area that is furnished with three double beds, and a twin bed that makes a perfect space for a group of teens or family group with a larger number of children. It also offers a cozy reading nook perched in the stair well designed specifically with children in mind. The cabana offers a queen size bed and living area which affords both the occupants and the house guests with some added seclusion. The home provides as many as 15 guests with beds. We have supplied some bicycles to tour the Historic East End, Strand, or to take to a long leisurely ride down the 11 mile sea wall . There are usually beach chairs and toys left behind from previous guest that are offered when available. The pool is wrapped by a 16 foot concrete wall to insure the utmost privacy. The wall was built in mind of its famous guest during the early 1960's. This Grand Estate sits at the highest point of the island and is centered between the Gulf coast beach and Galveston Bay, 8 blocks from each. The house is situated in the exclusive Historic East End. It is 1 1/2 blocks from the world redound Bishops Palace and Sacred Heart Cathedral. Moody Mansion and Ashton Villa are within walking distance. This unique property has also hosted other prestigious guests including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Abe Vigoda, Lee Majors, and Don Rickles. The movie 'Keaton's Cop' was filmed here in the late 1980's. Although prestigious we hope to have made our home comfortable and welcoming. We hope as our guest you revel in the spirit of past gatherings, and make memorable celebrations of your own.

Keywords: Mansion, Historic, Galveston

Property Type

      • Estate

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


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

              Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 11-12

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Microwave
              • Kitchen
              • Ice Maker
              • Dishwasher
              • Refrigerator


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


              • Air Hockey
              • Stereo
              • DVD Player
              • Satellite / Cable
              • CD Player


                  • Wireless Internet

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Private Pool

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Balcony
                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                      • Gazebo


                      • Cinemas
                      • Hospital
                      • Laundromat
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Medical Services
                      • Sailing
                      • Basketball Court
                      • Kayaking
                      • Fishing
                      • Cycling
                      • Golf
                      • Deepsea Fishing
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Golf Privileges Optional
                      • Pier Fishing
                      • Roller Blading
                      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                      • Sound/Bay Fishing
                      • Surf Fishing
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Swimming
                      • Surfing
                      • Groceries
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Walking
                      • Live Theater
                      • Arboretum
                      • Botanical Garden
                      • Churches
                      • Library
                      • Marina
                      • Playground
                      • Synagogues
                      • Water Parks
                      • Theme Parks
                      • Restaurants
                      • Hiking
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Shopping
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Antiquing
                      • Shelling
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Miniature Golf
                      • Boating
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Museums
                      • Tennis


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                      from 19 traveler reviews
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                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees and Rental Conditions:

                      • Property Damage Protection $49
                      • Taxes Not included

                      Cancellation policy:

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                      30 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Houston Hobby
                      0.5 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Bolivier Island Ferry
                      40 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      1.5 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Interstate 45
                      0.2 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Gulf Coast
                      0.3 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      The Strand
                      8 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Galveston Country Club
                      0.2 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Large variey

                      Moody Gardens- Rain forest and Aquarium. A&M marine research and sea turtle rescue facility. Schlitterbaun Water Park. Summer Surf Camps. Summer Movies outside on the Strand. Haunted tours. Access to 3 Cruise Ship ports.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2013

                      About the owner: I decorated and managed this property from 2007-2010. I became the owner of this relevant property on March 1st 2013 and am thrilled to return to Galveston. This house is unique in its star studded past and undisturbed architecture. It has always been my dream to own one of these amazing beauties that were built during Galveston's most prosperous period. I love restoring homes with the original design and purposes in mind. Most anyone can build a new home but I love the feel of this home that has hosted growing families,102 Christmas and Thanksgiving gatherings, friendships made through afternoon conversations, and great plans being forged within these very walls. I hope to retire here.

                      Why the Owner Chose East End Historic District:
                      I love Galveston and its history. I enjoy walking through the Historic East End in the evening and studying the wide variety of architectural works of art. I feel is is the best of Key West and New Orleans combined.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
                      The expansive activities and events that Galveston offers. A central location that makes most events a stroll or bike ride away. This house has a full size pool and double lots which is extremely rare. We also have a large half circle drive and a great deal of street parking because of the corner double lot.

                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english

                      Guestbook comments from the owner

                      1 of 1


                      • Front


                      • Pool Cabana

                        Pool Cabana

                      • Back Porch

                        Back Porch

                      • Living Room

                        Living Room

                      • Foyer


                      • Kitchen


                      • Jesus Room

                        Jesus Room

                      • Third floor

                        Third floor

                      • Pool


                      • Pool Cabana

                        Pool Cabana

                      • Dining Room

                        Dining Room

                      • Porch off Master

                        Porch off Master

                      • Entry


                      • Kennedy Room

                        Kennedy Room

                      • Guest Bath

                        Guest Bath

                      • Bar


                      VRBO #308272

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                      This listing was first published here in 2010.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, July 02, 2014

                      $800 per night (USD)

                      5 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 12

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