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Tijuca Tower is a landmark on Bald Head Island, one of two towers that mark a beach access in the Harbour Village. The award-winning towers, designed by two of the most prominent architects on the island, have been featured in books on southern coastal architecture and in such magazines as Metropolitan Home and Fine Homebuilding. Tijuca is conveniently located, a short walk to the restaurants, ferry terminal, marina and other conveniences of the Harbour Village. It has spectacular views out to the ocean and down the South Carolina coast. By day, you can watch ships make their way up the Cape Fear River, toward the port of Wilmington, the same shipping lane Union warships enclosed by blockade during the Civil War. At night, you can see a long line of twinkling lights on the distant coast. You can also see the beacons of two lighthouses. The sound of lapping surf is distinct in both bedrooms when the windows are open. The top floor of the tower provides 360-degree views across the island and ocean. With windows on every side, there are many varied and beautiful and changing water views, of the ocean, river, harbor and the extensive marshes of Bald Head, not to mention magical sunrises and sunsets. The tower bedroom, with its walls of windows, is about the highest habitable spot in the village. The master bedroom has a queen sized bed and private 2-compartment bathroom with grooming table and jetted tub with shower. On the second floor, there is a living and dining area with large French doors that open out onto a spacious deck with views across the dunes and up and down the beach - a great spot for morning coffee or cocktails watching the sun set over the water. There are two porch rockers and a 41" round dining table with seating for four or five on the deck. There is a separate small but complete U-shaped kitchen in the southeast corner of the second floor. The window above the sink looks out over the marina and Old Baldy lighthouse. Cooks will appreciate the well-equipped kitchen with professional utensils such as tri-ply stainless steel cookware and amenities such as filtered insta-hot and cold water. Appliances include toaster oven, mixer, blender, hand blender, small food processor, electric griddle, electric drip coffee pot, microwave, refrigerator with separate freezer with ice-maker, electric range, and custom-paneled, quiet stainless steel dishwasher. The kitchen and dining area are separated by a specially-designed mahogany base cabinet and upper glass-doored hanging cabinets, all of which can be accessed from both the kitchen and dining room sides. The first floor is comprised of a bathroom with tiled shower and stacked full-size washer/dryer, a large bedroom, and a separate screened porch, which leads to an outside patio surrounded by a rosemary hedge. The porch is rustically furnished with two wicker chairs and two adirondack chairs, and there are hammock hooks for the sleeping hammock that lives on a hook in the corner of the bedroom. The bedroom has a comfortable king-sized bed that can be made into extra long singles. The bed is typically set up as a king; request should be made ahead of time if the twin set-up is desired. The entire house has antique pine oiled floors and the walls are made of tongue and groove bead board. The furnishings are a combination of wicker, antiques and custom designed pieces. Natural-fiber high-count sheets and bed coverings are used on the beds. There is a 4-person golf cart with garage storage and charging station. There are 2 adult bicycles, 4 beach chairs, a beach umbrella and various beach toys in the garage. Swimming is right at hand, down an adjacent wooden boardwalk to the beach. The house also has its own private outdoor shower, with water views and hot and cold water. Even wider ocean beaches with high surf, some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast, are a short golf cart ride away. Tijuca Tower is certainly the best perch from which to view and experience the beauty of Bald Head Island. One recent guest described a stay in the tower this way in a guest book entry: 'Words cannot describe how absolutely perfect our long weekend was here on Bald Head Island. What a fantastic cottage for such a beautiful, peaceful, amazing place. We enjoyed every moment and cannot wait to return.' Technology in the house includes: • Unlimited long distance calls to USA and Canada • High speed WIFI throughout home • Flat screen TV with extended basic cable in the living room and upstairs bedroom • Both TVs have an HDMI outlet for streaming from your computer, so bring an HDMI cable - also available at hardware store on the island.
The house is available for rent all year, and visitors from colder northern states often remark on the mild and temperate conditions that prevail early in the spring and very late into fall, when rates are discounted.
All guests are offered the option to purchase temporary memberships to the Shoals Club (a beach club with pool, bar, and dining located at Cape Fear, the southeastern tip of the island) and/or the BHI Country Club (for golf, tennis, croquet, fitness center, pool, snack bar, playground, bar and dining).
Saturday to Saturday rental during peak seasons. Sorry, no pets.
Keywords: A three-story oceanfront tower
*** IMPORTANT INFORMATION ***
During the peak summer season, the ferry/tram reservations fill up before the season begins. It is CRITICAL that you book and confirm your ferry and tram reservations for your check-in and check-out days as soon as you book your stay. Call (910) 457-5003 (mainland ferry reservations) and provide the home address when making the reservations: 3 Row Boat Row in the Harbour Village. (FYI, Island ferry office phone is (910) 457-5006). When you make your reservation, you should receive a confirmation number. The ferry ticket covers the ferry ride and tram service to and from your place on the island. It is best to confirm your reservation just prior to arrival and departure days just to make sure everything is in order. Please note that there are baggage limits on the ferry. The ferry to Bald Head Island leaves from Deep Point Marina in Southport, located at 1301 Ferry Rd., Southport, NC. For information about the ferry schedules, baggage limits, parking and other island information, check out baldheadisland.com/island or other web sites about the island.
Tijuca Tower Check-in time: 4:00 PM day of arrival Check-out time: 10:00 AM day of departure
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
A reservation deposit of 50% of the rental rate is required to confirm a reservation. The balance of the entire rental amount including fees and taxes must be received at least 30 days prior to check-in date. Payments are not refundable but may be refunded if the house is re-rented for the time period reserved. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
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Fishing from the beachfront is excellent; long beach walks are possible, starting from the beach in front of the house; beautiful sunset views from 2nd floor deck; across the street from the NW corner of the marina; walking distance to ferry, bars and restaurants, ice cream shop, surf/canoe/bicycle/cart rentals, Village Chapel, Old Baldy lighthouse and museum, post office, town hall and association center.
Year Purchased: 1996
About the owner: Tijuca Tower is owned by Dan Costa, a Boston architect, and his sister, Margot Costa. The two fell in love with the island and began building a home there after Dan became involved in Bald Head residential developments. Among his many projects is the design of the prominent Shoals Club at Cape Fear.
The owners lived in Brazil for many years as children. Their family made weekly excursions to Barra da Tijuca - a beautiful beach near Rio de Janeiro. The house is named after this beach. Dan designed the coffee table in the living room to hold
sand that Margot collected from Tijuca Beach as the home was being built; all but one of the shells in the coffee table were found on Bald Head's very own East Beach.
Speaks: english, Portuguese and some French and Spanish