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Aquarius East is a 2,450 square foot east side of a duplex with the feel of a single family home, built in 1998 by Curtis Estes, a well regarded local builder, for himself and a partner. Set up for 11, but with the futon can sleep 13. Beds: 4 queens, 3 twins. Top floor amenities: large open oceanfront deck with picnic table and deck chairs outside the main living/dining area; small sound-side covered deck; 40 inch digital cable LCD home theater system; octagonal oceanfront dining space and 8-10 person 64' diameter round table w built in lazy Susan; separate game table space; sound-side qbr and bath with window seat. Middle floor: two oceanfront master qbrs, each bathroom with whirlpool baths as well as showers, 26' lcd TV's and DVD players; sound-side 2 twin beds bedroom and bathroom w shower; even larger shaded oceanfront deck with porch swing and deck chairs; deck box with beach chairs and three beach umbrellas with sand anchors. Bottom floor: queen bed with twin bunk above it; double futon; 37' LCD TV home theater system; mini-fridge and bar sink; private bath room with shower. Bottom floor room opens out to the private (not shared with other side) walkway to the beach: Hot/cold outdoor shower; Large private dune deck with benches; 9 foot umbrella that can be used with a sand anchor on the beach; cold rinse off shower. Linens, bath and beach towels and made beds. make this an easy and beautiful turn key experience for guests.
All Aquarius East bathrooms have tile floors. Top floor powder room is accessible both from the main living area and via the shower room connected with the top floor bedroom....moreless
Beach and bath towels and linens, with made beds are included. Shampoo, conditioner and soap dispensers are in each shower. Cleaning supplies, laundry and dish detergents are provided. Child beach toys are provided in outdoor shower.
Rentals Saturday to Saturday only from May 3 through October 24...moreless
dozens of paperbacks available on a take one, leave one basis...moreless
Early season week Jun 6 - Jun 12, 2015 7 night min stay
Main Season 2015 Jun 13 - Aug 14, 2015 7 night min stay
Late season week Aug 15 - Aug 21, 2015 7 night min stay
Late summer Aug 22 - Sep 4, 2015 7 night min stay
Early fall Sep 5 - Sep 25, 2015 7 night min stay
Fall Sep 26 - Oct 2, 2015 7 night min stay
Late fall Oct 17 - Nov 20, 2015 7 night min stay
Thanskgiving Nov 21 - Nov 27, 2015 7 night min stay
Winter Nov 28 - Dec 18, 2015 7 night min stay
Christmas week Dec 19 - Dec 25, 2015 7 night min stay
Late winter Dec 26 - Apr 1, 2016 7 night min stay
Early spring Apr 2 - Apr 29, 2016 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
$50 of rent is a nonrefundable cancellation fee.
Weekly rental Saturday to Saturday only during season , 5/3-10/24 2014.
Further discounted rates for 3 to 6 day stays during the off season (inquire).
Call owner for the electronic door locks key code for your reservation two weeks prior to arrival , if not received by email.
100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Aquarius East is located near the Pine Knoll Shores State Aquarium, Hammocks Beach State Park, fishing piers, go carts, mini golf, water slides and more.
Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: Pam and I are in our 44th year of marriage, with three adult sons, two terrific daughter in laws, and four lovable grandchildren.. We have lived in Durham since 1975 and Bob grew up in Raleigh.
Why the Owner Chose Emerald Isle: Starting in 1977 we have been coming to Emerald Isle for at least one week a year. Pam and I and our boys have stayed in several duplexes on the island. We occasionally looked at for sale properties and we always terribly unimpressed with ones we could afford to buy. We began looking regularly one day of each vacation trip to Emerald Isle starting in about 1994. After seeing yet another set of undesirable offers in November 2001, I said I was done wasting our time and was not going to look any further. Pam and I were walking on the beach that same evening. As we glanced at the various houses we passed, I noted some that might have promise were they for sale. In particular, Aquarius East, with its obvious reverse floor plan, which we both strongly favor, and also obvious octagonal oceanfront dining space, struck us as an awesome and unique design, which it is. When I mentioned it to my middle son, he did some e-sleuthing and got Curtis Estes' name. I called him and it turned out he was considering selling. Pam and I looked at the inside for less than 5 minutes and agreed to his price. It was the best duplex we had seen from the inside and appeared to be from the outside as well. I am positive it is near the top, if not the best on the island. We decided to shift to VRBO, 1) because the realty company we were using had gotten so large that they really could not keep adequate oversight of the property to our satisfaction and 2) because it seemed those who were renting through this agency were being more destructive than we had originally experienced. We love the house and we thought that renting more directly to families might get a more thoughtful clientele for whom we could securely provide more services. We believe such folks would within reason take care of the property while enjoying their stay, so that whoever followed them would also have the same type experience.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Aquarius East offers a private walkway and large dune deck, full main deck separation, and solid soundproofing that give this duplex a very realistic feel of staying in a single family space. Because of its location on the lot and that of the houses to the East (Aquarius and the beach face due South), there is a view all the way to Atlantic Beach. The South facing beach also means in the winter, when there is the typical wind from behind, (north) the top deck is quite warm and one can often sit there during the middle part of the day in a t-shirt and shorts. Furthermore you can see the sun rise out of the ocean and set into the ocean, often with spectacular sunsets. Having two full decks, one open, one covered is an added bonus. We have been able to up the amenities substantially without raising the rents much if at all. These are linens, towels, made beds, beach towels, spices, laundry and dishwasher detergent, high quality (Pantene) shampoo, conditioner and Oil of Olay soap dispensers in all 5 indoor showers, beach chairs and umbrellas, and kids plastic beach toys