WHY CHOOSE SURF DREAMIN?
We get the question all the time, so, yes, there is WIFI.
The name of the house is Surf Dreamin', kinda says it all! Oceanfront! This is a spacious oceanfront home that boasts expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean, with the soothing sound of the rolling surf. One of only 276 homes on the ocean in its area. Now 276 might seem like a big number until you realize they are the only homes on the ocean along more than 40 miles of some of the least developed, most wide open beaches on the East Coast of the United States. Don't be fooled by misleading photos, or advertising like, "ocean view", or "semi-ocean front". Many of those homes are tantalizingly close to the beach but require a couple mile drive to get to a public access to the beach. Surf Dreamin' is the real deal, OCEANFRONT, abuts Federal government between ocean and lot. Acres of sandy beach per person, on the busiest beach day.
The pool was completed in early 2018. This is a cement pool. Not the fiberglass pool inserts you see all over the Outer Banks. The pool deck is all pavers, that might not sound like a big deal but its so much prettier than cement.
The pool has a really cool light system. Super easy to use. Many colors, multi color flashing "party" mode, and our favorite, an alternating red, white, and blue 4th of July mode. You would not think something as simple as a pool light would make such a difference. But I am sure when you look down at the pool from the top deck you will say something like “that’s really cool.” You will also look down at the neighbors' pools and you will know you made the right decision with this rental.
The pool is a salt water pool. If you taste the water it will taste slightly salty, not like the ocean but only slightly salty. An electric salt cell constantly breaks down the sodium chloride, into sodium and chloride. The clorine that does not bond with organic compounds in the pool rebounds with the free sodium. The effect is a very soft water. You don’t smell of chlorine when you step out of a salt water pool. You don’t feel sticky or chalky the way you sometimes do after being in a chlorinated pool.
The pool also has a huge, overbuilt, 14+ foot long, bar, with pergola roof. The bar itself is made of large 6 inch by 6 inch timbers. Really solid feel when you put your beer down. This sure to be the primary gathering spot for your vacation.
The ocean, a pool, and a hot tub, so many ways to enjoy the water! The pool can be heated for an extra charge.
WHERE IS THE HOUSE?
The house is in Salvo, NC. Salvo is part of the Tri-Villages area which includes Rodanthe, NC and Waves, NC, To the north of the Tri-Villages area are 25 miles of the the Pea Island National Wildlife Preserve. To the south of the Tri-Villages area there are 13 miles of Federally owned never to be developed land. When you arrive in the Tri-Villages area you really feel like you have gotten away from it all. No Home Depot or Lowes. No McDonalds or Burger King. Hardly any chain stores. Almost exclusively single family homes, little condo development. Locally owned restaurants, bars, and other businesses. Almost sleepy until the arrival of kiteboarding a few years ago.
The house is located in the Outer Banks on Hatteras Island. The geography is unique. Hatteras Island becomes very narrow here. The island is only 13 house lots wide where the house is. Three to four lots on the west side of NC 12 and 8 or so lots on the east side. That means that you can enjoy the roar of the Atlantic Ocean, huge waves, big dunes, and the best surfing on the East Coast in the back yard of the house. And a 5-7 minute walk gets you to the placid waters of the Pamlico Sound, a water sports playground, where you can enjoy kiteboarding, wind surfing, SUP boarding, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding, among other activities. Go to this link for more information on the Outer Banks. Where else in the world can you see the sun rise and set over water and never get in a car?
Hatteras Island is better than the North Beaches area of the Outer Banks. The North Beaches areas of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Corolla, Duck, and the like offer Home Depot and Lowes, McDonalds and Burger King, Walmart and Kohls. Hatteras Island has hardly any chain stores or chain restaurants, and more than 36 miles of undisturbed national seashore, much of it accessible by four wheel drive vehicle. Hatteras Island offers easy access to the best parts of the Pamlico Sound with endless possibilities for water sports. The Atlantic Ocean beaches on Hatteras Island are wide and flat. In the North Beaches area, long sea wall with narrow beaches in front abound.
WHAT IS IT LIKE WHEN WE GET THERE?
You drive right up under the house on a paved road and the paved driveway, no sand roads, or required 4 wheel drive vehicles. On the 1st floor there is a small bedroom with bunk beds and a small full bath. Just steps away from the first floor entry is the pool constructed in the Winter and early Spring, 2018.
Up to the 2nd floor takes you to three bedrooms. A master with king sized bed and ensuite bath is the highlight. The other two bedrooms are connected by a Jack and Jill full bathroom with a tub. One of those bedrooms has a queen sized bed, the other to single beds. Perfect for a family. A game room with a bumper pool table that converts to a poker table and a large closet for the washer and dryer complete the 2nd floor. The 3rd floor offers living room, dining room, kitchen, and screened porch, all with spectacular views of the Atlanta Ocean. There is a half bath on the 3rd floor. A master bedroom with queen sized bed and ensuite full bath complete the complement of accommodations.
The long heart pine farmhouse dining table can seat 10 guests comfortably, and there is extra seating at the counter bar, so your guests can watch you prepare a gourmet meal.
The kitchen is well appointed with coffeemaker, blender, It includes dishwasher, cooking utensils, pots, pans, knives and dishware.
So this last part of this description will be about trip insurance. We recommend that you purchase trip insurance. Purchase trip insurance instead of relying on an owner cancellation policy. You'll hardly ever use the cancellation policy but the trip insurance will let you rest easy. We highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance from the insuremytrip website. We are not affiliated with that company, and make no money from that referral, we point that out because the rave recommendation below may seem like we must have some ulterior motive in recommending them.
We use insuremytrip for our personal travel. They have really good prices compared to travel vendors like cruise lines and travel sites. They answer their phone, their CSRs speak English as a first language, and they are knowledgeable. But by far the most important reason to use insuremytrip.com is that they waive the pre-existing condition clause in the policies they sell.
So why is waiver of the pre-ex clause so important? Trip insurance covers you if you or someone in your travelling party, or a close relative gets sick. A pre-existing condition is something that existed at the time of purchase of the coverage. So if your mother is ill with heart disease when you book your vacation, and she goes in the hospital with heart failure 2 days before your trip then most travel insurance companies will reject the claim on the ground of a pre-existing condition. The problem is that almost all the events or conditions that could cause you to miss your trip were pre-existing at the time you book your trip. So the pre-ex clause swallows most of the situations that might occur and routinely denies you coverage. Therefore a waiver of this clause is the single most important aspect of purchasing trip insurance.
The thinking at insuremytrip is that no one books a trip intending to not go, but many of us have a loved one with some pre-existing condition.
So why purchase trip insurance as opposed to relying on the cancellation policy of your travel vendor? Because most causes of not going on vacation are not known until very close in time to departure. Hurricane, power outage, or again, imagine Mom has heart disease, she is declining and is in an out of the hospital every few months. If she is in the hospital a month or two before you go, chances are she is going to be out by the time of your travel. You don't know she is going to have another decline and hospital admission until days before you depart. At that point almost no travel vendor, and certainly no VRBO rental cancellation policies, are going to refund your money.
So, again, we wholeheartedly endorse purchasing trip insurance from insuremytrip. By the way, the foregoing has been composed by the owner of this rental house, who is a lawyer, and has studied this area sufficiently to be well informed on this topic.