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Oceanfront in a Quiet Cul-de-Sac, An Easy Walk to Groceries and Restaurants!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,950 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 12), Walk to Restaurants

We have had another, very successful listing through VRBO and HomeAway (356885 and 931703 ) since 2011. Now, with the many enhancements to these sites, we are happy to add this adjoining oceanfront property, which is a mirror-image of the other and has all the same amenities and decor. While it will take some time for us to accumulate reviews on this new listing, we assure you that we are bringing the same personal attention to both properties, with the goal of delivering the house to you in as near first-of-season condition as humanly possible, no matter when you rent!

If you have a question, please feel free to message us. Look for the “Contact Owner" link on the right-hand column, and we’ll respond quickly. We want you to be certain that our house meets all your family’s needs – that’s how we’ve gotten all those great reviews year after year!

Are you ready to rent, with your entire group on board? Click the “Request to Book” button on the right. Since we offer several options, such as different-sized linen packages and multi-week Snowbird rate that VRBO doesn't compute, we regret that we’re not able to offer the Book It Now feature. But, we do respond quickly.

Now, please read on to learn about our house!

Oceanfront? Yes, and exactly as it should be — with million-dollar views! Savor your morning coffee in a rocking chair on the upper deck —just steps from the kitchen — while you watch the kids play in the surf or the dolphins frolic in the waves. Go back out at dusk to enjoy the sunset and gentle evening breezes as you have supper around the picnic table, then watch the moon rise as you linger over dessert.

In between, after you've had enough sun and surf and fishing for the day, enjoy the private hot and cold outdoor shower. Then, grab a one of the great beach books from our extensive library and hang the hammock on the lower, shaded deck.

If rain showers blow through, take that book upstairs and curl up on one of the daybeds in the Crow's Nest, or just enjoy the oceanfront view that goes on forever. Or, if you're feeling more active, push back the three love seats that cluster around the big-screen TV and turn on our yoga DVD for your own private yoga class.

At night, stroll out your own private walkway to the dune deck and practice identifying the constellations (there's a great app for your iPhone or iPad to help you). Or, walk just 8/10 of a mile down the beach to Bogue Inlet Pier and see what fish are biting. Or, push back the furniture like we do, and play some dance tunes through the iPod dock or by using one of the DVD players for your CDs. For a quieter time, enjoy our selection of puzzles and board games.

We have five cable TVs, two DVD players, some of our favorite old videos for the VCR, and, of course, clock radios in every bedroom. The big-screen TV also has Netflix and Amazon Prime on-demand video streaming. You should have no problem hooking up your own Wii or Xbox to the TVs!

If you have trouble living completely on 'island time,' or if you absolutely must bring work along, there is broadband Wi-Fi throughout the house.

The kitchen is fully equipped (including Jenn-Air range, microwave, toaster, toaster-oven, coffee maker, blender, slow cooker, ice maker, a shrimp steamer, lots of specialty cookware and good kitchen knives that are sharpened between each rental). The inside dining tables seat twelve, in addition to the four stools at the breakfast bar, and we provide an ample number of table settings in case guests drop in.

There are four two-person bedrooms (two of them with king beds and two with queens — two are oceanfront, and two have nice ocean views). Each bedroom has its own full bath en suite and direct access to an oceanfront deck. The large Crow's Nest has four more single beds, and accesses one of the en suite bathrooms (one floor down) directly through a separate door, without having to go through the attached bedroom. There is also a queen sleep sofa in the living room.

Our duplex will sleep up to 12 on a side, with 4 of them (often kids) being in the Crow's Nest. But some folks prefer not to sleep people in the Crows' Nest at all, because they love its great views and like to use it as a refuge as the kids run in and out downstairs; others enjoy it as a dedicated media room to watch movies or the big game on the big screen. In fact, our low rates and great views have enticed many couples to rent the house for a getaway just for the two of them!

You can even double your bedrooms and bathrooms! If you need more room, remember that this is a duplex. Subject to availability, we can offer the other, mirror-image side for you to rent as well (and sometimes at a discount). While completely private and well soundproofed, the two units can communicate through otherwise-locked passage doors on the two decks, as well as through the rain-protected carport on the ground entry level. We enjoy renting both sides to host large families, weddings, company retreats, yoga and writing workshops, and groups of home-schoolers on field trips. However, if you do want to rent one side or both for a special event, please provide us details in your inquiry so we can be sure that your plans and parking needs are a good fit for the house and neighborhood.

We welcome children of all ages. You'll find a couple of baby gates that you can position at the top and bottom of stairs. We do encourage you to sleep babies and toddlers in their parents' room, both for their safety and for their sense of security in a strange house. Because of sanitary and safety concerns, we don't offer cribs or high chairs, but we can help you rent up-to-date ones if you don't travel with them. Do bring your own outlet covers if you want them, as it is impracticable for us to guarantee that outlet covers remain in place in a vacation rental from week to week.

'I'm bored!' Well, if the beach and the surf and books and TVs and puzzles and games aren't enough for your kids, let them ride their bikes and skateboards on our quiet cul-de-sac or along the miles of paved pedestrian/bike paths in Emerald Isle. They'll also find a basketball goal in the cul-de-sac, and, within easy walking distance are two miniature golf courses, a go-kart track (well out of earshot!), an arcade, and ice cream shops.

For the whole family, there are many other services and activities within easy walking distance: Bogue Inlet Pier, the Food Lion and Publix grocery stores, the ABC store, a coffee shop, a hardware store with fishing supplies and beach equipment, restaurants, a movie theater, surf shops, and numerous specialty stores. Extensive paved bike/walk paths make exploring more distant shops, services and scenery a breeze. Other adventures await you a short drive away: boat & kayak rentals, charter fishing, historic Swansboro and Beaufort, the NC Aquarium, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, Cedar Point Park, Hammocks Beach State Park, Fort Macon State Park, cruises to Cape Lookout and dolphin-watch cruises. And don't forget the wonderful walk along the beach to Bogue Inlet at the western end of the island.

We can occasionally allow up to two small, short-haired, crate-trained dogs (in most cases only under 20 pounds), but only with special permission and a nonrefundable pet fee of $175 per dog. We love dogs, but please understand that we must be picky because we need to be confident that we can quickly turn the house around in pristine shape for our next renters. Tell us about your dog – weight, breed, age, length of fur, on year-round flea and tick preventative, crate-trained? – and request that we send you the special provision in our rental agreement regarding pets. We really cannot allow any pets other than approved dogs – no cats or other species!

There is Absolutely No Smoking in the House! We do provide urns for the disposal of cigarette butt outside, and ask that you use them – not just because butts on the ground are unsightly, but because the beach grasses and high coastal winds can quickly fan a hot cigarette into a blaze threatening many houses.

While we prefer weekly rentals (usually Sunday-to-Sunday), we will at times consider renting for shorter periods with a nightly rate that is 1/5 to 1/4 of the weekly rate; because of the high demand for our house on a weekly basis, these shorter periods are typically available only for mid-November through mid-March, and only 10 days or less in advance. Discounted multi-week rates are available. Send us your questions!

Keywords: Oceanfront, Duplex, Wi-Fi, Big-Screen TV, Small, Crate-Trained Dogs with Fee and Permission, Pet Friendly, Beachfront, Kid Friendly, Child Friendly, Walk or Bike to Stores, Surf Fishing, Bogue Inlet, Fishing Pier, Rents Mostly Sunday-to-Sunday

More Details

Austin Lybrand
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, dutch
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Austin Lybrand

I'm a native North Carolinian who grew up spending two weeks at the beach every summer with my extended family: mom and dad, my sister, grandma and grandpa, and assorted aunts, uncles and cousins. Those vacations were glorious, marked by huge family dinners (often featuring the fish that dad and granddad had caught that very day) and by hours riding an inflatable raft in the surf. I've tried to recreate that feeling in Emerald Isle for my own family, and for yours. We take pride in lovingly maintaining – and continually updating – a house that we, and you, will want to return to again and again.

A lawyer by training, I'm a traveler by calling and a flying trapeze artist by passion. I've lived in four countries and traveled in many more. Always, everywhere, I'm on the lookout for a place to ride the waves that were so important to my childhood – whether in a huge wave pool on the shores of the Danube in Vienna or in the frigid waters of the North Sea. In exotic places or back home in Emerald Isle with my boogie board, I'm twelve years old again. Come to the beach and play!

I’d love to chat with you about our beach house. Look for the “Contact Owner" link on the right-hand column, and we’ll respond quickly. We find it is very helpful to have direct conversations with all our renters. We want to be as certain as we can that our house is a good fit for your vacation needs so you will have a great experience, will want to return and will recommend us to your friends. And, we want all our renters to understand that they are guests in the home of a family just like theirs, because we believe that will encourage our renters to treat our home with the same care and respect they would want us to give their own home; that, in turn, helps us offer remarkably low rates.

Austin Lybrand purchased this house in 1994

Why Austin Lybrand chose Emerald Isle

When I returned to the States in the early 1990's after a diplomatic posting to South America, I began looking at beach houses within a few hours drive of my permanent residence in central North Carolina, in an area that had ample services but was not overbuilt. I visited scores of oceanfront houses, but none of them sang to me. Finally, I found a lovely vacant lot on a quiet cul-de-sac in Emerald Isle, and I set about designing a house that would incorporate the best features of what I had seen during my search.

What makes this house unique

We truly enjoy being able to walk and bike everywhere; we can easily park our car in the carport and not use it for two weeks. And, since we are always doing maintenance to keep the house fresh for you, we have come to love the smell of acrylic paint and caulk mixed with the salt air as we enjoy the ocean view from the top of a ladder!


Emerald Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Cancellation refunds are as required by NC law, only if Owner is able to re-rent the period. Full agreed rent is due unless Owner is able to re-rent.
  • Owner offers renter the opportunity to buy vacation insurance for mandatory evacuations, cancellation etc.. See & Agreement.
  • See full Agreement for additional house rules.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor Tub Shower - outdoor shower
  • All 4 bathrooms are en suite, attached to the 4 bedrooms; one also has a second lockable door allowing access from the public rooms and Crow's Nest without going through the attached bedroom. All bathrooms have full tubs with showers, toilets and sinks; two of the bathrooms have double sinks.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Oceanfront with Full Bath En Suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Oceanfront with Full Bath En Suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Oceanview with Full Bath En Suite; Two Sinks; TV
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Oceanview with Full Bath En Suite; Two Sinks; TV
    Crow's Nest - 4 twin/ single , Den with 4 singles in special trundle configuration; big TV
    Living Room Sleep Sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sleep Sofa
  • Each bedroom has a full bathroom en suite – two have double sinks. Each bedroom also has ample closet and dresser space, seating, two reading lamps and a clock-radio.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There are five cable TVs, including one big screen with Netflix and Amazon Prime video streaming, two DVD players (one with Blu-ray), one videocassette player and an iPod dock.There are clock-radios in all bedrooms. There are six ceiling fans. Quoted rates do not include the optional full-house linens package, offered when you make your reservation at our cost of $120 per week plus tax. Rentals of less than 7 nights are charged at the full weekly rate by the linen company; linens for longer rentals are charged in the same weekly increments; we will have to manually amend VRBO’s calculation for those rentals or for smaller packages. You may rent specialty baby and beach equipment directly from our local vendor online with a credit card. The cost of departure cleaning will be added by VRBO when you make your reservation.


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average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Nice house and great location.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was great. Austin takes great pride in maintaining the house for renters. He is available for any questions or needs. I would highly recommend renting this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good location

  • 4 of 5

Steep descent with lots of steps to the ocean. Well stocked home. Bed/bath layout convenient for a large group. Very clean. Living room / dining Furniture well used needs updating.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful View !

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the beach house! The house was spotless and the kitchen was well stocked! There was plenty of room to gather our crowd together for food and games as well as enough space to separate and have some private time ! The view from the living room and crows nest were spectacular!Access to the beach easy and wonderful. There are many levels to this home and lots of stairs, that was not a problem for our gang though. I would definitely recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home, breathtaking location!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family traveled to Emerald Isle the first week of December. The kitchen is extremely well equipped! Loved being right on the beach, sunrise & sunset on the decks were delightful!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular Location and vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

Austin and Margaret take such pride in their unit!!! It is pristine in terms of cleanliness and great attention is paid to providing information to renters! Austin was gracious in helping those of us who are technically challenged and helped walk us through getting the television to work. (We are old fashioned and still use a 1985 RCA television at home!) The floor plan is spacious and allows for maximum privacy in terms of sleeping arrangements! The kitchen is well equipped and I was able to roast a twenty pound turkey in the oven!! There are enough dishes to feed a battalion and many kitchen gadgets in the drawers! The rockers on the porch provide the most serene location for morning coffee, I can tell you we had a wonderful stay and can't imagine anyone not liking this location.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
El Zarape Mexican Restaurant/Rucker Johns
Nearest Golf
4.7 Miles
Star Hill Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
El Zarape Mexican Restaurant/Rucker Johns

Our oceanfront house is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in a residential neighborhood a short walk from the Food Lion supermarket, a coffee shop, ice cream shops, movie theater, restaurants, surf shops, Bogue Inlet Pier, the liquor store, a hardware store with fishing supplies, beach shops, miniature golf courses, water slide, a go-kart track (well out of earshot!) and arcade. Golf carts for tooling about the island may be rented nearby.

Extensive paved bike/walk paths make exploring slightly more distant shops, services and scenery a breeze. Other adventures await you a short drive away: Emerald Isle Woods Park, boat and kayak rentals, deep-sea charter-boat and guided fishing, the historic ports of Swansboro, Morehead City and Beaufort, the wild ponies of Shackleford Banks, day cruises to Cape Lookout and dolphin cruises, the NC Aquarium, Cedar Point Park, Hammock's Beach State Park, Fort Macon State Park and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum. And, don't forget the wonderful walk along the beach from our house to Bogue Inlet at the western end of our island.

Swimming, boogie boarding, surf fishing (and your own fish-cleaning station!) are just steps away down your own private walkway to the beach!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Optional Linens Package $120 + Tax
Departure Cleaning Fee $130 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

Optional full-house linens package for one week or less is available; website automatically adds it during the reservation process so message us with your reservation request to remove it if you want to bring linens from home. Note that linen vendor charges full one-week price for less than 7 nights and that we will have to calculate multi-week linens charge for you since website cannot; inquire about smaller linen packages. 2018 Snowbirds' Roost rate drops to $1,300/2wk, $1,600/3wk, $1,800/4 wk (not/mo); website won’t calculate those discounted multi-week rates correctly, so we will revise their quote for you! $175/dog/week for up to 2 approved dogs (<20#). We reserve the right to decline rentals of less than 1 week. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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