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Nature Lovers Wanted! Soundfront, Solar Powered, Tesla Charger, Pet Friendly

Colington Harbour, Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA
  • House1750 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

Great Views and Water Access and a Huge Fully Fenced Yard

My primary purpose with this listing is to find guests who would be a good fit for the property. It's in a residential area, on Colington Island, 3 miles behind the Wright Memorial at Milepost 8, and about a 10 minute drive to the beach. I'm good friends with my neighbor, so it's a better fit for families, couples, and mature groups than party groups. Please contact me before booking so I can be sure your expectations will be met! Thanks! I also own two other VRBO listings https://www.vrbo.com/752696?unitId=1300634 and https://www.vrbo.com/719651?unitId=1267589 - John

Hello, and welcome to the Otter Creek Rental House page!

I designed and built the home 17 years ago to see if I could do it. Ended up having a ton of fun, and started designing and building homes professionally shortly thereafter, handing over my Real Estate Sales business to my wife, Heather VanderMyde. It was our primary home until this year, and we spent several months working on it, bringing it up to rental standards. Still not perfect, but getting there.

My carpenters named it Otter Creek because Otters would come play on the icy canal in front of the house during the winter they were building it. We've continued to see Otters occasionally over the years, usually in the mornings, coming out of the creek that drains the nearby wetlands into the sound.

It's a four bedroom, two bath house, with two king beds upstairs and two twin bedrooms downstairs. All mattresses are the thick foam type, and the twin beds downstairs can be pushed together and bound with a strap if a king bed is preferred.

The kitchen is set up for a cook, with two sinks, a new Samsung gas range, with a strong vent to the outside to keep the smoke down while searing. The wrap around bar makes it fun to entertain while cooking. I have tried to include everything a serious cook needs, including kitchen scale, instant thermometer, sharp knives, and everything else you'd expect. If there is an item you need that's missing, I will bring it!

The main TV is a 60" with Dish Network DVR, and the king rooms both have TVs with the same DVR service. The TV can be played through the stereo with subwoofer for better sound.

Internet is DSL with a wireless network - about 25 mbs.

I just bought a new hot tub for the deck of the master - it's a 6 person tub, with great views. To keep my regular rates low, there is a $100 fee to pay for the service & power. I try to leave it unfilled and off if I get breaks between rentals, so be sure to request it if you'd like it!

The house is largely powered by an 8 kW solar array on the roof. It also has a Tesla Wall Charger in the garage for my fellow Tesla owners.

It's a very private location with a large fenced yard, with a gate over the driveway. The entry is on the soundside screen porch, or through the garages downstairs, which will be open to guests.

I recently remodeled it with vinyl plank flooring to make it very pet friendly, and it also has a deck / boat lift to make getting kayaks and dogs in and out of the sound easy. The yard is huge and entirely fenced in, with a gate across the driveway.

Feel free to ask me any questions not answered above, I'm looking forward to having our guests enjoy it as much as we did for the last 17 years!


John VanderMyde

Member Since 2015
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About John VanderMyde

I'm a local real estate investor & help my wife run our real estate sales team, The VanderMyde Group at Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty.

John VanderMyde purchased this House in 2000

Why John VanderMyde chose Colington Harbour

I try to offer properties that fill a niche market - all of my rentals are pet friendly with fenced yards, something that seems hard to find on the Outer Banks. This house has the best view of any of my properties, and is the only waterfront.

What makes this House unique

The sound access and views from this property stack up with the best the OBX has to offer. To my knowledge, there is no other property with the combination of a large fenced yard, great sound views, solar power, Tesla Charger, and sound access to a shallow sandy bottom.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8


          • 2 Bathrooms

              Location Type

                • Water View
                  Great sound views
                • Waterfront


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Garage
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Parking
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Dining Area


                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television


                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub

                                              House Rules

                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                              Cancellation Policy

                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                              10 Reviews


                                              Latest reviews

                                              Amazing property, location and Host

                                              Kyle W.

                                              This home is truly a diamond in the rough. We felt like it was our vacation home for the week. John is a great host and went beyond the call of duty to make sure our stay was enjoyable. We really appreciated the extra touches: fresh coffee beans and a grinder. Lots of cooking gear, a totally fenced in yard for our puppy and amazing views of the sound from in and out of the hot tub.

                                              Thanks for having us!

                                              Excellent House and experience

                                              Veronica A.Rockville, Maryland

                                              We spent four wonderful days at this beautiful house. Peaceful and beautiful location. The house is equipped with everything you could need. We specially enjoyed the grill, the hot tub with the view, the fire pit and the dock.

                                              Awesome house in a beautiful location!

                                              Christine P.

                                              We loved the view, the big screen TVs and there is a hot tub on the top deck.

                                              Location Location Location

                                              Justin Y.

                                              The house was large and inviting, the views were amazing and right on the sound. From the two decks you could see many different wildlife and boats on the water. We were glade to find such a great pet friendly home. This house would work with multiple families with two bedrooms on the main floor and two upstairs. Small negative, the floors throughout the living/dinning room with clearing not cleaned and lots of animal fur, which can be expected in an animal friendly house. Would stay again when the weather is warmer. Loved being away from the main street and beach but close enough to any location. Thank you

                                              Excellent getaway

                                              Michael D.Asheville, NC

                                              This home is a gem. The location was perfect, close to everything we needed, easy to get to, quiet and friendly neighborhood.

                                              The home was incredible. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed and was spacious. Can we talk about the stove for a moment? It was awesome :-)

                                              The living area was open while the upstairs bedrooms provided solace and privacy.

                                              Throughout the whole experience, John had made himself available, was prompt in his responses and very kind.

                                              This is a place where we would come back to stay.


                                              Don M.DC

                                              Very nice home with all the amenities of home and more. Very nice owners, excellent location, love the views morning and night. Clean, well kept, hot tub, dog friendly, fenced yard, fire pit and kayaks as well. Will definitely rent here again, 5 stars for sure.


                                              Colington Harbour, Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA


                                              10 Reviews
                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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