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7 BR/7 BA Historic Beachfont Villa, Centrally Located

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms + Loft, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

Seawall house is located on Galveston’s Seawall at 18th Street, between The Galvez Hotel and the Holiday Inn Express and is closer to the gulf and beach than either hotel.

On the first floor, a large veranda and covered porch overlook the ocean and provide a great place to eat, have a cocktail or to just sit and watch the gulf or the parade of people.

On the second floor the two south bedrooms front on a large porch equipped with swing hammock, chaise and chairs. On clear nights, ships shimmer like stars lighting the horizon as they make their way to Houston or from it to all corners of the world.

A deck accessed by the third floor loft looks out on the gulf and the city is great for sunbathing.

Seawall house has four bedrooms on the second floor and one bedroom on the first floor. The third floor loft has two bunks, but it is accessed by any steep stair more like a ladder.

The main house is equipped with dominions, cards, poker chips, board games a ping-pong table and a small library of books. There, reluctantly, we provide cable and TV, but it is hoped that guests will take advantage of the unique opportunities offered by the house to get back in touch with each other, have a good read or enjoy the sea and sky and will postpone any addictions to electronics until their return to the real work-a-day world. For the digitally addicted, a high-speed Internet connection is provided.

The back patio is also a great place to have lunch. There the level of activity lessens. Lay in the hammock under the logia and be enveloped in the tropical foliage.

Two one bedroom apartments sit on the north of the patio and both have offer views of the gulf.

The house was built in 1914 by Frederick Langbin, one of the original investor’s in the Galvez hotel who intended the home as a residence for his sister and her daughter. It was constructed of poured reinforced concrete and was the first house so constructed in Texas. The style is similar to that of some Frank Loyd Wright structures. Unfortunately Galveston was not to the taste of Mr. Langbin’s sister who returned to England with her daughter after a stay of only a few years.

The home incorporated such anti-hurricane features as small lights (panes) in the multi-light windows which were much stronger and a Spanish tile roof, now gone. The home went through the 1915 hurricane with nary a scratch.

The house is furnished with an eclectic mix of fine antiques, carpets which accent the cypress, oak, and long leaf pine wood work in the house along with comfortable resort style furniture. There are many nooks to enjoy.

Your may lease the entire estate consisting of the Big House, and two courtyard apartments may be leased -- 7 bedrooms plus the sleeping loft, 3 gulf-view porches, the court yard or you may chose just one of the properties.

Keywords: Vacation Rental House

Compound Great for family reunions

More Details

Owner
Ken Shelton
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, A little very bad French and worse Spanish.
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2018

About Ken Shelton

Kenneth Shelton is a 6th generation Galvestonian: the first of his family arrived in Texas while it was still part of Mexico. One or more of his family was in the city during every major hurricane since the 1850’s including the devastating 1900 storm, and many were involved in the financial, business and cultural life of the city. An uncle, David Moore did the two monumental bronzes on the Seawall near 48th street. Shelton attended Galveston schools and received a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. On returning to Galveston, he engaged in the Real Estate business. He is an amateur artist and did some of the paintings and drawings in the house. Many of the other Galveston artists hung in the house are friends. Shelton is an avid fencer, a sport he has enjoyed for more than 50 years. He enjoys wood work and designed the book case in the ping pong room. A love of books and of reading was shared by Shelton and his mother and grandfather. He and his wife live in a historical home that has been owned by members of his wife’s family since 1929, the move from the Seawall property being made, not without some sadness, to provide their three sons with more of a neighborhood.

Ken Shelton purchased this house in 1972

Why Ken Shelton chose San Jacinto

The house was built in 1914 by Frederick Langbin, one of the original investors, in the Galvez Hotel. He had intended the home as a residence for his sister and her daughter. It was built of poured, reinforced concrete and was the first house so constructed in Texas. The style is similar to that of some Frank Loyd Wright structures. Unfortunately Galveston was not to the taste of Mr. Langbin’s sister who returned to England with her daughter after a short stay. The property became home to the Nedwing family. After WWII it suffered through many owners until purchased by Kenneth Shelton and his brother in the 1970’s. Kenneth purchased his brother’s interest years later, and, with his family, lived in the house, which he continues to own, until 1994.

Mr. Langbin incorporated many anti-hurricane features into the home. Small lights (panes) in the multi-light windows were much stronger than normal windows and a Spanish tile roof, now gone, provided additional heft to the structure. The home went thought the 1915 hurricane with nary a scratch.

Along with comfortable resort style furniture, the house is furnished with an eclectic mix of fine antiques, oriental carpets and art which accent the home’s cypress, oak, and longleaf pine woodwork, most of which was milled especially for the house. There are many unique areas from which to enjoy the Gulf, and they can be seen from almost every room.

You may lease the entire property consisting of the Seawall House and two one bedroom, courtyard apartments for a total of 7 bedrooms, not including the sleeping loft, and 7 baths. The house boasts 3 – Gulf view porches and marble paved court yard. Or, you may lease only the main house or one or both apartments. (We reserve the right to require the lease of the entire property certain times of year.) We love the house and we love the city and the beach. We want others to experience this exciting and interesting city and enjoy this wonderful house.

What makes this house unique

Seawall House is located on Galveston’s Seawall at 18th Street, between The Galvez Hotel and the Holiday Inn Express and is closer to the Gulf of Mexico and beach than either hotel.

On the first floor, a large veranda and covered porch overlook the ocean and provide a great place to eat, have a cocktail or to just sit and watch the waves or the parade of people.

On the second floor, the two south bedrooms front on a large porch equipped with swing, hammock, chaise and chairs. On a clear nights one sees, on the horizon, ships shimmering like stars as they make their way to Houston, or from it, to all corners of the world.

A deck accessed by the third floor loft looks out on the and the city and is great for sunbathing.

Seawall House has four bedrooms on the second floor and one bedroom on the first floor. The third floor loft has two bunks, but it is accessed by a very steep stair, more like a ladder, and should be used only by the physically fit and sober.

The back patio is also a great place to have lunch. Here, the level of activity lessens; lie in the hammock under the loggia surrounded by tropical foliage -- oleander, ginger, palms and flowering plants -- be enveloped in the usually gentle breeze and enjoy the quiet serenity.

Two, one bedroom courtyard apartments sit on the north side of the patio and both have views of the Gulf. (These may be leased with the main house or separately: see below.)

The main house is equipped with dominions, cards, poker chips, board games a ping-pong table and a small library of books. There, reluctantly, we provide cable and TV, but it is hoped that guests will take advantage of the unique opportunities offered by the house to get back in touch with each other, have a good read or enjoy the sea and sky and will postpone any addictions to electronics until their return to the real work-a-day world. However for digitally addicted, a high-speed Internet connection is provided.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a really nice trip and loved the Seawall house. My husband and I hope to bring our family back to Galveston and hopefully we can stay at your home again.
Oct 2012
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Amenities

San Jacinto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Master
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Great Gulf Views.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master. Great Gulf Views! Porch.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Opens on to loft area with shared bath
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , First, Floor, Garden views.
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , Built in beds. Great views of Gulf.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Garden Apartment with sitting room and kitchenette.
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , Garden apartment with sitting room, kitchenette, Gulf Views.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Quiet, Gulf view.
  • Queen size beds (6), Twin or Single Beds (4)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques, this historical home is the only private home remaining on Galveston's Seawall directly across Galveston's Seawall Boulevard from the beach. Wonderful outdoor spaces, walled tropical garden, terrace, second floor balcony, and third floor deck complement the interior. The property consists of the main house and two one bedroom courtyard apartments that also have attractive beach views. The house is in town and thus close to shopping, historical sites, the Opera House, Art Center and Museums.

Reviews

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7 BR/7 BA Historic Beachfont Villa, Centrally Located
average rating of 4.571429 based on 48 reviews
Porter
5

Nice Historic Beachfront Home

  • 5 of 5

The property is conveniently located on Galveston's Seawall Blvd. across from the beach. The views of the beach from each floor are breath taking. When the weather is cooperating, a lot of time can be spent on the porch or balconies watching the beach, water, nature, people, etc...

There is an abundance of rooms and space here. There are three stories if you include the upper loft area. There's another living space located behind the main house that is two stories.

I recommend this place for big families that love the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the review-- next time the weather will be better!
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Leander, Texas
4

Cool old home in excellent location.

  • 4 of 5

Our large family fit just fine in this older home. The guest quarters were somewhat "rough" in need of a little TLC. Older beds in the main house could use a little updating. AC worked great. Security was adequate and owner response was fine.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay! There is so much to do in this city now, cultural, historic, outdoors. Glad to help you share it.
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5

Ideal for large family gatherings

  • 5 of 5

We rented in April 2018 for a wedding held near by, it was perfect lots of bedrooms and bathrooms with a large area for extended family to congregate. The historic charm along with the location was just what we wanted.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gary, glad you enjoyed the stay. ken
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House has lots of character, built in 1915.

  • 3 of 5

There were some plumbing issues at first but were resolved. Could do with some updating but can't beat the the location! The view of the beach from the living room is great!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Braunfels, TX
5

50th Anniversary

  • 5 of 5

In July 2016 my husband and I, celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, spent two weeks at the Seawall House. With us were our two children and their families and at different times an assortment of sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and such. The house was perfect for our relaxed, home-centered, indoor/outdoor activities. As we were located just across the boulevard from the beach, it was easy to spend time with our grandchildren splashing in the surf, boogie-boarding, and sand-castle building. Across the other street was a surf shop which our grandchildren visited almost daily for T-shirts, goggles, and water toys. Much of the time we were able to walk to nearby restaurants (I highly recommend the Ocean Grill and Beach Bar about 4 blocks away which also catered our anniversary celebration meal, which was fabulous.), and one afternoon my daughter and I walked to the Hotel Galvez for a soothing afternoon at their spa. Needless to say, the location was superb.

Another favorite pastime was enjoying the balconies, verandas, and patios around the house. The second story balcony was popular in the mornings for the coffee and tea drinkers who loved the shimmering sunny views of the Gulf waters. At night we would tend to move to the front patio to enjoy the cool ocean breezes and let the children play in a child's wading pool which we bought for the times when no one was going to the beach. Several of our relatives slept in the two apartments at the back of the property, and often many of them sat on the backyard veranda late into the night. The third floor was relegated to the children who loved having their own secret place, especially the two beds built into the walls.

Many of our family and friends visited museums, went on turtle tours, and watched historic films, but the house was always the center of attention. And as for noise, we learned rather happily that sound did not pass easily between the floors. This was helpful when the children had been put to bed and the adults did not have to worry about wakening them.

So, for location, accommodations, and amenities, this house was a wonderful choice for our celebration. As we were leaving my daughter said that she really had not been looking forward to Galveston, which we had visited several times when she was a child, but after this great experience, she said that she was not only ready for another visit but she wanted to return to the Seawall House really soon

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary, Thank you for taking the time to write the kind review. You are very gentile, and I do hope we see you all again.
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-Grapevine, TX
5

Happy 60th Anniversary

  • 5 of 5

We traveled down to Galveston to celebrate my parents' 60th anniversary. All 5 of the siblings, our spouses and 3 of the younger kids stayed in the house quite easily. We also stayed in the back 2 apartments. The house was well appointed and contained everything we needed. It was clean and well kept. We had ping pong tournaments during the night time and the kids sat out safely on the front veranda. It had easy access to the beach too. We will definitely come back and stay again. It isn't handicap friendly as it has gentle ups and downs throughout the house typical to the architecture of the time. My father is confined to a wheelchair and therefore he never made it into the house, but instead we had made arrangements for them to stay at a hotel. This would be a great place to stay with family or friends. It was a great location for us as we visited the medical school, the Strand, the beach, several restaurants, and houses my parents had lived in during the first years of their marriage.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: .I am so fortunate to have had so many nice, well mannered, appreciative guests which is really what makes renting house worthwhile. Thank you,
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Map

Nearest Point of Interest
Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Strand Historic District
Nearest Point of Interest
1893 Opera house
Nearest Point of Interest
Moody Gardens
Nearest Point of Interest
Convention Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Train Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Ashton Villa
Nearest Point of Interest
Bishop's Palace
Nearest Point of Interest
Stewart Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Moody Mansion
Nearest Point of Interest
City Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Galveston Country Club
Car: recommended

Horseback Riding, Coastal Birding Trail, Moody Gardens and it's attractions, Rainforest Pyramid, IMAX 3D Theater, Palm Beach, Discovery Museum, Ridefilm Theater and the Aquarium Pyramid, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Shopping, and Sightseeing - Historical Homes, The Strand Historical District, Duck Tours and water tours on Galveston Bay.

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $400

PLEASE NOTE: The VRBO computer generated quotes are sometimes inaccurate. Please contact the owner for DISCOUNTED RATES FOR STAYS OF MORE THAN 3 NIGHTS.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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