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7 BR/7 BA Historic Beachfont Villa, Centrally Located

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Seawall House is located on Galveston’s Seawall at 18th Street

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Last updated: 08/13/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Great Gulf Views....moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Master. Great Gulf Views! Porch....moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    Opens on to loft area with shared bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen

    First, Floor, Garden views....moreless

  • Loft: 2 twin/ single

    Built in beds. Great views of Gulf. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 queen

    Garden Apartment with sitting room and kitchenette....moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 1 queen

    Garden apartment with sitting room, kitchenette, Gulf Views....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Quiet, Gulf view....moreless

  • Queen size beds (6), Twin or Single Beds (4)

Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Eclectic selection of light and heavy literature and books about Galveston. ...moreless

  • Game Room:

    Ping Pong...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean:

    The Gulf is across the street. ...moreless

  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront:

    On Gulf of Mexico. ...moreless

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

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Great Gulf views. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Reserved angle parking spaces on side of house. ...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Lone Star Rally
Nov 3 - Nov 6, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,000 $1,000
Thu, Fri, Sat
$4,500
Christmas
Dec 23 - Dec 26, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,000 $1,000
Fri, Sat, Sun
$4,500
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$800 $1,000
Fri, Sat, Sun
$3,800

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Tax Rate 15%

Notes:

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

Review our Rental Process and Rental Policies on our website: www.galvestonseawallhouse.com

For leases made more than 30 days in advance, we require a deposit (check or money order) of ½ the amount due plus fees. Note all leases made less than 30 days before check-in must be paid-in-full. We must receive payment within 7 days of our email to you for us to confirm your booking.

•On receipt of the above, we will confirm your booking by email.

•Check-in at our office and pay the balance.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Last updated: 08/13/2016
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Location

3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
100 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
Beach

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.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1972

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose San Jacinto, Galveston, TX, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.


Contact us

Speaks: english, A little very bad French and worse Spanish.

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  • Seawall House is located on Galveston’s Seawall at 18th Street

    Seawall House is located on Galveston’s Seawall at 18th Street

  • Comfortable resort style furniture

    Comfortable resort style furniture

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Bedroom 3 Upstairs

    Bedroom 3 Upstairs

  • Third Floor Bunk

    Third Floor Bunk

  • Game Room with ping pong table

    Game Room with ping pong table

  • Logia

    Logia

  • Front Patio

    Front Patio

  • Second Floor Porch

    Second Floor Porch

  • Second Floor Deck

    Second Floor Deck

  • First Floor Plan

    First Floor Plan

  • Family Reunion at Seawall House

    Family Reunion at Seawall House

  • Comfortable resort style furniture

    Comfortable resort style furniture

  • Dining Room/Kitchen

    Dining Room/Kitchen

  • Bedroom 2 Upstairs

    Bedroom 2 Upstairs

  • Bedroom 4 Upstairs

    Bedroom 4 Upstairs

  • Bedroom 5 Downstairs

    Bedroom 5 Downstairs

  • Logia

    Logia

  • Front Veranda

    Front Veranda

  • Veranda with hammock, lounge chairs, dining table and chairs

    Veranda with hammock, lounge chairs, dining table and chairs

  • View from Front Veranda

    View from Front Veranda

  • Second Floor Deck

    Second Floor Deck

  • Second Floor Plan

    Second Floor Plan

  • Christmas at Seawall House

    Christmas at Seawall House

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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