House, 7 Bedrooms + Loft, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 16)
Queen size beds (6), Twin or Single Beds (4)
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 16
Minimum age of primary renter:
- RENTAL POLICIES 1802 Seawall Check-In Check-in time for all Guests is at 4:00 p. m. Only the reservation holder is allowed to check in and receive keys. Check out Check-out time is 10:00 a.m. Drop the keys at our office by 10:00 a.m. to avoid additional charges. Responsible Parties The person signing the Rental Agreement will be primarily liable for payments. His or her primary residence address or the address show on the registration form may be used for all notices. Use of the property: The property shall be used only as a temporary vacation rental. Subletting Without the express written consent of the Landlord, the property may not be sub-let nor occupied by any persons not originally registered. Property Condition The patio in the back is uneven and the marble is slick when wet. Guests should exercise caution walking on back patio. The attic stairs are very steep and young children and any other with limited physical capacity or “under the influence” should not use them. The railings on the balconies should not be sat on or hung over, this is particularly true of the third floor balcony and children should not be permitted there without strict supervision. The stairs to the back apartment are also somewhat steep and can be slippery if wet. Renter acknowledges and agrees to heed these warnings and make sure that his guests and invitees do the same. There will be no reduction of rent for any mechanical failure whether of air conditioners, dishwashers, refrigerators, washers, dryers, cable TV, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, or any other appliances or amenities. Under no circumstances should guest contact the telephone or internet/cable providers or anyone except Landlord for repairs. If this rule is violated, the guest will be responsible for any and all charges. Guest shall make no Alterations in the property, nor shall he take the inside furniture outside. Landlord or his agents may enter the property at reasonable times to inspect the Property or to make repairs. Property Damage The Guest signing the Rental Agreement accepts responsibility for all damage to the property done by himself, his family or invitees. Nothing herein shall lessen or mitigate the responsibility of any guest or invitee for any damage caused or done by him. Indemnity: To the fullest extent allowed by law, Guest shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Kenneth Shelton, Jr. acting as Landlord and Manager of the property and also the owner of the property, his employees, agents and representatives, and all of their successors and assigns from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities, causes of action, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) for personal injury or property damage arising from or in connection with Guests right of access to the property, occupation thereof or condition of the property and/or use of the property, and regardless of any negligence or strict liability on the part of any of the covered parties and regardless of the form of claim whether at common law, strict liability, negligence or under any statute or regulation. Holding Over Guest shall surrender possession of the Property on termination of this rental agreement. Any possession by Guest after the termination creates a tenancy at sufferance and will not operate to renew or extend this rental agreement. If occupying the main house, Guest shall pay $2,000 per day during the period of any possession after termination as damages in addition to any other remedies to the landlord is entitled. For either of the courtyard apartments, the charge shall be $300 per day. If more than one unit is occupied, charges shall be cumulative. However, if the property has been committed to other guests, the holding over rental shall be double that prescribed above. To avoid holding over rental, Guests who wish to extend their stay should make arrangements with Manager. Cancellation and Refunds • Refunds are not given for rainy days or overcast skies or weather conditions. • Refunds are not given for hurricanes or mandatory evacuations during hurricane or severe storm threats. • Refunds are not given for early departures. • Refunds are not given in the event of power, cable and telephone outages, which do occur occasionally on Galveston Island. We will report the outages; however, no refunds will be given due to these outages. • Refunds are not given for appliance, plumbing or mechanical failure, utility failure, or other circumstances beyond our control. • Cancellations sixty or more days prior to date of arrival. Cancellation by Guest: a full refund will be issued, less the Cancellation Fee ($150), Cancellation by landlord may be made only for cause such as damage that renders the property un-rentable or the property having been sold or otherwise taken out of weekly rental. In the case of cancellation by Landlord, Guest shall be returned all sums paid. • Cancellations fewer than sixty days prior to date of arrival: Sixty days prior to rental, Guest is committed to pay the full rental fee. Should Guest cancel or fail to check-in in a timely manner, Canceling Guest shall receive no refund except to the extent Manager, in his sole discretion, is able to re-rent the property and mitigate the damages. Then the Cancellation Fee ($150) shall be deducted from the refund. Any refund to which Guest is entitled will be issued within 30 days after cancellation. Travel Insurance We strongly recommend that you take Trip Cancellation and Travel Interruption insurance. Hurricane Policy, Mandatory Evacuations and Travel Insurance We do not offer refunds in the event of a mandatory hurricane evacuation. Guest agrees to comply with all orders of evacuation Rules We will rent only to responsible adults over the age of 25 and to family groups. Manager must agree to any use of the property for purposes other than family vacations at the time of the reservation. Occasions such as parties, weddings, receptions, company meetings gatherings or picnics are generally not allowed. We do not rent to prom groups, school or graduation groups, fraternities or sororities or youth groups with or without adult supervision. Adults cannot rent properties on behalf of underage guests. Guests must comply with these Rental Policies and all city and state laws. The maximum number of guests allowed in the Main House is 12; in each Courtyard apartment, it is 2. Infants for whom you are bringing a crib are not counted in this total. All guests and their vehicles must be listed on the Guest Registration form and registered with the city. • House occupancy will not be exceeded. • Loud music and noise is prohibited. • All cars & guests will be registered with the rental office at check-in and with the city. • Motor homes, campers and tents are prohibited and may not be parked or hooked up at the property. • Barbeque grilling is only permitted on the ground level in uncovered areas. • The house is NON-SMOKING. Smokers will smoke outside and dispose of butts properly. • No pets are allowed at the property. • Fish will not be cleaned on the property. • Garbage will be put in securely tied plastic bags and placed in the green trash cans provided in the alley. • In the case of a mandatory evacuation, Guests agree to evacuate homes as per City of Galveston orders. • In the case of evacuation, the decision to re-enter the house is solely that of the Property Management Company. . Guest agrees to treat the furniture and all Landlords’ property with care. No glasses or cups will be placed directly on wood furniture. Non-compliance with the Rental Agreement, these Rental Policies, occupancy rules, city ordinance, or pet restrictions, or any illegal activity or conduct creating a nuisance, waste, hazard or disturbance or having given false information while renting the property, are each
- english, A little very bad French and worse Spanish.
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.