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Sandy Paws Ocean Front Home on Figure Eight Island

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Our house is on a secluded, uncrowded private island, directly on the ocean with a white sandy beach and clear ocean water. The clean water provides excellent fishing and surfing. We are ardent conservationists and have managed to preserve the natural vegetation around the house. We have lots of beach grass and sea oats. The birding around the house is fabulous and we have fall visitors who come just to bird watch. Surf fishing is very good in front of the house because of a slew that has been there for at least 30 years.

The Beach House is a cozy, older oceanfront home. The home was built in 1969 by Paul and CoCo Foster on Figure 8 Island close to Wilmington North Carolina. The design is a mix of Caribbean, Central American and historic Carolina style coastal homes. Our furnishings are eclectic with many 1950's pieces copied from the famous 1952 Herman Miller catalog while the Fosters were living in Central America. The porch railings are strong but do not conform to current building codes. Please look at the photos carefully to make sure they are acceptable.

Our house has five bedrooms and two full bathrooms. There is a warm water outside shower which is the most popular bathing area in the summer. The kitchen is fully equipped including a microwave and all the cookware a chef would want.

The house is located on Figure 8 Island just north of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is a private island and a gated community, accessible only to land owners and their guests. There are no public facilities on the island. It has the only privately owned bridge over the Intercostal Waterway. We have clean and white sandy beaches with blue-green ocean water. Multiple loggerhead turtle nests hatch yearly. The beach is not crowded since the public is not allowed on the island.

Our house is light and airy and very relaxed. This is not a luxury home, but a functional beach house. Sandy toes are not a problem! Smoking is permitted outside, but must be carefully controlled because of the high winds and fire hazards. We have had several houses burn down on the island due to cigarette butts left burning in the sand or on the porch.

Please note: We support a small colony of feral cats to help keep the beach mice at bay. They stay hidden in the maritime forest across the street. We tend to them very well and are members of friends of felines. They do not come in the house.

Keywords: Ocean front Beach House

More Details

Owner
Paula Bushardt
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Paula Bushardt

Hey! We are Jim and Paula. So glad that you are taking an interest in our beach houses! We love them very much and truly enjoy sharing them with our tenants. Paula's parents, Paul and CoCo Foster, built the houses and lived in the ocean front one until their passing. They were true beach lovers and it's quite evident in the design of the houses. They are both casual and easy to relax in. No need to impress anyone here - just enjoy getting your feet sandy and your hair a mess! We take good care of the homes and try to preserve the easy care flavor. Jim and I are both engineers and work full time. When we do get free time we love to surf, play on the beach or hang out in our boat. We use the houses when they aren't rented too! Gardening is also a passion of ours. We love living off the land and Jim has a passion for duck hunting. We call him the "hunter gatherer" because he oysters and clams a lot in addition to supplying us with wild duck! We have a wonderful daughter who is on her own. She is an author of two books and you are welcome to read about them on our website called Sunridge Press. We hope you enjoyed getting to know us and will come spend some time at the beach on our beautiful island called Figure 8!

Paula Bushardt purchased this house in 1969

What makes this house unique

Our island is private so you will enjoy uncrowded beaches and the ocean water is very clear with a white sandy beach. There is a slew in the ocean in front of the house that is great for fishing in the fall. Grocery shopping and dining are nearby so you can truly relax! Wilmington has been called a small Charlestown so if you enjoy historic homes, excellent restaurants and quaint shops this is the place to visit.

Amenities

Wilmington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Hand shower in cool sunken tub
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Secluded, uncrowded private island, white sandy beach, outside shower, kayak, surfboard and bike rentals, golfing nearby

Reviews

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Sandy Paws Ocean Front Home on Figure Eight Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
5

Great spot, spacious house, well kept

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time here and suggest anyone looking for a big house with plenty of room to rent! The beach access is second to none and the downtown bar area is within a fifteen minute drive.

Very happy with our decision to stay at Sandy Paws.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Raleigh NC
5

Perfect beach house on a perfect beach!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing time at this beach house. It's exactly what i wanted in a vacation home; comfortable, spacious, with that great NC beachy personality. The wrap around porch let you follow the sun all day. Beaming sun on the front porch in the mornings, and beautiful view on the back porch to watch the sunset. There were 8 adults in total for a 3 day beach volleyball getaway. We set up the net in the mornings right in front of the house, played all day, then relaxed on the porch in the evenings. More than enough space for all! Something this house has that most beach rentals I've stayed in don't are spices. It was wonderful to get there and have everything we needed to cook. It's the little things that Paula and Jim (the owners) provided that made this trip so great. They were incredibly nice and helpful. We will definitely come back and maybe catch a wave or two with them on the softboards that are also there for your convenience.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic rustic beach cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had such a nice stay. The house is rustic and quirky, but was great for us (family of four + two grandparents). We loved the beach views off the back deck in the morning and the sound views in the evenings for sunsets. Owners are easy to reach and provide everything you need, including several surf boards, which is rare. Beach is basically deserted and beautiful. Beds were comfortable and linens decent.

If you are looking for a fancy beach house, then this isn't for you. For beach lovers who stay sandy all day, this is a good value on a spectacular beach. We would definately book again.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Raleigh,NC
5

Sandy Paws

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's third stay at Sandy Paws over the past four years. The home accommodated 10 of us ranging in age from one yr old twins to a few 60+ yr olds. We used gates to coral the little ones which worked nicely. The beds are comfortable and each room has a private access to the outdoor deck. The great room has comfortable seating for games or conversation. The kitchen was accommodating with the large dining table nearby so the cooks could be part of the social hour. We brought bikes and enjoyed the bike trail on the south end of the beach. Even in July the beach was quiet and peaceful with a spectacular night sky. Our family has been coming to Figure Eight for 30+ years and hope to continue - Sandy Paws is a jewel but if you're looking for Putt Putt golf and water slides you'd be happier further south.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A Beach House The Way It Was Meant To Be

  • 5 of 5

We have spent alot of time on different beaches in Southeastern NC, and Figure Eight is the best. Staying in the best house on Figure Eight is even better. It has all of the comforts and conveniences that you could want in a beach house, but it also has the warmth and character that only the efforts of the owners could achieve over a long period of time. We felt right at home the minute that we stepped inside, and enjoyed everything about it. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Durham, NC
5

Just what we needed

  • 5 of 5

This house is exactly what I have in mind when I think of a relaxing time at the beach. Plenty of room both inside and on the deck for 8-10 people to kick back and enjoy themselves, and the views are gorgeous. Just returned from my second visit, will definitely go back, and have already recommended it to friends. Host and hostess very friendly and responsive to any needs you might have.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
ILM - Wilmington International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Holy smokes, lots of bars near by.
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Porters Neck and Eagle Point golf courses
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
We have at least 7 restaurants very close by
Nearest Beach
You are on the beach!
Car: necessary

Stand up Paddle boarding and surfing right out front!

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Rates & Availability

Wilmington House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,400
 
 
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
$600
$4,100
 
 
Fall 2017
Sep 23 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$500
$3,300
 
 
Winter 2017/2018
Dec 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
$375
$2,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$375
$2,500
 

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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