Cozy Cottage on the Sound - the Bay House
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
Our house is on a secluded private island, on a deep water sound with a sandy beach and a dock which can accommodate a 40’ boat. It is directly across the street from the ocean. The waters are very clean and clear so you can fish and clam right off the dock. We are ardent conservationists and have managed to preserve the natural vegetation around the house. There is a very nice maritime forest surrounding the house as well as sea oats and beach grasses. The birding around the house is fabulous and we have many fall visitors who come just to bird watch. Surf fishing is very good because of a slew that has been there for at least 30 years. A boat ramp on the island is nearby so please use the dock that is shared by the owner and friends. Renters are not allowed to bring jet skis on the island.
Paul and CoCo Foster built the Bay House in 1975 on Figure 8 Island near Wilmington, North Carolina. It is a small, rustic and cozy home that has been recognized for its outstanding design to resist hurricanes. The foundation poles go all the way to the roof and have kept the house from being damaged from the many hurricanes we have recently had. The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. It also has a warm water outside shower that is the most popular bathing area in the summer. The bay is a perfect swimming hole for kids and the ocean beach access is directly across the street from the house. The kitchen is fully equipped including a microwave and a complete set of cookware. Note the porch raitlings are strong but do not conform to current building codes. Please look at the photos carefully to make sure they are acceptable.
The Bay house is bright and clean 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 because of cigarette butts left burning in the sand or porch.
Figure Eight Island, just north of Wilmington North Carolina, is a private island and gated community, assessable only by land owners and their guests. There are no public facilities on the island. It has the only privately owned bridge over the intracoastal waterway. We have clean and white sandy beaches with blue green ocean water with have multiple turtle hatchling every year on the island. The beach is not crowded since the public is not allowed on the island.
The Bay House is available in all seasons, including November through May in the winter, as a monthly rental for our snowbird friends. We encourage our Canadian friends to come and stay for a 3-4 month winter rental. Figure 8 Island is a secluded island frequented by celebrities and politicians.
Please note: We are members of Friends of Felines and we support a small colony of feral cats to help keep the beach mice at bay. They live in the maritime forest and are rarely seen. We tend to them very well and they are never allowed in the house.
Keywords: Cottage with deep water dock and across the street from ocean
Member since: 2007
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Deep water dock on bay that leads directly to intracoastal waterway and to two inlets to the ocean. Dock can accommodate up to a 40' boat. House is directly across the street from the ocean and there is a beach path right in front of the house. The island is private, uncrowded and secluded....moreless
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Air Conditioning
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer
- Covered Parking
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Catering Available
- Cooking Utensils
- Deck / Patio
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Outdoor Grill
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 24 - Nov 30, 2016
3 night min stay
Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
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Year Purchased: 1975
About the owner: Hey! We are Jim and Paula Bushardt. 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 and brings home wild duck! We have a wonderful daughter who is out of the home. She is an author of two books and you are welcome to read about them on our website 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!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our house is on Figure 8 Island which is private so the beaches are uncrowded. The water is clear and the beaches are white sand. We have a nice slew in the ocean which is great for fishing in the fall.
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View from the bay with great dock and swimming hole
The must have dock and clear water with no seaweed
Cozy living area with flat screen TV
Private master suite on the third floor with full bath
One of three bedrooms
Cozy cottage in the woods
View from the road showing the maritime forest
Wrap around porches-some open and some covered
Dining area seats six comfortably
Private master bath
Queen bed in bright and fun room
Ocean view from bedroom showing beach cross over on left side
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Sunday, October 23, 2016
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