House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9)
Katherine VanDewater and Lance Osborne With 5 kids, 4 still at home to take care of, we lead exceptionally busy lives! What parents don't these days! So, when we need a little escape, to slow down and just enjoy our lives, we head to Oz by the Sea! We have wonderful neighbors there, amazing views and a clean, beautiful and QUIET beach.
Katherine purchased this House in 2008
Why Katherine chose Palm Beach
We chose the West End of Galveston Island because it was just far enough away from all the busy areas of SeaWall Blvd. yet close enough for us to go in for a nice dinner or lunch whenever I didn't feel like cooking! We also chose the West End for the quiet, private beaches and the family atmosphere of the area. Our beach is restricted from vehicles, so this also keeps the partying crowd away and thus makes our beach safe for children to wander and play on!
What makes this House unique
My most important goal for my guests at our beach home is for them to feel 'at home!' I try very hard to provide all the little extras, like beach towels, beach chairs, beach toys, boogie boards, loads of pales and spades to dig with...you name it, we probably have it at Oz! As a parent I know what a pain in the neck it is to tow all those things along with you on your journey to the beach, so if I can make your trip here more comfortable as well, then I am pleased!! I want to make going away to Oz for the weekend as easy, carefree and relaxing as possible. Likewise, my kitchen is also filled with all you need to cook like the chef you are!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great location with easy access to the water
This is a great house with a fantastic deck to build some quality family time while taking in the scenery.
Cutest Little Beach House in Texas
Wow, what a difference a year makes. We've stayed at this house before and always loved it, but the work done recently to improve the deck and exterior--it's practically shiny now. The owner has always decorated the inside in such a cute, homey fashion. Now they've expanded some of the space so we had more room for all our big family's stuff. Love this house. Love Galveston's west end.
Thank you. We've worked hard and invested heavily in the house to make our guests as comfortable as possible. Thanks for noticing ;-)
Not as Advertised
My wife and I, along with our two-year old toddler, rented this beach house in early October 2015 for what was supposed to be a nice getaway. The pictures of the house were stunningly beautiful, and helped entice us to come here. What we actually saw, however, was completely different.
When opening the door for the first time and walking up the stairs, the stairs creaked somewhat, which was a little odd, but didn’t bother us all that much. It wasn’t until we got to the kitchen that we noticed that there was a large mess left un-cleaned, and there were several flies hovering over the sink. I called the owner about this, and she apologized and said the previous tenants threw a big party and basically trashed the place, and it took the cleaning ladies much longer than normal to clean everything. Understandable, although there were several places in the house that had not been swept. But then…
We noticed the deck. This was one of the main reasons we chose this beach house, after seeing several beautiful pictures of the deck with children having fun on it. The deck is in serious need of repair, and should probably be redone completely. There were loose boards, and one or two with significant holes. Moreover, in some places the railing wasn't attached, so if our toddler wanted to she could pull them away and risk falling off. Lastly, the deck had not been cleaned at all, because otherwise we would not have found some old fish hooks lying about, that our toddler could have picked up if we weren't careful. The deck posed a serious risk to our child, so we refused to let her walk on it, and instead kept her inside.
The last complaint I have was the mold that was visible in several spots along the ceiling of the beach house. The owner had said this was normal for beach houses in the area.
Despite the several things that went wrong during our stay, I did give two stars instead of one, for the very reason that the owner was understanding enough to refund our cleaning fee, and gave an apology (both verbal and written) for the condition of the beach house.
Lesson learned. From now on, we will make sure to inspect vacation rentals IN PERSON, before making a commitment to purchase a stay.
Great news: We've invested thousands of dollars on upgrading the deck and entire exterior of this house (SEE RECENT PHOTOS.) We have also switched to a new cleaning service and brought in professionals to get rid of the typical beach house mildew challenges.
Perfect beach house!
We rented this house for a summer getaway for our family of 5. It was exactly as described! Stocked with everything you need for the beach, which was great! We didn't have to haul any sandy beach toys, gear, or even towels! The owners provided it all! The beach just is a short walk away and the house has great views. Highly recommend this property!
We are so happy that you had everything you needed for adult and kids alike. Sounds like a rompin' good time by all!
This was an amazing beach house. It comes with everything you heart desires. It is an all in one of you are looking for family fun with kids excellent or if you are looking for a romantic stop with your companion this is the one. It is a hop skip and a jump from the beach. The master bedroom has a screened in deck attached for any occasion. The owner is also amazing and any questions concerns anything she is right on top of it to make sure your stay at Oz at the Sea is unforgettable. I am in love with this beach house. We will be returning quite often 😊
I am THRILLED you all had such a wonderful time at our home! Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, it is much appreciated.
Making our home feel like 'your beach home' has always been my goal as a vacation rental owner. Working with lovely guests, such as you and your family is just icing on the cake of life! Cheers, and I look forward to your return!
A great family beach vacation!!
Perfect house for our family vacation. This was our first trip to Galveston, as both my husband & I are both from the east coast. It was an easy drive from Dallas, less than 4.5 hours, which was a nice change from flying, renting a car, etc. Our kids 4 & 7 LOVED the pirates crow's nest. The house provided everything we could have needed, beach chairs, sand toys, boogie boards, toys, games, books, etc. The walk to the beach took less than 5 minutes, and the kids never complained once. They even provided a cart to wheel everything there. We had the beach to ourselves most of the time. The owner was VERY helpful & accommodating, and always very quick to respond. The house was very clean & well maintained. The listing and photos were very accurate. Palm Beach is not the fanciest beach, but perfect for a quiet family vacation. One night we went to the new pleasure pier in Galveston & our kids had a BLAST riding the rides, which was about a 10-15 minute drive. We will definitely be back!
We are honored by your kind words. Can't wait to see you back at Oz!