Private House, Open Floorplan, Large Deck, Dogs Ok!

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Big deck outside, a few hamocs downstairs, paradise!


Last updated: 10/16/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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Property description

**Stay in the ONLY solar powered - renewable energy vacation home in Port Aransas!**

Time for a trip to the beach.

Home away from home a few blocks from the beach that generously sleeps 6 and can sleep up to a snugly 8. Large 3 bedroom house with parking for 4 autos and plenty of room to bring your boat. Dogs welcome. (Absolutely no cats please due to owner allergies.)

Oversized Deck for relaxing meals and newer appliances in the large kitchen that
overlooks the eating and living room. It’s the same layout you’d want for your own home – but on vacation!

Click the link below for a LIVE view at our Solar Panel production!(So far we have produced enough energy to power over 22,000 light bulbs for a day!!)

Amenities include;
- Washer and dryer
- Secure area for fishing gear storage
- Over 1500+ sq ft house on tree covered lot (no shared walls, have your own PRIVACY and space!)
- Large master bedroom, with queen bed AND a queen fold out couch / bed, also has a DVD and wall mounted flat panel satellite TV
- Second bedroom includes a queen bed, DVD and flat panel satellite TV
- Third bedroom has 2 twin beds and a satellite TV
- Very large living room with a large TV and Sony DVD player
- Satellite TV in every room, including the flat panels in the two large bedrooms with DVD players
- High speed internet including wireless access
- VERY large patio, perfect for entertaining or catching some sunshine, backs to private property with a pond and wetlands wildlife
- Fenced yard – dogs need weekends too!
- New silver appliances
- Foodies rejoice - big open kitchen with lots of room for multiple cooks
- Bring your favorite bottle of wine, glasses are here and a corkscrew!
- Large family style dining table with comfortable seating for 8 (seating available at the kitchen bar too)
- Use the cooking materials provided so you don't have to eat out every night
- Unexpected by useful appliances; waffle maker, lots of pots and pans
- Shrimp boil for 12? No problem! WAY oversized boil pot available and dishes for 20.
- BBQ - very easy for outdoor meals (NOT GAS, CHARCOAL ONLY GRILL NOW)
- Shaded concrete patio downstairs with two hammocks, ever seen a Corona commercial? Yes, it CAN be that relaxing!
- Child's high chair
- Porta Crib available (pls bring your own crib sheets)
- Books, books, books, puzzles, games, DVD movies and kid's toys available
- Washer and Dryer available for monthly stays only (sorry no exceptions)
- Beach is a few blocks away (Sandcastle Beach Access Road)
- Port Aransas TOWN POOL 2 miles away
- Fantastic golf course close by
- In the town of Port Aransas, on Mustang Island viva la beach life!
- Quiet area, friendly neighbors

We call this the Tree House because the HUGE deck is built around the existing trees, making it always shady somewhere on the deck throughout the day!

More pictures available on request.

Here are some updates on the house....

Fall 2016 - Another big update coming, more info and pictures to come!

July 2016 - GOOD NEWS!! The NEW washer and dryer are available to all guests. Also a brand new dishwasher has been installed, yay!

May 2016 - Fresh paint and some new sauce pans. On a sad note, some guests stole 3 metal wall art pieces, not valuable, but sentimental. Put in some ugly seashell pics until i can find more suitable replacements.

April 2015 - Good news (for you. For us, not so much...) The hot water heater fought the good fight, but finally went ka-putz. So, we installed a brand new one! The space could fit 40 gallons, so we put in a standard tank heater. Eventually our goal is to add an instant hot water heater too, which would help keep you toasty during those long vacation showers, but for now the brand new tank should work great. :)

February 2015 - Winter is a good time to get new carpets. Three new big rugs. Funny this is the wimpy throw rugs have lasted forever, but the big rugs get replaced often, would not have expected that. Let me know what you think about the big flowered rug! Got lots of quotes on repainting and/or replacing all the siding. The house doesn't need it other than to make it look better. Boy is this salt water tough on the outside of the house, it would look better, but a big investment. Let me know what you think....

December 2014 -Wine glasses, oh wine glasses! We volunteered for an event for the AMOA and they had a case of wine glasses that needed a home so now there are PLENTY at the house! Look for them under the very cool wood island in the kitchen.

July 2014 - So, some of the taller folks requested a bed without a foot board, no problem! We changed out the twin bed to a simpler design that does not have a foot board, still has a trundle! House still needs more books, lots seemed to find other new homes this summer, which is ok, but we need to replenish. Good news is our oldest is just starting to learn to read, when our kids grow out of those easy readers we will bring them to the house!

March 2014 - We spent this weekend painting inside at the house. Still the same color, but new paint on nearly all the walls. Also scrubbed all the windows, inside and out. Cleaned the solar panels and really trimmed the trees, no more attack palms. :) The pine tree in the backyard has been tough on the grass though, hopefully the spring showers will revive the lawn. Also we put up some crazy cowboy art; 3 large paintings, definitely adds character! We added 10 new cereal bowls and I should have brought more forks (again, where do the forks go...?), but I will bring more the next time were are there. Added some new games, but removed the small pieces, sorry teenagers, I'm looking out for the little guys. Most exciting addition this spring are the 2 new hammocks, one is a big investment, but we are hoping it lasts a long time. Busy spring ahead, I look forward to the feedback!

November 2013 - Our rental manager just confirmed the 'deep clean' will be complete before the end of the month. We hope to get to the house soon and bring more books. What do you want on a beach vacation? Let me know when you send me your inquiry!

June/July 2013 - We will be at the house in early July, with a truckload of new sheets, towels, 3 new sets of silverware and more wine glasses. (Wine glasses and forks, seem to be what needs to be added most, eating and drinking vacationers, we love it!) New lightbulbs and air filters too. We are also going to try to replenish the toys & books a bit too.

September 2012 - Changed all the light bulbs added some new artwork to the walls and looking forward to fall!

June 2012 - We are excited for summer! We just made a big investment in all new 400+ thread count cotton sheets, additional towels, new cooking pans and some new 'summer appropriate' wine glasses! Thank you for considering our house!

Keywords: House, Big Deck, 3/2, Sleeps 8, Beach, Fishing, Lots of Parking, Covered Boat Parking, Kid Friendly, Wifi, Yard, Dogs, Pets, Port Aransas, Port A, Family Vacation

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

    Port-a-crib available...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    second twin is a trundle that pops to normal height...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    sleep sofa is a FULL size, fits 2 kids or 1 adult...moreless

  • We do not consider it sleeping space, but there are 2 big squishy couches that some people prefer to sleep on. :)...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bathroom 1 is shared by 2 rooms (twin rooms and queen room)...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Mgmt company provides small bars of soap...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 2 queen beds, 2 twin beds, mobile full bed available, green lighting, overlooks small wetland habitat, newer appliances, ceiling fans in every room, central air and central heat....moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Water View:

    Overlooks small pond on private land behind the house...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Seats 6 - 8 with the barstools that are available....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Towels are for indoor use, please bring your own beach towels, thanks so much!...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill:

    ONLY A CHARCOAL GRILL! Sorry, that ocean air is too hard on propane grills. :( ...moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 12 traveler reviews
Loved my stay in this Gulf Coast, TX Port Aransas house close to beach! 11/10/2010

VRBO Bear stayed here:

This week I traveled with a young family to Port Aransas. I enjoyed a long weekend in this home close to the beach but with an updated and modern feel. The couches in the living room are so comfortable! We found them perfect for relaxing with our morning coffee, evening drinks, and just an afternoon rest with our favorite books. But don’t sit down, or you won’t want to get up!

Stainless steel appliances, great wine glasses, bar seats that face the kitchen, next to elegant table and chairs provide a great setting for good meals with friends and family. The kitchen looks out to a fabulous second story deck with a grill, table and chairs, and plenty of space for family and friends. Kids and dogs will be safe on the deck with a sturdy wrap around railing that’s approximately 4 feet high.

For a great night’s sleep, we found two very comfortable queen beds with lots of pillows and blankets and even LCDs with Dish Satellite TVs to watch movies in bed. The master suite has privacy and its own bathroom, slightly separated from the other two bedrooms but still close enough to hear a child milling about in the night. The kids fit comfortably in the third bedroom with two twin beds, right across from a bathroom.

Labeled “The Tree House”, the living, sleeping, and dining areas are on the second floor. On the ground level, we found a hammock for relaxing outside surrounded by a grassy fenced in area for kids or pets to run around. This vacation rental is fantastic. More friends visited for a day and kept commenting that it is absolutely gorgeous! They were surprised to see such a nicely decorated house that was perfect for entertaining but also kid-friendly so close to the beach and downtown.

We enjoyed dinner and great beer at the Port Aransas Brewery. Try their famous Burgers and sweet potato fries! There are plenty of activities to try as well: Free Tour at the UT Marine Science Center, dolphin tour at Woody’s Sports Center or tour the most famous aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington.

For a perfect relaxing getaway or family vacation, I highly recommend this Port Aransas vacation rental home!

The VRBO Bear

The VRBO Bear
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid Season
Sep 6 - Oct 31, 2016
2 night min stay
Winter Rates
Nov 1 - Feb 28, 2017
2 night min stay
$800 $1,700
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 13%


The local management company we work with requires a $75 pet fee if you bring a pet, sorry. (We are pet people and pet fees drive us crazy too.) There are no other additional fees; no cleaning fees, no parking fees, etc.

Please note that some holidays have a 3 night minimum; Memorial Day, Labor Day and the 4th of July.

If you are under 25, or a parent of someone under 25 that is trying to talk you in to renting this house for them, sorry. Insurance, our rental management company, the couches we just replaced, these are 3 of the reasons this house will not be rented to anyone under 25, thanks for your understanding.

For the benefit of our guests we work with a local Port A rental management company, and they require all bookings go through them, please email for details, thanks!

We work with a local rental management company, they will provide more details on deposit requirements when you contact them to reserve your vacation.

Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking

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Last updated: 10/16/2016
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0.5 Miles
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About: (VRBO says Manager Info, but we are the owners, we work with a local manager) My husband grew up in Texas, and Port Aransas has been a favorite destination of his family for generations. I grew up in Colorado and have always loved the beach. We were very lucky when my husband had the opportunity to spend 2008 consulting on the development of the Wetlands Education Center at the University of Texas Marine Science facility on the island. We purchased the house to live in while he was on assignment. When the project was complete we loved the house so much we decided to keep it in the family so our new baby would have the same opportunity to visit the island that my husband did growing up. We invite you to enjoy your home on the island!

Why Port Aransas, TX, USA:
We chose this house because of the very friendly neighborhood and because of the layout of the house. With one bedroom and bathroom on the other side of the house of the other two bedrooms and bathroom kids get their 'own space' and their own bathroom with a tub! We also really enjoy the big open living / dining / kitchen setup. I insisted on a large deck with a shaded and fenced in yard for our big dog.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
In 2010 we are proud that we made the investment in renewable energy and installed a solar array on the house! The city inspector told us this is the only vacation property on the island powered by solar energy. More information about the house; we are within a few blocks of the beach, the closest beach access is off of Sandcastle Drive, which is less known by most vacationers so it is like having local access! It makes it only a few blocks to the beach, very easy. Also, we are in close proximity to so many things on the island; golf, fantastic restaurants, birding habitats, etc, but we are able to keep the rental price low compared to other properties because we do not live in a restricted development that requires high homeowners fees.

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  • Big deck outside, a few hamocs downstairs, paradise!

    Big deck outside, a few hamocs downstairs, paradise!

  • Big and open kitchen, new appliances, everything you need!

    Big and open kitchen, new appliances, everything you need!

  • Dining area - The table has a butterfly leaf and can easilty seat 8 people

    Dining area - The table has a butterfly leaf and can easilty seat 8 people

  • Nice shady yard with plenty of places to relax!

    Nice shady yard with plenty of places to relax!

  • Kitchen  view from inside

    Kitchen view from inside

  • View from the shaded lanai under the house

    View from the shaded lanai under the house

  • Port Aransas Pier

    Port Aransas Pier

  • Bathroom 2 of 2

    Bathroom 2 of 2

  • View in to the kitchen from the dining room

    View in to the kitchen from the dining room

  • Small office area in bedroom 3

    Small office area in bedroom 3

  • Bedroom 3:  twin bed with twin trundle

    Bedroom 3: twin bed with twin trundle

  • Living Room: Big open room with the most comfortable sofa on the planet!

    Living Room: Big open room with the most comfortable sofa on the planet!

  • New curtains and rods just installed. :)

    New curtains and rods just installed. :)

  • Bedroom 3 with hidden trundle underneath!

    Bedroom 3 with hidden trundle underneath!

  • View from the deck, very private!

    View from the deck, very private!

  • New kitchen with new tile, appliances, wine glasses, everything you need!

    New kitchen with new tile, appliances, wine glasses, everything you need!

  • Bathroom 1 of 2

    Bathroom 1 of 2

  • Spend the day at the beach!!

    Spend the day at the beach!!

  • Big, new flat panel tv, check out all those puzzles, books and movies....

    Big, new flat panel tv, check out all those puzzles, books and movies....

  • Bedroom 1, new sleigh bed and this is the "couch sleeper" that sleeps 1 or 2

    Bedroom 1, new sleigh bed and this is the "couch sleeper" that sleeps 1 or 2

  • Bedroom 3, with trundle under the bed with some new pillows

    Bedroom 3, with trundle under the bed with some new pillows

  • Bedroom 1: Big open bedroom with a flat panel tv/dvd

    Bedroom 1: Big open bedroom with a flat panel tv/dvd

  • Bedroom 2: Comfy bed in a big room with a flat panel tv

    Bedroom 2: Comfy bed in a big room with a flat panel tv

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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