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Clean Affordable Oceanfront Efficiency Steps to Private Beach - Great Location!

Bedrooms Studio
Space 260 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Studio, 1 Queen, 1 Full Futon, Full Kitchen, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

GREAT Location! Well maintained Ocean Sands Studio 75 steps away from 600 feet of never crowded PRIVATE beach! Clean, cool, comfortable, affordable, and all you need! Park at your door, no climbing stairs, close to everything you need or want to see and do, family-friendly direct oceanfront 108 unit 2-story complex, oceanfront pool with a rare deep end, and a safe, separately fenced kids pool, charcoal grills, picnic tables, excellent surf-fishing. Studio is 300 square feet with a queen bed and double futon, full size refrigerator, well stocked fully equipped full kitchen, bathroom with kid-friendly corner shower (hi or low mountable handheld shower), a drop-leaf table with 4 chairs, abundant storage for your belongings & luggage, on ground level. Enjoy the security and freedom of keyless entry! Take one of our comfy cushions to the gazebo or upstairs balcony and enjoy a morning cup of coffee looking out at the wreck & salvage site of Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge, the Doubletree (Formerly Sheraton) Pier, the Cape Lookout Light every 11 seconds, and pods of dolphins just off the shoreline. New Dollar General store one block across the street stocks any items you forgot and has cold grocery items too! This is not a skimped-to-rent property in any way - you won't find any wire racks in the fridge, pots with loose handles or missing lids, small appliances with cord shorts or warped pizza pans. You will find everything in this unit to be very clean, well maintained, good quality, and working as it is supposed to work. You'll see the difference and appreciate the benefits of staying in accommodations where everything has been well thought out and thought of - from use of space to the tiniest utensil found in the kitchen drawers - by a hands-on 20+ year owner with over 12 years experience spending entire summers here.

Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium is 2.9 mi, Fort Macon State Park 4.5 mi, Atlantic Station: Food Lion grocery/shopping/theater/fast food 1.3 mi, Historic Beaufort waterfront and Maritime Museum 6.3 mi., Morehead City waterfront 4.5 mi. Well-stocked Dollar General store directly across the street, DoubleTree (Formerly Sheraton) Pier/Molly's Beach Bar & Grill .4 mi. Atlantic Beach sidewalk-system is great for bicycles! Bring your own or rentals are available with free delivery on the island as is Pizza!

PLEASE READ all listing details and check Availability Calendar prior to contacting owner. Any details in this listing ending with "..." can be expanded by placing your cursor on the "..." . The calendar is updated as reservations are made. DO NOT CONTACT THIS OWNER ABOUT AVAILABILITY OF ANY RENTALS THAT EXCEED 90 DAYS.

Keywords: Ocean Sands Condos, Condotel, Efficiency

More Details

Jennifer Collins
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Jennifer Collins

I grew up 75 miles inland and day trips to this beach were a summer staple along with an entire week at the Oceanana Hotel a few years, which was very expensive because we had to eat out every meal (and probably the biggest reason we couldn't do it every year). After college I moved 4 hours inland for a job and the thing I missed most was the ease of a day trip to the beach. On Labor Day 1998 I saw a listing for a unit for sale here. On October 1 I owned it and on October 10... I gutted it and replaced everything. In 2000 I moved back "home" 75 miles away again and it was wonderful to just hop in the car and drive here without even having to bring my toothbrush. I had children and raised them here almost entire summers from birth so I have figured out how to accommodate and facilitate kids at every age along the way. My kids are getting older now and with that comes wanting to do things with friends at home and wanting to see other things and places so we made the decision to SHARE this little secret! We love this place and it is our second home. It is a very unique complex because it is probably the most affordable oceanfront on the entire island and everything you want or need is close and convenient but it's never crowded here. There are always plenty of things to do and see in the area, even if it rains.

Jennifer Collins purchased this condo in 1998

Why Jennifer Collins chose Atlantic Beach

We chose to buy at this complex due to the amount of beachfront (600 feet) and green space, privacy, family-friendliness, and affordability of the LOCATION, LOCATION!. Everything you need and so many things to do are within 2 to 4 miles - a well stocked major chain grocery store, beachwear stores, playground with swings, slides and water fun, fine dining and fast food restaurants, ABC store, Civil War walking trail, NC Aquarium, Fort Macon State Park, This property has one of the very few pools with a deep end and we recently converted to a salt system, so the water doesn't burn your eyes, your skin smells and feels wonderful and your suits don't fade. There is an on-site coin laundry room which is also very convenient. The walk to the beach is about 75-85 steps! Atlantic Beach has a wide sidewalk system throughout which is wonderful for biking it around.

What makes this condo unique

This property has renters that come back year after year once they have found out about it! Guests are paying less than a hotel costs but have the convenience of a full kitchen (not all units here do) so they can have breakfast in their pj's if they want to and save a ton of money because they don't have to eat out every meal. You could actually bring a bike, load-in, park your car and literally bike everywhere you wanted to go - it's all so close. Many of the owners and renters are second-generation who grew up coming to this complex and now bring their children. Everyone is pretty friendly. The best cooking charcoal grills I have ever used are brick and mortar and located beside the pool and they get pretty busy during the summer. The local restaurants are fabulous, but if you are on a budget, you can cook the best meal ever on the grills in the ocean breeze beside the pool and then walk 4 steps to the picnic table and sit down and eat. There are bathrooms located beside the pools. The gazebo (there are two) is large and is a perfect place to go sit and enjoy your morning cup of coffee or an evening cocktail or read a book. We have an almost football field size green grass space between the buildings and the dunes and around the pool which is wonderful for active kids as it is fenced and a safe place to play. If you don't see the date you want available on my calendar, send me an email anyway because I may be able to hook you up with a different unit at this same complex.


Atlantic Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 260 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • For families with 2 adults & 2 children: all children must be under 12 years old.
  • All Check Payments must be received 15 days prior to Check In/Arrival Date. Only Certified Funds checks are accepted from out of state residents.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Corner 36' Shower with opaque glass enclosure & angled door, adjustable spray shower head convertible to hand held, marble single sink vanity with single lever faucet & cabinet base, mirrored 'medicine cabinet' over sink, toilet, plenty of shelving for linens & toiletries.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Studio - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Upgraded orthopedic mattresses on BOTH
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double/Full Futons (1) BOTH with upgraded orthopedic mattresses
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
NO WATERCRAFT OR TRAILER PARKING ALLOWED ON PROPERTY but the area has numerous marina facilities providing launch, slips, storage, parking. MAKE ARRANGEMENTS EARLY & PRIOR TO BRINGING ANY WATERCRAFT.


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Clean Affordable Oceanfront Efficiency Steps to Private Beach - Great Location!
average rating of 4.740741 based on 54 reviews
Apex, NC


  • 1 of 5

We rented this property on October 7th, 2017 and it was the WORST experience I have ever had with vacation rentals. Firstly just getting it rented & paid for was a struggle. Then the code didn't work and we couldn't get in. Then, when we got inside the smell of smoke was SO bad that WE COULD BARELY BREATHE!!!!. My son is allergic and he immediately started reacting. This is despite the fact that there is a big sign on the fridge that says "NO SMOKING". Ha!!! (I can only guess that the positive reviews on this property were written by smokers)

We walked straight out & called the owner to say we wanted a refund which she agreed to easily (probably because she is aware of the smell since she told me she was the last one to stay there). It is also very run down & overpriced!!!!

Its been 10 days and SHE WILL NOT GIVE OUR MONEY BACK. She will not answer our calls, our texts or our e-mails and she left us with no choice but to write this review

It was the Seafood Festival and all the hotels were full so we found ourselves driving around at midnight trying to find a place to stay.

Unfortunately this owner is completely dishonest

Save yourself a lot of trouble & AVOID THIS PROPERTY !!!! I would give it "0" stars but I had to choose "1" to write this review.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: "Madam, how like you this play (!!!!Drama!!!!)?" "The lady doth protest too much, methinks!" - Hamlet Act III Scene II Owner Filed HomeAway Property Case 11322314 - October 9, 2017 Owner reported Traveler Non-Compliance with HomeAway Websites' Terms, Conditions, Agreements, Policies as well as the Owner/Partner's Policies, Terms, Conditions, Agreements. Traveler made a reservation with 2 day notice and “struggled” only with making an actual payment which was due at the time reservation was made, deliberately “running down the clock” to arrival date, then attempted to knowingly, willingly and intentionally Defraud An Innkeeper (NCGS § 14-110) by using the website’s electronic mail server to communicate to Owner, in writing, a claim and assertion that HomeAwayPayments had charged Travelers' credit card for the full amount due to the Owner/Partner in an attempt to gain access to the property -without paying the rent -as follows (verbatim): Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 8:06 PM "I just got notified on my phone that my credit card was just charged the full amount so it looks like they finally got it right . Its the card that I used to pay the service fee!", when, in fact, HomeAwayPayments had not charged Traveler anything beyond agreed upon Service Fee and Traveler KNEW THIS FACTUALLY AT THE TIME OF SENDING THE COMMUNICATION. When this attempt failed, OWNER/Partner made demand for payment via PayPal, Traveler paid on date of arrival, then subsequently perused a "Customer Complaint" Scam, making claims that the property is misrepresented as non-smoking and demanding a refund. After informing Traveler factually and irrefutably (based on verification statements from the just departed guests, cleaning crew, and owner who were all inside the property 1 day prior) that there was positively no smoking in the property for 20 years until the moment Traveler arrived, and there was no odor of smoke inside when Traveler left, which was again verified and attested to the following day by an HOA Property Management employee, incoming guests upon arrival,, and 4 other property owners at the complex. Traveler and two relatives attempted to coerce a full refund with constant harassing phone calls, text messages, and emails. Traveler then disputed the payment and now writes this overly effusive load of Bravo Sierra disparaging property, owner and OTHER GUESTS in truly childish form (DO NOT RENT THIS PROPERTY!!!!!) which only serves to show an intellectually challenged adult wrote it.
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Very cute and clean....all you need for a beach get away

  • 4 of 5

Very convenient and clean ....had everything you need for a weekend beach getaway

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved our stay. The unit have everything we needed and then some!

  • 4 of 5

The location was exactly what we wanted, walk to beach was less then 2 minutes. Beach was beautiful, had breakfast in the morning at the gazebo then afternoon cocktails and sunset from the gazebo! Perfect!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, beach access property

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect for two adults. We had a short walk to the beach for shelling.

The sunsets were outstanding.

Restaurants were a short drive with good seafood or a walk to a pier for a burger.

The property owner was impressive with dining suggestions and places to visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and convenient!

  • 4 of 5

Relaxing with the comforts of home.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time!!

  • 5 of 5

Clean and affordable place on the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Macon State Park
Amos Mosquito's Restaurant and Bar
The Island Grille
Ruddy Duck Tavern

This area is called THE CRYSTAL COAST for a reason and this property is located in the heart of it and within 10 minutes of so many attractions and things to see and do! It's a hub of maritime history as a key seaport since precolonial times, having all the modern urban conveniences while still preserving historic towns, buildings, pristine clean beaches, dunes, and wildlife habitat, including the herds of WILD SPANISH MUSTANGS (or BANKER PONIES), whose ancestors swam ashore from shipwrecks in the 1500's on DIAMOND SHOALS in this part of THE GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC. Shipwrecks were common prior to the erection of CAPE LOOKOUT LIGHTHOUSE in 1859, some of which populated these BARRIER ISLANDS with marooned people also. You will recognize these descendants by the distinct Elizabethan English dialect coined "High Tider" or "Outer Banks English" and you hear it more the further East you go! Combine a visit to all these with a Day Trip to HISTORIC BEAUFORT SITE 7 miles) and their Visitors Center, visit the MARITIME MUSEUM featuring recently salvaged artifacts and cannons from BLACKBEARD'S QUEEN ANNE'S REVENGE, stroll the WATERFRONT, have a fabulous lunch or dinner in one of Beaufort's many restaurants, hop a ferry boat over to CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE and LIGHTHOUSE, or take a site or activity specific boat tour or even a dinner cruise, as there are many that launch daily from BEAUFORT WATERFRONT. The recently restored FORT MACON (4 miles) and it's new Visitors Center are open daily with self-guided tours and Living History events and reenactments (they vary) are well worth the visit especially for the strategic view from the top! Directly to the right of the Food Lion at ATLANTIC STATION shopping center (2 miles) is one of NC's Civil War Trails (there is a sign) that starts at the right side of the parking lot. The trail goes back to the sound side of the island where ships and tenders arrived prior to bridges and ferry services. On this trail, untouched by time, you can see the ANCIENT DUNE LINE and huge ANCIENT LIVE OAK TREES, the oldest known on the island. The recently renovated NC AQUARIUM AT PINE KNOLL SHORES (4 miles) is a can't miss attraction! It features a 306,000 gallon LIVING SHIPWRECK tank exhibit teeming with sea life, hands-on touch tanks with sea turtles, stingrays and horseshoe crabs among other things, and many seasonal programs and events that you can find on their website. It's open daily 9-5 and if you are taking children I suggest arriving at least 30 minutes before the 10:00 am feeding time of the River Otters which is a favorite "performance" of children. The new TREEmendous Nature Play outdoor playground opens March 2015. These are just a few of the too many to name things to see and do and if you need help or advice on planning excursions, especially with children, I am here to assist.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $150

Rather than "FEE you to death", we ask that you leave this property exactly as you found it, which is clean. We pay a service to check behind tenants, to sanitize the bathroom and change out the provided bed linens, mattress/pillow protectors, and rugs so they are always clean for your stay. If you do not leave the property clean as requested, we deduct a $100.00 cleaning fee from your deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.