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Red Parrot - a Magical Friends & Family Location - 6 BR Plus

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 14-18)

Red Parrot (RP) is an authentic beach house—up on stilts. It’s actually two identical layouts joined by a connecting door and the 4 entrances on the wrap-around porch. You can rent the entire house--or half.

Each side has a master bedroom w/ bath, 2 add’l bedrooms, a 2nd bath, a kitchen and living area. The bedrooms sleep 14 on good, comfortable beds. There’s room for 4 more on sleeper sofas in the living areas, if sleeper sofas meet your comfort standards.

RP is well built—there was no damage from Hurricane Dolly, which tore up most of South Padre Island in 2008. Construction crew chiefs who were rebuilding other homes and condos lived at RP for 6 months post-Dolly.

Half a short block from the Gulf beaches—on a quiet residential street—117 E. Georgia Ruth (Google it), RP is an easy walk from a convenience store, shopping, restaurants and entertainment.

You’ll love sitting out on the porch and feeling the ever-present Gulf breeze. You can open the windows to enjoy the breeze inside.

If you are looking for plush, Red Parrot may not be for you (it is charming, but utilitarian--great for kids and housebroken pets). If you have anyone in your party who has difficulty walking up a flight of stairs, RP will be a challenge.

If you want a great spot for a large family and/or friends get-together, try it. South Padre Island is a special place, and Red Parrot is a great base from which you can launch your daily adventures. It's also the perfect place to rest up, regroup, and nourish yourself in preparation for your next magical day (evening).

Truth in Advertising: You can see the Gulf from a couple of rooms and from the back porch, but to get the kind of water view you deserve, you’ll have to walk a half block, kick off your shoes, and let the warm SPI sand sift through your toes.

This property is registered with the City of South Padre Island Permit No. 2015-369901.

Keywords: 'Beach House', Retreat, 'Gulf of Mexico', 'Red Parrot', 'Reunions', 'Sleeps 12+'

More Details

Julie and Fred
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, any language by email
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About Julie and Fred

We are retired, grandparents, and usually fun to be with. Our home is on a lake many people visit when they are on vacation. We enjoy family, good friends, fine food and drink, duplicate bridge, and travel--and we are always glad to return to our home base. Our second home is on beautiful South Padre Island, where the pace is slow and nature's beauty abounds. Julie is a bridge teacher and director--and a fabulous cook. Fred enjoys singing, telling jokes, and eating great food. We love SPI, and think you will, too

Julie and Fred purchased this house in 2007

Why Julie and Fred chose Gulf Coast

We bought Red Parrot because we found it to be charming. It is centrally located--near everything we might want on the island. And the island affords beautiful beaches that stretch for some 25 miles--most of them native. You can drive on to the beach and travel to areas where there are no other humans--just you, some critters, majestic dunes, shells, driftwood and whatever else has washed up during the night. Red Parrot is our base from which we travel the island--and periodically sojourn to other sights available throughout the Rio Grand Valley and in Northern Mexico, just a stone's throw away. And if you like fresh seafood, this is a great place. If you love fresh produce, some of the best is grown here, too; those Texas Ruby Red Grapefruits are uniquely delicious--the best grapefruit we have ever had.

What makes this house unique

What is unique to the Red Parrot experience. For us it is the quiet togetherness we feel as we go about enjoying our days in and around Red Parrot. That's not to say there's no excitement or TV, movies, the internet, and so on to entertain us. It's that we choose to spend the time here with each other, walking the beach, enjoying the wonderful and inexpensive restaurants here and just across the bridge in Port Isabel--or reading a book on the porch or the beach.


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(22 traveler reviews)

Red Parrot - a Magical Friends & Family Location - 6 BR Plus
average rating of 4.409091 based on 22 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay.. The home had everything we needed during our stay.. It also was in perfect access/ distance to the beach.. We would definetley stay at the Red Parrot again...

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We still had a good time

  • 3 of 5

We stayed for 5 days with 18 people. there were not enough towels or toilet paper the water pressure in the kitchen needs to be addressed you can barely rinse out the dishes. We had to throw out some food woke up the next morning and it was covered in ants, the ants are pretty bad. And I have to wonder if there are no washer and dryer on the premises are the extra blankets cleaned, because they look pretty dingy. The bar stools that used to have backs on them need to be repaired. They are dangerous. I will say at the house is perfect distance from the beach, there is plenty of parking, and thank goodness for the corner store within walking distance.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Poor for the money paid

  • 1 of 5

This place was dirty and infested with roaches and ants. Not enough towels and toilet paper. Beds were down to the springs and the gap at the bottom of the counter in the master bath had to be stuff with a towel to keep critters from coming in. For the price paid it was not worth it.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the first we have heard of these issues. We ask each renter to let us kn ow if there are any problems so we can address them. At the end of each rental we request feedback on their experience and any suggestions they have for improvement. Neither the people who rented before them or those who have followed have expressed any concerns with infestations. We have been complimented on the clean condition of the the Parrot. We apologize for the problems you describe, and wonder why you did not take advantage of our standing offer to address any problems you find. At this late date, we have no way of making things right, and assuring everything is right for your stay.
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  • 5 of 5

I've never rented a house before so I was nervous and very thankful that the pictures were true to what we saw when we arrived so there were no unexpected "surprises". We are definitely planning on reserving this property next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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It's awesome

  • 5 of 5

It's a beautiful home, we would definitely go back to this home if we go back to south padre island, great service and it's literally down the street from the beach so it's perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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R, Mathews

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time!

We stayed a week at the Red Parrot. The walk to the beach was a short one. The house was clean and cool. Everything was in great working condition. We loved the wrap around balcony, the shower and the large parking area. Plenty bedding for the whole family. The neighborhood was pretty and peaceful. We packed in as many activities as we possibly could. We will be booking another vacation at the Red Parrot!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We absolutely loved the fact that you were able to use Red Parrot as the gathering place for your family reunion, even being able to gather everyone--more than a couple of dozen --together for meals. Joy!
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Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Coral Reef Lounge
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Burger Fi
Nearest Beach
0.05 Miles
Gulf of Mexico
Car: not necessary

Premier place for birding and sailboarding. Best beaches and Gulf water in Texas--just steps from the house. Or if you have 4-wheel drive, you can drive up the beach for miles and miles, 'til all you see is driftwood, flotsam, critters, water and dunes.

Don't Forget Your Passport, If You'd Up to Taking the Short Drive to Mexico.


Rates & Availability

South Padre Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season I
Jan 9 2017 - Mar 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Season I
Apr 1 2017 - May 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
May 20 2017 - Aug 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Season II
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Sep 5 2017 - Mar 1 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning/linens $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 16.5%

Please Note: Rates are subject to change until rental is confirmed. For some rentals (e.g., college students), renters' insurance may be required.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years rentals are at High-Season Rates. Easter and Family Spring Break are at High Season Rates. College Spring Break and Texas Week Rates are premium rates--send inquiry for quote. For these special rentals, we will be glad to send you a detailed quote upon request.

Pet fees are additional.

One-half of the duplex (3 bedrooms/2 baths) is available for rental at approximately 1/2 the above rates.

Renters who return each year receive a 10% DISCOUNT.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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South Padre Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , in master bedroom one
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , in Master bedroom 2
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
outside shower, fenced back yard

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