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

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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.

PLEASE NOTE: Since sometimes only half is reserved, the calendar may show it is unavailable, when there is still availability. Please call or email to check availability.

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:
August 2, 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.


South Padre Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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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Red Parrot - a Magical Friends & Family Location - 6 BR Plus
average rating of 4.5 based on 28 reviews
Burleson, TX

We absolutely love the Red Parrot!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have vacationed in South padre for several years now and we have always booked the Red Parrot as our home away from home! We love the homey feel and convenience of being so close to the beach. We appreciate the owner and staff for always making us feel so welcome!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. This is a mutual love affair. It is always a pleasure when thislovely family vacations with us. We look forward to many years of continuing our relationship.
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Great for large family

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from our trip, and had a blast. The house accommodated us well and was very short distance to the beach. We were able to make a family breakfast and dinner with only getting food, it was nice not to have to tract down several utensils and stuff. Plenty of covered parking as well. Only thing to improve it would be to have a washer/dryer. Thanks for a great place to stay!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We love hearing that you enjoyed your visit, and we hope your come back soon. We wish there were room for a washer and dryer, but there isn't. Luckily, there are facilities on the island.
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Houston, TX

Absolutely beautiful home - roomy and close to beach and shuttles

  • 4 of 5

Since our oldest children were very little and our youngest were babies, our three families have made an annual trip to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels. Now our oldest children are in college, and this year we decided to make SPI our destination. What a wonderful choice – this house provided all the space we needed (we rented both units), and the beach was just a short walk away, giving everyone just the right amount of freedom to come and go as we pleased. We were also glad to see the shuttle to Schlitterbahn was just a short walk away. I truly appreciated the strong communication and rapport I had with the owners -Fred and Julie – who were always just a text or phone call away.

We found a few issues mentioned in previous reviews about the house, but they were MINOR inconveniences and we chose NOT to let them take away from an absolutely pleasant stay. Since we rented both units we had access to both kitchens, but upon arrival we found that one of the refrigerators was not cooling. After a phone call to Fred and to their maintenance person we were told the fridge should be re-started (unplug then replug). It then took 12 hours to kick on and get cold. At first we thought we would not be able to have the luxury of a second refrigerator, but when we woke the next morning we found all the drinks that had been placed inside were perfectly cold - perfect timing for our trek to Schlitterbahn! Even so, the maintenance person showed up the very next morning when the fridge was already running. Other than this one minor inconvenience, the house is roomy, the beds/furniture were comfortable, bathrooms in good working order and both kitchens were well-stocked with plenty of utensils, appliances, and dinnerware. We could not have asked for a better place and would definitely consider staying in the same house if we choose to return to beautiful SPI. Being able to communicate with Fred, Julie, and Jared really made a difference for us- I felt like we were able to establish a friendly rapport and confidence with them.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests! So happy their stay was enjoyable. We are working to make Red Parrot a terrific destination. This week another $2000 investment in a/c improvements.
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Awesome for all 13 of us!

  • 5 of 5

I was a little worried at first because since the 13 of us had just graduated high school, we had to pay an extra $1000 refundable fee for being young. Renters in the past often take advantage of this and claim there's damage when there isn't, but that wasn't the case here! I got my refund back within two days of leaving.

The house itself was super cute, clean and livable. There was a perfect amount of beds (only one person had to sleep on a couch) and having two kitchens made making meals a lot easier. It was a short 5 minute walk to the beach and restaurants, and there's a store down the road. There were a few cockroaches but we had no issues with ants or anything in our food.

The only concerns I can voice are that the sheets and towels had stains and the kitchenware wasn't the cleanest (by no fault of the cleaning crew). It was a little hard to keep organized which plates and utensils went in which kitchen since we used both interchangeably. Also one kitchen didn't have a toaster while the other didn't have a blender, etc, so if you're only renting one half I'd be wary of that. Also the bathroom door in the master bedroom on the left side doesn't close and the guest bathroom on the left side doesn't lock. We put up a sign made out of a paper towel and band-aids. Also, bring your own toilet paper and paper towels!!! Some is provided but if there's a lot of you or if you're staying for a long time, it will NOT be enough.

Also when you get there, getting inside is kind of confusing but we called and got it worked out real quick. Make sure you don't lose the keys!

Overall it was so much fun, and Fred and Julie answered all of our questions super quickly! We would definitely recommend this to any families or groups of friends visiting South Padre. It was such a cute house in a beautiful location and we all loved our trip!!! Thanks Red Parrot!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Homey and Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was so great! It was very close to the beach and perfect for our group of friends. The house was perfect and very homey. It was also very close to shops and the islandmart. We had such a great experience before, during, and after our stay. Fred and Julie were great to work with! The house had great water pressure and adjoined in the middle if you are bringing a big group. I would go back to the red parrot if I had another opportunity.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We are really pleased you enjoyed yourselves at the Red Parrot. You were perfect guests. Thanks for taking care of our property. Hope to see you again. Julie and Fred
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Burleson, TX

Casual, comfortable, perfect for our large family vacation

  • 5 of 5

I'm a little late on this review, our stay was last June, but wanted to say what a wonderful time we had at the Red Parrot. We've been staying here every year since my oldest granddaugher was 18 months old... she is now 11!!!... Can't say enough about the owners Fred and Julie!!!!... They are always the most concerned and easiest folks to work with!!!... They always go the extra mile to make sure our stay is the most enjoyable and worry free.... The house, itself, is perfect for our family group. It's comfortable and casual, a great landing spot for our busy group... I highly recommend the Red Parrot, I know we will be back again this June... Thank you, Fred and Julie, we just love it!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $400

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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