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The Raydio Ranch at Crystal Beach (Sleeps 6-8)

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Raydio Ranch as seen from across the street.


Last updated: 02/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths (Sleeps 8)

The Raydio Ranch is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath beach house about a one block walk from the beach. The house has a queen size bed in each bedroom. There is a daybed with a pull out trundle that will sleep two and a queen size sleeper sofa that also sleeps two. There is a spacious outside deck that allows for entertaining with both a covered and uncovered area for the sun worshippers. The house was completely remodeled and refurnished after Hurricane Ike. All linens, pillows, towels, dishes and complete cookware are furnished. There are a full size washer and dryer. There is a disposal, but sorry, no dishwasher in the modern kitchen complete with furnished bottled water for drinking and cooking. We have a 36' Sony Satellite TV with free HBO and Showtime movie channels as well as a DVD player. In the large garage below the house there are some beach toys for use by kids, some plastic chairs to take to the beach and very importantly an extra toilet. There is a large outside shower downstairs to get that beach sand off. Pets are welcome with an extra non-refundable pet fee with a limit of only 2 dogs. The pet fee $25 per pet.

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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 50%
Calendar last updated: 02/18/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years of age...moreless

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    We like kids...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking in the house. Smoking allowed outside and on the deck. No cigarette butts are to be thrown on the driveway or in the yard....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved pets are welcome with an additional fee of $30 per pet with a limit of only 2 pets....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Convertible bed(s): 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Queen size Beds (2) Queen bed in each of the bedrooms. There is a new queen size sofa/sleeper (1) in the living room that sleeps 2. Twin or Single Beds (2) which sleep 2. It is a single daybed with a mattress underneath that pulls out. It is comfortable and works especially well for kids....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, outdoor shower

    The extra toilet is in the potty room in the garage....moreless

  • There is a large full bath upstairs in the house. Downstairs in the garage is a very nice new toilet in its own potty room. There is a large outdoor shower downstairs as well. We have a sink downstairs for washing up or cleaning fish. We also have a dog washing station complete with a leash hung from a rafter to secure your animal. It is a good idea to rinse the saltwater off your dog....moreless

Other Amenities

  • You will love Raydio Ranch.


  • Music Library:

    Limited CD library...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish Network Satellite TV. Free HBO and Showtime...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Small stereo and CD player. ...moreless

  • Television:

    My favorite old flat screen, a 36 inch Sony Wega with a great picture....moreless

  • Toys:

    Only beach toys in the garage below the house....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have a limited Video Library...moreless


  • Churches
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    There is a dining table with 4 chairs. There are a couple of extra chairs in the bedrooms....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central A/C will freeze you out....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    There is a full size clothes dryer. Purchased in August 2015....moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    You can park 4 -6 cars comfortably under the house on the concrete....moreless

  • Garage:

    Garage below the house with an extra toilet, beach toys for kids use, extra 5 gallon bottles of water, extra propane tank for grill. Plastic chairs for sitting under the deck or taking to the beach....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central electric heat. It can make you sweat....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All pillows, linens, towels are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Consists of 2 recliners, sofa, rocking chair and 2 stools under sofa bench which can be pulled out for seating....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is more than adequate parking under the house. Please do not park in the neighbors yards or driveways. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Plenty of off street parking...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    There is room to park a boat and/or trailer off the street under the house. I have done it many times....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Yes, all towels are provided. . ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    There is a full size washing machine. Purchased in August 2015....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    We have a first class restaurant quality Bunn coffee maker with a warm water reservoir in it. It will make a pot of coffee in about 3 minutes. There are complete instructions for its use....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    More cooking utensils than you can use, including a large 'gumbo pot.'...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There are plenty of dishes and utensils. We mostly use paper plates when we are there. Plenty of silverware and various types of glasses and coffee cups....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Yes, you will find everything you need except a dishwasher, sorry. There is a great coffee pot, a toaster, a blender, a microwave and a disposal....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Large high quality free standing microwave oven....moreless

  • Oven:

    There is an oven. Bake away....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We leave quite a few spices in the pantry and various guests have added to them over time. Not much point in buying all that stuff for just a few days. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    We have a rather large stainless steel refrigerator. There is also an additional smaller refrigerator downstairs in the garage for your use....moreless

  • Stove:

    Four burner electric stove and oven....moreless

  • Toaster:

    We have a toaster. A toaster is, well, a toaster....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Upstairs deck with deck furniture...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Fantastic deck with plenty of covered and uncovered areas. We have 6 chairs and a couple of loungers, 4 side tables....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Grassy lawn area on the sides and at the rear of the house....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Very nice propane gas grill on the deck. Please move it out from under the covered area to use. Guests are expected to clean the grill after using it. There is an extra propane tank in the garage....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 35 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$165 $200
Fri, Sat
$1,000 $2,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning fee $80
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $30


Check in is 4 PM. Check out is 11 AM. Early or late check in/out times can sometimes be arranged depending on occupancy. We use a combination lockbox for the key. The code is changed frequently. We send you the code just prior to your rental period. Assuming all is well, we return the deposit the week following your stay. Email is best for a quick response, but phone calls are ok.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 02/18/2017
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Hobby Airpport, Houston, TX
13 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Bolivar-Galveston, Free Ferry operated by TXDOT
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway

Car: Necessary

Our beach house called 'Raydio Ranch' is located in the Sandy Shores subdivision in the very middle of the 26 mile Bolivar Peninsula at Crystal Beach, Texas. It is 13 miles to the free ferry that is operated year round by the Texas Department of Transportation. The ferry takes you across the bay to Galveston and its many attractions. Besides great restaurants, Galveston boasts The Schlitterbahn Water Park, The Strand, Moody Gardens, and its own tourist attractions. Raydio Ranch is also 13 miles to High Island the highest point on the Texas Gulf Coast in an area that is world renown for its birdwatching. Raydio Ranch is located a short 1 block walk from the beach which is the main attraction at Crystal Beach. You can swim, fish, look for shells, jog, catch some rays, people watch or just hang out with a cool one. There are multiple restaurants on the peninsula as well at the Gulf Coast Market, better known as 'The Big Store'. There you can find everything from groceries to a toilet seat to a TV to a bathing suit to t-shirts to all manner of souvenirs. The best thing about the area is that it is a great place to enjoy a quiet vacation for just a couple or a whole family. Try it, you'll like it.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: We purchased Raydio Ranch in June of 2004 and immediately enjoyed the fantastic Bolivar Peninsula fireworks displays for hours on end on the 4th of July. We lived in Beaumont at that time and eventually spent nearly every weekend 'at the beach'. I enjoy salt water fishing especially in the surf. But we also enjoyed riding the golf cart on the beach and socializing with our friends and family who often came with us or to visit. Our Labrador Retriever will just about go crazy when he realizes where he is. Dogs usually love playing in the water.

Why the Owner Chose Crystal Beach, Bolivar Peninsula, TX, USA:
I semi-retired in 2011 after 50 years in the radio business (hence the name 'Raydio Ranch') and we moved from Beaumont back to Austin where we had previously lived for more than 30 years. We love the beach house, our neighbors, the slow pace and great weather at the beach. However it is a much longer trip now from Ausitn and we don't come as often as we did when we were in Beaumont and only 55 minutes away door to door. We had never rented the house before and only a few times let relatives or very close friends use it. So we decided to share it with others and renting it enables us to still use it and enjoy the beach from time to time.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
One of the best things about Raydio Ranch is that it is located in Sandy Shores. Most all of the houses have been rebuilt since Hurricane Ike. It is the most friendly first class subdivision on the Bolivar Penninsula. There are always social events going on in the 'hood' as it is called. The full time residents and the weekenders blend together seemlessly and everyone is very helpful to each other. All the partying is usually over way before midnight. No wild all night college kids around Sandy Shores. Lay around or fish on the beach. Let your kids build sand castles. Sit out on the deck and enjoy the sunset. Put up and take in the flag. Use the first rate gas grill to fix that great meal after a long day at the beach. You will love Crystal Beach, Sandy Shores and Raydio Ranch.

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Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 50%
Calendar last updated: 02/18/2017

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  • Raydio Ranch as seen from across the street.

    Raydio Ranch as seen from across the street.

  • View toward beach from the deck of Raydio Ranch.

    View toward beach from the deck of Raydio Ranch.

  • Kitchen with stainless refrigerator, microwave and bottled water.

    Kitchen with stainless refrigerator, microwave and bottled water.

  • .Queen bed in bedroom #2

    .Queen bed in bedroom #2

  • .View of bathroom, bedroom #1, sofa bench with extra stools for seating.

    .View of bathroom, bedroom #1, sofa bench with extra stools for seating.

  • .Front door with covered gas grill.

    .Front door with covered gas grill.

  • Living area with two comfortable recliners.

    Living area with two comfortable recliners.

  • .Queen bed in bedroom #1

    .Queen bed in bedroom #1

  • Living area with Sony 36 " Flat Screen Wega with Direct Satellite TV.

    Living area with Sony 36 " Flat Screen Wega with Direct Satellite TV.

  • View of daybed. Twin mattress underneath serves as additional bed.

    View of daybed. Twin mattress underneath serves as additional bed.

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Sunday, February 19, 2017

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