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Gorgeous Weather for Golf/Fishing/Swimming or Just Walk the Beach - Smoke-Free

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Last updated: 04/03/2017
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  • Minimum stay:14-26 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 BdRm, 2 Bath - Beautiful Private Creole Cottage, Pool, Beachfront

Non-Smoking Oyster Reef, our beach retreat can be yours. Golfing & Fishing are really great in our mild winters. Located just 45 minutes from New Orleans, it is a world apart. Custom built 4 years ago our home is set in a stand of majestic live oak trees, which makes it a birders paradise for watching resident and migrant birds. The home is beachfront with a very wide, very deep, very private screened front porch spanning the front of the home. Follow the oyster and shrimp boats fishing on the Mississipppi Sound of the Gulf of Mexico. Golfing and fishing are year around activities here on the MS Gulf Coast - 2 excellent golf courses located in Pass Christian. Fishing pier located just down the beach at our harbor. Or take a charter boat out for deep water fishing in the Gulf.

Our private pool is large and features a pleasant deck with table and chairs for picnics.

Non-smoking property - minimum one month rental.

The interior of the home has 12 foot ceilings, beautiful crown molding, ceiling fans and wide pine floors throughout.

The large living room is highlighted by French doors opening onto the front porch, and a wood burning fireplace. The dining room seats up to eight and includes a floor-to-ceiling closet with wine cooler. The kitchen features a double wall oven, gas range top, granite counters, lighted wall pantry and lots of cabinets and shelf space. Laundry room with washer & dryer is in the living area.

The master bedroom, with queen size bed, faces the beach and opens onto the screened porch through French doors. The guest room, with twin beds, overlooks the pool. Each bedroom has its own full bath.

In this quaint little town, you can enjoy golfing, tennis, fishing, boating, walking and hiking, beachcombing, sunbathing and a beautiful harbor filled with historic fishing boats and modern recreational craft. Downtown Pass Christian features wonderful restaurants, pubs and gift and specialty shops.

Golfers really appreciate the two golf courses located in Pass Christian, Timber Ridge and The Oaks, plus multiple others on the coast. These are popular year around with our mild weather.

Boaters/Fishermen - there are 5 boat launches within a mile of Oyster Reef, plus multiple public piers, and of course, salt water wade fishing right out our front door.

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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/03/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome:

    Children (especially grandchildren) will enjoy the pool, beach & huge trees. Also events at our local library and around town....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely NO SMOKING on the property!...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We welcome pets. There is a pet fee & they must be on a monthly flea/tick preventive...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Note: Our home is raised up a whole floor. You must walk up a full flight of stairs to access the main floor. Once there it is all one floor. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Master Bedroom has queen size bed, matching bureau & chest...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    2 Twin Beds with matching chest...moreless

  • French doors open onto our private screened porch in the trees. Our high ceilings throughout the house make sleeping with the windows open a dream. Lots of closet space....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Oversize shower with 3 shower heads...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

    Tub/Shower combo make this great for guests....moreless

  • Baths are all modern and fully equipped with towels etc. We also provide a starter supply of consumables (soap, paper etc. for bath and kitchen)...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The high ceilings and tall doors and windows allow Gulf of Mexico breezes to cool the house with our mild climate. However, if the weather isn't perfect, we have central heat and air conditioning for year around comfort. The view is especially nice, since our home is raised a full story off the ground. It is all on one floor, once you're up there. ...moreless


  • Books
  • Games


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


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Gulf of Mexico breezes and view from your front porch while shaded by giant Live Oak Trees. Our temperate micro-climate makes living outdoors a reality year around....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Walk straight across the street to stroll on our white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico or 'walk the seawall' or go surf fishing. Sea breezes cool you all summer and warm you in the winter...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    On the Gulf of Mexico, warm water for fishing in winter or swimming in summer. White sand beaches for walking in winter or sun bathing in summer. We have salt water covered. ...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Watching the shrimp and oyster boats out front is a favorite pastime....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Boat or swim in the Gulf of Mexico. Walk the beach to the harbor to buy fresh seafood or catch it yourself....moreless

  • Resort:

    Always popular for water activities, golf or gaming, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is definitely a resort destination with a wonderfully beautiful setting....moreless

  • Village:

    Pass Christian is a fishing village with a working harbor, plus quiet downtown with shops and restaurants. Our village is well equipped for retirees with 2 golf courses and 5 boat launches....moreless

  • Water View:

    Yes, it feels good just sitting and looking at it....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Straight across the street and you're wading or building sandcastles....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Parking:

    In circular drive and large parking area...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    And a great coffee shop in town across from the harbor. Cat Island Coffee House and Pass Christian Books...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Modern, fully equipped, almost new, with granite counters & wine cooler. All required cooking utensils provided. Starter supply of consumables (soap, paper towels etc). ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Double Wall Ovens...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Wine Cooler. Often we have cooking staples on hand in freezer or pantry...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Completely screened 2nd story porch with fantastic beach view....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck with outdoor furniture in fenced pool area...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Flower gardens and lawn cared for by pros. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Private Pool with deck, bathroom and shower. Only other pool access is a very pleasant family who live in our separately accessed guest cottage....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.5
from 13 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Choices
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
14 night min stay

My Standard Rate
26 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $130
  • Pet Fee $75
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Taxes Not included


NO SMOKING PROPERTY! For offline lease or payment arrangements, please email owner.

Pets Welcome - add $75 per pet fee to payment total

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/03/2017
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15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Gulfport/Biloxi - GPT
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Shaggy's at the Harbor
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pass Christian Isles Golf Club & The Oaks Golf
60 Miles
Nearest Train
New Orleans, LA
Pass Christian, MS, USA
Nearest Motorway
West Beach Blvd.
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Full Downtown selection & Shopping
Pass Christian, MS, USA
Nearest Beach
Across the Street, Pass Christian

Car: Recommended

With New Orleans & the French Quarter only 1 hour away and Casino Row only 20 minutes away in Biloxi, it's hard to remember that Relaxation is the main 'must do' at the beach here in Pass Christian. Walking is a popular activity here, as well as Sunset watching. Golf is a major attraction on the Gulf Coast, especially in winter, with 2 courses in Pass Christian, Timber Ridge and The Oaks, plus Grand Bear and many others within an easy drive.

Build your appetite for local shrimp, oysters or fish bought from the fishermen on their boats, whether cooked in your modern kitchen or at any of several local restaurants.

26 miles of open beaches give a beautiful entrance to several world class art Museums - Ohr O'keefe Museum, designed by Geary to showcase potter George Ohr in Biloxi and the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs.

Plan to visit lots of local restaurants as well as our Saturday Market in the Park for fresh produce and art gifts to take home.

So, if you want to spend time at the BlackJack tables or top name concert at a casino or just entertain your grandchildren in the pool or at the beach with sandcastle building, Pass Christian is the place and Oyster Reef is the beach house for you.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: George Rayborn grew up in Hattiesburg in southern Mississippi and Maureen got here as soon as she could, right out of college. From then on, although living in the north-east, our love affair with Mississippi, especially the coast, grew. Both retired attorneys, we do volunteer work in Pass Christian and our other home of Deleware. We enjoy our time at Oyster Reef and know that you will too. Our hint, our local library is one of the best, with not only books, DVD's & computers, but events & concerts. Our good friend, Gayla Schmitt, handles most of the arrangements for renting Oyster Reef for us, as well as being a local presence to help with any special needs. 'Where can I find fresh shrimp? At the harbor on the boats'

Why the Owner Chose Pass Christian, MS, USA:
We have lived in Pass Christian at different times over the past 40 years. In 2004, we bought a lovely old home surrounded by live oak trees on this beachfront land on West Beach Boulevard. A year later, Hurricane Katrina washed away our home and its guest cottage. The only things that survived were the trees and our mailbox. Over the next several years, we lived in various places, including a FEMA trailer and out of state, while we built a new small rear cottage first, and finally this wonderful, Creole-style home overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The house is furnished with lovingly restored furniture from my childhood home, along with new, bright, fun beach-type pieces and artwork. We love the new house and we think that you will too. Maureen and George Rayborn

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our front screened porch is what brings us back, always. Just sit and watch the fishermen, dolphins & white sand beach, while enjoying your book. Where else can you look out from your porch and watch the 'tongers' bringing in oysters on the reef, then go to the harbor and buy them fresh? Of course, there are also the shrimpers and fresh shrimp or just go to our local restaurants and let them cook it. All of these are what make us want to keep returning to Oyster Reef. People - we have the friendliest, most-hospitable people in the world in Pass Christian. Just ask someone for directions and the next thing you know, you'll be sharing lunch.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/03/2017

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  • Beaching or birding - Love the view

    Beaching or birding - Love the view

  • Open Plan is great for entertaining or relaxing.

    Open Plan is great for entertaining or relaxing.

  • Modern Kitchen. We like to cook.

    Modern Kitchen. We like to cook.

  • Living room with Fireplace

    Living room with Fireplace

  • Modern baths with ceramic tile

    Modern baths with ceramic tile

  • Guest Bath

    Guest Bath

  • Pool and deck are just outside the back door

    Pool and deck are just outside the back door

  • Our Katrina Corvair Garden, Cruisin' the Coast (Antique Cars) is a great event!

    Our Katrina Corvair Garden, Cruisin' the Coast (Antique Cars) is a great event!

  • Blessing of the Fleet, usually in May, includes a festival

    Blessing of the Fleet, usually in May, includes a festival

  • Gayla on the Beach for a January Sunrise

    Gayla on the Beach for a January Sunrise

  • Sunset at the Harbor. Sunsets are addictive.

    Sunset at the Harbor. Sunsets are addictive.

  • Welcome Home! Front View.

    Welcome Home! Front View.

  • Dining Room, Laundry with wine fridge on left

    Dining Room, Laundry with wine fridge on left

  • Just Pelicans

    Just Pelicans

  • Master Bedroom has great views and breezes, too.

    Master Bedroom has great views and breezes, too.

  • Guest Bedroom, 2 twin beds. Looks out on pool.

    Guest Bedroom, 2 twin beds. Looks out on pool.

  • Beach Buddy

    Beach Buddy

  • Floor Plan with Closed Screen Screened Porch facing Beach (south)

    Floor Plan with Closed Screen Screened Porch facing Beach (south)

  • Walk-in Closets

    Walk-in Closets

  • Paddling Deer Island

    Paddling Deer Island

  • Old Live Oaks.  Our Harbor is Expanding in the distance.

    Old Live Oaks. Our Harbor is Expanding in the distance.

  • Shrimp Boats at Sunset, Jan 2014

    Shrimp Boats at Sunset, Jan 2014

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 22, 2017

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