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Great Spring Rates!, Steps to the Dunes, Private Beach Access, Popular Southend

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Our guests have memories that last a lifetime. One of the best locations on Tybee. Steps to the beach and an easy walk to shops, restaurants and the pier. Check out our Reviews! For the summer season, we rent our home from Saturday to Saturday.

Our renovated 1930 Tybee cottage is one of the few private cottages available to rent on the south end. From our lot, it is one hundred steps to the dunes. It is a two story home with separate living areas on each level. The home is on a private lane with absolutely no traffic. Small children love playing in the tidal pools on the beaches on this end of the island. Sunsets over Little Tybee are amazing.

Unique for Tybee, the home comes with an extra lot to give kids more room to play. The extra lot also offers plenty of parking for a group getaway to the beach. House layout perfect for families with a family suite, play rooms and plenty of games. The location allows you to park your car and never drive again. Short walk to restaurants or just to get a snow cone. Call 912-433-4713 or email us at if you have questions.

The home is large enough for several families. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms with queen beds. The 'sun room' is a great place to gather as a group and includes a piano. It also has a queen sofa bed. In addition, there is a dining room off the kitchen, as well as a kitchen eating area with enough room to seat 12 for dinner. A perfect place for everyone to share their day over a great meal.

Downstairs there is a separate bedroom suite with a private bathroom, queen bed and two twin beds. The suite opens up to the back deck. The queen bed is separated from the twin beds with a privacy curtain. Downstairs also includes a play room, a queen size sofa bed with an extra memory foam topping for comfort, foosball game, extra 1/2 bath and laundry room. In addition, there is an outside private shower.

We love to entertain, so there are two decks outside. A large gas grill is also provided.

The house also has high-speed internet, wifi and cable.

Rest easy to a 'worry free' vacation, as we have a caretaker cottage on the property as well. 'Uncle John' will be sure everything with the home is perfect. John has been a member of our family for many years so he will gladly help you in any way.

More Details

Mike Polak
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About Mike Polak

This was our home for ten years where we raised our two children. We originally moved to Savannah in 2002 and bought the Tybee house a year later as a second home. Yet, we fell in love with Tybee and sold our Savannah home and moved in full-time early in 2005.

Four years ago we tearfully moved to Decatur where I took a new job. Decatur is great, but we miss the stars, sunsets and sounds of the surf. We have two great boys who are now 19 and 15.

Currently, we live in Decatur, Georgia. I work for a healthcare software company and teach political science at Georgia Tech. My wife is a middle school language arts teacher.

Mike Polak purchased this house in 2003

Why Mike Polak chose Tybee Island

My wife and I for a number of years would visit Tybee and pull up our beach chairs on the beaches on the Southend to relax and watch the sunset. After the first sunset and cool breezes, we were hooked. When we decided to buy a home on Tybee, I spent months waiting for a home to come available between 18th Terrace and 19th Street.

The Southend is also close enough to the Pier, restaurants and shops to walk, yet far enough where the beach isn't as crowded. Better yet, just walk around the tip to the beaches facing 'Little Tybee' and it will be almost empty.

Also, the main road on Tybee Island ends on the Southend and becomes a narrow two lane road. Therefore, the cars go really slow. Therefore, we didn’t have to worry about my two sons walking down the street or riding their bikes.

Why did we choose this particular house? The location is perfect. Since we are only the 4th house from the ocean you can hear the waves and the surf. It is really nice to have private access to the beach as well. I also like historic houses, so the home still has its original 'bead board' from the 1930s. The extra lot is a big plus. We had plenty of room to park and it gave our two boys enough space to throw a baseball, play football or shoot baskets.

What makes this house unique

We love to invite people to our home. For entertaining, we have two decks surrounded by palm trees. We also converted the original porch into a 'sun room'. This room is large and surrounded by windows, so a great spot to share a cocktail with friends. When family visits us, we can put them in a separate suite downstairs. They really like the extra privacy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Mike,

We had such a wonderful week! Your home was everything I expected and more. Nothing feels as cozy as an old house with wood floors, hidden nooks and crannies, and a personality all its own. You have done a great job re-modeling, especially in the kitchen. It was stocked with an abundance of cookware- everything we needed. The downstairs area was perfect for our son & his wife and baby. The rest of us slept upstairs, and we all enjoyed the big dining table for meals. In fact, the best meals we had at Tybee were the ones we prepared ourselves on the gas grill. I spent time on the downstairs deck every afternoon with the baby, listening to the birds, watching the cat, and catching a soft breeze now and then. It's hard to say which was more beautiful- the beach in the morning, deserted and washed clean, or the sun setting over Little Tybee with wild waves lapping on the shore. Our little grandson got his first taste of the ocean, and he loved it- in small doses. The tide pools were just perfect for a one-year-old! The beds were comfy, having a washer and dryer on the premises was super convenient, and we also liked the sinks in the upstairs bedrooms!

Overall, we made a lot of happy memories during our week at Stargazer. It has the feel of a real home, a place that holds memories of its own..."if these walls could talk..." Thank you for opening your home to our family.
Jun 2014
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Tybee Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 17 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Private Outside Shower - outdoor shower
    Family Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2nd Upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , Room includes a sink.
    Sun room - 2 queen , Room includes two queen sofa beds and flat screen t.v.
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Includes a sink and flat screen t.v.
    Queen Bedroom - Family Suite - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Suite includes a private bath and flat screen t.v.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Lighthouse Tours, Savannah History Tours, Dolphin Tours, Forts, Fishing Charters, Crabbing, Kayak the Back River, Sunset on the Back River


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Great Spring Rates!, Steps to the Dunes, Private Beach Access, Popular Southend
average rating of 4.8727274 based on 56 reviews
Cumming, Georgia

Wonderful home; great location; perfect for 10!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely historic home, short walk to beach, pier and shops. Plenty of space to spread out. Wonderful sunroom, collection of board games and sunny deck! Nice size kitchen, grill & patio; loved the huge dining table for meals and game night! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and great layout

  • 5 of 5

The Star Gazer property provides a comfortable and convenient place to stay, and is easily within walking distance to a variety of Tybee attractions. The house is two stories, with a living area on both stories, which makes it perfect for taking kids and multiple families. The kitchen and dining area are spacious, as well. The property is also a very easy walk to the best part of Tybee beach (where it's quiet and peaceful), the pier, and local restaurants. Thanks for a great experience!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing long weekend in Tybee Island. The house is walking distance to the beach, has chairs/umbrella/etc for beach, comfortably slept 8 adults, and the owner was very responsive. Kitchen was stocked and large, and we grilled one night. Overall, we would definitely book again.


  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Plenty of room, clean, great location

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. House was easily big enough to accommodate our party of 8. Beach is 2 minute walk. Tybee island night life is about a 5 minute walk. Owner was very friendly when I talked to them on the phone. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Arlington, VA

Amazing location and great people to rent from

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the Star Gazer just two weeks after Hurricane Irma. I was apprehensive but the owner made sure to stay in contact and let me know how everything looked. He was also very accommodating to my request for early check in to let my little one sleep, and the house was equipped with everything we needed for him (mainly the pack n play). On arrival, it was hard to tell a hurricane had just gone through as they had done a great job cleaning up. Would have been nice to have a/c in the house turned up before our arrival as it was pretty hot and took most of the afternoon to cool down, but otherwise the a/c worked well. The house is charming but older and comes with older home quirks, some that should be fixable (creaky sticky doors, some furniture that needs to be updated). The beds and bedding are very comfortable, the best we've slept in for a rental. The wifi worked well except in the back bedroom downstairs. The shower in that bedroom is very tiny so we used the main one upstairs most of the time. Loved having some toiletries supplied like body wash and shampoo, also good supply of toilet paper. Kitchen was well equipped as well. Kids loved the variety of buckets and shovels for the beach (which is incredibly close and beautiful!) but some of the plethora of chairs were very rusted and some broken so it took some weeding to find usable ones. The main strip on the island is only about four blocks away so we were able to walk back and forth frequently to the convenience store, restaurants, and the little marine science center. We enjoyed our time here despite minor inconveniences and are thankful to the owner and caretaker for being so gracious and accommodating throughout the process!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!!

  • 5 of 5

Great place! Perfect for a large group or family!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Wilmington Island Golf Club
Car: recommended

The beaches on the south end have incredible sun rises and sun sets. Though only a short walk to the historic Tybee Pier and Restaurant district, the beaches here are rarely crowded. Once you arrive, there is no reason to ever have to move your car again.

The southend beach also has a beautiful view of 'Little Tybee' a protected natural preserve and a short kayak trip away. A great family outing. Hiking on 'Little Tybee' is truly one of the experiences of a lifetime.

Tybee Island is itself is one of the few remaining true 'beach towns'. In addition to everything a beach offers, it also has great fun and educational activities for kids including surfing, kayaking, fishing, walking up the steps of a 1800s lighthouse, visiting civil war forts and taking guided beach walks at the marine science center. Just 20 minutes from Tybee Island, guests should also visit historic Savannah, considered by travel guides as one of the most beautiful cities in North America.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $145
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $250

Email for off-season specials!

Rates are subject to change without notice. Minimum age of primary renter needs to be 23 years old or older. Possible exceptions with prior approval from owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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