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Affordable beach cottage near ocean - renovated for 2017

Bedrooms 4
Space 400 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

This 6th row, 1,900 square foot, 4 bedroom / 4 bath, half-duplex, beach house is located on the ocean side of the main road (Emerald Drive) and a short walk to two community beach access walkways. The area is very quiet and, due to the configuration of the roads, there is very little traffic.

A large sound side boat access and public park, with pier, is a short walk away. Chapel by the Sea church is also in this area.

We built this house in 2005 for our own use and have rented to friends (and friends of friends) for the past few years. The beach is far from the crowded areas of Emerald Isle, yet only a short drive, or bike ride, from shopping and restaurants.

Cable TV and wireless internet service are provided. There are three flat screen TV's. One in the great room, one in the bunk bed room, and one in the downstairs game room.

Three bedrooms are located on the second floor, with the fourth bedroom on the 3rd floor, near the living area. Two bedrooms have private access to a bathroom. The first floor game room includes a pullout sofa bed and access to a full bathroom. Bed linens, bath and kitchen towels are provided.

A gas grill, beach chairs, bicycles, boogie boards, and various beach toys are provided.

More Details

Andy Anderson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Andy Anderson

I grew up spending time on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When it came time to purchase a beach house, my wife and I agreed Emerald Isle was most like the beach towns we remembered from our childhood. The beaches are not crowded, the locals are friendly, the seafood is good, and traffic isn't much of an issue.

Andy Anderson purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Andy Anderson chose Emerald Isle

The neighborhood is one of the best in Emerald Isle. Many of the houses are used solely by their owners. Crowds on the beach are rare and the people are friendly.

What makes this cottage unique

Family area with uncrowded beach. Within walking distance of public boat ramp and recreation area with sound side pier. Plenty of bicycles and beach toys.


Emerald Isle Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Outside shower - outdoor shower
    2nd floor bathroom -
    2nd floor bathroom - access from bedroom 3 and hallway
    3rd floor bathroom - access from 4th bedroom and living area
    1st floor bathroom -
  • Bath towels provided.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , private access to bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , private access to bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , double-down / single-up
    Game room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , pullout sofa bed
  • Bed linens provided. Beds made and ready prior to arrival.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

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Affordable beach cottage near ocean - renovated for 2017
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Beautiful property in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We have absolutely nothing but praise for Andy's beautiful home. Prior to our trip, all communication with Andy was easy and professional. We had full instructions for arrival in hand well in advance and had no difficulty accessing the property when we got to Emerald Isle. Everything was immaculate when we arrived. The interior is lovely in fresh and bright colors and beach themed decor throughout.

We had stayed in a home through a realty company last year and had to purchase so many items for the kitchen upon our arrival. I was thrilled to see an exceptionally well-stocked kitchen with every utensil we would need, but also with those small, but necessary things, like salt and pepper, cooking spray, and a variety of spices. It may seem like a simple thing but it really was just one of the examples of the touches throughout the house that made us feel comfortable and at home.

The garage had more than enough boogie boards and bikes for all to use and a great four-burner gas grill. We were also excited to find board games in the bedroom as I had forgotten to pack some for the kids. It was a little too hot for us to eat outdoors very often but the kids loved the picnic table on the upper deck. Air conditioning, washer/dryer, and a dish washer were all appreciated, as well!

The location was also perfect with a very short walk to an access point to the beach near the corner of Ebb Tide Dr and Ocean Dr. The shops and restaurants of downtown were only a short drive away, and I found a fantastic playground near the boat launch just across Emerald Dr.

We would happily rent this house again for a future trip if available. It was a great place for our vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank your for the very positive feedback. We strive to provide a great experience for all guests. I look forward to hosting you again in the future. Andy
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Salisbury NC


  • 5 of 5

The location is a very short walk to the beach; the unit is divided nicely which affords privacy for groups or individuals; great extras such as bikes, beach chairs, hammock, and game room. We enjoyed cooking meals in the fully stocked kitchen and hanging out on the porch(es). Would definitely recommend and would most certainly stay again!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice

  • 4 of 5

Our stay was wonderful. The area is quite and not congested. The bike trails were fantastic for biking, running or walking.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us! We look forward to hosting you again in the future.
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It checked all of our boxes

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to E.I. for years and stayed in several rentals. The Vitamin Sea didn't disappoint. Four nicely equipped bedrooms with 4 full baths. Everything was done for us prior to our arrival. The beds were made and fresh towels in every room. We love to cook and the kitchen had ample space to accommodate a large family with its center bar area. With a large party of 8 we had plenty of room to relax on the 2 decks. The best part was access to bikes and a wagon to haul our beach chairs and umbrellas. It was literally a 4 minute walk to the beach. We were sad to leave but look forward to another great stay next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the cottage was a perfect fit.
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Wilmington, DE

Great location. Quiet. Nicely equipped.

  • 4 of 5

Very nice beach rental. Clean. Everything in good working order. Although we did not use any of the owner provided beach items and bicycles, they were all in good condition. The owner is very generous. The only drawback to this house is the amount of stairs. But that is typical for a beach house. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. I'm sorry you couldn't take advantage of our early check-in offer. We look forward to hosting you in the future.
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warrenton virginia USA

Restful stay

  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped kitchen. AC unit works beautifully. Lots of beach toys and bikes for everyone. Fairly new propane grill. Easy access to beach. Good outdoor hosing area for beach sand, washing car etc. Be aware kitchen is on top level (2 flights up).

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Check-in 4pm / Check-out 11am

Rents Saturday to Saturday; contact owner for alternate schedule requests

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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