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Spacious Tropical Retreat - Two-Block Stroll to Beach, Sea Wall, Pleasure Pier

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Inviting open plan layout features living area, dining area and kitchen.

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Last updated: 12/05/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Comfortable, convenient 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom parkside house with oceanview deck

Casa Sea Spell is renovated with a relaxing seaside vibe. Your island retreat is located directly across from Menard Park (founded 1915) with free public tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic facilities, the skate park (aka the “Pirates Pit”), a water pad for cooling off, a dog park, outside showers for those coming off the beach, a basketball court and the McGuire-Dent Recreation Center. Available for your use after completing a registration form, the rec center includes new fitness machines and weights, an indoor basketball court, two squash courts, ping pong and pool tables, an activity room, a computer lab and meeting rooms.

You can see the exciting Pleasure Pier rides from your front porch and enjoy a view of the Gulf from the deck raised above the private tropical oasis back yard. Wander two blocks to the 10.3-mile-long Seawall for a surrey ride, a splash on the beach or some saltwater fishing from the jetties. After enjoying the sand and sea, rinse off in the outdoor shower just inside your side gate. Stroll a few blocks in the opposite direction to the 1880 Garten Verein in Kempner Park, or drive a few minutes through Victorian neighborhoods to the historic downtown. Restaurants, funky bars and island attractions abound in every direction. Or just throw your freshly caught fish on the charcoal grill and relax out back swinging on the hammock in the sea breeze.


Casa Sea Spell's single-floor layout creates an accessible home for all ages (a porch step and narrow doorways preclude wheelchairs). Original art and custom furnishings enhance your stay.

Casa Sea Spell is not recommended for more than 10 adults. With children, it can sleep a dozen. (Top bunks not recommended for children under six years old.)

The Tropical Room boasts a king bed and full en suite bathroom with tub. The cozy Lighthouse Room features a queen bed. And the Pirates' Quarters touts a nautical theme with a full bed and three singles arranged as bunks. A second bathroom with an accessible travertine tile shower with safety grab bar sits along the main hallway adjacent to the laundry room (washer and dryer available for use). Ample bath towels are provided for all guests, along with boogie boards, tennis racquets, fish nets, beach ball and more.

The Shell Room den includes a 40-inch flatscreen TV with Comcast cable, HBO/Showtime and DVD player. Plunge into the movie library, collection of books and fun family games. The sofa folds out to a full-sized bed for a fourth bedroom at night. Wi-fi is available throughout the house, and a tower stereo lets you enjoy tunes from your personal digital device.

Find ample seating in the Fish Room living room, including another couch which folds out to a queen-sized bed for overflow guests.

New stainless kitchen appliances make meal prep a pleasure with ample granite countertops, microwave, ice and filtered water from the refrigerator, dishwasher, toaster, blender and coffee machine. The large Surf Room dining area can seat eight to 10 comfortably on two chairs and two long benches. An adjacent surfboard breakfast bar provides additional seating on four stools.

A side driveway offers parking for two vehicles with additional street parking on the front and side.

Galveston is not zoned and has a diverse population. This includes our neighborhood, which has a variety of homes, from brand new to somewhat run down, with a variety of friendly residents.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, Hablo un poco Español; Je parle un peu français.
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/05/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1720 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

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

    19 with credit card...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered:

    House-trained pets with up-to-date flea treatment permitted with additional $50 cleaning fee....moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Outside only. No smoking inside home....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Porch step and narrow doorways/halls preclude wheelchairs....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

  • Tropical Room - Master: 1 king

    Enjoy the tropical flora motif with en suite bath....moreless

  • Lighthouse Room: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Pirates' Quarters: 1 double, 3 twin/ single

    Arranged in bunks (twin/full; twin/twin)....moreless

  • Shell Room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Shell Room den converts to fourth bedroom. Double sleeper....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Newly renovated....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Accessible with low curb and safety grab bar....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Our next door neighbor works for a catering company, if you want a meal prepared for your party. She is also available for hire if you have any housekeeping needs....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Bring a paperback ... swap it for one of ours when you're done with it. Several local history books in permanent library....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Cards, dominoes, Trivial Pursuit... more on the way....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Tower system has radio and inputs for your ipod or other digital device. ...moreless

  • Television
  • Toys:

    Any children staying in the pirate's quarters are welcome to adopt one of the beanie babies in the pirate's chest....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Wide range of films including kid friendly, comedy, adventure and local history....moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Enjoy view of the Gulf of Mexico, Pleasure Pier and Menard Park from raised deck....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Additional outdoor eating area with a picnic table on the patio and second table on raised deck....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air/heat throughout house....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Tennis racquets for city courts across the street. Enjoy the city rec center across the street after filling out a registration form. Boogie boards and balls for the beach!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Loads of seating, including fold-out sleeper sofa for an extra bed at night....moreless

  • Parking:

    Room for two vehicles on driveway and additional curbside parking on front and side of house....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty for everybody, with different monograms to tell them apart....moreless

  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

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

    Granite counters, stainless appliances....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Help yourself to any staples, spices, teas, coffee, condiments - anything you find in the kitchen cupboards or refrigerator....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    With ice and cold filtered water....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Nearby rentals companies offer bikes and surreys to ride the Seawall and picturesque neighborhoods....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Sea view with bench, chairs and table from raised deck. Picnic table and hammock on patio below....moreless

  • Golf:

    Several courses on the island (plus a mini golf course)....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Tropical plants enliven fenced back yard. Front flower beds with grass lawn. Plenty more room to run around in park across the street....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Bring charcoal and enjoy!...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Public courts across the street. We have a few racquets and balls in the laundry room if you've forgotten yours....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Boogie boards provided. (Ask owner before using surfboard.)...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    The restaurant/bar named Float is at the end of the street. It features a swimming pool. Or you can step across the street from the bar and jump into the Gulf of Mexico....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Wonderisland
Dec 16 - Jan 2, 2017
3 night min stay
$180 $370
Fri, Sat
$1,500
Spring Break/Mardi Gras Party
Mar 3 - Apr 10, 2017
3 night min stay
$180 $350
Fri, Sat
$1,250
Memorial Day Holiday
May 26 - May 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$340
Summer 1
Jun 1 - Jun 29, 2017
2 night min stay
$195 $375
Fri, Sat
$1,675
Independence Day Wknd
Jun 30 - Jul 5, 2017
3 night min stay
$210 $400
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,800
Summer Season Pt2
Jul 6 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$190 $370
Fri, Sat
$1,675
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$170 $265
Fri, Sat
$1,050

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Cleaning Fee $85 + tax
  • Tax Rate 15%

Notes:

CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund is offered for any reason up to 30 days prior to your arrival date. After that point, we refund everything (deposit, cleaning fee, taxes) except the rent. The rent is proportionally refunded if/when we are able to re-book the dates.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

5.2 Miles
Nearest Airport
Galveston Municipal Airport
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Beerfoot Brewery
3.9 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Galveston-Bolivar Ferry
6.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Moody Gardens Golf Course
1.5 Miles
Nearest Train
Galveston Railroad Museum
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 45
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
BLVD Seafood
0.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Galveston Seawall Beach

Car: Recommended

Uniquely 'Galveston' activities to enjoy during your stay:

Ride a caboose at the Railroad Museum.

Thrill through the loops of the Iron Shark roller coaster and other rides on the Pleasure Pier.

Soar in a biplane at the Lone Star Flight Museum.

Stroll the decks of the Tall Ship Elissa at the Texas Seaport Museum.

Float around Offatts Bayou aboard The Colonel paddlewheeler.

Watch dolphins frolic from the Bolivar Island Ferry.

Haunt the historic Cemetery on Broadway Boulevard.

Pedal a surrey along the Seawall.

Gallop through the sand at S-n-G Horseback Riding.

Paddle kayaks on the back bays.

Tour the NOAA Fisheries Galveston Laboratory sea turtle hatchery.

Wander the halls of a historic home like Moody Mansion, Bishop's Palace or Ashton Villa.

Swim along the 32 miles of beaches, at the nearby Yaga's Float Pool and Patio Bar, or the year-round Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

Take a Duck Tour, departing from the Pleasure Pier entrance.

Imagine the buccaneer days at the Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast attraction, a showing of the “Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte” film, or while reading the historic markers where LaFitte fought Karankawas and built La Maison Rouge.

Wet your whistle at such local favorite bars as the Poop Deck, Medicinal Purposes, O'Malley's Stage Door Pub, Woody's or the Tremont House rooftop bar.

Learn about the roughneck lifestyle at the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at La King's Confectionary or Hey Mikey's Ice Cream.

Ride a horse-drawn carriage around the gaslit downtown at night.

Pull out your binoculars and spot more than 300 species of birds.

Peruse the little-known exhibit in the basement of the 1911 Galvez Hotel describing the evolution of the Seawall.

Jump aboard a private charter or a party boat to try your hand at landing a cooler full of fish.

Knock around some golf balls at Magic Carpet Golf, the Moody Gardens Golf Course or Galveston Country Club.

Explore the University of Texas Medical Branch campus, including “Old Red” (the Ashbel Smith Building), site of the oldest medical school west of the Mississippi.

Buy freshly caught shrimp and blue crabs for dinner from the docks of the Mosquito Fleet.

Pick up some veggies at Galveston's Own Farmers Market, Sundays on Postoffice Street.

Find a souvenir to remember your trip by at Murdoch's Bathhouse or one of dozens of quirky antique shops.

Take home a piece of art from one of many galleries participating in the ArtWalk held every six weeks.

Admire the artistic figures sculpted from trees damaged by the storm surge of Hurricane Ike.

Stroll The Strand, taking in the sights, sounds, smells and lively vibe.

Watch the giant cruise ships pull in and out of the Harborside docks.

Explore the Rainforest, Aquarium and Discovery Pyramids at Moody Gardens.

See the latest performance at the Grand 1894 Opera House, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe or East-End Theatre Company.

Catch a film in Saengerfest Park, the Moody Gardens 3-D IMAX or Ridefilm Theater, the 11-screen Premiere Cinema, or the Pier 21 Theater.

Catch a wave aboard a surf board or jet ski.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: Rob and Jo Lucey are long-time residents of the Galveston/Houston area. (Their residency was interrupted by a three-year cruise aboard their 38-foot sloop, Sea Spell.) This is the fourth property they have renovated and their first specifically for the rental market. They enjoyed the nine-month process of updating and furnishing Casa Sea Spell and hope you enjoy the results as much as they have. Rob was a reporter for the local newspaper at one time, and gained a great deal of local knowledge as a result. He is happy to share his island insights. Both have spent time as volunteer crew members aboard the Tall Ship Elissa.

Why the Owner Chose Kempner Park, Galveston, TX, USA:
After several months of looking, Rob and Jo selected this property for its great location and excellent layout. The ample living space is ideally suited for gatherings of friends and family.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The first time Rob climbed onto the roof, he realized the house needed a raised deck in the back to capture the view of the neighborhood and Gulf waters. As a Texas Master Gardener, he has also enjoyed converting the formerly weed-covered back yard into a tropical oasis and uncovering the previously hidden front and back beds. Jo has enjoyed gathering unique furniture and art pieces to complete the island-themed rooms.


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Speaks: english, Hablo un poco Español; Je parle un peu français.
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/05/2016

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Photos

  • Inviting open plan layout features living area, dining area and kitchen.

    Inviting open plan layout features living area, dining area and kitchen.

  • The view of the park from the front porch.

    The view of the park from the front porch.

  • Surf Room dining area with original mural, surf bar/stools and real surfboard!

    Surf Room dining area with original mural, surf bar/stools and real surfboard!

  • Pirates' Quarters features nautical touches, three twins, one full bed.

    Pirates' Quarters features nautical touches, three twins, one full bed.

  • Den includes a library, games and TV with cable and varietiy of DVD films.

    Den includes a library, games and TV with cable and varietiy of DVD films.

  • Second bathroom features Travertine tile shower.

    Second bathroom features Travertine tile shower.

  • Relax on the back deck with views of the park, Pleasure Pier and Gulf waters.

    Relax on the back deck with views of the park, Pleasure Pier and Gulf waters.

  • Palms and papayas are among the tropical foliage.

    Palms and papayas are among the tropical foliage.

  • At night you can walk a few blocks to enjoy the action at the Pleasure Pier.

    At night you can walk a few blocks to enjoy the action at the Pleasure Pier.

  • Seating for 12 in the dining area (as well as a high chair when needed).

    Seating for 12 in the dining area (as well as a high chair when needed).

  • Den sofa folds out into bed for a fourth private  bedroom at night.

    Den sofa folds out into bed for a fourth private bedroom at night.

  • Pick some bananas or papayas during your stay. Great in a cold smoothie!

    Pick some bananas or papayas during your stay. Great in a cold smoothie!

  • Welcome to your island home.

    Welcome to your island home.

  • The large sofa in the living room converts to a queen-sized bed.

    The large sofa in the living room converts to a queen-sized bed.

  • Master bedroom features king size bed and tropical theme

    Master bedroom features king size bed and tropical theme

  • Lighthouse room features queen-sized bed and art framed in original house window

    Lighthouse room features queen-sized bed and art framed in original house window

  • Mermaid art featured in master bathroom.

    Mermaid art featured in master bathroom.

  • Enjoy the fenced back garden including outdoor dining area and grill.

    Enjoy the fenced back garden including outdoor dining area and grill.

  • Hang out with mermaids on the hammock or grab a boogie board to hit the beach.

    Hang out with mermaids on the hammock or grab a boogie board to hit the beach.

  • Stainless steel appliances, filtered water and ice, granite countertops, coffee!

    Stainless steel appliances, filtered water and ice, granite countertops, coffee!

  • Fun at the Splash Pad in the park across the street.

    Fun at the Splash Pad in the park across the street.

  • Living area with French doors to den.

    Living area with French doors to den.

  • Your tropical oasis features papaya, banana, pineapple plants and succulents.

    Your tropical oasis features papaya, banana, pineapple plants and succulents.

  • Utility room includes washing machine and dryer available for guest's use.

    Utility room includes washing machine and dryer available for guest's use.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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