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New April 2014, Large Salt Pool, Great Ocean/Intercoastal Views, Gated Community

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, Gorgeous Ocean and Intercoastal views, 31X15 salt pool

Just complete April 2014, this beautiful home was designed for families and friends to escape and enjoy the views. The living areas (kitchen, eating area, and family room) are placed on the top floor to allow for the best ocean and Intercoastal views of Holden Beach, NC.

No matter where you are in the house you have a view.

Beach Access – directly across the street from Sea la vie is a private beach access only for Holden Beach West residents. Kick back and relax taking in the sound of the waves and the beauty of the Intercoastal wildlife from this wonderful 2nd row beach house!

Private Pool - After a long day at the beach come home to your own large private 31X15 saline pool! The kids will love the color changing lights, wide steps and seating ledge around the entire pool.

TV's - Have no trouble gathering your loved ones for movie night around the large 55-inch smart HDTV in the family room. For more viewing pleasures, 32' flat-screen TVs are mounted on the walls in every bedroom.

Clean – Cleanliness is our highest priority. The house is thoroughly cleaned before your arrival and every room is personally inspected by a trained inspector, whose only job is to make sure that the house is perfect for you and your family. In addition, every bed is fully protected with a sealed mattress protector of the highest quality ensuring you will have a good night's sleep.

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Kristiana Dowling
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

About Kristiana Dowling

We have dreamed about having a beach house where our entire family could come together and relax, unwind and recharge. As our kids are getting older we wanted a place that they would want to come to visit. We found the place 'Sea la vie'. Holden Beach West is a prefect location for it is a private gated community so there is no traffic just the sounds of the ocean and the birds. We look forward to many days walking the uncrowded beach and enjoying all our porches gazing out into the ocean or watching the boats go by out on the Intercoastal. 'Sea la vie' has the best of both ocean and Intercoastal views.

Kristiana Dowling purchased this house in 2014

Why Kristiana Dowling chose Southern Coast

We chose to build this home on Holden Beach because we have been vacationing on this island for many years and just love the beautiful quiet beaches. Over the last few years we have been looking for a beach house and never could find what we wanted. Last summer we found a beautiful lot in Holden Beach West and saw the potential for great views, uncrowded beaches, and private streets. Our house turned out better than we could imagine. I just wish we could just live there full time. I'm sure you will agree 'Sea la vie' is wonderful.

What makes this house unique

Close to the beach with awesome ocean and Intercoastal views! Four large covered porches all with amazing views. Large lot so you are not right on top of your neighbor, private quiet streets for long bike rides, and direct beach access so kids can walk to the beach safely by themselves. Our large lot enabled us to put in a full size pool 31X15 which is not typical for beach pools. A Fully stocked gourmet kitchen awaits you. Granite counter tops and plenty of room for all to enjoy eating at home and spending quality time together. Hardwoods throughout.


Holden Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Jack and Jill type bathroom with marble and double vanities
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Jack and Jill type bathroom with marble and double vanities
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , Ground floor outdoor shower by extra-large swimming pool.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , double marble vanities
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms Bedroom 1: 1 King Master 2nd floor bedroom with Intercoastal views, porch access, 32in Smart HDTV Bedroom 2 1 Queen 1st floor bedroom with ocean/Intercoastal views, 32 in HDTV Bedroom 3: 1 queen 1st floor bedroom with 32 in. HDTV Bedroom 3: 1 Queen 1st floor bedroom with Intercoastal views and 32 in. HDTV Bedroom 4: 1 Queen 1st floor bedroom with ocean views and 32 in. HDTV Bedroom 5: 2 twins with ocean/intercoastal views and 32 in. HDTV 5 bedrooms are arranged in an inverted floor plan that is tastefully decorated. Flat screen TVs in each bedroom. 2 Bathrooms Jack and Jill setup one with a tub, master bath and half bath on 2nd floor. Bathrooms: 3 1/2 Bathrooms
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

New April 2014, Large Salt Pool, Great Ocean/Intercoastal Views, Gated Community
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Apex, NC

Fantastic beach house!

  • 5 of 5

This is the 3rd year we have stayed at this house. It is perfect for our 2 families, 4 adults and 4 children. Very clean. awesome decks, great pool, and super close to the beach. I can't say enough nice things about this house or the owners. I don't think we would stay anywhere else in Holden Beach.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vacation House

  • 5 of 5

Sea La Vie was the perfect vacation house for our family. The house itself was beautiful inside and out. The location was quiet and the beach access just across the street made coming and going to the beach so simple, even for the little ones. Loved the kitchen and I'd have to say that the large pool was everyone's favorite place to hang out! This was the first time we have rented through VRBO; the entire experience from initial inquiry to the actual vacation was so easy... I have nothing but good things to say about this house, Kristi (the owner), and VRBO. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a wonderful property. Great pool and wonderful location. Perfect for families!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this property with our young children and extended family. The location was excellent for a family with children - it was only a short walk to the beach, crossing only a very quiet and infrequently traveled neighborhood road before reaching the boardwalk to the beach. Because the home is located in a gated neighborhood with homes situated on large lots, the beach was not at all crowded. The home was nicely furnished and very clean. The best part was the pool; it was a large pool compared to many of the private pools at beach homes and it was shaded in the afternoon. There is an outdoor shower and plenty of outdoor areas for cleaning up each day after the beach. The kitchen was spacious, as was the family/living area. There is also a large dining table to accommodate family meals together. The home had views of the beach and marsh and the decks were furnished with plenty of seating. The owner was responsive and a pleasure to deal with. We highly recommend this property and hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing House...Views...Pool...Layout

  • 5 of 5

We had 3 families, 6 adults and 4 children stay here. We absolutely loved the house. It is up on stilts, eliminated anyone staying on a basement floor and having any fears of any unwanted critters. There are stairs in the middle part of the house that allowed easy packing and unpacking. This is the only house that I noticed on the whole island that faced beached at an angle. It enhanced our view of the beach and views of the sunset. The back deck, which had the exact setup as the front deck had views of the inlet and the sunset. Terrific engineering in that regard. The pool was large and didn't realize it was a saltwater until later in the week when someone mentioned it to me. There were ledges all around the pool to sit on and watch our kids swim. We were pleased with it's size as well. One of the larger private pools on the island that I have noticed. The only minor negative was the 15 minute drive to get tot the nearest restaurants/grocery stores/shops. Overall, terrific stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mansfield OH......IO

Perfect for us

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect home for us to stay in for our recent vacation. The layout was just right for my husband and me and our 2 daughters and their families. It was so open and cheery and had everything we needed. It had spectacular views from every deck and window!! The beds were comfy and there was plenty of seating for meals. Everything in the house was high quality, very clean and just like new. The pool was perfect as well as the access to the beach. Kristiana was super responsive to my many emails and questions and seemed very happy to help in any way she could and really wanted to make sure we had a great stay!! We highly recommend this home for your beach vacation!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockville, MD

Our 2nd Year Renting - A Great Property

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year renting this lovely home. Both years the house was immaculate. The layout works very well for our family of 10, six adults and four children. We love the reverse floor plan (bedrooms on the first floor, living area on second). The main living area is open and bright. The kitchen is well stocked and has empty cupboards to store your food items.

Views from both the front and back decks on the second floor are spectacular. You can see both the ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway from your chair on either deck. Look in one direction over the green grassy marshland and watch the boats on the Intercoastal Waterway. Look in the other direction across the wide expanse of dunes and see the ocean. Our grandchildren in particular love the saltwater pool and their parents also enjoy it. The owner is very easy to work with, accommodating and always available.

We also like the fact that the public walkway to the beach is directly across the street. On this particular section of beach, there were times when we could look to the left and the right and see no one. We found this amazing and makes it very easy to keep an eye on the grandchildren.

We thoroughly enjoy our visits and highly recommend this house for your family. We will be going back!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Myrtle Beach International Airport, SC
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Castaways Raw Bar & Grill, Paradise Cafe
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
South Port Ferry is a great day trip for families
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Lockwood Folly Country Club (public) 18 holes
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Captain Pete's Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Water Ski, Jet ski, boat rides, parasailing, etc

Holden Beach is know as the family beach for it is not overcrowded and truly is place where you can relax enjoying the beautiful coastline. Nature lovers will love to spot dolphins, pelicans, many birds, and possibly a nesting turtle. There are over 35 beautiful golf courses near by to enjoy. The Intracoastal Waterway leading to our inlets gives you direct ocean access for boating and fishing. Whether you spend time beach combing our beaches, taking a long bike ride, or exploring the quaint fishing village you'll sure love you time at Holden Beach.


Rates & Availability

Holden Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Tank Top
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Tank Top 2
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.75%

Note: cleaning and bed linens with beds made are provided

Sea la vie
Rental Terms and Conditions

1. This is a NON_SMOKING house
2. We will not rent to vacationing students or singles under 25 years of age unless accompanied by an adult parent or guardian.
3. A refundable deposit of $500 is required. The deposit is NOT applied toward the rental fee, however is fully refundable within 14 days of departure, provided the following conditions are met.
A. No damage is done to home or its contents, beyond normal wear and tear.
B. No charges are incurred due to contraband or services during stay.
C. All trash must be placed in provided trash cans at curb side Saturday morning by 6:00 am. Trash collection times are posted in the house.
D. Soiled dishes are to be placed in dishwasher and cleaned upon departure.
E. Do not move furniture, NOTE porch furniture is extremely heavy and will damage home
F. Beds are to be stripped and bedspreads are to be put back on beds.
G. All remotes to TVs and ceiling fans are put back in bedroom baskets on night stands.
H. No early check-in or late check-out unless arranged with owner
I. The renter is not evicted by owner (or representative of owner), or the local law enforcement.
4. PAYMENT: see quote details on VRBO
5. CANCELLATION: A 60 day notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations made more than 60 days prior to arrival will incur no penalty. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay that are made within 60 days of arrival date, forfeit the $500 damage/ reservation deposit AND the 50% advance payment.
6. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY: The maximum number of guests is limited to 10 persons
7. This is a weekly rental, Saturday to Saturday, unless otherwise arranged.
8. No daily maid service
9. No towels are provided. Towels can be rented at cost through owner.
10. Bed linens are included during full week rentals and on beds when you

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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