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2nd row Amazing Ocean/ICW Views In Gated Com., Large Pool, 100% 5 Star reviews

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.

More Details

Kristiana Dowling
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2018

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 Holden Beach

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:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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


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2nd row Amazing Ocean/ICW Views In Gated Com., Large Pool, 100% 5 Star reviews
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews

Wonderful vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for our family! Clean, well appointed, lovely pool, great views all around. Short walk to an ideal beach. Our only problem was deciding between the pool and the ocean.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Home

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were lucky to have found this home. It was beautifully decorated and most important to us amazingly clean. It had everything we needed and the pool was wonderful. The homeowner was so helpful and kind to answer any questions I had. We would love to return to this house again!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great property for large families

  • 5 of 5

This was our third year renting this wonderful property. We love it.

It is unique in that the kitchen and main living and dining areas are upstairs along with the master bedroom and its bath, plus there is a separate half bath. It has been a perfect rental for our family of six adults and four children. We, the grandparents, stay upstairs in the master bedroom and our children and their spouses each have their own bedroom on the first floor. There each family has a bedroom for the parents and a bedroom for their kids with a bath between them. Our grandchildren love that each bedroom has a TV (as do their parents) so there is no fighting over what to watch and the children can unwind in their room while the parents have happy hour. There is also a large TV in the living room with plenty of seating for the entire family to watch TV together should there be a rainy day.

There is a front & back porch on each floor. The upstairs southeast facing front porch is perfect for watching the sunrise in the morning and the parents' happy hour in the afternoon. It’s a quiet area that allows easy conversations, and since it's in the shade in the afternoon and there is always a nice breeze it’s very comfortable. The late afternoon/evening sun lights up the white puffy clouds and dunes which contrast nicely with the dark blue ocean and white crested waves in front of us - it looks beautiful! The upstairs back porch is great for watching sunsets and boats on the Intracoastal Waterway. And the first floor back porch has a large hammock which we liked for just relaxing and listening to music.

The large saltwater pool is a big favorite of the younger kids when they tire of the beach, sun, sand and waves. They like the calm, clear water that makes for great swimming and playing. Also with salt water there is no (or very little?) chlorine needed so they can swim and see under water without goggles and without their eyes burning.

The kitchen is well equipped and has a large island. It’s great for preparing food and often used as a breakfast counter. There is a nice outdoor gas grill that we used most days for dinner. The dining area has a large heavy picnic type table that seats all 10 of us comfortably and is easy to clean up. It also serves well as a game table.

The public access to the beach is very convenient via a wooden walkway just across the street.

The landlord is very pleasant and if we ever have a concern or problem, she is quick to resolve it.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home with beautiful views.

  • 4 of 5

Sea la vie is a great house and the owners are very involved and responsive. When we arrived there were some issues with the upstairs hvac that were being handled. We had to work around repairs being made on that unit, but Kristi was great at keeping us in the loop about it all. I think our main negative from pretty much everyone in our family, was that the pool was surprisingly cold for the end of July. We enjoyed sitting around the pool and sticking our feet in, but even our teenage boys didn't enjoy being in it for more than a few minutes.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, true to the online description.

  • 5 of 5

We were here at Sea La Vie for a weeklong family vacation and simply loved the property. All of the descriptions were true to form, and we loved the close access to the beach and beautiful pool. Looking forward already to our next visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property! Kitchen very well stocked. Beautifully landscaped.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home in very quiet , private subdivision of Holden beach west. Easy beach access. Owner very responsive to any questions/ requests. Would definitively stay here on next trip to Holden beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

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

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.