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Spacious Historic Gem - Walk to Beach, Harbor & Old Town Shopping & Restaurants

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Spacious Loft-Style Living In 'Mayberry By The Sea'

One of the architectural gems on the gulf coast, this historic former schoolhouse is just two blocks from the beach and close to the heart of Old Town Bay St. Louis. It's been renovated as one-of-a-kind duplex. The architect/artist owners live on one side, while the guest rental side is nestled in the limbs of centuries-old live oaks on the other.

The guest apartment has four private entrances, a front veranda, back deck, and nearly 1200 sq feet of open living space. This loft-style retreat features 12 ft. ceilings, clerestory windows, heart pine floors and an art collection by regional artists. If you like large, open, light living spaces, there's few that can match this.

The main living area has an elegant and expansive feel. It contains a living room, dining room, partitioned off bedroom area. A wall of windows looks out onto oaks, while three windowed front doors open up onto a classic Southern veranda.

The bedroom area has a queen-sized bed and the living room is furnished with a day-bed and pull-out trundle. The apartment sleeps four good friends, and is perfect for a couple.

A large full kitchen (with full-sized appliances) and tiled bathroom complete the package. In the back, the kitchen door onto a deck beneath the oaks, a perfect place for morning coffee.

The building's grounds cover nearly 3/4 of an acre and are shaded by the live oaks, as well as magnolias, azaleas and bottle brush trees. Ours may be one of the last authentic old-time neighborhoods this close to a beach anywhere in the country. It's just a two-block stroll to the beach, with its six-mile walking/biking path.

Some people call Bay St. Louis "Mayberry by the Sea." It's a village that became a resort for New Orleanians when the train came through in the late 1800's. The tracks are one block from the house (they run parallel to the beach along the entire Mississippi coast) and the fanciful historic train depot is only two blocks away. The depot houses the Visitor's Center, a small Mardi Gras Museum and a museum dedicated to Alice Moseley, a beloved Mississippi folk artist.

The Old Town district is filled with shops, art galleries, and restaurants all within two to nine blocks of Webb School. A lovely marina and fishing pier are new stars of "downtown." Canine companions are welcome many places in town, as well as on the beach (leashed). The beach is placid and rarely crowded - in fact, many days, you'll have a good stretch of it to yourself.

When you have a yearning for big city culture, you're less than an hour from the New Orlean's French Quarter and the CBD, making for an easy commute. If you're not from the area, the owners - originally from New Orleans - can offer advice on day-tripping into the city. Day trips in the easterly direction will take you to Ocean Springs and Biloxi.

"Under Surge, Under Siege," (winner of the 2010 Eudora Welty Book Prize and MS Library Non-Fiction 2011 Author's Award) was written here in Webb School House by Ellis and published by University Press of Mississippi. If you're interested, you can find out more info on Amazon. Here's a description of the neighborhood from the book:

"Ancient oaks lined the coast, framing large and elegant houses - many of them built in the 1800’s. Behind this dignified vanguard, cottages clustered along narrow, shaded lanes. These neighborhoods were mixed in more ways than one. Professors lived next door to plumbers, young families next to retirees, black next to white, rich next to poor. I loved that – it flew directly in the distorted face most outsiders have pasted on the state of Mississippi."

"The architectural styles of the homes varied as much as the people who lived in them. Cheek to cheek, the Creole cottage danced with the Victorian, the Greek Revival with the bungalow. In those lush yards, you could imagine the lingering ghosts from an era of ease. They didn’t want to leave. Nobody who came here wanted to leave. This place pulled at the hearts of any who have them. It promised peace and made good on its word."

Many have said that Webb School reminds them of a grand-scale tree house. Others talk about lingering "kid energy" that makes the heart feel lighter. Still other say their spirits are buoyed by all the light the building catches. But pretty much everybody agrees that Webb School is a place they'll never forget.
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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 1150 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Not suitable for children under 15 ...moreless

  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • The bedroom area of this loft-style apartment offers a view of the magnificent live oak limbs just outside - s nature lover's dream. The bedroom area is partitioned off (not a separate room) from the main living area. There is also a comfortable twin day bed in the living room area. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Awesome library with classics and popular fiction. ...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • 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
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    Old Town Bay St. Louis deserves its national reputation as one of the coolest communities in the US, with a charming historic district by the beach, harbor, fishing pier, shopping, art and restaurants...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Dedicated Central hvac unit...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    Public tennis courts a few blocks a way ...moreless

Building Type

  • Building
 

Reviews

5
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day
May 26 - May 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$165
4th of July
Jun 29 - Jul 5, 2017
3 night min stay
$175
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$135
$845 $2,250
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning fee $60 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $40 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

Children 15 years and older welcome. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Additional $25 per person over two. Deposit is not refundable if cancelled less than 30 days in advance unless we're able to fill the vacancy. Check in at 4pm, check out at 11am.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Location

22 Miles
Nearest Airport
Gulfport, MS (GPT)
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Bridges Golf Course (Arnold Palmer)
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 90
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Rickey's Off The Tracks

Car: Necessary

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: We are architect Larry Jaubert and Ellis Anderson (Jaubert), writer and photographer. We've both lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for over thirty years and adore Bay St. Louis. We feel so fortunate to live and be the current stewards of Webb School and delight sharing its many charms with guests. We usually give guests a 5 minute orientation tour of the apartment when they arrive, then 'poof!' we disappear until you need information or directions. If you want to find out what's happening in Bay St. Louis, you might want to check out the Shoofly Magazine, a monthly online publication filled with stories about our awesome town (Ellis is publisher and it's created each month right here in Webb School!).

Why the Owner Chose Bay Saint Louis, MS, USA:
Webb School is a designated Mississippi Landmark - one of only six in all of Hancock County. A Landmark the highest recognition the state can give for architectural significance. But that's not why Ellis bought it in 2002 - when it needed complete restoration after years of neglect. It's just one of those places that exudes magic and welcomes light and nurtures creativity. It seems as though a legion of muses live in the oak trees and dance through the windows on sunny days.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
This building has wrap around clerestory windows and that makes it unique among all others on the MS. coast. The meaning of 'clerestory' is the 'upper part of a wall that rises above a roof and that has windows.' If you look at the pictures, you'll see the clerestory windows above the regular ones. The way they capture light and sky and space is fantastic - they make the large main rooms of the school seem like airy pavilions - and the ceilings appear to be much higher than twelve feet. And on nights when there's a full moon, wow! Unforgettably romantic.


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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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Photos

  • The Webb School House in the morning

    The Webb School House in the morning

  • The main living area

    The main living area

  • The high transom windows fill the apartment with light and sky

    The high transom windows fill the apartment with light and sky

  • The dining room part of the living area with library

    The dining room part of the living area with library

  • Queen sized bed, looking out toward the oak grove

    Queen sized bed, looking out toward the oak grove

  • With this view, even washing dishes is enjoyable

    With this view, even washing dishes is enjoyable

  • looking down on the park-like grounds from the kitchen window

    looking down on the park-like grounds from the kitchen window

  • Side view of the apartment from the yard

    Side view of the apartment from the yard

  • Looking up at the apartment kitchen and back deck

    Looking up at the apartment kitchen and back deck

  • The Webb School is a designated Mississippi Historic Landmark

    The Webb School is a designated Mississippi Historic Landmark

  • Just two blocks away, a walking/bike path runs for four miles along the beach

    Just two blocks away, a walking/bike path runs for four miles along the beach

  • Several of the coast's best eateries are within a few blocks

    Several of the coast's best eateries are within a few blocks

  • Webb School lit up in the evening

    Webb School lit up in the evening

  • the wall of windows facing the enormous oak trees filled with birds and wildlife

    the wall of windows facing the enormous oak trees filled with birds and wildlife

  • facing west, the living area showing the day bed (with hidden trundle)

    facing west, the living area showing the day bed (with hidden trundle)

  • One of the oaks - the windows open easily for a pavilion-like feel

    One of the oaks - the windows open easily for a pavilion-like feel

  • The full eat-in kitchen behind the main living area, opens onto back deck.

    The full eat-in kitchen behind the main living area, opens onto back deck.

  • The bathroom features a nice-sized shower with built in seat

    The bathroom features a nice-sized shower with built in seat

  • Looking up at the apartment's wall of windows

    Looking up at the apartment's wall of windows

  • The oak grove on the side of the apartment

    The oak grove on the side of the apartment

  • The back deck at night

    The back deck at night

  • The front veranda - the Webb School considers dog guests as well!

    The front veranda - the Webb School considers dog guests as well!

  • Old Town shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants are nearby

    Old Town shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants are nearby

  • The BSL harbor and waterfront, just blocks from the Webb School

    The BSL harbor and waterfront, just blocks from the Webb School

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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