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Beautifully Remodeled Beach House - Drink in the Ocean Views from Inside or Out!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,150 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Ocean views, open and covered decks, and less than 100 yards to the beach!

If you're looking for that quiet, 1950s-era beach cottage charm combined with modern conveniences like wifi, LCD TVs, and a dishwasher (!), look no further.

A large open family room/dining room/kitchen area is the main point for congregation, with ocean views out the 8' sliding door or out the sitting room windows. The covered and uncovered decks, as well as a private deck off the Master BR (all with ocean views), provide some outdoor relaxation options. And the sunroom with a spiral staircase to the first floor is a great compromise between the two -- great views, lots of light, and the wonder of air conditioning!

Master BR: Queen

Second BR: Full & Twin

Kitchen: Stocked with appliances, utensils, flatware -- Just bring food and paper goods!

Bathroom: Outer sink area. Inner WC & Bath/Shower.

'Rancho Relaxo' is situated in a quiet little residential area three miles past 'downtown' Emerald Isle and only a mile from a gas station/convenience store/dollar store (for all your last minute vacation needs) and the location of the soon-to-be-built NC Aquarium Pier at the Eastern Regional Beach Access area.

We have off-street parking for 3 cars, an outdoor shower for a quick rinse or a relaxing (and private) soak, and plenty of beach gear for your use: chairs, umbrellas, fishing poles (bring your own bait and tackle), frisbees, bocce -- we leave you primed and ready for a great week at the beach!

Note: Rancho Relaxo is configured as an UP:DOWN duplex. The owners maintain a smaller apartment on the first level and may be present during your rental. The owners are only occasionally able to take advantage of this, so it's unlikely your visit will coincide, but possible.

More Details

Shane O'Donnell
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 14, 2017

About Shane O'Donnell

Jenn's got a Master's in Commercial Interior Design and works in customer service/support for an Internet company. She likes gardening, quilting, and going to the beach.

Shane's a software guy who's also a performing musician. He likes woodworking, light construction projects, and starting high-tech companies.

We are both from the midwest and met while attending Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL.

Between work, hobbies, and the hectic schedules of two amazing teenage boys, we don't find nearly enough time to go the beach -- and the cruel irony is not lost on us.

Shane O'Donnell purchased this house in 2007

Why Shane O'Donnell chose Central Coast

We remodeled Rancho Relaxo to accommodate the comforts you would expect from a beach house, while also accommodating the needs of two families traveling together. Since then, we've ended up staking our claim to the downstairs "Owner's Quarters", but we don't get to use it very much.

So you can take advantage of Jenn's designer touches, including custom-made window treatments, handmade throw pillows, and home-sewn quilts, as well as Shane's insistence on technology everywhere, with wireless broadband available throughout the house and LCD TVs (with the upgrades soon to be complete -- one TV left!), without having to buy your own beach house!

In 2008, we were fortunate to be able to pack up and live at Rancho Relaxo for the summer. This made for a relaxing summer (coffee and a laptop on the deck are a great way to start any work day!) and a nice change of scenery for all involved. That same infrastructure is still in place, so you can do your online work, VoIP calls, movie downloads, etc. during your stay -- if you absolutely must.

What makes this house unique

At Rancho Relaxo, you are simultaneously in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of everything! It's a mile to the nearest store or gas station, but it's an easy walk down the beach or along the bike path (which is about 50 feet from our driveway).

With no bars or "party houses" within walking distance, you don't get the late night noise and disruptions you may have on other parts of the island, but with happening live music clubs like "The Emerald Club" less than 3 miles away (straight down Emerald Drive), it's super easy to get to the nightlife when you're looking for it.

But we think the upside of this "sleepy" section of Emerald Isle is the beach. We've seen beaches in other tourist destinations where you can't find a place to lay down your blanket -- but not here. On the busiest times of year, it's usually a minimum of 50 feet between you and your nearest beach neighbor. During the off-season, it's not uncommon to walk out onto the beach and see NO ONE in any direction. The ocean is beautiful in the summer sun with waves gently white-capping against the beach, but there's something about the ocean in late fall and early spring that you have to experience to understand.


Emerald Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Sink is in outer room of bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen-sized sleeper sofa
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Features private deck off the bedroom.
    Second Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Beautifully Remodeled Beach House - Drink in the Ocean Views from Inside or Out!
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 11 reviews

Great personal service

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 nights at this house and just loved it. Everything we need =ed was there. In addition when we needed to stay longer on the checkout day we contacted the owner and he without any additional charge allowed us to stay. Thank you so much for the lovely Easter weekend.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We really enjoyed our stay. Relaxing on the deck recharged our batteries.

  • 4 of 5

I would recommend ranch relaxo. Very home like feel and the use of the bicycles were an added bonus

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice place in a good location

  • 4 of 5

Stayed at Rancho Relaxo for 2 nights during my birthday weekend and really enjoyed our stay. It's a good size for a family of four and the house is well-maintained with recently updated flooring and paint. When we weren't at the beach, my sons enjoyed playing the Nintendo Gamecube or riding the bicycles, and the kitchen is generally well-stocked with kitchen tools. I also appreciated that there were some basic supplies available, although we've learned to bring some items. I liked the overall location of the house, and it is a very short walk to the beach, has a view of the ocean between the beach-front houses, and is not too far from the shops and grocery store. I would have given 5 stars, but I found that the beds were too firm for a side-sleeper like me. Overall, I really like the place and hope to return next summer for a longer stay. Be sure to download the VRBO/Home Away app for the phone to obtain vital check-in, Wi-Fi and check-out information and I suggest to write-down the lock-box code and Wi-Fi password ahead of time, as I had a difficult time with my cellular data connection (Sprint network) when I arrived.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved it! We stayed at the end of July. The beach was so close, it was clean and quiet!

Rancho Relaxo was everything we needed. The home was spacious, plenty of seating. The grill and outdoor patio set was great, we had family staying nearby, so we were able to grill out for some fun family dinners!

My 4 year old loved the porch swing, and so did we, it was a nice relaxing spot to drink our coffee in the morning before the kids woke up. And the view was wonderful!

Having everything we needed for the beach made our experience that much better. The beach canopy was perfect for our little ones to nap under. And the older kids loved riding the bikes around town!

I was worried at first about the stairs going to the storage room, but a baby gate was provided!

We loved the balcony off the master, we were able to see all the stars, and listen to the waves! When tbe kids were asleep, it really lived up to its name, Rancho Relaxo!

Suzanne A

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and clean home with everything we needed for a great vacation stay.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful and quiet neighborhood - easy walk to the beach. Close to stores, but far enough away to not be involved with daily traffic. Lovely bike trails, and we appreciated the use of your bikes. Great sunny weather and the water was just perfect. Wish we were still there!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Beach House

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a quick weekend getaway to this property. It was a nice home with easy walking access to the beach. No concerns at all with the condition, amenities, cleanliness, etc. For future renters, we did not see an instruction that towels and sheets were not provided (maybe we missed it), but since we brought ours anyway it was no problem.

This was our first VRBO since they changed to communicating important details from the owner through the smart-phone app. Since there was no owner instructions in the house we struggled with the internet password and the owner did not reply to texts. It would have been nice to have that and other useful information in an owners book at the house for those of us who are not as computer savvy. It all worked out in the end.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Emerald Isle House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 20 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Refundable damage deposit $200

Sorry, no pets.
Sorry, no smoking anywhere inside or on the deck.
Any violation of our rules regarding pets or smoking could result in a forfeiture of your damage deposit and additional cleaning fees. Additional details available at

Check in is at 2:00PM on day of arrival. Check out is by 10:00AM.

Rentals during the summer season are WEEKLY only, unless we have availability within 30 days of the beginning of your rental. ALL rentals during the summer season are subject to a 3-night minimum.

- 100% refund of any payments made up to 90 days prior to the beginning of your reserved rental
- 50% refund of any payments made up to 30 days prior to the beginning of your reserved rental
- No refunds offered for cancellations within 30 days of the beginning of your reserved rental

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.
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