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Family and Pet Friendly Newly Renovated National Artist's Beach Home

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2000 sq ft 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

Totally renovated duplex on the Oceanside 5 minute walk to the beach. Great living area with a state of the arts kitchen having all stainless appliances with fully stocked chef's needs with large granite peninsula working and eating bar and separate dining area, large gas log fireplace with 50" flat screen TV above. Cable, internet, WiFi and DVD. First floor 2 bedrooms with Queen Beds, Bath with Large Walk In Shower. Outside 14x24 screened porch with hot and cold shower and separate 14x14 sun deck. Second Floor 1 bedroom with Queen Bed, 2nd bedroom - Kids retreat having 2 daybeds with trundles - room is full of toys bean bags and plenty room to do puzzles. Large roomy bath with deep tub and spray shower. The owner has her art throughout with many surprises.

Marsha Mills
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Marsha Mills

I am a National Artist who has had the fun of doing work for the Smithsonian, Brooks and Dunn, AKC, National Cutting Horses and Clients throughout the world and winning national awards. My Media is Dry Brush Watercolor and I have been a College Professor and still teach private lessons. My son is my Apprentice who also is a Muralist and a Tattoo Artist. I now live in Beaufort on the water. You will find prints of my works throughout the house and murals by my son Ryan.

Marsha Mills purchased this house in 1995

Why Marsha Mills chose Emerald Isle

How could an Artist not fall in love with such a beautiful place. The beach changes every day and the Sunsets are amazing it is so inspiring and so calming. Not only the sunsets but the morning walks on the beach watching the sun come up over the water takes your breath away. Bogue Island which Emerald Isle is located on the west end, has beaches that face South so the sun rises from the Ocean and sets in the Ocean....WOW.... Enjoy it all day long but watch the sun burn.

My family loved living here and still loves coming back for a visit.

What makes this house unique

My home is unique. Only one room has a flat ceiling. So each room is a white canvas for art. In the next 5 years you will see more murals being added to the house to go with its name, 'Second Star to the Right '. Yes, that is Peter Pan but the paintings will be not just for kids but also adults. So not only will you have a wonderful beach experience but a unique living experience seeing how artists expel on their ideas. Come and watch the house morf into an experience itself.


Emerald Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , large walk in shower 1st floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 3 - shower , outdoor shower , 1st floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1st floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1st floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , 2nd fl also 1 daybed with trundle and 1 pack-n-play for baby
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(24 traveler reviews)

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Family and Pet Friendly Newly Renovated National Artist's Beach Home
average rating of 4.625 based on 24 reviews

Comfy home, close to the beach, central to great food and activities.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I can't say enough good things about our stay. The house was clean and is in great shape. It is spacious and though it was very big for just the three of us, it allowed us to put our toddler in one room and sleep soundly in another room. The back porch is wonderful. It has an outside shower to clean off from the beach and a swing for our toddler and is screened in......was nice to read and relax. The walk to the beach is very short and easy. The provided wagons were perfect to take everything we needed and worked easily on the sand. The beach entry is to a nice calm and relaxing area, no big crowds.

The home is what I would call central to the island. Within 20 minutes you have an aquarium, a grocery store, three miniature golf courses, and tons of great places to eat. The owner provided folders full of great suggestions and hot spots which was useful since this was our first trip to Emerald Isle. The owner was easy to work with and checked on us to ensure everything was perfect. The bonus was this home is pet friendly so every member of my family was able to enjoy the beach. We hope we can stay again in the future and next time bring our our parents and in-laws as well. All in all this was a great experience and I would certainly recommend to anyone interested in a relaxing beach vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Mark. We would love to have you all back any time and do bring your whole family.Remember we can open the door between both units (668208 upstairs and 899618 downstairs) that way it will sleep 16 comfortably. Hope to see you soon!
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Spacious but not clean....

  • 1 of 5

My husband & I, along with our four children stayed here during the end of August. One of the most important things to us is cleanliness. The house was very unclean. We had roaches in rooms. Small and large ones. I took picturs for owner. I'm not sure if the owner knows about it but the housekeeper service is horrible. When you first enter the house there is a strong smell of electric air freshners attempting to mask the horrible smell of pets & old rug/carpet smell. (They look new ) but are not being cleaned very well. The place is pet friendly but it should cleaned/vacuumed and mopped after every stay. There was animal hair everywhere (some people might be okay with this) we were not. The towles in the linen closet were folded but damp with stains. This means somebody skipped the laundery. Upon arrival I had to wash some towels and wipe down surfaces before utalizing the place. The shower water comes out slowly, so if you like your hot showers this place isn't for you. The place

needs to be updated (bedrooms/bathroom etc) very old toilets with stains/stench. If the owner is reading this, please understand I had very high expectations as I paid well over what your home is worth. Again, I don't know if you are aware of the situation or not but I hope you fix it for the sake of future renters. Emerald Isle was beautiful, I will be returning, but not to this home unfortunately.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry this renter was so upset with my house. This is the first poor review that I have received out of 22 reviews giving me a 4.65 star rating. I wish they would have called me as I stated in my welcome letter that I am always available 24/7 with my personal cell number. This review came in 3 weeks after their departure telling me of the problems. If I had been informed with a phone call , my Housekeeper would have been right over to reclean the entire house and give a full new sets of sheets and towels. I am on a professional pest control contract . They come out every three months and had been there spraying on July 21, 2017 .The house has totally been renovated with new appliances and bathroom fixture in the past 2 years. The floors are hard wood and new berber carpet in the bedrooms which we have professionally cleaned twice a year, once in the spring and last on 10th of July for the second half of the summer season. The machine air defuser is a top of the line Ozone cleaner to keep down smells and allergens to help people breath comfortably. There is no cover up smell with those. I have bronchial asthma and require that in all my rentals. Having been with American Kennel Club as their artist I understand dog hair. We have commercial level vacuum cleaners that clean all the floors and furniture every week. Which again I must have for my own health. I am sorry this renter was so upset, but, that is in the past. I assure all my future renters a clean house and is updated every year. They will also have my personal cell number that they may call me 24/7 with any problems and I will respond. Thank you.
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Good Stay for a small family!

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our stay in this Artsie home. However, we were VERY surprised when we arrived to see two vehicles already there... We were not told prior to booking that there was a separate rental BELOW this VRBO and hence we were having to share parking space with an whole additional family.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry you did not realize there was an apartment down stairs. It is written in my description for both upstairs and down. The great feature of this is we have a doorway that can be opened to allow the entire house to be rented for a group up to 18. This makes it one of the most affordable homes for a big group in Emerald Isle. Remember it is also dog friendly with 2 dog runs, that way people and dogs are both happy. The driveway has been renovated to whole 3 cars for upstairs and 2 cars for downstairs with an additional guest parking. I am sorry 6 parking places is not enough.
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Great place for a family reunion

  • 4 of 5

We rented both the upper and lower units for a family reunion over the 4th of July. It worked great, with plenty of room for everyone. Just a short walk to the beach. Everything there that we needed. Used the grill every day. My brother loved the lower unit and is thinking about renting it again soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Bonnie I am so glad your whole family had a great time and the house worked for you. Love to have you back anytime. Please tell your brother I would love to have him too.
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Everything was just as explained in the details. Would stay again if we come back to Emerald Isle.

  • 5 of 5

Experiece was great, everything about the house was just as explained in the details.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jason. I hope you will come back again.
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Perfect for our family!

  • 5 of 5

This was a lovely place to spend a long memorial day weekend! Plenty of room for 6 adults (3 couples) and 2 young children. We loved the deck and the grill was fantastic. Lot's of seating for meals, both inside and on the porch. We enjoyed being in the trees with the nice amounts of shade. The ~10min walk to the beach was easy, especially with the provided wagon to carry our beach chairs and umbrellas. Location to the grocery store and other shops was very nice as we were able to take a quick bike ride for nearly everything we needed instead of driving. It was great to be able to securely store our bikes under the porch. Great house!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rachel. Hope you will come again.
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Nearest Airport
47 Miles
Jacksonville NC
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Emerald Club
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Cedar Island
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Star Hill
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Wilson NC
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Crystal Coast Speedway/ Hwy58
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
400 Miles
Massennutten Va
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Emerald Isle - Atlantic Beach
Car: necessary

Located on the new 14 mile bike path. 1 block from the Ocean and 3 blocks to the Sound. One mile from new city free boat launch. 1/2 mile from Pier. 1/2 mile to playground and public recreation department. 1/2 mile to bars and restaurants. 1 mile to shopping center with cinema, shops, ABC store, grocery and restaurants. 1 mile to spa. 1 mile to Make your own pottery. 1.5 mile to marina for Deep Sea Fishing Charters. 1.5 miles to water park and putt putt. 3 miles to bowling, driving range, putt putt and bumper boats. 8 miles to State Aquarium. Within 8 miles of 3 public golf courses and 1 par 3. 8 miles to Historic Swansboro and 25 miles to Historic Beaufort. 25 miles and a Ferry ride to Cape Lookout National Seashore and Lighthouse.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $250
Maid Service with Linens $150
Tax Rate 12.75%

The fee for a pet is 125 per dog with a maximum of $250 since I will only allow 2.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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