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Walk Off the Patio and Onto the Beach!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 13)

This property is registered with the city of South Padre Island, Texas. Permit #2015-558171.

Casa Familiar is an upscale, 3,000 square foot, four bedroom townhome. The properties is situated directly on the beach and features a wealth of amenities. Walk off the large patio with a private swimming pool and onto the beach. On the first floor of the townhouse is: bedroom #1 (queen canopy bed and a daybed with twin trundle bed-2 twin beds or can be converted into king bed) and bath. Fully-equipped kitchen, living and dining room (table seats 12) with full entertainment system and, 1/2 bath.

On the 2nd floor of Casa Familiar is: master bedroom (bdrm #2) with a king bed, bath, & balcony; bedroom # 3 with full bed, twin bunk beds and twin trundle bed & bath; bedroom#4 with queen canopy bed, full-sized crib & bath; laundry with washer & dryer, game room with large outdoor living area overlooking the beach. All bedrooms have adjoining full baths. Property is private and gated. There is also a 3rd floor sunning area/observatory, accessed from a spiral staircase on the 2nd floor beachfront outdoor terrace. Bring your laptop; high speed internet is provided. Because of high demand in the peak season, we only rent by the week from Saturday to Saturday.

More Details

Property Manager
Tricia Smith
Member since: 2005
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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2018

About Tricia Smith

Presently, I'm a therapist/psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical instructor at a state school of nursing. However, when we purchased Casa Familiar, I was a stay at home mom with 9 children, 2 with special needs and 1 or 2 foster children. Managing a rental business was a great way to stay at home and work. Technology has made working from anyplace possible. With my phone, I can answer emails while out of town.

Working in our rental business has given me the opportunity to meet many wonderful people to whom I'd never have access and the hours are very flexible.

Tricia Smith purchased this villa in 1999

Why Tricia Smith chose South Padre Island

During Thanksgiving week, 1999, my husband & I loaded up our Suburban with our 9 children and drove for the first time to a beach directly straight south of Kansas City...arriving in South Padre Island 17 hrs. later. After vacationing in Marco Island, FL, the previous year, we found that SPI was much more family friendly. We all fell in love with it. So much so, that we figured out how we could purchase a beach house, making time at the beach a regular family event. We were able to find a rundown townhouse, which sat directly on the beach and had been on the market for over a yr. We negotiated a great price, renovated it ourselves, named it Casa Familiar, and began renting to help with our costs. Since then, we've been renting to some wonderful families for as many as 14 years and others who have stayed several times.

Now that our children are getting married and having children, we've expanded by purchasing Casa Vecina which adjoins Casa Familiar. Thanks to the financial support of our guests, we're able to maintain and update the house making it a comfortable and family friendly place for everyone to enjoy.

What makes this villa unique

There's nothing like real beachfront living...unfortunately, many property owners claim beachfront but are located across the street or even blocks away. The end of the patio is the seawall & the boardwalk takes you to the beach. You can prepare lunch in the kitchen while watching the kids play on the beach and be within shouting distance when they need to come in.


South Padre Island Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (2) In addition to standard-sized baby bed, there is a port-a-crib, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Day bed is twin-sized with twin-sized trundle, Bunk Beds (1) Bunk bed with pull-ou trundle (all 3 beds are twin sized)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(57 traveler reviews)

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Walk Off the Patio and Onto the Beach!
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 57 reviews

Will stay here again.

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful and wonderfully furnished. Enough space in the driveway for our 4 cars!! Kitchen was well supplied and big enough to fit several cooks at one time. The ocean view was spectacular. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house with private access to beach

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this house! Cannot beat the proximity to the beach and spaciousness of the rental. The house had enough space for all of us, adults and kids, to move around with no issues. The second family/game room upstairs was an added bonus. Everyone had their own en suite bathroom and we loved that everyone could sit at the dinner table together. (Not many rentals have that as an option.) One thing, noted in other reviews, is that we were expecting Casa Familiar but instead were given Casa Vecina. So we had to shuffle around the sleeping arrangements since not all the kids could stay in the same room as they had hoped. Other than that, everything was great. We created wonderful memories this year and look forward to coming back in the near future. Thanks for everything Tricia and Melba!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mary, I'm not understanding a change in the houses when all of the photos on VRBO are all of Vecina, the house in which you stayed. There was never a photo of a room sleeping 5 persons. I wish that you would have let us know that you wanted the 5 kids to sleep in the same room bc we have 2 blow up mattresses. When we purchased the other side of our duplex, we decided against sleeping 5 persons in the 4th bdrm bc there was no walking space when the trundle was pulled out. Thank you for your review. We were very happy to have you stay.
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Absolutely the best family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This property is fantastic. The minute we walked in we felt love and warmth and kindness in this home. We treated the property as if we were the proud owners. The large dining table made it possible for all eleven of us to sit together and enjoy many meals. The pool was great for the little ones! Easy beach access was such a perk for the many trips to build sand castles and play in the water! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay beach front in South Padre

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the few non-condominium properties on South Padre Island. Everything was updated, clean and nice. The property felt more like someone was letting you use their beach home rather than a rental. The property owner is very friendly and easy to contact, they are responsive and eager for you to enjoy their property much as they do. The kitchen is well appointed and everything was in good condition. We enjoyed having two living areas, one for the kids and one for the adults. It really is a luxury to be able to walk straight out to the beach from the villa. We would stay here again in the future.

We would have enjoyed a better outside grill. However, the environment is harsh on grills and it would be expensive to have to replace it often to keep it nice and in good condition.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good Vacation

  • 4 of 5

We all loved the beach, sea,sand, pool and home we rented.

The kitchen was just right for cooking our meals for ten people.

Living room with TV perfect. The Dinner table was used for meals and playing games..

All bedrooms were comfortable for all. The decor was in great taste..

Good Vacation for all, would rent again.

Sincerely Kathleen Valcourt

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property right on the beach.

  • 5 of 5

Property was clean and had great amenities. Had a lot of space and great view of the beach. Thank you Patricia for being so helpful and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Brownsville or Harlingen
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
WannaWanna Beach Bar
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
South Padre Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 100
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sits on the beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Post Office
Nearest Point of Interest
Island Cinema
Nearest Point of Interest
Police Station/Fire Department
Nearest Point of Interest
Blackbeard's Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Blue Marlin Supermarket
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Isla Grand Beach resort (former Radisson)
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $250

Please contact owner for information on additional units. During Spring Break season, we only rent to families, NO SPRING BREAKERS. During peak season, rental is only weekly from Saturday to Saturday. Dates are not flexible for peak season.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund