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Walk Off the Patio and Onto the Beach!- see Summer Special

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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


AUGUST 5 TO 12 Reduced from $5500/week to $3000/week

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, tea suite (sink, microwave drawer, & refrigerator), bath, adjoining dressing room with built-ins & balcony; bedroom # 3 with full bed, twin bunk beds and twin trundle bed & bath; bedroom#4 with queen canopy bed & bath; laundry with washer & dryer, game room with balcony overlooking the beach. All bedrooms have adjoining full baths. Property is private and gated. 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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

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 Gulf Coast

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
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 ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • 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! 4.9/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

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Walk Off the Patio and Onto the Beach!- see Summer Special
average rating of 4.87234 based on 47 reviews

Beautiful beach house but just be aware both sides are NOT identical...

  • 4 of 5

Beach house overall was VERY beautiful and very well maintained. Plenty of space and rooms. Loved the privacy of having your own pool and beach access. Having said all that...there were a few things that bothered me but realize this is just me being knit picky and more an FYI for future renters.

When booking be sure to make sure which side you're renting. While very similar, both sides of the house are NOT identical. In every e-mail I had received it kept saying Casa Familiar. When we arrived, we were told we had the adjacent side Casa Vecina. That side was NOT what was in the pictures. No bunk beds, kitchen wasn't white. Outside patio furniture was PVC and NOT the wood pictured. The Master BR did NOT have a mini-kitchen and 55" TV. That side does NOT have an Ultra-bain tub with jets in Master. Again, still a beautiful house, but NOT the super remodeled that was pictured. Neighbors were extremely friendly and having washer/dryer and full kitchen and everyone having their own bath was a HUGE plus. Towels were a bit on the thin side but on a positive note there were a ton of beach toys for the kids as well as brown plastic chairs that were able to be used on the beach as well.

Only other knit picky thing I could think of is that we stayed over the weekend and if you're staying in the upstairs bedroom facing the street, you may occasionally hear people in those little golf carts driving by honking for some reason with their loud music blasting.

All in all I'd definitely rent again but just be aware when booking you may NOT get what's exactly in the pictures so don't be too shocked when you arrive as you will no doubt have a blast with what's provided.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is home is beautiful with upgrades galore! The layout is perfect with the master bedroom being very isolated from the central areas and other bedrooms. The kids loved the game room and patio upstairs and working on a hot air balloon puzzle that was there for the entire vacation. The house has games, pool toys, and even boogie boards. The private pool and boardwalk to the beach were icing on the cake! We made the majority of our meals in the well stocked kitchen. I highly recommend staying here. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family vacation !!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loves the beach, this was our first time to South Padre. We had an amazing time. The owner and manager were very accommodating to our needs. Loved the access to the beach and our own personal pool.

We will be back and hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls' Trip in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I spent a week of luxury at Casa Familiar the end of March. When I walked into this BEAUTIFUL, newly- remodeled townhome, I thought I was walking into a top design award-winning home one might see featured in a magazine. This home is not only beautiful, it has every amenity you could possibly need. The kitchen was the most well stocked of any property I have rented. Very spacious and comfortable with every bedroom having its own bathroom, which was especially nice with eight gals sharing the home (and extra beds to spare). This beach-front property has its own private entrance and boardwalk to the 'clean' beach. We spent many hours sitting on the covered patio which has a beautiful wading pool. My favorite place of all was the large, second-floor, covered balcony, with beautiful ocean views and breezes. The outdoor furniture was luxurious!

Good restaurants and shopping nearby and a movie theater within walking distance. I'm already planning to go back next year.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Location! Wonderful House!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the beach and at Casa Familiar! The weather was perfect and the beach was perfect! The kids all had a great time playing in the water! They also liked playing in the pool! It was a great bonus to have so many toys to entertain the little ones in the house. The house was perfect for us! We loved the private walkway to the beach and that it ends in the wonderful soft sand!

The kitchen was by far the best stocked of any vrbo we have ever used. Lots of pots and pans of all sizes and lots of kitchen appliances available for use.

We hope to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Memorable birthday , awesome beachfront property

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a short stay at Casa Familiar. A family of 8 adults and 2 children got together to celebrate my mother-in-law's 80th birthday. As soon as she entered the house, she stated "I don't want to leave." The house has many great amenities to list but what we appreciated the most is the spaciousness of it, having an en suite bathroom in every bedroom was a big plus. The grill came in handy for a cook out along with the fully equipped kitchen and ice maker. But the best is the view from the balcony and patio and having a private boardwalk which made it very easy to walk the very short distance to the beach especially for my mother-in-law.

Easy to watch the kids from the balcony and boardwalk. The second floor living/game room provided the extra space to watch TV, read or play a game of chess. Dealing with the owner, Trish, was very easy . Kathie, Manager, though we did not get to meet, was very kind and patient over the phone in answering the few questions that we had. She was very kind to allow us to check in earlier to make the most of our stay. Overall, a great property and we hope to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Cleaning Fee $250
Damage Deposit $1,000

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