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Bedrooms 4
Space 1,475 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom/2 Bath ('WEST' side of our side-by-side Duplex) 1-WEEK MINIMUM RENTAL



Feel Free to call owner (Don) at 252-689-8412 with any questions.


Pool measures 44' long x 16' wide. The Pool design has wide, shallow steps/entrance-way at both ends which makes it great for children and the elderly. It is 4 feet deep. It also has a floating rope that divides the pool down the middle so that you have your own side for privacy. Our Concrete decking (surrounding the pool) is cool on the feet (unlike TREX Decking that other houses use which is hot).

• NO CHARGE for POOL HEATING: in May/June and Sept/Oct when heat is needed (Saves you over $550!

…because MOST houses in Emerald Isle charge $550 to $600 ‘additional’ for Pool Heating!!! We don’t!!!)

(Pool Heater operable only when the air temperature is above 60 the month of April is very

iffy if the pool will be warm enough for swimming. That is why our ‘APRIL’ RATES are comparable to homes 'without' a pool). Pool heating is not at all necessary for the months of July/Aug.

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• This house is a DUPLEX (side-by-side, EAST & WEST). We own both sides and only rent to families.

• The EAST side of this Duplex is also available. If this WEST side does not have availability for the week you want, then check out our WEST side. (EAST side is VRBO Listing #642941

• Pool is to be shared with the renters of the other half of the Duplex. For your privacy, each side of the pool has its own entry point and there is a dividing rope down the middle of the pool to separate your half.


• Decorated with tropical décor and light Beachy colors.

• Hardwood flooring! (in Living room & Dining room).

• 2 Large-screen TV’s (one in LR and one in downstairs Master Bedroom)

• Open floor plan

• Ocean Views from Living room, Dining room and Kitchen.

• PROVIDED: Cleaned Linens, bath towels, wash clothes, & bathroom hand towels. • Cleanliness: Providing a Clean House is something we take very seriously. We use an exceptional cleaning company. We never allow pets or smoking in the house.


• Amazing Views: Large Oceanfront Sitting Deck right off the living room, as well as a sitting-area-deck situated between the Beach and the Pool…for watching the waves and the ocean, breathtaking sunsets in the evening and sitting out under the stars at night…all while listening to the ocean waves!

• Steps to the Ocean! Open the windows and feel the wonderful breeze.

• Natural Native landscaping.

• GAS GRILL (shared): Gas is not provided if it runs out... but we will reimburse you for the cost of a refill tank in addition to $25 for your time for going across the street to Ace Hardware to pick up a refill.

• NOT PROVIDED: Beach Chairs and Beach umbrellas are not provided (better Very Sturdy commercial-grade umbrellas and chairs may be rented at a number of different places including: Island Essentials, EI Beach Gear.

• PLEASE NOTE: This is not a new home or luxury interior…we do not have granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances or expensive bedroom furniture. If that is important to you, then this would not be the right house for you. Our house is just as you see in the photos. We focus our expenditures on providing an AMAZING POOL with a clean comfortable interior, clean comfortable beds, fresh linens and a nicely-stocked kitchen …all at a very competitive price. This is one of the lowest-priced Ocean front pool homes on the Island, yet one of the nicest pools.

• LAUNDRY ROOMS: Separate, private Laundry rooms are on the ground level of the property.

• AVAILABILITY/CALENDAR ACCURACY: The Calendar showing availability is ALWAYS 100% accurate. But remember…we also own the EAST side of this Duplex…so if the WEST side is not available, enter “642941” in the VRBO search bar to check availability of our EAST side.


Great location on a quiet street conveniently close to grocery, gift-shops and local restaurants (all only blocks away).

45 Minute Drive to Historic Beaufort, where you can see the house that Blackbeard stayed in, visit a historic small cemetery with Confederate-War Soldiers, kayak over to Shackleford Banks, and sneak up to the wild ponies grazing in the shallow water, take a high-speed boat ride over to Cape Lookout National Seashore where the old CAPE LOOKOUT Lighthouse is.

BEDROOMS (4) / Maximum Occupancy = 8

Two of the four Bedroom’s are Oceanfront (each with Queen Beds, one with high Ocean-View Balcony/Deck).

Beds: (2) Queen + (2) Double + (2) Single.

Linens provided (delivered to the house and picked up after the rental).


• Large Pool with 'cool on the feet' concrete deck

• TV's:

48 inch Flat-screen Cable TV (in LR)

32-inch Flat-screen SMART Cable TV (in Master Bedroom)

• (2) Bathrooms (all renovated in 2010)

• Dishwasher

• Washer/Dryer (private, on ground level)

• Microwave

• Fully-stocked Kitchen

• DVD player

• Internet: wireless high-speed provided (but not guaranteed against interruptions)

• Ceiling Fans throughout

• Covered and Open (non-covered) decks with porch furniture and rockers

• Outside shower on the walkway (not enclosed).

• Gas Grill (shared) - Gas is not provided if it runs out...but we will reimburse you for the cost of a refill tank

in addition to 425 for your time for going across the street to Ace Hardware to pick up a refill.

• Beach Chairs and Beach umbrellas are not provided (better Very Sturdy commercial-grade umbrellas and chairs may be rented at a number of different places including: Island Essentials, EI Beach Gear.


Weekly only

No smoking

No pets

NOTE: ALL Reservations must be made online through the VRBO website. We do not accept any other forms of payment. That is our agreement with VRBO.


• Swimming (Pool and Ocean)

• Shelling

• Boating

• Kayaking

• Kite-boarding

• Paddle-boarding

• Wind surfing

• Jet-ski rentals

• Fishing

• Clamming

• Bicycling/Jogging/Walking (Miles of Bike Paths starting 2 blocks from the house)

Site-Seeing / Day-Trips on the Crystal Coast (most are less than a 45-minute car ride)

• NC Aquarium (Pine Knoll Shores – 15 minutes away)

• Historic Beaufort (45 minutes away) NC’s 3rd Oldest Town, dating back to the 1700’s. Waterfront Gift-shopping, NC Maritime Museum, 10 minute kayak over to the Island full of wild Ponies. See the house that Blackbeard stayed in. See a small cemetery that dates back to the 1700’s with a few Revolutionary War Soldiers buried there.

• NC Maritime Museum (in Beaufort) See artifacts for local Blackbeard’s Ship and much more

• Carrot Island - Kayak up to the Wild Spanish Horses from the 1700’s

• Cape Lookout Lighthouse (45 minute car ride to a high-speed boat ride over to the Island). Take your bathing suit because they drop you off on the beach for clear-water swimming and sunbathing right in front of the 150-year old lighthouse.

• Cape Lookout National Seashore: 56 miles of undeveloped shimmering beaches. Ride along the ocean by car.

• Shackleford Banks – Wild Spanish Horses from the 1700’s

• Swansboro

• Fort Macon – Historic Civil War Fort

• Fishing Trips (everywhere)

• Morehead City – Starting point for Wild Horse & Shelling Safari day trips

• Theodore Roosevelt National Maritime Forest



More Details

Member since: 2015
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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
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Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Don

Our family has been spending summer vacations on the East Coast since the very early 1900's when our Great Grandfather took my Grandfather as a boy down to the barrier Islands off the Eastern seaboard. Sadly, as much as all the older generations LOVED the shore, they were never able to afford to buy a house there. My Grandfather had the opportunity to 'buy' a lot on an Island for $200 in the early 1900's, but in his own words; 'that was too much money' back then...he couldn't afford it...he grew up in the great depression. We need to remind ourselves that we are a very blessed generation to have been able to finally buy a Beach House. It still took a lot of sacrifices and it is not easy, but we know it brings a lot of joy to a lot of people...not just us. We have a young 'special-needs' boy, and there is no greater feeling than watching his face when he is at the Beach! We are sure this will bring many fond memories to your Children... if you can simply put down the cell phone, computer and remote while you are here and just enjoy being with your family at the Ocean!

Don purchased this house in 2001

Why Don chose Emerald Isle

Our Father decided that since he was just a few more years away from being about to retire that he wanted to buy a house on the NC Coast and retire there. He visited the entire NC coast looking at real estate and he apparently fell in love with Emerald Isle because he singled it out and focused on the market there. Sadly, two weeks later after making his last trip there, he passed the young age of 54.

Many Years later, when I decided to buy a Beach house on the Oceanfront, I started taking trips to every Island and every town up and down the NC Coast. Upon doing so, there was no question that Emerald Isle was by far the prettiest Island in my opinion. It's natural beauty is everywhere you look. It has pristine beaches with very clean, warm water. The Ocean is shallow and great for children. The architecture on the Island is a mix of Sandcastles and small cottages. There is maritime forest with old curvy tall Live Oak tree's. There is fine dining, miles of bike paths, a wide beautiful Sound for boating and so much more.

What makes this house unique

Clean, warm, shallow Ocean water with expansive, pristine white sandy Beaches!!! Pure Nature at it's best!

The Island runs East to West allowing views of both the sunrises and sunsets.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our week here is ending and I am sorry to leave. This was exactly what we needed this year. I was awake every morning to watch the sunrise. Some mornings I watched from bed. Some I went out and took pictures. Overall a great vacation. Loved sleeping to the sound of the waves.
Oct 2014
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Emerald Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1475 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathrooms completely renovated in 2010.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Notes: Oceanfront 1st Floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Note: Oceanfront 2nd Floor (with Private Oceanfront Balcony)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Note: Streetside 1st Floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Note: Streetside 2nd Floor
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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North Carolina

Best beach vacation for our entire family

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the Shangri La on Emerald Isle. We rented both sides of the duplex to accommodate us, our 3 children, and grandchildren. We couldn’t have found a better place. The set up was perfect. Better than anywhere we have stayed before and we will definitely be coming back to this home. Everyone loved the large private heated pool and the beautiful beach only steps away. The views were spectacular any part of the day or evening. Don, the owner, checked in on us to make sure everything was as we expected. All the years we have been taking our children (and now grandchildren) on vacation they told us this was best place we have ever stayed at.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach house!!

  • 5 of 5

The heated pool was awesome to have in September. Beach access was superb. Able to enjoy both beach and pool experiences. Would consider this house again.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great week! The house was perfect for our needs. The pool is beautiful, the view is beautiful and the location great. Don is a vey gracious landlord and checked in on us to make sure everything was as we expected. We look forward to out next visit to E.I.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wake Forest, NC

Shangri La in Emerald Isle, NC

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Shangri La in Emerald Island, NC for the past 3 years and have had wonderful experiences every year. The house is always clean and very comfortable. There is a private pool between the house and the beach and we have really enjoyed having a private pool to relax in at any time we choose. The house is right on the beach and only about a 100 yards from the house. We take our entire family and there are 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms which accommodate us very comfortably. Don, the owner, is extremely accommodating and strives hard to make sure our stay is as perfect as possible. We very seldom leave the house as we use the kitchen to prepare all our meals so we can't recommend any restaurants but I hear their are several excellent restaurants on the island. We are looking forward to going back again this year. I highly recommend this Home.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Classic beach house with an Amazing Pool and Great Views!

  • 5 of 5

This house has been beautifully decorated in calming beachy colors and was very clean. The pool was simply AMAZING…everything about is very large, very new, well-maintained, crystal clear water, a nice strong breeze off the Ocean day and night. The pretty pool lights at night make for a very peaceful, romantic view. We couldn’t believe all the stars we can see at night from the Oceanfront decks! And the moonlight reflecting over the glistening ocean was just so wonderful. We spent most of the time in the pool, on the Beach or on the decks…coffee in the morning and red wine in the evening while listening to the waves. The concrete deck was so cool on the children’s feet (unlike other decks where we stayed!). Again, we can’t speak highly enough about the Pool! The house was inviting and the beds were comfortable. The rooms were large enough to comfortably accommodate our 4 young children and 4 adults on our stay. The kitchen met our needs for making all of our meals during our stay. The owner told us this was an older home but has an amazing new pool and so we weren’t expecting a new, perfect home but we were pleasantly surprised. If you are looking for a great value with an Amazing Pool…this can’t be beat! We plan to return.

Lynda P.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as described and more

  • 5 of 5

Property was exactly as described--nothing particularly fancy regarding amenities except the pool which is fantastic. We found everything to be functional and clean and the location simply cannot be beat. You are literally 75 yards from the back door to the water's edge--which includes waking past the pool. Also very close to a small shopping plaza with a grocery store, fantastic pizza, hardware / bait & tackle store, and state liquor store. There is additional fine(r) dining within a 5 minute drive and wave runner / parasailing within 25 minutes in Atlantic Beach. This is a classic no-frills East Coast beach house that is comfortable without being flashy. We could not have been happier to have this as our base of operations for the week as again we were steps from the ocean. They have wisely provided a foot wash / outdoor shower for each side of the rental (it is essentially a side-by-side mirror-image duplex) as you come off the beach to minimize sand in the pool and in the house. The other side of the property was occupied while we were there and we did not once hear them nor did they hear us--so whatever insulation and / or soundproofing was done between the units is very effective. Also of note is that you are no more than a 10 minute walk from the pier and the properties around this one are similar in that we found nothing but families and a hugely relaxing, low-key atmosphere. We cannot recommend this enough if your focus is on the vacation and not needing marble and granite to do so. The sleeping accommodations allow for a number of different options which with a combination of kids and adults was greatly appreciated. The owner could not have been nicer nor more concerned with our stay which is also a definite selling point. We will be booking again next year. One last word of advice: pay attention to the speed limits (generally 25 mph) in the neighborhoods as the Emerald Isle Police regularly patrol the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
78 Miles
Wilmington, NC (ILM)
Nearest Ferry
12.4 Miles
Bear Island Hammocks Beach State Park Ferry
Nearest Golf
8.2 Miles
Crystal Coast Golf Country Club, Pine Knoll Shores
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rucker Johns, Kathryns, The Ice House


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee(Owner pays) $0
Reservation Fee (none) $0
Linens Fee (Owner pays) $0
Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 12.75%

PAYMENT TERMS for 2017: Traveler pays 50% at time of booking and the remaining 50% balance (and taxes) is due 60 days prior to check-in date. If making the reservation less than 60 days prior to check-in, full payment is due upon booking. For all ‘Spring’ 2017 weeks, we ask that traveler pays 50% at time of booking and balance on or before Nov. 30, 2016. (This is because our ‘Spring’ Heated-Pool Season is in high demand and most traveler’s book those reservations at least 6 - 9 months prior)
EARLY-BIRD SAVINGS: Bookings made prior to January 1, 2017 will lock into 2016 year’s rates (lower rates). Rates are increased each January 1 for the new Season.

Reservation Fee = 0. Unlike many other Homeowners, we don’t charge a Reservation Fee.
Copy of Rental Agreement is available for your review by simply clicking on the "Request to Book" icon.

See below. See Rental Agreement for more details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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