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Oceanfront, Family Atmosphere

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Br 2.5 Ba, King & 2 Queen Beds, Jacuzzi, Hammocks On Br Decks;

Privately-owned 3 BR, 2.5 BA duplex town home ON THE BEACH in family atmosphere beach village. 4 flat-screen TVs with cable. WiFi cable internet. Washer/drier. Fully-equipped kitchen. Ceiling fans. Outdoor stainless steel charcoal grill. Outdoor hot/cold shower on deck. King master suite with Jacuzzi, walk-in shower. 2nd and 3rd bedrooms with queen beds. Nearby restaurants, grocery store, movie theater, miniature golf, water slide, go-carts, shopping. Saturday to Saturday rental.

Linen/Household Package $200: Includes linen for 3 beds; 12 bath/hand towels, wash cloths; kitchen dish cloths/towels; kitchen condiments (salt, pepper, spices, etc.); 12 rolls toilet tissue; 6 rolls kitchen paper towels; trash bags, laundry & dish detergent, miscellaneous cleaning items, some family-friendly DVDs for rainy days, and more. Email us for more detail.

Beach Package $250: Don't pack and bring all that stuff taking up room in your car. Let us provide it for you to use during your stay. Includes 6 beach chairs; large beach canopy; beach umbrella; cooler, 3 fishing rods/reels (tackle not included - locally available); children's age appropriate beach toys and body boards; 6 beach towels; 6 outside shower/dry off towels, sand shovels, buckets, big water gun, adult body board, ocean dipping nets for kids, hammocks for bedroom decks, safety rescue belt (not a toy), bocce ball set, plus more. Email us for more detail.

Widow's Watch Package - $200: This gives you access to the highest viewing point on our end of the island. The 360 degree panoramic unobstructed view is a must to get the full perspective of the surrounding geographical area of the sea and island. From sunrises to mid-day observations to sunsets like no other on the island, to nighttime viewing of all the astronomical wonders the cosmos has to offer. This is not recommended for small children or anyone with mobility problems. This package is not for everyone, but we have had many requests from guests to gain access, and therefore we are opening this area up as a possible area of interest for people with vista curiosity.

Message in a Bottle Package - $75: You provide the message and we'll provide the bottle & transportation of the bottle via a sea captain out to the Gulf Stream, approx. 50 miles off the Outer Banks of NC. The captain will release your bottle into the Gulf Stream, with currents that travel northeast and end up off the coast of Europe. We have no idea where or when your bottle may turn up. However, there have been reports of bottles found years later in faraway lands. Include your contact info and you may receive a surprise response in the future.

Things You May Hear or See from the Beach House that Could Seem Strange/Interesting or Just a Mystery

Witnessing the Sun and Moon Rise and Set

Our beach house is on one of the southernmost North Carolina Outer Banks islands and faces south out to sea. This means our beach runs east-west. Because of this geographic layout, we have several months during the year when the sun and moon rise and set over the ocean. The unique view of sunrises and sunsets can be breathtaking. Witnessing a full moon rising over the eastern horizon providing what appears to be a shimmering golden reflection path of sparkling diamonds to our beach house shore will just soothe your soul. All the sunrises and sunsets year round, especially when there are a few stratus clouds on the horizon in the direction of these events, can make you believe nature is painting these scenes just for you and your loved ones as “y’all” take it all in.

Deer in the Dunes

Keep an eye open for our local (almost tame) deer. They quite often cross our neighborhood streets and sometimes walk down them like they, too, are vacationers. We know, based on their tracks, they sometimes cross the dunes in front of our beach house at night. For reasons I don’t understand, they will occasionally walk down to the edge of the ocean before returning to their daytime bed down areas. Usually, they do not walk alone. Generally, there will be does, bucks and fawns in their group. They are truly wonderful to see.


Pelicans are very large birds that fly most often in groups along the beach that rarely flap their wings. They use thermals to stay aloft, mostly from the hot roofs of beach houses. I bet that Orville and Wilbur Wright studied their abilities to soar along the Outer Banks of North Carolina many years ago. They fly so gracefully, including what is known as ground effect lift in aviation terms/aerodynamics to glide very low over the water. This beautiful flight is only interrupted by a quick climb to ungracefully dive into the ocean head first to catch a fish. Oh! By the way, I have only seen adult size pelicans. How can that be? How can they seem to go from an egg to an adult without people ever seeing them in small and medium sizes? I surely don’t know.


Our beach house is on one of the few flyways for the Monarch butterfly (and other butterflies) as they migrate from Central Mexico to Canada and back to Mexico for the winter each year. When sitting on our decks, I have often had them land on my arms, legs, feet, and even my head as they rest a while along their journey. Have the camera ready.


Like the many species of butterflies, dragonflies pass through our front yard, or maybe it’s our back yard, depending on your perspective, as they migrate each year. From time to time they, like the butterflies, will land on you. Now, that is a real treat.

Sea Turtles

The adult female turtles come to our beach starting in May each year to lay their eggs in the sand and leave them to hatch out little turtles that crawl on their own to the ocean. You, too, may be so lucky to witness the hatching of the baby turtles and witness their trek to the water.


The sight of bottlenose dolphin (not porpoises, that’s a different animal) in front of our beach house is truly fascinating. No matter how many years and times I have had the pleasure of enjoying their interaction with the sea and other dolphin, I can’t help from stopping what I am doing and take it all in again. They are truly smart and beautiful animals. If you get lucky, you may even see them jump high in the air and do flips or chase fish while surfing a wave with the help of the sun to enhance your view.

Sound of the Sea

The sound of the waves as they crash on each other and the beach can be soothing to the soul, even from your bed inside the beach house. I believe this is nature’s way of helping adults deal with their troubles of the day and help the children get to their dreams of the fun they will be having tomorrow.

Ride the Waves

You can see any type of apparatus you can imagine in front of the beach house to ride the waves and water. They include surfboards, body boards, skim/boogie boards, paddle boards, kayaks, kite boards, Hobie cat sailboats, jet skis, and windsurfing, not to mention any kind of flotation device you can think of. Most of these items are available to rent and lessons are offered. Check the basket on the counter.

What You Can See at Night

Your view of the universe as seen from our south facing decks over the ocean with no lights to interfere with your view can be breathtaking. Even if your knowledge of the cosmos is limited, you will be dazzled by looking edge-on at our own galaxy “The Milky Way”, the Moon as it goes through its fazes, planets as they appear to move faster than the stars and sometimes go backwards, constellations (Orion during the winter months is my favorite), and satellites as their steady star-like light appears to move rapidly through the stars. All of this plus an occasional meteor as you are laying on your back in our hammock can really open your eyes.

Lightning Fireworks Show

Occasionally at night, you can be a witness to nature’s amazing lightning show display out over the ocean. These shows can usually be seen from March through October.

More Details

Harry Sloan
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2018

About Harry Sloan

Local North Carolina owner. Retired construction executive, sports enthusiast. I enjoy golfing, flying airplanes, time at the beach, and my grandchildren.

Harry Sloan purchased this house in 1997

Why Harry Sloan chose Emerald Isle

The family beach atmosphere is what drew me to Emerald Isle. This is not a party/commercial beach, but a quiet seaside community.

What makes this house unique

VIEWS, VIEWS, VIEWS. Beautiful sunsets and sunrises, night views of the stars, planets, and Milky Way. Dolphin watching from the living room, bedroom, or deck. Sea turtles nesting and hatching at the front door. Watching boats go by, and pelican shadows crossing over. In late evening, you may see a family of deer crossing the street and sand dunes.


Emerald Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , 2 separate sinks; large bay window with ocean view
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , large deck with chairs facing ocean
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , large deck with chairs facing ocean
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , large bay window with ocean view
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Linen/Household Pkg $200: Accommodates 6 people; Includes linen for 3 beds; 12 bath/hand towels, wash cloths; kitchen dish cloths/towels. So you won't have to start from scratch when you arrive, we are providing kitchen condiments/staples (salt, pepper, spices, etc.); 12 rolls toilet tissue; 6 rolls kitchen paper towels; 3 boxes Kleenex and more. See packages in main property description or email owner for more info... Beach Package $250: Don't pack and bring all that stuff taking up room in your car. Let us provide it for you to use during your stay. Includes 6 beach chairs; beach canopy; young children's beach toys; 6 beach towels; 6 outside shower/dry off towels; shovels; buckets; etc. See Packages in main property description or email owner for more info.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

A keeper!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here and would certainly come back to this immaculate, well-supplied home. Kudos to our wonderful VRBO host! Thank you, Harry, for making this such a special vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful experience. Everything you need is there

  • 5 of 5

Impeccably maintained home, private, excellent access to beach. Harry does an outstanding job and tries hard to make it easy on the guests. We would stay here the next time we return to E.I.!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home-great vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time using VRBO and I have to say we were impressed! Harry met us when we got there and had cold refreshments waiting for us. The house was gorgeous and perfect for our family of 4.

Harry had all the information we needed to make getting around town a breeze.

This is definitely the place to stay!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Views and All the Amenities

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay at this house. The views from every room were amazing and it was so convenient being right on the beach. Many of the homes we looked at required us to bring everything from dish soap to linens. This home had everything we needed and more. There were beach towels, beach chairs, dish soap, laundry soap, pots/pans/utensils, and many food staples in the pantry. They even start you off with a bottle of water and a bag of ice. The owners are friendly and welcoming. The house was immaculate! We felt right at home from the minute we arrived. They even provide a basket full of brochures and information to help you navigate all of the local restaurants and attractions.

The location is great ... not too far from the main road and all of the things to do. The beach wasn't over-crowded and the water is just as gorgeous as in the pictures. I was worried about staying in a townhouse but the neighbors were quiet and didn't seem to mind our 3 small kids running around for a week. Thanks to Harry and the pride he takes in his home, this was one of the best vacations we have ever been on. I can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful beachfront home

  • 5 of 5

Other reviews caught my eye as they described the house as being the cleanest rental ever. This property didn't disappoint! Well kept up, clean, and well stocked with cooking /baking pans, beach towels, detergent, soap and basics. Clearly owners who care about their property. Gorgeous view. Helpful info packet to keep home as nice as you find it and to explore nearby area. Accommodating and helpful. And Harry's a good writer you'll note, as well, in your exchanges! Master suite on the third floor. Not ideal for those with overly tired knees if that's an issue. We'll be back. Great family spot.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenville, NC

Beautiful Beach Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

So much to do in this fun beach town ~ we walked the beautiful beach and even rented Kayaks! Rode bikes to restaurants and shopping! Great walk/bike trails in Emerald Isle. AND quaint sea-side towns all around...I needed more time to do everything there is to do in this area. The HOUSE is top notch! I woke up every morning staring at the ocean!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
New Bern
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Star Hill
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Jackie's Grille
Car: necessary

State aquarium 10 miles away; Hammocks Beach State Park 8 miles away; Quaint Swansboro Village 4 miles away; Deep sea fishing; Sailing; Coastal tours via cruise boats; Shelling; Dolphin watching; Wild pony tours; Cape Lookout ferry trips; Kayaking; Parasailing; Surfing instructions; Paddle boarding; Watersports; Jet Ski rentals; Flyboard; Kite surfing; Boat rentals; Bicycle rentals; Golf; Scuba; Bowling/Entertainment complex; Historical sites (Maritime Museum); Seasonal Old Homes Tours; Double Decker Bus Tours; Fort Macon


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.75%

Weekly rentals only. Additional $300 added for weeks included for weeks including a Holiday: New Years, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In the unlikely event there is a mandatory evacuation of the island due to a hurricane, we will reschedule your vacation. Keep in mind that usually these evacuations are for a day or two, and therefore you could resume your stay, unless there is significant damage. If you lose days, we will credit your next stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.