Oceanfront 3BR 2BA Cottage near Ocean Crest Pier & Middleton Park, OKI
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About Allen Homan
We are a fun and active family that loves to travel. We especially love warmer climates and the ocean! We live in the Midwest and look forward to our 4-5 visits a year to Oak Island. We also enjoy sharing our hidden gem in Oak Island with extended family, friends and VRBO guests. As parents of an active boy we enjoy watching our son play sports and being involved with the Boy Scouts. When we come to Oak Island it is all about relaxing, eating fresh seafood and enjoying the beach.
Allen Homan purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Allen Homan chose Long Beach
We fell in love with Oak Island in 2001 and have been vacationing here annually ever since. We are beyond thrilled to finally own a piece of this paradise! We love that Oak Island is full of beach cottages and homes rather than huge condos, skyscrapers and hotels. We prefer the family-oriented quiet atmosphere of Oak Island, local restaurants rather than chain restaurants, and the southern charm of Southport. Watching sunrises and sunsets from the deck is beyond beautiful. Although Oak Island has grown over the years it has done so in a great way. They have improved outdoor parks and activities by adding tennis courts, basketball courts, a skate park, walking paths, nature trails, farmers market and more. Oak Island is the best kept secret in NC!
What makes this Cottage unique
The view of the ocean is amazing. The screened in porch is roomy and wonderful. The outside deck is spacious and great for sunbathing and relaxing. We love the location near Ocean Crest Pier, Middleton Park, close to Food Lion, restaurants and shops. If you love thrift shops then Oak Island is for you! Although Po Buoy is an original 1955 cottage it has been well cared for over the years and many updates have been done. It is bright, airy, beachy and eclectic fun. All beachfront homes have to deal with the harsh weathering due to the salt, sea, winds, storms, sand and sun. We have a great crew that helps us keep up with Mother Nature!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We loved this property! Took my family of 5, including my wife and 5 y.o., 3 y.o, and 1 y.o boys. My parents also came for the vacation and we all had a blast! The house was big enough to accommodate all 7 of us. Although the washer and dryer space is a little tight, it’s very doable and very convenient to have after spending days on the incredible beach! The house has most of the amenities you’d want or need. One recommendation would be to keep a cooler on the property for guest to take down to the beach, but at this point I’m stretching to think of any other helpful critiques.
Allen does very fast and direct communication to answer any questions you may have. We were able to rent a tent and 2 person Kayak from Mr.Beachrentals and they delivered them within an hour to the house. Made that beach day even more enjoyable!
We highly recommend the restaurant on the pier, for both steak and seafood alike.
Thank you Allen for the wonderful accommodations, we hope to be fortunate to come back and visit your house in the future!
Nice quiet family vacation.
We enjoyed the house location and the ocean. Nice quiet family beach away from the hustle and bustle of larger beaches.
Thank you for your positive review! We love that OKI is a quiet and uncrowded beach community. We prefer the laid back and less busy beaches. We also enjoy eating at local restaurants over chain restaurants. I am so glad you had a great family vacation!
Overall excellent place to stay
The good: Location, short walk to ocean, nice view from porch, plenty of toys for the kids (3 y.o. and 5 y.o.) to play with indoors and on the beach, includes lots of handy items for the house like dryer sheets/washing detergent/dishwashing detergent/ toilet paper/garabage bags/paper towels etc... the house is small, but it was big enough for two adults and three little kids, finally there are very comfortable beds
The bad: No garbage disposal, house has very unlevel floors, dryer only opens half way b/c the laundry room is too narrow for bottom loading dryer, and it's a tight squeeze to get anything out of the dryer, if they switched to a stackable front loader washer/dryer, this would fix this problem :) The furniture inside is not comfortable at all except the beds, the outer wicker furniture in the screened in room is rusting apart and very uncomfortable, the outside deck furniture is all plastic, but reasonably comfortable.
The odd: We had two incidents, there were consecutive days where we spotted cockroaches in the kitchen, as well as a giant water beetle that climbed up my leg. I didn't feel like it was a result of uncleanliness, probably just bad luck, I called the manager and a bug tech was out the next day, and we didn't have any issues after that. The other issue was someone pranked our house and the next door house by banging on the windows at midnight. This obviously has nothing to do with the rental itself, and the police responded quickly to the house but were not able to figure out what had happened, bad luck I guess.
Overall: We enjoyed our stay, and would definitely visit again.
Thanks for your 5 star review and your comments. We describe our house as cozy, cute, compact, and small because it is a small traditional 830 SF Carolina beach cottage. This is why we request that people stick to our 7 maximum people (and 3 max children). It is small but full of Carolina charm! I am sorry that a lack of garbage disposal was inconvenient. We chose not to replace the garbage disposal again after replacing 7 times in one year. The flooring has changed a lot in each room over 64 years which contributes to some unlevel flooring. It is all covered by carpet except for the kitchen and baths and does not pose a tripping or safety hazard. We had several compliments from past guests about how comfortable our couches were (and firm since we had the cushions redone). I think it is just a matter of what a person prefers. Some like it soft and some like it a little firmer? Our clothes dryer died in 2017/18 and we had it replaced. Unfortunately, our handyman did not know until after it arrived that the dimensions were right but where the vent and electric attaches were different from our old one and it pushes it forward more than our other one. The laundry room is a tight but functional space. We plan on replacing it with a stackable unit once the current washer or dryer stops working. We are surprised to hear about the wicker furniture rusting as it is mostly plastic and rubber. I will have our cleaning crew check it out. Again, I think that it is a matter of what individual people find comfortable. We offer the resin wicker chairs, plastic chairs, plastic adirondack chairs, rocking chairs and a picnic table. Lots of seating options. We have an exterminator that sprays 2 times a month Spring, Summer and Fall. Somtimes Waterbugs, cockroaches, and Palmetto bugs are part of warm and wet environments and seek shelter inside after it rains which it has done a lot. Call us like you did and we call to have the exterminator come out ASAP. We have never had anyone report any incidents or pranks before. I am sorry that happened. We don't have control over other rental homes or their visitor behavior. I'm sorry that happened and I am glad you call the police. I am glad that you had a good experience overall and would come back! Thanks again for your review and comments. We constantly strive to improve.
Our days at the beach
It's was a very nice and clean we hope to stay again.
Thank you for your wonderful review! My wife was there a couple days before you. She did the deep cleaning, steamed carpets & couches, bought new chairs and seat cushions for the screened room, and new hose for outdoor shower. Purchased new bath towels & face cloths, bed sheets, restocked kitchen and house cleaning supplies for the summer season. We hope to have you back again soon!
Another great vacation
This was our second stay at Po’Buoy and everything was perfect. We had everything we needed and the location is perfect. Allen was quick to respond to a question I had as well. We definitely plan on returning in the future.
Thank you for coming back! We love the location right on the beach. We are 1.5 miles to Food Lion, many restaurants, and shopping. Only 1/2 mile to Middleton park and less than a mile to Ocean Crest Pier...we think it is perfectly located!
Hope to see you again soon!
My friends and I take a beach trip every year and this was the best house we have every stayed in on our annual trip. There were five of us and the house was very clean, stocked with supplies and great location. We plan on coming back!!
Thank you for the huge compliment! We love our beach cottage. It is super convenient to Food Lion grocery, restaurants, the Ocean Crest Pier and shopping. I will definitely pass your compliments on to our housekeeping staff. I hope you and your friends return again next year!
Oak Island has the beach for sunning and swimming, fishing, Ocean Crest Pier, Middleton Park, local restaurants and shopping.
Historic & quaint neighboring Southport offers restaurants, shopping, museums, history, and galleries at the mouth of the Cape Fear River.
Ft. Fisher Ferry will take you on a ride across the Cape Fear for $14 per car round trip. Visit the NC Aquarium, historic museums, or Carolina Beaches.
Ft. Myers is a 60 minute drive away. Wilmington is 35 minutes away.