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About this Property
“Life’s a Beach” Upper unit is a Pet Friendly upper duplex managed by Dale and Salt Water Real Estate and is the ideal beach location to bring the ENTIRE family, paws and ALL! This second floor two bed/one bath apartment is just two blocks from our sandy shores, a moderate walk to downtown CB, and all the sea sights, sounds, and experiences you are looking for!
Pleasure Island (Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher) has become a RAPIDLY increasing vacation (and full-time!) destination for the East coast and beyond for many reasons. Because we are in fact a true island, our "max. capacity" and restricted parking options will always limit the number of visitors who can both rent on and visit our Island simultaneously! Although always relative, this provides a bit more elbow room and open space than average for those looking for more “distancing” and privacy than some bigger public beaches. It’s a family-aligned beach with a touch of everything one might be looking for! It’s an AMAZING place to visit, live, and never leave!
The suite is in the heart of Carolina Beach and moderate walking distance to downtown and everything that is has to offer. In Carolina Beach you’ve got the boardwalk, eateries, and local stores of all kinds. If you like adventures, the marina is also there where you can take an offshore fishing trip, diving excursion, or event boat out for a sunset sail. Camping more your thing? Bring the 4X4 and drive (and camp) on the beach at Freeman Park, located on the North End of the island. You can also head down to Kure Beach and fish directly off their fishing pier compete with bait, tackles, and more! The Carolina Beach Lake is close by, hosting a weekly Farmer’s Market every Saturday, FIREWORKS every Thursday, and outdoor summer movies on Sunday’s (on a huge inflatable screen in the middle of the lake!). We welcome you to sit back, relax and appreciate yourselves because that's exactly what the beach is for! * (due to Covid, please be prepared for periodic deviations from our usually scheduled events).
These suites are a mixture of the original “period” construction and old-world appeal, a kiss of shabby-chic modernity, and today’s technology because hey, there’s got to be something for everybody! Each suite has its own distinct traits, quirks, and characteristics. Above all else, it should feel like your “home away from home” while visiting with us on our Island!
The entry to this 2 bedroom, 1 bath suite opens into a freshly furnished family room combined with an open dining area and entirely equipped kitchen (stove oven, refrigerator). The kitchen is supplied will all the basic cooking and dining silverware one can expect (plates, bowls, cups, silverware, etc.). In addition, there is a microwave, toaster, coffer maker and blender ready to help make yourself at home! Courtesy organic soap and shampoo are left in the bathroom of each suite as well as a (1) starter roll of TP, a (1) garbage bag, dish soap, and a sponge in each kitchen. *It is important to note that it is NOT an owner’s job to provide personal family items for guests. From toiletries and linens, to community food stuffs and condiments it is ESPECIALLY important during this current climate for any used items of another to be discarded before our new guests arrive to ensure an optimally hygienic space
The unit's ONE QUEEN, ONE FULL, and ONE TWIN + TWIN bunk bed consist of either a plush luxury bed or a new encased 8” memory foam/cooling gel composition bed because we want all of our guests to be comfortable when it comes time to recharge. Remember, linens are NOT supplied to keep your prices low. You can bring them from home with you, buy them locally, or rent them (refer to Oceanside Linens).
There is one intelligent TV in each suite to utilize one's personal subscriptions (such as Netflix or Hulu) along with a WIFI computer connection for when it's time to sit back and savor some movies or shows after a long day at the beach! Bring a Fire Stick, Apple TV, Laptop w/ HDMI cable or another such casting device if looking to ensure all the tech amenities from home are available during your stay!
The outdoor shower is located on the lower right of the building to help get that sand off of those toes!
The SUITE: Guests have full access to their own private SUITE (never shared) along with a private deck. The back yard is shared by BOTH suites and should not be used for family pets to run loose unattended at any time. Proper pet etiquette and owner responsibility should be followed at all times!
PARKING: Each guest will have access to (2) TWO 8'x14' assigned parking spaces. Any additional community parking spaces would have availability on a first come first serve basis. We do not recommend any local lot or proprietor.
Pleasure Island is a coastal barrier island in Southeastern North Carolina, USA just south of the City of Wilmington. Pleasure Island is located within Federal Point Township, in New Hanover County. The coastal resort towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, as well as the annexed communities of Wilmington Beach and Hanby Beach are located on the island. The building itself is one block away from the sea, and across the street from the Intracoastal Waterway. The property is set seven blocks from downtown Carolina Beach with its stores, activities, and dining. There are fireworks during the summer every Thursday nighttime, Movies at the lake each Sunday nighttime, and local fairs around the lake each Saturday morning.
Carolina Beach is a mix of friendly locals, snowbirds, and visitors all looking to escape the inland and enjoy the sand, surf, and sun. We really have an extraordinary community! Carolina Beach and the surrounding neighborhoods offer an array of sights and activities to enjoy while here. Some of these examples are (but not limited to) a subtle beach hike through Carolina Beach State Park, Fishing on the Kure Beach Pier, kayaking to one of the many islands surrounding the Intracoastal Waterway, watching canons blast during a historical reenactment at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site, or petting some Sting Rays at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Perhaps more calming and less “adventure” is your speed? Our own local Brewery (Good Hops) along with a round of Frisbee golf may be what the doctor ordered!
There isn’t anywhere or anything on our Island that isn’t accessible with foot power. Downtown Carolina Beach has multiple vendors such as Tony Silvagni’s Surf School @ 308 S Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 (bicycles, paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks, chairs, and umbrellas) for rent as an alternative to walking or driving. There's Sun Fun Units @1204 N Lake Park Blvd Unit F Carolina Beach, NC 28428. You can catch a Ferry to Southport in Kure Beach @ 2422 Fort Fisher Blvd S Kure Beach which leads to another ferry to Bald Head Island where NO CARS are allowed at all!
After all, you won’t catch many locals going OTB! (Over The Bridge). Everything you need is right here!
Other things to note;
•Salt Water Real Estate has partnered with the absolute best vendors our Island has to offer to help ensure guests can spend more time appreciating themselves and less time researching! Our partners include the Tony Silvagni Surf School for professional surf lessons, bicycle, umbrella, and chair units, Salty Dog Yoga, Squared Away Cleaning and Maintenance, TNL Kleans, and Oceanside Linens. Our partners support guests of Salt Water Real Estate with the highest caliber of local services for extremely competitive and pricing. They all contribute to the “Salt Water” experience and we <3 them for it!
•ALL suites are non-smoking (including vaping) and a heavy cleaning/repair charge can result if not adhered to. This includes porches, decks, balconies, and walkways.
•Linens (sheets, towels, floor towels, pillowcases, etc.) are NOT part of the suite rental. Pillows and basic comforters ARE included. Please refer to the linens chart supplied in the booking site description section for a unit’s bed sizes and plan accordingly. We partner with Oceanside Linens for any guests looking to rent a linen package as opposed to bringing or buying your own. They will deliver directly into the suite in advance of your stay!
• SWRE contractual peaceful hours begin at 9:00pm EST. Town ordinance may allow more latitude with regards to noise (11:00pm) but our expectations are to help ensure all guests, locals, and neighbors alike have an fun experience.
•NO BBQing on ANY decks or porches. This is a giant fire hazard and is fineable by the town (as is removing batteries from any smoke or co2 alarms). We work extremely hard to keep all our guests safe, and sometimes that takes teamwork!
•There is a $100 non-returnable pet fee for one approved pup and a $50 pup fee for a second. There is a two-dog max. unless an exception is granted. Cats are not allowed on premises.
•April 1st through September 30th, dogs are allowed on the Carolina Beach during restricted hours of BEFORE 9:00 am and AFTER 5:00 pm. On the extreme North End of Carolina Beach, dogs are allowed on leash 24/7 on leash. In Kure Beach, dogs are NOT allowed at any juncture. Fort Fisher accepts dogs on leash on the beach 24/7. Please be responsible to follow all town pet ordinances and have an awareness as to which beach you are on at all times!
•Please always consider TRAVEL INSURANCE from your respective booking site or vendor to help protect your costs in case of inclement weather or last-min. travel complications (court, illness, etc.). These items are NOT returnable scenarios unless the property itself is compromised. If that does happen, we will do our absolute best to find you alternative housing.
Tips to Save Money on your Rental
- Many rental owners and vacation rental houses supply Southport area travel books which feature coupons, either offered independently by merchants, or by a partnership between the property manager and the business itself. These guides may provide an excellent start to your rental home search.
- Are the vacation dates changeable? Off-season rates are usually a fraction of peak fees.
- Many vacation rental companies and owners offer discount rates for active and veteran men and women of the US Military, or repeat individuals of the same rental. Be sure to confirm with property management company to see if your vacationing gang is eligible for a special offer.
- Some homes are primarily suited for particular groups of travellers. Large event homes are perfect for weddings, wedding receptions and corporate escapes. Some properties appeal to beach bums. Other homes are positioned close to nightlife. If there's a certain Southport atteaction you simply love, search for rentals that cater especially to your needs.
- Management companies and individual rental owners often offer their guests an option to buy trip insurance protection. Trip insurance, which usually costs between 1% - 5% of the base term cost, provides vacationers reimbursement of their trip costs for any days missed as a consequence of personal health related emergencies or storms, as well as ensuing additional hurricane evacuation costs or expenses, such as an unforeseen motel stay or additional fuel. Trip insurance is definitely a bank account-saver if the unforseen occurs .
How to Book a Vacation Home
You may be shocked to find out how many rental homes are available at your destination. Rental accommodations have gained in popularity with the rise of online research sites like Tripadvisor and VRBO.
Virtually all rental properties in Southport are privately operated and many are represented by well-known local property management agencies. Property owners often choose management companies to facilitate web advertising, house cleaning and maintenance tasks.
Below are some tips and strategies to help you navigate the rental home search and reservation process.
Where to find and book the perfect vacation rental:
Do you think "“Life’s a Beach” Pet Friendly upper unit duplex" is the perfect rental property for your next vacation? Look over this checklist to confirm it fits all of your needs.
The Earlier You Start, The Better The Choices
Like many renowned vacation spots, In Southport the best rental homes are booked early. To guarantee the best choice of homes, we recommend searching and booking your Southport getaway 6-12 months before your travel dates, whenever feasible. Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years are excellent times to plan and book your vacation rental home..
Find your Spot and Determine Dates
Quite often, the hardest part of organizing your trip is figuring out where to go, and when. Once the big decisions are resolved, everything else becomes easier.
How Many Bedrooms?
Take a head count. How many beds and bedrooms will you be needing? Be mindful that most homes list maximum guest capacity, which usually includes sofa beds in the living room. You will need to determine what is suitable for the family. Generally rental home listings will summarize each one of the unit's specific bedrooms and beds.
What Are You Willing to Pay?
Most vacation homes are marketed with a cost range. Confirm the cost for your preferred trip. It could be at the top end of the range. Make sure that you get cost-sharing commitments from company well before reserving a pricey rental property. Generally, a single person in the group will be responsible for making the full reservation and collecting each party's share.
Let's Talk Amenities
What amenities is your family interested in? Do you want a rental with outside lounge? Are you more enthusiastic about wildlife or amusements? Does the unit have bicycles and beach toys available for use during your stay? Make a list of priority amenities to facilitate filter your search.
Accessibility and Special Concerns
Do people in your group have specific needs? If wheel chair access, elevators, pool lifts or other special devices are needed, factor that into your search. Almost all property listings will include a list of amenities.
What About 4-Legged Family Members?
Be sure to include your best friend! Even though quite a few rental homes permit household pets, guidelines and costs vary per property. Type of animal, size and dog breeds could be limited. Make sure that you read agreements and contracts carefully. Extra fees may apply when pets are included. When in doubt, ask the property manager and get it in writing.
Start your Search
Once the location, dates and people are decided, search multiple sources for the very best rental selection. Together with Homeaway, VRBO and Tripadvisor, we suggest searching Google for "Southport local vacation homes" for local rental management companies. Local rental home management companies proudly offer a superior rental experience.
Negotiate the Price
Re-read the description to make certain that the rental home has everything that you need. If something is missing, the vacation rental management company might know of comparable homes that suit your desires and budget..
Some property owners will negotiate rates, and some will not. If they are hesitant to budge on a peak-season stay, try asking for an additional night. Off-peak season offers your best opportunity to negotiate a lower rate.
Read the Entire Contract
Read through the whole contract and make certain you are aware who is responsible for:
- Internet Connectivity
- Phone service
- Pool Heating
- Pay Per View Movies
- Cleaning services and housekeeping
- Trash Pickup (and which day?)
- Maintenance policies
- Check in & Check Out Key Exchange
- Parking requirements
Be sure that your quoted fee includes all state taxes and fees.
Cancellation policies are different with each rental. Many rental contracts include an option for trip insurance. Trip insurance, which typically costs anywhere between 1% - 5% of your standard rental cost, can provide vacationers with reimbursement of their vacation costs (and subsequent rental home costs) for any days missed resulting from personal medical-related emergencies or storms, and additionally hurricane evacuation costs, such as a unanticipated hotel stay or extra gas.
Reserve your Rental
When everything looks correct, it's finally time to sign on the dotted line. Do not forget that most rental contracts require a considerable rental down payment and/or security deposit to safeguard the rental owner.
Get Contact Details
Make sure to get the property manager's contact number and entry/exit procedures for your rental. We recommend storing the contact's information in your smart phone and wallet.
Good job on booking your rental home! You're on your way to a fantastic vacation!
During your Stay
- Photograph at your arrival. To ensure that no damages are linked to your visit, create a record of any problem areas of the property. If you discover damages, or if fixes are needed get in touch with the property manager straight away. This can protect against disputes during checkout.
- Ask questions. You could need guidance for a gas fireplace, TV or hot tub. Contact your home manager. They are there to assist. A quick phone call eliminates many problems.
- Remember to be a good next-door neighbor. . Remember the golden rule and treat others the same way you'd like to be treated by vacationers next to your residence.
- Ask a local. Local residences can frequently point you in the right direction. Who better to ask where to order the best nachos, have a great date night, or the best areas for night life?
- Enjoy your stay! Ensure you protect the property owner (and your things!) by keeping the property secured when you are away, just like you would in your own home.
Check Out Time
- Check to make sure you've packed all of your possessions. Sweep all the rooms in the house for forgotten possessions. Inspect bathrooms, the garage, kitchen cupboards, patios, the swimming pool area, and anywhere else your gear might "hide".
- Make sure to walk through the rental one last time and look for damage. Whenever possible, do this walk-out review with the property owner present. If the property manager is not available, ensure that you take photos of the property to record its condition.
- How would you rate your experience? Just about all rental home management companies and rental websites allow renters to provide comments. If the vacation rental and/or property manager was first-rate, they will likely appreciate your recommendations. If something went wrong, we advise being kind but sincere with regards to your stay. Top property owners and managers will try hard to solve the issue.
Learn from your Stay
Hold a meeting with your traveling companions. Did everyone have a good time? If everything was outstanding, next year's trip planning will be painless. Maybe the rental wasn't ideal, and you'll better understand how to perfect your search for the next time.