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About this Property
Southport is located where the Cape Fear River meets to the Atlantic Sea. The harbor of Southport is protected by Bald Head Island and Oak Island, both of which have gorgeous lighthouses that are great tourist spots. The town of Southport is frequently ranked in national publications as one the most Striking modest coastal towns and most meticulous walkable communities. Search these terms on the web and you will find articles from USA Today, Only in Our State - NC, TravelMag, Southern Living, and others. The town is modest and filled with boutique stores and great eateries as visitors to the surrounding beaches all make Southport a must-see stop. There are no high rises or big hotels in Southport. The downtown waterfront area is mostly residential and has many historic homes. Southport’s historic charisma continues to remain strong. Walking tours of the historic sites or picnicking and watching the boats and freighters come and go from the harbor are favorite activities of both the residents and Southport visitors. The huge waterfront park in Southport is fabulous.
The 205 E. Brown St. Historic Cottage is ideally centrally located to savor all Southport has to offer. Located on a side street in a peaceful neighborhood and just 70 yards from N. Howe St., the 205 E Brown Cottage is also just a 5-min. walk (4 brief blocks) to the E. Bay St. waterfront park. 205 E. Brown is just a few yards away from Franklin Square Park, the local museum, and public tennis courts.
When you arrive at the 205 E. Brown St Cottage, you have parking for up to 3 cars rapidly in front of an inviting picket fence and a few steps away from the full side-to-side Coastal Cottage front porch. 205E Brown is generous with 2650 square feet and 2 levels. It is a shotgun-style home. This is a historical home and the local Historical Marker puts it at circa 1893. The Cottage has Heart of Pine floors throughout (both levels), 10’ ceilings on the main level, and door styling and trims that are true to the bungalow’s historic roots. Everything else in the home is modernized to today’s standards for an modren home.
As you enter the bungalow from the front porch, the first room is a game room, complete with pool table, sizable HDTV and delightful seating. A bedroom with Queen Bed is just off to the right of the game room, with a full bath (shower/tub combo) close by.
Just past the game room is a very enormous and entirely supplied kitchen with stainless appliances and a high-end gas stove. Fridge with ice maker, mounted microwave, water filtration system, dishwasher, cavernous counters, tons of cabinets, and huge cast iron sink are all includes of the kitchen. The kitchen cabinets include spices, crock pot, griddle, and all the other silverware and tools you would expect in a thoroughly outfitted kitchen. Kitchen includes a bar with chairs.
From the kitchen, and on the other side of the shotgun walkway is a room with stairway to 2 upper level bedrooms, the full bath for the adjacent bedroom. There is also a appealing sitting area in this room, ideal waiting place for that family member who is always ready on time while he/she waits on the others to finish getting ready for the group’s next marvelous Southport experience.
After the kitchen is a full-sized laundry room with additional huge capacity washer and dryer. Laundry room includes a folding table and an iron and ironing board. It has a ceramic tile floor. The laundry rooms and the bathrooms all have ceramic tile floors. All of the other living areas of the bungalow have heart of pine floors.
The next room is the dining room, which has a beautiful dining table restfully seating 6, plus 2 overflow chairs close by, and plus high chair. To the right of the dining room and also next to the kitchen is a private outdoor space, which is where we keep the gas grille- very convenient to both the kitchen and dining room. Great space with seating, private, and a good spot to appreciate the drink of your choice.
The last room on the main level is the living room. It is roomy with sectional couch and other seating and includes a 55” HDTV. There are 2 exits with glass sliders- one to the back outdoor space and one to a sizable screened porch to the side of the home. There is also a stairway to the privately accessed master suite for the bungalow. The attached screened porch on the side of the home is sizable and has a appealing couch and 2 lounge chairs and ceiling fan. The covered porch to the rear of the home includes a hot tub located in a spot where you can effortlessly see the living room HTDV or overlook the courtyard-style back yard.
The upper level Master Suite is not connected to the other 2 bedrooms on the top level. Both areas are accessed by separate stairways and are completely private to one another- a great feature of the bungalow. The Master Bedroom is sizable, has a king bed and generous closet, and is en suite. The Master Bathroom includes 2 sinks and a shower/tub combo. This bedroom includes a private balcony overlooking the courtyard.
The other 2 upper level bedrooms are charming-sized and share a hall bath with walk-in shower located on the brief hallway just outdoor of these 2 bedrooms. One of the bedrooms has a queen bed and the other 2 twins.
The courtyard behind the home is getaway-like and is surrounded by a 6’ privacy fence (10' in some places). Canopied evergreen foliage, flowers along the perimeter, picnic table, chairs, and hot tub all contribute to the courtyard’s glamour and appeal.
The 205E Brown bungalow cools generously with 3 separate central A/C units- one for the main level, one for the upper level 2-bedroom section and one for the upper level Master bedroom. Propane heat on main level and heat pumps upper level, 2 bicycles, games, alluring library, DVD players, classy audio system, hair dryers, and many other delightful touches to the home to make it a peaceful place to stay. The 205 E. Brown is modernized throughout.
The 205 E. Brown Cottage, although very close to the work district, is in a peaceful residential neighborhood. Our neighbors live full-time, and the homes are close together in the historic district. After dark, our visitors are expected to use "peaceful voices" outdoor, and keep that in mind when using the fire pit, the hot tub, or general activity in our great hardscapes courtyard in the back.
Regarding our hot tub, we have had great experiences with it with our visitors. We service it weekly. The hot tub is a fresh high end Hot Springs Spa in superb condition. The Hot Tub is not for children. Age 18 and up. If the hot tub has issues such that it would not be available (we have not had that happen yet), please contact us and we will do our peerless to get it back in service ASAP; however, it may not be practical, and if that is the case, we would not do a refund for the first 36 hours after the problem is reported. After that, we would rebate $30/day for any full day not available up to $150 for a week.
We searched for a long time in Southport before we found this gem unit. Each hour we are there, as we hear the church chimes play hymns as it the old church clock strikes each hour, we are reminded how much we have come to appreciate Southport, our location, and the 205 E. Brown Cottage. We adore it, and you will, too.
Money Saving Strategies
- Many rental owners and rental properties supply Southport area travel discount books which feature promotions, either offered independently by merchants, or via a relationship between the property manager and the local store itself. These guides can provide a great start to your rental search.
- Able to modify your trip dates? Shoulder seasons special offer impressive discounts.
- Are you a armed forces veteran? A number of management companies offer discount rates to vets and active-duty forces. Make sure to check with property owner to see if your travelling group qualifies for a special offer.
- Some homes are particularly designed for particular groups of guests. Event homes are best for weddings, receptions and corporate escapes. Some homes cater to wildlife enthusiasts. Other rentals are positioned close to night life. You'll get the most value from a home which most closely matches your ideal vacation setting, even if it costs a bit more.
- Management companies and individual rental home owners generally offer their clients the option to obtain trip insurance protection. Trip insurance, which generally costs between 1% - 5% of the basic stay rate, offers vacationers reimbursement of their travel costs for any nights missed resulting from personal health emergencies or weather, and additionally ensuing additional hurricane evacuation costs or expenses, such as an unplanned hotel room stay or extra gasoline. Trip insurance can be a bank account-saver if the unforseen occurs .
General Rental property Advice
Some people are surprised to discover the number of vacation rentals are located in their area of interest. With such a wide selection, guests are sure to select a property that suits their desires and price range.
The majority of rental homes in Southport are privately owned and many are represented by established local property management companies. Vacation rental management companies leverage scale, staff and expertise to provide painless operational management on behalf of the property owner..
We have developed a brief guide to assist you in getting most from your rental property experience.
How to find and reserve the best rental property:
Do you believe "Loaded Luxury Large Historic Cottage-Heart of Historic District-Near Waterfront" is the perfect rental property for your next family vacation? Browse through this checklist to make sure it fits all of your preferences.
Begin Your Search Early
Southport vacation rentals are reserved several months (and up to a year) in advance. Booking your rental home 6-12 months before your travel dates is usually recommended, when possible. Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years are excellent times to find and reserve your vacation home..
Decide on a Village and Date
Begin by picking which particular area of Southport you want to explore, and the choose dates you'll be vacationing.
Just How Many Beds?
Take a head count. How many beds and bedrooms will you need? Remember that that many rental homes list maximum guest capacity, which often includes sofa beds in the home's living room. You'll need to determine what is suitable for the party. Most rental home listings will summarize each one of the unit's specific bedrooms and mattress sizes.
Exactly What Are You Prepared to Pay?
The majority of vacation homes are presented with a price range. Confirm the cost for your selected week. It may be at the top end of the range. If many groups or loved ones are sharing the cost, always make sure each group knows their responsibility and has approved a maximum they are willing to pay. One member of your party needs to be given the task of gathering contributions and acknowledging responsibility for the entire rental price at time of reservation.
Its All About Amenities
What amenities is the group looking for? Do you just desire a vacation rental with a swimming pool, jacuzzi or volleyball court? Does the property need to be beach front, in the downtown area, or in close proximity to wildlife? Will the home have bicycles and beach toys available for use throughout your stay? Make a list of prioritized "necessities and preferences" from your group to help narrow your search to the most suitable property.
Elderly guests will thank you for not reserving a stairs-access-only condo on the Third floor. If wheel chair access, elevators, pool lifts or other special equipment is necessary, include that into your search. Nearly all property postings will include a list of amenities.
Your Puppy Needs a Holiday, Too
Do not forget to include your companion! Animal guidelines are different at each property. Study descriptions carefully. Many limitations might eliminate a potential rental home. Read your agreement carefully! Service fees may apply when animals are added. When in doubt, ask the property owner and get it in writing.
Where to Search
. Besides Homeaway, VRBO and Tripadvisor, we advise searching Google for "Southport local vacation homes" for local rental home management companies. Besides offering exceptional rental properties, local agencies provide fantastic service..
Negotiate the Price
Re-read the description to confirm the home has everything you need. If something is missing, the property management company might know of comparable properties that better suit your style and budget..
While not true for all rental homes, many property owners and property managers will negotiate rates. If they are unwilling to budge on a highly-desirable trip, try getting an additional night. This is more effective throughout the off-season when many homes sit vacant.
Study the Contract
Learn which of the following is included in your quoted rate:
- Utility bills
- Internet Connectivity
- Phone service
- Hot Tub Heating
- Pay Per View Movies
- Cleaning Fees
- Trash collection
- Maintenance (get a phone number)
- Key exchange
- Parking requirements
Get a total that includes state taxes, animal and other extra fees.
Do you know the Cancellation Policy?
Make sure you understand the cancellation policy before reserving. You'll probably be offered trip insurance. Trip insurance defends the renter against emergencies and weather events, It gives you relief should tragedy strike.
When everything seems right, it's finally time for you to sign on the dotted line. You will probably have to submit a security deposit at time of booking.
Where to Get Assistance
Put the property manager's contact info into your smart phone and wallet for easy access to answers during your visit.
Congrats! All that is left is enjoying your vacation!
During your Stay
- To make certain no damages are associated with your visit, make a record of any trouble spots of the property. If you find wear and tear, or if repairs are required get in touch with the rental manager right away.
- Ask questions. When there's any ambiguity about vehicle parking, policies of the property, property access, swimming pool functions, etc... we advise you ask the property manager immediately. A brief phone call avoids many hassles.
- Be considerate of the local community. . Respecting late-night quiet hours and vehicle parking rules can make a visit significantly more relaxing.
- Ask a local. Local people are a terrific source of recommendations. Who better to ask where to order the best chicken wings, have a great date night, or the best places for night life?
- Enjoy your stay! Remember to protect the property owner (and your things!) by keeping the vacation home locked up while you are away, just like you would at home.
Check Out Time
- Clean up a bit. Regardless of whether you're spending money on a cleaning fee, The property should be in good condition. Kitchen sinks full of dirty dishes, surplus beach sand on the floor and sticky messes should really be addressed before leaving.
- As soon as everything is out, begin a walk-through of the property to make sure no property damage occurred during your remain. We suggest walking through with the property manager whenever feasible (this may not be possible).. If the property manager is not available, ensure that you take photos of the property to record its condition.
- How was your trip? Most vacation rental management companies and vacation rental websites make it easy for renters to provide comments. If your rental home and/or property manager was top notch, they'll appreciate your praise. If something went wrong, we advise being pleasant but genuine about your rental experience. The best owners and managers will try very hard to fix the problem.
Learn and Improve
Hold a vacation recap meeting with your travel companions. Did everyone have a blast? Maybe everything turned out to be wonderful and you are all set to reserve the same property for next season. If the rental home wasn't perfect, and you will better recognize how to refine your search for the next time.