House, 4 Bedrooms + Den, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 12), Walk to Restaurants
- English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch
About Austin Lybrand
I'm a native North Carolinian who grew up spending two weeks at the beach every summer with my extended family: mom and dad, my sister, grandma and grandpa, and assorted aunts, uncles and cousins. Those vacations were glorious, marked by huge family dinners (often featuring the fish that dad and granddad had caught that very day) and by hours riding an inflatable raft in the surf. I've tried to recreate that feeling in Emerald Isle for my own family, and for yours. We take pride in lovingly maintaining – and continually updating – a house that we, and you, will want to return to again and again. A lawyer by training, I'm a traveler by calling and a flying trapeze artist by passion. I've lived in four countries and traveled in many more. Always, everywhere, I'm on the lookout for a place to ride the waves that were so important to my childhood – whether in a huge wave pool on the shores of the Danube in Vienna or in the frigid waters of the North Sea. In exotic places or back home in Emerald Isle with my boogie board, I'm twelve years old again. Come to the beach and play! I’d love to chat with you about our beach house. Look for the “Contact Owner" link on the right-hand column, and we’ll respond quickly. We find it is very helpful to have direct conversations with all our renters. We want to be as certain as we can that our house is a good fit for your vacation needs so you will have a great experience, will want to return and will recommend us to your friends. And, we want all our renters to understand that they are guests in the home of a family just like theirs, because we believe that will encourage our renters to treat our home with the same care and respect they would want us to give their own home; that, in turn, helps us offer remarkably low rates.
Austin Lybrand purchased this House in 1994
Why Austin Lybrand chose Emerald Isle
When I returned to the States in the early 1990's after a diplomatic posting to South America, I began looking at beach houses within a few hours drive of my permanent residence in central North Carolina, in an area that had ample services but was not overbuilt. I visited scores of oceanfront houses, but none of them sang to me. Finally, I found a lovely vacant lot on a quiet cul-de-sac in Emerald Isle, and I set about designing a house that would incorporate the best features of what I had seen during my search.
What makes this House unique
We truly enjoy being able to walk and bike everywhere; we can easily park our car in the carport and not use it for two weeks. And, since we are always doing maintenance to keep the house fresh for you, we have come to love the smell of acrylic paint and caulk mixed with the salt air as we enjoy the ocean view from the top of a ladder!
On a case-by-case basis!
No smoking inside house!
Case-by-case: dogs only; fee; inquire with Owner!
Two baby-gates provided.
Minimum age of primary renter:26
Max guests:12 (sleeps up to 12 adults)
Cancellation refunds are as required by NC law, only if Owner is able to re-rent the period. Full agreed rent is due unless Owner is able to re-rent.
Owner offers renter the opportunity to buy vacation insurance for mandatory evacuations, cancellation etc.. See Agreement.
See full Agreement for additional house rules.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
The home is one of the best locations, our only issue is there is no shaded deck to enjoy the view of the ocean. The shaded deck has a blocked view due to vegetation. The fees by Vrbo and owner are excessive plus cleaning and linens, these should be included in rental costs which was not cheap for off season, then the hurricane ruined the rest of our vacation.
Great family vacation spot
The location was great. Having the house so close to the beach made it so easy when kids wanted to go in for snacks or needed a nap. The house was close to shopping and several restaurants.
Beautiful view! Plenty of room for a large family .
Great place to spend a vacation !
Men's Retreat to The Crystal Coast
A wonderful house, a wonderful beach - our second time here. We had 10 people total, and had a great time. The kids loved being there, too. Austin and Margaret are thoughtful owners who work hard to make every stay a pleasure for all of their renters.
Beautiful location in Emeral Isle - close to shops - nice section of beach - and privacy.
Could not ask for a better vacation!
Thank you Austin!!
Our oceanfront house is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in a residential neighborhood a short walk from the Food Lion supermarket, a coffee shop, ice cream shops, movie theater, restaurants, surf shops, Bogue Inlet Pier, the liquor store, a hardware store with fishing supplies, beach shops, miniature golf courses, water slide, a go-kart track (well out of earshot!) and arcade. Golf carts for tooling about the island may be rented nearby.
Extensive paved bike/walk paths make exploring slightly more distant shops, services and scenery a breeze. Other adventures await you a short drive away: Emerald Isle Woods Park, boat and kayak rentals, deep-sea charter-boat and guided fishing, the historic ports of Swansboro, Morehead City and Beaufort, the wild ponies of Shackleford Banks, day cruises to Cape Lookout and dolphin cruises, the NC Aquarium, Cedar Point Park, Hammock's Beach State Park, Fort Macon State Park and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum. And, don't forget the wonderful walk along the beach from our house to Bogue Inlet at the western end of our island.
Swimming, boogie boarding, surf fishing (and your own fish-cleaning station!) are just steps away down your own private walkway to the beach!