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4/3 Designer on bay 2 Masters, Covered Porches, BEST Sunset, Pier, Fishing Light

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Bayhouse with endless bay, sunset, wetland views & late check outs, worth your $

FREE 3rd night in APRIL & MAY with EARLY CHECK IN & LATE CHECK OUT: 9 am CHECK-IN and 8 pm Sunday CHECK-OUT. Standard times are 4 pm and 11 am respectively. Email owner if you have different dates.

June 8-10 Weekend - Stay Sunday night 6/10 for free. Check out 11 am Monday June 11.

FISH NIGHT & DAY ON PRIVATE PIER: Speckled trout, Redfish and more - expansive waterfront home designed for multiple generations who enjoy the outdoors and fishing.

BEST BIRD WATCHING: Enjoy daily bird migration between federally protected bird sanctuary islands to the North and federally protected wetlands directly South of Nautical; watch Brown Pelicans, pink Roseate Spoonbills, Grey Blue Herons, Great White, Snowy and Cattle Egrets, various Terns, other Herons & the classic Laughing Sea Gulls. From Fall through Spring, birds migrate from as far away as South America. As our mantra says, 'It doesn't get any better than this!' ....

Nautical offers the best coastal outdoor living on West Bay. Expansive porches provide a panoramic view and ideal setting for sunsets and sunrises. 1000+ s.f. covered porches allow all to enjoy outdoor dining, watch kids fish (or play football, soccer or croquet in the yard) or just relax in 6 rockers and other outdoor seating areas.

West Beach, tourist attractions & restaurants are 5-15 minutes drive & The Strand district is 20 minute drive.

NEW HOME Built 2013:

MAIN FLOOR has 10 ft high ceilings and 7 ft windows that showcase the great views of West Bay and 50+ acres of wetlands. Great Room (Living, Dining, & Kitchen Area) has fireplace, TV and stereo, Two (2) King ensuite Master Bedrooms, powder/half bath and Laundry Room. Fully stocked kitchen features a large island with gas cook top and counter seating for 6. Dining Table seats 10 & game table seats 4.

UPSTAIRS has two bedrooms that share an expanded bathroom (double sink vanity area, shower/tub room and toilet closet/room).

GROUND LEVEL has a propane grill, outdoor sink & granite counter, fish filleting area, picnic table, 14+ chairs and two outdoor Cabana Showers with lots of hot water.


Main floor has 2 King Master Bedrooms with private bathrooms; One master includes twin bed & trundle. Upstairs floor has Bunk Room for 6 (all twin mattresses) and Vaulted Ceiling Bedroom with 2 Twin beds.


Great Room and 4 bedrooms have TVs, DVD players and HD cable boxes. Great Room's stereo has both WiFi Airplay and USB ports to speakers in Great Room and porches.


Private pier equipped with cleats and fishing lights. Launch your boat or kayak at the nearby boat ramp and catch bait fish along the pier or small ditch across the street. Outdoor fillet sink & counter.


Nautical offers more than 1,000 sq. ft. of covered porches, including a 15' by 13' screened porch. The porches provide a relaxed setting for conversation, bay watching, observing the birds' daily migration to wetlands and witness sunsets and sunrises. The Bay Porch spans over 50 ft of waterfront and wraps around to a 30+ ft East Porch.

BEACH READY: 5 minute drive to beach pocket parks. Nautical has beach towels, beach toys and several collapsible chairs.


Board games, cards, books, assorted DVDs and croquet set.


While Nautical is a fenced property, families with small children should know that Nautical has an un-fenced waterfront and low profile window sills that are approximately 1 foot from floor. The exterior stairwell features a keyed security gate which provides privacy.


Email owner to request 8 p.m. LATE check out and EARLY check-in. Prices include 15% hotel tax, cleaning, linens and $69 damage waiver coverage. A $200 damage/security deposit is required and will be refunded within 72 hours of your departure date.

No proms or large parties (wedding, graduation or college related) are permitted. We rent only to adults 26 and older. No pets on property. No smoking. Maximum sleeping occupancy is 14.

More Details

Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2018

About Owner/Property Manager

In 2008 Hurricane Ike destroyed our 1960s fishing camp. We built Nautical with over 1000 sq. ft. of covered porch including a large screened porch because the views are expansive and beautiful.

We poured our souls into Nautical's design and soothing seashell & sea-loving decor so please treat Nautical 'like it's yours'. Our location offers incredible views of bay, wetlands, sunrise & gorgeous sunsets. Relax on the porch and enjoy the birds' daily migrations: Brown Pelicans, pink Roseate Spoonbills, Grey Blue Herons, Great White, Snowy and Cattle Egrets, various Terns & the classic Laughing Sea Gulls. In the winter season elegant White Pelicans float for hours in the pier fishing lights. If you have watercraft, you can launch from a public access boat ramp within walking distance.

A Nautical lazy day: Grab coffee & watch sunrise from porch, eat breakfast, drive the kids 5 minutes to West Beach, collect seashells & build sand castles! Rinse sand off kids in 2 Cabana Showers before throwing burgers on the grill. After quiet time on the 58 foot wide Bay Porch, let children enjoy an afternoon of pier fishing, crabbing, or bird watching/cycling along our quiet, mile long street. Toss bread to seagulls from Nautical's private pier in late afternoon. After dinner, night fish on the pier or relax in the screened porch and enjoy the breezes and expansive skyline framing West Bay.

Owner/Property Manager purchased this house in 2013

Why Owner/Property Manager chose Sportsman Road

Our lot is situated in an idyllic waterfront & natural location yet civilization is at our doorstep. (Amusements, restaurants & stores are just 10 minutes away!)

We spent our childhood summers - fishing, crabbing, boating, sailing on West Bay and building sand castles, seashell hunting and riding the waves at West Beach which is just minutes away. Nautical's unique location allows all to observe the coastal birds daily and witness migrating birds (from as far away as South America).

The breezes, views, sounds of wave action, bird calls and Nautical's relaxed, coastal interior allow us to escape 'city life'. The 'kid in us' appreciates that Galveston's tourist attractions and restaurants are so nearby. We also enjoy watching the sunrises, sunsets, moonrises and stars from Nautical's porches!

What makes this house unique

UNIQUE NATURAL SETTING ON SECLUDED STREET: Bay front property with private pier and fishing lights, nearby public boat launch on our secluded street, and wetlands on the opposite side of the street. Even though its location feels secluded - Galveston's historic seawall is only 6 minutes away!

SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE: Enjoy fishing, crabbing, boating or watching boats cruise the bay. If you kayak, bring it because the inlets along West Bay provide great fishing and calm wave/tidal currents for paddling your water toy!! Nautical's private pier is equipped with many cleats. Do not dock boats overnight due to active tide.

INSPIRING SUNSETS & SUNRISES: Bring your camera because God's sunsets and sunrises can be spectacular! In the evening, the lights on the distant mainland, Causeway Bridge and Galveston Island nicely frame West Bay and create a beautiful skyline. From the East Porch and house, the rising moon is memorably huge and quick; Star gaze the constellations from the porches or pier because the stars don't have to compete against bright city lights.

BEST BIRD WATCHING: Enjoy the daily bird migration between the federally protected bird sanctuary islands to the North and federally protected wetlands directly South of Nautical; daily you'll see Brown Pelicans, pink Roseate Spoonbills, Grey Blue Herons, Great White, Snowy and Cattle Egrets, various Terns, other Herons & the classic Laughing Sea Gulls. From Fall through Spring, birds migrate from as far away as South America. As our mantra says, 'It doesn't get any better than this!' ....

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time. The fishing was great under the lights. Use glow in the dark spec-rigs and you will be happy. Wonderful family time with 3 generations sharing wonderful times.
Jul 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Sportsman Road in Galveston Island

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 9am Check In with 8pm Check Out when available
  • Private pier with custom fishing lights included
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Half Bath: Powder Room off Hallway - Toilet
    Bath 3: Upstairs Bathroom has 2 sinks - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Separate Shower Room. Separate Toilet Closet.
    2 Outdoor Showers & Changing Areas - Outdoor Shower , Rinse kids as you return from beach, fishing or riding bike.
    Bath 1: Bay Master's ensuite Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bath 2: Marsh Master's ensuite Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 3' x 5' Roll-in shower with grip bars
  • GROUND LEVEL: Two oversized, louvered outdoor Cabana Showers with hot water. Great for rinsing off in bathing suits after the beach! 'Toe Wash' at base of exterior stairs is convenient for rinsing off sand & grass.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bay Master with Private Bathroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Marsh Master with Private Bathroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Trundle bed under Twin
    Bedroom 3: Bunk Room Upstairs - 6 Bunk Bed , Two bunk beds sleep 4. (Trundle beds accomodate 2 more).
    Bedroom 4: Vaulted Twin Upstairs - 2 Single Bed , Room has cathedral ceiling and views of bay and wetlands.
  • MAIN FLOOR: Two Master Bedrooms have King beds, private baths, custom area carpets and coastal themed bedding that complement the views. The Bay Master has direct access to screened porch. UPSTAIRS FLOOR: Bunk Room has 2 sets of bunk beds with trundle beds to sleep 6; Bunk Room also has deep window seats, mounted TV, built-in drawers and large walk-in closet to hang clothes and stow suitcases. Vaulted Twin Bedroom has 2 twin beds, 32" TV, built in drawers and views of bay & wetlands. ALL BEDROOMS have ceiling fans, flat screen cable TVs and DVD players.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 20 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
GREAT OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS: 1000+ s.f. covered porches and 1,000+ s.f. paved ground level to enjoy Nautical's water front setting on Bay. Private Pier equipped with custom fishing light. Granite fillet table & sink on ground level. Bring your water toys! Beach towels and assorted beach chairs are available for use. If requested, beach toys are available.


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4/3 Designer on bay 2 Masters, Covered Porches, BEST Sunset, Pier, Fishing Light
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews

Perfect Weekend Getaway home

  • 5 of 5

First and foremost, Joan is the easiest and most accommodating owner I have ever rented from. The home is clean, beautiful and just as pictured. The location is perfect, you close to the seawall but still feel the peace and quiet at the rental. The house is fully stocked with all amenities and we have caught a abundance of fishes under the night time fishing lights. We will definitely be back to rent again.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect House on the Bay

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful house was perfect for our group 10. The location is amazing -fronting the bay and a quiet bird sanctuary on the back. Well stocked, extremely clean and well organized. Enjoyed beautiful sunsets from the porch every evening. Very close to the beach as well as downtown Galveston. Perfect house.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time on our visit. We are not only a reasonable distance to shops and restaurants but the kids had a blast I. The peer fishing kept the kids happy.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great get a way! Peaceful & lovely!

  • 5 of 5

We had wonderful family vacation at Nautical! We cooked with ease, we slept so comfortable and outdoors was wonderful, great fishing and family time downstairs & the beach is 10 min away! Of course we hope to go back again!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great interior design, very new and clean

  • 5 of 5

Love the light blue interior design, sea shell deco, very clean and neat , very new , every one enjoyed stay, caught lots fish , will recommend to my friends

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at previous homes in Galveston but this was our favorite. Very clean home and the owner was awesome.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
47 Miles
Houston Hobby Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Woody's - casual, beach views, outdoor seating
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Ferry to Explore Bolivar Peninsula, watch Dolphins
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Moody Gardens Golf Course (open to Public)
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Cafe Michael Burger
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
61st Street at Offat's Bayou
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
West Beach
Car: necessary

Galveston tourist attractions include

Schlitterbahn Waterpark,

Moody Gardens (Aquarium, Rainforest, Beach Pool & Waterpark, IMAX theatre, Museum & Golf Course, Colonel's Paddleboat) and Galveston's newest water front attraction, The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier on the seawall; the Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions like a giant roller coaster, ferris wheel, other rides, midway games, food venues and retail shops.

Drive to Galveston Broadway Blvd, where you'll see examples of the old Victorian era architecture and historical home tours (we recommend the famous Moody Mansion and Bishop's Palace which survived the Hurricane of 1900).

Visit the Strand National Historic District's shops, galleries and restaurants, book a performance at The Grand 1894 Opera House, check out the Victorian era architecture or stroll the nearby cruise ship alley. While harborside, walk over to the Texas Seaport Museum, where you can explore the decks of the celebrated 1877 tall ship 'Elissa', a floating National Historic Landmark. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum is located nearby in a retired jack-up drilling rig which allows you to experience the offshore industry first-hand. Before heading back to Nautical, pick up the day's catch from one of Pier 19's licensed vendors who sell seafood fresh off the boat - blue crab, shrimp of all sizes, speckled trout, red snapper, flounder and more. Nautical's kitchen comes equipped with everything you need to prepare and serve your seafood feast!

For outdoor adventures, we recommend a kayak, duck boat or airboat tour. Majic Carpet Putt Putt, located on the Seawall, features two 18 hole 'old school' miniature golf courses, Bungee swing and shaved ice stand! Just a quarter mile west of Majic Carpet is another new attraction 'Go Karts' that features a low-key arcade and go-kart park complex. Jet ski, motor boat and sailboat rentals shops are available in Offat's Bay at 61st Street.

If the natural and coastal aspects of Galveston are more your pace, visit the Galveston Sea Turtle Facility which is free, affiliated with NOAA Fisheries and works to increase and protect the Kemp's Ridley turtle population and offers weekly tours. Bring your own gear if you don't want to hit the tourist destinations; walk along our mile-long street bordered by the bay and wetlands. These unique wetlands have inlets, shallow inter-tidal marshes, tidal creeks and mud flats that attract various coastal and migrating birds. Birders and non-Birders will be amazed at the variety and beauty of birds and wetlands terrain.

For a faster pace, go roller blading/cycling on the 10 mile-long Seawall. If you don't want to haul your bike, Seawall shops rent cruiser bicycles and cycle carts that seat 4 for $15-25/hour. Ride the free Bolivar Ferry to watch the bottlenose dolphins and the massive maritime & cruise ships navigate this waterway where the Gulf of Mexico meets the inter coastal canal.

Avid sportsmen can fish from our private pier, kayak fish West bay, or fish from jetties & commercial fishing piers along Galveston's Seawall, surf fish along West beach, or book one of many deep sea fishing boats in the area. Our street has a boat ramp within walking distance. From our pier, we catch Speckled Trout, Sand Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Croaker, Black Tip Shark, Gafftop and sometimes Red Fish. Tip: Bring your casting net to catch mullet & piggy perch in wetlands' inlet!

Children will also enjoy crabbing in the wetlands' inlet on our street from the little dock! Please throw back the female Blue Crabs so our local crab population stays strong!

If you have any questions or want more options, Nautical has a selection of tourist pamphlets.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £196.43

CONFIRMED RESERVATION: Upon receipt of 50%. If arrival date is less than 30 days, full rate is due. Full payment due 30 days prior to arrival date.
PAYMENT: personal check, Echeck, credit card, cashiers check or money order. Call owner if arrival under 10 days.
REFUNDABLE $200 DAMAGE/SECURITY DEPOSIT: mail separate check or pay via this website.
15% Hotel Tax on rental rate, Linen & cleaning fees and property damage waiver/insurance.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund if 60 days and 50% refund if 30 Daysl; See full policy in Rental Agreement. If booking during Hurricane Season (June 1 through November 30), we recommend you purchase Travel Insurance through this website.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.