Townhouse, 4 Bdrms + 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 13)
About Tricia Smith
Presently, I'm a LCSW & a psychiatric APRN but when we purchased Casa Familiar, I was a stay-at-home mom of 9 children, 2 with special needs and foster children. Managing a rental business was a great way to stay at home and work. Technology has made working from anyplace possible.
Tricia Smith purchased this Townhouse in 1999
Why Tricia Smith chose South Padre Island
During Thanksgiving week, 1999, my husband & I loaded up our Suburban with our kids and drove for the first time to a beach directly straight south of Kansas City...arriving in South Padre Island 17 hrs. later. After vacationing in Marco Island, FL, the previous year, we found that SPI was much more family friendly. We all fell in love with it. We were able to find a rundown townhouse, which sat directly on the beach and had been on the market for over a yr. so got a great price, renovated it, & named it Casa Familiar. Since then, we've been renting to some wonderful families for as many as 20 years and others who have stayed several times. Now that our children are getting married and having children, we've expanded by purchasing Casa Vecina which adjoins Casa Familiar. Thanks to the financial support of our guests, we're able to maintain and update the house making it a comfortable and family friendly place for everyone to enjoy.
What makes this Townhouse unique
There's nothing like real beachfront living...unfortunately, many property owners claim beachfront but are located across the street or even blocks away. The end of the patio is the seawall & the boardwalk takes you to the beach. You can prepare lunch in the kitchen while watching the kids play on the beach and be within shouting distance when they need to come in.
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - Children welcomeChildren welcome
No pets - pets not allowedpets not allowed
No smoking - non smoking onlynon smoking only
Max guests: 13 (sleeps up to 13 adults)
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Great place to connect with family
Patricia and Timothy were excellent hosts! There was great communication and the property was well stocked for all the amenities that were needed for our 5 day stay. The beach was super nice and very accessible and the pool helped when the day got hot and we needed some shade. All in all we had a 5 star experience.
Great view of the beach
The kitchen had everything you would need. The access to the beach was awesome and the view as well!
Sally, thank you so much for your patience with the Valley internet issues. We have the Geek Squad in Brownsville coming tomorrow to see if they can improve anything.
We were so fortunate to have you & your family as guests. You have been an angel to work with. We hope to see you in the future.
Awesome home. Very well equipped, you could not ask for anything more. Great people to work with.
Great set up for three separate families.
Grandparents stayed on the first floor. Larger family with two kids and a baby stayed on second floor. Smaller family with one toddler stayed on third floor. Short walk to the beach. No cell service on the first floor but there is WiFi. Take extra towels because the dryer struggled to dry what we had to wash to have clean ones to use.
Great Location and Amenities
Had a great family trip in a lovely home. It was beautiful and clean and felt like staying in someone's home. The Master bedroom was amazing, even with it's own mini fridge and microwave. The three boys loved having the bunk bed room. And everyone liked having their own bathroom. The bottom floor master worked well for our family member with mobility issues. The bathroom door was a little narrow,though, he made it work by folding up his walker a bit to go through. But it was a very accessible house in terms of how beach houses go. No steps up the front walk and he was able to take his power wheelchair almost all the way to the beach on the boardwalk directly from the house. We did have a couple house issues, that were unavoidable and I appreciated how quickly the owner responded and made sure they were taken care of.
Thank you so much, Sarah, for your review. You and your family were a pleasure to work with. You educated us on the beach apparatus which is available at the fire station to persons with mobility issues. I’ll pass this info onto others with similar issues, staying at the house. Thanks again/
Perfect family getaway!
We came with our 4 young children and my in laws. The house is so spacious and everyone was very comfortable. We had everything we needed in the kitchen, games, books, beach chairs... the beds were very comfortable and the place was nicely cleaned. The owner is very caring and was so attentive to our needs.
The house does not have beach towels, so make sure to bring your own. Not great water pressure... other than that, I cannot say just quite how amazing it was to stay here. Beds were very comfortable, bathrooms all beautiful! Beach access is so convenient and we never even took all our things to the beach because we just had it all a few steps away on our private backyard. Coffee on the second floor patio was so peaceful and beautiful and the kids had a blast!!! We loved every minute of it! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing home with us!!!😍