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I am in the process of looking for investing in a beach rental property in OBX and want to know what are the top 10 features vacationers look for in a rental home? ex. private pool, hot tub, ocean front etc?


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I am in the process of looking for investing in a beach rental property in OBX and want to know what are the top 10 features vacationers look for in a rental home? ex. private pool, hot tub, ocean front etc?

DRealOG


Hire a plumber and re work the foot washes for the house with hot water.

Install multiple under the counter industrial ice makers.

Make sure the stereo system for the house is easily controlled from both an iPhone and Android via Bluetooth.


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I am in the process of looking for investing in a beach rental property in OBX and want to know what are the top 10 features vacationers look for in a rental home? ex. private pool, hot tub, ocean front etc?

DRealOG


Hire a plumber and re work the foot washes for the house with hot water.

Install multiple under the counter industrial ice makers.

Make sure the stereo system for the house is easily controlled from both an iPhone and Android via Bluetooth.

Aliphatic


You like spending other people’s money, don’t you?

Hot water for foot washes— depending on where the water heater and the foot wash is you might have to waste 30-60 seconds worth of water before hot water comes out.

Multiple ice makers??? The ice maker in my friend’s house is industrial but it isn’t under the counter, it is waist height, it also holds 50-75lbs of ice and can make 200+ pounds every 24 hours. You need more ice? That beast cost $$$.



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Just letting you know the amenities of the finest houses I have ever had the privilege to rent.

And yeah, the little things matter. That house with the foot washes piped with hot water? Fabulous touch.

Two ice makers instead of one? Yeah. Because one usually is broken and the redundancy is important.

Price your rent accordingly of course.


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Beach access is very important if not ocean front.
Having a pool is great.
For older people an elevator is nice.
A good size fridge is a must or a second one on the entry level


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With today’s several families in one home vacations, homes with more than one master bedroom are desirable. A heated pool is also nice, but at least a decent hot tub.


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This year a heated pool was a must have. Everyone was looking for a home with a private pool but they wanted a heated pool. Not that renters want to pay for the heat. My neighbor has a pool service company and he is very busy right now installing pool heaters.


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Location location location! Depending on your price range:
Oceanfront
Semi oceanfront
Direct water access (sound front, canal)

After location: amenities depends on your size and price range. Hot tubs are great, pools for larger houses.



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I am a renter of many years, and we have a specific set of amenities we look for. Maybe our needs are different, since hot water foot bath doesn’t rate even in my top 50 amenities, but these are our non-negotiables:
Non-smoking, elevator (not just because of old people, but because none of us like to feel like pack mules carting suitcases a week’s worth of groceries up so many stairs), heated pool (yes, we pay for the heat and get good use from the pool), pool table, close access to beach OR other great walking area, double sink in master bedroom (not always available), a well-appointed kitchen with appliances that work and are clean, deck chairs that let us see above the railing. We like a hot tub and are thrilled if we get a theater room, but they are not deal breakers. For contrast, we do NOT care about a grill (they are always corroded and crusty).




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Pet friendly with a pool and hot tub - that's our biggest search criteria. We look for houses with *some sort of water, be it a lake, canal or oceanfront. Enough 'grown up' bedrooms - not multiple rooms with bunkbeds.


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1) Very easy beach access (like w/in 300 ft)
2) Pool
3) At least one full bath for every two bedrooms + an additional 1/2 bath (so a 4 bedroom house better have at bare minimum 2.5 baths, etc)
4) Comfortable living room furniture (no wicker couches) w/ enough seating in both the living room and dining room for the # of occupants

Those are the bare minimum for us. Now for the amenities which make a choose one house over another

5) Screened porch
6) An extra bathroom on the pool level (can be outdoor next to the outside shower or indoors... i just prefer to not have to climb steps, while in a wet bathing suit, to run to the restroom)
6) Hot tub that is located under some decking or under the house (so it's still usable if it's drizzling)
7) An additional living space where the kids could hang out (like a game room, or even an extra lounge area etc)
8) A nice grill (not a park-style grill) or 'credit for rental items' but now we're getting into splitting hairs category stuff.



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Something to note about elevators, not all are the same and I am not talking about brands. Some owners go for the cheaper option, the elevator doesn’t go from ground level to each floor but it goes first living level to each living level. This means you need to get the person or stuff up stairs, then you can use the elevator. If you are thinking of having an elevator in your new house don’t forget to budget for inspections and maintenance.


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I forgot to mention: A working cargo lift!


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Something to note about elevators, not all are the same and I am not talking about brands. Some owners go for the cheaper option, the elevator doesn’t go from ground level to each floor but it goes first living level to each living level. This means you need to get the person or stuff up stairs, then you can use the elevator. If you are thinking of having an elevator in your new house don’t forget to budget for inspections and maintenance.

Mikec


IDK whether the elevator is “cheap” It’s necessary for the elevator to be on the first floor because of potential flooding if it stayed on the ground floor. Ours may have newer technology ( only 3 years old) but it travels to the ground floor, and others, but always returns to the 1st floor to keep it safe. That can be a little annoying because it doesn’t stay on the floor you left it, making it necessary to “call” it when you want to use it from any floor other than the 1st.
Maybe the owners of the “cheap” ones wanted to avoid that.
Considering the investment of one it’s best to keep them safe.


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Ice makers are notoriously unreliable and tend to break down with renter use. When we remodeled a kitchen, we were told by our rental mgmt co not to include one, too much of a pain.
We just replaced one in another house and they are pricey


RE: Top Beach Home rental amenities




Something to note about elevators, not all are the same and I am not talking about brands. Some owners go for the cheaper option, the elevator doesn’t go from ground level to each floor but it goes first living level to each living level. This means you need to get the person or stuff up stairs, then you can use the elevator. If you are thinking of having an elevator in your new house don’t forget to budget for inspections and maintenance.

Mikec


IDK whether the elevator is “cheap” It’s necessary for the elevator to be on the first floor because of potential flooding if it stayed on the ground floor. Ours may have newer technology ( only 3 years old) but it travels to the ground floor, and others, but always returns to the 1st floor to keep it safe. That can be a little annoying because it doesn’t stay on the floor you left it, making it necessary to “call” it when you want to use it from any floor other than the 1st.
Maybe the owners of the “cheap” ones wanted to avoid that.
Considering the investment of one it’s best to keep them safe.

Ponypeople


I think you misunderstood my post. Some people only buy an elevator that goes between the living levels but doesn’t go to the outside ground level.

As far as parking on a floor to protect the car from flooding, yes, gets annoying particularly when you are grilling and the elevator decides to move as you are walking towards it with hot food.


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Aside from the obvious pool and hot tub, if I were designing a new house that I was going to use a week or two in the summer and then in the off-season it would be all about making it easy for my family to use.

The worst part of rental home ownership is unpacking / packing up your personal stuff before and after every visit.
So I would design the kitchen with a large lockable walk in pantry w ref and plenty of small appliance storage etc.
Each bedroom my family used would have a guest closet and a lockable walk in closet so we never had to pack up or bring clothes back and forth. Last but not least a large garage to store a beach jeep, surf boards, skim boards extra beach chairs and pool toys.

The best thing would be to just lock up a few doors and go, no packing, unpacking and tossing out things from the fridge that would still be good next time you arrived at the beach.


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Oceanfront, South Nags Head, no smoking and no pets.


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When we were much younger, with young children, we were more inclined to pinch pennies. The only real amenity we had to have was a hot tub. Hubby insisted. As we grew older and money wasn’t as tight we began to also seek out more amenities such as pool, and pool table. I’ve never considered OF, SF, or wherever an amenity. More of a location. And as we’ve grown older, and traveling with our children and their children, we seek to accommodate them all, as best we can. Yes, the grands need a pool, and little legs travel more sprightly to the beach from OF. Aside of that, we need 3 Masters, a well appointed kitchen, and comfortable furniture. An elevator is wonderful, but not a deal breaker.


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I am in the process of looking for investing in a beach rental property in OBX and want to know what are the top 10 features vacationers look for in a rental home? ex. private pool, hot tub, ocean front etc?

DRealOG


Hire a plumber and re work the foot washes for the house with hot water.

Install multiple under the counter industrial ice makers.

Make sure the stereo system for the house is easily controlled from both an iPhone and Android via Bluetooth.

Aliphatic
lol Stupid.


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1. As close to the Ocean as you want to afford.
2. A pool (ours is going to be solar heated this year so no cost to the renter)
3. At least 2 master bedrooms with king size beds that are comfortable
4. A hot tub under a covered roof in case of rain etc.
5. Plenty of pool and deck furniture that will allow you to see over the railing
6. A game room (preferably on the first floor)
7. Smart TV’s all throughout the house for those rainy days.
8. Two fridges one of which should be on the first floor
9. An industrial stand alone ice maker (yes they are expensive but worth it)
10. A covered entrance in case it’s raining. It would also be nice if at least one car was under a covered area as well.

I could go on but you get the idea...One thing we are considering is a luggage lift but man those things are ridiculously priced ($10K!).


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I always forget how differently I vacation from most of you until I read threads like this. I don't think I've ever used any of the amenities listed.

That's why it is good that there are all types of homes/options out there!


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Personally I am looking for oceanfront with the upper deck having no stairs to it or at least a good doggie gate.
2 Comfortable furniture.
3 A combination of deck chairs. A couple of high deck chairs so can actually see over the railing and low ones.
4 a comfortable bed.
5 A few bathrooms.


That is really all I need unless I am coming with the grandkids. They are at the age where a pool is nice.
If I get a pool I don't get oceanfront. $$$$


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Washer and dryer for sure. Elevator if a condo. Beachfront with a view. Internet access. Comfortable furniture. No scratchy fabric on chairs and sofas. Covered parking. Not too extravagant.


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You really do not need to spend a ton of money on a beach rental. We've owned one for over 15 years and as long as it is clean and have nice clean and fresh bedrooms and baths, you are fine. We have a beach box in Avon on a big bay which heads out to the sound and have beautiful views. Our renters have given us rave reviews. 3 br, 2 baths, kitchen well stocked, nice dock for tying up boats and fishing, kayaks for customers. Plenty of chairs on the decks, nice stereo to listen to radio hatteras, under house shower...your typical beach box. The thing is...as long as it is clean with pretty linens, kitchen with all of the tools needed to prepare meals and a killer location (Avon), you will have the rentals repeat year after year. We keep up the maintenance on off months crazily and strive to make our little piece of heaven a place that people will love. Don't go overboard...start small and go from there. We fish and boat and our renters do as well. Cross the street to the ocean in five minutes. We've been frugal with our home and want our place to be comfy and sweet. Don't go overboard at first...you will get the rents as long as you pay attention to the typical maintenance and cleanliness.


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