"Great location...lots of space...nicely decorated"
PROS--Home is in a great area, although traffic on the main road can get very congested. Beach access is close by but there are A LOT of steps to get to and from the beach. Home is nicely decorated. We appreciated having 3 and a half baths as it was all girls there. Rooms were spacious. Walls were a little thin--could hear the kids in the adjacent unit screaming at times. Wifi connectivity was great. We did not have any problems with that.Kitchen was well stocked and everything worked just fine. Beds were very comfy. Value of rental was excellent as it's so close to the ocean and you have an ocean view from the top deck. CONS--There are a lot of steps in this unit and they are precariously positioned. We had to be really careful while navigating them. Parking is ridiculously tight. There is no room to turn around so you either have to back in or back out. Parking 2 cars was tough. We did get blocked in one night as the adjacent unit had someone visiting and their car blocked the driveway. The AC units are located near the carport and the drainage from these units made a nasty, pooled mess. It was often hard to walk around the pool of water to get under the carport to the door. We also had furry visitors one night--came out to find our trash can turned over and trash strewn about the driveway and in the woods. Took quite a few minutes to clean that up.The master suite on the top floor really needs updating. The jacuzzi tub takes up a large portion of the room. There is no door separating the bathroom from the bedroom so it's a little weird. The unit has one tub/shower combo and 2 stand up showers. The stand up showers are TIGHT. You can't even bend down without hitting your rear on the shower wall. The shower heads are probably original to the house--they were a little gross, and the water smelled. Maybe that's an EI thing, I'm not sure. Had to take a bay shower--get wet, turn off the water, soap up, turn the water back on and rinse off because there was so little room. I found showering to be a chore in that teeny tiny shower.That all being said, it's still a great unit for the money. Can't beat the location or amount of space! Great for large groups, but those steps make it tough for the elderly and small children.
-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 08/06/2016
"Relax, Relax, Relax!"
Pictures do not do this duplex justice! The owners know how to pamper their guests from the moment you walk in the door. This place is beautifully decorated, elegant, yet cozy! The amenities went way beyond our expectations with comfortable beds, fully-equipped kitchen including a Keurig, crockpot, blender, pots and pans, lovely dishes, and gas grill just to name a few. There are three decks. The top deck has a partial ocean view where we could see the breakers on one side and also hear the sounds of the ocean. A porch swing is on one deck and a little picnic table on another to use while eating outside. A fringe benefit to us is that we were steps from the ocean!! Emerald Isle Realty is fantastic to work with. The employees truly are the epitome of what friendly, conscientious service should be! From the beginning of looking for a place in our price range on Emerald Isle to checking in, all the ones involved made the process so smooth and went over and beyond in customer service! We would use them again with no hesitation and also tell others! This is the first time we have visited Emerald Isle, and we look forward to vacationing here again! We hated to leave! We had such a great experience! Thank you Heverly Heaven East and Emerald Isle Realty for making our stay most enjoyable!!
-M7744AHdebbied on 05/21/2016
"Lovely decor, close to beach access"
This was our 3rd trip to Emerald Isle, but first in a second row home. This duplex was nicely decorated and well prepared for our arrival. The beach access is steps away and the beach area was very private and pleasant. The check in and check out were great. We were particularly grateful that these home owners were flexible with dates. I wish more of them were. cons: The master bath needs some updating, and the circuit was tripped by a hair dryer. Then none of the outlets would work in any of the bathrooms. We tried to figure out how to solve it ourselves. Perhaps a note in the owner book would be helpful about how to fix that. A minor thing, truly, but it was a bit frustrating.Also the advertised "high speed" internet never worked for us. We had two members of the family who truly needed it to work and had to leave a day early to turn in grad school assignments and to prepare for work.. Maintenance came but never really solved the issue. It was probably an issue with the internet company, but still, it caused us several problems. This was a great trip for our family all in all. We would rent this home again.
-A FlipKey verified reviewer on 09/09/2015