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Sandy Paws direct ocean front home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 10 Sleeps

Our house is on a secluded private island, directly on the ocean with a white

sandy beach and clear ocean water. The clean water provides excellent fishing

and surfing. We are ardent conservationists and have managed to preserve the

natural vegetation around the house. We have lots of beach grass and sea

oats. The birding around the house is fabulous and we have fall visitors who

come just to bird watch. Surf fishing is very good in front of the house because

of a slew that has been there for at least 30 years. Google map it: 126 Beach

Road S, Wilmington, NC.

The Beach House is a cozy, older oceanfront home. The home was built in 1969

by Paul and CoCo Foster on Figure 8 Island close to Wilmington North Carolina.

The design is a mix of Caribbean, Central American and historic Carolina style

coastal homes. Our furnishings are eclectic with many 1950's pieces copied from

the famous 1952 Herman Miller catalog while the Fosters were living in Central

America. Our house has five bedrooms and two full bathrooms. There is a warm

water outside shower which is the most popular bathing area in the summer.

The kitchen is fully equipped including a microwave and all the cookware a

chef would want. The porch railings are strong but do not conform to current

building code. Please review the photos to make sure they are acceptable.

The house is located on Figure 8 Island just north of Wilmington, North Carolina.

It is a private island and a gated community, accessible only to land owners and

their guests. There are no public facilities on the island. It has the only privately

owned bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. We have clean and white sandy

beaches with blue-green ocean water. Multiple loggerhead turtle nests hatch

yearly. The beach is not crowded since the public is not allowed on the island.

Our house is light and airy and very relaxed. This is not a luxury home, but a

functional beach house. Sandy toes are not a problem! Smoking is permitted

outside, but must be carefully controlled because of the high winds and fire

hazards. We have had several houses burn down on the island due to cigarette

butts left burning in the sand or on the porch.

Please note: We support a small colony of feral cats to help keep the beach

mice at bay. They tend to wander the maritime forests across the street but

stay well hidden. We tend to them very well and we are members of friends of

felines. The cats are not allowed inside the house!

More Details

Paula Bushardt
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017


Wilmington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Family
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Half Bathroom -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
Full cable, High Speed Internet, direct ocean front, washer and dryer, outside shower with hot water, microwave, dishwasher, all linens including beach towels, beach chairs, beach toys and boogie boards, charcoal grill, two bicycles, air conditioning/heat, outside dining, many porches.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Raleigh NC

Perfect beach house on a perfect beach!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing time at this beach house. It's exactly what i wanted in a vacation home; comfortable, spacious, with that great NC beachy personality. The wrap around porch let you follow the sun all day. Beaming sun on the front porch in the mornings, and beautiful view on the back porch to watch the sunset. There were 8 adults in total for a 3 day beach volleyball getaway. We set up the net in the mornings right in front of the house, played all day, then relaxed on the porch in the evenings. More than enough space for all! Something this house has that most beach rentals I've stayed in don't are spices. It was wonderful to get there and have everything we needed to cook. It's the little things that Paula and Jim (the owners) provided that made this trip so great. They were incredibly nice and helpful. We will definitely come back and maybe catch a wave or two with them on the softboards that are also there for your convenience.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic rustic beach cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had such a nice stay. The house is rustic and quirky, but was great for us (family of four + two grandparents). We loved the beach views off the back deck in the morning and the sound views in the evenings for sunsets. Owners are easy to reach and provide everything you need, including several surf boards, which is rare. Beach is basically deserted and beautiful. Beds were comfortable and linens decent.

If you are looking for a fancy beach house, then this isn't for you. For beach lovers who stay sandy all day, this is a good value on a spectacular beach. We would definately book again.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sandy Paws

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's third stay at Sandy Paws over the past four years. The home accommodated 10 of us ranging in age from one yr old twins to a few 60+ yr olds. We used gates to coral the little ones which worked nicely. The beds are comfortable and each room has a private access to the outdoor deck. The great room has comfortable seating for games or conversation. The kitchen was accommodating with the large dining table nearby so the cooks could be part of the social hour. We brought bikes and enjoyed the bike trail on the south end of the beach. Even in July the beach was quiet and peaceful with a spectacular night sky. Our family has been coming to Figure Eight for 30+ years and hope to continue - Sandy Paws is a jewel but if you're looking for Putt Putt golf and water slides you'd be happier further south.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Beach House The Way It Was Meant To Be

  • 5 of 5

We have spent alot of time on different beaches in Southeastern NC, and Figure Eight is the best. Staying in the best house on Figure Eight is even better. It has all of the comforts and conveniences that you could want in a beach house, but it also has the warmth and character that only the efforts of the owners could achieve over a long period of time. We felt right at home the minute that we stepped inside, and enjoyed everything about it. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Durham, NC

Just what we needed

  • 5 of 5

This house is exactly what I have in mind when I think of a relaxing time at the beach. Plenty of room both inside and on the deck for 8-10 people to kick back and enjoy themselves, and the views are gorgeous. Just returned from my second visit, will definitely go back, and have already recommended it to friends. Host and hostess very friendly and responsive to any needs you might have.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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jacksonville, florida

wonderful rustic getaway

  • 5 of 5

2 roomy porches with rockers. Bedrooms have very comfortable mattresses and access to outside without going through main house especially nice for those who like an early morning swim alone. Kitchen has all needed cooking needs and appliances incl. dishwasher. the dining table that seats 10 is off the kitchen. Great room is just that a wonderful place to relax in at night. We have been coming for 5 years and would recommend this laid back vacation spot to anyone looking for a lovely unspoiled beach great for making sandcastles or surfing. in addition the outside shower is great for getting all that pesky sand off before coming inside. stores are 10 minutes away off island. if your idea of a vacation is theme parks, you will not be happy at figure eight. But if you want to experience summer at the beach and perhaps finding the well hidden turtle nests this is your place.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017
Mar 1 2017 - May 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
PGA Tour 2017
Apr 30 2017 - May 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Early Summer 2017
May 13 2017 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 23 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017/2018
Dec 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Send in 1/2 with contract and rest due upon arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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