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OCEAN FRONT HOME - private POOL, SPA, Pet friendly, Must have 4WD

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Must have 4WD vehicle to access home.

Running on Faith has 4 master bedrooms, den, living room, dining room and all with smart TV's. A true ocean front home in Carova with a private walkway to the beach. Hardwood floors in LR, DR, top MSTR BDRM and carpet in remaining 3 master bedrooms. All bathrooms have ceramic tile. The only home in Carova with gas cooktop in kitchen and gas grill on deck outside kitchen. Fireplace is available Oct to April. Decks surround house for full sun exposure. Wireless internet, outdoor speakers, hot tub, and pool make this house a home.

Tim Burress
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Tim Burress

I grew up in Chatham, NJ and spent my summers on Long Beach Island in Harvey Cedars. I have lived in Boston, NY, and now Richmond, VA with my two fantastic girls Ava and Grace and our dog Finney.

Tim Burress purchased this house in 2003

Why Tim Burress chose Corolla

Running on Faith has been much more than just a house. It has been a blessing, a place of fond memories, and of great joy from all that have shared our home. When a fire took our beloved home 2013 we were devastated but thankful that no one was hurt. Oddly the guests that were there had decided to leave early and we were delayed in our arrival on the eve of the fire. Running on Faith has blessed all that have entered her door. We are thrilled to rebuild her and share our home once again.

What makes this house unique

For nearly 12 years many guests have shared what they love about our home and perhaps it is best expressed by one note I received several years ago that simply said 'Your home is so easy and comforting we just love returning each year' It truly makes me feel grateful to share our home with all of you.


Corolla House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:30 AM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • master bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    master bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    master bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , double sinks and walk-in shower
    master bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , double sinks and walk-in shower
    hallway half bath - toilet
  • .
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 2 sets of Bunk bed (4 beds)
    master bedroom 1 - 1 king , top floor
    master bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    master bedroom 3 - 1 king
  • Master bedroom on top floor has hard floors, all other bedrooms have carpet
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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OCEAN FRONT HOME - private POOL, SPA, Pet friendly, Must have 4WD
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 51 reviews

Sunsets and Wild Horses

  • 5 of 5

The home exceeded our expectations. The first day we arrived the wild horses were in our yard, we saw them almost every day, on the beach, in the yard, one night three were bedded down on the property. You definitely need 4WD to get there, it is such an amazing experience driving down the beach. The home was beautifully appointed and had everything we needed right down to jigsaw puzzles and a fireplace to occupy us on a rainy day, but even rainy days are beautiful there, one rain shower was followed by a spectacular double rainbow over the water. We loved that we could bring our dogs with us and many days we had the beach to ourselves. It's truly a very special place and we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so thrilled to hear how much you all enjoyed 'Running on Faith' You are always welcome back and I look forward to your next visit. God bless.
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Dream Fulfilled

  • 5 of 5

Running on Faith came just as advertised. You can read all the great reviews that have been submitted so I won't repeat those sentiments here. Be assured the house is more than awesome. I traveled to Carolla Beach with 3 girlfriends from Michigan, all of whom have recently turned 60 and we picked a great place to celebrate. What I will reinforce is the advice on beach driving. As a first-timer, I was more than a little nervous about driving on the sand, so here's my advice for what it's worth. First off, be cognizant of the tides. You can check the low and high tide schedules online. Going at low tide is MUCH better. I thought I was coming in on the low tide but turns out it was very near high tide which made the drive super stressful. Had to do most of the drive on the soft sand and was only able to keep the car moving at 10-15 miles an hour. It didn't help that I was driving a rental car and had visions of the Tahoe drifting out to sea:) It's recommended that you deflate your tires to provide more traction once you're on the beach. We didn't have a tire gauge with us so we didn't use that trick but saw people doing that and have heard it makes a big difference. Also, we discovered a taxi tooling around so apparently there is a way to be picked up and dropped off without having to make the drive yourself. Truthfully, with a little planning (and a 4 WD vehicle), driving the beach is incredible and something you can do very few places. Hope this doesn't scare anyone off, just wish I'd been a little more prepared. STAY HERE and have the adventure of a lifetime!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming out to the Outer Banks 4x4 beach for the past several years during the kids spring break. This year we decided to stay somewhere new and try this beach house. It’s a beautful house with nice finishes and a nice layout. There’s absolutely nothing to complain about at all. It’s pretty far up the 4x4 beach and took us around 25 minutes to get to the house once the pavement ended. Be sure you have a 4x4 vehicle as we witnessed many stuck vehicles in the sand. The house has decking on three sides of the house, which was a big plus. Even on cooler days we were able to find a spot outside and out of the wind on one side of the house. The owner was great to work with. When we arrived we couldn’t get some of the switches to work and I had to call him. It turned out that a circuit breaker had tripped and he directed me to the panel to get it back up and running. As we were packing up to leave the same circuit breaker tripped again but we didn’t have any other trouble during the week. We never did figure out how to get the living room ceiling fan going but it wasn’t really needed this time of year. I didn’t read the check-in guidelines too closely. If I had, I would’ve noticed that the beds aren’t made before you arrive. The last thing we felt like doing when we came in from our 15hr drivr was make our beds- but thats’s my fault for not reading that you can call ahead and ask them to make the beds for you. Also, there’s no extra blankets so be sure to bring a couple with you if you think you might need them. The kitchen is well stocked with pots and pans and utensils. The grill on the deck near the kitchen was a nice feature. Plenty of beach chairs but no boogie boards for the beach. However, there is a kayak- but we didn’t use it. Definitely a great house with zero issues. We would be happy to stay here again sometime!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great beach getaway, nice location and features

  • 5 of 5

We had a really nice beach getaway vacation. The house was clean and in good condition. The owner was accommodating and very flexible working with us on our dates. The only issue is the dish TV was not working but the owner scheduled to get an audio company out to set up antenna service on a Sunday which was appreciated.

You definitely need 4WD to get to house. We only left the house once for a grocery store run but the owner provided a few suggestions for restaurants that we want to check out next visit. We will be back!

Oh and we had several sightings of horses in our front yard!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bella Casa. Grazie Tim

  • 5 of 5

Another great year at “Running on Faith” has been added to the history books and I am already looking ahead to next year's chapter. I look forward to visiting every year, not only for the home but also because of the owner, Tim. Working with Tim is such a pleasure. Each year it is like you are speaking with an old friend that you have not spoken with in a while but you pick up right where you left off and never miss a beat. Tim does everything he possibly can to make your visit enjoyable, relaxing and most of all memorable.

The home is beautiful, spotless, warm and inviting. The kitchen is well stocked including spices for cooking and the gas stove is a HUGE bonus for me. It is the one week every year that my inner chef comes out to play.

Because I visit in October I don’t use the pool but the hot tub is a godsend to help relieve the stresses of the real-world. After the sun goes down and the night gets cool a nice glass of prosecco in front of the fireplace is the perfect ending to the day.

The ocean front location is just perfect. From sunrise to sunset the views from both the front and the back of the home are spectacular. The horses visit every day as well as I have seen rabbits, fox and deer. It is where I find peace every year just sitting, watching and photographing the beauty and wonder of nature. Thank you again Tim for sharing your home with me, and letting me find my inner peace. Until next year, Cheers!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a wonderful week in a home that was just perfect for us. A large open floor plan allowed all of us to be together and enjoy our time together. When the grandchildren wanted alone time they descended to the den and read or watched programs or played games The pool brought all of us lots of fun and relief from some hot days on the beach. And the beach...amazing Had lots of horse company during the week and a couple of bucks jumping across the yards. This is a week we will never forget!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fantastic! I always enjoy hearing how guests have spent the week and it brings such joy to know Running on Faith was a part of that. Cheers. Tim
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Newport News
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Fin and Claw
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Mustang Sally
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Damage Insurance $99

-- Tax rate applies to North Carolina sales tax of 7.0% and Currituck County tax of 6.75% (Total 13.75%).
-- Property should be left in condition it was found and broom swept clean.
-- Rental period is Sunday to Sunday In by 4pm and out by 10am the following Sunday.
-- There is NO charge for a pet
-- There are NO other additional charges except tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.