This rental needs serious attention. House was not cleaned as it should have been. One room had a very heavy cigarette smell, notified Realty office and got a visit by a cleaning person with airspray. Room smelled worst after that. Hot tub never worked the whole week, called twice Before a vendor came, worked on hot tub only to have it stop working a hour after he left. All kitchen supplies need replacing. Stove burners are not right ones for stove, so pans set crooked on stove. Small refrigerator in kitchen for 6 bedroom house. Air Conditioner on top floor didn't cool , hvac guy came after 2nd call to Realty office. Outside shower didn't work. Charcoal grill permanently placed in air tunnel making it virtually useless.
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This rental is located on a cul de sac in Salvo, NC. The pictures of the house look beautiful. After you get there you see that pictures can be deceiving!
Starting from the top floor (3rd floor):
The kitchen is decent size with the bare minimum of things you will need. Plates, cups and bowls are of 3 different colors/patterns. Pots are of various sizes and in desperate need of being replaced. Ample supply of mismatched forks, spoons & butter knives. Steak knives are super flimsy so if you are cutting meat BRING YOUR OWN! They have one bread knife. No other large cutting knives are available. There was a dirty waffle maker, a toaster that only one side worked, a coffee pot, a blender that was cracked at the base but worked, an electric griddle and some white appliance that we had no clue what it did. There are 2 large pitchers that are dirty and sticky. We didn't even use the plastic plates that they had because they were nasty. There is also a supply of dirty baking sheets/pans and a few new cupcake tins. There were 3 large serving plates, an odd array of "serving" bowls, a drawer of tupperware bowls, a cabinet with plastic wine glasses and a few regular drinking glasses. The plastic serving/cooking utensils are old and some are half melted. The stove itself is electric with burners that need to be pushed on to get them to heat up. The oven was surprisingly clean and worked well! The sink is a double stainless steel sink with locking strainers to hold water in. Lots of counter space is available. The fridge/freezer combo does not leave you with much space. We had to use the other on the 1st floor to have enough room. The freezer has a slow working ice maker.
The furniture in the livingroom is not as bright and vibrant as the pictures show. The couch is in desperate need of a good cleaning. All the AC vents have dust surrounding them and coming out of them. The tv worked well. To us the pictures made the space look very large and we were disappointed to see that it was smaller than we thought. There are a lot of windows in the living area. The blinds are in various stages of functioning. Most go up easy. Getting them down is a chore. Getting the windows to open was not easy and one widow the screen was torn and mostly missing.
The 3rd floor bedroom has enough space to move and one dresser. The closet is out in the hallway next to the bathroom. There is a sliding door to lead out to the small porch. The door needs some grease to get it moving. The blinds covering the door are broken. You have to push them shut with the broken stick and the blinds themself are only 1/2 standing.
The bathroom has a tub style shower, toilet and sink. The toilet gave us trouble the whole trip. The handle fell off if it more than once. It was getting clogged constantly (not from going #2) and towards the end of our trip it over flowed after being flushed. This led to water pouring into the shared bathroom on the 2nd floor through the ceiling vent in that bathroom.
The porch that faces the bay is a decent size and there is no ground access to this deck. It has a set of wooden adirondack style chairs attached to each other with a table in between. There is also a old picnic table with 2 unattached benches. We covered it with a tablecloth and put blankets down on the benches so that we didn't get splinters. The sliding door to get out to this porch is awful. It barely moves and forget trying to actually lock it. We had to slide it a little bit, wedge ourselves between the jam and the door and shove it out of the way to get onto the porch. The blinds on the door were awful as well. Only half of them were still standing. As with all of the decks they need some love. Wear shoes!
The "Front" deck (facing rt 12) is small. There is no ground access to this deck. It has a set of wooden adirondack style chairs attached to each other with a table in between. There is a swinging door from the main area of the house and a set of sliding doors that lead to the 3rd floor bedroom. The swinging door is a clear paneled glass door that has a knob lock and a deadbolt however, the deadbolt can not be used since there was never a hole drilled in the frame. There are NO BLINDS on this door at all.
The stairwells in the entire house need a good vacuuming, the blinds need fixing, and all the banisters desperately need to be repainted!
The 2nd floor:
There is a small porch facing rt 12. The set up is the same as the 3rd floor. There are 2 ways to access this deck. Through the glass paneled door (NO BLINDS) or through the sliding glass doors that attach to the smallest bedroom on the floor.
There are 3 bedrooms on the floor. All have King sized beds. Each room has a dresser and closet. The smallest room has a doorway to a small bathroom that is shared by the hallway. The other two bedrooms have ensuites.
The "front" door on this level (faces the bay/driveway) is again a glass paneled door with NO blinds. This door has access to the bigger porch that has various seating on it. It has access to the ground via the larger staircase in the picture. We used this door and the door on the 1st floor to unload all of our things into the house. Here is your WARNING!!! The hallway on this floor is all tile. With the heat and humidity outside and the nice cold central air inside the tile floor became a skating rink! VERY SLIPPERY. The 3 yr old in our party slipped, fell and broke his femur with in 30 minutes of us arriving! Placing a long runner in this hallway would most certainly help in preventing this from ever happening again!
The 1st floor (ground floor):
This floor has the shortest staircase outside. It is also where the keyless entry code is put in. The entry door has a half door glass with NO blind. The porch facing the driveway/bay is small. We used it to hold our beach gear since there is no where else to put it. There is a cut off piece of hose that you can use to wash your gear/feet down when you return from the beach. BUT take a washcloth with you because the knob to turn the water on and off is completely RUSTED!
The game room is smaller than it looks. Everything is right on top of eachother. We kept having to move the couch just to be able to play pool. The floor needs to be stripped, cleaned and waxed. The pool table is ok. Nothing special. There are 4 working cue sticks and all the balls were there. There is no chalk for the cue sticks. There was one broken cue stick. The air hockey table was completely broken. The fan is hanging from the bottom of it so that was useless. The foosball table was entertaining but it is falling apart so beware. We could not locate a remote to turn the TV on but the buttons on the side work. You can watch netflix on this tv. There is a stereo that we didn't even attempt to use. The tape drawer is forever open. I imagine it could play a cd. There are also 2 dart boards propped up on a shelf (no darts) and 4 broken ping pong paddles (no table to play on). There is also a fridge/freezer. We used it to keep drinks cold and as an extra freezer since both this one and the upstairs are rather small.
There are 2 bedrooms on this floor. One has a queen size bed. There is a tall dresser in this room, a closet and a small end table with 2 drawers. The other bedroom is the bunk room. As expected there is little space in that room. The bunks seemed sturdy but could use a paint job. There is a small closet, a tall dresser and a flimsy folding table with a lamp on it.
This floor has 1 bathroom that everyone shares. The shower is a tiny standing only (no tub) but it does have built in seating. The lighting is awful and with the curtain drawn you can barely see. There is a large sink with a cabinet and 4 drawers.
The deck facing rt 12 has a swing door with a 1/2 door glass and NO blind. There is a knob lock and a deadbolt. Both of which have to be played with to get them to work. The door itself has to be jiggled to get the deadbolt to go in. This porch has the hot tub (why this porch I have no idea....everyone on rt 12 can watch you in your hot tub. It also has the outside shower. The shower was disgusting. We did not use it. There were 2 knobs to turn the water on. One was supposed to turn on the water to wash just your feet. This one didn't work. The other was to turn on the shower water. The door is held by a hook and eye lock (on the outside of the door) the inside of the door has a spring that is rusted and stretched out so the door does not stay shut. I can see kids locking each other in there since the lock is in such a ridiculous place!
All the bedrooms had tv's. The some remotes worked, some didn't. Some remotes needed batteries and many were missing the back covers.
The pool is large. There are a few lounging chairs as well as a couple of regular chairs. There is a nice high privacy fence surrounding it. A wooden stair case is built into the small hill making it easy to access. There is a inner lock on the door that is easily accessed by reaching over the gate. Hooks are in various spots around the pool to hold towels or goggles. You can also plug something in easily since there is an outlet by the gate.
The "grills" that are available are all metal camp/park style charcoal grills. They are well used and rusty. We bought cheap, disposable grill pans to keep our food from touching the grates.
There is plenty of space to park cars. The driveway has an aging basketball goal and possibly shuffle board? It's almost completely erased from the sun and driveway use. They have a small putting green with golf balls and no sticks so that was useless to us. Do not walk in the yard without shoes on. There are small succulents growing in the grass as well as weeds that produce little painful balls of needles. Watch your pet closely as they get lodged in their paws!
Beach access is .48 miles from the driveway, through the yard, across 12, down Rampart St, right on Colony Drive, entrance is across from Quay Court. You will see a small sign (calf level) you then have to walk up and over the dune. The beach here is not lifeguarded. Dogs are allowed on the beach all day as long as they are on a leash that is 6 feet or less. Beer and wine are also allowed.