It’s true that when you’re searching for a beach rental, you come to expect a certain look: we’re thinking of pale blue color schemes, some driftwood accents, perhaps a sign or dishtowel somewhere that reads ‘Relax, You’re at the Beach.’ The exteriors are often equally predictable, most likely a simple box with a triangular roof and pale gray siding. But this particular house, called Surfside for its excellent beachside location outside Galveston, didn’t get the memo to be ordinary.
It’s shaped like a dome on stilts, covered in darker shingles, and looks, honestly, a little crab-like to us. But the shape isn’t just eye-catching. It creates 180-degree views through the home’s funky triangular windows and two double glass doors that open to the deck – perfect considering it’s right on the beach, with a private path that leads there. Hexagon-shaped skylights in the main living space allow you to catch the pelicans flying overhead.
Inside, there’s a central living room facing the water, with high-angled ceilings to bounce the light around. A wood accent wall is a cozy backdrop for the couch-and-TV set-up for movie nights. The dining area is adjacent, with the fully-stocked kitchen also nearby and tucked under a lower ceiling.
Three bedrooms and two full bathrooms spread over two floors so the house can sleep seven comfortably. The primary bedroom, with a king bed, is on the main level beside a bathroom. The other two bedrooms are up a spiral staircase and share a second full bathroom. One bedroom is outfitted with a bunk bed and a single bed to accommodate couples and singles alike.
There are simple amenities on site, like the laundry room beside the kitchen and a bin full of beach toys downstairs. We especially like how the underside of the house is a shady spot to eat outside, sway on the porch swing while looking at the waves, and provide cover for the outdoor shower. If anyone in your party is less enthusiastic about beach settings, there’s even a grassy yard for games and community pool access (for a fee) in the summer.
Where is it: Sea Isle
Cost per night: $175 per night avg.
Beds: Three bedrooms/five beds (sleeps seven)
Bathrooms: Two full bathrooms