There is nothing like the beach. Fresh sea air blowing through your window and stepping onto the beach first thing in the morning are refreshing and exciting. I have been visiting the beach yearly since I can remember. I have rented many summer rentals and have visited even more! Here is a first hand review of a beach front property on North Padre Island.
The Island House is a family friendly condominium complex located at 15340 Leeward Drive. The phone number is 1-800-333-8806. The property was built in 1968 and all of the units in this complex are individually owned but they are rented in a motel style rental pool. There is a front desk that rents the rooms on a walk-in basis and a large neon vacancy/no vacancy sign that posts availability from the road.
The exterior of the building does appear to need updating mostly around the room doors and the exterior walls. The pool area is spacious but the pool furniture is close together and maybe too close for comfort if all of the chairs and tables are full. There are no pets allowed at the facility but there is a resident cat that is fed in the laundry room of the building. There is an outdoor shower by the pool for washing the sand off of your feet when you come in from the beach. There is a bathroom available right off of the pool area. Great for early arrivals or emergency potty trips.
The parking lot features a security guard that works from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. nightly. Do not leave valuables or keys in your car. Do not leave your car unlocked. There has been some petty vandalism of vehicles and there have been some thefts of cars and items that have been left in cars all over the beach area. The Island House is proactive on security but take precautions. There are several ground floor rooms where you can park your car right outside of the door but some rooms are accessed up two flights of stairs. (I did not see and elevator.) The property does not guarantee rooms or floors.
Overall this is a good choice for a beach front stay. Every room has a fully furnished kitchen. The beach is right outside of your bedroom. Laundry facilities are on premises. Linens are provided. Internet is available in the lobby and free coffee in the lobby daily. Games are checked out to rooms on an honor system with no fee charged. DVDs area available for rent and DVD players must be rented to play them.
Even though the island house could use a little updating and some minor repairs on the exterior I would stay here with my family. I would not like the two flights of stairs for a walk up room. Groceries, beach gear and children may have to be carried up those stairs. They are also a potential safety issue for small children. No smoking in any of the units. No pets.
At the time of this writing rates are moderately priced for a beach front unit with kitchen and laundry facility. Winter rates for a one bedroom beachfront unit are $119 for Sun-Thur. and $144 for Fri and Sat. Call the property directly for rates and availability. Summer rates are higher. Enjoy the beach.