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Ocean Front 5-Star Award Winner – 20% Discount for July 7-14 & 21-28

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths4
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

House, 4+ Bedrooms, 2 full/4 half Baths,outside shower, (Sleeps 14-16)

This luxurious oceanfront home has stunning views of the best beach in north end of Virginia Beach. In a quiet residential neighborhood, this property feels like a private retreat from the moment you round the corner of the driveway. This is the place to get away from it all!

3,200 square feet on five levels plus two patios, a rooftop deck, two garden areas, a grove of live oaks, and playground for children give ample space for individuals in a large group to have moments of quiet retreat, making this home ideal for family gatherings. Guests repeatedly state that the website photos don't do it justice.

Fees quoted are for up to twelve people in four bedrooms. Guests repeatedly remark about how comfortable the memory foam mattresses are and how well they sleep. A fifth bedroom which has a separate entrance, plus a bedroom next door in the Owner's home, and a queen air mattress for the music room are available for additional fees. The dining room seats 16.

Inspired by the Norfolk residency of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1953, and designed by local architect, Herbert Smith, this home was built in 1955 and is registered on the Virginia Beach Historic Register. There are still some pieces of the original 1955 furniture and the mid-century aesthetic has been retained in the updating.

A fully furnished rooftop deck has what is often described as “the best view in Virginia Beach”. Our beach is where the dolphin watching boats stop to view our favorite mammals and you can watch them at any time from the comfort of your dining room or rooftop deck! Cook on the deck with the grill or cook in the kitchen and send food up in the dumb waiter! And enjoy a perfect view of the weekly city fireworks, as well as sunrises, sunsets and full moons.

'Sandswept' is a multilevel level house with four floors plus the ground floor which has a laundry room, outdoor shower, additional half bath and optional fifth bedroom. The multiple levels provide a large group numerous opportunities for privacy, with the bedrooms well spread out from each other. The many steps, however, make this inaccessible for the handicapped and uncomfortable for those with mobility issues. Access to Pelican room on top and the rooftop deck is only via a spiral staircase.

Both full bathrooms provide spa like experiences, with tubs that provide aeromassage, dynamic turbo massage and chromatherapy. Toilets are located in “water closets” separated from the cleansing shower and tub area, which allows a bather to relax undisturbed. Dimmers in the bathrooms and throughout the house let you create mood lighting whenever and wherever you want.

A spacious hot and cold exterior shower with two stalls helps your group easily clean off the sand after the beach. A beach cart makes it easy to carry small children and their toys, umbrellas, chairs, and snacks to the beach. Bring or rent a surfboard or kayak. We can provide wheels to help roll the kayak down to the beach. Surfing is allowed before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. in the summer. Dogs are allowed on the beach before 10:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m in the summer and anytime the rest of the year.

The grounds offer numerous places to retreat outside: a playground for the kids, two patios, one on the east side and one on the west, a pond with goldfish, and a garden that is a recognized wildlife habitat, full of flowers and bushes that attract and feed birds, butterflies and hummingbirds.

There are six parking places which is an unusual luxury in this part of Virginia Beach.

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood, this home is perfect for families, but is not suitable for noisy gatherings of unrelated adults.

Listed with Virginia Green Travel as an exemplary green vacation rental, this Green home was fully renovated in 2006 to Energy Star and LEED ReGreen standards with top of the line Energy Star appliances and excellent windows and insulation to provide greater indoor comfort.There are no VOCs in the finishes so this is the perfect home for anyone with chronic allergies or asthma. Virginia Green Travel awarded Sandswept a Star Award "Green Vacation Rental of 2017".

This cul de sac has no traffic and has primarily year round residents. An entrance to walking paths in First Landing State Park is two blocks away. The Resort with all its activities is 3 miles away, a safe and easy bike ride on the access road. The Virginia Aquarium, Auto World bumper cars and Ocean Breeze Water Park are 6 miles. Busch Gardens, Water Country and historic Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown are an hour away.

There are two TVs with DISH network plus DVD players, movies, and board/card games for rainy days. An additional TV with Disney and Magic School Bus VCRs is in the Chameleon bedroom. WiFi is provided. A solar and wind powered clothes dryer lets your clothes smell fresh. Port-a-crib, high chair, booster chair, infant seat for outdoor swingset, and diaper pail are available.

No Smoking inside or within 50' of an open window. Leave outside shoes at the door as this is the single most important way to protect indoor air quality. Dogs are permitted on a case by case basis, with an extra pet fee per dog; shaded, fenced dog yard can be shared with owner’s dogs.

The owner lives next door and shares the driveway, laundry facilities, and grounds. She provides inside tips on local information and restaurants as a concierge would do. Her Australian terriers love to share their dog yard with visiting dog buddies.

Keywords: Oceanfront, Private, Quiet, exclusive Northend Virginia Beach, Award winning Green Vacation Rental, awesome views, Perfect for Family Vacations, quiet beach retreat, good for those with asthma or allergies

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2018

About Gayle

I am a classical musician, a harpsichordist, and an eco- builder, helping homeowners build high performance, energy efficient homes.

I have two Australian terriers and we walk every day on the beach.

Gayle purchased this house in 1955

Why Gayle chose Northeast Virginia Beach

This is my family home, built by my parents in 1955 to entertain summer guests. It has provided many happy summer memories for many people for over 60 years! It is on the historic register for the city of Virginia Beach. We aim to preserve this historic property and keep providing a restorative retreat for many people. The rooftop deck is often said to have the best view in Virginia Beach.

What makes this house unique

Walking dogs on the beach, observing the weather and the wildlife are my favorite activities year round.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful time we had in your house... The view here is awesome, beautiful, brilliant.... The house is a treasure and we could have the pleasure to see the dolphins swimming in the ocean while having breakfast. We enjoy everything there, the dogs, the owner and the place... and very moment.

(excerpt from guest logbook)
Sep 2012
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Northeast Virginia Beach, Virginia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Shoes worn outside should not be worn inside.
  • Noisy merry-making shall either get quiet or come inside after 10:00 p.m.
  • Non-compliance to House Rules in Exhibit A of Lease will result in removal from property with no refund.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Half Baths
  • Half bath on kitchen level - toilet , Toilet and sink accessed through sky blue bedroom
    Level two half bath - toilet , Toilet and sink accessed from hall, separate from full bath
    2 Outdoor showers - outdoor shower , Spacious outdoor shower with two stalls
    Ground floor half bath - toilet , Accessed from outside, near outdoor shower
    Master half bath - toilet , Toilet & sink accessed from master bath & from music room
    Master 3/4 bath - shower , jetted tub , toilet & additional sink separated by door
    Level Two 3/4 bath - shower , jetted tub , toilet and additional sink have separate entrance from hall.
  • two 3/4 baths with toilet separated, 4 half baths, outdoor shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , Master bath with separated toilet & additional sink.
    Music Room - Queen air mattress; privacy shades between living room
    Sky blue room - 1 queen , connected to half bath on dining room/kitchen level
    Chameleon room - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Default: 2nd twin stores under main twin for more space
    Seaside room - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    Optional Ground Floor bedroom with separate access - 1 double
  • Queen Beds in master bedroom, Seaside room and Sky blue bedroom, Double Bed (1) in Chameleon room , Twin or Single Beds (2) in 'Chameleon' bedroom. (1) Port-A-Crib- 38' x 24' can fit in any bedroom. Highchair and booster seat in dining room; infant swing seat, & diaper pail available. Bunk Bed (1) with two twin beds in Seaside bedroom. Children under six are not allowed in the top bunk. Full or Double Bed (1) in optional Ground floor bedroom. More than 14 people requires additional fee.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Winner of Star Award from Virginia Green Travel for "Green Vacation Rental of 2017". Green attributes include superior indoor air quality, water conservation, energy efficiency, wildlife habitat, eco-friendly materials, solar and wind powered clothes dryer, solar panels, geo thermal heating and air conditioning, chemical free cleaning via Norwex system, composting and advanced recycling to move toward zero waste.


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Ocean Front 5-Star Award Winner – 20% Discount for July 7-14 & 21-28
average rating of 5.0 based on 63 reviews
Boyne City, MI USA

This is the perfect place!!

  • 5 of 5

Sandswept was the perfect place for our vacation! Our group numbered 10 adults, 1 teen, 3 young kids and 5 dogs! Five families that span 4 generations! Our hostess Gayle was an absolute pleasure and the fact that this beautiful home is her family history made our memories there even more special. Everyone had their own space and the location was perfect for us. Little ones took full advantage of the lovely playground/garden area everyday and our teen loved staying up in the pelican room. Gayle was always quick to respond to any questions...we just text her and she answered right away. She has everything labeled and instructions clearly marked. The beach is wonderful to walk, fly kites, play volleyball and just relax. The music room has a comfy couch to curl up on and read a book and a table and chairs with enough room for everyone to gather and play games. You will find everything you need in the fabulous kitchen and we all got a lesson in energy efficiency! This is truly the perfect place for a family to gather and make memories!

The different levels in the house are great but can pose a problem for someone with mobility issues and parking is tight but we parked as Gayle instructed us and had no problems with 4 cars! The rainfall showers and jacuzzi tubs were a favorite and the heated floors in the bathrooms...what else could you want! Will go back to Sandswept in a heartbeat if the opportunity comes along again. We enjoyed our stay! Thank you Gayle for sharing this beautiful place with us!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Submitted: 5-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review! I'm happy you enjoyed Sandswept so much and I look forward to seeing you again!
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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Gorgeous home, great location on the beach, perfect for a large family!

  • 5 of 5

The home was in good condition with plenty of room for the group to gather in the living room or the kitchen. The house is right by the beach access boardwalk and is a quick and easy walk. The house offers plenty of beach toys for the kids, a couple of beach carts to hold all the stuff, beach chairs and a small cooler. The home owner lives nearby and was able to walk us thru the home, which added a nice & personal touch. She also was able to drop by if we had a question or two, so that was really convenient! It was a perfect family trip and we were so happy to be able to rent an entire home for all of us, it’s so much better than getting a hotel room!

  • Submitted: 15-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome location!

  • 5 of 5

The property was amazing! The location was perfect. Gayle has done an great job making sure the house is green. She is definitely a friend to the ecosystem and environment at Virginia Beach!

  • Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home and Location!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home in a perfect location. We had a great time enjoying the sun deck, the beach, and the views. Our host was very helpful and did everything to make our stay perfect. You will love this place.

  • Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful beach home with an even amazing host !

  • 5 of 5

Our weekend stay from Friday to Sunday was beyond amazing! Gail was very accommodating and responsive for our questions. She lives next door and is very sweet. The house is beautiful, just steps away from the private beach, and perfect for a large group of people. The house itself is fun and quirky with breathtaking views all throughout the home .We would strongly recommend you to book with Gail!

  • Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Westmont il

Just like home

  • 5 of 5

We rented this place for the weekend and exceeded our expectations. Host is very welcoming and warm. The place is well equipped. We loved how everyone felt like they were at home. I highly recommend.

  • Submitted: 25-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Norfolk International
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Jamestown Ferry
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I64 and I264
Car: recommended

This home is in the prestigious Northend of Virginia Beach, a quiet residential neighborhood with no hotels or commerce. Tucked away in the middle of the block, this home provides a quiet refuge where children can play safely on the playground and adults can relax and listen to the ocean waves and bird calls on two patios, a rooftop deck and in the garden. The widest beach at Virginia Beach is easily accessed by a public walkway. Being a quiet residential neighborhood with neighbors who value peace, this is not a place for loud parties. It can however be ideal for small weddings or family reunions that wind down by c. 10:00 p.m. Parking is limited in the neighborhood but there are six possible parking spaces at this property.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Northeast Virginia Beach, Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid June
Jun 16 2018 - Jun 22 2018
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 23 2018 - Aug 17 2018
6 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 18 2018 - Sep 3 2018
5 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2018 - Sep 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2018 - Nov 16 2018
2 night minimum stay
Nov 17 2018 - Nov 25 2018
5 night minimum stay
Early December
Nov 26 2018 - Dec 21 2018
2 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 1 2019
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2019
Jan 2 2019 - Feb 28 2019
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$131.36
city room tax $ 2/day C$18.58
Pet Fee C$112.79
cleaning C$424.61

These rates are for four bedrooms which sleep 12 plus a queen air mattress in the music room. An optional fifth bedroom on the ground floor has a double bed and separate entrance and is adjacent to the ground floor half bath and outdoor shower.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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