From Houston, Texas. Enjoy biking, theatre, movies, restaurants, walking...retired chemical engineer. Own a rental beach house in Galveston, TX.
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Gary is helpful and sent information about the house and about the surrounding area as soon as we booked. This packet enabled us to have plenty of time to plan our trip. The house itself is exactly as described and the deck is a peaceful retreat for morning coffee or reading in the afternoon (or for just sitting and listening to the waves and watching the sun rise and set). The house is roomy inside; with 10 of us in the house, we did not feel crowded. The girls (6 of them) enjoyed having a private retreat in the loft area - complete with private bathroom and deck. Gary supplies everything you need for the beach and getting around: bikes, toys, boogie boards, chairs, etc. I would stay there again and would recommend it to anyone traveling to Galveston.
This was my second time to book through airbnb and I have not been disappointed either time!
Typically after I book an apartment or cabin online, I will pack a few items that may not be supplied; such as extra silverware & steak knives, cooking utensils, small portable grill, and a small box fan. I didn't need to bring anything this trip!
Gary's Seaview Island Getaway has everything you need aside from your own groceries!
The house is well maintained, decorated, and family friendly. Me and my sister's family were very comfortable (4 adults, 2 kids, and 2 toddlers in our group). I think we spent most of our time outside on the lower deck! It was very relaxing to watch and listen to the sounds of the ocean.
As I mentioned, there really is no need to bring anything! The garage has practically something for everyone: a grill, smoker, several bikes (1 child sized), kites, a wheel barrel full of beach toys, boogie boards, and beach chairs.
Here are a few other amenities:
Private outside shower w/ hot & cold water.
Spigot on the stairs for rinsing sandy feet.
Small table set at ground level to view sunsets.
An elevator that runs from ground to 1st floor.
Supplied beach towels.
Located close to Sea Wall attractions, but far enough away for peace and quiet.
Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Kudos to Gary for sharing this wonderful house!
We just stayed at Gary's house over Easter weekend. Words can not express how wonderful the house and location was. We had never rented a house or used Airbnb before and we were a little nervous of what our experience would be. Our trip was wonderful! The house was beautiful and even better in person. Pictures don't do it justice. When we arrived the house was spotless! We had everything we needed for our vacation including wonderful beach items for both kids and adults. All we had to bring was food, everything else was there and available for use. The reservation process and check in/check out was easy! Gary was even flexible with our checkout time so that we could get the most out of our family vacation. This was by far the best get away we have ever had and we cant wait to stay at the house again, Thank you so much Gary for opening your home to us and giving us the experience of a lifetime! We will now be spending at least 1 week a summer here if not more!!!!
Response from Gary:
Thanks Jennifer for your kind words. So glad everything turned out well for your vacation. Please come back soon!
We had a wonderful stay at the Johnson's beach house! Everything was extra clean and well maintained. There were enough beds (6 total) for two families. The kitchen was fully equipped, there were plenty of towels for both bath and beach, and a garage full of anything you could possibly need for some fun in the sun! The decks are fantastic for admiring your unobstructed view of the beach! We would definitely stay again!!
Response from Gary:
Thanks, Nicole. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope you will be back soon.
I stayed here for three days and two nights with a large group of my friends (all early 20s)-- we were in town for a wedding. The house is even nicer than the pictures. It was immaculately clean as soon as we stepped inside. The entire process was very easy-- Gary let us have the house to ourselves. I never saw him, but he was great at being available to us by phone when I had questions. He also provided a lot of great information about the house and the neighborhood and his "house rules" were few and very simple to follow. We had a fantastic stay.
Response from Gary:
Thanks, Bubba, for taking such good care of the house. Hope you will be back to Galveston again soon.....
I have three words to describe our stay....OMG! It is as advertised. Spaceous and technology updated. Wifi great speakers and TVs. Breach right in front. Location and all the beach toys and cooking items you need. I will stay there again. Gary was was great host and accommodating. And the large deck with plenty seating made for great entertaining. Awesome Gary. I'm glad our family and friends will have a great holiday memory to cherish.
Response from Gary:
Glad you enjoyed your stay. You are welcome back anytime.
We had a great experience at Gary's beach house this past weekend. He was an excellent host who followed-up with me immediately after booking to make sure all my questions we're addressed before we checked-in.
The house itself was in great shape, with plenty of space for the six of us. The living room area and deck areas (including the 3rd floor balcony) were perfect for lounging around and it was nice to have all the amenities of home available just a couple of minutes away from the beach. I can't wait to come back during the warmer months so we can take full advantage of everything Gary's home has to offer.
"We loved our time at the beach house. It's very clean. The 5 of us slept comfortably throughout our entire stay. Everyone particularly loved the porch overlooking the ocean. The lounge chairs and hammock provided a perfect spot for reading and watching the unobstructed view of the waves on the beach straight ahead. All of our dealings with the owners couldn't have been better. We will be back."
What a wonderful host- there is nothing Gary hasn't thought of or taken care of. Great stay, great host!!
The house was wonderful and was better than I could have imagined. There was plenty of room for 3 adults and a 2 year old. The environment was cozy, comfortable, and kid friendly. We had all the necessities for cooking our meals. The beach was very close and we enjoyed dining on the balcony. It was also nice to have the beach toys for our son in the garage and puzzles/books in the downstairs bedroom. The location was close to the local attractions and restaurants. We would love to visit the island again! I called Gary twice and he answered each time. He also helped us find a local place to buy fresh seafood. We can't wait to go back!
They was a great guests and it was a pleasure hosting their trip. Coordinating the stay was very easy and communications were accurate and timely. As a guest they took great care of the place and left it so clean i hardly had any additional work to on check out. I would absolutely recommend them as a excellent guests and they are welcome back any time.
Gary and Ron were pleasant and friendly guests who were respectful of our home.
It was a great pleasure to host Gary & Ron. They were fantastic company & guests & we wish them well on the rest of their trip
It was a pleasure having Gary stay at our Bywater guesthouse. We welcome him back anytime.
Gary was a dream guest. First of all, the place looked like it hadn't been touched. To say it was left clean is an understatement--it was as if no one stepped foot in it and I had it professionally cleaned prior! He has a great demeanor and you can tell he loves to travel and enjoy a city. That is what this is all about. I'd welcome Gary back to the west village at any moment.
Great guest. Was very easy to communicate with.
It was a pleasure having Gary stay at my place in the West Village (New York City). From the start Gary was a great communicator. I just returned from my trip to find my apartment in primo condition. It could possibly be even cleaner than I left it. Gary followed my house rules perfectly. I would highly recommend Gary as a guest if you get the opportunity to have him stay at your place.
Gary was a gentleman who enjoyed his stay at my apartment in NYC. Good communication and friendly.
Gary and his close friend Ron stayed with us for a couple of nights while their wives were on a cruise. They were perfect guests and we thoroughly enjoyed our chats and hearing about their families. We were lucky enough for them to join us for a bar-b-que one night, which was made their time with us a memorable experience. We would welcome Gary & Ron (and hopefully their wives) back to stay with us anytime.
It was a pleasure to host Gary and Ron. We loved meeting them and exchanging stories. They were relaxed and friendly and easy to host. We would thoroughly recommend them to any other airbnb hosts.