Come and enjoy this beautiful Lakefront Texas size home of nearly 6,000 square feet (600 square meters) with 5 bedrooms - only 15 minutes drive from NASA; 10 mins. from the Kemah boardwalk, 25 mins. from Galveston Island and Hobby airport; 35 mins to the world-famous Texas Medical Center.
This is our Texas-sized home with 5 bedrooms. You will be the only occupants of the entire home during your stay. There are two King-sized beds in the master bedroom screened from each other by heavy custom draperies. There is an upstairs library in the master bedroom overlooking the pool and lake. It has a large master bathroom and a his and her walk in closet. The 2nd bedroom upstairs has a King-sized bed and the 3rd bedroom has a Queen-sized bed. The 2nd and 3rd bedrooms share a full bathroom with a tub. You will have access to two more full bathrooms upstairs in case you need to. The 4th bedroom has a Queen-sized bed and a full bathroom. The 5th bedroom has been converted into a family theater. The 6th bedroom has been converted into an exercise room with a treadmill, elliptical and weight machine and has a full bathroom. The theater room is with full surround sound system and a 75 inch DLP TV screen for your enjoyment. The 4th bedroom has a Queen-sized bed with a small study table and this bedroom overlooks the front of the home. It is locked and opened if you have made a booking for 8 or more persons. All the beds are pillow-topped mattress beds with complete linen and comforters. There is a formal dining room that seats 8 people on a beautiful Italian dining table. There is a breakfast area by the kitchen with Michael Amini furniture for dining that seats 4 people. The home has a big gourmet kitchen with a 4 burner gas cooktop, a side by side refrigerator, 2 microwaves and 2 ovens. There is a 55 inch theater TV in the family room that overlooks the lake and swimming pool. Brand new tigerwood hardwood floors adorn the stairs and upper level. Tiles and wood floors are in the main level and marble floors in the master bedroom downstairs. There is a 55 foot long lap pool in the backyard overlooking the man made lake with a hot tub that has jets to soothe the aching muscles. Barbeque using the outdoor kitchen and watching the sunset over the lake or sunbathe by the outdoor pool. The master bedroom has a loft library with books to read and enjoy the lake view. Or schedule an in house massage by our excellent massage therapist friend Shannon. He does great deep tissue and relaxation massages in the library where we keep our massage table. Take an evening or early morning walk or jog around the lake in our backyard and all around the very safe neighborhood. Go fishing in the lake that is a catch and release lake. There are 2 great golf courses within 10 minutes from us and tennis courts 5 minutes from us. We are 15 minutes drive from NASA. Drive 10 to 15 minutes minutes to the Kemah Boardwalk where there is fine dining and amusement rides. You can walk by the Gulf of Mexico. A 25 minutes drive to Galveston and all its offerings from the Port of Galveston cruise ships, the ocean, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. A 35 minutes drive to Houston and the Texas Medical Center which makes it a very central location for tourists wanting to enjoy the most popular areas of Houston and Galveston. There is an excellent and massive HEB store 5 minutes drive from us. There is a huge Kroger food store and multiple restaurants in the same shopping area also 5 minutes from us. In Texas everything is big and spread out so you must have a car to drive around. There are no buses that come to the area. For the adventurous take a day trip to the Texas Hill country and wineries. This is one of the most affordable huge homes for a family to enjoy or a fully furnished place for a longer term business executive or winter snow birds.
One bedroom with a digital keypad upstairs is locked along with a second storage room by the exercise room upstairs. The storage room contains our personal items for us to use when we are at home. The storage room is off limits to our guests. A small cupboard next to the refrigerator in the kitchen with a coded door is also locked and contains supplies for our cleaner. This is also off limits and for use by our cleaning crew. Thanks for your kind understanding!
We have spices in the kitchen for our cooking needs. You are welcome to share them with us. We have salt, pepper and sugar that you can use if you need to in case you have not already gone grocery shopping. All basic linens, bedding, kitchen utensils, coffee maker, rice cooker, pots, pans, utensils, cups,wine glasses etc have been provided. Comforters, pillows, towels have also been provided. Shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper and soap has been provided. If you run out and need more, you can make a list of the items you need and buy them at your expense at the grocery store. We use this home ourselves for our family and so you will find most items needed on a daily basis available in our inventory.
If you are booking more than 60 days before your scheduled arrival date, ASK for a 30 % REDUCED DEPOSIT BEFORE MAKING YOUR BOOKING. The balance of your payment will be due 45 days before your scheduled arrival date. You will pay a slightly higher Airbnb fees of up to 3 % for making the 2 separate payments.
You can also make monthly payments if you are booking a stay of more than a month. We will only charge a one time cleaning fees for your entire stay.
The whole house is yours to enjoy with complete privacy. You are only a very easy 15 minutes drive to NASA and the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Plan to spend most of a day visiting this amazing place for both adults and children. Learn about the history of our space exploration. There are hands on activities and talks for children and take a tour of the control center and large complex of buildings. There is now a fascinating Space shuttle exhibit to explore.
Spend a day visiting the Kemah boardwalk which is a very easy 10 to 15 minute drive from our home. Enjoy the many different restaurants and walk along the boardwalk. Relax and grab a drink with appetizers and watch the sailboats sailing by. Take a ride on a high powered race boat on the boardwalk beast and plan on getting wet. Cruise the bay in a yacht with dinner or take a carriage ride. There is an amusement park with different rides for both adults and children. Shop in the many interesting shops in the area.
Enjoy the Island of Galveston which is only a pleasant 25 to 35 minute drive since we are midway between the Houston downtown area and Galveston seawall. There is Moody Gardens to spend a day enjoying the different exhibits of the rain forest, live butterflies, aquarium, amazing IMAX movies about the natural world, ice sculptures exhibition in winter, Christmas lights exhibit from Thanksgiving till New Year and many more activities.
Enjoy the Schlitterbahn Waterpark next to Moody Gardens in summer for the whole day.
Sunbathe by the beach and stroll the seawall of Galveston or ride a family bike along the sea wall. There is the Galveston Pleasure Pier with amusement rides to enjoy. Have lunch or dinner along the sea wall or along the Galveston Strand. Watch a play at the Galveston Grand Opera built in 1894 and very well preserved architecture. Every seat is great. Catch a cruise ship from Galveston cruise port or from the Houston Cruise ship port, both only 30 minutes from us at the end of your stay.
Enjoy the gigantic Houston Galleria mall that has an ice skating ring and excellent dining only about 30 to 40 minutes drive from us. The museum district has the wonderful Museum of Natural Science to check out the dinosaurs, live butterflies in their rainforest pyramid, display of gems and precious stones, IMAX movies on one of the largest screens in the world, planetarium and special exhibits. Plan a whole day for this activity. Visit the Museum of Fine Art with beautiful art work from different artists famous and upcoming ones.
Watch a football game at our gigantic NRG (Previously the Reliant) stadium or a baseball game at the massive Minute Maid Park with its retractable dome. Do not miss a Houston Rockets basketball game at the Toyota Center.
Entertain yourself with Broadway plays in the Houston Arts and Theater district. Enjoy the Alley theater, the Houston symphony, the Theater Under the Stars or TUTS theater, Houston Ballet and Grand Opera, Broadway show at the beautiful Hobby Center or a show at the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA).
Visit the Children's Museum of Houston if you have kids or grand children.
Enjoy the free Menil Collection of art.
Visit the Houston Zoo, the Artcar Museum, the San Jacinto Monument, Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, San Jacinto Battle Ground State Historic Park or watch a concert at the Miller Outdoor Theater.
Shop till you drop at the many Outlet malls, the closest being the Tanger Outlet mall 15 minutes drive from our home.
If you wish to drive about an hour or two drive you can visit the famous Blue Bell Ice Cream factory in the Texas Hill country by New Braunfels and in spring enjoy the bluebonnet and Indian Paintbrush flowers in the country side while visiting some Texas wineries.
What ever you decide to do, come and enjoy the great Lonestar State of Texas! !!
Interaction with guests
This is a fully furnished home that we use during our stays in the great city of Houston. We are a suburb of Houston incorporated as League City. When we are away, our next door neighbor is available for any questions. We are also available by phone and email.
Other things to note
A short term lease agreement will be sent to you electronically by Docusign for you to read, complete, sign and return to us about a week before your scheduled arrival date. It automatically returns to us when completed. It has important information about our home and goes over all the frequently asked questions. We have 3 infrared cameras at each entrance that monitors the number of people checking in. 99% of our guests are honest and decent people who disclose the correct number of people checking in. Less than 1% will try and abuse the system and so we have cameras installed to remotely monitor all the people entering the house along with our front and side neighbors who keep an eye out for us.
There are 2 binders on the kitchen counter top by the window looking out to the garden fountain and courtyard. The 1st binder goes over the house appliances; use of the TV remotes, the power blinds, pool remote control etc. The 2nd binder goes over all the fun things to do around the Houston, Clearlake, Galveston and Texas Hill Country area area.
We have one room upstairs by the exercise room locked with our personal belongings for us to use when we stay in our home. The study has a large filing cabinet with paperwork filed in it that is off limits to guests.
NO PETS and NO SMOKING is allowed inside the house. If any of these rules are broken, you will be evicted from the house and lose your deposit plus forfeit any and all money you paid for the whole duration of your stay.
Come, stay and enjoy our home when we are not around. We ask that you please leave the place as you found it since we stay in this home when guests are not there. We do not expect you to clean the house as that is done by our cleaning crew. However we appreciate it if you clear the counter tops and eating areas of dirty plates and utensils by placing them in the dishwasher and running the dishwasher. Also please dispose your garbage properly into the garbage bin provided.
NO PETS and NO SMOKING is allowed inside the home and we will keep your deposit if either rule is broken in order to decontaminate the home. Please restrict eating to the dining tables and kitchen area. If you have small children keep the backdoor accessing the pool area locked at all times and use the added child safety lock to prevent them from going to the pool without adult supervision. Children swimming must be supervised at all times and the parents are ultimately responsible for their safety.
There are 3 thermostats in the house. The 1st controls the master bedroom temperature and is located at the entrance to the bedroom. The 2nd controls the downstairs main level and is located just outside the master bedroom. The 3rd controls the upstairs bedrooms and is located outside the blue bedroom in the vestibule area. They are all touchscreen thermostats that you can set to a/c or heat by pressing the MODE button. You then set the comfortable temperature for yourself by pressing the upward arrow button or downward arrow button. When leaving the home, please touch the HOME icon button so that it automatically sets to an energy saving setting when you are not around.
There is an alarm system that is activated when you check out and finally leave the home. If you press the signs TWICE that stands for police, fire or ambulance then you can expect the appropriate authority to show up at the house.
Your rent includes the price to heat the SPA and it's use. If you choose to swim in the pool and have it HEATED, then you can ask for this. It will however COST AN ADDITIONAL $25 PER DAY EXTRA to heat the pool. (It normally costs us $30 to $50 per day on natural gas expenses to heat the pool ). Usually heating of the pool is required in fall, winter, a day spring.
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We are from Houston, Texas. My family all live in the Bay Area of San Francisco. We have a wonderful 10 year old daughter who loves all her cousins. In summers and sometimes in winters, we stay in our log home in Estes Park and enjoy the Rocky Mountain National Park. We are retired and love to take it easy. The extra income helps offset our mortgage and up keep costs. Airbnb is a great way to travel as you get 3-5 times the space of a hotel and save on cooking for your selves. I love to cook. You get great deals for excellent homes. We also get to stay longer at more reasonable prices and get to explore the places better in a more relaxed fashion. We love watching movies. We like contemporary Jazz and me and my daughter also like Pop music. We love clean places as we keep ours very clean. We care for people's homes just as we do for ours. Our daughter is homeschooled and very well behaved. My husband Kaiser's motto is "Live life to the fullest." My motto is "Knowledge is the antidote to fear." My daughter's motto is the Golden Rule "Do unto others as you would do to yourself." Our favorite travel destinations were Paris, Santorini in Greece, London, New Zealand and Australia. I also love the Philippines. We eat any and all foods and love to explore different cultures and foods. As a host we like people to respect our homes and live in it gently and take care of it as we do when we stay in other people's homes. We provide our guests with amenities that they will need for their stay and respond to their needs as efficiently as we can.