A SeaSonal Getaway

by Sep 26, 2023Real Estate, Southport Oak Island

For a vacation that checks all the boxes, book a stay at SeaSons at the Point, an Oak Island oasis created by and for family.

Close your eyes and envision your happy place. For Emily Demarest, that place has always been Oak Island. The memories of her youthful summers on the island have come full circle as she and her husband just completed building a beach home there.

“When I started working, one of my goals was to build a beach house,” Demarest says. “I started saving as soon as I started working to be able to do that. My goal was to be able to do it by the time I turned 40 — and I celebrated my 40th birthday last year.”

SeaSons at the Point opened for booking in November 2022. Demarest and her husband, Chris, named it for their two young boys and for its location. By booking this house for others to enjoy, Demarest wants to help others create the same experiences and memories when on a coastal respite from their everyday lives.

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“We built the house to share those formative memories for other families just miles from where I made my own,” Demarest says.

What makes this home stand out from the hundreds of other rentals on Oak Island are the spectacular views, the comfortable design and the concierge services.

The home touts 360-degree views of the water. It’s nestled right in the sweet spot by both the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean, one of the most coveted locales on the island. This location allows guests to truly take in the tranquility of being by the water during their time on Oak Island.

Demarest thoughtfully designed the house over the course of about three years — before the property was even found. She sourced furniture and furnishings from 25 towns throughout North Carolina, and many regional vendors contributing to its building process and maintenance, from architects and builders to the property manager and handymen.

SeaSons at the Point sleeps up to 19 adults, with each bedroom decorated with a unique theme in mind, and it is stacked with all the amenities you can imagine, including a pool and hot tub and private beach access. The open floor plan promotes a flowing, breathable feel throughout the house (also boasting those terrific views!), and the house has six decks for outdoor enjoyment.

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“Our interior design goes well beyond the bare bones of most rentals,” Demarest says. “There are ample spaces for children to play, adults to connect and everyone to find togetherness in experiencing Oak Island from SeaSons at the Point. We built our home to really center our guests’ experience on what we value from quality time together.”

The home displays an array of intentionally chosen artwork and features pieces from local artist Karen Olah, who created custom work specifically for SeaSons, and a family friend, Laura Lobdell from Printed Hues.

“Laura owns a local oyster farm and also does amazing watercolor prints of coastal maps and wildlife,” Demarest says, adding that guests receive an Oak Island watercolor ornament from Printed Hues as part of their welcome basket.

While staying in a home so beautiful and bursting with amenities is already a dream getaway, Demarest has taken it a step further with concierge services.

“It’s been really fun to partner with local vendors to put together options and itineraries,” Demarest says. “We want our guests to be able to take advantage of as many things as possible.”

Their concierge model is designed for families and built around relaxation. It makes it easy to plan everything from grocery delivery and beach chairs to family photo sessions and private chefs in advance.

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“We’re parents and also busy professionals with limited time off — so we fully understand that time off is precious,” Demarest says. “We designed our services so generations can gather together and actually relax in a house designed for them.”

Demarest appreciates that SeaSons at the Point contributes to the local economy. Approximately every dollar invested in the tourism industry brings back $8.25 to the local economy, with the average VRBO guest spending about $1,045 at local businesses during a five-and-a-half-day getaway. That makes SeaSons at the Point’s partnerships with local vendors all the more valuable.

A few of the businesses bolstering the home’s impressive concierge service — and allowing guests to have all the activity options they want at their fingertips without the hassle of planning — include everything from Quicksand Beach Concierge, OKI Bike and Paddle Co., The Booze Buggy and Black Sails Adventure Company to a slew of activities to choose from such as picnics on the beach, mini golf and visits to local museums and restaurants.

“We are big fans of SeaSons at the Point and their owners as we share a similar mission of helping guests create memorable moments,” says Dixon Wright, co-owner of OKI Bike and Paddle Co. “They provide the wonderful accommodations and partner with us to get the guests cruising the island on an e-bike or in the water paddleboarding.”

Aside from the obvious beauty of the beach, the draw to Oak Island lies in the luster of its local restaurants, businesses and people — and finding those favorite spots to keep frequenting each visit.

“We steer visitors to local establishments because it drives positive tourism impact on the economy,” Demarest says. “And it just makes Oak Island feel more like a home away from home when you go back to the same places for breakfast or dinner. For example, our family loves Pepperoni Grill, and we probably eat there four times during a weeklong stay.”

Residing in Raleigh, Demarest and her husband both work very demanding full-time jobs and balance activities for their two kids — making vacations a much anticipated respite. As it always has since her childhood, heading to Oak Island offers Demarest a much-needed breath of fresh air each time she visits.

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“Life in Raleigh is very fast-paced,” Demarest says. “When we get to go to the beach, the moment that we get in the car and start heading in that direction, we can just feel our blood pressure drop.”

Demarest hopes that the happy place she shared with her family growing up can continue to be passed down through her own family for generations to come as well as be enjoyed by those who choose to stay at SeaSons at the Point.

“My sons are little now and they love coming to the beach with me,” Demarest says. “But I still get together with my sisters and our parents at the beach, and I want that for our family, too. I want this house to be a place where I can see them, where they will come spend time with us and also have that happy place — and when you’re a mom you’re always trying to create happy places for your kids.”

If you’re ready to channel that seaside serenity, snag your booking slot at SeaSons at the Point — 6923kingslynn.com

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