Yes, this is it! The house featured on HGTV's Beachfront Bargain Hunt. On the show, it was called "The Crown Jewel"... but we call it "The Sandlot House"... Here's why:
The movie "The Sandlot" has long been a favorite of our family. Set in the summer of 1962, it tells the story of a group of friends who play baseball together, go to the pool (and fake drowning to hook up with the smoking hot lifeguard, Wendy Peffercorn), hang out in tree houses and just, generally, get in trouble. It's a nostalgic take on the friendships of our youth, all centered around baseball (the favorite pastime of our family). Every time I watch it, I long for those simpler, easier times depicted in the movie... when the only care in the world was how best to retrieve a baseball that went over a fence.
Likewise, that longing for a simpler, easier time is why we fell in love with Cape Charles. My wife and I instantly became enamored by the old-fashioned charm of the town. From the old school hardware store to the breakfast counter at the pharmacy to the beautiful old houses, it really reminded us of some of the iconic scenes depicted in "The Sandlot". We, literally, could envision Cape Charles being THE town that Benny "The Jet", Scotty "Smalls", "Ham" Porter, and the legendary, Michael "Squints" Palledorous once lived and raised havoc.
So, we kept coming back. Every summer we would look forward to spending time together as a family on the beach, getting ice cream at Brown Dog, riding bikes around town, eating pizza at DeadRise Pies and just generally, unplugging from our hectic Northern Virginia lifestyle. It was our respite and sanctuary from the chaos of it all.
We knew we eventually wanted to have our own place at Cape Charles and, one day, the perfect house became available. Originally built in 1922, it was just steps to the beach, the downtown shops and Central Park. And, just as importantly, it was big enough for our family and guests. And, it is now our own escape and retreat... our very own... Sandlot.
So, the minute we laid eyes on her, we knew there was only one name she could be called: THE SANDLOT HOUSE.
We hope you enjoy it as much as our family does. And, we hope you build memories here that you'll cherish and carry with you forever.... for-EVER... FOREVVVVVER.
The Sandlot House has 4 bedrooms large enough to easily sleep 10-12 guests. Bedroom #1 has a king size bed. Bedroom #2 has a queen bed. Bedroom #3 has 2 single beds. Bedroom #4 has 2 sets of bunkbeds. And the living room has a sleeper sofa. (see the photo gallery for more details)
Our realtor begged us to not allow guests to use the golf cart. But, as they say in Mexico, mi golf cart es su golf cart. Sign the waiver. Drive the golf cart (this is a $375 savings from renting in town).
Centrally located, The Sandlot House is just steps to the beach, Central Park (and tennis courts), dining and the downtown shops.
We LOVE our dog, Duke, and know what a hassle and expense it can be to kennel your dog while on vacation. So, don't do it. Bring them with you and let your dog have a vacation, too! Be sure to get Rover a scoop of the dog-friendly ice cream at Brown Dog Ice cream!
We keep a couple of stand up Paddle Boards and kayaks on hand for our guests' enjoyment. Whether you're an expert or a beginner, the bay provides PERFECT conditions for stand up paddle boarding and kayaking.
One of the few houses in Cape Charles that backs up to an alley that allows for off-street parking right behind the house.
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216 Monroe Avenue, Cape Charles, Virginia 23310, United States