Oceanfront Cottages Tybee Island History

How It All Got Started

A letter from the owner...

My first Tybee vacation rental property was my home, The Cottage, on #1 18th Street. I have owned this wonderful oceanfront home since 1978. This distinctive cottage is located directly oceanfront, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and just steps to the Pier, shopping, and restaurants. Because this was my first vacation rental home on Tybee I named my business, Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, LLC. 

The homes that we offer as a vacation rental on Tybee are some of the most exclusive properties. My Owners take pride in having the most fabulous homes offered as vacation rentals. As a homeowner on Tybee Island and property manager, my business began growing when friends and family asked me to assist them with the management of their vacation rental homes in 1997.

In 1999 it was my good fortune to meet Lannie S. Jarrell, my future husband, on Tybee Island. See how lucky you can be on Tybee Island?! 

Whether you wish to stay in a small house or condo or need to reserve a large home with amenities such as a hot tub, pool, or elevator, you can count on my experienced staff to make your stay the very best possible experience. That is a brief look at my company history, and I’m beyond happy with where I am and where we are all going!

Thank you for considering renting a vacation rental home on Tybee Island and being a Guest of Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, LLC. 

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Where We Are Today!

Oceanfront Cottage Rentals remains locally owned and operated. Our Tybee Island office is located at 717 1st Street/U. S. Hwy 80, Tybee Island, GA 31328. Right on the main thoroughfare as you enter Tybee. 

Our local team has years of hospitality experience and training. Our goal is to encourage our Guests to allow the Oceanfront Cottage team to share their knowledge and provide you with the best “Tybee” vacation experience possible. We are always happy to help you select the perfect rental home for your Tybee beach vacation. 

Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, is made up of a dynamic local team of property care, Tybee "experts" and leaders dedicated to helping Tybee visitors experience the best of Tybee Island.  

The Lady Behind It All

Stacye, the owner, is a South Georgia native from the small town of Pearson. As with any Southern girl, her approach to hospitality came through both nature and nurture. It was this upbringing, plus her love of the life and people on Tybee Island, that gives Oceanfront Cottage rentals the soul it has today. The first time Stacye visited Tybee was on a camping trip with her parents when she was in high school. It was love at first sight. Right away knew she’d end up there living there someday. That moment came sooner rather than later. After graduating high school outside of Atlanta and completing Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, she immediately moved to Savannah and gained her first experience as a property manager. At the tender age of 22, she bought her first home, an old row house in the historic downtown city. She fixed it up and began renting out apartments in this large historic building.

Meanwhile, Stacye began a career in advertising and marketing with a pair of local radio stations. The spots she produced for a popular restaurant chain ended up being used for their national marketing campaign and landed her a job with the company. She became their director of marketing. Her job was her passion, but when Stacye met the man who would become her husband, her life rapidly changed. He asked her to quit her job and help him run his law firm. Eventually, she did and spent 18 years managing the day-to-day operations of the Savannah firm. Her marketing expertise came in handy in helping her husband with the challenge of getting the firm’s name out in the days before the Internet.

It was then that Stacye started the business that would become Oceanfront Cottages. From her husband, she bought her first home on Tybee, #1 18th St., a home that she still owns and manages today. She bought two more homes and a private island that had belonged to John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, and Jim Williams, the Savannah antique dealer of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fame and a personal friend of Stacye’s. But as her empire grew, events in Stacye’s personal life forced her to rethink her professional approach. Her divorce from her husband left her without an income and with several properties in need of renovation. She began renting her Tybee homes on the short-term and using the extra revenue and the slow off-seasons to transform them into fine vacation rentals. Her friends on the island began asking her to rent and manage their homes as well, and a small operation grew to be known as one of Tybee's most trusted vacation home management companies, Oceanfront Cottage Rentals.  


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