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Property description

FYI: In season (June through mid Sept) we rent by the week and on a SUNDAY-to-SUNDAY cycle only.

We started renting almost 3 years ago and are delighted with the friendly folks who've rented with us so far. We appreciate their input to continually improve our rental. We want to continue to earn glowing reviews in the future. READ ON...

This lovely ocean front property is the perfect home-away-from-home for your family. Nestled on a premium stretch of beach, right on the water, this three story house offers incredible views of the ocean from the upper bedrooms, the living and dining room areas, as well as from the spacious covered and gated deck, touching the dune. This well-loved home has weathered many storms and still stands strong! It is a cozy, comfortable 1970's home, recently refreshed, which has already built a group of returning fans, and is ready to be shared with others.

There is a huge driveway, leading into a two car garage (available for your use). Up one flight, on the main floor the dining room area (seating six) and comfortable living room areas have a wall of windows overlooking the dune and the short walkway to the beach. The kitchen, with five stools around the counter top, was renovated five years ago and is equipped with everything you need to enjoy home cooked meals. There is a TV, plus VCR and a DVD player, and a stereo in the living room...but you will NOT find flat screen tvs in every room in this house! The shelves of cherished books are offered freely...if you like one, take it! We do accept donations for Team First Book a local non-profit that provides new books to kids who may not have any. In the closet you will find a huge bin of puzzles, games, cards and art supplies. This is a home which inspires quiet time, fun and connectedness....a wonderful thing for families!

In back of the living room is a den/office area with a pull out couch / bed. (Queen). An accordion wall can separate this room from the living room, offering privacy. A small bathroom with shower is adjacent.

The stairs lead up to two large, front to back, bedrooms (500 sq feet each) with windows on three sides. Designed before central AC, the unique angled window design offers incredible views of the ocean right from your bed! (We DO have central AC & heat now.) The master bedroom has a comfortable Queen bed, along with a pull out futon couch that sleeps two (Full). The other bedroom has two twin beds, along with a Pack n’Play in the closet, should you have a baby or toddler. Each bedroom has its own full bath, with shower and bathtub.

Next to the kitchen you'll find the laundry room, with washer and dryer…a back door leads to street-side deck with an outdoor hot/cold shower…perfect after a long day on the beach! Also a good alternative to the beachside deck in case you want a different temperature or breeze. Beautiful sunsets are provided by the local weather patterns.

One of the most special things about this house is the deck. This 250 square foot covered deck has lounge chairs, cushioned chairs and little tables where you can sit comfortably, shaded from the sun after about 10am, to enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean, and beach life. Just today we watched dolphins jumping right in front of our house!

Topsail Beach offers everything one could hope for: bath temp waters (at least in July and August!) perfect for swimming, surfing and boogie boarding. People fish from the beach or walk to the pier, which is only a pleasant 0.7 mile stroll.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House
  • 1690 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Families of any configuration are welcome, but this is NOT a party house....moreless

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Pack & Play sleeper/playpen thoroughly cleaned after each family. Porch has vertical rails to avoid the urge to climb. Gates allow you to keep kids & pets safe....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    If you must smoke, please use decks. If one is too windy the other will be perfect. Both are covered....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Small house-trained dogs permitted. $50 fee covers 1-2 dogs. No cats please. I'm allergic ;-/...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib

    collapsible crib can be set up in other rooms if preferred. ...moreless

  • Den: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    queen-size fold-out couch...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Futon is equal to a double bed...moreless

  • E-Z inflate Air mattress also available.

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Shower head can be hand-held; tub-shower seat if requested....moreless

  • 'Guest' Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • First floor: toilet, shower

    shower head is adjustable & hand-held if desired....moreless

  • outdoor shower: outdoor shower

    hot & cold water; enclosed for privacy ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Ask us about a good local sitter or nearby bike & board rentals.

Entertainment

  • Books:

    LOTS. Honor system donations if you want to keep a couple....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games, cards, jigsaw puzzles...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys:

    Beach toys, kites, belly boards...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    just a few yards down our walkway over the dune and down to the beach....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    just a few yards down our walkway over the dune and down to the beach....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Card table or fold-out 'kiddie table' seats 4 if desired. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    2 zones: upstairs & main floor...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    2 car garage under the house with covered entrance stairs (You'll thank us when you get home from the grocery store in a pouring thundershower!)...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    2 zones: upstairs & main floor...moreless

  • Internet:

    instructions in our welcome notebook...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    bed & bath linens provided; please bring your own beach towels...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Great view. DVDs, CDs, books...moreless

  • Parking:

    lots of space...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Space for several vehicles - at least 6....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Concrete pad for motorhome with water, sewer and electrical hookups...moreless

  • Telephone:

    landline is US only...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels provided; please bring your own beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    instructions in our welcome notebook...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    blender, hand-held mixer...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    all tableware, dishes, baking pans, serving dishes...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New in 2013...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen breakfast/lunch bar seats 5...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    we'll send you a 'Before U Shop' list of items in stock....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    ice & cold water dispenser;...moreless

  • Stove:

    NEW Feb 2013 glass-top electric range over oven ...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered Decks give you virtually all-day shade. Back deck is more sheltered in most weathers....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid-summer
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay

$1,798

Changeover Day: Sunday


Discounts: 7 nights or more: $257 Nightly

September
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015
3 night min stay
$239
$1,433 $4,252

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $205 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $142 Nightly

Fall 2015 - Oct-Nov
Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2015
3 night min stay
$173
$1,040 $3,030

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $149 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $101 Nightly

Winter 2015-16
Dec 1 - Feb 29, 2016
3 night min stay
$156
$934 $2,520

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $133 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $84 Nightly

early Spring
Mar 1 - Apr 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$177
$1,054 $2,990

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $151 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $100 Nightly

May
May 1 - May 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$213
$1,268 $3,790

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $181 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $126 Nightly

June
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,652

Changeover Day: Sunday


Discounts: 7 nights or more: $236 Nightly

Mid-summer 2016
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,888

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $270 Nightly

Sept 2016
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$250
$1,505 $4,358

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $215 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $145 Nightly

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$190
$1,330

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $190 Nightly

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Cleaning (Incl linens $110 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 12.75%

Notes:

From June thru mid-September we rent Sunday to Sunday only.

If you send your damage deposit by personal check we just hold it until after your post-departure cleaning; if all is well we just tear it up and return it to you so no effect on your cash flow.

Software calculated rates may be in error if your stay is not an even week or month.

Rates subject to change until reservation deposit received.

Usually a rounded-up 50% of rate (max $1000) to reserve.

Remainder and damage deposit by 45 days prior if reserving far enough in advance.

Timing adjusted for shorter notice. Minimum 1 week.

Damage deposit will be returned within one week after cleaning.

We will withhold damages or excess cleaning (more than 50% above normal) from damage deposit refund.


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Location

  • Poplar Grove Plantation

    "See how life was lived in late 1800's rural NC. Guided tours, lunch under the big trees. Ca..."

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  • Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital -- CLOSED

    "Photo by M.Godfrey. This is where sea turtles in trouble can come for state-of-the-art care ..."

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  • Topsail Island Trading Co

    "Very nice island clothing, games, books specific to our history and wildlife....and FUDGE --..."

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  • Thai Grille

    "Recommended by other guests. www.facebook.com/LotusThaiGrill or http://www.thaigrille.com/"

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  • Beauchaines II

    "We try to eat here whenever friends or family are in town. Yummy food and leisurely service..."

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  • 50 South Surf Shop

    " Surfboards, Paddleboards and Bikes Sales, Rentals, and Repairs Less than a mile from..."

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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
ILM in Wilmington
0.7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Surf City
46 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Fort Fisher to Southport
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
http://www.golflink.com/list_4845_do-surf-city-nor
100 Miles
Nearest Train
http://www.jdnews.com/articles/amtrak-106991-wilso
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-140 to I-40
0.6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Beauchaines 211
300 Miles
Nearest Ski
http://www.skinorthcarolina.com/
0.01 Miles
Nearest Beach
out your front door

Car: Necessary

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital tours. Kite Boarding, Paddle Surfing, Public Boat Ramp, Community Parks and Playgrounds. ALSO only 45 minutes to Wilmington for live theater, movies, waterpark, museums, shopping, historic district and lots of great restaurants.

We'll send more info in our welcome letter and have a resource notebook for you at the house.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1973

About the owner: When Carol's Mom, Pat, built this house with an eye toward her retirement, she wanted to get back to NC after more than 20 years in Vermont where she 'never quite thawed out' during summer high temps of mid-70s in those days. Having rented for several 2-week summer vacations in Topsail Beach, she decided to see if she could afford a lot for a future house. This lot was one in a row of 5. You could watch boats on the Intracoastal from the back porch and shrimpers on the ocean from the front. Housing growth has obscured the waterway view since then, but the sunsets are still magnificent.

Why the Owner Chose Surf City:
Pat, Carol & Jim designed the house for cross-ventilation in the days before central air was common, building up rather than back on the narrow lot so that no rooms would be cut off from the natural flow of air. This was one of the first 3-story houses on this stretch of beach, so the big upstairs bedrooms have windows on 3 sides. The beach-facing bedroom windows were also angled to catch breezes that often blow along the beach rather than straight in. We keep most windows closed now because two AC/heat pumps slow down salt-air corrosion, control humidity and keep the house comfortably cool in summer and warm in winter. But you still get the great views and the sound of the surf! Since then Pat has welcomed many family reunions. You can become very popular with nieces and nephews when you have a beach house ;-) She began living here year-round in about 1992 and was able to stay next to her beautiful beach until the last year of her life. Now that she has passed, Jim & Carol would like to keep the house in the family, but it must be self-supporting. This is our only property for rent so you'll be dealing directly with us (We're 45 min down the road in Wilmington.) and a few trusted on-island folk to make your stay as carefree as possible. You will be our only customer at the time you are staying.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Visitors love our covered porch which has shade from about 10am on. Gates and vertically designed railings make the porches safe for kids or dogs and discourage climbing. After Pat's death, realtor friend said we should clear out all the clutter, bookcases, etc. In most ways we did declutter, but we couldn't imagine staying at the beach and not reading, so we kept about half the books for your entertainment/ enlightenment. And if you get into a book you just can't leave behind,we are happy to accept donations for Team First Book, a non-profit Carol's involved with that provides new books to kids in need. It may be the first book they've ever owned! There is an open shower on the walkway to the beach and an enclosed shower on the street-side porch with hot & cold water so you can pull off your suit and rinse out all the sand before going in. The concrete pad in the driveway provides good space for RVs and includes power, water and sewer connections. Pat was a librarian in her day and we're all great readers, so we hope you'll enjoy her shelves full of beach reads and scattered non-fiction in several fields. If you find one you can't leave behind, we'll accept your 'honor system' donation for First Book-New Hanover County. There's TV with cable and Wi-fi for your electronic devices, but who needs it when you can read and hear the surf rolling in?


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • View from your Master Bedroom toward sunrise.

    View from your Master Bedroom toward sunrise.

  • Shades provide a sleeping-in option for lazy mornings! Futon couch folds out.

    Shades provide a sleeping-in option for lazy mornings! Futon couch folds out.

  • Cozy livingroom area. Audio, video, CDs, books, views and comfort.

    Cozy livingroom area. Audio, video, CDs, books, views and comfort.

  • Bright kitchen with bar stools for 5; new oven Jan.'13

    Bright kitchen with bar stools for 5; new oven Jan.'13

  • Beach-side Bedroom#2 has 2 twin beds and space for air mattress, crib, etc.

    Beach-side Bedroom#2 has 2 twin beds and space for air mattress, crib, etc.

  • Twin bed lamps with easy-to-reach roller switches. Read til your eyelids droop.

    Twin bed lamps with easy-to-reach roller switches. Read til your eyelids droop.

  • Bathroom #2 All cross-stitch in the house done by Pat ;-)

    Bathroom #2 All cross-stitch in the house done by Pat ;-)

  • Dark shades in case you use den as bedroom -- or just take an afternoon nap.

    Dark shades in case you use den as bedroom -- or just take an afternoon nap.

  • Back porch enclosed shower: take your suit off and rinse the sand away.

    Back porch enclosed shower: take your suit off and rinse the sand away.

  • From about 1/2 way up our spacious drive. Note RV pad with hookups.

    From about 1/2 way up our spacious drive. Note RV pad with hookups.

  • Ours is easy to recognize from the beach.  Depth of dune varies with time.

    Ours is easy to recognize from the beach. Depth of dune varies with time.

  • A rare snowfall on the beach in Jan '11. But Pat was cozy indoors.

    A rare snowfall on the beach in Jan '11. But Pat was cozy indoors.

  • Side windows (behind drapes) can be opened for fresh air & surf sound at night.

    Side windows (behind drapes) can be opened for fresh air & surf sound at night.

  • Master Bath: double shower curtains and flexible shower head.

    Master Bath: double shower curtains and flexible shower head.

  • Comfy dining area with that same great view.

    Comfy dining area with that same great view.

  • Two movable gates for top & bottom of stairs for safety of kids or dogs.

    Two movable gates for top & bottom of stairs for safety of kids or dogs.

  • Sit by the window and watch dolphins, pelicans, windsurfers or whatever goes by.

    Sit by the window and watch dolphins, pelicans, windsurfers or whatever goes by.

  • This crowd loves story time.

    This crowd loves story time.

  • Den's fold-out couch (at right) and accordion wall for privacy.

    Den's fold-out couch (at right) and accordion wall for privacy.

  • Deck view toward town pier - 0.7 mi.

    Deck view toward town pier - 0.7 mi.

  • Enclosed outdoor shower hot & cold. Keeps sand from the indoor bathrooms.

    Enclosed outdoor shower hot & cold. Keeps sand from the indoor bathrooms.

  • Sea grass is a natural sand fence to build dunes. Note kiddie/dog gate at top.

    Sea grass is a natural sand fence to build dunes. Note kiddie/dog gate at top.

  • View from the deck.

    View from the deck.

  • Perfect for family fun.

    Perfect for family fun.

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