Modern beach chic! Super-clean, and freshly remodeled/painted/furnished/supplied for the discerning tastes of guests. The perfect couples beach retreat. Best suited for a single visitor, a couple, or a couple with kids, King size in the bedroom. Twin built bunks in the hall. Fold out full sofa. Can sleep 6, but prefer 4. Extra charge for more guests. The condo is updated with stocked kitchen, modern living area with cable and a master with it's own TV for movie-watching.
1 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom directly on the beach
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 19, 2019
About Benjamin Ray
A real estate agent/investor and long-time vrbo and airbnb user as a host. Raised just down the road in Wilmington. Only 45 minutes away from Wilmington and my family.
Benjamin Ray purchased this Condo in 2016
Why Benjamin Ray chose North Topsail Beach
Left side of the last condo building with great oceanfront views that wrap around to the north of the beach unobstructed by other condos.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Nice place... clean.... very small beach during high tide!
Nice place... clean... very small beach during high tide!
Unique Oceanfront Property!
I haven't been to all of the beaches on the east coast, but I can certainly say that this property was the most unique beachfront property I have been too! First and foremost, the unit itself was in good condition and met the basic needs (cool air, hot water, sheets, towels, etc). The only takeaway was that the WiFi was shotty and would go in/out every 30 seconds for cell phones and Netflix - but can't really complain because the purpose of the trip is to enjoy what is right outside the living room door - the ocean! Which then leads me to the unique experience - the property it sits on. Note - we weren't familiar with North Top Sail as we are new to the area... Upon arrival (4pm - Mid June) we encountered high tide. Which essentially means, no beach. We had found out that the property has no beach from approximately 3pm-7pm (again Mid June). This came to us as a shock but when there is no high tide, the beach is perfectly fine. We planned accordingly to get the best of both worlds by experiencing the closest you can get to the ocean - from the deck and being steps to the beach. We definitely enjoyed ourselves but should set the expectation for future tenants that beach time may be limited pending on the time of year. Lastly, this property was on the higher end of comps in Topsail Reef but Ben is one of the few that offers a minimum of two night stays - which is rare. Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to utilize your space, Ben! Overall, I would recommend this place for those who are looking for a quick getaway and be open to limited beach time!
Thanks Kyle, for your thoughtful and honest review. We are glad you enjoyed yourselves! I'm sure it will be helpful to other guests to read your notes. Thankfully the internet provider (which was the only option for service, and has not provided very good service since I have owned the condo) is being replaced. Topsail Reef has contracted with Charter to provide new service, and it should be MUCH better by August (we've been told by the POA). Topsail does periodically dredge sand and rebuild the beach, but it has been a few years since the last one. When they do, it does create an even better beach. We have found when we stay that at high tide you can still use a small strip of higher sand above and all along the beach to lay out/relax in chairs if needed (but it isn't wide enough for beach activities) if you want to stay on the beach for the day. Regarding the rental rates, you are right. I remodeled my unit very nicely compared to others there, and bought it mainly for my personal use (renting it out was an afterthought), and I thought that if I made my rates higher than others, it would bring more quality renters, and it has. I also felt that not everyone wants to (or can) come for a whole week, so I wanted to fill a niche for those just wanting a couple of days away. And it has been a hit, with nearly every day booked for the last 2 years from May-September! We are glad to have had you as guests, and hope you come again!
Perfect Beach Getaway
Very cute! Very clean! Right on the beach with amazing views! Everything you could need! There were even games, books, tv, bathroom basics and a chilled bottle of wine waiting for us! We had a wonderful stay! We would definitely stay here again!
This property was misrepresented 100% from claiming to be beachfront to being clean. It was extremely dirty and smelled awful! There was no beach at all, property sits about standing water & sandbags! Absolutely NOT what was represented in the ad!
This guest did not make us aware of any issues until after their stay, at which time they complained and then asked for a full refund and free stay at our place. We gave them a refund of $100 due to the fact that the repairman had come into the bathroom and repaired a leak in the ceiling and had not cleaned up the bathroom after himself. We personally stayed at our condo the following day and did not experience the issues that they had talked about. Of course at high tide at North Topsail Beach the water does come up to the common pier that goes down to the beach which is why we have sand bags along the entire beach. We were not hiding this but assume that if anybody has ever visited North Topsail Beach they will know that there are sandbags along the entire beach. Guests are free to read all of our reviews and compare them with this one to make a informed decision. Also note that vrbo sided with us in the complaint. Since then this guest has harassed us with multiple phone calls, texts, emails, and even has resorted to to trying to get the local news involved. She obviously has a hard time of being told no.
We love Benjamin's place.
Cozy one bedroom with a well appointed kitchen right on the water. The waves lull you to sleep at night. Free WIFI and a Smart TV. Friendly neighbors. Well lit parking lot. Spotless condo.
If you want "right on the water" this is it. Arriving during a storm, the water was right under the building. Go now before the building is swept out to sea. There is a lot to like about this unit, which is comfortable for a couple. Kitchen is well equipped, esp for a really tall person (I am 5' tall and needed the step stool for everything). King bed is comfy. Light fixtures really interesting. The down side of this unit: 1. Could be cleaner. 2. NO PLACE to unpack and put clothes! Just 2 teensy plastic drawers and closets already stuffed. We used the hallway bunk beds (2x4 construction; oddly rustic/amateur construction for a unit that is otherwise refined and stylish..esp nice light fixtures). 3. only four towels for two adults for 9 days??? Skimpy. Also: 4 Only one dish towel. If I were the owner, I'd have a talk with the cleaning service. 5. only one roll of TP. 6 Some fabulous art glass pieces but they (and the toothbrush holder) had dead bugs in them...7. Beach chairs were really rusty and the small/low/cheapest sort... the light in the fan worked only periodically. TV was fine. 8 Instructions for keyless entry omitted one step (turning the dial after entering the code....that took a while to figure out...and the wireless instructions were also vague...but after a consult by text the gaps were filled in. Still, clearer instructions would help.
I appreciated that while the kitchen is a bit cramped, everything worked properly and it was well equipped to make meals. It really only felt really cramped when washing dishes. The dish drainer is really too big for the small corner it's in. But it works. And the living area is comfy as was the king bed. All in all, a nice unit. But do have a chat with the cleaning service. For the money they charge, it is not clean enough nor supplied amply enough with paper products and towels.
Obviously this guest found EVERYTHING in the world to complain about. The cleaning seemed to be the only real issue. Everything else just seemed like personal preferences that were unmet. We have hired a new cleaner since we had other problems with her thoroughness before.