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Amazing Grace - on the beach!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,428 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Wow, it is beautiful at the beach! This is right on the beach, not across the street, or a beach view, or whatever else. When you step down from the deck you are on the beach!

MY WIFE THINKS THAT OUR GUESTS SHOULD TELL YOU ABOUT THIS PROPERTY AND I SHOULD SHUT UP! So we compromised. I'll let our guests tell you about Amazing Grace first (these all are on the comment page), then I'll sneak in a word:

'We have been coming to North Topsail for over 10 years. Last year we stayed at Amazing Grace for a week in July. It was the most pleasant of all the duplexes we have rented.'

'Amazing Grace is truly a great find! The location is gorgeous, just steps from a quiet spot on the beach, and you can hear the ocean from every room in the house. We found ourselves wanting for nothing during our stay, with the exception of another week!'

Brenda, Alexandria, VA

'We stayed in Amazing Grace for a week with our daughter's family - Our close friends stayed in the duplex beside us with their son's family - So our children and grandchildren spent a week becoming closer friends. This is the 2nd time we have taken a family vacation at the beach and Amazing Grace was the perfect place to stay. It was nicer than the description online and the way it is laid out is wonderful for a family trip. We actually cooked a pig underneath the carport and invited friends and family down for the day on Wednesday. The view was awesome! I took many pictures of beautiful sun rises, sun sets, rainbows, dolphins swimming by and my grandchildren enjoying the beach! The house was in awesome shape and everything in it worked as it should. The owner was awesome - answered all our questions and made us feel like our trip and the enjoyment of it was a priority of his. I recommend Amazing Grace to anyone who enjoys a week at the beach and I hope to stay again every summer.'

Nannita, Beautancus, NC

'We spent 4th of July at Amazing Grace and it was wonderful! The house was very comfortable. We stayed with 4 adults and 2 kids and had plenty of room! The kitchen is well stocked with appliances/utensils and it was great to have a washer/dryer for all of the sandy towels!! The owner is very responsive and easy to communicate with . . . hopefully this will become an annual vacation for our family!'

Melissa, Avon, IN

'We had a wonderful stay at the beach house!!! We spend hours sitting on the deck… and my husband and I loved to wake up and have this view over the ocean. The kids enjoyed running back and forth to the beach.

So thank you very much for having us. We are thinking about coming back next year!'

MH, Pittsburgh, PA

There's more great comments in the reviews section below, but now it's my turn.

THIS GORGEOUS BEACH DUPLEX IS PET-FRIENDLY - AND IN BEAUTIFUL SHAPE. Some of our guests bring their four footed members of their families and they absolutely love it.

Imagine shrimp on the grill, kids on the beach, and a cold beverage in your hand as you sit on the deck above the dunes. The wide beach invites you to stay all day long.

Amazing Grace is BEACH FRONT. It is not a piano lot, or a view between two houses, or in a condominium complex. It is a real OCEANFRONT house. Sit on the beach or sit on a marvelous deck just a few feet away from the crashing waves.

Do you like to bike or run? There is a bike shoulder on the main road the entire way from the north to south. The island is like 22 miles long, so you can get a good work out.

You can even bike for fun (like I do). Recently I rode my bike to the south end, and the smell of Jasmin and ocean air was unbelievable. I stopped on the far south point of the island and walked around the beach on the undeveloped point. I then rode back to Topsail Beach city hall and said hi to the ladies who worked there. (They had kindly sent me an invitation to pay real estate tax in their city even though my house is not in their city. I graciously declined :-) but they were very pleasant!) I then rode back to Surf City and promptly bought an ice cream cone at DQ just to make sure I hadn't burnt off too many calories, then leisurely rode back to the beach house.

Believe me, this place is fun.

And I haven't even told you about Giligan's, just before the bridge on the mainland side and it's hilarious karaoke nights, or about Sears Landing and its award winning clam chowder made with sherry, or Indigo Marsh - the best restaurant overlooking the sound that you will ever find. Oh, and how about the fresh fish market (I mean right off the boat) behind the Crab Pot where you can get shrimp, flounder, shark or whatever they have been catching and take it back and grill it.

Or you can play 18 holes at Coastal Carolina's only four-star golf course, North Shore Golf and Ocean Club (as per Golf Digest). Perhaps you would like to deep sea or surf fish...or maybe spend an hour with your son or daughter fishing off the sound dock just steps from your beachfront villa. And did we mention riding jet skis on the nearby sound?


Wi-Fi wireless broadband internet and free long distance calling available.

WHY DO WE HAVE SO MANY REPEAT GUESTS? Well, I let one of our guests tell you:

'We absolutely loved our stay at Amazing Grace. The property was very clean and well maintained. The double balcony views were spectacular. We're so glad we found this place and will definitely be staying here again in the future.'

Gregory, Apex, NC


Keywords: DUPLEX (right side)

More Details

Steve Morrison
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Steve Morrison

I grew up in the mid-west and my wife grew up in Annapolis. She introduced me to sailing, water skiing, and a real love for the beach.

Steve Morrison purchased this house in 2004

Why Steve Morrison chose Ocean City Beach

We absolutely love Topsail Island. Being on an island, the ocean breezes, the salt air, and the wonderful people make this a great place to be.

What makes this house unique

Jimmy Buffett sings it best 'But there's booze in the blender and soon it will render, that frozen concoction that helps me hang on.'


Ocean City Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1428 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) A trundle bed that can pull out and be pushed together like a queen., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) A queen size blow-up mattress.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(54 traveler reviews)

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Amazing Grace - on the beach!
average rating of 4.851852 based on 54 reviews

Yes, you want to stay here!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have been vacationing at TI for years. Now, with two small children and grandparents in tow, Amazing Grace was the perfect vacation rental for our entire family!

The location of this house is fantastic - far enough north to be away from all the public access points as you approach Surf City, but still close enough to run into town to grab takeout or a quick bite. Because of how wide the beachfront is at this point on the island, you can be out ALL day without having to worry about the tide driving you inside.

The home itself has been very well kept and maintained, which isn't always the case. It is obvious that Steve takes pride in the home that they provide for visitors and it shows in the overall cleanliness and updates that have been made over the years.

As a mother, I could go on and on about how kid friendly this location was for our family; from only having a few steps to get to the beach, bedroom doors that didn't creek (sneaking out of kids rooms when they fall asleep doesn't stop on vacation) and a gate on the deck to keep all of our children (two and four legged alike) corralled while spending time enjoying the view.

The owner, Steve checked in to make sure that we were enjoying our stay and left his number in case of any problems. He was a pleasure to deal with and we look forward to many more stays at his properties in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lindsey - thank you so much for the kind review. I am so glad that you enjoyed yourself. In fact, if you don't mind I'll also post this review on my FB page for Amazing Grace and A Breath of Fresh Aire.
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Apex, NC

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Amazing Grace. The property was very clean and well maintained. The double balcony views were spectacular. We're so glad we found this place and will definitely be staying here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2007
  • Stayed: September 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Grace stay Feb 2018

  • 5 of 5

Had a great month of February at Topsail Island at the "Amazing Grace". The house was great and set up very well. We never needed anything, but Steve made sure we knew he was close by if we did. We watched the dolphins and pelicans from the deck, and found a lot of shark teeth on long walks on the beach. Love to come back again

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you as guests. February was a great month to be at the beach. Please come again.
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Great beach house!

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Amazing Grace. The house is very clean with everything in working order. The beach was never too crowded. The deck has an amazing ocean view. The location is convenient to stores and restaurants in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Get Away

  • 5 of 5

We were traveling to Wilmington for our son's graduation from UNCW and came upon this great find!! Amazing Grace was ... well Amazing! The view was spectacular. Great deck to relax and listen to the calming ocean. Our only regret, we didn't try longer but we will be returning. Steve was excellent to work with.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please come back!! We are only 28 mins from Wilmington but miles away from the tension of the busy cities we live in.
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Great get away!

  • 5 of 5

I went there with some friends for a relaxing get-away this home was perfect. The house was comfortable and the location was amazing. Steve was very helpful and when the outdoor shower didn't work correctly he immediately had someone there to fix it. Everything else was in great working order, beds were comfortable and the wifi was good.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you as our guests - and the dolphins said come back again soon because they miss you.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Wilmington NC
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Snead's Ferry
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
In front of the house!
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $110
Pet Fee $150
Peaceof Mind(no Sec Dep) $60
Tax Rate 13.0%

1. We have a no refund cancelation policy. We will try to re-rent for you and if we do we'll pay you the amount received net of costs for re-renting. 2. You must sign a rental agreement with the owner before you get access. 3. The week before and after Easter, we only rent by the week, Saturday to Saturday, but we only charge the very low off-season rates. Note on Monthly rate: This only applies to January, February, and March.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.