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Family and Pet Friendly! Beach so close! Canal and Dock! Sunny Decks. Book Now

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 5 Full Baths, Private Dock, Close Beach Access, (Sleeps 16)

(Ask about our Pet Policy; Please, no group or house party inquiries--just families and couples--thank you!)


Imagine having the best of both worlds:A BLOCK AND HALF TO THE BEACH ACCESS and a beautiful canal for boating, fishing, crabbing and swimming!

Enjoy a great family vacation in this colorfully decorated five bedroom home, situated at the end of one of the few “natural” canals with direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Large back yard not typical of beach houses, and your own private dock. FISHING and CRABBING from the dock are perfect family activities! The canal is always navigable and allows easy access to the waterway for boaters. Kayaks and paddleboards are welcome!

So CONVENIENT, just three blocks to museum, shops, arcade, Putt-Putt, ice cream shop, pier and restaurants. Best of all, NO GOLF CART needed to have access to all that Ocean Isle offers!! We have a beach cart available to tote your belongings to and from the beach.

Five comfortable bedrooms with private baths. Cable TV with DVR/VCR in all bedrooms. Two master bedrooms each with queen bed, and one equipped with a large reading chair that opens into a single bed. Two bedrooms with queen and double beds, and a colorful kids’ suite with trapeze beds, single over double. For overflow there is a queen sofa bed in living room, and a 'reading chair' in the upstairs nook that converts to a single bed.

Two large decks, an upper for sunning, and an equally large, covered lower deck with screened porch at one end. Also, the house is equipped with a full size, front load washer and dryer.

Large, open living room with high ceiling, comfortable seating with a new 60 inch smart TV over tiled fireplace. Large custom dining table seats twelve plus additional seating for eight and a screened porch off dining area. We have a large, open kitchen with stainless appliances that is well equipped with loads of pots/pans/dinnerware for a large crowd. We also keep the kitchen stocked with essential spices and dry goods to save our renters from buying the essentials. We do ask that if an item is used up, that the renters replenish what they use.

Ground level covered parking for six cars and spacious driveway. Large lockable storage room on ground floor and large ground level entry foyer with additional space for personal items. Gas grill available with propane provided.

A spacious, bright, and comfortable home with great views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and gorgeous summer sunsets. A perfect vantage point to watch the world go by...and if you are vacationing over the 4th of July or Thanksgiving, the best spot to view the annual parades.

With wide, white sand beach, Ocean Isle Beach is located just forty miles from Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, just twenty miles from historic Southport. So much to do. Take the kids for a ferry ride from Southport across the Cape Fear to see the aquarium, fort, and other attractions that abound in and around Wilmington. Loads of golf courses and deep sea fishing charters are plentiful. It is hard to imagine a more fun filled family beach vacation than what you can experience in this beautiful canal home on Ocean Isle.

Keywords: House; canal; beach; sunset views; fishing; crabbing; decks; dock; boating; pets

More Details


Ocean Isle Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Our day bed on the top deck would require adult supervision at all times. Maximum weight 450 pounds.
  • Remove all trash prior to check-out.
  • No underage drinking or illegal substance abuse. Owners not responsible for accidents, illness, or injury.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 26 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
    Bathroom 7 - toilet
  • Each bedroom has its own private bath. There is also a half bath on both floors. An outdoor shower is also available.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Additional chair converts to single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Chair in reading nook converts to a single bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 twin/ single , Two large chairs open up for a junior/child sized single bed
  • Ten beds available plus two convertible large chairs
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Private dock, large decks, outdoor shower, grill, crab pot


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Family and Pet Friendly! Beach so close! Canal and Dock! Sunny Decks. Book Now
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Great beach getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Fishful Thinking. There was plenty of room for all, and we especially liked the fact that each of the five bedrooms had its own private bath. We also enjoyed being on the canal and within easy walking distance of the beach, the Outdoor Market, and some local restaurants and shops. The owners were very helpful, and responded quicky to any questions we had. Ocean Isle is a great vacation spot, and we look forward to returning again next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We loved having you as our guests and so glad you love OIB as much as we do.
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The Perfect Fit!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has visited Ocean Isle for years and eventually outgrew our previous rental. This was our first time staying in this home and was the perfect fit for our growing bunch! Within walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants AND access to fun and fishing in the canal. The house is beautiful and stocked with just about anything you need. Absolutely a wonderful, relaxing place to stay and Bob and Phyllis are tremendous hosts. Our family loved staying here and we will certainly be visiting again next year!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review. So glad our house was a good fit and we look forward to having you back! Your kind words are much appreciated!
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Doylestown, Pa.

Absolutely a Perfect Rental for Our Large Group!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented several houses through VRBO and this house was one of the nicest. The location was perfect. It is about a block and a half from the beach and in walking distance to shops and restaurants. The house is very well stocked with everything you would need to cook with as well as things like sugar and salt and pepper. In fact, many of the things I brought with us were not needed. There is a renter's closet with beach toys and boogie boards. We did not use them, but they were available for renters. The house is the first on a natural canal. Our kids had fun fishing off the dock, crabbing and jumping into the water. The house was clean, bright, and very nicely decorated. The porch had wonderful white rockers where was started every morning with coffee and ended every night relaxing. I would not hesitate to rent this house again. The owners were wonderful to communicate with. It is evident that they want to provide a good rental experience for their renters.

Tip: Do not bother bringing a cabana with you to use on the beach. They are not allowed in OIB.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words! You all were wonderful renters and we would welcome you back any time!
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Perhaps the best home we've rented at the beach in 7 years

  • 5 of 5

We do at least 1, sometimes 2 beach trips per year. All are rentals for the week. This home was tops; very clean, the kitchen was so well appointed that we felt we should have cooked more! furniture was in very good condition, the floor plan worked perfectly for our families. I brought my 25' center console and it was well protected and always had lots of water, even in low tide. I'd recommend this home for sure. In addition, Phyllis was very easy to communicate with and make the booking and preparation for our stay easy.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review. We are always pleased to hear positive comments and your review made our day! Come by and introduce yourselves now that you have a beach house of your own!
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Decks, Dock and Great House!

  • 5 of 5

We are repeat renters with our church group. We have been visiting this beach house for several years now and love all the room to spread out. The top deck is wonderful for views of the canal and peeks of the ocean and the sunsets are beautiful up there. We love the "rocking chair" deck as well, and there is a balcony that runs along the front of the house for extra outdoor space. We have enjoyed the dock for fishing and crabbing. The house has a wonderfully large living area with a huge dining table that holds our whole group. The beach access is so close as are the little shops and restaurants in Ocean Isle proper. Everything is a quick walk! The owners are very responsive and will help with anything that comes up. The house is so well-maintained, clean and welcoming! We always look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC

Excellent Stay at Excellent Home!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this beautiful home for my family's annual Thanksgiving get-together at the beach. We had never stayed at Ocean Isle but thought we would give it a try! We had 7 adults, 3 kids, and two dogs with us along with two extra guests for meals. It had everything we needed! Plenty of space for everyone to relax. Kitchen is excellently stocked. Loved all the decks to enjoy the views and the rocking chairs and swing on the ground level were a treat while we were watching the kids fish, grilling out, and playing with our dogs in the yard. We were so thrilled we had front row viewing of the Christmas parade right from the deck and yard! The beach is a short walk, as are restaurants and the arcade. The owners were excellent with responding promptly to any questions we had regarding the house prior to arrival and checked back in with us upon our departure. Everything about our experience with this rental was wonderful. Can't wait to go back:-)

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jimbo and Phyllis
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Jimbo and Phyllis

We are beach lovers who truly appreciate the natural beauty of the North Carolina coast. Our family of five relishes our time at the coast and we welcome the opportunity to share our beach home with you. Jimbo is ready and willing to offer fishing advice as he knows the waters well and has spent many hours supplying our freezer with fish!

Jimbo and Phyllis purchased this house in 2013

Why Jimbo and Phyllis chose Ocean Isle Beach

We love the location! Everything is within walking distance and the views from the upper deck are amazing as the sun sets on another glorious day at the beach.

Being on the canal allows for fishing from the dock, or if you bring your boat, you have ready access to the inter-coastal waterway. The name of our beach house, Fishful Thinking, says it all!!

What makes this house unique

Beautiful views of sunrises and sunsets, easy access to all the fun OIB offers, no golf cart needed, canal and dock for fishing and crabbing, and the beach is 100 yards away. Could not ask for a better location.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here are some quotes from our summer 2015 guests that were posted in our guest book:

* Love the house. So cute!

* This is our 5th year staying in your home. Thanks so much!

* What a wonderful house! Hope we can come back.

* Best vacation of 2015!

* Wonderful home! Had so much fun and enjoyed our nights out on the porch.

* What a well-stocked house. Loved the coffee station and having a bath for each bedroom was outstanding! Cannot wait to come back.
Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Myrtle Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Pelicans Perch
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Brick Landing
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
The Drift
Nearest Beach
Ocean Isle
Car: necessary

Ocean Isle Beach is equal distanced between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington--approximately a 45 minute drive to reach either destination. Our beaches are wide and beautiful, and is considered a prime family beach spot.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125
Cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 12.75%

We will hold the property and send you a copy of the rental agreement. If all is OK, we will then request payment. Thank you!

Regarding pets: Up to two small dogs or one medium size dog. Must be fully house broken and on a vet-approved flea program. $125.00 per week, per dog. Daily rate of $25 per dog.

Easter, Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends require a 4 night stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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