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Updated, Beautiful 'Mayberry by the Sea' Author Home - Fenced Dog Yard

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,302 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6), Fenced Dog Yard


(a sampling from reviews below:)

NEW FOR 2018: Living Room Furniture, Trane air conditioning/heat pump.

NEW FOR 2017: Pergo Boathouse flooring in living areas.

NEW FOR 2016: Luxury carpeting in all three bedrooms.

'5 STARS: Great place to relax and enjoy the beach. ... and the beautiful new floor.'

'5 STARS: We found perfection. ... a perfect place for a family with a dog.'

'5 STARS: The house is beautiful and very comfortable. ... Thank you for a perfect trip.'

'5 STARS: Very nice and clean. The front porch is wonderful and the dog loved the fenced-in backyard.'

'5 STARS: Like home only better with the beach so close by and the sound of the waves as we slept!'

'5 STARS: Absolutely Wonderful!!!! ... I cannot say enough about the house and location.'

'5 STARS: This rental was everything it said it was.... It was perfect.'

'5 STARS: It doesn't get any better. ... Don't miss this great rental!! 6 Stars'

'5 STARS: Beautiful and comfortable home. Very clean and in a nice neighborhood.'

'5 STARS: It had everything we needed and more.'

'5 STARS: Great place. ... Very pleasant, clean, and well maintained.'

'5 STARS: Highly recommend. Perfect for anyone with a pet....Very clean, well kept, well appointed.'

'5 STARS: Fantastic Vacation Home!!!... You will not be disappointed!'

'5 STARS: Having a fenced yard was great for our dog.'

'5 STARS: Very comfortable and steps away from the beach.'

'5 STARS: Living area is huge.... The beds were VERY comfortable.'

'5 STARS: Great home in a great location. ... Recommend highly!'

'5 STARS: My Wife and I are planning to make this one of our annual vacation spots.'


Topsail Island is wonderfully slow-paced and family-friendly. This beautiful modern beach home, recently updated, is owned by the author and photographer of 'Topsail Island: Mayberry by the Sea.' It is in a residential neighborhood in northern Surf City, near North Topsail Beach. The home is one-and-one-half (1½) blocks from the beach and just one-half (½) block from one of Surf City's scenic canals, lined with boats and large homes and visible from the decks. It is 2 miles from the shopping/restaurant center of the island.

The one-level home has a large, spacious living/dining room with vaulted ceiling. A big kitchen opens to it. There are three bedrooms, including large master suite with king bed, all with ceiling fans, and two full baths. (You provide towels and bed linens: your own or try either Me and Mom Cleaning or Sunsational Rentals, which deliver/pick up.) Coastal-style furniture, seascape paintings/prints and other island art decorate the home. (No smoking, please.) Pergo Boathouse flooring is in the living areas.

THE BACKYARD IS FENCED, a Topsail rarity. This is perfect for anyone with young children or pets (up to two well-behaved dogs are allowed). Other amenities: keyless electronic door lock; large covered front deck with porch swing, rockers and ocean breezes; two long driveways, partially covered; outdoor shower; grill on back patio; ceiling fans inside throughout; high-speed wireless internet; 72-channel cable.

You'll fall in love with both Topsail and this home!

* HAVE MORE/FEWER GUESTS? Be sure to check out our sister property, Mayberry at Sea Star, a 4-bedroom, 3-1/2-bath luxury town home, located just 2-1/2 blocks away. (Property No. 381922 on VRBO.) Large groups renting both homes the same week save 5 percent off rental fees in peak season, 10 percent all other times.

Keywords: Beach House, Island Home, Fenced Yard, Pets, Dogs, Wi-Fi, Camp Lejeune

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

About The Owner

Ray McAllister is the author of four award-winning North Carolina coastal books, including 'Topsail Island: Mayberry by the Sea,' plus books on Wrightsville Beach, Hatteras Island and Ocracoke. Vicki, his wife, is the photographer for the books, as well as for framed prints and note cards.

The Owner purchased this house in 2010

Why The Owner chose Surf City

FROM AUTHOR: 'Topsail Island is wonderful, and we all know that. But when we were looking for a beach home on Topsail, we had to go up and down the island with a Realtor, visiting dozens that might be within our price range, to find even a few that were both clean and modern. But the clincher was this: Only this home -- and I do mean only -- also had the perfect layout. When we first walked in, we were struck, as everyone is, by how large and open the main room is and by how large and open the connected kitchen is. Finally, we had found a house that was designed for the way families on vacation actually use a beach house. It is a joy to be in.'

What makes this house unique

--Very large, open main room for family use.

--Large, open kitchen adjacent.

--Fenced-in backyard ideal for dogs and/or young childre.

--Short walk (1-1/2 blocks) to the ocean.

--Shorter walk (1/2 block) to scenic canals.

--Residential area, but only 2 miles from shopping/restaurants.

--Modern, inviting beach-house feel.


Surf City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1302 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Fenced-In Backyard, 53 x 47 feet, with shade trees


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Updated, Beautiful 'Mayberry by the Sea' Author Home - Fenced Dog Yard
average rating of 4.9027777 based on 72 reviews

Great location

  • 4 of 5

The house was very clean and had all the conveniences that we looked for. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes and cooking utensils. The location was good too! The furnishings were nice.

The landscaping around the house was overgrown and looked terrible, especially the dead palm tree. The trash can was smelly and over flowing when we arrived. It smelled so bad that we had to move it away from its original location so we could go in and out of the house without smelling it.

Overall, the trip was great! We saw baby sea turtles being taken out of their nest and released in the water! It was a great experience for the kids and the sea turtle rescue volunteers were great to answer questions. The beach was great too!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, great location, great fun!

  • 5 of 5

Easy transaction. Very nice, well-kept home. one block to the beach, 1/2 block to the canal. Loved Topsail Island. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place

  • 4 of 5

Quiet neighborhood but some street noise. House was clean, big, fenced yard was nice. Easy access to the beach unless you’re carrying a lot of stuff. Good for dogs. Didn’t use the kitchen much, but it seemed to be well stocked. Enjoyed the selection of movies for the DVD player.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cresent Springs, KY

Perfect, clean, relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here for 5 nights. The open layout was so so so great!!!! We have stayed in a lot of condos/townhomes/houses...but this one is by far the best. Street was very quiet (April). Place was very clean. I love that it stocked a broom and vaccum. We didnt bring our dog but it would have been very easy to do so. (Maybe next time). We will definitely recommend this place to others.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Annandale, VA

Home away from home!

  • 4 of 5

Loved the layout of the house, plus the fenced back yard for our dog. Nicely decorated with beach theme, kitchen well equipped, and furniture and beds very comfortable. It’s not too far from the beach, but if you have to take chairs, beach bag, umbrella, cooler, and dog in the heat of the summer, it might be a bit far. Overall, we loved it, though, and will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home, wonderful beach.

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place for our family of 5. The home was very clean and well stocked with the necessities to get started on a beach trip. The beds were very comfortable, and the neighborhood was nice and quiet. The walk to the beach was very short, and there were lovely views of the canals off the porch. The home was stocked with the literary works of the owner and his daughter's childrens books as well, which served as wonderful entertainment for our kids to read something new. We learned all sorts of new things about Topsail, and we look forward to returning soon. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Public Beach Access
Nearest Point of Interest
Scenic canals
Nearest Point of Interest
Surf City shopping/restaurant center

Books (non-fiction, fiction, island/coastal), Magazines


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $175 + Tax

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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