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

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Please note: Memorial Weekend begins one-week rental requirements -- still at reduced rates!


(a sampling from reviews below:)

'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 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.) New 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.

NEW FOR 2016: Luxury carpeting in all three bedrooms.

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:
January 20, 2017

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 Topsail Island

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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(62 traveler reviews)

Beautiful 'Mayberry by the Sea' Author Home - Fenced Dog Yard
average rating of 4.951613 based on 62 reviews

Mayberry By The Sea

  • 5 of 5

Everything was just as advertised. The house could not be cleaner. It is tastefully decorated, nicely arranged and very comfortable. The owner was quick to respond to our questions. Overall, a really pleasant experience. Just what we were looking for.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Katy and Vince Richards

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home, near beach and great restaurants. Close to Wilmington, and we stopped in the Boiler Room in kinston on the way down, awesome,

did not get to the Chef and the farmer, next time.

Thanks for a lovely few days. katy and vince

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved Mayberry by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

My family and I can't express enough how much we enjoyed Mayberry by the Sea! We all had a marvelous time! Our fur baby also had the time of his life, it was his first time visiting the beach. The sand, sea, and all the new people and pups he met made for a very good time for him. The house is very comfortable, light, and airy! Feels like home away from home! I would recommend Mayberry by the Sea for any occasion! If you have pets this place is a rare find, the fenced in yard is perfect and very secure for your two and four legged children! Ray was a pleasure to work with, very prompt and attentive to our vacation needs! It was a short and pleasant walk to the beach, the view of the canal from the front and back porch was very nice too. You can't go wrong with Mayberry by the Sea! We thank you so much for allowing us the use of your lovely home, and for making our vacation such a pleasure! We definitely will return!

The McLamb Family

Angier, NC

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Front porch bliss!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our 3 small children and it was absolutely perfect! It was roomy enough for all of us to spread out and relax, but also great for gathering to watch movies in the evening. The front porch is a dream! The house is on a very quiet street and is a convenient walk to the beach. Ray was wonderful to work with during booking and very responsive once we got to the home. We had one small internet glitch and that was resolved promptly. We look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time at Mayberry by the

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed are stay at your beautiful home. We would there again, the house was close the beach and lots of good restaurants. We would stay there again. Ray was a pleasure to work with when booking the home.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harrisonburg, VA

Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time with our family! The location was great. We walked to the beach, took bike rides, went paddle boarding, and fished. Will definitely stay again!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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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

Surf City House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 15 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Jun 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017
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7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $75
Tax Rate 3.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Surf City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1302 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2). (Also, a twin standard 'rollaway' foldup bed (1) can sleep one additional. A full-length sofa (1) can sleep one additional.)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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

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