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Ocean and Sound Views from This Fantastic/Beautiful House-

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

A DELAY IN TIME went on the rental market in 2011 after being made our personal home for the previous four years. If you are looking for a place with views of Topsail sound and views of the ocean then this is the house you want. This second row ocean and second row sound home is located on a very nice/quiet cul-de-sac where only a dozen other homes are located. Perfect for children and pets!

.... Life is GOOD at the BEACH!!!.... SEIZE THE DAY....

PRIVATE beach access is less than a 3 minute walk. We will provide you with a beach cart and beach chairs as you work on your tan! There are decks off of ALL bedrooms and family room so you can enjoy all the sound and ocean views! Top Floor has carpet in bedrooms and ceramic tile in the bathroom. There are two-three bedrooms on the top floor. One bedroom has great sound views, sliding glass doors leading onto a deck and a King size bed. The other 1-2 bedrooms have ocean views, a queen size bed with flat screen TV on the wall along with another area off this bedroom with a large closet, ocean views and 2 twin beds. Perfect for you to keep an eye on the little ones. We created a large bedroom when living in the house out of 2 bedrooms. Both of these rooms have ocean views with sliding glass doors leading out onto decks.

Downstairs you have a large living area with TV, stereo, great furniture, sleeper sofa, hardwood floors, open kitchen with bar seating, breakfast area with table, dining room with table for 6, 18' tile, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, bedroom with Iron double bed, large bathroom with ceramic tile. Kitchen is fully stocked with large side by side fridge, dishwasher, stove, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker and all of the kitchen dishes, utensils you will need plus wine glasses for those special moments.

Ground level has outdoor hot/cold shower, parking under the home for 3 cars, great safe area in the yard for kids to play. Cul De Sac that has very little traffic.

Marina is less than 1.5 miles, Fishing pier, fantastic restaurants and shopping are a short walk (less than a mile), with the beach and sound access only a short distance away! This end of Topsail Island is beautiful!!! Walking and biking paths, walk around the point and watch the sunset while you play in tidal pools. During the summer months Loggerhead Turtles lay eggs along the shore that hatch during the warm summer nights. Watch Dolphins play in the surf or go fishing which is outstanding. Go kayaking in the sound, take your family for a sunset cruise on 'The Belle of Topsail', boogie boarding in the ocean or book yourself a deep sea fishing trip and catch your dinner.

We just decided to rent the house and decided not to use a rental agency so we could pass the savings along to your family. We've priced the home hundreds of dollars less than in previous years but with no commission, I can pass these savings on to you. We have not raised our rental rates in 7 years so we can keep the home affordable to those wanting to rent. Everyone is trying to save money and this is one of the best deals on Topsail Beach-- Please make this comfortable beach home yours for a week or a month. Life is short. CARPE DIEM...Seize the day my friends!!! Life is Short.




Check in is at 4PM and check out is at 11AM

Bed Linens, towels, wash cloths are provided for an additional fee of $65.00 per week. This allows us to wash, dry, fold and provide clean fresh linens and towels for you - our honored guest!

Vacation Rental Features

Keywords: Topsail Island, Topsail Beach House, Beach House, Island house, Topsail Beach House, 1161 Monroe Lane.

More Details

Clay McLawhon
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 1, 2017

About Clay McLawhon

When my family gets away to 'A DELAY IN TIME', it is our 'Piece of Paradise'. Whether we are sitting on the deck, laughing with friends, enjoying the views, walking on the beach, riding our bikes or just chillin' on the allows us to escape the stresses of life. Topsail Beach is a wonderful place for vacations. We love the sea birds and the slow, peaceful pace that Topsail offers. You can have Myrtle Beach, Outer Banks, Carolina/Kure beaches, Wrightsville Beach... We'll take Topsail Island.

Clay McLawhon purchased this house in 2005

Why Clay McLawhon chose Topsail Beach

After spending many years at Wrightsville Beach and living less than 10 miles away we got tired of dealing with the traffic, attitudes and charges for parking your car. We could almost buy a very nice meal for what it cost us to park for a day. We fell in LOVE with Topsail and once you vacation here you will fall in love also. If you vacation here every year then you know what we mean. A DeLay In Time is on a quiet cul-de-sac which is ideal for your children or your pets. We loved the convenience to the ocean and everywhere on the island.

What makes this house unique

We love our decks. During the summer this is where we live if not on the beach. We enjoy sitting out with the sun in our face, laughing, talking and hearing the birds. We also love our kitchen which is great for cooking...even though...most people don't want to cook when on vacation. You will still cook a meal or two while down so you just as well enjoy it. Buy some steaks, burgers or seafood...throw some on the gas grill or just cook inside. Some of the best food you can get is on the island.


Topsail Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size bed (1), Queen size Bed (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeper Sofa that opens into a double bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Don't miss the Turtle Hospital.


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Ocean and Sound Views from This Fantastic/Beautiful House-
average rating of 4.8 based on 30 reviews

Super convenient and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We had super convenient access to the beach and sound, with all the amenities for an amazing family beach vacation. The outdoor shower was a surprise. The decks were amazing. The decks were gated which ended up being awesome for the dogs and kids. Overall highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Amanda. We are so glad you enjoyed the decks and the surprise outdoor shower. It was so nice having your group in the house. Everyone treated the home with great care and it was very clean upon your departure. Hopefully we will have you visit with us again very soon. Clay and Julie McLawhon
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Beautiful place at a beautiful beach

  • 4 of 5

Really loved the house and location. Had a problem with ants and the grill didn't. Other than that it was a great vacation

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the home. All of the rain has driven ants into many homes. I found out that the grill was out of propane. Please let me know of any problems in the future and thanks for staying with us. Clay and Julie
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Had everything we needed. Easy rental process.

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were SO glad to have your family vacation with us. Thank you for taking such great care of the home and treating it like your own. Hopefully we will see you again very, very soon. Clay and Julie Mclawhon
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Nice..good price

  • 3 of 5

We had a nice time but it wasn't everything I had hoped it would be. I was there for 2 weeks and we had ants in the house and in our cars, which was not a good situation. I did notify the owners and they suggested we get ant bait hotels, as they had had the house sprayed outside before we came. It's pretty evident the ants are not living outside but in the walls of the house. They were coming thru the holes in the wood floors, out of the electrical outlets, etc. It definitely needs to be determined, as we didn't leave any food out and we kept the house spotless from food and crumbs. We put all of our open food items in sealed baggies to deter the ants as well. I was glad that I brought my own beach chairs, as the ones there we would not have used due to how rusty they were. When I asked about distance to the ocean, it was accurate that it was a 2nd row house and a 3 min walk, but what I guess I didn't know it meant crossing the main highway. I should have inquired more. We notified that there was a broken lock in the downstairs bathroom, but it didn't get checked out during my 2 week stay and thankfully no one was busted in on while in the shower.


-house is decorated nice- loved portholes

- furniture was comfortable

-wagon and beach toys were great

-house not musty smelling

-wifi was satisfactory

-decks were nice

-no other insect issues

-nice granite kitchen


-ant problem

-could use some updated kitchen utensils and cookware

-water in refrigerator door not working

-could upgrade some mattresses

-air doesn't cool upstairs good - really need a separate unit

-all eyes on stove not working

Some of the above items would not be costly to fix and keep up with for your renters. The main issue that we had was the ant problem which definitely needs to be resolved.

I would definitely recommend the house to anyone looking for a place close to the ocean as long as I knew the ant situation was resolved. It took us 3 hours to clean our cars and the last few days we parked outside of the carport close to the street for the rest of the trip to try and keep them from overtaking our cars.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We always have a great time and this year was no different. Had fun in the sun, great food, at our favorite restaurants and what we prepared as well. A week just isn't long enough. Hope for more time next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Topsail Island Monroe Lane

  • 5 of 5

And we enjoyed the decks and the views the views of the sound and of the ocean or gorgeous we enjoyed the outside shower and the grill. We walked across the street and fish off the pier in the sound we caught 15 crabs flounder, black drum and a sheepshead fish. The beds were very comfortable all of them the only thing that might could change is the cable channels. The owner was very welcoming and professional. We got there on Mother's Day and had a Bokay of flowers and a happy Mother's Day on the countertop it was a very nice touch. We hope to return next year it was just beautiful.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our home at Topsail Island. So glad you enjoyed the fishing and catching crabs. We love the decks on our home soooo much. Sit back and have a cup of coffee, glass of wine or just letting your thoughts wander at ease. Glad you enjoyed the flowers that my wife left. Hope to see you next year. Clay and Julie McLawhon
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
New Hanover Internation Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Beach shop
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Beach Shop, Breezeway
Nearest Beach
40 Metres
Topsail Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $80
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.75%

There is a $80.00 cleaning fee. Linens can be rented for $65.00 per stay which includes sheets for 3 beds, 8 towels and 8 wash cloths. Dish towels and dish cloths are provided with all rentals.

Reservations made 30 days in advance will allow payments to made in 3 increments. Reservations made 30 days or less will have 2 incremental payments. Reservations made 15 days or less require full payment upon booking.
Payments can be made with personal check, cashiers check or money. Sorry but no credit cards.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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