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Spacious Beach Retreat on a Private Island

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Den, 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Accessible only by a privately owned drawbridge across the Intracoastal Waterway and a gatehouse staffed 24 hours a day, this unique 1300 acre island features over 5 miles of white, sandy beaches and abundant natural beauty free from any commercial development. With only 441 exclusive single-family homes and access limited to homeowners and their guests, Figure Eight Island provides the rare combination of a peaceful retreat and secure sanctuary. The uncrowded beach is ideal for swimming and surfing, walking, shelling, fishing or simply relaxing with a good book in a comfortable beach chair. Beyond the beach, a dedicated paved pathway assures safe off road biking and walking. Sailing, boating, tennis and a myriad of other leisurely pursuits help fill your day on the Island. Despite its seclusion, shopping, restaurants, entertainment and the many amenities of Historic Wilmington and bustling Wrightsville Beach are only minutes from your island sanctuary.

Our home is situated on a protected lagoon that connects with the Intracoastal Waterway by deep-water channel. In addition the lagoon is ideal for sailing, water skiing, kayaking and other water sports. At low tide we have a protected sandy beach especially attractive to young children and novice swimmers. Our dock and sun deck is a perfect place to tie up your boat, fish and watch spectacular sunsets over the marsh. The ocean beach is a short 100 yard walk from our front door over a boardwalk that provides not only beach access but access to the bike pathway.

The house is a classic beach design elevated on pilings that support the two story main house and a single story annex. On the ground level is a two car garage that, in addition to providing coverd parking, houses the water softener and a spare refrigerator as well as beach chairs and other equipment. There is a private hot water shower under the house to wash off salt and sand after a day at the beach.

An expansive main level deck surrounds the house, with ample space for lounging, reading or outdoor dining overlooking the lagoon. The first level of the light and airy main house features a spacious living room opening onto to the rear deck with its panoramic view of the lagoon and marshes beyond. There is a game table perfect for jigsaw puzzle buffs or family games, high-fi equipment and a wood-burning fireplace for cold weather enjoyment. Separated from the living room by a few steps is the dining room which looks out toward the ocean and opens to a fully equipped, newly remodeled kitchen. Adjacent to the kitchen is a wet bar and separate laundry room. The king-bedded master bedroom suite has a separate dressing area and bathroom, and a sitting area with desk and reading chairs opening onto a private deck facing the ocean. Rounding out the first level is a den with television and a sleeper-sofa, and a powder room Upstairs the second level of the main house has two twin-bedded rooms that share a full bathroom.

A few steps across the deck via a covered walkway is the annex providing a perfect retreat from the sometime hubbub of the main house. The spacious bedroom which opens to the rear deck is furnished with a king bed, a couch that converts to a double bed, television and a game table. There is a full bath as well as a 'kitchen' alcove with a small refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, dishes and utensils.

Keywords: Vacation beach house

Private island

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David Merten
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

Why David Merten chose Southern Coast

Privacy and security.

Wonderful beaches and deep water boating.

Proximity to Wilmington and all its amenities.

Easy access to interstate highways.

What makes this house unique

A secure and secluded private beach enclave minutes from Wilmington

Guestbook comments from the owner

Awesome house.
Jun 2011
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5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Spacious Beach Retreat on a Private Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We arrived just in time for the 4th of July festivities on the island last year! This was a perfect home to enjoy Figure 8. Other reviewers have done a great job detailing the finer aspects of the home and its location, and I concur with their reviews. Many thanks to the owners of this home for making it available for others to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waunakee, WI

Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

I cannot think of anything that we wanted for during our stay at this beautiful home. It was the perfect place to relax. Views were wonderful, kids loved picking up sea shells from the ocean and parents loved sitting on the deck and relaxing. The home was well stocked, clean and comfortable. The owners are gracious and wonderful to deal with.

We had four families stay for a weekend wedding in Wilmington. The Annex was perfect for us as we are the only ones with a little one. We could put her to sleep and then go enjoy playing games by the fireplace in the main house. I have stayed at several VRBO locations and have never been disappointed, this however was by far the best. Thank you for opening your home to us and for making our trip to the North Carolina coast so perfect. We will return!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summerfield, NC

We want to move in permanently!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely, by far, the very best week we've ever spent at the beach! The house is well equipped and very comfortable. The annex makes it the perfect place for 2 families - a little together time, but not TOO much! The deck is so nice and the views are great. The early morning on that deck is so peaceful and relaxing. You can barely hear the neighbors. We had a ball canoing, kayaking, and swimming in the lagoon. The ocean's just across the street and the beach is quiet and uncrowded - we felt like we had it all to ourselves some days. We've been to lots of places, and this is by far the best time we've ever had - just what we needed.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! We are happy that your vacation was tops. We hope you will return.
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richmond, va

home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This is a turn key rental. They have more than you could imagine to use there. I hope to return next year and that all the amenities are still there, meaning people care for the owners things. They are gracious on the late departure so do an extra load of laundry for them while you enjoy some extra beach time. Kids were sad to leave, very family friendly.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! We hope you will return. You were perfect quests.
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Wilmington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5+
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (2) In master bedroom and annex, Twin or Single Beds (4) Twin beds in the upstairs bedrooms, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) In the TV room (main house) and in the annex
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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