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'Topsail: Mayberry by the Sea' Author Oceanview Sea Star Condo w/ Jacuzzi, Pool

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Townhome, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-11)


(a sampling from reviews below:)

'5 STARS: Loved this townhome and felt immediately at home as soon as we walked in the door. Very well appointed ... Description and pictures were right on - beautiful kitchen with access to a good size dining table and living area. Everything was clean and in good condition.'

'5 STARS: Great Beach Townhouse across from the Beach. What we loved about Sea Star was having 4 bedrooms 3.5 bathrooms, loads of balconies, a slightly more upscale kitchen, and being literally right across from the beach.'

'5 STARS: Wonderful place to stay. ... With 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths it was perfect for everyone. ... The pool was great and the beach was perfect. ... The kitchen was roomy and love the granite counters.'

'5 STARS: Our first night there one of my students said 'I wish this was my house, this is my dream house'. It really was awesome. Loved the view of the ocean, the spacious bedrooms and living space and the updated bathrooms and kitchen. I hope to stay here again. Wireless internet was a bonus!'

'5 STARS: We had a wonderful time. The beach was so close and the view was great from the upper desk. We cooked in 4 nights and had everything we needed. ... We seemed to have more room at this condo in the family room area than the other places in the same complex. ... The condo was beautiful inside.'

'5 STARS: Great Location. ... Great access to the beach. The photos accurately reflect the property and the owner was helpful in answering our questions.'

'5 STARS: Our Wedding Dream. ... the house was perfectly set up for everyone's needs. The place is decorated very nicely and attention to little details. House was clean and welcoming. We will definitely be back.'

'5 STARS: Condo is great, location wonderful and beach beautiful. ... My granddaughter wishes she lived there. We played on the beach like we were kids again. We also enjoyed sitting and talking on the deck at nite while watching planes fly by and even a few shooting stars!!! '

'5 STARS: We had a wonderful sunny week at the beach. We loved being so close to the ocean. What a view! The children played in the water and looked for seashells and sea glass. ... We look forward to coming again soon.'

'5 STARS: So close to the beach!! Loved having an oceanview. We liked that there was enough room to accommodate our group (8) easily and we weren't crammed as we have been in past condo. ... Thanks for a great time!'

'5 STARS: This place is the definition of serenity. The upstairs layout was perfect for our nightly family dinners. We loved having the two master bedrooms and the ocean view was breathtakingly beautiful. We will definitely be back---soon!'


Topsail Island is wonderfully slow-paced and family-friendly. This beautiful modern luxury condo, with ocean view, community pool, four decks and master-bedroom jacuzzi, is owned by the author and photographer of 'Topsail Island: Mayberry by the Sea.' It is just one-half block from the beach and two decks have views of the ocean. Located in northern Surf City, near North Topsail Beach, the home is 2 miles from the shopping/restaurant center of the island.

The home has four bedrooms, including two master-bedroom suites. One suite includes a jacuzzi-type whirlpool tub and a pool view; the other has an ocean view. The home has two other bedrooms, each leading to a deck overlooking the pool. (Guests have access to the pool.) There are five beds – king, 2 queens, 2 twins – plus a two-person pullout sofa. (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.)

A large open living area includes the kitchen and also has an outdoor deck overlooking the pool. Luxury abounds throughout this home, including such items as ceiling fans throughout, nine-foot-tall ceilings, granite counters and tile floors.

Other amenities: keyless electronic door lock; indoor and outdoor dining tables; covered parking for three vehicles; deck chairs and ocean breezes; outdoor shower; high-speed wireless internet; 72-channel cable.

NEW FOR 2016: Heil Coastal Unit heat pump for downstairs floor. Ruud Coastal Unit heat pump for upstairs floor. TV in living room.

NEW FOR 2015: Luxury carpeting in halls and on stairways, oven/stove, TVs in both master bedrooms, drapes in all three bedrooms on middle floor, paint in entranceway.

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

* HAVE MORE/FEWER GUESTS OR HAVE DOGS WHO NEED A FENCED YARD? Be sure to check out our sister property, Mayberry by the Sea, a 3-bedroom home with fenced yard, located just 2-1/2 blocks away. (Property No. 301278 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: Ocean View, Pool, Jacuzzi, Luxury Town Home, Condo, Dogs, Pets, Beach House, Island Home, Wi-Fi, Camp Lejeune

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 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 townhome in 2011

Why The Owner chose Surf City

FROM THE AUTHOR: 'We bought our first home on Topsail and it's been perfect: a wonderful three-bedroom home with fenced yard. But because it only sleeps 6 (or 8 at the most), it isn't big enough when the extended family comes. So we were looking for a second property in the immediate area.

What we found amazed even us: a luxury 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath condo with incredible amenities, not to mention the Atlantic Ocean half a block away. Just fantastic. It is a joy to be in.

What makes this townhome unique

Many, many, many.

Start with ocean views -- from two separate decks.

Then there's a pool -- and two decks look out on the pool.

Don't forget the two master bedrooms (yes, two masters), each with a private deck.

Then there are luxury features throughout -- like a jacuzzi-type whirlpool tub, tile floors, granite counters, high ceilings with ceiling fans, etc. Throw in beautiful furniture and decor, as well as coastal art throughout the home.

It's the perfect place and only a two-minute walk from the beach. Well-behaved pets welcome.


Surf City Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • No Outside Grilling. No pets on furniture or in bedrooms. Up to 11 total guests -- 8 in beds, 3 in sleep sofa or rollaway bed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 1 - jetted tub
    Bathroom 5 - There are a total of 3-1/2 baths.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Lower-level master with king
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Upstair-floor master. Twin rollaway bed in closet.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Lower-floor bedroom with queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Lower-floor bedroom with two (2) twins
    Convertible bed(s) - Queen-sized sleep sofa, in living room
    Other - Rollaway Bed, stored in upstairs master
  • Sleeps 8 in beds: King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Sleeps 3 additional: Queen sized Sleep Sofa (1), Twin or Single Rollaway Bed (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Luxury features: 2 master bedrooms, jacuzzi, granite counters, tile flooring in kitchen and bathrooms, 9-foot-high ceilings, ceiling fans, 4 decks (2 ocean view, 2 pool view),


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

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'Topsail: Mayberry by the Sea' Author Oceanview Sea Star Condo w/ Jacuzzi, Pool
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Amazing Home, Owner, Location!!!

  • 5 of 5

We did a long weekend get away to rest and relax close to the beach. We were surprised at how close to the beach we actually were. Just a very short walk with no major highway to cross, no vehicle needed and no sand to bring back in either a vehicle or into the house. The house was great for everything we needed, and the two master suits were perfect.The sunrises were stunning to watch either on the ramp or stairs to the beach or on the beach its self. The location is perfect, close to everything you need. And Ray was amazing from start to finish so helpful and friendly with any questions we had. Great place to stay, sure hope to do it again.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rocky Mount


  • 5 of 5

Seriously, just wonderful. We've been coming to the island for 13 years now and this is by far our favorite place to stay. The condo is clean and well kept, with a nice, beachy feel. The back deck is a fantastic spot for morning coffee. Very close to the beach, which is great when you have young kids...and thus lots of stuff! The pool also helps with kids (and adults!) who need a break from the surf.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Allentown, PA

Perfect location and size for our family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The description of the property states it's half a block away from the beach, but we didn't expect it to be as close as it really was! It was wonderful! And the outside shower with running hot water was perfect! The pool is smaller, but it was absolutely perfect after our day at the beach. The decks were fantastic and our kids enjoyed afternoons filled with bubbles and snacks out there! We had a lovely time and hope to return one day. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place to stay and so close to the Beach

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at Topsail: Mayberry by the Sea in June, 2017. I loved the combination kitchen and living room that lead out to a balcony with an amazing view! It was wonderful sitting on the deck in the morning's drinking my coffee and watching the ocean. Also, there is a large island in the kitchen that we all sat around while we were cooking supper. We went to Surf City Seafood Market and bought fresh seafood and then fixed it back at the townhouse. It was wonderful! It was literally a 3 minute walk to the beach. The townhouse was supplied with all of the dishes, pots and pans, etc. that you need to cook up a delicious seafood supper. The pans however were not the best, be sure and spray continually with cooking spray as they stick badly!

Overall, I would go back in a heart beat! Great place to take a family vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had such a wonderful time. Thank you so much. We like it, too (and the pans have already been replaced). Hope to see you back soon!
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Nice condo, owner is great to work with.

  • 4 of 5

Nice proximity to beach, restaurants and shopping. The condo was well kept and clean. Owner is a delight to work with. The only negative would be the 3 flights of stairs. This was hard on my parents.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a wonderful time. One correction for future guests: There are only 2 flights of stairs, not 3. (Entry level is connected by stairs to the lower living area, which is connected by stairs to the upper living area.) This is usual for beach condos
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Just like home

  • 5 of 5

I felt at home while staying at this property. Usually, when I'm traveling I have a difficult time getting comfortable, but not here. The property was very clean and decorated nicely. All of the amenities of home were provided. And it is very close to the beach!!!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Books (non-fiction, fiction, island/coastal), Magazines, DVDs


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $95
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 3.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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