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Brand New! Gorgeous Clear Oceanviews! Family-friendly On Quiet Street

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Newly Built 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath With Clear, Unobstructed Ocean And Surf Views

Welcome to Himmelstrand! Heaven's Beach!

We are delighted to welcome you as one of the very first guests to enjoy a stay at our beautiful, brand new 2200 square foot home. Finished in the fall of 2013, Himmelstrand is a beach home that captures the very essence of a beautiful beach retreat: easy, immediate access to the beach, great wide open and unobstructed views of the ocean in a newly-furnished 4 bedroom home with well-equipped gourmet kitchen. This beach home is as friendly to families as it is to couples or friends looking for a getaway to the beach.

Our beach home was built in the summer of 2013 and is newly furnished. We've put a great deal of care and attention to furnishing the home, making it comfortable and fun for all of our guests. Each of the well-appointed bedrooms has comfortable beds, flat screen TVs, ceiling fans, and plenty of closet space to tuck away your suitcases and clothes. We even have a pack-n-play available and high-chair available upon request.

The open floor plan of the 3rd floor maximizes the sights and sounds of ocean and surf either from the full wall length windows or out on the wide deck. After a fun day on the beach, you can relax in front of the brand new 55' smart TV to watch a favorite movie, watch a game, or hook up your Xbox. If you're like our family, you'll take full advantage of the high speed Internet (up to 50 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up) for any devices you bring along. You'll find family games, cards, and a few books in the shelves and cupboards of the beautiful built-in entertainment center. We even have a Wii and an Xbox 360 available upon request (including a few of our favorite games).

The beautiful kitchen with granite countertops and all new appliances is designed so that you rarely have to look away from the beautiful ocean or sky. We've left a large panty open for your use and have ample dishes, utensils, and cookware: everything you need for cooking a gourmet meal or throwing together a big pancake breakfast. The table seats 8 with an additional pub table that seats 4.

Himmelstrand comes with two decks (3rd and 2nd floor) that look out on wide, open views of the ocean and beach. When you come back from the beach, you can use the enclosed outdoor shower with hot and cold water. And there is plenty of parking for up to four cars in driveway.

Bedroom Layout:

Top Floor: 2nd master bedroom with queen bed and full bath, sleeper sofa.

Middle Floor: Master with king bed and private bath, bedroom with twin bunk and full, and bedroom with queen bed with shared bathroom.

We absolutely love the location. Our beach home sits on a sleepy, quiet stretch of beach about a mile and half north of Surf City proper. We knew the beach location was perfect when we found it last summer because right across from the house was a sea turtle nest! If a sea turtle loves this stretch of beach, then so will you! You'll find beautiful sand and great surfing out the front door, fun shell and sea glass hunting heading north, or a nice walk to the Surf City Pier heading south. We've watched pods of dolphins from the deck and been fascinated by the lines of pelicans skimming the wave tops. If you like to surf fish, you'll be in fishing heaven for sure!

If you're ready for some landside fun, Himmelstrand is ideally situated. Our house is on a low-traffic, quiet road on the beach. It's great for going out for a jog, a bike ride, or walk to catch the sunset. You can take an easy walk a block away to a great city park where the kids will have tons of fun. Or you might visit the Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. There is biking, kayaking, kite flying, boating, paddle boarding, charter fishing… You name the activity, and you can find it nearby.

Or if you're looking for a simple, peaceful place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of life, you'll have found the right place. We're a quick two hour drive from Raleigh or less than 30 minutes from the Wilmington Airport. When you arrive, you'll find that you've come to a simpler place, a peaceful place made for the perfect beach vacation.

Why the name Himmelstrand? We've had the good fortune to live and vacation in Norway where we came to appreciate the wonder, beauty, and peace of nature. The pace of life there was slower, easier, more relaxed, more in tune with the world's rhythms. We also came to appreciate the challenge of a cold, snowy, dark winter and the longing that it brings for sunshine, sand, and the beauty of a beach experience. On our very first visit to Topsail, we said, 'Wow! This is heaven!' And there it was: Himmelstrand which means 'heaven's beach' in Norwegian. We think you'll say the same when you get here!

We think you'll absolutely love our beach home! We have been vacationing at the beach for years now and have found here on Topsail Island the ideal blend of qualities that make for a fantastic beach vacation.

If you have any questions at all about Himmelstrand or Topsail island, please don't hesitate to contact us!

More Details

Chad & Pam Kearsley
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, swedish, danish, norwegian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

I wanted to write and thank you for a memorable, wonderful trip to

Himmelstrand. The weather was wonderful and your home was gorgeous. We truly enjoyed every aspect! Your hospitality and concern was very much appreciated. We hope to come back again and stay often. It was fantastic! And the kids loved the toys that you left for them to play with!
Apr 2014
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Surf City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower
    2nd Floor Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    3rd Floor Bath - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master, 2nd Floor - 1 king
    Bedroom 2, 2nd Floor - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3, 2nd Floor - 1 queen
    2nd Master, 3rd Floor - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect. Exactly how it was described and the positive reviews explained. Our whole family had a wonderful time and plan to go back again! It really is heavens beach. Thank you Chad and Pam for opening your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a great time and built such good memories at Himmelstrand! Topsail is such a special place! We hope you'll come enjoy it again soon!
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3rd year in a row!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd year in a row staying here and I'm sure we'll be back. Plenty of room for adults and kids, gorgeous house, nicely-equipped kitchen, wonderful views, and right across the street from the beach!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful and a great location

  • 5 of 5

a great time. perfectly located across from the beach and well kept. Comfortable furnings, too.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a great time!
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Beautiful duplex with perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We loved the 3 floor duplex! It had everything we needed plus more! It was spacious, very clean & amazing location- beach front with a small access road that separated the house and the beach. We loved sitting on the high beach chairs on top level deck watching the waves roll in. The beds were very comfortable. The kitchen was the best stocked rental we have had so far. Everything you need for a comfortable visit. The House was well maintained and decorated very nicely. The three floors kept us in good shape going up and down the stairs which was needed after eating all the amazing seafood that topsail island has to offer.

The beach area in front of the property was very uncrowded. We spent the morning collecting shells and the evenings searching for ghost crabs. We loved the house and love Topsail island. We will def be back to this place!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location made for a fantastic vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time with family at Himmelstrand. The location directly across from the beach was ideal. The layout of the house worked well for us (even with all the stairs!). We had everything we needed and the home was beautiful. We would definitely return for another visit in the future. Thanks Chad & Pam for use of your space and the ease of renting.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a great time! It really is a stretch of "heaven's beach"!
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Thanksgiving at the beach was great AGAIN!

  • 5 of 5

This was the second year in a row our extended family gathered at Himmelstrand to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. Everything went great just as before! The weather was warm enough so everyone enjoyed at least wading in the surf, and one hardy soul even took the plunge to body surf...sans wetsuit! We had all we needed in the house to prepare and enjoy family meals together - no reason to go out except to pick up a few last minute groceries. This year our five grandkids were all old enough to enjoy the big playground just a block away. Splitting their time between the beach and the playground kept them busy and happy...and tired at the end of each day. Of course, some of the less active family members were content to sit on the deck and soak in the view of the passing seabirds and dolphins. Each of us made the most of a very comfortable and pleasant beach vacation.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable Damage Deposit $600

Rates are subject to change until confirmation is received. Linen service included in price during summer season and for week-long rentals. Additional for-fee linen services available upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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