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.
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!