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Fantastic 3BR - Ocean Front - New To Vrbo!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

3 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms

Pet Friendly

Smoke Free

2Qu, 2Tw

Linens are available for $25, plus tax.

Relax at Happy Lewis Cottage with the great 'rocking chair' porch overlooking the ocean! This classic Topsail cottage with an inviting decor features warm knotty pine walls and a 1950's kitchen. Cozy and comfortable, sleeping six with two queens and two singles. Pet friendly with a non-refundable pet fee, wifi and and no smoking allowed in the house.

This is a Saturday to Saturday vacation rental.

No grill provided but you can bring your own.

1.5 baths upstairs

1 full bath downstairs with two showers, a rustic his and hers

Located in between Topsail Beach and Surf City


Direct, private beach access

Free Wireless internet

Hot/cold outdoor shower




Phone- free nation-wide calling



Smoke Free

Happy Lewis is a classic Topsail Cottage!

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had such a great week at Happy Lewis! Cornhole on the beach, dinner outside on the patio, read books on the back porch during the soothing rain storm... I could go on and on! We will be back. Plus, Egyptian cotton sheets! Wowsa! Really was impressed all the way around. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us.
Jul 2016
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2/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

Fantastic 3BR - Ocean Front - New To Vrbo!
average rating of 2.0 based on 3 reviews

not really VRBO

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4.5 stars for the property and location, which were the reason I kept pushing forward despite everything below.  I would not, however, do it again.

0 stars for the booking process as well as check-in and check out.  This listing defeats the whole purpose of VRBO because it is managed by a local rental company with many disparate properties and rules rather than with an owner.  The VRBO listing, contract with Starfish Realty, and check-in/check-out rules disagreed in many important ways.  Moreover, there were many fees and taxes and questionable calculations that made a 3-night stay cost nearly twice as much as the listed nightly rate.

A few examples:

- The VRBO listing says linens are provided after the end of March.  Our contract said linens could be rented for a fee.  When I inquired Starfish Realty about the rentals, they said linens were not provided and could not be rented because we were out of season (September).  I should have turned back then.

- A booking fee, which we have never encountered with VRBO properties since they are usually vacation rentals by OWNER.

- We paid a cleaning fee. Our contract said we just needed to put the trash on the sheet.  Our checkout paperwork threatened deductions in our deposit if we did not: take out the trash, make the beds (without linens), wash and dry any dishtowels or bathmats used, sweep the entire place, wipe down all the tables and counters, and clean as well as put away all the clean dishes.  Why did we pay a cleaning fee when we did all the cleaning?

- Travel insurance is 6.95% on the grand total, including the completely refundable security deposit (minus damages of course-- damages you cannot inflict if you have to cancel).  If you plan to purchase travel insurance for this property, you have no choice but to pay an extra insurance on an amount you have no need to insure (percentage on security deposit).  The same statement probably applies to the amount of insurance on the cleaning fee...

Despite the lovely property, renter beware.  This place should not be listed under VRBO as it is currently managed and handled.  

I honestly doubt this review will be published since, as it turns out, the booking was not done through VRBO even though I tried to do so. Instead, I was funneled outside this website, which may be why this property has been listed forever and has no reviews yet.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, My name is Russ Johnson and I am the Vacation Rental Manager here at Starfish Rentals and Realty. I'd like to sincerely apologize to our past guest Natalie A. for having such disappointing experience while renting. I'd like to explain here in this public forum how we ( or any other property management company ) work in conjunction with VRBO homeowners, so hopefully some misconceptions can be clarified. Starfish Rentals and Realty exists to facilitate the bookings, guest services, maintenance, housekeeping, and marketing on behalf of a VRBO homeowner. Property owners often don't have the time, interest, or the expertise needed to effectively manage their investment properties to the fullest potential, so they choose to employ a specialized property management company such as Starfish to perform the necessary duties. I'd like to speak on several topics mentioned in our past guest Natalie A's review: 1) The Cleaning Fee. After each departing guest we dispatch a cleaning crew to the home. This is to "detail" the home, not just wipe counters and sweep floors. The tasks we request of departing guests are exceptionally minimal. We have never asked a guest to perform a thorough cleaning. We ask for those minor tasks to be completed simply so we can avoid the 1 guest out of 100 who chooses to leave a home in a disgusting state at check-out. Our cleaning crews have a tight time window to make each house sparkle for the incoming guest, and an exceptionally trashed house slows them down. Which, in turn, delays incoming guests check-in times. The cleaning fee is applied so the crews can invest their time in "detailing" the home, not for the cleaning mentioned as a complaint. 2) We do ask that trash cans are rolled out to the street as trash pickup occurs mid-week on Topsail. If the trash can is full, the temperature is 92, and the pick up day is missed, you can imagine the stench. 3) Travel Insurance and Security Deposits: Security deposits and travel insurance differ. The security deposit is taken as collateral in case there are damages to the property. This amount is 100% refundable to the departing guest barring any damage. Travelers insurance covers the refund of all monies applied to the reservation in the event of uncontrollable events that either cancel, disrupt or delay your vacation. It is an optional purchase. Starfish Rentals and Realty adheres to the NC Real Estate Commision's guidelines set forth by the Vacation Rental Act.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Wilmington International (RDU 2.5 hours)
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Surf City House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 5 2016 - Mar 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mar 25 2017 - Apr 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 29 2017 - May 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 20 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Peak
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Sep 23 2017 - Oct 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 28 2017 - Mar 23 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $160 + Tax
Linens $25 + Tax
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Admin Fee $45 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.75%

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Surf City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1941 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - 1st level - toilet , shower , A his and a hers shower, toilet, sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 Queen - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - Queen - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - two singles - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • 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/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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