We have rented adjoining houses 5 times previously just north of Surf city for our extended family group, consisting of 7 married couples and older children ( currently most of the kids are in their 20s!). We loved this duplex because we had plenty of room to spread out with all the bedrooms - everyone had their own bed and every couple had their own bedroom with a private bath. Being a duplex, the convenience of easily getting to the other side was a big plus- much easier than traveling from 2 adjacent houses. Moving from one duplex to the other was possible on the 1st floor ( bedroom floor) at the foyer and also on the 2nd floor ( main living area/kitchen) through a doorway on ocean deck. The walls were well insulated not only between the duplexes, but within each one, making sleeping great. We were very pleased to find that the beds were all made up when we arrived. Previous houses required that we sort the linens and make our own beds. The kitchens were well thought out and well appointed. Almost any tool or pan necessary to cook with was available. We usually have gone out to dinner on previous visits to the island. Cooking was so pleasant and easy, we had dinner at the house every night. The owners provided all that they promised and the house was in very good condition - clean and well maintained. The owners were easy to contact and they spent time carefully explaining details. The views were amazing from the decks. Since the house is north of the north bridge, the beaches were not at all crowded and during the weekdays, we almost had the beach to ourselves. As an aside, there is good shopping just over the north bridge - you don't have to fight the drawbridge traffic on the south side of the island!
This was our first time renting a home from a HomeAway listing. We were nervous at first, but this was a good experience. We plan on coming back to this rental in the future.