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Diane Brashear

Advertiser since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Diane Brashear

Advertiser since: 2009
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Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


North Topsail Beach House Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths (Sleeps 14)

Everything needed for the perfect beach vacation is here. On a quiet gated street, it sits onTopsail's spectacular pristine beach and beautiful blue-green ocean. A 30-foot swimming pool is set in a lush private garden with the ability to heat 15 degrees above air temp. A full-scale dedicated theater is equipped with stadium seating recliners and a 110 inch screen with HD and surround sound. Exceptional fixtures and decor, gleaming antique pine flooring, top of the line equipment and appliances let you know that this home was neither designed nor built as a typical 'beach rental.' There are six bedrooms each with its own bath; a gourmet kitchen for the discerning cook.; a very special glass-walled elevator; flat screen TV's in every bedroom; cable and wi-fi throughout. To make your vacation truly carefree, we provide beach chairs, boogie boards, sun shelter, beach and pool games and toys, and baby 'Pack and Play,' and highchair.

The private pool is the most beautiful on the beach. It is built into the landscaping and surrounded by a botanical garden and stone wall. It also has the capability to be heated 15 degrees above the air temp. You feel that you're swimming in a beautiful, private pool. Jetted Tub in Bath: It's divine, looking out over the blue-green ocean and azure sky as you relax and renew in the Master Bedroom deep, wide, long, and multi-jetted Jacuzzi tub. Private Hot Tub: Oh, Wow. This is a great hot tub built into the floor of the porch on the guest bedroom level. It is so easy to get in and out, and it is meticulously cleaned and maintained every week. Deluxe Dacor 6 burner dual fuel range. Sub Zero refrigerator and wine cooler. Meile ultra quiet dishwasher. Full bar with refrigerator in the theater. Morning kitchen with microwave and refrigerator on the master bedroom level. Refrigerator (3) : Actually, there are four. SubZero refrigerator and wine cooler in the kitchen with another in the theater room bar and one in the morning kitchen on the master level.

Microwave (2) : In the kitchen and another in the morning kitchen. # Dishwasher: Meile ultra quiet dishwasher. Guess What! You turn it on, and you don't have to quit talking or turn the TV up to BLAIR! Catering menus will be left in the house or can be mailed on request. Gas or Charcoal grill. Each of the three living levels opens onto a broad porch or pergola, furnished with wicker tables and chairs, rockers, porch swing and high bar chairs. The sunset porch, off of the theater room, has high bar chairs. Extensive porches on every level. The most private of which is the balcony on the Master level with two, and only two, Tropitone loungers. Phones on every level. Fabulous Theater with 110 inch HD BluRay screen and seven reclining leather chairs. Deluxe elevator, handicapped accessible bedroom and bath, extensive library of books, DVDs, and CDs. Deluxe audio and video systems.

The third floor is the main living, dining and entertainment area, with a floor to ceiling window wall offering spectacular views in every direction. The kitchen is a gourmet's delight with huge window offering a spectacular view over the marsh to the ICW. Beautiful granite countertops and tops surround top of the line cabinets and appliances: a Dacor commercial range, with six gas burners and griddle, and two electric ovens, one convection; built-in Sub Zero refrigerator with icemaker; a Sub Zero wine cooler, and Miele dishwasher. An island with a Riverwoods butcher block countertop has a stainless steel vegetable sink with disposal. The main double stainless sinks look straight out to the ocean. In the dining area a beautiful round pedestal table seats 12 in casual comfort with beautiful ocean views in every direction, The main sitting area is beautifully furnished for conversation or watching TV on the large, flat screen above the fireplace.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Diane Brashear (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2009
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Diane Brashear

We are Andy and Diane Brashear. We built BEYOND THE BLUE in 2005 as a retirement home for our parents, Rusty and Mary, and as a vacation home for us. We met at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After a sojourn in England, where Andy was in graduate school and Diane worked at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, we traveled extensively around Europe before retuning to the States to be married in Cincinnati (where Diane grew up) in 2005. We lived in Chicago for three years and now live in a wonderfully remodeled 1913 house in Denver's Washington Park. We love the mountains' outdoor lifestyle, but must travel south to engage in our other love, the ocean.

Diane Brashear purchased this house in 2005

Why Diane Brashear chose North Topsail Beach

BEYOND THE BLUE is located on the beautiful, wide, unspoiled, uncrowded beach of North Topsail Island. The ocean water here is warm, clean and a beautiful blue-green in color. When we saw the color of the water and the broad pristine beach, we knew that this was where we had to be.

What makes this house unique

We take long walks on the pristine beach, swim and surf in the ocean, and relax in the pool and hot tub. Cooking is fun and easy with the extremely well equipped kitchen and the endless supply of delicious ingredients from the waters surrounding Topsail: fresh shrimp, scallops, oysters, flounder, clams, tuna, and on and on. When the sun sets, the theater room has 110' screen two tiers of electronically reclining seats. Some family members quite regularly fall asleep there. Because we built the house ourselves, we got to indulge our sense of fun by painting wall murals in strategic places, like the elevator and the laundry room. We hope you bring your sense of fun and whimsy, along with your wish, in flights of peace and fancy, to go beyond the blue.

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Heavenly Oceanfront with Pool & Theater - Beyond the Blue!
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews

A terrific multi-generational property

  • 5 of 5

I originally was drawn to the property by the lovely photos and the mention of an elevator. We had rented at Nags Head a few years ago and my father-in-law was showing signs of a progressive disease that affected his balance, so all the stairs of a raised beach home were difficult. He died in the fall, but I thought since his older sister would be with us, an elevator might not be a bad idea and if nothing else, it'd be good for loading groceries. Then one party member broke a hip and another had knee surgery less than two weeks before our dates! So with two people on canes, the elevator was a god send! Everyone loved the kitchen; it was large enough for several to work together cooking or cleaning up. We ate every dinner together and everyone took a turn at the range...terrific! The dining space was awesome as well. We were able to sit 11 adults at the table and the kids at the kitchen bar counter. A mini-stereo with CDs and candle centerpiece made meals special. We had several days of chilly weather or rain, so my son and the knee replacement cousin really enjoyed the theater room.

The second floor bedrooms worked out great and there was room for an extra cousin who hadn't made a hotel reservation: surprise, trundles! The upstairs master worked well for my immediate family, with the side bedroom and its own bath perfect for my teens. Lots of deck and other outdoor space let us spread out when we needed alone time. I enjoyed the pool area (although really only warm enough to get in one day--its heat pump not gas heat ) because the dune protect you from the wind. And the hot tub was a hit!

The star is the beach and we walked it quite a bit. There's a restaurant at the pier to the north and we walked there one morning to earn our breakfast. The proximity to Sneads Ferry was a perk, as one set of relatives wanted a little more space and stayed in a hotel. It was also good for grocery and souvenir runs without treking too far. Wilmington is close enough to explore...we got to the Airlie Gardens on a breezy beach day, but it was warmer there. The azaleas, wisteria, dogwoods and tulips were in full bloom and beautiful!

The sunrises were so lovely and the full moon shining on the water was just breathtaking. Beyond The Blue is a truly lovely property that a family of 13 from age 12 to 80 really enjoyed!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Awesome beach vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Love this house. Very clean. Theatre room is awesome. Very comfortable and nicely decorated. Great views from each room in the house. Looking forward to next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Beyond Expectation

  • 4 of 5

We looked for 2 months at homes on Topsail

that would allowed weddings and finally found Beyond the Blue. I had limited our search due to handicap access needs and the need for a pool for the rehearsal party. This house was perfect. Plenty of room for gathering and lots of outdoor space for everyone to enjoy the ocean air. The house allowed for both of our immediate families to stay over the weekend too! The elevator came in handy when bringing in food, luggage and my elderly grandmother and paralyzed best friend. The one issue here though was some guests including my grandmother became stuck in the elevator on a few occasions. By Saturday we were unable to use the elevator to send down all our supplies, luggage and grandmother because it had stopped working entirely. The kitchen was perfect for our large family to cook in and move around with ease. The large dining area was perfect for the wedding reception as it seated 14 +. The one issue with the kitchen was the refrigerator and its problem keeping its temp. The food was partially cold and it leaked water onto the floor the whole week. Can't say enough about all the balconies and water views. There was even an a small deck off the yet another amazing room, the theater room. This room saved the day when it rained one day-perfect! Plenty of space in the rooms to truly make yourself at home for the week and nicely appointed bathrooms. The top floor shower did leak out of the bottom glass wall out onto the bedroom floor.

As far as the wedding was concerned, this house gave us amazing memories and wowed our guests. No one had a negative comment and couldn't stop talking about how beautiful it was. I was able to use the top floor on my wedding day to get ready and take some memorable photos. The layout allowed people to mingle and move about and enjoy views and comfort at all times. I would recommend this home to anyone and even with the maintenance issues it truly was beyond our expectations!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amanda, We are ecstatic that we were able to accommodate you, your family and your event. We have made such great memories in this home and it is warming to know that others have as well – especially ones of this magnitude! As for the maintenance issues, I apologize. The elevator gets inspected regularly for maintenance and safety, but we can never predict when it decides it needs a break. We have been getting it in working order again this week and hope that it doesn’t cause any more inconveniences. After all, it is there to provide such a convenience. I am glad you were able to use it as much as you did before it shut down. Congratulations again on your wedding and we hope to see you again in the future to celebrate other family milestones, anniversaries, gatherings, etc. We will see you Beyond the Blue! The Brashear Family
Sykesville, MD

Pretty Good

  • 4 of 5

Overall the house and experience were good, but the house is in need of maintenance. The kitchen and the movie room were awesome.

The top floor second bedroom TV and ceiling fan did not work, the sound system in the main living area had issues and needs to replaced and the furniture around the pool was rusty and in need to some TLC. We could not figure out how to make the sound system work outside so that may have been broken as well. We had a wonderful time and with a little more attention to the maintenance at this property it would have been worth the price.

The property manager was responsive when I called.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for letting us know what we need to attend to. When we prepare for the rental season, we try to make sure that everything is perfect. As the busy weeks progress, however, the salt-laden humidity takes its toll on systems, fixtures and furniture. We are happy to hear that the property manager was responsive, and apologize if repairs and replacements took longer than the length of your stay. We do hope that you will visit again. The Brashears and Beyond the Blue

Absolutely amazing house

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time we have rented a house on the beach as a family. The property was more fabulous than we expected. Location location location!!!! My family of 14 had the best time ever. We had to drag the kids out kicking and screaming at the end of our week. And I am talking about the adults!!! The set up of the house was wonderful and very accomidating for our large group. The only downside was that I couldn't get my grandchildren out of the movie room!!!! With that room off of the living room we always knew where they were but hardly knew they were with us. The 4th floor master was amazing with the perfect little room next to us for my 19 year old niece who came along to help with the children. With the wonderful kitchen and all the extras we hardly left the property. Loved the area and can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Beyond the Blue- Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Based on the pictures and description of Beyond the Blue, we had optimistically high expectations. As others have reported, the home exceeded these expectations. The photos do not convey the details that have been put into the design and decoration of this home. Recessed lighting, high-quality appliances, beds made upon arrival, beautiful moldings, paint colors that I may replicate in my home, and the personal touches of seeing family photos throughout the home which conveyed that this is a home we had the opportunity to visit rather than a beach house rental.

Both the owner and the property manager were responsive and truly conveyed a feeling that they cared about making our visit perfect. Thank you Diane and Donna for giving our family a week we will always remember.

Slight problem upon our arrival back home. After the 3-year old nieces had watched videos on the 110 inch screen at BTB, they told their Mom that their TV had shrunk while they were on vacation. Also, Rangers did lose both games that we were able to watch in the media room – a win could have improved the vacation, but can’t place that on the owners. I think the kids, and the adults, are now ruined for any rental or home which cannot live up to Beyond the Blue. My husband and I are already discussing how we need a room like the sunroom in any retirement home we purchase. I think the key is that there is no tv- it truly is a reading/relaxation oasis. Many hours were spent in that corner chair reading and napping. From that viewpoint, we were able to see the storms coming in from over the island, and the blue skies over the ocean. I was able to see and photo amazing sunrises and sunsets.

I could go on even longer, but hopefully in my ramblings I conveyed that if you are fortunate enough too visit Diane’s home, I’m pretty sure you won’t want to leave.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway


Car: necessary

Located north of the Colonial town of Wilmington, NC, and south of the Outer Banks, North Topsail offers every classic beach vacation activity. Swim or boogie board in the beautiful blue-green ocean. Splash in the heated pool. Take leisurely beach walks or stroll along natural dune paths. Rent a kayak to explore birds and wildlife in the creeks, or a parasail or surfboard just to see if you can. Play on the beach. Build sand castles or just sit and soak up the sun with a good book. Play golf or tennis just over the bridge or just up the beach. Go fishing in the surf or along the Intracoastal Waterway. In Surf City you can browse the shops or watch the surfers catch waves off the dock. Buy tickets on the Topsail Belle for a cocktail sunset cruise. Buy fresh fish, scallops, crabs or clams and have a cookout or a cook-in. Sit in the hot tub and count your blessings. Watch a wonderful movie in our full-scale theater.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, boating, parasailing, shelling, health/beauty spa, basketball, miniature golf

Golf: Northshore Country Club, just across the bridge.


Rates & Availability

From $3,995 Per week

North Topsail Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid 2015
Feb 28 2015 - May 1 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2015
May 2 2015 - Jun 5 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Jun 6 2015 - Aug 14 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2015
Aug 15 2015 - Oct 2 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2015-2016
Oct 3 2015 - Mar 4 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's) $5995
$1000 refundable security deposit
$300 linens (waived in summer)
$350 pool heat in winter (pool closed Dec-March)*
$300 pool heat in mid/spring/fall*
$200 pool heat in summer*
*Note: Pool Pump allows for water to be 15 degrees warmer than air
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North Topsail Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Wet Bar
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 7 - toilet
    Half Bathroom -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 2 trundle beds
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
  • The first floor entry gives you your first view of the ocean. Two corridors provide private entry to each bedroom and to the wrap around porch. Overlooking both the pool and ocean, comfortable white rockers line the porch invitingly, offering a shady respite from the sun. Three of the four bedroom suites on this floor have direct private access to the porch, hot tub, pool and beach, and all have custom built in closets with drawers, baskets and hanging space. The two master suites have king size beds, and the 'lavender' bedroom suite is fully handicapped friendly. The' 'yellow' bedroom has a queen bed. The 'blue' bedroom is a kid's retreat with a media center and two trundle beds, where four children can sleep with no danger of falling out of bunks. The 4th floor is a special master suite with King bed, huge bath with jetted tub, shower with multiple heads and sprays and massive closet. The adjacent study has it's own bath, two twin beds and a daybed with trundle.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • In Ground Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Air Conditioning: Independent zone cooling for each floor, Super oversized Whirlpool front-load in sizeable laundry room with direct access to pool, hot tub and beach, Oversized Whirlpool front-load. Eureka! It's in the same laundry room as the washer. There is also a stacked washer and dryer on the master level, and a drop down ironing center with a Rowenta iron in each. One garage is available, deep enough for two cars, There is very adequate parking for six vehicles. No parking is allowed on the street in Ocean Sound Village, Elevator: It's unique, and we still love it after all these years. Start at the bottom of the ocean and go to the top. TV (7) : One in each bedroom, plus 110' screen in separate Theater Room. Music Library: Substantial collection across multiple genres.

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