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'Topsail: Mayberry by the Sea' Author Oceanview Sea Star Condo w/ Jacuzzi, Pool

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Surf City Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Townhome, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Please note: Memorial Weekend begins one-week rental requirements -- still at reduced rates!


(a sampling from reviews below:)

'5 STARS: Loved this townhome and felt immediately at home as soon as we walked in the door. Very well appointed ... Description and pictures were right on - beautiful kitchen with access to a good size dining table and living area. Everything was clean and in good condition.'

'5 STARS: Great Beach Townhouse across from the Beach. What we loved about Sea Star was having 4 bedrooms 3.5 bathrooms, loads of balconies, a slightly more upscale kitchen, and being literally right across from the beach.'

'5 STARS: Wonderful place to stay. ... With 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths it was perfect for everyone. ... The pool was great and the beach was perfect. ... The kitchen was roomy and love the granite counters.'

'5 STARS: Our first night there one of my students said 'I wish this was my house, this is my dream house'. It really was awesome. Loved the view of the ocean, the spacious bedrooms and living space and the updated bathrooms and kitchen. I hope to stay here again. Wireless internet was a bonus!'

'5 STARS: We had a wonderful time. The beach was so close and the view was great from the upper desk. We cooked in 4 nights and had everything we needed. ... We seemed to have more room at this condo in the family room area than the other places in the same complex. ... The condo was beautiful inside.'

'5 STARS: Great Location. ... Great access to the beach. The photos accurately reflect the property and the owner was helpful in answering our questions.'

'5 STARS: Our Wedding Dream. ... the house was perfectly set up for everyone's needs. The place is decorated very nicely and attention to little details. House was clean and welcoming. We will definitely be back.'

'5 STARS: Condo is great, location wonderful and beach beautiful. ... My granddaughter wishes she lived there. We played on the beach like we were kids again. We also enjoyed sitting and talking on the deck at nite while watching planes fly by and even a few shooting stars!!! '

'5 STARS: We had a wonderful sunny week at the beach. We loved being so close to the ocean. What a view! The children played in the water and looked for seashells and sea glass. ... We look forward to coming again soon.'

'5 STARS: So close to the beach!! Loved having an oceanview. We liked that there was enough room to accommodate our group (8) easily and we weren't crammed as we have been in past condo. ... Thanks for a great time!'

'5 STARS: This place is the definition of serenity. The upstairs layout was perfect for our nightly family dinners. We loved having the two master bedrooms and the ocean view was breathtakingly beautiful. We will definitely be back---soon!'


Topsail Island is wonderfully slow-paced and family-friendly. This beautiful modern luxury condo, with ocean view, community pool, four decks and master-bedroom jacuzzi, is owned by the author and photographer of 'Topsail Island: Mayberry by the Sea.' It is just one-half block from the beach and two decks have views of the ocean. Located in northern Surf City, near North Topsail Beach, the home is 2 miles from the shopping/restaurant center of the island.

The home has four bedrooms, including two master-bedroom suites. One suite includes a jacuzzi-type whirlpool tub and a pool view; the other has an ocean view. The home has two other bedrooms, each leading to a deck overlooking the pool. (Guests have access to the pool.) There are five beds – king, 2 queens, 2 twins – plus a two-person pullout sofa. (You provide towels and bed linens: your own or try either Me and Mom Cleaning or Sunsational Rentals, which deliver/pick up.) Coastal-style furniture, seascape paintings/prints and other island art decorate the home. (No smoking, please.)

A large open living area includes the kitchen and also has an outdoor deck overlooking the pool. Luxury abounds throughout this home, including such items as ceiling fans throughout, nine-foot-tall ceilings, granite counters and tile floors.

Other amenities: keyless electronic door lock; indoor and outdoor dining tables; covered parking for three vehicles; deck chairs and ocean breezes; outdoor shower; high-speed wireless internet; 72-channel cable.

NEW FOR 2016: Heil Coastal Unit heat pump. TV in living room.

NEW FOR 2015: Luxury carpeting in halls and on stairways, oven/stove, TVs in both master bedrooms, drapes in all three bedrooms on middle floor, paint in entranceway.

You'll fall in love with both Topsail and this home!

* HAVE MORE/FEWER GUESTS OR HAVE DOGS WHO NEED A FENCED YARD? Be sure to check out our sister property, Mayberry by the Sea, a 3-bedroom home with fenced yard, located just 2-1/2 blocks away. (Property No. 301278 on VRBO.) Large groups renting both homes the same week save 5 percent off rental fees in peak season, 10 percent all other times.

Keywords: Ocean View, Pool, Jacuzzi, Luxury Town Home, Condo, Dogs, Pets, Beach House, Island Home, Wi-Fi, Camp Lejeune

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016

About The Owner

Ray McAllister is the author of four award-winning North Carolina coastal books, including 'Topsail Island: Mayberry by the Sea,' plus books on Wrightsville Beach, Hatteras Island and Ocracoke. Vicki, his wife, is the photographer for the books, as well as for framed prints and note cards.

The Owner purchased this townhome in 2011

Why The Owner chose Topsail Island

FROM THE AUTHOR: 'We bought our first home on Topsail and it's been perfect: a wonderful three-bedroom home with fenced yard. But because it only sleeps 6 (or 8 at the most), it isn't big enough when the extended family comes. So we were looking for a second property in the immediate area.

What we found amazed even us: a luxury 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath condo with incredible amenities, not to mention the Atlantic Ocean half a block away. Just fantastic. It is a joy to be in.

What makes this townhome unique

Many, many, many.

Start with ocean views -- from two separate decks.

Then there's a pool -- and two decks look out on the pool.

Don't forget the two master bedrooms (yes, two masters), each with a private deck.

Then there are luxury features throughout -- like a jacuzzi-type whirlpool tub, tile floors, granite counters, high ceilings with ceiling fans, etc. Throw in beautiful furniture and decor, as well as coastal art throughout the home.

It's the perfect place and only a two-minute walk from the beach. Well-behaved pets welcome.


based on 20 traveler reviews

'Topsail: Mayberry by the Sea' Author Oceanview Sea Star Condo w/ Jacuzzi, Pool
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews

Great Deal !!!

  • 4 of 5

This was a beautiful townhouse located very close to the ocean with a very nice ocean view and beautiful sunsets as well. It was very roomy and we loved the big, flat beach, soft sand and warm water. What a bonus to be able to bring our German Shepherd. Our host was very accommodating and easy to deal with. We would definitely recommend this vacation rental!!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful condo

  • 5 of 5

I have been going to Topsail Island for 20 years, but this is the first time I have stayed in Surf City. This condo was spacious, well equipped and perfect for 8 adults and a child. The pool and beach are just steps away, and shopping and restaurants are close by. We look forward to returning next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Experience

  • 5 of 5

We decided to plan a last minute trip to Topsail Island and the owners were so accommodating. The property was decorated nicely and we loved the deck off the living room with the ocean view. We would definitely recommend this property to others. Thanks for the hospitality!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thanksgiving vacay!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful townhouse with amazing view of ocean! We would return here again and again!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great week at Surf City. Mayberry by the Sea was everything we were hoping for. The condo had plenty of room for everyone. We especially enjoyed all of the balconies and the pool. Also being within just a very few steps to the beach. All kitchen things that we needed were included with a nice sized table. Very beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Week - Great Condo

  • 5 of 5

Condo was great, weather was perfect and the Beach was very uncrowded. Great value for the price and you can't beat being 1 min from the sand! Tons of space for everyone to spread out, nap and relax. We missed not having a grill to BBQ, but the full kitchen in the open living space allowed us to prepare several large meals while visiting with the whole family. Thanks to Ray for making this trip a real memory.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Books (non-fiction, fiction, island/coastal), Magazines, DVDs


Rates & Availability

Surf City Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 10 2016 - Jan 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 25 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Jun 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $95
Pet Fee $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 3.0%

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Surf City Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 1 - jetted tub
    Bathroom 5 - There are a total of 3-1/2 baths.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Luxury features: 2 master bedrooms, jacuzzi, granite counters, tile flooring in kitchen and bathrooms, 9-foot-high ceilings, ceiling fans, 4 decks (2 ocean view, 2 pool view),

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