Topsail Island, NC Real Estate News

By Melanie Cameron, The Cameron Team
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Buyer's Agent Kellye Brill is our Topsail Beach and Surf City, NC, expert. In this video, she's at North Topsail Beach giving us an overview of the oceanfront and investment real estate market on Topsail Island.   Kellye Brill, Broker/REALTORThe Cameron Team910-202-3605  Direct252-489-0290 CellEmail Kellye  
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By Amy Houston Helm, Open the Door to All Possibilities
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage )
 Bank Owned Homes near Topsail Island and Surf City NC If I were looking for a coastal property to escape from my every day life and live on Island time, I would begin with looking for Bank owned homes near Topsail Island and Surf City NC. Coastal NC remains the "land that time has forgotten" for a real estate buyer who is looking to purchase a property and hold on to that slice of heaven because they just don't make any more of it.     Why Buy an Investment Home or Second home on Topsail Island?  The real estate market on Topsail Island was greatly impacted by the rise and fall of prices and the demise of the mortgage industry during the first decade of this century.  Prices remain affordable for ocean front or water front property if you are comparing this location to Malibu or other ...
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By Dick & Sandy Beals
(Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC)
Day  75: The Belle of Topsail....just across the swing bridge...don't miss the 55 foot replica of an 1880's riverboat. You can cruise on the intracoastal waterway and sound at Topsail Island. ... Watch the sunset or just enjoy the peace and serenity of the picturesque area of Topsail Island.    Check out the Labor Day schedule at  http://www.belleoftopsail.com/
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By Sneads Ferry, Topsail Island,Wilmington, Hampstead, Holly Ridge,Jacksonville
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, The Burchfield Group)
Visit our live (snow) cam on the beach in surf city on Topsail Island! http://surfchex.com         It doesn't happen very often, but Topsail Island has snow!!! Once a decade is about it. Oh, it won't be around long, the rest of today and most of tomorrow, 'cause the temperature's dropping into the 20's. The roads will be icy tomorrow morning. Southerners get very few opportunities to watch snow fall from the warmth and comfort of their own homes and places of business. As a native North Carolinian and a "villager" (yep, that's what they call folks born and raised in Pinehurst) my wife Kathy relishes those flakes of snow and any opportunity for a "snow day." I'm from upstate New York originally and the idea of closing schools for an inch of snow (or less) is so funny. Oh, I know why they...
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By Jerry Blackburn
(Jerry Blackburn Custom Homes)
Each year around October or November, the tourist are gone home and the children are in school.  This is when the home owners of Topsail Island begin making their list of things to do to prepare for next summer rental season.  Winterization is one of the first things to consider and removal of the hurricane panels and turn the heat on to prevent pipes from freezing.  You may want to consider taking this opportunity to add a screened porch, extend that oceanfront deck or add one to maximize ocean and sound views.  Put a fresh coat of paint inside and have the home spring cleaned...this is very appreciated by your guests.  Next, look at the deck rails and steps, will they withstand another rental/vacation season?  What about those appliances?  Do you need to replace any of them?  Have you...
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By Jerry Blackburn
(Jerry Blackburn Custom Homes)
Thankfully a lot of the inventory on the Island has sold or been taken off the market.  What is left is opportunity for a new lifestyle or investment.  The few building lots on the island are sitting with no one buying.  Why?  Are buyers waiting for the bottom of the market?  I heard someone say recently, "you won't know you're at the bottom til the prices begin to rise". If you've ever dreamed of owning on one of North Carolinas most beautiful islands, now is a great time to buy.  You can build later or if purchasing for investment, sell later when the market returns.  My dad always said, "they aren't making anymore land".  When you do buy that lot and decide to build that dream home for your family, I hope you will visit my website and let me tell you what my company can do for you.  ...
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By Sneads Ferry, Topsail Island,Wilmington, Hampstead, Holly Ridge,Jacksonville
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, The Burchfield Group)
Wow! I hope that wherever you are, the weather was as glorious as it was on Topsail Island today! I heard from a couple of our Facebook friends that it was crisp and clear in many places around the United States. We have temperate weather in Surf City through most of the year, as our thermometers rarely reach the freezing mark. Now, that is not to say that we never have that kind of weather, just that it happens at points so few and far between, that we forget! There are a lot of events coming up through the holiday seaon! We need at least a little cold weather to put us into the spirit. The Rand Burchfield Real Estate Group participated in the Holly Festival Parade on November 1st with a float and our moving truck. We sponsored the talent competition, one of the most popular segments o...
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By Sneads Ferry, Topsail Island,Wilmington, Hampstead, Holly Ridge,Jacksonville
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, The Burchfield Group)
With grateful thanks to all of our men and women in uniform, both past and present! We live near Jacksonville, North Carolina, home to Camp LeJeune. Our military men and women are woven into the fabric of our every day life. We see them in uniform, out at sports events, with their families in church, at the post office, in the parks, and out walking their dogs, all of the activities that each of us do throughout the day. The difference is that those men and women, both currently serving and those retired, are called to higher service to their country and  stand in our defense. We are proud to salute them and grateful for their sacrifices.
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By Sneads Ferry, Topsail Island,Wilmington, Hampstead, Holly Ridge,Jacksonville
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, The Burchfield Group)
  Our dogs, Lilly and Pearl come to the office with us every day. Lilly was adopted when her owner died and Pearl came to us two years ago next March. We feel, as do many, that the presence of dogs in the office benefits us and our agents greatly. Stress levels are reduced and it is quite difficult to stay angry or upset when there are happy faces greeting you! It is no surprise then, that one of the causes we champion is the Topsail Humane Society and their efforts to build a new facility for their No Kill shelter. On Saturday, October 11th - Dogs Rule Holiday - our biannual Junk Yard Dog sale will be held at our offices in Surf City. Proceeds will go to the THS. We will also be accepting blankets, toys and other dog related items for donation to the shelter. Cats are not slighted! Ope...
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By Jerry Blackburn
(Jerry Blackburn Custom Homes)
Several oceanfront homes have lost their steps leading to the beach from their decks.  My company specializes in the construction of these steps to insure they don't suffer from every major wind storm.  We see so many steps being replaced time and time again...this is usually due to poor workmanship.  Our company would love to meet with owners needing their steps repaired or replaced...Our motto  is "we lose money when we have to go back to a job, that's why we do it right the first time"! Call or email for a free estimate. Jerry
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By Sneads Ferry, Topsail Island,Wilmington, Hampstead, Holly Ridge,Jacksonville
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, The Burchfield Group)
The new Surf City Visitors Center on Topsail Island opened yesterday. Located on the ocean front, the structure was moved from its former location in Camp Davis in the early 1950's. A picturesque spot, with the Surf City pier as a backdrop, the site was home to Cindy's Oceanside Restaurant until August 2007. A total renovation of the building makes available meeting space for small groups, as well as a wonderful venue for weddings, receptions, baby showers, and other community events. The SC Visitors Center will also provide a central location on the island for tourists to stop in, chat with locals and learn about all there is to do and see do on Topsail Island. Flanked by Daddy Mac's Restaurant and Buddy's, and across the street from Bank of America (the only bank on the island) the ce...
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By Sneads Ferry, Topsail Island,Wilmington, Hampstead, Holly Ridge,Jacksonville
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, The Burchfield Group)
Considering the fact that Hurricane Hanna was touted as such a big deal a couple of weeks ago, this nor'easter was more damaging (to the beach). As the storm came ashore on astronomically high tides, the intracoastal waterway (normally a quarter mile from our back garden) rose to spill into the sound and then into our marsh. Amazing! We walked out to the beach yesterday, just at high tide and we were stunned to see the huge waves. There was a great deal of debris in the water, from stairs and sand fencing, so there is going to be a bit of cleanup over the next few weeks. High tide this a.m. was still being pushed by the storm but this effect will subside as we move through the day. We will be out this afternoon taking a look at our oceanfront dune line and will post back later or tomorr...
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By Judy Carlton, For all your Real Estate Needs, Surf City, Topsail
(Ward Realty Corporation)
Well, mother nature was good to us this time.  We bunkered down and prepared for a lot of rain and high winds.  What did we get?  Barely any rain and some pretty strong winds but not enough to do any real damage.  I live 10 minutes from topsail island and only had leaves, limbs down in my yard and really a happy camper when i awoke at 6 am to see everything still in tack.  Some were not so fortunate in NC as up to 9 inches of rain fell leaving flooded roads and over flowing ponds and lakes.  There was one rescue in Raleigh when a man driving down the road was suddenly washed off the road from rising waters. In Durham there were over flowing ponds where the cows had to seek higher land and a couple of covers over gas tanks blown away.  Yes, it was a scare and we are very lucky. We were c...
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By Sneads Ferry, Topsail Island,Wilmington, Hampstead, Holly Ridge,Jacksonville
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, The Burchfield Group)
We've been to the office and Kathy put everything back to normal. (Well, what constitutes normal for our group), All the computers are back online, although Kathy's having a small glitch with one of our older desktops. Judy was in the office this morning and Bob was taking over this afternoon for floor duty.  We drove the island and checked on our client's houses and everyone seems to have come out of the storm relatively unscathed. We do have some shingle issues to take care of, but again, whew!!! We drove over to Sunrise Watch (where Barnacle Bill's used to be - boy, can you spot a long time Topsail Island fan when they mention Barnacle Bill's), took a few photos and will post them here. Really, the beach is fine and taking into account that the photos were taken midway between high a...
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By Sneads Ferry, Topsail Island,Wilmington, Hampstead, Holly Ridge,Jacksonville
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, The Burchfield Group)
All over and done with, for the most part. wind gusts of maybe 65 - 70. No high sustained. The power was on the entire time, we didn't lose cable and Kathy stayed nice and cool 'cause the AC stayed up. YAY! The dogs were a little jumpy most of the night, especially the younger of the two Bichons, Pearl. Evidently it became her assignment to make certain her family was aware of all those leaves blowing by the windows. Still a bit blustery on the island but the sun is coming out and folks are out on the beach. We will take a drive up and down the 27 miles of the island at some point today and check all of our current listings and those homes of our past clients who do not live here. As the storm affected the south facing beaches, we do not expect that there will have been much in the way ...
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By Sneads Ferry, Topsail Island,Wilmington, Hampstead, Holly Ridge,Jacksonville
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, The Burchfield Group)
It is the final HUGE week end for the summer visitors on Topsail Island. Both Kathy and I noted yesterday that the ICWW was sidewallk to sidewalk with boaters. The weather is hot, humid and perfectly suited to a day on the water, lazily making your way to the marina in Surf City, or down to Bluewater for a leisurely lunch. The "ditch" is coastal North Carolina's liquid interstate highway, providing ingress and egress to the myriad water based communities along its length. One of the super parts of living where we do is that we can watch the tugboats manuevering their barges, and the occasional cruise ship navigating the sometimes tricky waters. Many a livelihood is made on bays, sounds, channels, inlets and and the ICWW, furnishing some of the best seafood ever tasted. The Stump Sound o...
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By Sneads Ferry, Topsail Island,Wilmington, Hampstead, Holly Ridge,Jacksonville
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, The Burchfield Group)
First Fay, now Gustav. We are old hands at this storm business after spending so many years on Topsail Island. My wife is fond of saying, "you pay your money and you take your chances, especially if you want to live this close to the ocean." The trade off is the unbelievable sounds of the waves crashing on the beach just a few streets over and the views from our sound side home of the Intracoastal. Lots of marsh between us and the water but the sunsets, especially in the winter are magnificent. Most folks think of the beach as a summertime place to go but candidly, the fall and winter are the absolute best seasons to be here. The crowds are gone and the beach walks are mostly just us and our dogs. Yep, I am glad to see the fall arrive. Now, if we can just keep it a secret for a while lo...
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By Sneads Ferry, Topsail Island,Wilmington, Hampstead, Holly Ridge,Jacksonville
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, The Burchfield Group)
Topsail Island is a barrier island just off the coast of North Carolina. The ocean waters here are an unbelievable blue, shocking when you consider that this particular blue is normally seen in the Caribbean waters or in the Keys. It always surprises friends when they view photographs from the beach. "Where is this?" "When did you travel to Key West?" The fact that these waters and the wide beaches of soft Carolina sand are only two hours or so from Raleigh, seven hours from the mountains of North Carolina and within six hours of Washington, D.C. and the same from Atlanta. (Well, give or take an hour or so). Easy driving distance, get here in a day and spend long lazy days on the beautiful Topsail Island beaches. Come and enjoy!
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By Linda Blackburn
(ReMax Essential)
Hurricanes from recent years, most notably, Katrina, has reminded us all of the preparations we need to make for our pets. If we do have a hurricane in the years to come, hopefully we will be prepared. One of the most important things you can do to protect your pets when a storm is approaching is to plan ahead.  If it's not safe for you, it's probably not safe for your pets.  Owners should provide supplies for the pets for evacuation just as they do for the other members of the family during an evacuation.  Do not leave your pets behind. Some of the items to include in the Hurricane Evacuation Kit for the pets: ID tag, proof of shots, photo of pet, food and water bowl, water and food, carrier and/or bedding, plastic bags for cleaning after your pet, leash, medications, toys, can opener ...
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By Jerry Blackburn
(Jerry Blackburn Custom Homes)
Now is the time to take a look at your prize posession and ask, is everything ok?  Do you have windows that have leaked, deck bands or sliding doors that may have leaked in the driving rains we experience on the Ocean.  Many times damages are uncovered during minor renovations such as installing vinyl windows. new siding, or bath and/or kitchen floors.  This is common as damages occur where we can't see it on a daily basis.  Constant leakage will cause rotten wood and many times termites add additional problems.  If discovered early enough, the damages can be dealt with.  When additional damages are uncovered during renovations, we stop everything and contact the owner to insure they have a chance to see the damages and decide how they wish to handle the problem.  Check your home and ge...
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