Topsail Beach

Topsail Beach Real Estate & Area Information

Topsail Island is only a short drive along Hwy17 from either Wilmington (northward) or Jacksonville (southward).  However, it is a world away compared to the hub-bub and stress of its big city neighbors. The island of Topsail is located in both Onslow and Pender counties. The 26-mile long stretch is comprised of three charming little beach communities: Surf City, Topsail Beach and North Topsail Beach. From Wilmington, the closest access is over the quaint Surf City swing bridge that spans the Intracoastal Waterway. Hang a right if you’re headed to Topsail Beach and a left if your destination is North Topsail.

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The southern portion of Topsail Beach is filled with a mix of older style beach cottages, condo communities and new construction. Although it has its fair share of vacation rentals there are over 5,000 permanent residents on the island, which make for a true sense of community. The beach strand along this end is wide, unspoiled and spectacular. The Jolly Roger Fishing Pier is a perfect vantage point to survey south Topsail’s endless beauty. Area surfers flock here for nice waves and the uncrowded breaks. There are ample public beach accesses and several have restrooms and showers.

Most of the businesses are of the mom and pop variety, which only adds to Topsail’s appeal. A sidewalk stretches for miles along the main Beach Rd. and makes long walks, jogs and beach cruiser treks a snap! There is an eclectic mix of interesting shops, excellent small restaurants, putt-putt golf, and even a live music venue or two! The legendary roller-rink is still in business along with the Karen Beasley Turtle Hospital. Read about those two local institutions here:  and

Another unique point of interest along Topsail Island is the former missile tracking towers that stand along the island. They are remnants from a post WWII Naval project known as Operation Bumblebee. The ghostly white 2-story cement structures stand like sentries and at least one has been converted into a spectacular contemporary beach house!

Another feather in Topsail’s cap is how affordable property is. We would love to show you a few of our current listings and maybe if you want to see some in person, we’ll have time to try the Breezeway Restaurant’s famous She-Crab and hushpuppies!

Recently Listed Homes for Sale in Topsail Beach

4 Beds 3 Baths 100404552 MLS
Topsail Island Gem, highly sought after area at south end of Topsail Island, in Topsail Beach. Mere steps away from the sound side entry to enjoy the gorgeous beaches around the southern point of Topsail Island. Water views of the sound and ocean from the large deck off the main living room area. This home has 4 bedrooms, and 3 full bathrooms, Fully furnished, with wonderful upgrades: Remodeled kitchen with new granite and loads of cabinets in 2021. New LVP flooring on top floor living area in 2021. All windows and sliding doors replaced in 2018 with Viwinco high impact hurricane rated vinyl windows. All bathrooms updated in 2021. 2nd floor entry to house has master, with its own bathroom and private deck. On this level are 2 other bedrooms + another full bath. Upstairs is the open plan living area, dining area, and kitchen w/ pantry - Water views from the beautiful new windows installed, and sliders out to the large deck. There is another bedroom off the kitchen, and full bath. Short walking distance to sound side beaches, as well as 2 public ocean access walkovers. Loads of parking under the house and driveway, outside shower and storage room. Large backyard. No HOA, boat allowed on lot, only 1.5 miles from public boat ramp, Bush's Marina. 2 Miles from downtown Topsail Beach where you can enjoy quaint restaurants and live music, historic assembly building, many festivals held there and so much more. Great area for bike riding, swimming on either sound or ocean side, fishing and walking the iconic point of Topsail Island. Don't miss out on this gem, it will be in demand!

2120 Inlet Avenue, Topsail Beach

3 Beds 3 Baths 100391612 MLS
Welcome to your dream coastal home in charming Topsail Beach! 202-B Empie Ave, situated between both the ocean and the sound, is a 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, fully-furnished home with a long list of upgrades and improvements, offering wonderful ocean and sound views. As you enter into this updated and immaculate property, you'll immediately notice the modern open-concept layout with high ceilings that provides a spacious and airy feel. The fully updated kitchen features a large island with plenty of seating, as well as custom and cozy dining nook. Modern, Corian Solid Surface countertops and stainless steel appliances make it perfect for hosting dinners and entertaining guests. Relax for hours on the upper deck and enjoy the coastal breeze with ocean and sound views.This property features a deck off of the primary bedroom as well as the main living room for relaxing and enjoying the views, and plenty of parking spaces for convenience. Relax in the shade of the spacious covered driveway, cool down and rinse off in the outdoor shower after a day on the beach, and find plenty of storage space as well for all the beach toys and chairs in the lower storage room. Located in the heart of Topsail Beach, this home is just half a block away from the Empie Ave ocean access as well as the beautiful calm waters of Banks Channel. Explore the quaint town of Topsail Beach and enjoy local shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to own your dream coastal home! Agents, please see included documents with list of upgrades and repairs.

202 B Empie Avenue, Topsail Beach

100327495 MLS
Try flying Google Earth up and down the east coast of the United States. Fly low over the barrier islands that dot the landscape. Zoom in. Most are heavily developed, or they are in the National Park system, or a state park system, or otherwise under the control of the myriad environmental agencies or nonprofits that acquire such properties. Now, land on Lea Island just north of Wilmington. Look around. It's only a few miles from a vibrant metropolitan area. But it's a world away. On most days of the year, you might have the place to yourself. Magical and eerily deserted, except of course for the thousands of birds of various species, the shy marsh rabbits, the regal osprey, the noble horned owl, the occasional fox, the hard working raccoons, and the rare big buck who swims over from the mainland to escape being hunted. Step into the surf. You won't be alone. A pod of porpoise might swim by so close you can hear them breathe. Or you may see a sand shark cruising the sloughs on the hunt for the Red Drum that meander along the break, or pelicans diving on vast schools of menhaden or finger mullet just out of casting range. Bring a beach chair, a cooler of beer and a good umbrella. Bring a surf rod if you want to catch dinner. Or just sit there and soak it all in. You will be sitting on one of the last wild places along the eastern seaboard where you can actually own a piece of it. It is not a place for the faint of heart. But it is a place for those with a bold imagination. Give us a call and a little notice and we will load up our skiff and show you the way in. It takes a little practice to find just the right place to land.

Lot 3 Lea Island, Topsail Beach

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