Great getaway right on the ocean
I rented this little condo for a week as a spiritual retreat. Overall, it fit my needs. It is right on the beach---literally. At high tide, the water comes right up to the sandbags lined up straight below the balcony of the first floor (this is second floor). During high tide, there is no beach in front of the building or north up the beach. However, just a few paces to the south there remained enough to stake out a place. The balcony was a perfect little spot for me to sit and watch the waves, seagulls, people walking on the beach, and even dolphins went by one day. Being on the second floor means that there is a great view of the beach both directions. Sunrises from the balcony were stunning, as were moon rises. Walk one flight down to get to the beach steps---no need to even put shoes on. There is a convenient area to wash off your feet and toys, but not to shower off. The furnishings in the condo are dated, though the flooring looks pretty new. The sofa-bed (which I did not open) is vinyl, which I accommodated by sitting on a large beach towel to keep my legs from sticking. However, the queen bed in the bedroom felt like it was probably fairly new. Very comfortable. The kitchen is tiny but functional. I found all the pots, pans, tableware, etc. I needed in the cabinets. The fridge was very nice and definitely on the newer side. The bathroom was pretty old but everything worked well and the hot water is almost immediate! Laundry facilities are in a little building right next door and was very clean, bright, and state-of-the-art. Wifi was good. Cable TV is functional, though the picture quality was not great (not HD) (not sure if it's the TV or the cable). A/C was provided very effectively by a window unit in the bedroom and a nice free-standing unit in the living room. It was a bit damp when I arrived (and musty smelling) but after a day or so of running the a/c, it dried out well. The bunk beds in the hallway were interesting. I had never seen that before. Kind of a neat use of space. It is important to understand that this condo is at the far north end of North Topsail. It is 15-20 min from a real grocery store, though there are a couple restaurants that are closer. Not a big deal if you plan accordingly. There is a tiki bar/convenience store right across the road but I never went in. It's kinda seedy looking for a single woman to venture into alone, but that's just me. I recommend this little place.
OCEAN FRONT ON QUIET BEACH...1 BEDROOM WITH BUNK BEDS IN HALLWAY