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Topsail Island: Two Great Beaches Surround the Coastal Town of Surf City
Surf City, NC is a small coastal town surrounded by two great beaches, North Topsail Beach and Topsail Beach. The three communities span a 26-mile long barrier island, Topsail Island, on the Southeastern North Carolina coast. The island is located equal distance between Wilmington, NC. and Jacksonville, NC-- about a 30-minutes either way on the four-lane coastal highway, US Hwy 17.
Surf City is Pender County’s fastest growing town, boasting nearly 2,000 full-time residents. North Topsail Beach has nearly 900 residents; Topsail Beach, on the southern tip of the island, boasts approximately 500 year-round inhabitants. In the summer, the population swells to more than five times this size, as visitors flock to the beaches via the historic swing bridge connecting the town and the mainland.
As this area has grown, many of our visitors become either part-time or full-time residents. Homes and condos are available for sale in the Topsail Island and Surf City on the Oceanfront, Second Row, Interior Island, Canal Front, Deep Water Sound, Mainland Waterfront, Mainland, and Tidal Water/Marsh Front areas.
Visitors coming to Surf City, Topsail Beach and North Topsail Beach say arriving on the island feels like stepping back in time to a simpler era when surfer rock was at its peak and life revolved around surfboards, pretty girls, big waves and fast cars. Surf City and the Topsail Beaches evoke a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere where clean water, glorious sunrises, and romantic sunsets are still the main attractions.
Surf City is the commercial hub of the area, featuring restaurants that serve up coastal cuisine and Southern American classics. On the beaches, gift boutiques and specialty shops cater to tourists, offering resort wear and souvenirs. Topsail Beach is also home to a general store and the island's only bookstore, Quarter Moon Books. Several locally owned and operated motels provide accommodations overlooking either the sound or the ocean. Along the U.S. 17 corridor, just outside of the Greater Topsail Area, one discovers rapid commercial growth, with professional service companies, large retailers, pharmacies, restaurants chains, and supermarkets setting up shop.
Other popular hangouts are the two piers on the island, one named the Jolly Roger Fishing Pier. The Topsail beaches also boast marinas and boat ramps so residents and visitors can enjoy boating, water sports and fishing in the Gulf Stream. For those who like to stay closer to shore, relaxing walks on the beach yield an ample variety of seashells. In addition to its public access beach areas, residents can also enjoy a bike path, a roller rink, and miniature golf. And, of course, for those prefer the real sport to its diminutive counterpart, dozens of first-rate public golf courses are just a short drive away.
With a mild climate and beautiful beaches, Topsail Beach, North Topsail Beach, and Surf City are attracting retirees in ever-increasing numbers. Add spectacular sunsets over the sound and incredible sunrises over the sea, and Topsail Island could easily star in an ad for idyllic retired living.
In fact, newcomers of all ages are making the Topsail area their permanent home because they appreciate the affordable lifestyle and quiet atmosphere just minutes from all of the conveniences and attractions of the neighboring cities. City shopping and larger employers can be found just 25 miles away in either direction, with Wilmington to the south; Jacksonville and USMC Camp Lejeune to the north.
Whether you choose a high-end beachfront property or a low-maintenance condominium; whether you prefer early morning sunrises or relaxed evening sunsets; you’re guaranteed to find relaxed ambiance, convenience, and choice on Topsail Island. If you would like to own a property in one of these beautiful island communities, please contact us today.
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