Topsail Island Real Estate
Boasting proximity to Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, Sneads Ferry, Sea Turtle nesting sites, as well as miles and miles of beaches, this 26-mile-long barrier island lies approximately 40 minutes north of Wilmington.
The island is located in both Onslow and Pender counties and consists of three towns, North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach. The two mainland towns of Sneads Ferry and Holly Ridge complete the section known as the Greater Topsail Area.
Topsail's summer population swells up to 35,000, as compared to the 3,500 year-round residents, consisting mostly of retirees. The convenient location between the cities of Jacksonville and Wilmington makes Topsail a desirable place to live. Residents here enjoy a relatively inexpensive, quiet lifestyle on the beach.
North Topsail Beach, the northernmost town, is a residential community with oceanfront resort condominium complexes and rental cottages. With only two restaurants and a pizza shop, North Topsail Beach's visitors depend on Surf City or Sneads Ferry for most of their shopping and entertainment. Surf City, located on both the island and mainland, is in the center of the island. It is the commercial hub with an array of restaurants and retail establishments. A variety of vacation rental homes, condominiums and motels are also found here, along with the most year-round residents. Topsail Beach, on the southern end of the island, is accessible only through Surf City. It is a quieter area with year-round homes, rental cottages, motels and condominiums complementing a small downtown shopping area.
On the mainland, Sneads Ferry and Holly Ridge offer more choices for entertainment, dining or shopping. Sneads Ferry is a small village where shrimping and fishing are a way of life. In recent years, however, the area has continually grown and developed into a community of upscale housing developments and shopping centers along the main highways. Holly Ridge boasted a large population during World War II when Camp Davis was established as an Army coastal artillery and anti-aircraft training base. The town is now a quiet place enjoyed by longtime residents who find pleasure in the friendly services of locally owned restaurants, retail stores and service businesses.
The greater Topsail Island area is a friendly place, offering a nice balance between residents and visitors and busy and quiet times. It's a place where nature at its finest can still be enjoyed
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Updated: 18th March, 2019 5:44 PM.