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Old 04-06-2018, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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We've been in North Carolina about 13 years (4 in Greenville, 2 in Franklin County, 6 in Winston-Salem area) and only recently visited Topsail Island. I think I'm going to fall in love with the area. We've been looking for a condo to use as a second home at/near a beach for over 2 years, anywhere from Atlantic Beach NC down to the south end of Myrtle Beach SC.

After seeing some very low prices in North Topsail Beach, we decided to visit the area. Of course, the reason for the low cost is the lack of usable beach (especially during high tide). But the properties are priced about what non-oceanfront condos are in many other areas. So I figure we'll have the ocean view without paying the typical premium - we just won't always be able to just walk out to the beach. We close on our condo in a couple of days. We hope to enjoy it for a while before mother nature takes the buildings out with a hurricane. And hopefully, the terminal groin plan will actually bring back some of the beach - we're just not counting on that. If it happens and is successful, that will be a bonus.

Can someone name their favorite restaurants, or favorite activities in the area? So far, we've been to Inlet 790 and Ocean's Edge in North Topsail. We'll be about 10-15 minutes from Surf City and Sneads Ferry, so places near there would be best. I understand one of the small charter boat operators in the area have a "Yappy Hour" short boat ride where you can take your dogs - we'll be trying that out for sure. My wife likes shopping at boutiques with unique items - decor, jewelry, clothing, etc.
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Old 04-06-2018, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC.
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The turtle factory has a wine and paint activity. Also do basket making ect. Great place. Theres also sneaky freaky bakery right there, amazing baked goods.
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Old 04-07-2018, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Both Rick's Restaurant and the Lo-re-Lei Pub have game nights: Dart tournaments, trivia contests, etc. There is a decent hamburger at Lor-re-Lei, and decent prime rib at Rick's. Outriggers 21 is a new seafood place at Sneads Ferry's 4 Corners. Cancun is also a decent Mexican restaurant.

Surf City has a lot more boutique shopping. Sneads Ferry has very limited shopping other than basics.
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Old 04-08-2018, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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The turtle factory has a wine and paint activity. Also do basket making ect. Great place. Theres also sneaky freaky bakery right there, amazing baked goods.
Nice. Thanks!
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Old 04-08-2018, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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Both Rick's Restaurant and the Lo-re-Lei Pub have game nights: Dart tournaments, trivia contests, etc. There is a decent hamburger at Lor-re-Lei, and decent prime rib at Rick's. Outriggers 21 is a new seafood place at Sneads Ferry's 4 Corners. Cancun is also a decent Mexican restaurant.

Surf City has a lot more boutique shopping. Sneads Ferry has very limited shopping other than basics.
I haven't heard anyone say anything negative about Rick's yet...other than that it's a Steelers bar lol

Thanks!
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Old 04-11-2018, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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We like the Daddy Mac's at Surf City. The food is pretty good and you can't beat the view if you sit outside on the deck. I have heard really good things about Sears Landing near the bridge, too.

Good luck with the condo. I would never be able to handle the anxiety of owning one there with all those sandbags around.
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Old 04-11-2018, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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We like the Daddy Mac's at Surf City. The food is pretty good and you can't beat the view if you sit outside on the deck. I have heard really good things about Sears Landing near the bridge, too.

Good luck with the condo. I would never be able to handle the anxiety of owning one there with all those sandbags around.
Thanks for those suggestions.

If a storm takes out the building(s), I think I'd rather them not rebuild and I'd prefer to just get a check from the insurance company. We decided we couldn't pass up the price, which is 1/2 or less than anything else comparable on the beach. I just know not to expect the value of the property to appreciate over the years, due to the sandbags and continued erosion concerns.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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How are the insurance costs? Seems like a place like that might be hard to insure.
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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For restaurants, there is also the Riverview in the fishing village area of Sneads Ferry. They do old-fashioned fried seafood and hushpuppies, with meringue pies for dessert. It is worth driving around there just to view the quaint village buildings. There may o may not be a gift shop still there across form the Riverview.
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Old 04-11-2018, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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How are the insurance costs? Seems like a place like that might be hard to insure.
HOA dues cover the building...around $400/month dues. I'm sure most of that cost is due to flood/wind peril, as the property doesn't have many amenities. I figure I'm paying about $250/month or $3,000 per year to cover the risk of flood/wind/etc for the building itself.

Unitowners Insurance (HO6) covers personal property at around $650/year. The same coverage would be about $250/year for a non-coastal condo. So another $400 extra/year to cover the risk of flood/wind/etc for personal property.
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