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Topsail Island

Topsail Island Topsail Island is a 26-mile long barrier island, accessible by an old-fashioned swing bridge and a modern high-rise bridge. The Island is composed of three towns - North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach. Situated at the southern end of Topsail Island, off the coast of southeastern North Carolina, the Town of Topsail Beach is the smallest of the three communities located on the 26-mile long island. North Topsail Beach occupies the northernmost section, and Surf City, the largest town on the island, is in the center.

Topsail Island has a rich and varied history. Local folklore claims the name, Topsail (pronounced Tops'l), originated during the 1700s when pirate ships roamed the coastal waters. Historians explain that marauding pirates hid their ships in the channel behind the island and waited for passing merchant ships loaded with goods. The pirates would pursue and attack the merchants, claiming the cargoes as their own. Eventually the merchants became aware of this infamous hiding place and began to watch for the tops of the pirates' sails showing over the rolling dunes - hence the name Topsail Island.

Topsail Island Incorporated in 1963, the Town of Topsail Beach boasts a friendly, family oriented style of beach living. High-rise development is not allowed, beautification is encouraged, and conservation of the island environment is a top priority. There are 1100 homes, but only about 500 year-round residents. The seasonal influx of tourists increases the population to 6,500, which helps sustain the town's motels, restaurants, gift shops, fishing pier and other businesses. The only sea turtle hospital in the state, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, is located on the sound near Town Hall.

While visiting the Topsail area, you will enjoy some of the most pristine, uncrowded beaches along the east coast. The area boasts the greatest simple pleasures life has to offer. Here you will witness coastal wildlife flourishing in its natural environment. You will also enjoy some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets found on the North Carolina coast.

Let us help you find that dream home, beach house, condo, or investment real estate property in Topsail Island - contact us with any questions you might have about the area.

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