Topsail Beach

Panoramic ocean views, and relaxed atmosphere has brought hundreds of potential homeowners to its shores.

Welcome to Topsail Beach

Quaint, island living in a tight-knit, laidback community.
Sprawled across the ever sunny Topsail Island, Topsail Beach is home to a small, tight-knit community of residents who call this barrier island their home. The neighborhood’s relatively secluded location, over 30 miles from Wilmington and almost 140 miles from Raleigh, makes it a popular real estate market for high-net-worth families and individuals searching for a more laid-back lifestyle. With the beach within walking distance from every Topsail Beach home, this up-and-coming tourist destination has a lot of potential and is seen as an excellent real estate investment. 
Despite experiencing chilly winters, Topsail Beach’s warm summer temperatures, panoramic ocean views, and relaxed atmosphere has brought hundreds of potential homeowners to its shores, hoping to claim their little piece of paradise. With excellent schools nearby, access to the mainland by car, and an idyllic, easily walkable environment that makes every day feel like a vacation, it’s no wonder the people who call Topsail Beach home have an incredible sense of civic pride. 

What to Love

  • Panoramic ocean views from most residences
  • Easy beach access
  • The neighborhood is completely walkable
  • Many charming shops and restaurants in the area
  • Peaceful residential neighborhoods that don’t draw hordes of tourists

Local Lifestyle

Topsail Beach's lifestyle is centered on watersports, days at the beach, and a family-friendly environment. Unlike other beachfront destinations, Topsail Beach does not experience the same yearly influx of those in search of unforgettable summer vacations. The island and its communities maintain an unbreakable sense of peace no matter the season. For many locals, this is what draws them to Topsail Beach. The neighborhood acts as an unsullied haven of relaxation, an island hideaway far from the bustling streets of major cities or the constant rush of other popular tourist destinations.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Despite its secluded, laidback atmosphere, there is much to do and eat in Topsail Beach. The Arboretum at Surf City offers residents access to many mainstream grocers and convenience stores, including a Publix supermarket. True to its island location, a popular local restaurant, JM’s on the Water, serves incredible seafood in a setting overlooking the island’s many vast waterways. 
The Surf City Ocean Pier is another popular destination among locals and tourists alike. As Topsail Island’s very first ocean pier, the venue offers excellent conditions for fishing in the day or night, a fully stocked bait shop, souvenir stores, and an ice cream shop. And for those looking for hearty all0American cuisine in a laidback setting, there’s no better destination than the High Waters Bar And Grill. Beer lovers will enjoy a visit to the Salty Turtle Beer Co., where weekly events, live music, and unique brews keep locals coming back for more.

Things to Do

It would be remiss of any visitor or guest in Topsail Beach not to visit one of the neighborhood’s many beautiful public beaches. Sunbathing, swimming, and fishing are all extremely popular activities that keep the island’s pristine beaches a constant hive of activity. Should you prefer green spaces, Soundside Park offers a large grassy expanse, a playground, and a boat launch into the island’s waterways. For those looking to give back and volunteer or support wildlife conservation, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is home to an onsite merchandise store and educational experience allowing visitors to learn more about the plight of local sea turtles.


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Overview for Topsail Beach, NC

413 people live in Topsail Beach, where the median age is 60.7 and the average individual income is $72,676. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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60.7 years

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Around Topsail Beach, NC

There's plenty to do around Topsail Beach, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Steadfast Nutrition, Four Cousins Ice Cream, and Scoops Microcreamery.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.29 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.54 miles 11 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 0.54 miles 31 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.73 miles 38 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 4.74 miles 13 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.49 miles 37 reviews 4.8/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Topsail Beach, NC

Topsail Beach has 199 households, with an average household size of 2.08. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Topsail Beach do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 413 people call Topsail Beach home. The population density is 94.07 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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