Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Topsail Island

Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Topsail Island

If the idea of coastal living, pristine beaches, and a relaxed lifestyle beckons you, Topsail Island is the paradise you've been dreaming of. As your local real estate expert, I am delighted to guide you through everything you need to know about making Topsail Island your new home. From the unique coastal culture to real estate opportunities, this comprehensive guide will help you navigate the journey of moving to Topsail Island with confidence.

Introducing Topsail Island: A Coastal Gem

Topsail Island Overview

Topsail Island, nestled along the coast of North Carolina, is a barrier island with a charm that captivates residents and visitors alike. Known for its pristine beaches, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, maritime forests, and relaxed atmosphere, Topsail Island offers a unique blend of natural beauty and coastal living. Topsail Island is broken into three cities — Topsail Beach (the south end), Surf City, and North Topsail Beach. Each town along the Island has its own culture and feel. Each city brings its own variety of attractions and history.

Coastal Lifestyle

Life on Topsail Island revolves around the ocean, sand bars, and our boating community. Residents enjoy a laid-back coastal lifestyle, where flip-flops (and often bare feet) are the footwear of choice. Breathtaking sunsets over the Atlantic are a daily spectacle. Whether you're a water sports enthusiast, love the nightlife, are a nature lover, or seek a serene retreat, Topsail Island caters to diverse interests, age groups, and demographics.

Real Estate on Topsail Island: Finding Your Coastal Haven

Types of Properties

Topsail Island offers a variety of real estate options to suit different preferences. From oceanfront condo-hotels to quaint beachside cottages with panoramic ocean views and spacious single-family homes, there's a property for every taste and budget. Whether you're looking for a permanent residence, a vacation home, or an investment property, Topsail Island's real estate market has it all.

Market Trends

As your local real estate expert, I keep a close eye on market trends to help you make informed decisions. The real estate market on Topsail Island has seen steady growth over the last eight years, making it an attractive destination for both homeowners and investors. Understanding market dynamics, property values, and investment potential is crucial for a successful move, and I'm here to provide the insights you need.

Navigating the Buying Process:

The process of buying a property on Topsail Island involves various steps, from your property search to proper inspections and, of course, closing. As your real estate agent, I guide you through each stage, helping you find the perfect property, negotiate the best terms, and navigate the intricacies of the transaction. As a local agent, I make it a priority to provide local resources to guide home inspections and any repairs or permits that may arise. We offer a preferred vendor list compiled over the years of local relationships and trusted partners within the industry to ensure the best results. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or an experienced investor, my goal is to make your real estate journey on Topsail Island smooth and successful.

Community Highlights: Embracing the Topsail Island Lifestyle


Topsail Island boasts a unique coastal culture that reflects the island's history and natural beauty. From seafood festivals to art shows and community events, there's always something happening on the island.

Ocean Fest

Immerse yourself in the island's maritime heritage at the annual Ocean Fest in October. Held at the Jolly Roger Pier, this lively event features boat races, live music, delicious seafood, and family-friendly activities.

Autumn with Topsail

Celebrated in October, Autumn with Topsail is a beloved festival that marks the island's fall season. This event features live music, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, and a variety of activities for the whole family. It's a perfect opportunity to revel in the coastal beauty while enjoying the autumn festivities.

Christmas Flotilla

Embracing the holiday spirit, the Topsail Island Christmas Flotilla is a festive boat parade held in December. Local boat owners decorate their vessels with dazzling lights and decorations, creating a magical display along the water. Spectators can enjoy the parade from various vantage points along the shoreline.

Topsail Craft Market

The Topsail Craft Market is a recurring event that showcases the talents of local artisans and crafters. Visitors can explore an eclectic mix of handmade goods, from art and jewelry to home décor and unique gifts. The market provides an opportunity to support local artists while discovering one-of-a-kind treasures.

Things to Do

Outdoor enthusiasts will find Topsail Island to be a paradise. Whether you enjoy water sports like surfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding or prefer exploring nature trails and birdwatching, Topsail Island offers many recreational activities. Here are a few ways locals enjoy their leisure time on the island.

Beach days

Topsail Island is renowned for its pristine beaches, providing the perfect backdrop for sun-seekers and water enthusiasts. Whether basking in the sun, building sandcastles, or enjoying a refreshing swim in the Atlantic Ocean, the island's shores offer a serene escape. Shellcombing is another popular activity among locals.

Water recreation

Dive into the diverse water activities that Topsail Island has to offer. Kayaking through the Intracoastal waterways or taking a paddleboarding excursion allows visitors to explore the island's coastal beauty at their own pace. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck at surf fishing or charter a boat for deep-sea fishing excursions.

Turtle watching

Topsail Island is renowned for its sea turtle nesting activity. The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is a must-visit, providing educational programs and the opportunity to witness the rehabilitation efforts for injured or sick sea turtles. During nesting season, visitors can join guided turtle walks to observe these magnificent creatures.


Topsail Island is a haven for surfers of all levels, with consistent swells and gentle waves ideal for learning. Book a surf lesson or rent a board and hit the waves at North Topsail Beach, known for its consistent breaks and laid-back atmosphere.

Missiles and More Museum

Immerse yourself in the island's rich history by exploring the Missiles and More Museum. Discover the island's fascinating past, including its role in missile testing during World War II. The museum showcases artifacts, exhibits, and stories that offer a glimpse into Topsail Island's unique heritage.

Topsail Beach Skating Rink

Open during the summer, the Topsail Beach Skating Rink is a nostalgic and entertaining event for residents and tourists alike. The rink provides a unique and fun-filled experience, allowing participants to skate with the ocean breeze as their backdrop.

Island Living: Practical Considerations for Prospective Residents

Climate and Weather:

Topsail Island enjoys a mild coastal climate with warm summers and moderate winters. Freezing weather is unusual for our coastal environment. The ocean breeze provides a refreshing atmosphere and a more temperate climate, making it an ideal setting for those who appreciate a year-round outdoor lifestyle.

However, relocation to island life on the East Coast is also accompanied by the possibility of hurricanes each year. As your realtor, I will share the local statistics and trends around hurricanes and educate you on proper preparation for that time of year. Understanding the weather patterns is essential for adapting to island living.


While Topsail Island offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle, it's important to consider transportation and traffic patterns on and off the island. If you are coming into town for the first time to explore all the Island has to offer, be sure to avoid peak travel times on and off the island.

The Island offers only two points of access via bridges. One point of access will be on the North side of the Island. This access point tends to have less travel and traffic. The second travel option is through Surf City, on Highway 50. This bridge has the heaviest traffic on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (due to the large amount of vacation rentals on the island). Check-out is typically at 10 a.m., and check-in is at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. As your real estate agent, I will help you plan for convenient access to all the essentials.

Savannah Holman: Your Guide to Topsail Island Real Estate

As your local real estate expert, I am committed to helping you make Topsail Island your home. With a deep understanding of the local market, a passion for coastal living, and a dedication to client satisfaction, I bring a personalized approach to every real estate journey.

Are you ready to embark on the exciting journey of moving to Topsail Island? Whether you're seeking a beachfront retreat, a family home, or an investment property, I am here to help you every step of the way. Let's make your dream of coastal living a reality. Contact me today, and together, we'll find the perfect place for you to call home on Topsail Island.

Work With Savannah

The building blocks that Savannah utilized to help create the experience that she wanted for her clients were instilled in her through lessons she learned from her family, mentors in her youth, and early career opportunities. Contact her today to find out how she can be of assistance to you!