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‘Merlins Magic’ 3BR Surf City Home - Walk to Beach!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Clear the calendar and ride the waves when you travel to this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom vacation rental home that sleeps 7 in Surf City! You'll be just a 2-minute walk from the ocean; pick your pleasure and spend the day sunbathing, swimming, or trying out a boating adventure on the deep blue! Whether you're visiting for a reunion with friends or family getaway - this charming beach house, named ‘Merlins Magic’ is the perfect home base after a long day exploring the best of Surf City.


Bedroom 1: Queen Bed | Bedroom 2: Queen Bed | Bedroom 3: Queen Bed, Twin Bed

Spend some time off of the sand and in the comfort of this charming 1,300 square foot home, where you'll have plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Unwind with the family and watch a show on the living room's flat-screen cable TV, or take some personal TV time in the second and third bedrooms - each equipped with a cable TV as well.

While family and friends relax, head over to the kitchen to get a head-start on meal preparations for the night. The kitchen is fully equipped with updated appliances and ample counter space, so the catch-of-the-day can be cooked up with ease. Serve your culinary creation at the 8-person dining table to enjoy good food with great company.

As the evening comes to a close, climb up to the second-floor balcony for a bottle of wine with a view. You'll have a front-row seat as the sky begins to dim over the ocean - signaling the end to another day in Carolina paradise.

Venture back inside for peaceful slumbers in one of the 3 bedrooms. The kids can stay upstairs, on either the queen bed or twin bed in the balcony bedroom, while others head downstairs to relax on the queen-sized European pillow top mattresses in the first and second bedrooms.


From here, you'll be just a 2-minute walk from the sandy beaches of the Atlantic that Surf City calls home. Spend the day swimming on the local coast, or drive 20 minutes to the southern tip of the island to visit the unbeatable shores of Topsail Beach.

Drive less than 5 minutes over to the Surf City Pier to experience some local favorites! Grab some bait and tackle for a day of fishing, or skip the hard part and simply enjoy some seafood at Buddy's Crab House and Oyster Bar!

If you're looking for bigger fish to fry, drive 20 minutes to Sneads Ferry for deep sea fishing on the Gulf Stream. Take a boat ride out with Necessity Fishing Charters for a chance to catch Mahi, Wahoo, and Billfish under the all-knowing eye of Captain Ernie.

When you feel like getting out on the links, you'll be delighted to find that North Shore Golf Course is located just over the North bridge in Sneads Ferry.


Evolve Vacation Rental Network is on a mission to make vacation rental easy for guests. Every property in our network has been vetted and verified so you can book with confidence. If you have questions prior to your trip, we are happy to assist you 7 days a week. During your stay, your designated Guest Contact will be available 24/7 to help with any issues that may arise.


Key Residence Features:

- Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, 3 cable TVs, in-unit laundry machines, garage and driveway parking, a private ocean-facing balcony, and much more!

- Charming Surf City location - just a short, 2-minute walk from the beach with nearby access to dozens of local favorites around the island!


- No smoking

- Pet friendly with $100 fee per stay (for one pet, with additional $50 pet fee per additional pet)

- No events, parties or large gatherings

- Must be at least 25 years old to book

- Additional fees and taxes may apply

- Photo ID may be required upon check-in

More Details

Property Manager
Evolve Vacation Rental Network
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager


Once again we totally enjoyed ourselves at Merlin's place. We spent a long weekend there Oct 19-22nd..the weather was unusually warm and we actually got a sunburn. We always feel as if we are "coming home" when we rent Merlins place. It's such a relaxing place to stay. Kathy McGinn
Jan 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Surf City in Stump Sound

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • horse riding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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‘Merlins Magic’ 3BR Surf City Home - Walk to Beach!
average rating of 4.804878 based on 43 reviews

Great location!

  • 4 of 5

Great location. Less than a block from public access to the beach and to a park for kids. There is also a small convenience store about two blocks away for a quick snack. There were plenty of dishes. Linens were provided. Fridge and appliances worked. There was a small blender, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, tea kettle, collinder, cutting board, pots pans, ect. Fridge was new and kept up with the ice demand. There were no beach chairs provided so you will need to bring those along with toilet paper. There was only one roll of paper towels but plenty of towels to use instead. You will need to bring your own beach towel if you don't want to use a bathroom towel. The house had hand soap, dish soap, and laundry soap (the laundry soap may have been left over from prior visitors). The house was very clear and neat upon arrival. Beds were comfortable. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Merlin’s magic

  • 5 of 5

It was a lovely weekend at this beach house!!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Apex, North Carolina

Cozy, mostly.

  • 4 of 5

Our verdict was that it was cozy, despite things being a bit outdated. The pluses were that it was well laid-out, with some privacy if wanted, but also good communal flow, well stocked, convenient access to the beach and the playground was really good for us with small kids. The kitchen had more than enough cookware and there were some paper goods, salt, pepper, etc, things that make it a little easier to use without bringing your whole kitchen. The bad is just the age. I don't mind the older decor and furnishings, except when they are worn out. The couch probably needs to be replaced, the dishwasher sounds like a motorcycle, and they beds are all pretty squeaky. In this regard, it felt like you were staying @ grandma's rather than a rental property, but again, despite some wear, we were comfortable. The biggest issue I had was the requirement to wash all the linens before you leave. If you used all the beds and had towels, that's 3 loads of laundry you have to get done before shoving off @ 11. I suspect many people don't wash them and just make the bed. As others have mentioned, the upstairs bedroom is hard to maintain temperature control. It was 50's when we were there and it was still fairly warm up there. The other thing that stood out was the lack of an outdoor shower. Every place we've stayed in the area has one. We didn't need it because it was too cold to swim, but I think one would be easy to add and would probably be appreciated by the guests. There is a hose, but with little kids, it's nice to be able to strip them down in an enclosed shower.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Close to ocean

  • 4 of 5

Great location easy walk to beach and park. Clean house just really old furniture and bed linens ! Very nice person and quick response to calls made to her! Evolve is a good company

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Homestead, Fl

Clean and comfortable beds

  • 4 of 5

We liked the set up, 1 bedroom is upstairs sleeps 3 people, the other 2 bedrooms (queen bed in each) are downstairs separated by a bathroom so each bedroom had sufficient privacy. The beds were very comfortable too. Kitchen has most supplies, we personally needed another large pot (there's only 1 large, 1 medium 1 small and some frying pans) but if you aren't looking to cook big meals you'll be fine. Also limited baking pans. I didn't notice anything in check in about us having to supply a lot of things, so we were slightly taken back upstairs n arrival. No toilet paper, (we only expected 1 roll per bathroom until we could get our own), no paper towels, dish soap, sponges, or any cleaners at all, garbage bags, or hand soap in the bathrooms. Like I said I have to reread the property details I may have missed this info on supplies. The property manager was great! quickly responded to us when we had a question. We did leave toilet paper, hand soap, dish soap, new sink sponge, Lysol wipes and glass plus behind and paper towels.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had a nice time at Merlins Magic.

  • 4 of 5

Merlins Magic had everything we needed for a comfortable, convenient stay. The kids loved the park down the street and easy, short walk to the beach. Thanks for letting us and our pup stay!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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