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Ocean and Sound Views from This Fantastic/Beautiful House-


Property Details

Updated: Jul 22, 2016
House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

***Home will NOT be available until May of 2017 Due to Long term family in Home***

A DELAY IN TIME went on the rental market in 2011 after being made our personal home for the previous four years. If you are looking for a place with views of Topsail sound and views of the ocean then this is the house you want. This second row ocean and sound home is located on a very nice/quiet cul-de-sac where only a dozen other homes are located. Perfect for children and pets!

.... Life is GOOD at the BEACH!!!.... SEIZE THE DAY....

PRIVATE beach access is less than a 3 minute walk. We will provide you with a beach cart, boogie boards and beach chairs as you work on your tan! There are decks off of ALL bedrooms and family room so you can enjoy all the sound and ocean views! Top Floor has new carpet in bedrooms and ceramic tile in the bathroom. There are two-three bedrooms on the top floor. One bedroom has great sound views, sliding glass doors leading onto a deck and a King size bed. The other 1-2 bedrooms have ocean views, a queen size bed with flat screen TV on the wall along with another area off this bedroom with a large closet, ocean views and 2 twin beds. Perfect for you to keep an eye on the little ones. We created a large bedroom when living in the house out of 2 bedrooms. Both of these rooms have ocean views with sliding glass doors leading out onto decks.

Downstairs you have a large living area with TV, stereo, great furniture, sleeper sofa, hardwood floors, open kitchen with bar seating, breakfast area with table, dining room with table for 6, 18' tile, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, bedroom with Iron double bed, large bathroom with ceramic tile. Kitchen is fully stocked with large side by side fridge, dishwasher, stove, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker and all of the kitchen dishes, utensils you will need plus wine glasses for those special moments.

Ground level has outdoor hot/cold shower, parking under the home for 3 cars, great safe area in the yard for kids to play. Cul De Sac that has very little traffic.

Marina is less than 1.5 miles, Fishing pier, fantastic restaurants and shopping are a short walk (less than a mile), with the beach and sound access only a short distance away! This end of Topsail Island is beautiful!!! Walking and biking paths, walk around the point and watch the sunset while you play in tidal pools. During the summer months Loggerhead Turtles lay eggs along the shore that hatch during the warm summer nights. Watch Dolphins play in the surf or go fishing which is outstanding. Go kayaking in the sound, take your family for a sunset cruise on 'The Belle of Topsail', boogie boarding in the ocean or book yourself a deep sea fishing trip and catch your dinner.

We just decided to rent the house and decided not to use a rental agency so we could pass the savings along to your family. We've priced the home hundreds of dollars less than in previous years but with no commission, I can pass these savings on to you. We have not raised our rental rates in 7 years so we can keep the home affordable to those wanting to rent. Everyone is trying to save money and this is one of the best deals on Topsail Beach-- Please make this comfortable beach home yours for a week or a month. Life is short. CARPE DIEM...Seize the day my friends!!! Life is Short.




Check in is at 4PM and check out is at 11AM

Bed Linens, towels, wash cloths are provided for an additional fee of $65.00 per week. This allows us to wash, dry, fold and provide clean fresh linens and towels for you - our honored guest!

Vacation Rental Features

Keywords: Topsail Island, Topsail Beach House, Beach House, Island house, Topsail Beach House, 1161 Monroe Lane.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

When my family gets away to 'A DELAY IN TIME', it is our 'Piece of Paradise'. Whether we are sitting on the deck, laughing with friends, enjoying the views, walking on the beach, riding our bikes or just chillin' on the allows us to escape the stresses of life. Topsail Beach is a wonderful place for vacations. We love the sea birds and the slow, peaceful pace that Topsail offers. You can have Myrtle Beach, Outer Banks, Carolina/Kure beaches, Wrightsville Beach... We'll take Topsail Island.

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Speaks: english

21 Reviews

based on 21 traveler reviews


Topsail Has a Beautiful Beach!!!

  • 4 of 5

This was our first time vacationing at Topsail and we really enjoyed ourselves. Clay and Julie's home is in a perfect location with the Ocean and Sound both a few short steps away. The views from the decks are wonderful, and loved that the home had gates on the decks to keep my dogs safe! The home has spacious bedrooms upstairs and comfortable beds. The bedroom on the lower level is a bit smaller, but is definitely adequate, with a full bath that connects to the main living area... so a good set up! Loved the outdoor shower - used it often when returning from the beach. We had everything we needed! The beach is absolutely beautiful; lovely white sand and not crowded at all!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Valerie. Thank you for all of the kind remarks. Topsail Island truly is a special place to get away and relax. The beaches are beautiful. Glad you enjoyed the house, the decks and the views. It is a very nice home and the decks are our favorite part of the house. We practically lived out there when we lived in the house. Look forward to seeing you again next year and thank you for leaving the house sooooo clean. Clay and Julie
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First time beach rental

  • 5 of 5

Hi, just wanted to send a big thank you for sharing your home to my family. I am Nonna, you corresponded most to my daughter. I was quite surprised by what a stocked kitchen ment., thanks so much all pans, glasses utensils, plastic silver ware and certain kitchen utensils. The bedrooms were awesome, loved the twin beds adjacent to queen. Your house has an atmosphere that I feel the residents like leaving something behind. Hope others enjoy. We enjoyed the decks. Thanks for leaving TV instructions. The pics of the site were perfect and other reviews helpful. If I could add anything helpful, we were so overwhelmed by how nice it was I was not sure of where our beach access was. We explored, and found and used what we thought was ours. Ants seem be an issue this year, thanks for taking care of that but not sure all gone. In respect of your house and what you offer, the outside grill should not be over looked. I went to grill out, couldn't light, grease pan filled, I cleaned. To others who share your wonderful home be respectful.Thanks for a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for all of your positive comments. We hope to see you again next year.
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Super nice! Can't wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

This was our last shot at using VRBO but all hope has been restored! We have not stayed at a nicer place! The location was great and had wonderful views. The home was super clean and had everything we need to call it home. We cook a lot and the kitchen was stocked well. Our five year old loved the outdoor shower the best. I am super happy and owners are the nicest we have ever rented from. Thank you letting us rent your home.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for all of your positive comments about A Delay In Time. We do try to provide one of the nicest homes on the island for your money. It continues to remain nice because of the families like yours who take such great care of the property. Hope to see you next year!!!
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Awesome property. LOVED IT

  • 5 of 5

Good morning! We are on the road after a great time at your home. Thanks for sharing it with us! the washer is running a load of dish towels. The dishwasher is running the last of the dirty dishes. All doors are locked and the keys were left under the mat on the Oceanside. The fresh flowers, games, books and puzzles were a nice touch.

We noticed some things around the house we'd like to share with you but are by no means complaints. The electrical panel cover on outside may have been damaged by the storm and we saw shingles on the ground after storm. Not sure if they are from your home or another home.

Again, thank you so much for offering your home. We had a relaxing, enjoyable family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such kind words. The panel and shingles were from hurricane Arnold and has been taken care of. Glad to hear your family enjoyed the home, location and special touches that we try to provide on occasion. Look forward to seeing you next year. Clay and Julie
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The Hayes Family

  • 5 of 5

Hello Clay and Julie,

I just want to tell you that we had a great time at your place, weather was great your beach access was very convenient. Your home worked out very well for us. I just want to say having gates on the front and back deck worked out well for our dog, she had a great time also, she loves the beach along with the rest of us. We took a fishing charter out and did pretty well, caught a few amberjacks, shark and some sea bass.

We want to say thanks for all your help and we would consider staying at your beach home again, Topsail is a " Diamond in the Rough" that's for sure.

Thanks Again!!

Jack, Lee and Family

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jack and your group. Glad to hear you loved the home, the location to beach access, the decks. Sounds like the fishing was pretty good and I know that was one thing which was important to you. Hopefully you will keep us in mind for future vacations. We are beginning to have quite a few repeat renters and we are thankful for them. Look forward to seeing you again sometime soon and thanks for the kind remarks.
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Wonderful house, great decks, convenient to everything

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing time. We vacationed with 2 other families and the home was perfect. This house was better than our own personal home. We usually vacation at the Outer Banks or in Myrtle Beach and this was such a great change. Not all of the traffic but some really good restaurants and neat little shops. Beaches are beautiful and husbands caught some nice fish which excited him. We would highly recommend this beautiful property.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for spending time at Topsail. It is such a wonderful place and nice to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of other beaches. Isn't that why you take vacation at the beach? Enjoy the sun, the water, fishing, family, a good book. Hope to see you again this summer and thank you for the kind remarks.
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From the Owner

After spending many years at Wrightsville Beach and living less than 10 miles away we got tired of dealing with the traffic, attitudes and charges for parking your car. We could almost buy a very nice meal for what it cost us to park for a day. We fell in LOVE with Topsail and once you vacation here you will fall in love also. If you vacation here every year then you know what we mean. A DeLay In Time is on a quiet cul-de-sac which is ideal for your children or your pets. We loved the convenience to the ocean and everywhere on the island.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : New Hanover Internation Airport at 35 Miles


Rental rates

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $100
Cleaning fee $80
Tax Rate 12.75%

There is a $80.00 cleaning fee. Linens can be rented for $65.00 per stay which includes sheets for 3 beds, 8 towels and 8 wash cloths. Dish towels and dish cloths are provided with all rentals.

Reservations made 30 days in advance will allow payments to made in 3 increments. Reservations made 30 days or less will have 2 incremental payments. Reservations made 15 days or less require full payment upon booking.
Payments can be made with personal check, cashiers check or money. Sorry but no credit cards.

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From the Owner

We love our decks. During the summer this is where we live if not on the beach. We enjoy sitting out with the sun in our face, laughing, talking and hearing the birds. We also love our kitchen which is great for cooking...even though...most people don't want to cook when on vacation. You will still cook a meal or two while down so you just as well enjoy it. Buy some steaks, burgers or seafood...throw some on the gas grill or just cook inside. Some of the best food you can get is on the island.

Property Type

  • house


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View


  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Convertible bed(s)
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeper Sofa that opens into a double bed


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals

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