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"The Crab Shack" is a very nice vacation venue. Communications with my host were rapid and complete. The description of the cottage was accurate on all counts. Easy walk to the beach and to the marsh. The neighborhood is quiet. Kimberly has done a great job on creating an attractive and functional space. I particularly enjoyed the screened-in back porch which had a nice slice of marsh view with great egrets feeding almost all the time. I would definitely come back, and I hope to!
We had a fabulous overall experience with Kimberly, the house, the process, and the location. It met all of our expectations and was super easy. The house was the perfect size for our family of 5 and a short walk away from the beach. The area is not commercialized at all which was a welcome change for us. The beach itself offered plenty of space to set up "camp" for the day, and the people at the beach were friendly. THe waves were great for riding, the beaches had a lot of shells and there was even an ice cream/italian ice cart man that visited daily. There is no boardwalk though but plenty of beautiful sand to walk along. Kimberly had beach chairs and an umbrella which worked beautifully for us at the beach. As far as the house goes, the back screened in porch allowed for lovely breezes during dinner and the front porch was the perfect morning reading spot. The inside of the house was beautifully clean upon arrival. There was plenty of space to relax. The kitchen was just big enough and had just enough kitchenware to allow me to make dinner each night. The washer and dryer were helpful also. Kimberly was responsive and helpful prior to our stay. We did not need to contact her during the stay because everything was in good working order. The photo does not necessarily show this, but the house is part of a triplex of homes on a dead end street with other triplexes; however, the street was quiet and not traveled by many other than runners and walkers. I highly recommend this host and this house for a great beach getaway with family. I don't think it could accomodate more than 5 people.
Great little house! Home was clean and well located on a quiet street near the beach. The outdoor shower was a lifesaver and we ate dinner every night on the screened in back deck. Basic kitchen and cleaning supplies were provided. Perfect for a couple or small family. We would definitely stay there again.
We had a great time on North Topsail Island. The area is absolutely beautiful. I was there with 4 young adults and a five year old - we all really enjoyed the beach. The neighborhood is family friendly and quiet - definitely a great place for families with young children.
The house was great and Kimberly (and family members) were helpful and kind. Would very much love to visit this beautiful place again.
This house is part of a 3-unit triplex and is about an 1100 foot walk to the beach. (less than a 1/4 mile). The floor plan is long and narrow. Walking in from the front there is a small living room with a small couch and ~40" Samsung LCD TV with DirectTV and DVD player. You then hit the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen was stocked with a few pots and pans as well as plates, bowls and glassware and silverware. Also a good amount of cooking utensils, wine bottle opener etc. The dining room table will seat 6. As you continue walking towards the back of the house you have the bathroom on the left and then a full size washer and dryer on the right. You then hit Bedroom #1 which has a bunk bed as well as a a separate queen size bed. Then finally you hit Bedroom #2 the far back of the house which has a screened in porch. Keep in mind you must pass thru Bedroom #1 to get to the bathroom from Bedroom #2. Everything was clean when we arrived. There is a Weber charcoal grill outside which we used to grill up some steaks.
The only real problem we had with the home was the water pressure. Now I'm not sure if this has to do with the home or because of the city water system. It was similar to "well-water" pressure not "city-water" pressure. This was especially apparent when using the outdoor shower downstairs, took quite a while to wash the sand off. My guess is this is likely a characteristic of the neighborhood water system, not a problem with the home itself.
Some other things to mention. There was a binder in the living room that had menus of nearby eateries. This house is about a 20 minute drive from surf city which is the tourist spot on the island with a bunch of restaurants. Its also about a 35 minute drive to Jacksonville (population 70,000) which has a couple movie theaters. We would recommend the new Carmike Patriot 12 in north Jacksonville if you need a break from the beach.
Overall a great experience and we enjoyed our 4 night stay.
Helpful host that provided weather update during Tropical Storm Arthur. Unfortunately the storm knocked off back deck door which she sent someone over to fix the next day.
This place was perfect for our family. The house is small and intimate. It is clean and well supplied. The outdoor shower is so useful! Thanks so much! We are looking forward to trying to book again!
This is a great house and is nicer than it looks in the photos. It's a great location if you are looking for a quiet beach get away - it's away from the action - you pretty much need to drive to any restaurant or bars, but if you bring food the kitchen is equipped - also nice little grill outside - we bought fresh grouper in surf city and grilled it - very nice! Everything worked and we had no need to call host - all in all another great airbnb experience.
The house was clean, but the backdoor to the porch was stuck and didn't work. It was good for the price. Good for the quiet get-away at the beach.
This was our first using Airbnb and was a great experience. The house was neat and a quick walk to the beach. We had a lovely time. Thank you Kimberly.