Topsail’s New Fitness Center

The new Topsul Fitness and Topsul Nutrition supplement store in Sneads Ferry is a great place for people in the Topsail Island area to go and get fit.

Topsul Fitness Renovating and Expanding for Your Health!

By Pat Fontana

Topsul Fitness Renovating and Expanding for Your Health!

Lexi Pickle, co-owner of Topsul Fitness with her husband Matt, is excited about the new equipment, the new supplement store, and the future of their fitness center located in Sneads Ferry. The family moved to the area from Virginia after they realized they spent more time here, tending to their rental home, than they did in their own home. They joined Sneads Ferry Fitness and soon realized what they wanted to do.

They “saw the potential for improvement,” Lexi says and began to think about owning their own fitness center. They didn’t want to start their own, thinking it would be better to acquire an existing facility, so they approached the owner “to see if they were interested in selling. And they were!”

The couple purchased Sneads Ferry Fitness in February 2019, renamed it Topsul Fitness, and start doing renovations. They also decided they would give back to their community and do so in a big way. Lexi and Matt return a percentage of their profits to Sneads Ferry organizations, not to “make a big thing of it” but because they know they are blessed and like to give back. They are in this fitness business not to make money for themselves, but in a “fun, take care of the community, make everyone healthy” kind of way.

Topsul Fitness has sponsored the local soccer activities of CASA, Paddle for Troops, the Shrimp Scamper, and Ocean Fest. They also purchased new playground equipment, including a number of outdoor games, for Dixon Elementary. They donate $1 out of every membership draft to their Sneads Ferry and Topsail community. In March, they doubled their regular donation and contributed $500 to benefit the families of the Marines recently killed in Iraq.

Focusing on their main goal of helping the community be healthier, Lexi says Topsul Fitness is expanding. Right now, she says, they “offer a ton of stuff.” They have also taken over the vacant store next door for a supplement store that will feature proteins, a snack bar, and Clean Eatz, which particularly excites her with its possibilities for healthy food offerings.

The fitness center is also opening up a group classroom in the new space. They plan to have Zumba, yoga, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and kickboxing classes. Currently, Topsul Fitness features personal training options and a body scanner called Fit 3D, which is a “cool way to track measurements and body fat percentage.” The center has all the standard fitness equipment and will soon add a turf lane, a new style of functional training that lets people use “your body in ways you normally would, running, pushing things, and pulling things.”

Lexi says they take pride in being a 24-hour fitness center. Members can work out at any time during the day or night. In fact, she says her husband typically goes to the fitness center at 4am and then it is her turn at 5am. They both get up before their two young children so they can work out for mental clarity and as a stress reliever. She says, “we have both into fitness for so long, it’s been a big part of our lives.”

Vacationers and visitors can purchase a one-day pass or a one-week pass so they can work out during staffed hours at Topsul Fitness. There are also membership options that can be paid by monthly draft, paid every three months, or paid on a yearly basis. More information about membership is available at https://www.topsulfitness.com/.

Topsul Fitness is a true family-owned business in Sneads Ferry, with a “great little family” of trainers and staff. They plan to have an open house soon, probably during the summer months.

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The Treasured Turtles of Topsail Island

Homeowners and seasonal renters are not the only ones that love the beaches of Topsail Island

Topsail’s Treasured Turtles

by Pat Fontana

Designated as a turtle sanctuary, the island is host to a number of turtle nests along its 26 miles of coastline every year from May through August.

Volunteers walk the beach each morning during the season looking for mama turtle tracks. Typically, those tracks lead to a spot in the dunes where a loggerhead sea turtle has laid an average of 120 eggs. About 60 days after the first nest appears, volunteers will start nest-sitting, waiting for babies to emerge and find their way back to the ocean.

Photo shown is from the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in Surf City (https://www.seaturtlehospital.org) has as its mission, “the conservation and preservation of all species of marine turtles, both in the water and on the beach.” The Rescue Center explains why baby turtles need help as they emerge from their eggs and struggle to reach the sea.

Weighing in at about two ounces, their first challenge on our beach is escaping the deadly grasp of the ghost crabs. Once in the water they must hide from both bird and fish predators, and the swim to seaweed rafts and the Sargasso Sea begins. It is a long swim to maturity. It is estimated that 1 in 1000 survives the first year, and as few as 1 in 5,000 – 10,000 survive to adulthood. 

Photo shown is from the Sea Turtle Camp partnering with Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue

Jean Beasley, who founded the turtle rescue center, named after her daughter, once said “Sea turtles will look you in the eye. If you get a little twinge when they do, it’s because they’re looking into your soul, and you’re looking into theirs.”

Turtles love Topsail Island. In 2019, there were 178 nests identified up and down the shoreline. There were also a lot of “false crawls,” where mama turtle tracks were found but there was no nest of eggs at the end of the trail. Sometimes the mother loggerhead gets scared off, either by humans or by other animals, or she just can’t find a suitable spot for her babies. She will usually return another day to find a better place to lay her eggs.

Topsail Island is considered to be one of the more heavily nested areas along the North Carolina coast for loggerhead and green sea turtles. Humans go out of their way to help the turtles during their nesting season. Besides walking the beaches at dawn and, for the nest-sitters, in the wee hours of the night, there are several rules about what can and cannot be done from May to August on Topsail island.

Photo shown is from the Sea Turtle Camp partnering with Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue

In North Topsail Beach, all beach equipment must be set at least twenty (20) feet from any sea turtle nest. No beach equipment is to be placed seaward of a sea turtle nest for a distance of ten (10) feet north and south of a direct line between the sea turtle nest and the Atlantic Ocean. 

The state of North Carolina does not permit beach nourishment work from May through November, as part of the sea turtle moratorium. In addition, beach goers are asked to fill in any holes they or their children may dig while enjoying their day in the sun, so the mother turtle does not get caught in the hole when she comes in to lay her eggs later that night.

Artificial lighting is also strongly discouraged along the beach side of the island at night. Baby turtles become very confused when beachfront homes have porch lights on. Likewise, flashlights and cell phone lights can be very disturbing to both the mother and her babies as they find their way along the sand at night. Our turtles are a precious treasure on Topsail Island so we want to take care of them as much as possible!

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New Home Developments Close to Topsail Island

Topsail Island is one of the biggest reasons people choose to live in Pender and Onslow Counties. There are plenty of options for buying or building a home close to the Island. Here are some to consider by Treasure Realty, the trusted local experts.

Stone Bay Townhomes is one of the best values and location within the Sneads Ferry community outside of Camp Lejeune’s back gate, steps away from MARSOC, just a few miles to the beach, and close to schools located on Hwy 210.

Marsh Haven Landing is the place to build your dream home in the beautiful neighborhood and unique setting in Sneads Ferry close to the intercoastal waters and beaches of Topsail Island.

Waterside is Surf City’s newest community within walking distance to local eateries shopping and the island located directly across from the Treasure Realty office.

The Landing at Folkstone is minutes from the beaches of Topsail Island, moments away from the MARSOC military base, and close schools. These townhomes make the perfect place for home.

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A Trusted Local Expert for Topsail Island

Treasure Realty Trusted Local Expert, Bizz Baker

To say that Bizz Baker of Treasure Realty knows Onslow County intimately would be an understatement. Today we are featuring one of Topsail Island’s trusted local experts.

Bizz Baker: A trusted agent who will get it done!

by Pat Fontana

To say Bizz Baker knows Onslow County intimately would be an understatement. Born in Kinston, Bizz moved to Jacksonville when he was two and has lived in the county ever since. A 15-year member of the Treasure Realty team, Bizz knows the area so well that he is now Topsail Island’s high producer and top beach home ocean front sales agent.

Bizz says his work with Treasure Realty is “not like real work. It’s just fun.” His fun has added up to about $225 million in sales since joining the company in 2005, which was also when he began his real estate career.

With a degree in computer science from East Carolina University (ECU) and an NC high school teaching certificate in hand, Bizz was in on the cutting-edge beginnings of information technology. When computers were relatively new and few people knew much about them, his first job after graduating from college was selling Apple computers in Jacksonville. As he notes, he’s “been selling ever since.”

Bizz did not start out wanting a career in computer science. At ECU he played football and took a programming class and “kind of liked it.” There were not many people working with computers at the time, so the field was fairly wide open.

He eventually used his teaching certificate to teach computers and computerized accounting at the same high school, White Oak in Jacksonville, where he had graduated himself years earlier. He also coached football, track, and wrestling while teaching at White Oak. He says he “loved teaching,” taught for five years, and worked in the school’s central office for another five years.

Bizz moved to Topsail in 2009, having transitioned to the real estate industry at the urging of his cousin Richard Baker, who co-owns Treasure Realty. Partnering with his wife, Amye, Bizz now focuses on investment properties, vacation properties, and residential homes, with the majority of his real estate offerings being on the beach. Bizz and Amye enjoy working with both sellers and buyers.

What does a successful real estate agent do in his spare time when he lives in such an amazing beachfront area? Fishing and boating, of course! Even on vacation, Bizz says one of his favorite things to do is to go on a cruise. His other favorite thing on vacation is to “do nothing.”

Bizz and Amye are proud parents and grandparents, with three grandchildren and one on the way. They both enjoy traveling and had actually planned a trip to the Holy Land that was cancelled given the current coronavirus situation. Bizz and his wife are active in their church, with Amye singing in the choir and Bizz working the technology for the music.

Bizz and Amye Baker

The real estate market is a little different now, given the restrictions in place because of the coronavirus. Although showings are down, Bizz says he is still “selling three to four houses a month.” He is now doing virtual tours on all his listings and the feedback has been “100% positive.” The owners really like it and feel that virtual tours are helping considerably.

When asked what he loves about his job as a real estate agent with Treasure Realty and what he likes most about the Topsail area, Bizz says “everything and everything.” He has been with the organization for 15 out of the 30 years they are now celebrating. Typical of his “get it done” attitude, he takes it all in stride, saying of his longevity and accomplishments, “we’re just moving on to the next deal.”

Contact Bizz by phone at 910-358-4708 or email Bizz@TreasureRealty.com

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Treasures of Onslow County and the Greater Topsail Island Area

Guest blogger Salem Clarke tells us about some of the treasured things to do when visiting Onslow County and the Greater Topsail Island area.

Plenty to do in Onslow County

by Salem Clarke, Tourism Manager for Onslow County

One of the best ways to improve your mood these days is get some sunshine. In Onslow County, there are endless ways to have fun in the Great Outdoors; whether it’s walking the beaches or hiking through historic state or local parks.  

Beaches are open and welcoming visitors and beach accesses offered by Parks and Recreation are open to the public. Social distancing and other safety practices to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are still recommended by the CDC, which includes keeping about 6 feet between you and others as well as avoiding large groups. If you’re not sure what that looks like, 6 feet is about the size of a yoga mat or adult bike.  Also, we have provided some safe travel resources on our website.

You can also encourage more space around you on the beach by using a beach canopy or umbrella, or even drawing a line in the sand. Water activities and outdoor exercise is generally considered safe by the CDC, as there is no evidence Coronavirus can spread in the water. For the kayak and boating enthusiasts, Swansboro businesses are offering several ways to enjoy Onslow’s intracoastal waterway. You can kayak or paddleboard with Pogie’s Fishing Center or Swansboro Paddle Boarding. Bear Island, which sits a few miles away from Hammock’s Beach State Park, can be accessed by boat with Marsh Cruises or Lady Swan Boat Tours. You can spend time hiking the trails of the island or search for sand dollars on the quiet island.  After a long day at the beach, pick up a pizza or visit one of our local restaurants.

If staying inland is more your thing, the Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission has taken its annual Moore Buick New River Splash virtual, so you can complete a triathlon on your own terms while staying safe. Or go, the distance with Onslow County’s Park and Recreations 50K challenge. Just register before June 5 to log your miles and receive a special medal. Onslow is home to many parks where you can take a relaxing stroll or ride your book through serene nature trails. Visit Hammocks Beach State Park by the water, take a walk through Jacksonville Commons Park, or explore the NC Moutains to Sea Trail – which includes many stops throughout Onslow County.  

Be sure to visit us on Facebook. Here’s a video you can watch by using the link that takes you to a virtual tour of Hammocks Beach State Park; https://www.facebook.com/OnslowCountyTourism/videos/2315617088742656/

For those who aren’t ready to travel in person just yet, many Onslow County businesses and attractions are offering virtual tours. You can visit local landmarks like Walton’s Distillery without ever leaving your couch! A view of the beach is available through the North Topsail Beach camera, and our site offers some great virtual tours of North Topsail. Looking for something educational? Try a virtual art class with Wine and Design; or grab your kids and listen in for the Zing Zumm Children’s Museum story time. For the nature lovers, Hammock’s Beach State Park offers virtual tours through Lady Swan Boat Tours and Jacksonville’s Sturgeon City offers virtual science lessons. For a full list of virtual tours, visit the Only in Onslow’s Virtual Experiences page. We hope to see you soon!  

Contact Information for Salem Clarke:

Tourism Manager, Onslow County Tourism
Phone (910) 347-3141 Ext.222 and email tourd@jacksonvilleonline.org or visit online at www.OnlyInOnslow.com

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Fishing for a Month of Quarantine on Topsail Island

Chris Plaford spends a month of quarantine by drone fishing from North Topsail Beach of Topsail Island in North Carolina. You may be surprised to see what can be caught just a few hundred yards off the beach … in this case from his beach and the deck of his oceanfront home! Here’s a recent YouTube video of the fishing …

100 Ocean View Lane – Beach Vacation Rental Home

Chris is fishing from one of the many homes managed by Treasure Realty for beach vacations on Topsail Island. Click on this link to take a virtual tour online of this home at 100 Ocean View Lane. https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=aDvfCdVr3HQ&brand=0

Learn more about this vacation rental and other properties online by clicking this link: https://www.treasurerealty.com/vacation/all/detailpage/490/ocean-view-ln-100

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The Treasure Realty Home Care Commitment

While making lasting memories and enjoying your beach vacation on Topsail Island, you deserve a peace of mind when it comes to the cleaning and care of the home you are renting.

Your safety is our highest priority. The Treasure Realty Home Care Commitment is a standard that includes: 

  • Disinfection and sanitization
  • Proper use of personal protective equipment
  • Recommended products, cleaning agents and equipment
  • Updated surface cleaning and inspection processes
  • Trash removal and maintenance

Treasure Realty is committed to the health and safety of our guests, our owners, and our communities. We take care of our homes, and we look forward to taking care of you.

When you are ready for the beach, we are ready for you. 

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Spring’s Treasures on Topsail Island

Lejeune Gardens – Photo Onslow County Tourism

Spring has arrived on Topsail Island and on the mainland. Sunshine and spring showers alternate each day and, with warmer temperatures finally here, we are ready to get outside and tend to the garden. Flowering plants and native foliage also enjoy the spring weather. Yes, even in the sand and salt of the coast, there are many beautiful and hardy plants that not only survive but thrive in our area.

The Treasure of Spring Flowers – By Pat Fontana

Butchart Gardens – Photo by Topsail Adviser

When planning your garden and landscaping on the North Carolina coast, plan for flowers, bushes, and trees that do well in:

  • Salt and salt spray
  • Sand that is quick to drain
  • Wind, including hurricane force winds
  • High temperatures

Since sand drains quickly, standing water is usually not an issue for coastal plants. For those plants that need a little more moisture, consider incorporating two to four inches of organic mulches, such as pine straw or shredded bark mulches, which will help plant growth by reducing soil temperature and conserving moisture.

Some plants that like the coastal area as much as we do include:

Azaleas

Our neighbor to the south, Wilmington, is home to the Azalea Festival for a reason! Azaleas are not only beautiful but are also considered to be moderately salt tolerant, which makes them perfect for our area.

Azaleas – Photo by RCI Images

Wax Myrtle

An evergreen bush that is highly tolerant to sea salt, the wax myrtle is also tolerant of the high winds that we often have on the beach. It is an ideal plant for seaside areas, producing a bluish-white waxy fruit that is highly aromatic and that lasts through the winter months.

Wax Myrtle – Photo by Audubon

Sea Lavender

Well-adapted to coastal gardens, sea lavender is adorned with a circle of evergreen leaves and dainty, light-purple and magenta flowers that appear collectively as a haze of violet. A good source of nectar for many insects, the small flowers retain their color when dried and are often included as part of dried bouquets.

Sea Lavendar – Photo by San Diego Zoo

Yaupon

Decorated with inch-long, glossy leaves and brilliant red fruits, yaupon is among our most ornamental native shrubs and is often used to landscape a home as a border plant or a low hedge. Young leaves contain caffeine and are actually brewed into a tea by some coastal residents.

Yaupon – Photo by Grand Strand Magazine

Palms

Highly salt tolerant and wind tolerant palms that thrive in our area include the dwarf palmetto, saw palmetto, and cabbage palm. The dwarf palmetto is, in fact, the hardiest native palm along the east coast. Clusters of small, white flowers appear on the dwarf in the summer and are followed by blue to black fleshy fruits. We are the northern most point for the cabbage palm, which sports a crown of enormous fan-like leaves. The saw palmetto is a bit smaller but truly loves sandy coastal areas.

Palms in Wilmington – Photo by Star News Online

Of course, there are many other eye-pleasing and seaworthy plants that can make your island or mainland home attractive and aromatic throughout the year. Even though we are in a salty, sandy area, which is one reason we love it here so much, that shouldn’t keep you from also enjoying a nice garden or enhanced landscaping for your home!

We are full of treasures here! Enjoy your spring!

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A Topsail and Mainland Real Estate Trusted Local Expert

A Trusted Local Expert of Topsail Island and Mainland Communities

As part of Treasure Realty’s 30th anniversary celebration, we continue to feature the professional real estate agents that are a treasured part of our organization. Bill Feige has been with Treasure Realty for almost five years and has a total of fifteen years of experience in real estate.

Bill Feige – A professional with an eye for investments, military families, and rescue dogs.

By Pat Fontana

Link to Bill’s Home Page Online:

https://treasurerealty.realgeeks.com/about-bill/

Bill Feige and his wife moved to the Topsail Island area from the Baltimore-Annapolis area twenty years ago. They were first attracted to the area as a vacation spot, then decided to build a home they planned to rent. After a year of renting it to other people, they decided to move here and use the home as their own.

In the years since, Bill has helped numerous military families find their own homes, worked with buyers who were looking for investment property, and has fostered or adopted a number of rescue dogs. He says they started with one dog his wife adopted shortly before they moved. After settling in to their new home, they volunteered for the local humane society.

Eventually the Feiges wanted a larger, fenced-in lot. Looking to their own future, they also decided it was time to build a single level home and so moved to Hampstead, “in the middle of the best of a couple of worlds.” In Hampstead, they are close to Wilmington, Surf City, and the beach that they still enjoy visiting.

Bill also enjoys working with buyers going through the same experience of looking for an investment property in the Topsail area. His strong financial background and master’s in business administration (MBA) emphasizes his “ability to work with investors … helping them find properties that work best for them and meet their particular investment goals.”

With a strength and a focus on working with buyers, Bill has had the opportunity to help many military families as well. He says he is “familiar with what their needs are and the areas where they want to live.” Sneads Ferry, Hampstead, Scotts Hill, and Topsail Island properties are all well-suited and in close proximity to the base.

“If someone wants to move to the area but not to the beach,” Bill says, he enjoys sharing his “knowledge of the off-island area and its benefits just as well because many of these benefits are connected to those of Topsail Island.” He adds, “the whole area from Sneads Ferry to Hampstead has a great many things to offer and my job is to help people find a home that provides the best fit for their wants, desires, and needs. Accomplishing that makes the process personally rewarding and is why I do it.”

Bill Feige came to Treasure Realty in August 2015 for a variety of reasons. He knew it was a stable company that had been around for a long time and was (and continues to be) a leader in the area. Primarily, he says, he was “happy with the quality of the character of the ownership of the company,” who had “a world of real estate knowledge and information.”

As Bill relates his story, he came to Topsail Island from a buyer’s perspective, fell in love with the area – the island, the atmosphere, the people – the whole experience. He says he can relate that experience to his buyers as a treasure of a real estate agent.  “I can relate to them. I’ve ‘walked a mile in their shoes’ because I’ve ‘been there’ and I know the feelings it can generate from the search to the eventual achievement.

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Long Term Rentals on Topsail Island or Mainland with Treasure Realty

Home Rentals for the Long Term

By Pat Fontana

When you think of renting in the Topsail area, you probably think of vacation rentals. And hopefully if you do, you think of Treasure Realty! While those are definitely amazing and worthwhile, there are also a lot of opportunities on Topsail Island and on the mainland for long term home rentals.

The demand for long term rentals is actually expected to increase as communities are anticipating significant growth in the coming years and as the military plans an influx of Marines moving to the Sneads Ferry, Holly Ridge, Surf City, Hampstead, Topsail Beach, and North Topsail Beach areas. Homes available for long term rentals include single family houses, townhomes, and condos.

If you are looking for a long term rental …

You may be ready to move to the area but want to rent for a year or longer while you make your buying decision. You can explore the sights, including our gorgeous Intercoastal Water Way and Atlantic Ocean beaches as well as the nearby attractions such as the USS North Carolina and Fort Fisher. You can rent year-round or choose to rent during the winter months.

Mainland long-term rentals are convenient to Camp Lejeune, MARSOC, Wilmington, Carolina Beach, and many other points of interest in Pender, Onslow, and New Hanover counties. Enjoy the fresh catch of the day, every day, as a long term renter in the fishing village of Sneads Ferry.

Long-term rentals give you access to the beaches and the many amenities you’ll find in Surf City, Topsail Beach, and North Topsail Beach. When you rent year-round, you’ll probably also encounter some of our most treasured residents ready to hatch as you discover turtle nests along the beach.

And during the winter months, the Topsail area enjoys a temperate climate. There are plenty of pleasant days and opportunities to enjoy a walk on the beach. It’s a great time to be on the island or the mainland!

If you are considering renting your home for the long term …

Our quality management services give you the peace of mind you need when you decide to rent your home for the long term. Renters are screened and all the paperwork is done for you. Move-in and move-out inspections help reassure you that your home is well cared for during the long term rental.

Not to worry if your home needs a little maintenance while it is being rented. Your home’s maintenance is in the hands of a dedicated maintenance coordinator whose job it is to ensure the upkeep of your home, manage all maintenance, and know the ins-and-outs of your home better than anyone. We also have our own in-house expert maintenance staff.

Contact us for more information about long term Topsail and mainland rentals

Treasure Realty is the largest management rental company on the island. We’re here to help you, whether you need a place to rent or you are ready to offer your home to a long term renter. Contact us to learn more!

Visit our new landing page for Treasure Realty Long Term Rentals at www.LongTermTopsail.com

Be sure to like and follow Long Term Topsail on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LongTermTopsail

For more information, contact Dara Cook, Long Term Rental Manager. Phone 910-328-4444 x 21200 or email Dara@TreasureRealty.com

Office located at 1950 NC Hwy 172 in Sneads Ferry, NC 28460

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