Ward Realty Blog

The Best Products, Apps, Games and Activities For a Road Trip With Kids

"Are we there yet? I'm hungry. She's looking at me! I dropped my toy (again)! He hit me! How much longer?" Ahhhh....the sweet sounds of a road trip with kids. Whether you are driving from New York to Topsail Island or just from home to the ... View the full post »

6 Cool and Interesting Questions About the Beach - Answered!

Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth's surface!  It's only natural to want to learn more about them, especially when you choose to make the beach your vacation destination year after year. In honor of World Ocean's Day (celebrated on June 8th)... View the full post »

5 Reasons to get the big beach house on Topsail Island

5 Reasons to get the Big House at the Beach Let's All Get Together - Down by the Seashore Spending time with those you love is priceless, and when you gather the whole family together at the beach you'll make memories to last a lifetime. Ther... View the full post »

10 Reasons to Rent a Cozy Coastal Cottage on Topsail Island

10 Reasons to Rent a Cozy Coastal Cottage on Topsail Island Two Bedrooms is The Perfect Size We've all been to the beach and seen those beautiful, big homes. You know the ones, they sleep about 14 to 30 people, and you think, "I don't ... View the full post »

Beach Bag Essentials That Will Simplify Your Life

Packing the beach bag might be the most important part of your trip. You want to achieve that perfect balance between bringing everything you need and not overloading yourself in the process. And, doesn’t it figure that the smaller your children (and the less they c... View the full post »

Hidden Gems of Topsail Island: Our Readers' Top Picks

The secret is out! Topsail Island holds a special place in the hearts and minds of its residents and visitors alike. Everyone has their favorite "hidden gem" on Topsail Island. We asked our Facebook followers to share their favorite spots on Topsail. We are excited t... View the full post »

How to Minimize Your Footprint While Maximizing Your Vacation

Topsail Island currently has some of the cleanest beaches and waters in the world. We think it's really important to keep it that way. And guess what? It can actually be easy and fun. You already know some of the more obvious ways to take care of our beaches (and worl... View the full post »

How to Use Surf City's Roundabouts

How to Use Surf City's New Roundabouts It may look a little confusing at first. But, oh, what a view from our new high rise bridge! The End of an EraAfter 60 years, the iconic Surf City Swing Bridge has... View the full post »

Take Better Beach Photos: Advice From an Expert

You’re finally on your long-awaited beach vacation and beauty surrounds you. You feel inspired to capture every sunrise, sunset, lapping wave, jumping dolphin and happy smile to remember upon your return home. It’s such a bummer when many of those photos don’t ... View the full post »

Quotes That Will Kick Off Your Spring Defrost Mode and Soothe Your Soul

What comes to mind when you think "spring"?  Rejuvenation. Restoration. A thawing of mind and body. A gentle warming. Emerging from hibernation. We are especially excited about spring here on Topsail Island. As you know, we had a difficult fall as many of ou... View the full post »

Bring, Buy, or Borrow? How to Pack for Your Next Beach Vacation

You've booked your vacation house and figured out your transportation to Topsail Island.  Now it’s time to review your rental home description for details about what is included in your property. Then you can start making a list of items to bring from home, wha... View the full post »

How to Find Shark Teeth, Seashells, Fossils and More on Topsail Island

Let the treasure hunt begin! Blackbeard's gold is probably not going to turn up today, but if you set your sights on uncovering some of nature's bounty, look no further than Topsail Island! Our shores are ripe for the picking, especially at low tide or after a... View the full post »

Vacation Is the Perfect Time to Try Something New

While many people focus on their New Year’s Resolutions, we think the new year offers a fantastic opportunity to try something new. Now is the time to set goals, try new activities, and learn more about something that interests you. January is when our busiest booking s... View the full post »

How To Plan the Perfect Topsail Island Vacation

Plan, prepare, and enjoy!  Now that you have chosen Topsail Island as your vacation destination, let our team at Ward Realty help with the fun part. We are experts on everything there is to do, see, and eat here on Topsail and we love sharing what we have learned... View the full post »

Surprising Reasons Winter is Awesome on Topsail Island

When you think of winter you probably don't picture sitting on the beach, but Topsail Island is about much more than just sunbathing. Forget the ski slopes and enjoy your hot chocolate here, with us, this winter. We don't recommend wearing a bikini, but we would l... View the full post »