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Elegant, Modern, Romantic, Oceanfront, 8th floor, private balcony.....

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

8th floor, direct oceanfront, one bedroom, spa style bath, elegant renovation

Shell Island Unit 803 sets the standard other owners at this resort have aspired to. This modern boutique suite redefines luxury rental on the white sands of Wrightsville Beach. The Corporate Suite offers cutting edge style and European elegance. The perfect condo for travelers, beachcombers or romantics who desire a soothing, refined environment to get away from it all.

Modern fixtures set the tone for this designer condo located at the Wrightsville Beach’s undeveloped north end. Travertine marble flooring and bath, custom cherry cabinetry and luscious black granite counters lend an understated elegance. Surround yourself with luxurious comfort in this elegant sanctuary by the sea.

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Jay Tervo
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2018

About Jay Tervo

I publish online city guides, and my wife is a concert pianist. We have traveled quite a bit in lots of countries, and those travels influenced what we were going for when we renovated our unit a couple of years ago. Frankly, we kind of went temporarily insane. We really went for it. We decided if we were going to go to the trouble of renovating our unit, we might as well make it memorable. We hired an amazing interior decorator who came up with a unique and exciting design, and skilled craftsmen to do the work. Floor to ceiling mirrors make our unit seem as huge as our view of the ocean. We combined the two small bathrooms into one large, travertine marble masterpiece of a bath. Sliding glass and pocket doors make our unit memorable in all respects. You will love the 2-way mirror, allowing a view of the ocean from the bathroom. Makes everyone smile.....

Jay Tervo purchased this condo in 2005

Why Jay Tervo chose Shell Island

Wrightsville Beach is a treasure -- miles and miles of white sand beaches on a beautiful, non-commercialized island. Shell Island is the last building on the northern end of the island, adjacent to a bird sanctuary. Beach walkers LOVE Wrightsville Beach. Wilmington is a quick 10 minute drive away, and there one will find lots of attractions, fine restaurants and shopping galore.

What makes this condo unique

Our unit has been the wedding suite of choice for the staff at Shell Island. They call our suite the 'Travolta Suite', named after a recent guest who selected our unit over all the rest of the units in the building. Opera star Jessye Norman loved our unit as well - but the our marble bath is so cool, everyone tends to sing there, at least in the shower....

Our unit is far and away the finest unit at Shell Island. Shell Island has two levels, standard and premier. Ours is a 'Premier unit on Steroids'. Proof is that our's was the highest grossing unit last year. Why? Because once you stay there, you will want to keep asking for Unit 803 By The Sea!

We are high on the 8th floor, and the view is spectacular. Shell Island recently underwent a $10,000,000 renovation, and it looks fabulous, too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I love Shell Island, but after staying in room 803, I will not stay in any other. I have shared my birthdays, graduation, and remembrance of my Father's death all in this room over the years. I live in Wilmington, but still choose to stay here time and time again. Thank you!
May 2012
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation condo rental in Shell Island, North Carolina

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 8
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Philippe Starck inspired, travertine marble, 'floating sink', two-way mirror opening to living room and the Atlantic Ocean. You will not forget this one....
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , couch is "Queen" sized sleeper with comfy inflatable feature
  • Built-in king sized bed, with sliding glass doors to amazing bathroom. We have so many positive comments on how comfortable our mattress is! The couch is a sleeper sofa and was new in Oct 2016. It folds out to a queen-size and has one of those new mattresses that has a regular sleeper sofa mattress with a simple to use inflatable insert found under the regular mattress that makes it as comfortable as any high-quality queen bed. If you can push a button, you can set the mattress up! This is NOT an air mattress on the floor or an inflatible bed!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Our condo operates like a weekly rental in that there is no daily maid service. There are, however, coin-operated washers and dryers available in the building.


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Elegant, Modern, Romantic, Oceanfront, 8th floor, private balcony.....
average rating of 4.733945 based on 110 reviews

Very modern. Comfortable. An adult escape with a view.

  • 5 of 5

Coffee with the dolphins and gulls...something we look forward to with each visit...from the balcony, the front room even the bathroom...seeing the ocean from the eighth floor was wonderful.

Would we stay here again? In a heartbeat! Yes! The bed was so comfortable that before we left I took a picture of the label on the mattress in hopes of purchasing one for our home.

There was nothing needing complaints here. The couch, the chairs...all comfortable....and all with wonderful ocean views...or a big tv if you want it. The large refrigerator was a treat because we could buy ice cream and have it in the freezer when we wanted it...bottom line...this place does not disappoint...thank you For providing us a beautiful escape.

  • Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Place was clean and exactly as advertised. Had a wonderful stay

  • Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The condo was well decorated and very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Everything was clean and well prepared. Beautiful place with a great view, and the owner was attentive. Very enjoyable experience!

  • Submitted: 20-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful condo and beach.

  • Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chesterfield, VA

Perfect accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

Second year staying in this condo and it's as awesome as it was last year!

  • Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Broadview Heights, OH

Beautiful condo in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The condo was perfect. totally remodeled, all new appliances and bathroom. Everything we needed was supplied. Enjoyed it very much!!

  • Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Wilmington International Airport
Nearest Golf
8.4 Miles
Wilmington Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I 40
Nearest Beach
Shell Island is OCEANFRONT
Car: necessary

Battleship North Carolina, the North Carolina Aquarium, Cape Fear Museum, and lots of great restaurants and shopping are a short drive.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation condo rental in Shell Island, North Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
June 17 - July 2
Jun 17 2018 - Jul 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
July 3-5
Jul 3 2018 - Jul 5 2018
2 night minimum stay
July 6 - Aug 18
Jul 6 2018 - Aug 18 2018
2 night minimum stay
August 19-30
Aug 19 2018 - Aug 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2018 - Sep 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
Sept 30- Oct 6
Sep 30 2018 - Oct 6 2018
2 night minimum stay
Oct 7-11
Oct 7 2018 - Oct 11 2018
2 night minimum stay
Oct 12-18
Oct 12 2018 - Oct 18 2018
2 night minimum stay
Oct 19-25
Oct 19 2018 - Oct 25 2018
2 night minimum stay
Oct 26 - Nov 3
Oct 26 2018 - Nov 3 2018
2 night minimum stay
Nov 4-29
Nov 4 2018 - Nov 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
Nov 30 - Dec 31
Nov 30 2018 - Dec 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit C$132.69

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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