Located near the southernmost border of North Carolina is Topsail Island. This beautiful barrier island is made up of three distinct oceanfront towns, North Topsail Beach, Surf City, and Topsail Beach proper. Every year, thousands of tourists flock to the island to bask in the warm sun on beautiful white sandy beaches; often, they realize that a week or two is simply not enough time to enjoy all that this area has to offer. They want more of North Topsail Beach, so many of them opt to purchase their very own secluded spot, where they can build or buy their own castle by the sea and enjoy the carefree beach lifestyle. If that sounds like you, then you definitely want to consider Ashe Island.
The History of Ashe Island
Ashe Island is named for former North Carolina governor, John Baptista Ashe. Ashe was born in what is now known as Rocky Point in 1748. He was a farmer by trade and owned a tract of land of more than 500-acres.
That land is now the home of Ashe Island, where only 25 ten-acre oceanfront parcels are ever going to be developed. So, if you're looking for exclusivity and seclusion, Ashe Island just might be the perfect place for you!
Moving forward several generations, we find Dr. Hunter Heath. Dr. Heath started buying bits of land on Ashe Island beginning in the 1940s. He leased the land for blueberry, soy bean and corn farming. When Heath died in 1989, farming continued but only for a few more years. Eventually, the land was put up for sale with one-half of the proceeds designated for the University of North Carolina and the other half placed in a trust for family. Brad Minshew purchased all unsold lots in 1999 and became the primary developer of Ashe Island.
Preserving the Integrity of Ashe Island
While builders don't have too many restrictions to deal with on Ashe Island, they do have to take a few things into consideration. The minimum main home size is 3,300 square feet, and one detached guest home is allowed per property. Landowners are encouraged to meld land and water in home designs by building a dock pier and boat landing. Home plans must be approved before construction can begin. The builder or landowner must submit plans to the Ashe Island Farm Architectural Review Committee for approval.