My family has stayed at the Joy Lee Apartments for years. The first thing you should know about this property is that it is old, so don't expect a five-diamond resort. You will be disappointed. What you will find at the Joy Lee are spacious apartments that are clean and exceptionally affordable.
The location is ideal: situated right between the Carolina Beach Marina and the Atlantic Ocean, and within walking distance to the boardwalk and the majority of restaurants on the island. All of the apartments are poolside and have porches with rocking chairs. The apartments have kitchens furnished with pots, pans, plates, cups, etc., and if there is anything missing or that you need to make your stay better, just ask the owner, Joy. She is very accomodating and will be glad to help. The property is pet friendly, but I have never experienced any problems with pet-related odors permeating the rooms (I am allergic to dogs and cats), and have had no problems staying here.
So in summary, you can't go wrong with the Joy Lee, especially for the great price.