Southeastern North Carolina Real Estate News and Insights

Welcome! We created this blog as a way to keep you informed of the latest news and updates happening in Wilmington NC real estate as well as real estate news throughout Southeastern North Carolina. Our agents have years of experience handling real estate transactions and we want to share our insights about the current state of the market, neighborhood updates and developments, local events, and featured listings.

Check back often for updates and please contact us with any questions or comments.

Sept. 2, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Prep: The Essentials


Yes, the approach of a hurricane can be daunting, and often overwhelming. That's why being prepared is paramount. And, while the list of things to do can feel endless, it's important to focus on the essentials - food, water, safety and protection. Then, we highly recommend letting the rest go. 

Here's a quick list of what we've found to be "essential" through the years, having experienced a couple of East Coast hurricanes ourselves. 


1. Don't underestimate the power of preparation. No matter the category, time of day, or whether or not the eye plants itself over our sweet coastal town, hurricane force winds can be destructive. First and foremost, make sure that all potential projectiles are securely stored and keep yourself and your family away from windows during the height of the storm. 

2. Food and Water

  • Dry goods, such as granola and/or granola bars, snacks, dried fruit, and nuts are essential. Have canned goods and a manual can opener available. 
  • Have on hand a minimum of a gallon of water per person, per day for at least five days. 
  • Bags of ice and a cooler are recommended for refrigerated items that are worth keeping around for at least a day or so. 

3. Safety 

  • Prepare an emergency plan and share it with the rest of the family. Be sure to include the safest area of the house so that all members know where to meet in the event of an emergency. 
  • Make a list of emergency phone numbers.
  • Keep a tool kit handy, including a multi-tool if possible. 
  • Have a first aid kit on hand in the event of emergency. 

4. Protection

  • Double-check with insurance companies that all is well. 
  • Make sure vehicles are properly fueled and parked in a no-flood zone.
  • Be equipped with the proper clothing: rain coat, boots and/or utilitarian shoes, warm clothing, full-coverage socks, and work gloves. 
  • Have cleaning supplies ready: bleach, white vinegar, baking soda, etc. 
  • Keep sanitizers and soap on hand. 

There are numerous other steps that can be taken to ensure a more idyllic hurricane experience, but these are the must-haves. So, if you're one of many of us stuck between "should I stay" and "should I go" checking these few items off the list (most of which are already in your home) will allow you to be ready regardless of when, where and what you choose.  

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Aug. 30, 2019

Celebrating Life, Art, & History in September

Painting inside Thalian Hall


While we all love summer, pretty much everywhere, in Wilmington locals tend to celebrate the month of September almost as much. Kids are back in school, vacationers have settled in at home, and the weather and the beach are in their most delightful state. It also happen to be an event-rich month filled with opportunities to get out on the town. See a few of our favorites below and plan to join us there! 


September Happenings not to be missed: 


Wilmington Boat Show

September 6, 2019 to September 8, 2019

Various Venues 

For the high seas-lover, the Wilmington Boat Show features over 80 boat brands with boat displays, exhibits and seminars at the Wilmington Convention Center. For in water displays and demos head down to the Port City Marina and Point Harbor Marina.


The Gipsy Kings in Concert

September 7, 2019 @ 7:30 PM

Wilson Center

The Wilson Center, downtown presents The Gipsy Kings. This band has been touring the world together since the 80s and is considered to be largely responsible for bringing the sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco to the world.


Bellamy Birthday Bash

September 7, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Bellamy Mansion Museum

Bellamy Mansion in downtown Wilmington, NC was built in 1859. In 1994 it was made into a museum. Come and celebrate the museum's 25th birthday with music, dancing, birthday party games, a photo booth, a silent auction and birthday cake.


2nd Annual Rock the Beach

September 7, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The 2nd Annual Rock the Beach at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach, NC, features performances by live bands, bring your own coolers (no coolers or hard liquor) and also enjoy local breweries and vineyards offering their best craft beers and vino specialties on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. “Drink YOUR own beer & listen to the songs you KNOW”


Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

September 9, 2019 to September 11, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Cinematique @ WHQR/Thalian Hall

WHQR Radio and Cinematique present a screening of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Amat Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC. The documentary examines the storyteller’s life, her works and powerful themes such as race, history, America and the human condition in an intimate and artful way.


Wilmington Life Expo

September 12, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wilmington Convention Center

The Life Expo at the Convention Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, with Special guest is actress Cindy Williams, best known as Shirley on the 1970s TV show Laverne & Shirleywill feature resources for you to live your best life. Exhibits will showcase health & wellness, health screenings, assisted living, real estate, travel, financial planning, shopping, food, entertainment, fitness and more.


Summer Harvest Festival

September 14, 2019 to September 15, 2019

Poplar Grove Plantation

The Summer Harvest Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC, features local artisans and crafters, a special row designated just for local farmers, food, games, bounce house, and live entertainment.


The Main Event Band in Concert

September 20, 2019 @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Leland Cultural Arts Center

The Leland Cultural Arts Center presents The Main Event Band in concert. They are a great party band ready to make you dance to the classics! Come enjoy an evening of good music and dancing.  


American Craft Walk

September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Downtown Wilmington (Front Street)

Come enjoy six blocks lined with beautiful handmade art with over 90 local and reginal artists in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington, NC.


FUNDRAISER: A Taste of the Town

September 24, 2019 @ 6:00 PM

Thalian Hall

Thalian Hall and the finest restaurants in downtown. Wilmington have partnered together to present an evening that is sure to make your taste buds happy. Grab your map at Thalian Hall, of all participating restaurants and take off to enjoy appetizer portions of each of the restaurant’s best dishes.


Wine & Beer Walk

September 28, 2019 @ 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Various Venues 

The fun semi-annual Wine & Beer Walk is a self-guided tasting tour where you will receive two samples drinks per restaurant/drinking establishments participating in downtown Wilmington, NC.


Feast of the Pirates Festival

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville

Yo Ho Ho it’s time for the Feast of the Pirates Festival at Brunswick Riverwalk Belville. The festival features pirate encampments, cutlass play, comedy skits, black powder demonstrations, mermaids, vendors, games and so much more. These pirates are no joke- Pirate groups include Crew of the Scarlett Dragon, Shadow Players Stage Combat Group, Pirate Trading Co., and the Tryon County Militia of North Carolina.


Oktoberfest 15K & 5K

September 29, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Brunswick Forest Fitness and Wellness Center

The Oktoberfest 15K & 5K course travels through the beautiful master planned community of Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC along paved running trails, through picturesque Meadow Park, across wooden bridges and over a 1/3 mile boardwalk through a nature area. After you run enjoy post party which includes awards with free beer, good snacks, exhibitors and prize drawings for gifts from our sponsors.

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July 28, 2019

About Town in August

Last Chance for White Pants Gala August 25th 7:00pm - midnight Last Chance for White Pants Gala


August is hot with things to do and events not to miss. Close out this beautiful summer we have had with a few outings with good friends. Be sure to add a few good deeds to your good times by joining us for the 2nd Annual Ban the Bags Fill the Packs Foster Pantry Benefit on Sunday, August 25th, and by attending the Last Chance for White Pants Gala at Audi Cape Fear on Saturday, August 24th.


These are just a few of our personal August favorites, so feel free to let us know what we're missing so we don't miss out! 



August happenings: 


Books, Beer, & Jazz Piano

August 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Old Books on Front, Downtown

Have you ever checked out Old Books on Front? If you haven’t it’s worth checking out and here is a cool opportunity to (even if you have been). Go enjoy being surrounded by extensive collection of books, drink wine while listening to some cool jazz by James Jarvis.


Gin Blossoms

August 6 @ 6:00pm 

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

The venue, the energy, and the music combine to make nights at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater magical. 


Artistry in Jazz Concert

August 9, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The Artistry in Jazz Concert is a group of 21 local musicians and a vocalist. Join them as they play at the Gazebo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk.


The 3rd Annual Thunder Roll at Thalian 

August 10, 2019

1 and 3pm

Thalian Hall

Thalian Hall is one of the last, if not the last theatre in America that still has a Thunder Roll sound effect machine made up as cannon balls rolling down rafters.


14thAnnual O'Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest

August 16, 2019 to August 18, 2019

8am and 4pm

Wrightsville Beach

One of the biggest surfing competitions on the East Coast is held right here in Wilmington at Wrightsville Beach. The O'Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am attracts surfers from around the globe.


43rd Annual North Carolina Shell Show

August 23, 2019 to August 25, 2019

Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 9am to 3pm.

Coastline Conference & Event Center

The North Carolina Shell Club presents the 43rd Annual North Carolina Shell Show a great collection from the casual collectors on the beach, and the most experienced malacologists and naturalists.


2nd Annual Lagerfest

August 24, 2019  12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Wrightsville Beach Brewery 

The 2nd Annual Lagerfest is a festival of North Carolina lagers with live music with Nathan Kornegay and L Shape Lot.

Last Chance for White Pants Gala

August 24, 2019 @ 7pm-midnight

Audi Cape Fear

This annual Lower Cape Fear Hospice Benefit is considered the "party of the year" in Wilmington. Party with a purpose this month...and don't forget your white pants!


2nd Annual Ban the Bags Fill the Packs Foster Pantry Fundraiser

August 25, 2019 @ 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Coastal Select Properties

Join us for food, drinks, mingling, and filling the packs for foster kids who deserve a fresh start and belongings of their own as they transition out of the homes they're in. Please bring at least one backpack and as many items from the list as you can so we can give foster children a small piece of the security they crave.





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July 20, 2019

All about the Children



Our second quarter was all about the children in our community - especially those who find themselves in tragic situations out of their control, and need the support that only dedicated nonprofit organizations can provide. 

The Carousel Center and The Foster Pantry are two such organizations. 

Development Director, Laurie Taylor, says that the Carousel Center gives children and their families access to everything needed in the aftermath of physical and sexual abuse. "Children can feel safe here," Taylor said. 

After addressing the initial needs for a physical exam and police reports, therapeutic care immediately follows, both for the child and for their family members. 

"Access to complete care under one roof can change everything for families," Taylor said. "We like to think that this is where the healing begins," Taylor said. "And, it's our intention to bring it full circle."

In a world where one in ten children will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18, children everywhere need the support of an organization like the Carousel Center, and we feel so fortunate that it exists here in New Hanover County. 

So, we want to do everything in our power to support it. 



Any of you who know us well, know that we have a special place in our hearts for the folks at The Foster Pantry. They dedicate every ounce of their free time to easing the anxiety and stress for young children entering foster care, as well as those being transferred to a new foster home. They also provide a significant amount of support to foster families enabling them to focus their attention on the children they are bringing into their homes. 


In support of all that they do for foster children in our community and to offer support of our own, we've decided that in addition to second quarter financial support, we're also going to host the Second Annual Ban the Bags Fill the Packs event at our office at 213 North Second Street. Please see details here! Then, get it on your calendar - Sunday, August 25th from 5-8pm. Item drop-off only will be from 4-6pm. 

We would love to see you there! Please feel free to call Jamie Penn with questions at 910-612-8394





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June 27, 2019

Turning up the Heat: July Events




In the heat of July, we're reminded, yet again, that we live in heaven. Beach days, family and friends surrounding us, and all the adventures, activities and good times that summer brings are on, and we're all in. 


We've got a month full of plans in and around town, with a little vacation time sprinkled in. Check out our list below, then let us know what you're up to in comments! 


July 1 - July 4

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

Southport Waterfront
Yacht Basin Drive
 NC 28461

Southport is famous for its 4th of July celebration. The North Carolina 4th of July Festival in features Parade, over 100 Arts & Craft Booths, Live Entertainment, Fireworks, and much more.


July 3

Free Wine Tasting at Sweet n Savory

(with optional $25 food pairing)


Sweet N Savory

1611 Pavilion Pl, 

Wilmington, NC 28403
Sample some delicious wines for FREE with an optional $25 food pairing. Food pairings are designed specifically to go with each wine to bring out the fullest flavor of both. While listening to some cool jazz by Benny Hill Jazz.


July 3 

Independence Day Boardwalk Blast: Live Music and Fireworks

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Cape Fear Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428 

Carolina Beach presents a 4th of July Boardwalk Blast featuring live music with the Polar Bear Blues Bandand fireworks over the ocean.


July 4 

4th of July Celebration

6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Downtown Wilmington -- Riverfront Park
Water Street at Princess
 NC 28401 

The City of Wilmington 4th of July Celebration at Riverfront Park features live entertainment, food vendors, and a fireworks display beginning at 9:05pm. Special music provided by WGNI 102.7 (6-7:30pm) and headlining the event is the United States Air Force, Full Spectrum Rock Band from Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA (7:30-9pm).


July 4 - July 7

Five Guys Named Moe

7:30 PM

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
 NC 28401

Opera House Theatre Company presents Five Guys Named Moe. Down-and-out Nomax slumps in his chair, drowning his misery at 5am. Suddenly, the greatest band around -- Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, Little Moe, and No Moe -- appear to deliver the lessons Nomax needs, lessons in the mysteries of life and love. For the next two hours, they comfort and jazz him with the classic songs of Louis Jordan, the King of the Jukebox.  


July 6

Astronomy Program 
8:00 PM

Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach,
 NC 28428 

The Cape Fear Astronomy Society presents an Astronomy Program at the Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center. Learn about the night skies by using telescopes set up for viewing planets, stars and more.


July 6

Port City Reggae Music & Art Festival

2:00 PM- doors open at 12:30pm

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
 NC 28401

The Port City Reggae Music & Art Festival at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington features performances by Inner Circle, Edge Michael, Signal Fire, Of Good Nature, Danglin, and Sons Of Paradise. As well as live art by Cammeron Batenides, comedy by Ali Coleman, arts & crafts, and Jamaican food.


July 6-7

45th Annual Cape Fear 7s Rugby Tournament 
5:00 PM
 to 6:00 PM

Ogden Park
615 Odgen Park Drive
 NC 28411

The 45th Annual Cape Fear 7s Rugby Tournament features a few hundred players from teams from around the world. Games run every 20 minutes all day long. The championship match begins at 1pm on Sunday.


July 7

Ocean Life Project

7:00 PM

Kure Beach (N Avenue Beach Access)
N Avenue and Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach,
 NC 28449 

The Ocean Life Project in Kure Beach, NC, come meet KB Ambassadors for a family- friendly beach walk and educational talk. Topics include town history, beach safety, wildlife education, shell and fossil finding tips, and beach activities for children. Bring shovels and buckets.



July 7

Movie at the Lake

Carolina Beach Lake Park
Atlanta Ave. and S. Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach,
 NC 28428 

The Movie at the Lake at Carolina Beach Lake Park features Black Panther, the action adventure film that follows T'Challa, heir to the hidden, advanced kingdom of Wakanda, who must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past. Concessions available. No alcohol or glass allowed. Film begins at dusk. Running time: 2 hours, 14 minutes.



July 8

Great American Poetry Crawl 
7:00 PM

Old Books on Front Street
249 North Front Street
 NC 28401

The Great American Poetry Crawl at Old Books on Front Street in downtown Wilmington, NC, features Florida-based poet and educator Brendan Walsh and local authors Melissa Crowe and Khalisa Rae in an evening of literary work and



July 10

Jazz at the Mansion

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market Street
 , NC 28401 

Bellamy Mansion Museum presents Jazz at the Mansion featuring a performance by the Duke Ladd Band. Bring blankets and chairs. Beer, wine and snacks available for purchase.


July 12

Lumina Festival of the Arts: Opening Night Poetry Jam

7:30 PM

Kenan Auditorium
515 Wagoner Drive
 NC 28403

The Lumina Festival of the Arts in Wilmington, NC, presents the Opening Night Poetry Jam at Kenan Auditorium, hosted by "Bigg B" and Sandra “The Mid Day Miss" of Coast 97.3.



July 17

Lumina Festival of the Arts: UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty Big Band

7:30 PM

Kenan Auditorium
515 Wagoner Drive
 NC 28403

The Lumina Festival of the Arts presents the UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty Big Band featuring special guest Michael Mossman, a Grammy and Academy Award-nominated hard bop jazz trumpeter, in a performance that includes swing through bebop and modern style.



July 20

FUNDRAISER: Food Truck Roundup

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Hwy 17 North
 NC 28411

The Food Truck Roundup at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC, features 16 vehicles offering a variety of culinary delights, live music with the Folkstone String Band, and two bars serving wine/beer and specialty cocktails.



July 21

Shakespeare Brunch

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

19 South 10th Street
 NC 28401

TheatreNOW in Wilmington, NC, presents Shakespeare Brunch featuring an abridged reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream.



July 26

4th Friday Gallery Night
Around Town
 NC 28401

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County presents 4th Friday Gallery Night, a monthly self-guided tour of galleries, studios and art spaces featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, glass, metals, wood, ceramics, mixed media and more. 4th Fridays also include opening receptions, artist discussions, demonstrations, live music, wine, food and other art-related activities. Participating venues include Aces Gallery, Acme Art Studios, The Art Factory, Art in Bloom Gallery, The Golden Gallery, The ArtWorks, New Elements Gallery, Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, Expo  216, Flytrap Brewery, River to Sea Gallery, The WHQR Gallery, Crescent Moon, and The Daniels Gallery.



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June 26, 2019

Welcome, Angie Greer!




Meet Angie Greer. We're so glad we did. When Coastal Select agent, Jennifer Davidson, introduced Angie Greer to CSP broker-in-charge, Tricia Ireland, they both knew pretty quickly that it was an ideal match.


"The way Tricia runs her business is the way I want to run my life," Angie said.


After becoming more familiar with Tricia's dedication to the community, the inherent and encouraged family/fun/work balance at CSP, and the fact that our firm contributes a portion of every commission to local nonprofits, Angie was doubly sold.


Angie says she recently decided to become a realtor in order to find a deeper level of connection with clients and colleagues and to feel that she was contributing in a positive and meaningful way.


After nearly 20 years working as an account manager for a public safety software agency working with local government agencies, Angie is amply familiar with long sales cycles and and has a serious knack for negotiation. Having travelled extensively with work over the years, Angie's hope is to use the skills that she has learned here in her own hometown in order to create connections to and relationships with people who share it with her.


Read more about Angie below!



Why did you choose real estate?


Angie: I loved working as an Account Manager but it required me to travel extensively. Working in real estate allows for a more flexible schedule, allowing me to spend more time with my family and to help people find what they're looking for in life.



What’s your favorite thing to do?


Angie: I love spending time with my family, preferably at the beach. I love to cook and entertain guests. I love my time volunteering at Early Bread Ministries, a feeding ministry in Wilmington, NC.


Why Wilmington?


Angie: I was born in Fort Dix, NJ as my father was in the Army. When I was born, we left the hospital and came to Wilmington where my father’s family was located. I have been here ever since. I love the downtown area and have enjoyed seeing the growth of our once small little town. We are close to the ocean, to the mountains, and to larger cities. We have it all here.  


Why Coastal Select?


Angie: My best friend, Jennifer, is a Coastal Select agent, and she recently shared with me how much she loved the people here. I met with Tricia and just loved her as a human being. I was impressed at how much they give back to the community.


What's your favorite food?


Angie: Definitely bacon (followed by laughter.) With my mother being Korean, I grew up loving Korean food. My father was from the South, so I also enjoy eating and preparing down home country cooking. 


Favorite thing about yourself?


Angie: I am a nurturer by nature. I deeply care about people. I enjoy taking care of people and making them smile from the heart. I feel like I connect with people on a deep level and I feel that honesty, integrity and trust are top priorities.


Favorite thing to do in Wilmington?


Angie: I often stroll around downtown, taste the fares of the new restaurants, and enjoy the view.  I also love the beach. I live on Carolina Beach and going to the North End and camping out is one of my favorite all-time things to do. 


What motivates you to do what you do every day?


Angie: My family and my faith. I have four children from 7-19  years of age and a wonderful loving husband.  I want to show my children a good work ethic and how to balance that with personal quality time with family.  If you do something you’re passionate about and commit to growing every day, the journey of life becomes full of wonderful surprises. 


What do you hope your work will accomplish on a grand scale?


Angie: I hope to add value to the wonderful real estate community in our area. Community outreach is important. 


…on a micro-level?


Angie: I hope to meet lots of new people and to be able to help friends, family and acquaintances to buy and sell homes, not just houses. I hope that the work I do helps people through this often emotional process, and opens the door to potentially building new friendships in the process.

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June 13, 2019

Tara English: Agent of the Month


Tara English (above, left) knows a thing or two about this beautiful town. She has been here 32 years and has been in real estate for over 15 years. Tara is married with two children, and has a deep love for Wilmington, and for her family. 

So, what makes Tara tick? Aside from being a beach-lover, a non-profit advocate, a chef and a social butterfly, Tara also loves interior design, travel, and spending time with her family. Her passion for real estate, she says, comes from an innate desire to help people live the life they want. 

"Advocating for people and for their dreams just comes naturally to me," she said. And, knowing that she is a part of helping people find their dream home is by far among her favorite feelings. 

Tara and her family, together, have recently tackled a couple of big dreams. One, they opened a beignet and coffee shop, Brooklyn Café, on the lovely Northside of Downtown Wilmington. This family-owned spot has, hands down, the best beignets in town, and donuts made from Tara's grandmother's secret recipe. And, two, she and her husband have finally landed in their own dream home on Carolina Beach.

Less than a year ago, Tara realized a dream of her own - starting her own real estate group. In late 2018 she teamed up with Jordyn Rice (above right), an up and coming young realtor. Together, she says, they're working their way toward world domination ;). 

Tara says that she has never taken for granted all the gifts we have here in coastal NC. And, that she never wants to stop sharing them with others. 

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June 3, 2019

The Good Life at Brunswick Forest



Brunswick Forest is a private, planned community situated in the small town of Leland just south of Wilmington, North Carolina. With a population of just over 20,000, the town is big enough to remind you that you have neighbors, but small enough to expect to see people you know at the store. It’s thirty minutes from the coast, and the few miles of river, land, and forest in between allows space for nature…and plenty of back yard. 


Coastal.There are five beautiful beaches within 45 minutes of Brunswick Forest gates including Wrightsville Beach, Pleasure Island (Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher), Southport/Oak Island, Sunset Beach and Holden Beach. And, creeks and river that leads to the Atlantic allows for adventures on the water less than a mile from home.



Given the community’s location, residents of Brunswick Forest and their homes have been largely unaffected by hurricanes and tropical storms through the years.



By Nature. Numerous parks, over 100 miles of paved hiking and biking trails, nearby Brunswick Nature Park, and a creek that runs through it all makes Brunswick Forest a nature lover’s paradise. The trails and community common areas were built to encourage people to immerse themselves in nature. When walking back to the dog park behind the Meadow Park neighborhood, it’s easy to forget that you’re walking through a master-planned community. 



The Good Life. At Brunswick Forest, luxury and nature are interwoven to create the ideal lifestyle that people seek. The Cape Fear National golf course, designed by architectTim Cate, combines the two seamlessly. The course is as dramatic as the landscape itself. CFN is a semi-public course, making Brunswick Forest a community with a golf course rather than a golf course community, eliminating dues and the like.



Other amenities include two outdoor pools, one indoor pool, one satellite fitness center, pickleball and tennis courts, and an 18,000 square foot Fitness and Wellness Center. And, The Villages at Brunswick Forest has all shopping and lunch and dining needs covered. 


The best way to get a feel for Brunswick Forest is to experience it for yourself. So, give us a call and we’ll give you the grand tour. It’s a day trip we’re always happy to take.  




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May 17, 2019

The Living is Easy


Summer is sweet no matter where you are, but in Southeastern NC it's downright decadent. Good times, awesome surf, and a variety of events are rampant around here in May, June and July. Summer can get busy fast, so you may want to get ahead of a few things in order to plan your summer around them. See what's happening over the next few months below. If you know of any that we didn't cover, but should know about, please let us know in comments! 


Sweet Summertime Events 


May 24 - August 30

Downtown Sundown Series

Riverfront Park


June 1 – 2 

7th Street SurfShop Shredfest Surf Contest

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier


June 1 

48th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival

Carolina Beach Boardwalk (10am - 6pm)


June 6 - August 29

Summer Tiki Shows starting with Zion Rootz

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar


June 13 - August 8

Sounds of Summer at Wrightsville Beach Concert in the Park 

Wrightsville Beach Park


June 14 – 15  

Blueberry Festival

Burgaw, NC


June 15 – 16  

Living History Weekend 

Fort Fisher State Historic Site


June 21 – 23

Cape Fear Blues Festival 

Various Venues


July 1 – 4

North Carolina 4th of July Festival 

Southport, NC



July 4th

Celebration & Fireworks in Downtown Wilmington


July 6

Port City Reggae & Music Arts Festival



July 12 – 28

Lumina Festival of the Arts






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May 11, 2019

To Stage or Not to Stage...




Deciding to sell your home, in of itself, can be overwhelming. Preparing to show it is a whole The entire process can be emotional, the considerations and details often feel endless, and who has the time to set the perfect stage for potential buyers?


But, if your goal is to sell quickly, you simply must.  


Questions like: "Do I really need to stage an empty home?" and "How do I stage my home if we're still living in it?", are definitely among the top few frequently asked questions that we encounter. This is where home stagers come in. Stagers exist to take the pressure off, to design quickly and beautifully, and to help you sell your home for more, faster. We highly recommend using a home staging consultant  no matter the situation.


So, we decided to ask stager Jenna McKnight with Aqua Home Staging, to jump in to answer these questions. 


Here's what Jenna had to say in a nutshell:

Why stage your empty home?


1. No one likes an empty house 


90% of home buyers look online before inquiring about a home (National Association of Realtors). If the house is beautifully staged with updated furnishings, studies show that they are much more likely to click on the listing.  And, when staging, remember that you have about two seconds to capture a prospective buyers attention online.



2. Nothing's perfect. Distraction is key.


When there is no furniture, buyers have nothing to focus on besides the walls, floors, and the fixtures (and, whatever flaws there are with all of these things).


Nearly 1/3, or 28%, of buyers are more willing to overlook proper faults when the home is staged (according to the National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of home staging report) . 


3. Staging = More Money


Many people are blinded by the expense of staging, and decide they can do without. But, often they're settling for less by doing so. Statistics show that buyers are more likely to offer more money for a staged listing rather than empty homes. In a 2018 Home Staging Resource survey of 4200 homes, 85% of the staged homes sold for 6-25% more than that un-staged homes. So do what it calls for when selling your home - don't be afraid to spend a little to get considerably more, all the way around.



How to Stage Your Furnished Home 


1 - Declutter.


This is extremely important. While clutter is a fact of life, it can also be a source of stress and unease. So, be on the safe side, knock out the clutter to avoid the risk of stressing out potential buyers with someone else's clutter.  


2. De-personalize.


Try to take as much of yourself out of the home as you can, so that others can visualize themselves living there. This includes taking down family portraits, personal photos, etc. (There are a few exceptions to this rule, like black and white photos that can add an artistic flare). 



3. Rearrange. 


When you're living in a home, you usually have the furniture arranged in a way that makes the most sense for living.  However, this may not always look the best.  Something that a home stager will focus on is re-arranging the furniture in a way that will show off each room the best way possible.


"Getting your home ready to sell is stressful. Period," said McKnight. Hiring a home stager, whether your home will be shown furnished or unfurnished, is undoubtedly the easier road. Stagers come with a detailed punch list in mind to ensure that photos will instantly engage potential buyers, and subsequently increase your chances of selling both higher and faster. 


But, for all you adamant DIY-ers out there, stay tuned! Our stage-it-yourself blog is coming soon... 




Questions about home staging? Call Jenna at Aqua Home Staging: 757-784-2797 




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