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By Margie Casey | Broker in Florida
  • Brunswick Forest Adds New Amenity - Swimming Pool No. 3

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Wilmington, Parks & Recreation in Wilmington, Home Buying in Wilmington  |  July 9, 2014 6:09 AM  |  46 views  |  No comments



    As the summer starts to heat up, residents at Brunswick Forest will soon have another new way to cool down. A new swimming pool is the latest amenity to open this summer at the award winning master-planned community in Wilmington, adding more swimming space, lots of shaded seating, not to mention a brand new sparking pool.  The latest addition to the Brunswick Forest amenities will be accessible to all residentand will have plenty of car and bike parking (bikes are the more popular method of transportation in this bike friendly neighborhood).  

    While the swimming pool is a welcome addition to the Brunswick Forest amenities, the neighborhood is already filled with activities including an 18,000 square foot Fitness and Wellness Center with two swimming pools, 100 miles of biking and nature trials and an incredibly scenic 18-hole championship golf course called Cape Fear National.

    Because of all that the chic city has to offer, new homes in Wilmington, North Carolina have something for everyone both along the barrier islands and in the community.  Wilmington has an abundance of nature and wildlife, outstanding beaches and waterways, a moderate climate with a change of seasons and a reasonable cost of living. If you want to live near the ocean and beautiful beaches, wherever you settle in Wilmington the water is not far away. Brunswick Forest is set just minutes from the heart of it all.

    Take a peek at Brunswick Forest homes

    That’s just the beginning. Part of what makes Wilmington one of the best places to live in coastal North Carolina is that it’s complete with a seaport, an international airport and a University of North Carolina Campus.  The city has held onto its historic atmosphere.  That’s why the area is such a big draw to Hollywood.  Several films and TV shows are filmed in the area every year. The city is nicknamed ‘Hollywood East’. Wilmington's unique location also gives it a very mild subtropical climate with summer temperatures rarely getting above 88 degrees and winter temperatures on average in the 50's and 60's making it a wonderful place to spend time outdoors pretty much year round.

    In addition living in Wilmington, North Carolina means you are a short drive from several major cities (Charlotte, NC, Raleigh-Durham, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC) and other local hot spots along the east coast. The Cape Fear Coast is a world of history, sports, island beaches and incredible natural beauty-just waiting to be discovered. Along the Cape Fear Coast you’ll find hours of enjoyment and adventure, whether you’re a shopper, a history buff, a naturalist, a beachcomber or all of the above. The historic port city of Wilmington affords all the unique opportunity to enjoy an exciting area rich in dining, culture and the arts, while being only minutes away from white sandy beaches.

    Another reason the Wilmington area is among the best places to live in coastal North Carolina: business. Wilmington is home to GE Aviation, Corning and Verizon Wireless to name a few. Along with those titans of business, Wilmington prides itself, not only being one of the best places to live in coastal North Carolina, but on providing opportunities to small businesses and entrepreneurs that  help attract younger workers looking to begin new careers.

    It’s easy to see why this area continues to win so many accolades winds up on so many “Best Of” lists.  Every day is an opportunity to experience something new.  From outdoor fun at the beach to launching a start-up business with some of the best minds in corporate America, coastal North Carolina leverages all of its best assets to offer something not found in many regions of the country.

    If you’re looking for new homes in Wilmington North Carolina, be sure to check out Brunswick Forest and its amenities.  Don’t just imagine it, come see it for yourself! 

    Contact us if you'd like to receive free Wilmington, North Carolina Relocation Information and be sure to call Brunswick Forest direct at 888.371.2434 to schedule a tour of this award winning master-planned community in Wilmington.

  • Summer Concert Series Begins at Arlie Gardens near Landfall

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in Wilmington, Parks & Recreation in Wilmington, Home Buying in Wilmington  |  June 11, 2014 6:10 AM  |  272 views  |  1 comment



    The Arlie Gardens Summer Concert Series just kicked off in coastal North Carolina and the Landfall residents couldn’t be happier. The annual Wilmington North Carolina music festival takes place May 2nd until September 19th, every first and third Friday from 6p-8p. The undeniably beautiful, Arlie Gardens hosts the event and brings the coastal North Carolina community together through the power of music and dance.  Free for members and an affordable $9 for adults and $2 for children. Free for 4 years old and under. Here is the series line up:

    • June 6th- 40 East Band- Country/ Covers
    • June 20th- Shine- Soft Rock
    • July4th- The Imitations- Dance
    • July 18th- L Shape Lot- Folk Rock
    • Aug. 1st- BLP- Dance
    • Aug. 15th- Signal Fire- Reggae
    • Sept. 5th- Stardust- Jazz/ Old Standards
    • Sept. 19th –The 360 Degrees- Dance

    Just over a mile of a scenic trails, garden and butterfly tours, summer camp for the kids or visiting grandkids; young or old, Arlie Gardens has activities that will keep all ages interested and is less than 10 minutes from the gated community of Landfall, Real Estate Scorecard's 2014 Bliss Award winner for Best North Carolina Community of the Year. 

    Arlie Gardens has inspired many artists through the years; the first to be inspired was Minnie Evans, a domestic worker at the garden. Minnie was the gatekeeper from 1948- 1974. After her death in 1987 local artist dedicated a memorial sculpture garden in her name. Minnie’s paintings are displayed at Cameron Museum of Art or Fenimore Art Museum in Wilmington, where locals and tourist, alike, can witness the outcome of Minnie’s inspiration first hand! 

    Walk through a sea of butterflies, smell the vivacious Azaleas and camellias or escape the summer sun by standing beneath a 467 year Arlie Oak; a great way to enjoy retirement or an afternoon of family time.  Arlie Gardens is a true gem in the coastal North Carolina, bringing locals and tourists together for over a century. Learn about the native botanicals, birds, and butterflies that inhabit North Carolina and see why the garden has been a valuable part of education for the city of Wilmington.

    Enjoy gardening classes at Arlie Gardens and bring back tips for your own garden in the beautiful gated community of Landfall in Wilmington. Decorated with towering Evergreens and aromatic flowers in the well-kept neighborhood, Landfall is a golf community featuring private amenities for an active lifestyle. Located on the north side of Cape Fear River the community has access to two championship golf courses designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, two golf clubs, an Olympic size pool, a sports center, fitness center and thirteen lighted tennis courses. Cottage and Estate style homes begin at half a million and exceed two million. Raising a family or winding down for retirement, enjoy the beauty of Wilmington, NC and find what makes Wilmington a great place to live. 

    Take a peek at Landfall homes

    The beauty of Arlie Gardens isn’t just contained within. Wilmington, NC is conveniently located just west of Wrightsville Beach.  Gaze over the sail of your boat that rest on the Atlantic Ocean, twinkling like a diamond or take an early evening surf to melt the days stress away. This ultra relaxing beachfront town features 4 miles of sandy beach, 2.5 miles of walking trails, four well lit tennis courts and the Johnnie Mercer fishing pier; a great fishing location.Wrightsville Beach is quickly becoming a great location for a primary or secondary home in a beach oriented coastal North Carolina community; beginning in the mid 100k to over a million and featuring gorgeous stacked floor plans and large windows that boast breathtaking panoramic views. 

    If you're considering Wilmington North Carolina for relocation, Bill Boyer of Intracoastal Realty is who we trust. Call him directly at 910-262-5414 or email to tour Landfall or homes in close proximity to Arlie Gardens.

  • Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest Named Top NC Golf Course

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Wilmington, Parks & Recreation in Wilmington, Home Buying in Wilmington  |  May 28, 2014 5:38 AM  |  186 views  |  No comments



    Hats off to one of the best Wilmington NC golf courses this year! Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest is the cream of the crop when it comes to golf courses in the South, and everyone is finding out why. From its sweet location to the comprehensive Brunswick Forest amenities, Wilmington’s fastest growing community is a best place to live in North Carolina and the adventure begins on the award winning golf course. 

    Just last month, Golfweek Magazine announced its list of Top Golf Courses State by State. It is no surprise that Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest was representing North Carolina in eleventh place – a coveted position for golf courses in the state. Cape Fear National was recognized as having a modern layout for golfers shying away from the traditional and classic course designs. Set amid magnificent oaks, maples, pines, magnolias, and dune grasses, the golf course is intriguing. Water features and sand dunes add to the beauty of the course. Hole #3 is the Signature Hole, one of the most difficult holes of the course. Local's know to the secret to success on this hole and that is to aim for the leaning tree.

    While all other Wilmington NC golf courses are just fine and dandy, Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest is quite the winner. This 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tim Cate comes with all the bells and whistles of an upscale, premium masterpiece. Cate designed Cape Fear National with his heart and soul, and included dramatic features. Here are a few of the technical features of the course: 

    • Three picture perfect waterfalls
    • 1,500 feet of linear golf cart bridges  
    • Strategically placed native rock walls
    • 1.5 million cubic yards of earth was added and moved to create this quality layout
    • A natural terrain consisting of native grasses, Wax Myrtles and wildflowers
    • Superior drainage system and strategically placed sand traps 

    While, these quick facts are appealing, the entire Brunswick Forest community is impressing relocating Baby Boomers when they explore the best places to live in North Carolina. The heart of downtown Wilmington is only a 10 minute drive from the entrance of Brunswick Forest. The master-planned community is considered a ‘prime coastal South location’ in the media as it is equal distance between the city lights of NYC and the palm trees of Florida. The location is no doubt a perk of the community, but the Brunswick Forest amenities are just as appealing for people who want it all.

    This 4,500 acre coastal community is welcoming for anyone who loves natural terrain, the coastal lifestyle and luxury living. Complete with 100 miles of walking and biking trails, an 18,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center, pickleball and tennis courts, property owners can kick back and can relish in the active lifestyle they’ve longed for. Along with one of the best Wilmington NC golf courses, this coastal community has even more to offer including:

    • Multiple swimming pools
    • The River Club canoe and kayak launch facility
    • The Villages 500,000 square foot shopping, dining and medical services within walking distance of the neighborhood
    • The Community Commons event lawn and social activity pavillion 

    Along with these amenities, Brunswick Forest is a community that consists of seven neighborhoods. Several overlooking the Cape Fear National golf course. Residents can view a hole-in-one right from their home. 

    Take a peek at Brunswick Forest homes

    This coastal community shares in the joys of their neighbors and celebrates on a regular basis with the exciting social events. Some of the upcoming social events include:

    • June 14, 2014 – The 4th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta – Residents and visitors can enjoy friendly races in their community, while they boogy to the local music and watch paddleboard demonstrations in the sun from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • June 14, 2014 – Summer Concert in the Park - After residents finish up soaking up the sunshine, they can enjoy the party band, Shine in the evening from 6-9 p.m.
    • July 19, 2014 –  Summer Concert in the Park - The band, Fury, is heating up the crowd from 6-9 p.m.
    • August 9, 2014 – Summer Concert in the Park - Watch out for the Big Band! News Brunswick will have a 17-piece orchestra bringing in the “big” tunes during the dog days of summer.

    This friendly coastal community welcomes non-residents and visiting guests to share in these activities.

    Click to learn more about Brunswick Forest’s Discovery Weekend Package or call 888.371.2434.

  • Our Take on the Wilmington North Carolina Housing Market

    Posted Under: General Area in Wilmington, Market Conditions in Wilmington, Home Buying in Wilmington  |  May 22, 2014 12:08 PM  |  285 views  |  No comments



    The 28th Annual Parade of Homes provided a perfect opportunity to see 70 new homes in dozens of master planned communities in Wilmington North Carolina built by the areas top builders such as Trusst Builder Group, Bill Clark Homes, and Logan Homes. Trends we noticed this year:

    • White is the color of choice in interior design giving the feeling of spaciousness
    • Outdoor living rooms with fireplaces and patios draped in fabric
    • Light fixtures commanding attention as works of art and conversation pieces
    • Tall base boards, curved wall corners, decorative columns, trey ceilings and beams
    • Two story mania which contradicts the requests we’re hearing from our buyers

    Wilmington North Carolina is one of the most popular regions on our website so we planted ourself in the coastal city for several days. Here’s our observations from the first group of neighborhoods we visited:

    LANDFALL COUNTRY CLUB

    In 2014, Landfall received our Bliss Award™ as Best North Carolina Community of the Year. When we drove through the neighborhood, the curb appeal was so beautiful it looked professionally staged. A gated golf community launched back in the 1980’s, there are approximately 1,800 homes built to date of the 2,400 planned.

    Our focus was on the new home neighborhood in Landfall called The Regency with 68 homes planned. The Regency at Landfall is surrounded by a wood conservation area with homes featuring Mediterranean, English Country and Colonial architecture. Emerald Homes, a division of DR Horton Homes is offering attractive new homes in the mid $400k’s. We toured the Chestnut model, a 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths open floor plan priced at $678,310. The house looked deceivingly small from the outside but it was from it.

    This award winning master planned community in Wilmington North Carolina’s location is special being just 5 minutes from Wrightsville Beach and the area's best shopping centers, Mayfaire Town Center, The Forum and Lumina Station. 

    Folks would never run out of things to day at Landfall. Amenities include a two championship golf courses with dramatic views of the Intracoastal Waterway, two clubhouses, 14 multi-surfaced tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, fitness center and enoyable walking paths. Property owners are not required to join the golf club. For folks searching for homes in the $400k price range, Landfall is a must see in Wilmington.

    Take a peek at all Landfall homes for sale

    AUTUMN HALL

    We were pleasantly surprised after touring Autumn Hall, a new urbanism designed neighborhood with soft pastel colored two story Charleston-style homes and one level cottages with flower adorned porches set around accents lakes, community parks and inviting walking paths. The developer took special care to preserve the live oak and pine trees giving the neighborhood a mature feeling early in development. Approximately 50 homes are built to date of the 300 planned. Autumn Hall new homes start in the mid $400k’s. We toured the Dinardo Cottage built by S and W Home Builders priced at $490,500. 

    Autumn Hall’s location is important being 1.5 miles from Wrightsville Beach and 5 minutes from the heart of Wilmington’s best shopping district. HOA fees are low at about $80 a month.

    COVINGTON

    Built by Bill Clark Homes, Covington wins our ‘big bang for the buck’ award. An intimate 89 new home neighborhood, this master planned community in Wilmington North Carolina has a palate of soft earth tones and one level cottages with bonus rooms. Bill Clark Homes has been building homes in the Southeast since 1977 and clearly in tune with Baby Boomer demands in today’s market. We were impressed with the high level of finishes in homes priced in the low $200k’s. HOA fees are low at around $40 a month. We toured the Henley model which won the Parade of Homes award for woodworking. 

    Covington’s location is key and is just 5 minutes from Carolina Beach.

    WATERSIDE AT WOODLAKE

    Built by Coterra Custom Homes, Waterside at Woodlake is a boutique size new home neighborhood featuring 33 cottage style homes. The community won this year’s award for curb appeal and we can see why. We find Coterra’s home elevations and exterior embellishments appealing. Half of the homes back up to a kayaking lake owned by the Cape Fear Community College. Amenities include a community clubhouse and swimming pool. We toured the River Birch model, a 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths home with a large backyard overlooking the lake priced at $359k. 

    TIDALWALK

    We’ve been monitoring TidalWalk for a couple years. This master planned community in Wilmington North Carolina is progressing along beautifully. We were drawn to this new home neighborhood because of its convenient location to Carolina Beach and waterfront location on the Intracoastal Waterway. The community is just 5 minutes from the Carolina Beach inlet by boat. 

    TidalWalk is a tight knit neighborhood of 197 homes. Approximately 80 homes have been built to date. We toured The Danberry model built by Laurel Homes. The two story Lowcountry cottage had impressive upgrades and decorative features ready to please the most finicky buyers. New homes at TidalWalk begin in the mid $300k’s. Community amenities include a community clubhouse with zero entry salt water swimming pool, community boat docks and a gazebo on the Intracoastal Waterway.

    BRUNSWICK FOREST

    The grand finale ended at three of the most beautiful homes we’ve seen on this trip! The Trinity model built by Trusst Builder Group, The Adelaide model built by Bill Clark Homes and The Amelia II model built by Logan Homes. All three homes had open floor plans with expansive windows capturing the natural beauty and sunlight from the great outdoors. Brunswick Forest has wonderful nature viewing corridors behind the homes adding privacy and beauty to the backyards. Brunswick Forest has incredible curb appeal with the soothing feeling like that of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

    This year, Brunswick Forest is proud to have been named an “Ideal Community” featuring two Ideal-Living Magazine homes. Brunswick Forest was the logical choice because it has already established itself as a debt-free refined coastal community with comprehensive amenities and impressive nature trails leading to community parks, amenities and The Villages 500,000 square foot retail shopping complex at the community’s entrance.

    We toured The Adeliade model built by Bill Clark Homes, a stunning open floor plan with seamless paths connecting to all the living areas in the home. Large windows capture the sunlight and the forest. Tall ceilings with decorative coves and mood lighting add volume and depth to the home. The Adeliade (priced at $499,000) has a classic example of an outdoor living room with fireplace and cozy patio with living room-style drapes. The Amelia II model (priced at $482,500) stepped in up a notch and enclosed the patio with floor to ceiling glass windows. Both Ideal-Living Magazine homes are beautiful.

    We were also drawn to The Trinity model built by Trusst Builder Group. Although technically the home is square shaped, the rooms felt like all different sizes and shapes. The master bedroom, bathroom and closets are huge. The living room and kitchen connected beautifully. The ceiling work tied the dining room, foyer, living room and kitchen beautifully together. The Trinty is priced at $499,500.

    Brunswick Forest has 7 model homes to see on the Parade of Homes and four of them won awards. If you’re considering building a home in Wilmington, you must see Brunswick Forest first and all the community offers. It’s a neighborhood of educated and successful professionals celebrating their achievements through luxury living and an active lifestyle centered around being outside to enjoy the outdoors. Brunswick Forest is located 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington and 25 minutes from the beaches. They offer all types of single family homes and town homes. Prices begin in the mid $200k’s. 

    Take a peek at Brunswick Forest homes for sale

    COMPASS POINTE

    Coming from a resort and beach town, we kinda chuckle with the ‘resort living’ marketing campaign by Compass Pointe in Wilmington. However, as you get to know Compass Pointe better, you realize life is centered around The Grand Lania Pavilion and resort-style swimming pool. The 10,000 square foot open air pavilion has a Tommy Bahama feel and is what you would expect to see at a resort in the Caribbean. It’s beautiful! Is it possible buyers are drawn to Compass Pointe who are the party type who dig the social scene and scooting around the neighborhood in their golf carts meeting up for fruit flavored drinks poolside at The Grand Lanai? We do know property owners are very happy at Compass Pointe scoring the community at 91 out of 100.

    Since our last visit, the tennis courts are complete and the fitness center grand opening is planned for July. We asked about the progress of the community’s golf course and were informed it should be complete as early as the end of 2015. At the moment, a $10k initiation fee to join the club is anticipated. The staff of Compass Pointe was unable to answer how much the monthly golf fees are expected to be. 

    We toured the St. Augustine model built by Trusst Builder Group, an award winning home builder since 1992. This town home featured exterior brick and spacious open floor plan common in Trusst Builder Group homes. Approximately 276 homes have been to date at Compass Pointe of the 2,400 homes planned. There were 40 homes under construction. The community still has a long way to go with development and we wish them continued success. HOA fees are low at $70 a month. Home styles at Compass Pointe include low maintenance villas, cottages, patio homes and custom homes. We applaud the extra mile Compass Pointe has gone to build raised berms in the backyards creating a nature privacy wall between the homes.

    Take a peek at Compass Pointe homes for sale

    MUIRFIELD TOWNES at ECHO FARMS

    We toured real estate developer Mike Pollak’s townhomes bordering the Echo Farms golf course. His two story brick townhomes won the Gold Medal Award during the Parade of Homes for the past two years for his high end interior finishes. We talked with Pollak and he revealed buyers are drawn to his town homes because of low maintenance and his ability to customize the homes easily which most track homes builders won’t do. A smart thing to do. 

    There are 92 townhomes planned and about 50% are complete. The HOA fees are $240 a year and include full hazard insurance (excluding contents coverage). Muirfield townhomes begin in the $300k’s. Property owners have the option of joining Echo Farms Country Club to access the golf course, tennis facility and swimming pool. 

    WEDGEWOOD AT LANVALE

    Built by Stevens Fine Homes, this master planned community in Wilmington North Carolina is geared towards first time home buyers with new homes priced in the mid $100k’s. The St. Augustine model is a 1,405 square foot 3 bedrooms 2 baths home and is impressively priced at $169,900. 216 homes are planned at the project’s completion and approximately 130 homes have been built to date. HOA fees are low at $35 a month. Architectural designs include Craftsman, European and brick-style homes. Amenities include a community swimming pool, fishing ponds, gazebos and children’s playground. Be sure to ask about Seller paid closing cost incentives.

    If you are searching for where to retire in coastal North Carolina, ask us for our informative free Wilmington North Carolina relocation information to help you get to know the area better.

  • Brunswick Forest New Homes Grand Reveal in Coastal North Carolina

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Wilmington, Going Green in Wilmington, Design & Decor in Wilmington  |  April 11, 2014 12:53 PM  |  522 views  |  1 comment



    A magician may never reveal his secret, but a certain North Carolina coastal community is ready to reveal the success to their success! One of the leading master-planned communities in Wilmington, NC is opening its doors to show off new trend setting homes built by two award winning builders, Bill Clark Homes and Logan Homes. While the Wilmington NC real estate is one of the hottest markets in the Southeast, its lakeside neighborhoods like The Hammocks at Shelmore that make folks quickly feel at home. 

    The 2014 Ideal Home Grand Reveal is scheduled for April 11-13, 2014 and the community is excited to see what Brunswick Forest is up to next. One of the most renowned builders in the area and a preferred home builder of Brunswick Forest, Logan Homes is the master behind the revealing of the The Amelia II Home. Logan Homes is a committed member of the Builder’s Guilds and won its most recent award in 2012 as Guildmaster with Distinction. Logan Homes also earned a spot on the list of “Top 10 Builders” in Brunswick County for 2010, 2011 and 2012. With these awards and credentials, The Amelia II home is expected to be a best-seller and Logan Homes is proud to showcase their work. 

    The Amelia II Home will spotlight the unique style of Logan Homes craftsmanship and include the most upscale customized features in the builder’s Jewel Collection. The new home is 2,477 sq. ft of luxury and is complete with a screened porch, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a front porch that stretches the length of the home entrance. Add a two car garage, spacious living areas, conditioned storage and this property is the right dose of comfort for any retiree interested in relocating to Coastal North Carolina. Features include French-style windows, wood floors, decorative ceilings and crown molding, spacious kitchen connecting to the great room and an enclosed patio with walls of windows.

    The next home that is making its introduction to the Wilmington NC real estate market is The Adelaide. This light filled 2,628 square foot three bedrooms, three baths coastal design was created by Bill Clark Homes. The cottage home includes a built-in fireplace and entertaining gourmet kitchen. This homebuilder holds a solid 30-year reputation as a stellar home builder in North Carolina. Bill Clark Homes won the award as the fastest growing home builder in the nation in past years and is moving up in the list of the Nation’s Top 100 Homebuilders. It is no wonder why Baby Boomers and home buyers are anxious to see The Adelaide’s grand reveal at Brunswick Forest. With three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a walk-in closet and master-suite that is fit for a king, this design is perfect for retirees who want enjoy a touch of luxury with their relaxed lifestyle. Features include tall ceilings, wood floors, oversized ceramic tile flooring, outdoor living room with fireplace and windows positioned everywhere in the home to capture the beautiful sunlight.

    Along with these two home revealings, Brunswick Forest is also sharing news about its Neo-Traditional Style Homes in the Shelmore neighborhood. Shelmore is one of the Wilmington pet friendly neighborhoods that a can be described as simple and sweet. White picket fences line each property, front porches welcome visitors with a classic and cliche southern charm and the bungalow-style homes are nestled closely to a three-acre lake. This picture-perfect setting includes a sparkling, sandy beach and manicured walking trails to start and end the day in bliss. Brunswick Forest is one of the few Wilmington pet friendly neighborhoods with miles of dedicated walking trails and paths. 

    Take a peek at Brunswick Forest homes 

    Baby Boomers and young families living in Brunswick Forest can expect many blissful days ahead. The best master-planned community is comprised of twelve different neighborhoods. 4,500 acres of rich forests and lakeside estates give plenty of buying options to retirees interested in relocating to the area. This North Carolina coastal community offers residents a variety of amenities like:

    • 18-hole Championship Golf Course Designed by NC Native Tim Cate 
    • Golf Clubhouse with Restaurant and Bar 
    • 18,000 Square Foot Fitness & Wellness Center
    • Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools 
    • 5 Hard Surface Tennis Courts and a Sport Court 
    • Comprehensive Fitness Center with Lounge
    • Community Parks and Gardens
    • 100+ Miles of Walking, Biking and Nature Trails
    • Canoe, Kayak and Small Boat Launch 

    Brunswick Forest is just a short drive to the Historic Downtown Wilmington lined with award-winning restaurants, intriguing shopping and the beautiful Cape Fear River. Baby Boomers can travel with ease to Central Florida or New York City since Wilmington is about an equal distance from both destinations. Day trips to other coastal beaches like Myrtle Beach and the Outer Banks add variety to the good life living found at Brunswick Forest.

    Contact Brunswick Forest direct at 888.371.2434 or email for more information about the 2014 Ideal Home Grand Reveal.

    In case you miss this weekend’s event, both Ideal Homes will be available to see throughout 2014. Just say ‘yes’ and accept Brunswick Forest’s warm welcome offered through their Discovery Package.

  • North Carolina Azalea Festival - Southern Charm in Full Bloom

    Posted Under: General Area in Wilmington, Quality of Life in Wilmington, Parks & Recreation in Wilmington  |  March 21, 2014 5:08 AM  |  525 views  |  No comments



    On the coast of North Carolina, retirees living in the Wilmington NC friendly neighborhoods are buzzing with excitement about an upcoming annual spring event.  On April 9-13th, the North Carolina Azalea Festival is celebrating its 67th year in Wilmington. The Azalea Festival is jam packed with all sorts of outstanding activities, parties, street concerts and even a Celebrity Reception for those who want to be “Starry-Eyed” from celebrity sightings. Music, dancing, art galleries and so much more keep one of the best places to live in coastal North Carolina full of rich culture and entertainment. If you're considering relocating to the area, ask us for Wilmington NC relocation information. Check out the festival play-by-play here!

    April 9, 2014

    The festival kicks off with a royal affair at 3:00 p.m. Visitors and residents living in the Wilmington NC friendly neighborhoods can see the official crowning of the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen. Celebrities and City Officials will be part of the Azalea Court and accompany her on the Henrietta III. The Queen and her Court will party on the water until the wee hours of the night with other ships sailing in the area!

    April 10, 2014 

    Festival spirit is at its all time highest in one of the best places to live in coastal North Carolina as the Brigade Boys and Girls Club Community comes to visit. Here are some more events happening on the 10th!

    • “Stars” are visible during the day as celebrities meet and greet with locals at the Celebration Reception at 11:30 a.m. Later on the group, along with the Azalea Festival Queen, will appear at a local school to share their school pride. 
    • The 2014 Cole Brothers Circus has returned to the Azalea Festivals in Wilmington North Carolina. Thursday and Friday shows start at 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.. Saturday shows begin at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sunday wraps up the weekend with shows at 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
    • Boogie Nights begin at 8:00 p.m. with Justin Moore, Randy Houser, and Josh Thompson at the Miller Lite Main Stage for their 2014 Off The Beaten Path Tour.

    April 11, 2014

    Friday marks the start of the Festival Weekend! Our Wilmington NC relocation information shares with you the best hotels, restaurants and employers in the area.

    • The Airlie Luncheon Garden Party is the perfect place for the North Carolina Azalea Festival sponsors to mingle with 2,500 others in their finest hats and bowties. For more details, check out how to be a sponsor.
    • The Street Fair begins today and lasts the entire weekend. Try all 40 food vendors, visit four stages everyday and discover more than 200 arts and crafts tents. 
    • The Juried Art Show and Sale opens from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. and runs the whole weekend.
    • The first of two Widespread Panic Shows stirs up the crowds at 8 p.m. and fans will be “panicking” to get their hands on some tickets for both Friday and Saturday night. 

    April 12th and 13th, 2014

    Saturday will be full energy thanks to the residents of the Wilmington NC friendly neighborhoods. Retirees visiting to look at homes in and around the area can drop in on the events this weekend. 

    • The Street Fair Children’s Area is open from 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Complete with a science fair and variety of dance performers, adults and children will be amazed with the entertainment. 
    • The entertainment continues at the Street Fair Multicultural Stage. The top performers in and around the area will show off their talents from 1:00 - 5 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.
    • At 8 p.m. Widespread Panic once agains leaves audiences crying for more as the final show ends on Saturday and one of the best festivals in Wilmington North Carolina finishes with the Street Fair fun. 

    Retirees are finding out that the festivals add excitement to their golden years and combined with a warm location, are the perfect mix for the next chapter of their lives. Local beach and golf communities like Landfall, Wrightsville Beach and Porters Neck Country Club are in high-demand because of their friendliness and close proximity to downtown. Retirees visiting the area during the festival can tour homes in these Wilmington NC neighborhoods while learning more about one of the best places to live in coastal North Carolina.

    Bill Boyer of Intracoastal Realty is our trusted colleague in Wilmington. He can provide you free access to Boomtown to search for homes to see what your money can buy.

    Call Bill Boyer direct at 910-262-5414 or email.

    If you'd like to receive free Wilmington NC relocation information, write to us at info@realestatescorecard.com

  • The Luck of the Irish in Wilmington North Carolina on St. Patrick's Day

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Wilmington, Parks & Recreation in Wilmington, Home Buying in Wilmington  |  March 15, 2014 3:38 AM  |  395 views  |  No comments



    A four-leaf clover is hard to find on St. Patrick’s Day, but luck is always close by in Wilmington, North Carolina. Residents living in the Wilmington NC neighborhoods have found happiness at the end of the rainbow and rewarding pot-of-gold-communities in the area.

    One of them is called Landfall, winner of Real Estate Scorecard’s 2014 Bliss Award™for Best North Carolina Community of the Year and it is well deserved. Landfall is a gated master-planned community located just north of downtown. In addition to a long list of happy property owners, amenities in the neighborhood include:

    • 24 Hour Manned Gated Entrance
    • Two Championship Golf Courses
      • Pete Dye Course
      • Jack Nicklaus Course
    • Two Golf Clubhouses, one with dining
    • Cliff Drysdale Sports Center
    • 13 Lighted Tennis Courts
    • 1,600 Square Foot Fitness Center
    • Outdoor Olympic-size Swimming Pool
    • Kenan Chapel

    Wilmington has become a retirement hotspot midway between New York and Florida on the shoreline of the Cape Fear River and on the East Coast of North Carolina. With its convenient access to the barrier islands and great weather, it is easy to understand why so many retirees are anxious to settle down in this beach and boating area. Year round entertainment and festivities like St. Patrick's Day are bonuses to this picture-perfect historic city.

    This upcoming March is a fun and playful time to discover what the Wilmington NC neighborhoods have to offer. On Saturday March 15, the 10th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run is a great activity for people who look forward to a morning run near the beach. Participants can choose from a 5K or a 10K run/walk and then attend an after party at The Lazy Pirate around 11 a.m. The proceeds will be given to one or more cancer patients and their families, and participants can remember they dedicated their time and funds to a good cause before the official St. Patrick’s Day holiday!

    While some people may enjoy to run the coast of the Carolinas, there are other festivals in Wilmington North Carolina that may pique others interests that Saturday. The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is on March 15, 2014, and people from around the area come to celebrate the fun. Visitors and owners of Landfall real estate can tap their feet to the holiday music, enjoy irish dancing and watch the performers for this St. Patrick’s Day at the Riverfront Park beginning at noon. The Irish culture is fully embraced in this waterfront community and the fun does not stop there!

    On Sunday, March 16, 2014, The Luck of the Irish Full Moon Cruise sails around the Historic River Walk from 6-8 p.m. Admission is only $38.00 per passenger and everyone can enjoy the live acoustic music, full bar and gorgeous moonlight views before the official holiday. Cruising and celebrating St. Patty’s Day was never so much fun until it started in the Wilmington NC neighborhoods. Other events included in the festivals in Wilmington North Carolina include the Celtic Tenors performance on March 14th at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $18.00- $35.00 at Thalian Hall and the classic tones are sure to get everyone in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day!

    A lunch cruise on Monday is a great way for the residents of Landfall and other Wilmington neighborhoods to kick off the official holiday. The St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise is a fun-filled activity for the residents to enjoy the famous Corn Beef & Cabbage Lunch and Bagpipe music before they about the Riverfront Cruise from 1-3 p.m. Tickets are $38.00 per person and it is sure to be an amazing time on St. Patrick’s Day.

    Wilmington North Carolina is a waterfront city full of luck and leisure and Landfall real estate owners are having a blast!

    To tour Landfall or similar gated communities in the area, call Bill Boyer of Intracoastal Realty direct at 910.262.5414 or email.

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