Â Â Â Relocating my home from New Jersey to St. James Plantation was a complex move requiring strict organization and delegation.Â Thorough research of climate, facilities, real estate and job opportunities had convinced me and my husband that moving south was going to provide us with the ideal semi retirement lifestyle we were looking for.Â St. James offered us ideal real estate, a full service marina for my sea loving husband and a growing real estate market for my professional growth.Â Little did we know five years ago that we were not the only family members moving from NJ to St. James Plantation.Â Late last year my mother joined us to pursue life in St. James and the Southport area.
Â Â Â We looked forward to new challenges when we moved.Â We found new friends within St. James who shared our love of the golf, tennis, boating and fishing and who were eager to teach us the newest card games.Â I found work that I loved, my husband returned to the sea working on the Bald Head Island ferry and we settled into our new friendly neighborhood.Â We explored the small shops and restaurants in Southport, and searched for new places of interest along the Intercoastal Waterway in our kayaks.Â We followed leads from our new friends and went north to Wilmington and south to Myrtle Beach .Â Life in St. James offered us everything we hoped for in our retirement.
Â Â Â Last year, after a conference with my mother and siblings, my mother decided to give up her NJ residence of 35 years and move to St. James to live with us.Â As with any family, there were details for each of us to monitor and while dealing with mine, I discovered a new and wonderful facet of life in St. James.Â Â Although many of us take advantage of the award winning golf courses, the marina and the beach club on Oak Island, there was a wealth of activities provided for our senior citizens who donâ€™t play golf or live on the water.Â Church activities, social luncheons, book clubs, bible study groups, afternoon card games and day cruises provide a constant choice of activities in addition to personal favorites like the pool and the park-like setting for daily fitness walks.
Â Â Â I realized within a few weeks of my motherâ€™s arrival that she had created a vast new social network of friends and neighbors who called her for everything from Sunday church services to Wednesday afternoon card games.Â St. James provided the opportunity for my mother to settle here without loss of friendship and independence.Â Able to safely walk throughout the neighborhood, my mother no longer worries about shoveling snow or slipping on ice.Â She is able to join the Senior luncheons held monthly at The Playerâ€™s Club in St. James.Â The Lending Library provides her with a wealth of new books to read and when she wants to experience the outside world, she has found the day cruises are convenient and fun.
Â Â Â Activities and services abound at St. James Plantation, enough that two generations within our family were enticed into relocating here from New Jersey.Â We are all discovering the many opportunities within the town and recently celebrated with an outing to the marina to enjoy the sunset and music offered while watching the boats returning after a day at sea.Â Young and old can find enjoyment at the Marina restaurant.Â Within the park setting of St. James Plantation there is something for everyone.