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Farm to Table, Farmer Markets near Your Plantation

We have mentioned in the past about communities like Ocean Ridge Plantation, Brunswick Forest and Winding River Plantation having Home Owners Association communal gardens.  Some communities and neighborhoods will also allow for you to do your own gardens in your yard – but always check first as many of the plantations have regulations about the size of gardens you can plant. For the most part, you can plant a few tomato plants and some beans but if you start tilling the land, well, that will be seen as excessive in most communities.

Oh the bright side, Brunswick County hosts many farmer markets and organic wholesale/retail farms.  During your visit, your BUYER’S AGENT at Carolina Plantations would be happy to show you where these markets are located.

Shallotte, NC

If you are looking at communities like River’s Edge Golf and Plantation, and others near the town of Shallotte, there is a great market, Buddy Kelly’s Farmers Market.  This market begins in April and runs through October and is located just off Main St.  It is open Saturday mornings and offers local foods, produce, cakes, jellies, Jewelry, and local arts are offered at this market. Locals to southern Brunswick County find this market to provide all fresh produce and home goods.

Also in Shallotte you can have access to a 250 acre farm that grows the majority of the produce on site.  Holden Brothers Famer’s Market is just off Hwy 17 at mile marker 10.  So if you are looking at communities such as Sea Trail, Sandpiper Bay, Brunswick Plantation, Ocean Ridge Plantation and Crow Creek, this market is your place.  You can also pay and pick at this farm blackberries, tomatoes and strawberries, which are always fun to pick with your grandchildren in the spring. 

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Oak Island

The Barrier Island of Oak Island provides the area’s newest Farmer’s Market.  Communities like St. James Plantation, Bald Head Island and Indigo Plantation will utilize all the fresh local produce, meats, cheese and local arts at this market.  This market is located on the barrier island behind the Town Hall.  Weekends until October, you can grab what you need after leaving the beach, a convenient market for this part of the county. There is also a fresh produce stand on Long Beach Road on the right side about half way to the bridge.

Downtown Wilmington

Located on weekends along historic Water St in front of the Federal Courthouse, downtown Wilmington is the area’s largest Farmer’s Market.  Artisans, jewelers, and of course all the local organic farms bring their freshest products to you. This market is just minutes from the gates of Brunswick Forest, Magnolia Greens, Porter’s Neck Plantation and Landfall.  

Golf, Golf Everywhere at St. James Planation

Coastal Living in the Carolina’s has so many advantages.  Culture and Arts are abundant, however, when many think of the Carolina’s, the first thing that comes to the mind of many retirees is GOLF!

Can you imagine, coming out of your home and having access to 81 holes of championship golf?  It’s not a dream or an idea, it is the real deal at St. James Plantation, located near the lovely coastal town of Southport NC.

So, golf is your game, it’s your dream, it’s the lifestyle you envision living during those cold January days in the northeast.  Let us introduce you to southeastern NC most desired golf course community and its golf courses.

St. James Planation hosts 4 courses and clubhouses.  Let’s talk briefly about each, and of course we will invite you to come explore St. James Plantation and play some of these renowned courses.

1.      The Reserve is the newest of all the courses at St. James Plantation.  It is a par 72, 7,100 yards of play.  The course was designed for all levels of player skills, and set with a beautiful backdrop of landscape and terrain.

2.      The Founders Club was designed by P.B. Dye, a par 72, 7016 yards of lush green fairways along marshes, tidal creeks and plenty of other water hazards.

3.      The Members Club, a Hale Irwin designed course that is a 6,697 yard par 72.  This course is a favorite to the locals and residents alike.  The club house also hosts great food and beverages for pre and post golf activities.

4.      The Players Club was designed by the Grand Strand Master Designer, Tim Cate.  This par 72 hosts 6,540 yards of hardwoods and luscious landscaping that Tim Cate is renowned for incorporating into his course designs.

If you are looking for the ultimate golf and coastal lifestyle, St. James Plantation is an ABSOLUTE MUST VISIT when you are exploring planned communities for your second home or retirement location.

St. James Plantation has been established as the top living in the Cape Fear Region, and its golf courses are nationally recognized as “must plays” when in the Southport Area.

Lifestyle, Amenities, just Minutes from the Port City, Brunswick Forest

An award winning golf course, spacious parks, miles of walking and biking trails.  Sounds like an active place to live and play, well, hundreds of families partake in the ultimate coastal lifestyle at Brunswick counties newest and established planned community, Brunswick Forest.

Brunswick Forest is the home of Cape Fear National golf course and nine distinct neighborhoods that are a reflection of the most inspiring coastal designed homes.  Brunswick Forest is loaded with features that hold great opportunities for long weekends with families, including live Summer Series concerts at the Park.  Hundreds of families pack the coolers and bring the lawn chairs to enjoy the live music that is all part of the neighborhood.  State of the Art exercise facilities, yoga classes, spin classes….yes, it’s all here!

Remember, you and your loved one can jump on a beach cruiser and ride to any of these activities in the neighborhood.  Speaking of biking, how about riding your bike to get groceries, a coffee, or to get your dental checkup?  All these activities are possible, Brunswick Forest has the most complete access to commercial resources just a few minutes on a bike from your home.

Your family has more than nine neighborhoods to choose from.  The home designs are an array of southern influenced styles.  All of the home builders are selected by the management team in order to insure that the vision of Lord Baltimore Group and Brunswick Forests’ master plan is carry out to perfection.

Life well lived!! Come visit Brunswick Forest today.  Contact our team at Carolina Plantations, the number one brokerage firm for guiding and bringing you into the best community in Brunswick County.

Wilmington NC and Its Beaches

From the historic downtown river district and Riverwalk that winds around the storied Cape Fear River to three colorful island beaches, Wilmington and the surrounding beach towns, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, all charm visitors and residents alike with an independent spirit and energy that nourishes and recharges the soul. Surrounded by water, history, and natural beauty, it's the ideal place for a vacation or weekend getaway.

Wilmington NC hosts some of North Carolina’s most desired Master Planned communities that host the ideal lifestyle that so many Baby Boomers are seeking.   All just minutes away from miles and miles of sand and beach access.  Communities include, Porter’s Neck Plantation, Mayfaire and Landfall are just a few of the more popular planned golf course communities with beach access in Wilmington.

Wilmington host the largest movie productions studio on the east coast, The Port City also hosts the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  So many adult activities are found in the Cape Fear area and because of this, Wilmington is one of the top retirement destinations for baby boomers from the northeast.

Carolina Plantation host many resources and activities throughout the communities in the Wilmington area.  Not only do we list homes and homesites at some of the finest gated communities in Wilmington, Carolina Planation has a strong presence in the neighboring county of Brunswick County and its lovely south facing beaches.

Fairway to Heaven - Life on the greens at Brunswick Forest

Living on the golf course at Brunswick Forest is a dream to many!  So, you ask yourself, what would I see, how much privacy is there?  Many questions may arise about golf course living, but once you and your loved one visits and explores the available golf course homesites in Brunswick counties premier golf course communitites, you will find that it really is a serene type of living.

Many homesites along fairways, Tee-Boxes, and Greens will allow for spectacular views from your porch, kitchen or even bedroom windows. 

Most of the year the mixed sod and greens are alive with color.  The course at Brunswick Forest, also known as Cape Fear National are always maintained on a weekly schedule, so the views can be one from a postcard. 

Be aware that all sites will have “setbacks” from the out of bounds area’s on the course.  This allows for even more separation from the next home.  Just one of the many advantages of golf course living.  Many other advantages include:

  •  Unobstructed views up, down and across the fairway.
  • Guarantee that there will most likely never be another home behind you.
  • Trail access during the off season at walk, or to use after hours of play.
  • Most sites are in close proximity of the clubhouse and other amenities.
  • Typically many golf course community homesites are wooded, thus ensuring foliage.
  • Unbelievable colors in the fall.

Golf course living on Cape Fear National @ Brunswick Forest is simple, great for views, and actually attracts many different wildlife species that also roam the course after hours of play.  There are so many reasons to explore golf course living in the Wilmington area and Brunswick County, especially at Brunswick Forest.

Call Carolina Plantations for previews of these homes and homesites at Brusnwick Forest, home of the area’s top rated golf course.  Carolina Plantation has both resale homesites and other existing homes listed at this Master Planned Community.  Brunswick Forest is just minutes away from the quaint port city of Wilmington, NC and its adjacent beaches of Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach, NC.

GOLFERS PARADISE, IN YOUR BACKYARD—GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY LIVING

CALABASH, N.C. - As you drive North on U.S. Highway 17 from North Myrtle Beach and over the state line, tourist traps and miniature golf courses give way to Mom-and-Pop seafood restaurants, quaint beach cottages, and rustic roadside gift shops. Anchoring the coast of this pristine region are the Brunswick Islands - a group of barrier islands that run from the world famous "seafood capital" of Calabash, North Carolina, all the way north to the Cape Fear River south of Wilmington. The scenery is unrivaled, as Carolina Oaks and Pines blend together to give the area a true mid-Atlantic feel.

This is Brunswick County, one of the undiscovered gems of the Grand Strand and truly North Carolina's "Golf Coast." This bucolic setting is home to nearly a third of the Strand's golf courses, ranging from bargain level public access tracks and mid-range surprises to high-end daily fee and semi private layouts. With marshland layouts such as Marsh Harbor and Oyster Bay, Brunswick County lays claim to some of the most scenic courses in the entire state.

A slew of new high-end, daily fee courses such as Arnold Palmer's River Edge, Tim Cate's Tiger's Eye and The Thistle, Rick Robbins' Crow Creek, and Willard Byrd's Farmstead have opened their doors over the past three years. Now, with over 30 golf courses, Brunswick County has clearly established itself as one of the east coast's premier golfing destinations.

With affordable family owned and operated facilities like the Calabash Golf Links, The Meadowlands Golf Club, and Brunswick Plantation, Brunswick County can cater to the budget-minded golfer as easily as it can the affluent. There truly is something for every level of golfer, economic and skill, in Brunswick County.

Yet somehow, the numerous golf courses of the area have eluded hordes of golfers from the Midwest and Northeast over the years. Is it because of the county's remote location and rural infrastructure and position just outside of the shadow of Myrtle Beach? Or is it simply because the locals have remained tight-lipped about their little jewel so as not to spoil its shine? It's hard to say. But one thing is for sure: Brunswick County has not been overlooked because of the product being offered.

So if you seek a golf trip that revolves around thirty-six holes a day, a beer and a bed, then Brunswick County is the prescription for what ails you. Unlike its commercialized cousin to the south, this area once described by early settlers as "some trees and some marshlands" is more likely to overwhelm you with wildlife than nightlife. Between the seafood restaurants, the unspoiled beaches, the offshore fishing and a handful of eclectic shops and restaurants, Brunswick County offers golfers and nongolfers a myriad of other recreational opportunities.

The Beach Lifestyle is Key to Living the Lifestyle of the Carolina’s

Many look to retiring to the Carolina’s for golf, warm weather and mostly to have year round access to the best beaches in the US.  According to the Travel Channel On-line, the following beaches are award winning when it comes to living that ideal Coastal Lifestyle. 

Just minutes away from great coastal towns like, Wilmington, New Bern, Shallotte, and Leland, North Carolina, the best beaches are at your toe tips!!

Wrightsville Beach

Just east of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach offers crystal-clear waters, kiteboarding lessons and beachcombing on 5 miles of seashore. Scuba enthusiasts flock to the area to explore any of the 200 wrecks that sit on the ocean’s floor off the coast at Wrightsville’s sunny shores.

Bald Head Island

Leave behind your car and board a ferry for idyllic island life on the 12,000-acre Bald Head Island at the southernmost point of the cape islands along the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. On this peaceful island filled with private residences and beach rentals, there’s little more to do than spend lazy days exploring 14 miles of beach, interspersed with a round of golf, a hike through the maritime forest or a visit to historic Old Baldy Lighthouse.

Brunswick County Beaches

Brunswick Beaches are no doubt, some of the best beaches in North Carolina for a relaxing family beach vacation with kids and a romantic weekend getaway.   Oak Island, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle are fantastic, and they are south facing, so you get sunrises and sunsets over the Atlantic. 

These beaches are also popular for the Turtle hatching programs sponsored by local marine and fisheries.  These area beaches are the home of many of the Plantation beach clubs that as a resident of your community, you will have access to year round. 

Brunswick County NC golf communities



Searching for a second home can be very difficult and a cumbersome process but not with a large selection of Brunswick county NC golf communities.  Although affordability, environment, climate, medical facilities are concerns for home buyers, you can relax as these are all great in the area.  They offer you with the best facilities at a very affordable rate.  So why not explore it and make your lifestyle a memorable and pleasurable one.

Brunswick County, North Carolina is located to the south of Cape Fear River from historic downtown Wilmington, NC and, just north of the golf capital of the world, Myrtle beach, SC.  And to your surprise it is the sixth largest county in the state and one of the top twenty fastest growing counties in the United States.  It’s basically a series and a mixture of five coastal islands which consists of Bald Head Island, Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach. Not only this, the county also provides communities which are growing like Calabash, Southport, Leland and Shallotte, just to name a few.

Brunswick County NC Golf Communities have provided shelter to many people on their plantations.  They specialize in many types of plantations like Brunswick Plantation, Crow Creek, Ocean Ridge Plantation, River Sea Plantation, Sea Trail Plantation, Sea Watch, Brunswick Forest, Magnolia Greens, Winding River Plantation, etc.  You just have to select the plantation in which you need your home to be in and the rest will take care of itself.  They also offer you with various amenities like golf, swimming, private beach clubs, boating, tennis and walking, not to mention a myriad of real estate options.

So what are you waiting for?  Browse through the huge selection of North Carolina golf communities and you’ll find your new home in no time!.