Carolina Plantations Real Estate Blog

Top Living Features and Designs of a Retirement Home


As you spend time exploring Master Planned Communities in Brunswick and New Hanover Counities, we will help you learn more about what many families like yours utilize in their new homes and plan design in their retirement home.

You will discover after exploring homes in communities like Brunswick Forest, Waterford, Landfall and St James Plantation that there is a common floor plan to many of the homes.  As we age, steps, and large square footage is no longer important.  What we will see as we explore the communities are homes that reflect these main features.

·         Open Floor Plans---kitchens, dining and entertainment areas are connected by open space and ARE NOT separate.  This is ideal for entertaining your guests and friends during their visit.

·         Split Floor Plans—The Master suite is on the opposite side of the home from the guest rooms.

·         F.R.O.G.S.---Finished Room Over Garage.  This area is used as guest suite or as the entertainment theater.

·         Screened in Lanai’s or porches-- For the 4 season enjoyment of our great climate.  Perfect for a lounging area, cooking space or entertainment to extend beyond the great room or kitchen.

·         Elevators and Lazy Waiters---If you must have a larger home to maybe capitalize on waterviews, many will add these resources to provide an alternative to stairs. 

 

As we tour you through Master Planned Communities and Plantations, we will also visit many homes with various floor plans to you to preview.  Many will have the opportunity to purchase a homesite and then build.  Viewing the homes and plans will allow for you to see the advantages of many of these features.  We will focus on your wishlists as well. 

We also invite you to talk to our designers at PlanView Design for us to draw up your home in 3-D.  Our design resource is an excellent way to see your potential future home, make structural and design changes before you even have a builder dig a hole.  We invite you to visit our designer site Here.

 

Top Amenity on List—Walking Trails


 

Most of the Master Planned Communities and Plantations that we explore in Brunswick County are loaded with Amenities and activity points of interests. One that tops that list time and time again are “Walking Trails.”
 

According the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of all physical activities.  It is claimed to be the simplest and most effective way to positively change your heart health.  As a matter of fact, research indicates that just walking for 30 minutes a day on your community walking trails can help:

 

 

  • Reduce risks of coronary heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure
  • Improves blood sugar levels
  • Lowers the risk of obesity
  • Enhances mental well being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

These benefits will allow you to live a longer and healthier lifestyle.  Master Planned Communities and Plantations provides amenities like walking trails so to encourage that better lifestyle.  When looking at real estate, do keep in mind the location to the trails from your home.  Some homesites will be adjacent to the walking trails, many are not.  Remember, access to this resource will increase local neighbor traffic near your home, an ideal location for a socially active couple.

Our agents at Carolina Plantations are prepared to help you preview the area’s most popular communities.  Contact us to schedule your visit.

The Power of a Buyer’s Agent---Carolina Plantations are The Pro’s


So you and your loved one are looking to move to the Carolina’s in a few years, but want to take advantage of the great buying power that exists in today’s market.  Now is the time for sure.  But we would like to suggest in a friendly manner some do’s and don’ts to buying “raw land” or a homesite at one of your favorite Master Planned Communities and Plantations.

As you search and search and search, I am sure that you all will gather a ton of information.  At some point, you will receive an invitations to “Buy Today!”  You may even open the area newspaper and see an ad that says, “$79,900 for Waterfront” on a half-page ad.   We also know your getting endless invitations from the community that you visited 2 years ago, and they never removed you from the mailing list.   You then ask yourself, what to do, what to do….

Carolina Plantations would like for you to STOP!  Slow down just a little and do your homework.  We know many of you do, but we also know many of you do not.  So, with that being said, we would like to make a strong suggestion BEFORE your purchase in a Master Planned Community and Plantation.  Find a BUYERS AGENT before you do any additional exploration.  There are so many reasons why, but here is a list of our favorite:

  • Our agents are some of the most educated in Master Planned Communities.
  • The agent works for you, your interest, and for you only!
  • Does not represent the Developer (yes, we know how much you like their Agent, but they do not represent your best interests).
  • We know the local market, we study it everyday!
  • We can do a fair market analysis for you with the latest MLS technologies.
  • Some of us have worked in these communities, so we know the in’s and out’s.
  • WE WORK FOR YOU! (I know, we already said this, but we must do it again).

A Buyer’s Agent is perfect for you because they are representing you, not the developers or the home seller.  This means that the best opportunity will be determined for your family without any weight for favor of the Developers.  More and more community representatives are understanding that you will have a Buyers Agent, so you are not going to offend them.  The commissions that are paid out are NOT paid by you or affects the price, it is already factored into the cost of the site, so essentially, a Buyer’s Agent works for you for free in essence.

There is no excuse not to have a Buyer’s Agent that will represent you in the process of finding that Ideal homesite for your future home.  Additionally, the Buyer’s Agent will also help you find the best builders in the area as well, so their job will not stop for you after the purchase of your site.

Contact Carolina Plantations and its Team of Buyer’s Agents to help you in your search of the Carolina real estate market.  We also suggest you obtain an Agency Disclosure from your Agent.

The Cottages at Crow Creek


The Villages at Crow Creek host a highly designed cottage lifestyle.  These Single family living style cottages offer the benefits of a single family home without the maintenance.  Located in Calabash, NC, Crow Creek is an ideal destination for retirees searching for their Master Planned Community or Plantation in Brunswick County.

Crow Creek hosts 500 acres that was a local families land for generations.  The property hosts one of the best golf courses in the grand strand area. The course is laid out so the land is a feature of the manicured Bermuda grass fairways, and L93 bent grass to add the lush green course.  A must play golf course in Brunswick County!

One of the favorite picks in living at Crow Creek are the Cottages.  The community and builder offers four different floor plans to choose from including the Dogwood, the Waverly, the Azalea and the Tanglewood floor plan.

The Cottages at Crow Creek can offer up to 4 bedrooms with a 2-car garage that offers all the space for living and storage alike.  Broad-sweeping porches both off the front of the home and as well off the Owners suite, which in most cases are screened in so you can enjoy year round use.  Other great benefits include an open floor plan and separation from the other rooms, so your guests will not feel as if they are intruding into your lavish Carolina lifestyle at Crow Creek.

Crow Creek community benefits include, sidewalks which meander throughout the community, a zero entry pool with Jacuzzi spa.  If activities like tennis, and cardio is part of your regimen, then the amenity center will not disappoint your wishes.  The center hosts game rooms, meeting rooms and lounges with big screen TV’s and internet access.