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Summers in St. James Plantation

Residents of St. James Plantation would tell you that there’s no better place to spend your summer than right here in Southport. Whether you’re vacationing in the area or you’ve retired and purchased your very own piece of St. James Plantation real estate, this is the place to be. This is a place where you’ll feel a sense of community among the residents, a place where you can connect with your neighbors and feel a part of rather than apart from.

Southport Waterfront MarketOn Wednesday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1p.m. the Southport Waterfront Market is held on the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn overlooking the Cape Fear River. The market is held through September 24. Come shop the local produce, baked goods and handcrafted items and enjoy some local music.

The weekly Farmers Market is held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. every Thursday in Woodlands Park. It’s definitely a place to visit and purchase local fruits, vegetables, baked goods and much more. The market will be open through September 18. Vendors present will be Eden Farms, Creative Market, My Porch Dawg, Jumpin’ Jack/Melon Man, La Gemma, Island Coffee, and TarHeel Beef.

Free Concert in the ParkOn Sunday, July 20 there will be a Free Concert in the Park when The Imitations perform in Woodlands Park from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring your drink coolers, chairs and your dancing shoes and get ready to party on! This free event is family-friendly and open to the public. There will be two food trucks on site so plan on coming hungry and buy your dinner there!

A Gallery Walk take place the 1st Friday of every month from 5-7 p.m. On August 1 galleries participating will be Anastasio’s Glass Studio, Lantana’s Gallery, Darrel Edwards Gallery, Ricky Evans Gallery, Howe Outrageous Art Gallery, Franklin Square Gallery and the Silver Coast Winery. Join family and friends for a lovely evening out enjoying arts and sampling wines.

If you’re like to look at real estate in the St. James Plantation take a look at what we have to show you on our website. When you want to see some properties up close, just give us a call at Carolina Plantations. We can be reached at 910-755-7557. We’d love to meet with you and show you around.

The St. James Plantation Lifestyles

When you think about that ideal Carolina lifestyle, just minutes from your front door, most will agree that one planned community hosts the best of the best in lifestyle activities on the Carolina Coast.  This one place is St. James Plantation near Southport, NC.

St. James Plantation hosts dozens and dozens of activities sponsored by various clubs and associations to keep your days and weekends full.  From Bridge, to the motorcycle club, to fishing, shell collecting clubs, the list goes on and on.  The following groups activities are the main organizations and hobby clubs that draw the biggest base and actually have great participation in throughout St. James Plantation.

Golf-   Of course this is one of the most popular lifestyles at the community.  With over 81 holes to play, extravagant clubhouses, this definitely is the anchor of community activities.  The four courses include, The Reserve at St. James Plantation, The Founders Club, The Members Club and the Players Club.  All are great courses for all levels of players.

Tennis-   The courts at St. James Plantation are Har-Tru courts. Nearby, you have an expansive viewing deck and a great tennis shop. A Tennis pro and staff are available for lessons and for setting up activities.  Speaking of activities with this club, St. James Plantation has over 300 members and counting – which means teams, leagues, events and lessons for every season. The Tennis association is also a member of the United States Tennis Association.

Beach Club- St. James by The Sea, the residents’ private beach club that’s perched on the rare, south-facing beach of nearby Oak Island, NC.   Residents have access to the beach year round, including parking, a kitchen area and showers.  Many clubs meet yearly to participate in beach activities.  The Beach club is just a few minutes from the front gates of St. James Plantation.

Fitness- Nothing tops the list for baby-boomers more than fitness and health.  St. James Plantation hosts Indoor swimming, free weights, cardio equipment, great group classes and our state-of-the-art fitness centers are just the beginning. Other activities offered are Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi.  There is also a sauna, steam room and massages offered!  Remember, there are also miles and miles of walking and biking trails available to use year round.  

There is so much to do for your health and fitness at St. James Plantation.  Please contact Carolina Plantations to learn more about all these great benefits and amenities at St. James Plantation. 

National Home Prices on the Rise, positive effects on Brunswick County

Finally the average national home prices are on the rise after nearly six years.  In 2006-2007 housing prices began to stall and eventually plummeted.  Families in the northeastern region of the United States froze their plans to migrate south to Brunswick County due to this case and affect in real estate nationally.  This situation created a minor stall here in Brunswick County as well.  Sales momentum of homes in the areas’ finest planned communities also decreased as in the northern part of the US. 

In 2006-07, Brunswick County was one of the fastest growing counties in the Carolina’s.  This increase of population and popularity in Brunswick County brought many new resources.  In the southern region of Brunswick County, The Brunswick Novant Medical Center was put into place, just off of Highway 17.  In the northern region of the county, New Hanover Medical Center added out-patient services at the medical facilities at Brunswick Forest, including dental and veterinary medical services as well. 

With this type of services and infrastructure just minutes from several great planned communities including, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Waterford of the Carolina’s, St. James Plantation and Brunswick Forest, it makes life a lot easier for those who want preferred health care services for themselves and their pets too!

As this market continues to increase, it will allow for those looking to retire the finally put the snow shovels down and come to the Carolina’s to make that decision on purchasing their retirement home in Brunswick County.

Historically low interest rates’ is the other major factor that is helping fuel the purchasing process for real estate in Brunswick County.

These factors are creating that essence of the “NOW IS THE TIME”, factor.  Increase in home pricing which is beginning to drive the northern market will give that confidence and assurance that you should come down to the Carolina’s sooner than later to get involved in one of these beautiful, Master Planned communities in Brunswick County.

Marina Mania, The Marina at St. James Plantation

Living in on the Carolina coast, one of the most popular recreational pastimes is boating.  Small day cruisers, larger yachts, sailing vessels, there are many water vessels to choose from.  In coastal NC, many families generally choose from a 18 foot to 25 foot powerboat. These boats are easy to run, easy to maintain, and easy to store. So, whether your boat will be a single console or dual console, the coastal lifestyle is not complete without a boat. 


So, once you’ve made that jump into owning a boat, where do you keep it?

One of Brunswick counties most popular relocation destinations for boating and the marina lifestyle, there is no better community than The Marina at St. James Plantation near Southport, NC.

The Marina at St. James Plantation hosts an upland protected marina basin that hosts 155 wet-slips, the marina also hosts 2 Dry-Stack Storage barns that stores 320 boats.  So, all you need to do is call the Harbor Master before you leave your home, and they will have your boat in the water upon your arrival.  There are also several shops and a Deli that serves outstanding lunches and beverages.

The Marina at St. James Plantation is just a few minutes from waterfront restaurants both in Southport and also neighboring Holden Beach, where you can pull your boat up to several waterfront restaurants and have a great Sunday afternoon lunch.

The Marina at St. James is also only 4 miles from the Lockwood Folly inlet, which puts you just miles to some of the best fishing pockets in the Atlantic offshore. 

So when you are considering your coastal destination for that total lifestyle that takes you beyond the golf courses, think of the coastal and boating lifestyle that is perfect at St. James Plantation. 

Living on the ICWW—St. James Plantation

Dreams of living on the Intracoastal Waterway can become a reality at St. James Plantation near Southport, NC.


This type of waterfront living is quintessential for those who desire having the water just a few steps from the back porch.  Living on the Intracoastal Waterway provides such views as summertime fun, water skiers, recreational watercrafts zipping around.  In the fall, living on the Intracoastal Waterway at St. James Plantation will allow your backdrop to be all the sailboats and motor yachts migrating to the warmer waters of the south.

So, what does it take to have a home on the Intracoastal Waterway at St. James Plantation?  A plan, a commitment, and most of all a passion for living the ultimate waterfront lifestyle.

St. James Plantation has some of the finest waterfront homes and homesite selection in Brunswick County, NC.

The existing homes are built as multi-level homes, meaning more than one story.  These fine homes usually support the design known as the “inverted floor plan.”  These floor plan puts the great room, dining, and kitchen and breakfast room on the top floor of the home.  The reason is to capture the views of the waterway and the pastels of the evening sky.  Also in most cases, the inverted-floor plan of a waterfront home at St. James Plantation, also hosts the master-suite.  Guest rooms are in most cases on the second floor with the lowest level hosting the recreation room, office, and garage and storage area. 

Most families also install elevators in the homes so that carrying groceries and the daily provisions are a breeze to handle.  Speaking of breezes, the ocean breezes travel across the barrier island every night in front of the waterfront homes at St. James Plantation, allowing for wonderful evenings on the veranda with a glass of wine.

There is an array of activities at St. James Plantation.  To learn more about Waterfront Homes available at St. James Plantation or to schedule your personal open house event, contact Carolina Plantations at (910)755-7557.

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.

Helpful Tips on Moving

St James Plantation real estateEvery year more and more people are moving into new homes. In the U.S. alone there are millions of families moving locally and relocating long distance. If you are moving because your company is relocating, your move is organized and paid by your company. But if you have just purchased a new home because you have chosen to life elsewhere or you are retiring and going south, then the burden of moving rests on your shoulders.

If you haven’t found your new home yet, we urge you to take a look at our St James Plantation real estate. But even if you have, read on. There is much to learn about getting help with the whole process of moving. There are many places that will help you with your move, and following are some great resources you can use.

Did you know that you can get free maps, relocation guides, addresses of quality real estate companies and several How To guides that can be quite handy for your move?

The local Chamber of Commerce is a great place to get maps as well as relocation guides for the area you’re moving to. They either provide this to you for free or for a very small, nominal fee. You can get information about the city you are relocating to, about the facilities, the educational system, even the type of churches available near your location. You can also get some useful checklists that you can use for your move.

St James Plantation real estateAMSA is the American Moving And Storage Association. They are an organization that includes over 3,000 professional moving companies of high caliber that you can contact with confidence. If you check out the association's website, you will find several How To guides specifically catering to your moving needs.

In addition, the AMSA website includes a list of Certified Moving Consultants which are sales professionals who are experts at moving. They have taken and passed a certification exam. Every year they pay year a fee and re-take the certification exam with new updated information they are required to know.

Our sales professionals at Carolina Plantations would be happy to talk with you about your plans for relocating to the area. We have some beautiful St James Plantation real estate we’d love to show you.

St. James Plantation

St. James Plantation is located 5 miles from historic Southport, NC.  St. James is a gate community that offers amenities and services of a resort destination while keeping your privacy and security.  They have you covered whether you are looking for a Nature Homesite, a Cottage Home, a Marina Condominium, or a Golf Homesite. These magnificant homes and its first class service make St. James Plantation real estate a perfect choice.