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When You're Ready to Retire Come to Brunswick County NC

When retirement is in the near future many people make the easy decision to sell their home and relocate to a new community. For many it’s a senior (55+) community for others it’s a golf community and for many it’s a coastal area. We have Brunswick County NC real estate available that can provide you with any of those elements.

Brunswick County NC real estateIt’s a pretty balanced market at this time with plenty of properties on the market and at a fair price. You’re still able to find foreclosure properties and short sales if you’re hoping to purchase Brunswick County NC real estate at the lowest price possible. When you have more time than money that is definitely the route to go.

At Carolina Plantationswe’d be happy to assist you with finding that next property. Give us a call at 910-755-7557 and let’s discuss what you’re looking for.

Here are some upcoming events taking place in the area that you may want to check out.

The 12th Annual Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show will be held on February 15 and 16, 2014 from a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sea Trail Resort Conference Center in Sunset Beach. The event features an array of vendors, a kid's learning area, live demonstrations and more! Vendors will include plants, flowers, painters, home repair, builders, home accessories, outdoor products and much more! Admission: $5 for adults, free for children under 8. Location: Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center, 211 Clubhouse Road, Sunset Beach.

Brunswick County NC real estateThinking about a destination wedding? Attend the Southern ?Cape Fear Bridal Showcase on Feb 16, from 1-4 p.m. for all of your wedding planning needs in this coastal area. Representatives from caterers, reception and wedding venues, entertainment consultants, florists, photographers, videographers, DJs, accommodations, wedding officiants, event planners, jewelers, transportation services and more will be on hand to assist in preparation for your perfect wedding in the Southern Cape Fear Coast. More than $1000 in door prizes will be awarded during the showcase. All brides in attendance will receive an official Southern Cape Fear Coast wedding planner. $5 admission; Brides admitted free. Advance tickets are available at the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road, Southport.

Wrap Up One of These OIB Holiday Homes for Sale

At this time of year everyone’s thoughts are on the holiday and the many festivities going on. But did you know it’s an excellent time of year to purchase that dream home? Everyone is so busy with preparing for the holidays that you’ll discover there’s far less competition for the Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale on the market at this time.

Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale over the holidays

Enjoy the time spent looking at homes because you’ll have your choice from among all that’s out there. There are many spectacular oceanfront Ocean Isle Beach homes, Ocean Isle Beach mainland homes, and Ocean Isle Beach condos. We think you could find a more fabulous present to give yourself than a real estate purchase all wrapped up by Christmas morning.

Ocean Isle Beach is a family oriented coastal community with miles of sandy beachfront. You’ll like the wide assortment of properties we have to show you. With homes ranging in price from $2.5M to $50k you’ll find a number of them to be in your price range, whatever that may be. That perfect coastal home you’ve been hoping for is sure to be among the many homes currently for sale. There's something refreshingly uplifting about the relaxed, warm attitude found here in Ocean Isle Beach and you’ll find the homes reflect that frame of mind.

When you’re ready to take a look at the properties we have available, we can help. We can assist you in defining and locating the most suitable properties in your price range. Don’t wait until the new year comes to begin your search when that perfect house for you could be available right now. Give Carolina Plantations a call at 910-755-7557 and we’d be happy to help. Happy holidays to everyone! 

Exceptional Oceanfront Property in Ocean Isle Beach

When what you’ve always dreamed of is owning an oceanfront property where every day you can overlook the scenic beauty of the blue ocean water and dramatic coastline, your opportunity has just arrived. We have some exceptional Ocean Isle Beach oceanfront property that combines all the best elements of coastal living with spacious great rooms and state-of-the-art kitchens that seamlessly transition to the outdoors.

Ocean Isle Beach oceanfront propertyThis nine bedroom home is decorated to be the ultimate lifestyle statement for beach lovers. The open 3,501 square foot floor plan is beautifully designed and perfect for elegant as well as casual entertaining by vacationers and owners alike. The home sits on a spacious double lot that has its own private beach access as well as a swimming pool. You’re sure to appreciate that it’s completely furnished right down to the electronics.

If you’re looking for a piece of oceanfront property in Ocean Isle Beach that you can invest in, this is it. The rental history of this property is incredible and netted the current owners $130k this year alone. It’s a popular vacation rental and is already completely booked for the upcoming summer oceanfront property Ocean Isle Beachof 2014. When you want to make a solid investment in a vacation rental this two story home that can seat up to 28 people in its dining area just might be what you’re looking for.

Inside these spectacular beachfront homes, sweeping ocean views are ever-present in both the indoor living areas as well as on the outdoor porches and decks. Views like these offer sunrises and sunsets that are an incredible way to begin and end each day. Come see for yourself. If you’d like to take a closer look at this property or other oceanfront homes we have for sale, give Carolina Plantations Real Estate a call at 910-755-7557. We’d be happy to show you around.

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.


Southern Brunswick County, New Home Communities: The Farm and Calabash Lakes

Located in Southern Brunswick County is a quaint community known as The Farm at Brunswick.

A  D.R. Horton community, The Farm at Brunswick is located in Calabash, NC and minutes away from Sunset Beach, NC and less than 15 minutes to Myrtle Beach, SC.

 Amenities include:

  • Community pool with clubhouse
  • Fitness center
  • Children's playground
  • Nature trails.

Being  the largest national homebuilder, D.R. Horton and its on-site agents (Seller’s Agent) bring some of the most successful and functional home plans to The Farm at Brunswick.  There are 10 different floor plans to choose from, with homes ranging from 1600 square feet to 2700 square feet.  Pricing for lot and home packages begin in the low $200’s to $260’s.  This new home community is ideal for a family that is looking for a “traditional neighborhood feel,” while having access to all the area beaches and golf courses.


If you are seeking a new home community that brings value and affordability, The Farm at Brunswick is one of Brunswick County’s that maybe worth looking into. And next door, DR Horton has recently reopened Calabash Lakes with homes beginning in the mid $100s.

Contact Carolina Plantations (Your Buyers Agent) to learn more about The Farms and Calabash Lakes or any other new home community in Brunswick or New Hanover Counties.  (910)755-7557.

Sea Trail, The Total Resort Community

When exploring Master Planned Communities and Plantations in Brunswick County, you will discover that Sea Trail Resort has about everything you can imagine in a community that is more directed in the “Resort Style” of living. 

Sea Trail is a master-planned community, established over 20 years ago. All amenities and resort offerings are completed and are fully operational.  Nestled across from the Intracoastal Waterway and just minutes to Sunset Beach, Sea Trail spares no expense when talking about active lifestyles for its residents. In fact, you can take a 15 minute bike ride from home to ocean if you prefer and, as an owner, you will enjoy these benefits:

  • Membership in all three golf courses
  • Lighted driving range, two putting greens
  • Two full-service clubhouses with a restaurant, snack bars and lounge
  • Two private owners' swim & fitness centers with pools, whirlpools & sauna
  • Tennis courts
  • Fully amenitized Convention Center
  • Miles of biking, hiking and jogging
  • Safe, secure community environment

Sea Trail

Sea Trail offers wooded homesites, single family homes, townhomes and condo’s for you real estate needs.  And recently the ownership changed to an investment group from China, who has already invested in upgrades throughout the community and plans to do many more.

To view the real estate listings at Sea Trail, visit our site at:

Ocean Ridge Premier Golf Courses—The Big Cats

 In the past we have mentioned a few details about “The Big Cats” at Ocean Ridge Plantation located in Sunset Beach, NC.  We would like to take each of those course and get into some of the finer details of the courses so you will the edge to pick out your favorite to play on your next visit to Brunswick County.  These courses offers 5 courses with 72-holes of Championship golf. 

Tiger’s Eye This 4 ½ Star rated course by Golf Digest is very “Pinehurst” like.  Penn G2 bent grass and coquina rock boulders.   This course sponsors 3 tees, the Championship tees measures 7,010  yards, 6,628 yards from the blue tees,  6,115 from the white tees, 5,328 from the gold tees and 4,460 yards from the red tees and the course is a par 72.  The course is built to all USGA specifications.  The Grand Clubhouse hosts a great grill and club bar. Homes and sites are tucked in the forest adjacent to these Bermuda Fairways at Ocean Ridge Plantation. And if you are afraid of hitting homes, you will love Tiger’s Eye as there are virtually no homes along the course!

Leopard’s Chase This course covers over 200 acres, and features 5 sets of tees that will challenge you on this 7,155 yards of play on the mature Bermuda grass.   Water features highlight the course including the 5th hole that offers you and island green, surrounded by 90 yard stretch of sand along the water feature.  The 18th hole offers an elevated green that has an amazing waterfalls over the coquina boulders.  A “Must Play” by Golf Digest magazine.  However, this course is not for beginners as it is a shot makers course, so be sure to bring a few extra sleeves of golf balls!

Panther’s Run Regional award-winning designer, Tim Cate created this master piece.  The course offers a challenge with the numerous water features.  Golfers at all levels will enjoy this course and its benefits, such as having 2 sets of woman’s tees.  Panther’s Run measures 7,086 yards and is a par 72 course.  This wonderfully designed course offers homes and homesites for you to choose to make Ocean Ridge Plantation your final destination in the Carolina’s.  Panther’s Run is probably the most day to day playable course for golfers of all levels.

Lion’s Paw Another masterpiece aware-winning course that was designed with the influences of Tim Cate.  Lion’s Paw  offers one of the grandest Clubhouses and pro shops of all clubs at the “Big Cats, which is shared by the Panther’s Run course.” Water is to be factored in on 15 of the holes on this 7,003 yard course.  Wooded cart paths stretch into the maritime forest and are speckled with lovely 4-sided architecturally influenced homes.  And while this is the original course of the Big Cats, this tract can provide plenty of challenges as the trees are maturing and making some of the holes rather tight.

Jaguar’s Lair hopes to someday be the newest planned course by Tim Cate.  This will be an 18-hole course with a grand clubhouse that will take all the awards when completed.  There will be a mix of all the “Big Cats” influences on the design and play.  Less wooded, Cate has grand ideas to incorporate local landscaping with many water features.  Currently this course has stopped all work on it and the future of it is cloudy at best.

Carolina Plantations is the area’s top experts with real estate on the “Big Cats.”  We invite you to preview our listings of land and homes at Ocean Ridge Planation by Clicking Here.

Meadow Park, Cozy Coastal Cottages

Meadow Park, a combination of dog parks and people parks, is one of the many wonderful amenities you will find at Brunswick ForestMeadow Park Cottages are located across the street and consist of 13 homesites that support the coastal cottage designed homes.  These cottages are so warm and functional, they are ideal for a second home or get-a-way for your family to enjoy all the amenities that are available for owners and guests of Brunswick Forest.

Currently six of the 13 are built and these fully furnished 2 BR/2 BA 1,000’ homes are rented out nightly/weekly to people who are considering Brunswick Forest as a community to retire to. You will find comfort in the layout along with the screened porch, outdoor fire pit and a full kitchen.

The Cottages at Meadow Park consists of three plans that have the coastal lifestyle in mind.  Let’s look at the three cottages.

The Meadow Park I.  This cottage style is set off as your get-a-way as you walk through the gate and front porch area.  An outdoor fireplace is a fun feature of this plan.  Upon entering the cottage, you will find the Master suite and guest room on the first floor.  The stairs are located as you enter the cottage will take you to the top level that hosts the kitchen, great room and access to the screen porch off the dining area. 

The Meadow II.  A second floor plan of this group offers a variety in design.  This cottage hosts 2 bedrooms and 2 bathes and is just over 1000 square feet.  Upon entering the cottage, you will find the great room, opening to the kitchen and just off the rear of the cottage is the master suite with large bathroom.  This cottage is ideal for those looking for a single story cottage with flexibility to host your family of friend.

The Meadow III.  This cottage give you the ideal coastal bungalow living. You will find the Master Suite and the kitchen and great room all on the first floor.  Your guest will enjoy a large guest bath and suite on the second floor.  They will enjoy the cool fall evenings on the covered porch that runs the length of the second story.

All three cottages provide a simple, turn the key and take a vacation style of living.  These cottages in Meadow Park are maintenance free.  The location of the village has direct access to walking and biking trails, steps away from the amenity center, pool tennis courts and across the street from the pet park at Brunswick Forest.  To visit Meadow Park or any other listing at Brunswick Forest, please visit our website at

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.  

Spending Halloween in Ocean Isle Beach

Whether you’re in Ocean Isle Beach because it’s where you reside or you’re here enjoying that much need vacation, there’s plenty going on in the area for Halloween no matter what your age. We caution everyone to be careful when you’re out driving around on Halloween night. Keep a close eye out for various size Trick or Treaters whose costumes sometimes impair their ability to see approaching traffic.

Ocean Isle Beach homes for saleThe Poplar Grove Plantation Terror Town is the largest event of the year. Come out for safe family fun and help support their mission. There will be: Haunted Barn, Haunted Hayride, Afternoon Non-scary Hayride, Kiddy Fun House, Palm Reader, Tarot Card Reader, Inflatable Rides, Carnival Games, Gem Mining, Pony Rides, Camel Rides, Petting Zoo, and Choo Choo Train. This event is a fundraiser for Poplar Grove Foundation, Hampstead Fire Department, Topsail High School (THS), Hoggard HS Latin Club & Drama Department and other local non-profit organizations.

Panic Attack Haunted Attraction is the largest, most elaborate, scariest, wildest, bloodiest, most intense haunted house the Cape Fear region has ever seen. Hollywood-quality special effects, elaborate sets, and terrifying live actors will scare you and exploit your deepest fears. The shocking and twisted journey through the Panic Attack is like a bad dream gone worse that sends you into a blood-curdling, psychological massacre of fears, phobias and haunts. This scary event runs through Nov. 2 from 6-11 p.m. Thursdays and 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday at 1290 South 15th Street, Wilmington.

In our family friendly beach community you’ll find Carolina Plantations to offer one of the largest assortments of Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale ranging in price from $58k to $2,399M. Whether you want to live on the island or the mainland we have single-family homes, villas, and condos available to choose from. Give us a call at 910-755-7557 if we can assist you in looking at any of the homes for sale in Ocean Isle Beach currently on the market. We look forward to hearing from you.


Grapes and Hops Festival on Bald Head Island

If you’re in the area looking at homes for sale on Bald Head Island don’t miss the Grapes and Hops Festival going on through the end of the month. This month long festival features craft beers, fine wines, delicious meals, and entertainment at multiple venues along the island every weekend during October. Each year the event features an array of activities, including wine tastings at various venues all around the island, wine dinners and pairings, beer and wine education classes, cooking classes, beer tastings, drink specials, and dining events featuring beer and wine from North Carolina. the North Carolina Festival by the Sea will be held October 26-27, 2013. This 2-day event kicks off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Arts and Crafts vendors are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a horseshoe tournament and a sand castle building contest. Children enjoy face painting, huge kites flying overhead and children's rides and amusements. Live musical entertainment begins at 10 a.m. both days at Holden Beach's new pavilion. There is free admission and free parking.

There are many available Bald Head Island homes for sale at this time. Whether you’re looking for single family homes, villas or condos we’re sure to have the right property to meet your needs. Prices vary based on the size and amenities available and range from $248K to $3M.

If we can assist you with finding your next home please give us a call at 910-755-7557 and we’ll set up a time to get together.

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.

River’s Edge Golf Club and Plantation—The River Village

Resting on the banks of the Shallotte River, and just minutes from the quaint town of Shallotte, NC, you will discover River’s Edge Golf Club and Plantation.  This gated and guarded community offers so much variety and products for this Award-Winning Master Planned Community.   River’s Edge Golf Club and Plantation hosts a par-72, Arnold Palmer Designed 18 Hole Championship Golf Course.

River’s Edge Golf Club and Plantation has various architecturally influenced homes throughout the entire neighborhood.  One which is popular for retiree’s is the River Village.

The River Village hosts 39 homesites that will host coastal cottage designs.  These custom homes will typically have smaller yards, for less maintenance.  The size of the homes range from 1500 heated square feet to about 2500 heated square feet.  The Cottages maximize its square footage by using the finished room over the garage, (known in the south as a, F.R.O.G.) for bonus Rooms or guest suite.

The River Village homes do have small yards in the front and back of the property.  Landscaping and gardening are encouraged in the Village.  The River Village is the classic “small neighborhood feel.”

The homes of the River Village at River’s Edge Golf Club and Plantation are just steps to the amenity center which hosts an indoor/outdoor pool, sauna, tennis courts and the Plantation Clubhouse.  Continue down the sidewalk to visit the Clubhouse that hosts the Pro Shop, and the restaurant.  Many property owner and guest events take place here.  It has one of the best River views in all of Brunswick County!

This village allows you to capitalize on a small-town feel here near the Brunswick County Beaches. To visit River’s Edge Golf Club and Plantation, contact us at Carolina Plantations, (910)755-7557.

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 Martini Theory—How to Decide your Retirement, When and Where!

There are so many choices when it comes to determining where you would like to live for your retirement years.  In the Carolina’s, we host retirement communities in the Mountains, Piedmonts, Coastal.  Then the choice is a home, condo, townhome?  Do you choose to live in a Master Planned Community, a Mainstreet neighborhood?  So many options, so much to choose from?  Well, we have a technique that we find that is very effective in assisting you in the decision process in selecting your retirement timing, area or destination and the actual home itself.  Coming “down the funnel” so to say is the basis of the Martini Theory. This visual aid of a Martini Glass with an olive at the bottom is the picture we want you to understand.  Let’s talk about what’s what in that martini glass, it consists of three major components, Area, Plantation (community) and the home itself.

They say that timing is the key to almost everything.  Well, it is no different when selecting the perfect time of you move into retirement.  It is just not the decision of moving, you also need to cover all the responsibilities of where you are moving from.  Your retirement from your job, finalizing all responsibilities in your “hometown” and preparing the move to the chosen destination.  Timing sets off the process which is known as the Martini Theory.

Once you have determined the timing, the largest part of the process is the bulk of the Martini glass.  Determining the location and area is the key to maximizing all resources you wish to have in the area in terms of medical services, entertainment, religious centers, shopping, transportation resources, lifestyle resources, like colleges and universities.  Another major consideration is local and state taxes. Also, consider the potential for you to have a “second career” if you wish to do so by retiring in a job market rich area.

So once you and your loved one has determined the location and timing, the next step in the process is to determine the Plantation or the community.  Match the community to your lifestyle and activity requirements and the locations to “must have” resources. 

Finally, retirement may mean a “fixed income” so having a budget is crucial. Master Planned Communities offer all the entertainment and resources you may want to have access to and there are hundreds of couples making the same life changing decisions as you, so you will have a lot in common with these residents as well.

The “Olive” at the bottom of the Martini Theory represents the actual real estate.  This is really the easiest part of the process of buying a home for retirement.  This is where we strongly encourage you to look at all the options in living standards.  You may be thinking about a single living structure, ie a lot/home package, but today, townhomes and condomiums are made with similar characteristics of a single family home.  Take a look at all your options during this process. 

Thousands and Thousands of retirees are looking for similar features like open floor plans, split floor plans, Master-suites away from guest rooms.  The kitchens are designed with gourmet appointments.  These elegant features are not just found in the single family home, both townhome and condos are reflecting these great features.

Contact us at Carolina Plantations (910)755-7557, so we may help you with your search for the ideal retirement home and lot, condo or townhome.  We represent many of the communities in Brunswick County.  We certainly understand the Martini Theory and want to help you make the best choice for your retirement living in North Carolina. 

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