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Annual Climate in Southeastern NC

Several reasons top the list for those looking to relocate to the southeastern North Carolina coast and topping the list of reasons to relocate to the area is our climate throughout the year.  Yes, it is true when you hear us tell you to leave your snow shovels up north, that you will not need that winter coat, and snow tires,all these things will be a thing of the past.

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Here are some weather facts on the Wilmington and Brunswick County area.

·         The average warmest month is July, average temperature runs at 90 degrees.

·         Precipitation is greatest in September, which is the peak of the hurricane season.

·         The last major hurricane to affect the area was Ophelia, which brought heavy rain and sustained winds of a category 2, and prior to that was Hurricane Floyd, in 1999 with winds at 110 mph. Most of the damage from a storm occurs near the beach as a result of flooding


The NC coastal areas will have specific building codes for wind velocities and are well prepared for the tropical storms.  What we are not prepared for is the snow, as you will hear reports, all bread, water, and milk will be gone!  And you will sit back and laugh because it is usually a “dusting.”

You will never winterize your boat or retire your golf clubs.  Gardening is a 3 season blessing here.   You will be able to get tomatoes and herbs through Thanksgiving.  Again, the southern warmth will extend your growing seasons.

We encourage you to visit the area in the prime of the summer and the winter too.  Our agents are prepared to show you the finest Master Planned Communities and Plantations anytime of the year.  Contact Carolina Plantations Real Estate to learn more about the area anytime of the year, 910-755-7557.


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. 

Selecting a Homesite

If you are looking at a Master Planned Community, like St. James Plantation, Ocean Ridge Plantation, River’s Edge Plantation, Brunswick Forest or any other wonderful community in the Carolina’s, you will have the opportunity to select a homesite (lot) to purchase.  Never thought of this?? It is a great way to get into your retirement community earlier and capitalize on selection and pricing.

Purchasing a homesite has so many advantages if you have not considered this alternative for your future retirement home.  Many baby-boomers have considered this, instead of looking at an existing home.  What are the advantages in purchasing a homesite?

  1. Buy now, build later, this gives you the time to explore floor plans and talk to designers, like Planview Design. Speaking to a designer allows you to incorporate your families entire wish list into your retirement home.
  2. Allow you to pay down the expense of the retirement home.  Many use home equity lines at low interest rates to purchase a homesite, and capitalize on the tax deductions.  (Consult with a tax professional for additional details).
  3. Select the exact landscape and front yard/backyard setting, i.e. wooded, waterfront or golf front lots.
  4. Proper orientation to sun, i.e. for the gardener, south facing exposure, east facing in the morning for the morning light and warmth, many choose to put the kitchen on the eastside to capitalize on the morning light and warmth.
  5. Privacy, or special wants, like direct access to walking paths, trails, etc.
  6. Worrying about having to sell your existing home first, then not having a home, or forcing you to purchase an existing home that may not be the exact “dream home” that you have work for all these years.
  7. Gets you into the game!

There are so many reasons why purchasing a homesite in a planned community maybe a better decision for your family.  The best way to do this is to explore the communities’ websites and get familiar with the general architecture designs of the homes with that particular area of the community.  Understand what they are looking for, but do not get caught up on the micro’s of home design and building.  Once you have an idea, go and spend your time walking each lot that best fits your wish list of wants for the type of lifestyle you want to have in your retirement living.  Strongly consider purchasing a homesite to move you into that goal of living that Carolina lifestyle.

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.

Enjoying an Active Lifestyle throughout Brunswick County

Thinking about relocation to southeastern North Carolina?  One of the most popular locations in the state for relocation is Brunswick County.    The county is a huge destination for baby-boomers looking to retire to the North Carolina coast. 

Brunswick County flourishes with award-winning master-planned communities that have amenities and lifestyle benefits.  But looking at the great real estate opportunities throughout the county, master-planned communities are not the only resources hosting top notched amenities.

Brunswick County has over 10 Parks that host all the ideal coastal activities and to enhance your active lifestyle.  The Parks and Recreation provides the following activities for you as a part-time or full-time resident of the county:

  • Trail for walking and biking
  •  Lighted Tennis courts
  •  Batting Cages
  •  Shuffle Board and Bocce Courts
  • Picnic area’s with grills
  • Playgrounds
  • Pet parks
  • Basketball courts
  •  Canoe and Kayak launches
  • Boat Ramps to access the Intracoastal Waterway
  • Amphitheaters for concerts and plays sponsored by the county

If you are looking for real estate in Brunswick County and do not want to be in a Master Planned Community, there are great resources throughout the county for  you to enjoy the parks, rivers, maritime forests and beaches without having to pay association fees.

These resources are all minutes away from your new home in the Carolina’s.  Please contact us at Carolina Plantation’s to discover the real estate opportunities throughout Brunswick County that will allow you to finally have that total active coastal lifestyle.  Please visit or call (910)755-7557 to learn more.

Crow Creek Conveniences

Just a few miles to the beach, twenty-minutes to the golf capital of the east coast, Myrtle Beach, resides a hidden treasure for those who are seeking a passive, but yet elegant planned community, known as Crow Creek.

Crow Creek hosts a lovely golf course that offers 18 holes with undulating L-93 bent grass greens, manicured Bermuda fairways and genuine hospitality of the entire staff.  This course is a “must-play’ course in the Grand Strand area.

Crow Creek was developed by a local family, designed and built with Carolina details in the streetscapes as well as the homes, townhomes and condos.  This planned community is complete!  All amenities are in the hands of the community association.  Amenities include:

·         6 miles of "gathering trails" (sidewalks) for walking / biking

·         Amenity Centers w/ wireless internet access

·         Zero entry swimming pool

·         Jacuzzi

·         Tennis Courts

·         Exercise Facilities (both strength & cardio equipment)

·         Game Rooms w/ pool and card tables

·         Lounge areas w/ big screen TV & fireplace

·         Meeting rooms

IF you want quick access to the southern barrier islands of Brunswick county, pristine golf course, quick access into Myrtle Beach for the action and culture, then there is one community you must experience, Crow Creek.  Homes are available for you to move in immediately. 

Contact Carolina Plantations (910) 755-7557 or (910) 754-SOLD to learn more about Crow Creek and all of the communities benefits for your Carolina lifestyle.  We also invite you to visit our website to schedule a visit.

Coastal Carolina’s Hidden Island—Sunset Beach, NC

As you and your loved ones explore the numerous barrier islands of the Carolina’s, there is one that ranks in the top overall in so many categories that it is impossible not to want to write about it.  Sunset Beach, NC is this “hidden gem.”

North Carolina has 21 oceanfront municipalities, according to the 2010 Census.  This means that homes and benefits such as restaurants line the dunes with direct views of the Atlantic.

Sunset Beach, NC tops the list with a population of full-time residents of just over 3500, which includes the families on the mainland side of the island as well.  The island itself is over 6 square miles with dunes, trails, and small pockets of maritime hardwoods. 

The housing density according to the Census is at 5,100 units, which gives Sunset Beach, NC the ranking in the top (5) five for homes on a barrier islands.  This equates to the ideal island living for a permanent or second home in the Carolina’s.  Sunset Beach, NC has approximately 1.5 homes per acre, so it has a terrific “small-town” feel.

The real estate values have held well at Sunset Beach, NC, and with its proximity to Calabash, Shallotte and Myrtle Beach, SC, it makes for a perfect island to call home.  International airports in Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC, again bring a huge added value for permanent living on the island.

The other attractive value to Sunset Beach, NC is that out of the 21 oceanfront municipalities, it is ranked as the 2nd lowest in overall tax rates in the state of North Carolina. 

These are just a few of the benefits of one of the top ranked islands for living in the Carolina’s.  To learn more about Sunset Beach, NC and all the real estate opportunities, contact Carolina Plantations or visit our website at

The data above was taken from the 2010 census which can be found at

Canal Living at Waterford of the Carolina’s

Waterfront living is a very popular goal for many looking to retirement.  Ocean breezes, the smell of the ocean, boy, it sure does make a difference in the way you live the new retired lifestyle.

Unfortunately, so many have lost some of the “engine” that was going to drive the waterfront retirement home due to the fall in Wall St., the decrease of real estate values on their primary homes and other uncalculated losses over the last four years.

A unique community, Waterford of the Carolina’s, located in Leland, NC provides a very popular alternative to waterfront living.  Waterford of the Carolina’s is only 6 minutes from the historic port city of Wilmington, NC and has created such a place to have that waterfront style living.

Canal homes have access to piers, waterways and lakes that allow you to visit your friends via canoe or kayak.  All canals are connected to expansive lakes and other waterways throughout the community.  This new, hip and active style of living has made the goal of waterfront living very achievable.   Waterford of the Carolina’s brings this more obtainable way of having an active waterfront style of living.

Waterford of the Carolina’s is a Master-planned community that hosts 19 smaller quaint neighborhoods.  Each community will have access to all the amenities, including outdoor pools, parks, and exercise clubs.  The community also has an array of shopping at the “Village Shops.”  Golf courses are endless within a 45 minute radius.  Culture, arts and restaurants are abundant, just minutes from your waterfront home at Waterford of the Carolina’s. 

The Re-Emergence of the Bungalow Cottage

From the 1930’s to the ‘50’s, as a child you may remember your aunt and uncles’ home, an open kitchen to dining room, the wooden walls encompassed with trimmed details, the broad sweeping porches…..yes, we are talking about the classic Bungalow Cottage.

This style of architecture is on the re-emergence throughout the Carolina’s, especially along the coast.  You will see them in Historic Wilmington, charming waterfront villages like Southport, NC.  These were perfect homes during the bygone times, and yet again, they are the perfect home.

One community that has featured this style of home is Brunswick Forest, a beautiful planned community with a championship golf course, Cape Fear National.  Brunswick Forest has established a section of the community that reflects these Bungalow type homes along a 3 acre lake, walking trails and quick access to the golf course.

The Village of Shelmore at Brunswick Forest hosts these neo-traditional designs with the same great plans from that era, open floor plans, gourmet kitchens, large master-suites and all high end finishes. 

Several floor plans and a variety of builders give you the ability to customize your bungalow for that ideal lifestyle.   

Visit Brunswick Forest to learn more about living the relaxed southern lifestyle in one these classic, but modern homes.

A Wonderful Private Community Worth Looking At

When you’re looking for property around Wilmington, North Carolina, whether for a new primary residence, a retirement or vacation home, or for finally building that dream home, take a close look at the Porters Neck Plantation real estate that we have on our website. You’d be hard pressed to find real estate with such a rich history as this has. Back in the 1700s the original Porters Neck Plantation was a working plantation that operated along Futch Creek, 14 miles north of downtown Wilmington. With the 20th century came the Intracoastal Waterway and the Porters Neck community that has been the epitome of a quiet, coastal retreat ever since.

Porters Neck Plantation real estate

Porters Neck Plantation real estate is made up of 850 secluded acres encompassed by Live Oak and majestic Sweet Magnolia trees. Residents here can take advantage of the Tom Fazio designed 18 hole championship golf course, pool, tennis, fitness center and stately clubhouse, with a private club for members, grille room, pro shop, restaurant and banquet facility.

This private community is just 15 miles from Wilmington – close enough to be able to enjoy everything a city like Wilmington has to offer and yet far enough away to provide a quiet and peaceful existence. Come tour the plantation and take a look at the many stately architectural styles to be found here. Call us at 910 755-7557 today if you would like to tour any of the properties we have for sale at this time.


Can you keep up with the Cats? Located in southeastern NC, you will find some of the most talked about cats on the coast…, not feral cats, but the 4 cats that dominant the golfers’ paradise in the Grand Strand area. 

The “Big Cats, golf courses,   Tiger's EyePanther's Run, Lion's Paw, and Leopard’s Chase,  are all behind the gates of Ocean Ridge Plantation,  located just miles from Sunset Beach, NC. Several of these courses are award-winning and “must plays” in the Grand Strand area.

Just 20 minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach, SC, and 30 from historic Wilmington, NC, Ocean Ridge Plantation offers access to 72 holes of premier golf, just seconds away from your home.

Ocean Ridge Plantation hosts custom and semi-custom homes that give you quick access to these courses.  Homes and cottages ranging from 1,200 square feet to 5,000 square feet are nestled along these course, and just minutes away from the private beach club that is exclusive to Ocean Ridge Plantation.

When exploring Coastal NC for your future retirement home, we invite you to bring your clubs, bring your beach towels because the total lifestyle of the Carolina’s are harbored at Ocean Ridge Plantation. 

River’s Edge Golf and Plantation---Luxury Townhome - The Ultimate in Living!

Coastal North Carolina has so much to offer in quality of lifestyle and home living.  From open verandas, to sweeping porches with panoramic views of marsh habitat to long range fairway views, the views from your home are like postcard pictures throughout the seasons.  One of the most popular planned communities with these types of views and quality of living is River’s Edge Golf and Plantation located in Shallotte, NC.


A question that many ask is, “how do I afford a waterfront home?”   Well, the team at River’s Edge have answered that question with their upscale townhome living.  These waterfront and Golf course front townhomes have become a very popular trend with the baby-boomers.  Why, you may ask?  Simple, having no maintenance, no yards to mow or rake in the fall allows for more activities for you and your loved one to participate in.  In addition, these homes are open and spacious like that of a traditional single home.

Townhomes at this golf plantation include the Bluff Townhomes, which overlook the Shallotte River, and the Gallery Townhomes that face the 10th Fairway of one of the finest Arnold Palmer Designed Golf Courses on the coast.

The Bluffs are the waterfront townhomes which allow for you to sit on the back porch and feel the breezes from the ocean coming up the river. Not only do you get the great water views, but the golf course views are spectacular as well.  Looking down on the 17th and 18th fairways of this fine course is one of the best benefits of living at River’s Edge Golf and Plantation

The local barrier island of Holden Beach, NC is just a few miles down the river, so the smell of the ocean is in the air.  The sounds of this tidal marsh are live time HD!  Birds of all species fly and perch in the marsh grass.  Heron’s make their calls every morning, sounding off to the new day.

The Gallery Townhomes are nestled along the 10th fairway of this pristine Arnold Palmer designed course.  These homes are designed with details that are also reflective of the larger waterfront townhomes.  Nestled in the hardwoods of River’s Edge, the breezes are enjoyed from the porches of these homes as well.

So many baby-boomer negate townhome living due to the stairway issues.  Well, problem solved!  All Luxury townhomes at River’s Edge Golf and Plantation are equipped with the infrastructure for elevators, but many of the homes have elevators installed, so there is never a need to climb the stairs, unless it is part of your daily workout regimen.

If you have never considered a Luxury townhome, you will be pleasantly surprised what you will discover at River’s Edge Golf and Plantation.  Come, visit, golf and stay! 

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.

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