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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.

F.R.O.G.s are Not Slimy, They are Cozy and Useful

When you and your loved ones plan to explore the planned communities in southeastern North Carolina, you will find a few common elements to the floor plans.  One thing that you will hear Realtors and on-site agents speak of are FROGs! 

Many of the clients from the northeast sometimes wonder, “what in the world….” This is a description of Finished Room Over Garage.  Living on or near the coast, the water table is close to the surface, so basements are almost non-existent in many of the new homes built in the Master Planned Communities throughout the south.

Many homeowners use FROGS as bonus rooms, studies, a game area or theater, and in some cases, there is enough space to add a full size bathroom, so it makes for a perfect in-law suite or space for the kids or grandchildren when they come to visit.

There are many functions for the FROG.  We suggest you contact your designer or builder for an idea on how to utilize the FROG.

It sometimes is difficult to get an idea for how to lay out this space.  One of the popular resources used by owners who want to get a better idea of the use and layout is to contact Plan View Design.  This is a great resource to see it before you build it.  This will allow you and your loved one to make the most outta the FROG.

Many homes which are designed by Plan View Design can be found in great communities including, Brunswick Forest, Magnolia Greens, St.James Plantation, and Ocean Ridge Golf and Plantation.

Flying at Wilmington NC International Airport

Flying in from the northeast corridor to escape the winters or to explore the variety of plantation communities or just coming to the coast for a golf vacation?  You will be pleased to fly into Wilmington International Airport (ILM).  ILM is just one more benefit to living in the states top destination for coastal living.

ILM hosts flight options with Delta Airlines and US Airways.  Many flights will be direct to New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta and Charlotte NC.  All three of these airports serve international flights.  Travel to and from ILM is simple as one, two three!  No long lines, traffic getting in and out, or major headaches of most major airports.

ILM is simple, convenient and comfortable.   The regional airport hosts many amenities including, the Tailwinds Deli and Bar, Pet area, SkyCap, Free Wifi, a Baby Changing area, and most major car and van rentals are on-site.

Please visit to learn more about another one of Wilmington NC  treasures.

ILM is minutes away from historic Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and Brunswick county.  All these area’s have the resources needed to make your coastal escape simple, enjoyable, and part of the experience of a total coastal get-a-way.

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.


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. 

A Dream Come True

For many, living at the beach has always been just a dream but now, with beach properties more affordable than ever and interest rates remaining low, it’s within anyone’s grasp. If this is a dream you’ve always coveted we recommend you come take a look at the Holden Beach oceanfront property presently on the market. As many others have already found, this just may be as close to paradise as you’ll ever get without leaving the country.

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Whether you’re single and looking, newly retired, or raising a family, any of the Holden Beach oceanfront property we have would make an ideal new home for you. The benefits that come with living in an oceanfront property are superior to anywhere else, especially if you’re a water person.

There are endless fishing opportunities here, all day and every day, the choice is yours. Take a charter out into the deep blue waters of the Atlantic ocean, do some surf fishing from the shore, or rent a boat and hit the inlets and ICW, just to name a few. Have you ever been crabbing or out catching shrimp? It’s a common pastime in these parts and something to be experienced.

Holden Beach is a family friendly community that is low key and comfortable. Everything you need to get by can be found right here on the Brunswick Islands and there are many local events taking place at any given time. If you’re into golf, you’ll enjoy th 10 courses in close proximity to home as well as plenty more just a short drive away in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Take the time to look at the Holden Beach postings on our website. Maybe you too will discover you’re ready to make your dream become a reality.

Searching Online for Your Next Home

More people than ever that are looking at real estate to purchase are on the internet perusing websites as their first step. Twenty-five percent of those people will contact a realtor within a day of going online to look, the rest will wait up to 4 months before taking further action. With people having the convenience of accessing the internet from apps on their phones and other mobile devices, they can be anywhere and still surfing websites. Standing in line at the grocery store, waiting for a doctor’s appointment or sitting in traffic, are all common times people will go online. The days of waiting until you’re at home at your desk to be able to shop online are behind us. you’re looking online for real estate don’t pass up the available Leland NC real estate we have to show you. There’s a wide assortment of properties that are simply spectacular. Properties like this special piece of Leland NC real estate that can be found in Rivercroft Estates.

This 4 bedroom, 3-1/2 bath custom built home on the Brunswick River is located just minutes from the downtown section of historic Wilmington. The 3700 sq. ft. this home provides has many unique details throughout. A grand foyer leads to a 2-story living room displaying a full wall of windows. The gourmet kitchen has a six burner Wolf gas stove, Sub Zero refrigerator, granite countertops and a convenient walk-in pantry.

There’s a luxurious master suite with coffered ceilings and a private screened porch to enjoy end of day sunsets. The master bath has dual vanities, tiled shower with dual heads and his & hers closets. Other features found in this home include custom faux painting designs, sunroom, wet bar with wine cooler, central vac, 9 ft. ceilings on 2nd floor, walk-in attic storage, remote control hurricane shutters and an encapsulated crawlspace.

If you’d like to take a closer look at this property, you can reach Carolina Plantations at 910 755-7557. We’d be happy to show you around.

Preparing For Your Upcoming Move

Whether you’re buying or selling a home the time to begin preparing for moving is as soon as you’ve made the decision to purchase or list. We can help you with listing your present home and finding a new one. We especially have some good deals on Landfall Wilmington real estate at this time. Follow these following tips for an easier time of preparing for your upcoming move.

Landfall Wilmington real estateThis is the time to sort your items and decide what is worth keeping and what isn’t. From the basement to the garage to all levels and closets of the house, separate the items you don’t want to keep into categories of what to give away (to family or friends), what to donate (Salvation Army, Goodwill or Freecycle) and what to toss. You might want to consider having a garage sale to get rid of a whole lot in one weekend and make some money in the process.

If you’re opting for the garage sale route you can expect to have a sense of relief as your purge through your items and free yourself of things you and the kids haven’t used in years. Put a price tag on every item. Keep in mind you’re selling things to get rid of them, not to make a profit on them. If you mark items too high they simply won’t sell and you’ll not have gotten ahead.

The less you have to pack up and take with you when  moving day comes the easier your move will be and the less unpacking you’ll have when you’re into your new house.

Give us a call at (910) 755-7557 if you’re interested in more information about the Landfall Wilmington real estate deals we currently have available.

Downsizing for Retirement Savings

Downsizing to a smaller home, condo or townhome when you retire can save you money while freeing up time to fully enjoy your retirement years as they were meant to be. If you haven’t decided how you want to spend your retirement years and where, it’s a good time to start. Just outside of Wilmington, NC, you’ll find a nice assortment of Leland condos and townhomes for sale that are very affordable in this quaint town located along the Brunswick River.

Leland condosAnticipating a move is the perfect time to sort through the years of accumulated stuff you have held onto. It’s a good time to give what matters to your adult children for their safekeeping. Things you might not think matters just might so we recommend asking them first. Sentimental value goes a long way.

Items in good condition that you don’t want to keep or pass on to your family can either be sold or be donated to the Salvation Army or Good Will. You can deduct these donations off your taxes so be sure to get a receipt. Any remaining items can be offered for free on Craig’s List, Freecycle or your local newspapers. This will keep the majority of your items out of the landfills and put them in the hands of people that can use them. Local antique or consignment shops may also be a way to part with your valuables.

If you’d like to look at the Leland condos and townhouses we have available at Carolina Plantations, give us a call at 910-755-7557 today. We’d love to talk with you about your next home.

What You Should Know About Mortgage Insurance

If you're planning on purchasing a home and will need a mortgage, your lender may require you to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI) if your down payment is less than 20 percent. Mortgage insurance is required in the event that you default on the loan, the mortgage insurance company agrees to an arranged payout to the lender for its loss. It’s important to remember that mortgage insurance doesn’t protect you from any loss; it is to protect the lender.

Porters Neck Plantation homes for saleRequirements for mortgage insurance varies by loan type and some have no requirements at all. For example, FHA loans require mortgage insurance to be paid up front as well as monthly. VA and USDA loans do not require any insurance. While conventional loans require mortgage insurance only if equity is less than 20 percent.

It’s common for borrowers to initially have mortgage insurance then refinance without it in the future. At some point, if you keep making your mortgage payments, you will be in the equity position (20 percent or more) where it will be possible to stop making mortgage insurance payments altogether. This will reduce the amount of your monthly mortgage payment but you need to be proactive and call your lender when you believe you have reached the equity position required to drop the PMI.

If you’re in the market for purchasing a new home and would like to look at the Porters Neck Plantation homes for sale that meet your criteria, give us a call at Carolina Plantations (910-755-7557). We’d be happy to show you around the neighborhood of Porters Neck Plantation homes for sale!

Getting Your House Sold

Let’s say you have a home in Brunswick County, North Carolina, that you’ve been unsuccessfully trying to sell in spite of low prices and even lower interest rates. What can you do? We have some sound advice that will get your property sold.

Brunswick County MLSFor the best chances in real estate you must put your for sale properties in front of the greatest number of people shopping for new homes. The best way to do that is having it listed with the Brunswick County MLS. To do this will require listing with a real estate agency such as Carolina Plantations.

If your home is in a popular neighborhood, near tourist attractions, shopping destinations or schools and colleges, your property will be in higher demand by many people. As well as being listed on the Brunswick County MLS it’s a good idea to consider holding an Open House. But make your open house something special.

What makes a house a home is its appeal to all of the senses. It should look, smell, feel and sound great for an Open House. You could hire a musician — maybe an acoustic guitarist in the garden — or just play some calm and soothing sounds of the ocean or wind chimes. Have comfortable seats available for buyers to relax and enjoy the surroundings both inside and out. Open the windows and let a cool breeze blow through. You could also hire a great caterer to stage tasty, visually appealing food and drink stations around the home. Light candles or start a fire in the fireplace — anything to create a special atmosphere that will give buyers the chance to imagine your home as theirs.

For other recommendations on how to get your home sold or listed on the Brunswick County MLS, give us a call at 910-755-7557. We’d be happy to talk with you.


Single Level Living on Bald Head Island

Many people will opt to purchase a single story home once they reach retirement age. Doing all of your living on one floor is easier on aging joints and makes everything more accessible. Bald Head Island homes for sale include an assortment of single story homes.

Bald Head Island homes for saleIf stairs are challenging for you, then this single story home is just what you need for comfortable living. It boasts a spacious 2,000 sq ft of living space on one floor. This 4 bedrooms, 3 bath home offers both privacy and views of both the ocean and Bald Head Island’s stunning golf course.

This home has a spacious living area with views amplified by the exceptional window/door layouts, lovely foyer, and great bedroom set up. Master bedroom has a spacious private bath. Each of the subsequent bedrooms are connected to each other via full bathrooms. Large, accommodating closets and several extra storage areas provide room for all the extras. The deck wraps around nearly all of the home to take advantage of views. There are two outdoor showers, one that has a privacy enclosure. The fish-cleaning station will come in handy after surf fishing.

If you’re interested in looking at any of our single story Bald Head Island homes for sale just give us a call at 910-755-7557 and we’ll be happy to meet with you.

Keep Your Eye on the Goal

If you’ve been wanting to sell your home and relocate to a new community, it just might be time to make some hard decisions so you can get on with your life. While today’s buyer’s market may mean you’ve been unable to get as much for your current home as you’d have liked, it also means you can get a great deal on your next home. If you plan to finance your purchase with a mortgage, the current record low interest rates offer even more incentive to buy a home now, rather than waiting.

Landfall real estateIt’s still a buyer’s market in the majority of areas across the country. In terms of supply and demand, this means that there are more homes available on the market than there are people looking to buy a home. In this type of market, many times those shopping for a home can negotiate lower prices because sellers are competing for buyers. This is a good situation for people buying homes like Landfall real estate in North Carolina, but generally not as good for sellers.

But if what you want is to sell your property and move on, then perhaps you should reconsider where your bottom line falls with regards to your asking price. Digging in your heels and holding firm on your price may only result in you staying in your house for the foreseeable future. Picture yourself 5 to 10 years from now, still in your home waiting for that best price. Would you still think it was the right decision?

Nobody has a crystal ball to read into the future but keep your main objective in mind when you put your house on the market. If your objective is to move forward with your life then don’t get tangled up in the process of trying to make a killing on the sale of your present home. Chances are its value has appreciated so much in the time that you’ve lived there that you’ve likely more than doubled your initial investment and by anyone’s standards, that’s a pretty good deal.

Everyone at Carolina Plantations would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! If you'd like to see any of the Landfall real estate we currently have listed please give us a call at 910 575-0075.

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