Sunset Beach, NC Real Estate News

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team)
  This was a glorious day in Southport NC.  My Grandchildren Clay and Jonah are feeding the Gulls.  This is on the waterfront in Southport in  Waterfront Park.  These two young men, are my grandsons, Clay Harper Tuttle and Jonah Foster Gouger. It was a special day.  It was the 90th Birthday for my Mother In Law, Margaret Taylor Harper.  WE had  many friends and family to join us in the celebration  of her birthay. We are blessed with a wonderful  family. Thanks, Ginger Harper   
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By Adam Hankey, Internet Marketing, MLS IDX, Web Design
( Search Engine Marketing Strategist)
North Carolina is a great place to live and raise a family, whether you're looking to start a new life here, relocating, or investing in a vacation home.  It's important to find the right community as well as location when it comes to your future.  A great way to enjoy the area's amenities and breath taking beaches is with Ocean Ridge Plantation homes in Brunswick County NC. Ocean Ridge Plantation homes offer residents a laid back, peaceful lifestyle while having everything you would need within minutes.  If you want to take about a 40 minute ride, you can enjoy Myrtle Beach SC and all of its fine establishments.  With these homes you can enjoy first class amenities that include indoor and outdoor pools, lake, clubhouse, nature preserve, and more!
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By Linda Hinson
(S & L Properties)
The sun was out and the heat index was high.  Warnings of afternoon thunderstorms were all over the news this morning but the tourist were out in full force on the beach this afternoon.  I had to work in the Sunset Beach Island office this afternoon.  I could see the thunderclouds building at a distance behind my house but when the weatherman interrupted about 12:30 to say the storm had hit  Whiteville, NC, I decided to leave early for work.  Glad I did; the sky unzipped; the water sheeted down, the thunder roared and the lightening flashed.  Of course, all bedlam broke loose on the beach as the storms rolled in.  Umbrellas were jerked down; coolers, blankets, and screaming kids were quickly grabbed and all made a dash for the cars...then they all sat at the drawbridge waiting to cross....
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By Linda Hinson
(S & L Properties)
Well, there was one for 1.7 million dollars...that was the news I relayed to the nice ladies from Maryland who walked into our island office this afternoon.  Anne said that this was their first visit to the Carolina Beaches and they had fallen in love with Sunset Beach.  Anne and her sister are a few years from retirement and they had heard how bad the market is and they were looking for a bargain.  I explained it was easy to do a search for a short sale, bank owned, foreclosure, possible short sale so we chatted.  One sister was ready to buy while the other thought they might need to wait...the market might continue to decline.  The shock on their face was priceless when the Brunswick County MLS only returned one property!  Of course, they thought I had made a mistake; they didn't have...
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By Dick & Sandy Beals
(Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC)
Day 62  - See the Sky's and study them.. http://www.ingramplanetarium.org/ One of the most popular events are the spectacular laser shows.  Check out the schedule. http://www.ingramplanetarium.org/eventscalendar.html, e.g. Beatles, Pink Floyd and Metallica....something at the planetarium for everyone...young and old...view the miraculous the next time you visit Sunset Beach, NC
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By Linda Hinson
(S & L Properties)
Finally, the last two segments are in place connecting Sunset Beach mainland and Sunset Beach Island.  Completion date is to be early fall.  A special celebration is planned and we are asking anyone with old pictures of their family taken while vacationing at Sunset Beach to please share.  Originally, these barrier islands were nothing but sand.  Locals used them for fishing and hunting.  Mr. Odell Williamson sold some of the first lots on Ocean Isle Beach for $500 and his buddies thought he had lost his marble.  My husband's cousin told his daddy he was going to buy a few lots and his daddy thought he was crazy.  Believe it or not, he still owns those lots on the first street. 
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No one lives on Bird Island but there is a mailbox erected on this little strip of sand.  This uninhabited island rests between Sunset Beach and the Carolinas' state line.  Twenty-five years ago, when my children were little, my relatives and friends would all pack up picnic baskets full of food and off we would go to Bird Island.  It is a beautiful spot with the intracoastal waterway on one side and the pounding ocean on the other side.  Except for a few locals (had to have a boat), very few people knew about this lovely little island that sloped gently into the waterway.  Kids would play all day while the adults relaxed in the sun.  Until several years ago, walkers could cross from the Southern end of Sunset Beach and walk across during low tide...but you really had to watch the tides...
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By Adam Hankey, Internet Marketing, MLS IDX, Web Design
( Search Engine Marketing Strategist)
If you're looking to live a wonderful seaside lifestyle in a safe community, then Sunset Beach NC is the perfect choice.  It's provides residents with the cleanest, most friendly beaches on the coast.  Along with peace of mind, the area offers first class dining, entertainment, shopping, education, and more!  Sunset Beach NC homes for sale are perfect for families looking to live the good coastal life. North Carolina is one of the most popular states to live and for good reason.  You can get beautiful Sunset Beach NC homes for sale at great rates, perfect for young professionals, couples, families, and retirees.  They offer homes all over Sunset Beach including waterway, golf course, beach front, ocean view, canal homes, and more!  Some amenities that come with these homes are decks, p...
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By Adam Hankey, Internet Marketing, MLS IDX, Web Design
( Search Engine Marketing Strategist)
If you've ever lived in or visited Sunset Beach you know that the saying "great things come in smaller packages" couldn't be more true when it comes to this beautiful coastal town.  It's only 3 miles but it packs a big punch of great amenities, accommodations, family atmosphere, safety, pristine beaches and more!  Sunset Beach NC condos are a superb way to enjoy this area while getting the most out of its beautiful surroundings.  If you're looking to begin a new life, retire, or relocate to a beach area, Sunset Beach NC condos are the perfect choice.  It offers a peaceful lifestyle with everything you'd need just around the corner.  You can invest in canal, waterway, oceanfront, golf course, ocean view property and more!  Their condos offer spacious living, decks, pools, full kitchens,...
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Sunset Reach - Castle Hayne, NC - New Hanover County Sunset Reach Info-Rising above the Northeast Cape Fear River along a 33 foot high bluff, Sunset Reach offers its residents amazing, unobstructed west facing views of the sun setting behind an expansive marsh across more than 750 feet of open water. Sunset Reach not only has breathtaking views of the setting sun over the river, it is merely a 5 minute boat or car ride from Downtown Wilmington, NC. With a plethora of fine dining venues and local attractions, deciding where to go will be the hardest task required. Sunset Reach is also a 15 minute drive from Championship Golf Courses and spectacular North Carolina beaches. Convenience and tranquility are two characteristics when building a custom home and living at Sunset Reach. Additiona...
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Sunset Ridge - Ocean Isle Beach, NC - Brunswick County Sunset Ridge Info - Developed by Bill Clark Homes, Sunset Ridge offers a rare balance of convenience, serenity, and quality. Only four miles to the white sands of Sunset Beach, seven minutes to the picture-perfect beach town of Ocean Isle Beach, and five minutes to dinner in Calabash, 'the Seafood Capital of the World,' your life at Sunset Ridge will be everything you expected from life at the Coast. If you enjoy a game of golf, we are surround by world-class courses! Situated just between the historic port city of Wilmington, NC and the exciting sights and sounds of Myrtle Beach, SC. A night on the town is well within reach of these two great cities.   Real Estate: Townhomes start in the mid 100,000's and homes start at $212,900. T...
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By Dick & Sandy Beals
(Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC)
Day 6:   South Facing Beaches in the Cape Fear Region - Brunswick, NC.....http://www.ncbeaches.com/BrunswickBeaches/   We all know most beaches face east or west....we are somewhat different in the Greater Wilmington and Cape Fear Region.   Check out the webcam at Sunset Beach to  see the most updated views and seashells found.  http://www.sunsetbeachncwebcam.com/   We are blessed with south facing beaches in Brunswick County.  So what's the big deal?   You can sit on the beach, look over your left shoulder and see the sunrise.  Later on in the day in the same spot, look to the right and watch our beautiful sunsets....breathtaking from both angles....What else you say?   Shells!!!!!!    I must say....the south facing beaches have the best shelling experience. Every time sandy's sister s...
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Sea Trail Info- The PERFECT place to live. The PERFECT time to buy. The cozy, casual atmosphere of Sea Trail, located south of Wilmington, NC and just north of Myrtle Beach, SC is ideal for those seeking coastal living. Our community is just five minutes from Sunset Beach, recently ranked the #1 beach on the North Carolina coast. Our over 2,000 acres frame a beautiful collection of neighborhoods, housing single family homes, residential villas, townhomes, and investment properties. Now is the perfect time to become a part of the Sea Trail family and join some of the friendliest and happiest homeowners in the Carolinas. Real Estate: Custom homes with homesite: starting at $400,000. Homesites with fairway or water views: starting at $272,000. Private wooded lots: starting at $125,000. Con...
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Not everyone wants to spend $200,000 and up for a site built home nor do all buyers want to live on a golf course thus I am focusing on Wyndfall in Sunset Beach, NC.  Properties are very affordable considering how close to Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach.  Homeowners in this small but lovely community pay less than $400 per year homeowners' fees primarily because common amenities that drive up costs are not there.  There are no gates to maintain nor security guards to pay.  The community has been built out and there are usually only a handful of properties for sale.  There are no condos nor any townhouses, just site built homes.  Prices range from low !00,000s to less than $200,000.  For many residents, these are second vacation homes so yards are smaller than some communities; theref...
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By Linda Hinson
(S & L Properties)
I worked out on Sunset Beach, NC today...part of the time in the Coldwell Banker Sloane office and a few hours actually on the beach.  After work, I walked out on the beach...it was gorgeous but a little chilly unless you could find a vacant dune.  As I was taking pictures, kids were coming up wanting their pictures taken...it was so much fun.  I always get their parents permission and email them home so they can print them.  Of course, I ask them to remember me if anyone is looking for a property later in the year, and I give them a card.  I probably gave out 30 cards on the beach today. No costs involved except time.  I told parents I don't post individual pictures on the internet except to send to them.  I wish I could but it might not be safe but some of the kids were real "Hams". S...
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Years ago, a local developer owned some acreage on the ICW, and decided to name this new development Seaside Station.  Lots were cheap, building codes less stringent, and the community allowed mobile homes.  Lots had to perk (test to be sure septic tank could be installed safely) and wells had to be found.  The beach area looked like old beaches.  In fact, some areas had residents who had vacationed in the family homes since the early 40's.  There were 100s of lots and mobile homes.  The community had a property owners association that had very few restrictions, mainly no junk trailers and homes had to be underpinned.  The factor that made Seaside Station so popular was its location directly on the intracoastal waterway.  It was affordable for the average family to have a little place a...
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By Adam Hankey, Internet Marketing, MLS IDX, Web Design
( Search Engine Marketing Strategist)
  Ocean Ridge Plantation is an elegant and luxurious golf community located along the coast of NC.  This private community provides easy beach access, friendly neighbors, and a country club lifestyle unmatched anywhere else.  If you're looking for a place to enjoy championship golf, unlimited activities, first class amenities, and the best accommodations around, then Ocean Ridge Plantation is the place for you! Ocean Ridge Plantation is composed of five beautifully designed championship golf courses.  They are Leopards Chase, Jaguars Lair, Lions Paw, Tigers Eye, and Panthers Run.  If golf doesn't do it for you, Ocean Ridge Plantation offers several amenities that include pools, fitness center, walking trails, tennis courts, hot tub, and much more!  After all these activities you may enj...
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By Linda Hinson
(S & L Properties)
What a beautiful day at Sunset Beach today...just gorgeous.  Tourist shops are starting to open in preparation for spring break.  Brunswick County is waking up in preparation to the end of the winter.I had floor duty on the island today and it was so nice to actually see cars in the public parking lot.  People were on the beach and fisherman were fishing off the shoreline. Of course, they were wearing waders. This will be one winter I will be happy to see the end of.  For the past several winters, my roses have bloomed all during the winter.  This year, I probably lost plants.  I had a cute couple come in looking for some foreclosures; unfortunately, there aren't any.  Good for us; bad for buyers.  I did find them some good buys; however, I found a few properties priced below $400,000 w...
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By Linda Hinson
(S & L Properties)
This morning as I was getting ready for work on beautiful Sunset Beach, I watched a segment on one of our local television channels featuring a lady who had been married for over 40 years.  The feature went on about how they had loved each other and how they had traveled and enjoyed their life never expecting any significant change.  Her problems started when her husband was diagnosed with dementia, snd she reached a point where she could no longer care for him.  She placed him in a facility which was costing her several thousand dollars per month out of pocket. (I have said in earlier blogs...medicare nor medicaid pay unless there is an injury requiring rehab or end of life care.) Her solution to resolve the issue was to divorce him, but she would still be his wife, but now she doesn't...
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By Linda Hinson
(S & L Properties)
This was a question asked and answered today in the Sun News , the daily newspaper for Myrtle Beach, SC.  As I was reading the article, I starting thinking about all the buyers who purchased homes in these "Big Box" communities over the past four years.  Centex,  Portrait Homes, DR Horton and other state and national builders  who blew into town and began buying huge tracks of land, clearing them of all vegetation, and creating new communities overnight.  They drove the costs of land up and the costs of homes down.  These communities provided the product that was affordable and purchaser ignored a few facts.  The very nature of the initial offerings was to entice buyers who needed a cheap product that they could afford.  Second, it attracted investors who had no intentions of living in ...
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