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November 2015 Top Selling Communities in Greater Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

As a seller, being located in a top selling community can be beneficial, because that means demand is higher than other communities. As a buyer, knowing the popular communities can clue you in on good amenities and potential resale value for a long-term investment. However, the real estate market is a polyhedra, meaning there are multiple factors all linked together to form a solid model, which determines property values and the overall health of the market. So, when making an investment or deciding on a selling price, it’s important to do a full market analysis for the subject property.

In November 2015, some communities in the Wilmington area proved to be more popular than others. Here they are, along with links to current listings.

The top selling for homes:

Brunswick Forest (Leland) – 10 Homes

Waterford of the Carolinas (Leland) – 9 Homes

Quail Woods (Wilmington) – 8 Homes

Campus Edge (Wilmington) – 5 Homes

Landfall (Wilmington) – 5 Homes

Magnolia Greens (Leland) – 5 Homes

Compass PointeMallory Creek Plantation (Leland) – 5 Homes

The Willows (Leland) - 5 Homes

The top selling for land:

Brunswick Forest (Leland) – 13 Lots

River Landing (Wallace) – 8 Lots

Compass Pointe (Leland) – 7 Lots

Olde Point (Hampstead) – 4 Lots

While one could argue some of these communities have size on their side, they still well outperformed other comparable communities. It’s also interesting to see the range of prices of the homes sold in these communities. The condos in Campus Edge were under $100,000, homes in Magnolia Greens went in the $200,000-$350,000, and Landfall was $600,000-$750,000. So, a wide range is represented.

It’s also important to note that for the time being, there aren’t many large neighborhoods in Wilmington with lots for sale, so the top selling communities are not in New Hanover County. That could very well change in the coming year when RiverLights on River Road opens up to buyers. That is going to be a huge community with lots of great amenities. If you’d like to be notified when lots start selling, let us know!

If you’d like to see more stats for the November 2015 real estate market, Melanie recently shared information about the average sold price, average days on the market, inventory, interest rates, etc. You can see them in her Monday Market Update.

Interested in how homes and lots are selling in your neighborhood? Give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page. We’d be happy to do a brief rundown or a full comparative market analysis, depending on your plans for your property.

Video: Forest Hills Estate and Equestrian Community in Hampstead

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

Melanie Cameron of The Cameron Team introduces the brand new community specifically designed for equestrians. Build your custom home and keep your horses close by, but hurry, because there are just 20 homesites and they're already going under contract.

See lots for sale in Forest Hills Estate and Equestrian Community.

Melanie Cameron
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What is a Spec Home?

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

What is a Spec Home?If you’re searching for homes for sale in a new community, you may have come across the term “spec home” and wondered exactly what it meant. “Spec” is short for speculative. This is a type of new construction home where the developer has started building a house without a buyer. They’ve chosen the plan and lot, and likely have it listed in the MLS as “Under Construction”.

Spec homes are not custom homes, nor are they the best choice for buyers who want to choose every detail of their home. However, they are the right option for someone who doesn’t want to wait for new construction, which usually takes 4-6 months (longer for luxury homes). Spec homes also provide the opportunity to make some choices about the home’s details – such as paint colors, tile, countertops, etc. How many options buyers are given depends on the builder and the stage of construction.

Some other terms you may run into are “tract homes” where every home in the community has the same basic floor plan, such as some low-cost patio home communities; “model homes”, which are the example homes built for buyers to walk through before choosing a floor plan and options; and “pre-build homes”, which is often used to refer to home and land packages in new communities.

View New Construction Homes for Sale in Greater Wilmington (Note: You may want to alter the search parameters to a specific area or price range).

If you have any questions about buying new construction in New Hanover County, Pender County, or Brunswick County, give us a call or send us a message through our Contact page. We’ve represented buyers in many of the new construction communities and are well educated on the process. Using an on-site agent to handle both sides of the sale is not in your best interests. Don’t get us wrong, on-site agents are integral to the process, but just like any other home listing, they represent the seller, which is the builder/developer. As the buyer, you still need someone to make sure your interests are protected and we would love to help you with that. So, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Forest Hills Equestrian Community, Hampstead

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

HorsesDo you have horses? Want to keep them close rather than pay boarding and stable fees? There’s a new equestrian community in Hampstead, NC, called Forest Hills. This is a small community of just 20 lots, but lot sizes range from 1.5 to 8.5 acres with prices falling between $85,000 and $175,000.

There are currently no spec homes built, but buyers can view lots available in Forest Hills.  Each lot is wooded, and includes a septic and well permit, so one step has already been completed. There are also nature preserves in select areas.

Forest Hills Equestrian Community is a custom home community and builder relationships have already been established. You aren’t required to use them, but buyers can be matched with a reputable builder upon request. You also aren’t required to have horses to buy in the community, but there is a 2 horse minimum requirement established as a health precaution for the animals.

Located close to the heart of Hampstead off Hoover Road, Forest Hills is within walking distance of local schools and just minutes to the ICWW, Topsail Beach, golf courses, and more! So, the community has the benefits of area amenities, but maintains the country feel.

Want to know more about Forest Hills Equestrian Community in Hampstead? Give us a call or send us a message through our Contact page. You can also view other horse-friendly properties in our area.

Featured Community: Jumpin Run, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

Jumpin Run StreetJust down the street from New Hanover Regional Medical Center on S. 17th Street is Jumpin Run, a charming brick townhome community that will challenge what you expect from townhome communities throughout Wilmington, NC. A large fountain and brick curbs reveal the extra time and thought put into the design of this community. Each unit has a brick mailbox, 1-car garage, and gated courtyard entrance, but once you step inside one of the units, you’ll see there’s tons of character.

Jumpin Run Courtyard EntranceHigh vaulted ceilings, built-in shelving, chair rail molding, arched windows, and granite countertops are just some of the details you may find in a townhome in Jumpin Run. Gas log fireplaces and sunrooms, as well as ceramic tile, are also common features. Each unit has 2-3 bedrooms and 2-3 baths, and spans 1,800-2,300 square-feet. Many have been updated since they were originally built, so features vary. There’s even been some remodeling done to help adjust the floor plans to the more open style that many buyers are looking for today.

View townhomes for sale in Jumpin Run.Jumpin Run Guard House

Jumpin Run was developed during the mid-1980s to early 1990s. It’s private and tucked away, but near Wilmington’s largest medical complex, which is why it has been popular with those in the medical field. It’s also a short drive to shopping, dining, and the Historic District. The landscaping is mature and maintained by the HOA, and community amenities include a swimming pool and club house.

Jumpin Run Club HouseCurrently, Jumpin Run falls within the Alderman Elementary, Williston Middle School, and New Hanover High School districts. You can see report cards for these school at the NC Public Schools website.

Want to know more about Jumpin Run or have questions about buying in Wilmington? Give us a call or send us a message through our Contact page.

Video: A Peek at Autumn Hall in Wilmington, NC

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

Melanie Cameron of The Cameron Team gives an introduction to Autumn Hall, a popular new home community in Wilmington, NC, located off Eastwood Road.

View Homes for Sale in Autumn Hall

Melanie Cameron
(910) 202-2546

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Featured Community: Laurenbridge, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

Located off Masonboro Loop Road is a brand new community by Steven’s Fine Homes called Laurenbridge. This community has just 34 home sites, and boasts curb appeal and a front porch lifestyle. Plus, it’s just minutes from Monkey Junction, the Intracoastal Waterway, and area beaches.

Laurenbridge LogoLaurenbridge has two-story new construction homes with luxury details starting at $340,000. They include four new floor plans from Steven’s Fine Homes, each in the Coastal Craftsman style that includes a front porch for that ideal Southern feel, and range from 2,547 - 2,901 heated square-feet. Features vary between plans, but may include: Hardi siding, 36” cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, coach lights, soft close drawers, crown molding, oil rubbed bronze fixtures, ceramic tile, laminate wood flooring, wainscoting, double vanities, 9’ ceilings, gas log fireplaces, walk-in closets, bonus rooms, and more! Of course, each home maintains the quality, energy saving construction of Steven’s Energy Wise program, so new owners will be receiving some of the best pocket-friendly features.

View Homes for Sale in Laurenbridge.

Laurenbridge Example HomeAll of the lots are bordered by mature trees, heightening the privacy of each home. There are no city taxes and the low monthly HOA fee covers maintenance of the common areas, including road maintenance (see the community’s covenants and restrictions for all of the details). Plus, the community is convenient to area boat ramps and marinas.

Buyers who enter the purchase process early are given the most options for customizing their home, so don’t wait to take a tour. Give us a call at (910)202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page. We can answer all of your questions about buying a home in Wilmington and arrange a walk-thru of the model home in Laurenbridge.

Featured Community: Georgetowne, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

Are you looking for a home with WOW factor? There’s a good chance you’ll find it in the community of Georgetowne in Wilmington, NC. Stately brick homes with manicured lawns line quiet streets. Islands and greenspaces with beautifully groomed landscaping highlight the amenities and street features, and, despite the majority of development taking place in the 2000s, mature trees provide shade throughout the area.

The average home in Georgetown has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 3,342 square-feet of living space. Home prices range between $200,000 and $800,000 with an average of $340,000. The average lot size is close to half an acre and most homes include a garage*.

Home styles include Georgian, Traditional, and Transitional, both 1 and 2 story. Interior details include columns, coffered ceilings, trey ceilings, arched doorways, hardwood floors, crown molding, chair rail molding, etc. Features include bonus rooms, sun rooms. home offices, fireplaces, first-floor master suites, gourmet kitchens, and more! Many of the homes are custom and have their own special features, like in-home theaters and libraries.

Georgetowne Example HomeView Homes for Sale in Georgetowne.

Georgetowne is located off S. College Road right behind Cape Fear Academy. Nearby is Halyburton Park, Echo Farms Golf Course, and Monky Junction with its collection of shopping, restaurants, and medical facilities. It’s 16 minutes from Carolina Beach and 18 minutes from Wrightsville Beach.

The community itself includes a swimming pool and playground. So, Georgetowne has a homeowners association and a monthly fee for handling the common area maintenance.  If you have any questions about this or a particular home on the market, give us a call or send us a message through our Contact page.

*Info taken from the MLS at the date of posting. This may change over time. New stats can be provided upon request.

Featured Community: Scotts Hill, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

There’s an area of Wilmington that often goes unnoticed by buyers conducting MLS home searches. It’s called Scotts Hill. Why is it unnoticed? It’s technically part of Wilmington, but unlike most of Wilmington, it does not fall within New Hanover County – it’s part of Pender County, located just past the US 17/Market Street merger on the way to Hampstead.

Scotts Hill is a quiet area of Wilmington with a wide variety of properties for sale, including lots for building custom homes. Part of Scotts Hill borders the Intracoastal Waterway and there are numerous homes with private piers/docks and beaches. Scotts Hill Marina is located off Scotts Hill Loop Road and provides wet slips, dry storage, and boat ramp access, as well as a convenience store.

Intracoastal WaterwayMany homes in this area fall within the $200,000-$400,000 range, with a few lower priced starter homes and higher priced luxury homes (mainly waterfront) mixed in. This is definitely not a cookie cutter neighborhood. Homes have been being built in Scotts Hill since the 1980’s and there are plenty of styles to choose from. There’s even room for new construction.

Some of the sub-communities in Scotts Hill have homeowner associations. However, other areas do not. It’s also important to note that some homes are listed as belonging to New Hanover County Schools and others are under Pender County. So, it’s important that each property is investigated prior to making an offer, if the schools or HOA are an important factor in choosing a home to buy.  

The Scotts Hill area is seeing many positive improvements in the way of amenities. During the spring/summer of 2015, New Hanover Regional Medical Center opened up an emergency medical facility right behind the NHRMC Atlantic Surgicenter on U.S. 17 right before Scotts Hill Loop Road. Also, in the area is Poplar Grove Plantation, Scotts Hill Hardware and Supply, and Scotts Hill Animal Hospital. Of course, Lowes, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, multiple restaurants, a post office, etc. are less than 5 miles away in the Porters Neck area of Wilmington.

View Homes and Land for sale in Scotts Hill.

If you’d like to know more about Scott Hill or are interested in seeing one of the homes listed for sale, give us a call at 910.202.2546 or send us a message through our Contact page!

Featured Community: Adam’s Landing, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

Located off Carolina Beach Road is one of H&H Homes’ newest communities, Adam’s Landing. If you’re looking for something small and quiet, but in reasonable driving distance of the beach, you should take a closer look at this no-thru community. There are 42 home sites currently in development and it’s only about 15 minutes from Carolina Beach!

Homes in the community range from 2,000 to 3,000 square-feet with 4-5 bedrooms and 2.5-3.5 baths. All of the homes are two stories with two car garages, and listing prices start in the mid-200’s. Features include many that current buyers are looking for – covered front porches, coffered ceilings, dual vanities, garden tubs, kitchen islands, walk-in closets, trey ceilings, gas fireplaces, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, security systems, laundry rooms, and engineered hardwood floors. If you buy a pre-sale, you can choose additional flex spaces, as well as colors and finishes. So, it’s a good idea to get in early.

View Homes for Sale in Adams Landing.

Adams Landing EntranceAdam’s Landing doesn’t have any in-community amenities, like a pool or club house, but it’s close to shopping and dining in the Monkey Junction area. Just up the road is Echo Farms Golf & Country Club and, as stated before, Carolina Beach isn’t very far away, either. Additionally, at the back of the community is green open space, which backs up to a preserve.

The current school districts are Williams Elementary, Myrtle Grove Middle School, and Eugene Ashley High School, but should be verified upon offer submission. You can view state report cards for these schools here.

Want to know more about Adam’s Landing? Give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

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