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Featured Community: Fortune Place, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Located between College Road and Carolina Beach Road in the Monkey Junction area is a brand new affordable home community called Fortune Place. Future residents are sure to love the wooded enclave, recreation areas, and large ponds spread throughout the community. Sidewalks located on both sides of the street make it easy to access the site of the clubhouse and swimming pool, and local shopping and dining is just a short drive away. There are just 38 homesites in the first phase of Fortune Place and many lots back up to ponds and natural wooded areas.

Currently, there are two builders in Fortune Place – Herrington Homes and Horizon Homes. Both provide a myriad of energy efficient house plans that will save you money on your utility bills and can be altered to suit your lifestyle. No two homes will look alike and all will be built with high-grade materials. Both builders boast standard features that other builders consider “upgrades”, including some that take advantage of the community’s natural gas.

Herrington is providing customizable plans from their Craftsman Collection starting in the high $200s. Features include covered front porches, low maintenance vinyl siding, open floor plans, high ceilings, hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, 42” Markraft cabinets with crown molding, natural gas fireplaces, and professional landscaping. Each home is energy performance certified by a third party.

Horizon is taking a more flexible approach. Buyers will sit down with the builder, who will work with over 40 plans to design a home around their needs, lifestyle, and budget. Standard features include custom state-of-the-art kitchens, granite counters, 42” cabinets, hardwood flooring, high ceilings, double garages, screened porches, tankless gas water heaters, and energy efficient natural gas heating and air-conditioning systems. They strive to buy materials locally first and then focus on American-made lines. Homes will start in the $300s.  

View homes for sale in Fortune Place.

Fortune Place Swimming Pool

At the time of this post, Fortune Place is zoned for the Bellamy Elementary School, Myrtle Grove Middle School, and Ashley High School District. However, planned school improvements and redistricting does happen every few years. You can double-check the school locator and see the most recent school report cards here.

If you’d like to learn more about Fortune Place or would like to be setup to receive email alerts when new homes come on the market, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

*Note: All data shared in this blog post was pulled from the MLS at the time it was written. For an update, contact The Cameron Team.

 

RiverLights Grand Opening + New Pictures

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

December 3rd, 2016 is the BIG DAY that many buyers have been waiting for – RiverLights’ Grand Opening Celebration! Over 10 model homes will be available to tour from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the recently announced Smoke on the Water restaurant will be open featuring select items from the menu. Visitors will get to explore the newly built parks in holiday splendor while the community trails are decorated for the winter-themed 5K run. Santa will also be on site from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and hot cocoa will be served (of course!).

We recently stepped out to RiverLights to view the latest progress and captured some pictures and video (coming soon) to share. You can see everything below. If you have any questions about home plans, homesites, or buying in RiverLights, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our contact page. We are well-informed on this development and are happy to help you with the buying process.

Marina Village

Marina Village - RiverLights

Marina Village - RiverLights

Marina Village - RiverLights

Live Oak Commons

Live Oak Commons - RiverLights

Live Oak Commons - RiverLights

Live Oak Commons - RiverLights

Live Oak Commons - RiverLights

Live Oak Commons - RiverLights

Marina Village Townhomes

Marina Village Townhomes - RiverLights

Marina Village Townhomes - RiverLights

Marina Village Townhomes - RiverLights

Boardwalk & Restaurant

Boardwalk - RiverLights

Boardwalk - RiverLights

Boardwalk - RiverLights

Restaurant - RiverLights

Ember Park

Ember Park - RiverLights

Ember Park - RiverLights

Ember Park - RiverLights

Ember Park - RiverLights

Ember Park - RiverLights

Ember Park - RiverLights

Amenity Center

Amenity Center - Clubhouse - RiverLights

Amenity Center - Clubhouse - RiverLights

Amenity Center - Clubhouse - RiverLights

Canal - RiverLights

Canal - RiverLights

Model Homes

Model Homes - RiverLights

Model Homes - RiverLights

Del Webb 55+ Community

Del Webb - 55 Plus Community - RiverLights

Del Webb - 55 Plus Community - RiverLights

Del Webb - 55 Plus Community - RiverLights

Del Webb - 55 Plus Community - RiverLights

Del Webb - 55 Plus Community - RiverLights

Del Webb - 55 Plus Community - RiverLights

Del Webb - 55 Plus Community - RiverLights

Del Webb - 55 Plus Community - RiverLights


Featured Community: Crown Pointe, Hampstead

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Feel like you’re in a nature preserve in the lush community of Crown Pointe in Hampstead, North Carolina. Located just off Sloop Point Road, the developers have striven to maintain the natural beauty of the land by including greenspaces and water features throughout the community. They also offer large wooded homesites and energy efficient low-maintenance homes to minimize their impact on the environment.

Crown Pointe Sign - Hampstead NC

CrossRoads Custom Homes are the main builders in Crown Pointe. Their home plans have primarily brick exteriors and open concept floor plans. They range from 3-4 bedrooms, 2-3 baths, and 2,200-3,100 square-feet*. Interior features you may find include: hardwood floors, gas log fireplaces, granite countertops, hop-up breakfast bars, tile backsplashes, stainless steel appliances, chair rail molding, ceramic tile flooring, double sink vanities, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, large laundry rooms, screened porches, and large F.R.O.G.s. They also use some of the most popular finishes of today.

View homes for sale in Crown Pointe.

A great community for those who enjoy the outdoors, Crown Pointe is a 5 minute drive from one of the entrances to the Holly Shelter Game Land, nearly 65,000 acres (87,000 if you include the adjoined Angola Bay Game Land) of public wetlands and woodlands that are available for hunting, hiking, and camping depending on the time of the year. It’s also a 5 minute drive from Hampstead’s Kiwanis Park and 15 minutes from the beach at Surf City on Topsail Island.

Crown Pointe Lake - Hampstead NC

Crown Pointe is located in the award winning Topsail School District. We always recommend that buyers double-check the school boundaries before making an offer and that can be done by calling Pender County Schools. Buyers can also see the most recent school report cards here.

Crown Pointe Home - Hampstead NC

Future amenities include a clubhouse, pool, and day dock, which will be perfect for fishing, crabbing, canoeing, and enjoying views of Virginia Creek. If you’d like to learn more about Crown Pointe or would like to be setup to receive email alerts when new homes come on the market, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

*Note: All data shared in this blog post was pulled from the MLS at the time it was written. For an update, contact The Cameron Team.


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Featured Community: WyndWater, Hampstead

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Do you long for a community that leaves you with that iconic feeling you had as a kid riding your bike through your neighborhood? You could ride from sunrise to sunset making new memories, and always find a friendly face. Experience that mixture of exploration and freedom once again with WyndWater, a 2016 Parade of Homes Neighborhood Winner, located off of Sloop Point Road in Hampstead, North Carolina. The community’s lake, ponds, walking trails, sidewalk-lined streets, high-back swings, covered resting spots, open-air parks, gazebo, and pier, call for you to get out, explore, and meet your neighbors. No matter if you're looking to get some exercise or just want to take in the view, there's plenty to enjoy. The community plan includes a swimming pool, bathhouse, and play areas for all residents to enjoy.

WyndWater Lake and Geese

Currently, WyndWater consists of 6 subdivisions – Amber Terrace, Aurora Place, Cloverfield Park, Craftsman Place, Lakeside Greens, and Village Walk, but there’s room for future development closer to the Intracoastal Waterway. At the front of the community are patio homes and duplexes. At the middle are single-family homes. Because there are so many water features in WyndWater, some of the lots are waterfront or water view.

This beautiful community has 4 builders – American Homesmith, Bill Clark Homes, Hardison Building Company, and Liberty Homes. Depending on the type of home, the lot size can range from .15 to well over .5 acres. Homes start in the upper $200s* and range from 3-4 bedrooms and 2-5 baths with heated square-feet starting in the low 2,000s. There is a large selection of exciting floorplans to choose from with features that many of today’s buyers are looking for, including: rocking chair front porches, 2 car garages, stone accents, James Hardie Siding, wood floors, wainscoting, crown molding, granite counters, tile backsplashes, kitchen islands, built-in appliances, ceramic tile, trey ceilings, gas log fireplaces, built-in shelves, walk-in closets, separate showers, mud rooms, bonus rooms, and more!

WyndWater Home

Many of the floorplans have customizable options allowing buyers to choose what works best for their lifestyle and tastes. How much is available for customization depends on the stage of construction. If a buyer is willing to wait a few months for the home to be built, they can get the most options by choosing a homesite and floorplan. If they want something move-in ready, there are multiple homes already in process. They just won’t be able to choose the floorplan and some of the other features.

View homes for sale in WyndWater.

WyndWater Home

WyndWater is located in the award winning Topsail School District. It also sits a short bike ride from the Hampstead Kiwanis Park, which features a playground, picnic shelter, multiple baseball fields, tennis courts, and organized intramural sports for both youth and adults. The beach and dining at Surf City is just 15 minutes away and the cultural center of Wilmington is a 32 minute drive, so in less than an hour, you can find entertainment to fit your current mood.

If you’d like to learn more about WyndWater or would like to be set up to receive email alerts when new homes come on the market, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

*Note: All data shared in this blog post was pulled from the MLS at the time it was written. For an update, contact The Cameron Team.



More Pictures of WyndWater in Hampstead, NC

WyndWater - Entrance

WyndWater - Lake and Swing

WyndWater - Lake and Swing

WyndWater - Swing

WyndWater - Lake and Grass

WyndWater - Walking Trail

WyndWater - Lake

WyndWater Home


The Pros and Cons of Living in Gated Communities

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Porters Neck Plantation Gated CommunityThe 2001 American Housing Survey reported that 4+ million homes in America are in a gated community. Considering the growing popularity of gated communities and the passing of over 15 years, we can only assume that several more have been added to that number, the amount of which is hard to track because gated communities are usually privately developed. Clearly, gated communities are an increasing option for home buyers and chances are, if you’re reading this, you are considering living in a gated community. But gated communities aren’t for everyone. Here are 4 pros and 4 cons of living in a gated community:

Pros

1. Gates help prevent crime by limiting unauthorized foot and vehicle traffic. Does it prevent all crime? No. There have been multiple studies done in different regions of the United States and each have reported different levels of crime prevention. The results really depend on the location of the community and the protocols for entry. If entry is controlled by a keypad, crime prevention is less effective, because homeowners will give out their codes to landscapers, housekeepers, handymen, pizza delivery men, etc. and there’s no real lockdown on how far that code may spread. They’ve also found that while larceny is minimized, other types of crime rise, like domestic abuse. So, before buying in a gated community, it’s best to do your research at a local level.

2. Vehicle traffic is minimized by the gates. There are fewer looky-loos, solicitors, etc. and less thru-traffic, which means there are fewer vehicles compared to ungated communities. This can be especially beneficial if you’re worried about pets, children, or community walkability.

3. Gated communities often have other amenities. Swimming pools, clubhouses, tennis courts, fitness centers, golf courses, etc. are common for gated communities. This isn’t to say that ungated communities do not have these amenities, but you can almost be guaranteed that a gated community will have these additional perks.

4. The streets inside are privately maintained. In addition to paying for the upkeep of the gate(s) and amenities, the homeowners’ association (HOA) usually pays for the upkeep of the streets inside the gate. This can lead to more frequent repairs in a city/county where street funds are limited by a yearly budget. Of course, if the HOA is poorly run, the opposite can be true.

Cons

1. Buyers often pay more for homes in gated communities. The sense of security that a gate provides has a tendency to raise property values and market demand. So, a home in a gated community may be thousands of dollars more than a comparable home in an ungated community. Property taxes may also be higher. There are multiple factors to consider when determining the value of a home, but a Realtor can give you an accurate assessment of how local communities compare.

2. Gated communities have HOAs. The HOAs can regulate everything from how often your lawn is cut to the color of the drapes in your front windows. They also have fees. How high these fees are depend on the total number of amenities and services provided; however, they’re usually higher than ungated communities. These fees may be monthly, bi-monthly, or annual, and should be disclosed in the MLS.

3. Security protocols add minutes to your travel time. Depending on the type of gate, you have to deal with keypads, security cards, security guards, gates opening/closing, etc. It all adds time to your errands, commute, and more. Some people find that to be a hassle.

4. You and your visitors may be monitored. Again, this depends on community protocol. There are gated communities that just have keypads at the entrance. There are others that have a gate house where visitors must check in and get assigned to a resident.  Security then has a running log of everyone entering and leaving the community. This can be disconcerting to people who value privacy.

Living in a gated community requires some surrendering of control in order to fully reap the benefits of added security. However, not all gated communities are created equal, nor do they all have the same protocols. Before you decide to make an offer on a home in a gated community, make sure you read the Restrictive Covenants and Rules & Regulations. These documents are on file with the county that the community is located in and are most easily attained by your Realtor. They will lay out all expectations for home and land owners in the community, which are, of course, better to know before you purchase.

If you have any questions about gated communities in the Wilmington area, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page. We have several years of experience with gated communities in the Port City.

The Pros and Cons of Living in Gated Communities

Holiday Incentives from McKee Homes

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

holiday incentives

November is just around the corner, which means one thing - builder incentives! Many local home builders like to put together special incentive packages for the holidays. It's their chance to increase sales before the end of the year, and it's beneficial for buyers, because they get extras to sweeten the deal. Of course, you should never choose a neighborhood just because of incentives, but if it fits your needs, all the better!

McKee Homes has released their holiday incentives package and this is what they're offering:

  • Free Blinds
  • Upgraded refrigerator
  • No closing costs

for all SHOWCASE (pre-built) homes. The details:

Incentives are for customers using McKee Homes Preferred Lender. Free blinds are white 2-inch envirowood blinds and are limited to heated space, not to include garage, unfinished areas or non-standard sizes windows. Upgraded refrigerator is the Kenmore 70353, 27.7 cu. ft. French Door refrigerator in stainless steel. No closing costs when using preferred lender.

Communities from McKee Homes

If you're curious if any other builders are offering buyer incentives or would more information about buying new construction, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

 


Featured Community: Masonboro Forest, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Off Masonboro Loop Road in Wilmington is the beautiful community of Masonboro Forest. Centrally located in New Hanover County, it’s a convenient drive to area golf courses, shopping, and dining, and 15 minutes to the beach. It’s also a very short drive to Masonboro Yacht Club and Marina, and Trails End Park, which has a public boat ramp.

Masonboro Forest consists of 3 neighborhoods - Stratton Village, Craven's Point, and Masonboro Forest Estates. There are a variety of home styles, including: Traditional, French Provincial, Lowcountry, English cottage, and Georgian. The subdivision of Stratton Village consists of brick patio homes with rear-entry garages. This community is in no way cookie cutter. Each home is unique while maintaining the overall polished feel of the neighborhood.

Homes in Masonboro Forest range from 1,500 to 5,300 square-feet (3,200 on average) with 3 to 6 bedrooms and 2 to 5 bathrooms. Most homes have 2 car garages and sit on .30 to .40 acres (the patio homes average .18 acres). While vinyl/wood siding may be used for exterior accent walls, the homes are mainly brick.

Masonboro Forest Example HomeThere are over 200 homes in Masonboro Forest and recent sales have occurred between $245,000 and $620,000*. Interior features that may be found here include: two-story foyers, great rooms, formal dining rooms, crown molding, trey ceilings, fireplaces, built-in shelving, granite countertops, kitchen islands, breakfast rooms, dressing counters, his and her vanities, separate showers, Jacuzzi tubs, formal living rooms, sunrooms, screened porches, and both open and traditional floor plans. Think “stately” and “elegant” when imagining these homes.

View homes for sale in Masonboro Forest.

Masonboro Forest has an excellent set of amenities, including a large clubhouse, Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis courts, and a playground. A few ponds and its location near the marsh affords a selection of the residents waterfront properties. From the marshfront properties or nearby Trails End Park, it’s a short ride to the Intracoastal Waterway and Masonboro Island.

Masonboro Forest Swimming PoolAt the time of this post, Masonboro Forest is zoned for the ever popular Parsley Elementary School, Myrtle Grove Middle School, and Hoggard High School District. However, planned school improvements and redistricting does happen every few years. You can double-check the school locator and see the most recent school report cards here.

If you’d like to learn more about Masonboro Forest or would like to be setup to receive email alerts when new homes come on the market, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

*Note: All data shared in this blog post was pulled from the MLS at the time it was written. For an update, contact The Cameron Team.


3 New Communities in Wilmington NC

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

3 New Communities in Wilmington NCMost home buyers in Wilmington know about the large RiverLights development, but did you know there are other new construction communities in the process of launching? If you want to build your next home and are shopping around for a community, there are three in the early stages of selling that you may be interested in.

Hanover Lakes

Hanover Lakes is Bill Clark Homes’ newest community. It’s located in Castle Hayne, convenient to downtown Wilmington and the international airport, and features 231 homesites and a 14-acre lake. Amenities will include an outdoor lap size pool, water slide, sun deck, waterfront gazebo, kayak launch, open air cabana, lakeside picnic and grilling area, and sidewalks throughout the community.

Home plans start in the $220,000s and include two categories of homes – The Lakeside Cottages and The Lakeside Estates. The cottages will have large front porches and private rear-entry garages. The estates are designed for larger back yards with front road-access garages. All of the homes are designed with Bill Clark Homes’ signature energy efficient features and premium building standards. They also promise customizable features, so buyers don’t have to worry about their homes looking like everyone else’s.

Maple Ridge at West Bay Estates

Stevens Fine Home’s new community in Ogden is just 30 homesites and located within walking distance of Ogden Park where they’re installing a new skate park and open gym, in addition to all their current amenities. It’s also convenient to Mayfaire Town Center and Wrightsville Beach.

New homes in Maple Ridge start in the $230,000s. They include 1 and 2-story plans, 1,830 – 3,187 square-feet with 3-6 bedrooms and 2-3.5 baths. All homes by Stevens are constructed with low maintenance exteriors and energy saving features, like extra insulation and high-grade radiant barrier roof sheathing. They also have customizable features for each home, depending on when the buyer enters the building process.

Scotts Hill Village

Located off of Market Street in Scotts Hill, adjacent to the new medical facility built by New Hanover Regional Medical Center, is the brand new community of Scotts Hill Village. It features 226 homesites surrounded by tangled oaks and southern pines. Amenities will include a community pool, pool house, 14-acre park, walking trails, and a kayak/canoe launch. The community is located where Foy Creek and Futch Creek merge, so residents will have plenty of opportunity to take advantage of local waters – fishing, clamming, and serene views.

Home plans start in the $400,000s and embody the traditional European Cottage style with modern features. They range from 1,815-3,971 square-feet with 2-4 bedrooms, 2.5-4 bathrooms, and 2 car garages. The builders include: 70 West, Hardison Building, Herrington Classic Homes, American Homesmith, Laurel Homes and Legacy Homes by Bill Clark. With such an impressive lineup, homes in Scotts Hill Village are sure to be of premium quality.

Conclusion

If you want all of the customization options for the new homes in these communities, it’s important to jump into the building process early. At some point, each community will have “move-in ready” homes, but you may not get to choose colors, finishes, optional rooms, etc. So we invite you to Contact us if you have any questions.

Featured Community: Gable Run, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

One of Wilmington’s most reputable builders, H&H Homes, has a brand new community in Ogden! Gable Run is a 45-lot community with two water features. It’s located just off Torchwood Boulevard, a short drive to Mayfaire Town Center, the new Publix, and the Porters Neck area. It’s also convenient to Wrightsville Beach and Ogden Park.

There are 5 floor plans available in Gable Run. Buyers can choose to purchase a move-in ready home or start a plan from scratch and customize the features. The plans range from 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5-3 baths, and 2,000-2,500 square-feet. Each plan is either 2 stories or 1 with a finished room over the garage (each home includes a garage). The plans also have optional add-ons depending on the buyer’s needs and the size of the lot. For example, an extra 1-car garage, a patio, or a workstation. Pricing starts in the $230,000s*.

Some features you may find in a Gable Run home include: coffered ceilings, cathedral ceilings, a fireplace, kitchen island, tile backsplash, granite counters, chair rail molding, dual vanities, a garden tub, separate shower, walk-in closet, 1st-floor master suite, and a covered porch. Floor plans may also include a flex room/study, formal dining room, family room, 2-story foyer, and optional 4th bedroom.

Gable Run Home for SaleEvery H&H Home is ecoSelect certified for 2x6 walls, R-19 insulation, low “E” windows, and many other energy saving features. Their homes are an average of 37% more efficient than a typical new home built to 2006 IECC standards. That means more money in your pocket and a healthier impact on the environment.

View homes for sale in Gable Run.

At the time of this post, Gable Run is zoned for Murrayville Elementary School, Holly Shelter Middle School, and Laney High School. However, planned school improvements and redistricting does happen every few years. You can double-check the school locator and see the most recent school report cards here.

If you’d like to learn more about Gable Run or would like to be setup to receive email alerts when new homes come on the market, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

*Note: All data shared in this blog post was pulled from the MLS at the time it was written. For an update, contact The Cameron Team.

Featured Community: Monterey Heights, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, "2015 Sales Team of the Year"

Located just minutes from Carolina Beach off College Road near Eugene Ashley High School is the established community of Monterey Heights. This neighborhood was developed in the 1970s and includes brick ranch style homes that have stood the test of time. Mature trees surround the homes and on Cathay Road is the Monterey Heights park, featuring a covered picnic area, playground for 2-5 year-olds, playground for 5-12 year-olds, large lawn area, and a .3 mile paved walking trail.

Homes in Monterey Heights range from 2-4 bedrooms (most are 3), 1-2 bathrooms, and 900-2100 square-feet of living space. Lots range from .23-.43 acres. Some of the properties have garages, but the majority of those sold in the past few years have not had them.

Though these homes were built in the 1970s and 1980s, many have received upgrades. The higher selling properties have updated flooring, bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, and countertops. Some have even been renovated to include a more modern open floor plan.

Monterey Heights Example HomeMonterey Heights is a great community for first-time home buyers and investors. The median sale price is $125,000* with homes as low as the $70,000s (investor specials) and as high as the $178,000s (complete remodels). There’s a wide range to choose from depending on the amount of work a buyer is willing to do.

View Homes for Sale in Monterey Heights.

At the time of this post, Monterey Heights is zoned for Anderson Elementary, Murray Middle School, and Ashley High School. However, planned school improvements and redistricting does happen every few years. You can double-check the school locator and see the most recent school report cards here.

If you’d like to learn more about Monterey Heights or would like to be setup to receive email alerts when new homes come on the market, give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

*Note: All data shared in this blog post was pulled from the MLS at the time it was written. For an update, contact The Cameron Team.

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