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Featured Community: Palm Grove, Wilmington

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

Are you a fan of Craftsman style homes? Then, you’ll love the charming little neighborhood of Palm Grove located in the Ogden area of Wilmington, NC. Developed in 2008, this Bill Clark community includes about 75 bungalows and cottages of the Craftsman style. The homesites wrap around a large central pond, beside which is a community pavilion, Crepe Myrtles, and a walking trail so all residents can enjoy the serene views.

Homes in the neighborhood range between 1,300 to 2,200 square feet with 2 car garages and are either 1 or 1.5 stories tall. They have 3 to 5 bedrooms, 2 to 3 baths, and lots between .15 and .40 an acre. Their exteriors have wonderful curb appeal with stone accents, tapered Example Palm Grove Homecolumns, pergolas, and decorative motifs, as well as professional landscaping. About half of the homes have privacy fences.

The community floor plans include split-bedroom and open concept, so they have a very modern feel.  Interior features vary, but can include built-ins, gas log fireplaces, wainscoting, granite countertops, hardwood flooring, stainless steel and gas appliances, his/her vanities and closets, separate showers, trey ceilings, and more! This is definitely not a cookie-cutter community. There are unique features in every home.

View homes for sale in Palm Grove.

Palm Grove PondPalm Grove is located just a short walk or bike ride from Ogden Park and the Ice House indoor ice arena. It’s also a quick drive to the shopping and dining at Mayfaire Town Center, the growing Porters Neck commercial area, and Wrightsville Beach. So, there’s plenty in the area to do.

If you’d like to learn more about Palm Grove 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.

 

Featured Community: Fairfield Park, Wilmington

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

Off of George Anderson Boulevard in Wilmington, NC, is Fairfield Park, a quiet community developed in the early 2000’s. It’s dotted with large ponds and greenspaces, including beautiful tree-lined streets and patches of woods. Many streets end in cul-de-sacs cutting down on potential traffic throughout the community and sidewalks are in abundance, a feature that many area residents take advantage of.

At the beginning of the community are clusters of 1-story brick townhomes ranging from 1,300-1,500 square-feet with 2-3 bedrooms and 2 baths. They have attached 2-car garages and paved driveways for parking. The front yards are professionally landscaped and exterior maintenance, including the yard, is included in the monthly HOA dues making these an ideal choice for anyone looking for low maintenance living.  

Further inside the community are brick patio homes ranging from 1,900-2,700 square-feet with 4-5 bedrooms and 2-5 baths. Some include a finished room over the garage, vaulted ceilings, and an open floor plan. All have their own unique combination of interior features that may include crown molding, hardwood floors, tile floors, jetted tubs, trey ceilings, walk-in closets, and crown molding. There are even some custom built floorplans.

Fairfield Park Clubhouse and PoolView homes for sale in Fairfield Park.

At the back of the community is a clubhouse, swimming pool, and tennis court. There’s also one more cluster of townhomes here, but they are smaller than the other units at the front of the community and do not include garages. Residents share a parking lot, but the townhomes are conveniently located within walking distance of the community amenities.

Currently, Fairfield Park falls within the Pine Valley Elementary School, Williston Middle School, and New Hanover High School District, but these should always be rechecked prior to buying a home in the community as things can change from school year to school year. New Hanover County has a convenient school locator tool online.

Want to know more about Fairfield Park or have questions about buying in Wilmington? 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.

The Charles Senior Living Community Rebranded!

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

Pine Forest PlantationIn late 2014, the developers of The Charles Senior Living Community presented their new community at one of Coldwell Banker's monthly sales meetings. They had a lot of plans for their "senior care community", which was to be located in Brunswick County on Midway Road, including a full healthcare campus and in-home services. Their timeline was to start taking reservations in 2015 with the community really taking shape in 2016. However, it seemed they had jumped the gun, because The Charles faded from the local real estate market and nothing was mentioned of it again. We know there were many of you who were intrigued by the plans for The Charles, because we've received messages over the span of the past two years asking us for updates. But we didn't have any to share until today. 

Yesterday, it was announced via the StarNews that The Charles has been rebranded as Pine Forest Plantation and the first building to be built is a 10,000 square-foot family medicine developed in conjunction with Novant Health. It will be open in 2017. This is believed to be the start of a 50-acre medical campus at Pine Forest Plantation.

Pine Forest Plantation will sit on 2,117 acres with a mix-use development and residential homes included. The original plan for The Charles had 2,250 single family and multi-family homes, including cottages, condominiums, townhomes, and assisted living facilities. It's unclear if that remains the plan. Their main website has yet to fully launch, but their main vision appears to remain - they want to make it possible for people to "age in place" at home.

Reservations and pre-sales for lots and condos will begin in late 2016. If you'd like a Realtor to keep you updated on the progress of Pine Forest Plantation, send us a message through our Contact page! 


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
Broker/REALTOR®
(910) 202-2546

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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
Broker/REALTOR®
(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.


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