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Featured Community: Olde Point, Hampstead

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

Stretching from U.S. Highway 17 east to the Intracoastal Waterway is the diverse community of Olde Point, which has been a landmark of Hampstead, NC, since the 1970s. Don’t let the age of this community scare you, because many homes have been renovated since they were built. If you’re looking for low maintenance townhomes, starter homes, spacious golf course homes, luxury waterfront properties, or even a lot to build on, this community has it all. That’s why Olde Point remains to be a community in demand.

When you first drive into Olde Point, past the bustling club house and golf course dotted with golfers, you get the feeling this is a very active community filled with people who love to socialize. As you move further into the residential areas, closer to the waterfront, you discover there’s an elevated level of privacy surrounding each home. If you want space between you and your neighbors while still receiving the benefits of a homeowners association and community amenities, this is a great place to start looking.

And Olde Point has some wonderful amenities. Many properties in Olde Pointe are situated around the 18-hole Olde Point Golf Course, where tournaments are held throughout the year. If you aren’t an expert golfer, lessons are available from the course’s golf pros, or you can stop by the course's restaurant, Christoper's, and take in the view. Tennis courts are also available and residents in the community like to host their own leagues. Of course, both amenities are available for daily leisure play.

For resident boaters, there's no need to have waterfront property. There is a boat ramp and storage area at Harbor Village Yacht Club off Harbour Village Drive, as well as boat slips for lease. The ramp is maintained by Harbor Village, and they charge residents an annual fee for maintenance. The storage area is also an annual payment - a lease option offered when space is available.

Olde Point MonumentOlde Point does have an HOA that charges a monthly fee for maintaining public spaces and covering administrative fees, legal fees (when covenants are broken), and keeping the residents informed. You can learn all about the community’s rules and restrictions at the HOA website, which also has a handy list of the community’s clubs and organizations.

Sure to please anyone, there’s a wide range of prices and home styles available in Olde Point. There are traditional homes with formal dining rooms, home offices, and gorgeous wood burning fireplaces, as well as brand new construction with open floor plans, kitchen islands, and high ceilings. Brick homes, vinyl homes….1-story or 2-story….1, 2, and 3 car garages…There’s a lot to choose from.

View Homes for Sale in Olde Point.

View Lots for Sale in Olde Point.

Located just 20 minutes from Topsail Island and Surf City, residents of Olde Point enjoy the beach, watersports, shopping, and excellent seafood dining. More options, including an active theater community, are just 30 minutes away in Wilmington. Jacksonville and Camp Lejeune are 35 minutes north on U.S. Highway 17. Hampstead alone is a growing town with businesses and restaurants convenient for many.

Would you like to schedule a private showing of a home in Olde Point or have questions about the community? Give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

Meghan Riley

Featured Community: Middle Pointe Village, Hampstead

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

Located off Sloop Point Road in Hampstead, North Carolina, is a small, private community called Middle Pointe Village that’s sure to please buyers looking for a water access community on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW). With a private dock and boat ramp, residents of Middle Pointe Village are able to enjoy the beauty of the local waters. Boaters can travel down the ICWW to Topsail Beach and Surf City, or explore the wildlife of the nearby creeks. There’s also a gazebo for enjoying the gorgeous sunrises over the water.

Sample Middle Pointe Village HomeMiddle Pointe Village consists of mid-priced homes, many with custom details, including extensive trim, stately columns, built-in shelving, wood inlays, crowned cabinets, solid surface countertops, marble, trey ceilings, etc. Most of the homes here are of the Traditional style with formal dining rooms, home offices, family rooms, and first-floor master suites. Three to five bedroom home are the norm with a minimum of three baths. Some homes include additional quarters (in-law suites) and views of the marsh front, and all are located on large lots ranging from just over half an acre to almost two acres.

View Homes for Sale in Middle Pointe Village.

Middle Pointe Village Boat Ramp and DockThe community falls within the award winning Topsail School District (view school report cards here) and the Kiwanis Park (playground, baseball fields, tennis courts, football field, and soccer field) is located just up Sloop Point Road. In addition to the growing business district of Hampstead, the shopping and restaurants of Surf City are just 15 minutes away and even more options are available 30 minutes away in Wilmington. So, there’s a lot about the area to enjoy.

If you’d like to know more about Middle Pointe Village 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!

Meghan Riley

How Bad is Flooding and Storm Surge in Wilmington?

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

National Hurricane Center Storm Surge MapAre you concerned about flooding and storm surge in the Greater Wilmington Area (New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick Counties)?

Recently, the National Hurricane Center released a map showing areas of potential storm surge in the United States. The map is organized by Hurricane Wind Categories and shows the worse-case flooding scenarios. The National Hurricane Center said around 22 million people are affected by storm surge, which accounts for half of all tropical storm related deaths. Not everyone realizes how far inland storm surge can reach and many underestimate what precautions they need to take when a storm rolls through.

We know how important it is to our clients to know if their home and community is located in an area that floods. Each property in southeastern North Carolina is labeled as being inside or outside of a flood zone, which also identifies how often the area usually floods. You can view this new map to get an idea of overall storm surge activity in the Greater Wilmington area (as well as other places up and down the east coast).

To use the map to view our area, you need to zoom in: there is no way to search by address. The map overlay disappears when you get to the street level, so this map is best used for a general understanding of storm surge in our area. You can only get a true understanding of how storms affect a specific street or community by looking for the information locally.

If you’re concerned about storm surge and flooding, your Realtor can help you find out what the case may be for individual properties. If you’re currently not working with an agent, give us a call at 910.202.2546 or send us a message through our Contact page and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Meghan Riley

The Charles Senior Living Community

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

The Charles LogoThere is a large demand for 55+ communities with healthcare included and the developers of the BRAND NEW retirement community The Charles in Brunswick County realize this. Matter-of-fact, they don’t describe it as a “retirement community”, but a “senior care community”, because their focus is to not only provide homes, but the care needed so the residents can enjoy all the great amenities included in their master plan. They have designed a program that they call Care+ and its purpose is to aid in the natural progression of aging. They want seniors to be active and live life to the fullest, and rather than make them travel around Brunswick County, they are going to provide it in the community and in-home. But don’t confuse this community with an “old folks home”. There is much more to it.

Located in the Town of Oak Island at the intersection of NC Highway 211 and Midway Road, right across from St. James Plantation, The Charles is 2,114 total acres and will have as many as 2,250 single family and multi-family homes, including cottages, condominiums, townhomes, and assisted living facilities. A commercial healthcare and retail campus will front Highway 211, and, though the businesses haven’t been set in stone, the developers are saying they’re aiming to recruit those that will improve the lifestyle choices of their residents i.e. barbers, hair salons, frozen yogurt, restaurants, shopping, etc. There are also multiple bodies of water, conservation areas, and biking and walking paths planned, as well as fitness, exercise and recreational facilities. So, there will be plenty to do!

The Charles has already broke ground on its anchor healthcare provider. They haven’t made the big announcement yet, but say that it’s a major local provider that everyone’s familiar with. The healthcare campus and Care+ program will roll out in stages. Once completed, they will include:

  • Skilled Nursing and acute healthcare facility with integrated family and senior medicine
  • Assisted living residences
  • Memory care unit
  • Occupational and physical therapy
  • In home healthcare and medical equipment providers
  • As needed personal  services: meal preparation, transportation, complete property  maintenance and housekeeping

        Source: The Charles Press Kit

Aging brings on some difficult lifestyle changes, but they don’t want it to get in the way of living.

In 2015, work on the infrastructure will begin and they’ll start taking reservations for home sites. They’ve opened up the community to multiple builders, so there will be plenty of floor plans to choose from. 2016 will be a big year as the community really takes shape. Further development of what they’re calling the “independent living” phases will roll out as market demand deems fit.

If you’d like more information on The Charles, let us know! Send us a message through our Contact page or give us a call at 910.202.2546.

The Charles Senior Couple


Meghan Riley

Featured Community: Blue Point, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

It’s not uncommon for buyers to have to sacrifice the amenities they desire in order to purchase a home in a smaller community, but you’ll be happy to know that Blue Point, a community of roughly 100 homes, does no such thing. Residents there get to enjoy the pleasures of having a community pool, club house, and tennis courts, as well as a gazebo and kayak launch. The community also has a number of landscaped islands and speed bumps to help minimize speeding.

Located in the sought-after Porters Neck area, Blue Point is a short drive from popular shopping and eateries like Port City Java and Lowes Home Improvement, as well as the Eagle Point Golf Course and Tom Fazio Golf Course at Porters Neck Plantation and Country Club. Wrightsville Beach is about 10-15 minutes away and Mayfaire Town Center is even closer. So, the area has plenty to offer.

Blue Point Example Homes for SaleHomes in Blue Point range from the $200ks up into the high $600ks. This is definitely not a cookie cutter neighborhood: it includes traditional, transitional, low country, patio, and cottage floor plans, and the owners have taken the time to make them their own. Unique home features found in this community include an all-season turtle pond, sea glass tile shower, walk-in storage, barrel vaulted ceilings, decorative inlays, whole home generators, and a reverse osmosis water filtration system. It’s also located on a marsh, so there are some waterfront homes available.

View Homes for Sale in Blue Point.

As you can see, Blue Point has character. It’s a great community for buyers looking to move up (or even purchase smaller). If you’re interested in more information on this community or viewing one of the homes for sale, please give us a call at 910.202.2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

Meghan Riley

A Look at Wilmington's Historic District

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

We were recently in downtown Wilmington visiting the Historic District. We visited the Riverwalk and the residential area where homes date back to the 1700s. Here's an album of pictures we compiled. If you like it, please follow us on Flickr.


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HOAs are Like Snowflakes…No Two are Alike

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

HOAs are Like Snowflakes...No Two are AlikeSo, you found a home in the Wilmington area that you like, but you’ve discovered it’s in a community with a homeowners association (HOA). Maybe you didn’t have a good experience with your last HOA or you don’t like the idea of your neighbors regulating how you use your property. Either way, you weren’t planning on having to deal with an HOA…but you just LOVE this house! You may be happy to know that no two HOAs are alike. You could say, they’re like snowflakes!

When HOAs were originally created they were meant to bring together homeowners who wanted to share the same type of living conditions. The same stands true today, but the type of living conditions and the amount of regulations vary from community to community. Some HOAs just want to maintain the common areas of the neighborhood, like the entryway, drainage ditches, park, landscaped dividers, etc. Others want to do all that and maintain a uniform look for all of the houses, so there are regulations on floor plans, paint colors that can be used, curtains that can be seen from the street, or fences that can or cannot be installed. These examples appear on either end of the spectrum, so there are plenty of less extreme options to choose from.

Just because a home is in the jurisdiction of an HOA doesn’t mean you should immediately rule it out. Your Realtor can retrieve the community’s Rules and Regulations prior to you making an offer on the home. This document will list everything you can and cannot do (park your boat or RV in the yard, add on to the home, install a swimming pool, etc.). This is the majority of the information you need in order to make a decision. You can also check out the HOAs’ website or Facebook page, if it has one, and talk to neighbors to get a better understanding of how the HOA is ran. HOAs aren’t for everyone, but you may find that even a small HOA is worth having if you want the guarantee that the community will look tidy.

Have questions about living in an HOA? Send us a message through our Contact page or give us a call!

Meghan Riley

Featured Community: Mallory Creek Plantation, Winnabow

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

Located on River Road SE (133) in Winnabow, just outside Leland on the way to Southport, is the developing community of Mallory Creek Plantation. Three single family home communities have already been completed and four more are in the building process, so there’s a nice mix of resale and new homes available for purchase. The developers have done a wonderful job giving each sub-community its own character through the featured home plans. If you need a specific style or feature, you’ll likely find it here.

There are multiple builders in Mallory Creek Plantation – American Homesmith, Howard Builders, Terry F. Turner – but most of the homes built there are done by Stevens Fine Homes. They have an excellent history of providing energy efficient, well-built homes. They make sure to go above and beyond building codes to help home owners save on their monthly energy bills. So, if you’re buying new construction or one of their resales, you can feel confident you are purchasing a good home.

Cove Landing and The Grove feature single-family brick homes with 3 bedrooms, 2-3.5 baths, bonus rooms, and 2 car garages. The open floor plans range from 1,420-2,332 sq.ft.. South Brook and The Pines feature Craftsman and European style two-story homes with 3-6 bedrooms, 2.5-4 baths, 2 car garages, and floor plans that range from 1,950-4,014 sq.ft.. Depending on the plan and features, homes range from the $170's up into the $300's. You can buy homes already built or choose the lot, plan, colors, finishes, etc. You have plenty of options to choose from!

There’s also a new townhome community at Mallory Creek called Tyler’s Cove. Built by Terry F. Turner, they are 2 and 3 bedroom one-story townhomes. Each has an open floor plan, 1 car garage, screened porch, and patio. They are a great option if you’re looking for low maintenance living.

View Homes for Sale in Mallory Creek Plantation

Mallory Creek Swimming PoolMallory Creek Plantation’s amenities are excellent. The community has a competition sized swimming pool, low country club house with a kitchen (available by reservation), playground, and walking trails. Sidewalks and streetlights provide safe paths for walking, and the utilities are all underground. Plus, the Brunswick River Park (boat ramp, playgrounds, and picnic areas) is just down the road and Historic Downtown Wilmington is only 10 minutes away over the Cape Fear River, so there is plenty to do!

If you'd like to see a home for sale in Mallory Creek Plantation or have questions about the different communities, give us a call at 910.202.2546 or send us a message through our Contact page. We'd be happy to help!

Meghan Riley

Featured Community: Brittany Lakes, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

Brittany Lakes is a lovely community dotted with serene ponds and canals filled with local wildlife and native vegetation. Located in the Ogden area of Wilmington, it’s accessible from Murrayville Road, White Road, and Market Street with I-40 a short drive away. The community consists of two parts – the main division of Brittany Lakes and the sub-division Legacy at Brittany Lakes.

Homes in Brittany Lakes are mostly one-level or one-level with a finished room over the garage. Floor plans range from 1,900 to 3,000 square-feet, and commonly include 3 or 4 bedrooms and 2-car attached garages. Exteriors are all-brick or vinyl with brick accent walls and many homes are pond view or pond front.

View Homes for Sale in Brittany Lakes

View Homes for Sale in Legacy at Brittany Lakes

Brittany Lakes - Wilmington North CarolinaThe community of Brittany Lakes has two separate homeowner associations for their two divisions. Brittany Lakes’ HOA fees cover the maintenance, insurance, etc. of their common areas and amenities, which include a swimming pool and tennis court. Legacy at Brittany Lakes, which does not have community amenities, has HOA fees to cover the insurance, management, etc. of the common areas. We suggest reading the rules and restrictions for each HOA (attainable by your Wilmington real estate agent) prior to closing on a home in either division.

Residents of Brittany Lakes enjoy the short drive to Wrightsville Beach, and shopping, dining, and movies at Mayfaire Town Center.  Ogden Park and the local ice rink, The Ice House, are also just minutes away. Lewis Farms, open in the spring for picking fresh strawberries and blueberries, is located around the corner and schools aren’t far away either. So, the Ogden area has plenty to offer.

If you'd like to see a home for sale in Brittany Woods or Legacy at Brittany Woods, give us a call at 910.202.2546 or send us a message through our Contact page. We'd be happy to help!

Meghan Riley

 

Featured Community: The Sanctuary at Hanover Reserve, Wilmington

by Meghan Riley, The Cameron Team

One of the newest communities in Ogden, The Sanctuary at Hanover Reserve has launched with two builders new to the Wilmington area, but not new to home building. McKee Homes and H&H Homes both have a history of quality construction in other areas of North Carolina. Now, they’re bringing their eco-friendly building standards and fresh floor plans to our area, and they’re already proving themselves popular with area buyers.

New homes in The Sanctuary at Hanover Reserve start at $240,000 and go up to the mid-$300,000s. Floor plans range from 2,000 to 3,900 square-feet, and can be 4 or 5 bedrooms. There are 7 different designs to choose from, and many have the open floor plans and first-floor master suites popular with buyers today.

Standard features of these homes include high efficiency HVAC systems, energy efficient lighting, ceramic tile backsplashes, hardwood floors, 2”x6” walls (instead of 2”x4”), and much more. Both builders construct their homes according to high energy standards that save home owners hundreds of dollars each year. H&H alone assigns a H.E.R.s rating (home energy rating) for EACH INDIVIDUAL home. That means the home owners know how much their own home will save them, not just a blanket number for their floor plan.

The Sanctuary at Hanover ReserveView Homes for Sale in Hanover Reserve.

The Sanctuary at Hanover Reserve is located in a quiet area near Courtney Pines and Quail Woods in Ogden north of Market Street. It’s a short drive from the hopping entertainment, shopping, and restaurants of Mayfaire Town Center, with a slightly longer drive to Wrightsville Beach. Ogden is also a flourishing area of Wilmington attracting new businesses left and right. So, residents will never have to drive far for the necessities.

The community is in its first phase, but there are over 100 home sites in the neighborhood. You’re welcome to choose a home already under construction or design your own pre-build. If you’re interested in learning more about the community and builders, or are interested in seeing a home, give us a call at 910.202.2546 or send us a message through our Contact page. We have extensive experience with buying new construction in the Wilmington area and are happy to help you narrow down your choices.

Meghan Riley

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