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So, 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.
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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.
Mallory 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!
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.
The 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!
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 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.
Just past Monkey Junction, off of Manassas Drive, is the new community of Tarin Woods, which highlights quality homes from two popular Wilmington builders – Blanton Building Inc. and Hardison Building Company. The community is already proving itself a hit among buyers with sales increasing from month-to-month since the beginning of the year.
Tarin Woods has 14 open floor plans ranging from 2,000 to just over 3,000 square-feet with no fewer than 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, most of them featuring 4 bedrooms. Standard features include: laminate floors in the living areas, stain resistant carpet in the bedrooms, a vaulted or trey ceiling in the master bedroom, brushed chrome finishes, 2-panel interior doors, ceiling fans in the master bedroom and great room, a walk-in closet, cable TV wiring, 5” base molding, Low E vinyl windows, vinyl tilt windows, granite countertops, a tile backsplash, 42” cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a garbage disposal, soaker tub, and covered porches, among many others. Upgrades include: crown molding, coffered ceilings, fire places, and more! Current listings start in the $200’s and span into the mid-$300’s.
The amenities in Tarin Woods have not been completed yet, but they are proposed to include a community club house, kid play area, and swimming pool. Sidewalks for safe strolling are located throughout the community and three ponds have been included in the current phases.
Tarin Woods is a short drive from Carolina Beach with all the great food, shopping, swimming, fishing, festivals, and weekly summer events it has to offer. Around the corner is Beau Rivage Golf Course and Resort and Halyburton Park, which has a nature center with live animal displays and environmental education programs. Plus, the community is located in an award winning school district.
If you'd like to see a home for sale in Tarin Woods or would like more information on their upgrades and features, give us a call at 910.202.2546. We'd be happy to help!
Would you like to be located in a small, private community with deeded water access? Then, you’ll want to take a look at The Heritage in Hampstead, NC. This new community is located off of Washington Acres Drive on Heritage Way and only has 12 homesites. The homes are built by Southeast Custom Homes and they have a 2-home rule for each plan, so the neighborhood doesn’t look cookie cutter. They also promise to make the custom touches so different that 2 homes with similar floor plans are unique.
Just down the road off Hughes Road is a private boat ramp on Mill Creek. Residents of The Heritage have deeded water access and can use the boat ramp for a small fee. They can also voluntarily pay a fee to park their boat there for the day. Mill Creek is directly linked to the Intracoastal Waterway about equidistance between Figure 8 Island and Topsail Beach.
Homes in The Heritage are located on half-acre lots and span between 2,400 and 2,999 square-feet. Depending on the home plan chosen, features include 42” cabinets, ceramic tile backsplashes, granite countertops, 5-panel doors, pendant lighting, 2-piece crown molding, coffered ceilings, custom-built closet shelving, a decorative pergola, screened porch, and more! They also boast first-floor master suites, which are incredibly popular with buyers today.
The Heritage has a homeowners association, which covers common area maintenance, road maintenance, management fees, and other basic maintenance. It has a low, low monthly fee and potential buyers can review the restrictive covenants prior to buying.
If you’d like more information The Heritage or new construction in the greater Wilmington area in general, give us a call or send us a message through our Contact page. We have a lot of experience with purchasing new construction and we’re happy to help!
Located between Masonboro Loop and Masonboro Sound Roads, Windward Oaks is an established community of stately brick Colonial style homes, many with back yard swimming pools and custom floor plans. It’s a family friendly community with a private feel, despite being so close to area amenities, and through traffic is reduced with carefully positioned landscaped islands, speed humps, and cul-de-sacs. Green common areas and charming gazebos provide gathering locations for residents, and the highly sought-after Parsley Elementary School is located across the street from the community’s entrance on Masonboro Loop Road.
Established in the 1990’s, construction in Windward Oaks continued into the 2000’s. Homes span 2,500-5,500 square-feet and sit on lots from 1/3 to almost a full acre. High-end features are common and include trey ceilings, high ceilings, two-story foyers, columns, extensive molding, built-in shelving, bay windows, gas fireplaces, hardwood flooring, tile flooring, sunrooms, breakfast rooms, large double vanities, separate showers, granite counters, gourmet appliances, and professionally landscaped yards. Parking is not an issue in Windward Oaks, as many homes have side-loading 2 and 3-car garages, in addition to cement driveways. Features differ from home-to-home, but the community maintains an impressive elegance with listings in Windward Oaks resting in the $300,000-$500,000 range*.
As well as being part of the Parsley Elementary School District, Windward Oaks is located in the Roland Grise Middle and Hoggard High School districts. To learn more about these schools, visit the NC School Report Card website.
Windward Oaks is a short drive from the Intracoastal Waterway and Trails End Boat Ramp, so boaters can take advantage of its close location to the water. It’s also 10 minutes from Wrightsville Beach, 15 minutes from the Historic District in downtown Wilmington, and 5-10 minutes from local shopping, so residents are never too far from something to do.
If you’re interested in viewing listings in Windward Oaks or have questions about the community, please give us a call or send us a message through our Contact page.
*Data from MLS. Accurate at time of posting.
Positioned at the northern edge of New Hanover County in the Porters Neck area of Wilmington, NC, is the wonderful thriving community of Plantation Landing. Home to green spaces and quiet streets, this community boasts a club house, playground, tennis courts, and multiple swimming pools. Conveniently located just “around the corner” from a collection of quality stores, restaurants, and coffee shops along Market Street, Plantation Landing is a short 5-10 minute drive from Wrightsville Beach and a “hop, skip, and jump” from the golf course at Porters Neck Plantation & Country Club.
Plantation Landing has 2, 3, 4, and 5 bedroom homes starting in the low $200s. There is a nice range of floor plans beginning with starter homes at 1,500 square-feet and growing to over 3,800 square-feet in the upper $400s. Construction began in the community in the early 2000’s and hasn’t stopped, so there are both resale and new construction homes, the latter of which mainly reside in the newest neighborhoods of Sagewood and Oak Ridge. The current inventory includes 1-story brick homes, 2-story traditional homes, 2-story cottages, 3-story Craftsman, and 2-story low country homes, many of which have those little details that most buyers love, including: wainscoting, crown molding, granite countertops, fireplaces, separate tubs and showers, ceramic tile, French doors, transom windows, etc. With so much to choose from, there’s something for everyone in Plantation Landing!
Homes in Plantation Landing are located in the New Hanover County School District – Blair Elementary School, Noble or Holly Shelter Middle School, and Laney High School. If you’re looking for information on these schools, we recommend viewing their North Carolina School Report Cards.
If you would like to view a home for sale in Plantation Landing or have questions about the community, please give us a call at 910.202.2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.
**All information included here is accurate at the time of posting. Your Wilmington real estate agent can help you verify the facts with a current community search.
Are you looking for tree-lined streets, safe sidewalks, and homes with a small-town feel? Take a look at Carriage Hills, located off 17th street in the 28412 zip code of Wilmington, North Carolina. This community is filled with homes with individual style and friendly owners, and during the warm months, the landscaping is filled with flowers and beautiful greenery.
Carriage Hills is divided into 4 subdivisions: Steeple Chase, The Chaise, Cambry Downs, and Cabriolet. Styles vary from cottages to two story traditional homes. There is such a variety in this community that you’re sure to find something pleasing. Steeplechase and The Chaise have 2 and 3 bedroom homes with attached 1 and 2 car garages. They range from 1200 to 1800 square-feet. Cambry Downs has 3 and 4 bedroom homes with attached 2 car garages. They range from 1500 to over 2200 square-feet. Cabriolet is the oldest subdivision and has the largest homes. They are over 2,000 square-feet.
The amenities at Carriage Hills include a club house, swimming pool, tennis courts, and playground. The monthly homeowner association fee varies according to the subdivision. Cambry Downs is slightly higher than the others, because the HOA also maintains the fences.
Carriage Hills is located close to Halyburton Park, New Hanover County Regional Hospital, and the Cross City Bike and Walking Trail. The Independence Mall is just 4 miles away and there are plenty more shopping and dining options in the area. Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach are just about equidistance – 10 miles away. So, there is plenty to do.
If you have any questions or are interested in viewing a home in Carriage Hills, we’d be happy to schedule a showing. Just give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.
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