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Featured Community: Anchors Bend, Wilmington

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

Anchors Bend is a beautiful community located across the street from Middle Sound Marina off Middle Sound Loop Road in Wilmington, North Carolina. Considered a boating community due to its proximity to the Intracoastal Waterway, Anchors Bend has a mix of new homes and resales with current new construction being completed by ForeverHome.

The community consists mainly of Craftsman and coastal cottage style floor plans. Features include alley entry garages, professional landscaping, hardwood flooring, fireplaces, decorative white trim, gourmet kitchens with granite and gas cooktops, subway tile, bead board, wainscoting, coffered ceilings, trey ceilings, screened porches, bonus rooms, spa-like master suites, and more! While the homes all follow a similar style, each is beautifully crafted with its own personality with some of the most sought-after details wanted by buyers today.

Floor plans are spacious, ranging from 2,600 – 3,900 heated sq.ft. Homes have 3-5 bedrooms, 4 being the most common, and 3-5 bathrooms. Depending on the property’s location in Anchors Bend, the lot size may be less than a quarter acre or a half acre or more. So, buyers who don’t want a lot of land to upkeep and those who want more space can both find something fitting within the community.

View homes for sale in Anchors Bend.

Sidewalk-lined streets, landscaped medians, and roundabouts help to make the community pedestrian friendly. Other amenities include a swimming pool, open air pavilion, and clubhouse. Many residents rent Anchors Bendboat slips at Middle Sound Marina and enjoy the convenience of being just 1 mile by boat from Wrightsville Beach.

Anchors Bend is in a very convenient location. Mayfaire Town Center and Regal Cinemas are just 15 minutes away, and Wrightsville Beach is 20 minutes by car, or residents can head 15 minutes north on Market Street to the growing Porters Neck area. There are also 4 golf courses within 20 minutes of the community.

At the time of this post, Anchors Bend is zoned for Castle Hayne Elementary, Noble Middle School, and Laney High School; however, residents have successfully petitioned for Ogden Elementary School. You can double-check the school locator and see the most recent school report cards here.

If you’d like to learn more about Anchors Bend 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.


Video: RiverLights Marina Village and Boardwalk

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


A compilation of videos and pictures providing a peek at the current construction happening in RiverLights in Wilmington, NC. Sights include the mixed-use area of Marina Village, Village Green common area, The River House, boardwalk, and the gorgeous water views diners and residents will get to experience.

Want information on purchasing in RiverLights? Contact The Cameron Team at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

Boardwalk at RiverLights

Video: RiverLights Example Townhome with Dave Spetrino

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


Melanie Cameron of The Cameron Team meets with Dave Spetrino of Plantation Building Corp to take a look at one of their example townhomes, which has many features buyers will be seeing in the new townhomes in Marina Village at RiverLights.

Things to note:

There are 4 different floor plans for the townhomes at RiverLights.
They'll range from 1,561-2,107 sq.ft.
All features and prices are subject to change as plans are finalized.
The video clips at the end show where the townhomes will be built in relation to the mixed-use portion of Marina Village.

Special thanks to Dave Spetrino for taking the time to meet with us!

If you have any questions about RiverLights or possible features, pricing, and floor plans for the Marina Village townhomes, give The Cameron Team a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our Contact page.

Example Plantation Building Corp Townhome

An Update on RiverLights in Wilmington, NC

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

Things are starting to heat up at the brand new master planned community RiverLights in Wilmington, NC. If you aren’t aware, we have an ongoing e-mail list for those who are interested in this community. If you want to be one of the first to know of new updates, let us know!

Here are some of the recent updates:

Floor Plans

A few of the builders have already released floor plans in advance of coming presales. Please note that all prices are subject to change and should be verified at time of interest.

Plantation Building Corp has released 4 plans for the townhomes being built in Marina Village. The first two models will be started this summer and pre-selling of the next building (4 units) will begin shortly thereafter. Homes will range between $325,000 and $425,000, and will depend on features - water views, size, end unit, porches, etc.

THE CABOT

The Cabot from Plantation Building Corp

THE CARTIER

The Cartier from Plantation Building Corp

THE DRAKE

The Drake from Plantation Building Corp

THE MAGELLAN

The Magellan from Plantation Building Corp

The Cottage Building Company (known for its Cottages at Compass Pointe, Ocean Isle Beach, and Southport) will be bringing 12 of its vintage-inspired Craftsman floor plans to RiverLights. They range from 1,450 to 2,218 square-feet and each cottage built in the community will be unique with its own features, colors, fixtures, and finishes. The prices listed below include all costs associated with the architectural plans, architectural review, water and sewer connection, permits, plans, design fees, site work, labor, material, landscaping, and lot. According to their website, these prices are only available to the first 5 buyers. Click here to view their floor plans gallery.

The Cottages at RiverLights 

H&H Homes released 5 single-family home plans for the RiverLights community. Below you will find pictures and links to the plans (.PDFs). These homes will have alley entry garages, open concepts, smart storage, and personalization options.

THE FRITZ

The Fritz by H&H


THE SYLVESTER

The Sylvester by H&H 

THE RILEY

The Riley by H&H 

THE OLIVER

The Oliver by H&H 

THE JONESY

The Jonesy by H&H 

In case you’ve missed it, the full list of builders for the main section of RiverLights are:

• 70 West Builders

• American Homesmith

• Charter Building Group

• H&H Homes

• Plantation Building Corp

• The Cottage Building Company

• Trusst Builder Group

55+ Age Qualifying Community

Del Webb announced that they will be the exclusive builder for the age qualifying (55+) section of RiverLights. Del Webb has a long history of building retirement communities across the United States, but this will be their first community in the Wilmington area.

Del Webb will be breaking ground on houses within the next month with the community’s grand opening happening in October. Pre-sales will begin in August with prices starting in the mid-$200,000s. Plans have not been released yet, but will consist of 11 designs ranging from about 1,260 to 2,560 square-feet.

The age qualifying section of RiverLights will include a 15,000-square-foot amenity center with indoor and outdoor pools, fitness rooms, and tennis, bocce and pickleball courts. There will also be a full-time lifestyle director that will help residents by planning activities, outings, and new clubs.

A Peek at Construction in RiverLights

If you have any questions about the RiverLights community, please give us a call at (910) 202-2546 or send us a message through our contact page. We are very familiar with the builders of RiverLights and are happy to assist you with your purchase in the community.

April and May 2016 Top Selling Communities in New Hanover County

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

Top Selling Communities in New Hanover County for April and May 2016Are you determined to purchase a home that will maintain a maximum resale value? One factor to consider is how homes in the neighborhood are selling. If the community is popular now, there’s a higher chance that property values will remain healthy and that your home will, consequently, maintain a certain degree of resale value. This is, of course, also dependent on the home’s condition and features at the time of resale. Still, community popularity is an important factor in that calculation.

So, which communities in New Hanover County saw the highest sales in the past two months? Here they are, along with links to current listings.

The top selling for homes:

Landfall – 26 Homes

Pine Valley Estates – 19 Homes

Downtown – 13 Homes

The Cape – 10 Homes

Historic District – 9 Homes

Lantana Crossing – 9 Homes

Porters Neck Plantation – 9 Homes

Reserve at Westbay – 9 Homes

Marsh Oaks – 8 Homes

The top selling for land:

Porters Neck Plantation – 7 Lots

Autumn Hall – 5 Lots

Downtown – 5 Lots

Landfall – 4 Lots

Wilmington Beach – 4 Lots

Historic District – 3 Lots

The Cape – 3 Lots

If you’d like to keep up-to-date on how homes are selling in the Wilmington real estate market – including average sold price, average days on the market, and inventory – make sure to check out our weekly video series, Tuesday Tally.

Interested in how homes and lots are selling specifically 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.

Featured Community: Pecan Grove Plantation, Hampstead

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

Imagine yourself driving past large iron gates and down a sidewalk-lined street under the lush green boughs of large pecan trees. Just beyond these stately trees are gorgeous multi-gabled homes with rocking chair front porches, bulbous shrubs, and manicured lawns. All are custom. No two are alike. It’s the type of scene you’d see pop up in a Nicholas Sparks movie, because Pecan Grove Plantation screams Southern charm.

Located off Sloop Point Loop Road in Hampstead, North Carolina, Pecan Grove Plantation is a waterfront community with a day dock and boat ramp. Its access to the Intracoastal Waterway makes it an attractive choice for avid boaters, who like to explore the nearby creeks and channels or navigate to nearby Topsail Island for meals and shopping.

Pecan Grove Plantation Example HomeHomes in Pecan Grove Plantation are located on large lots (well over half an acre) with floor plans starting around 2,500 square-feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. They can span upwards close to 5,000 square-feet with 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, and multiple stories. Listings in the past have ranged between $350,000 and $1 million, depending on the home’s features, location, and views.  

As each home is custom built, there’s a wide selection of home features and designs showcased in Pecan Grove Plantation. Crown molding, built-ins, high-end hardwood flooring, granite countertops, gas cooktops, stainless steel appliances, gourmet kitchens, double-sided fireplaces, great rooms, high ceilings, geo-thermal systems, bonus rooms, screened porches, multi-level decks, and water views are all features you may see in homes located here. There are even properties incorporating smart home technology.

As of this blog post, vacant lots are also an option in Pecan Grove Plantation. If one of the current listings do not fit a buyer’s needs, they can buy a lot and build their own floor plan. There are endless possibilities!

Pool and ClubhouseView homes for sale in Pecan Grove Plantation.

View lots for sale in Pecan Grove Plantation.

In addition to the day dock and boat ramp, residents of Pecan Grove Plantation enjoy the benefits of a community clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, playground, and tennis courts. Topsail Beach is 30 minutes by car and Wilmington is about 40 minutes. The community is also located in the award winning Topsail School District. See the most recent school report cards here.

If you’d like to learn more about Pecan Grove Plantation 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: 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.

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