Wilmington NC Real Estate Blog

April 7, 2014

The Pilot House

Wilmington has a plethora of amazing restaurants, with offerings in an array of ethnicities.  One of my favorite local establishments is The Pilot House, located downtown, on the corner of Ann & Water Streets, nestled alongside the Cape Fear River.  The Pilot House features regional, “low-country” cuisine, and expertly combines “down home Southern cooking” with a modern flair, using many ingredients indigenous to the area.  Guests can dine indoors, on “the porch,” or al fresco, weather permitting.

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The Pilot House was founded in 1978 by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wright, Jr.  The original structure of the restaurant used to be a primary residence, constructed by William Craig in 1870.  The house was moved from its original location on Wooster Street, to its current location in 1977.  The Pilot House was the first restaurant to open in the restored, historic Chandler’s Wharf district.  In the beginning, the restaurant had a remote kitchen in the wharf, and served a limited menu of only salads and sandwiches, which customers carried from a service window to an outdoor dining area.  The Pilot House was renovated in 1988, and a secondary structure was added, creating additional dining space, and a full-service kitchen.  In 1993, they added a riverfront deck – an ideal location to watch the sun set over the Cape Fear River; and later moved the bar to the riverfront deck in 2004, which transformed the former bar space into a private dining area. 

the pilot house

The Pilot House is open daily from 11:00 AM, and serves lunch and dinner.  The menu offers selections for every palate, including delectable appetizers, such as Hot Crab Dip, Lobster Mac’n Cheese, Carpaccio, Shrimp Lollipops, Fried Green Tomatoes, a variety of Flat Breads, and much more; soup and salad offerings, such as the amazing Heirloom Tomato Stack, Spinach Salad, with bacon, apples, Portobello mushrooms, and candied pecans, and Shrimp and Corn Chowder, made from local corn, shrimp, lump crab meat and bacon bits, as well as other daily soup offerings; shellfish specialties, including steam pots, chargrilled oysters, and much more; seafood specialties, using local, freshly caught fish, such as  Sweet Potato Grouper, Shrimp and Grits, or Jumbo Lump Crabcake; a variety of gourmet sandwiches; meat and poultry offerings, including steaks, duck, lamb, chicken and pork; and a variety of pastas. 

If you want to enjoy fine, regional Southern cuisine, in a little piece of history, with unparalleled views of the Cape Fear River, be sure to visit The Pilot House for lunch or dinner, open daily Monday through Sunday.  

The Pilot House Restaurant http://www.pilothouserest.com/

2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC

910-343-0200

Written By:  BlueCoast agent Melissa Snowden, Broker/REALTOR

910-836-8160  melissa@wilmingtonnchomes.com

Posted in General Interest
April 7, 2014

The 67th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival

Come experience the culture, history and excitement of Southern Tradition throughout the 67th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival!

There are so many different events throughout the weeks leading up to the festival, there is surely something for everyone.

April 5th– Azalea 5K/10K/Fun Walk

Registration is from 7 – 7:30am and Start Time is 8am

Hosted by the Cape Fear Volunteer Center, this lively run welcomes runners, children, costumes and your dog! In order to receive an event t-shirt, please be sure to register in advance! The event will be held at the TrySports Field at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington. All proceeds from the race benefit the Cape Fear Volunteer Center Big Buddy Program. For more information and to register, please visit:

http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/events/azalea-5k10kfun-walk-2013/

April 9th – The Queen’s Coronation

The event starts at 3pm at the Wilmington Convention Center’s Great Lawn and admission is free.

This event is where the Queen is officially crowned the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen Azalea. This is your chance to rub elbows with city officials, board members, other local celebrities and the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles. Once the festivities are complete, guests will watch from the river walk as the official party disembarks on the Henrietta III. Be sure to get there early to get a good spot!

April 9th – 13th – Visiting Ships

Each year, during the festival, ships from around the world join in celebration here in Wilmington. Take some time to visit these ships while they are docked along the Cape Fear River. This year, a special guest” is the USCGC Staten Island: open to the public for tours Saturday and Sunday (12th and 13th) from 12pm -6pm.

April 10th – 13th – Cole Bros. Circus Big Top

A festival favorite, with an array of exotic animals and talented acrobats, clowns and costumed characters; this two hour performance is sure to please kids and kids at heart!

Tickets are:

Adult: $25 Child/Senior: $20

The hours are below:

Thursday, April 10, 2014- 4:30pm & 7:30pm

Friday, April 11, 2014- 4:30pm & 7:30pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014- 1:30pm, 4:30pm & 7:30pm

Sunday, April 13, 2014- 1:30pm, 4:30pm

April 11th – Airlie Luncheon Garden Party

This private party is a chance for sponsors and dignitaries of the festival get together in their finest spring garb of big hats, seersucker suits and bow ties to network and talk about the great year ahead! If you would like a chance to be a part of this – click the link below for sponsorship opportunities!

http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/sponsorship/

April 11th – 13th – Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour

Sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc., this tour is one of the longest running and most popular garden tours in the South. It has even been featured in Southern Living Magazine! Tickets for this tour are available at the Festival office, 5725 Oleander Drive, B7 or by phone (910-794-4650) and are $25 per ticket.

April 11th – 13th – Street Fair

Lots of vendors, food and entertainment! The street fair is a free, family event. Located on Water, Front and Market Streets, there will be lots going on here! For more information re. the events, stage schedules, etc. please visit the site below:

http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/events/street-fair-2014/

April 11th – 13th - Concert Series

Kicking off the annual concert series this year will be Justin Moore, Randy Houser, and Josh Thompson for the Off the Beaten Path Tour beginning at 8pm on the Miller Lite Main Stage. For ticket purchases, visit the site below:

http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1800393

There has been a lot of excitement this year surrounding the anticipation of Widespread Panic’s concerts (yes, that’s TWO concerts) on the Miller Lite Main Stage. The band will take the stage on Friday and Saturday night at 8pm. Hurry up and get your tickets – they won’t last long!

http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/events/widespread-panic/

Also – please check the event site for details re. the venue, food and beverage options, etc.

April 12th – 13th - Historic Home Show

Want to take a peek inside some of Wilmington’s most amazing historic homes? Be sure to hop on this tour. You won’t be disappointed! For ticket information, please click the link below:

http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/events/historic-home-tour-2014/

April 12th – Parade

Complete with floats, marching bands, horses, and of course, the Azalea Queen and her court – the parade is the cherry on top of this wonderful week of celebration! It takes place on Saturday the 12th from 9am until noon along 3rd Street in downtown Wilmington. Be sure to grab a blanket or chairs and have a seat along the street side and enjoy the show.

If you would like more information about these events or to buy or sell a home in the Wilmington, NC area, please give me a call! Carrie Upchurch 910-833-4947

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April 4, 2014

SPRING BOOK SALE April 5 ~ 9, 2014

The New Hanover Friends of the Public Library are at it again!  The Spring Book Sale, to benefit our local New Hanover County Libraries and special library programs, takes place April 5 ~ 9, 2014 at the NorthEast Branch Library.

Thousands of books have been donated and volunteers are working hard to have everything ready for this weekend.  Prices are low, and even lower as the Sale goes on!  This is a great opportunity to pick up some beach reads.  On Thursday April 9th, you can buy books for $1.50 a yard! or .10/each!  Of course, by then you may have missed the one you were looking for.

Don't miss this chance to find a treasure and help keep our libraries and their programs open and strong!  There's something for everyone -- from mysteries to DIY; reference to sports.  Chances are good you'll find it at the Spring Book Sale! 

New Hanover County Library NorthEast Branch is located at 1241 Military Cutoff Road Wilmington NC 28405.  Friday evening 6p ~ 9p, April 4, 2014, is reserved for Members of the Friends of the Public Library - but don't feel left out!  You can join at the door!

If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Wilmington NC, give me a call.  I’m passionate about my community and helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals! Tish Lloyd Broker/REALTOR® BlueCoast Realty 910.547.1446.

Posted in General Interest
March 31, 2014

Wilmington NC area FREE Events April 5 - 6, 2014

It looks like we have a beautiful weekend on tap and these FREE events will help you enjoy every minute of it!

Saturday April 5

15th Annual Boat Show

From 9:30a – 4:30p, enjoy the 15th Annual Boat Show sponsored by Cape Fear Community College.  A celebration of the craft of boat building, the event takes place in Downtown Wilmington on Water Street.  A special tent will be set up for children to put together their own toy sailboat with kits donated from Home Depot.

Money Smart Day for kids and teens

Money Smart Day for kids and teens at the Main Library in downtown Wilmington, NC teaches kids/teens the importance of handling money responsibly. Pizza, popcorn and refreshments will be served in the 3rd floor lobby throughout Money Smart Day. No registration is necessary. Teen program begins at 12:30 and kids program at 1:30.

Star Party

Public star gazing session takes place at Carolina Beach State Park. Meet at the visitor center where telescopes will be set up for viewing opportunities. Cape Fear Museum is bringing its Starlab planetarium for mini-shows. 7:30p ~ 10p.

Sunday April 6

Residents FREE Day  

The first Sunday of every month is New Hanover County Residents FREE day at Cape Fear Museum and Airlie Gardens. Check their sites for hours. 

Carnivorous Plant Hike

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of the carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. Meet at the Nature Trail parking lot at 11a.

For more FREE Events in Wilmington NC bookmark this page and check back frequently.  If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Wilmington NC, give me a call.  I’m passionate about my community and helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals! Tish Lloyd Broker/REALTOR® BlueCoast Realty 910.547.1446.

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March 26, 2014

Sharing Our Bounty

As a REALTOR® I’m often asked, “What can I do with this couch/dresser/table/bed?  I don’t have time to put it on Craigslist and it’s still in decent shape, someone could use it.” 

And I am always happy to suggest Sharing Our Bounty! 

I first learned of Sharing Our Bounty back in late 2010.  I had some pieces of furniture that still had lots of good years left in them but I had no space for them and wanted to see that they went to someone who could really use them.  I remember when my children were young and money was tight.  Shoot, my first end tables were cardboard boxes with tablecloths covering them!  So paying it forward by sharing what I no longer needed was very important to me. 

Sharing Our Bounty was started in 2010 when Kerry Fitzgerald and her husband, Shawn, took God’s whispering in their ears to heart.  With no non-profit experience, they dove headfirst into finding a meaningful way to help people in our community. 

Sharing Our Bounty is a Christian organization that began in February 2010 to serve as a resource for families facing hardship in our community. Our mission is to demonstrate God’s love and grace to people in need in the greater Wilmington area by matching their tangible needs with the compassionate donations of neighbors. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and volunteer- operated.

With a remarkable group of volunteers Sharing Our Bounty helps furnish homes for families and individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford even the basics. Through the generous donations of area residents they provide couches, end tables, coffee tables, kitchenware, microwaves, dressers, beds, tables, chairs, lamps, and linens at no cost to the recipients.  Imagine what a Blessing those items are to a family who is getting back on their feet. 

Here’s how it works – If you have large items to donate, complete the Donate form on their website to be placed on the schedule for pickup, always the 2nd or 4th Saturday of each month. Smaller items should be dropped off, and all items must be in working order and good condition.  There is always a need for beds and bed frames but they don’t take king beds as most of the recipients aren’t in spaces large enough. 

Most of the beds they receive don’t come with the frames so they’ve been out of pocket $32 every time they deliver a bed.  There is a GOFUNDME campaign currently underway to raise funds for the purchase of 100 bed frames. 

It’s such a simple way to help others.  And what better time than now, with Spring cleaning in full swing!, to help your neighbors by sharing your bounty!

Written By:  BlueCoast agent Tish Lloyd  910.547.1446

 

Posted in General Interest
March 25, 2014

Wilmington NC area FREE Events March 27 ~ 30, 2014

Thursday March 27

Birding by Bike

From 8a - 12p, enjoy Birding by Bike sponsored by Halyburton Park.  This months’ ride is from UNCW to Autumn Hall. Participants must bring their own bicycle and helmet. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

Board Game Night

Join the Wilmington Board Game Group for a free night of Board Gaming at Cape Fear Games. No experience necessary. 6p - 11p.

Friday March 28

Fourth Friday Gallery Night

Come enjoy a Spring evening in Downtown Wilmington NC with Fourth Friday Gallery Night.  It's an after-hours celebration of art and culture. 6p ~ 9p.

Back to the Beach Car Show

Don’t missThe Classic Car Parade starting at 7p at the Carolina Beach Food Lion parking lot at Snows Cut Bridge.  The parade culminates at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach NC.  Parade participants are invited to join the free social immediately following.

Wine, Music and Art

Stop by Crescent Moon at 24 N. Front St. and meet fabric artist Patricia Mattison. Savor wine pairing selection from Fortunate Glass Wine Bar & hors d’oeuvres while enjoying live music by the incomparable Roger Davis.  6p – 9p.   

Saturday March 29

 Herb and Garden Fair

The annual Herb & Garden Fair at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC promises fun for all ages.  Featuring: vendors, arts & crafts, food, classes, demonstrations, advice from local experts, kids' clinics, raffles, and more.  Sat. 9a – 4p. 

Back to the Beach Car Show

Saturday March 29th the fun continues with the car show at Fort Fisher Recreation Area from 9a ~ 4p. Admission is FREE for spectators. Live music 11a - 2p, craft vendors, food & refreshments, 50/50 drawing, raffles & door prizes.  Takes place rain or shine!

Sunday March 30

Herb and Garden Show

If you missed the fun on Saturday, no worries, you’ve got another chance today!  Poplar Grove Plantation 10a – 4p.

For more FREE Events in Wilmington NC bookmark this page and check back frequently.  If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Wilmington NC, give me a call.  I’m passionate about my community and helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals! Tish Lloyd Broker/REALTOR® BlueCoast Realty 910.547.1446.

Posted in General Interest
April 15, 2013

Magnolia Greens, best HOA value in the area!

Interested in a premier golfing community but don’t want to pay high country club dues?  Look no further than Magnolia Greens, located just over the bridge in Brunswick County, minutes from downtown Wilmington! 

 

For just over $40 per month in dues for single family homes (no, that is not a typo!), you get access to 2 outdoor pools, an indoor pool, a full workout room and clubhouse.  Golfers pay a reasonable greens fee to play the course.  Magnolia Greens is the best HOA deal in 3 counties!

Brunswick County is growing by leaps and bounds.  Now there is an ample number of eateries and stores right outside the gates of Magnolia Greens, so you will not have to drive to Wilmington for all of your services.  Banks, shops, restaurants, and doctors are all just a short drive--or bike ride--from your future Magnolia Greens home!

 

The community has a variety of housing options available, making it the perfect spot for a variety of buyers.  If a condo is to your liking for either a full time residence or 2nd home, there are several listings currently available starting in the $140’s for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath.  The next level would a patio home if you aren’t quite the condo type but still desire low maintenance living.  In these properties, available in the $200‘s, the HOA takes care of all the yard maintenance so you can finally get rid of that lawn mower.      

 

And finally, if you want a bit more elbow room, there’s the single family home option.  Currently starting at $274,000, there is a wide variety of homes on lots varying greatly in view and setting.  Whether you love to watch the golfers or if a wooded, private setting is your preference, Magnolia Greens has it all.  Prices of homes in the community at the time of this writing go to $479,900 for a 3800 sq. ft home. 

If you are thinking of checking out the community, don’t miss my listing at 1101 Lake Breeze Ct.  Priced at $369,900, this picture perfect home has been meticulously maintained.   Situated on a corner lot with unobstructed golf views, the home is all brick with low maintenance vinyl pergola and fencing.  New hardwood floors, upgraded gourmet kitchen and deluxe sunroom where you will spend all of your free time.  3 bedrooms plus a study.  2500+ square ft.  Don’t miss this quintessential Magnolia Greens home.  Call Shannon Andrews at  910-352-2759 to view this property today!

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April 5, 2013

Getting Ready for Retiring Baby Boomers

Since I am “officially” referred to as a Baby Boomer, I can speak from a personal perspective. Since Wilmington, NC has been touted as one of the best places to retire in the Southeast, it’s only natural to expect an onslaught of Baby Boomers heading our direction. There are over 50 million of us now!

A typical Baby Boomer is going to be from 55 years old to 70 years old and either retired or knocking on its doorstep. We are the generation spawned in the 1950’s and raised in the radical days of the 1960’s and 1970’s. We were raised on television and very idealistic and involved! After all, we were at the forefront of peace marches, rallies during our college years.

Most baby boomers are creative and entrepreneurial so we can be a pretentious. After all, we were known as the “Me” generation.

Baby Boomers are typically well educated and independent thinkers. Finding the perfect home for a Baby Boomer will take some thought since we will ask a lot of questions and most likely already know a lot of the answers. We want to feel important and we think outside of the box. Give us the statistics on the neighborhood.

Since our kids are grown up and we are most likely grandparents, school districts aren’t as crucial but resale is always going to be on our minds. Value for our money was a lesson we didn’t really learn early on, but we will want to correct our wonton ways in purchasing the house we will most likely spend our “golden years”. 

Size of our home will probably be in the 2,000 to 2,500 square foot and we will want the extras such as granite counters in our gourmet kitchens, fireplaces in our living rooms, decks and patios for outdoor living and probably small yard areas. No sense in spending our free time mowing yards! And we will have plenty of time for cooking and entertaining….Our primary focus will be on lifestyle and quality of life. We are sensitive to safety and security, so gated communities might be a good choice! Golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts, and walking trails will be important.

Baby Boomers will want to be called three or four times a year if they’re looking down the road. Create an individual home buying plan for them. They’ll appreciate the attention and will want to keep in touch with their “agent”.  We will pay more for good service-send us market reports and local information. Since we are still adjusting to the tech world, a lot of us still use stamps and envelopes.

 

Dee Pearce, BlueCoast Broker/REALTOR

910-524-1092

 

Posted in General Interest
Feb. 21, 2013

Majestic Oaks

Located just off Highway 17 in Hampstead, Majestic Oaks offers all the convenience of the coastal lifestyle.  Its proximity to the Intracoastal Waterway, several golf courses, restaurants and shopping is enticing as well as the choice of Topsail or Wrightsville Beach for those days of lounging in the sun and splashing in the ocean!

Stevens Fine Homes delivers the buyer looking for incredible value with a choice of floor plans, ranging from 1831 square feet to homes over 4000 square feet and starting prices at only $219,900.  The style may be a European or Craftsman façade, and the buyer may choose his favorite exterior colors which allows for custom characteristics.  The lovely large lots and streets lined with beautiful lamps give an incentive to the discriminating buyer looking for that special place to call home.   A community pool and clubhouse will allow for neighborhood social activities.

Interiors may be custom designed as well, and the buyer has the option to choose cabinet colors, countertops and floors.  Stevens Fine Homes carries this one step further by providing a Design Center, overflowing with choices and associates available to offer ideas on color continuity and flair.  Granite or quartz, marble or tile, hardwood and carpet are just a few of the decisions to be made.  All these choices ensure that the buyer has the opportunity to create a unique abode.

While the esthetics may be chosen, the actual construction is held to Stevens Fine Homes standards with energy efficiency high on the list of importance.  These homes are built with rigid procedures to meet or exceed government guidelines.  Stevens Fine Homes also offers a ten year structural warranty to ensure buyer satisfaction.

For a personal tour of this or any Stevens Fine Homes neighborhood, please call me, Cindi Palazzi at (336) 263-2232.  I would be very happy to assist in the search for your dream home!

Feb. 2, 2013

401 E Creekview Dr – Deerfield Estates

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If you are one of the many buyers who are looking for a well built home with a little privacy from your neighbors, I’ve got the property for you. Come take a look at 401 E. Creekview Drive in Hampstead’s popular Deerfield Estates. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1980’s Custom Contemporary sits up high on its shaded, 0.8 acre, corner lot.  With its freshly painted exterior (see before & after photos), this home has drastically improved curb appeal! Another fresh improvement is the spacious back deck that makes the perfect retreat for summer cookouts with friends.  Other features include hardwoods in foyer and hallway, new carpet throughout, vaulted ceilings in Living Room, wood burning fireplace, huge master suite with whirlpool tub, loads of cabinet space in the kitchen, 2-car garage, and over 400sf of 2nd floor storage space that could easily be converted to a bonus room, 4th bedroom, or even both. This one owner home has been meticulously maintained! Termite bond has been in place since day 1! The roof is less than 8 years old, and the water heater and well pump are both newly replaced.  Seller is offering a one year home warranty for added peace of mind. This home is also located in the award winning Topsail school district. Call today for more details about this great property.

 

Joel Sheesley

910.398.2222

Joel@BlueCoastRealEstate.com

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