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Kristi Balding

After moving from Durham in 1991 to attend the college of UNC-Wilmington, I fell in love with Wilmington and knew it would be my forever home. I’ve always loved travel and the tropics, and the beauty of Wrightsville Beach coupled with the coastal lifestyle feels like a permanent vacation. I can’t imagine a better place to live.

In 2017 my husband and I decided to take our passion for travel experiences and incorporate it into a new business called Epic Excursions, which incorporates unique adventures on the water and islands off of Wrightsville Beach. Through our business I meet so many people moving to the area, so I decided to get my real estate license to help others find their future home.

With my local knowledge and team of resources, I can assist you with purchasing a future home, remodeling a fixer upper or staging a home that needs to be sold.

Before starting Epic Excursions, I had an extensive professional background in sales for 23 years which provided me with the knowledge of negotiating and an arsenal of other skills to “get the job done”. My husband and I have personally used real estate for investing and flipping properties, and hold long term rentals for our future retirement.

I have family in the area with well known and respected interior design and remodeling businesses, which allows me to help clients with a variety of needs. From first time home buyers to building the home of your dreams, I can help in every step of the way.

I hope to share my passion for this beautiful community with you, and help you make the best decision for your future.

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Kristi's Featured Wilmington Listings

$479,900
4 Beds 4 Baths
Be ready to be impressed when you step inside the foyer at 10222 Hawkeswater Blvd. This spacious 3 story, 3169 sq ft home has upgrades galore & is in move-in ready condition! On the 1st floor, you will notice the expansive wall of bookcases, 9' ceilings, under stair storage, beautiful floors, formal dining room, powder room, spacious living room w/ gas-log fireplace, informal dining area, walk-in pantry, roomy kitchen & mudroom w/ a desirable ''drop zone'' perfect for organizing shoes, coats or even school bags. The chef lover's kitchen has an oversized center island, stunning granite countertops, stylish subway tile back splash & stainless steel appliances. Head upstairs to the 2nd level and find the large primary bedroom complete w/ a walk-in closet & beautiful en suite. Plus 3 more generously sized bedrooms w/ plenty of closet space & laundry room. On the 3rd floor is a huge flex space w/ a full bath, additional storage & window seat, which makes for a great family room, theater room, guest quarters or 5th bedroom. Enjoy warm days & nights on the screened back porch surrounded in privacy by a nature preserve on 3 sides & fully fenced backyard. Hawkeswater at the River offers fabulous amenities including a community pool w/ clubhouse & fitness center. The gated 40 slip marina (slips available for purchase) offers deep water access to the Brunswick River. 2 slips are reserved for residents to use for day docking. This property is conveniently located to the Brunswick Riverwalk Park w/ scenic walking trails along the water, fishing pier, picnic grounds, playground, fresh seafood & farmer's markets during the summer months. Just a short drive over the river to downtown Wilmington for nightlife, concerts, entertainment & fine/casual dining. Brunswick county beaches within a 30 minute drive. Sought after Belville Elementary school district. Come and enjoy the coastal lifestyle at the beautiful Hawkeswater at the River! There is something here for everyone!

10222 Hawkeswater Boulevard, Leland

$874,000
6 Beds 3 Baths
Your new home in Scotts Hill Bluff awaits! This stunning 6 bedroom, 3 bath brick home features spacious interiors and timeless design. Enjoy the luxury of a saltwater in-ground pool on a half-acre lot creating the perfect oasis for relaxation and entertainment. Gourmet kitchen boasts quartz countertops, an expansive island, farmhouse sink and soft-close drawers. First floor features living room with fireplace and timeless dIning room. Primary suite is on the main level with luxury heated flooring option in bathroom, walk-in closet, dual vanities and walk-in shower. There are four guest bedrooms on second floor. Family room above the garage can be used as an additional living room/bedroom/game room. The generously sized laundry room is complete with sink and cabinets. Head on up to the third level to find an additional bedroom and office space. Expansive deck is an ideal place to host gatherings. Trex deck has been freshly stained. Enjoy lounging in the charming screened-in back porch. The half acre backyard is enclosed with wrought-iron fencing. Mature landscaping, large rocking-chair front porch, extra-long driveway and side-entry garage enhance the home's curb appeal. Property has well-so no water bills! Oversized two-car garage provides ample storage-perfect for storing your water toys. House shows beautifully and it is obvious owners have immaculately cared for this home. Living in Scotts Hill Bluff gets even better-Marsh Creek@ Scotts Hill Marina is conveniently nearby offering dry boat storage and wet slips. Abbey Nature Preserve is also in close proximity with 62 miles of nature trails. Home is districted for top rated Topsail schools. Opportunity to own a home in Wilmington with such a large lot and in-ground pool doesn't present itself often. Summer is just around the corner and soon you can be poolside. Book a private showing today. 108 Great Pine Court may be your next place to call home.

108 Great Pine Court, Wilmington

$775,000
3 Beds 2 Baths
Ready for your new vacation home? Check out this ideally situated island home! Located on the beach side in a prime location at the center of the best amenities that Oak Island has to offer! This home is the perfect retreat for those seeking a coastal living getaway. In addition this home has a strong rental history on VRBO (property#2045210) with a 4.9 out of 5 stars review. The 2023 rental income grossed over $57,000 and the 2024 bookings are 15% above the 2023 bookings. The fully furnished home includes 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and includes a new roof, vinyl shake siding and Trane HVAC system. As you enter the home you are greeted with a layout which maximizes both comfort and convenience. The spacious family room is perfect for gathering on summer nights and the large kitchen serves as the hub and includes a coffee bar! The tranquil outdoor space includes mature landscaping, peach trees, privacy shrubs and a fenced yard. Entertaining is easy with the paved driveway, basketball court and no lack of storage with the detached garage which is perfect to house all of your beach toys!The highlight has to be location as it is a short walk to the beach, the Publix shopping center and the sports park with pickleball and basketball courts and splash pad. Shopping and dining on the island are just blocks away and for an adventure, you can explore the nearby Oak Island LIghthouse and Fort Caswell. The quaint town of Southport is just a short drive away and if you want additional experiences, Wilmington is just 30 minutes away or you can take a ferry over to the popular Bald Head Island for a day trip! Best of all there are no HOA fees, and the lot is not in a flood zone!Don't miss this chance to own this versatile beach property!

4403 E Oak Island Drive Unit #Lot 2, Oak Island

$799,000
3 Beds 3 Baths
Welcome to your dream home, a meticulously designed and exceptionally well-maintained custom built home that boasts an array of impressive features. As you step inside, you'll immediately appreciate the open concept design, complete with creative modifications that maximize the main living space. The split floor plan ensures privacy & convenience, featuring a master suite with a walk-in closet and en-suite with a walk-in shower. Vaulted ceilings throughout the living space create an atmosphere of grandeur, while 8-foot doors and built-ins on either side of the living room fireplace add a touch of elegance. The heart of the home is the oversized kitchen island, perfect for entertaining, and the dining area with wainscoting, ideal for more formal gatherings. Whirlpool Gold series appliances & granite counters grace the kitchen, ensuring both style and functionality. Not to be missed, the studio can easily be transformed into a 4th bedroom, offering flexibility and versatility. Additionally, the home features a generous bonus/bed room with a full bath, ideal for guests or as an additional living space. A screened porch & outdoor patio extend your living space into the fresh air & natural surroundings. The meticulously maintained exterior, complete with a fresh coat of paint & spruced-up landscaping, adds to the property's undeniable curb appeal. Ample storage is at your disposal with a walk-in floored attic, & the 2 car garage features a rear bump-out, providing extra storage space. The home is situated near the Grove Gate entrance, offering unparalleled excitement & convenience. A delightful walk or bike ride, you'll find the Marina, the scenic Intracoastal Waterway, Beacon 315 Restaurant and Apothecary- all right at your doorstep. This Eco-Select built home not only offers exceptional design but also a commitment to sustainability & is still covered by the builder's 10-year structural warranty, ensuring your peace of mind. Experience the joy of Coastal Living!

2926 Moorings Way Se, Southport

$345,000
1 Beds 1 Baths
Introducing a fantastic investment opportunity in the heart of Carolina Beach! This newly listed, charming 1-bedroom unit is nestled within the charming Driftwood Villas community, just a stone's throw away from the beach, local restaurants, and the bustling boardwalk. Boasting peek-a-boo views and refreshing ocean breezes from the balcony and living area, this coastal gem is the perfect vacation home or short-term rental opportunity for savvy investors.Condo offers a bright and open floorplan and offers a modern touch with updated granite countertops, LVP flooring, and a full bath. Enjoy the added bonus of included appliances and contents, making it a true turn-key investment.Not only does this delightful unit come with 2 parking spaces, but it also offers access to the community pool - an essential amenity for those balmy Carolina Beach summers. Capitalize on the ever-growing demand for short-term rentals in the area, as this unit is ideally positioned to attract vacationers seeking the perfect blend of tranquility and entertainment.Take advantage of this rare opportunity to own a piece of paradise within the Driftwood Villas at Carolina Beach. With its unbeatable location, contemporary updates, and strong potential for rental income, this property won't last long on the market. Don't miss your chance to secure this coastal haven and reap the rewards of an investment that truly feels like a vacation. 2 parking spots are included with the purchase.

108 S Lake Park Boulevard Unit #Apt 103, Carolina Beach

$1,999,000
4 Beds 5 Baths
Located on a corner lot on prestigious Ocean Ridge Drive, across from the Intracoastal Waterway, is this stately 4 BR, 4.5 bath southern-style estate home exuding luxury and elegance. Instant curb appeal is present as you approach the circular driveway bordered by mature Crepe Myrtles and ascend the steps to the extensive covered front porch with marble floors. The double door entry opens to a grand foyer with an arched opening to an exquisite formal living room featuring beautiful wood flooring with mahogany inlay, a coffered ceiling with an elegant chandelier, a gas-log fireplace with a marble hearth flanked by built-in cabinets and bookcases. Across from the formal living room is the elegant light-filled formal dining room, perfect for entertaining in style, with mahogany-inlay wood floors, a gas-log fireplace with a marble hearth, a fine fluted and mirrored mantel and a built-in cabinet with lighted display shelving. The oversized kitchen is an epicurean's delight with a gourmet kitchen featuring an oversized granite center island, beautiful quality cabinetry, a Viking 5-burner gas range/oven, Viking wall ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, butler's pantry and a walk-in pantry room. Completing the kitchen area is the breakfast room with a bay-window overlooking the rear grounds, a desk area and a French door to the covered rear patio and gardens. Across the elegant main hall on the 1st floor is a private anteroom that leads to the spacious primary bedroom with stunning wood floors, a tray ceiling and French doors to a side porch shaded by an attractive pergola. The spa-like primary bathroom features dual vanities, a make-up vanity, tiled floors, built-in display cabinets, a luxurious tiled shower with dual shower heads and wall jets, a whirlpool tub and WC. The sizable primary closet has custom shelving and its own washer/dryer unit for added convenience. Also, on the first floor is a study that is ideal as a den or home office. floor is a study that is ideal as a den or home office. Its large windows flood the room with light and a French door leads to the covered rear patio and gardens. Completing the 1st floor is an elegant powder room and a laundry room. A striking central staircase from the main hall ascends to the second floor that opens to a central hall and leads to the extensive second floor covered front porch, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the mild ocean breeze, golf course vistas and sunrises. A jewel of the 2nd floor is the large family room featuring a gas-log fireplace with marble hearth, wood floors and built-in bookcases. Three spacious guest bedrooms, all with wood floors and walk-in closets, are located on the 2nd floor along with two full bathrooms. The grand staircase ascends to a 3rd floor that opens to an enormous bonus room with an ensuite full bathroom. It's ideal as a media room or recreation room and includes a billiard table and accessories that convey with the home. A stationary ladder provides access to the cupola with exterior access to enjoy stunning 360-degree vistas. Luxurious details abound inside this 6121 sq. ft. home and include wood floors throughout the 1st and 2nd floor living areas and bedrooms (except the kitchen), 3 masonry fireplaces, 10 ft tall ceilings, fine and abundant moldings, arched entries, a grand central staircase from the 1st to the 3rd floors, a central vacuum system, built-in stereo system, a Rinnai hot water heater, a climate-controlled storage room and more. The home's exterior includes plenty of space to relax with family and friends and include the 2 extensive covered front porches, a side patio with a pergola, a 2nd floor porch overlooking the rear yard and a rear patio and garden featuring two fountains. With more than half an acre there's a possibility for an inground pool, if desired. Other features include ample parking with an oversized 2-car attached garage, side and front circular driveways, an encapsulated crawlspace, professionally maintained mature landscaping, fenced rear and side yards and a tiled roof. This home is ideally situated in the premier gated community of Landfall in close proximity to Wrightsville Beach and 1st class dining and shopping. Membership in the Country Club of Landfall may be purchased separately and offers amenities that include 45 holes of golf on the Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, tennis and pickleball courts, a sports center, an Olympic size pool, and 2 clubhouses. A truly exceptional home.

1016 Ocean Ridge Drive, Wilmington

$1,049,000
3 Beds 4 Baths
HIDDEN GEM ON THE CAPE FEAR RIVER! Governors Landing is a gated community nestled at the southern end of the River Walk. This exquisite townhome offers breathtaking water views from all levels, walkability to historic downtown Wilmington amenities, and a deeded boat slip! The home also includes an attached garage and off street parking. The gourmet kitchen boasts quartz countertops with modern, high-end appliances. The kitchen opens to both dining and living areas with large windows looking out to the Cape Fear River. Living area features built-ins alongside a cozy fireplace creating a perfect entertainment area. French doors open to a private covered patio and beyond to a lush manicured garden, an idyllic spot for morning coffee or evening cocktail. Further enjoy private access from the River Walk directly from your patio for a morning stroll. Subsequent levels offer additional breathtaking water views. Master bedroom's view is from your own private balcony. Luxury extends into the master bathroom featuring dual vanities, jetted tub and walk-in shower. Then head on up to an amazing game room/den with wet bar. Just off this space is a loft area perfect for a home office with another full bath. The property comes with a DEEDED BOAT SLIP that is in the process of renovation. Downtown Wilmington has a rich history and is a hub for arts, entertainment and dining. Governors Landing offers the perfect location within a short stroll to nearby dining and shopping. Governors Landing is not just a home-it's a lifestyle. Hurry-this opportunity is rare! Contact me today for a private tour.

6 Nun Street, Wilmington

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