Brunswick Forest: Modern Living in an a Natural Retreat
Some developments get fancy names invented by marketers, but Brunswick County’s largest and fast-growing development, Brunswick Forest, is exactly what it’s instantly recognizable, unpretentious name implies. Built on 4,500 acres of pristine forest land, Brunswick Forest is a thoughtfully planned community that showcases the area’s lush natural landscape while providing all of the sought-after amenities that today’s premiere planned communities provide. Located in Leland, just minutes from Wilmington's historic downtown district and the USS NC Battleship, Brunswick Forest is convenient to everything; it only feels like it is a world away. This private community features eleven different subdivisions, offering a wide range of pricing and lifestyle options.
Lifestyle and Leisure in Brunswick Forest
In keeping with the concept of today’s premier planned communities, Brunswick Forest features an incredible list of amenities for its residents. But the most impressive amenities, without dispute, are the ones that Mother Nature built. Nearly 100-miles of walking and biking trails connect the 11 neighborhoods of Brunswick Forest leading to protected woodlands, quiet creeks and wetland preserves. The trails are carefully positioned within the natural topography of the land to take advantage of spectacular views of the forest and the surrounding wetlands.
The dramatic natural scenery of Brunswick Forest also serves as a backdrop for Cape Fear National Golf Course, the River Club, the Community Commons and the Fitness and Wellness Center.
Brunswick Forest's Cape Fear National Golf Course and Clubhouse offers 27 holes of championship golf, designed by noted local architect and golf course designer, Tim Cate. Using the magnificent forest of oaks, maples, cypress, pines and magnolias to full advantage, Cate has created drama, interest, and the old-world feel of seasoned courses while keeping the greens accessible to players of all levels. This stunning course, touted as one of the best golf experiences in the coastal South (and with the reviews to support it!), features several bridges cut through the wetlands, three waterfalls, beach bunkers, and native grasses and wildflowers. A 7,000 square foot clubhouse features indoor and outdoor dining, allowing residents and guests to extend their spectacular golfing experience or enjoy the sport from afar.
One special and very unique feature of Brunswick Forest is the River Club. Here residents can fish, paddle and picnic along the picturesque Town Creek. A tidal-influenced tributary, Town Creek meets up with the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway, winding its way to the Atlantic Ocean. The canoe and kayak launch allows residents to explore the peaceful waters that wind through Town Creek, known for its abundance of wildlife, aquatic vegetation and virgin forests. A multi-purpose gathering room at The River Club offers a screened pavilion, an outdoor fireplace, an observation deck, boat storage, a boardwalk and a bridge leading to a floating dock. The adjacent nature center has canoes, kayaks, and fishing tackle for sale or for rent.
Like all amenities at Brunswick Forest, the Fitness and Wellness Center is linked to the neighborhoods of Brunswick Forest via a network of paths and trails, meaning that residents can start their fitness programs right as they leave their homes. The 18,000-square-foot Fitness and Wellness Center boasts state-of-the art cardio and weight equipment, indoor and outdoor pools, a wade-in beach, a sauna, a steam room, a whirlpool, massage rooms, dressing lounges, aerobics and exercise rooms, bocce and shuffle board courts, a basketball court, and six hard-surface tennis courts.
An expansive sun deck, a lounge with a flat screen television, meeting rooms and a pro shop all mean that you can make an entire day of it at the Fitness and Wellness Center. Find refreshment at the juice bar, the snack bar, or the poolside grill. Kemper Sports, the fitness center’s management firm, also sponsors an on-going series of wellness programs.
Just outside the gates of Brunswick Forest, one finds The Villages, a 160-acre professional and retail commercial village providing residents with easy access to shops, restaurants, entertainment, and professional and medical services. Designed in the tradition of a town center, the pedestrian-friendly complex features clusters of shops and restaurants connected by tree-lined sidewalks with park benches and small plazas. Initial tenants include the New Hanover Regional Medical Center, BB&T Bank, Hampton Inn, CVS, Lowes Foods, Port City Java and an upcoming cinema theater complex.
Historic Wilmington on the scenic Cape Fear River is just minutes away. A vibrant downtown scene with restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores is just over the bridge. Professional, government, health care services, and cultural and entertainment centers are also nearby.
Community in Brunswick Forest
Developers have successfully balanced a feeling of seclusion in each of the eleven neighborhoods of Brunswick Forest while maintaining the atmosphere of a close-knit, inviting community. Nothing says ‘community’ like a dog park, and Brunswick Forest boasts a beautiful one for both small and large dogs. Parks and activities areas welcome humans too! Brunswick Forest also has a garden club, an ocean club with private beach access, and many social clubs (Wine Club, Book Club, etc.) and neighborhood associations. The community even has its own magazine, newsletters, and blog that highlight events, groups, interests and news within Brunswick Forest.
The Community Commons has become a place for residents of Brunswick Forest to gather together. This common space features a cedar-sided meeting room with a masonry fireplace and kitchen, where cooking lectures and demonstrations are regularly held. A covered pavilion and an events lawn with gazebo offer the perfect spots for picnics and outdoor enjoyment. Brunswick Forest hosts a summer concert series, featuring rock ’n’ roll, blues, jazz, and soul bands.
Brunswick Forest’s chief developer, Lord Baltimore Capital Corporation, has wisely invested more than $200M in the community, all the while remaining debt free. The developer has had the ability to put major amenities and infrastructure in first, so it is not dependent on lot sales to fuel amenity production. This strategy has created a stable, happy, and fast-growing community of residents.
Retirement in Brunswick Forest
Brunswick Forest is paradise for empty-nesters, pre-retirement families and retirees. Conveniently located near Wilmington and the area’s surrounding beaches, it boasts the best of both worlds: a private, secluded oasis with so many amenities you’d never need to leave, but a vibrant, thriving community just beyond its gates.
Secluded neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive flavor, give retirees choices that are suitable for their needs and interests. Because this 4,500-acre retreat includes an unparalleled list of amenities: golf, tennis, fitness facilities, parks, paths and trails, and a river club—retirees can enjoy an active lifestyle. Meanwhile, there is plenty of opportunity for tranquility and reflection thanks to the natural topography of the land and its spectacular views of woodlands, creeks, forests and natural areas. The commercial village just outside the entrance allows for convenient, hassle-free shopping. Even doctor’s visits are a breeze thanks to the medical center located at the community’s entrance.
The area’s leading medical network, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, has built a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art medical building in the heart of The Villages. The facility provides premier diagnostic and outpatient medical care right at the entrance to Brunswick Forest. A continuing series of health-related seminars, screenings and events are held there for the benefit of the community.
Real Estate and Housing in Brunswick Forest
It didn’t take long for Brunswick Forest to capture the title of the “fastest growing community in the Coastal South”. A little more than two years after its opening, nearly 700 families called Brunswick Forest home. It is reported that a new family chooses the community every 72 hours, averaging 164 sales per year since 2006.
As if the natural beauty, the comprehensive amenities, and the inviting community weren’t enough, new residents also enjoy a simple, streamlined home selection process. Residents can buy lots on which to build custom homes or choose from existing properties.
For those who choose to build a custom home, Brunswick County furnishes a list of preferred builders who have been approved to build within the community. Currently, Brunswick Forest grants the lot owner up to 10 years to build on the lot. Special incentives may also be available for lot purchases which begin at $75,000.
Buyers who don’t want to experience the design and building process can choose from a wide range of model homes (town homes, single family homes, and custom homes) featuring diverse architectural styles and floor plans. Town homes begin in the low $200s; land-home packages in the high $200s.
Whether you choose a low maintenance town home or your custom-built dream house on the lot of your choice, you’ll enjoy all of the comforts, security, and amenities that this vibrant coastal golf community has to offer. A paragon of planned living, Brunswick Forest truly does have it all. If you would like to be a part of the Brunswick Forest community, please contact us today.
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