Intracoastal Agent Connie Parker on Baby Boomer Bungalows…
I am proud to be a member of the BABY BOOMER generation! We grew up in a time when the new industrialized world was at the end of a world war with all it’s heartaches and difficulties. Our parents were ready to start their families and begin their new lives in a country full of hope and vitality. Some of my favorite memories, when I was little, was going to Myrtle Beach, SC to “ROSS HAVEN”, our favorite family gathering vacation house. It wasn’t ours, we just divided up the cost between grandparents, cousins, aunts & uncles, it was a wonderful mass of “kin”. The one story cottage was right on ocean front with wood plank siding. Inside the walls didn’t go all the way to the ceiling and of course there was no insulation back then. There were about 6 tiny bedrooms with (as I remember) one bathroom! The windows and doors would stay open all the time with screens and screened doors to keep the pesky “varmets” out. There were oscillating plug-in fans for cooling on humid days. The ocean side had a double-wide porch with a big swing that most of the kids could get in all at one time to entertain themselves for a few minutes at a time, as well as lots of rocking chairs. These are sweet memories of a special place to me that is no longer there.
I think it is because of these special times in a special place, that the continued love affair with the charming bungalows and quaint cottages have a hold on my heart strings. As our generation is now retiring or having more time to enjoy a get-away, there are many of us that are looking for smaller simpler places to enjoy time, family & community entertainment. Many of these smaller homes are located in our beautiful historic district which is at the Cape Fear Riverfront and shopping district, with loads of specialty restaurants shops, bistros and grills. The aromas, sights and sounds of old Wilmington, NC will charm the socks right off of you! The downtown district also offers amazing quality theatre at the civil war era THALIAN HALL and many other venues for the cultural and performing arts where there is something going on all the time.
Today’s Bungalow and small cottages vary as much as the old and new Wilmington. There are still many early 1900 era homes that are available for the “ go-getters”, to the ones available that have been retro-fitted with state of the art kitchens, baths, re-wired/plumbed and insulated for energy saving efficiency. There are wonderful older communities where homes are being purchased by investors, where specialized craftsmen and decorators repair and restore these homes for the turn-key buyer. The prices also range as wildly as the ages. You may prefer the seclusion of a gated (or not) community with their own golf courses with lots of amenities, or the water or beach front hideaway to escape to permanently or every chance you get!
Here is a video segment that featured Intracoastal agent Amy Holcomb’s listing on the TODAY Show. This property was chosen by their production team using Trulia! Barbara Corcoran uses Trulia and Zillow almost exclusively for her property searches, and the link they posted on the Today Show’s website links to the property page on Trulia.
Barbara Corcoran talks about the listing and the Wilmington area beginning at the 45-second mark. Nice work in marketing the property and the area, Amy Holcomb! This is great exposure for our entire coastal area!
We invite you to watch the video and visit the Trulia page.
Are you ready for some beach music, shag-dancing, and good old-fashioned summer fun? Then swing on down to Wilmington and North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast during June for back-to-back weekends of beach music festivals. On Saturday, June 4th, the 26th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival is where the action will be. The following Saturday, June 11, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will host a Beach Music Festival at Battleship Park to celebrate the ship’s 50th Anniversary as a World War II attraction in Wilmington.
Kick up some sand shaggin’ at Carolina Beach on June 4th during the 26th annual Carolina Beach Music Festival. Held on the beach near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, this annual summer music extravaganza features beach music where it originated—on the Carolina coast! The fun begins on Friday during a kickoff party with music by The Carolina Breakers and DJ Mike Worley at the Sea Witch Café & Tiki Bar. The Carolina Beach Music Festival gets rocking on Saturday at 11:00am with continuous live music until 4:30pm.
An all-star lineup of beach music artists is on tap for the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA’s Beach Music FestivalJune 11. 2011 marks the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA’s 50th anniversary! Listen to the sounds of Mark Roberts & The Breeze; Jim Quick & the Coastline; Band of Oz, The Tams, Chairmen of the Board, and The Embers. Held at Battleship Park, visitors can count on great views of Downtown Wilmington and the scenic Cape Fear River. Gates open at 10:00am, with the first act starting at 12:00 noon.
Make plans to experience both beach music festivals with a week-long vacation to Wilmington & North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast. With more than 50 attractions, tours and cruises from the river to the sea, there’s plenty to see and do between festivals. We look forward to seeing you here!
Friday, May 6th – American Legion Fish Fry 11:00am to 7pm (910) 458-4253
Friday, May 6th – 11th Annual Touch of Class Charity Auction (910) 458-8434
Saturday, May 7th – Katie B. Hines Senior Center Pancake Breakfast 7:30am-11:30am (910)458-6609
Saturday, May 7th – Pleasure Island Fresh Market (Carolina Beach Marina)
8am to 1pm (910) 805-3014
Friday, May 13th – 13th Annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman Fishing Tournament (910) 264-8397
Friday & Saturday , May 13th & 14th – r.EVOLution Festival (937) 232-5792
Saturday, May 14th – 1st Annual Barbecue Chicken & Open House
Carolina Beach Fire Department 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, May 14th – Carolina Beach Farmers Market every Saturday
8am – 1:00pm (910) 431-8122
Some things to look forward to beginning in June are free Sunday night movies at the lake, fireworks every Thursday night and free summer concerts. For more information on Pleasure Island go to www.pleasureislandnc.org
Real Estate – Last week Pleasure Island had 33 new listings, 9 under contract, and 18 closed sales.
Weather – The weather is expected to be nice and warm with highs in the upper 70’s. It will be a gorgeous weekend to visit the beach and soak up some sun.
May 3, 2011 is Teacher Appreciation Day. We want to take the time to honor educators and acknowledge the crucial role they play for students. The time and energy that teachers put into making sure their students receive a quality education is priceless. Intracoastal is proud to assist local teachers with supplies for their classrooms with the Teacher’s Fund. To date, the Teacher’s Fund has awarded over 850 grants in excess of $200,000 which has benefited more than 75,000 students.
If you would like to donate to the Teacher’s Fund please see this link. Or, if you are a teacher interested in books and supplies for your classroom, please fill out this application.