Featured Listing Friday: 1120 Harborway Place

Looking for 11,000 square feet of luxury?  We’ve got you covered in this week’s Featured Listing Friday from Sue Coupland.  Step into the custom builder’s personal residence located at 1120 Harborway Place in the prestigious gated community of Landfall in Wilmington, NC.

Superbly located in the most noteworthy gated community in Wilmington, this magnificent 11,000+ sq ft manse personifies luxury! Built to exacting standards by a custom builder to be his personal residence, this distinguished Landfall home brilliantly showcases the best a custom home has to offer.

With generous spaces and captivating views, each room is a showpiece unto itself.  The main home is located on 2.69 acres, surrounded by water on 3 sides with panoramic Intracoastal views.  With 25 rooms, the main home boasts 8 bedrooms including a sumptuous master suite with luxury bath, 7 custom tile baths, theater room with 13 electric stadium loungers and 120 HD screen, game room, fitness room, 2 kitchens, 5 fireplaces, 2 laundry rooms, plus 9 ft heated in ground concrete pool, with waterfall hot tub and outdoor fireplace.  Guest cottage has 20×10 living room, granite & stainless 10×9 kitchen, dining room, 20×14 BR, 2 full tile baths. Truly magnificent, the craftsmanship is remarkable.

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A Harvest of Fall Fun

A Harvest of Fall Fun September 2013
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s starting to look and feel like Fall with crisp air, colorful foliage, and plenty of things to do.  From Fall festivals to football to pumpkin carving, there are many options to get out and enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons  Here’s some helpful tips, recipes, activities, and projects to help you get in the Fall spirit.

Fall Tip

Harvest of Fall Fun Fall TipWith Halloween coming up, here’s a quick tip to keep your carved pumpkins looking fresh all October long!  After you scoop out and carve your pumpkin, dip it in a large container of bleach and water (use a 1 teaspoon to 1 gallon mix).  The bleach will kill bacteria and help your pumpkin stay fresh longer.  Once completely dry, (drain upside down), add 2 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush this solution onto your pumpkin to keep it looking fresh for weeks!

Fall Recipe
September 2013 Fall Recipe

Celebrating Fall flavors, this seasonal recipe takes full advantage of the recent harvest. A perfectly baked pork roast with roasted sweet potatoes, apples, and onions, this one-pan wonder will have your family and friends lined up for seconds!  For directions and a printable version of the recipe, click here.

Fall DIY Projects

Pumpkins are a sure sign that fall is approaching, but we don’t always know what to do with them. Enjoy the festiveness of Fall with these simple DIY pumpkin projects for your home!

Floral Pumpkins:  
A pumpkin becomes the perfect vase when you place a container of water and flowers inside.  A simple carving of a fresh pumpkin is all you need to get started (don’t forget to Floral Pumpkins Fall Decorating Ideasuse the helpful tip we mentioned earlier to maximize the life of your pumpkin).  Once you have carved and prepared the pumpkin, all you need to do from there is add the plant and/or décor of your choosing. 

Pumpkin Topiary Fall Decorating IdeasPumpkin Topiary: Add some personality to your entry and welcome visitors and trick-or-treaters with a pumpkin topiary.  It’s a simple project with a gorgeous outcome!  All you need is faux pumpkins (or real if you prefer), some household supplies, and decorations of your liking.  You can even start off with plain pumpkins for Fall and then transition them into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween!

Fall Area Activities

9/22: Walk for Wishes Fundraiser, Wrightsville Beach
9/27: Fourth Friday Gallery Night, Downtown Wilmington
9/28: Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk, Downtown Wilmington
10/4-6: 34th Annual Riverfest Celebration, Downtown Wilmington
10/4-6: Fall Home Show, Wilmington Convention Center
10/5: 20th Annual Bark in the Park, Wrightsville Beach
10/6: Summer Music Series: Manny Lloyd, Bluewater Grill, Wilmington
10/12: Taste of Wrightsville Beach, Wrightsville Beach
10/12: 8th Annual Back Door Kitchen Tour, Downtown Wilmington
10/13: Summer Music Series: Heart & Soul, Bluewater Grill, Wilmington
10/18: Airlie Oyster Roast, Wilmington
10/19: Heart Walk, Wilmington
10/19: Yacht Venture, Wrightsville Beach
10/20: Color Me Rad 5k, Wilmington
10/26: Trunk or Treat, Leland

Featured Listing Friday: 919 Schloss Street

Want to unwind with a cocktail on a cool fall evening?  Slide into your hot tub just outside your master suite to watch the sky turn brilliant colors as the sun sizzles into the shimmering water in this week’s Featured Listing Friday.  This week’s listing from Michelle Clark takes us to 919 Schloss Street in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Q: What distinctive features set this home apart?
A: You’ll find breathtaking views of 10 miles of unbroken shoreline. See from Figure 8 Island to Carolina Beach from the widow’s watch high atop this beach home
Q: Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
A: Contemporary yet sophisticated  
Q: What are the advantages of the location and neighborhood?
A: The home is located at the south end of the island for priceless sunset AND sunrise views, unlike other homes.  You will enjoy views from the Atlantic Ocean, Masonboro Inlet and Intracoastal Waterway
Q: Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
A: Wrightsville Beach is an oceanfront community with basketball courts, a public boat ramp, picnic grounds, a playground, tennis courts and walking/running trails
Q: Can you tell us a fun fact about this home?
A: You may recognize it from an episode of Dawson’s Creek, which is one of many television shows filmed in Wilmington
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
A: There is an elevator, and even a resistance indoor pool for year round swimming/exercise

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Wilmington Riverfest Celebrates 35 Years

Wilmington, N.C.: Flash back 35 years to October 4-6, 1979 when a group of local citizens interested in the arts and Wilmington’s riverfront staged its first Riverfest, a free cultural street festival. With four concessions, trolley rides, and fireworks, Riverfest was a success and became an annual event. Today’s Riverfest remains true to its roots as a family-friendly, cultural festival. It now boasts a half-mile of free entertainment with more than 200 craft vendors, concessions, continuous entertainment, fireworks, a Kidz Zone, exhibitions, and special events.

With the Cape Fear River as its focus, Riverfest captures the river’s heritage, culture, and natural beauty. According to festival organizers, this year’s theme—“Celebrating 35 Years on the River”—focuses on the festival’s milestone anniversary. Many festival-goers who attended Riverfest years ago with their parents now enjoy the annual event with their own children. Riverfest board member Ann Kirby is excited about being part of the 35th anniversary. She has attended all 34 festivals and says “they seem to get better every year.”

Riverfest’s 35th anniversary celebration begins on Friday, October 4 with a Garden Party (11am-3pm) at Greenfield Lake’s Rotary Garden, home of the world’s largest rotary wheel. Garden Party tickets ($50 each) are available online at www.etix.com and parking/shuttle service will be at Legion Stadium. At 6pm, a street dance jumpstarts the night festivities at Wilmington’s Riverfront Park in the Beer Garden, featuring live dance music by three rock bands. On Saturday and Sunday, a street fair winds its way through Wilmington’s historic river district. The area’s heritage is demonstrated by special exhibits, as well as more than 200 vendors selling art and handmade crafts and over 30 food vendors serving festival edibles. Continuous live entertainment is another hallmark of Riverfest with a variety of performances that underscore the influence of arts and culture on the Cape Fear lifestyle. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the Main Stage at Riverfront Park and the Beer Garden stage showcase live bands. The Kid Zone stage also showcases family entertainment.

Other Saturday events include: the Sun Coast Cruisers Classic Car Show (Sat., 10am-6pm, Market Street), Professional Wrestling matches (12pm, 3:30pm, 6pm), and a Standup Paddleboard contest (10am). Returning this year is the Paul Bunyan Lumber Jack Show (11am, 2pm, 4pm) with axe-throwing, chainsaw-carving, log-rolling and more. New this year is Gem Mining, and organizers are hoping to welcome Dragon Boat Races, pending team registrations. At 6pm on Saturday, the Beer Garden music stage welcomes ska Reggae and Country bands. At 9:05pm a dazzling display of fireworks will light the sky above and reflect upon the river below. Sunday’s special events include the 23rd Run the River 8K Race (race at 8am; registration 7am), the Great Waiter’s Wine Race (2pm), Antique Car Show (10:30am-3pm, Market Street); Professional Wrestling matches (12pm & 3pm), and the Paul Bunyan Lumber Jack Show (12:30pm & 4pm).

As always, kids rule at Riverfest with the ever-popular Kidz Zone at the Cotton Exchange, with free family activities such as face/hair painting, balloon art, games, amusements, arts/crafts, clowns, rides, obstacle course, mascots, live entertainment, and more. Older kids will enjoy the Adventure Zone. Affordable event parking is available in public parking decks located at 2nd & Princess streets; Front & Market streets; and at 2nd & Chestnut streets.

Annual events like Riverfest afford visitors a great opportunity to experience a region’s traditions. According to event organizers, an estimated 200,000 gather at Riverfest to celebrate the heritage, beauty, and culture of the Cape Fear River. Riverfest continues its commitment to Cape Fear Community College with an endowment that helps support its Marine Technology Program studies and environmental efforts.  For more information about Riverfest 2013, October 4-6, visit www.wilmingtonriverfest.com. For visitor information on Wilmington, N.C.’s Historic River District and the Island Beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach,Wrightsville Beach, visit www.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com,www.visitcarolinabeachnc.com, www.visitkurebeachnc.com, andwww.visitwrightsvillebeachnc.com.

Featured Listing Friday – 311 S. Front Street

Step into Wilmington, NC’s Crown Jewel of the Historic District in this week’s Featured Listing Friday listed by Betsy Leonard.  Located at 311 S. Front Street, this exquisite home is situated high on a lot that stretches from Front Street to Second Street in Downtown Wilmington.

Q: What distinctive features set this home apart?
A: The “Captain Harper” has been meticulously renovated with respect to the original style and architectural elements of the Victorian era in which it was built.  It also includes thoroughly modern elements such as spacious gourmet kitchen, elevator, custom lighting for artwork, and a three car garage-  a rarity in the historic district. 

Q: Can you describe the architectural style of the home?

A: This is a classic Victorian.  Built in 1903, the home was designed by the architect, HPS Keller, who designed many buildings that are still standing at NC State.  The home features high ceilings, elaborate trim and millwork, original brass hardware, and grand formal spaces.

Q: What are the advantages of the location and neighborhood?
A: The Captain Harper House is situated on a high, large lot that stretches from Front Street to 2nd Street.  It is in the heart of the historic district.  It is a short walk to the restaurants, shops, businesses, theaters and river walk that make the historic district of Wilmington so special.  And Whole Foods is a 10 minute drive away!
Q: Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
A: Yes!  In addition to above mentioned, downtown Wilmington has lots offer: Fireworks on the Cape Fear River on the 4th of July; The Children’s Museum; The Train Museum, The Snake Museum, Thalian Hall, Friday night Gallery Walks, etc.

Q: What makes the price of this home so great?
A: No expense was spared during the thorough renovation of this house over several years. The elegant design, quality of construction, and exquisite materials used throughout are bar none.  With over 5300 square feet of refined living space, a three car garage with full apartment above, and prestigious address the value is apparent.


Q: Can you tell us a fun fact about this home?
A: Captain Harper and his bride, Ella would frequently host parties in the early 1900’s.  When the weather was fair, they would open the double doors so that musicians could play on the porch while their guests danced inside.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
A: Timeless design; a perfect balance of comfort and elegance; and an idyllic location in historic Wilmington are the elements that make this property a one in a million find.

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August 2013 Top Producers


Intracoastal Realty Announces Top Agents & Producers for August 2013

Intracoastal Realty recently announced their top performers for the month of August. Keith Beatty won Closed Volume Team of the Month with $6.1M in sales and Bobby Brandon won Closed Volume Agent of the Month with $5.2M in sales.  Vance Young won Listing Team of the Month with $11.1M in new listings and Zander Koonce won Listing Agent of the Month with $4.8M in new listings.  Keith Beatty won Under Contract Volume Team of the Month with $8.9M in contracts and Jane Dodd won Under Contract Volume Agent of the Month with $4.2M in contracts.  

Wilmington – Lumina Station Office: Top selling, under contract, and listing team was Keith Beatty. Top selling and under contract agent was Jane Dodd.  Top listing agent was Zander Koonce.
Wrightsville Beach Office: Top selling, under contract, and listing team was Vance Young.  Top selling agent was Bobby Brandon. Top listing agent was Gwen Hawley.  Top under contract agent was Mark Bodford.
Carolina Beach Office: Top selling and listing agent was Joyce Barnwell.  Top under contract agent was April McDavid. 
Oak Island Office: Top selling and listing agent was Renee Yost.  Top under contract agent was Pinckie Robinson.
New Homes & General Brokerage: Top selling, listing, and under contract team was Jimmy Hopkins. Top selling, listing, and under contract agent was Nicole Valentine. 
Joining the Multi-Million Dollar Club with at least $3M in closed volume through August 2013 are: Nan Weiss, Zander Koonce, Karen Reese, and Wendy Fincher-Hughes.  


Featured Listing Friday – 7617 Masonboro Sound Road

This week’s Featured Listing Friday features over 6,300 square foot of charm in the heart of Wilmington, NC. Take a tour of this beautiful home listed by J. B. Fox, III below.

Grand Oaks is a 2.8 acre estate located on the Intracoastal Waterway and constructed with truly exceptional quality. The residence, with over 6,300 square feet, rests under a canopy of majestic oaks. The four bedroom home has undergone major remodeling with the finest quality products available. With marble and wood flooring of heart pine, maple and cherry, exquisite moldings and attention to every detail, this home is for family, friends and grand entertaining. Complete with a bridge to the adjacent island and a private pier on the Intracoastal Waterway with lifts and floating dock, this estate has the charm of yesterday, exceptional quality of today and embraces the water and lifestyle of elegant living.

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