May Area Events

5/1 – 7: 2017 Wells Fargo Championship (PGA Tour Event) – Eagle Point Golf Club

  • 5/1-2: PGA TOUR Professional Practice Rounds
  • 5/4: First Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/5: Second Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/6: Third Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/7: Final Round of Competition & Closing Award Ceremony

5/1 – 9/11: Waterfront Market – Ocean Isle Beach

5/1-6: Paint Out Wilmington – Various Locations in Wilmington

5/2,3: Dirty Dancing LIVE – CFCC Wilson Center

5/4: It’s A Gimmie Movie Night (Happy Gilmore) – Pleasure Island Riverfront Park

5/5, 6: Caddy Shack Concerts – Pleasure Island Riverfront Park

5/6: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Presents: HMS Pinafore – CFCC Wilson Center

5/6, 13, 20, 27: Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace – Riverfront Park/ 5 N Water St.

5/7, 21: Kure Beach: Boogie in the Park Concert Series – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

5/11: Arsenio Hall – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/11-20: The Nina & Pinta Visit Wilmington – Port City Marina

5/12: Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament – Kure Beach Fishing Pier

5/13: BBQ Cook-Off on BBQ Road – Ocean Isle Beach

5/13: 1st Annual Wine & Swine BBQ Cook-Off – BBQ Road, Ocean Isle Beach

5/18 – 28: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/19-21: Wilmington Greek Festival – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

5/19: Inaugural Pleasure Island Team Surf Fishing Challenge – Lazy Pirate, Carolina Beach

5/19: Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

5/19, 20: USA Beach Wrestling Nationals – Carolina Beach

5/20 – Summer: Oakdale Cemetery WWI Historical Tour – Oakdale Cemetery

5/20: Carolina Beach Arts Festival – Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach

5/20: Beach Wrestling Nationals – Carolina Beach, NC

5/20: 24th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic – Various Soccer Fields Wilmington

5/20, 21: Seaside Soccer Classic – Various Soccer Fields

5/24: Brit Floyd – Immersion World Tour 2017 – CFCC Wilson Center

5/24: Sunset Beach Concert Series – The Village Park on Queen Anne, Sunset Beach

5/26: Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast: Jack Jack 180 – Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N

5/26: Ocean Isle Summer Concert Series – Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot – across from the Museum of Coastal Carolina

5/26: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

5/27, 28: Orange Street Artfest – Orange Street between Front and Third & the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

5/27 – 10/7: Carolina Beach Farmers Market – Carolina Beach Lake Park

5/28: Free Movie Night (Trolls) – Carolina Beach Lake Park

5/29: Memorial Day Observance – Battleship North Carolina (FREE)


Local Coastal Gem, Luxury Villa in Greece and a Modern Masterpiece in Rancho Mirage California

As our partnership with Luxury Portfolio allows, Intracoastal Realty’s listings are often featured on LuxuryPortfolio.com. We often spotlight outstanding listings around the world and become enamored with the many features, outdoor spaces, and interior design and decor of these lavish properties. This month the properties listed showcase spectacular views in exceptional locations! We hope you enjoy learning more about these three extraordinary custom homes.

Located in Bradley Creek Point at the end of a secluded gated lane this magnificent coastal gem overlooks Bradley Creek with views of the ICW, Masonboro Island and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy having private pier with three boat lifts and the center one covered. this incredible custom design features 5,850 sqft, five bedrooms, five and a half baths, three car garage, standing secure metal roof, low maintenance hardie board siding, four burner gas cooktop, from the custom carved mahogany entry doors to the floating circular stair, no expense has been spared with the nautical influence throughout, be sure to check out the compass inspired dining room ceiling and the bridge to the bonus room with teak and boxwood inlaid flooring complete with cleats.

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: Waterfront, 3 Fireplace(s), Attached three car garage, Central cooling, Forced Air heating, Boat Lift; ICW View; Marsh Front; Marsh View

INTERIOR FEATURES INCLUDE: 9Ft+ Ceilings; Blinds/Shades; Ceiling – Trey; Gas Logs; Wet Bar

BUILT IN: 2007

APPROXIMATE SQUARE FEET: 5,850 ft.

EXTERIOR: Stucco

LOT ACRES: 0.67

See it!

 

High atop a cliff, this luxury villa of 670 square meters located in Fanari area offers the perfect setting for indulging holidays in Mykonos. The villa is split in two separate buildings (adjacent) and offers a private swimming pool and a spectacular sea view.

The first building features a spacious living room area with a guest bathroom, leading up to a minimal dining area, fully equipped kitchen and a second lavish circular sitting area. Moreover, a luxurious master suite with en-suite bathroom can accommodate two guests with direct access to the exterior amazing lounge area.

On the upper floor there is a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a sitting area with large sofa and a designated office area, while on the ground floor, there are two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and another bedroom and bathroom.

Set on two separate levels, the second building features a spacious living room area with a dining area, fully equipped kitchen, WC and three master bedrooms, one of which features a bunk bed and children decoration.

Outside, there is a stone-built area in typical Myconian style, consisting of a swimming pool with sun-loungers and day beds, as well as a pergola shaded dining area with barbecue facilities and its own bathroom.

Located in the north-western side of Mykonos island, in the area of Fanari, the villa is a short distance from the sandy, family-friendly Agios Stefanos beach. Mykonos Town is approximately 5 km away, while Mykonos airport is 8 km away & Mykonos port about 3km.

Mykonos is a popular tourist destination in the Greek islands of the Cyclades group, situated in the middle of the Aegean Sea, south of Tinos, east of Syros and north of Paros and Naxos. Well-known for its nightlife, Mykonos is famed as a cosmopolitan destination among the Greek islands and widely recognized as one of the great travel Meccas and one of the busiest islands in the Aegean.

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: private parking, air-conditioning, central heating

ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: Mediterranean, Contemporary

See it!

 

25 Sierra Vista is an exceptional work of modern art meticulously designed and built by renowned architect, Brian Foster.  This extraordinary 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art residential masterpiece sits high above the desert floor in the 24-hour guard gated community of Mirada Estates, located in Rancho Mirage, California. The spectacular panoramic views of the snowcapped mountains combined with the illuminated city lights across the desert floor below are truly invigorating and inspiring.

Designed for both upscale entertaining and comfortable living, the home offers an open floor plan, a stunning great room including multi-texture custom design elements, a 10-foot fire-on-ice display, an industrial style chef’s dream kitchen, unique dining island surrounded by water, and much more. The home seamlessly blends the indoors with the outdoors by its 60-foot wide disappearing Fleetwood glass doors. A stunning master suite with a spa-like oversized master bath, two additional guest suites, and a home theater complete its luxurious indoor quality of life. An expansive outdoor lanai with 60ft infinity-edge pool and spa, dual fire pits, multiple areas for lounging, and jetliner views create an ultimate outdoor experience.

Mirada Estates offers a rarified residential life of custom built homes to the owner’s preferred design, style and architecture. From the first-class fitness facilities to 5-Star dining, catering and accommodations, Mirada homeowners are exclusively entitled to a multitude of amenities offered by its neighbor, the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The hip and cool vibe of downtown Palm Springs and La Quinta are just minutes away, and it’s an easy two-hour drive to Los Angeles. 25 Sierra Vista offers an exceptional residential experience for the most discerning homeowner.

ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: Modern, Contemporary

 See it!


Flourless Chocolate Cake


Recipe Courtesy of Author: Phil Clark

The origin of the flourless cake is Italy’s Isle of Capri and the Amalfi coast, but we discovered this amazing desert at an Intracoastal Corporate event courtesy of Phil Clark. This deep dark chocolate Torta Caprese will tempt the devout chocoholic with a gluten free pastry dense, decadent, delicious. Do yourself a favor. Make this one!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 Eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Prepare a 9 inch cake pan – coat the pan with butter. Place a round of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan and butter the parchment paper.
  3. Over medium heat in a small sauce pan combine 1 cup of water and 3/4 cups sugar. Cook until sugar has melted.  Keep warm.
  4. Over low heat in a medium sauce pan, combine 1 stick butter and the chocolate. Melt slowly and blend with a whisk. Add the simple syrup and stir into the butter chocolate mixture until thoroughly blended.  Remove from heat.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, vanilla and remaining sugar (1/4 cup). Whisk thoroughly until sugar has dissolved and eggs turn pale yellow.
  6. Gradually pour the chocolate mixture into the eggs. Using a rubber spatula, fold until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  7. For best results, bake in a water bath for approximately 45-50 minutes. Or, until the center of the cake has a slight “jiggle”.
  8. Allow the cake to cool in the water bath for 10 minutes. Remove from the bath and continue cooling to room temp.  Place in the freezer a few hours.  This makes it easier to remove the cake from the pan.

Author Notes:

Optional flavoring:

Option 1.  substitute 1/4 cup coffee liqueur for vanilla if you prefer.

Option 2.  substitute 1 teaspoon orange extract for vanilla

 

 


New Construction or Existing Home? For Many Buyers, That Is the Question

By Judy Royal

So you’ve decided it’s time to buy a home in Southeastern North Carolina. There are so many decisions to make when it comes to the Wilmington NC real estate market. Chief among them is whether you want to start from scratch or find something already built. While there are a lot of really great reasons to opt for new construction, the process also has its share of drawbacks. Be sure to do plenty of research when deciding what is best for you and your family. The following are some things to consider:

Choose a builder

If you decide on new construction, your next decision will be whether you want to hire a custom builder or a higher-volume builder, also known as a production builder. A production builder constructs a community of homes based on a library of floor plans, each with limited personalization options. A custom builder can create a one-of-a-kind home that offers a greater range of design choices, albeit at a typically higher price and time commitment than a production home. While a production builder will likely offer you the opportunity to upgrade finishes and make other personal touches, the sky is the limit when it comes to a custom-built home. Want a feeding area for your dogs built into the lower kitchen cabinetry? How about a four-car garage? Anything you’ve ever wanted in a home is a possibility when you build a custom home. Obviously, all of these choices will not be possible if you buy an existing home.

Either way, be sure to do your homework when it comes to choosing the right builder for you. Check review websites, state licensing boards, and local court records for complaints, disciplinary actions, and lawsuits. Talk to previous customers to get a firsthand account of their experiences.

Know the community

Drive through neighborhoods to get a feel for an area. Find out crime rates. Research schools. Talk to other homeowners. Determine how long your work commute will be. Find out how many more homes will be built around you. If your entire community is new, you may be living amid ongoing construction for many months. When it comes to determining the community that you will call home for many years, you really can’t be too diligent. Be sure you will be comfortable making a life wherever you choose.

Time your move

Are you looking to pack your bags and put out your new welcome mat sooner rather than later? Then a newly constructed home may not be for you. Expect to wait several months or more for a home that is not yet under construction. Your move can happen much more quickly if you buy an existing home, so think about what your ideal time frame is. If you have one home on the market while you’re building another, you will have to make arrangements for a temporary place to live if the sale happens before you’re able to get into your new place.

Pick a landscape

Do you want mature trees that will shade your home in the summertime? New communities might not be able to offer this if existing foliage was not salvaged in the development process. It could take years for new landscaping to grow into itself, so decide how important this feature is to you.

Behold the Bells and Whistles

In a new home, you will likely have “smart” technology options that allow you to automate Internet, cable, speakers, an alarm system, etc. Also, new homes often use more eco-friendly paints and building materials, which can improve indoor air quality. An existing home, depending on its age, is much less likely to include all of these modern perks.

Estimate Your Bills

A newly constructed home will have new appliances, systems, insulation, and windows, which are more energy-efficient than what you’ll find in most older residences. This could mean a significant savings in your utility bills and more money in your pocket each month. If you are buying an existing home, it’s a good idea to ask the seller what you might expect to pay for your utility bills. An inefficient home, even with a much lower sales price, can cost you much more in the long run than one that is using modern processes to run optimally.

Think About Maintenance

Maintenance costs associated with an existing home can affect your budget significantly. A newly built home, with its untouched appliances, HVAC system, roof, etc. – requires much less upkeep than an aging residence and will allow you to better predict the monthly costs of home ownership. Thanks to warranties on your new items, you may not have to pay for any major repairs for several years.

Whether you’re seeking to buy a lot on which to build your dream home or something ready and waiting for you to move in, Intracoastal Realty is here to meet your Wilmington NC real estate needs. We are a full-service real estate brokerage operating since 1976, and we currently have 12 offices with over 400 agents and staff to serve Southeastern North Carolina, including the areas of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Southport, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Leland, Hampstead, and Topsail Island.


Enjoy Southeastern North Carolina’s Nature at No Charge

By Judy Royal

Anyone sitting on the sand at any of our beach strands would likely agree that many of the best things in life are free. But other than the sea, what can you enjoy without a fee? Plenty! If you’re looking for a way to commune with nature without breaking the bank, you’re definitely in luck in this region.

John Nesbitt Loop

Hours: Always open
Contact: Causeway Drive, North Lumina Avenue and Salisbury Street, Wrightsville Beach, (910) 256-7925, www.towb.org

Why do you always see so many people out exercising in Wrightsville Beach? They’re taking advantage of the John Nesbitt Loop, known to locals simply as “The Loop,” a popular 2.45-mile stretch of sidewalk that circles the town’s heart. The route offers coastal views, scenic parks and gardens, water fountains, and pit stops for thirsty dogs. When the weather is nice, you’ll see plenty of locals and visitors – along with their four-legged friends – walking, biking, jogging, and skating.

Carolina Beach State Park

Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Contact: 1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach, (910) 458-8206, www.ncparks.gov/carolina-beach-state-park

You’ll find a marina, secluded camping area, cabins, visitors center, and walking trails that traverse various habitats at Carolina Beach State Park, home to the Venus’ flytrap, one of the world’s most carnivorous plants and a native of Southeastern North Carolina. Have fun and learn at the same time, as rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about the park. It’s also a great place for a picnic along the bank of Snow’s Cut, with tables, grills, and plenty of shade from large oak trees.

Summer Rest Trail

Hours: 8 a.m.-sunset daily
Contact: 1981 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, and 423 Summer Rest Road, Wilmington, (910) 798-7629, www.parks.nhcgov.com

Explore one of the area’s hidden gems by taking a stroll or bike ride along Summer Rest Trail, a 0.7-mile asphalt path that begins at Port City Chop House on Eastwood Road and winds through a wooded route to Summer Rest Road, which overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway near Wrightsville Beach. It’s the perfect place for a short run, quiet walk, or scenic getaway from your regular surroundings.

Oakdale Cemetery

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Contact: 520 N. 15th St., Wilmington, (910) 762-5682, www.oakdalecemetery.org

Part outdoor museum and part arboretum, Oakdale Cemetery boasts 100 acres and is North Carolina’s oldest rural cemetery. Its native vegetation is punctuated with blooming plants all year long but especially so in the spring, so it’s a great spot for a self-guided tour to stroll through the beauty and history.

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily; the pedestrian beach is always open
Contact: 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, (910) 458-5798, www.ncparks.gov/fort-fisher-state-recreation-area

Enjoy 6 miles of unspoiled beaches and trails at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, located at the southernmost part of Pleasure Island. Explore the salt marsh and its wildlife, including loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers, and other rare species. Enjoy surf fishing as well as a boat ramp and padding launch.

New Hanover County Arboretum

Hours: Open daily during daylight hours
Contact: 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, (910) 798-7660, www.arboretum.nhcgov.com

Explore 7 acres of plants that grow in the coastal area as well as emerging trends in plant material, proper horticultural techniques, aesthetic design, environmental stewardship, and research at the New Hanover County Arboretum, which bills itself as “where nature and knowledge grow.” During your visit, enjoy numerous gardens, a plant clinic, a picnic area, a gift shop, a children’s area, and an interactive chalk wall.

Brunswick Nature Park

Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk daily
Contact: 2601 River Road (N.C. Highway 133), Winnabow, (910) 253-2670, bcparks.recdesk.com

Brunswick Nature Park offers 911 acres of undeveloped wilderness featuring a dynamic mix of vegetation, wildlife, ecosystems, vistas, wetlands, and waterways for exploration. Enjoy a kayak/canoe launch site and a large picnic pavilion as well as walking, biking, and horse trails. Take a ride out to the country to please your senses with the primitive and unspoiled views and serene atmosphere.

Airlie Gardens

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Contact: 300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, (910) 798-7700, www.airliegardens.org
*Admission charge typically applies, with exceptions noted below.

*If you live in New Hanover County and have a valid ID to prove it, you get in free on the first Sunday of each month. Experience 67 acres of formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, sculptures, views of Bradley Creek, 10 acres of freshwater lakes, more than 100,000 azaleas, and the grandeur of the 472-year-old Airlie Oak at Airlie Gardens. While you’re there, meet Reilly, a rescued border collie that was “hired” to help manage Canada geese on the property, or explore the 2,700-square-foot butterfly house, which is home to 11 native species of butterflies and open May 15-October 15.

Cape Fear Museum

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday
Contact: 814 Market St., Wilmington, (910) 798-4370, www.capefearmuseum.com
*Admission charge typically applies, with exceptions noted below.

*If you live in New Hanover County and have a valid ID to prove it, you get in free on the first Sunday of each month. Cape Fear Museum, the oldest history museum in North Carolina, offers various exhibits and programs focusing on the area’s history and science. It draws on a collection of more than 52,000 items to help visitors explore a wide range of topics related to the Lower Cape Fear region.

N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Contact: 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, (910) 772-0500, www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher
*Admission charge typically applies, with exceptions noted below.

*Admission is free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and Veterans Day in November. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers a variety of exhibits for all ages that have everything from an albino alligator and a rescued bald eagle to sharks and loggerhead turtles as well as an interactive touch tank. Visitors journey down the Cape Fear River – from freshwater streams and swamps to coastline habitats, reefs, and the open ocean – discovering unique habitats and wildlife.

 

Are you ready to take advantage of all Southeastern North Carolina has to offer? Intracoastal Realty is here to meet your Wilmington NC real estate needs, whether you want to stay for a weekend or a lifetime. We are a full-service real estate brokerage operating since 1976, and we currently have 12 offices with over 400 agents and staff to serve Southeastern North Carolina, including the areas of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Southport, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Leland, Hampstead, and Topsail Island.


Buying Your First Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

By Judy Royal

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, chances are you are about to start the process of making one of the biggest purchases of your lifetime: a new home. The Wilmington NC real estate market has plenty of first-time buyers eager to take advantage of the sea, sand, and sunshine Southeastern North Carolina has to offer. But before you hit the ground running to look at properties, it’s best to get your ducks in a row for what will be a hectic but exciting time in your life.

Who?

Navigating the often-confusing world of buying a home for the first time can be a daunting and downright terrifying experience. You’ll want someone you can trust to answer all your questions and concerns, not to mention look out for your best interests. Choose your real estate agent wisely. Ask friends and family for referrals. Talk to a prospective agent’s recent clients. Find out how long he or she has been in business. Familiarize yourself with what credentials (otherwise known as all those letters at the end of a name) mean. For instance, ABR stands for Accredited Buyer’s Representative, which means the agent has completed additional education in representing buyers in transactions.

What?

Before you start touring properties, think about what you really want out of your primary residence. Are you looking for privacy and a big yard? Or are you willing to share a wall and common spaces with neighbors in exchange for not having to worry about mowing grass and other exterior maintenance issues? This will help you narrow down your options to either single-family homes or condominiums/townhouses. Just bear in mind that the latter are more likely to have higher homeowners association dues as a tradeoff for the things you won’t have to deal with, so be sure to factor those into your budget.

When?

Speaking of budgets, you need to start saving well before you are ready to make an offer. Talk to a mortgage professional early in the process to ensure you are fiscally ready for this major step. Be honest with yourself about exactly what you can afford and stick to that range. If you don’t save at least 20 percent for a down payment, you’ll probably have to make mortgage insurance payments, adding to your monthly costs. Aside from the price of the home itself, other things to save for include the cost of property taxes, insurance, homeowners association dues, and regular maintenance. Many experts recommend budgeting at least 1 percent of the value of your home each year to cover routine maintenance. There are also potential emergency expenses, such as replacing a heating system or roof.

Where?

Be as specific as possible about the locations where you’ll consider living. Drive through neighborhoods to get a feel for an area. Find out crime rates. Research schools. Talk to other homeowners. When it comes to determining the community that you will call home for perhaps many years, you really can’t be too diligent. Be sure your search for properties includes only the locales where you will be comfortable making a life. After a tough day at work, you’ll want to retreat to a place that will make you feel safe, happy, and content.

Why?

If you’ve been renting for a while in an area you plan to call home for the foreseeable future, you might be a prime candidate for buying your first home. A smart real estate purchase can be a valuable investment asset for your long-term financial health by helping to increase your future net worth. Just be sure you are ready for the responsibility and commitment that comes with owning property. If you’re the type of person who wants the freedom to pack your bags and move to Key West after one really great vacation, then you might not be quite ready for home ownership.

How?

Most of us are not lucky enough to pay cash for our first home, so financing will likely be a reality. Think about the type of mortgage you want. Explore the pros and cons of a fixed rate vs. adjustable rate. Shop lenders to find the best deal on home loans. Your interest rate will play a huge role in the total price you pay for your home, so spending some time making comparisons now can pay off majorly in the long run.

Whether you’re in the market four your first or fifth home, or anything in between or above, Intracoastal Realty is here to meet your Wilmington NC real estate needs. We are a full-service real estate brokerage operating since 1976, and we currently have 12 offices with over 400 agents and staff to serve Southeastern North Carolina, including the areas of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Southport, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Leland, Hampstead, and Topsail Island.