January 2019 Events

2019 Wrightsville Plunge!
Tue 10:30 AM · Crystal Pier at the Oceanic – Between Public Access #’s 36 & 37 · Wrightsville Beach, NC
Mad Hatter Golf Tournament
Tue 10:19 AM · Pine Valley Country Club · Wilmington, NC
New Years Day Lunch
Tue 1 PM · Silver Coast Winery · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

ILm Local Makers & Growers Farmer Market at Waterline Brewing Co
Wed 5 PM · Waterline Brewing Company · Wilmington, NC
Die Hard- Flashback Cinema Holiday Classics
Wed 12:40 PM · The Pointe at Barclay · Wilmington, NC

Mamma Mia!
Thu 7:30 PM · Opera House Theatre Company · Wilmington, NC

Black Mantis at Reggies
Fri 9 PM · Reggies 42nd Street Tavern · Wilmington, NC
Night Tour of the Burgwin-Wright House
Fri 9 PM · Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens · Wilmington, NC
Live Music Friday’s
Fri 10 AM · River Bluffs · Castle Hayne, NC

Battleship NC Investigation
Sat 5 PM · Wilmington, NC · Wilmington, NC
Brunswick Nature Park Workday
Sat 8:30 AM · Brunswick Nature Park · Winnabow, NC
Ramy Youssef at Dead Crow Comedy
Sat 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC
Auditions for Into The Woods
Sat 10 AM · Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center · Wilmington, NC

Trivia & Taco Tuesday!
Tue 7 PM · Local’s Tavern · Leland, NC
Music Bingo at The Brewer’s Kettle
Tue 8 PM · The Brewer’s Kettle Wilmington · Wilmington, NC

Rojo Perez at Dead Crow Comedy
Fri 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC

Moe’s 3rd Birthday Bash!
Sat 3 PM · Moe’s Original BBQ Wilmington · Wilmington, NC
Striking Copper LIVE at the SeaWitch
Sat 8 PM · SeaWitch Cafe’ & Tiki Bar · Carolina Beach, NC
Oh How We Suffered – The Second Battle of Fort Fisher 154th
Sat 10 AM · Fort Fisher State Historic Site · Kure Beach, NC

Wilmington Symphony 6th Annual Beethoven Race
Sun 9 AM · Brunswick Forest · Leland, NC

Masters of Illusion – LIVE!
Mon 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC

Wine Down Wednesday & Karaoke
Wed 8 PM · Ibiza Nightclub Wilmington · Wilmington, NC

Kickoff MLK Weekend!
Fri 5 PM · Coastal Wine Room · Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Julia Sweeney: Older And Wider
Fri 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC
Karaoke Night
Fri 7 PM · River Bluffs · Castle Hayne, NC

Comedian Rondell Sheridan
Sat 7:30 PM · Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. · Wilmington, NC
Red Cross Blood Drive
Sat 9 AM · Wrightsboro United Methodist Church · Wilmington, NC
Run Holden Beach
Sat 9 AM · 118 Jordan Blvd · Holden Beach, NC
Ocean Isle Beach Run for Food
Sat 9 AM · Ocean Isle Beach Bridge · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Brunch, Lunch, Beer, Your Choice
Sun 12:30 PM · Flying Machine Brewing Company · Wilmington, NC,

Lucky Joe’s Open Mic Night Sponsored by Broomtail Craft Brewery
Tue 7:30 PM · Broomtail Craft Brewery · Wilmington, NC

UNCW Presents Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait
Wed 7:30 PM · UNCW Presents · Wilmington, NC
Music Bingo at Bill’s Front Porch Pub & Brewery (Wilmington, NC)
Wed 7 PM · Bill’s Front Porch · Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC – Corey Hunt Acoustic
Thu 6 PM · Flytrap Brewing · Wilmington, NC

Patti LaBelle in Concert!
Fri 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC
Port City Ping Pong Throw Down
Fri 4:30 PM · Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews · Wilmington, NC

Wilmington Coffee Crawl
Sat 10 AM · Gravity Records · Wilmington, NC
Christmas Tree Recycling & Dune Restoration Project
Sat 11 AM · Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar · Carolina Beach, NC
Pet Exhibit – Grand Opening!
Sat 9 AM · The Children’s Museum of Wilmington · Wilmington, NC
Sport City Corn Hole Classic
Sat 4 PM · Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews · Wilmington, NC

Chili Bowl Open
Sun 9 AM · Cape Fear National · Leland, NC
A Night at the Aquarium
Sun 5 PM · NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher · Kure Beach, NC

Regional Experiences by artist Janet Sessoms
Mon 10 AM · Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens · Wilmington, NC

ACE Presents: Teal Tuesday After Dark
Tue 6 PM · The Hub · Wilmington, NC

Brick Landing & ART Catering Open House
Wed 5 PM · Brick Landing Plantation Golf Club · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Brother Oliver at Wrightsville Beach Brewery
Thu 6 PM · Wrightsville Beach Brewery · Wilmington, NC

Luxury Portfolio | Local Spotlight, Portugal and St. Maarten


A Landfall Georgian masterpiece, this all brick executive home sits high on a wooded knoll overlooking Quadrant Circle pond. Completely updated this open floor plan features large rooms, exquisite moldings including raised panel den off of the first-floor master. Updates throughout the home including stainless and granite kitchen and granite counters in all baths.

Anchored by centuries old, moss-draped live oaks, this hilltop residence offers a long private circular driveway, three-car garage, and heated gunite pool. Upstairs are four bedrooms, with additional quarters and back stairs. Quality built-ins, storage galore, completely updated in sought after the first phase of Landfall.

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A wonderful Villa built to the highest specifications in one the of the most sought-after areas in Quinta do Lago. The architectural and design details are exquisite and identify the level of quality and standards in the property. With five bedrooms, all with fitted wardrobes or walk-in cupboards and ensuite bathrooms, the floors are laid with beautiful natural wood floors with marquetry work.

Through automatic entrance gates, the large entrance doors lead to an open plan living room, with fireplace, various sitting areas, reading areas, and a formal dining area. Taking the wrought iron staircase or the lift to the first floor, the master suite is spacious with its own TV area, master bathroom with walk-in shower, walk-in wardrobes and private terraces. Also at this level, there is a very private wood paneling wall library and study.

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Plum Beach Estate – The most prestigious water and beachfront location of 7.5 Acres of lush tropical and manicured gardens with water views where ever you look. Featuring a 3 bedroom suite gatehouse, a 2 bedroom suite beach cottage for guest and a large 3 bedroom suite main house with large roofed in terraces poolside. Simply a Leading Estate of the Caribbean.

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30-Minute Creamy Cheese & Broccoli Soup

1 (10-ounce) package thawed chopped broccoli
2 chicken stock cubes
3 cups water
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/8 tsp thyme
4 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup milk* (optional)

Melt butter over medium heat in an 8-quart stockpot. Add the celery, onion, thyme, salt, and pepper. Saute till onion is tender – about 5 minutes.

Add the stock cubes, broccoli, and 3 cups of water. Bring to boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 15 minutes.

Mix cornstarch and water. Stir in the cornstarch and when bubbles begin to rise to the surface, slowly add the heavy cream, blending well. Stirring constantly, add the shredded cheese and stir until melted. If the consistency is too thick for your taste, you can thin with milk or water.

Serve immediately and garnish with cheese and croutons.

Download the recipe! 30 Min-Creamy Cheese and Broccoli soup

Planning Renovations in the New Year

When 2019 rolls around in a few days, tons of us will be putting our resolutions into action, and hopefully sticking with them throughout the year! Have you thought of what you want to accomplish?

Here at Intracoastal Realty, we make it part of our business to see your dreams come to a reality by helping you find and buy your ideal home, or sell the one you have so you and your family can move on to better and brighter opportunities. But what if your goal isn’t to move, but to refurbish your current house so that it becomes the home you’ve always wanted? This usually means that it’s time to start planning your renovations and home improvement projects, and whether you plan to do them yourself or to hire a professional, it’s going to take some planning for everything to turn out just the way you want it.

What are we doing?

Renovations, minor or otherwise, can take a lot of time and resources, so it’s key to first focus on what exactly it is that you want to have done to your house. Maybe you’ve got a fence that badly needs replacing, or perhaps you’ve always wanted a spectacular garden tub in your master bath. No matter the project, it’s best to sit down and figure out at least the main aspects of what needs to be done, what rooms will be involved, who you’ll need to call, and who or what will be affected by any inconveniences that will arise from the construction period.

What do we have?

The next most important aspects of a home renovation project are going to be in the details. What kind of budget are you prepared to set aside for the venture? If you don’t think you’ll have enough at present, you may need to break out the calendar and decide when you could comfortably put up the financial resources you need to get the work done. In that plan, go ahead and have a few places bookmarked in case this particular project takes you out of the house for a few days for safety or comfort concerns and how long those arrangements will be feasible if they do come up.

When is this going to happen? 

As is always the case with a major home improvement project, timing is everything. If it involves the outdoors or a sensitive system in the house, you may need to plan out the project due to environmental and weather concerns. Or, personal factors like a school schedule for the kids may come into play and affect when this renovation will be doable. So while you plan your budget and the parameters of the construction involved, be sure to keep an eye on dates and have a general idea for when you’d like to cross things off your to-do list, all while allowing a little wiggle room for any unexpected setbacks.

If you’re ready to take a step forward in your home improvement plans this year, make sure you’re off to a solid start! And if you decide instead that 2019 is the year you move someplace new, contact Intracoastal Realty for your buying or selling needs.

Intracoastal’s Impact in 2018: A Year for Community Connections

At this time of year, businesses often look back over the past twelve months with a critical lens to measure “what has been accomplished.” For Intracoastal Realty, we also consider where we have made a meaningful impact through community engagement and connections.

In 2018, this reflection calls to mind the number of organizations, programs, fundraisers, and issues that Intracoastal has supported through volunteerism and donations, cash and in-kind alike. Importantly, our generosity reflects our independence, for without franchise fees going to out-of-state corporate entities, our revenues stay local, doing good work and supporting those in need here.

Over the past year or so, over 100 organizations benefitted from Intracoastal Realty’s efforts. Our contributions supported education, medical, and social services.  Our agents and staff volunteered with non-profit organizations nearly every day, as board members, event volunteers, and informed advocates.

As a company, our management team and agents also support elementary and higher education with grants to teachers and scholarships for students, respectively.  Our Teachers Fund donated $24,430 to elementary educators in New Hanover, Brunswick, Onslow, and Pender counties last year alone.  Since its founding by CEO Jim Wallace in 2005, the Teacher’s Fund has granted more than $285,000 benefiting more than 175,000 students.

UNCW, Cape Fear Community College, and Brunswick Community College foundations received $18,500 in scholarships for students during the 2018/19 academic year. And this, too, is an annual gift; our company has provided scholarships to students of higher education for the past 25 years.

We are grateful for the opportunity to give back. But that opportunity is a reflection of our agents’ responsiveness and delight in serving others – and in the continued service our clients allow us to deliver every day.

Happy holidays to all.  And thank you for making 2018 a year well worthy of reflection.

Is a Career in Real Estate Right for You?

With the new year approaching, it’s the best time to be thinking of resolutions and goals you may have and how you can tackle them in the months to come. If one of those aspirations just so happens to be a jumpstart to your professional life, why not consider a career in real estate?

Since 1976, Intracoastal Realty has served southeastern North Carolina and helped its newest residents find their place in our coastal community. As such, our agents are some of the best in the region, and make it their mission to go above and beyond in every sale so that everyone – buyer or seller – walks away happy and ready for the next chapter. Are you ready for such an important job? Check out a few of the qualities we think every stellar real estate agent should have!

Independent and Motivated

To be a successful real estate agent, you’re going to need an independent mindset. Not only will you be setting your own schedule for the most part, but often it’ll be your job to track down the types of homes that your buyers want to view, catch up on the latest market trends, and even your salary. The more you sell, and the better you are at working with your clients, the more you’ll earn. Basically, you have a lot of the same benefits as being your own boss, but you get to work with an agency that can lend you some credibility and a ready network of colleagues to consult with when needed.

Flexible and Forward-thinking

When you’re working with individuals looking to buy or sell a home, you’ll find yourself rearranging schedules and finding innovative ways to make things come together on a timeline that fits everyone’s schedule. To pull all of this off, it’s going to take some quick thinking and flexibility on your part! But for some, these qualities come easily, so if this sounds like you then it might be time to consider your potential in real estate sales.


One of the more obvious qualities of a real estate agent is that he or she is social by nature, so if striking up conversations with people you don’t know very well isn’t one of your strengths, it may be time to peruse your other options. But if you’re fearless in a crowd, eager to help someone out, and always prepared with a conversation starter, then you’re probably real estate agent material! Now’s the time to think about putting those skills to use to help others find their ideal new homes.

Love Where You Live

Finally, we feel it’s pretty important for every real estate agent to already love the location in which he or she will mainly work. After all, your job will be to sell not just the house, but the neighborhood, the local culture, and the eventual memories that your clients will have in their new homes. Even if a move to a new place is out of necessity, it’s important that new residents feel a connection and can ingratiate themselves in the area from the very beginning, and that’s where you come in! As a real estate agent and a friendly local, you can fill them in on everything they need to know to get started building a happy, thriving life in the house that you help them buy.

2019 is headed our way, and if you’re ready to dive into a new career then it may just be your biggest year yet! Stay tuned to our website for professional opportunities and trends in the real estate game here in southeastern North Carolina, and you’ll be ready to dive right into a fresh, rewarding opportunity.

Intracoastal Realty Expands Surf City Office

New Topsail Island Bridge
Image courtesy NCDOT

With the new Surf City bridge now open, additional traffic and, with it, growing buyer interest in the Topsail/Surf City region is sure to follow.

Anticipating that growth, Intracoastal Realty has doubled the size of its Surf City office and moved to Triton Lane, putting us directly on the path to the new bridge.

“You can’t miss us,” says Sandy Ledbetter, a resident and realtor on the island for 30 years, who will continue as Intracoastal Realty’s broker-in-charge.  The office has another five agents, all focused full-time on the region’s real estate market.

The Surf City/Topsail Island has long drawn families from other parts of the state who are seeking vacation or retirement property.  Folks from Wallace, Clinton, Warsaw and other Eastern North Carolina towns are eager to recreate childhood memories of vacationing on Topsail Beach. Buyer trends also show growing interest from the Triangle, particularly among those who moved from the mid-Atlantic region and find the prices at Topsail comparatively affordable to the cost of homes on Maryland, New York and New Jersey shores.

Buyers aren’t the only ones showing interest in the Island.  Developers have increased their activity exponentially.  According to the MLS, in 2017, there was $67M in new construction; in 2018 that figure jumped to $92M.  In April, the first phase of Waterside at Surf City, a development of 4 acres of commercial property and more than 3,200 residential units, including a neighborhood for active adults, was unanimously approved by the Surf City Town Council.  Infrastructure there is underway.

Local government, too, is improving infrastructure to accommodate what everyone sees as continued growth. Surf City Elementary and Middle Schools opened in time for the 2018/19 school year. And with forward-looking annexation completed a decade ago to better accommodate commercial development, the island has welcomed Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Publix, Lowes and CVS in recent years.

“Gone are the days that Topsail Beach posted a ‘Closed for the Winter’ sign,” recalls Sandy.  “Those were the days when you had to drive for a decent cell signal and the only grocery store was an IGA.”

Yes, those days are behind us.  But, today’s market value is hard to find elsewhere on the east coast.  Single family homes can be purchased in the $300K range, with one-bedroom condo’s available under $100 thousand.  “And, that still delivers waterfront,” says Sandy, adding, “When you’re on an island, every home, just about, has a good water view!”

If you’re interested in knowing more about Surf City, Topsail and North Topsail properties, call the Intracoastal office, 910-328-3000.  Chances are what you see there today will be the root of “I remember when….” memories decades from now.