Ocean Views in Playa Tamarindo, Swiss Modern Masterpiece and Rancho La Zaca in Los Olivos

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 stunning architecture and exceptional interior and exterior design in exceptional locations! We hope you enjoy learning more about these three extraordinary homes.


Amazing panoramic ocean views from this three-level home conveniently located in a private, gated development on the road Into Tamarindo. Before the hustle and bustle of the beach downtown area, yet walking distance to the Automercado Mall, this home offers many opportunities for the lifestyle you have dreamed of. With three suites in the main home, a one-bedroom casita overlooking the sea in the front, and a one-bedroom caretaker’s casita streetside, the home provides a spacious opportunity for a large family, or for a lucrative rental investment. With views overlooking both Playa Tamarindo and Playa Grande from atop the gently rolling hill on the way into Tamarindo Heights, the living room opens up to a large inviting pool and patio area. European windows and sliding doors with UV coating are just a few of the many quality design features. With floors of natural stone and beautiful wooden cabinetry throughout, the home is extremely well constructed with an entry level garage on the main level with an elevator that reaches the second and third level.

The second level from the garage is the ocean view living and dining area with separate kitchen furnished with stainless steel European appliances. Also on this floor is a laundry room, pantry, and huge guest bathroom with a library room which could also be a bedroom. On the next level are three master suites, two of which have an amazing ocean view, huge walk-in closets and granite and marble bathrooms. Between these suites is an additional ocean view living room area with a large flat screen TV. Take a walk down a path toward the sea, and you will find a very lovely and private ocean view casita with balcony. This home is perfect also for a small spa operation with the private casita and double living areas. 24-hour security and gated entry, plus a neighborhood that is quiet and boasting many lovely large upscale homes, makes this a wonderful choice to be near the very popular Tamarindo Beach.

BUILT IN: 2013


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Cathedral ceilings, vast modern design blended in with the natural context: the owner, architect, Francesco Buzzi, achieved his goal of combining the landscape, the cultural context and the local materials harmoniously. The villa, built in 2009, is a masterpiece which has been published many times. Guest apartment with separate entrance. Superb South oriented location with complete peace.

BUILT IN: 2009

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The remarkable Rancho La Zaca, derived from an original 19th century Spanish Land Grant, today comprises 400+/- acres off the storied Foxen Canyon Wine Trail in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The 25+/- acre Oak Savanna Vineyard is one of the oldest in Santa Barbara County and includes varietals of Chardonnay, Syrah, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo.

The 8,000 +/- square foot main residence was commissioned by actor James Garner in the 1990s and designed by renowned American architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen. A series of private pavilions, terraces, and courtyards surround an infinity edge pool and fire pit, and embrace unparalleled 360-degree views of undulating vineyards and hills, oak savanna lands, old-growth olive trees, and misty distant mountains.

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: Ranch, Separate Guest Quarters

BUILT IN: 1998

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A recreational paradise, Rancho la Zaca boasts a world-class sporting clay and shooting range, a well-stocked pond with an artfully lit picnic area, an impressive equestrian facility, a croquet/badminton lawn, and miles of hiking and riding trails.

Separate houses for Ranch and Vineyard managers, complete the package. This magnificent ranch is a warm and welcoming retreat for families, friends, festive gatherings, fond memories, and fun!

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: Ranch, Separate Guest Quarters

BUILT IN: 1998

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May 2018 Area Events

Plan for FUN at the coast this May! 

Check out Intracoastal’s event calendar spotlight for the best in spring festivals, performances, and outdoor activities. Plan now for warmer weather with lots to see and do in the Coastal Carolinas.

4/29 – 5/1, 5-6: Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

5/5: Humor Me / The Driver is Red – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/6: Past Life – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/1: RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles – CFCC Wilson Center

5/2-5: Cape Fear Comedy Festival – Various Venues in Downtown Wilmington

5/3: Walker Hayes – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

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

5/5: Jam for the Kids – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

5/5: River To Sea Bike Ride – Downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach

5/6: Boogie in the Park Concert Series Kick Off:  Southern Trouble Concert –  Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

5/8: Buddy Guy – Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake Park

5/10: Jazz at the Mansion – Bellamy Mansion Museum

5/11: Bluegrass Bash – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/11: Brandy Carlile – Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake Park

5/11: Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament –  Kure Beach Fishing Pier

5/12: Family Farm Day – Children’s Museum of Wilmington

5/12: Showboat: Battleship Systems & Design – Battleship North Carolina

5/13: The Illusionists – Live from Broadway – CFCC Wilson Center

5/13: Mother’s Day Dessert Cruise – Wilmington Water Tours

5/15: Jay Leno – CFCC Wilson Center

5/18-20: Wilmington Wine & Food Festival – Bellamy Mansion Museum of History & Design

5/18-20: Wilmington Greek Festival – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

5/19: 2018 USA Beach Wrestling Nationals – Carolina Beach, NC

5/19: 5th Annual Crawl for Paws – Carolina Beach, NC

5/19-20: 25th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic – Various New Hanover County Soccer Fields

5/19: Stoked to go out Pier-To-Pier Swim – Crystal Pier to Johnnie Mercer Pier

5/19: Run Sunset Beach – 800 Sunset Blvd. N. Sunset Beach

5/20: Boogie in the Park Concert Series: Signal Fire Concert – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

5/21 – 9/3: Oak Island Farmer’s Market – Middleton Park Extension

5/24: Paul Taylor Dance Company: American Spirit – CFCC Wilson Center

5/24: Compton-Newbury – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/25: Downtown Sundown Outdoor Concert Series – Riverfront Park on Riverwalk

5/25: Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert Series – Museum of the Coastal Carolinas

5/25: Summer Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Gazebo Music – historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk

5/26: Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market – Carolina Beach Lake

5/26-27: Orange Street ArtsFest 2018 – HBHUSO/Community Arts Center

5/27: Fourth Friday Gallery Walk – various galleries in Downtown Wilmington

5/27: Holden Beach Concert Series – Pavilion Jordan Blvd

5/28: Memorial Day Observance – Battleship North Carolina

5/30 – 6/2: 45th Annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament – Wrightsville Beach Marina

5/30: Sunset Beach Summer Concert Series – The Village at Sunset Beach

5/31: Summer Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Gazebo Music – historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk

5/31: Wilmington Sharks: Opening Day – 2149 Carolina Beach Road

5/31: CFCC Annual Bridge to Bridge Run – Behind the CFCC Union Station Building- Outdoor Ampitheater

Strawberry Delight

Courtesy of Garden & Gun

May’s recipe is from a new quarterly read, Garden & Gun magazine. The perfect alternative to ice cream without the trouble of churning. Published in the Junior League of Charleston cookbook and adapted by the Lee Brothers this lazy women’s delight serves approximately eight joyfully.


  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved
  • ⅔ cup sugar, divided
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup buttermilk, preferably whole
  • 24 vanilla wafer cookies (about 3 oz.), crumbled to oyster-cracker-size pieces
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 3 oz. mini-marshmallows (about 2 cups)


  1. Put the strawberries, ⅓ cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, until the syrup is glossy red but still runny. Allow to cool for 20 minutes. You should have 1½ cups fruit and syrup.
  2. In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream with the remaining ⅓ cup sugar and the salt until peaks begin to hold their shape. Fold in half-and-half, buttermilk, cookies, toasted pecans, and marshmallows until evenly combined (the marshmallows will mostly float; that is fine).
  3. Line a 3-quart loaf pan with plastic wrap and pour the cream mixture into it (you can also use two 1½-quart loaf pans and divide the mixture evenly between them). Then pour in the fruit and syrup from one end of the pan to the other, but do not stir (if using two pans, divide the fruit and syrup evenly between them). The syrup and fruit may float on the surface at first but will gradually sink through to the bottom. Lightly cover the loaf pan(s) with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until a cap of crystallized cream has formed about an inch thick, about 2½ hours (or 1¾ hours if using two loaf pans). Use a broad serving spoon to break up the cream and fold the ingredients together, taking special care to lift the strawberry pulp up off the bottom. With the back of the spoon, smooth the surface and return the pan to the freezer for 1½ hours (about 45 minutes if using two pans). Fold again, freeze for another hour, and fold a third time (if using two loaf pans, you might not need to do a third fold). Allow to set for an hour more.
  4. To serve, turn an entire loaf upside down onto an oval platter, surround it with greenery and flowers, and slice off individual portions with a knife—a silver one, if possible—warmed in hot water.

NBA Star’s California Estate, Modern Villa in Turks and Caicos, Plus a Living Sculpture in Ghent, New York

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 stunning architecture and exceptional interior and exterior design in exceptional locations! We hope you enjoy learning more about these three extraordinary homes.

Granite Bay’s most coveted address and world class estate of NBA All Star DeMarcus Cousins, where ultra-luxury meets timeless architecture in sprawling single story villa offering much more than 13,690 sf of practical living space. Featuring 2.3 manicured acres, vineyards and impressive lighted tennis court, full outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, spectacular salt water pool and spa, with grotto and waterfalls. Two gas firepits, outdoor living room with fireplace, 10 car-garage. Two separate gated courtyards with water features.

BUILT IN: 2009



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Villa Cerulean is a newly listed for sale four-bedroom modern villa in the Turks and Caicos Islands boasting 118′ of water frontage. Located on Providenciales’ coveted North Shore, within the protected Princess Alexandra National Park and just a short drive to all the amenities offered in Grace Bay. Designed by notable Turks & Caicos architect Simon Wood, President, and CEO of SWA Architects, Villa Cerulean is impeccably designed to maximize the waterfront location and to provide privacy within a multi-level open plan living space. The property is chic and contemporary with exceptional detailing as well as high-end quality finishes. Moreover, the striking aqua blue ocean water can be seen from every room in this beautifully executed luxury villa in the Turks and Caicos complete with a private tidal beach.

As you access Villa Cerulean via the pedestrian entrance bridge directly into the second-floor open plan living space you’re captivated by the extraordinary views of the infinity pool and most notably the ocean blues beyond through the glass facade. The main room opens entirely to the outdoors, with a relaxing water feature on one side and an ocean view terrace overlooking the infinity pool. A protected oceanfront lounging room could be converted into yet another oceanfront bedroom suite. Down at the ocean, past the waterfront seating area and fire pit, there is a tidal beach and snorkeling just off the deck.

In addition to the stunning views in the main living space, all 4 of the spacious bedrooms (all with full en-suite bathrooms) enjoy incredible ocean views with constantly changing multiple shades of blue, green and turquoise over coral heads teeming with aquatic life. Villa Cerulean is a truly unique property that has been meticulously maintained by the owners who have never operated it as a Turks and Caicos rental income property. However, should the new owner choose to, it would be a highly sought-after rental.

BUILT IN: 2012




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LIVING SCULPTURE…Inspired by the surroundings, this chic modern home is a rare combination of warm and welcoming with incredibly well thought out and executed design. This 3,300 sq. ft. home was conceived as a modern interpretation of the typical barn with Glu-lam exposed beams, an open floor plan and mesmerizing views of the Catskill Mountains and lush rural setting. Floor to ceiling glass allows for the blurring of interior and exterior spaces.

The kitchen is open to the living and dining areas, incorporates the best of the best appliances and is a joy to be in. The private areas, three bedrooms, four and a half baths and two loft-like offices, are housed in spaces inserted into the copper and glass skin, again directing the eye to views of the pond and mountains.

The master suite, with two separate walk-in closets and two full baths provides an unusual and surprising design element. Various green features make this a modern 21st century home; radiant heating, solar panels and LED lighting. Located in mid-Columbia County, near OMI International Art Center and convenient to all that the magnificent Hudson Valley and Berkshires has to offer.

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April 2018 Events

3/30 – 31:  Southport Spring Festival – Franklin Square Park

3/30:  Holden Beach Easter Egg Hunt Bridgeview Park

3/30:  Easter Egg Hunt Children’s Museum of Wilmington

3/30-31:   Alligator Egg Hunt NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

3/31 – 4/1:  Made in NC 2018 Brooklyn Arts Center

3/31:   2nd Annual Doggie Eggstravaganza Oak Island Easter Egg Hunt Bill Smith Park

3/31:  Easter at the Old Bridge Sunset Beach

3/31:  Kite Flying Day Ocean Isle Beach Community Center

3/31:  Community Easter Egg Hunt Wrightsville Beach Park

3/3 – 8/5:  NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship 2017 Award Exhibition Cameron Art Museum

4/1:  Made in NC Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza Brooklyn Arts Center

4/1-9/30:   Bluewater 2018 Summer Music Series Wrightsville Beach

4/5:  Sidra Bell Dance New York: Monster Outside CFCC Wilson Center

4/5:  Jazz at the CAM with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra Cameron Art Museum

4/5:  Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal: Black List River Thalian Hall

4/7-8:  Poplar Grove Herb & Garden Fair Poplar Grove Plantation

4/7:  Cape Fear CC Riverfront Boat Show Cape Fear Community College Waterfront

4/7:  Wilmington Ballet Company presents / The Wizard of Oz CFCC Wilson Center

4/8: Haya Band – Migration Concert Thalian Hall

4/8:  Cape Fear 16 @Riverlights 2018 4410 River Rd

4/11-15:  North Carolina Azalea Festival Throughout Wilmington

4/7-15: Juried Art Show and Sale – Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

4/7: Azalea Sweep – CFCC Parking Lot, 701 N Front St

4/11-15: Youth Art Contest Presented by Coastal Children’s Services

4/11-15: High School Writing Contest

4/11: Queen’s Tea with VIP Coronation Processional – Hotel Ballast

4/11: Queen’s Coronation – 5 North Water Street

4/12: Brigade Boys & Girls Club Community Visit – 2759 Vance St

4/12: Celebrity Reception – Cape Fear Country Club

4/12: School Visit

4/12: Hospital Visit

4/12: Concert / Billy Currington with Drake White and the Big Fire, and Kenton Bryant – CFCC Parking Lot

4/13: Airlie Luncheon Garden Party

4/13-15: Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour

4/13-15: Waterfront Street Fair – N Water St & S Water St., Wilmington

4/13: After Garden Get Down – Bluewater Grill

4/13: 38 Special with Tuesdays Gone – CFCC Parking Lot

4/14-15: Boxing Tournament – Wilmington Convention Center

4/14-15: Coin Show – Elks Lodge, 5102 Oleander Drive

4/14-15: Historic Home Tour

4/14: Patrons’ Party Gala

4/14: Riverwalk Shag Contest…on the Banks of the Cape Fear – Hilton Wilmington Riverside

4/14-15: Waterfront Street Fair Multicultural Stage – Corner of Market and 2nd Street

4/14: MGC Parade Mile – Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street

4/14: Parade – Market and 3rd Streets ended at Bladen Street

4/14: Old School Concert – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre

4/14: Ludacris with Childish Major – CFCC Parking Lot

4/14: Fireworks – N Water Street

4/15: Festival Finale – Bluewater Grill

4/15: 98.3 The Penguin Presents Dark Star Orchestra – Greenfield Lake Wilmington

4/12:  An Evening with Gillian WelchBrooklyn Arts Center

4/13:   Wine & Swine BBQ Cook-Off Silver Coast Winery Ocean Isle Beach

4/13-15:  Cape Fear Academy Presents: The Mystery of Edwin Drood Thalian Hall

4/14:  Beach, Bacon & Beer Festival Carolina Beach Lake Park

4/14:  Wilmington VegFest Coastline Convention Center

4/14:  Ride the Tide- Kayak Race and Float on the Davis Canal Oak Island Recreation Center

4/14-15:  Loop Through History Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

4/18-22:  Carolina Cup SUP Race Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach

4/19-22:   NH County Arboretum Master Gardener Plant Sale NHC Arboretum

4/19:  Caleb Teicher Dance  – Thalian Hall

4/21:  15th Annual MAKING LEGENDS LOCAL Gala carouselcenter.org/gala-2018

4/21:  Oak Island Lighthouse 5K, 10K & Half Marathon Middleton Park

4/21:  A Taste of Calabash Festival Calabash Town Park

4/21:  Wilmington Earth Day Festival Hugh MacRae Park

4/21:  Hike NC Earth Day Trail Hike Carolina Beach State Park

4/21:  The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents Don Giovanni CFCC Wilson Center

4/22-5/6:  Wilmington Jewish Film Festival Thalian Hall Main Stage

4/22:  5K Race for the Planet  – Fort Fisher Aquarium

4/22:  HDWM Artisan Market Opening Day N. Water Street between Market and Princess at Riverfront Park

4/22:  Edward Teach Brewing Co. Presents: THE RECORD COMPANY with special guest the suitcase junket Brooklyn Arts Center

4/24-25:  Motown the Musical CFCC Wilson Center

4/26:  The Drifters Thalian Hall

4/27-28:  Comedian Emma Willmann Dead Crow Comedy Room

4/27:  Fourth Friday Gallery Walk Downtown Wilmington

4/28:  Battleship Alive USS North Carolina Battleship

4/28:  Peter Gros from the Original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom CFCC Wilson Center

4/28:  Kure Beach 70th Anniversary Celebration Ocean Front Park & Along Atlantic Avenue

4/28:  Wine Fest 2018 + Art Competition and Fest Museum of Coastal Carolina Ocean Isle

4/28-29:  Holden Beach Days at the Docks Festival Under the Bridge at Holden Beach

4/29:  5th Annual Strawberry and Wine Festival Sunset Beach Town Park

4/29:  Sunset Beach Strawberry & Wine Festival – Sundet Beach Town Park

4/29:  NC Symphony Present Romeo & Juliet CFCC Humanities & Fine Arts Center

4/29:  10th Annual Paws4People 5K + One Mile Fun Walk Greenfield Lake Park & Gardens

Avocado Pasta with Asparagus & Peas

Courtesy of Wellplated.com | Serves: Approximately 3-4 servings


  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta (I used orecchiette)
  • 1 lb. asparagus, tough ends trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, halved and peeled with the pit removed
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (plus additional for cooking the pasta)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 small green onions, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, optional for serving


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta. About 3 minutes before the pasta is due to finish cooking to al dente (according to package instructions), add the asparagus and cook an additional 3 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, drain the pasta, and set aside.
  2. While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. Add the avocado, garlic, Greek yogurt, parsley, basil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to a food processor or blender. Process on high for 20 to 30 seconds, until smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed.
  3. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium low. Add the green onion and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until soft. Add the arugula and peas and cook another 2 minutes, until the arugula is wilted. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the drained pasta and asparagus. Add the avocado sauce and toss gently to combine, adding a bit of the reserved pasta water as needed if the pasta is too thick or clumping together. Taste and add additional salt and/or pepper as desired. Serve immediately.

March 2018 Events

2/15 – 3/30:  UNCW All-Student Art Show – UNCW Boseman Gallery

3/1:  JAZZ series: Light Under the Sun with Serena Wiley – Cameron Art Museum

3/1-4 & 8-11:  Weeki Wachee Mermaids – NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

3/2:  The Midtown Men – 4 Stars from the Original Cast of Jersey Boys – CFCC / The Wilson Center

3/2:  First Friday Gallery Walk – Downtown Southport

3/3:  Step Up for Soldiers Back Yard BBQ Cook-off – The Lake in Carolina Beach

3/8-25:  King Lear at McEachern’s Warehouse – 121 South Front Street

3/8:  Henry Cho – Thalian Hall

3/9-10:  Little Explorers: Superhero Science – Cape Fear Museum

3/9-10:  Marching into Spring – Arboretum at New Hanover County Cooperative

3/10:  8th Annual Cape Fear Beer & Wine Festival – Wilmington Convention Center

3/10:  Best Foot Forward 2018 – CFCC / The Wilson Center

3/10:  Program for Jazz: Stories | Poems | Percussion – Thalian Hall

3/10:  Battleship Firepower Tour – Battleship North Carolina

3/10:  2018 Wrightsville Beach Biathlon – Blockade Runner Beach Resort

3/14:  2018 Wilmington Theatre Awards – Thalian Hall

3/14:  The Annex Songwriter Session #14 – Brooklyn Arts Center

3/15:  Daughtry – CFCC / The Wilson Center

3/16-18:  Badwater Cape Fear – Ultra Marathon Race – Old Baldy Lighthouse, Bald Head Island

3/16:  Playtime! Toy & Game Collection – Cape Fear Museum

3/16:  Tres Bleu Presents: Midnight in Mykonos a Fashion Show Fundraiser – Brooklyn Arts Center

3/16:  The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba – Thalian Hall

3/16-17:  NHRMC: Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

3/17:  The Great Chowder Cook-off – High Tide Lounge on the North End Pier Carolina Beach

3/17:  US Open Fat Bike Championships – Wrightsville Beach

3/17, 18:  Peter Pan CFCC / The Wilson Center

3/17:  St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade – Downtown Wilmington

3/17:  The 14th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo Tide Run – Carolina Beach Board Walk

3/18:  4th Annual Oyster Roast & Shrimp Boil Jamboree – Yacht Basin Eatery Southport

3/22 – 4/1:  Becoming Dr. Ruth – Thalian Hall

3/23:  HOU YING: TU TU (traditional Chinese classical dance)  – CFCC / The Wilson Center

3/23:  Fourth Fridays Gallery Walk – Downtown Wilmington

3/24, 30, 31:  Alligator Egg Hunt – NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

3/24:  Southport Easter Egg Hunt – Franklin Square Park and Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn, Southport

3/24:  Chick Flicks Festival – Bourgie Nights Downtown Wilmington

3/24:  Bunny Dayz Easter Egg Hunt – Mulberry Park, Shallotte

3/24:  Mac & Cheese Fest – Good Hops Brewing in Carolina Beach

3/24:  Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival – The Shell

3/24:  Spectrum! A Tribute to Motown and R&B – CFCC / The Wilson Center

3/24:  Full Belly Feast 2018 – Brooklyn Arts Center

3/26:  Rockin’ Road to Dublin – CFCC / The Wilson Center

3/30-31:  Southport Spring Festival – Franklin Square Park, Southport

3/31 – 4/1:  Made in NC 2018 – Brooklyn Arts Center

Reuben Dip with Dark Rye Toasts

If you find joy in a Reuben sandwich then you’ll love this month’s Reuben dip! Just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day, add this make ahead recipe to your party to do list. Slainte!

Serves: Approximately 10 appetizer servings | Courtesy of PureWow.com


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons prepared horseradish that has been drained
  • ⅓ cup thousand island dressing
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish or salad cubes, drained
  • 8 ounces deli sliced corned beef, diced
  • 16 ounces sauerkraut, very well drained
  • 4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese (about 2-1/4 cups)



  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, horseradish, thousand island dressing and relish until mixed well. Stir in corned beef, sauerkraut and shredded cheese.
  3. Transfer to a baking or casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes, or until hot and edges are bubbling.


Exquisite Estate in Santa Barbara, Secret City Oasis in New Zealand and a New Jersey Loft at the Jefferson Bank & Trust

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 stunning architecture and exceptional interior and exterior design in exceptional locations! We hope you enjoy learning more about these three extraordinary homes.

A majestic estate of nearly 20 acres inspired by the Italian countryside, Tuscany Oaks Farm combines magnificent vision with seductive beauty in a setting with sublime coastal and mountain views. This serene residence was designed by Don Nulty, AIA, and constructed with materials hand-selected, custom-made and personally imported from Europe.

A private, tree-lined drive leads to a grand motor court, where an entrance galleria with soaring arches welcome guests. Designed for both intimacy and expansive entertaining, Tuscany Oaks offers a guest house, pool cabana with bedroom, kitchen, and gym, an eighteen-stall barn with office, tack room and two-bedroom apartment. The barn has potential uses for an auto or art collection, offices, or continued equestrian use.

BUILT IN: 2001


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Privately positioned in an exclusive waterfront enclave, this home is a secret city oasis nestled in expansive resort like surrounds. Every day is a holiday as iconic NZ vistas unfold from the warm, north facing living spaces of this luxurious grand design. A contemporary masterpiece, this Adrian McNaught design flows effortlessly across multiple living spaces, perfectly zoned for entertaining or the extended family. Inspired finishes and attention to detail add drama to the breathtaking backdrop.

A cantilevered staircase framed by glass draws the outside in and is complimented by a bespoke cable car providing easy access to every level. No expense has been spared in the execution of this six-bedroom, eight-bathroom home. Beautifully crafted slate, marble and glass surfaces shimmer under skylights and recessed halogen lighting.

A vantage home automation system accessed by your iPhone or iPad brings control of every luxury right to your fingertips. Electric shade blinds, CCTV and perimeter security, home audio system, zoned climate control and the professionally designed home theatre are just a start to the impressive technology features of this home. All backed by Cat6 cabling, fibre, a three-phase power generator, two water tanks and a fire evacuation and sprinkler system.

The Master dressing room even doubles as panic room, with steel-lined walls and security system access. Come home to 7 car garaging with enough room for an internal turning circle. Automatic doors will lead you to your choice of living areas and retreats. Complete your day taking in the views from the north facing decks. Or enjoy the 13m heated saltwater pool. When winter arrives enjoy the changing scenery around one of three gas fireplaces or settle in with a book in the snug.

If you are looking to indulge in the absolute best of lifestyle that New Zealand can offer, this dream property is a must see.


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Stunning, one-of-a-kind corner loft at the Historic Jefferson Trust Bank building. Built in 1909 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, this truly unique space has soaring 21-foot ceilings, 3,180 square feet of living space, two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, private keyed elevator access into the home and garage parking for one car.

Designed for entertaining, this spectacular home is flooded with sunlight from North and West exposures and has five 9.5-foot-tall by 8-foot-wide windows in the wide-open great room. The original egg and dart plaster moldings and spectacular 400 square foot stained glass backlit skylight are significant examples of the historic architecture of the building and compliment the loft’s scale and opulence.

The open chef’s kitchen has Viking appliances including a 36-inch six-burner gas range, wine refrigerator, custom painted wood cabinetry, Carrara marble countertops, under cabinet lighting and a marble tile backsplash.

This exceptional home offers two large bedrooms with generous closet space and two exquisitely finished full bathrooms featuring natural stone, marble, dual vanities, jetted soaking tubs, and glass enclosed showers with rain-shower heads.

Other features include dark stained wide-plank solid oak hardwood floors, motorized window treatments, smart-lighting system, a laundry room, gas fireplace, and dual HVAC systems. 313 1st Street is located in downtown Hoboken at the corner of Clinton and 1st Streets, only ten minutes from the Hoboken PATH, Ferry, and Train terminal.


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Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Courtesy of PureWow.com

Looking for the perfect homemade love gift this Valentine’s Day? This month’s recipe is a new spin on a classic dessert. The rich red velvet cookie with cream cheese, marshmallow frosting is guaranteed to lift an eyebrow or two. Enjoy!


  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • One 1-ounce bottle red food coloring
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk


  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • One 16-ounce jar marshmallow fluff


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. MAKE THE CAKES: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla extract and food coloring; mix well to combine.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt to combine. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and mix to combine. Add the buttermilk and mix until a smooth batter forms. Scrape the bowl well to make sure the ingredients are fully combined.
  5. Using an ice-cream scoop or two spoons, scoop ¼ cup mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least an inch between each mound.
  6. Bake until the cakes begin to brown around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool completely.
  7. MAKE THE FILLING: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment, whip the cream cheese with the butter and marshmallow fluff to combine.
  8. ASSEMBLE THE PIES: Turn half the cakes upside down, spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons of filling onto the center and top with another cake. Press gently to spread the filling to the edge of the cake. Repeat with the remaining cakes. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Bring to room temperature before serving.