February Events

FEB1
Who’s Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
Fri 7:30 PM · Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. · Wilmington, NC
WilmyWoodie at Flying Machine
Fri 6 PM · Flying Machine Brewing Company · Wilmington, NC
UNCW Homecoming 2019
Feb 1 – Feb 3 · UNCW · Wilmington, NC
Tinted Turtle Trot 30 Day Freak Out
Fri 5:30 PM · Good Hops Brewing LLC · Carolina Beach, NC
Give Kids A Smile
Fri 8 AM · Coastal Pediatric Dentistry · Bolivia, NC
Parents Nights Out
Fri 5:30 PM · The Gathering – Surf City · Surf City, NC
Touch Tank Feeding
Fri 11 AM · Museum of Coastal Carolina · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

FEB2
Massive Grass at Waterline Brewing Company
Sat 7 PM · Waterline Brewing Company · Wilmington, NC
Pre Super Bowl Party at Mac’s Speedshop
Sat 7 PM · Mac’s Speed Shop, Wilmington · Wilmington, NC
Mekki Leeper at Dead Crow Comedy
Sat 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC

FEB3 – SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!
Super Bowl Potluck Party
Sun 6 PM · Island Beverage · Carolina Beach, NC
Shuckin’ Shack Football Party
Sun 4 PM · Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar – Surf City NC, Leland, Wilmington
Party and Mac N Cheese Cook-off
Sun 5 PM · The Coat Of Arms Lounge · Wilmington, NC
Super Bowl Party
Sun 5:30 PM · High Tide Lounge · Carolina Beach, NC
Big Game Party – Free Pig Pickin!
Sun 6 PM · Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill & Volleyball Facility · Wilmington, NC
SUPER BOWL PARTY
Feb 3 – Feb 4 · Chubby Buddha Sports & Tiki Bar · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

FEB4
Finding Neverland
Mon 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC
Spanish for Tots
Mon 10:30 AM · Learning Express Toys Wilmington NC · Wilmington, NC

FEB5
Lucky Joe’s Open Mic Night Sponsored by Broomtail Craft Brewery
Tue 7:30 PM · Broomtail Craft Brewery · Wilmington, NC
Trivia & Taco Tuesday!
Tue 7 PM · Local’s Tavern · Leland, NC
2019 Chinese New Year Celebration
Tue 1 PM · Silver Coast Winery · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

FEB6
ILm Local Makers & Growers Farmer Market at Waterline Brewing Co
Wed 5 PMWaterline Brewing Company · Wilmington, NC
Sonic Sea (documentary screening)
Wed 6 PMWatermans Brewing · Wilmington, NC

FEB7
After School Art Class!!! NEW!
Thu 4:30 PM · Pescado Y Amor · Oak Island, NC
Cane Hill at The Calico Room | Wilmington, NC
Thu 6 PM · The Calico Room · Wilmington, NC

FEB8
Valentine’s Dance Party
Fri 7 PM · Carolina Elite, Inc. · Hampstead, NC
Cirque Éloize: Saloon
Fri 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC

FEB9
Liquidation Auction at The Cottage Market
Sat 10 AM · The Cottage Market · Wilmington, NC
Casino Night
Sat 6 PM · American Legion Post 167 · Hampstead, NC
We Love Our Customers Day
Sat 1 PM · Sandy Toes Boutique · Surf City, NC
Valentines Pupcake Pawty!
Sat 10 AM · Aunt Kerry’s Pet Stop · Wilmington, NC
Wrigtsville Beach Valentine Run
Sat 8 AM · The Loop at Wrightsville Beach · Wrightsville Beach, NC
Daddy Daughter Dance
Sat 2 PM · New Hanover County Northeast Branch Library · Wilmington, NC

FEB10
Rocky Dale Davis & Neal Reddy Live!
Sun 7 PM · Bourgie Nights · Wilmington, NC
Josh Lewis LIVE @Salty Turtle Beer Co
Sun 4 PM · Salty Turtle Beer Company · Surf City, NC
Stern Munsters Launch Party – Wilmington
Sun 12 PM · Bill’s Front Porch · Wilmington, NC

FEB11
Couponing Class
Mon 10 AM · Martin Luther King Center · Wilmington, NC
Hoppy Valentine’s Day Happy Hour!
Mon 5:30 PMWilmington Boys Choir · Wilmington, NC

FEB12
Lucky Joe’s Open Mic Night Sponsored by Broomtail Craft Brewery
Tue 7:30 PM · Broomtail Craft Brewery · Wilmington, NC
UNCW CMS Planet Ocean Seminar
Tue 6:30 PM · UNCW Center for Marine Science · Wilmington, NC
NC Symphony-Mozart’s Symphony no. 40|
Tue 8 PM · Robert E. Lee Auditorium · Southern Pines, NC
FEB13
Album Release Party!!
Wed 6:30 PM · Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Wilmington NC · Wilmington, NC
Music Bingo!
Wed 7 PM · Local’s Tavern · Leland, NC
Juggling With Gravy
Wed 9 PM · The Juggling Gypsy Cafe · Wilmington, NC
Airlie Gardens Monthly Bird Walk
Wed 8 AM · Airlie Gardens · Wilmington, NC

FEB14
Valentine’s Show W/J.F. Harris
Thu 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC
Happy Colored Marbles
Thu 10 PM · The Whiskey · Wilmington, NC
Valentine’s Day Show – Samuel Hatch at The SoundHouse
Thu 7 PM · The SoundHouse · Shallotte, NC

FEB15
The Funky Knuckles in Wrightsville Beach, NC at Jimmy’s
Fri 9 PM · Jimmy’s at Red Dogs · Wrightsville Beach, NC
Machinegun Earl / Slomo Dingo / The Explainers
Fri 8 PM · Reggies 42nd Street Tavern · Wilmington, NC
Band on Fire!
Fri 8 PM · Local’s Tavern · Leland, NC

FEB16
An Evening with Sarah McLachlan
Sat 7 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC
Summer Camp Fair 2019
Sat 10 AM · Mayfaire Town Center · Wilmington, NC
Fourth Annual Oyster Roast
Sat 4 PM · Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens · Wilmington, NC
Valentines Goat Yoga
Sat 1 PM · Tidal Creek Co-op · Wilmington, NC
MarineMax Demo Day
Sat 10 AM · MarineMax Wrightsville Beach · Wrightsville Beach, NC
Casino Night
Sat 6 PM · Ocean’s Edge Restaurant & Event Center · North Topsail Beach, NC
Run Oak Island 2019
Sat 6:30 AM · Coastal Race Productions · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

FEB17
Art for All 9
Sun 12 PMBrooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews · Wilmington, NC
ILm Local Makers Pop-Up Market Tidal Creek Owner Appreciation
Sun 11 AMTidal Creek Co-op · Wilmington, NC

FEB18
The Odd Couple
Mon 7:30 PM · Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. · Wilmington, NC
Storytime
Mon 10:30 AMWilmington Railroad Museum · Wilmington, NC

FEB19
Rock of Ages – 10th Anniversary Tour
Tue 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC
Bill’s Front Porch Winter Pinball League – Every Tuesday 6-9pm
Tue 5:30 PMBill’s Front Porch · Wilmington, NC

FEB20
CareerFest 2019
Wed 1 PM · UNCW Career Center · Wilmington, NC
Music Bingo!
Wed 7 PM · Local’s Tavern · Leland, NC

FEB21
WWAY Health Fair
Thu 10 AM · Independence Mall · Wilmington, NC

FEB22
Caterina Jarboro Memorial Concert: Joshua Conyers, bartione
Fri 7:30 PM · Beckwith Recital Hall · Wilmington, NC
Fourth Friday Gallery Nights
Fri 6 PM · Downtown Wilmington · Wilmington, NC
Mac & Juice Quartet
Fri 10 PM · The Palm Room · Wrightsville Beach, NC
Glow Party
Fri 6:30 PM · The Little Gym of Wilmington, NC · Wilmington, NC
FEB23
Perryn Miller BBQ Fundraiser
Sat 11 AM · Hampstead Annex Building · Hampstead, NC
Double Comedy Show
Sat 6 PM · New York Corner Pub at Castle Bay · Hampstead, NC
Anna Drezen
Sat 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC
Try Curling!
Sat 3:50 PM · The Wilmington Ice House · Wilmington, NC
PetSmart Adoption Day
Sat 12 PM · PetSmart · Wilmington, NC
Polar Plunge 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
Sat 11 AM · Kure Beach Boardwalk – Kure Beach, NC

FEB24
The 243rd Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge
Sun 10 AMMoores Creek National Battlefield · Currie, NC
The Odd Couple
Sun 3 PMThalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. · Wilmington, NC
Bill Kerr Music
Sun 11:30 AMThe Felix Cafe Wilmington · Wilmington, NC

FEB25
Couponing Class
Mon 10 AMMartin Luther King Center · Wilmington, NC
Airlie Gardens Art Exhibit 2019
Mon 9 AMAirlie Gardens · Wilmington, NC

FEB27
Hamlet
Wed 7:30 PMWilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC
Karaoke
Wed 7 PMEdward Teach Brewing · Wilmington, NC

FEB28
ZACH DEPUTY
Thu 8 PMThe Calico Room · Wilmington, NC
Pop In & Paint
Thu 12 PMWine & Design · Leland, NC
Always, Patsy Cline
Thu 7:30 PMOpera House Theatre Company · Wilmington, NC
Wilmington Walk Kick Off Party
Thu 6 PMBluewater Waterfront Grill · Wrightsville Beach, NC


Luxury Portfolio: Lake Norman, Lithia and Nassau

North Carolina Luxury Spotlight: Exquisite Lake Norman Waterfront

Exquisite waterfront residence in The Point situated on one of the best lots in The Village with over 350 feet of shoreline along the beautiful waters of Lake Norman. With panoramic 180-degree lake views, this home impresses with its richly appointed, light-filled spaces that create a sophisticated feel so sought-after for today’s luxury lifestyle.

This pristine property is approached by a circular paver motor court. State-of-the-art audio-video, lighting and climate controls. Resort living at its finest perfect for entertaining with expansive travertine patios, glistening pool, and spa, summer kitchen and a luxurious four-season pool pavilion complete with fireplace and air conditioning. Three guest bedrooms with en-suite baths up and one at lake level with a view that will make your guests want to stay.

Whole House Generator, nothing has been overlooked, every inch of this spectacular home brings luxury to life.  See it!

Exclusive Elegant Lithia Estate in Florida

Exclusive Hammock Oaks Reserve! Where timeless elegance meets country estate style living! Spectacular views off multiple balconies looking over your five-acre estate! Custom all brick southern antebellum mansion that boasts of six bedrooms, six half bathrooms, eight-car garage with den/office/loft/movie theater along with three upstairs balconies over-looking this grand estate! This gorgeous home has 9293 square feet of living area and has a total of 16,500 under roof! Your new home features: temperature controlled wine cellar, four fireplaces, custom baseboards and crown molding in every room, hardwood floors through-out most of home, rod-iron decorative hand railing on all staircases, long-lasting slate tile roof, custom outdoor kitchen with massive under roof area for entertaining, lagoon style salt water pool with led light technology, fire pit paver area in backyard, State of the art movie theater with kitchen/bar area, arched portico connects both main homes to guests/nanny quarters, home has complete total automation controls for lighting/surround sound/video surveillance, in-wall pest defense system, two bedrooms upstairs share large Jack/Jill bathroom, three bedrooms upstairs have private entrance to their own balconies and several secondary bedrooms in this home have private bathrooms!  This home is truly “one-of-a-kind” where elegance/extravagance/exclusivity meets estate/equestrian style living at its finest!  See it!

Kiva Casa

There are many luxury homes in the Bahamas but none that are as well built, impeccably maintained and carefully thought out as Kiva Casa located on Lot 31 in Ocean Club Estates. The house has a perfectly flowing floor plan and sweeping ocean and golf course views of the fairways and lakes. The home is set back far enough from the ocean to not be affected by the harsh beachfront environment while close enough to enjoy the views of the ever-changing turquoise Bahamian seas. Immediately upon entering the home, you will be struck by the detailed craftsmanship in the home with hand painted murals, custom millwork at almost every turn, elevator access to all floors including the basement and German hurricane impact rated windows and doors. The second floor consists entirely of the master suite with a sitting room, large balcony, bathroom with self-standing bathtub and frameless glass shower, both with ocean views, and his and her expansive walk-in closets with built-in shelving and organizers. The ground floor consists of three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, an open plan great room with pool deck access, formal living room, and dining room, study, laundry room and powder room with pool deck access. The 50-foot long heated lap pool has built-in seating, a water feature fountain and oversized infinity edge hot tub jacuzzi which creates a perfect sanctuary to relax and enjoy outdoor living. Additionally, there is a self-sufficient two-bedroom guest cottage with full kitchen, bathroom and laundry room situated over a two-car plus golf cart garage. The home is constructed of reinforced concrete with insulation in every wall, ceiling and the underside of the roof which is topped with hurricane rated thermal Entegra Spanish tiles, all of which keep the annual operational cost very low.  See it!

 


Greek Yogurt Waffles

Ingredients
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (I used 0% fat)
1 tablespoon sugar or maple syrup
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
Preheat your waffle maker. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk, greek yogurt, and sugar (or maple syrup).

Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until all ingredients are combined. (Most of the lumps should be gone but it doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth).

Grease the waffle maker and cook waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve with butter, syrup, fresh berries, whipped cream, or powdered sugar as desired.

Download the recipe for Greek yogurt waffles


Staying Ahead of the (Learning) Curve at Intracoastal Realty

“Happy New Year,” with its focus on personal resolutions, often translates to “Happy New You.” Among the top annual resolutions, according to multiple surveys, is “learn a new skill.”

At Intracoastal Realty, our training team makes this a continued focus, inspiring agents, both new and experienced, with opportunities to keep skills fresh, up-to-date and ready for what lies ahead.

Stephanie Fessel, Intracoastal Realty’s director of learning and development, leads all aspects of the company’s training for new agents supporting their efficiency, sustained productivity and use of technology platforms. A former real estate agent herself, Stephanie brings 16 years of real estate training to Intracoastal Realty’s team, blending live and online classrooms, webinars and one-on-one coaching, and facilitating opportunities for collaborative learning and teamwork.

So, what’s on Stephanie’s 2019 Syllabus? A look ahead includes these topics:

• How to build and manage your database
• How to communicate with your sphere of influence
• How to prospect For Sale By Owners and Expired Listings
• How to do Geographical Farming
• How to conduct an effective Open House
• Social Media Best Practices and Strategies
• Enhancing Your Realtor Profiles online
• Generating Testimonials
• Business Planning
• Newly-designed Listing Presentation
• 10 Step Buyer Process
• 10 Step Listing Process

Stephanie is also offering newly revamped New Agent and Veteran Agent sales skills training programs.

“I’m delighted to be part of Intracoastal which is well known for its investment in professional development and continued agent training,” says Stephanie. “The company provides the administrative staff, marketing, technology and everything an agent needs to be successful in the real estate business.”

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to broaden your real estate skills, then consider joining a team that supports that personal growth.  Contact us to learn more about working with Intracoastal Realty.


January 2019 Events

JAN1
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

JAN2
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

JAN3
Mamma Mia!
Thu 7:30 PM · Opera House Theatre Company · Wilmington, NC

JAN4
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

JAN5
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

JAN8
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

JAN11
Rojo Perez at Dead Crow Comedy
Fri 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC

JAN12
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

JAN13
Wilmington Symphony 6th Annual Beethoven Race
Sun 9 AM · Brunswick Forest · Leland, NC

JAN14
Masters of Illusion – LIVE!
Mon 7:30 PM · Wilson Center – Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC

JAN16
Wine Down Wednesday & Karaoke
Wed 8 PM · Ibiza Nightclub Wilmington · Wilmington, NC

JAN18
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

JAN19
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

JAN20
Brunch, Lunch, Beer, Your Choice
Sun 12:30 PM · Flying Machine Brewing Company · Wilmington, NC,

JAN22
Lucky Joe’s Open Mic Night Sponsored by Broomtail Craft Brewery
Tue 7:30 PM · Broomtail Craft Brewery · Wilmington, NC

JAN23
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

JAN24
Wilmington, NC – Corey Hunt Acoustic
Thu 6 PM · Flytrap Brewing · Wilmington, NC

JAN25
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

JAN26
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

JAN27
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

JAN28
Regional Experiences by artist Janet Sessoms
Mon 10 AM · Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens · Wilmington, NC

JAN29
ACE Presents: Teal Tuesday After Dark
Tue 6 PM · The Hub · Wilmington, NC

JAN30
Brick Landing & ART Catering Open House
Wed 5 PM · Brick Landing Plantation Golf Club · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

JAN31
Brother Oliver at Wrightsville Beach Brewery
Thu 6 PM · Wrightsville Beach Brewery · Wilmington, NC


Luxury Portfolio | Local Spotlight, Portugal and St. Maarten

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

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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 QUINTA DO LAGO, PORTUGAL

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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TERRES BASSES, ST. MAARTEN

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.

View this property!


30-Minute Creamy Cheese & Broccoli Soup

Ingredients
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)

Instructions
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


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.


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.


Apple Mint Dog Christmas Treats

 

Ingredients:

1½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup oat bran
2 tablespoons dry milk
1 ½ teaspoons dry baking yeast
2 tablespoons chopped spearmint leaves
1/2 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons green or red powdered food coloring or spinach powder (to get the color desired)
7/8 cup water

 

Directions:
Knead the dough and let rest in a dough oven or on the counter. Roll out to 1/4 inch when ready
Using a mini bone cookie cutter, cut the dough into mini dog bone shapes.
Bake at 250 degrees F for about an hour. Check to make sure that they don’t get too brown.
Turn off the oven and let the mini dog bones dry completely in the oven—This works best overnight.

These Christmas dog treats will keep for several months, at room temperature, in a cookie jar, so you can make them well ahead of the holidays.

Apple Mint Christmas Dog Cookies