Pleasure Island Real Estate

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May 30, 2018

Summer Events in Carolina Beach, NC

The summer season is upon us and our fun little beach community has a LOT going on! From free concerts to fishing tournaments to educational activities and more, there's something for just about everyone happening in the Carolina Beach area.

Whether you're a local, live nearby or are planning a summer vacation getaway, here are some great events taking place in the next two months.

June Events

Massive Grass Concert

June 8, 2018

Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area; Fort Fisher, NC

The free, family-friendly Summer Lawn Concert Series at Fort Fisher returns this year with progressive bluegrass band, Massive Grass, performing on Friday, June 8. The Summer Lawn Concerts take place on the second and fourth Fridays in June, July and August and are completely free to attend! Beverages will be available for sale. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic if you like but please leave your pets at home. 

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April 30, 2018

May Events Near Carolina Beach

Whether you're a longtime resident, a newcomer or a CB native, be sure to plan on coming out and enjoying some of the upcoming May events and get to know your community! 

Here's a look at some of the fun, family-friendly events taking place in the coming weeks in and around Carolina Beach, NC:

Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival

When: Saturday, May 5 from 10am-4pm

Where: Cape Fear Blvd., Carolina Beach

What to expect: Come meet a wide selection of art vendors from around the region as they display and sell their works. There will be artists, crafters, educational activities, cooking demonstrations and more. Admission is free for spectators, however there are fees to participate in some events. Visit their website for more information.

Southern Trouble Concert

When: Sunday, May 6 from 5pm-7pm

Where: Kure Beach Oceanfront Park

What to expect: Kure Beach's Boogie in the Park free concert series kicks off with Southern Trouble, a talented musical group that blends southern rock, blues, beach and modern country. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and arrive early to get a great spot! See the full schedule for Boogie in the Park here.

Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament

When: Friday, May 11 from 8am-12:30pm

Where: Kure Beach Fishing Pier

What to expect: Got-Em-On Live Bait Club proudly presents a day of fishing, food and fun for people with disabilities. Come out to the Kure Beach Fishing Pier to watch or take part in the fun. This event is free for disabled participants. On-site registration is available, but groups of five or more are asked to pre-register by calling (910) 612-3407. More information can be found here.

Signal Fire Concert

When: Sunday, May 20

Where: Kure Beach Oceanfront Park

What to expect: The Boogie in the Park free concert series continues with Signal Fire, a group that blends reggae and rock for a fun, unique sound. Bring your dancing shoes and a lawn chair or a blanket and end your weekend on a great note! Click here for more info.

 

March 20, 2018

Tips for Listing Your Home for Sale This Spring

concept of real estate - row of small houses with one in red

Spring has officially sprung! And while the weather may still be a little on the chilly side, the real estate market is about to heat up. In today's post, I'll go over a few helpful tips for getting your home ready to hit the market this spring.

1. Find a great real estate agent

First thing's first. Once you've decided to list your home for sale, you should find a real estate agent. Although it's not a requirement for home sellers to work with a listing agent, it's wise to do so. Listing agents are real estate agents who work closely with the home seller and negotiates the sale on their behalf. Listing agents are obligated to work within the laws and ethical standards, but with the seller's best interests in mind. By contrast, a buyer's agent works alongside the home buyers and represents the best interests of the buyer. Sometimes listing agents can represent buyers as well as sellers, making them dual agents. 

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Feb. 26, 2018

Mark your calendars for these spring events in Carolina Beach!

Spring is right around the corner and the Carolina Beach and Kure Beach communities have a lot of fun events to look forward to! Here's a look at a few local favorites:

14th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Lo Tide Run

March 17, 2018
Carolina Beach Boardwalk

A tribute to two amazing men, Steve Haydu and Tim Reilly, whose paths crossed in Carolina Beach, NC, the Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Lo Tide Run is a fundraising race that benefits local community members who are battling cancer. Race participants are encouraged to dress in their best and most festive St. Patrick's Day attire as they compete in either the 10k run or 5k run/walk. An awards ceremony and afterparty will follow the race. Click here for more information and to get the details on registration and fees.

Beach, Bacon & Beer Festival

April 14, 2018
Carolina Beach Lake Park

What's not to love about this? A friendly culinary competition and celebration of all things beach, bacon and beer, this festival brings local chefs together to create bacon-inspired dishes that can be paired with several options of beer and wine. Prizes will be awarded for Judge's Choice, People's Best Overall, Most Original, Best Savory and Sweetest. Awards will also be given for Best Decorated Tent and Most Enthusiastic Tent. Guests will receive 5 tasting tickets that they can present to the booths of their choice. Additional tasting tickets will be available for $1 each. 

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Jan. 5, 2018

Listing Spotlight: 109 Spencer Farlow Drive

Waterfronte Villas is more than just a coastal townhome development; it's a community of spacious, well-appointed waterfront homes with an exclusive yacht club, marina, pool and much more to make year-round living or vacationing an experience in true luxury. At 109 Spencer Farlow Drive in Carolina Beach, the Waterfronte Villas lifestyle is perfectly exemplified by its clean, comfortable design, gorgeous views, deluxe amenities and multiple recent updates. Let's take a closer look!

Remember, if you like what you see here, don't hesitate to connect with me to schedule an in-person showing!

109 Spencer Farlow Drive, Carolina Beach

Welcome to 109 Spencer Farlow Drive in Carolina Beach! This 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bathroom waterfront townhome features nearly 2,000 square feet of living space, along with a 30-ft. boatslip and plenty of recent upgrades. 

As you pull up to the beautiful, Mediterranean-style building, you'll notice the covered entrances, ample space for parking and single-car garages attached to each unit. 

As you walk into the home's main living space, you'll notice the gorgeous hardwood floors, open layout and cozy fireplace with surrounding built-in shelves. Also note the wide staircase and the flow of natural light coming in from the kitchen (to the rear).

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Dec. 27, 2017

New Year's Resolutions, Pleasure Island Style

If you're like most people, you begin the new year with the best intentions. You set goals, announce your plans to the world via social media (#NewYearNewMe), and start your new year with high-energy and optimism. Unfortunately, so many of us don't maintain that strong momentum as the weeks go by and oftentimes our goals go unmet and our dreams left unfulfilled. In today's post, I'd like to offer a few practical (and fun!) suggestions for New Year's resolutions that are pretty easy to keep - especially if you live or vacation in the Carolina Beach area.

1. Focus More On Fitness

Physical fitness is usually the last thing we're thinking about during the holiday season. From Thanksgiving turkeys to Christmas candy and all the high-calorie treats in between, the end of the year wreaks havoc on our diets. But once the new year rolls around, a lot of people start thinking about getting back in shape, cutting out junk food, or simply being more active. if you're ready to start the new year off with a new fitness or wellness routine, Pleasure Island offers many great resources. The Town of Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of fitness classes, including cycling, aerobics, yoga, Zumba, strength training and even belly-dancing! Classes are very reasonably priced with some starting at only $4 per class.

Carolina Beach also has a variety of open public spaces to get out and walk, jog, run or ride a bike. The Carolina Beach State Park is a favorite spot for getting some fresh air along with your physical fitness routine. There's also the Carolina Beach Lake Park trail, the Snow's Cut Bike Path and the Island Greenway.

2. Take Time to Unplug & Unwind

We're living in a fast-paced, digitally-connected world, which comes with plenty of benefits as well as drawbacks. With smartphones almost always by our side, and our schedules jam-packed, many of us have to make a conscious effort to get away from electronic media and take time for ourselves. Just as our electronic devices need recharging, so do our mental and spiritual needs.

Luckily, the communities of Pleasure Island offer multiple opportunities to unplug and unwind in a beautiful, peaceful and safe environment. We've already mentioned the great parks and trails in the community, which are awesome places to turn the phones off and just be present. There's also the largest, most obvious attraction for our area - the ocean! There's nothing like waking up early, going out to the beach and just sitting on the sand and watching the waves crash on the shore. No headphones, no selfies; just you and your thoughts in front of one of mother nature's most powerful and beautiful creations.

Last but not least, the Pleasure Island community offers many services to help area residents and visitors when they're feeling overwhelmed. Whether getting pampered at Island Massage and Spa, focusing on your mental health with one of the island's highly qualified counselors, or joining a guided meditation or mindfulness "meet up" in the area, the Carolina Beach area is great for focusing on mental, spiritual and physical wellness.

3. Learn Something New

Did you know that there is scientific evidence that learning something new as an adult can improve happiness and self-esteem? It can also help improve brain function and longevity and may even delay the effects of Alzheimer's disease. That's why I think it's a great idea to make it a yearly goal to learn something new. Here on Pleasure Island, there are boundless opportunities to learn a new skill, discover a new hobby, or further develop an existing curiosity. Here are just a few ideas to get started...

  • Try a surfing lesson at Tony Silvagni Surf School.
  • Join an adult sports team through the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Dept. Pickleball, anyone?
  • Take a class at the Kure Beach Community Center. They have all sorts, including Essential Oil DIY, Line Dancing, Akido, and more!
  • Browse TakeLessons.com to find a wealth of online and in-person instruction for just about any skill you can think of. From sewing to Spanish to photography and many more, you can connect with local instructors or get lessons from the comfort of home.

I hope this list gives you a few ideas for your New Year's resolutions and inspires you to improve your health and happiness while enjoying all the Carolina Beach area has to offer!

 

Nov. 13, 2017

Listing Spotlight: 1100 Fort Fisher Boulevard S Unit 1701

When it comes to low-maintenance oceanfront living in Pleasure Island, this beautiful home in Fort Fisher is tough to beat! The minute you step inside this open and inviting 2 bed, 2 bath condo, you'll feel right at home. And once you get a look at the amazing view, you'll feel as though you're troubles will just drift away with the tides!

Let's take a look at some of my favorite features of this particular home--and remember, if you like what you see, don't hesitate to connect with me for a personal tour!

Welcome to 1100 Fort Fisher Blvd. S Unit 1701 in Kure Beach, North Carolina! This lower level beach condo features 887 square feet of well-designed, recently remodeled living space, gorgeous views of the ocean and much more!

As you step into this lovely home, you'll notice how light and airy it feels. The open floorpan beautifully melds the kitchen, dining and living area together to form a comfortable, intimate space without feeling stuffy or cramped. And did you notice how the gorgeous water view extends from one room to the next? Let's keep looking!

The well-appointed kitchen has a smart layout, making the most of the space. Stainless steel appliances, gorgeous countertops and lightly contrasting tile backsplash combine for a beautifully modern style.

The dining area and bar provide enough room for a family or a small gathering of friends. Notice the lovely bamboo flooring and recessed lighting throughout.

Any seat in the living room is the best seat in the house! Just look at those views! And take a look at that cozy little window seat! Perfect for extra seating when friends stop by, or for stretching out with a good book.

Just imagine waking up to that beautiful view every morning and stepping out onto your own private balcony with a hot cup of coffee. Ahh...

The tile work in the bathrooms is simply stunning!

The balcony extends from the living room to the master bedroom, giving you plenty of space to enjoy the view and breathe in the invigorating sea air!

Amenities abound in the Ocean Dunes neighborhood! In addition to the sparkling outdoor pool, there's also an indoor pool, tennis courts, shuffleboard, a workout facility and a beautiful clubhouse.

Priced very reasonably at $287,000, this home could be a fantastic investment--whether for a primary, year-round residence or a vacation rental.

Ready to see more? Check out the full listing here or just give me a call to schedule a showing: (910) 368-1507

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Oct. 4, 2017

Fall Events in Carolina Beach

Even though the busy summer season is behind us, that doesn't mean we Pleasure Islanders stay inside for the rest of the year! On the contrary; autumn means cooler weather, fewer crowds and a whole lot of fun in Carolina Beach and the surrounding communities. Take a look at some of the awesome fall events coming up and mark your calendars!

Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival

  • October 14 -15, 2017
  • Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area
  • Tickets Required
  • No Coolers or Pets Allowed
  • More Information

Enjoy two stages of jazz and blues entertainment along with delicious locally prepared seafood at the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival! The family-friendly event will be held at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area on October 14 and 15 2017 with doors opening at 11 am both days of the festival. Two-day admission costs $50 if purchased in advance and $60 the day of the event. Attend Sunday, October 15 only and pay $35. Kids 12 and under get in free! 

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Sept. 18, 2017

Things to Consider Before Buying a Beach House

beach house

Buying a beach house is exciting, fulfilling and can be a great investment! While a beach house can be used as a rental property to increase cash flow and build overall wealth, it can also contribute to the owners' happiness by providing a home away from home, a peaceful primary residence, or a fun place to spend your retirement years. 

No matter how you plan to use it, one thing's for sure: buying a beach house is a little different than buying a typical home. In today's post, I'll briefly touch on a few key points to keep in mind when considering the purchase of a beach house.

 

1. Insurance is probably going to be higher.

In just about every scenario, a beach house will likely cost more to insure than your typical home. This can be for a variety of reasons, including the close proximity to water, the fact that it's a second home or vacation home, the fact that you're renting it out to other vacationers, if it's part of an HOA, etc. Don't let this discourage you! Just be prepared and take these costs into consideration when crunching the numbers.

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July 17, 2017

Pleasure Island Real Estate & Community Snapshot

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, two lovely towns in Southeastern North Carolina, make up the community collectively known as Pleasure Island. Within these small surf-side hamlets you'll find friendly people, fascinating history, a variety of locally-owned businesses, countless opportunities for fun and recreation, and last but not least, some of the best real estate in the coastal Carolinas. 

Not Just Tourist Towns

As a top vacation destination, Pleasure Island is popular among investors and those seeking to parlay a real estate purchase into increased cash flow. Testament to this is the commonplace practice of area condo communities offering their own summertime vacation rental programs.

Then again, Pleasure Island is also the year-round home to many permanent residents. Churches, schools, grocery stores and pharmacies show that Kure Beach and Carolina Beach are more than just "tourist towns" where you have to drive to the mainland for day-to-day necessities. On the contrary; Pleasure Island is a community where permanent residents and visitors coexist with everything they need nearby, and enjoy a shared love for the lifestyle that is unique to southeastern beach communities. 

All the Fun and Conveniences Without Leaving the Island

Whether you want to hike through a state park, take a yoga class, do research at a library, get a haircut, take your dog to the vet, visit a local brewery, or simply sunbathe on the beach, you can do all those things and more right here without ever leaving the island! This is a large part of what makes the Carolina Beach/Kure Beach area such a great place to invest in.

Types of Homes in the Carolina Beach Area

From traditional brick ranches to vintage cottages to upscale condos, you'll find a variety of home types throughout these beach towns. If there's a specific type of home you're looking for, use the "Property Type" check boxes on the Advanced Search page to narrow your results.

Median Home Prices

According to our data (last updated June 2017), the median list price for homes in Kure Beach is $454,500. This represents an 18.7% increase since June 2016, which tells us home values are on a solid rise! If you've been on the fence about investing in Kure Beach, now may be the time to come find your vacation home, retirement home or permanent residence!

As for the median sale price, Kure Beach homes are at $500,000. With a median sale price that is higher than the median list price, you can safely assume that demand is getting higher for homes in this area and it wouldn't be unheard of to see homes selling for above asking price.

In Carolina Beach, the median list price is $341,200 while the median sale price is $287,900.

Keep in mind, median home prices are meant to provide industry professionals as well as consumers an idea of what homes are worth in certain areas; however, they may not necessarily reflect the true value of a specific home. Also, please note that median home prices change as each home is sold. For the most accurate and up-to-date real estate price for a specific property, please contact me at (910) 368-1507.