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September
19

Fried Rice is a favorite dish among many Asian restaurants. Here's where you can find tasty fried rice in Southport.

Southport, NC, offers a wealth of dining options, including flavors and cuisines from all over the globe. There's great food here for every taste, and if you have a hankering for some next-level fried rice, be sure to check out our real estate agents' favorite Asian restaurants in Southport!

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September
5

Whether you own a kayak or just want to rent for a day, here's where you can hit the water in Southport.

It's no exaggeration to call Southport, North Carolina, a paddler's paradise. Offering access to seemingly endless miles of the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway, Southport is ripe for exploration.

And with fall in the air, there's never been a better time to hit the water. Whether you want to book a guided kayak tour, rent kayaks for the weekend, or just need a place to launch your own craft, you have a lot of great options. Our real estate agents are excited to share their favorite kayak tours and rentals in the Southport area.

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August
29

Southport has an abundance of interesting sights. Here's where you can capture them forever with your camera.

Attention, shutterbugs! Southport, NC is a great place for sightseeing, and our little corner of the Carolina coast has a landscape like no other, with lots of great local sights for photographers to capture. 

Whether you're building your portfolio or looking for Insta-worthy selfie spots, our real estate agents are here to help. These are our favorite scenic spots to practice your photography skills in the Southport area!

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August
1

An outdoor picnic is a perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening. Here is where you'll find the best spots around Southport.

With the warm summer temperatures and bright sunny days, the month of July is an excellent choice for National Picnic Month. It's a fantastic time to pack a basket full of food and beverages while you enjoy the lovely summer weather.

Southport is home to numerous locations that make a terrific spot for your next picnic. Our real estate agents suggest checking out these scenic picnic spots. 

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July
18

Looking for some summer fun? Visit these Brunswick County beaches.

If you're looking for a place to enjoy some fun in the sun this summer, look no farther than Brunswick County. The southernmost county in North Carolina, it's home to our real estate agents' favorite coastal beaches.

To be precise, there are six spectacular beach communities on the coast of Brunswick County, all of which offer opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, surf fishing, and more. Consider this your guide to having summer fun on Brunswick County's beaches!

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July
6

Looking for a fresh start in an amazing community? Look no further than Southport NC.

While upwards of 50,000 people travel to Southport each year, our real estate agents know that this charming city is much more than a popular tourist destination. The town is full of gorgeous natural scenery and Southern charm, in addition to a high quality of life for its residents. Here are a few of the best reasons to make the move to Southport.

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June
21

Looking for an unforgettable evening out? Here are the local restaurants to make a reservation.

Now that you're settling into the house you chose from Southport homes for saleyou're going to want to get out and see what's available locally — particularly when it comes to wining and dining. Maybe you did some scouting before you bought your home, just so you'd know what's a short drive from home base for dining and entertainment. But if you've been too busy getting moved in to explore, our real estate agents can help. Have a look at some of the top spots for wine and dinner in Southport.

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May
31

If you're in the exploratory mood, take one of these compelling Southport tours to learn about its history.

Southport is a lovely spot for vacationers and individuals interested in making this quaint spot their first or second home. See all the natural beauty and interesting spaces that Southport and the surrounding areas have to offer by taking one of these local tours. 

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May
11

Southport is full of creativity and artistic expression. These are the spots to see Southport art on display.

Whether you're searching for a new home or making improvements to your existing residence, creativity helps you open your mind and expand your problem-solving skills. Tap into your creative side by visiting some of Southport's top destinations for art, music, and crafts. Our real estate agents suggest exploring these inspired spots in the Southport area.

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April
26

Want to keep your dog active and experience some local scenery? Here are the spots to visit.

April is Active Dog Month, and it's time to celebrate with your pup. Southport is home to a variety of gorgeous locations that are perfect for enjoying outdoor time with your four-legged family members. Our real estate agents suggest exploring these places in and around Southport.

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September
7

Looking for a new favorite dish? Southport international restaurants have you covered with outstanding cuisine.

Our real estate agents sometimes get asked, "what's your favorite thing about life in Southport?" There are some obvious answers: the beach, the weather, the scenery. But one that often flies under the radar is the food. Here in the Southport area, we have some truly amazing eateries serving cuisine from all around the world. These are some of our favorites!

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June
28

Bald Head Island is the perfect destination for adventure, relaxation, and finding your dream home. Here are the best things to do.

There's always so much to do on the water. Whether you like surfing, relaxing on the beach, or hiking through breathtaking scenery, Bald Head Island is the perfect destination no matter what you love to do. If you're looking at Bald Head Island homes for sale, you might as well make a trip out of the day and explore these spots and activities our real estate agents recommend.

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March
8

Make your morning brighter by stopping by these great Southport breakfast spots.

Breakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day. Whether you're wandering around Southport enjoying the coastal sights or looking for beautiful Southport homes for sale, breakfast is crucial for having a long, productive day. Southport is home to some great cafes that offer unique menu items and start serving early. Here, our real estate agents provide a list of their favorite restaurants for breakfast in Southport. Choose your morning spot and start the day right with a delicious meal.

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February
22

Southport has some great locations for fishing and relaxing by the water. Here are some great Southport docks you should visit.

Do you believe a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work? Then grab your rod and reel in some fun in Southport. North Carolina is an awesome place for fishing enthusiasts to lose track of time and let loose some line. Whether you're an avid angler or just someone who loves to relax by the water, our real estate agents believe that these fishing docks in Southport won't fail to lure you in.

  • Kingsley Street Park — E. Bay Street/S. Kingsley St., Southport, NC 28461
    Living in Southport means living near plenty of fishing spots. Unfortunately, though, that means that you'll be sharing much of the shoreline with other anglers. For a less crowded place to drop a line, head on over to Kingsley Street Park. This park includes a small yet sufficient dock that extends into the Intracoastal. We love Kingsley Street Park because it's a great compromise: it's close enough to downtown without all of the noise, but it's far enough to feel like you've got the dock to yourself somedays.

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February
1

Southport Takeout

Is that love we smell in the air…or just the amazing cuisine of Southport? Perhaps a bit of both! Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and our real estate agents encourage you to start thinking about your dinner plans ahead of time. As Cupid draws back his bow, peruse the menus at these Southport restaurants perfect for couples planning to celebrate Valentine's Day with takeout.

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December
21

A south-facing beach is an ideal spot to view the Christmas Star on this Winter Solstice Eve.

This year, on the eve of the winter solstice, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the southeastern sky shortly after sunset. But this occurrence doesn't always happen on the longest night of the year, or even at night time. According to NASA, it's been 800 years since the last time it was observed in the early night sky, and some speculate that this same phenomenon may have been the Christmas Star describedin the story of the nativity. Find a place with a clear view of the southeast horizon shortly after sunset on December 21st for the most striking views. But don't worry if there's too much cloud cover. The convergence occurs gradually over the course of about a week.

For more information, including tips on photographing the night sky, click here https://www.nasa.gov/feature/the-great-conjunction-of-jupiter-and-saturn

December
21

Southport 2021

Overlooking the mouth of the Cape Fear River near North Carolina's southernmost tip, Southport is a truly special and unique place to call home. Our real estate agents love its salty sea air and friendly Southern charm, but those are just a few of the reasons why you should consider finding your next home in Southport. Here are a few more.

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November
16

Espresso in Brunswick CountyIn recent years, espresso has gone from an exotic drink found in hipster cafés to a daily must-have for scores of caffeine lovers. Celebrate National Espresso Day on Monday, November 23, with a hot or cold drink at one of these coffee shops around Brunswick County, where our real estate agents get their pick-me-up.

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November
9

Benefits of Living Near the Water

For many people, relaxing near water is the ultimate way to decompress. Imagine if you could relax by water every day. Whether it's a beach, a bay, or a local lake, living near water offers so many benefits. While scenic views and fun activities come to mind, there are actually health benefits as well. Humans naturally feel better when spending time near water, which is why beaches are popular vacation spots.

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November
2

Brunswick County Art Gallery

National Go to An Art Museum Day is coming up on Monday, November 9th, and our real estate agents want to be sure you know your options!

Brunswick County isn't only known for the famous lighthouse you'll find a short distance from Oak Island homes for sale. As a resident here, there's always more to see and do. Galleries and museums allow you to learn while enjoying the works of contemporary and historic artists from around the area.

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October
19

Organize Kitchen PantryEven in large modern homes, the pantry is usually a pale shadow of what it was in historic times. Generally, there were two -- one for dry goods and one for food preparation. These days, you're lucky indeed if you have a walk-in pantry where you can organize cans, containers, jars, and whatnot for easy access. But even in a smaller space, you can employ some organizational tips that will help you make the most of what you have.

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October
5

Brunswick County Seafood Markets

October is National Seafood Month, so what better time to enjoy savory sustainable seafood straight from the North Carolina coast. One of the best things about living in Brunswick County is the easy access to some of the best seafood in the country. With so many seafood markets and retail stores serving-up fresh-caught seafood, you can easily get high-quality products to make your favorite dishes. If you're looking for recommendations on where to pick up seafood this October, check out these local favorites.

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September
21

Tourism in Southport

Sunday, September 27th, is World Tourism Day and our real estate agents have your passport to fun! Even though we may not be able to jet-set around the globe, you can still set a course for adventure close to home. Southport is full of interesting attractions, many of which residents know about but surprisingly haven't visited. Play tourist for a day and see a new side to Southport by visiting these five local attractions.

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September
14

Brunswick County Farms

As students head back to school and parents move back into the office, it's more important than ever to ensure that your whole family is eating nutritious foods to sustain their energy. Our real estate agents believe that there's no better way to stay healthy while supporting the community than by purchasing fresh produce from our local Brunswick County farms. Consider stopping by one of these nearby farms on your next grocery run.

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August
17

Sea Turtles Brunswick County

Every year from the beginning of May through September, the beaches of Brunswick County are visited by a variety of sea turtle species that come ashore to create nests and lay eggs. Many of these turtle species are endangered, so it's crucial to help hatchlings survive and reach the sea. Local sea turtle protection programs, staffed by volunteers from Brunswick County communities, work throughout the nesting season and beyond to protect sea turtles. Our REALTORS® have put together a list of 6 local programs, where you can help to preserve these majestic creatures.

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August
3

Lighthouses in Brunswick County

There's plenty to love about North Carolina's Brunswick Islands. From relaxing beaches and quaint maritime towns to the many parks, museums, and fishing spots, there's never a shortage of fun ways to pass the time. 

Since National Lighthouse Day is coming up soon, our REALTORS® thought it was only appropriate to take a moment to highlight another attraction that makes our area truly unique -- the incredible historic lighthouses. Whether you're looking for an Instagram-worthy photo-op from the ground or you're willing to make the climb to the top so you can soak in the stunning 360-degree views, you'll definitely want to add these nearby lighthouses to your summer bucket list. 

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July
20

Summer Bugs

As the summer heats up here in the Southport area, our real estate agents have been hard at work showing off the best Southport homes for sale. But there's one thing about the warm weather no one looks forward to, and that's summer bugs!

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July
13

Ice Cream in Southport

The first frozen treats date back thousands of years, when people of the Persian Empire poured grape juice over handfuls of snow and stored it in underground chambers to prevent melting. Ice cream has come a long way since then, but we still enjoy its creamy sweetness year-round.

Our real estate agents are looking forward to one of their favorite holidays when National Ice Cream Day occurs on Sunday, July 19th. Join the celebration with a trip to one of these popular ice cream spots around Southport.

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February
17

Movies Filmed in Southport

Since the 1980's, the Brunswick Islands, Southport, Wilmington, and other local areas have been prime locations to shoot major motion-picture films and televisions shows. Southport and surrounding areas are often affectionately referred to as "Hollywood East." It's easy to see why film history has been made here—the area's natural beauty, architecture, walkability, proximity to the water, and picturesque sights make it the perfect place to shoot stunning scenes. Not only that, the cost of shooting on location in Southport allows lower-budget and indie filmmakers to get more for their money. Next time you're out taking a stroll or looking at Southport homes for sale, check out some of these popular production spots.

Wilmington

Best-selling author and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks loves the coastal towns of North Carolina. Based on his novel by the same name, the film Safe Haven was shot in Wilmington, Southport, and throughout the Brunswick Islands in 2012. This romantic thriller brings the story of lovers Katie and Alex to life against a beautiful backdrop, including the Wilmington Riverwalk.

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February
3

Brunswick County Area

Our real estate agents want to introduce you to breathtaking Brunswick County.

Brunswick County, North Carolina, is one of the most picturesque locales in the region. In a prime spot in the southeast corner of the state, not far from famous Wilmington, it encompasses 855 scenic square miles, including 50 miles of beautiful shore.

Southport homes for sale provide the best way to enjoy everything Brunswick has to offer. A town of just over 3,000 people, Southport is known as the backdrop to many movies and TV shows. It's also the site of the 50,000-strong Fourth of July Festival.

Thinking about calling this beach town your home? Let's look at nine reasons you'll love to live in Brunswick County:

  1. A Dynamic Place With a Great Economy

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January
27

Art around Southport

Whether you're inspired by a beautiful painting or love the look of blown glass in your home, art is something that brings people together and sparks our imaginations. Southport has a unique, thriving arts community that's bound to pique your interest. There's no better way to celebrate Inspire Your Heart with Art Day on January 31st than by visiting local galleries and studios. Art lovers searching for Southport homes for sale often ask about where to find the perfect piece to help make their new house a home. Our real estate agents enjoy supporting local artists, so here are a few of our fave galleries and studios.

  1. Southport Mudpuddle Pottery Studio, 4002 Executive Park Blvd SE, Ste. 600B (rear), Southport, NC 28461
    This cool co-op features six local artists who make unique handcrafted pottery. Check it out and pick up a one-of-a-kind piece mug or vase to complement your kitchen or living room. Mudpuddle Pottery Studio is open by appointment and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  2. Uncorked by the Sea Wine Shop & Gallery, 602 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Sip on a glass of vino or a beer while checking out all types of artwork by hand-picked local and regional artists. Want to connect with other art and wine lovers in the community? Enjoy wine, art, and good company Thursday nights at Uncorked by the Sea's weekly wine tasting events! Donations support local Brunswick County charities.

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January
13

Health Markets in Southport

Make 2020 a year of better health for you and your family. Kick it off by shopping at these amazing health food markets recommended by our real estate agents.

  1. Inergy Market - 8310 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 28465
    No, Inergy Market is not a typo. The name is meant to incorporate the "inner circle" community the market serves around Oak Island homes for sale. Owners Stephanie and Shawn Lynch opened the market to share their favorite clean-living foods, but they also carry products suggested by customers as well as jewelry, skincare products, and specialty food items from local artisans. Be sure to stop by the organic smoothie bar for Oak Island Swamp Juice, Steph's Vanilla Chai Delight, or your special creation. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.

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December
30

Hobbies in Southport

The New Year is a great opportunity to get engaged in activities you've always wanted to try! If you're looking for a new hobby, consider one of these fun and fascinating programs around Southport!

  1. Cape Fear Sailing Academy — 606 W. West St. #202, Southport, NC 28461
    If you've never set sail from Southport's shores, you're missing out! Ranked as one of the best sailing academies in the country, the crew at Cape Fear Sailing Academy provides lessons for landlubbers of all ages. They offer American Sailing Association courses as well as customized courses that make you one happy sailor. Imagine purchasing one of our Southport homes for sale on the water and sailing your boat into the sea!

  2. Wild by Nature — 411 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    The only thing better than receiving a beautifully arranged bouquet is learning how to create your own to give to a loved one. Wild by Nature offers a variety of hands-on floral design classes to spruce up your new year. You'll learn the fundamentals of flower arranging as you put together your bouquet at this local Southport shop.

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December
9

Southport Holiday Shopping

The holidays are here, and there's a good chance you still have some shopping that needs completed. Rather than rushing around town in search of gifts, narrow your search to these fabulous area shops. Our REALTORS® recommend these "go-to" places where you are guaranteed to find the perfect gift.

  1. Uncorked by the Sea - 602 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    You can't go wrong with wine for that hard to shop for family member. Uncorked by the Sea features plenty of wines, local art, and unique gifts. If you know anyone who is about to purchase one of the Southport homes for sale, it's the perfect place to pick up a housewarming gift.

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November
25

Holiday Events Southport

The holidays are right around the corner. With so many events on Southport's nice list, you may wonder how you can fill your holiday with as much cheer as possible. Our real estate agents recommend taking time this holiday season to attend these favorite events in Southport!

  • Downtown Southport Tree Lighting Ceremony — 105 E. West St., Southport, NC 28461 | Nov 29
    What better way than to kick off the season by gathering downtown with your family, friends, and neighbors for a tree lighting ceremony? Join the mayor and Southport's residents in Franklin Square Park as they flip the switch and light up the big holiday tree. Cookies and hot cocoa will be provided as cheerful music plays. This great family-friendly event will help you get to know your future Southport neighbors.

  • Winterfest State Port Pilot Annual Cookie Contest — 223 E. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461 | Dec 11
    Holidays and cookies go together like — well, milk and cookies! Fill your stomach with sugary treats at the State Port Pilot Annual Cookie Contest at the Southport Community Building. Bake a batch from your family recipe or come down and taste the delicious treats from talented Southport bakers. This annual contest is a scrumptious way to meet others in the community and maybe pick up a few baking tips along the way.

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October
21

Picking a Neighborhood

There's a reason so many people are moving into Southport homes for sale — Brunswick County is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Before you envision all of the delicious restaurants, and breathtaking beach walks, you have a very important decision to make first — choosing the right neighborhood for your family.

One element that makes your house a home is the neighborhood. You'll spend years living next to your neighbors, commuting around town and spending time in your front and back yards. Our real estate agents understand that this is not a decision that many homeowners make lightly. How do you choose a new neighborhood for your family? Take these factors into consideration:

  • Affordability Always Matters
    Have you fallen in love with a picture-perfect neighborhood on TV? Don't worry. We've all had the dream of living in a neighborhood surrounded by everything we want and love. However, the reality of the real estate market is something you should always consider. It's irresponsible to purchase a home that you cannot afford, even if it is in the "ideal" neighborhood. Remember to always stay within a healthy budget range.

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October
14

 

Festival by the SeaThere is a lot more to do this fall than going through the listings for Southport homes for sale. When you are ready to take a break from the search for your perfect home, you can catch your breath by attending the NC Festival by the Sea on October 26th and 27th. This is one of the most popular fall events in the area, and you won't want to be the only one in the neighborhood who stays home and misses out on the fun.

Arts, Crafts, and a Flair for Food

Arts and crafts are the foundations of the festival. You will find everything from seashell sculptures and knitted hats, to paintings and watercolors by the finest artists in Holden Beach. Shopping from the stands set up along the beach is a great way to support the local economy and pick up some unique gifts for your friends and family. The celebration is sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association including members Beaches n' Cream, Fantasy Isle, and Junebugs Bags & Boutique. 

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September
12

While we are thankful that our community was not among the hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian, there are many people still in need. 

If you, a friend, or a neighbor need help, please contact Leslie Stanley, the Brunswick County Emergency Services Volunteer and Nonprofit Coordinator at 910-253-2589 or by email at leslie.stanley@brunswickcountync.gov.

We will never forget those who helped us in our time of need, and some of us who experienced minimal damage from Hurricane Dorian find volunteering to be an excellent release from the pent up energy, anxiety and stress generated by the storm! Several such opportunities are listed below.

The North Carolina Office of Recovery & Resiliency works with several other state agencies to provide information and coordinate both donations and volunteer labor for the most critical projects.  These include ongoing help for areas affected by Florence & Matthew.  

The North Carolina chapter of VOAD – Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is a resource for groups and individuals reaching out for help and organizing relief efforts throughout our state.  Their focus on cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration facilitates the work of many non-profits, including Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross and many faith based groups. VOAD's role is to bring organizations together and enable them to understand each other and work together during times of disaster preparedness, response, relief and recovery.  They have a lengthy list of projects and unmet needs.  

In the Bahamas, where Dorian had the most tragic impacts, there are several international groups we can reach out to, including the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

One grass-roots organization, World Central Kitchen, pre-positioned their resources in advance of the storm and within two weeks were serving 20,000 meals a day in Nassau, Abaco, and Grand Bahama. You can find training and service opportunities on their website.  They also accept donations.

The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation has even set up an Amazon Smile account to make it easy for us to donate basic clothing, shelf stable food products and a few toiletry items.   

We remember how grateful we were with each step our community took on the road to recovery after Florence.  Electricity, potable water, open roads, fully stocked grocery stores and all of the people who make these things possible cannot be taken for granted.  In situations like these, giving back is a true expression of gratitude and we are fortunate to have so many strong organizations helping us do just that.

#CarolinaStrong #GivingBack

September
16

Southport Burgers - Margaret Rudd

National Cheeseburger Day will soon be upon us! (September 18th, to be exact) There are countless variations of this quintessentially American treat. In Southport, many places serve up substantial, savory cheeseburgers. So while you're around town, checking out Southport homes for sale, take a break and get a taste at one of our REALTORS® favorite burger joints!

  1. Fat Andy's Burgers - 4655 Long Beach Road SE, Southport, NC 28461
    Fat Andy's simple menu features hot, juicy burgers and fries. Also, if you're more of a hot dog person, they have those too. With fast, friendly service and an outdoor dining area, it's the perfect place to grab lunch or dinner.
  2. Old Bridge Diner - 132 Country Club Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
    From omelets to salads to a patty melt that's to die for, this local diner has something for everyone. In addition to classic burgers, they offer southern specialties like fried okra, biscuits and gravy and hushpuppies. Old Bridge Diner is open for breakfast and lunch, so stop by and fill up before peeking at some fabulous Oak Island homes for sale.
  3. Loco Jo's Bar & Grill - 602 N. Howe St. # E, Southport, NC 28461
    A laid-back bar & grill that's a local favorite.

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August
26

Brunswick County Neighborhood Shopping - Margaret Rudd

When you're in the market for a new home, the neighborhood you choose is just as important as the house itself. After all, the location of your home will impact your shopping and dining choices, commute times, and your lifestyle. 

With such an important decision on the line, how do you make sure the community you're considering is right for you? Our REALTORS® help home buyers find their ideal neighborhoods every day and have gathered up a list of their favorite tips. 

  1. Consider Your Personal Preferences
    Start your search by making a list of the features you want in your new neighborhood. Is it important that your new home is close to work, in a great school district, or gives you access to a community pool? Do you want to live in the center of the city, or would you prefer the type of lifestyle that comes with living in a waterfront home? This "must-have" list will help narrow down the areas you'll explore. By listing out your requirements from the get-go, you'll save yourself the time and frustration of finding a home that seems perfect but is in a less-than-ideal location. 

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August
19

Go Jump in the Lake 5k - Margaret Rudd

It's almost time once again for Labor Day weekend festivities in Brunswick County, and the fun starts with one of our area's favorite annual events. Go Jump in the Lake, a 5K run and day filled with festivities is the perfect place to have some healthy, local fun as summer winds down. The event is organized by the Southport Rotary Club and supports a variety of good local causes. It's a fun, family-friendly event, and a great chance to give back to the community. Our REALTORS® are lacing up their running shoes, and we've got all of the details on Go Jump in the Lake for 2019.

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August
5

Southport, NC Oyster Bars - Margaret Rudd & Assoicates

Are you considering a move to Southport? If so, you'll probably be spending some time in town shopping our great selection of Southport homes for sale. Given the beauty of the area and its coastlines, it would be a shame to make that visit all about business. You'd certainly be missing out if you didn't make time to sample the local cuisine while you're here, most especially the fresh seafood for which our area is known. If you're particularly partial to oysters, you'll find them in abundance at local eateries, including these 5 Southport restaurants:

  1. Moore Street Oyster Bar, 110 E. Moore St., Southport
    A very popular and modern eatery, Moore Street Oyster Bar offers a great selection of delicious oyster creations. If you have trouble choosing among them, you can try them all by ordering their generous sample platter, which features two of every hot-topped oyster variety on the menu.

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July
15

Brunswick County Picnic Spots - Margaret Rudd & Associates

Summer will be here before you know it, and our REALTORS® are excited about all the possibilities that warm weather brings to the Brunswick County, NC area. This quiet, picturesque region along the Carolina coast offers ample opportunities to experience the outdoors. 

If you're looking for some fun in the sun this season, start with one of these Brunswick County Parks. They're some of our favorite places to enjoy the outdoors, and since July is National Picnic Month, you might want to bring some friends and family along—not to mention some hamburgers and hot dogs!

  1. Waterfront Park – 146-176 E. Bay St., Southport, NC
    The name says it all. This 9-acre park just a few blocks away from numerous Southport homes for sale is the ultimate place to enjoy the sights and sounds of Brunswick County's waterfront. Waterfront Park overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and the Cape Fear River, making it a mecca for fishing, as well as watching the fishing boats coming and going from port. Ample picnic tables, park benches, picnic shelters, and grills make it a perfect picnic spot as well, and with a little luck at the park's fishing pier, you might just find yourself catching lunch.

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June
17

NC 4th of July Festival and Fireworks - Margaret Rudd & Associates

The maritime community of Southport is well-known for having one of North Carolina's most popular 4th of July Celebrations, with nearly two full weeks of events that draw visitors from throughout NC and beyond. Thanks to the popularity and long history of Southport's Independence Day celebration, it was declared the NC 4th of July Festival in 1972.

The festival features tons of patriotic activities, fun attractions for the whole family, great opportunities to explore the community, and of course a spectacular fireworks display when the big day arrives. Our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate, and we've got the details on what to expect from Southport's NC 4th of July Festival and Fireworks this year.

Festival, Food, and Fireworks in Southport

The Event: NC 4th of July Festival

Dates: June 23 through July 4, 2019

Admission: FREE

  • Family Fun at the 4th of July Festival
    Every member of the family will find something to love about the NC 4th of July Festival, with fun activities and one full day of children's games. On July 3 at Fort Johnson Garrison Lawn and Waterfront Park, kids will have the chance to participate in a day of fun-filled activities. There will be watermelon rolling, sack races, and other old-time games that never go out of style. On July 2, kids can enjoy free face-painting, creative activities, crafts, and more at Keziah Park.

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June
10

Shelling Around Southport, NC - Margaret Rudd & Associates

The first day of summer will be here soon, and with that comes National Seashell Day, a reminder to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and appreciate the natural beauty that's all around us. 

Families looking at Southport homes for sale often ask Our REALTORS®  about local waterfront activities. We think that shelling is one of the best ways to enjoy a day on the water, and, best of all, you can use some of the treasures you find to decorate your new home! 

Using Southport as your launching point, you can easily reach some of the best beaches for shelling either by boat or by car. Here are a few great destinations you'll want to visit this summer. 

  1. Oak Island / Caswell Beach
    One of the easiest shelling destinations to reach from Southport, Oak Island/Caswell Beach is a short 10 to 15-minute drive from the heart of the city. There are multiple beach access points, making it a convenient spot for day-trippers to spend a couple of hours searching for shells. 

    Try to plan your shelling adventures during the spring, fall, or winter months when the beach is far less crowded. This will give you the best chance to find unique shells, and you're likely to have stretches of beach all to yourself. Before you head home for the day, take a drive around so you can familiarize yourself with some of the great Oak Island homes for sale.

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June
3

Brunswick County Summer Concerts-Margaret Rudd

There's something about warm weather and sunshine that makes music sound even better. Our REALTORS® have the lowdown on the best concerts taking place around Brunswick County this summer.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Concert Series - 5 W. Third St., Ocean Isle Beach 28469
    This year, the popular Ocean Isle Beach Concert Series has a new home. Festivities are moving to the spacious lot next to Town Hall, right across the street from the previous site at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. The series will move to its permanent home once the exciting upgrades are completed at Ocean Isle Beach Park, which will also be an advantage to buyers of Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.

    Several of this summer's featured performers, such as Band of Oz on July 5 and the Embers on July 12, offer the best in iconic Carolina beach music. Other highlights include the Legacy Motown Revue on June 28 and the high-energy dance tunes of the Extraordinaires on July 26.

    Shows take place from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Friday night through September 6. Admission is free, but bring lawn chairs or blankets and a cash donation for the local food pantry.

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May
20

Yoga Studios Around Southport-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Our REALTORS® know all the things that make the neighborhoods we represent great places to live. There are unique places to dine out with friends and spend an evening. Places to enjoy nature or the beach. And plenty of places to get in a little exercise.

Practicing yoga has been linked to many health benefits. It can increase flexibility, balance, and strength. It can help with weight loss. And probably one of the most significant benefits is helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Whether you're a long time enthusiast, looking to change up your fitness routine, or just want to take a break from looking at Southport homes for sale you can find the class that's right for you.

  • Southport Yoga Dock - 317 W Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    Southport Yoga Dock
    offers Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes with local instructors. Classes are held on a covered open-air dock with the sound of gentle waves and ocean breeze as a backdrop. It's a great way to help you relax and connect with nature. Choose a morning class or a sunset class.

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May
6

Mother's Day Waterfront Dining in Southport-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Mother's Day is coming up soon, and you might be wondering how to show the special moms in your life just how much you care. Our REALTORS® recommend taking them out for lunch or dinner at one of the area's excellent waterfront restaurants. Here are five locations that are guaranteed to give you a memorable experience. 

  1. Provision Company - 130 Yacht Basin Drive, Southport, NC 28461
    Located in downtown Southport, Provision Company (called Provisions by the locals) overlooks the Old Yacht Basin and provides excellent views of the Intercoastal Waterway. This casual dining spot is great for enjoying a cold beer with some crab cakes and conch fritters. While you're in the area, we suggest taking a drive around to look at some of the beautiful Southport homes for sale.  

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April
22

Southport NatureFest-Margaret Rudd & Associates

The diverse natural beauty of Brunswick County is a major attraction for so many people shopping for Southport homes for sale and long-time residents alike. The parks, docks, beaches, wetlands, swamps, and waterways that surround Southport make for beautiful vistas and ideal habitats for a variety of local wildlife. It's no surprise that residents love to both enjoy and protect the area's abundant natural beauty, which makes the annual NatureFest a perfect opportunity to celebrate spring in the area. The festival, spread over two days, is filled with exciting speakers and opportunities to appreciate local natural sites. Our REALTORS® have all the details on how to celebrate NatureFest 2019 in Southport this spring.

Southport: Celebrate NatureFest 2019 April 26 & 27

The Event: NatureFest 2019

Dates/Times: April 26 – 4 p.m., April 27 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Southport

Southport's NatureFest has been a local favorite for years, with a wide variety of family-friendly activities that allow you to experience the natural side of the community. There will be one free event Friday evening, followed by a full day of activities on Saturday. Learn from knowledgeable, local experts, participate in nature-themed Q&A sessions, pick up plants for your garden, or set out to explore some of the area's most popular natural attractions.

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April
8

Easter Brunch-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Our REALTORS® know how important the Easter holiday is to so many of our clients. Southport families adorn their homes with colorful decorations and cherish the moments spent watching their young ones find their Easter baskets. If you're considering browsing our Southport homes for sale, we invite you to get to know the area on a Sunday morning by visiting one of these amazing Southport eateries for brunch.

  1. Locals Family Diner - 832 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    What are your family's Easter traditions? Church service, egg painting or basket hunting? Locals Family Diner invites you to create more memories with your kids with a delicious brunch at one of Southport's favorite restaurants. Try their delicious Eggs Benedict or a classic dish order of biscuits and gravy. With special menu options for children and seniors, Locals Family Diner is the perfect place for Easter breakfast with the entire family.

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March
18

Bald Head Island Coastal Reserve-Margaret Rudd & Associates

There are plenty of beautiful places to visit in North Carolina, but few can compare to the majestic grandeur of the barrier islands and the N.C. Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve. Their peaceful serenity has lured everyone from sailors to scholars for centuries.

The past year was an eventful one for the area, and while the winds and waves of Hurricane Florence left their mark, it wasn't enough to dampen the spirit of residents or dissolve their resolve to make Bald Head Island the state's most popular destination. It is because of their efforts that demand for Bald Head Island homes for sale is as strong as ever.  

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March
4

Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk-Margaret Rudd & Associates

The Oak Island Lighthouse stands at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, an iconic fixture of the North Carolina coast, where it has helped guide ships to safe harbor since 1958. Every year, the lighthouse is the focal point of the Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk, which offers an opportunity to stay fit, enjoy the gentle ocean breeze and picturesque scenery of Oak Island, and help raise money for a good cause.

For our REALTORS® on Oak Island, the annual Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The 2019 race is just around the corner, so read on to find all the info you need to watch or participate in the race!

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February
18

NC Maritime Museum Southport-Margaret Rudd & Associates

You can discover North Carolina's rich coastal heritage and culture with a stop at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport. Here you'll find year-long exhibits and monthly events that children, families and nautical fans will love. Our REALTORS® recommend that those considering moving to the Southport area take a moment to visit this important local landmark. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., a trip to the Maritime Museum is sure to be a fun and engaging experience for everyone!

A Sea of History

As one of North Carolina's three state-sponsored maritime museums, the NC Maritime Museum at Southport highlights the history of the lower Cape Fear River. Their collection of artifacts display the history of the area dating back nearly 2,000 years. Exhibits on the history of maritime life, as well as relics from Southport life from the age of piracy through the Civil War and beyond, have made the NC Maritime Museum a treasured local landmark that visitors and locals cherish.

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February
4

Holden Beach Turns 50 - Margaret Rudd & Associates

Our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates would like to wish a very special Happy 50th Birthday to Holden Beach! Whether you're a frequent visitor or you're lucky enough to call Holden Beach your home, you know that any time spent in this fantastic town becomes an unforgettable memory.

The History of Holden Beach

For half of a century, the town of Holden Beach has been a favorite vacation destination for thousands of visitors. As a perfect place on the North Carolina coast for outdoor and watersports, Holden Beach is regularly ranked one of the top beaches for families in the United States. From kayaking and surfing to volleyball and sunbathing, Holden Beach has sandy and salty fun for everyone.

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January
28

Moving to Brunswick County-Margaret Rudd & Associates

According to U.S. News & World Report, North Carolina is among the top 10 fastest-growing states in the country. Homes for sale in Brunswick County, with its desirable location and plentiful mix of attractions for all ages, are a driving force behind North Carolina's appeal.

What draws families and individuals from around the country to Brunswick County? Our REALTORS® draw on their experiences helping satisfied home buyers to offer five main reasons for Brunswick County's popularity.

  1. Scenic Location
    Sunshine, fresh air and spectacular scenery make coastal areas like Brunswick County the most sought-after places to live. Studies show living near the ocean provides significant benefits for mental and physical health. In addition, Brunswick County's proximity to cities such as Wilmington and Myrtle Beach creates the best of both worlds.
     
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January
21

Southport Marsh Walk - Margaret Rudd & Associates

If you're touring our Southport homes for sale, you'll want to be sure you check out everything else that makes the coastal area a fabulous place to live. With over 30 years' experience in Brunswick County, Our REALTORS® can tell you the Carolina coast is one of our country's most charming areas to live.

Its history, cuisine, and the natural areas for recreation and relaxation are among the best anywhere. And everything comes together in Southport. One of the hidden gems of Southport you won't want to miss is our Marsh Walk

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December
31

Brunswick County Fitness Centers
Starting the New Year in a new home is the best way to get 2019 off on the right foot. As you ponder the possibilities of new curtains and furniture, there is a good chance you are also thinking about creating a new you. As you consider the physical fitness goals you want to achieve in the coming year, the following are five Brunswick County gyms that can help make your dreams a reality.

  1. Crossfit Ocean Isle Beach - 570 Meadow Summit Drive, Suite 17, Ocean Isle Beach
    Crossfit Ocean Isle Beach offers more than just exercise; they provide a way of life. When you sign up for this rigorous program, you will find yourself surrounded by a team of people who will help you reach your goals. The workouts are intense, and the results are undeniable. Crossfit works every muscle and organ, the most important of which is your brain. As your training progresses, you will adopt a mindset that will help you settle into one of the many Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.

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December
17

Brunswick County Bakeries-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Every neighborhood has its hidden (and sometimes not-so-hidden) gems that make the area a great place to live. Here are seven delicious bakeries in Brunswick County that will tempt, delight, and tantalize your taste buds. 

  1. SeaSide Wine & Gourmet — 6600 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach
    So there you are, cruising around on the lookout for Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale when you realize you are famished (or perhaps you're parched?). A stop at SeaSide Wine & Gourmet is just the pick-me-up any house hunter needs. 

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December
5

Brunswick County Christmas Shopping Spots
The holiday season is brimming with joy and excitement, and along with the merriment comes the hustle and bustle of seasonal shopping. Make your shopping endeavors a bit brighter this year by visiting some of Brunswick County's shops and boutiques. With gifts for practically everyone on your list (don't forget yourself!), these shops are our absolute favorites for holiday decor and more.

  • The Christmas House - 104 W Moore St., Southport, NC 
    After you've looked at homes for sale in Southport, be sure to visit The Christmas House and discover a magical shopping adventure full of all things Christmas. Find a fantastic selection of decorative Christmas items including wreaths, garland, and ornaments, as well as a huge assortment of rustic and whimsical gift ideas. The Christmas House has fun and engaging toys for the little ones on your list, and you won't want to miss their great variety of old-fashioned candy to satisfy the sweet tooth and bring back memories of yesteryears.

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November
7

Brunswick County Local Holiday Celebrations
No snow? No problem! For some, it might be hard to imagine Christmas without snowflakes and Jack Frost, but Brunswick County locals still celebrate the holidays in style with their holiday traditions. Check out these great holiday events and festivities on the North Carolina coast this season, and be sure to ask our REALTORS® for more information about life in Brunswick County!

  • Super Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach
    The Christmas season kicks off the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Ocean Isle Beach. Super Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach is a full day packed with holiday happenings, starting with a Christmas parade followed by a tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa himself. Head to Sharky's Waterfront Restaurant for a big party at the end of the day to wrap up the festivities, and be sure to check out these Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale while you're in the neighborhood!

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October
23

Buying a House - Walkability
Deciding to buy a home is a huge step, and along with that choice comes the decision of where you want to live. Picking a geographic location is one thing, but deciding on the type of neighborhood you want to call home is equally important. While some home buyers prefer to live in the suburbs or even a rural area where commuting is the norm, the walkability of a neighborhood is becoming a more important factor to many. Our REALTORS® can help you pinpoint Brunswick County communities that are more walkable and show you area neighborhoods that fit your lifestyle.

Why Walkability Matters? 

While a walkable neighborhood isn't ideal for everyone, a community that promotes getting out on foot certainly offers plenty of benefits. Perhaps one of the most apparent advantages of walking versus driving is the boost it provides for your health. Walking provides exercise that helps keep the extra pounds off, promotes good circulation, keeps muscles toned, and provides a fresh intake of air for your respiratory system.

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October
17

Bolivia Homes - River Sea Plantation
Our REALTORS® are on a mission to help more of our clients move to the beautiful area of Bolivia, North Carolina. Bolivia homes for sale often come on spacious parcels of land and have charm to spare, too. Bolivia is quiet and peaceful – in fact, it has less than 200 residents overall.

If you want to experience the Bolivia lifestyle, one of the best ways to go about it is River Sea Plantation. This 400-acre community positioned on the banks of the Lockwood Folly River stands between the city of Shalotte and the picturesque waterfront community of Southport.

This beautiful gated development is in high demand, and it's not hard to see why.

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October
8

Buying a House Does Commute Time Matter

Drive Time Shouldn't Be Overlooked

When you're in the market to buy a home, there is a laundry list of things to consider in addition to the house itself.  Real estate insiders advise to add factors like the neighborhood, walkability, schools, and commute time to work.  If you do not work from your home, adding commute time to and from your job should be at the top of your wish list when you're house hunting. When you find a home, make sure your drive time doesn't turn your dream home into a nightmare.  

Our REALTORS® are here with this help for factoring your commute time into your house hunt to find the right home for you and your family.

Why You're Buying a House

Many people opt to purchase a home for increased financial security or lower long-term housing costs. If buying a house increases your commute time, make sure you're not canceling out the benefits of homeownership.

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September
20

Bolivia NC River run Plantation

River Run Plantation homes may be the best-kept secret in the area, but they're not likely to remain a secret for very long! More and more home buyers exploring the homes for sale in Bolivia have been attracted to the unique charm of River Run Plantation. 

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August
30

Brunswick County NC Relocation
For many visitors, one trip to Brunswick County, North Carolina is more than enough to fall in love with the area. Whether you're moving from across the state or across the country, there's never been a better time to start preparing for life in Brunswick County. There's so much to see, do, and experience, with so many great communities to call home. Our REALTORS® are here to help you prepare, with our guide for relocating to Brunswick County, NC.

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August
8

Bolvia NC Avalon Community Spotlight

Our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates are the local experts on Bolivia real estate and Avalon homes for sale. If you are searching for an age-restricted community where you can enjoy the best amenities in a serene, secure setting, then you won't want to overlook Avalon. 

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June
21

Southport, NC Best Neighborhood Guide
Brimming with a rich history and a relaxing atmosphere, Southport is more than a destination. It just may be your future. With vibrant and inviting communities, the village is ideally situated on the North Carolina mainland just south of Wilmington. Our REALTORS® would love to show you all that the area has to offer, including a beautiful variety of Southport homes for sale. As you begin the search for your new home, be sure to check out these great Southport neighborhoods.

Four Southport Neighborhoods to Make Your Home

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May
24

Southport Neighborhoods
Whether you're searching for a home on the water, a great school district, or an active, outdoor community, you'll find a neighborhood in Southport, NC to fit your unique taste. Southport homes attract a wide range of residents, from families to retirees, thanks to the area's many diverse attractions. Our REALTORS® are here to help you get acquainted with the area, with a guide to ten top Southport neighborhoods to buy a home.

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May
7

Holden Beach Concert Series
There are a lot of reasons why more and more people are looking for Holden Beach homes these days. With 8 miles of incredible pristine beaches, this island community off the North Carolina shore offers a quiet, family-friendly atmosphere with stunning coastal scenery and unbeatable weather. 

Holden Beach really comes to life in the summertime, and we're very excited about some of the upcoming summer events around town. One of the biggest recurring summer events is coming right up. Join us for the Holden Beach Summer Concert series, which kicks off on May 27th!

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April
30

Adopt a Pet in Brunswick County
Thinking of bringing a pet in your home? For those of you who may not know, caring for a furry friend has both emotional and physical benefits--it's a fact.  Studies show adopting a pet amps up your physical health by boosting your fitness level, improving your heart health, and reducing stress.  Emotionally and socially, pets can dampen depression and improve your mood as well as serve as an ice breaker in social situations.

Brunswick County homes are often the perfect place for an adopted pet. Animal rescues and shelters are full of pets just waiting for you to give them a second chance to be part of the family.

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April
18

Oak Island NC Earth Day
On April 20, Middleton Park in Oak Island at 4601 East Oak Island Drive will be the site for a free event to celebrate Earth Day 2018. It's designed to provide both fun and education for residents and visitors of all ages about the environmental challenges we face in Brunswick County.  

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April
4

Ocean Isle Beach
Ocean Isle Beach has been called one of the South's best tiny towns, making Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale that much more appealing. If you're looking for true southern charm, you'll discover it here!

Found in Brunswick County, North Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach is a town of about 600 residents seated on 4.5 square miles. Tourists visit every year, but it remains a well-kept secret where you can expect a leisurely pace throughout the whole year.

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March
27

Brunswick County FishingBrunswick County, North Carolina is one of the top fishing destinations anywhere in the United States. Pier fishing is incredibly popular: There are five well-maintained Brunswick Island piers to choose from.

Many people prefer pier fishing because it's fun and convenient – you don't have to worry about chartering a boat or heading out to the high seas. Those who want to meet like-minded anglers will also find it easier to meet and mingle with others who share their passions.

Fishing season opens in March and lasts all throughout the summer. There's no complicated licensing to worry about when you decide to go pier fishing: You can handle all the technicalities when you get your day pass, weekly pass, or season pass to the pier of your choice.

Although the fish on offer vary by month, the area is known for some of the very best redfish and flounder fishing anywhere on the eastern seaboard.

If you're paying a visit to the area, you won't want to miss these piers:

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March
21

Brunswick County Golf

Brunswick County, North Carolina is home to some of the top golf courses in the United States--and even beyond. These world-famous links have hosted golfing greats for generations. They draw visitors and would-be homeowners who are passionate about the game and want to enjoy a peerless experience in pristine surroundings.

If you're planning a visit, don't overlook these six renowned golf clubs throughout our communities:

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March
6

Bald Head Island Badwater Race

Movie buffs might know the name "Cape Fear" from the 1991 Martin Scorsese film of the same name, itself a remake of a 1962 thriller.  Of course, the real Cape Fear is a tidewater region of North Carolina anchored by the historic city of Wilmington. 

For athletes, Cape Fear's reputation is built on something else entirely.

The Badwater Cape Fear race occurs annually on Bald Head Island in March: This year, it's happening on March 17. It includes both 50-kilometer and 51-mile race options and is well known as a challenging, yet invigorating event.

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February
28

Brunswick County Best Bed and Breakfasts
Coastal Carolina has a variety of communities worth exploring. Some have deep historical significance and others have a "beachy" vibe. There are communities perfectly located for the avid golfer, and others that beckon boaters or those who live to fish. Our REALTORS® are thrilled when clients take time to get to know our lovely region, so we compiled a short list of our favorite bed and breakfast inns. The links make reservations easy or click on the city for local real estate listings we'd love to show you while you're falling in love with our little paradise. 

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February
12

Ocean Isle Beach Wedding Venues
Spring is just a romantic whisper away and couples are already planning their springtime fantasy weddings. When you live in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, you don't have to leave home to find the perfect fantasy wedding venue. The blue ocean water and white sandy beaches offer a beautiful backdrop for a perfect wedding. If a new home is in your future and you plan to tour Ocean Isle homes for sale, remember to check out local wedding planning options.

Our REALTORS® believe that Ocean Isle Beach is a remarkable place to live, work, play... and to tie the knot, of course. To familiarize you with local wedding traditions, we're sharing our information on the Best Wedding Venues in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

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February
5

Southport NC Art Show
Southport, North Carolina has so much to offer for both residents and visitors. Our real estate agents live and work in Southport so we believe our city is just about perfect.  Southport is a small seaside town and has the historic feel of a pirate destination with a side of southern charm. It's a great place to live for so many reasons. Along the coast and beyond, you'll find art galleries, restaurants, and boutique shopping, all within a walkable distance. The weather is great year-round. And if you're thinking about relocating, you'll find homes in Southport, NC that perfectly match your sense of style. 

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January
29

Ocean Isle Beach Restaurants
Nothing helps you feel at home in a new location like checking out some of the best local dining spots. The Coastal Carolina area is known for its incredible and unique cuisine. So while you're checking out Ocean Isle homes for sale, why not stop in for a wonderful meal at one of these restaurants with local flair.

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January
3

Ocean Isle Beach Run 2018Are you ready to put your running shoes on, see the sights, and raise money to benefit a great, local cause in the process? Every year, the Ocean Isle Beach Run is one of the best winter events in Coastal Carolina, and this year's event takes place on January 13, 2018. Whether you're an experienced runner or simply someone looking to join the fun for the first time, there's a race in the Ocean Isle Beach Run for you. Enjoy a leisurely 5K walk/run, or put your training to the test and participate in the half-marathon. Our REALTORS® have their running shoes on and are all ready to tell you about Ocean Isle Beach Run 2018. 

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December
11

Best Neighborhoods in Brunswick County to Buy a Home

One of the most important things to remember when buying a house is that you're shopping for the right neighborhood just as much as you're shopping for the right home. Having the right services, amenities, attractions, and recreation options close to home will ultimately have a big influence on how much you love your location long-term. The key to finding the right location? Become a local expert and understand exactly what you're looking for from your ideal neighborhood. Our REALTORS® are here to help you get started, with a guide to finding the right Coastal Carolina neighborhood for you.

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December
4

Southport Winterfest 2017
Are you searching for affordable, family-friendly fun in the Southport, NC area for the holiday season? You're in luck! Every year, at the beginning of December, Southport's Winterfest begins, with a week-long schedule of holiday events, live shows, delicious food, and plenty of fun activities for the kids. You'll also find historic events that teach you more about Southport, and some great holiday surprises along the way. Our Southport real estate agents are here with all of the exciting details on Winterfest, to get you in the holiday spirit.

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November
21

Retire to the Carolina Coast
Do you dream of spending your retirement on sandy shores with mornings at the beach, afternoons of great shopping, and evenings spent around a table with your favorite people? Choosing where to spend your retirement is one of the most important decisions you'll make, whether you choose to stay close to your current location or move to a new community to maximize your enjoyment of retirement. There are many factors to consider when deciding where to live in retirement, and our REALTORS® are here to help find a retirement solution that works for you. 

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November
16

Ocean Isle Beach Family-Friendly Events
Christmas comes to the seaside just like everywhere else, and the sleepy coastal community of Ocean Isle Beach, NC offers some of the best holiday festivities around--snow or no snow! This year, the Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting are sure to get the season started in style.

Ocean Isle Beach Family-Friendly Holiday Festivities 

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October
17

Ocean Isle NC Oyster Festival
Ocean Isle Beach, NC is a small seaside town on a quiet stretch of coastline. It's a perfect place to relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. That said, it's also a place where there's always something going on, and the upcoming 2017 North Carolina Oyster Festival is one that you won't want to miss.

Read on to learn more about all the upcoming festivities, and be sure to check with the REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. for more information on life in Ocean Isle Beach.

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October
12

Oak Island Living
Perhaps you've traveled Oak Island for a family beach vacation, heard about the community from friends, or simply stumbled upon one of North Carolina's best beach communities while surfing the Internet.

No matter how you find Oak Island, you certainly won't be the first to become... just a bit obsessed with living in our community. There is so much to love about living in Oak Island that our real estate agents just can't wait to tell you more about why the community is such a great place to call home.

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October
5

A Sunset Beach Community Event

Sunset Beach Community Guide
Imagine an island with a sunset so unforgettable, it inspires a celebration. You can see it for yourself at Sunset at Sunset Beach, the annual Sunset Beach, NC community event held the first Saturday of each October. You'll enjoy this daylong festival where families and friends gather to enjoy food, music, crafts, and block-party style fun.

Our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates live and work in the area. We believe the Sunset at Sunset Beach town festival offers the perfect opportunity for you to get to know the community. Here's some additional information about this fun-filled day.

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September
20

Bald Head Island Dream Home
Millions of people love Southern Living magazine, a trusted Birmingham-based publication that has some of the best recipes, gardening information, and house plans especially for the South. Since 1966, its house plans have been a mainstay in the region.

Some of them have become so popular that they turned into sweeping trends for years.

So, it's no surprise that our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. were truly delighted to see the magazine's newest adventure: A true island dream home located right on picturesque Bald Head Island. Bald Head Island homes have never looked more amazing than they do today!

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August
28

Holden Beach Restaurants
There's nothing quite like sitting down with a few of your favorite people at a dockside table, soaking in the scenery, and enjoying some of the finest food that Holden Beach, NC has to offer. Our REALTORS® in Holden Beach love sampling the local dining scene, and sharing our favorite spots with anyone looking to enjoy this wonderful community. Homes in Holden Beach come with perks, and fun, flavorful food certainly ranks near the top of the list. Enjoy our list of favorite Holden Beach restaurants, and be sure to add your own.

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August
24

Summer Isn't Over on Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island Community Events

You may be planning for sending the kids back to school, but that doesn't mean summer fun is over. The first day of fall isn't until the end of September, so you have plenty of time to enjoy summer still, and on Bald Head Island, you will find a number of late summer activities to allow you to do so. Here are some that you will want to check out.

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August
17

Discover Ocean Isle Beach, Winding River Plantation & St. James Plantation

3 Brunswick County Neighborhoods

Who wouldn't love living in a community where there are beautiful beaches, towns filled with Southern charm, championship golf courses, and year-round mild temperatures?  With all of this, it comes as no surprise Brunswick County is one of the fastest growing communities in America drawing singles, growing families, and retirees alike to our Carolina coast.  

Each local community offers its own distinct personality, so it can be difficult for newcomers searching for a home to find "just the right" neighborhood to make their own. Our real estate agents at Margaret Rudd & Associates wanted to call special attention to three Brunswick County neighborhoods you don't want to miss.

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August
1

Southport Provision Company Restaurant
Are you searching for homes for sale in Southport, NC?

Southport is a maritime haven with a historic flair that attracts visitors from all over the US. Inhabited continuously since 1792, but known to explorers far longer, its sea breezes and ancient oak trees give its downtown district a charm like nothing else in the region.

Not surprisingly, it also has its fair share of culinary delights to enjoy!

Although people typically think of North Carolina as being part of "the South," its many seaside communities boast delicacies that will give any New England locale a run for the money. Of all the great fishing ports in the area, Southport stands head and shoulders over the rest: Fresh fish, crabs, and lobsters are available through most of the year.

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July
27

Start Your Southport Home Shopping

Shopping in Southport Includes Homes
Great shopping makes any hometown more convenient – not to mention much more fun!

When it comes to shopping, Southport, NC won't disappoint. You'll find world-class shopping options here for everything your heart desires, topping off the many other amenities that have attracted so many people to make this place their new home.

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July
20

Ocean Isle Beach Golf

With over 100 golf courses in a 40-mile radius, Ocean Isle Beach offers some of the best courses in the country. If you love hitting the links, our experienced REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates can help you find the ideal place to perfect your swing and explore a variety of Ocean Isle Beach homes to fit your lifestyle.

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July
10

Brunswick County Hollywood
Brunswick County, North Carolina is one of the most picturesque areas you can find in the American Southeast. It has a magnetic quality that attracts all kinds of people: Tourists visit here from all over the world, Americans relocate here ... and television crews just can't seem to get enough of it!

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July
3

Bald Head Island Howl at the Moon
Summer days on Bald Head Island start early, when the dunes are coated in dew and the early risers hit the sand for a stroll at sunrise. The beach is a quiet, peaceful place in the early morning, and becomes a bustling hub of activity as beach-goers filter in throughout the day. But all good things must come to an end, and when the sun goes down it's time to pack up your things, rinse off the sand, and head home. Or is it? Perhaps you could stick around the beaches of Bald Head Island, and... Howl at the Moon! This year's first Howl at the Moon event takes place on July 9, 2017 and our REALTORS® have all the details.

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June
28

Have a Blast in Brunswick County 

July 4 Coastal Carolina

Who doesn't love the thrill of watching colors of red, white and blue stream through the sky on the Fourth of July?

Our Brunswick County beach communities promise a stunning spectacular this Independence Day.  To make it easier on you, our REALTORS® have compiled a list of their favorite places to spend Independence Day.

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June
21

Pet-friendly Locations Brunswick County

Any pet lover will confirm, pets are family--only with four legs and waggly tails.  So, it's only natural, we search for places where they can enjoy the same quality of life as we do.  Fortunately, Brunswick County has "gone to the dogs" with a number of county parks, beaches and green spaces with pet-friendly policies in place.  Our REALTORS® have unleashed this list of pet-friendly places in our community because...every dog does have its day.

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June
15

Living at Holden Beach NC
The sun is shining, the sand is heating up and the ocean is at just the right temperature to leave you feeling cool, refreshed and ready to spend a few more hours soaking in the rays. Summer has arrived in North Carolina, and there are few traditions more enjoyable than spending a day around the sandy beaches of Holden Beach, NC. If you're new to the area or just looking for a quick refresher on some of the best beach spots to enjoy, we've got you covered. Our REALTORS® in Holden Beach have the inside scoop on everything you need to enjoy the sand and sun in our corner of North Carolina.

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June
5

Brunswick County Wedding Venues

Are you planning a June wedding? Throughout the communities of Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Holden Beach and the rest of Brunswick County, you will find a number of stunning wedding venues. With close proximity to the beach no matter where you are, these North Carolina coastal and island communities are the ideal place to plan your wedding. Our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates want you to know some of the best local wedding venues as you plan your big day.

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May
16

Ocean Isle Beach Concert Series

One of the best parts about owning a home in Ocean Isle Beach is the many community-sponsored events that happen throughout the area. The Ocean Isle Property Owners Association's Summer Concert Series is one of those events. From the Friday night before Memorial Day to the Friday night after Labor Day, the oceanfront comes alive with the sounds of local musicians. The summer concert series has been released, and it's a great one.

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May
22

Living in Boiling Spring Lakes Subdivision

Curious about Boiling Spring Lakes? With our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates, you can find homes in Boiling Spring Lakes that will live up to your wildest dreams. Boiling Spring Lakes is one of the most beautiful and welcoming communities in Brunswick County, North Carolina. If you haven't taken a closer look yet, it's about time you did!

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May
9

Run Sunset Beach to Get Your Chance at the World's Largest Race Series Medal

Run Sunset Beach May 20

Lace your tennis shoes and hit Sunset Beach on May 20 for a chance to win one of the world's largest race series medals.  Hosted by Coastal Race Productions, the "Run Sunset Beach" event is now in its fourth year.  All finishers will receive a BAM! medal. Individual Half Marathon medals measure seven inches tall and 5K medals measure four inches tall--now that's some noteworthy Bling!

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April
26

Sunset Beach, NC Concert Series

Sunset Beach Concert Series

Nestled at the tip of the Brunswick Island chain, Sunset Beach, NC offers miles of pristine beaches, ravishing views of the Atlantic Ocean, and also has the distinction of being North Carolina's southernmost surf spot. On top of that, the town offers a full array of exciting events all summer long.

Our REALTORS® in Sunset Beach are here to provide the best homes in the Sunset Beach area, from vacation getaways to full-time residences, and also to give you the low-down on all the latest happenings around town. If you're going to be anywhere near Sunset Beach this summer, then you definitely need to check out the upcoming Sunset Beach Concerts at the Village Park.

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April
20

Oak Island Lighthouse Run at the Middleton Park Soccer Field Field in Oak Island

Oak Island Lighthouse Run

Oak Island is a sunny, family-friendly coastal paradise nestled along the Carolina coastline.  The town hosts countless community events including this weekend's Oak Island Lighthouse Half Marathon Run and 5k, 10k and 1 Mile Run or Walk.  Hosted by the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Dosher Memorial Hospital, the run is now in its 18th year.

Our Oak Island real estate agents make it a point not only to help you find the best homes in Oak Island, NC, but also to keep you up to date on all the latest happenings around town. The Oak Island Lighthouse Run and Walk is one that you definitely don't want to miss.

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April
10

The Easter Bunny Comes to Brunswick

Brunswick County Easter Events

Easter weekend is almost here, and you'll find no shortage of options for celebrating the holiday in the communities of Brunswick County. Throughout Easter weekend, you will find fun community events where you can shop, eat, catch up with old friends, and make new ones. Families with children will love all of the Easter egg hunts in the area, and there is something for every member of the family to enjoy at the many Easter community events around Brunswick County, NC.

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April
6

Join Southport at Its Annual Spring Community Festival

Southport Welcomes Spring at Annual Spring Festival

Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway at the mouth of the beautiful Cape Fear River, Southport, NC is a coastal paradise with a fun family atmosphere. No matter the season, there's always something going on in this lovely waterfront town, and our team of Southport REALTORS® have the inside scoop on all the latest happenings.

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March
28

5th Annual Strawberry and Wine Fest

Sunset Beach Strawberry & Wine Fest

There's always something going on at Sunset Beach, one of the most beautiful seaside towns on the North Carolina coast. Our homes in Sunset Beach, NC put you within reach of all of the area's best festivals and events, like the annual Strawberry and Wine Festival, which is coming right up!

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March
23

Days at the Dock April 29 - April 30 

Holden Beach Family Fun

Family-friendly with plenty of great activities and events, Holden Beach, NC is a wonderful choice for family vacations. It's also an excellent choice for your new home. One of the best local events in Holden Beach is the Days at the Docks festival. It's an annual bash that lasts for two days and celebrates all the things Holden Beach has to offer.  This year's Days at the Dock festival is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 29 through Sunday, April 30.

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March
16

Holden Beach Family Fun Run

Holden Beach Fun Run

Nestled on an 8-mile-long barrier island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Holden Beach, NC is a quiet seaside town that offers stunning scenery and a laid-back, family atmosphere.

An abundance of fun, family-friendly events throughout the year is one of the reasons Holden Beach has been nationally recognized as one of the premier family Beaches in the United States. And one of the best events of the year is coming up soon—the Holden Beach Free 5K Color Run.

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January
20

Discover Homes in Brunswick County's Gated Communities 

Homes in Brunswick County Gated Communities

Buying a home is likely the most significant purchase you'll make in your lifetime--so it's important to get it right.  When you're looking for the perfect place to live, consider buying a home in a gated community.

Living in a gated community gives buyers a safer environment in which to live, the opportunity to watch your home's value increase and the chance to enjoy an active lifestyle.

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