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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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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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Coastal Small Town

Do you dream of beautiful beaches, boutique shops, fresh seafood, friendly residents, and local history... but without the crowds of large coastal cities? Then you'll love Southport, NC! Southport was voted one of the 10 best coastal small towns in the country, and now is the perfect time to find your place in this wonderful community. Our real estate agents are here to help, with our guide to why Southport is one of the best coastal small towns to call home.

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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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One of the nicest things about birding as a hobby is how willing people are to share their knowledge and resources.  Years ago we were thrilled to discover Roy Slack's book Birds of the Brunswick County Islands: Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach, North Carolina. But since it was published in 1994, it is no longer that easy to find.  Our county library has a few copies to loan and it can sometimes still be ordered online. 

The knowledgeable people at Wild Bird & Garden, who have brick and mortar stores in both Southport and Wilmington, were happy to suggest two other sources that have even more photos and maps, and include more recent data on habitat and migration routes. 

One is the authoritative source Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America published in 2016.  Don't let the serious title put you off!  It's not that expensive and the huge number of images and maps make it easy for you to identify the birds you see on the beach. 

Another great resource is Stan Tekiela's Birds of the Carolinas Field Guide, which also has a multitude of photos and a handy color-coded index in the front of the book that helps you quickly look up the bird according to the predominant color of its feathers. 

The folks at Wild Bird & Garden can be found at 105 Brown Street East in Southport (just off Howe Street, at the foot of the water tower).  Their website has a fantastic list of links that includes everything from local wildlife rescue groups to the most comprehensive national databases, user-friendly tools and even smartphone apps.  You can find them online at 

Their current hours in Southport are 10-2 Mon-Sat with curbside service, and we all look forward to the time when they can resume the tours, workshops, and other outings for which they are so well known! 

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Sea Turtle

Sea turtle nesting season is here and from May 1st til September 30th we can help the endangered Loggerheads, and other species that return to Oak Island and Caswell Beach every year, by caring for their habitat. 

Did you know that bright lights at night disturb both nesting mothers and hatchlings?  They mistake it for moonlight on the water or phosphorescence and it can lead them away from safety to places where they fall victim to predators and road hazards. 

Similarly, sand-sculptures, holes, and equipment left on the beach after dark create hazards that can trap both nesting mother and hatchlings.  Why not take a photo of your masterpiece and post it to Facebook before filling it in at the end of the day?  Tag us - we love to see the fanciful creations dotting our shoreline!

There are many opportunities for you to learn more about these extraordinary creatures that visit our beach under cover of darkness.  You can also donate online or by mail through the following links.

The Oak Island Sea Turtle Protection Program has 130 dedicated volunteers who monitor the nests and watch over the emergence of the hatchlings.  Visit their website to view nest tracking data & view photos online.

The Caswell Beach Turtle Watch also has a nest monitoring program and an extensive list of educational resources on their website. 

The nearby Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in Surf City, NC, even has a protocol for tracking turtles after they have been rehabilitated and released back into the wild!  To see more and learn how you can contribute, visit them at

Let us hear from you at and share what you've learned, what you've loved about your trip to the beach, and what you look forward to on your next visit!  Our sales agents are eager to help you find your niche, whether it's oceanfront, maritime forest, easy boating access, or the convenience of the mainland. The North Carolina coast is a beautiful place to make your nest!


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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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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Southport Beach

Who doesn't dream of living close to the sand and surf of the ocean? The Atlantic coast of the United States is home to unbelievable beaches that offer incredible views and unrivaled opportunities for relaxation. If you're ready to live a life of leisure along the sandy shore, our real estate agents encourage you to explore Southport homes for sale in one of the prettiest beach towns in the U.S.

  1. Southport is regularly voted one of the prettiest beach towns in the country. Officially and unofficially, hundreds of locals, visitors and journalists alike have fallen in love with Southport's charm and character. Included in lists of the best beach towns and prettiest beach towns in the country, Southport continues to be a must-visit destination along the east coast.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Brunswick County Where Pinterest Dreams are Made

Brunswick County beaches are among the best places you'll find to stage a wedding, and that's just one of the reasons that photos from our corner of North Carolina are lighting up Pinterest boards everywhere. When you shop homes for sale in Brunswick County, stunning seaside views are simply part of the package. There are pin-worthy homes to be found in all of Brunswick County's beachfront communities, and a wealth of outdoor entertainment options means that you will always have something new to share.

Pinterest Dreams Brunswick County

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Living Caswell Beach NC
Most beach towns are busy, boisterous places during the summer months, so what do you do when you want to spend time at a more peaceful, tranquil beach-front setting? Head to Caswell Beach, NC, of course! Caswell Beach is one of Oak Island's best kept secrets – a beautiful, secluded beach town that still puts you in very easy driving distance to all of Oak Island's luxurious amenities. The local Brunswick County real estate market features homes that will make any beach-lover swoon and for those interested in a shorter stay, there are appealing rental properties throughout the community.

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Holden Beach NC Living
Anyone familiar with Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, known as "Dr. Beach," probably also knows that he calls Holden Beach, NC "the best family beach in America." In fact, you can think of Holden Beach as Dr. Beach's prescription for the wintertime blues. If this information is new to you, read on to find out why Holden Beach, NC may be the right place for you to call home.

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Sunset Beach is a Gem Along the Brunswick Islands

Sunset Beach Best in the World

Now the rest of the world knows what Sunset Beach residents have always known, we have one of the best beaches in the world.

National Geographic recently ranked Sunset Beach, North Carolina number 4 on their list of the "21 Best Beaches in the World." All of the standard beach town characteristics were checked off National Geographic's qualification list when they reviewed our community--sand, surf and friendly residents. However, Sunset Beach has one thing other beaches do not—The Kindred Spirit Mailbox.

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