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If you're looking for coastal charm, great seafood, and year-round outdoor activities, Southport has everything you need. Whether you're a local homeowner or a visitor to the area, our real estate agents suggest that you make a plan to explore some of Southport's best outdoor attractions. Take a look at five great places you don't want to miss.
Bald Head Island
Located about two miles from Southport across the Cape Fear River, Bald Head Island offers a wealth of natural beauty and recreational activities. Just hop on a passenger ferry at Deep Point Marina and enjoy a 20-minute boat ride to this subtropical island where you'll find so much to do. You can explore natural beaches, marshlands, and maritime forest preserves, play a round of golf at the Bald Head Island Club, relax at the Island Retreat day spa, dine at the Shoals Club, or shop for art at Merchant's Row.
Fort Johnston Museum
Built by the British in 1749, Fort Johnston Museum is the oldest active-duty fort in the United States. In a beautiful setting overlooking the Cape Fear River, you can enjoy your day with a free docent-guided or self-guided museum tour that showcases Southport's unique culture, heritage, and history. After the tour, you can stroll through historic Southport to see landmarks like City Hall, old homes and churches built in the 1800s, the Old Brunswick Jail, the Old Smithville Burial Grounds, and the River Pilots Tower.
NC Maritime Museum
If you love the water and everything coastal, don't miss the NC Maritime Museum located where coastal waters meet the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the grounds of Fort Johnston, the museum has exhibits that focus on Southport fisheries, hurricanes, and shipwrecks, as well as exhibits that showcase maritime displays on World War II warships, Megalodon sharks, and pirates that sailed around Cape Fear. The NC Maritime Museum is a fascinating place that represents a special piece of Southport's history.
Oak Island Lighthouse
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Oak Island Lighthouse is something really special to see. Standing at 153 feet tall with lights that tower 169 feet above the water, this concrete structure with 8-inch thick walls built with three rings of color is a Southport treasure. Unlike most lighthouses, this one has no spiral staircase, only a series of ship ladders with 131 steps leading to the lantern gallery level at the top. If you're up for the climb, the view at the top is everything you hope it will be and more!
Southport homes for sale are surrounded by beautiful waterfront views, coastal activities, and a collection of great shops, restaurants, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Downtown Southport is filled with charming southern architecture that houses unique boutiques, clothing and antique shops, and waterfront restaurants with great seafood. There's also the Waterfront Park, where you can enjoy fishing on the Cape Fear River banks or relaxing with the kids in playgrounds equipped with swings and picnic tables. If you're looking for a relaxing afternoon, take a stroll through Downtown Southport and enjoy the smell of Hydrangeas and Southern Magnolias that fill the air.
If you're looking for a charming coastal lifestyle, Southport may be the perfect place to call home. Contact us about available properties with views and amenities that are just what you're looking for.
If you're thinking about selling your home, there are important things to know that can impact your sale. Before you accept an offer, make sure you're choosing the right buyer and not just the highest offer. Our real estate agents know that the highest offer is not always the best one, and you should consider other factors if you want to make the right choice.
Look for Pre-Approved Buyers
Buyers looking for mortgage loans must first qualify with a lender by showing proof of finances, income, job stability, and credit history. After reviewing this information, buyers may be pre-qualified or pre-approved for a loan, but there's a big difference. A pre-qualified buyer is not guaranteed loan approval, but a pre-approved buyer is given a pre-approval letter by the lender that ensures a mortgage loan for a certain dollar amount.
Southport is a hidden gem that's full of Southern charm, quaint shops, seaside restaurants, historical museums, beautiful architecture, and breathtaking views. If you're planning to visit this lovely coastal town, our real estate agents have some great suggestions for local sights and activities that you do not want to miss.
Shop for Treasures
Last year's real estate market with rising mortgage rates made home ownership difficult for first-time buyers. As we head into 2023, our real estate agents have some tips for first-time buyers to make getting into a new home much easier. If you're planning to buy a home this year, pay close attention to these 6 valuable tips that will ensure success.
Maintain Good Credit
If you're planning to look for Southport homes for sale, it's not the time to apply for a new credit card, line of credit, or personal loan. When you apply for a mortgage loan, the first thing lenders do is pull your credit report to check your credit score, payment history, late payments, and debt-to-income ratio. Any applications for new credit can have a negative impact on your loan approval. This is the time to pay your bills on time and avoid adding any more debt.
Not sure where to take your sweetie this Valentine's Day? Don't worry, we have got you covered! We have scoured all of Brunswick Islands for the cream of the crop fine dining experiences. Make this year a Valentine's Day your partner will never forget!
Oliver's on the Cape Fear is where "Southern cuisine and exceptional wines and spirits meet the salubrious breezes of the Southport air". This family-owned and operated restaurant is known for its timeless menu, outstanding hospitality, and breathtaking views of the Cape Fear River.
Overlooking the Intracoastal waterway, Joseph's offers delicious Italian Cuisine and a comprehensive array of premier wine and spirits. If you want romance, candlelit dinners, and authentic Italian, this is the place for you.
Christoper's Steakhouse and Seafood is a locally owned and operated business located in Leland, North Carolina. They serve hand-cut steaks, ribs that will "fall right off the bone", made-from-scratch sides, freshly baked bread, and much, much more!
Jink's Creek Waterfront Grille is located in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Just a quick 30-minute drive lies one of our favorite waterfront dining experiences. Jink's Creek is known for their outstanding seafood dishes, classic surf and turf, and showstopping salads.
Just south of the North Carolina state line lies Little River, South Carolina. Little River boasts many award-winning local restaurants and cuisine. The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro is a European-inspired restaurant that won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2022. Their use of local cuisine and flavors is a big reason why they have locals and others alike flocking to nab a dinner reservation. Their surf and turf options are not to be overshadowed by their extensive dessert menu.
If you're struggling to put together stylish, inviting home decor that showcases your personality and suits your family's needs, our real estate agents know that an interior designer can help. Interior designers work to create functional, aesthetically-pleasing spaces that fit your budget. Here's what you should know about utilizing an interior designer.
Selling your home is a big deal, but it doesn't have to be an impossible challenge. If you're thinking about moving, our real estate agents can help you avoid bad pricing advice that can keep your home on the market way too long. Take a look at six common pricing mistakes you should avoid.
Price Your Home Without a Market Analysis
Pricing your home so it's comparable to prices of other homes in your surrounding area is an important sales tool. A good real estate agent will do a complete comparative market analysis (CMA) and spend a lot of time researching homes for sale and comps in your area. When a CMA is done correctly, your home should sell relatively close to the listing price and within a short amount of time after it hits the market.
The Christmas season is here, and it's time to find those special holiday gifts for your family and friends. Our real estate agents know that Southport is a wonderful place to call home, and it's also filled with an abundance of great gift shops for holiday shopping. We want to recommend some of our favorite shops where you'll find a variety of special Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.
If you're thinking about a move to Southport, contact us to explore available properties with coastal views and great amenities. Let us help you find the home of your dreams this holiday season.
The kitchen has often been called the most important room in the home, and that statement holds true when it comes time to put your home up for sale. Our real estate agents have learned that one of the first things prospective buyers look at is the kitchen.
That's why we always recommend that homeowners make sure their kitchens are up to par before listing their Southport homes for sale. If you're planning on selling your home, consider these affordable kitchen upgrades before you do so.
Southport is a historic city filled with old-world charm, maritime museums, and coastal communities with waterfront views. Although it feels like a small seaport town, our real estate agents know Southport offers homeowners a relaxing lifestyle with job opportunities, excellent schools, and a variety of outdoor activities.
There's a unique form of satisfaction that comes with owning and maintaining your own home. But as you're preparing to become a homeowner for the first time, all that maintenance can feel more intimidating than inspiring.
Our real estate agents are here to help with that. Read on to learn about the most important maintenance tasks that all first-time homeowners should take on as they're moving into their new residences.
There's an undeniable sense of serenity that comes with living in the Southport, NC area. Whether you're a visitor or a longtime local, it seeps into your bones. Never is it more fully experienced than when you're watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean.
You can take it from our real estate agents; watching the sunrise in the Brunswick Islands never gets old. See for yourself at one of these spectacular sunrise spots in the Southport area.
Selling your home is a process and has many steps. One of the first things you will need to take care of is the appraisal. Before you schedule an appraisal, you will want to make sure your property is ready for the intense scrutiny it will soon have to endure. The following steps are just a few that our real estate agents recommend to help our clients get their homes ready for an appraisal.
Everybody has their own pasta favorite. With October 17th being National Pasta Day, it's time to celebrate at a good Italian restaurant. If you are planning on moving to the Southport, North Carolina area, our real estate agents can give you a head start. They know many of the most popular Italian eateries in the area and often recommend them to their clients.
Bella Cucina – Bella Cucina offers authentic Italian food for both dining-in and carry-out orders. For almost 20 years, the De Meo family has been preparing Tuscan-style cuisine using recipes that have been passed down for several generations.
Falcone's Italian Restaurant Southport – Falcone's Italian Restaurant Southport offers a full menu of Italian foods, including a variety of pasta dishes. When you want a good, filling meal, bring the entire family to Falcone's. If you prefer to eat at home after a long day, call in for a carry-out order. For over 35 years, the family-owned restaurant has been providing authentic Italian food to Southport area residents.
Bambini's Italian Restaurant – Bambini's Italian Restaurant has quickly earned a reputation for being the best Italian restaurant in the Southport area. The restaurant opened in 2018 and offers a variety of pasta dishes, Italian favorites, and specialty desserts. They even offer the most authentic New York Style pizza in North Carolina. Dine-in or carry-out options are available. It's a great place to take the whole family or if you want to spend a little quiet time with your significant other.
Castucci's – Castucci's is an Italian eatery that never ceases to amaze. The chef is also the owner and uses his own family recipes to create some of the best Italian food in the area. If you are out looking at Southport homes for sale, Castucci's is where to go to relax and wind down after a long day of house hunting. Your kids have their own menu, and you have the option of dining in or ordering carry-out. The atmosphere is inviting, and everyone is sure to have a good time.
Joseph's Italian Bistro – Joseph's Italian Bistro sits on the edge of the water and is ideal for private parties or if you want to take your loved one out on a special date. Indoor or outdoor seating is available, and if you want special treatment, you can become a VIP! Authentic Italian cuisine is something to rave about. You can also choose one of their many wines to add to your dinner.
If you live in the Southport area or are thinking about moving, contact our agents right away. They can fill you in on all of the best Italian restaurants and show you several houses that meet your specifications. All of our agents have years of experience and know Southport and the surrounding communities. When you want to find a home, choose a realtor that offers a personal touch! We will always go the extra mile to ensure the home that best suits your needs.
With rising mortgage rates, high home prices, and a shortage of inventory, buyers and sellers are facing issues. Home buyers are up against bidding wars and all-cash buyers, and sellers are seeing offers that fall through. Our real estate agents realize that today's market is challenging, and we have some tips to help you navigate the hurdles.
For every homeowner, the living room is an important space. It serves as the first impression of your home and a gathering place for entertaining family and friends. Our real estate agents think your living room is one of your home's most important spaces that can make or break a real estate deal.
Living room spaces come in all shapes and sizes with different ceiling heights, materials, and special features. Whatever the size and style, you can create space and ambiance just by changing up your room layout. Take a look at some layout ideas that can shake up your living room's design appeal.
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!
If you're looking for a new home, it's important to look at a variety of properties before you make a final decision. Whether you're drawn to new homes with the latest amenities or old homes with charm and character, advice from our real estate agents can help you find the right home for you.
If you want bells and whistles, updated style, country charm, and waterfront views, you'll find all of them in Southport homes for sale. However, an important thing to consider is the age of the home. Let's take a look at some pros and cons of buying new homes vs. old homes that may impact your lifestyle and finances.
National Cheeseburger Day is one of those holidays that our real estate agents can really get behind. We're lucky to have some really exceptional burger restaurants here in the Southport, NC area, and in honor of National Cheeseburger Day on September 18, we're here to share our favorites!
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.
Home improvements are a great way to make repairs and upgrades that create a more comfortable home; however, the costs to make them can be significant. Before you start renovations, our real estate agents suggest that you take a close look at your ROI — your return on investment.
A return on investment is calculated by dividing your gain by the costs of your investment. ROI is the profit you recoup from a repair, upgrade, or renovation when you sell your home. In Southport homes for sale, ROI can vary significantly depending on the type of renovations you do.
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!
Moving always brings its fair share of challenges, but if you plan ahead and do your homework, you might be surprised by how smoothly the whole process can go. As always, our real estate agents are here to help.
Some of the most common and potentially disastrous moving mistakes are the ones that are made on move-in day. If you've already found the perfect Southport home for sale and are getting ready to move into your new home, these are the biggest mistakes to avoid:
Contact us today for more information on moving into your new home in Southport, NC. And if you're still on the hunt for that perfect home to call your own, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.
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.
Having a lawn with the space to entertain or for the kids to play is one of the many advantages of being a homeowner. Traditionally, maintaining an attractive lawn has meant using chemical-laden fertilizers, weed killers, and other products, but more homeowners are recognizing the benefits of having an organic lawn. In addition to being better for the environment, organic lawns are healthier and reduce your family's exposure to toxic chemicals. Although you'll need to take some time and effort in the beginning to help transition your lawn to organic, you'll be rewarded with a healthier place for your family to relax and play.
Our real estate agents suggest the following steps to make the move to an organic lawn:
Summer is here, and with it comes a chance to save some serious money through preventative home maintenance. Our real estate agents are here to show you how!
Every season brings opportunities to improve the quality of your home and hopefully save some money in the process. Summer is no exception. Some of these summer maintenance tips will start saving you some cash right away, while others are more like long-term investments.
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.
Now that you're settling into the house you chose from Southport homes for sale, you'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.
When you arrive at a home, one of the first details you notice is the landscaping. Understandably, most homeowners spend a lot of time and money improving their home's landscaping.
Unfortunately, a couple of small mistakes can quickly derail your landscaping plans. Our real estate agents suggest avoiding these common landscaping mistakes to keep your home's exterior looking its best.
You want to become a homeowner, but you're not sure if you have enough money saved to buy a house.
It's important to understand the costs associated with buying a home to understand how much money you need to save. Our real estate agents suggest considering the following costs when calculating how much you need to save:
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.
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.
A home improvement project doesn't need to be expensive or time-consuming to make an impact on the look and feel of your home.
Our real estate agents know that small, easy projects can have a significant effect on the atmosphere and appearance of your home's indoor and outdoor spaces. Here are a few easy home improvement projects to complete this May.
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.
Sooner or later, most homeowners will face selling their home and moving elsewhere. Many life situations can necessitate the sale of a home — change of jobs, marriage, divorce, retirement, or simply the quest for a "dream home." Regardless of the reason, you may be contemplating listing your home among Southport homes for sale.
If you've been shopping around for Southport homes for sale, you probably want to explore the nearby amenities as well. You'll be looking at shopping, schools, eating out, perhaps a place of worship, gyms, as well as recreational opportunities. Among the many recreational activities you can find in Southport is golfing.
Are you among the 24 million-plus Americans who like to head to the links for exercise and enjoyment of a challenging game? Then Southport may have just what you need. Our real estate agents have compiled a list of some of the best golfing venues nearby.
For those new to the Southport area, congratulations! Not only do you have your new home from Southport homes for sale to enjoy, but you've also got myriad attractions nearby. The area is a gateway to wonders, with beaches, a maritime town, fishing, golfing, kayaking, and exciting historical and cultural attractions. Whether you're outdoorsy or more of a shopping/dining aficionado, you can find something that will call to you at Southport.
Oftentimes, home renovation projects start out fun and then quickly become overwhelming. Managing a DIY home renovation yourself is a great way to save money and become more invested in your home... but it's a lot of work!
Our real estate agents are here to help. We've had a lot of experience when it comes to keeping renovations on track, and we've learned that, with the right tips, managing your home renovation project can be a lot easier than you might think.
Want to reduce your home's utility expenses, but feel like you don't have the time or energy to make your goal a success? Invest in smart home technology that helps you save money and monitor your home expenditures!
Our real estate agents know that adding a few pieces of technology can make a significant difference in your ongoing utility expenses. Here are a few tech additions that will help you save money and reduce your home's energy and water consumption.
One tends to work up an appetite when they spend a day by the beach. Fortunately, the Southport area offers no shortage of great eateries. Today, our real estate agents are excited to highlight their favorite local Mexican restaurants right here in Brunswick County, North Carolina.
New Year's resolutions can be challenging to keep, especially when we seem to be busier than ever. We get that, particularly if it involves going on a diet or hitting the gym more frequently. But resolutions don't have to be strictly personal — they can involve your home too! It's even possible to improve something that would boost the value of your home among Southport homes for sale.
One of the favorite things our real estate agents look forward to at the end of the year is when the colors of the year get announced. Each year, the top paint companies task their interior design experts with predicting what colors will be trendy in the new year. They don't just pick colors at random either — they look at everything from past trends to current events to decide colors that not only look good but colors that you'll be happy with. Here's what they chose:
Thousands of people love to travel to Southport each year, and some even make it their home. Southport is famous for its charming atmosphere, serene ocean breezes, and gorgeous scenery; it's also a fantastic spot to grab delicious American eats.
Our real estate agents suggest taking a few hours to enjoy some of Southport's top eateries. Here are a few can't-miss spots.
The holiday season is here, and it's time to celebrate with your family and friends. One fun way to ring in the season is with a few hours of holiday crafting.
Not only do you get to explore your creative side, but the end result is often a tasty treat or charming decoration perfect for gifting or enjoying in your home.
Our real estate agents know that you can have a memorable holiday crafting session from the comfort of your home. Check out some of the best holiday crafts that you can make at home.
Tourists and permanent residents love the scenic beauty of Brunswick County. Thanks to the presence of the Cape Fear River, Intercoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean, there's no shortage of breathtaking panoramic water views.
The holiday season is fast approaching, and now is the perfect time to get your home in shape before your guests arrive. Taking the time to tackle a few home improvement projects will help you make the most of the season and give you the peace of mind that your home is ready for the winter months. Our real estate agents have 5 home improvement projects that you'll be happy you took care of before Thanksgiving this year.
Pumpkins are one of the best fall decorations, and you'll see them from the first day of autumn through Thanksgiving. You'll probably see some if you're touring Southport homes for sale. But our real estate agents know there's more to pumpkins than simply placing them on your porch. Here are fun ways you can repurpose your pumpkins this season.
Looking for a home where you can celebrate your favorite festivities? Contact us today to start your home search.
Fall is upon us in the Southport area, and that can only mean one thing... Halloween is not far behind! The arrival of autumn brings not only some of the best weather of the year on the North Carolina coast but some of the spookiest and most fun-filled fall events. If you're looking for ways to enjoy the season in Brunswick County, then you're in luck. Our real estate agents are here to share their favorite spooky fall events!
Your living room is one of the focal points of your home, and probably one of the most lived-in rooms, after the kitchen. This makes it important to decorate in ways that are both functional and attractive, yet our real estate agents see a lot of homes that fail at achieving either one. As you're decorating your home or staging it to sell, make sure you don't make these common decorating mistakes.
One of our real estate agents' favorite things to do in Southport is perusing the many great local businesses in the city. Local business is often one of the biggest factors that makes a place unique, with one-of-a-kind products, and more importantly one-of-a-kind people you just can't find anywhere else. This is true for Southport, and the best place you can see this for yourself is on Howe Street. Cutting straight through the heart of Southport before finishing right on the water, Howe Street is the perfect display of what makes Southport so great to the people who live here. And if you're in the mood for shopping or just for finding something new, look no further than these uniquely Southport businesses.
Our real estate agents have seen it all when it comes to home remodels. We've seen run-down houses transformed into palaces, and we've seen homeowners get lost in the weeds and wind up totally in over their heads.
That's why we're always eager to offer our assistance and advice when it comes to renovation. Whether you're fixing up a house you just bought or are getting ready to list your Southport home for sale, these are the biggest DIY home improvement mistakes to avoid.
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!
It's hard to explain why the appearance of a hummingbird in our gardens always makes us so happy, but there's no denying that it does. At least 9 species of hummingbirds have been spotted in North Carolina, and while most are rare, ruby-throated hummingbirds are a common sight here in summer and fall.
It may be August, but there's still plenty of summer left in Southport! Besides, here on the North Carolina coast, it's always a good day to enjoy some time at the beach.
When you're in the mood for sun and sand, you don't have to go far in the Southport area. Our real estate agents are thrilled to share some of their favorite beaches in Brunswick County, NC.
If you've been busy exploring Southport homes for sale or you've finally found your dream home, you'll be looking forward to moving in and getting settled. As you start setting up your electronics and appliances, you might wonder whether you should be taking steps to protect them. After all, the Southport area experiences many thunderstorms, and it only takes one lighting strike to damage your devices.
Other things, like a downed power line or even your appliances turning on and off, can cause power surges. The good news is, you can protect your home by using a three-phase protection plan. This includes a whole-house surge protector, an external surge protector, and strip surge protectors. Here's a closer look at each one.
Summer is a time for relaxing, spending time outdoors, and enjoying fun adventures with family and friends. If you've been thinking about buying one of the beautiful Southport homes for sale, you'll want to take some time to get to know the area and explore the local culture.
There are many ways to enjoy some summer fun in the Southport area. We asked our real estate agents about their favorite things to do on their days off, and here's are a few of their recommendations.
We spend a lot of time in our kitchens. Whether it be for cooking, socializing, or unwinding after work, the kitchen is often the heart of the home. That's why the design and decor in your kitchen are so important. You won't want to spend time in a room you think looks cluttered or bland, and you won't get the most enjoyment out of it if you don't like how it looks. One easy way to change up your kitchen is by decorating your breakfast bar. Our real estate agents love when Southport homes for sale have breakfast bars, especially when they're decorated. Here are ideas you can use to decorate your breakfast bar.
If you have deep window sills, you have the perfect spot to increase your home's functionality and extend your decor. Although often overlooked, window sills are a great place to explore design ideas.
If you're interested in buying or selling a home, contact us about available properties. We have a variety of properties that are sure to be the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
There's a lot to see and do in Southport! With a vibrant Downtown district just footsteps away from the water, Southport offers all kinds of fun shopping and dining options. Sometimes our real estate agents just like to walk around Downtown Southport and take it all in, and these are some of our favorite local businesses to check out.
What makes a home a home? Is it the furniture, the curb appeal, or the market value? Really, there's only one thing that makes a home what it is: the people who live in it. As you move from house to house throughout your life, each one of those places is still your home, even though you may be states away from the house you grew up in. That's because your home is where you and your family are. And what better way to demonstrate that than by putting up photos of the people who mean the most to you. But nailing up a picture here and there doesn't always make for a great display. Our real estate agents have some pro tips for making your family photo displays the best they can be.
All of May is National Photography Month. The holiday, first implemented in 1987, offers an opportunity to celebrate the impact photography plays in modern society and all of our lives. It's one of our real estate agents' favorite times of the year.
The reason for that is simple. We live in an extraordinarily photogenic place. North Carolina's Brunswick County is a photographer's dream come true, and if you're looking to snap the perfect shot for your photo album or your Instagram account, we have some ideas about where in the Southport area you should look!
If our real estate agents have learned anything over our many years in the business, it's that first impressions are everything. That means your foyer has a big job to do.
Foyers tend to have a lot of room for furniture and decor, which means you have an abundance of possibilities — but also some hard choices to make. Whether you're getting ready to list your Southport home for sale or just want to wow your guests, these tips will turn your foyer into a showstopper.
Our real estate agents love talking to clients about their plans for decorating their new homes. While there's nothing wrong with modern decor, it's always so much fun to visit local vintage and antique stores searching for one-of-a-kind finds. Whether you're still exploring Southport homes for sale or you're already settled into your home, we recommend taking a look at some of the great shops in the area. Each shop listed below is located near Waterfront Park. We recommend stopping by to visit each one and making a day of exploring the area.
Our real estate agents are always talking to clients about the importance of curb appeal. As the weather starts to warm up, now is a great time to start thinking about sprucing up your outdoor space. Whether you're getting ready to sell your home or you just could use a bit of a refresh, these simple outdoor projects are a great place to start.
Whether you've just found your dream home or your current home needs a bit of a refresh, a new piece of artwork can go a long way! If you're in the area exploring Southport homes for sale, we suggest stopping by one (or more!) of the nearby art galleries for some inspiration. Our real estate agents often enjoy exploring local galleries on their days off. Here are a few of their favorites. Check them out — you won't be disappointed!
Now that you're settling into the special home you chose from Southport homes for sale, you're probably thinking about how to make your home stand out.
There are so many ways you can make your property a show stopper: tree and shrub removal or cutting back; building up raised beds; restoring sidewalks; repairing or installing an irrigation system; or rebuilding hardscapes such as garden walls, garden bed paver edges, or a pond. You may have to hire a crew to take care of these major jobs, but in the meantime, you can make the rounds at local garden stores and find inspiration for your overall garden scheme.
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Adventure is never far away in Brunswick County, North Carolina. From our many islands and beaches to incredible local restaurants, our real estate agents wouldn't change a thing about life on the Carolina coast! Here's what you can expect when you visit these charming beachfront communities.
Spring is in the air in the Southport area, and you know what that means! It's time to shake off the dust and doldrums of winter, and get into some serious spring cleaning. Our real estate agents look forward to this all year!
We understand not everybody gets as excited about spring cleaning as we do, which is why our team is happy to share their expertise. Check out these tips and tricks to make your home spotless this spring!
One Room at a Time
Trying to clean your entire home can feel overwhelming, so it's important to start out in the right mindset to make it more manageable. First and foremost, break it down and tackle one room at a time. Second, you don't have to do it all in a day. If you want, you can spend the next several weekends cleaning a single room each day until the whole house sparkles.
Clear the Clutter
The Southport, NC area offers no shortage of outdoor adventure. For anyone looking for ways to stay active and enjoy some time in the great outdoors, it's hard to imagine a better place. From lush forests and rugged trails to beautiful parks and beaches, there's so much to choose from on the North Carolina coast. Our real estate agents are delighted to share some of their favorite outdoor destinations in the Southport area.
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.
It can often be difficult to find new storage solutions in your home, especially if the places you normally use for storage are full. One often overlooked storage area is the attic, for a number of reasons. Some may be hesitant to put their cherished belongings up in the attic because of the potential dust and unchecked climate. But this seldom-used space can aid in your storage efforts if used properly. Our real estate agents recommend that you try the following things to optimize your attic for storage.
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.
Family members come in different shapes and sizes. Some are two-legged others are four-legged. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 48 million U.S. households have dogs, and 31 million others have cats. With such figures, it's no wonder that many homeowners keep their furry family members in mind when renovating their homes. Considering Fido's or Fluffy's needs can provide a pampered environment that will make everyone happy. And if you decide to sell your home down the road, the improvements can appeal to pet lovers looking for Southport homes for sale. Here are 5 practical and visually appealing renovation ideas your pets will love.
Budgeting for home improvements has always been a challenge. It's impossible to know exactly your expenses because new issues can arise and call for additional purchases. Unexpected challenges such as previously unknown plumbing issues are common, so it's important to have plans in place to keep costs under control.
Our real estate agents suggest budgeting for home improvement projects using the following tips:
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.
With the arrival of a new year comes an opportunity for a fresh start. And not just for you, but for your home too. After a year like 2020, it's safe to agree that we can all use a new beginning.
If you're anything like our real estate agents, you've probably spent a lot more time at home over the last year, possibly even working from home. You might be ready to stop staring at the same old walls and furnishings every day, in which case, redoing your home in one of these unique design styles might be just the pick-me-up your home needs for the new year!
Our real estate agents invite you to explore the storied shores of Brunswick County. North Carolina's barrier islands are charming, particularly the Brunswick Islands, which have a history dating back to more than 250 years ago. The towns Southport and Sunset Beach are excellent destinations to relax, unwind, and learn about the past with a stop at these historic sites.
While your energy bill isn't your biggest bill each month, it's one you have some control over. Cutting your energy costs can help you save money, even during the worst winter cold and the most miserable summer heat. Here are five tips our real estate agents recommend for cutting back on your energy usage in the new year, saving some money, and doing your part to help the planet.
When you buy a home near the water, it can feel like a vacation every day. The smell of the sea, the sound of waves, beauty, serenity, and endless water recreation opportunities – there's nothing like it. However, having a home near the water is unique in many ways, and there are more factors to consider before choosing your dream home. Here are our real estate agents' tips for buying a home near the water.
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.
The holiday season is upon us and one thing is for sure - this year is going to be a little bit different. With so many of us spending a lot of time indoors, there really couldn't be a better time to step up your holiday decorating game. After all, if you're going to spend so much time in your home, you might as well make it look good. Additionally, great holiday decor can serve as a much-needed mood booster at a time when many of us need it the most.
We were so inspired after seeing the holiday decorations at these Southport homes for sale that we decided to pull together some recommendations for how you can make your home a bit more festive this year:
Winter is in the air. It's true that we don't see much in the way of snow down here on the North Carolina coast, but that doesn't lessen our holiday cheer one bit. Our real estate agents are always excited to help support local businesses here in Brunswick County. And with the holidays on the horizon, we thought we'd share some of our favorite local shops to find gifts for someone special on your list!
Did you and your family, like our real estate agents, use the stay-at-home time to perfect your DIY skills? That practice will pay off with a beautifully decorated home when you and the kids have fun with these easy and clever holiday craft projects. Stock up on the craft supplies and have fun with the whole family making these holiday crafts!
In 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.
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.
Having a pet in your family makes your house feel even more like home. Unfortunately, not all buyers are thrilled about having a four-legged friend as a prior resident — especially if they have pets themselves. Our real estate agents understand that you have a lot on your plate as you sell your home. We want to take a moment to remind you that there are a few additional tasks to add to your to-do list if you're selling a home that housed a pet. Pet owners should complete these duties before a showing.
Even 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.
Have you fallen in love with autumn? Our real estate agents love this time of the year, particularly because so many homeowners embrace the season by decorating their porches. If you're looking for a way to celebrate the season with festive décor, consider these five decorating tips for your front porch.
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.
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 wildbirdgardeninc.com
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!
Hope to see you then!
There's so much natural beauty in our corner of North Carolina, so it's no wonder why residents love going outside for a picnic. With plenty of parks and natural areas to choose from, our real estate agents highly recommend taking your picnic baskets to these places around Brunswick County for a scenic dining experience.
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.
Our real estate agents know one of the best reasons to own a home is to have a garden or lawn for planting your favorite flowers, veggies, or fruits. A garden is great for hours of enjoyment all throughout the year. Plenty of Southport homes for sale offer ample space for any gardener to get started.
Even true "green thumbs" can find themselves slowing down a little on outdoor chores during the heat of summer. But sometimes, a plant simply won't wait: For one reason or another, you need to transplant it right away.
Spring is beginning, and it's a perfect time to plan your garden. The weather is warm enough that you can plan your garden outdoors, even if the lawn isn't as lush and green as it will be in a month or two. While exotic greenhouse blooms win flower shows, if you select plants suited to the local climate, you'll have multiple choices for beautiful blooms and plants that require relatively little intervention to thrive. Whether you've never planted a seed or win gardening prizes every spring, consider the following plants when planning a garden for your Southport home.
Dining out is even more special when you can share the experience with your best friend. Our real estate agents have put together a list of their favorite dog-friendly restaurants in the Southport area.
No matter how carefully you plan, moving day can be time-consuming and tiring.
Our real estate agents know nothing beats the excitement of moving into the home of your dreams. After weeks visiting the best Southport homes for sale, getting financing in order, and negotiating a good price, it's not unusual to crash into bed exhausted but accomplished.
The next day, most people start thinking about all the things they forgot.
Even the best-planned move tends to have a few hiccups along the way. There are so many things to take care of that you may simply run out of time. The sooner you catch up with those errands, though, the easier it'll be to enjoy your new property to the utmost.
So, what are the biggest things home buyers forget to do after they move?
Here's our list of the five top culprits:
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.
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.
Making new friends can be tough, especially when you are new in town. Our real estate agents share some tips for meeting people in your new community. Trying these fun ways to connect might take you out of your comfort zone and into some friendships that last a lifetime.
If you're looking at Southport homes for sale but wondering how you'll make new friends in the area, ask your current friends if they know anyone who lives or works in the local beach towns. There is lots to do, so reach out and say hello!
Join a Gym or Exercise Class
Gyms often have members who are part of a supportive, encouraging community. Working toward your fitness goals will also make you feel good about yourself, and in the process, you might just gain a few friends who will also be your cheerleaders. If a gym is not your style, you may want to join a local sports league or try a yoga class to branch out and network with others.
Spending time chatting with local business owners can help you build a sense of community, even if you're new to town. Most business owners and their employees love getting to know their customers, so become a regular at the farmer's market, the diner down the street, or hit your local bar for a drink once in a while. You just might strike up interesting conversations with other patrons as well.
Check out Coffee Shops
Coffee shops are often the heart of the neighborhood or a small town. If you want to get to know your neighbors, spend some time chatting with the local baristas, grab a table, and settle in for some people watching. The other thing that's critical to check out is the bulletin board or table full of flyers in your local coffee shop. That way, you can get the scoop on local interest groups and cool events.
Attend Cultural Events
One of the best ways to meet new friends is to participate in local food, music, and arts festivals. The vibe at festivals in and around the Brunswick Islands is usually communal and casual, which makes it easy to strike up conversations with those around you. Not only that, if a festival is specific to something you like, you'll probably meet some people who share other common interests, too! Check out your town's chamber of commerce website or peruse the local paper to find out what's going on.
Nature's not only good for the body and soul, but it's also a great way to meet people who share common interests. Do you have a dog? If the answer's yes, get to your local dog park to meet new furry friends and their humans. Or take some time to meander along the beach and settle down in the sand with a good book. Who knows, maybe someone will ask what you're reading and invite you to join their book club….where you can meet even more new friends!
Are you ready to take the leap and find the Southport home of your dreams? Our skilled real estate professionals at Margaret Rudd & Associates can help. Contact us to learn more today.
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.
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.
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!
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.
It all leads up to this — the open house. All of your hard work in and around your home is now ready to be showcased for prospective buyers. Getting to the open house stage is no easy feat, and you should feel excitement mixed with pride as you prepare to entertain the buyer's offers. Before you open the doors to your home, you want to make sure you're all squared away. To give you a helping hand, our real estate agents created the ultimate open house checklist to prepare you and your home.
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.
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.
Moving comes with a lot of stresses, big and small. For pet owners, making sure your furry friends are safe and sound during the move and adjust well to their new home is a big priority. The good news is, moving with a pet doesn't have to be stressful! Our REALTORS® share 7 tips for relocating with a pet that will make the move much more manageable, and help your pet learn to love your new home.
No matter how prepared you are, selling your home can create an emotional whirlwind. There's the excitement of getting your home in amazing shape, the relief of finally getting the right offer, and the anticipation of what comes next. On the other hand, there's also concern about whether you'll find a buyer, uncertainty about which offers to accept, and the major stress of waiting for the deal to finally go through.
While there's always going to be some anxiety involved in the home selling process, our REALTORS® want you to relax and enjoy the ride. The following five tips will help you sell your home without the stress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.