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November
29

Find All Your Holiday Shopping Needs In Southport

Find the perfect gifts for your friends and family with these Southport shops.

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.

  • Coastal Cottage Shop
    If you're looking for a gift with coastal flair, head over to the Coastal Cottage Shop, where you'll find an assortment of lovely gifts that are everything coastal. This shop is filled with unique gifts, including upcycled furniture that's painted and upholstered, home decor items like china, linens, kitchen items, lamps, and household accessories. You'll also find an assortment of good coffee table books, custom jewelry items, artwork by local artists, and special holiday-themed gifts to celebrate the season.
  • Mad River Studio
    If you're currently living in Southport or looking for Southport homes for sale with coastal views, be sure to make Mad River Studio your first stop. This store specializes in home design for coastal living. When you walk into the store, you'll be greeted by furniture and accessory items that reflect a comfortable coastal cottage interior. You can browse the showroom for floor items or request an in-home design for someone special on your Christmas list. Before you leave, be sure to say hello to Sailor and Fish, the two adorable shop dogs who just love getting treats.
  • Magnolia's of Southport
    Magnolia's of Southport is a family-owned business that specializes in home decor and garden items, ladies' apparel, handbags, and accessories, custom jewelry from local artists, delightful greeting cards, and a variety of gifts. Magnolia's is a small comfortable shop that offers a personalized touch with lovely owners who will help you find the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. Magnolia's is open year-round, so plan a holiday visit this season to find a special Christmas gift for the lady of the house.
  • Olde Southport Village Shops
    If you want to explore some unique shops with a charming atmosphere, don't miss a visit to the Olde Southport Village Shops. You can spend a relaxing afternoon browsing through a row of quaint little houses that contain everything from home décor, antiques and collectibles, artwork and hand-made pottery, hand-made jams and jellies, food and beverages, and Christmas candies and cookies. During the holiday season, you can even enjoy a Christmas festival with music, Santa, and some special holiday goodies.
  • Southport Wine Rack
    For that person on your list who has everything, plan a shopping trip to the Southport Wine Rack located in the heart of historic downtown Southport, just across the street from the Southport Water Tower. This is a quaint shop that offers a big selection of wines from around the world, as well as tasty craft and imported beers. For a special holiday gift, take a friend to a free wine-tasting event or gift them a membership to the Wine Club, which offers invitations to "Members Only" events and special discounts on bottles of wine. The Wine Rack is the perfect place for a unique holiday experience and world-class Christmas spirits.

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.

November
9

Eat Like a Local: Learn to Love Oysters

Oysters in Southeastern North Carolina

Moving to the southeastern coast of North Carolina means acclimating yourself to the most beloved dishes and cuisine of the local area. For those of us in Brunswick County, and the low country of North Carolina, this usually involves falling in love with seafood. And, one of the most popular seafoods during the fall and winter is a salty, briny oyster.

Enjoy Oysters at Area Restaurants

Lucky residents of Southport, Oak Island and the surrounding areas can find these salty delicacies in numerous establishments. A few to note include:

Moore Street Oyster Bar

Earning its name from its extensive menu of oysters and fresh seafood, this popular spot can be found along the downtown streets of Southport. Pop in for a quick bite while shopping or visiting the waterfront. Be sure to order The Kathryn with artichoke, white wine, parmesan cream sauce and basil or the Simply Southern with collards, ham, and bacon topped with pimento cheese.

Shagger Jack's

Featuring an assorted menu with some quality cajun flair, Shagger Jack's is a local and tourist favorite with indoor and outdoor (dog-friendly) seating. Lightly fried oysters can be ordered as a platter with cole slaw and fries, or as a po'boy sandwich topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles and house-made remoulade.

Fishy Fishy

Seated right on the Intracoastal Waterway, boasting gorgeous sunset views is Fishy Fishy Restaurant. With dock side service available and a menu offering everything from delicious appetizers to seafood platters, you're sure to find something for the seafood lovers and non-seafood lovers in your crew! Opt for the highly-sought after seafood plate or add their mouth-watering oysters to any salad.

Island Way

Is there any other way than the Island Way? This oceanfront restaurant neighbors Ocean Crest Fishing Pier and offers some of the best views of any place in Brunswick County. Featuring steaks and seafood, be sure to stop by for a romantic dinner and to grab their oysters on the half shell before diving into your meal!

How to Open an Oyster

Enjoy Oysters at Home

Oysters can be enjoyed a variety of different ways like on the raw bar, steamed, fried or roasted. The only thing that stands in your way from devouring these filters of the ocean is the act of shucking (opening) the oysters. While the process seems intimidating, it's actually very simple.

Shuck in Six: 6 Steps to Shucking an Oyster

  1. Protect. Use a thick cloth, kitchen towel or gloves to cover and protect your hands from the sharp shells and oyster knife.
  2. Place. Using your non-dominant covered hand, hold the oyster with the hinge facing you.
  3. Pressure. Using the oyster knife, gradually apply pressure and oscillate around the hinge to try and insert the knife into the hinge of the shell.
  4. Cut. Once the knife enters the hinge of the shell, reach straight into the oyster for the adductor and make one clean cut across the adductor.
  5. Open. Using the oyster knife, open the oyster and rinse it lightly to remove any broken shell pieces.
  6. Decide. You can test the oyster by poking it around the lips to see if it's alive as it should retract. The oyster should smell fresh and like the ocean but not overly fishy or bad. If the oyster smells bad, or does not retract when poked, do not eat it. If the oyster is good to go, just decide on how you want to prepare to eat this delicacy!

Celebrate the Oyster

While oysters are technically harvested between October and March, they can be enjoyed year round. In Brunswick County, we celebrate all that is the oyster during the NC Oyster Festival. This annual family-friendly event includes everything from an oyster roast and arts and crafts festival to a full entertainment line-up and so much more!

Oyster Festival

Enjoy Oysters In Your Brunswick County Home

Living in Brunswick County is about so much more than just enjoying oysters. Whether you're looking for the perfect second home with a bit of coastal charm or you want to know what island life is all about, reach out to Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® today to learn more about living in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Be sure to check out the current available listings on our website to find your new Brunswick County dream home today! 

November
7

Discover The Best Local Craft Beer In Southport

Enjoying a night out with great food and drinks is easy in Southport. Here's where you can find the best local lagers and ales.

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.

Southport is a well-known vacation destination, but it's also well-known for its award-winning local craft beer. Visitors looking for Southport homes for sale are pleasantly surprised to find out that this quaint small town is home to some of the best craft beer breweries in the country.

  • Good Hops Brewing
    Good Hops Brewing is a neighborhood craft brewery located in Carolina Beach. Good Hops is a family-friendly, pet-friendly neighborhood gathering place for beer lovers. You can relax with friends and family on a comfortable outdoor patio or head to Trinity Disc Golf for a free 3 par 9-hole course located on four beautiful scenic acres of the brewery. At the Tap Room and Beer Garden, you can sample a variety of craft beers and ales with distinctive malt flavors or enjoy special seasonal beers throughout the year. Favorites include Blood Rose Belgian in the Spring, Donna Pineapple in the Summer, and Barley Wine during the holidays.
  • Silver Coast Winery
    Silver Coast Winery located in Ocean Isle Beach and Carolina Shores/Calabash is known for its great craft beers as well as its award-winning wines. Crafted by Dana Keeler, an award-winning winemaker, Silver Coast Winery has won more than 400 national and international medals for its European-style wines.

    Silver Coast Winery offers tours of the production facility, daily wine tastings, and fun family-friendly activities throughout the year. You can attend monthly sip and craft daytime or evening classes, special holiday markets, and food truck events while enjoying your favorite glass of wine. You can also purchase exclusive Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.
  • Southport Tap & Cellar
    A local favorite, Southport Tap & Cellar offers an extensive list of craft beers on tap and in bottles and cans to take home. You can also enjoy weekly special events and order a variety of wines by the glass or specialty drinks served every day. Favorite Southport Tap & Cellar specialty drinks include:
    • The Southport Bloody Mary
    • Champagne Mimosa
    • Peach Man-Mosa
    • Coffee or hot chocolate spiked with O'Reilly's Irish Cream
    • Frozen slushies made with wine
  • The Pub of Southport
    Located in the heart of town, The Pub of Southport is a fun place that offers a variety of imported and domestic beers bottled or on tap, a big selection of wines, and over 90 different selections of whiskey. In addition to your favorite beverages, you can enjoy a variety of traditional Irish Pub food dishes or head to the Premier Sports Bar with 8 HD TVs and nearly every sports package available. The Pub also hosts a number of frequent live performances from local musicians.
  • Wine Rack
    If you're visiting historic downtown Southport, stop by the Wine Rack directly across the street from the Water Tower. The Wine Rack is a quaint shop with a unique selection of wines and craft beers. You will find a variety of American wines as well as wines from France, Spain, Italy, and Australia at affordable prices. If you prefer craft beer, they have a wide assortment of hard seltzers, hard ciders, and sours, as well as 6 brews on tap every day. You can even order a keg for a party.

If you're looking for your dream home in Southport, contact us so we can help you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle.

October
27

LOCAL BRUNSWICK COUNTY REALTOR® INDUCTED INTO NC REALTORS® HALL OF FAME

Cherokee, NC – Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® (MRA) is pleased to announce that Sue Franks, Broker, REALTOR®, GRI and member of the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® was recently inducted into the NC REALTORS® Hall of Fame. According to the NC REALTORS® organization, this prestigious award recognizes REALTORS® who have made significant contributions to the real estate profession through the areas of development, environment, government and leadership.

Over the years, Mrs. Franks has been a champion associate for MRA. She has lent her expertise to the NC REALTORS® Legislative and Issues Mobilization committees, and has previously served on both the Brunswick County Department of Social Services Board and the Brunswick County Planning Board. She fulfilled duties as a member of the Guardian ad Litem program, and also performed as the Federal District Coordinator for former Congressman Mike McIntyre.

Mrs. Franks' Hall of Fame induction occurred during the 2022 Annual NC REALTORS® Convention and Expo in Cherokee, North Carolina. This event, held October 16 to 19, traditionally serves as the place to share industry information, network with fellow real estate professionals, and to take advantage of educational opportunities.

REALTORS® or consumers interested in learning more about the annual awards or the NC REALTORS® should visit www.ncrealtors.org while information on the local Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® may be found at www.bcarnc.com. Buyers, sellers, and investors looking for a real estate specialist may contact the Southport or Oak Island office of Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® at (800) 733-5258 or (800) 733-5213, respectively.

Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS (MRA) is a second-generation, family-run business offering a full range of real estate services including sales, property management, vacation rentals, development, land sales, commercial properties, relocation services and long-term rentals. With a reputation for exceptional customer service and dedication to strong professional ethics and integrity, MRA is the most respected full-service firm in Brunswick County with three offices to service your property management and real estate needs. Interested parties or those looking for real estate
assistance may visit www.margaretrudd.com and/or www.rudd.com to learn more about the real estate sales and property management services the company offers its clientele.

October
10

Find Delicious Pasta Dishes In Southport With These Restaurants

Pasta dishes can be great comfort food, and these Southport restaurants are serving up imaginative plates using this simple ingredient.

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 CucinaBella 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 SouthportFalcone'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 RestaurantBambini'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'sCastucci'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 BistroJoseph'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.

September
19

Find The Best Fried Rice With These Southport Restaurants

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!

  • Asian Taste - 1671 N Howe St STE 3, Southport, NC 28461
    Known for its modern interpretations of classic Chinese dishes, Asian Taste has become a staple of the Southport area. Located a stone's throw from many Southport homes for sale, their menu offers old standards alongside unique specialties, all made by talented chefs using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. The fried rice at Asian Taste is excellent, and the Young Chow Fried Rice, made with chicken, pork, and shrimp, is a particular favorite.

  • Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar - 1643 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    You'll find some of the best sushi in Southport at Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar, but their wide-ranging menu also includes a lot of classic Chinese and Korean dishes, all prepared to perfection. Their gourmet fried rice is really outstanding and is available with beef, chicken, shrimp or vegetables. If you can't decide which variety you want, go for the House Fried Rice, which has all of the above! Everything is made fresh to order and served in their welcoming, laid-back space. Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar also has a great beverage menu, which includes several types of sake and Japanese beer.

  • Indochine Express - 1131 N Atlantic Ave, Southport, NC 28461
    A long-running favorite in Wilmington, Indochine Express has opened up a second location here in Southport, and they could not be more welcome! This eatery serves a melding of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, and their menu is packed with amazing options like Pad Thai, Hokkein Hot Noodles, and Yum Yum Chicken. The Thai-style fried rice at Indochine Express is made with fried egg and onions, and comes with your choice of pork, chicken, shrimp, beef, tofu, or vegetables.

  • Taste of China - 4956 Long Beach Rd SE #17, Southport, NC 28461
    Sandwiched between a laundromat and a smoke shop in an unassuming strip mall, Taste of China is a classic hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant that serves outstanding food. Their menu is packed with all the staples you'd expect to find in an American Chinese restaurant, from Lo Mein to Wonton Soup. You simply can't go wrong, and their chicken, shrimp, beef, and roast pork fried rice are all great choices. Taste of China is primarily a to-go restaurant, but some seating is available.

  • Tengu Japanese Steakhouse - 4956 Old Long Beach Rd SE #8497, Southport, NC 28461
    You have a lot of options at Tengu Japanese Steakhouse, a fun, funky hibachi and sushi restaurant in Southport. They serve an excellent selection of sushi, as well as classic hibachi dishes prepared by the chef on a flat-top grill in full view of the dining room. They have great fried rice, which can be ordered as its own dish, or as a side with any of Tengu's lunch and dinner hibachi grill entrees. Tengu Japanese Steakhouse also has a great kids' menu for children 12 and under, making this a great spot for a fun family meal in Southport.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Southport area! And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find the perfect home for you and your family on the North Carolina coast.

September
5

Hit The Water With Southport Kayaking

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.

  • The Adventure Kayak Company - 807 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    One of the best destinations in Southport for all things kayak-related, The Adventure Kayak Company has been in business for more than 20 years. It's safe to say they have pretty much all of your paddling needs covered. That includes kayak lessons and tours of some of the most scenic spots near Southport homes for sale. Check their website for upcoming paddling trips, including guided tours of scenic Southport spots like Rice Creek and Town Creek.

  • Up a Creek Kayaking - Southport, NC 28461
    Not only does Up a Creek Kayaking offer kayak rentals in Southport and the surrounding areas, but they'll also deliver and pick up your kayak for free within 15 miles. Half-day, full-day, and multiple-day rentals are available. Owned and operated by a husband and wife dream team of lifelong paddlers, Up a Creek Kayaking also offers exciting guided kayak trips, including Osprey Hunt tours of Beaverdam Creek and Davis Canal tours in the heart of Oak Island.

  • Long Beach Paddle Company - 4908 E Yacht Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
    The Oak Island-based Long Beach Paddle Company offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals in one of the most beautiful corners of the Carolina coast. You can pick your craft up right at the dock at no extra charge, or have it delivered anywhere on the island for a modest fee. Long Beach Paddle Company also offers guided tours of some of the best local kayaking areas, including Dutchman Creek, Davis Canal, and Sheep Island.

  • Riverside Adventure Co. - 10 Marina Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461
    Bald Head Island, located just across the mouth of the Cape Fear River from Southport, is one of the best places in the area to really unplug. Accessible only by ferry or private boat, the island's backwaters feature mile after mile of picture-perfect kayaking water. Head to Riverside Adventure Co. if you want to rent a kayak (or bike, or surfboard, or beach equipment) during your time on Bald Head Island. There's no better way to explore this unique and wild place.

  • Island Dan's - 1609 Swain Dr SW, Oak Island, NC 28465
    Overlooking the picturesque shoreline of Oak Island, Island Dan's is a great place to rent a kayak or jump aboard a guided kayak tour. The tours are great for small groups, accommodating up to 5 people as they meander through the canals and backwaters of Oak Island. Expect to see plenty of local wildlife along the way (dolphins are always a possibility) and learn a little bit about the history and ecology of the area. Island Dan's also rents beach equipment, bikes, fishing rods, and tackle.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Southport and the surrounding areas. Our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home on the North Carolina coast!

August
29

Practice Your Photography Skills With These Local Sights

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!

  • Southport Marsh Walk - Brunswick St, Southport, NC 28461
    Extending into a landscape of picturesque salt marshes, the Southport Marsh Walk is one of the most scenic spots in Southport. The Marsh Walk itself is a 1/8-mile boardwalk surrounded by beautiful marshes alongside the Intracoastal Waterway. Herons, egrets, ibis, and other shore birds are commonly seen wading in the marshes, offering great opportunities for wildlife photography. The weathered boardwalk with a shaded gazebo at its end is equally photogenic and within walking distance of many Southport homes for sale.

  • Waterfront Park - 146-176 E Bay St, Southport, NC 28461
    There are always great scenes waiting to be captured at Southport's Waterfront Park. From boats coming in and out of the harbor to anglers trying their luck on the Southport Fishing Pier, the whole area is often alive with activity. But the quiet moments are also worth experiencing at this 9-acre park. It's a perfect place to watch the sun rise over the Cape Fear River in the morning, as gulls hover overhead and waves gently lap at the shoreline.

  • Oak Island Lighthouse - 300a Caswell Beach Rd, Oak Island, NC 28465
    Lighthouses are some of the most-photographed structures in the world, and taking a truly unique lighthouse photo is no easy task. But the Oak Island Lighthouse is a great place to give it a shot. Completed in 1958, the Oak Island Lighthouse is still in active service and is an unmistakable fixture of the coastal scenery of Oak Island, which is just a few minutes; drive from Southport. And while the lighthouse itself is a great subject for photographers, you can also take a guided tour to the top of the lighthouse, which offers a spectacular view of the surrounding coastline.

  • Dutchman Creek Park - 4750 Fish Factory Rd SE, Southport, NC 28461
    You'll find exceptional views throughout the 30-acre expanse of Dutchman Creek Park, located just outside of Southport. Once you get past the man-made facilities like picnic pavilions, playgrounds, and tennis courts, the park offers a wild landscape of maritime forests and marshlands alongside Dutchman's Creek and the Intracoastal Waterway. The park is also a popular kayak launch site, and you can get some truly one-of-a-kind landscape photos aboard a kayak.

  • Bald Head Island - Marina Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461
    Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, Bald Head Island feels remote despite being just minutes from Southport. The scenery is simply spectacular, with miles of pristine beaches and many acres of preserved maritime forest ready to be discovered. Bald Head Island is also home to "Old Baldy," a decommissioned lighthouse built in 1817, and a charming village with streets lined with picturesque beach houses. The only way to reach the island is by ferry or private boat, and the standard modes of transportation once you get there are bicycles and golf carts.

Contact us today to learn more about all the unique sights that await in the Southport area. And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find your dream home on the North Carolina coast!

August
1

Find Scenic Picnic Spots Around Southport

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. 

  • Southport Waterfront Park
    Southport Waterfront Park is a nine-acre park that borders the streets of downtown Southport and the Cape Fear River. This picturesque park offers amazing waterfront views and a refreshing breeze.

    There are multiple wooden benches that make a terrific spot for picnicking in the sunshine. Or, if you prefer to picnic in the shade, there are shelters located close to the park's entrance.
  • Lowe-White Memorial Park
    Lowe-White Memorial Park is a terrific spot surrounded by woods that's ideal for relaxation and recreational fun. The park has picnic tables and benches that you can use for picnics, or you can take one of the walking trails to find a tranquil spot in the wooded surroundings.

    Before you leave, check out the tennis courts or basketball court for a little friendly competition. 
  • Franklin Square Park
    Franklin Square Park includes a gazebo, park benches, and picnic tables for anyone who wants to picnic or just sit and take in the peaceful atmosphere. The park also includes a small playground. 
  • Dutchman Creek Park
    Stop by Dutchman Creek Park for a day of fishing and picnicking. With 20 acres of park space, you're sure to find a fantastic location to celebrate National Picnic Month.
  • Caswell Beach
    Thanks to the soft, white sand and relaxing waves, Caswell Beach is a terrific location for a beachfront picnic. Take some time off from touring Southport homes for sale and instead bask in the ocean views while enjoying the sights and sounds of the coast. 
  • Bald Head Island
    Hop on the ferry and take your picnic basket to Bald Head Island. The island is car-free and offers pristine beaches, lush forests, and stunning sand dunes. With so much gorgeous scenery, you can take your pick from a variety of excellent picnicking spots. 
  • Holden Beach
    Holden Beach combines a small-town atmosphere with large, unspoiled beaches. Grab your beach blanket for a beachfront picnic.

    Or, check out one of the charming spots along the Intracoastal Waterway. If you're feeling adventurous, bring your kayak or canoe to picnic while you're on the water. 

With so many naturally beautiful spots, Southport is an excellent city to celebrate National Picnic Month. Ready to make Southport your permanent home? Contact us today to start your home search!

July
18

Summer Fun: Explore These Brunswick County Beaches

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!

  • Sunset Beach
    You can explore 3 miles of coastline in Sunset Beach, a cozy coastal community that offers a charming assortment of shops and restaurants footsteps from the water. National Geographic has ranked Sunset Beach among the best beaches in the world, and there are also some great coastal trails and boardwalks here that will delight nature lovers. You might discover that you never want to leave, in which case you'll be glad to learn that there are plenty of Sunset Beach homes for sale!

  • Ocean Isle Beach
    With its ample stretch of windswept dunes, Ocean Isle Beach is the type of place that invites you to visit again and again. There are some great beachfront restaurants here with patios overlooking the ocean, and the Museum of Coastal Carolina is a great attraction. Ocean Isle is also home to the longest fishing pier in Brunswick County, which stretches 1,000 feet into the ocean. The pier is footsteps from the beach and just minutes from these Ocean Isle homes for sale.

  • Holden Beach
    Offering warm ocean breezes and an abundance of small-town charm, Holden Beach occupies an 8-mile-long barrier island, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal waterway on the other. The entire 8-mile stretch of Atlantic coast is a publicly-accessible beach, and there are also numerous Holden Beach homes for sale within walking distance of the surf. There's also a great 750-foot pier on the ocean side, while the inland-facing side of the island is perfect for paddling.

  • Caswell Beach
    The Caswell Beach community is a less-inhabited Brunswick County beach, making it a great place for anyone seeking peaceful seclusion on the coast. You might feel like you have the whole beach to yourself, especially if you're here on a weekday. It's an ideal spot for surf fishing along the coast, and the wild, grassy sand dunes that fringe the beach harbor a diverse assortment of shore birds.

  • Oak Island
    The town of Oak Island, which occupies a portion of the island that shares its name, is another great spot for a relaxing beach vacation. You'll find more than 60 public access points along 10 miles of sandy coastline, making this a paradise for anyone who enjoys spending time by the water. Most of the beaches are also pet friendly, so don't worry about whether you should leave your furry friends at home. They'll have a great time too! The Oak Island Nature Center, with its nature trails and wildlife exhibits, is also a major highlight.

  • Bald Head Island
    You'll have to leave your car behind to visit Bald Head Island, the most secluded of Brunswick County's beach communities. Around 200 people live on this secluded island where no cars are allowed, and the only way to get there is by ferry or private boat from the mainland. If you truly want to unplug, this is the place for you. It's a great island for bicycling, and the beaches are some of the best around for beachcombing.

Contact us today to learn more about life on the North Carolina coast! If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents can help you find it in Brunswick County.

July
6

The Best Reasons To Move To Southport

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.

  1. Southport Has a Warm Climate
    If you're tired of dealing with chilly winter temperatures and unfavorable winter weather, Southport is a terrific spot to call home. The city is North Carolina's warmest city.

    During the summer, the days often boast high temperatures and high humidity levels. Summer in Southport is the perfect time to cool off with a refreshing ocean dip.

    The winter months are mild and usually have average temperatures in the 40s. Snow and ice are rare in Southport. Throughout the year, the city has an average of 100 sunny days. Choose one of these sunny days to explore Southport homes for sale.
  1. Southport Offers Multiple Options for Recreation
    There are a slew of activities to try out in Southport, and the mild weather means that many of these activities are outside. Some popular outdoor hobbies for Southport residents include kayaking, sailing, fishing, golfing, hiking, and swimming.

    If you're a history enthusiast, Southport is full of historically significant events from the Colonial times that you can learn more about. You can also visit historic landmarks, including Fort Johnson, which is now the town's Museum and Visitor Center.

    There are also numerous art, music, and food festivals that take place within driving distance of Southport.
  1. Southport is Full of Natural and Manmade Beauty
    Southport is located where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean; this means that you have beautiful river and ocean views throughout the city. There are also lakes, creeks, marshes, and forests that offer fantastic scenery.

    Many neighborhoods in Southport include vintage-style antique stores, cafes with locally sourced food, and homes with historic architecture,  all of which add character and charm to the town.
  1. Southport Offers a Fantastic Quality of Life
    Residents of Southport have the distinction of living in one of the country's happiest seaside towns. The small-town environment creates a cozy, inviting atmosphere that many residents love. The cost of living is affordable in Southport, helping you make the most of your income. Compared to the national average, the cost of living in Southport is 1 percent less. Property in Southport is affordable; homes tend to be 10 percent lower than the national average.

    Families with school-age children appreciate the fact that Southport has a solid public education system with low teacher-to-student ratios, strong graduation rates, and multiple course options for students to choose from.

    Southport is also a highly walkable city, a trait that's rare in many cities. It's possible to live without a car in Southport, and the city has even embraced new traffic patterns that make the city more pedestrian-friendly. Having the option to walk to many of their daily destinations allows residents to reduce their transportation costs and live more active lifestyles.

Southport has a unique combination of characteristics that make it an excellent spot for individuals seeking to relocate. Ready to find your Southport home? Contact us to get started!

June
21

Find The Best Wine And Dinner In Southport

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.

  1. Ports of Call Bistro. 116 N. Howe St., Southport 
    Love fine handcrafted cuisine? Look no further than Ports of Call Bistro. What exactly is a bistro? It can signal a wide range of menu offerings, from steaks to more exotic fare, but usually, it's what we think of as world cuisine. As the name implies, Ports of Call Bistro offers inspired cooking every season, from morning to night. This summer, don't miss the brunch, with a couple of twists on traditional Eggs Benedict; likewise Crepes; lunch (try the seafood BLT); and finally, dinner, where no matter what part of the world your palate wants to take you, you will find a great wine to pair with your entree.

  2. Southport Wine Rack. 102 W. Brown St., Southport
    Southport Wine Rack is a cozy place for a glass of wine, be it outdoors with your doggo or inside, ordering from the extensive wine and beer menu. Snacks are available with the wine and beer, or order from the food truck nearby. An excellent place for a wine lover.

  3. Edgewater 122. 122 Yacht Basin Drive, Southport
    There's lunch and Sunday brunch, as well as dinner. Plan on pairing wine or bubbly stuff with any of these meals. Let's look at the food first. Opt for some bistro-style starters and salads. For brunch, how about Chef's Benedict, Turkey Melt, Steak and Eggs, or Shrimp and Grits? For dinner, try Market Fish (after all, you're at the water's edge), Pan Roasted Salmon, Ribeye Steak, or Jumbo Shrimp. Edgewater 122 is also known for its beautiful views, scrumptious cocktails, and great selection of wines.

  4. Moore Street Oyster Bar. 110 East Moore St., Southport
    Moore Street Oyster Bar
    is an oyster pub specializing in Southern coastal cooking. Every day has an oyster du jour offering, plus toothsome pub fares such as Buffalo Chicken, Black and Blue Burger, Fried Crawfish and Langostino Poorboy, and much more. Wash those Southern-fried favorites down with a glass of delicious wine, a handcrafted cocktail, or one of their hard-to-get bourbons.

  5. Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar, 1643 N. Howe St., Southport
    In the mood for something lighter? Try Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar. You'll find all your sushi favorites, imaginatively named, like Godzilla Roll (soft-shell crab, cucumber, and avocado) or Scorpion King (soft shell crab, avocado, and cucumber topped with pepper seared tuna). The gourmet menu features typical Chinese or tempura dishes. Alcohol is served, but you can order takeout and take it home and pair it with some rice wine (sake).

  6. Joseph's Italian Bistro. 5003 O'Quinn Boulevard, Southport
    Of course, Southport has delectable Italian food. We highly recommend Joseph's Italian Bistro, with Steamed Clams or Saffron Mussels for appetizers; traditional pasta faves like Linguine Ala Carbonara or Eggplant Parmigiana; then some special seafood dishes such as Linguine and Clams (or Mussels), Chicken or Veal or Steaks. Ask for a recommendation for pairing a delectable red, white, or sparkling wine.

You've got lots of choices when it comes to wining and dining in Southport. Any other questions? Contact us today.

May
31

Discover Southport With Local Tours

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. 

  • A Nicholas Sparks Tour
    Multiple Nicholas Sparks films have been set in the Brunswick Islands area. With 24 miles of gorgeous beaches and enchanting coastal communities, it's no surprise that this area serves as a consistent inspiration for love and romance. See these spots by embarking on a self-guided Nicholas Sparks tour.

    "Every Breath" was inspired by the Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Sunset Beach. This mailbox is filled with journals and pens that invite visitors to share their stories with the world.

    The city of Southport is featured in the film versions of "A Walk to Remember" and the novel and film adaptations of "Safe Haven."

    Stop by the Old Smithville Burying Ground and stargaze. Or, visit the Riverwalk Gazebo where Jamie and Landon share a romantic moment in "A Walk to Remember."

    Stroll through downtown Southport to see many stores and restaurants that make an appearance in Safe Haven. Have a meal at the Ports of Call restaurant where Katie and Alex have dinner together. 
  • A Historical Bald Head Island Tour
    Bald Head Island is approximately 45 minutes away from Southport. The Bald Head Island Historical tour is taken via a golf cart and explores four centuries of Bald Head Island history.

    Some of the topics explored on the tour include piracy, colonization, the Old Baldy Lighthouse, and how Bald Head island was developed into a destination for tourism.

    Your tour ticket includes admission to the Smith Island Museum of History and the Old Baldy Lighthouse. 
  • A Brunswick Island Air Tour
    Take a break from checking out Southport homes for sale and experience the splendor of the Brunswick Islands with a Brunswick Island air tour.

    You'll depart from the Cape Fear regional airport and head towards the Oak Island "point." Then, your plane will traverse the shoreline as you look for dolphins and a shipwreck in Lockwood Folly inlet.

    Next, you'll see Bald Head Island landmarks and head towards Frying Pan Shoals. Your tour then explores the Cape Fear River and the charming Southport waterfront.
  •  A Southport Water Tour
    While Southport is a terrific city when you're on land, it's also an excellent sight from the bodies of water located around the city.

    A Southport Water Tour will depart from the Southport Marina and explore the Southport waterfront, Caswell, and Bald Head Island. Your tour will end with a trip down the Intercoastal Waterway. Up to six passengers can attend this private boat tour.

    This is a fantastic tour to take around sunset, as you'll have unbelievable views of the sky and setting sun. You'll also see have the chance to see a lot of wildlife during your journey, including egrets, dolphins, and herons. 

Ready to make Southport your permanent home? Contact us today to start your search!

May
11

Southport Local Arts To Explore Your Creativity

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.

  • The Artshak
    Located at 822 N Howe St., The Artshak is filled with a variety of visually appealing art, including paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, accessories, home decor, and sculptures. The pieces are available for purchase, allowing you to support local small businesses and artists.

    Spend time enjoying all that The Artshak has to offer, or pick up a few pieces to add an artistic touch to your home. 
  • Franklin Square Gallery
    Franklin Square Gallery is located in the historic district of downtown Southport at 130 E. West Street. The gallery is run by artists and hosts regular events, including art shows, art classes, workshops, art history lectures, and charity events. Over 100 artists display their work at Franklin Square Gallery.

    Take a break from touring Southport homes for sale and visit the gallery on the first Friday of every month for music and other entertainment, along with a chance to meet and chat with some of the artists who have their work on display. 
  • The Amuzu Theatre
    The Amuzu Theatre is a family-owned business in Southport with a variety of shows and performances, including stand-up comedians, musical shows, and movie viewings.

    Many films have used The Amuzu Theatre as a filming location, including the famous 90's slasher flick "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Visit The Amuzu Theatre at 111 N. Howe St. 
  • Angelwing Needle Arts
    Check out Angelwing Needles Arts at 507 N. Howe St. for everything that you need to learn or enhance your needlework skills. This fun craft store sells supplies and patterns for knitting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, embroidery, and quilting. 
  • The Pub of Southport
    The Pub of Southport is more than just a place to relax with friends while you enjoy traditional Irish cuisine and a glass of ice-cold craft beer. Located at 1513 N. Howe St. at Suite 10, The Pub frequently hosts live bands. Sit back with a whiskey, beer, or bourbon, and let the music inspire your creativity.

In addition to its gorgeous natural scenery and delicious restaurants, Southport is home to a number of creative spots that appeal to a variety of interests.

Ready to call Southport your home or ensure you always have a vacation home waiting for you? Contact us today to start your search!

April
26

The Best Places Around Southport To Walk Your Dogs

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.

  1. Dutchman Creek Park
    Located at 4750 Fish Factory Road, Dutchman Creek Park is a free 30-acre park with areas for walking, restrooms, a playground, and a picnicking space. There's also pier fishing and a free boat access area if you want to try to catch dinner.
  1. Lowe-White Memorial Park
    Lowe-White Memorial Park is situated at the corner of Leonard Street and Willis Drive. There's an expansive network of walking trails that weave in and out of the wooded area in the park, offering shade and cooler temperatures as you walk.

    Before you leave, check out the enclosed half-sized basketball court, the enclosed tennis courts, the playground, and the tranquil overlook area. 
  1. The Kent Mitchell Nature Trail
    When you need a break from checking out Southport homes for sale, head over to The Kent Mitchell Nature Trail on Bald Head Island. There are actually multiple trails along the main trail that make it ideal for different abilities and ages.

    The easiest trail is extremely level and will take you through the forest. If you decide to do the main trail, it'll take you about 15 minutes, and the entire trail is paved.

    Some trails are unpaved, so steer clear of these trails when the ground is wet to avoid damaging the land and wet, muddy paws. Regardless of which trail you select, you'll see a variety of plants and wildlife. 
  1. The Salty Dog Park of Oak Island
    The Salty Dog Park of Oak Island is an off-leash dog park located along the picturesque Cape Fear River at 4410 Fish Factory Road. You can visit the park daily from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

    There's a section for smaller dogs (under 25 pounds) and an area for larger dogs. Make sure to bring a bowl and water for your dog and supplies for cleaning up their waste. 
  1. The Environmental Overlook Trail
    The Environmental Overlook Trail consists of multiple trails that traverse along the Intercoastal Waterway, along saltwater marshes, and through several beachfront neighborhoods. You can start the trail behind the Oak Island Recreation Center.

    This lovely walking route will provide endless opportunities to see coastal plants and animals, including fiddler crabs, egrets, and salamanders.

    Regular exercise is essential to optimize a dog's health and overall behavior. Southport is a fantastic place for households with pets, offering multiple trails and areas to give them plenty of exercise.

Ready to make Southport your home? Contact us today to start your search!

September
7

The Best Southport International Dining

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!

  • San Felipe Mexican Restaurant - 1673 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    A beloved local chain, San Felipe Mexican Restaurant offers some of the best south-of-the-border fare in North Carolina. From appetizers like fiesta nachos and Mexican street corn to main courses like carne asada and pollo con crema, their menu is packed with authentic Mexican specialties. The restaurant is located just minutes from these Southport homes for sale, and they also have a great drink menu that includes top-shelf margaritas and an excellent selection of Mexican beers.

  • Thai Peppers Restaurant - 115 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    Thai Peppers Restaurant opened its doors in downtown Southport in 1992, and they've remained a local favorite for Thai cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner, Thai Peppers Restaurant serves up some killer Thai barbecue, pineapple fried rice, and pad Thai noodles. Their menu is also packed with delicious healthy options, including soups like Tom Yum (hot & sour soup) and Tom Kha Ta-Leh (seafood & coconut milk soup).

  • Taste of China Southport - 4956 Long Beach Rd SE #17, Southport, NC 28461
    There's something about the classic comfort food at Taste of China Southport that simply can't be beaten. They offer all your favorite Chinese dishes — lo mein, chop suey, sweet and sour chicken — made with the freshest ingredients available. Taste of China is open for dine-in as well as takeout. Be sure to check out the "Chef Recommends" section of their menu for some unique specialties!

  • Loco Joe's Bar & Grill - 602 N Howe St # E, Southport, NC 28461
    A beloved local bar and grill serving cold drinks and internationally-inspired pub grub, Loco Joe's is one of Southport's great after-work watering holes. Whether you're in the mood for dinner, drinks, or both, you'll find a lot of fun options. It's not often that you see a menu with Bánh mìs and cheeseburgers side by side, but the wide-ranging offerings here include something for everyone. The folks at Loco Joe's serve up some killer cocktails as well!

  • Southport Gourmet & Sushi Bar - 1643 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    You simply have to try the food at Southport Gourmet & Sushi Bar. Consistently fresh and bursting with flavor, their creative sushi rolls and sashimi are the best in town. Their laid-back space also has a fun, welcoming atmosphere that the entire family will enjoy. And if you're not in the mood for sushi, don't neglect to look over the rest of their menu, which includes some amazing Japanese steak and seafood dishes.

  • Kai-Joe's - 4722 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
    Let's talk tacos. You could debate all day about who makes the best in the area, but our go-to taco spot is Kai-Joe's. This funky Oak Island joint specializes in tasty tacos with a Hawaiian twist. Their surf and turf tacos are some of our absolute favorites, and their shrimp nachos are out of this world. Kai-Joe's is located a short drive from Southport near these beautiful Oak Island homes for sale. Look for their takeout window and breezy outdoor seating area.

Contact us today to learn more about life on the North Carolina coast, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find your dream home in the Southport area!

June
28

Here's Why You Should Visit Bald Head Island

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.

  • Take In The History
    Bald Head Island has a rich history dating back centuries, and you can experience it all with different tours from The Old Baldy Foundation. Their Island Wide Tour is a two-hour comprehensive ride around the island, all aboard a golf cart. Learn about pirates, the U.S. Lighthouse Service, and how the island transformed into the stunning locale it is today. The Old Baldy Foundation also offers a Civil War for history buffs and hosts scavenger hunts for the really adventurous families.

  • Relax On The Beach
    Bald Head Island has 14 miles of picturesque beaches, so whether you're looking for the thrill of surfing or the calm of lying out on the sand, there's always a spot to fit your needs. You can rent all the beach equipment you could want from Riverside Adventure Company, so there's fretting about hauling your chairs and umbrellas to and from the island.

  • Kayak On The Creeks
    If you want to paddle and explore the waters around Bald Head Island, the BHI Conservancy offers guided kayak and canoe tours that are perfect for all ages. Not only will you take in the beautiful scenery, but you'll also learn from the Conservancy's naturalists about the local foliage and fauna.

  • Finish The Day With A Delicious Dinner
    After your adventures on the island, the perfect way to wind down is with a mouth-watering meal from one of the local restaurants, like Delphina Coastal Cuisine. Delphina serves up Mexican-inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that have Spanish and Cuban twists. Or if you'd like to cool off, The Wisp offers domestic and imported wine and beer, so you can sip next to the soothing riverside view.

This is only a small selection of all the exciting things to do on Bald Head Island. Contact us to learn more about the area and how you can find your dream home.

March
8

Start Your Day Right With Great Southport Breakfast

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.

  1. Local's Family Diner - 832 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    If you need a hearty breakfast and a strong cup of coffee before you start exploring beautiful homes in the area, you're sure to find something satisfying at the centrally located Local's Family Diner. This laid-back eatery has plenty of classic southern breakfast staples. The menu is varied with a big selection of egg platters, French toast, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, Belgian waffles, and house specialties, like fish and grits and Eggs Benedict.

  2. Baked With Love - 302 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    Located on the edge of downtown Southport, Baked With Loved is an eye-catching destination where you can enjoy bakery-fresh goodies. This all-encompassing spot has a simple but appetizing menu, with a great selection of homemade salads, soups, cakes, cookies, and made-to-order sandwiches. For your visit, dive into a classic sandwich like roast beef and brie on a croissant, sausage and Swiss, ham and Swiss on sourdough, or try the egg casserole which can be loaded with sausage, bacon, and cheese. With every dish made in-house, Baked With Love introduces you to classic deli fare.

  3. Moore Street Market - 130 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    Just a block from the Cape Fear waterfront, Moore Street Market is an eye-catching destination once featured in the movie "Safe Haven." This charming cafe is a fine introduction to Southport's flavorful and laid-back dining scene. The menu features an ever-changing selection of sandwiches, coffeehouse-style drinks, soups, and salads. You'll want to check out the daily specials menu on an exterior chalkboard. After your breakfast, you can walk down to the waterfront, where you'll find docks, chairs, and a beachfront.

  4. Cafe Koa - 302 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    If you're in the mood for a refreshing but filling breakfast, be sure to make a stop at Cafe Koa. This charming blue cafe is a don't miss spot while visiting the Great Southport area. The food has a cool vibe, and items are named after renowned bands like the Blondie, the Abba, and the Zeppelin. Choose from a great selection of breakfast bowls, avocado toast, omelets, soups, hand-crafted coffee beverages, tacos, sandwiches, New York-style bagels, and much more.

  5. The Saucy Southerner - 505 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    The Saucy Southerner
    offers a good combination of saucy flavors and a Southern attitude. Their breakfast menu focuses on stone-ground yellow grits and crepes. A popular choice is the Bacon Bomb, with bacon, tater tots, cheddar, and a green onion topping. You can also build your own omelet, scrambled, crepe, or wrap option with a choice of cheese, meat, and topping ingredients. Their crepes come basic with Nutella or marmalade, fruit, or with chocolate cheese blintz stuffing. Be sure to try the grits n' biscuits option, especially the Crazy Savory Grits Bowl which is topped with pepper jack cheese, overhard egg, crumbled bacon, and green onion.

Southport is a great place for any family to call home, and the professionals at Margaret Rudd & Associates are here to help you find your dream home. Contact us for your real estate needs.

February
22

Fishing Docks Every Angler in Southport Should Visit

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. 


  • Dutchman Creek Park — 4750 Fish Factory Rd. SE, Southport, NC 28461
    Calling all guppies! If you've got a little one who wants to learn how to fish, you can provide them with a memorable experience at Dutchman Creek Park. This waterfront park has a pier where you can cast a line together. Don't worry if they get a little impatient or bored; Dutchman Creek Park also has a playground where they can run while waiting for their line to tug.


  • Southport Pier and Riverwalk — 178 E. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    Of course, there's one part of Southport that every local will grow fond of: the Southport Pier and Riverwalk. Located right in the heart of the city, this public pier juts right into the Cape Fear River, offering plenty of opportunities for fishing. It's a wonderful place to fish with friends or family, as it's always buzzing with fishers from Southport and beyond.


  • Waterfront Park ­— 146-176 E. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    It should come as no surprise that Waterfront Park is a great destination for fishing. This sprawling green space has a lengthy pier where you can find a handful of fishing holes. We love Waterfront Park because it's such a relaxing space, especially when you sit on the porch swing or bench and enjoy the vista views after a successful day of fishing.

Are you hoping to reel in your dream home? We're here to help. Contact us today to browse our Southport homes for sale with plenty of room in the driveway to park your boat.

February
1

Southport Restaurants for Valentine's Day Takeout

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.

  1. Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar — 1643 North Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar is a great place to grab takeout for Valentine's Day, especially if you're on a date with someone new. There's nothing better than splitting a few sushi rolls over some conversation. If sushi isn't a match made in heaven for the two of you, teriyaki and hibachi entrees will add a little sizzle to your night.


  2. Bella Cucina — 5177 Southport-Supply Rd. SE Unit A, Southport, NC 28461
    Tuscan-style cuisine is never a bad choice for a Valentine's Day dinner, but hand-tossed New York-style pizza is always a crowd-pleaser. How do you can your beau choose between the two? You get both at Bella Cucina! Your favorite pizzas loaded with cheese and fresh toppings sit alongside Italian classics like tortellini Bolognese and Penne al Forno. Of course, you can't truly call it a Valentine's Day dinner without dessert, so be sure to indulge in cannolis and New York cheesecake.


  3. Mr. P's Bistro — 309 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Mr. P's Bistro has you covered on Valentine's Day if you're hankering for some cuisine from the Lower Cape Fear. North Carolina fried green tomatoes and Low Country crab cakes are just a few local dishes on their menu. No order is complete without hot backfin crab dip, made with Mr. P's own special blend of spices, cheese, and crab meat.


  4. Swain Seafood Shack — 5119 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465
    If you happen to be browsing Oak Island homes for sale on Valentine's Day, Swain Seafood Shack should be your takeout of choice. They've got a special curbside menu ready to roll away with you, including favorites like the Road Runner chicken sandwich, peel-and-eat shrimp, and the catch of the day. If you're living a little far from Oak Island, grab a take-and-bake pasta dinner so you can heat-and-eat when you get home.


  5. Castucci's Italian Restaurant — 4332 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport, NC 28461
    There are many restaurants slinging Italian fare, but you know you're at a good one when the owner is originally from Italy. Such is the case at Castucci's Italian Restaurant. Enjoy their old-world cooking with appetizers like clams Pomodoro and mozzarella Caprese. Your valentine will certainly be impressed by the Italian cuisine at this Southport staple. 

Hoping to fall in love with one of our Southport homes for sale this year? Contact us today, and we'll find you a perfect match!  

December
21

The Christmas Star and the Winter Solstice

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

Top Reasons You Should Move to Southport in 2021

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.

  1. Fun in the Sun
    There are a lot of concrete reasons to love Southport, but others harder to define. One of the big ones is simply the atmosphere. Or the vibe, if you prefer. The Southport area offers miles of open coastline and incredible opportunities for deep-sea and inshore fishing. It's a stone's throw from Bald Head Island, Coswell Beach, Oak Island Lighthouse, and Carolina Beach State Park. The sun shines 215 days out of the year on average. It's a great place to relax. 

  2. Affordable Cost of Living
    Southport is a surprisingly affordable place to call home, especially considering its idyllic waterfront location. Overall, the cost of living in Southport is about on par with the national average, according to BestPlaces. That includes home prices. It's also worth noting that housing costs in Southport are significantly lower than similar seaside communities like Myrtle Beach. 

  3. Homes for Every Style
    Southport's history dates back over 200 years, which means it's seen a lot of changes. It also means that the city has homes from every era, from ornate Victorian houses and Southern-style mansions to midcentury bungalows and modern condos. When you're looking for Southport homes for sale, you can choose the perfect size and style home to suit you and your family. 

  4. Wild Natural Scenery
    There is simply nothing like the views along the North Carolina coast. For nature lovers and anyone who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, the Southport area offers endless possibilities. The rich marshlands, maritime forests, and windswept dunes of the nearby barrier islands are prime territory for bird watching, paddling, hiking, fishing, and countless other activities. Several parks and nature preserves nearby offer a wealth of opportunities to explore. 

  5. Shopping and Dining
    Southport has a cozy and vibrant downtown district packed with locally-owned shops, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. It should come as no surprise that Southport offers some truly exceptional seafood, and dock-side joints like the Provision Company and Fishy Fishy Cafe are local favorites. You can enjoy a frothy latte at Port City Java, relax with a glass of wine at Silver Coast Winery, or sample a local craft brew at Good Hops Brewing

  6. Arts and Culture
    For a small city—the population is just over 3,800—Southport offers a surprising wealth of art and culture. The works of local and regional artists are always on display at the Oak Island Art Guild, and the Brunswick Little Theater has been hosting performances of off-Broadway musicals and comedies in the heart of Downtown Southport for more than 25 years.

  7. Agreeable Climate
    Southport sits right in the middle of what we like to call the not-too-hot, not-too-cold zone. Summertime highs are typically in the upper 70s to the mid-80s, and wintertime temps are usually in the 40s or 50s. That means you get to experience the changing seasons in all their glory, but you won't often feel like you're being baked or frozen. 

Ready to learn more about life in Southport? There's plenty more to see and do, so contact us today. 

November
16

National Espresso Day: Coffee Shops Around Brunswick County

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.

      1. Ocean Boulevard Coffee - 132 Ocean Blvd. W., Holden Beach, NC 28462
        Get your java with a side order of great views at Ocean Boulevard Coffee. Thanks to its convenient location at Beach Fun Rentals, you can grab a drink before a day of kayaking or cycling near Holden Beach homes for sale. Tired of watered-down iced coffee? The baristas at Ocean Boulevard use coffee ice cubes, so you get the full flavor down to the last sip. If you need a jolt of sugar to go with your caffeine, pick up one of the delicious pastries. Ocean Boulevard is open 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily.

      2. Delilah's Brew and Chew - 7207 Beach Dr. S.W., Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
        When you visit Delilah's Brew and Chew, there's a good chance you'll see the shop's namesake, owner Lisa's adorable rescue dog. With its funky, eclectic decor and handmade items from local artisans for sale, Delilah's serves as a popular community gathering spot not far from Ocean Isle homes for sale. In addition to a wide range of hot and cold drinks, the menu features tasty bagels and baked goods, many of which are vegan and gluten-free. Delilah proudly presides over an adjacent fenced-in area where your own precious pooch can play. Hours are 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday.

      3. Port City Java - 113 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
        As their slogan proudly proclaims, Port City Java is "not your average Joe." The staff takes pride in being hands-on throughout the entire process, from picking and roasting coffee beans to crafting each drink. For a special treat, try one of the specialty drinks such as the luscious Black and Tan Mocha, made with caramel syrup, Ghirardelli chocolate sauce, and white mocha powder. A visit to Port City Java is a great way to start a day of touring Southport homes for sale. Port City Java is open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

      4. Island Jo Coffee-n-Café - 7916 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465
        The bright pink flamingo on the sign greets you at Island Jo Coffee-n-Café, right down the street from Oak Island homes for sale. While the coffee may bring customers in, the homemade bagels in eight different flavors are also a big hit. Delicious sandwiches and wraps make a perfect grab-and-go lunch. Be sure to save room for a brownie, slice of pound cake, or one of the other tempting baked goods. Hours are 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., seven days a week.

      5. Moore Street Market - 130 E. Moore St., Southport NC, 28461 Just a block from the waterfront and housed in an historic  building that was one of the filming locations for the movie "Safe Haven," you'll find locally-roasted coffee and espresso (by Southport Coffee Co.). Moore Street Market has a full lunch menu, baked goods, and genuinely friendly, top-notch customer service. Try their featured November Drink, Spiced Apple Chai Latte and keep your eyes out for their new Southport Coffee Co location, a drive-thru only coffee hut, coming to the corner of Rob Gandy and River Road in early 2021! Open Mon, Wed, Thurs from 8 to 3. Fri & Sat from 8 to 4. Sun from 9 to 3. Closed Tuesdays.

Our energetic real estate agents are ready to assist with all your Brunswick County real estate needs. Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to get started.

November
9

5 Reasons You Should Live Near the Water

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.

Our real estate agents have found that living near water can have a positive impact on the mind, body, and soul. It turns out, many researchers agree too. Below are five reasons why we recommend living near a body of water:

  1. Stronger Immune System
    Living near the water, especially ocean water, is thought to strengthen your immune system and help prevent you from getting sick. Living near water is relaxing, which can ultimately lead to less stress. Some scientists also believe plants near water release chemicals that might actually help to increase white blood cell counts in humans. 
  2. Better Air Quality
    Did you ever notice that you feel more energized and alert at the beach? That's because ocean air is thought to have major health benefits. It contains negative ions that improve your body's ability to absorb oxygen. It also helps balance serotonin levels, which can improve your mood.
  3. More Sunlight
    Living near water means you're also more likely to spend time outdoors, which will increase your exposure to sunlight. More sun equals more Vitamin D, which can have a wide range of health benefits. Sunlight also can have a major impact on your mood.
  4. Better Sleep
    A good night's sleep is critical for your mental and physical health, and many people claim to sleep better at the beach. While some believe it's due to the sea air, it's more likely a result of less stress and an improved mood. If you're living right on the water, listening to the sound of waves can also help you fall asleep faster and improve the quality of your sleep.
  5. Improved Mental Health
    Living near water can have a calming, meditative effect on your mind. For many people, spending time outdoors near water can help relieve stress and worries and can bring peace to both body and soul. Many people refer to this as the "Blue Mind effect." The color blue naturally elicits a calming, peaceful effect. Some studies show that staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves.

If you've been thinking of living by the water, check out some of these beautiful Southport homes for saleSouthport is in a charming coastal town situated right near the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear. In addition to beautiful seascapes, our community offers a variety of shopping and dining, as well as a rich history. It's the perfect combination of fun and relaxation.

The benefits of living near water truly can't be overstated. If you're interested in discussing how a change of scenery can help you, contact us today!

November
2

National Go to an Art Museum Day: Galleries and Museums to Explore in Brunswick County

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.

In November, the weather is a crisp 65° and perfect for a day exploring your favorite galleries. Buyers love our local art scene as a way to take a break between days checking out Southport homes for sale.

Let's take a look at some of Brunswick County's most popular museums and galleries:

  1. Pescado y Amor – 6018 East Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
    Pescado y Amor is the work of owner Missy Tripp Ronquillo, who began her artistic journey in her native Mexico before settling on Oak Island. Open since 1996, her gallery showcases a variety of paintings with strong composition in an eye-catching style on display in restaurants, cafes, and stores across North Carolina and beyond. Live painting demonstrations and classes are also held on a regular basis.
  2. Franklin Square Gallery – 130 East West Street, Southport, NC 28461
    Franklin Square Gallery sits in Southport's historic district right behind Franklin Square Park. It is the official home of acclaimed local painters and potters who help create a welcoming artistic community. Seasonal shows bring out the area's creative spirit, with dozens of prizes awarded for 2D and 3D art. A monthly art history lecture series and variety of workshops round out the offerings.
  3. Lantana's Gallery & Fine Gifts – 113 South Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461
    Since 2007, Lantana's Gallery & Fine Gifts has stood for fun and art right in the midst of historic downtown. Offering handmade gifts and works from local, regional, and national artists, it has an unbeatable selection of glassware and children's items. An ideal place for family fun – you won't want to miss the First Friday tours featuring refreshments and all-new exhibits from visiting contributors.
  4. Ricky Evans Art Gallery – 211 North Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461
    Ricky Evans Art Gallery is a bright, fun, and cozy place to sample the latest paintings from Southport. Art and gifts galore are on offer to suit many tastes. The gallery staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and they'll even custom-frame your new purchases or items you bring in. Five local artists with diverse styles and perspectives make Ricky Evans Art Gallery their home, and will be glad to meet you!

The Thriving Local Art Scene is Another Great Reason to Choose Brunswick County, NC

Here in Brunswick County, you'll always have plenty of opportunities to add a little local flair with extraordinary pieces from the top local artists. Whether you are looking to make your own reputation as an artist or simply want a unique conversation starter to hang in your new home, Brunswick County has it all.

To find out more about Brunswick County, contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates today.

October
19

7 Ways to Better Organize Your Pantry

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.

  1. Group similar things together.
    Grouping like items together makes sense for cutting down on the time you'll have to spend looking for them. Group all those boxes of tea; jellies, jams, and preserves; cans of beans; cans of soup; and bags and cans of coffee. 

  2. Place items you use the most in an easily accessible spot.
    If you use cinnamon every day on your oatmeal, you might want to forgo the strict alphabetical organization of the spices and just place the cinnamon and the five or six top spices you use most often in a prominent place in the bin or rack so you can easily grab them. The same goes for anything else you use in the pantry on a daily basis. No sense in having to rifle through the shelves and bins and racks every day looking for the stuff you use most frequently.

  3. Stock older stuff in front.
    If you buy multiples of items, be sure to stock the older supplies closer to the front where you will be sure to reach for them, rather than grabbing the newer stock and opening it first.

  4. Multiply small spaces.
    There are many tricks that can help you multiply small spaces, from using a lazy-susan in a corner, to hanging a tiered spice rack on a pantry door or a bigger rack for larger items. Baskets and bins are another way to hold and group things so you can make the most of the space you have.

  5. Use containers liberally.
    Containers are an indispensable way to organize your pantry items. Many people these days prefer glass over plastic or acrylic because of the presence of chemicals in these materials. Be sure that your containers are see-through so you can have a quick glance at the contents when you need to. Label all the contents, along with the date that they were stored. Watch out for deterioration of lids that might allow insects to invade. Containers should always be in good shape.

  6. Find a place to store small, frequently-used appliances.
    It's annoying to have to store all your small, frequently used appliances up in the cabinets so they're difficult to get to, but it's also messy to have them taking up space on the counter. Perhaps you can find a space in the kitchen or pantry shelves where they're all grouped together for easy access. Have your mixer, rice cooker, blender, or what have you on a shelf under the island or in a corner of a pantry shelf.

  7. Keep cleaning and organizing.
    No matter how well you organize your pantry, you'll need to revisit it occasionally, cleaning, reshuffling, and reorganizing, to keep things in good, accessible order. You'll likely need to toss old items that you never got around to using. You may also need to clean the shelves and redo the shelf paper occasionally. 

Our real estate agents have many great tips for your kitchen and staging your home in general. Or if you are in the market for Southport homes for sale with plenty of kitchen storage, our team can help with that too! Contact us today.

October
5

National Seafood Month: Where to Get Fresh Seafood in Brunswick County

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.

  1. Holden Beach Seafood - 2224 Holden Beach Rd SW, Holden Beach, NC 28462
    Holden Beach Seafood is a wholesale and retail seafood shop that features fresh shrimp, scallops, oysters, fish, mussels, clams, and crab legs. If you're traveling in, they'll also ice pack or pre-freeze any order for free. Also, be sure to take a look at these beautiful Holden Beach homes for sale.
  2. Capt'n Pete's Seafood Market - 101 S Shore Dr, Holden Beach, NC 28462
    Family owned and operated, Capt'n Pete's is another great option for seafood in the Holden Beach area. Their fish market offers a fresh supply of offshore soft-shelled crabs, mahi-mahi, tuna, and grouper. Call or stop by to place your order. Ice packing is available for to-go orders 
  3. Potter's Seafood - 94 Yacht Basin Dr, Southport, NC 28461
    The Potter family has been providing the Southport area with fresh seafood for five generations. Potter's Seafood may look like a small yellow shack, but it is actually a seafood market and specialty grocery store with some of the freshest seafood in the area. Best of all, they are located right around the corner from these Southport homes for sale.
  4. Haag & Son's Seafood - 7901 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
    Haag & Son's Seafood has been providing fresh seafood to the general public and local restaurants for over 25 years. Close to Oak Island homes for sale, they offer fresh local grouper, mahi-mahi, triggerfish, speared hogfish, flounder, and much more. 
  5. Bill's Seafood - 310 Sunset Blvd N, Sunset Beach, NC
    Get your fresh seafood, groceries, wine and beer, and more at Bill's Seafood near Sunset Beach. Bill's is also famous for its key lime pie and crab dip. If you prefer to do your own fishing, you can even take your own fresh catch in for cleaning. Feel like dining in on a delightful seafood dish? Crabby Oddwaters is on the second floor and offers relaxing waterfront dining. While you're in the area, be sure to check out these Sunset Beach homes for sale.

October might be National Seafood Month, but fresh seafood all year long is one of the best parts about living near the North Carolina coast. For information about the Brunswick County area, contact us today.

September
21

World Tourism Day: Be a Tourist in Your Hometown of Southport

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.

  1. Fort Johnston Southport Museum – 203 E. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    First, stop at the Fort Johnston Southport Museum to learn about our city's history. Now a visitor's center, this fort was built back in the 1700s. In fact, the fort's presence was one of the reasons why the Southport area developed into the town it is today. Each room of the museum contains fascinating artifacts which the museum guides are happy to talk to you about. One reason we always insist that the Fort Johnston Southport Museum is a first-stop on your tourist trail is because the knowledgeable staff members will gladly point you in the direction of other interesting historical sites and fun activities around Southport.

  2. Old Brunswick County Jail Museum – 318 E. Nash St., Southport, NC 28461
    When pretending to be a tourist in Southport, you probably didn't think you'd go to jail! The Old Brunswick County Jail Museum is one of the coolest historical sites in town and was actually featured in the movie "Crimes of the Heart" in 1986. Offering an undeniably different glimpse into the history of Southport, the Old Brunswick County Jail Museum is a great place to learn interesting town history and take unforgettable photo-ops of your family and friends in the stockades.

  3. Southport Marsh Walk – Brunswick Ave., Southport, NC 28461
    Retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city without actually leaving the city by following the Southport Marsh Walk. Watch the sidewalks and roads turn into wild terrain as you follow the long boardwalk from Brunswick Avenue into what feels like the middle of nowhere. This is a fantastic walk for nature lovers, photographers, and those who simply love unspoiled views of the Cape Fear River.

  4. Franklin Square Gallery – 130 E. West St., Southport, NC 28461
    Discover the art scene in historic Southport at the Franklin Square Gallery. Showcasing talent from around North Carolina, works of art from over 100 artists are on display in the form of 2-D, paintings, pottery, jewelry, and other fabulous mediums. The artists also run this non-profit gallery together and help preserve this historic building. With workshops, speaker series, art shows, and meet-the-artist events, a visit to the Franklin Square Gallery is a great way to get to known the artistic heart of Southport.

  5. Southport Marina – 606 W. West St., Southport, NC 28461
    Finally, end your tour of Southport at the Southport Marina. As one of the largest marinas in the state, it's an impressive East Coast waterway that is a must-see for any avid boater. Stroll along the water's edge or even charter a boat and enjoy time on the water. With eateries and restaurants nearby, a relaxing stop at the Southport Marina is a perfect way to end your day playing tourist in Southport.

Are you dreaming of living in Southport? We can make it a reality! Contact us today to schedule private showings of Southport homes for sale.  

September
14

Stock up on Local Produce at These Brunswick County Farms

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.

  1. Owens Berry Farm – 1789 Southport Supply Rd., Shallotte, NC 28470
    Blueberry fans take note – the most unique blueberries in North Carolina can be found at Owens Berry Farm in Shallotte. They tend to over an acre of farmland containing 13 different varieties of blueberries. This small farm always has a large demand, and because different berry variations have different harvesting dates, it's best to call ahead and to ensure that you can pick the variety you desire.

  2. Taylor Blueberry Farm – 1719 Honey-Do Ln., Leland, NC 28451
    If you're looking for blueberries and a few other pantry staples, Taylor Blueberry Farm in Leland is ready to serve you. The farm hosts events and activities throughout the year and always has blueberries, eggs, honeybees, and other fresh farm items available for purchase. Their family-friendly farm is a wonderful place to visit with young children as there are cows, pigs, and other farm animals milling about. Consider stopping by one afternoon after you've toured our Leland homes for sale.

  3. Greenlands Farm – 668 Midway Rd. SE, Bolivia, NC 28422
    Greenlands Farm
    is an education modern homestead farm located in Bolivia. A popular wedding and event venue, this farm features a roadside market on Saturday afternoons for locals to purchase fresh produce, eggs, and even livestock like chicks. They also run a nonprofit organization and educational farm animal sanctuary on the property. Even if your produce cabinet is stocked full, we encourage you to stop by Greenlands Farms for an insightful tour next time you're in the area browsing Bolivia homes for sale.

  4. Indigo Farms – 1542 Hickman Rd. NW, Calabash, NC 28467
    Indigo Farms
    makes it effortless to gain access to fresh fruits and vegetables no matter which area of town you choose to purchase one of our Calabash homes for sale. They sell their goods at the Myrtle Beach Farmers' Market and at the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach in Market Common. You can also visit the farm to purchase their produce directly. 

  5. Oak Island Farmer's Market - Middleton Park, 133 SE 48th St., Oak Island, NC 28465
    Grab fresh food and unique homemade goods at the Oak Island Farmer's Market at Middleton Park every Monday morning. Find a parking space at Middleton Park and head to the soccer fields just behind Town Hall to browse a great selection of fruits, vegetables, cakes, as well as household goods like furniture, jewelry, and art. If you're thinking about purchasing one of our Oak Island homes for sale, a visit to the Oak Island Farmer's Market is a great way to meet your new neighbors and get acquainted with everything this community has to offer.

Are you searching for a kitchen pantry large enough to store a week's worth of fresh produce? We can help. Contact us today to tour our Southport homes for sale with spacious pantries, open-kitchens, and enough backyard space for you to grow your own vegetable garden!

August
17

Sea Turtle Protection Programs in Brunswick County

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.

  1. Bald Head Island Conservancy – 700 Federal Rd., Bald Head Island, NC 28461
    The Bald Head Island Conservancy offers extensive programs for nature lovers close to Bald Head Island homes for sale, including a sea turtle protection program that has been protecting local beaches since 1983. This is one of the most robust protection programs in the area, with volunteers who tag turtles, search for nests, monitor nests, help hatchlings reach the sea, and educate the public.

  2. Caswell Beach Turtle Watch – PO Box 1045, Oak Island, NC 28465
    The Caswell Beach Turtle Watch is made up of a team of around 40 volunteers, who monitor Caswell Beach during nesting and hatching seasons. If you visit Caswell Beach in the morning from May through September, you're likely to find members of the program riding along the beach searching for nests and supporting sea turtles. This team also covers a small portion of Yaupon Beach, up to Yaupon Pier.

  3. Oak Island Sea Turtle Protection Program – Oak Island, NC
    The Oak Island Sea Turtle Protection Program is made up of multiple teams, with each specializing in a different area of sea turtle preservation and protection. Patrol teams are first on the scene, searching the beach for nests and signs of sea turtle activity. After the eggs have incubated, Nest Parent teams watch over nests each night waiting for hatchlings and setting up lanes that make it easier for hatchlings to find the ocean.

  4. Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program – PO Box 487, Supply, NC
    Founded in 1989, the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program provides comprehensive assistance to sea turtles, from nesting to hatching. Teams search for nests at the start of the season, supporting safe nests and carefully moving nests that have been made in dangerous areas. The team at Holden Beach also protects nests, helps hatchlings reach the sea, and responds to calls relating to injured sea turtles.

  5. Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization – PO Box 6254, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization (OIBSTPO) is made up of a team of more than 100 volunteers. The team includes local residents who help with sea turtle protection, and receive training as field scientists.

  6. Sunset Beach Turtle Watch – PO Box 7754, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    The Sunset Beach Turtle Watch operates a wide range of turtle protection programs throughout the year, including extensive activities during hatching season. Throughout the year, the organization hosts special events to raise funds for the cause, educate residents, and help new volunteers learn the ropes of conservation near Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.

With abundant natural beauty to explore and vibrant ecosystems to support, Brunswick County is a wonderful place for anyone who loves the outdoors. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Brunswick County, NC area.

August
3

National Lighthouse Day - All About Lighthouses Near Brunswick County

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. 

  1. Oak Island Lighthouse
    One of the world's most powerful lighthouses, Oak Island Lighthouse, stands just over 150-feet tall. If you venture up the 131 steps to the observation deck, you can catch a jaw-dropping view of Oak Island and Caswell Beach. Normally, climbs to the top are allowed by appointment only, and it's advisable to make appointments two weeks in advance. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the inside of the lighthouse is currently closed at least until the end of September. However, visitors can still access the parking lot, walkways, and grounds and enjoy excellent photo opportunities.
  2. Old Baldy
    On Bald Head Island, just across the Cape Fear River, you'll find "Old Baldy," the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina. It was built in 1817, has five landings, 108 steps, and is 110-feet tall. It's also the southernmost lighthouse in North Carolina. The easiest way to get there is to take a ferry from Southport to Bald Head Island. The lighthouse and museum are currently closed, but you can explore the island, take some photos, and visit the gift shop. If you're willing to take a drive, there are several other nearby lighthouses worth exploring. While each of the following lighthouses are about four to five hours from the Brunswick Islands, they make a perfect addition to your weekend getaway plans.
  3. Cape Lookout Lighthouse
    The recognizable black-and-white patterned Cape Lookout Lighthouse, located on Harker's Island, offers visitors who are willing to climb its 207 steps a breathtaking view of the area's undeveloped beaches and crystal blue waters. 
  4. Ocracoke Lighthouse
    The oldest lighthouse in North Carolina that's still-operating and the second-oldest in the nation, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is another must-visit destination. To get there, you'll need to head over to Hatteras and hop on the free ferry to Ocracoke Island. You can't climb to the top of this lighthouse, but the view from the bottom is worth the trip. The surrounding village is also an adventure in itself. The entire area is steeped in history, including being a former safe haven for the pirate Blackbeard. 
  5. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
    Affectionately known as "America's Lighthouse," the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest and most recognizable lighthouse in the United States. Completed in 1870, this lighthouse has 257 steps and a light that can be seen from 20 miles away at night. 

Let Us Be Your Guiding Light 

Trying to find your dream home on your own can feel like navigating a ship through treacherous waters. Our REALTORS® will help you chart your course and guide you to the perfect property. Contact us today to start looking at nearby Southport homes for sale.

July
20

Say Goodbye to Summer Bugs With These Natural Remedies

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!

Yes, just about anywhere you go in the United States, the story is the same: Bugs are much more active in the summer than they are in any other season. And they're not just out there in the garden, either – they can easily find their way into a home.

No matter how careful and clean you are, bugs can slip into a house any of a dozen ways. That said, you don't have to let them stay! With a few quick tricks, you can discourage many of the area's insects from bothering you at home. And no harsh chemicals are required.

You probably already have dozens of items around the house that can help you with insects!

Let's take a look at some "must-haves" for any homeowner:

  1. Coffee Grounds
    Leftover coffee grounds are helpful for any areas outside of your home where insects infiltrate. Many insects are repulsed by the smell humans find some enticing – caffeine is toxic to them, after all. A wide variety of pests will steer clear.
  2. Bananas
    Aphids are some of the most common and persistent garden pests. When you're done with your bananas, the discarded peels can be helpful in chasing them off. Placing peels under the soil near targeted plants will give them a burst of nutrients while keeping aphids away.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar
    Many homeowners praise apple cider vinegar for its antibacterial properties, which makes it a valuable tool in both wellness and cleaning. As a pest repellent, it's especially effective against fruit flies, which are attracted to the scent and then become stuck.
  4. Cornmeal
    Cornmeal is a non-toxic solution that can reduce ant populations over a few days. Although they will bring the cornmeal back to their colonies, they can't digest it. This is an especially useful way for dog and cat owners to get rid of ants without using pesticides.
  5. White Vinegar
    You've probably heard that if you see one ant, many more are close behind. The truth is, though, that ants have a sophisticated pathfinding system based on scent. White vinegar disrupts the trails they leave behind for other ants to follow so that they won't come in search of food.
  6. Basil
    Basil is spectacular for warding off flies – and you don't even need to burn it. Having a few sprigs of basil in a sunny spot by the door will help you ensure no lurking flies when you need to get in and out. Plus, you'll always have a great garnish or hint of spice for many meals.
  7. Cloves
    Cloves are the ideal answer to any incursion of ladybugs. You can place small bags of them around the home or use just a few drops of clove oils. This overpowering scent is one of many that will send ladybugs packing. Sometimes, they are all gone within just a few days.

Wondering about the top real estate opportunities here in Brunswick County? To find out more, contact us today.

July
13

Where to Get Ice Cream in Southport for National Ice Cream Day

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.

  1. Chuck's Homemade Olde Fashion Ice Cream Parlor - 607 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461 
    Chuck's Homemade Olde Fashion Ice Cream Parlor, just down the street from Southport homes for sale has a nostalgic appeal paired with a modern approach. After years of experience in the dairy industry, founder Chuck Geisel created his own formula for ice cream with fresh pasteurized milk. Geisel also enjoys developing unique flavors such as the popular Southport Sunset, a blend of coconut, strawberry, and pineapple. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  2. Flava's Ice Cream - 318 W. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    Classic ice cream flavors such as vanilla and mint chocolate chip never go out of style. When you're feeling a little more adventurous, check out the creative options at Flava's Ice Cream. You may find a new favorite among flavors such as Banana Pudding, Birthday Cake, or Death by Chocolate. Enjoy a nostalgic float with your choice of ice cream in a tall cup of root beer or Nehi soda. Flava's is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

  3. Burney's Sweets & More - 808 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Sometimes your sweet tooth needs just a little more to be satisfied. Those are the days when you head to Burney's Sweets & More, where they offer ice cream as well as mouthwatering fresh baked goods. Just imagine a warm brownie, turnover, or slice of apple pie topped with a cool scoop of ice cream. Hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  4. Lil & John's Sweetreat Homemade Ice Cream - 6324 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465
    The name might be a mouthful, but Lil & John's Sweetreat Homemade Ice Cream leaves no doubt as to what you'll find at their shop near Oak Island homes for sale. This family-owned shop (yes, there IS a Lil and John) has been open only since 2016, but local residents and tourists already have it on their must-visit list. True to the name, Lil & John's ultra-premium ice cream is made in-house with dairy products from grass-fed North Carolina cows. Lil & John's is open daily from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

  5. Tropical Treats - 5811 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465
    Today's version of ice cream originated in Italy, so it's appropriate that Tropical Treats also offers Italian ice. Similar to sno cones, Italian ice is made with juices, purées, or concentrates poured over granulated ice so it's dairy- and egg-free. Bring Fido along for a free "pup cup." Hours are 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. seven days a week. Be sure to watch for their Italian ice carts on the beach.

Living in Southport gives new meaning to the saying, "Home, sweet home." Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates for all your real estate needs.

February
17

Hollywood in Southport - Movies and Shows Filmed in the Area

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.

Scenes from Safe Haven were also filmed at the Carolina Apartments and the Wilmington Convention Center. Believe it or not, some of the most beautiful Wilmington homes for sale have served as movie and TV sets. Don't be surprised if the area looks familiar; more than 400 films and television shows have been filmed in the Wilmington area, including Iron Man, The Conjuring, Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, and many others.

Southport

The seaside charm of Southport makes it an ideal setting for movies and shows like Dawson's Creek, which was set in Cape Cod. The Southport Ferry Terminal has been used as a backdrop in countless Hollywood productions. In downtown Southport, grab a bite at Fishy Fishy Café, a cute little restaurant that was transformed into the Safe Haven General Store for the film.

Many other Southport shops and restaurants were used in the filming of Safe Haven, Crimes of the Heart, The Secret Life of Bees, Matlock, and other shows and movies featuring stars like Halle Berry, Jessica Lange, Julia Roberts, Diane Keaton, Andy Griffith, Brian Dennehy, and Sissy Spacek. Pick up a map at the Southport Museum and Visitor's Center that will guide you through the Safe Haven film locations in Downtown Southport.

The cult classic I Know What You Did Last Summer used Southport's American Fish Company, the historic Amuzu Theater, the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry, the Cape Fear River, and a bunch of other sites all over the Brunswick Islands to film moody, tense scenes that had audiences on the edge of their seats.

From Southport to Oak Island, the Brunswick Islands are a North Carolina gem appreciated by locals and Hollywood. Our real estate agents can tell you more about the amazing productions that were filmed here and help you find the home of your dreams. Contact us to get started.

February
3

9 Things You'll Love About Calling Brunswick County Home

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
    Brunswick County is a growing community with a lot to offer. From a total population of 35,000 in 1980, it is now home to more than 120,000 people. At the same time, the economy has skyrocketed: Experts have named it the 28th fastest growing county in the United States.
  2. Many Shopping Options
    From the antique stores of historic Southport to the national brands of Mayfaire Town Center, Brunswick offers the best products and services. Nearby Shallotte has not one, but two farmer's markets and locally owned boutiques can be found wherever you go.
  3. Convenient to One of America's Finest Seashores
    There are three acclaimed local beaches right in the Southport area. When it's time for something a bit different, a short journey will bring you to Myrtle Beach.
  4. Everything to See and Do in Southport
    That said, staying close to home is never second best here in Brunswick County. Southport is a suburb full of charming bistros, coffee shops, and parks. Southport is a highly safe and largely walkable community.
  5. Some of the Best Golfing Around
    Brunswick County has long been a place top golfers visit when they want to improve their game. The landscape is dotted with more than 30 courses, many brilliantly using coastal or wooded landscapes to improve the experience. River's Edge was designed by Arnold Palmer himself.
  6. Thriving Art Scenes
    On any given weekend, live music can be found in a variety of beloved small venues all over the county. Summer welcomes the Concerts on the Coast series each year, not to mention the all-volunteer Brunswick County Band. Odell Williamson Auditorium is the hub for dramatic arts.
  7. A Busy and Vibrant Social Calendar
    There's always something going on in Brunswick County! Top annual events include the Stew & Cue, North Carolina Oyster Festival, and various programs by Brunswick Parks and Recreation.
  8. Perfect for Retirees
    With a median age of 52, Brunswick County knows how to treat elders. The annual Gator Senior Games cater to those 55 and older. Healthcare is top-notch through two world-class hospitals. And the relaxed pace of living is just right. Oak Island homes for sale are ideal for retirement.
  9. A Delight for Lighthouse Enthusiasts
    Bald Head Lighthouse (affectionately known as "Old Baldy") is the oldest surviving lighthouse in North Carolina. It was completed back in 1817 and is one of the area's most beloved attractions. Bald Head Island homes for sale are just nearby.

From Southport to Boiling Springs, Holden Beach to St. James, there's a North Carolina home waiting for you. Contact us today.

January
27

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: Local Artists in Southport

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.
  3. Lantana's Gallery & Fine Gifts, 113 S. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    This fun, family-owned art gallery & shop features local and regional fine art, including jewelry, paintings, pottery, hand-blown glass, sculpture, and more. Throw a selection of all-natural soaps, lotions, perfumes, candles, and all types of items in the mix, and you've got the perfect place to find a gift for yourself or that special someone. Lantana's Gallery & Fine Gifts even offers local delivery!
  4. Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West St., Southport, NC 28461
    Located in the historic district of downtown Southport, the Franklin Square Gallery is a nonprofit cooperative featuring more than 100 local and regional artists at any given time. From workshops to lecture series to fundraisers & kids' community events, it's a cornerstone of the Southport arts community. It's important to note that they do take a holiday break from Christmas until the beginning of March.
  5. First Friday Gallery Walk, (Various Southport galleries)
    From 5 pm – 7 pm on the first Friday of each month, a multitude of galleries in the Southport area are open so the public can browse, shop, chat, and take in all that local artists have to offer. Admission is free, everyone is welcome, and lots of galleries serve snacks and drinks at this community-oriented cultural event.

Are you ready to explore the Southport arts community and find the perfect home you've been waiting for? Our experienced real estate professionals can help. Contact us to learn more. 

January
13

Health Food Markets Near Southport for a Healthy New Year

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.

  2. The Veggie Wagon - 608 S. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach 28428
    One great advantage to Carolina Beach homes for sale offers easy access to The Veggie Wagon. The shop's husband-and-wife owners have a mission to provide the freshest locally-sourced produce and homemade specialty foods. Save time by ordering online or by phone no later than noon Wednesday for pick up on Friday between 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Veggie Wagon also offers a convenient home and office delivery service with pre-selected or create-your-own baskets. 

  3. Tidal Creek Co-op - 5329 Oleander Dr., Wilmington 28403
    Think of Tidal Creek Co-op as a credit union for food. As a co-op, the market is owned by the community surrounding Wilmington homes for sale, and all profits are reinvested into the store or donated to local organizations. Annual memberships with special benefits are available for $40, but membership isn't required to shop. Don't like to cook? Visit the onsite café with a hot bar featuring a daily rotating selection of soups and entrées for dine-in or carry-out. Tidal Creek is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

  4. Lovey's Natural Foods and Café - 1319 Military Cutoff Rd., Suite H, Wilmington 28405
    Whether you follow a special diet for overall health or medical reasons, Lovey's Natural Foods and Café can accommodate your needs. Lovey's regularly stocks a wide selection of gluten-free, wheat-free, sugar-free, low-carb, vegan, and vegetarian groceries. Purchase frequently-used ingredients such as grains, flours, beans, and spices in bulk for greater savings. Take a break from shopping for lunch at the in-house café or food bar with cold and hot selections sold by the pound. Hours at Lovey's are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  5. Earth Fare - 943 Military Cutoff Rd., Wilmington 28405
    Their pledge at Earth Fare is, "We read the labels, so you don't have to." The market refuses to carry food items containing artificial colors and flavors, saccharin, trans fats, and dozens of other ingredients on their Boot List. Take the guesswork out of planning with Earth Fare's Clean Dinners, daily meal suggestions that cost no more than $2.50 per serving. Earth Fare is open daily between 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. 

Thanks to its natural beauty, moderate climate, and availability of quality foods, the area around Southport is a perfect location for leading a healthy lifestyle. Contact us for more insider tips and help with all your real estate needs.

December
30

New Year New Hobbies to Try in Southport

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.

  3. All About Art — 6B Merchants Row, Bald Head Island, NC 28461
    You don't have to be Picasso to create a masterpiece at All About Art. This cozy studio offers workshops and classes throughout the year, where artists of all skill levels can learn different techniques in a variety of art mediums. From oil painting to watercolors and more, these fun art classes are available for children and adults. Sign up for a class and let our real estate agents show you Bald Head Island homes for sale where you can display your new work of art!

  4. Southport Pilates — 420 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Make a resolution to get healthier in 2020 by attending classes at Southport Pilates. Their intimate studio offers six unique Pilates and Barr classes for all skill levels. Whether you're trying to improve your coordination and strength or want to learn how to stretch properly, Southport Pilates will help you reach your wellness goals. They'll teach you all of the techniques you need to know to get started on your new hobby. 

  5. Franklin Square Gallery 130 E. West St., Southport, NC 24861
    At the heart of the art scene in historic Southport sits the Franklin Square Gallery, where you can showcase your artistic talent. Sign up for one of their workshops throughout the year and receive personalized attention as you learn how to paint gorgeous landscape portraits. Hang your work in your new home, unless, of course, the Franklin Square Gallery insists that they showcase it in their gallery for all of Southport.

Are you ready to find your new home in Southport? Contact us today to get started!

December
9

Local Last Minute Holiday Shopping Near Southport

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.
  2. SignaScents - 708 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    Sugar and spice and things that smell oh, so nice. That is the only way to describe the shelves at SignaScents. They offer a wide range of soaps and bath products that are perfect for people who love to pamper themselves.
  3. Southport Cheese Shop - 417 N Howe St, Ste B, Southport, NC 28461
    Rather than just saying "cheese" for the family photographs this year, give everyone in the family the gift of cheese from the Southport Cheese Shop. From local favorites to rare imports, the feature some of the finest cheeses in the state and can help you find the perfect cheese for every palate. 
  4. Cape Fear Jewelers - 102 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    If it glitters on Christmas morning, it is as good as gold. When you shop at Cape Fear Jewelers, you can decide whether gold or silver, garnets or rubies are best for this year's celebrations. They offer a wide selection of bracelets, necklaces, charms, and other jewelry that features a distinctive nautical theme.
  5. Magnolia's - 301 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    Magnolia's is the best place in town to pick up some home decor for the loved ones on your list. They carry everything from table decorations and wall art, to silverware and scented candles. Their selection is so vast that you are likely to pick up a few items to give yourself for your own home.
  6. KD Morris Art Gallery & Wine Shop - 3422 Holden Beach Rd, Holden Beach, NC 28462
    Did your family move into any of the Holden Beach homes for sale this year? If you want to help them celebrate their purchase, then drop into KD Morris Art Gallery and Wine Shop. Open Tuesday through Saturday, you will find everything from fine art to sparkling wines that are ideal for the perfect toast.
  7. Coastal Charm - 5201 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465 
    Everyone has that one person on their list that loves an eclectic gift. At Coastal Charm, you will find plenty of unique, and one-of-a-kind presents for those special people in your life. From fabulous wreaths to handmade sweaters, a gift from here is guaranteed to get noticed. While you're in town, be sure to drive by some of the Oak Island homes for sale. You might find one you want to put a bow on for yourself and your family.  

We wish all of our clients a happy holiday season and invite you to contact us for information on holiday events, area shops, and the many things you do in the community as the year winds down.

November
25

Holiday Events in Southport You Won't Want to Miss

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.

  • Winterfest Polar Express Movie — 203 E. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461 | Dec 12
    The Polar Express is a cherished children's story that was made into a major motion picture in 2004. Starring Tom Hanks as the Conductor, the film follows a young boy who boards the Polar Express for a trip to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Winterfest will be screening this film for families on the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn for free. Be sure to bring comfy chairs, blankets, snacks, and hot cocoa as you watch this wondrous movie.

  • Winterfest Light Up the Night Fire Engine Parade — 1011 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461 | Dec 13
    Light up the night in one of the coolest ways possible! The Light Up the Night Fire Engine Parade invites children to climb aboard fire trucks and cruise through downtown Southport in this illuminating parade. All children who participate in the parade will return to the Southport fire station where Santa waits with special gifts!

  • Southport Winter Craft Festival — 105 E. West St., Southport, NC 28461 | Dec 14
    The Winter Craft Festival is one of the hallmark events of Southport's Winterfest. This annual gathering at Franklin Square Park features a variety of crafts and goods that are all handmade or hand grown. Dozens of creative makers and growers will have plenty to browse as you make your way from booth to booth admiring and sampling so many wonderful creations. Get your last-minute shopping completed, or consider bringing your own goods to sell.

Southport's Winterfest has plenty of other exciting activities throughout the end of November and beginning of December, including:

  • A Pet Holiday Parade — Dec 8 at Keziah Park
  • Supper With Santa's Elves — Dec 11 at Southport Recreation Center
  • Costumed Holiday History Tour — Dec 13 at the NC Maritime Museum
  • Christmas Tour of Homes — Dec 14 in historic downtown Southport

Hoping to find one of our Southport homes for sale under your tree? Contact us today!

October
21

How to Choose a New Neighborhood for Your Family

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.

  • Lifestyle Needs
    Similar to purchasing a home within a neighborhood that is right for your financial needs, you also need a neighborhood that caters to your lifestyle needs. This includes amenities or a lack of amenities. Some homeowners love the presentation of homes in an HOA. Others prefer to set their own rules for their property. Some homeowners love the convenience of a neighborhood pool while another's must-have list is topped with a pool and hot tub right outside their back door. Make sure you evaluate all of the amenities, or lack of amenities, in each neighborhood to ensure that it aligns with your lifestyle and desires.

  • Travel Time
    Think about how many places you drive to each week — work, school, sports practice, music lessons, the grocery store, church — your list may be longer than you realize. When you start investigating neighborhoods, discover how close or far it is from the places you know you'll need to visit. Get a rough estimate of how far you are from specific destinations that you may want to visit on occasion, like museums, parks or other cities. Be sure to look into the walkability of the neighborhood, too.

  • Safety
    You should always investigate the safety level of your neighborhood. Call the local police station and let them provide you with analytics that will put your mind at ease. Knowing that you're in a safe neighborhood will surely help you sleep at night.

  • Daily Activity
    You should try to visit the neighborhood you're interested in during different times of the day and night. You'll instantly discover if there is any congestion coming in or out of your neighborhood, which will impact your commute. By walking around, you can also discover how lively the neighborhood is. From outdoor barbeques to dog walkers and hopscotch on the sidewalk, taking a stroll will let you see the true soul of your future neighborhood.

Looking for Southport homes for sale in the neighborhood that fits your family? Contact us today, and we'll help you determine which neighborhood is the best option.

October
14

NC Festival by the Sea Oct. 26-27

 

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. 

Now, what would a festival be without plenty of food to enjoy? The festival is famous for the fabulous foods that local restaurants and area chefs put together for the event. There will be no shortage of fresh seafood, burgers, brews, and more for you to enjoy. Come hungry because you will want to sample as many of these local treats as you can get your hands on.

If you are looking for a "new" favorite restaurant in town, this is the perfect opportunity to discover some of the hidden gems nestled throughout the community. Local chefs are heating up their grills and warming up their ovens to create some truly delicious creations for the event.  

Fun for the Whole Family

In addition to the shopping and food, there are plenty of activities at the festival. There will be kites galore overhead, and you are more than welcome to add your favorite kite to the flying armada. You and your children can get your faces painted, and enjoy a bounce or two in the bouncy castles that will line the sand. There will also be live music and a myriad of other family-friendly activities for you to discover including dunk booths, photo booths, and a one-of-a-kind festival beach area.     

Event Details

Parking and admission for the event are free, and you can come and spend the entire day celebrating with your neighbors around the Holden Beach Pavilion. The event will run from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and will go from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday. 

Our real estate agents invite you to contact us for more information about the many festivals and fun activities you can participate in throughout the region. It is our pleasure to help you discover more about the events and atmosphere that make Holden one of the best places to live in North Carolina.

September
12

GRATITUDE!

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

Where to Grab the Best Burgers Around Southport

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. Loco Joe's has a "world-famous" cheeseburger featuring fresh lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles, and onions. Other menu items include succulent pulled pork, giant lobster rolls and Asian specialties like Vietnamese lemongrass curry!
  4. Beaches Burgers - 6551 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    Famous for their homemade burgers, chili, coleslaw, and hot dogs, Beaches Burgers also offers classics like fried bologna, tater tots, and onion rings. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Intracoastal waterway, sit outside, take in the sights and get your beach vibes on after a hard day of checking out Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.  
  5. Backstreet Cafè - 1780 Chandlers Lane, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
    With locally sourced seafood and tantalizing bread, desserts and other baked goods made in-house, Backstreet Café has so much more to offer than just cheeseburgers and fries. Burger options include the Backstreet Burger, Bacon-Jam Burger, and so many more for the avid burger fan. This cute breakfast-and-lunch spot is ideal for chilling and taking a break from your quest for Sunset Beach homes for sale.

Want to learn more about the best burger joints and places to live around Southport? Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates to get started on buying or selling your home today.

August
26

Neighborhood Shopping: Choosing the Right House in Brunswick County

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. 
  1. Talk to Your Agent
    It might go without saying, but we think your agent is the best source for advice about potential neighborhoods. We have access to the most up-to-date information and can also help you find the perfect home in the right neighborhood.

  2. Check Out Safety Statistics
    Before moving into a new neighborhood, it's essential to check out the area's safety and crime statistics. You may also want to talk to some of the area residents to get a better feel for living in the neighborhood is really like. Living in a gated community or an area with a homeowner's association can also help ensure that you're choosing a neighborhood that is both safe and quiet. 
  1. Evaluate the Community
    Some people prefer to keep a healthy distance from their neighbors, while others love living in a close-knit community. If you enjoy a laid-back island life or small-town coastal living, then you may want to explore some of the beautiful Southport homes for sale. You'll also want to consider other lifestyle factors that contribute to a community's vibe. This may include whether the area is walkable if it has easy access to parks and recreational facilities and whether residents participate in community activities.
  1. Live Like a Local
    When you're considering moving to a new neighborhood, the more time you can spend living like a local, the better off you'll be. On your days off, head over to your potential new neighborhood to run errands, check out nearby shops and go for walks. When it's time for a night out, take the opportunity to visit a local restaurant and explore the area's nightlife.

  2. Plan a Stay-Cation  
    If you want to get an idea of what a neighborhood is like, try renting for a while. Consider getting an Airbnb for a week or renting a home for a few months. Both choices will give you a chance to get an "insider's view" of what your life will be like. While you're there, consider things like local traffic, commute times, and accessibility to the places you visit most often. 

Let Us Help You Find Your Ideal Neighborhood

Buying a new home is a big decision, but at Margaret Rudd & Associates, we work hard to make it easy. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started!

August
19

Boiling Spring Lakes: Go Jump In the Lake 5k Aug. 31st

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.

Boiling Spring Lake: Go Jump in the Lake August 31st

Date/Time: Saturday, August 31, 2019 – 5K Run Begins at 9 a.m.

Location: Spring Lake Park – 210 Pine Road, Boiling Spring Lake, NC 28461

  • A 5K Run and Full Day of Family Fun
    Shopping for Boiling Spring Lake homes for sale connects you with a community that cares about its residents, and knows how to show it. The Go Jump in the Lake 5K run is an excellent example of the togetherness and community fun that you'll find throughout the year in Boiling Spring Lake. The 5K is open to participants of all ages and starts at 9 a.m. after pre-race registration closes. There will also be a 1.5-mile run kicking off just after the 5K begins. After the race, there will be awards for the best times—and the best splashes. The finish line is set up just before the lake so that you can take the plunge right after finishing the course.

  • An Inviting Course for All Experience Levels
    While you can certainly aim to beat your personal best or take home awards at the end of the race, this doesn't have to be a serious run. Go Jump in the Lake is open to everyone, whether you're a regular runner or want to support a good cause while having fun in the process. The course is mostly flat and takes place on paved surfaces, so it's easy to move at whatever speed works for you. Of course, everyone is encouraged to jump in the lake just past the finish line, but getting wet is not a requirement.

  • Organized by the Southport Rotary Club
    Go Jump in the Lake is a Labor Day weekend tradition in Boiling Spring Lakes, and it wouldn't be possible without the Southport Rotary Club. The Rotary Club organizes the event, recruits volunteers, helps everyone have a great time, and makes sure that all proceeds go toward local causes.

  • Have Fun and Raise Money for Local Causes
    As always, funds from the race will go toward local causes, including the New Hope Clinic, which provides quality medical care to people in need throughout Brunswick County. Funds from this year's race will also go toward helping the area recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Florence.

  • Register Online or In-Person Up Until Race Day
    Looking to get involved with Go Jump in the Lake this year? You can register online at any time, with discounts for military members, first responders, and children ten years of age or younger. You'll get a souvenir shirt for signing up, and proceeds from your registration benefit local causes.

Go Jump in the Lake is a fantastic example of the local events you'll find in Brunswick County, and now is the perfect time to shop for a home in the area. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Southport, NC area.

August
5

The World Is Your Oyster at These 5 Southport Restaurants

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.

  2. Olivers On the Cape Fear, 101 W Bay St, Southport
    Another favorite stop for local oyster lovers is Olivers On the Cape Fear. Here you can choose from oysters on the half shell, Classic Oysters Rockefeller, Sriracha Garlic Parmesan Oysters, and Oysters Casino to satisfy your oyster craving, or have your oysters with a variety of other delectable seafood by ordering the Calabash "Cape Fear" Platter. Oyster Po'boys are also on the menu, featuring fried oysters on a hoagie bun, topped with lettuce, tomato and firecracker sauce.

  3. Ports Of Call, 116 N Howe St, Southport
    Ports of Call is a great place to stop off for lunch if you're craving oysters. This popular local eatery's lunch menu features a lovely fried oyster meal, served with a lemon dill dipping sauce.

  4. Mr P's Bistro, 309 N Howe St, Southport
    Mr P's Bistro is another local restaurant that knows how to do oysters right. You'll find Oysters Bienville on the menu, which is freshly shucked oysters topped with topped with shrimp, shallots, garlic, mushrooms and parsley in a sherry sauce and baked on the half shell, as well as Oysters Rockefeller, which is freshly shucked oysters topped with spinach, bacon, cheese, shallots, and roasted red pepper hollandaise and baked on the half shell.

  5. Frying Pan, 319 W Bay St, Southport
    The Frying Pan is well known for its Southern Style seafood, including oysters. You can order your oysters alone, in their shrimp and oyster plate, or in their popular Galley Combo, which features fish, shrimp, oysters, bay scallops and crab cakes.

These are just a few of the many Southport restaurants that serve great oysters and other seafood. If you would like more information on where to find an excellent meal or have any other questions about our area, feel free to contact us. Our REALTORS® know Southport inside and out, and we're always happy to share that knowledge with home shoppers who are interested in becoming part of our community.

July
15

Keep Calm and Picnic On at These 4 Brunswick County Parks

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.
      
  2. Middleton Park – 133 SE 48th St., Oak Island, NC
    Thanks to its central location near these Oak Island homes for sale, this shady, secluded park has become the heart of the Oak Island community. Middleton Park offers a playground, picnic shelters, tennis and pickleball courts, soccer and softball fields, and an ample open park area. Plus, in addition to being a great picnic spot, Middleton Park is just footsteps away from the beach, and hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year.

  3. Kingsley Street Park – Kingsley Street, Southport, NC
    Well off the beaten path, Kingsley Street Park is a small park along the Intracoastal Waterway. It's a great spot for anybody looking for a cozy picnic spot away from the crowds. Although amenities here are limited, Kingsley Street Park makes up for it with a serene, garden-like environment, with grassy lawns, picturesque trees, and docks along the waterfront. The park also offers sweeping views across the Cape Fear River to the islands beyond.

  4. Dutchman Creek Park– 4750 Fish Factory Road SE, Southport, NC
    One of the great outdoor resources in the Brunswick County area, Dutchman Creek Park spans 30 acres, much of it only lightly developed, making it a great place to spend some time exploring. Picnic and playground facilities are available for family get-togethers and cook-outs, and Dutchman Creek Park is a popular spot for fishing as well. Located along the meandering waters of Dutchman Creek, this park is also an ideal place to launch a canoe or kayak, with many miles of nearby waterways ripe for exploration. 

Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in Brunswick County, NC. Our team of experienced REALTORS® is dedicated to helping you along on the road to home ownership, and we'll do everything we can to make sure you find a dream home that you can enjoy for many summers to come!

June
17

Southport Celebration: NC 4th of July Festival and Fireworks

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.

  • Arts, Crafts, and Local Vendors
    Southport homes for sale make it easy to experience all that the 4th of July Festival has to offer, including the chance to shop for arts, crafts, and souvenirs that you won't find anywhere else. Throughout the festival, you'll have the chance to visit Franklin Square Park and shop for unique items at more than 120 arts and crafts booths. In addition to handmade items from local vendors, you'll find booths representing the many unique businesses selling specialty items during the festivities.

  • Fantastic Festival Food
    You're sure to work up an appetite exploring all that the festival has to offer, and you won't have to travel far to find a great meal. There will be two concession areas set up during the festival, at Waterfront Park and Franklin Square Park. Sample a wide variety of festival fare, from sweet treats to gyros, sausage, and seafood. The concession areas will be available from July 2 through July 4.

  • Outdoor Fun throughout the Festival
    You'll find no shortage of outdoor attractions that you can enjoy as both a participant and spectator during the festival. The Firefighter's Competition is always a must-see event, and Beach Day is the perfect opportunity to spend time with your toes in the sand. There will also be a horseshoe tournament, volleyball tournament, and a skate competition. The fun isn't limited to the land, as the Freedom Flotilla is always one of the most popular activities during the festival.

  • Cap Off the Celebration with Fireworks on the 4th of July
    All of the local events, food, and shopping build up to the grand finale of the NC 4th of July Festival. We're talking about the fireworks, of course! On July 4, you can close out the festival with a truly spectacular fireworks display, which takes place on the waterfront. There will be live music before the fireworks, and the band will return after the display for an encore performance.

Southport knows how to celebrate, and there has never been a better time to shop for a home of your own in the community. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Southport, NC area.

June
10

Shelling Around Southport: Celebrate National Seashell Day June 21

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.

  2. Bald Head Island
    Surrounded by the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, Bald Head Island is another popular destination for both tourists and locals. You can reach it by taking the Bald Head Island passenger ferry from Deep Point Marina in Southport.

    Once you arrive, you'll want to rent a golf cart or bicycle, since there are no vehicles allowed in the area. Make your way either to the east coast of the island along the Atlantic or to the southernmost point. Both are known for offering excellent shelling opportunities. Once you spend some time on this small, quaint island, you'll quickly understand why Bald Head Island homes for sale are in such high demand.

  3. Fort Fisher
    Fort Fisher, located on the southern end of Pleasure Island, is an excellent place to start your shelling adventure. The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area offers six miles of undeveloped beachfront. Carefully check the tidal pools along the rock-wall boarders,  and you're likely to find some beautiful hidden treasures.

    You can easily reach Fort Fisher from Southport by hopping on the Southport/Fort Fisher Ferry. Simply drive your vehicle on board and enjoy the approximately 35-minute ride which offers exceptional views of the Cape Fear River. Make sure you bring your camera, as the ride itself is a memorable experience. If you prefer, you can also reach Fort Fisher by driving up along the coast.

Your Southport Real Estate Pros

Are you interested in learning more about the many family-friendly summertime activities in the Southport area? Our REALTORS® would love to tell you more about all the things they love about living here. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can show you around. Describe your ideal home and neighborhood, and we'll help you turn your vision into a reality. 

June
3

Sounds by the Sea: Summer Concerts Around Brunswick County

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.

  • Thursdays in the Park - Franklin Square Park, 105 E. West St., Southport 28461
    One of the advantages of Southport homes for sale is convenient access to great entertainment options like Thursdays in the Park. Free concerts are held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. each Thursday through September 12.

    The scheduled lineup of performers includes something to satisfy any musical taste. Want some bluesy Texas rock? Check out Southport Johnny and the Business on July 18. Put your dancing shoes on for classic rock from Chance Union Band on August 1 and say goodbye to summer on September 12 with beach music from Soul on the Beach Band. 

    All acts take the stage at Franklin Square Park's charming gazebo. Why not head over early to enjoy a picnic and let the kids have fun at the playground? Don't forget to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

  • Summer Concert Series - Holden Beach Pavilion, Jordan Blvd., Holden Beach 28462
    Holden Beach homes for sale appeal to buyers because of the relaxing ambiance and beautiful setting. Both qualities are found in abundance at the Summer Concert Series held at Holden Beach Pavilion. Thanks to the pavilion's prime waterfront location, scenic views and stunning sunsets provide the perfect backdrop for summer tunes.

    Free concerts are Sundays from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., making it a nice way to close out the weekend. Listen to the sultry sounds of Blackwater Rhythm and Blues on June 16, dance along with beach music legends The Tams on July 7, and thrill to the eclectic, anything-goes style of Too Much Sylvia on August 18.

    Put lawn chairs and blankets in the car and make a day out of it with a visit to adjacent Bridgeview Park. Features include a playground, bocce ball court, picnic tables, dock, and kayak launch. 

Learn more about what makes Brunswick County a wonderful place to call home any time of the year. Contact us to meet with one of our friendly and helpful REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates.

May
20

Where to Practice Yoga Around Southport

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.
      
  • Island Retreat Salon & Spa - 6 Maritime Way, Bald Head Island, NC 28461
    The only yoga studio on Bald Head Island, Island Retreat Salon & Spa offers a beautiful and peaceful setting among the trees with relaxing filtered light. There are a few different options here: You can try Vinyasa Flow, alignment-based yoga, and a yoga basics class. If you like a little socializing with your exercise class, there's yoga and mimosas, too.
     
  • Ocean Isle Beach Yoga - 44 E. 1st St., Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 & 200 Royal Poste Road, Sunset Beach, NC 28468 
    The classes Ocean Isle Beach Yoga offers are held at two locations, on the beach or indoors during the winter. There are several classes to choose from if you're looking to change things up a bit. There are classes that blend yoga and Pilates, beginner classes, gentle yoga, Vinyasa and Hatha, and even a beginner yoga boot camp class.

  • Body Edge Fitness - 6741 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    If yoga is just one part of your fitness routine, you'll enjoy Body Edge Fitness. This gym with a friendly atmosphere offers regular yoga classes and beginner classes with a focus on building strength and increasing flexibility and balance. So you'll likely get a more intense workout than you would with classes that are primarily designed for relaxation. There's equipment you can use after class to complete your workout, or on the days you're not doing yoga.

  • The Breathing Space Yoga - 3426 Holden Beach Road, Holden Beach, NC 28462
    Located on Holden Beach causeway, The Breathing Space Yoga offers plenty of ways to reduce stress and unwind. There's yin restorative yoga, relax and renew class, and Vinyasa flow. You can drop in on classes, and you can rent a mat. In need of more relaxation? They offer massages and art classes, too.

Keeping fit is just one of the many ways you can enjoy your life in the Southport area. It's a wonderful place to live, and Margaret Rudd & Associates can help make your dream of owning a home here a reality. Contact us today to get started.

May
6

Waterfront Dining Around Southport for Mother's Day

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.  
  1. The Frying Pan - 319 West Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    A large restaurant with plenty of seating, The Frying Pan offers fresh, local cuisine served with a dash of Southern hospitality. In addition to perfectly-fried seafood and hush puppies that are to-die-for, the menu also includes items like grilled and pan-seared seafood, steaks, and delicious salads. 
  1. Mojo's on the Harbor - 10 Marina Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461
    A go-to destination for locals and visitors alike, Mojo's on the Harbor always delivers a magical dining experience. You and your mom can enjoy a glass of wine or specialty frozen cocktail while taking in the island's best view. If you're a seafood lover, you'll enjoy the spicy shrimp and blue crab dip, fish tacos, or the always-popular peel-and-eat shrimp.

    While you're on the island, keep an eye out for some of the gorgeous Bald Head Island homes for sale. You just might come across your dream home! 
  1. Joseph's Italian Bistro - 5003 O'Quinn Blvd., Southport, NC
    With beautiful waterfront views and outdoor dining on the patio, Joseph's Italian Bistro offers authentic Italian dishes, a selection of premium wines, and breathtaking sunsets. We recommend treating Mom to an appetizer of saffron mussels, a delicious pasta dish, or the chef's fresh-cut steak. 
  1. Island Way Restaurant and Bar - 1407 E. Beach Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
    With a focus on friendly service and genuine hospitality, Island Way Restaurant and Bar treats all of their guests like family friends. Here you'll find top-quality steaks and seafood, pasta, salads, and a large wine selection. Enjoy your dinner at a window-side table or outside on the beachfront patio.

    Once you spend some time here, you'll understand why many potential buyers ask us about  Oak Island homes for sale. There are some great homes listed right now, so we recommend taking a look around before you head home. 

Your Southport Real Estate Professionals

If you're thinking about moving to the Southport area, the professionals at Margaret Rudd & Associates have you covered! Whether you're interested in luxury waterfront living and charming coastal properties or the area's best townhouses and condos, we'll help you find your ideal home. Contact us today to get started. 

April
22

Experience Southport Outdoors at NatureFest 2019

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.

  • Orton Plantation Presentation (April 26, 4 p.m.)
    The weekend's events kick off with a presentation on the restoration of the sprawling Orton Plantation, with chief landscape architect Nick Lawson sharing insights on the process. This free event is a great chance to learn more about what it's like to maintain natural spaces in Southport.

  • Bird Walk (April 27, 8:30 a.m.)
    Start your Saturday with a walk on a beautiful spring morning, and spot some of the unique birds that call this corner of North Carolina home. The walk starts at Wild Bird and Garden, and it's free to participate.

  • Green Swamp Tour (April 27, 8:30 a.m.)
    The Green Swamp Preserve, located just a short trip from Southport, is one of North Carolina's most diverse nature preserves. Many rare species call the conservancy home, along with towering, ancient pines and gorgeous orchids. NatureFest presents the perfect opportunity to explore the Green Swamp, with a guided tour from Dr. Robert Shew.

  • Plant Sale (April 27, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
    Head to Franklin Square Park for a full morning of gardening fun, and a chance to pick up some new plants for your own garden this year. The plant sale also includes Q&A sessions with a variety of local environmental groups, where you can learn more about local plants, wildlife, and natural spaces.

  • Kayaking (April 27, 3 p.m.)
    Dutchman Creek Park is a great place to visit when you're searching for fun on the water, whether you're looking to fish, kayak, or both! The Adventure Kayak Company will be leading an excursion to Dutchman Creek, perfect for first-timers or experienced kayakers alike. Enjoy the beauty of Dutchman Creek, with a waterfront breeze and nature in every direction.

NatureFest is an annual chance to experience the natural beauty of Southport, but you don't have to wait for the festival to enjoy some outdoor fun. Many of Southport's scenic spots, from the Marsh Walk to the Southport Pier, are just waiting to be explored throughout the year. NatureFest helps ensure that Southport's scenic spots can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Interested in finding your own home among the diverse natural beauty and waterfront vistas of Southport? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Southport, NC area.

April
8

Southport: 5 Places to Go for Easter Brunch

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.

  2. Cafe Koa - 302 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    If you want a laidback lunch or a quick cup of coffee and a bite of brunch, stop over at Cafe Koa. With friendly service and menu items named after your legendary musicians and songs, this quaint little cafe is sure to please. Try the Blondie breakfast sandwich with Nutella and fruit and pair it with a signature drink like the Wake Me Up Before You Go Go spicy mocha iced or hot coffee.

  3. Ports of Call Bistro - 116 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 2846
    Easter only comes once a year, so why not make your brunch unforgettable with a fine dining experience at Ports of Call Bistro? Your choice of breakfast and lunch items include quiche de jour, pork tenderloin and eggs, stuffed portabella cap, and a BLT loaded with shrimp, crab and Maine lobster. After such a delicious meal, you and your family will wish Easter brunch was every week.

  4. Moore Street Market - 130 E. Moore St., Southport, NC 28461
    There's nothing like a good deli sandwich, and there's no better deli in Southport than the Moore Street Market. Specializing in hot and cold sandwiches, their menu is full of mouthwatering offerings like a breakfast A.M. Reuben, Grandma's Best egg salad sandwich and The Garrison's classic ham, egg, and cheese sandwich. If all else fails, you'll never go wrong with a cup of coffee and a bagel with cream cheese.

  5. The View at Brick Landing Plantation - 1882 Goose Creek Road SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    Easter is a sure sign that spring has arrived, which is why brunch is the perfect time to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and pull up a seat for beautiful waterway views. Known for its traditional Sunday brunch feast, The View at Brick Landing Plantation serves up a seemingly endless array of pancakes, french toast, and omelets, along with yogurt parfaits, seasonal fresh fruit, and homemade cobbler. Be sure to try the Shrimp & Grits, made with applewood smoked bacon, chorizo, and, of course, fresh shrimp. When you've had your fill, be sure to check out Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.

We wish all of our clients a wonderful Easter Sunday that is filled with cherished family traditions and wonderful new memories. For more information about great brunch spots near Southport, or to find the home of your dreams in this cozy seaside town, feel free to contact us today.

March
18

Bald Head Island: N.C. Coastal Reserve Efforts

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.  

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Reserve

The 191 acres of the Bald Head Woods are bordered by the Cape Fear River, and to the south and east by the Atlantic. This creates a picturesque setting of saltwater swamps, tree-filled forests, and pristine beaches that is unrivaled in the state. The massive Live and Laurel Oaks are among the largest in the state and tower over the surrounding landscape. Like stalwart guardians, their dense canopy protects a wide range of flora and fauna that flourish below.

Like many ecosystems, the area is facing a number of challenges. Rising sea levels, changing climates, and air and water pollution along the coast are significant concerns. N.C. Coastal Reserve staff are actively studying the habitat and taking steps to protect and preserve the watershed for generations to come. In fact, their Herculean efforts to protect and restore the habitat following Hurricane Florence are worthy of every accolade received.   

Of primary importance now and in the future is maintaining the habitat for the many species of migratory birds that stop in on the region during the fall. These include Blue Jays, Towhees, and more than twenty species of Warblers who rest their wings and fill their stomachs as they prepare for their southward journey.  

The Incredible History of Bald Head Island

Four-hundred years ago, Native Americans discovered plentiful fishing and hunting on Bald Head Island. They were followed by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano, English adventurers such as Sir Walter Raleigh, and a parade of marauding pirates including Stede Bonnet and Blackbeard. The shallow waters around the barrier islands were a gem on the Atlantic coast that promised these men and many others plentiful food, fresh water, shelter from storms, and protection from pursuers. That history is well remembered, and last year on the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard's death, pirate ships and revelers from around the world filled the area with live music, treasure hunts, and the deafening sounds of cannon and musketry. 

Bald Head Island played important roles during the Revolution, Civil War, and throughout WWII. For history buffs, looking out over the waves is to look back in time to periods when the waters just offshore were battlefields where the future of the country was decided. Today, those waters are peaceful and calm, and the only thing that churns them is the occasional storm. 

The peaceful beauty and community atmosphere of the region make real estate on Bald Head Island some of the most attractive in North Carolina. Our REALTORS® would be happy to show you around and schedule showings of area homes for sale. Contact us to learn more about the real estate market in the region and to discover more about the island's features and resilient history. 

March
4

Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk is April 13

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!

History of the Race

Clarence Willie, chamber board member and avid runner, started the Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk 20 years ago as a10k run/walk to benefit the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. The inaugural race took place on April 10, 1999, and the event has only grown in the years since. 

Thanks to increased attendance and interest in the race, the Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk has expanded to include a One-Mile Fun Run, 5k, 10k and Half Marathon. The course has changed too, offering today's runners and walkers a chance to take in the beautiful sights along the coast of Oak Island including, of course, the lighthouse itself. 

About the Race Course

Each race in the Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk starts and finishes at the Middleton Park Extension in Oak Island. Ample parking is available in the area. Along the way, runners will meander through the quiet streets of Oak Island, along the Atlantic coast, past picturesque salt marshes, and broad beaches. The Oak Island Lighthouse marks the halfway turn-around point for the longest race of the day – the half marathon. Check out the official course maps to learn more!

Register Now

This year's Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk takes place on Saturday, April 13, starting off bright and early with the Half Marathon at 7:30 a.m.. The 10k follows at 8, with the 5k at 8:15 and the One-Mile Fun Run at 8:20. All races are open now for online registration. Registration for the One-Mile Fun Run is free of charge! Whether you plan to run, walk, or simply cheer on the participants, a great time is guaranteed. 

Get there early on race day for "Chalk Art at the Start" from 6 to 7 a.m., and"Race Day Stretches" led by yoga instructor Ilene Evans at 7 and 7:45. After the races, stick around for the awards ceremony, free SnoBalls, and a chance to use your complimentary drink tokens at one of several locations around town, including our local brewery, Check Six Brewery. 

Contact us today to learn more about life on Oak Island, including all the fun events coming up this year. Our team has years of experience offering beautiful Oak Island homes for sale, and we're dedicated to helping you find your dream home on the North Carolina coast!

February
18

Community Spotlight: NC Maritime Museum in Southport

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.

Upcoming Events February through May

  • Sensory Saturdays: 9-11 a.m., March 2nd April 6th
    On the first Saturday of each month in spring, the NC Maritime Museum hosts a sensory-friendly two hours of fun. The lights are dimmed, and the audio throughout the museum is turned off to provide a more relaxed environment. The February event, "You light up my life," features Valentine's Day car creation. March's event also features quiet creations, while April's Saturday takes visitors to the Sensory Sea.

  • Civil War Trust Park Day: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 6th
    Give back to Southport and join the cleanup crew to help keep the museum beautiful. Tend to the grounds, touch up areas of the museum's exterior with paint, and assist the museum staff and volunteers with various tasks around the site. Hot dog lunches will be provided to all children and adults who volunteer.

  • Salty Dog Saturdays: 5:30-7 p.m., April 6th | May 4th
    Sample tasty treats and learn about the history of seafood in the Southport area. Cheese and cracker trays are available with water and hot tea on hand. Feel free to bring your own beverage as well! April's sampling will be NC clam chowder, while May's will feature fish tacos.

  • Little Mariners: 2-3 p.m., May 22nd
    Offer your children the chance to discover the maritime world as they paint their own Maritime Masterpiece and learn about the sea.

  • National Maritime Day Celebration: 12 p.m.–3 p.m., May 25th
    Celebrate National Maritime Day on the Ft. Johnston Garrison Lawn with delicious food and fun activities as you learn about the exciting history of maritime life.

Southport Home Sales

The team at Margaret Rudd & Associates can't get enough of Southport's friendly residents, historical sites, and delicious seafood. If you're looking at Southport homes for sale, allow one of our agents to show you around town. Contact us today—we're sure you'll love Southport as much as we do!

 

 

February
4

Happy Birthday, Holden Beach! Celebrating 50 Years

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.

Long before it was a tourism hub, this 100-acre sandy stretch of land was purchased by Benjamin Holden. Three generations later, his great-grandson John Holden, Jr., started a successful fishery that persisted through the 1920s, even during the Depression years. John's success enabled him to build the "Old Hotel" in 1924.

During the 1930s, John's son Luther began building more cottages on the island to attract visitors to the beach, thus increasing tourism by the thousands all the way until the 1950s. Unfortunately, Hurricane Hazel destroyed most structures on Holden Beach, setting their progress back a full decade. By the 1980s, however, over 600 new cottages were built. That number jumped to over 2,500 in the early 2000s.

Today, Holden Beach is enjoyed by thousands of residents and guests alike. The warm family atmosphere and enduring spirit of this town are truly felt along the waterfront where adults and kids of all ages laugh, play and make memories together.

Celebrate Holden Beach's 50th Anniversary

On Thursday, February 14th, you're invited to celebrate the bicentennial of Holden Beach at the Holden Beach Town Hall Public Assembly. Beginning at 2 p.m., cake and ice cream will be served as guests help create a 50th Anniversary Time Capsule. The fun continues on Saturday, February, 16th, as the Town Hall hosts a dinner featuring a presentation on the town's history. Following the dinner, you'll head down to the bonfire at the beach, where you can share your own personal history living or vacationing on Holden Beach.

All of us at Margaret Rudd & Associates hope to see you there!

Make Holden Beach Your Home

You don't have to visit Holden Beach — you can call it home! There are many wonderful Holden Beach homes for sale that we're sure you'll fall in love with. From quaint vacation homes to spacious houses where your family can grow, Holden Beach is sure to have a property that matches your needs and budget. Contact us today and let Margaret Rudd & Associates amazing team of REALTORS® help you find the perfect home on Holden Beach!

 

January
28

5 Reasons to Move to Brunswick County

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.
     
  2. Pleasant Climate
    Sperling's Best Places gives Brunswick County a score of 76 out of 100 on their Comfort Index, well above the national average of 54. The county also beats the rest of the country with 215 sunny days per year compared to 205, and with an annual average of fewer than two inches, snow is virtually non-existent.

  3. Outdoor Activities
    Even lifelong couch potatoes find it easy to maintain an active lifestyle in Brunswick County. As home to more than 30 championship courses, the county has earned the nickname of North Carolina's "golf coast." Water makes up 20 percent of Brunswick County's square mileage, resulting in numerous opportunities for swimming, water skiing, kayaking, and other aquatic sports.  

  4. Historic Tradition
    Brunswick County's rich heritage dates back to its origin in 1764. Major points of interest for residents and tourists include Old Baldy, the oldest standing lighthouse in North Carolina, and the USS North Carolina, a majestic battleship that played an important role in World War II. History buffs enjoy touring Fort Anderson and other local Civil War forts. 

  5. Natural Wonders
    While modern life has become increasingly dependent on technology, Brunswick County affords residents many chances to interact with nature on a regular basis. Thanks to a variety of ecosystems in the area, there are plentiful opportunities for bird watching and wildlife spotting. The unique Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program is a team of volunteers devoted to protecting the sea turtle population and educating people of all ages about the endangered species.

Thanks to its vibrant charm, Brunswick County ranks ninth out of North Carolina's 100 counties in tourism revenues. Imagine having all these features, benefits and attractions as a part of your day-to-day life. Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates and let our REALTORS® find you a home in Brunswick County to enjoy for years to come.

January
21

Explore Southport's Marsh Walk

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

Take in Coastal Views on Southport's Marsh Walk 

The entrance to the Marsh Walk is located on Brunswick Street between boat docks. The 1/8-mile boardwalk can accommodate visitors any time, and it's accessible during both high and low tide.

You can explore the area without having to get your feet wet or trek through mud, as the boardwalk extends out into the salt marsh. It's an excellent opportunity to connect with nature and appreciate the coastal salt marshes that are such an essential part of the ecosystem here in North Carolina.

The marsh grasses offer protection for a variety of birds and fish, and many species use the area for nesting and feeding. In the muddy areas, you can see coastal inhabitants such as small fish, fiddler crabs, and maybe even some oysters, mussels, clams, and snails. Herons, egrets, and gulls are native to the area and can often be seen among the marsh grasses.

If you're not in the mood to watch the wildlife, no problem. The marsh walk is still a great place to go for a walk and to enjoy being outdoors. There are several spots along the way that offer picturesque views of Southport and the nearby islands and rivers. And if you'd like to relax and take a break in a little shade, there is a gazebo where you can enjoy the view.

Don't forget to stop by in the evening to see downtown Southport and the nearby towns lit up and glowing. The marsh walk is the perfect place for a romantic stroll under the moonlight.

Find the Southport Home of Your Dreams

Margaret Rudd & Associates can help find the right home in the Southport area for you and your family. Whether your dream home is on the waterfront or something with a little historical charm, you won't regret the choice to make the coastal lifestyle your own. Contact us today to help buy or sell your home in Brunswick County.

December
31

Jump Start Your Resolution at These 5 Brunswick County Gyms

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.

  2. Cape Fear Fitness - 5130 Southport Supply Road SE, Suite 103, Southport
    You have nothing to fear but fat itself when you step foot into Cape Fear Fitness. This full-service gym located near many Southport homes for sale offers all the equipment and support you and your family need to achieve your health goals. This support includes education on nutrition, custom classes, and private instruction. 

  3. Ocean Isle Beach Yoga - 44 E. 1st Street, Ocean Isle Beach
    There is something inherently peaceful and relaxing about doing yoga on the beach with Ocean Isle Beach Yoga. It is the perfect way to find your balance and maintain harmony as you settle into life on the North Carolina shore. As you stretch and release the tension in your muscles, joints, and bones, you will treat yourself to some of the most incredible views of Ocean Isle Beach. As the saying goes, it is a gift that keeps on giving long after your classes have concluded for the day. 

  4. Body Edge Fitness - 6741 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach
    Everyone wants an edge when it comes to physical fitness in Ocean Isle Beach. At Body Edge Fitness, that edge is sharpened and honed to a fine point by some of the best instructors in the region. Whether you need help with weight training, nutrition, or want to learn how to box, they will guide you on your journey and give you the edge you desire.

  5. Anytime Fitness - 2819 Midway Road SE, Bolivia
    Plenty of folks move into the beautiful Bolivia homes for sale and sign up for classes at Anytime Fitness the very next day. As the name implies, you can drop in anytime that fits into your schedule. This makes it the ideal gym for busy professionals who want to squeeze in a workout before work, at lunch, or after dinner. They even offer a free trial, so you can test out the equipment, meet the instructors, and determine if the gym is the right fit for your physical fitness goals. 

Our REALTORS® can help you start the new year in a new home so that you can get busy building a new you. We love the area and invite you to contact us to talk about real estate in Bolivia, Ocean Isle Beach, and Southport. It would be our pleasure to answer your questions about the businesses and services in the area and to help you find the ideal property for your life and lifestyle.    

December
17

7 Bakeries in Brunswick County to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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. 

  2. Burney's Bakery of Southport — 808 N. Howe St., Southport
    On your way to spot Southport homes for sale, stop by Burney's to learn exactly how to pronounce "croissant," and to sample a few (for research purposes only, of course). The cream cheese croissants are highly recommended, but be sure to try the apricot ones, too. 

  3. Nancy Jo's Homemade Bakery — 8600 E. Oak Island Drive, Suite 4, Oak Island
    If you are on the prowl for Oak Island homes for sale, consider finding a property near Nancy Jo's Homemade Bakery. Once you enjoy a coconut cake or banana nut bread, you'll know why this place is a favorite with locals. Once you buy a nice Oak Island home, you, too, can be a local. And a regular at Nancy Jo's. 

  4. The Confectionary — 4346 Long Beach Road SE, Southport
    An Oak Island standout (not least for their amazing wedding cakes), The Confectionary can handle just about any special request you have. At the corner of Long Beach Road and Fish Factory Road.

  5. Big Lake Bakery3148 George II Hwy, Boiling Spring Lakes
    If you're in the market for Boiling Spring Lakes homes for sale, you are within shouting distance of Big Lake Bakery and its key lime pie. Folks cannot live by pie alone, so try some of the delicious breads, too.

  6. Gabriela's Bakery and Patisserie — 4434 Long Beach Road SE, Southport
    To be clear, a bakery need not be a patisserie, and a patisserie can make plenty of tempting sweets without ever baking a loaf of bread. When you enter Gabriela's Bakery and Patisserie, though, you get the best of both worlds. Delicious cakes, tarts, and breakfast pastries plus six different kinds of bread. 

  7. Ahoy Doughnuts — 5821 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island
    One cannot buy a doughnut while maintaining a serious or grumpy demeanor. Something about doughnuts brings out the inner, happy kid in all of us. Look for holiday-themed, delicious doughnuts, amazingly decorated doughnuts, and tasty temptations like apple fritters. Buy 'em by the dozen, because, hey, they're Ahoy Doughnuts!

Our REALTORS® know the ins and outs of the local neighborhoods with all the best properties. When you contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates, you may not knead a lot of dough to find the perfect property. We take the time to listen to your wants and wishes, avoiding half-baked ideas by putting you first. 

December
5

Brunswick County Shopping: Local Spots for Gifts Galore

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.

  • St. Nick Nacks at Callahan's of Calabash - 9973 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC 
    Treat yourself to a trip to St. Nick Nacks at Callahan's of Calabash this holiday shopping season, and bring back gifts you're unlikely to find elsewhere. Callahan's is a local favorite in the area that's been around for decades, and the staff prides itself in making its customers feel right at home. Boasting more than three million ornaments, St Nick Nacks is the place to plenty of delightful Christmas decor and much more. If you love holiday collectibles, this store is a dream come true.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Surf and Java - 6278 Beach Drive SW Unit 6 Ocean Isle Beach, NC
    If you've got someone who is crazy about surfing and coffee, OIB Surf and Java is your one-stop shop.  It is a small town surf shop carrying everything from the latest surfboards and clothing to a complete coffee shop with some of the best-baked goods around. Come in to browse and be sure to take a look at Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale on your way home.

  • A Christmas Shoppe - 115 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC 28401
    Dedicated to Christmas year round, A Christmas Shoppe is a holiday-themed haven and a wonderful place to discover all the best in holiday decorations. The store features a huge assortment of ornaments ranging from nautical to nostalgic and nature-themed to traditional holiday characters. You'll also find lots of featured items designed by local artists at this one of a kind Christmas retailer. For holiday enthusiasts who collect decor throughout the year, A Christmas Shoppe offers customers an ornament of the week at a special price.

Our REALTORS® wish you and yours a wonderful and happy holiday season filled with beautiful memories you'll always cherish. For more information about the Brunswick area and to discuss your real estate needs, contact us today.

November
7

Celebrating the Holidays in Brunswick County

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!

  • Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla
    The Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla takes places on Saturday, November 24 at 5:30 p.m., right after all the other Super Saturday festivities. The flotilla offers a spectacular parade of boats decked out in dazzling Christmas decorations. For a great view, be sure to grab a spot along the Intracoastal Waterway between the starting point at Inlet View Bar and Grill and the finish line at Sharky's Restaurant.

  • Winterfest 2018
    We have numerous homes for sale in Southport, a city that knows how to celebrate the holidays. The week-long event known as Winterfest stretches from December 1 to December 8, with everything from a Christmas cookie contest and supper with Santa's elves, to a winter craft festival and Christmas fire engine parade. Head to the official Southport Winterfest website to get the full schedule of events.

  • Calabash Parade & Tree Lighting
    Visit the cozy fishing town of Calabash on December 4 to experience the Spirit of Calabash Christmas Parade along Beach Drive, complete with holiday music, live entertainment, cookies, cocoa and a visit from Santa Claus. The parade starts at 6 p.m., with a tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m., and we have many Calabash homes for sale nearby!

  • Shallotte Christmas Parade
    The historic community of Shallotte, NC puts together a grand Christmas Parade every year. It's a tradition that's been going strong for more than 60 years, and this year's parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on December 1, offering a lively procession of festive vehicles. Be sure to check it out if you're in town looking at Shallotte homes for sale.

  • Annual Tree Lighting Holden Beach
    Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the Christmas season comes right after in Holden Beach – November 29 to be exact. That's when the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony gets the town's holiday season off to a dazzling start. It takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Holden Beach Pavilion, just down the street from some of these beautiful Holden Beach homes for sale. Festivities include a live chorus performing holiday music, great holiday-themed games and a chance to meet and greet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Contact us today at Margaret Rudd & Associates to learn more about how we celebrate the holidays in style on the Carolina coast. We're committed to helping you find your dream home and live life to its fullest in Brunswick County!

October
23

Buying a Brunswick County Home: Does Walkability Top Your Wish List?

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.

If you can walk to local parks, businesses and events versus using a vehicle, you're also helping the environment by reducing the use of fuel and emission of carbon dioxide.

Want to give your budget a boost? Living in a walkable neighborhood lessens the need for a vehicle and its related expenses such as auto insurance, maintenance, and fuel. You might even find yourself making more new friends and becoming more involved in community events if you choose a home in a walkable neighborhood.

Scouting for Walkability

If you've decided on a more active lifestyle and want to find a home in a walkable neighborhood, you may be wondering just what elements you should consider. Our REALTORS® are area experts whose primary goal is to assist you in finding your perfect home. Several factors make a neighborhood more walkable than others, and here are a few things you'll want to consider during your house hunt.

  • Public spaces: Parks and other public spaces for gathering, exercising and events are present in most all walkable communities.
  • A Center or hub: This could be a main street, public space or city square where people tend to gather and almost always activity.
  • Businesses, workplaces, and schools: Many residents want to be able to walk to work, and have schools, restaurants, and retail stores close by as well.
  • Streets for all: Look for a neighborhood with streets designed for foot and bicycle traffic as well as motor vehicles.

Choosing a walkable neighborhood can be a great choice for your lifestyle and your future. We'd love to discuss your real estate dreams and partner with you to find that special house. Contact our team at Margaret Rudd & Associates for more information about our local communities and homes for sale throughout Brunswick County.

October
17

Carolina Living: River Sea Plantation

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.

River Sea Plantation is Easy Living on the Most Beautiful 400 Acres in North Carolina

The location of River Sea Plantation couldn't be better. Its secluded ambiance allows you to enjoy the gorgeous riverside to the utmost. At the same time, you'll have access to some of the best shopping, dining, and medical care around when you go visiting in either direction.

When you want a change of pace, the beaches of Oak Island are just ten minutes away; but direct ocean access is one of the greatest perks that you'll have as part of the River Sea Plantation community. And when they're not on the water, most residents love luxuriating in their comfortable, modern homes.

You might find that everything you need is right here at your fingertips when you enjoy River Sea Plantation's quality amenities. Boaters and nature-lovers alike adore the opportunity to go out kayaking or boating any time of year or take a hike along manicured trails in the woods.

It's true Carolina living!

The Best in Gated Community Life Surrounds You in River Sea Plantation

So, what will you find when you decide to stay in and around the grounds? Plenty to appreciate!

Your private beach club out on delightful Holden Beach means you can play in the surf or go fishing at any time. There are swimming pools – both indoor and outdoor – as well as tennis courts fit for a professional player. 
It's a quick jaunt to one of the most popular pastimes around:  Golfing!

Many River Sea Plantation residents are avid golfers, and the surroundings cater to their passions.

You'll find three top-rated courses within a short trip, each one offering different challenges to match a variety of skill levels. Leagues and competitive play are available for those who desire them. Naturally, you can also participate in a leisurely game whenever the mood strikes you.

Find Your New Home at River Sea Plantation with Margaret Rudd & Associates

River Sea Plantation homes and real estate give you a chance to live the dream as a homeowner in one of North Carolina's most wonderful and welcoming gated communities. You won't find another one quite like it – and the Lockwood Folly River is waiting for you.

The experts at Margaret Rudd & Associates are always on hand to help you. We'll provide you with all the advice and support you need to uncover your perfect real estate opportunity and reach closing faster than you ever thought possible. We take your business – and happiness – seriously.

To find out more, contact us today.

October
8

Buying a Home: Does Commute Time Matter

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.

How Commuting Impacts Your Lifestyle

Commute time affects your lifestyle, for better or worse. It affects how much time you can spend with family, friends, hobbies, and other activities you enjoy. For some people, long commutes mean higher stress levels and a more sedentary lifestyle, both of which can impact your health. But others use the time to unwind with music in the car or complete work-related tasks on the train. Nobody wants to sacrifice their health or all the things they enjoy in life, so thinking about your daily routine and individual preferences ahead of time can help.

On the other hand, better access to public transportation can make for a more relaxed commute, which can have a positive effect on your lifestyle, even if you're moving a greater distance from work.

Although some people would be hesitant to do it, a shorter commute where you can sacrifice a vehicle entirely could be an option. If you could bike to work or go from two cars to one, you might be able to put that extra money toward your home purchase.

When you begin searching for a home decide what constitutes an unreasonable commute time.  Communicate that information with our REALTORS® so they have a better understanding of your exact home buying parameters.

Job Flexibility

If you have a job where you can set your hours, are self-employed, or can telecommute all or some of the time, good for you! You may be able to time your commute to avoid traffic. If you're only in the office occasionally or never, commute time won't make much difference.

How to Calculate Your Commuting Costs

You may have already included commuting costs in your home buying budget.  Include the cost to commute so you can make an informed decision about your home purchase.  Include the following items in your budget:

  • Car payments. These may already be in your monthly budget, but if a longer commute means you'll need to get a newer or better car shortly after you move, take that additional expense into account.
    Insurance
  • Car maintenance and repairs. Longer commutes mean you will have to pay for maintenance costs sooner and will probably spend more on repairs, especially if you have an older car.
  • Gasoline. If you are using significantly more or less gasoline, add (or subtract) that amount in your budget.
  • Tolls
  • Parking
  • Public transit fares
  • Carpool expenses

Also, include a dollar amount for your time. Extra-long commutes clock in at about 12-15 hours a week or more. You can't use that time for anything else, and you won't be getting paid for it.

At Margaret Rudd & Associates we know the importance of finding a home that fits your budget and lifestyle. Contact us today and get started on your search for Brunswick County homes for sale.

September
20

Carolina Living: River Run Plantation in Bolivia

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. 

The River Run Plantation Subdivision is a Woodsy and Quiet Community You'll Love

If you're looking for a gated community that offers a serene style and the best amenities, then River Run Plantation may be what you've been searching for all this time.

Sitting on 375 beautiful acres on the southern coast of North Carolina, River Run Plantation benefits from rural seclusion that makes it a peaceful getaway from the rat race and fast-paced development of other areas. Lockwood Folly River is a key part of its layout and charm.

The Plantation is divided into seven distinct "stations" that all offer different types of homes. You can choose anything from palatial two-story brick homes to singlewide, doublewide, or modular homes. No matter your selection, you'll enjoy excellent quality and comfort.

But what makes a gated community is really special is the outstanding special features and the deep friendships you can create with your neighbors. River Run Plantation offers both of these in spades, with a slow-paced lifestyle that lets you enjoy the finer things.

The mature tall trees of River Run Plantation mean that no matter which lot a home is situated on, it benefits from shade as well as the beauty of nature. If you enjoy looking at fall foliage, for example, you'll love River Run Plantation.

Enjoy Country Club Amenities Set Right in the Splendor of North Carolina Woodland

Naturally, the centerpiece of just about any gated community is the clubhouse, which sits smack dab in the center of everything at River Run Plantation. Here, residents congregate for all kinds of fun group activities, outings, games, and much more.

Of course, there are plenty of things to do alone, with friends, or with the whole family.

You can lounge around at the pool or play a game of horseshoes. Go fishing out on the 360-foot pier or use the boat ramp to follow where the big ones are biting out on the river. A full-sized tennis court is available for long-time players or those who've always wanted to try the game.

Picnics and barbecues happen practically every weekend in dedicated areas, too. If you want to go one step further, River Run Plantation is convenient to the Atlantic Ocean via Sunset Beach. Sunset Beach is the state's southernmost inhabited island and is dotted with lovely beach cottages.

River Run Plantation is Waiting for You

If River Run Plantation sounds like a treat, why not pay it a visit?

Our REALTORS® are waiting for your call. We'll provide you with all the information and advice you need to make home buying a snap. Before you know it, you could be relaxing on the Lockwood Folly River.

Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today to find out more.

August
30

Your Guide for Relocating to Brunswick County

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.

The Best of Brunswick: Find the Right Community

When you're shoping for homes for sale in Brunswick County, the first step is choosing the right community. All of Brunswick County shares the temperate climate, outdoor attractions, and pleasant pace of life that make our county such a great place to live, but each has something unique to offer for potential residents.

  • Bald Head Island – Located on the same island as the historic lighthouse affectionately known as Old Baldy, Bald Head Island homes provide an excellent example of the lifestyle you'll find throughout Brunswick County communities. The island is characterized by more than 10,000 acres of untouched, natural scenery, with vibrant wildlife, stunning views, and stories waiting around every corner.

  • Bolivia – Situated on the northwestern edge of Brunswick County, Bolivia homes for sale are located in a cozy, quiet community, perfect for anyone who enjoys the lifestyle of a small town in a beautiful, natural area. There's also plenty to do close to home in Bolivia, whether you'd like to spend the day fishing, golfing, or relaxing on the beach.

  • Oak Island – Life is just a little sweeter when you live on Oak Island. The community features miles of clean, sandy beaches, scenic fishing piers, and public parks. Local businesses make life in Oak Island special, for both visitors and long-time residents. The community is especially lively during the summer months, but there is always something to do year-round when you choose homes in Oak Island.

  • Ocean Isle Beach – With beautiful beaches, waterfront views, and a relaxed seaside lifestyle, Ocean Isle Beach homes exemplify so much of what makes Brunswick County a great place to call home. Enjoy community events like the summer concert series and movies in the park, spend the day with your toes in the sand, or simply take in the scenery while relaxing on your patio.

  • Southport Homes – Established in 1792, Southport is a community with a rich history and exciting future. That history is always on display at local historic sites, special events, and in the maritime stories shared among long-time residents. Southport has also worked hard to encourage business growth within the community, which leads to the diverse local businesses and attractions that residents of Southport homes enjoy today.

When you find your perfect Brunswick County community, the people of our area are sure to make you feel right at home. Get started by consulting the relocation guide from the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, where you'll find contact information for local utilities, schools, town halls, and other useful information. Your real estate agent should also be an excellent source of information on Brunswick County communities and all of the little details that will make your new house feel like home.

Looking for an experienced real estate team that knows Brunswick County communities and can help you find the ideal home for your needs? Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. when you're ready to get your home search started.

August
8

Community Spotlight: Avalon in Bolivia

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. 

What is Avalon? An Active Lifestyle Community Like None Other

Avalon is one of the newest communities of its kind here in beautiful North Carolina. Ground broke in 2017, and it has already become of the most sought-after residential options for elders.

Avalon sits at the crossroads of amazing North Carolina sights like Oak Island's brilliant beaches. Its peace and tranquility will leave you astounded that it's just a short drive to the world-class shopping, restaurants, and culture of the city of Wilmington.

However, whether you spend your time lounging on the shores of Silver Lake or visiting the pristine beaches of Bald Head Island to see its majestic lighthouse, you'll always find yourself happy to return to Avalon, a place designed with your needs in mind.

Avalon sits within the boundaries of Bolivia, North Carolina, a sedate town with a permanent population of just over 100 people. The idyllic, natural setting is perfect for Avalon, which consists of a total of 166 newly-built homes in a gated community all your own.

The Community Clubhouse is the Centerpiece of Life Here at Avalon

Avalon provides the pace you want with all the luxuries of life close at hand.

The center of everything is the clubhouse, slated to be filled with meetings, events, and fun celebrations for all seasons. Residents can bask in the sun by the pool – kept clean and neat at all times by professional maintenance staff – play bocce ball, or relax at the dog park.

There will even be a fully-stocked pond where anglers can while away summer days.

One of the most appealing aspects of Avalon is its low maintenance lifestyle. Lawn care and a variety of other issues are taken care of for you, so you never have to worry. Avalon retirees can focus on everything good about their community.

Of course, outings are an important part of an active retirement. When you wish to leave the forested seclusion of Avalon, you'll have plenty of options for day trips as well as weekend vacations. For example, you'll find two 18-hole golf courses to choose from just a few minutes away.

Shopping is just a quick five-minute trip – or you can visit the seaside boardwalk in nearby Southport, NC. Nearby Brunswick Community College offers a wide range of adult education classes as well as local theater productions.

Partake in Resort-Style Amenities and Easy Living in North Carolina's Avalon

Avalon homes are currently available on a new construction basis, with prices ranging from about $100,000 to about $200,000. Living in Avalon is an outstanding opportunity, and now is the best time to take action.

Margaret Rudd & Associates is here to make the whole process faster and easier. No matter whether you're buying your first home or the place where you plan to relish your retirement, our team is on your side: You get our expert advice, courteous service, and a record of success.

Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to find out more.

June
21

Southport, NC - Southport's Best Neighborhood Guide

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

  1. South Harbour Village
    Beautifully landscaped and just minutes from the beach, South Harbour Village is a welcoming community that has so much to offer prospective home buyers. Coastal architecture is highlighted in many of the homes found in South Harbour Village. Amenities including tennis courts, a golf course and swimming pool add to the resort-like feel of the community. If boating is your thing, you'll be pleased to find three boat docks, the nearby marina and plenty of water to enjoy. We'd love to share the excitement of South Harbour Village real estate with you!

  2. Cambridge Crossings
    A newer neighborhood which features architecturally superior brick townhomes, Cambridge Crossings is an ideal community to consider for your next home. Situated on the intercoastal waterway, this community offers easy access to not only Southport but Bald Head Island and Oak Island as well. Residents enjoy access to the clubhouse, golf course and more. You might just fall in love with the community while considering Cambridge Crossings homes for sale.

  3. Rivermist at Dutchman Village
    Affordable luxury awaits you in the Rivermist at Dutchman Village community of Southport. Home prices start in the low $200K range, and residents have a long list of wonderful amenities to enjoy which include serene walking trails, a children's area, a large pool and fitness room. The lounge is a wonderful place to meet new friends and relax at the end of the day. To learn more about homes in Rivermist at Dutchman Village, contact us today!

  4. The Preserve at Oak Island
    Condominiums at The Preserve at Oak Island are constructed to withstand all types of coastal weather, so you can rest assured that you're investing in a durable, yet beautiful home. Community life in this unique neighborhood combines the charm of Southport with the nearby beaches of Oak Island. You'll feel pampered and right at home here as you enjoy the tranquility of the area and the security of a first class community. Let us introduce you to the good life as we show you the homes at The Preserve at Oak Island.

Southport offers coastal living at its finest with a warm, southern charm and inviting beaches to explore and enjoy. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today for expert real estate knowledge and service that is second to none.

May
24

10 Top Southport Neighborhoods to Buy a Home

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.

Sweeter in Southport: 10 Top Neighborhoods to Call Home in Southport, NC 

  1. Arbor Creek
    With just over 300 single-family homes and ample amenities, Arbor Creek is a cozy, scenic neighborhood to call home. Spend summer days at the community pool, enjoy activities in the community clubhouse, get a great workout on the tennis courts, or spend an evening soaking in the scenery at the Arbor Creek gazebo.

  2. Cade's Cove
    Located along the northwestern edge of Southport, Cade's Cove is a small, quiet neighborhood, with easy access to all that Southport has to offer. This neighborhood is known for it's friendly, peaceful atmosphere, outdoor attractions, clean streets, and charming local businesses.

  3. Cambridge Crossings
    Are you searching for a Southport neighborhood that's big on outdoor fun? Cambridge Crossings is a great place to call home, with attractions including local golf courses, tennis, a marina, a public park, and easy access to all of the amazing beaches in the Southport area. This is a very popular community for retirees in Southport, and a great place for anyone who loves to spend time outdoors.

  4. Carolina Place
    A charming, historic neighborhood, Carolina Place is an ideal place to shop if you're looking for a historic home in a growing community. Carolina Place is located close to scenic parks and waterways, while also providing easy access to the many small businesses, services, and entertainment destinations located nearby.

  5. Harbor Oaks
    Kick back, relax, and enjoy the quiet, scenic community of Harbor Oaks, located just a few minutes from all of the great attractions in Historic Southport. Harbor Oaks is a small neighborhood, but offers many attractions including two parks, a beautiful public fountain, and plenty of great areas to have a picnic under the Carolina sun.

  6. The Hammocks at Southport
    Looking for a custom home perfectly suited to your needs? The Hammocks at Southport features some of the most impressive custom homes in the area, with seven unique floor plans to choose from and tons of options for customizing every little detail of your next home. There are also completed homes available, if you're ready to move in right now.

  7. Indigo Plantation
    With two beautifully maintained marinas and easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway, Indigo Plantation is an ideal neighborhood for anyone who loves spending time on the water. Of course, you'll also be located just a few minutes from downtown Southport, so Indigo Plantation truly offers the best of both worlds.

  8. The Landing at Southport
    Also located along the Intracoastal Waterway, the Landing at Southport offers amenities that few neighborhoods can match. The Landing features everything you need to have fun on the water, including a clubhouse, pool, boat corral, and pier, along with ferries to other nearby communities on the waterfront.

  9. Mariner's Pointe
    As you might guess from the name, the Mariner's Pointe neighborhood is located on the water. This unique community, centered around beautiful Lake Upchurch, offers elegant homes in a truly spectacular natural setting. This luxurious community offers everything you need close to home, including an excellent school district that makes Mariner's Pointe a very popular choice for families in the area.

  10. South Harbour Village
    You'll never be far from outdoor attractions when you call South Harbour Village home, thanks to the neighborhood's convenient, central location. Spend some time enjoying the community pool, tennis courts, and local golf course, or hit the docks for some fun on the water. South Harbour Village is also located just a few short minutes from some of the best beaches in the area.

Ready to find a home of your own in your favorite Southport neighborhood? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Southport, NC area.

May
7

Holden Beach Concerts Brunswick County

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!

The 2018 Summer Concert Kickoff

The first concert in the 2018 Holden Beach Summer Concert Series takes place from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, May 27th. The concert features Steve Owens and the Summertime, a great local band from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Expect a fun, high-energy mix of beach music, southern soul and Rock N' Roll. Steve Owens and the Summertime were awarded "Favorite New Artist of the Year" shortly after their formation at the 2012 Carolina Beach Music Awards, and have garnered several additional nominations in the years since. We look forward to checking out their fun summertime jams on May 27th, and we hope to see you there. Bring a lawn chair, sit back, and enjoy!

About the Venue

The Summer Concert Series takes place at the Holden Beach Pavilion, located under the Holden Park Bridge overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Ample parking is available, and the adjoining Holden Beach Park offers picnic tables, restrooms, ball courts, picnic pavilions, docks and a kayak launch site on the waterfront. The pavilion is also just footsteps away from the vibrant Holden Beach downtown, and only a few blocks from our beautiful 8-mile sandy beach, making this concert a great opportunity to explore, and get to know the town!

More Upcoming Summer Concerts in Holden Beach

Holden Beach will continue holding free weekly concerts throughout the summer. Head to the Pavilion under the Holden Park Bridge each Sunday at 6:30 PM to catch the entertainment. Upcoming performances include blues rockers the Fantastic Shakers, beach music band the Catalinas, and the funky, R&B-influenced Carolina Breakers. The Summer Concert Series wraps up on September 2nd with the Imitations, often referred to as "The Party Band of the Carolinas!"

Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to learn more about life in Holden Beach, North Carolina. Our REALTORS® are dedicated to helping you not only find your dream home in Holden Beach but also to live your life here to the fullest.

April
30

Adopt a Pet in Brunswick County

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.

If you've been thinking about a pet, adopting really is a great option for most people. The adoption fee is less expensive than buying from a pet store or breeder and includes vaccines, spay or neutering, and sometimes even micro-chipping. As an added bonus, many of these pets are already housebroken which makes the transition to your home easier. The volunteers at animal shelters really care about their residents, and these organizations make every effort to match pets and people with compatible personalities. Our REALTORS® know the ins and outs of living in Brunswick County. Here are five places in our local area where you might find the newest member of your family.

  1. Furever Friends Animal Rescue, 511 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 105 & 106, Leland. Furever Friends is a medical based shelter that provides medical and surgical care to animals in need. After rehabilitation, animals are placed for adoption.

  2. Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR), 3376 St. Charles Place, Southport. Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue has both dogs and cats just waiting for Southport homes. The animals have plenty of room to run and play here and would love to do the same with you!

  3. Brunswick County Animal Services, 429 Green Swamp Road, Supply. Brunswick County Animal Services has dogs and cats for adoption but if you have another animal in mind, take a look here. You may find the perfect guinea pig for your family. 

  4. Paws Place Dog Rescue, 242 George II Highway, Winnabow. Paws Place serves the Southport area. They are an all breeds dog rescue and dogs here are microchipped prior to placement in Oak Island homes.

  5. Cat Tails, 622 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle. As you might have guessed from the name, Cat Tails only has cats and kittens at their facility and they are ready for adoption into loving Ocean Isle homes.

To find more information about adopting pets visit Petfinder.com.

Having a pet can really be a wonderful experience and providing a home for an animal in need is just a good thing to do. Our REALTORS® can help you find a new home to fit your lifestyle with amenities every member of your family will love. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today to get started.

 

April
18

Oak Island Celebrates Earth Day April 20

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.  

Oak Island Earth Day Celebration

The Oak Island Earth Day event will feature conservation groups from the area who will offer interactive exhibits, educational information, and displays, as well as food and entertainment. It is sure to be a rewarding experience for everyone who attends. The event will run from 10 AM to 2 PM.

This Earth Day celebration is sponsored by the Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department. It's part of an international effort to raise awareness about our environment and to inform people how they can make a difference. The Ft. Fisher Aquarium outreach program, Sea Biscuit Bird Rescue, NC Coastal Federation, beekeepers and other groups large and small will be on hand with activities for kids and adults alike.

We're not alone in hosting an activity like this. Over 1 billion people in nearly 200 countries around the world are expected to participate in this year's Earth Day. Growing our local consciousness is an effort that is embraced wholeheartedly by our community, and it's just one of the things the team at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. loves about Oak Island.

Earth Day Facts -- Did You Know

  • The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. Vietnam was raging, gas-guzzling autos were getting bigger and bigger, and a massive oil spill off the coast of California had raised awareness that our dependence on oil was threatening the environment and that something had to be done.

  • Earth Day 1970 is considered to have been the day that launched environmental activism and ultimately led to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

  • College students, who had been mobilized through protests against the war, latched onto the concept of protecting the Earth, and colleges from coast to coast staged protests and awareness events that made national news and educated millions, and that awareness has continued to grow.

  • The first Earth Day had widespread bipartisan support in America. It was a cause that everyone could get behind, and it didn't matter what your political leanings, because it was about saving the planet.

Oak Island Cares About the Environment

The natural beauty of Oak Island attracts people who love to be outdoors. With miles of sandy beaches and thousands of visitors we welcome each year, protecting the environment is a cause that our residents share. Our real estate agents live and work here, and they enjoy introducing new residents to the housing options and the lifestyle that comes with living at the beach.

We hope you'll join us for our Earth Day Celebration, and we invite you to contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to meet with one of our friendly, knowledgeable local agents to tour homes for sale in Oak Island, NC.

April
4

Ocean Isle Beach - The South's Best Tiny Town

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.

Relocating? New Englanders And Others Flock To Ocean Isle Beach

Since Southern Living Magazine named Ocean Isle Beach one of the South's best, it has raised its profile a bit – but not too much. In fact, it's already been known as a destination that many northerners visit annually only to ultimately settle down there.

In fact, it's an ideal place for a second home.

There are two things Ocean Isle Beach is most known for:

  1. The beach itself is one of the best in the United States. It's also historic, having bounced back from remarkable damage from Hurricane Hazel in the 1950's. Properties are available just steps from the shore, but its picturesque beauty remains unspoiled thanks to responsible management.

    The town's miles of white sand beaches are truly the epitome of the Brunswick Island lifestyle.

  2. The Community
    As a town of 600, Ocean Isle is one of those places "where everybody knows your name." The people are helpful, friendly, and welcoming, always willing to lend a hand or give you the latest tips on where the fish are biting. Stay here a month and you'll be a "regular" wherever you go.

What Can You Do In Ocean Isle Beach? More Than You Might Think

Exploring the smallest of small towns might leave some people worried there's not enough to see. Luckily, the people of Ocean Isle Beach put their whole heart into everything they do.

You'll find truly unforgettable food at Ocean Island Beach restaurants. Everything from curried goat served Jamaican-style to barbecue and local seafood can be found within a short walk.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is perfect for history buffs. In addition to offering amazing insights on the local area, it is the site of the Ingram Planetarium.

The Ocean Isle Beach Community Center is always planning something new. No matter if your interests are in watersports, golf courses, or nightlife, it has you covered. It's also where kiddos go each spring and summer to enjoy a wide range of fun activities.

Speaking of the young ones, Ocean Isle Beach is part of the Brunswick County School District. It boasts some truly exceptional public schools, giving any child a leg up. There's always something to do or look forward to when growing up here.

It's summer vacation heaven for kids and adults alike!

Not surprisingly, there are many beachside vacation rentals in Ocean Isle Beach. If you're not sure whether it's right for you, visiting in the summer is a wonderful idea.

On the flip side, many new residents have been pleasantly surprised by the extra income they can achieve renting out a room. This could help you afford your perfect home.

Your Beachfront Paradise Awaits In Ocean Isle Beach

Picking the perfect home in Ocean Isle Beach isn't easy. Our REALTORS® are here to help. With years of experience, we have what it takes to help you find or trade up to your Ocean Isle Beach dream home. It's never been faster or easier than it is with us.

Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to find out more.

March
27

What's the Catch to Fishing in Brunswick County

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:

  1. Holden Beach Pier, 441 Ocean Blvd West, Holden Beach
    Holden Beach Pier is the family favorite thanks to amenities like a grill, snack counter, and full campground. You can get anything from breakfast to hot dogs and fries, and it's found right on one of the area's best beaches. Fish include speckled trout, flounder, king mackerel, and more.

  2. Oak Island Pier, 705 Ocean Drive, Oak Island
    Oak Island Pier is known for both its pro shop in the pier house and its welcoming restaurant: The Flying Fish Cafe. The Cafe has stayed open, offering its signature mahi-mahi taco, while the pier itself continues to undergo a hotly anticipated renovation. Some of the biggest catches around happened here!

  3. Ocean Crest Pier, 1409 E. Beach Drive, Oak Island
    Experienced anglers will love the Ocean Crest Pier approach to fishing: The pier includes its own live bait tank available to the community. There's also an on-site weather station. The almost 900-foot pier was voted most popular in North Carolina by Fisherman's Post.

  4. Ocean Isle Pier, 1 West 1st Street, Ocean Isle Beach
    Ocean Isle Pier offers a great full-service experience that has virtually everything you could want, including rentals, live bait, rods and tackle, and even a selection of fine ice cream. Fishing fees are just $9 per rod and kids under six can join in the fun for just fifty cents.

  5. Sunset Beach Pier, 101 W. Main Street, Sunset Beach
    Sunset Beach Pier features a popular snack bar as well as an air-conditioned game room where you cool off and relax. It is one of the most popular piers in summer, but it can always offer a tasty seafood meal. This is the best pier for disabled guests, as it offers accessible features and free scooter chairs.

Brunswick County home buyers and homeowners alike love to while away a day landing great catches at their preferred pier. Our REALTORS® can help you find the best catch of them all: Your Brunswick area dream home. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to get started.

March
21

Brunswick County - Carolina's Golf Coast

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:

  1. Bald Head Island Club - Bald Head Island, NC
    Bald Head Island is well known for its historic lighthouse, but the Bald Head Island Club is every bit a key part of this island paradise. Designed by none other than George Cobb and recently restored by Tim Cate, it's been welcoming guests since 1974.

  2. Brick Landing Plantation Golf Club - Ocean Isle Beach, NC
    Brick Landing Plantation is lauded for The View restaurant and "the delectable Southern occasion" of Sunday brunch. Its golf course hosts many annual events and tournaments on a beautiful, yet wickedly difficult eighteen holes right amidst the Carolina Intercoastal Waterway.

  3. Carolina National Golf Club - Bolivia, NC
    The National Golf Club distinguishes itself with a 27-hole Fred Couples signature golf course. Unlike many local private clubs, it is open to the public from morning through evening on both Saturday and Sunday. Winding lazily through the low country, it offers a wide range of striking golfing challenges.

  4. The Lakes Country Club - Boiling Spring Lakes, NC
    As you'd expect from the name, The Lakes is defined by its natural water hazards and forest environs. With a max length over 6,700 yards and a 72.9-course rating, the course is a true championship experience. It was designed by architect George Riccaboni and opened back in 1962.

  5. Oak Island Par 3 At South Harbour - Oak Island, NC
    Touted as South Brunswick Island's very best par three course, Oak Island Par 3 was engineered to offer interesting and enjoyable holes for players of all skill levels. Couples and children are welcome. Plus, the course is open to the public and does not require a membership.

  6. Oyster Bay Golf Links - Sunset Beach, NC
    Voted "Resort Course of the Year" by Golf Digest, Oyster Bay has long been thought of as one of the top 50 public courses in the United States. Variety and innovation are the key ideas that drive Oyster Bay, with long holes, short holes, and everything in between in a dazzling array of settings.

Explore Brunswick County On and Off the Green

Brunswick County is dotted with fine communities that are perfect for established professionals, retirees, and growing families. No matter what your style, you're sure to find a town or city somewhere in the region that will provide all the amenities you care about.

From Bald Head Island homes to Bolivia homes for sale, Ocean Island homes for sale, Boiling Spring Lakes homes, and even Oak Island homes, Margaret Rudd & Associates is here to help.

Our REALTORS® bring a deep understanding of all this fascinating area has to offer home buyers. Our team provides the insight and resources you need to find the ideal property for your needs.

Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today.

March
6

Bald Head Island's Badwater Cape Fear – the World's Toughest Foot Race

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.

Badwater Cape Fear is the Sequel to the Toughest Race of All

The Badwater brand is behind a number of other races, including the most grueling in the world: The Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, a 135-mile race from Death Valley to California's Mt. Whitney. That starts nearly 300 feet below sea level at Badwater Basin ...

... and ends a day or two later at an elevation of 8,000 feet at the base of Mt. Whitney.

While Badwater Cape Fear is nowhere near that extreme, it still attracts hundreds of serious runners each year. The difference? Many first-time racers also find their way to Badwater Cape Fear, which is considered to have more picturesque views and a much easier learning curve.

It's widely thought of as a spectacular alternative to the deserts and mountains of the West Coast races.

In fact, the entire run takes place right along the gorgeous Atlantic seaboard. Runners have incredible views of the famous Frying Pan Shoals off to the east and pristine, untouched marshlands to their west throughout the journey. Temperatures usually run between 55-65 degrees on race day.

Visitors from Far and Wide Answer the Call to Badwater Cape Fear

Since runners have the opportunity to select either a 31-mile or 51-mile tour during the race, Badwater Cape Fear adapts to a range of conditioning levels.

It consists of:

  • A brisk warm-up on Bald Head Island's inviting car-free, one-lane roads.
  • 19 or 39 miles on the secluded beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher.
  • A wide variety of after parties and get-togethers for the successful racers!

The ultra-marathon kicks off at 7 AM. and ends at 9:45 PM, so there is plenty of time even for those who wish to go at their own pace. Over the past few years, athletes have come from all over North America, Colombia, Venezuela, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.

Admission starts at $175 per person. The fun begins at 101 Lighthouse Wind on Bald Head Island.

Past visitors to the area recognize that address as the site of famous Old Baldy Lighthouse!

With a location just an hour from historic Wilmington, Bald Head and Southport have also served as vacation destinations for the runners, their families, and their supporters. Unique beauty and southern charm await, no matter if this is your first big race or your fiftieth.

Want a Beautiful Southport or Bald Head Home? Race to Margaret Rudd & Associates

Our REALTORS® have years of experience with Bald Head Island homes.

Just like at our famous local race, moving fast counts when you're exploring the housing market. With our help, you can find the ideal home for you and avoid time-consuming setbacks.

Selecting, financing, and closing on a home is usually a marathon, not a sprint. We strive to offer you the best personalized service and support you every step of the way. Contact us to get started.

February
28

Best Bed and Breakfasts in Brunswick County

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. 

  • The Bell-Clemmons House B&B, 313 E Moore Street, Southport
    The kitchen is truly the heart of the Bell-Clemmons House. You'll take in the delicious smells of a gourmet breakfast around the large butcher block table. Three themed rooms reflect the styles of Savannah, the Outer Banks, and Key West. The amenities are first class, including plush robes and luxurious linens. This B&B is conveniently located in town near lovely boutiques and plentiful restaurants. Bicycles are available for pedaling to the nearby beach or around the sites of historic Southport.

  • Brunswick Inn Bed and Breakfast, 301 E Bay Street, Southport
    The historic Brunswick Inn Bed and Breakfast is a registered historic landmark with vista views of the Cape Fear River and Oak Island Lighthouse. The mid-1800s, Federal-style mansion was lovingly restored to preserve the grandeur of its era. The enduring charm literally surrounds you from the beautiful veranda to breakfast beneath the home's impressive rotunda. Each guest suite is furnished with period antiques, and afternoon hors d'oeuvres and beverages help you unwind in genteel southern style.

  • Robert Ruark Inn - 119 N. Lord Street, Southport
    This Victorian beauty in the heart of Southport offers a satisfying combination of historic Southern charm and modern amenities. The chef's kitchen is a dream and a lovely place to enjoy gourmet coffee and discuss your options for the day. Beaches? Golf? Shopping? It's all within easy reach. Guest rooms are elegantly appointed with private baths, and the views of the Cape Fear River are simply serene. Breakfast is served in the elegant Victorian dining room or alfresco in the garden view veranda.

  • The Sunset Inn, 9 EN Shore Drive, Sunset Beach
    Guests often comment on the natural light inside the breakfast room of the Sunset Inn. The plentiful porches and welcoming rocking chairs also get rave reviews for their vantage point views of the peaceful salt marshes. The guest rooms all have King-sized beds, gracious baths, and wet bars. This inn offers plenty of privacy and peacefulness, and the staff makes you feel like it is your home. Sunset Beach is a five-minute walk, where you'll enjoy the beautiful white sand.

  • The Rose Bed and Breakfast, 545 Hickman Road NW, Calabash
    Personal service and generous hospitality are the hallmarks at The Rose Bed and Breakfast in Calabash. As for the breakfast, this is one of the best. It's cooked to order each morning, so if you have special dietary needs, just let them know when you make your reservation. This inn is in an excellent location, near golf courses and the beach, as well as fishing and live entertainment. There are four rooms at The Rose, and the King beds also make up two twins, so it's also great for girlfriend getaways or father/son fishing excursions.

If you're thinking about buying or selling real estate, we'd love to help you. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. for help with your Carolina real estate dream.

February
12

Best Wedding Venues in Ocean Isle Beach NC

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.

Beach Wedding Venues

The Winds Resort Beach Club, 310 E 1st St, Ocean Isle Beach

If you want your wedding day to begin and end at the beach, The Winds offers the guest rooms, dining options, and all the amenities you'd expect from a beachfront resort. Wedding professionals will assist you with important wedding details.

They'll help you arrange your marriage license, deejay, flowers, wedding cake, photographer, and more. The Winds offers eight beachfront wedding packages with the options you need for the wedding you desire.

Ocean Isle Inn, 37 West First St, Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Inn gives your wedding party a beach backdrop by day and a beautiful sunset by night. The Inn offers seven wedding packages with graduated pricing from the economical "Elopement or Vow Renewal" to the "Ultimate Beach Wedding." You may upgrade your package to include additional guest rooms, a photographer, deejay and other optional features.

Brick Landing Plantation, 882 Goose Creek Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach

When you're planning your wedding, you want it to be a day you and your guests won't soon forget.  Brick Landing Plantation is located just two miles from Ocean Isle Beach with romantic, panoramic views of the Intercoastal Carolina Waterway. Brick Landing's facility offers a variety of event rooms for your big day with catering services from ART Catering to delight your family and friends.

Wedding Planning Services

Oceanfront Weddings Of NC

If you need help planning your wedding from beginning to end, Oceanfront Weddings can manage every last detail. Their wedding planners will arrange a ceremony and reception with your choice of beachfront venues and banquet rooms.

The staff can arrange guest lodging for your party. They can also recommend deejays, photographers, videographers and other key vendors.

Ocean Isle Beach Weddings

When you need help planning the destination wedding of your dreams, the Ocean Isle Beach Weddings staff can put it all together for you. They'll help you choose everything you need, from a bridal gown to beach wedding jewelry.

Their planners work with the premier event venues and services in the area to give you a choice of ceremony and reception options. Their extensive registry of beach wedding vendors ensures you have the wedding of your dreams.

Your Real Estate Professionals

When you visit Ocean Isle Beach, you'll want to make it your home. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to buy a home or if you want more information about our romantic beachfront wedding traditions.

February
5

Southport Spring Art Show at the Franklin Square Gallery

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. 

If you're considering a move this spring and are interested in local events, we recommend the Southport Spring Art Show on your list of things to do. This premier art event is a great way to get to know Southport and to meet some of the community's talented local artists.

Southport Spring Art Show - Franklin Square Gallery

Southport's Springs Art Show runs from February 26 until March 17, 2018. 

This annual, juried event showcases recent creative works by local painters and potters. To ensure the best creative representation, each potential art show entry is judged by an area professional.

  • Gina Strumpf: International Golden Artist Educator, Impressionist Painter
  • Brian Evans: Coastal Carolina Clay Guild President, owner Orange Street Pottery

Works accepted into the show will compete for $1000. in cash awards. The awards will be presented during a reception on Final Friday, March 2, 5 and 7 pm.

Franklin Square Gallery

Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West Street in Downtown Southport, is located behind Franklin Square Park in Southport's historic district. The building was originally built as a school in 1904. It now houses the Associated Artists of Southport, a local non-profit which runs the gallery as a cooperative.

The gallery regularly showcases and markets paintings and pottery from over 100 area artist-members. Works from painters include originals in oil, acrylic, and watercolors, also note cards and prints. Potters exhibit bowls, vases, jewelry and other decorative functional art pieces.

Gallery Schedule

In addition to the annual spring show, the Franklin Square Gallery is part of the Southport First Friday Gallery Walk. Participating art venues open up their spaces and entice art lovers with appetizers, wine, and beautiful art.

The gallery calendar lists seasonal art shows, special events, workshops, lecture series, and holiday gift boutiques. They also host events for the local high school and other organizations.

Your Southport Real Estate Professionals

When you visit Southport, NC, we'll be happy to show you why we believe it's a fabulous place to buy a home. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. when you're considering a relocation to Southport and the Coastal Carolina real estate market.

January
29

The Local's Guide to Dining Out in Ocean Isle Beach

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.

  • Causeway Gourmet, 100 Causeway Drive, SW, Suite 7, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
    Causeway Gourmet has an extensive menu. Salads, hot and cold sandwiches and wraps are the perfect choice when you want a lighter meal. Entrees include steak, chicken, pasta, and of course plenty of seafood. The delectable house made desserts are a delicious ending to your meal. Catering and evening delivery are available. 

  • Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille, 14 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
    Located right on the water, Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille has some amazing views to accompany your meal. The seasonal menu features a large selection of seafood dishes and a raw and chilled seafood bar. Outdoor dining and banquet rooms are available.

  • The View at Brick Landing Plantation, 1882 Goose Creek Rd, SW, Ocean Island Beach, NC 28469.
    Sunday brunch is the star of the show at The View at Brick Landing Plantation. Excellent food, lovely water views and live entertainment combine for an enjoyable and relaxing experience. Don't forget to play a round on the championship golf course while you're there.

  • Castaway Grill, 112 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
    It's all about casual and laid back at Castaway Grill. There are plenty of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers and seafood fill the daytime menu. Steak, chicken, seafood and pasta entrees for dinner mean there is something for everyone. The shrimp and fried pickles are popular choices, and a carryout window means you can dine anywhere you like.

  • Roberto's Ristorante, 6737 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
    The warm and inviting Roberto's Ristorante has all your Italian favorites with an emphasis on seafood. Not in the mood for seafood? No problem, the homemade gourmet pizza will definitely satisfy.

  • Sharky's Waterfront Restaurant, 61 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
    The oldest restaurant on Ocean Isle Beach, Sharky's Waterfront Restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining with water views, There's even a boat dock for convenience. Fresh seafood is the star of the menu, but there are also a few traditional Southern dishes and standards like burgers and wings.

Whether you're looking to buy or sell your home in Ocean Isle Beach, Our REALTORS® can help. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today.

January
3

Best Things to Do in Coastal Carolina - Ocean Isle Beach Run 2018

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. 

Ocean Isle Beach Run 2018: Everything You Need to Know about the Big Event

The Ocean Isle Beach Run is an annual event, which regularly draws hundreds of runners from throughout North Carolina. Every year, the event is put on by the South Brunswick Interchurch Council (SBIC), a non-denominational organization which brings together people of many different faiths. Sign-ups for the event are open online, and there is a discount available for registering three or more people at a time. The event is open to all, whether you're an experienced runner or simply looking to participate in a good cause.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Run Half-Marathon – Are you the type of runner who's always looking to tackle the next big challenge, and looks forward to those early morning training runs every day? The Ocean Isle Beach Run Half-Marathon is the perfect place to test your skills, with varied terrain, a challenging incline/decline over the Odell Williamson Bridge, and a scenic stretch along the Intracoastal Waterway. This is a great opportunity to put your training to the test, and raise money for a good cause.

  • 5K and 10K Walk/Runs – Looking to get into the action, without training for a half-marathon? No problem! The Ocean Isle Beach Run also includes both a 5K and 10K walk/run, ideal for runners of every skill level. You can choose to run ahead to push for your best time, or take a nice, leisurely walk while enjoying all of the gorgeous scenery. Choose the distance that's right for you, then enjoy a day of fitness and fun.

  • Run for Food – The SBIC is an organization dedicated to bringing people together, and supporting those in need throughout Coastal North Carolina communities. Every year, the proceeds from the Ocean Isle Beach Run benefit the SBIC Food Pantry, which provides food to those in need. The event is entirely supported by volunteers and is now entering its 14th year.

  • Get Your Ocean Isle Beach Run Gear – You'll make plenty of memories at the Ocean Isle Beach Run, and you'll even have the opportunity to bring home a few souvenirs. Every year, the SBIC offers clothing to take home for all participants, as well as a delicious meal when you're finished with your run.

  • Seeing the Sights in Ocean Isle Beach – Would you like to experience a truly unique way to scout Ocean Isle Homes for sale? The Ocean Isle Beach Run takes you to some of the most scenic places in the community, with ample opportunities to soak in the waterfront scenery and natural beauty of Ocean Isle. Perhaps you'll even spot the home of your dreams.

Are you excited to run the scenic streets of Ocean Isle Beach throughout the year, and searching for a home of your own? Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to buy and sell homes throughout Coastal North Carolina.

December
11

Best Neighborhoods in Brunswick County to Buy a Home

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.

Tips for Finding the Right Neighborhood to Call Home

The first step to finding the right neighborhood for your home is understanding what you need, what you want, and what priorities matter most. If that sounds a lot like what you do when buying a home, it is! By understanding what's most important to you, it's much easier to narrow down your list to the best potential fits.

  • Services and Amenities Close to Home – Having the services you need close to home makes a big difference, so make a list of what you need and search for neighborhoods that fit the bill. Be sure to consider entertainment and recreation options, too, so that you won't have to travel far to have fun.

  • School District and Commute – If you're a parent, then finding the right school district might be a huge priority when shopping for a neighborhood. Your daily commute to work is also a big factor, so make sure you're comfortable with how far you have to travel.

  • The Right Home – No matter what else a neighborhood has going for it, it's crucial that your target neighborhood has homes that fit both your budget and your preferences.

  • What Don't You Want – Are there certain traits of neighborhoods that would be a deal-breaker for you? While there will always be compromises when finding the right location, a neighborhood of deal-breakers probably shouldn't make your short list.

Coastal Carolina Neighborhoods for Your New Home

  • Bald Head Island - When your lifestyle leans more towards laid back rather than fast paced, buying one of the homes for sale on Bald Head Island may be the right choice for your new home.  Some people consider Bald Head Island as small and remote.  Others consider this Carolina neighborhood as ideal because no cars or passenger vehicles are permitted on the island.

  • Holden Beach - When you buy a home in Holden Beach, you'll be joining one of Brunswick County's stand-out communities.  Ranked by National Geographic's TRAVELER Magazine as one of the country's top 10 family beaches, Holden Beach offers South Brunswick locals serene beaches and a long list of things to do for locals.

  • Oak Island - Most people buy an Oak Island home for sale because this beach community offers fourteen miles of uncrowded beaches and quiet streets dotted with cottages, dining, pier fishing, parks, two marinas and breathtaking sunsets.
  • Ocean Isle BeachAre you interested in a quiet, peaceful seaside community, with a small population and plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors year-round? Ocean Isle Beach homes offer everything you could ask for from a waterfront community, with relaxing winters and exciting summers. Enjoy some of the best golf in North Carolina, or head over to the fishing pier to spend an afternoon with lines in the water.
  • SouthportThe city of Southport, NC was first established in 1792, and Southport homes for sale are as popular as ever. Enjoy a scenic, historic community, filled with beautiful sunsets, great dining spots, and a friendly population that loves calling this seaside community home. The Southport Pier and Riverwalk are always alive with excitement, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum is a great place to learn more about life on the water.

  • Sunset BeachIf a fun, family-friendly community is what you're after, Sunset Beach homes for sale should be near the top of your list. This exciting beach-front community is home to nature sanctuaries, birding trails, a pontoon bridge, and a host of historic locations. Fun is never far from your front door when you call Sunset Beach home.

Finding the right real estate team makes it much easier to identify your dream neighborhood, and our experienced team is here to help. Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to buy and sell homes in Coastal North Carolina.

December
4

Holiday Family Fun at the Southport Winterfest

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.

Southport's Winterfest: Tradition, Holiday Surprises, and Family Fun Close to Home

  • The Nutcracker Tea Party
    Enjoy a special, holiday-themed tea party, filled with fantastic food, fun memories, and great entertainment. The Nutcracker Tea Party takes place in the Southport Community Building, and it's a perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season with a memorable outing. The Tea Party is a wonderful experience every holiday season.

  • Christmas at the Amazu|
    Homes in Southport, NC make it easy to find holiday entertainment, and Christmas at the Amazu is a perfect example of why that's the case. Head to downtown Southport throughout early December for live holiday music, with both classics and contemporary tunes. After the show, be sure to check out all of the great shops downtown.

  • State Pilot Annual Cookie Contest
    Are you the type to start baking your Christmas cookies just as soon as the table has been cleared after Thanksgiving? We understand! The State Pilot Annual Cookie Contest is the ideal place to pick up some great holiday recipes, sample the best cookies that North Carolina has to offer, and even see how your favorite holiday recipes stack up against the competition.

  • Supper with Santa's Elves
    Looking for a classic holiday activity that the kids will surely love? Supper with Santa's Elves is a great opportunity to get the kids (even more) into the holiday spirit, make some lasting memories, and spend some quality time with Santa's favorite elves.

  • Light Up the Night Christmas Fire Engine Parade
    The streets of Southport become a holiday wonderland during the "Light Up the Night" Christmas Fire Engine Parade. This tradition in Southport dates back more than a century and is always one of the bright spots of the holiday season. Come early to pick out your spot along the parade route, or head to the Southport Fire Station to allow your children to participate in the parade. The Fire Engine Parade is a huge event, with tons of floats, bands, holiday scenes, and a chance to meet Santa at the Southport Fire Station when the parade has concluded.

  • A Handmade Christmas
    Searching for a unique, handmade decoration for the holidays? A Handmade Christmas is your chance to create your own beautiful holiday wreath by hand, with guidance from the experts of the Southport Beautification and Garden Club Committee.

  • Southport Christmas Flotilla
    It wouldn't be a holiday in Southport without spending some time on the water, and the Southport Christmas Flotilla is your chance to do just that. Enjoy a holiday parade unlike any other, with boats decked out for the season and a contest for the evening's best decorations. This is always a popular event, so it's a good idea to arrive early to pick out a prime spot to watch all of the aquatic action.

When you're searching for the right North Carolina home for every season, our experienced real estate team is here to help. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to buy and sell homes in the Southport, NC area.

November
21

Is Retiring in Place or Relocating to the Carolina Coast Right for Me?

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. 

Retirement Planning 101: How to Choose a Community that Fits Your Retirement Needs

Whether you're looking at Southport homes for sale or homes for sale in Sunset Beach, you'll quickly find that North Carolina communities are a great place to enjoy your retirement. However, it's also important to consider all of the factors that impact your decision on where to retire and reach a decision that works best for your needs. 

  • Do you have an active social life in your current community, and want to make sure that your new home offers ample opportunities to make new friends? If so, be sure to look at social activities, clubs, volunteer organizations, and any other activities you might enjoy.

  • Will your retirement income and savings be enough to cover your financial needs in your retirement destination of choice? Create a clear, detailed retirement budget to help reach an informed decision on your financial needs.

  • Have you dreamed about spending your retirement in a community that maximizes all of the things that you love about your lifestyle? Retirement should be enjoyable, and choosing the right community with activities that you enjoy can help you make the most of your time.

  • Do the perks that drew you to your current home have less value now that you're retired? If you previously payed a premium to live in a great school district for the benefit of your children, for example, then moving to a new location may save you some money once the kids have graduated.

Tips for Finding the Right Community to Retire along the Carolina Coast

Deciding to move during retirement can be a great choice, and coastal North Carolina is a fantastic place to spend your retirement. There are many unique communities along the coast, and finding the right match will help you make the most of your retirement.

  • Ocean Isle homes for sale offer a quiet, small-town lifestyle during the winter months, and plenty of excitement during the summers. Enjoy fishing piers, beaches, festivals, golf, great food, and cultural destinations like the Museum of North Carolina. This is a great place to retire if you lead an active lifestyle. 

  • Looking for a slightly larger community, with a busy year-round lifestyle? Check St. James Plantation homes for sale to explore a vibrant town with world-class golf, an active social schedule, tons of entertainment options, and all of the services you need to make the most of your retirement.
  • Winding River Plantation homes for sale are perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors and wishes to preserve the natural beauty of North Carolina. This environmentally-friendly community features an Audubon-certified golf course, ample outdoor spaces, and a vibrant nature preserve where you can observe local wildlife while helping to preserve local ecosystems.

There are so many great communities to call home during retirement on the North Carolina Coast, and our team is here to help you find the right match for your needs. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates to buy and sell homes on the North Carolina Coast.

November
16

Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

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 

Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017, and it's a great time to be on the beach in North Carolina with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60's. If you happen to be in town for Thanksgiving, you might want to stick around—because Christmas celebrations start not long after!

The Saturday after Thanksgiving (known locally as Super Saturday) is when the real fun begins. The party starts with the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday afternoon, and it's no ordinary parade. It's become a tradition for local residents and businesses to dress up their golf carts and other vehicles in tinsel, garland, lights, and Christmas decorations of all kinds, making it a parade you're not likely to forget. Every vehicle is one of a kind.

After the parade, there's the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with a visit with Santa Claus himself on Saturday evening. Afterward, the Christmas Boat Flotilla begins at 5:30 PM in front of Inlet View Bar & Grill and ends at Sharkey's Restaurant for judging and a huge party to close out the evening.  Proceeds from the evening's events will benefit Brunswick Family Assistance Program.

Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting 2017

This year's Christmas Parade offers a full day of free, family-friendly fun to usher in the holiday season! Check out the event schedule for Saturday, November 25th, 2017 below, and visit the official Ocean Isle Beach website to learn more:

  • 1:30 PM - Line-up for the parade is at Museum parking lot
  • 2:00 PM - Parade starts
  • 4:30 PM - Christmas caroling and Tree lighting at the Causeway across the street from the Fire Department.
  • 5:00 PM - Santa arrives at the Fire Department, followed by hot cocoa, coffee, and other goodies
  • 6:00 PM - Watch the Christmas Flotilla from Sharky's Waterfront Restaurant, followed by Flotilla Party

Check back to find out about more upcoming events in the Ocean Isle Beach area. Our REALTORS® have years of experience in this relaxing seaside community, and we're always happy to fill you in on the latest happenings. No matter the season, Ocean Isle Beach homes offer an atmosphere like no other.

Contact us to learn more about life in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Our team is committed to helping you find your dream home.

October
17

Celebrate the 37th Annual NC Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle

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.

Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach

A mainstay of the Carolina coast for more than 35 years, the NC Oyster Festival is a little bit of everything—food festival, craft show, music fest. Most of all, it's an opportunity to enjoy the bounty of Ocean Isle's abundant oyster fishery by eating your weight in oysters. The event draws thousands of tourists and locals every year, and the 2017 festival promises to be no different.

The 37th annual North Carolina Oyster Festival is a two-day event that kicks off on Saturday, October 21, 2017. You can expect plenty of food and entertainment, and can even participate in the annual oyster eating contest if you think you've got what it takes!

2017 Oyster Festival Events

There will be a lot to take in at this year's Oyster festival, which will be located a stone's throw from the beach near the Ocean Isle Beach Pier. Be sure to get there bright and early to catch all the festivities:

  • Food and Drink: It goes without saying that there will be plenty of oysters around—steamed, fried, you name it. But there will be lots of other food as well; including pizza, barbecue and crab cakes from some of the best local food vendors around. Plenty of beverages and tasty desserts will be available too.

  • Arts and Crafts: Dozens of vendors will be on location showcasing an unbelievable variety of unique, hand-made goods, including furniture, stained glass, wood carvings, sculpture, pottery, leather goods and jewelry.

  • Live Music: Live musical entertainment will take place throughout both days of the festival, starting bright and early Saturday morning. Performers include the Tim Clark Band, Blackwater Rhythm & Blues, and The Embers.

  • Contest Events: It wouldn't be the Oyster Festival if you didn't have a chance to compete in the oyster eating contest. But that's not the only competition taking place over the weekend. You can also find out who walks away as the champion of the oyster shucking contest, shag dance competition, and oyster stew cook-off.

Admission to the festival is just $5, and kids 12 and under can get in for free. A free shuttle will be provided for those who choose to park on the mainland instead of driving to the island.

Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today to learn more about life in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Our team has the knowledge and experience to help you find the best Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.

October
12

Just a Bit Obsessed with Living in Oak Island NC

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.

What So Many Love About Living in Oak Island, NC 

  • 14 Miles of Sandy, South-Facing Beaches
    When you want to learn more about Oak Island, there's no better place to start than at the waterfront. Oak Island is home to more than 14 miles of warm, inviting beaches on the coast, with a whopping 65 beach access points throughout the community. The clean, family-friendly beaches of Oak Island, NC have been drawing visitors to the community for more than a century, so why not make quick sunset strolls and long beach days a constant part of life by owning a home of your own here? The island's beautiful beaches also attract plenty of visitors, which is great for the local economy.

  • Every Home Has a View in Oak Island
    The natural beauty of Oak Island is one of our area's major attractions, and fantastic views are simply one of the perks when you buy one of our Oak Island homes for sale. Enjoy a brilliant, waterfront sunset from the comfort of your own patio, or set out to explore the island's natural areas, wildlife, and classic beach-front scenery. When you live in Oak Island, there's never a bad time to stop and enjoy the view.

  • Enjoy Living Every Day in a Vacation Destination
    It's no secret that Oak Island attracts is share of visitors, and living here allows you to enjoy all of the attractions that make the community so popular among travelers. Head out for a fresh, fabulous seafood dinner at one of many local hot-spots, explore local waterways by kayak, or drop some lines in the water to wrangle up your own catch of the day. No matter how you like to enjoy your time by the water, you'll find plenty to do in Oak Island.

  • A Historic North Carolina Community
    An obsession with Oak Island is certainly nothing new. Oak Island, NC has a long, interesting history with many local residents working to preserve that history today. The Oak Island Lighthouse is central to local history, and has been maintained for more than 50 years so that you can still visit today. Everywhere you travel on the island, you'll find nearby historic sites and living memories of days gone by.

  • Get in Touch with Nature on Oak Island
    History and natural beauty go hand-in-hand in Oak Island and the community offers many opportunities to get in touch with nature. Visit the Oak Island Nature Center to learn more about local ecosystems, explore natural areas, and discover the natural beauty that you can only find in Oak Island, NC.

Sure, you could keep dreaming about all of the perks that come with living on Oak Island, but there has never been a better time to turn those dreams into reality. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to buy and sell homes throughout Oak Island, NC.

October
5

Sunset at Sunset Beach

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.

A Beach Town Block Party

The 11th Annual Sunset at Sunset Beach Festival takes place on October 7, 2017. The event is conveniently located just beyond the entrance of Ingram Planetarium on Sunset Boulevard. It's a family-friendly day of fun activities which features over 100 food, art, and craft vendors and outreach from local nonprofits. Activities begin at 10:00 am and end at 5:00 pm. Admission is free.

You can spend the whole day at the festival or check out a few local attractions. Nearby sites of interest include the Sunset Beach North Carolina Birding Trail, Bird Island, the decommissioned Pontoon Bridge, and the Ingram Planetarium.

Food

Come prepared for a day-long eating adventure. Independent restaurants and food vendors will serve entrees and fun treats to please every taste. You can enjoy a variety of foods from uniquely prepared seafood entrees to Deep Fried Oreos.

Entertainment

The Paul Grimshaw Band, a regional favorite, will entertain you with covers from your favorite artists. The group keeps audiences in the mood for fun with oldies, blues, country/southern, and crowd favorites from a variety of music genres.

Vendors

When you stroll the vendor market, you'll find a creative mix of paintings, jewelry, and original arts and crafts. You'll have the opportunity to meet artists or artisans. You can view and discuss their creative process and purchase the items they've created.

2017 Photo Contest

Don't forget to bring your camera to capture your favorite festival moments. You'll have an opportunity to submit your best photo to the annual Sunset at Sunset Beach Photo Contest.

Three winners will take home a cash prize. All submitted entries will be posted on the event website and there is a special page devoted to current and past winners. There's no entry fee for the photo contest, but there are a few rules.

Get to Know Sunset Beach

As your local real estate professionals, Margaret Rudd & Associates is pleased to keep you updated about the Sunset Beach, NC community. Contact us for help buying a house or selling your home.

 

September
20

Southern Living Builds Bald Head Island Dream Home

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!

Bald Head Island NC--the Epitome of Island Charm

Even before Bald Head Island drew the attention of Southern Living editors, it was one of the most unique places to live anywhere in North Carolina. With just 158 residents (159 if you count legendary historic lighthouse "Old Baldy") it is a village like none other.

Now, it is the site of one of the most gorgeous island dream homes in America.

The Southern Living house is one of a kind, but draws its inspiration from the top trends in interior design, architecture, landscaping, and much more. In case you missed the magazine spread, here's what this island escape has to offer its guests:

  • The Living Room
    The living room features a warm palette created by gorgeous deep chocolate floors. A set of glass lanterns adds a touch of class sans chandelier, while the bronze windows and doors radiate subtle luxury. A big, welcoming sofa sits amidst charming vintage rattan and brass accessories.

  • The Dining Room
    The dining room features an open floor plan offset by a British-style faux-antique rectangular table set upon a traditional Oriental-style rug. Sitting beneath one of the matching lanterns helps tie the kitchen and living room decor together. In contrast to the living room, dark wooden window frames are used.

  • The Master Bath
    Sharing an aqua palette and pattern with the master bedroom, the master bath features cheery cement tile in an on-trend look. With subdued color combinations and a matte finish, the cement tiles benefit from the quiet elegance of their grout-free styling.

  • The Kitchen
    The kitchen features a free-flowing, open space that's as inviting for guests as it is for the cook, The 4-by-8 island is the defining feature. Clever touches like an energy efficient opening in the ceiling (which allows hot air to escape) speak to its sophistication.

  • A Peek at Other Features
    Some of the other perks of the island cottage include a butler's pantry, spacious back porch, eye-catching powder room, a sleeping porch, and even an upstairs lounging porch. When you visit, you'll want to spend the whole day drinking in the many touches and surprises!

Did we forget to mention? Yes – you can come see the Southern Living island cottage in all its splendor. It's for a good cause: A portion of all ticket sales will go to maintain Old Baldy. At 200 years of age, he could use a little help now and then!

What's more, you can have a gorgeous Bald Head Island home all of your own. Yes, the Southern Living home is off the market – but it's sure to inspire you.

Can you imagine basking in the unspoiled charm of a pristine island all your own? Our team can make it easier than you might imagine. We have helped people from all over the country find their very own dream home. Yours might be right here waiting.  Contact us today to learn more.

August
28

Foodies Rejoice in Holden Beach

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.

Fantastic Seafood, Fine Restaurants & Seaside Sunsets

  • Castaways Raw Bar and Grill – 112 Ocean Blvd. West, Holden Beach
    Looking for a fun, laid-back restaurant that serves some of the best food in town? Castaways Bar and Grill is a favorite stop, thanks to its extensive menu, long list of craft beers, and fresh seafood. Stop by during the summer for live music, or any time of the year to catch the a game on one of the big-screen TVs. Enjoy a menu that features seafood, unique salads, and all of your favorites from the grill.

  • Captain Pete's Seafood Restaurant – 103 South Shore Drive, Holden Beach
    Tucked away on the waterway in an unassuming building, you will find one of the true gems of the Holden Beach dining scene. Captain Pete's Seafood Restaurant is unique because the menu changes by the day, and by the season. The crew in the kitchen is constantly working to concoct fresh flavors, and when you visit Captain Pete's you can always expect to find something new and exciting on the menu. This is a great place to stop for a light lunch or delicious dinner.

  • Provision Company Holden Beach – 1343 Cedar Landing Road, Holden Beach
    With a prime location along the intracoastal waterway, Provision Company Holden Beach features beautiful views and a fun, casual atmosphere. Don't feel like making the drive to Provision Company in your car? No problem! Boats are welcome, too. As for the menu, you'll find all of your steamed seafood favorites, along with an extensive beer and wine list, tasty appetizers, and daily specials.

  • Mermaid's Island Grill – 102 Jordan Blvd., Holden Beach
    Hoping to enjoy your favorite food, but don't want to take your toes out of the sand? Mermaid's Island Grill has you covered, with outdoor seating, an indoor bar, and plenty of fun in between. Enjoy karaoke every weekend night, and a family-friendly setting every day of the week. Mermaid's offers an extensive kids menu, along with finger food, full dinners, and all of your favorite drinks. Be sure to sample the dessert menu while you're here, and try some of that homemade key lime pie.

  • Inlet View Bar and Grill – 1800 Village Point Road, Shallotte
    Every restaurant on our list features truly stunning views, and the Inlet View Bar and Grill is certainly no exception. In addition to serving some of the finest lunches and dinners that Brunswick County has to offer, this is the perfect place to start your day with a full, delicious breakfast. No matter when you stop by for a visit, you'll find a friendly staff, extensive menu, and some of the most beautiful scenery that the intracoastal waterway has to offer.

Still searching for the perfect home-base to enjoy all of the food, fun, and sun in Holden Beach? Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates to buy and sell homes in Holden Beach, NC.

August
24

Bald Head Island September Events

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.

Labor Day Cookout

It may be the signal of the end of summer, but Labor Day weekend is packed with fun. One of the best events is the Bald Head Island Labor Day cookout. From Friday September 1 to Monday September 4, the Shoals Club hosts the cookout, with everything from camps for the kids to end-of-summer sales at Coastal Urge. Themed runs throughout the day are great for those who have worked to keep in shape all summer, while beachcombing, birding and sailing expeditions are available for people all ages and abilities. At night on Friday the fire pit will be lit!

Southern Living Idea House

Bald Head Island has some stunning architecture, and at the end of summer you can tour one of the most beautiful. The 2017 Southern Living Idea House, located at Cape Fear Station, is now open for tours.

The Idea House is a great place to get design and decor inspiration for your own Bald Head Island home. It was built under the direction of Bald Head Island Limited and Whitney Blair Custom Homes, and Southern Living brought in interior designers and residential designers to make the house a stunning representation of what is possible in the island lifestyle. It will be open for tours through October, so there's still time to see it!

Shoals Club Special Events

The Shoals Club is filled with late summer events for you to check out. The Bald Head Island Then and Now tour is one of these. See what life on the island was like in the past, and then contrast that with the modern lifestyle. This free tour is held on September 2.

On September 3, head to the pool for the Shoals Club Pool Party. Pool games with prizes for people of all ages will keep the entire family entertained at this fun and low-key event.

Finally, on Wednesday September 6 the fun continues with Howl at the Moon. Hosted by Maritime Market, this is the area's largest beach party. When the full moon rises over the Atlantic, you can enjoy soup and appetizers with your friends, coming together to literally howl at the moon around the bonfire. Bring your own appetizer to share.

As you can see, for those who own Bald Head Island homes, summer is still very much underway. Even if the kids are heading back to school, you can enjoy plenty of fun on the island. If this type of island lifestyle appeals to you, the realtors at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. are ready to help you make it yours. Contact us to get started on finding your own Bald Head Island home.

August
17

3 Brunswick County Communities You Don't Want to Miss

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.

  1. Ocean Isle Beach
    Ocean Isle Beach
    , often called the Gem of the Brunswick Islands, is a quaint island community located midway between Wilmington, NC to the north and Myrtle Beach, SC to the south.  Much smaller and quieter than its neighboring tourist communities, Ocean Isle Beach is perfectly suited for family interested in moving to Coastal Carolina.

    During the day, locals spending can spend their days at the beach, fishing at the nearby pier or chartering a boat into open waters. Other attractions include Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ingram Planetarium and the Shallotte River Swamp Park & Outdoor Center.

    Seafood really is the main attractions at local eateries given the area's location.  The Causeway Gourmet, Isles Restaurant & Tiki Bar, and Sharkey's Waterfront Restaurant & Marina are three local favorites.

    Whether it's a year-round home or vacation property you're in search of, Ocean Isle Beach has a variety of real estate properties for nearly every taste and budget.  Home buyers can expect to find everything from oceanfront cottages to single-family homes, condos and townhouses.

  2. St. James Plantation
    St. James Plantation
    is a relatively new gated community along the Intracoastal Waterway of North Carolina.  Just a five-minute drive from Southport and Oak Island, about 4,500 people call St. James Plantation home.

    With eight distinct neighborhoods plus award-winning golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, an outdoor amphitheater, walking and biking trails, private waterway marina, and beach club, everyone from active retirees to young families is moving to St. James Plantation.  

    Recently voted "Best of the Best" by Ideal Living Magazine, St. James Plantation residents enjoy a mild southern climate with four distinct seasons perfect for outdoor adventures, shopping, restaurants and culture.  Here you'll find all types and styles of homes from condos to spacious custom-built homes starting in the mid-$200 price range.

  3. Winding River Plantation
    Winding River Plantation
    is a gated community located in Bolivia, NC just minutes from Southport and Oak Island. If you're searching for an active lifestyle community in the heart of Brunswick County, then Winding River Plantation may be for you.  It offers residents access to the amenities similar to that of a luxury, resort community. Here you'll find easy access to golf, tennis, swimming, walking and biking trails, and pristine beaches.

    Winding River Plantation features a variety of single-family homes and condominiums as well as home sites with gorgeous views in an environmentally friendly setting are available for custom-built homes.

If you're relocating to North Carolina and dreaming about a home in one of our Brunswick County communities, contact our real estate agents. We live and work here and have the inside scoop on the best neighborhoods and latest listings to hit the local real estate market.

August
1

Provision Company - Waterfront Dining In Downtown Southport

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.

A Hidden Gem in Historic Downtown: Provision Co.

Downtown Southport will refresh and revitalize you with some of the best shopping and dining options around. Visitors enjoy exploring the area for its many small museums, antique shops and other hidden treasures.

Hungry? No matter what seafood tempts your palate, you'll be able to find it here.

Want to start with a local favorite? One of the top spots in Southport by far is Provision Co. With an unassuming name and a logo that harkens back to the era of sea exploration, it's the best-kept secret around – called "Provisions" by the locals, who visit regularly.

Established 1993, Provisions makes great use of its location – giving you a view of the mouth of the Cape Fear River that invests the city with so much of its charm. You'll also enjoy other splendid scenery, including Southport Yacht Basin and the Intercoastal Waterway.

Provisions are a relaxing and welcoming spot where you can pull up by car or boat. Orders are taken at the counter and guests can help themselves to beverages on the honor system. It's a great place to meet new friends: Locals swear by it, and out-of-town visitors quickly fall in love.

Menu is a Perfect Taste of Southport

What will you find at Southport? Along with a complete selection of sandwiches, you'll enjoy your choice of the freshest local seafood. A full selection includes favorites like grilled yellowfin tuna, steamed shrimp, conch fritters and crab cakes a la carte.

As for specials, the restaurant is best known for its grilled yellowfin tuna dinner and its crab cake dinner featuring cucumber and potato salad. Lots of care is poured into the desserts as well: You can have rich, creamy Key Lime pie or bourbon pecan pie.

Beverages include soft drinks, tea, wine, and domestic or imported beer.

With plenty of room for walking and free parking on all streets, downtown Southport makes it easy for you to enjoy an excursion your way. Although Provisions is often the first place visited by those checking out the real estate market, there are many other terrific options.

Stay a while and you're sure to find enjoyable meals at local favorites like Atlantic Seafood and Steaks, Bella Cucina, Big Al's Slam Dunk Cafe, and the Bouncing Log. Dozens of restaurants are available, most of them locally owned and operated.

Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates and this seaside paradise could be your new home. Find out more about Southport by working directly with our Southport real estate agents.

July
27

Best Shopping in Southport Includes Homes

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.

Why Southport NC Shopping is Second to None

Southport is a town of just about 3,000 people, so you might not expect it to have all the high-end boutiques of a larger city. However, this town right on the mouth of famous Cape Fear is more than meets the eye – and shopping is one of its unexpected treasures.

Southport has long been known far and wide thanks to being featured prominently in a range of television and film productions. Within the state, it's the site of the North Carolina Fourth of July Festival, which hosts about 50,000 visitors each and every year.

Maybe it's not so surprising, then, that this classic fishing village has a lot to offer.

Discover a Haven of Shopping Delights

Downtown Southport offers a historic waterfront shopping district that epitomizes the classic charm of this seaside gem. The main shopping area is shaded by the canopies of centuries-old oak trees and the refreshing sea breeze follows you throughout your journey.

Sumptuous restaurants, classy shops, and welcoming hotels are abundant.

Here, you'll find jewelers, photography, handicrafts, art, and much more. The vast majority of the businesses are locally owned and operated, representing a true taste of the spirit of Southport.

Southport is also well known for its marinas, and anywhere you wander in the Old Downtown area, you'll be within earshot of warbling birds and the whisper of the sea. The town is known for its seafood restaurants, with seasonal menus based around local fish and crabs.

One thing visitors continually comment about is the welcoming atmosphere local business owners always strive to create. Visit Southport now and then and you'll soon find yourself being treated like a cherished regular. Decide to stay and you're sure to meet many new friends.

As enjoyable as the shopping is, that's not all you'll find Downtown. It also has an assortment of galleries and museums paying homage to the local area's unique maritime heritage. History buffs will see the past come alive ... both on display and in the many antique shops.

Southport's Real Estate Market is Another Shopping Pleasure

Buying a home is exciting, but it can also be a challenge. Choosing to relocate to Southport can make things easier. At any time of the year, you're likely to find an assortment of classic and modern-style homes to meet the needs of virtually any family.

True "seaside property" may go fast here, as it does in most other places – but it's hard to find better bargains on homes right within reach of the salty tang of the sea. Southport is truly unique for the many opportunities it affords young families, established professionals, and retirees.

For homes in Southport you'll be glad to call your own, contact our Southport real estate agents. Learn more about Southport or contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to get started.

Our team has years of experience helping home buyers and sellers in beautiful Southport and its surrounding communities. We'll help you narrow down the right options for you and accelerate the process of moving into your Southport dream home.

July
20

Best Golf Courses in Ocean Isle Beach

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.

  • Brick Landing Plantation Golf Club
    1882 Goose Creek Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

    The Brick Landing Plantation features a championship 18-hole golf course that challenges players of all levels. A spectacular course that weaves through marshes and the intercoastal waterway, its layout was designed to take advantage of the terrain's natural beauty. The experience of golfing with the Atlantic Ocean breeze gently swaying is one that is not soon forgotten.

  • Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort
    330 S Middleton Dr NW, Calabash, NC 28467

    This spectacular 1,700-acre gated condo golf resort offers three challenging courses:

    Reminiscent of the links of Scotland where golf was born, the magnificent Magnolia/Dogwood course features extensive mounding, large sand and grass bunkers.

    The Dogwood/Azalea course ambles along the waters of the Caw Caw Creek and features majestic, dense hardwood trees and natural coastal terrain. Its open design provides stunning landscapes, and affords golfers the opportunity to hit every club in the bag.

    The Azalea/Magnolia course offers a peaceful setting nestled in thick Carolina woodlands. Water is the dominant theme for many of these holes, presenting challenges that require thought and strategy on every shot.

  • The Big Cats Golf Courses of Ocean Ridge Plantation
    351 Ocean Ridge Pkwy SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

    Ocean Ridge Plantation is home to the award-winning and nationally-recognized Big Cats Golf Courses. It also offers the opportunity for fun-filled days at the beach, fine dining and a variety of exciting entertainment venues.

    The Big Cats feature challenging courses for all levels, stunning landscapes, thrilling elevation changes, a variety of fairways and pitched greens. All of the courses have been designed to take advantage of the landscape's natural terrain.

    Leopard's Chase Covering over 220 acres of coastal land, Leopard's Chase features breathtaking landscapes covered with native grasses and plants, natural wetlands, and panoramic vistas.

    Tiger's Eye These challenging and abundant rolling greens that resemble warped plywood, feature plenty of pin placements that are obscured from view and guarded by water and/or sand hazards.

    Panther's Run Undulating, wooded land with rambling creeks and ponds test your ability to tackle hitting over water. Panther's Run also features numerous large tee areas, to give golfers of all skill levels a fair shot at making par.

    Lion's Paw is an open, hilly course that boasts spectacular views of a gorgeous creek valley and its adjoining wetlands. Seemingly untamed, Lion's Paw also features deep sugar-white sand bunkers and bent grass greens.

  • The Pearl
    1300 Pearl Blvd SW, Calabash, NC 28467

    The East and West golf courses of The Pearl provide magnificent views overlooking the Calabash River and the Intracoastal Waterway. These beautiful and challenging courses are known for their attention to detail and meticulous grooming.

Whether you're addicted to golfing or just want to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the North Carolina Coast, Ocean Isle Beach has something for everyone. If you're looking to buy or sell a home, contact Margaret Rudd & Associates to learn more about our services and the advantages of coastal living.

July
10

Brunswick Islands a Hot Spot for Hollywood

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!

In particular, the Brunswick Islands are second to none for those exploring the local area for the first time. They have appeared in some of the top television shows and movies of the last decade, drawing some truly amazing productions that add to the local color.

The Islands are perhaps most famous for the recent TV smash "Under the Dome."

They've also appeared in movies including:

  • Safe Haven
  • Crimes of the Heart
  • A Walk to Remember
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer 

In fact, the Islands have been a great fixture on the silver screen since the mid-1980s. Now, more people are wondering about that place that looks so familiar and discovering it for themselves. Many of them end up becoming residents of this beautiful and vibrant locale.

Brunswick Islands Beaches

It's not surprising that anywhere you have classy, well-kept islands, you're going to have some breathtaking beaches. The Brunswick area is no exception: It's home to several different islands, all of which have secret treasures to be found in the form of pristine, relaxing shorelines.

Where should you go first? Try these great suggestions:

  • Bald Head Island
    Homes on Bald Head Island are attractive for so many reasons – not least because this is a place with no cars allowed. Styled as a top quality resort, Bald Head Island is rich in great attractions, dining, and a historic flair: It was once home to some of the most notorious pirates ever to cross the seas, including Blackbeard. An eco-tourist's dream come true, it's unspoiled and charming.

  • Caswell Beach is famous in the Brunswick region for its population of rare turtles and, of course, the iconic alligator. The town of Caswell Beach is home to just about 400 residents and calls itself "The Best Little Beach Town in America." It's known for its 18-hole golf course, historic Fort Caswell, and easy access to the nearby communities of Southport and Oak Island.

  • Holden Beach
    With almost 600 residents, Holden Beach is another hidden gem that can be described as laid back. It is one of the most popular places for vacation rentals, so homes on Holden Beach are in demand like few others. Holden Beach has been lauded as a great place for families to visit or live. It's also one of the top North Carolina destinations for weddings.

  • Oak Island
    The Oak Island Lighthouse is the feature that draws history buffs and scholars to Oak Island, a barrier island with a flourishing community of about 7,700 people. Homes on Oak Island can benefit from this slightly larger size – it means more local amenities without sacrificing what makes the islands great. Plus, it's only a quick 30 miles from downtown Wilmington.

  • Southport
    Homes in Southport enjoy a stunning setting right where the famous Cape Feare River meets the Atlantic Ocean. The town of about 3,000 people is proud of its maritime heritage – many people there love fishing and boating whenever the weather permits, which is often! Southport is loved for its authenticity and appeals to all kinds of people, but it's known as a fantastic place to retire.

Intrigued? Our REALTORS® can help you explore these wonderful communities. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to get started.

July
3

Howl at the Moon Bald Head Island - July 9

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.

Howl at the Moon: A Bald Head Island, NC Tradition

One of the best things about Bald Head Island homes is that you'll never be without fun things to do close to home, especially during the summer. The Bald Head Island, NC area is filled with fantastic golf courses, a collection of delicious dining spots and tons of fishing charters to help you reel in a catch of your own. The excitement continues when the sun goes down, the refreshments come out, and the crowd prepares to Howl at the Moon.

  • Howl at the Moon is a unique Bald Head Island tradition, which takes place once per month throughout the summer. Why does the event occur once per month and not more? As it turns out, one specific type of moon is really required to get Bald Head Island residents howling.

  • The date of Howl at the Moon varies each month, because the event takes place when there is a full moon in the sky. It all starts when evening rolls around, and the locals gather to eat, drink, and socialize on the beach in preparation for the big moment.

  • Howl at the Moon is not just a catchy name – it's also a full instruction manual for how to enjoy this fun tradition. When the full moon hangs in the sky, the refreshments have been served, and the cool ocean breeze surrounds you, it's time to drop everything and start howling at the moon (literally!) with a few hundred of your closest friends.

  • If you can't make it for the first full moon of the summer, don't worry. Howl at the Moon events happen all summer long, whenever there is a full moon. The events always draw a crowd, and it's something you'll never forget.

  • The event takes place on East Beach Access 39, with refreshments from the Maritime Market to go along with all of the tasty treats that other attendees bring to the party. Howl at the Moon is a free event for the public, and everyone is more than welcome to attend.

  • No matter how you like to enjoy your summer days, there is a seasonal special event on Bald Head Island, NC with your name on it. Local favorites include the massive NC Oyster Festival, the Days at the Docks Festival, and the culture-filled Azalea Festival, to name a few. Riverfest is another of the area's more unique events, with pirate-themed fun and even a Pirate Ball on the weekend.

Our team is here to help you find the perfect home for all of your beachside fun in the coastal communities of North Carolina. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to buy and sell homes on Bald Head Island, NC.

June
28

Coastal Carolina 4th of July Festival and Fireworks

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.

Ocean Isle Beach
Ocean Isle Beach
 starts the celebration with a bang on Monday, July 3 at 9 PM.  Watch our fireworks display from the Ocean Isle Beach Pier, beach or anywhere on the Island. (In the case of rain, fireworks will be rescheduled for July 6 at 9 PM).  Our annual July 4 parade begins at 10 AM--decorated golf carts and bicycles are welcome!

Oak Island
As our nation prepares for its 241st birthday, Oak Island is preparing for its own Independence Day celebration.  The annual Oak Island Beach Day will be held on Saturday, July 1 beginning at 9 AM and is sponsored by the Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department.  The day will be filled with live entertainment, family fun and inflatables from 9 AM - 9 PM at Middleton Park.  Don't miss our corn hole, bocce, sand castle, and volleyball contests. A skate boarding contest continues the fun at the skate park. The fun continues with a live beach band and shag contest.  Due to damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, there will not be a fireworks display on Oak Island in 2017.

Sunset Beach
Start your day full of fun and festivities with a parade over the Old Bridge. This will involve patriotic music and flags waving. Sunset Beach has July 4 activities planned that are kid-tested and approved. You are encouraged to bring your decorated wagons, sneakers, strollers or bicycles. This will be followed by other games and activities. The pyrotechnic fun starts at 9 PM and you don't want to miss the spectacular show.

Holden Beach
The patriotic spirit is alive and well at Holden Beach. This residential community has always celebrated our nation's independence in a big way. Thousands flock the Holden Beach during the Independence holiday to bathe in the richness of spirit commemorating Old Glory. Some of the fun activities include firefighter's competition, children' entertainment, and games, arts/craft, parade, live entertainment, flag raising ceremony veteran's recognition ceremony and more. Colorful fireworks will then light up the sky to crown the day.

Bald Head Island
Join the Bald Head Island community in celebrating America's birthday with the signature Golf Cart Parade. It's always a spectacular experience having the island decorated with elaborate golf carts floats. The parade is, even more, fun since participants get a chance to decorate their golf carts for awards. There's even a Bald Head Island Conservancy picnic and at the end of it all, people get to enjoy spectacular pyrotechnic fun before they call it a day.

You can enjoy what Brunswick Isle has to offer every day by finding a home in the wonderful islands. Simply contact our team at Margaret Rudd & Associates to buy a house in Brunswick County.

 

June
21

Pet-Friendly Places in Brunswick County

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.

Dog-Friendly Parks for the Family to Enjoy

Community parks add green space to city living and gives Fido a place to romp and play. Check out these favorite parks for you and your dog in Brunswick County.

  • Leland Municipal Park
    Updated in 2006, this park includes a playground for kids and a .6 mile walking loop with waste stations for pets.

  • Westgate Nature Park
    Still expanding, this 150 acres preserve features forests and wetlands. 2013 updates included a 10 foot wide paved walkway for .3 miles that features pet waste stations and a pet water hydrant too.

  • Winnabow Parks
    Offering a little something for everyone, Winnabow Park provides soccer and baseball fields, playground, outdoor exercise obstacles, and a picnic area. Dogs will love the miles of walking and off leash park area too.

  • Brunswick Nature Park
    Brunswick Nature Park spans over 900 acres, so there's a lot of walking paths to explore. This pet-friendly area is a favorite of hikers and horseback riders, as well as offering plenty of opportunity to watch wildlife in its undeveloped areas.

Beaches on Brunswick for You and Your Pet

Residents frequently take advantage of the picturesque North Carolina sand to walk, wade, and of course spend time with their four-legged friend.

While the beach is always fun for you and your pet, not all areas welcome animals. Here are some rules and information for six of the best beach locations below.

  • Sunset Beach
    Sunset Beach changes the rules based on the season. Dogs are allowed on-leash during the summer only after 6 PM and before 8 AM. During fall and winter dogs are allowed all day (with a leash less than 10 feet).

  • Ocean Isle Beach
    Like Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach limits the hours when dogs can roam between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Dogs are prohibited from 9 AM to 6 PM, and allowed on leash only the rest of the time.

  • Caswell Beach
    A special treat for well-behaved pups, Caswell Beach offers both leashed and unleashed opportunities. Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach year round. Unleashed dogs can run before 9 AM all year, and also after 3 pm from October through the end of April. At this beach the emphasis is on canine manners, so only controlled and friendly pets allowed.

  • Holden Beach
    Dog restrictions begin May 20 and end September 10 on Holden Beach. Pets are banned during this time from 9 AM to 5 PM. Leashed pets are welcome at all other times.

  • Oak Island
    Leashed dogs are welcomed year round on Oak Island. Unleashed dogs are also allowed to run in specific marked locations (check for signs) from mid-October through mid-March from 8 AM to 6 PM.

  • Bald Head Island
    Bald Head Island
    values all its animal visitors including both canines and turtles. Due to turtle breeding season, dogs must be leashed from sunset to sunrise, May through November. Well supervised dogs may enjoy off-leash play at all other times.

When you're making a move to Brunswick County, contact our REALTORS® from Margaret Rudd & Associates to find the right home for you.

June
15

Life is Sweeter Living at Holden Beach

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.

Best of the Beach: Why Summer Is Sweeter by the Sea in Holden Beach, NC

Have you been searching for a big, crowded beach, where there's little room to move and you get to spend the afternoon dodging flying beach toys? Yeah, we didn't think so. Holden Beach is beloved in part because this is a community that keeps things simple, with a focus on the beach, entertainment, and family fun. It's a very popular spot to visit, but you still don't have to worry about the overwhelming crowds that come with many East Coast beaches.

  • Toes in the Sand – Naturally, the fun in Holden Beach starts at... the beach! On the sandy shores of southern North Carolina, you'll be free to enjoy the pristine, white sand, cool, clean water, and scenic views of Holden Beach, NC. There is plenty of room to play your favorite beach games, lounge in the sun, and of course to build a big, beautiful sand castle with every member of the family. This stretch of sand and sea consistently ranks as one of the best family beaches in the country.
  • Sampling Seafood – Fair warning, you may find that a full day at the beach leaves you feeling ready for a big meal in the evening. The good news is that you won't have to go far to sate your hunger with some of the best seafood that North Carolina has to offer. Holden Beach is loaded with great dining options, from formal, sit-down spots with gourmet seafood to fun, casual dining by the beach.
  • The Sounds of Summer – One of the perks of Holden Beach homes is that you'll never be far from another fun community event on the calendar. Throughout the summer, you can enjoy a free concert series by the beach, with performances every Sunday evening. Every week brings a new performer, with bands from nearly every genre gracing the summer stage. Food and refreshments are also available for purchase during every summer concert series event.
  • Fantastic Fishing – For many residents, a day at the beach doesn't really start until their fishing line hits the water for the first time. Whether you're an experienced angler or just looking for an afternoon of fun, there are plenty of great spots to fish around Holden Beach. The Holden Beach Pavilion and Fishing Pier is one popular fishing destination, allowing you to drop a line in the Intracoastal Waterway and catch a beautiful seaside sunset in the background.

No matter how you like to spend your summer days, there really is something for every member of the family to enjoy in Holden Beach, NC. When you're ready to start shopping, our team is here to help you find the perfect home base close to the sand and sun. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates to buy and sell homes in Holden Beach, NC.

June
5

Wedding Venues in Brunswick County

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.

Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island is part of the Brunswick Islands, and it's unique because it's one of the only places on the East Coast where both the sunrise and the sunset happens over the ocean. This means whether your wedding is in the morning or the evening, you will start and end the day with a beautiful view. Here you'll have your choice of spots along 14 miles of Atlantic Ocean beachfront. One of the more popular locations is the Bald Head Island Chapel, next to the Old Baldy Lighthouse. Other spots for the ceremony and festivities include the tent pavilion at Shoals Club Harbour Village or the Bald Head Island Club. You'll have plenty of vacation rental home options for yourself and your guests regardless of which you choose.

Brunswick Beach

If you've been dreaming of a ceremony on the beach, then you need to consider Brunswick Beach. Brunswick Beach has many venues, as well as vendors who are skilled at anticipating every last detail you could want for your ceremony. The beach is, of course, the ideal setting for your wedding day, and when you choose Brunswick Beach as your destination, you won't have to worry about bakeries, florists, or even a hair salon. All of these are easy to find nearby, so all of the details are covered.

White Doe Inn

The Outer Banks is home to the White Doe Inn, located on the village of Manteo. This historic Victorian bed and breakfast has seven different rooms you can choose from. Each has its own unique décor, but all are stunning. After choosing your room, choose the location for the ceremony, whether it's the grounds and their beautiful gardens or the large parlor. To make your planning simple, the Inn has six all-inclusive wedding packages complete with a wedding coordinator who can help make it truly the wedding of your dreams.

Silver Coast Winery

Travel inland of Ocean Isle Beach to the Silver Coast Winery. This charming Brunswick County winery is the only wine producing and bottling facility in the state. Here you can get married with the vineyard as your backdrop or utilize some of the beautiful buildings on site. As an added bonus, the wine for your reception is easy to come by!

Planning your wedding is just the start of the fun. When the happy couple is ready to find a first home, Margaret Rudd & Associates is here to help. Or, if you're planning to bring guests with you to the beach ceremony or perhaps wish to rent a home for your honeymoon, contact the Margaret Rudd & Associates vacation rental office. Either way, all of your real estate needs in Sunset Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island and the surrounding communities are met with Margaret Rudd & Associates.

 

May
16

2017 Ocean Isle Beach Free Concert Schedule

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.

Summer Concert Series Lineup for 2017

So who can you expect to see on the beach this summer? Here's the announced lineup:

  • May 26 - Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot
  • June 2 - Bailout
  • June 9 - North Tower
  • June 16 - Carolina Breakers
  • June 23 - Blackwater Rhythm & Blues
  • June 30 - Band of Oz
  • July 7 - The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
  • July 14 - Continental Divide
  • July 21 - The Legacy Motown Revue
  • July 28 - Jim Quick & Coastline
  • August 4 - The Attractions
  • August 11 - Holiday Band
  • August 18 - Steve Owens & Summertime
  • August 25 - Too Much Sylvia
  • September 1 - The Entertainers
  • September 8 - Blackwater Rhythm & Blues

Do you see a band or performer that jumps out at you? If so, then make plans to attend!

How to Attend

The Ocean Isle Beach Free Concert Series is completely free. Simply bring your blanket or lawn chair to the parking lot of the Museum of the Coastal Carolinas at 6:30, and sit back and enjoy the festivities. Be sure to bring plenty of drinks and snacks, because the concert will run until 8. Also, bring your dancing shoes, because you'll find your friends and neighbors are enjoying the festivities by dancing to the tunes.

Donate to the Local Food Bank

The concerts are free, but the Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association uses the opportunity to collect donations for the local food bank. The association will have collection bins to your non-perishable food donations. Enjoy some free music and fun, and use the opportunity to give back to the local community.

Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates to Join the Ocean Isle Beach Community

If community-sponsored events like the free summer concert series have made Ocean Isle Beach an appealing option for buying a home, partner with one of our local REALTORS® to start your search for Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.  Our sales associates know the local area well and can help guide you to the right home. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates to start your search for the perfect home in beautiful Ocean Isle Beach.

May
22

The Best Part About Living in Boiling Spring Lakes

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!

Let's zoom in on some of the top reasons why people love Boiling Spring Lakes:

The Fifty Lakes

Boiling Spring Lakes is truly North Carolina's lake country. It features a stunning array of 50 lakes of all shapes and sizes. You can enjoy fishing, boating, waterskiing, and all kinds of other pastimes. With a cozy community of just 6,000 residents, the lakeside is never completely full.

Beautiful Beaches and Islands

From Boiling Spring Lakes, you can easily catch a relaxing ferry ride to Bald Head Island or Fort Fisher. Bald Head Island is home to the state's oldest lighthouse, while Fort Fisher is a National Historic Landmark where you can see the carefully-preserved remains of the original camp.

Great Amenities for Families and Retirees

Boiling Spring Lakes is perfect for any stage of life. Housing prices are economical, while the quality of the local schools is top notch. The community benefits from great healthcare despite its relatively small size. And the commercial district is accessible, but always growing.

An Incredible Real Estate Market

There has perhaps never been a better time to purchase a home in Boiling Spring Lakes. Homes of all sizes are now available at attractive prices. Prices range anywhere from $64,500 fixer-uppers to stately properties offering substantial acreage.

The Best Part About Living in Boiling Spring Lakes

This community is convenient to anything you need without being stuck in the middle of everything. No matter whether you feel like indulging in signature retail and dining or losing yourself in the midst of miles of unspoiled wilderness, it is ideal.

This close-knit, unpretentious community offers some of the most breathtaking and unspoiled nature to be found anywhere in North Carolina. It is surrounded by miles of hiking trails. The Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve is filled with rare flowers, trees, and animals – including some of the best birdwatching in the continental United States.

When you choose Boiling Spring Lakes, you'll be living shoulder to shoulder with the best of both worlds, in a special kind of paradise many people believe has already been lost. And it can all be yours for a lifetime.

Contact us today to find out more about one of Brunswick County's favorite communities.

May
9

Run Sunset Beach Saturday, May 20

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!

"Run Sunset Beach" will begin at 7:00 AM on Saturday, May 20; the Run kicks off with a half-marathon. After the half-marathon gets underway, there will be a 5K starting 15 minutes later, and a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk that kicks off at 8:30 AM. The Run Sunset Beach event offers something for everyone, no matter their fitness level. Here's what to expect when you attend.

Half-Marathon
Taking place on a USATF-certified course, the half-marathon will be getting started at the Sunset Beach Park parking lot. From there, runners will cross over the Sunset Beach Bridge and run through the Sea Trail Golf Resort. You'll see some of the best sights Sunset Beach has to offer as you make your way around the fast, flat course back to the starting point. This race is part of season's second BAM! Race Series event. Registration is open and costs just $75 for the half-marathon portion when you register before May 19th. Registration can also take place the day of the race for just $10 more.

5K
The 5K gets its start in the Sunset Beach Park parking lot 15 minutes after the half-marathon gets underway. The course is USATF-certified, and runs along part of the same route as the half-marathon. Also part of the second event of this season's BAM! Race Series, registration is open and just $40 before May 19th. If you're registering the day of the race, expect to pay $45 instead.

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
While not part of the BAM! Race Series, the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk does a big service to one of Sunset Beach's favorite non-profits, the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol. The route takes advantage of the beautiful new Sunset Beach Park and lets participants take the course at their own pace. Registration is open and runs just $25 before May 19th. Registering for the run/walk the day of the event carries a price tag of $30.

Then, it's Party Time!
During the events and following their completion, family-centered entertainment will be available, as will music and food. The awards ceremony will take place during the celebration, which will be held after the races at Sunset Beach Park. Winners of the 5K and half-marathon can expect to be awarded the biggest bling on the race circuit, with BAM! Race Series medals that connect to measure more than two feet when you win one for each of the four Series events.

Get ready to attend by registering here.

More than Just a Beach
Sunset Beach is one of the most beautiful settings in North Carolina. Gorgeous beaches are, of course, only part of the attraction.  There's a sense of community and kinship in Sunset Beach. Not only is it the home of events like Run Sunset Beach, it offers some of the best outdoor activities anywhere in the US. When you're ready to start living life beyond your expectations, our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates are ready to help. Contact us for more information about homes in Sunset Beach.

April
26

Sun, Surf and Summertime Fun in Sunset Beach, NC

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.

Sunset Beach Concerts

Every year from Memorial Day to Labor Day, summer concerts are held at the Village Park in Sunset Beach, bringing visitors from across the region to experience live music. These concerts are family-friendly, free to the public, and anyone is welcome to attend. Bring a blanket, a lawn chair and a few friends to enjoy the shows!

Each concert also features a variety of food vendors, including Papa John's Pizza and Chicken Wings, Dixieland Kettle Corn and Sunset Slush Classic Italian Ice. Parking is available within walking distance of the park along Sunset Boulevard N, and in the parking lots of closed area businesses. Concerts typically start at 7 p.m. and run until 9 p.m.

This Year's Concert Series

The 2017 sunset Beach Concerts kick off with the Tim Clark Band on May 24th. Check out the full concert schedule below, and be sure to stop by for fun nights of live music all summer long!

  • May 24th – Tim Clark Band
  • May 31st – Carolina Soul
  • June 7th – Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot
  • June 14th – Trey Calloway
  • August 23rd – Liquid Pleasure
  • August 30th – Jim Quick & Coastline
  • September 6th – The Embers featuring Craig Woolard

This is one of the best places in the region to check out a wide range of music in many genres, ranging from country music and bluegrass to rock, pop and laid-back beach jams. Many of the artists at this year's concert series have never performed locally before, and will be making their local debut on the Village Park stage!

Sunset Beach offers an array of fun events all year long, and this summer's concert series promises to bring great musical entertainment to the community. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates to learn more about this beautiful community and to access the best homes in Sunset Beach, NC.

April
20

Oak Island Lighthouse Run - April 22

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.

About the Race

The Oak Island Lighthouse Run and Walk is an annual favorite that brings the entire Oak Island community together. Whether you want to run--or walk--in one of the races yourself or cheer for family and friends along the course, it's sure to be a great time.

Since it began in 1999, the Oak Island Lighthouse Run and Walk has grown include one-mile, 10K and 5K races. The event also features a half marathon course that starts and ends at Middleton Park on E. Dolphin Drive, following a path that takes the participants through the shady streets of town, alongside wild salt marshes and Atlantic Ocean beaches, across the Davis Canal foot bridges, and past the towering Oak Island Lighthouse. You couldn't ask for a better setting.

Race Day

The race kicks off at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 at Middleton Park Soccer Field in Oak Island, but the race itself is far from the only attraction. Be sure to stop by the Cape Fear Yacht Club (4791 Fish Factory Road, Oak Island, NC) to take part in the welcome party celebration from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. the night before, with a full cash bar, awesome food courtesy of the Seafood Hut Food Truck, and live music from Rick and Friends Band.

Registration for the race is still open, and there's always ample room to cheer on the participants from the sidelines. Expect an exciting race with beautiful spring weather along the coast.

More Oak Island Events

Be sure to check back for more upcoming events in the Oak Island, NC area throughout the spring and summer. Highlights of the upcoming season include nature tours, wine tastings, kids' fishing derbies and farmers markets.

Oak Island, NC is a beautiful seaside community with great family attractions, 10 miles of sandy beaches, and countless charming historic homes. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to learn more about Oak Island and all the exciting events that take place there throughout the year.

April
10

Brunswick County Community Easter Events

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.

Spring Fun, Food & Family in Brunswick County

  • Sunset Beach Spring MarketOne of the great things about Southport homes is that you're never far from an afternoon of shopping, and Easter weekend is certainly no exception. The Sunset Beach Spring Market features jewelry, arts, crafts, photography and collectibles created by local artisans. It's a great place to shop for gifts, pick up some new decorations for the house, and support local artisans in the process. This year, Easter weekend marks the first Spring Market of the season.
  • Southport Spring FestivalHead to the Southport Spring Festival for two days of family fun on Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend. The festival features great food, live music, carnival games for the kids, and craft vendors from throughout the area. There is also a 5k run/walk at the festival, for any family members who want to work off some of that Easter candy while supporting a good cause.
  • Holden Beach Family Flashlight Easter Egg HuntYou don't need a flashlight to find Holden Beach homes, but you will need one to find eggs at the Holden Beach Family Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Teams of four compete to find eggs in the dark, using only a flashlight for guidance. It's a truly unique spin on the classic Easter community events, and it's open to family members of all ages. The fun kicks off at 7:30 pm, with food and refreshments available throughout the proceedings. Be sure to bring a flashlight of your own, and maybe pack an extra just in case.
  • Oak Island Annual Easter Egg HuntOak Island homes are located within a very family-friendly community, and the Oak Island Annual Easter Egg Hunt is open to every member of the family, including your four-legged friend. This is one of few Easter egg hunts where you can bring your dog along for the fun, and Fido might even sniff out some special treats during the event. There are special hunts just for the pups, along with Easter egg hunts for children of all ages. Event organizers request that dogs who participate be well-behaved, and up to date on all vaccines.
  • Sunset Beach Easter Egg HuntPresented annually by the Old Bridge Preservation Society, the Sunset Beach Easter Egg Hunt allows both visitors to the area and owners of Sunset Beach homes to enjoy the holiday in style. Hunt for Easter eggs, help the kids enjoy fun activities, and be sure to leave some time to meet the Easter Bunny. If you plan on visiting this event, don't forget to bring an Easter basket along for the trip. The basket may be empty when you arrive at the Sunset Beach Easter Egg Hunt, but it's sure to be filled with goodies by the time you're ready to head home.

Our real estate agents are here to help you find the perfect place to settle down and enjoy the wonderful community events of coastal North Carolina. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the communities of Brunswick County, NC.

April
6

Southport NC Welcomes Spring

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.

With the arrival of spring comes one of the year's best events, the annual Southport Spring Festival. It's a tradition that's been going strong for more than 25 years in Southport, NC, and you don't want to miss it!

Celebrate Spring

The Southport Spring Festival takes place on Easter weekend, and offers a chance to welcome the new season in style. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend this fun, family-friendly event.

The festival will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, children's activities, a chili cook-off, model railroad display and a wide variety of delicious food. Azaleas and other spring flowers will be available for purchase from local vendors, giving you a chance to take something home for your garden. There will also be a 5k Run/Walk on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at the Southport Waterfront.

The festival takes place on Friday, April 14 from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, April 15 from 10 am to 4 pm at the quiet, shady Franklin Square Park in the heart of Southport, NC.

Mark Your Calendars

Attending the Southport Spring Festival is a great way to welcome spring to the Carolina coast, but this event is just the beginning of a long season filled with fun happenings. Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming events in the Southport area:

  • April 21: Oak Island Lighthouse Run
  • April 29: NatureFest Southport
  • May 3: Southport Waterfront Market
  • May 5: First Friday Gallery Walk
  • May 6: Spring Car and Truck Show

Make Your Home in Southport

A beautiful place in any season, Southport, NC is home to tree-lined streets, sheltered harbors and all the amenities of a big city, but with an extra dose of small-town charm. We make it our mission to offer the best homes in Southport, from waterfront getaways and historic homes to modern condominiums.

Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates today to learn more about life in this beautiful North Carolina community. Whether you're thinking about relocating to Southport or simply renting a vacation home, our team has the experience to make your dreams realty.

March
28

Sunset Beach NC Fun-Filled Days

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!

An Annual Tradition

Now in its 5th year, the Strawberry and Wine festival has become a favorite event on the Carolina coast, bringing attendees from all over the region to the cozy town of Sunset Beach. This year's event takes place on April 30th, and promises to offer a fun-filled day of sun, live music, and of course, strawberries and wine.

Look for the festival in a new location this year, the beautiful Sunset Beach Town Park. It's the perfect spot to sit back and relax alongside the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Fun Event for All

Music will be provided by Mike's Garage Band, a local favorite that plays classic rock and soul songs perfect for dancing. Local artisans and other vendors will be set up on the festival grounds, and a wide range of mouth-watering food will be available, including hot dogs, fried chicken and barbecue.

Of course, the main attraction at the Strawberry and Wine fest is right there in the name. Rest assured, you'll have ample opportunity to sample some local wines courtesy of Silver Coast Winery, along with ripe, chocolate-dipped strawberries. Waterline Brewing Co. from Wilmington will also be on site to offer up some tasty craft brews, including a festival-themed strawberry wheat beer. This is an all-ages event—non-alcoholic beverages including water and soda will also be provided—making it great for the entire family. Pets are welcome as well!

Old Bridge Preservation Society Hosting

Hosted by the Old Bridge Preservation Society, the festival kicks off at noon on April 30, 2017 and will go until about 5:00 PM. Admission as $5. You're invited to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket as well, though the organizers of the festival ask that you not bring outside coolers or beverages. With all the great local wines to be tasted, chances are you won't miss them! All proceeds go to benefit the nonprofit Old Bridge Preservation Society.

Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates today to learn more about life in Sunset Beach, NC. Our REALTORS® have years of experience in Brunswick County, offering some of the most beautiful homes in Sunset Beach and the surrounding area.

 

 

March
23

Holden Beach NC Kicks Off Spring with Community Event

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.

Join the Fun at Holden Beach

A kick-off for the spring vacation season, Days at the Docks is more than just food and games. It's a showcase for local artists and craftsmen, and there are plenty of great vendors offering a variety of irresistible and unique wares. Aside from the arts, crafts, and other handmade items, you'll also find live music from local bands and some of the tastiest food available in Holden Beach.

Days at the Docks has something for everyone, no matter your age or interests. It's a festival that shows off just how wonderful the Holden Beach community is and how much it has to offer. During past Days at the Docks festivals, there have been activities ranging from face painting to horseshoe tournaments, as well as Bopple races, hermit crab races and much more. Don't know what a "Bopple" is?  You'll have to come to Holden Beach to find out.

Once you've had your fill of fun and sun, sit down and listen to local melodies played by some of the best musicians in Holden Beach. That is, sit until you can't stand it anymore - the toe-tapping music will ensure that you have to get up and dance!

But Wait, There's More Things to Do at Holden Beach

Days at the Docks isn't the only family-friendly activity available in Holden Beach. There's enough going on that you could create years of family memories and still have much more to see and do. Holden Beach is an ideal setting to raise a family and put down roots.

North Carolina's top-rated beaches are the pinnacle of relaxation, and Holden Beach provides a family-friendly setting for exploring the surf and sea at your own leisure. The calm surf laps gently against a white beach of fine, powdery sand, perfect for building sandcastles, working on your tan or just lazing about on a sunny afternoon. Uncluttered by shops and high-rise buildings, it's fun at the beach the way it should be. You can even join up with one of the many volunteer organizations that search for sea turtle nests and help baby sea turtles make their way to the water after they hatch – a truly unforgettable experience.

Holden Beach is a community committed to its residents, and the summer Sunday evening concerts reflect that. Every Sunday evening during the summer, there's a free music concert featuring the oldies, classic Motown, rock, or, of course, beach music. It's just one of many events focused on bringing out the community to mingle and get acquainted with neighbors.

Magic Mountain is an amazing amusement park located near Holden Beach. Boasting go-carts, waterslides, mini-golf, and delicious food, it's an easy way to make family memories that will last a lifetime. There are special offerings for smaller kids and an ice cream shop with to-die-for flavors, making this an excellent option for spending some quality family time together.

Holden Beach Homes - The Right Place to Call Home

At Margaret Rudd & Associates, we know how important it is to find the right place to call your own. When you're ready to search for Holden Beach homes for sale, we're ready to help. Our REALTORS® in Holden Beach can help you find the right neighborhood and the right home to suit your needs. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates to find your new place to call "home" in Holden Beach NC.

March
16

5K Color Run Holden Beach NC

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.

Free for the Whole Family

The Holden Beach Free 5K Color Run takes place on April 1, 2017, and all are welcome to enjoy the race, either as a spectator or as a participant. There are no age restrictions, and kids under the age of 5 are even allowed to ride their bikes. The whole idea is to get as many members of the community as possible in a fun-filled day that raises money for a good cause. So whether you want to walk, run, or just cheer from the sidelines is up to you!

The race starts right under the bridge at 123 Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach, NC. Registration is at 9 AM on the morning of April 1, and the race kicks off at 10 AM.

Fun for a Good Cause

T-shirts for the race are available for $10, though you don't have to purchase one to participate. Just wear a white T-shirt of your own and be prepared to be showered in a burst of bright-colored powder as you pass by the crowd—that's the "color" part of the color run! It's a good opportunity to show off your colors, so to speak. If you plan on watching the race from the sidelines, you can still participate by dousing color on the runners. Color will be available for free on the day of the race.

All the money raised by the Holden Beach Free 5K Color Run goes toward supporting programs that help keep kids active and fight childhood obesity. One lucky school gets a hefty $500 prize.

Learn More about Holden Beach

Holden Beach homes offer access to some of the most beautiful scenery and pristine beaches on the coast of North Carolina, along with great family events like the Holden Beach Free 5K Color Run. It's a great place to live, work and call home.

If you're thinking about buying a home in the Holden Beach, contact our team of Holden Beach REALTORS® to learn more.

January
20

Benefits of Buying a Home in a Gated Community

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.

Improved security is a common reason people buy homes in gated community.  While levels of security vary from community to community, you'll typically see security patrolling neighborhoods, gates surrounding the perimeter of the property, sign in procedures for guests and security personnel at entrances and exits.

In addition, depending upon which community you choose, you will be able to appreciate lifestyle benefits like private golf courses, club houses, tennis courts, pools and events.

There are a number of beautiful, well-maintained communities in Brunswick County each with its own personality.  Many of our area's most desirable luxury communities cater to a unique lifestyle where you can fill your days with coastal livingtennis and golf.  

If you're interested in buying a home in Brunswick County, our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd and Associates, Inc. can help you learn more about the communities in our local area. We've created this list of gated communities in our local real estate area to get you started:

  • St. James Plantation
    St. James Plantation is a gated, golf community located in Southport, NC offering resort-style living with a southern charm.

  • Arbor Creek
    Arbor Creek is just 10 minutes from Oak Island and Southport.  The community's home styles include coastal cottage, low-country architecture and traditional American brick design.
  • Palmetto Creek
    Palmetto Creek is located in Bolivia, NC with a beautiful boardwalk trail, community clubhouse, resort-style pool, putting green, fitness center, walking and biking trails.
  • Winding River Plantation
    Winding River Plantation is located in Bolivia and has been named as one of the top 50 communities in the US to retire.  Its residents enjoy an active, coastal lifestyle with easy access to golf, tennis, swimming, boating walking and biking trails.
  • Ocean Ridge Plantation
    Ocean Ridge Plantation is located just minutes from Sunset Beach.  Ocean Ridge Plantation is considered as North Carolina's most exclusive golf community.  Real estate options include home sites and homes for sale with golf course and water views.
  • Sea Trail Plantation
    Sea Trail Plantation is located along the coast of Sunset Beach, North Carolina.  Sea Trail Plantation features a variety of housing choices in a resort-like setting. 
  • River Sea Plantation
    River Sea Plantation is an exception community located in Bolivia, NC. River Sea offers residents access to boating, kayaking and walking trails through the nearby low-country woodland area. 

You can maximize the return on the purchase of your home should you decide to sell it in the future.  Buying a home in a gated community typically sells for about $30,000 more than those in traditional neighborhoods. The overall visual appeal of a community's homes play a part in the higher resale dollars received. 

Community bylaws require homes and lawns to adhere to established standards to keep properties maintained and make properties more appealing to new buyers.   

While many buyers appreciate living in a gated community, it may not be the ideal choice for everyone.  Discover more Brunswick County homes by contacting a Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. agent today. 

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