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Story By Jason Frye

Brunswick County, particularly the coastal towns, have seen tremendous growth over the last decade and a half. When the housing bubble burst at the end of 2008, the outlook wasn’t good. But as it turns out, the region continued a trend of growth, albeit much slower, and now, more than five years since the precipitous drop, the real estate market is demonstrating its durability and showing signs of healthy growth.

In a U.S. Census report issued in May, Brunswick County was listed as the fastest-growing county in North Carolina, a trend that held true throughout the depths of the recession. Towns like St. James (the fastest-growing community in the county with 9.7% growth from July 2012 to July 2013), Southport (third fastest with 3.7% growth), Carolina Shores (3.4%) and Holden Beach (2.3%) are major contributors to the state of the real estate industry in the southern end of Brunswick County. This growth spurred on new construction and helped move properties out of the inventory and into ownership.

Steve Candler, director of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, says he’s seeing a movement in the market that indicates an upswing. “[At the end of May] we saw a day where we had 37 sales in 24 hours,” he says. “It’s the biggest 24 hours we’ve had in several years. The sales came from across the spectrum of available inventory. From top to bottom, from starter homes to beachfront homes, we saw sales.”

For St. James, this growth represented the higher end of the home range. Joe Firetti, of Firetti Builders and the Brunswick County Home Builders Association, has seen an uptick in new-home construction in St. James for his company and his fellow Home Builders Association members.

“There’s an upswing all along the Carolina coasts,” Firetti says. “We’ve got the climate and activities people want, so the northern migration that started a decade ago is still going on.”

In southern Brunswick County, two distinct markets are attracting new residents: one market includes Southport, Oak Island, Boiling Springs, Bolivia and St. James; the other includes Holden Beach, Ocean Isle, Sunset Beach, Calabash and Shallotte. Each community in both markets shows positive movement in key indicators, from increases in average and median prices to reduced number of days on the market. This movement is following the trend of the market overall, growing slowly and steadily and, most importantly, sustainably.

The so-called Second Home market, largely beach houses and other types of vacation properties, isn’t tracked separately by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors or the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, but representatives from both organizations indicated that looking at a variety of factors — location, size, price, among others — it appears that the second home market is growing stronger. This is good news for beach communities like those in the Holden Beach group. These towns are seeing an increase in the sale of larger, more expensive homes, while also seeing sales of the more typical coastal-style primary residences that give these communities their distinct personalities. As you move inland away from the coast, home prices begin to fall closer to the starter-home level, and towns like Shallotte and even Calabash (which is coastal, but protected by the nearby beach towns) are positioned to accommodate homes that appeal to a different home-buying audience.

“The beach towns, they’ve always been able to hold their own,” says Candler. “Now that banks have decided to lend again, you’re seeing the markets in these coastal communities benefit. Homes that before were dependent on cash offers are now attractive to buyers with financing in mind.”

For communities in the Southport group, the sales aren’t so much second homes (with some exceptions on Oak Island), but more primary residences. Drawn by the quiet, quaint communities with easy access to the beach and the area’s other natural amenities, buyers are seeking out places to settle here. In these communities, like their beachier cousins, sales prices are increasing, higher-end homes are moving, the number of days properties stay on the market is dropping, and the number of closings is on the upswing.

Growth here is slower, but steady and sustainable. Even in St. James, which experienced a nearly 10% population increase from July 2012 to July 2013, the growth is slower than in years past, but that’s something real estate professionals agree is a positive thing.

“That slow growth is critical if we want to build a solid real estate market,” says Firetti. “Along the Carolinas and even into part of Georgia, we’re growing a bit faster than the national average — in part because we’re in a great part of the country to call home — but it’s still sustainable.”

In St. James, Firetti says, things slowed down during the depths of the recession, but for builders who were well established before and kept themselves afloat for a couple of years, things are turning back toward a healthy market.

“I know St. James represents the higher end of the new home market — I’m not talking about the $1.5 to $3 million beachfront homes, but things in the $450 to $750,000 range — but at the [Brunswick County Homebuilders] Association, I’m hearing that everything is moving,” Firetti says. “The starter homes, the mid-level homes, homes priced north of $500,000, all of them. Which is fantastic news for Realtors, builders, construction crews, everyone.”

Cambridge Crossings
Story By Jo Ann Mathews
Photography By Jason Hudson

This townhome community has the amenities and values of a traditional neighborhood.

Barbara VanSlyke remembers the bike ride that led her to discover Cambridge Crossings. She remembers when she saw the three-bedroom model. “It was lovely,” she says.

In October she and her husband, Chuck, will celebrate their second year in the spacious townhome they bought.

“The location is just perfect,” Barbara says. The beach, Southport and Wilmington are nearby destinations for this retired communications manager, but the residents are the biggest attraction.

“It has a nice mix of people from different areas of the country,” she says.

Iris Cavin, on-site real estate agent associated with Southport Realty, agrees. “I truly think it’s the owners who make Cambridge Crossings unique,” she says. “They are so welcoming and active.”

All residents are invited to participate in the activities. Wednesdays during off-season are designated for restaurant dining. Meet Your Neighbor gatherings occur when someone moves into the neighborhood. Friday nights are driveway get-togethers. A book club meets monthly, and the two-page newsletter that Barbara writes keeps residents informed. A landscape committee answers any questions people may have about their designs.

“You can tell that everyone cares about how the neighborhood looks,” Barbara says.

Cambridge Crossings dates back to 2006 when the original developer, Stratland Homes of New Jersey, received approval to build 88 townhomes. With all infrastructure completed and construction on 40 townhomes begun, Stratland Homes experienced financial difficulties. Foreclosure ensued, but in 2010 Cambridge Southport, LLC paid cash and revived the development.

“We’re doing great with the new owners,” Cavin says. She explained that the original plan included two-story townhomes, but now 1,500 to 1,800-square-foot two- and three-bedroom, single-level townhomes are available in three designs starting at $196,900.

Standard features include vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring, granite countertops and fireplaces. Owners have the option to upgrade features. South Harbour Golf Links, tennis courts, a swimming pool, Dutchman Creek Cove Park and Wildlife Park, where you can launch your boat, are nearby.

Sales at Cambridge Crossings are going well, with half of the 88 townhomes in the development sold and a steady flow of people coming to tour the beautifully appointed homes.

While some of the current residents discovered Cambridge Crossings while passing by, as Barbara did, others heard about this tucked-away treasure from satisfied homeowners. The word is out about this vibrant community.

“If you’re looking to move, this location is ideal,” Barbara says and emphasizes that Oak Island, the beach and other amenities are minutes away.

About 75 percent of the residents are retired, but Cavin quickly adds that it’s not a retirement community.

“We’re really lucky we found Cambridge Crossings,” Barbara says. “It’s a wonderful place to live. It’s a real neighborhood. It’s a fun neighborhood.”

The Cottages
Story By Michelle Macken
Contributed Photos

Casual elegance and an extraordinary builder make for perfect beach living.

A barrier island nestled along the Atlantic Ocean, the Town of Ocean Isle Beach is located about halfway between historic Wilmington and lively Myrtle Beach. Residents and seasonal visitors treasure this 7-mile stretch of pristine shoreline and the relaxing family beach atmosphere.

Water-based and beachside activities are the most popular pastimes here, with mild temperatures and ocean water that is, on average, 10 degrees warmer than on the Outer Banks. Museums, shops and restaurants are plentiful locally and in the surrounding area, as are some of the best golf courses in the South.

Thoughtfully Designed for How You Live Today

The Cottages, an Ocean Isle Beach community, fits perfectly into this relaxed environment. Meticulous craftsmanship and fine details combine in extraordinary homes for carefree living — at an exceptional value. The community features classic two-, three- and four-bedroom cottages tucked into a landscape of shady parks, garden courtyards and tranquil ponds. The neighborhood features a pool with a spacious clubhouse, colorful gardens, welcoming porches and architectural details reminiscent of traditional bungalow design.

Clients embrace this timeless concept that exemplifies a passion for sunlight, space and beauty. Inspired design creates stylish living and timeless appeal.

An Extraordinary Builder

The Cottages’ building team is highly specialized, so clients expect and receive personal attention, amazing results and a well-built house that feels like home from the moment they walk through the door. These cottages reflect the coastal lifestyle in unique architectural designs where quality, character and craftsmanship are key.

The builders also utilize the most advanced building science techniques for energy-efficient construction. Cottage Building Company obtains a third-party certification to inspect and quantify the additional value built into The Cottages.

A Place You’ll Love to Call Home

The Cottages development team invites you to tour the furnished models, including The Seaside, a 2013 Parade of Homes winner. Visitors can also tour the clubhouse seven days a week, as well as stroll around the neighborhood taking in the Intracoastal Waterway views. A short drive leads to miles of beautiful sandy beaches that are a year-round pleasure.

Come visit The Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach, where craftsmanship and style converge at an incredible value.

To learn more about The Cottages, visit thecottagesoceanislebeach.com

Crow Creek
Story By Heather Lowery
A superior golf course community with an identity all its own

Crow Creek is perfect for those looking for a peaceful, charming and friendly community to call home, and it has been described this way by many of its own residents. It’s also conveniently located just 3 miles from the quaint Town of Calabash — known as the Seafood Capital of the World — and just 30 miles from the vibrant towns of Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, with regional entertainment, shopping, dining and conveniences that enhance the daily Crow Creek lifestyle.

Each home is uniquely designed to be embraced by the natural setting, lush landscaping, miles of sidewalks and numerous amenities. The golf course has been thoughtfully designed to encompass the homes while remaining closely aligned with nature.

Crow Creek comes with a unique history. Together Jerry McLamb and Henry Bennett have built the community on over 500 acres of countryside homestead where the family had long lived, farmed, worked and played. Over the generations they have decided to transform their homestead into a premier golf course community so that others could share in its natural splendor. Inspired by their many fond memories, Rick Robbins designed the 18 hole course. In fact, the family’s cabin is still maintained within the community today and has become an iconic centerpiece of Crow Creek.

Successful, steady sales and growth have been experienced throughout the first scheduled releases. Now Crow Creek has made available a premier new section of 30 homesites located on stunning fairway #7. Homeowners can choose from unmatched views of lush fairway #7 or beautiful interior homesites for a private paradise. Homesites are approximately a half acre and vary in character and views.

Crow Creek offers four active custom home builders from which to choose, or custom luxury home builders may be permitted with architectural regulations met. “Clients discuss with the builders what features they would like in their homes and create something unique to their lifestyle,”’ says Crow Creek Community Specialist Trish Ferber. “We offer luxury, low-maintenance, high-quality custom homes.”

The homes range from 2,400 to 4000 square feet; however, a smaller or larger home can be built with a minimum of 1,800 square feet. Homes reflect the craftsman-style and traditional elevations with tasteful combinations of mainly brick and ledgestone exteriors for a timeless appeal. The graceful iron gates to the community offer a sense of privacy and security.

“We are starting to build a few spec homes as well,” says Ferber, “for those individuals who prefer to not go through the building process.”

The single family amenity center is rich with amenities. It is a multi-room complex that includes a lounge area with a flat-screen TV and fireplace; a meeting room that also functions as a party room with a dance floor; a game room equipped with a billiards table, Ping Pong table, shuffle board and card table; a fitness center with the latest in strength and cardio equipment; an outdoor zero-entry pool with lap lanes; a Jacuzzi; and two lighted tennis courts. Residents have established group activities, a book club and other social events such as TGIF socials for those who like to get together and relax with neighbors and enjoy some music and dancing.

“It’s a quaint community,” says Ferber. “People really enjoy the natural setting and the atmosphere. They love the friendliness and quality of the community and the way it is highly maintained year round.”

For those who enjoy the game of golf, the Clubhouse is a great meeting place for residents and guests to form common bonds and lasting friendships. As a luxury, residents and their guests are given priority golf rates year round without having to pay high fees for golf membership. The club offers ladies’ and men’s golf leagues.

“Crow Creek is a graceful, challenging course with generous, forgiving fairways of lush Tifsport, ingeniously integrated with waterways to provide the kind of challenge that draws out the best a player has to give,” says PGA Professional Jimmy Biggs. “The bentgrass greens at Crow Creek are some of the fastest around.”

The Crow Creek Golf Clubhouse is an onsite convenience featuring a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating serving breakfast and lunch or after-golf selections at the famous “Crow Bar.” For more information visit Crow Creek at 490 South Crow Creek Drive, Calabash, NC 28467, contact Trish Ferber at (910) 287-5387 or (910) 409-8590.

The Retreat
Story By Melissa Slaven Warren
Photography By Chris Campbell

Bill Clark Homes has revived The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach into an ideal community with exceptional value.

It’s no secret that the housing and economic crisis of the mid-2000s devastated some builders and developers, leaving homebuyers and residents with abandoned properties, half-built dreams and incomplete infrastructures. But out of misfortune often comes opportunity. Which is just what Bill Clark Homes saw in the all but abandoned Ocean Isle Beach community known as The Retreat.

Bill Clark Homes purchased the struggling community and revived it with major landscape work and upgraded common areas, and most recently broke ground on a pool and cabana. With 150 sites, some with sought-after pond views, and a location just across the bridge from the beaches of Ocean Isle Beach, the community offers buyers the perfect place to build a dream home. Whether it’s a vacation spot or a year-round residence, The Retreat offers an ideal island location at an exceptional value, with prices from $228,900.

“The community consists of larger homes, with more customization,” explains Annah Norris, director of sales and marketing for Bill Clark Homes. “This neighborhood gets away from the tract homes and focuses on higher-end details like hardwood floors and decorative molding and trims.”

Inside and out, the aesthetics personify beach-community living, with tropical colors of Hardie board exteriors and metal roofs and palm trees that dot the landscape. Inside you can expect granite countertops, tray ceilings and ceramic tile, to name just a few of the smart options.

Proximity to the beach and nearby conveniences are draws to The Retreat community. Residents and their guests can spend a day at the beach and be home in less than five minutes, as well as walk to nearby restaurants, a nail salon, stores, activities and shopping. And sidewalks throughout the entire community make for perfect after-dinner strolls with the kids or morning jogs to the coffee shop. Though commerce is just a few steps away, The Retreat is a quiet, laid-back community with something for everyone.

The Retreat attracts residents from all walks of life, from retirees to young families who enjoy the family-friendly beach of Ocean Isle. “We definitely attract a more active group of residents,” says Norris. “Boaters, cyclists, kayakers, jet skiers and sunbathers; there are so many outdoor activities to take up.” And if golf is a favorite pastime, there are more than 15 courses within 10 minutes of the community.

The award-winning model home, The Lanai, is open and fully decorated by Pottery Barn to inspire homebuyers with a bit of tranquil, cottage charm. The model exemplifies the quality and craftsmanship of Bill Clark Homes. The Retreat offers three styles of homes to choose from, with 16 different floor plans and numerous elevations, which make the possibilities limitless. “There are so many options to customize, buyers will never have to be concerned with their home looking like their neighbor’s,” says Norris.
The Retreat
billclarkhomes.com
(910) 350-1744

St. James Plantation
Story By Melissa Slaven Warren
Photography By Harry Taylor and Nick Noble

Adding a new distinctive neighborhood only adds to the allure of this number one–selling community.

Nestled in Brunswick County near Southport, St. James Plantation offers 6,000 beautiful acres, good friends and a relaxed lifestyle all wrapped into one inspired coastal community. Brunswick County’s mild climate, coastal attitude and lower cost of living compel visitors from all over the country to consider it as a relocation destination each year.

St. James Plantation has even more bragging rights than location, however, like being one of the 50 Best Master Planned Communities in the United States according to Where to Retire Magazine, having three of Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play, and earning the Platinum Club Award reserved for the nation’s top private residential communities.

Surrounded by unprecedented amenities, including a private beach club, a full-service marina, tennis courts, fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, community gardens, parks, walking and biking trails, and nearby beaches, St. James Plantation offers something for everyone.

“Last year, we welcomed over 300 new families to the neighborhood,” says Katie Campbell, marketing director for St. James Plantation. “We contribute our continued success to our strong sense of community and our developer’s strength and commitment. And, when coupled with competitive pricing, low interest rates and a wide selection of homes and homesites, we’ve been able to achieve unbelievable results.”

Today, St. James Plantation is home to more than 4,500 property owners.

“Since the early 1990s, when our first group of residents, ‘The Pioneers’, settled in, our neighbors have helped fill the pages of our St. James story,” explains Campbell. Incorporated as a town in 1999, St. James now has its own mayor, fire department and EMS and a thriving and supportive Property Owners Association. There’s a social group for every interest or hobby, so new residents have no trouble making new friends.

“We like to say, ‘Everyone from St. James Plantation is from somewhere else, so making friends comes easy here,’” says Campbell. “Our population is represented by all 50 states and several countries too!”

With its national accolades, exceptional amenities, highly respected group of Builders Guild professionals and many neighborhoods, St. James Plantation earns its status as the number one–selling community in the coastal Carolinas.

What could St. James possibly do to top that? Add a new distinctive neighborhood to its already impressive portfolio, of course.

Inspired by the same timeless, coastal lifestyle that St. James continues to deliver, Legacy Park is a charming new enclave at the heart of the community. Homesites will offer scenic views of the Reserve Club Golf Course and rich landscaping.

If you’d like to see St. James for yourself, the community is offering three days and two nights’ accommodations, a round of golf for two or dinner for two, VIP club access to all of their amenities and an exclusive real estate tour of the community to help visitors get acquainted with the quality, beauty and value of the St. James lifestyle.

“We invite visitors to be our guests and experience our community and lifestyle,” says Campbell.

A full-service marina and a private beach are just a couple of the many amenities at St. James.

To learn more about St. James Plantation, visit stjamesplantation.com  or call (800) 245-3871.

Turtlewood at Southport
Story By Victoria Putnam
Photography By Jason Hudson

A developer with vision and local contractors are breathing new life into this Southport neighborhood.

Turtlewood at Southport is an up-and-coming neighborhood located just off of E. Moore Street in beautiful Southport. Drive through the neighborhood and be sure to take a relaxing walk to the marsh gazebo — it’s only one of the perks of living in Turtlewood.

Developer Todd Jemison has years of experience in gauging the changes in the local real estate market through neighborhood and commercial development. Along with Turtlewood Holdings, Jemison desires to breathe new life into Turtlewood at Southport. To streamline the selection and purchase process for new residents, he is utilizing a range of local businesses for architecture, construction and real estate services.

Rasa Love, Turtlewood’s onsite real estate professional with RE/MAX Essential, is now in her 18th year of real estate sales as a multi-million dollar producer. At Turtlewood, Love’s purpose is to guide clients through the details of the buying and building process.

Tidal Wave Construction, a progressive company focused on energy efficiency and owned by builder Todd Piper, is responsible for new-home construction in Turtlewood. Founded by Piper in 2004, Tidal Wave is based in Wilmington and specializes in building maximum efficiency and low-maintenance homes, including 2×6 wall construction and high-efficiency doors and windows.

Together, Jemison, Love and Tidal Wave Construction are working to bring Southport’s signature charm and character to the portfolio of modern homes available in Turtlewood. Three floor plans are currently being offered: the Marshwalk Cottage at 1,600 square
feet; the Cattail Bungalow at 1,636 square feet; and the Yaupon Reserve at 2,169 square feet.

Upon completion, the coastal neighborhood will consist of approximately 50 single-family homes located just 1.5 miles from Southport’s town center and minutes from golf courses, the beach, shopping and many more conveniences that Southport has to offer.

To learn more about Turtlewood, visit TurtleWood.com

Bill Clark Homes
Story By Melissa Slaven Warren
Contributed Photo

A custom homes division now gives clients even more home-building options.

Over the last 37 years, Bill Clark Homes has created hundreds of new home communities at various locations throughout southeastern North Carolina and in all price ranges. As a model example of their commitment to superior quality, design excellence and attention to customer service, the builder is steadfast in giving buyers what they ask for in a home, and that means constantly evolving their building practices. Bill Clark Homes demonstrated its forward-thinking philosophy by recently adding a custom homes division.

“The custom division was the next logical step for us based on the demand of homebuyers,” says Annah Norris, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bill Clark Homes. “They’re looking for less-restrictive floor plans created to suit their own needs, and we have an opportunity to provide the efficiency typically enjoyed by big builders to our more custom homebuyers.”

Of course, starting a new division in a still-recovering housing market can be a bit risky, but not when you’re doing everything right. Within the first phases of spring, Bill Clark Homes experienced record-breaking building months in the Carolinas. “We’ve seen a twenty-five percent increase in growth from this time last year,” says Norris. Some of that growth spurt is due to the newly launched custom homes division. They’re busy hiring and training new staff members to be able to meet the demands of the custom division.

Homebuyers will still experience the meticulous design and workmanship of a Bill Clark Home at an affordable price, but with more input than a production or semi-custom home. And custom homes don’t have to be built in a Bill Clark Homes community. Bill Clark Homes serves as a preferred builder in many new home communities that are not their own, as well as offers to build new homes on sites that customers already own in other communities.

Contrary to popular belief, the word custom doesn’t have to translate to “out-of-my-price-range.” Bill Clark Homes custom-home prices start at $150,000 and peak as high as their customers want.

Buyers can choose from a portfolio of custom-built plans if they’re looking for something quick without much customization, but any number of changes can be made to give the plan a personal touch. Homebuyers are also encouraged to bring in their own plans, and the designers at Bill Clark Homes will work to bring their dream home to reality.

A product Bill Clark Homes is most pleased to offer in their custom division is what they call their “Waterfront Collection.” Designed for the local islands, these are not the typical beach home. “We’re designing our homes for living,” Norris says. “Not just for renting.”

The curb appeal and attention to detail sets the homes apart from anything else on the islands. “We’re specializing in nice street scapes with beautiful porches,” says Norris.

Nearly four decades of evolution and Bill Clark Homes’ reputation for providing buyers the most home for their money has remained consistent. Now they get even more options for their money.
Bill Clark Homes custom homes offer meticulous design and workmanship at an affordable price.
To learn more about building your custom home, contact Brea Faircloth at (910) 540-0037 or bfaircloth@billclarkhomes.com .

Carolina Bluewater Construction
Story By Victoria Putnam
Contributed Photo

Top-quality custom homes and personalized service lead to satisfied customers.

Among the inner circle at Carolina Bluewater Construction, the running joke is that the company’s initials, CBC, actually stand for Continuing Bruce’s Construction.

Scott Quaintance, owner of CBC, is carrying on the tradition of his father, Bruce Quaintance, in building top-quality custom homes. And now Scott is establishing a solid reputation of his own. Having grown up working for his father’s construction company, Scott isn’t short on experience when it comes to planning, designing and building unique homes in the Brunswick area. Boasting a degree in civil engineering and a general contractor’s license, he is also a licensed Professional Engineer with the National Council of Building Designer Certification. Scott and CBC have built homes in Ocean Isle Beach.

Should you ever consider hiring Scott and CBC to build your home, there are several things you can expect to happen in the process, some of them unique to CBC. For example, throughout construction, homeowners can go to CBC’s website and use the online portal to log in and view weekly photo updates. This feature is particularly useful for those who live afar.

Before construction begins, the first big step is the design meeting. This is when clients sit down with Scott and describe their vision for their future home. Scott reports that many people come in with wish lists and tear sheets from magazines. After this meeting, concept drawings of the house are created for review. After finalizing the floor plans — which Scott draws up himself —the construction process is broken down into manageable phases for the future homeowners.

The very first site visit requires that the home be staked out on the lot, allowing Scott and his clients to adjust the orientation of the house to capture the best views. During this visit, the homeowners are responsible for selecting all exterior materials and colors, as well as all plumbing fixtures.

Once construction is underway, the clients are brought in for the first walkthrough of their soon-to-be home. This visit is when most of the important decisions are made and when the home truly begins to take on a custom feel. The clients meet with the interior designer to select types and colors of surfaces, including flooring and paint. Details for the kitchen and bathroom cabinets — all custom built — are also finalized in this phase.

The next walkthrough takes place when construction is nearly complete. The only decisions left to make are selecting light fixtures, deciding the layout of each closet, and choosing shower doors and mirrors. When these steps are completed, the home is move-in ready. However, CBC doesn’t cut ties with their clients at this point; instead, Scott says he and his subcontractors are available for ongoing home maintenance for years to come.

Over the years, CBC has amassed a range of satisfied customers, including one who has hired CBC to build three homes in two years.

“This was the third home I have been a part of building, and while I live 9 hours away, [the CBC] team kept me informed weekly through a wonderful website of photos and narratives,” says Kathy White. “I felt a part of the construction process. I highly recommend Carolina Bluewater Construction!”

Carolina Bluewater Construction has built homes in Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Calabash and many of the area’s golf communities.
To learn more, call (910) 575-7100 or visit carolinabluewaterconstruction.com .

Logan Homes
Story By Denice Patterson
Contributed Photo

Nearly three decades of building luxurious, quality homes in New Hanover and Brunswick counties.

Since 1986 Logan Homes has been building quality custom homes in the Wilmington and Brunswick County areas. D Logan started his company after working for years as a carpenter’s apprentice on homes in Wrightsville Beach and Figure Eight Island. After learning the craft of fine homebuilding, he knew he wanted to provide luxury and quality not only to individual homes, but also to entire developments.

Twenty-eight years later, D and his team are still hard at work improving and growing Logan Homes. They have built a quality reputation as builders in Brunswick Forest, Compass Pointe, Helms Port, Landfall, Ocean Ridge, Palmetto Creek, River Landing, St. James Plantation, Waterford and Winding River developments.

With 11 in-house home-design collections that encompass more than 90 floor plans, Logan Homes has a home design for just about anyone. They also design and build custom homes on private home sites.

Recently, Logan Homes unveiled its new Harbor series, a coastal-inspired collection. These designs include spacious, open floor plans with hardwood and tile floors, vibrant color palettes, and lush landscaping for ultimate curb appeal. As with all Logan Homes, individual touches are also available — from built-in warming ovens and unique beverage coolers in the kitchen to custom pools under a screened lanai in the backyard.

Customization is a key component of a Logan Homes build, and the Logan Design Studio in Belville is a homebuilder’s playground. In July, Logan Homes will debut the newly expanded, 6,000-square-foot location, along with a beautiful outdoor studio. Logan Homes’ experienced staff of designers, salespeople, estimators, superintendents, project managers and accountants are ready to assist those who are embarking on a custom home-building experience, and a team of design specialists is on hand to assist home buyers with personalizing or customizing their new Logan Home.

Buyers can see and touch the materials that will be used to build their new home, from cabinets and countertops to outdoor grills and pergolas. For those who prefer the full-scale approach, Logan Homes showcases dozens of model homes in a variety of developments around the area, all ready for visitors at a moment’s notice.

Everyone at Logan Homes works together to ensure a smooth homebuilding experience.

“We use cutting-edge technologies and streamlined processes that make building their dream home as easy as 1, 2, 3,” says D Logan. “We are more than a group of dedicated building professionals; we are a family.”

For most people, the Logan experience doesn’t end with the move-in. “Once a client builds with Logan Homes, they become part of the family,” D Logan says.

For the past three decades, thousands of homeowners have enjoyed the luxury of owning a Logan Home and are happy to share their experiences of building with the company. To read what customers have to say about their experiences check the website for customer reviews and homeowner testimonials.

Customization is a key component of a Logan Home.

To learn more about Logan Homes, visit  loganhomes.com .

Trusst Builder Group
Story By Debbie Elliott
Contributed Photo

Trusst Builder Group is a builder and developer of quality homes and neighborhoods throughout New Hanover and Brunswick counties. Since 1992 Trusst has built more than 2,000 homes in the Cape Fear region and the majority of homes in Brunswick Forest.

Trusst Builder Group sold 150 homes in 2013. At this writing there were 60 Trusst homes under construction in Brunswick Forest and Hearthstone in Leland and Ashton Place and Compass Pointe in Brunswick County. Floor plans include townhomes, patio homes and semi-custom home designs ranging from $139,500 to $450,000 and up.

New Office & Design Center in Waterford Village

To better serve its customers in Brunswick County, Trusst Builder Group will soon relocate its offices to 481 Olde Waterford Way in Leland. “This new office building is ideally located in the center of new home sales activity for the Cape Fear region, which makes it very convenient for our homeowners and gives us the space we need to create a new, expanded Design Center,” says Shawn Horton, owner of Trusst Builder Group. “Here, we’ll be able to feature the wide array of finishes we offer to our buyers so they can tailor their new homes to suit their tastes and needs.”

The Forks

Trusst Builder Group’s newest venture is The Forks at Gallery Park, a rare opportunity on what many consider to be the “best piece of undeveloped land in New Hanover County.” This new-home community is conveniently located near the intersection of 17th Street and Independence Boulevard, adjacent to the Cameron Art Museum, Halyburton Park and Cross City Trail. The community is named in honor of the Civil War Battle of Forks Road that occurred nearby in 1865. It’s where the Union Army and U.S. Colored Troops were victorious over the Confederate soldiers, leading the way for the Union to ultimately overtake Wilmington.

The Forks is an exciting blend of classic design, Southern charm and modern amenities. The neighborhood will offer a mix of single-family, detached homes and townhomes on 46 acres. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2014, with model homes opening in spring 2015.

Forks Development, LLC is a partnership between Trusst Builder Group and the developers of Gallery Park, a 300-acre, master-planned, mixed-use project that will feature first-class retail, offices and a variety of residential environments. Gallery Park will be a pedestrian-friendly community complete with recreation activities, parks, open space and landscaped amenities. More information is available online at theforksatgallerypark.com.

House Calls Program

In addition to its featured neighborhoods, Trusst Builder Group offers its House Calls program in which homeowners can build a Trusst home within the neighborhood of their choice. Trusst Builder Group has homes underway in St. James Plantation, Winding River, Magnolia Greens, Waterford and Palmetto Creek. Homeowners are so enamored with Trusst Builder Group home designs and floor plans that in some years, Trusst sells as many homes in other neighborhoods as they do in their own.

Trusst Builder Group says it is unique in its ability to construct custom-quality homes without the custom price. Trusst includes the special features homeowners want — such as granite countertops, stainless appliances, hardwoods, high-efficiency heating and air conditioning, fireplaces, wood shelving, sound systems and much more — as standard in all of its homes.

Trusst has built more than 2,000 homes in the area since 1992.

To learn more about Trusst Builder Group, visit  trusstbuildergroup.com .

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