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Brunswick County real estate market inches closer to normalcy in 2022

SHALLOTTE, N.C. — Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®

After an extended period of rapid sales coupled with an extremely low inventory, Brunswick County's residential real estate market closed out 2022 with more typical numbers. The number of homes sold and total sales volume both decreased, average sales prices were higher, and homes spent slightly less time on the market compared to 2021.

"After an insane couple of years, our market inched closer and closer to normalcy throughout 2022," said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO. "Thanks to continued strong demand and limited inventory, average sales prices increased throughout the year. While total sales volume is slightly down, it's important to remember that we saw historic, unprecedented numbers in 2020 and 2021. While last year's numbers may be lower than prior years, overall our market is in strong shape going into 2023."

Total sales volume decreased from $2,704,199,429 in 2021 to $2,527,930,000 in 2022. Average sales prices for the year were up 10.5% compared to 2021, jumping from $398,772 to $440,574. Homes spent an average of 30 days on the market in 2022, compared to 39 days in 2021. New listings were down 11%, from 7,157 to 6,373, and the number of units sold dropped 18%, from 6,779 to 5,556.

When it comes to December's numbers, new listings, units sold and total sales volume decreased compared to last year. To put the numbers into context, December 2022 saw more homes sold than any other December in the past 17 years apart from 2020 and 2021.

Total sales volume decreased 25.9% compared to December 2021, from $243,100,000 to $180,100,000, while average sales prices were up 1.4%, from $439,610 to $445,799. Luxury homes may have been the holiday gift of the season, with 17 transactions in excess of $1 million and three in excess of $2 million. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there were more than 50 sales below $250,000 in December. Overall, homes are still selling for roughly 97% of their list price.

New listings were down 11.7% in December, from 368 to 325, and the number of units sold dropped 26.9%, from 553 to 404. Homes spent an average of 41 days on the market in December, up from 32 days. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, decreased to less than 2.5 months in December 2022.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • December 2022: 324
  • December 2021: 368
  • Increase/Decrease: -11.7%

Units Sold

  • December 2022: 404
  • December 2021: 553
  • Increase/Decrease: -26.9%

Average Sales Price

  • December 2022: $445,799
  • December 2021: $439,610
  • Increase/Decrease: +1.4%

Median Sales Price

  • December 2022: $359,900
  • December 2021: $359,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +0.3%

Total Sales Volume

  • December 2022: $180,100,000
  • December 2021: $243,100,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -25.9%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • December 2022: 10
  • December 2021: 11
  • Increase/Decrease: -9.1%

Units Sold

  • December 2022: 11
  • December 2021: 7
  • Increase/Decrease: +57.1%

Average Sales Price

  • December 2022: $177,341
  • December 2021: $265,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -33.1%

Total Sales Volume

  • December 2022: $1,950,000
  • December 2021: $2,050,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -4.9%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • December 2022: 17
  • December 2021: 18
  • Increase/Decrease: -5.6%

Units Sold

  • December 2022: 10
  • December 2021: 27
  • Increase/Decrease: -63%

Average Sales Price

  • December 2022: $216,250
  • December 2021: $192,142
  • Increase/Decrease: +12.5%

Total Sales Volume

  • December 2022: $2,160,000
  • December 2021: $5,190,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -58.4%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members.  For more information, please visit


Table for Two: Romantic Restaurants in Brunswick County

Love at First Bite

Not sure where to take your sweetie this Valentine's Day?  Don't worry, we have got you covered!  We have scoured all of Brunswick Islands for the cream of the crop fine dining experiences.  Make this year a Valentine's Day your partner will never forget!


Island Way

  • Island Way is one of Oak Island's premier fine dining experiences.  Coined for boasting "The only thing we overlook is the ocean", Island Way's oceanfront dining has some of the best views the east coast has to offer. Serving high-quality seafood, steaks, and mouthwatering soup and pasta options, this choice will do anything but disappoint your Valentine.

Salt 64

  • Salt 64 is yet another local favorite here on Oak Island. From their housemade dressing, aged center-cut steaks, fresh local seafood, and exquisite drink and dessert menu, we know this place will please any eater looking for a fine dining experience!

Koko Cabana

  • Koko Cabana is located right on the Oak Island Pier. This restaurant not only has amazing locally caught seafood but has some of the most creative dishes we have seen on this side of the Mississippi! Don't forget to try their extensive beer, wine, and signature cocktails menu!


Oliver's on the Cape Fear

  • Oliver's on the Cape Fear is where "Southern cuisine and exceptional wines and spirits meet the salubrious breezes of the Southport air". This family-owned and operated restaurant is known for its timeless menu, outstanding hospitality, and breathtaking views of the Cape Fear River.

Joseph's Italian Bistro

  • Overlooking the Intracoastal waterway, Joseph's offers delicious Italian Cuisine and a comprehensive array of premier wine and spirits. If you want romance, candlelit dinners, and authentic Italian, this is the place for you.

Ports of Call Bistro

  • You may remember this pick from the critically acclaimed movie, Safe Haven. Ports of Call Bistro not only was the home to a scene in that movie, but it is home to some of the best fine dining experiences in Southport! Their globally inspired menu is the perfect fine dining choice for adventurous eaters.


Christopher's Steakhouse

  • Christoper's Steakhouse and Seafood is a locally owned and operated business located in Leland, North Carolina. They serve hand-cut steaks, ribs that will "fall right off the bone", made-from-scratch sides, freshly baked bread, and much, much more!


Jink's Creek

  • Jink's Creek Waterfront Grille is located in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Just a quick 30-minute drive lies one of our favorite waterfront dining experiences. Jink's Creek is known for their outstanding seafood dishes, classic surf and turf, and showstopping salads.


The Oyster Rock

  • The Oyster Rock lies in Calabash, North Carolina.  This fine dining, waterfront experience will make you want to come back for more!  Their menu is made the "old school way" from scratch.  Don't miss out on their "The Hummus Dinger" and their "Chicken and the Deep Blue" plates which are highly raved about.


The Brentwood

  • Just south of the North Carolina state line lies Little River, South Carolina. Little River boasts many award-winning local restaurants and cuisine. The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro is a European-inspired restaurant that won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2022. Their use of local cuisine and flavors is a big reason why they have locals and others alike flocking to nab a dinner reservation. Their surf and turf options are not to be overshadowed by their extensive dessert menu.


BCAR installs 2023 President and Board of Directors

BRUNSWICK COUNTY NC - On December 1, Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® hosted a 'Harley' Holiday Party and Installation of the 2023 BCAR President and Board of Directors. The evening started with appetizers, drinks, official 'biker' temporary tattoos, and socializing with over 200 REALTORS®, affiliates, and special guests. BCARs Past President Ben Styers led the pledge and Past President Brooke Rudd-Gaglie opened up the evening with an inspirational message.

The 2023 NC REALTORS® President Leigh Brown had the honor of installing the BCAR's Board of Directors, which included the following:

  • Bonnie Black, REMAX at the Beach
  • Brian McKenna, Margaret Rudd & Associates
  • Clif Cheek, Keller Williams Realty
  • Denise Young, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage
  • Fred Gainey, NorthGroup Real Estate
  • Kathy Sherman, Keller Williams Realty
  • Mark Lindsey, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage
  • Martha Lee, Martha Lee Realty
  • Tori Humphrey, Seaside Appraisals and Realty Centre

The remaining members of the 2023 Board of Directors that could not make it to the Installation will be sworn in at the January board meeting. This includes Jennifer Brown, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, Richard Barnes, Barnes Real Estate Services, and Wilson Sherrill, Fred Thorne Realty.

Brian McKenna, Broker/REALTOR® with Margaret Rudd & Assoc., Inc., REALTORS®  is pictured above at far left.  The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation presently serving its members comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. For more information on this organization, chartered in 1959, visit


Brunswick County real estate market surpasses $2 billion in year-to-date sales

SHALLOTTE, N.C. - Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®

Brunswick County's residential real estate market exceeded $2 billion in year-to-date total sales in October with luxury sales leading the way, and more than half of all homes sold during October were sold at or above list price.

"While $2 billion in total sales seemed like an unreachable milestone just a couple of years ago, it doesn't come as a shock this year given our market's consistently strong performance month over month," said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO. "Overall demand remains strong, prices continue to increase, and we continue to see a strong luxury market. Overall, our market is positioned for continued strength as we move into winter."

Brunswick County saw $211,520,000 in total sales volume in October, a 0.5% increase from last year's $210,450,000. The average sales price increased 9.3%, from $432,131 to $472,150. New listings were down 24.4%, from 622 to 470. The number of units sold in October dropped 8% compared to last year, from 487 to 448, and homes spent an average of 33 days on the market. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, remains at two months. Brunswick County's luxury market was strong in October with 24 sales in excess of $1 million, including three sales over $2 million and a 3.4 million sale in Ocean Isle Beach.

Year-to-date sales volume through October is $2,168,330,000, down 3.9% from $2,255,559,429 last year. Average sales prices for the year are 11.9% higher than 2021, increasing from $393,703 to $440,574. The number of units sold through October is down 16.9%, from 5,723 to 4,756, and the number of new listings is down 11.3%, from 6,316 to 5,602.

Brunswick County

  • New Listings
    • October 2022: 470
    • October 2021: 622
    • Increase/Decrease: -24.4%
  • Units Sold
    • October 2022: 448
    • October 2021: 487
    • Increase/Decrease: -8%
  • Average Sales Price
    • October 2022: $472,150
    • October 2021: $432,131
    • Increase/Decrease: +9.3%
  • Median Sales Price
    • October 2022: $425,000
    • October 2021: $343,168
    • Increase/Decrease: +23.8%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • October 2022: $211,520,000
    • October 2021: $210,450,000
    • Increase/Decrease: +0.5%

Bladen County

  • New Listings
    • October 2022: 20
    • October 2021: 9
    • Increase/Decrease: +122.2%
  • Units Sold
    • October 2022: 12
    • October 2021: 18
    • Increase/Decrease: -33.3%
  • Average Sales Price
    • October 2022: $192,408
    • October 2021: $188,289
    • Increase/Decrease: +2.2%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • October 2022: $2,310,000
    • October 2021: $3,390,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -31.9%

Columbus County

  • New Listings
    • October 2022: 31
    • October 2021: 37
    • Increase/Decrease: -16.2%
  • Units Sold
    • October 2022: 29
    • October 2021: 29
    • Increase/Decrease: 0%
  • Average Sales Price
    • October 2022: $215,475
    • October 2021: $192,366
    • Increase/Decrease: +12%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • October 2022: $6,250,000
    • October 2021: $5,580,000
    • Increase/Decrease: +12%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers, and Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit


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! 



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 while information on the local Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® may be found at 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 and/or to learn more about the real estate sales and property management services the company offers its clientele.


Tropical Slowdown: Hurricane Ian affects Brunswick County Real Estate Market

SHALLOTTE, N.C. - Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Brunswick County's residential real estate market felt the impacts of Hurricane Ian during September with fewer new listings and fewer homes sold compared to last year. Prices ticked upward, continuing a recent and familiar pattern.

"September hurricanes often affect our real estate market, and Hurricane Ian was no exception," said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO. "Ian blew through at the end of the month, which is when a large number of closings typically occur. The timing explains why we saw a lower number of homes sold and lower total sales volume last month. While Ian brough a temporary tropical slowdown, and while our market isn't moving at the frantic pace it once was, we continue to see strong demand, and our market remains on track for another strong year."

Brunswick County saw $215,280,000 in total sales volume in September 2022, a 12.9% decrease from last September's $247,120,000. The average sales price increased 7.5%, from $433,541 to $465,983. New listings were down 16.3%, from 559 to 468. The number of units sold in September dropped 18.9% compared to last year, from 570 to 462, and homes spent an average of 30 days on the market. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, remains at two months. Brunswick County's luxury market was strong in September with 28 sales in excess of $1 million, including a sale over $4 million in Ocean Isle Beach.

Year-to-date sales volume through September is $1,956,810,000, down 4.3% from $2,045,109,429 last year. Average sales prices for the year are 13.1% higher than 2021, increasing from $389,433 to $440,574. The number of units sold through September is down 17.7%, from 5,236 to 4,308, and the number of new listings is down 9.9%, from 5,694 to 5,132.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • September 2022: 468
  • September 2021: 559
  • Increase/Decrease: -16.3%

Units Sold

  • September 2022: 462
  • September 2021: 570
  • Increase/Decrease: -18.9%

Average Sales Price

  • September 2022: $465,983
  • September 2021: $433,541
  • Increase/Decrease: +7.5%

Median Sales Price

  • September 2022: $364,438
  • September 2021: $331,532
  • Increase/Decrease: +9.9%

Total Sales Volume

  • September 2022: $215,280,000
  • September 2021: $247,120,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -12.9%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • September 2022: 16
  • September 2021: 17
  • Increase/Decrease: -5.9%

Units Sold

  • September 2022: 8
  • September 2021: 9
  • Increase/Decrease: -11.1%

Average Sales Price

  • September 2022: $192,488
  • September 2021: $193,967
  • Increase/Decrease: -0.8%

Total Sales Volume

  • September 2022: $1,540,000
  • September 2021: $1,750,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -12%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • September 2022: 30
  • September 2021: 36
  • Increase/Decrease: -16.7%

Units Sold

  • September 2022: 32
  • September 2021: 25
  • Increase/Decrease: +28%

Average Sales Price

  • September 2022: $202,054
  • September 2021: $187,324
  • Increase/Decrease: +7.9%

Total Sales Volume

  • September 2022: $6,470,000
  • September 2021: $4,680,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +38.2%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit


Brunswick County's real estate market demonstrates stability in August

SHALLOTTE, N.C. - Brunswick County Association of Realtors

In August, Brunswick County's residential real estate market saw higher prices, fewer new listings, and fewer homes sold compared to last August.  

"While there is talk nationally of a real estate slowdown, Brunswick County's market continues to demonstrate remarkable stability," said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO. "When looking at these numbers, it's important to remember just how abnormal the past few years have been. While the number of homes sold is down slightly compared to last year, sales have been pretty much steady month over month for the past two years, generally hovering between 500 and 600 sales per month, with our usual seasonal dip in December, January, and February. Overall, our market remains on track to once again do something that was unheard of prior to 2020: surpass $2 billion in total sales before the end of the year."

Brunswick County saw $232,570,000 in total sales volume in August 2022, a 5.7% decrease from last August's $246,620,000. The average sales price increased 9.4%, from $415,883 to $455,130. New listings were down 10.4%, from 682 to 611. The number of units sold in August dropped 13.8% compared to last year, from 593 to 511, and homes spent an average of 26 days on the market. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, remains at two months. Brunswick County's luxury market remained strong in August with 19 sales in excess of $1 million and two sales of $2 million or more.

Year-to-date sales volume through August is $1,741,530,000, down 3.1% from $1,797,989,429 last year. Average sales prices for the year are 14.8% higher than in 2021, increasing from $383,919 to $440,574. The number of units sold through August is down 17.6%, from 4,666 to 3,846, and the number of new listings is down 9.2%, from 5,135 to 4,664.

Brunswick County

  • New Listings
    • August 2022: 611
    • August 2021: 682
    • Increase/Decrease: -10.4%
  • Units Sold
    • August 2022: 511
    • August 2021: 593
    • Increase/Decrease: -13.8%
  • Average Sales Price
    • August 2022: $455,130
    • August 2021: $415,883
    • Increase/Decrease: +9.4%
  • Median Sales Price
    • August 2022: $370,000
    • August 2021: $325,000
    • Increase/Decrease: +13.8%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • August 2022: $232,570,000
    • August 2021: $246,620,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -5.7%

Bladen County

  • New Listings
    • August 2022: 14
    • August 2021: 20
    • Increase/Decrease: -30%
  • Units Sold
    • August 2022: 12
    • August 2021: 13
    • Increase/Decrease: -7.7%
  • Average Sales Price
    • August 2022: $305,300
    • August 2021: $232,469
    • Increase/Decrease: +31.3%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • August 2022: $3,660,000
    • August 2021: $3,020,000
    • Increase/Decrease: +21.2%

Columbus County

  • New Listings
    • August 2022: 45
    • August 2021: 37
    • Increase/Decrease: +21.6%
  • Units Sold
    • August 2022: 32
    • August 2021: 33
    • Increase/Decrease: -3%
  • Average Sales Price
    • August 2022: $242,337
    • August 2021: $246,548
    • Increase/Decrease: -1.7%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • August 2022: $7,750,000
    • August 2021: $8,140,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -4.8%

Robeson County

  • New Listings
    • August 2022: 10
    • August 2021: 13
    • Increase/Decrease: -23.1%
  • Units Sold
    • August 2022: 6
    • August 2021: 7
    • Increase/Decrease: -14.3%
  • Average Sales Price
    • August 2022: $153,083
    • August 2021: $186,214
    • Increase/Decrease: -17.8%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • August 2022: $918,500
    • August 2021: $1,300,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -29.3%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers, and Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit


Brunswick County sees fewer homes sold, higher prices and quick sales in July

Shallotte, NC - Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Brunswick County's residential real estate market remained competitive in July, with fewer homes sold, fewer new listings, higher prices, an uptick in the absorption rate, and homes continuing to sell quickly and at 99% of list price on average.

"Our market remains highly competitive thanks to strong demand paired with fewer new listings and a historically low inventory of available homes," said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO. "While we saw fewer homes sold in July compared to last year, we have a healthy number of pending listings, and the absorption rate increased for the first time in months. Buyers would highly benefit from working with one of our professional REALTORS® to navigate this competitive market."

Brunswick County saw $216,760,000 in total sales volume in July 2022, a 14.3% decrease from last July's $252,900,000. The average sales price increased 3.9%, from $430,096 to $446,937. New listings were down 14.1%, from 681 to 585. The number of units sold in July dropped 17.5% compared to last year, from 588 to 485, and homes spent an average of 26 days on the market. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, is up to 2 months for the first time since January 2021. Sellers received 99% of their list price in July on average. Brunswick County's luxury market remained strong in July with 25 sales of $1 million or more, with the highest transaction at $2,550,000.

Year-to-date sales volume through July is $1,508,960,000, down 2.7% from $1,551,369,429 last year. Average sales prices for the year are 16.1% higher than 2021, increasing from $379,353 to $440,574. The number of units sold through July is down 18.1%, from 4,073 to 3,335, and the number of new listings is down 9%, from 4,453 to 4,053.

Brunswick County

  • New Listings
    • July 2022: 585
    • July 2021: 681
    • Increase/Decrease: -14.1%
  • Units Sold
    • July 2022: 485
    • July 2021: 588
    • Increase/Decrease: -17.5%
  • Average Sales Price
    • July 2022: $446,937
    • July 2021: $430,096
    • Increase/Decrease: +3.9%
  • Median Sales Price
    • July 2022: $364,990
    • July 2021: $342,602
    • Increase/Decrease: +6.5%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • July 2022: $216,760,000
    • July 2021: $252,900,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -14.3%

Bladen County

  • New Listings
    • July 2022: 10
    • July 2021: 10
    • Increase/Decrease: 0%
  • Units Sold
    • July 2022: 6
    • July 2021: 12
    • Increase/Decrease: -50%
  • Average Sales Price
    • July 2022: $261,333
    • July 2021: $212,383
    • Increase/Decrease: +23%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • July 2022: $1,570,000
    • July 2021: $2,550,000
    • Increase/Decrease: -38.4%

Columbus County

  • New Listings
    • July 2022: 44
    • July 2021: 28
    • Increase/Decrease: +57.1%
  • Units Sold
    • July 2022: 32
    • July 2021: 21
    • Increase/Decrease: +52.4%
  • Average Sales Price
    • July 2022: $192,787
    • July 2021: $212,732
    • Increase/Decrease: -9.4%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • July 2022: $6,170,000
    • July 2021: $4,480,000
    • Increase/Decrease: +37.7%

Robeson County

  • New Listings
    • July 2022: 4
    • July 2021: 5
    • Increase/Decrease: -20%
  • Units Sold
    • July 2022: 5
    • July 2021: 5
    • Increase/Decrease: 0%
  • Average Sales Price
    • July 2022: $107,700
    • July 2021: $183,360
    • Increase/Decrease: -41.3%
  • Total Sales Volume
    • July 2022: $538,500
    • July 2021: $916,800
    • Increase/Decrease: -41.3%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers, and Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit


Brunswick County's real estate market again sees tight inventory, higher prices in February

Same Story, Different Month

SHALLOTTE, N.C. — Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Brunswick County's residential real estate market continued a familiar pattern in February, with higher prices, fewer new listings and low inventory. Thanks to the increase in average sale prices, total sales volume jumped 6.5% despite a 17.3% drop in homes sold.

"When it comes to our real estate market's performance in February, it's 'same story, different month,'" said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "We continue to see fewer listings, and inventory is at a 12-month low. Additionally, the number of active listings dropped nearly 45% from January to February. The tight inventory, coupled with strong demand and a strong luxury market, is driving average sale prices and total sales volume upward. We continue to see a strong seller's market with plenty of interested buyers, but not enough homes to accommodate them."

Brunswick County saw $175,080,000 in total sales volume in February 2022, a 6.5% increase from last February's $164,449,429. New listings dropped 22.2%, from 563 to 438, and the number of units sold dropped 17.3% compared to last year, from 463 to 383. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, is less than one month, and homes are spending an average of 30 days on the market. The average sales price increased 28.7%, from $355,182 to $457,130. Brunswick County once again saw a strong luxury home market in February, with 19 sales in excess of $1 million, two sales in excess of $3 million and two in excess of $2 million.

Total sales volume is ahead of last year's record pace, while the number of homes sold is down. The total year-to-date sales volume in 2022 is $336,520,000, up from $328,339,429 last year, a 2.5% increase. Average sales prices are 10% higher than last year, jumping from $398,772 to $438,770. The number of units sold through February is down 17.3%, dropping from 928 to 767. Brunswick County has seen 825 new listings this year, down from 1,115 at the same point last year, a 26% drop.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • February 2022: 438
  • February 2021: 563
  • Increase/Decrease: -22.2%

Units Sold

  • February 2022: 383
  • February 2021: 463
  • Increase/Decrease: -17.3%

Average Sales Price

  • February 2022: $457,130
  • February 2021: $355,182
  • Increase/Decrease: +28.7%

Median Sales Price

  • February 2022: $356,991
  • February 2021: $292,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +22.3%

Total Sales Volume

  • February 2022: $175,080,000
  • February 2021: $164,449,429
  • Increase/Decrease: +6.5%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • February 2022: 10
  • February 2021: 10
  • Increase/Decrease: +0.0%

Units Sold

  • February 2022: 13
  • February2021: 9
  • Increase/Decrease: +44.4%

Average Sales Price

  • February2022: $151,215
  • February 2021: $135,800
  • Increase/Decrease: +11.4%

Total Sales Volume

  • February 2022: $1,970,000
  • February 2021: $1,222,200
  • Increase/Decrease: +61.2%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • February 2022: 33
  • February 2021: 23
  • Increase/Decrease: +43.5%

Units Sold

  • February 2022: 19
  • February 2021: 20
  • Increase/Decrease: -5.0%

Average Sales Price

  • February 2022: $174,666
  • February 2021: $148,525
  • Increase/Decrease: +17.6%

Total Sales Volume

  • February 2022: $3,320,000
  • February 2021: $2,990,500
  • Increase/Decrease: +11.0%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members.  For more information, please visit


Brunswick County's real estate market sees higher prices, fewer homes sold in January due to all-time low inventory

February 15, 2022 -  Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Brunswick County's residential real estate market saw fewer homes sold in January due to inventory being at an all-time low. Total sales volume was only down 1.5% thanks to higher average sale prices, which were fueled by the low inventory, strong demand, and strong luxury sales.

"As usual, January came with broken resolutions, bad weather and fewer homes sold," said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Inventory is extremely low, which makes it harder for buyers to find the right home. Working with a professional REALTOR® who can help them navigate this competitive market is a must for homebuyers. The market is positioned to remain in a seller's market for the foreseeable future."

Brunswick County saw $161,440,000 in total sales volume in January 2022, a 1.5% decrease from last January's $163,890,000. New listings dropped 29.9%, from 552 to 387, and the number of units sold was down 17.4%, from 465 to 384. Active listings decreased 40.8% compared to January of 2021, from 1122 to a 12-month low of 664. The absorption rate, which is the amount of time it would take to sell all available inventory, is at an all-time low of 40 days. The average sales price increased 19.3%, from $352,452 to $420,409. In January of 2022 there were 11 sales in excess of $1 million, with two sales in excess of $2 million. Additionally, 26% of all homes sold in January went for more than $500,000.

"With little to no inventory, few new listings, and selling prices continuing to rise, the luxury sales are leading the way for a strong market in 2022. We expect a continuation of the conditions we saw last year," said Walsh.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • January 2022: 387
  • January 2021: 552
  • Increase/Decrease: -29.9%

Units Sold

  • January 2022: 384
  • January 2021: 465
  • Increase/Decrease: -17.4%

Average Sales Price

  • January 2022: $420,409
  • January 2021: $352,452
  • Increase/Decrease: +19.3%

Median Sales Price

  • January 2022: $335,470
  • January 2021: $289,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +16.1%

Total Sales Volume

  • January 2022: $161,440,000
  • January 2021: $163,890,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -1.5%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • January 2022: 11
  • January 2021: 5
  • Increase/Decrease: +120.0%

Units Sold

  • January 2022: 8
  • January 2021: 6
  • Increase/Decrease: +33.3%

Average Sales Price

  • January 2022: $224,038
  • January 2021: $202,167
  • Increase/Decrease: +10.8%

Total Sales Volume

  • January 2022: $1,790,000
  • January 2021: $1,210,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +47.9%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • January 2022: 23
  • January 2021: 24
  • Increase/Decrease: -4.2%

Units Sold

  • January 2022: 17
  • January 2021: 14
  • Increase/Decrease: +21.4%

Average Sales Price

  • January 2022: $189,618
  • January 2021: $190,321
  • Increase/Decrease: -0.4%

Total Sales Volume

  • January 2022: $3,220,000
  • January 2021: $2,660,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +21.1%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. For more information, please visit


The Best Local Mexican Restaurants

Brunswick County has some great options if you're in the mood for Mexican cuisine. Here are the restaurants to visit.

One tends to work up an appetite when they spend a day by the beach. Fortunately, the Southport area offers no shortage of great eateries. Today, our real estate agents are excited to highlight their favorite local Mexican restaurants right here in Brunswick County, North Carolina.

  • San Felipe Mexican Restaurant - 1673 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    You can always count on a great meal and a good time at San Felipe Mexican Restaurant. They make next-level fajitas, enchiladas, and tacos using fresh ingredients and age-old recipes and techniques. They also happen to serve some of the best margaritas in town. San Felipe Restaurant is located in Tidewater Plaza, just minutes from these Southport homes for sale. They also have a second location in Southport, and another in the community of Shallotte.

  • StrEAT Side Takeout - 524 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    Southport's StrEAT Side Takeout isn't exactly a Mexican restaurant, but their globally-influenced cuisine draws inspiration from a wide range of traditions. Taco bowls and tostada bowls are highlights of their menu, and the Mahi Mahi fish taco bowl is a particular standout, served with Jicama mango slaw, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and either corn or flour tortillas. StrEAT Side Takeout is a great place to grab lunch on the go.

  • Kai-Joe's - 4722 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
    There's no place quite like Kai-Joe's. A beloved local takeout joint on Oak Island, Kai-Joes serves Mexican food with a Hawaiian spin, much of it made using fresh North Carolina seafood. Their food is creative, colorful, and bursting with flavor. Try the North Shore Tacos, made with grilled shrimp, Asian slaw, and Thai chili sauce; or get into an order of Mel's Shrimp Nachos. Kai-Joes also has picnic tables outside where you can enjoy your meal, and they're just a few blocks from the beach.

  • San Jose Mexican Restaurant - 5051 Main St, Shallotte, NC 28470
    San Jose Mexican Resataurant is a small local chain with five restaurants in North Carolina. The Shallotte location is always a great place to get delicious, authentic Mexican food close to the coast. From appetizers like Mexican-style street corn to specialties like Steak a la Mexicana, everything here is expertly prepared using the freshest possible ingredients. You can even order guacamole and have it made right at your table.

  • Mini Jalapeño Mexican Restaurant - 3408 Holden Beach Rd SW, Supply, NC 28462
    With a vast menu of Mexican staples and specialties, you'll never run out of new flavors to try at Mini Jalapeño Mexican Restaurant. They offer a wide range of classic burritos, enchiladas, tacos, chalupas, and quesadillas made with your choice of chicken, beef, or seafood. Make it a combo with beans and rice, and you're good to go! Just be sure to save room for dessert; they serve some amazing churros and fried ice cream.

  • Las Palmeras - 1780 Chandlers Ln # 4, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
    You simply can't go wrong at Las Palmeras, a Sunset Beach Mexican eatery that offers up hearty portions of classic staples like enchiladas, fajitas, and quesadillas. Even the yellow rice and refried beans are next-level, and you can get a great lunch or dinner combo with all the fixings. There are excellent vegetarian choices on the menu as well. Las Palmeras also has a full bar, a great selection of imported Mexican beer, and some very tasty margaritas.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Brunswick County! When you're ready to find your dream home in Southport and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.


Brunswick County's real estate market saw almost $3 billion in total sales in 2021

January 14, 2022 - Brunswick County Association of Realtors 

Brunswick County's residential real estate market demonstrated remarkable consistency throughout 2021, ending the year with almost $3 billion in total sales. New listings and units sold were up slightly compared to 2020. Total sales volume was up 26.1% compared to 2020's record-breaking numbers, with the increase driven in large part by higher average sale prices.

"2020's record sales totals foreshadowed the numbers we saw in 2021," said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Thanks to continued strong demand and limited inventory, homes are selling quickly and at higher prices. Additionally, we saw an unprecedented number of luxury home sales in 2021. We see no indications of a drop in demand in the near future, so sales volume in January will likely be driven by available inventory. Our market remains in strong shape to kick off the New Year."

Total sales volume increased from $2,144,523,000 in 2020 to $2,703,339,429 in 2021. The number of new listings were up 2.4%, from 6992 to 7157, and the number of units sold increased 7.8%, from 6285 to 6777. Average sales prices were up 19.3% compared to 2020, jumping from $334,251 to $398,774. The increase in average sale prices was fueled in part by a strong luxury market: the number of luxury sales jumped from 127 in 2020 to 229 in 2021, and luxury sales comprised nearly 3.5% of the market. Brunswick County's largest transaction in 2021 was a $6.1 million residence on Bald Head Island.

When it comes to December's numbers, new listings and units sold were down slightly, total sales volume increased, and homes are spending less time on the market. Total sales volume increased 12.9% compared to December 2020, from $214,510,000 to $242,240,000, and average sales prices were up 18.3%, from $371,768 to $439,631. The increase in average sales prices was largely driven by luxury sales, as was the case throughout 2021. December saw 27 sales of $1 million or higher, with the largest being a $3.75 million transaction.

"December saw the highest number of homes sold in the fourth quarter, which is odd given that December is historically the slowest sales month of the year," said Walsh. "Prices are up, and the number of pending sales dropped to 400 in December. While the drop in pending sales could foreshadow a decrease in January, we expect the numbers to remain strong given that homes have been selling quickly."

The number of new listings dropped 4.4% in December, from 385 to 368, and the number of units sold was down 4.5%, from 577 to 551. Homes are spending 30 days or less on the market, depending on location, which is a drop of roughly half since December 2020.


Brunswick County

New Listings

  • December 2021: 368
  • December 2020: 385
  • Increase/Decrease: -4.4%

Units Sold

  • December 2021: 551
  • December 2020: 577
  • Increase/Decrease: -4.5%

Average Sales Price

  • December 2021: $439,631
  • December 2020: $371,768
  • Increase/Decrease: +18.3%

Median Sales Price

  • December 2021: $359,000
  • December 2020: $295,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +21.7%

Total Sales Volume

  • December 2021: $242,240,000
  • December 2020: $214,510,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +12.9%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • December 2021: 12
  • December 2020: 7
  • Increase/Decrease: +71.4%

Units Sold

  • December 2021: 8
  • December 2020: 7
  • Increase/Decrease: +14.3%

Average Sales Price

  • December 2021: $256,863
  • December 2020: $292,851
  • Increase/Decrease: -12.3%

Total Sales Volume

  • December 2021: $2,050,000
  • December 2020: $2,050,000
  • Increase/Decrease: 0.0%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • December 2021: 16
  • December 2020: 9
  • Increase/Decrease: +77.8%

Units Sold

  • December 2021: 27
  • December 2020: 24
  • Increase/Decrease: +12.5%

Average Sales Price

  • December 2021: $192,142
  • December 2020: $173,979
  • Increase/Decrease: +10.4%

Total Sales Volume

  • December 2021: $5,190,000
  • December 2020: $4,180,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +24.2%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. Chartered in 1959 by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), BCAR represents the interests of its members in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. For more information, please visit


Brunswick County's real estate market sees higher prices, increased sales volume and tight inventory in November

December 22, 2021 - Brunswick County Association of Realtors 

Brunswick County's residential real estate market saw higher prices, higher sales volume and a tight inventory of available homes in November. The market remains ahead of 2020's record pace in terms of total sales volume for the year. While the number of units sold in November was down slightly, total sales volume increased 10.2% compared to 2020, and new listings were down 13.5%.

"Our market has been amazingly resilient throughout 2021," said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "We continue to see strong demand and a tight inventory, which results in homes selling quickly and at higher prices. In addition, a strong luxury home market continues to fuel our higher average sale price. The bottom line is that our market is in good shape as 2021 comes to a close."

Brunswick County saw $205,540,000 in total sales volume in November 2021, a 10.2% increase from last November's $186,450,000. New listings dropped 13.5%, from 547 to 473, and the number of units sold decreased 5.6%, from 533 to 503. The market saw a net increase of 30 new listings, which reflects the difference between units sold and new listings. The average sales price increased 16.8%, from $349,811 to $408,628, and was fueled in part by luxury home sales. November saw 19 sales in excess of $1 million, with the highest being a $2.4 million transaction. The average number of days on the market is down slightly at 27 days, with a median of nine days.

Overall, Brunswick County's year-to-date numbers are still ahead of 2020's pace. Total sales volume is up 27.5% compared to the same point in 2020, increasing from $1,930,013,000 to $2,461,099,429. Average sales prices for the year are up 19.4%, from $330,840 in 2020 to $395,059 in 2021. The number of units sold through November is up 9.1%, from 5,708 to 6,226. The number of new listings for the year saw a slight 2.8% increase, from 6,607 to 6,789.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • November 2021: 473
  • November 2020: 547
  • Increase/Decrease: -13.5%

Units Sold

  • November 2021: 503
  • November 2020: 533
  • Increase/Decrease: -5.6%

Average Sales Price

  • November 2021: $408,628
  • November 2020: $349,811
  • Increase/Decrease: +16.8%

Median Sales Price

  • November 2021: $330,000
  • November 2020: $280,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +17.9%

Total Sales Volume

  • November 2021: $205,540,000
  • November 2020: $186,450,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +10.2%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • November 2021: 11
  • November 2020: 5
  • Increase/Decrease: +120.0%

Units Sold

  • November 2021: 14
  • November 2020: 14
  • Increase/Decrease: 0.0%

Average Sales Price

  • November 2021: $281,854
  • November 2020: $192,211
  • Increase/Decrease: +46.6%

Total Sales Volume

  • November 2021: $3,950,000
  • November 2020: $2,690,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +46.8%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • November 2021: 22
  • November 2020: 22
  • Increase/Decrease: 0.0%

Units Sold

  • November 2021: 24
  • November 2020: 22
  • Increase/Decrease: +9.1%

Average Sales Price

  • November 2021: $198,496
  • November 2020: $131,506
  • Increase/Decrease: +50.9%

Total Sales Volume

  • November 2021: $4,760,000
  • November 2020: $2,890,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +64.7%

The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation, presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. Chartered in 1959 by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), BCAR represents the interests of its members in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. For more information, please visit


Brunswick County's real estate market sees first significant drop in sales this year

Last month, Brunswick County's residential real estate market saw its first significant drop in monthly sales volume and increase in inventory so far this year. Total sales volume in October was down 19.5% compared to 2020. The only other month with a drop in total sales volume so far this year is August, which saw a slight 0.7% decrease. The market also saw 135 new listings in October.

"While our market remains ahead of last year's record pace, sales volume was down slightly in October compared to 2020," said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Even though some national experts think the market may be in the early stages of a cool-down, Brunswick County's market remains consistent. Prices are up, and homes are selling quickly. We expect our market to remain strong moving into Winter."

Brunswick County saw $210,450,000 in total sales volume in October 2021, a 19.5% decrease from last October's $261,340,000, with luxury sales contributing almost $36,000,000. There were 23 sales in excess of $1 million last month, with the highest being $2.75 million. New listings dropped 6.0% compared to last October, from 662 to 622. The number of units sold decreased 27.3%, from 670 to 487, but pending sales are up 24% over last month. Homes are averaging 30 days on the market, and homes listed below $299,000 are spending 15 days or less on the market. The average sales price increased from $390,062 to $432,131, a 10.8% increase fueled by strong luxury home sales.

The market's year-to-date numbers remain ahead of last year's pace. Total sales volume is up 29.4% compared to 2020, increasing from $1,743,563,000 to $2,255,559,429. Average sales prices are 19.7% higher than 2020, jumping from $328,943 to $393,703. The number of units sold through October is up 10.6%, from 5,175 to 5,723. New listings increased 4.2%, from 6,060 to 6,316.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • October 2021: 622
  • October 2020: 662
  • Increase/Decrease: -6.0%

Units Sold

  • October 2021: 487
  • October 2020: 670
  • Increase/Decrease: -27.3%

Average Sales Price

  • October 2021: $432,131
  • October 2020: $390,062
  • Increase/Decrease: +10.8%

Median Sales Price

  • October 2021: $343,168
  • October 2020: $311,500
  • Increase/Decrease: +10.2%

Total Sales Volume

  • October 2021: $210,450,000
  • October 2020: $261,340,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -19.5%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • October 2021: 9
  • October 2020: 9
  • Increase/Decrease: 0.0%

Units Sold

  • October 2021: 18
  • October 2020: 12
  • Increase/Decrease: +50.0%

Average Sales Price

  • October 2021: $188,289
  • October 2020: $134,058
  • Increase/Decrease: +40.5%

Total Sales Volume

  • October 2021: $3,390,000
  • October 2020: $1,610,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +110.6%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • October 2021: 37
  • October 2020: 30
  • Increase/Decrease: +23.3%

Units Sold

  • October 2021: 29
  • October 2020: 23
  • Increase/Decrease: +26.1%

Average Sales Price

  • October 2021: $192,366
  • October 2020: $152,230
  • Increase/Decrease: +26.4%

Total Sales Volume

  • October 2021: $5,580,000
  • October 2020: $3,500,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +59.4%

Source: The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR)


Spend An Afternoon At These Scenic Brunswick County Locations

Brunswick County is full of little spots that are perfect for an afternoon out. Here are some you should plan to visit.

Tourists and permanent residents love the scenic beauty of Brunswick County. Thanks to the presence of the Cape Fear River, Intercoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean, there's no shortage of breathtaking panoramic water views. 

If you're ready to make Brunswick County your permanent home or to invest in a vacation property, our real estate agents suggest exploring the following picturesque locations while you search for your new coastal space.

  1. The Southport Pier and Riverwalk
    The Southport Pier and Riverwalk is situated at the edge of the Cape Fear River. It offers gorgeous water views of the river and the Intercoastal Waterway.

    This spacious walkway is handicap accessible and has lots of seating and lighting, making it an excellent spot to birdwatch, fish, or just take in the relaxing views. You can even spot the Oak Island lighthouse in the distance.
  1. Holden Beach
    Holden Beach is a popular destination thanks to its unspoiled beaches and charming, small-town vibes. It's a fantastic spot to spend a few hours.

    Begin your afternoon with lunch at one of the delicious eateries with amazing waterfront views, like LouLou's Waterfront. LouLou's Waterfront offers a scrumptious menu that includes steak and crab legs.

    After lunch, head to one of the wide, family-friendly beaches for a couple of hours, enjoying the sand and waves. During low tide, tide pools form on the beaches, offering up-close encounters with fish and other beach creatures.
  1. The Oak Island Lighthouse
    The Oak Island Lighthouse has the distinction of being the newest lighthouse in North Carolina. Built in 1958, the lighthouse is easily observed from the Caswell Beach boardwalk or from a viewing deck across the street. Take a couple of hours off from your search of Southport homes for sale and explore this coastal spot.

    Want to climb to the top of the lighthouse? The Oak Island Lighthouse allows visitors to access the top level, but you must schedule a private tour a couple of weeks in advance of your anticipated visit. There's no charge for the tour. Instead of the spiral staircases commonly found in lighthouses, the Oak Island Lighthouse has a type of stairs known as "ships ladders." These stairs are fairly steep, and you'll need to climb 131 steps to reach the top of the lighthouse.
  1. The Southport-Fort Fischer Ferry
    The Southport-Fort Fischer Ferry is a fun, efficient way to travel from Fort Fischer to Southport (and vice versa). It's only $7 for most vehicles, and the trip lasts about 35 minutes. Or ride the ferry as a pedestrian for $1 per person.

    This ferry ride offers one-of-a-kind views of the Cape Fear River and the NC coastline. Schedule a ride around sunset and surround yourself with a sky full of purple, pink, and orange hues.
  1. The Old Smithville Burying Ground
    The Old Smithville Burying Ground is a historical cemetery in Southport. This is a peaceful spot with giant oak trees that surround the cemetery with lush greenery.

    Some of the cemetery's oldest graves date back to the mid-1700s. Around Halloween, the cemetery holds Living Voices of the Past events. During these special tours, a guide dressed as a prominent Southport historical figure offers their account of historical events.

Ready to make Brunswick County your home? Contact us today to begin your search!


Brunswick County again sees higher real estate prices, tight inventory in August, Year-to-date sales up 44.5% compared to 2020

Brunswick County's residential real estate market once again saw increased prices and low inventory in August. While total sales volume was slightly down in August, total year-to-date sales volume is up 44.5% compared the same month last year.

"On the surface it might seem like last month saw a slight downturn, but when you look closely, the big picture shows that the market is maintaining strength." said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Overall, the market is stable and with year-to-date sales up 44.5%, it is more than a possibility we will reach $2 billion in sales before the 4th quarter."

In August 2021 Brunswick County saw $246,620,000 in total sales, a 0.7% decrease from last August's $248,323,000. Despite this decrease, total year-to-date sales are up 44.5% compared to 2020, increasing from $1,244,333,000 to $1,797,989,429.

While number of units sold fell slightly with a 11.1% decrease from 667 to 593, the six-month average remains consistent at approximately 600 – 650 sales a month. The average sales price increased 11.7%, from $372,449 to $415,883, fueled by a higher number of luxury home sales. One hundred and twelve homes sold between $500,000 – $999,999 and 23 homes sold for over $1 million, with the largest two sales being over $3 million.

Average sale prices for the year are up 20.4% compared to last year, increasing from $318,948 to $338,919, and the number of units sold through August is up from $3,820 to $4,666, a 22.1% increase. Demand is high with listings on the market for about 20 days. New listings in August 2021 saw a 7.2% increase, growing from 636 to 682.

Brunswick County

New Listings

  • August 2021: 682
  • August 2020: 636
  • Increase/Decrease: +7.2%

Units Sold

  • August 2021: 593
  • August 2020: 667
  • Increase/Decrease: -11.1%

Average Sales Price

  • August 2021: $415,883
  • August 2020: $372,449
  • Increase/Decrease: +11.7%

Total Sales Volume

  • August 2021: $246,620,000
  • August 2020: $248,323,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -0.7%

Bladen County

New Listings

  • August 2021: 20
  • August 2020: 7
  • Increase/Decrease: +185.7%

Units Sold

  • August 2021: 13
  • August 2020: 3
  • Increase/Decrease: +333.3%

Average Sales Price

  • August 2021: $232,469
  • August 2020: $700,000
  • Increase/Decrease: -66.8%

Total Sales Volume

  • August 2021: $3,020,000
  • August 2020: $2,100,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +43.8%

Columbus County

New Listings

  • August 2021: 37
  • August 2020: 33
  • Increase/Decrease: +12.1%

Units Sold

  • August 2021: 33
  • August 2020: 26
  • Increase/Decrease: +26.9%

Average Sales Price

  • August 2021: $246,548
  • August 2020: $162,583
  • Increase/Decrease: +51.6%

Total Sales Volume

  • August 2021: $8,140,000
  • August 2020: $4,230,000
  • Increase/Decrease: +92.4%

Source: The Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR)


March yields Brunswick County's highest real estate sales total in 2021, sales volume nearly doubles compared to March 2020

April 13, 2021 - Brunswick County Association of Realtors

Brunswick County's residential real estate market saw its strongest sales this year in March, with sales volume nearly doubling and units sold up by half compared to March of 2020. Additionally, March's sales volume outpaced every other month in the past five years except for June and July of 2020.

"I feel like I'm running out of descriptive words and adjectives to describe the continuously red-hot real estate market we are experiencing." said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. "Prices are up, sales figures are off the chart, and available inventory and the absorption rate are amazingly low. Our total sales in the first quarter were higher than ALL of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and just slightly lower than 2012. These numbers are astounding, and we see no indications of a slowdown as we move into summer."

Brunswick County saw $236,960,000 in total sales in March 2021, an 85.4% spike over last March's $127,800,000. The number of units sold jumped 50.6%, from 431 to 649. The average sales price increased 23.1%, from $296,515 to $365,121. Twenty homes sold for more than $1 million last month, more than 100 homes sold for between $500,000 and $999,999, and there are two pending sales over $3 million and two over $2 million. Current active listings are at an all-time low of 629, and the absorption rate is 1.5 months.

Brunswick County

New Listings
March 2021: 692
March 2020: 622
Increase/Decrease: +11.3%

Units Sold
March 2021: 649
March 2020: 431
Increase/Decrease: +50.6%

Average Sale Price
March2021: $365,121
March2020: $296,515Increase/Decrease: +23.1%

Total Sales Volume
March 2021: $236,960,000
March 2020: $127,800,000
Increase/Decrease: +85.4%

Bladen County

New Listings
March 2021: 18
March 2020: 15
Increase/Decrease: +20%

Units Sold
March 2021: 9
March 2020: 12
Increase/Decrease: -25%

Average Sale Price
March 2021: $206,589
March 2020: $173,919
Increase/Decrease: +18.8 %

Total Sales Volume
March 2021: $1,860,000
March 2020: $2,090,000
Increase/Decrease: -11%

Columbus County

New Listings
March 2021: 34
March 2020: 40
Increase/Decrease: -15%

Units Sold
March 2021: 24
March 2020: 17
Increase/Decrease: +41.2%

Average Sale Price
March 2021: $139,729
March 2020: $132,379
Increase/Decrease: +5.6 %

Total Sales Volume
March 2021: $3,350,000
March 2020: $2,250,000
Increase/Decrease: +48.9%

Source: BCAR website  (page view


How to Get Your Home Cleaner Than Ever This Winter

Cleaning Tips

Winter is a fantastic time to deep clean your home. Our real estate agents also recommend that you thoroughly clean your home before an open house or showing. Follow these tips to get your space cleaner than ever. 

  1. Dust, Wash and Touch Up Your Walls
    Throughout the year, grimy hands and dirty paws leave your walls with spots and stains. Start by grabbing your vacuum cleaner and using the brush attachment to remove dust, mud, and grime from your walls and baseboards. You can clean your walls with warm water and a small amount of all-purpose cleaner. If any spots remain, try a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Before you get started, test any cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area. Don't forget your baseboards! Depending on how dirty they are, just vacuuming them may be sufficient. Or, you might want to wipe them down using a cleaning solution. Once your walls are clean, grab your painting supplies and touch up any spots that have chipped or don't look their best.
  1. Clean Out and Organize Your Pantry
    Before you start stocking up on your favorite winter comfort foods, get your pantry cleaned up. Start by taking everything out. This will give you a chance to see what you actually have. Throw out any items that have expired or that you no longer eat. Or, if the items haven't expired and haven't been opened, you can donate them. Once your pantry is empty, vacuum the shelves and floor to get rid of dust, hair, and crumbs. Then, grab a wet rag and your cleaner and wipe down the shelves. Dry them with another cloth. Sweep and mop the floor. If necessary, add bins and shelves to better organize your panty. Consider putting like items together or organizing the contents by color. Labels are handy to help your family remember when things are supposed to go. An aesthetically-pleasing pantry will help your home stand out from other Southport homes for sale
  1. Clean Your Oven
    If you have a self-cleaning oven, winter is the ideal time to use this feature, as the extra heat will help warm your home. The self-clean cycle will turn all the burnt-on food into ash, and then you can wipe them out with a cloth. However, some argue that the self-clean cycle puts too much stress on your oven's heating element. Another alternative is a commercial oven cleaner. Spray the cleaner and follow the instructions. Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area, as these cleaners often have heavy fumes. If you have a self-cleaning oven, use a cleaner that's meant for use in self-cleaning ovens. You can also make a paste with vinegar and baking soda. Let the paste sit on the burnt-on food overnight. In the morning, use a damp sponge to scrub your oven. 
  1. Wash Your Blankets and Pillows
    A cozy blanket and plush pillows are essential for a relaxing evening. Make sure that they're free of dust and mold spores by laundering them. You can wash most throws and pillows in your washing machine. It's fine to let your items air dry. Or, if you want to use your dryer, dry them on low and fluff them throughout the cycle. 

Ready to check out homes with more space or different layouts? Contact us today!


Historic Sites Located in Brunswick County

Historic Sites Brunswick CountyOur real estate agents invite you to explore the storied shores of Brunswick County. North Carolina's barrier islands are charming, particularly the Brunswick Islands, which have a history dating back to more than 250 years ago. The towns Southport and Sunset Beach are excellent destinations to relax, unwind, and learn about the past with a stop at these historic sites.

  1. Fort Johnston Southport Museum and Visitor Center — 203 E. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    Southport is home to the oldest active-duty fort in the country, Fort Johnston. Now a museum and visitor center highlighting the town's history, Fort Johnston is the perfect place to begin a historical walking tour of Southport. Stroll the museum and discover over 250 years of history. When you're finished, be sure to take in the amazing views from the mouth of Cape Fear River before venturing to other local landmarks.

  2. Ingram Planetarium — 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, NC 28468
    The Ingram Planetarium is simply out of this world. There are tons of fun interactive exhibits in the Paul Dennis Science Hall. Kids and adults alike will be wowed by the projections in the SciDome Sky Theater, while collectors will love scooping up a few space-themed souvenirs in the Galaxy Gift Shop. Be sure to stop by after looking at Sunset Beach homes for sale

  3. Old Brunswick County Jail Museum — 318 E. Nash St., Southport, NC 28461
    Your trip to Southport is the only time when you'll want to go to jail. The Old Brunswick County Jail Museum has free tours that guide visitors through the cells and upper floor of the jail. Though it's the "Old" Brunswick County Jail, it's actually the new jail built in 1904 to replace the previous one after it burned down. It's been out of commission since the 1970s, but you can still see the graffiti on the walls drawn by former prisoners.

  4. North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport — 204 E. Moore St., Southport, NC 28461
    Avid sailors, boaters, and even land-lubbers will enjoy visiting the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. Climb aboard and learn all about the history of sailing in the Lower Cape Fear region. There are interactive exhibits that depict the area's maritime history through today.

  5. Saint Philip's Episcopal Church — 205 E. Moore St., Southport, NC 24861
    Saint Philip's Episcopal Church has endured many challenges over the years, but it continues to endure. It was built in 1843 in honor of the original church barring its name, St. Philip's of Brunswick Town. The original St. Philips burned down after only eight years, but its replacement has since stood the test of time.

Would you like to be written into the next chapter of Brunswick County history? We're here to help. Contact us today to tour our Southport homes for sale.


Where to Find Unique Holiday Gifts in Brunswick County

Winter is in the air. It's true that we don't see much in the way of snow down here on the North Carolina coast, but that doesn't lessen our holiday cheer one bit. Our real estate agents are always excited to help support local businesses here in Brunswick County. And with the holidays on the horizon, we thought we'd share some of our favorite local shops to find gifts for someone special on your list!

  1. Callahan's of Calabash - 9973 Beach Dr. SW, Calabash, NC 28467
    Callahan's of Calabash has become a staple of its community. This vast gift shop has been occupying the same street corner for 40 years and is beloved by locals and tourists alike. With more than 35,000 square feet of retail space packed with gifts and novelties for every season and occasion, Callahan's is a place where you're all but guaranteed to find something unique. Nautical-themed gifts are some of their more popular offerings, and the shop is located mere footsteps from these Calabash homes for sale
  2. Pelican Bookstore - 1780 Chandlers Ln, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
    Great independent bookstores are getting harder and harder to find, which is why we're so grateful that places like Pelican Bookstore still exist. Pelican Bookstore offers a well-curated selection of new and used books and is operated by a friendly, knowledgeable staff who have actually read most of what you'll see on the shelves. The store is located near these Sunset Beach homes for sale, and it has something special for every bookworm on your list. 
  3. The Christmas House - 104 W Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    If you're looking for a one-stop-shop for all things Christmas, the only place you need to visit is The Christmas House. Nestled in the heart of the charming city of Southport, the Christmas House is a perfect place to find gifts for kids, like old-fashioned toys, games, and candy, as well as one-of-a-kind gifts for grown-ups. This is also the best store around to stock up on holiday decor like wreaths, lights, and garlands, as well as gift-wrapping essentials. If you're not in the holiday spirit when you arrive, you certainly will be before you leave.
  4. Cattail Cottage - 122 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    The folks at Cattail Cottage make it their mission to offer something for everyone. As far as we can tell, they've succeeded. You'll find gifts and decor of all kinds, mostly leaning toward the rustic and the crafty. Whether you're looking for Christmas decorations for your own home or to give as gifts, you'll certainly find something special here. Cattail Cottage is located near these Southport homes for sale and is currently offering curbside pickup for local residents. 
  5. Southport Cheese Shoppe - 417 N Howe St Suite B, Southport, NC 28461
    Southport Cheese Shoppe has a great selection of cheese. It will make somebody on your Christmas list very happy. And you know what? Pick up a little something for yourself too! It's also important to note that there's a lot more at Southport Cheese Shoppe besides cheese. You'll find an incredible variety of unique, local, and small-batch specialty foods here.

The holidays are right around the corner, but we think Southport and the surrounding areas are great places to call home in any season. Contact us today to talk to our team about finding your dream home on the Carolina coast!


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.


Scalloped Oyster Casserole

2 (12 oz) containers fresh shucked oysters

2 cups saltine cracker crumbs

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup margarine or butter

1 cup half & half or whipping cream

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 eggs beaten

Drain oysters, reserving 1/3 cup oyster liquor.  Set aside.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cracker crumbs in a lightly greased 8" square baking dish.

Layer half each of oysters, salt, pepper, butter or margarine and cracker crumbs in dish.

Repeat layers.  Combine eggs, half & half or cream, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and reserved oyster liquor.

Mix well and pour over oyster mixture.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Back at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

(6 servings)

From the kitchen of Winifred Sult.


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.


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!


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.


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.


5 Scenic Picnic Spots Around Brunswick County

Brunswick County Picnic Spots

There's so much natural beauty in our corner of North Carolina, so it's no wonder why residents love going outside for a picnic. With plenty of parks and natural areas to choose from, our real estate agents highly recommend taking your picnic baskets to these places around Brunswick County for a scenic dining experience.

  1. Spring Lake Park - 10 Pine Rd., Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 28461
    Down the road from Boiling Spring Lakes homes for sale, this park offers waterfront views and plenty of picnic shelters and tables for you to enjoy. Spring Lake Park offers other activities for when you are done with your picnic, with both swimming and a boat launch for kayaks available for visitors. This park is open daily, from sunrise to sunset.
  2. Southport Pier and Riverwalk - 178 E. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    If you like to fish, you are going to love the Southport Pier and Riverwalk. This hangout for anglers is a great place to sit back with a few friends and tell fish tales until it's time to go home. The pier is located right off the downtown area, which makes it easy to reach with all of your tackle. Throughout the day, you will enjoy marvelous views of Oak Island Lighthouse, the riverwalk, and the cool waters of the North Atlantic as they roll in and gently crash against the shore. Of course, it is also a peaceful place to think over which Southport homes for sale you would like to schedule for a showing.  
  3. Brunswick Ferry Landing Park - Shallotte Blvd. & 7th St., Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    There is no better place than Ferry Landing Park to ponder the pleasure of the life you will enjoy when you buy any one of the magnificent Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale right now. Ferry Landing Park features plenty of picnic tables a gazebo, and some of the most beautiful vies of the Intracoastal Waterway in North Carolina. 
  4. Keziah Park - Moore and Lord St., Southport, NC 28461
    Keziah Park is perfect for a brief break from daily life. This four-acre park features the 800-year old Indian Trail Tree, which children love to climb as mom and dad line up for the perfect picture. Keziah Park is a fun place to fly a kite, toss a frisbee, or read a book and relax after a long week.
  5. Sunset Beach Town Park - 206 Sunset Blvd. N., Sunset Beach, NC 28468
    After looking at Sunset Beach homes for sale, stop by Sunset Beach Town Park for a picnic with the family. Or since this area is known for its stunning sunsets views, have a sunset picnic with amazing views only this area of North Carolina can offer. Besides the picnic area, this park also offers a fishing pier, brick walkways, and five acres of live oak trees to enjoy. 

Contact us for more information about the fantastic parks that you can enjoy when you move into the region. Our team will tell you all you want to know about the parks, beaches, hiking trails, and points of interest that make the area the most interesting in North Carolina. 


5 Local Takeout Options in Brunswick County

Takeout Options

These days, it feels like cooking dinner night after night is almost impossible. Trust us, our real estate agents are also getting a little bored with the same skillet servings and microwave meals. Thankfully, so many of our favorite restaurants around Brunswick County are saving the day with their takeout services. Close your kitchen for the night, and treat your family to a delicious dish from one of these popular Southport eateries.

  1. San Felipe Mexican Restaurant – 1673 North Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Any night is a great night for traditional Mexican fare, and San Felipe is ready to treat you to some delicious tacos. As one of the best Mexican restaurants in North Carolina, San Felipe has gained a horde of loyal followers over the last 25 years thanks to the fantastic menu. From quesadillas and chimichangas to enchiladas fajitas and their endless chips and dip, you'll want to make every night Taco Tuesday.

  2. Blue Cow Grille – 108 East Moore St., Southport, NC 28461
    The Moo on Moore Street is ready to moo-ve into your living room for dinner! The Blue Cow Grille is a newer burger joint brought to you by the same owners that created Dry Street Pub & Pizza. Their burger selection is spectacular, and we recommend either trying the eponymous Blue Cow Burger with creamy blue cheese or the hometown favorite Carolina Burger with chili and slaw. If you're not up for a burger, there are plenty of other tasty options like chicken sandwiches, salads, shrimp tacos, and even vegan delights.

  3. Southport Smoke House – 1102 North Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Pig-out with some of the best barbeque in Southport at the Southport Smoke House. Pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken, sausage links, ribs, and wings are all on the menu and are all finger-licking good. Their value pack feeds 4-6 people, which is perfect for the whole family and features a few pounds of meat, two sides, six buns, and one gallon of their sweet tea. Just be sure to ask for extra napkins when you pick up your order!

  4. Fishy Fishy Café – 106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport, NC 28461
    If you're missing the amazing food and views at Fishy Fishy Café, you can at least enjoy their fresh and fried seafood from the comfort of your own home. Order the crab dip or coconut shrimp for an appetizer before diving into a Southport salad. We always go for the Carolina seafood plate as an entrée because we love a mix of oysters and scallops. Then again, the lobster mac and cheese is always a win for the family. 

  5. Local's Restaurant – 832 North Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Local's Restaurant
    treats residents and visitors like old friends. This dining destination has a new special each week, so be sure to check on current offerings. Many of their weekly menu items include fresh seafood platters, savory sides, hearty meat entrees, stacked sandwiches, and scrumptious starters. From soups and salads to pork chops, hushpuppies, and flaky fish, Local's is ready to provide you with a homecooked meal perfect for takeout.

Do you have an appetite for a new home in Southport? We can help! Contact us today to schedule a private showing or a virtual tour of our many amazing Southport homes for sale.


5 Brunswick County Greenhouses for Planting Your Garden

Brunswick County Greenhouses

Anyone with a green thumb has a lot to look forward to in the Southport area this spring. Our REALTORS® are always excited to see young plants popping up all over town, and now is a great time to revamp your lawn and garden. 

If you're looking for some new additions to your garden this spring, be sure to check out these great local greenhouses in and around Southport, NC.

  1. All in Bloom Garden Center & Landscapes - 1200 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    With an incredible selection of plants packed into newly-expanded space, All in Bloom Garden Center & Landscapes is one of the top destinations in Southport for all things gardening. They offer a full range of lawn maintenance and landscaping services with a friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you find exactly what you need for your next garden project. They've been serving the community since 2016, just up the road from these Southport homes for sale.

  2. Hughes and Hughes Nursery - 2520 Ash Little River Rd NW, Ash, NC 28420
    You can browse one of Brunswick County's largest selections of trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials at Hughes and Hughes Nursery. Family owned and operated since 1979, Hughes and Hughes grow their own plants on a 13-acre farm, a stone's throw from these Ash homes for sale. It's an especially great place to find healthy native North Carolina landscape plants for your lawn. 

  3. The Garden Center - 3765 George II Hwy #87, Southport, NC 28461
    Offering a full range of spring annuals and perennials, The Garden Center is gearing up for another great year of growing in Southport. Their garden and lawn experts are always on hand to help you find just the right plants to add a splash of color to enhance your landscaping. Be sure to also check out their selection of trees and shrubs, as well as vegetable garden seeds and supplies.

  4. Shelton Herb Farm - 340 Goodman Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451
    Margaret Shelton began what would eventually become Shelton Herb Farm in 1986, with just a few dozen herbs in her garden. Today, the farm has become one of the leading resources in the state for herb and vegetable gardeners. In addition to offering a fantastic selection of fresh-cut herbs, Shelton Herb Farm offers all the supplies and expertise you need to grow your own herb garden. While you're visiting their charming herb farm, be sure to check out these Leland homes for sale nearby!

  5. Phillips Nursery - 1082 Town Creek Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451
    Locally owned and operated since 1972, Phillips Nursery grows more than 100 species of trees, shrubs, and other landscape plants on their picturesque farm in Brunswick County. They also deliver anywhere in a 150-mile radius, which covers most of North Carolina. Still, you'll want to visit the nursery in person to let their garden experts help you find just the right additions to your landscape. 

Spring is a special time in the Southport area, and not just for gardening. It's also a great time to find a great deal on your dream home on the North Carolina coast. Contact us today to find out how our team can help!


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.


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!


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!


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!



Brunswick County Living: 5 Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays

Brunswick Buy a Home Holidays
You probably have a lot of activities on your to-do list this holiday season. Holiday parties, nights out, community events, and shopping are all great ways to spend your time. But during all the festivities and hustle and bustle, don't forget about that one big item on your wish list…a new home! Many buyers just don't think about shopping during the holidays but it really can be a good idea. Our REALTORS® share why.

  1. There's less competition.
    If you've shopped in the spring or summer and had offers repeatedly turned down or gotten stuck in bidding wars, shopping when there's less competition will greatly increase your chances of getting into a home.

  2. You can get more home for your money. 
    Home prices tend to drop during the holiday season. Part of the reason is that sellers whose homes have been on the market awhile decide to drop their asking price in order to get the house sold before the end of the year. That may mean you can afford a larger home or one with more amenities than you could during peak season.

  3. Sellers really want to close the deal.
    Often homes are on the market during the holidays because they have to be: relocation, financial reasons, or major life changes. Those reasons can all mean a home needs to be sold before the end of the year, and buyers can benefit. Sellers may be more willing to negotiate or may have already dropped their price to hurry the process along. Buyers can often get more flexible terms.

  4. You'll likely get some tax relief.
    It won't be a whole year's worth if you close before the end of the year, but every little bit helps. Everyone's financial situation is different, but lots of homeowners can take advantage of property tax or mortgage insurance deductions, or tax credits.
  5. You can enjoy the holidays or start the New Year in your new home.
    This can be an especially attractive situation if you have been renting and not been able to host parties or have friends and relatives visit because you don't have the room, or if you face a rent increase in the New Year.

Shopping for a home any time of year can be a large project. Finding the right real estate agent can make things a lot easier. The real estate agents at Margaret Rudd & Associates have helped many buyers get that new home on their holiday wish list. Contact us today and get started.


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.


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.


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.


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.


5 Things to Know About Buying Oceanfront Homes

Buying Oceanfront Homes
If you have always dreamed of living on the beach and are finally ready to find your dream oceanfront property—you've come to the right place. Brunswick County offers a variety of homes that overlook the Carolina coastal waters.  

As dreamy as coastal living sounds, beachfront properties have the potential for a variety of unique problems. Our REALTORS® have years of experience with oceanfront property and are here to help you find the beach home of your dreams. 

Whether you're shopping for a vacation home or plan on living full-time in your beach home, here are five things you should know about buying oceanfront property. 

  1. Location, Location, Location
    So you think you've found the perfect oceanfront property where you can spend your evenings out on the balcony with a good bottle of wine as you take in the gorgeous sunset. Unfortunately, just as you've poured your first glass, you realize that your new home doesn't face west.

    While your new home may be in the right neighborhood, on the right beach, or within walking distance to amenities, you'll want to consider the details. When you're buying oceanfront property, you'll need to know important facts about weather patterns and potential storm damages. 

  2. Money Matters
    When it comes to buying oceanfront properties, it's easy to get swept away with daydreams of beach living in North Carolina. However, living by the ocean means budgeting for more than just a mortgage. You'll need to account for the constant exposure to the elements and added costs of specialized maintenance, renovations, and repairs.
  3. The Bigger Picture
    Before buying your oceanfront home, you'll want to consider the bigger picture carefully. Of course, the house is stunning and the views breathtaking—but what about the amenities, neighborhood and adjoining properties.

    It's important to know who your neighbors are and what kind of community you will be living in. Is the neighborhood comprised of full-time residents or will it be filled with vacation renters and spring breakers in during peak season? You'll also want to consider other amenities like the ease of access to the beach, swimming potential, privacy, and more. 

  4. Short-Changing Coverage 
    One of the biggest mistakes home buyers make when buying oceanfront property is coming up short on insurance coverage. It's important to note that most homeowners insurance policies doesn't necessarily cover damages from rental activity. If you're considering part-time rental of your beachfront home, be sure to talk with your agent to make sure your policy will cover any loss you might experience.

    You may also want to consider added supplemental coverage. This coverage may include flood, windstorm, and hurricane policies. While this may strain the budget, in the unfortunate event that something happens, you'll consider it money well-spent. 

  5. Agents with Expertise
    Some real estate agents won't have an in-depth understanding of oceanfront properties that other agents will have. Find a real estate agent with experience in buying and sell homes on the ocean. Their knowledge will give you the best opportunity to find the perfect beach home for you and your family.

Your Brunswick County Real Estate Professionals

Our REALTORS® are here to help you find the best home to suit the needs of you and your family. We have a wide variety of listings that include some of the best homes for sale in Brunswick County.

Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates to start your Brunswick County home search.


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.


Buying a Home? What You Need to Know About Home Appraisals

Buy a House Home Appraisals
Wouldn't it be nice if buying a home were as simple as purchasing a new pair of shoes? You find a pair you love, you pull out your credit card, and take them home.

Home buying isn't that simple. After you negotiate a deal for a home you love, you need to obtain a mortgage loan from a lender.  One of the most important steps of getting a mortgage is having an appraisal done to confirm the purchase price of the home.

Our REALTORS® believe it's important for our clients to know and understand important home-buying steps. We've prepared this brief guide to tell you what you need to know about appraisals.

What is an appraisal?

An appraisal gives your mortgage company a professional opinion of your home's value.

Why do you need an appraisal?

When your lender finances your home purchase, they use the home as collateral for the loan. Before they sign off on your mortgage, they need to make sure your home has enough value to recover their investment if you default on your loan.

Who hires the appraiser?

As professional ethics dictate that lenders minimize the potential for undue appraiser influence, they hire the appraiser but rarely make direct contact. To adhere to "appraiser independence" standards, lenders work through Appraisal Management Companies. AMCs hire appraisers and monitor their performance. They receive mortgage company appraisal requests, assign them to qualified professionals and forward the finished reports to lenders.

How much is the appraiser's fee and who pays it?

A Home Advisor survey of 3,400 members found that appraisal prices range from $250 to $450 with a national average of $331. The lender hires the appraiser but you pay the fee. It's one of the services that make your home loan possible.

How does an appraiser establish a home value?

An appraiser documents a home's age, construction, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, improvements, home systems, flooring, appliances, fixtures, and more. Outside they document pools, patios, decks, doors, windows, garages, and other features specific to your home.

The final appraisal considers damage and condition issues, public records, and comparables (homes similar to yours.) An appraisal report presents photos, sketches, and other location data. They also incorporate a list of comparables considered and their photos.

What happens next?

When the appraisal is in line with your contract price or higher, your lender can move forward with your loan process. If the appraised value is lower than your agreed price, your lender will decline your loan.

If you have an appraisal contingency clause in your purchase contract, you may be able to renegotiate your sale. If not, you can make up the difference with cash or walk away from the deal.

Your Brunswick County Home Buying Professionals

The home-buying process will never be as simple as buying a new pair of shoes, but we can help you get through the complications. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates when you're buying or selling a home in Brunswick County.


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.


Father's Day in Brunswick County

Brunswick County Beer Adventure
Take Dad on a Brunswick County Beer Adventure 

Brunswick County homes are the perfect place to celebrate all the good times with your family. Father's Day is one of those times and it's coming up fast!

There are all kinds of unique ways to celebrate in Brunswick County. Many Dads like to relax and enjoy this hot summer day with a quality, cold brew. If the Dad in your life is a beer connoisseur or just enjoys an occasional indulgence, a tasting adventure at one of the area's microbreweries is a fantastic way to sp­­end Father's Day.

  • Check Six Brewing Company, 5130 Southport-supply Rd SE, Southport.
    Check Six Brewing Company brews their beer on site and pays homage to North Carolina's role in aviation history with its military aviation-themed décor. The beer list has a good variety and some unique offerings like the blonde ale with poblano peppers and the seasonal chipotle ale. Order a flight to sample several and find your new favorite.

  • Makai Brewing Company, 5850 Ocean Hwy W, Ocean Isle Beach.
    The Hawaiian themed Makai Brewing Company offers the perfect atmosphere for the surrounding beach communities. Makai features their own handcrafted brews on tap alongside several guest taps from other local breweries. Be sure to try the Carolina Tropical IPA, brewed with mango and pineapple, its fresh fruity flavor is a winner. For something more full-bodied, the Kona Nightingale Coffee Porter is also popular. Crowlers (a cross between a can and a growler) are available so you can take your favorite to go.

  • Front Street Brewery, 9 North Front Street, Wilmington.
    There's a wide variety of original beers on the list at Front Street Brewery. These brews are aged in whiskey barrels adding that extra dimension and flavor. See how they brew your favorites with daily tours and enjoy the free samples afterward. If Dad appreciates a quality whiskey too, Front Street boasts the largest selection of premium whiskey in the entire state.

  • Good Hops Brewing, 811 Harper Ave, Carolina Beach.
    Ales, pilsners, and IPAs are the stars at Good Hops Brewing so their beer list will appeal to just about everyone. The Good Hops Pale Ale is a favorite. Seasonal selections include Donna Pineapple and Georgia on My Mind Peach Jalapeno. It's all about local pride and community here. You can even purchase a brew that helps with charitable donations. Getting together for one of their trivia nights, table tennis or a game of disc golf is always a good time.

  • Wilmington Brewing Company, 824 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington.
    If you're in the mood for something you haven't tried, Wilmington Brewing Company always has something unique. There is a wide variety of styles and flavors and the on-tap selection rotates frequently. Ever wanted to make your own beer? Then this is the place for you. Visit the shop with home brewing supplies and get started!

Our thriving, local craft beer industry offers a beer adventure for everyone this Father's Day. When you buy a home in Brunswick County, our real estate agents can help find the right home for you. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today to get started.


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.


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.


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

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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


5-Step Plan for Buying Your Dream Home

Buying Your Dream Home
Owning your own home has long been called a part of "American Dream."  Because it is one of the biggest financial decisions you'll ever make, planning and preparation should go into the process so your American dream doesn't turn into a nightmare. While technology plays a large part in the purchase of homes, there are basic steps that you should follow when it is time to buy a home. 

Our REALTORS® are experts in the Brunswick County real estate area and know what it takes to purchase a home with the least amount of hassle.

  1. Research Your Choices
    You can search for homes online, in magazines, newspapers, and driving through neighborhoods. Check the number of days the houses you're interested in have been on the market and whether or not there has been any decrease in the asking price. Knowing this will give you an idea of the housing trends in your location.

  2. Finances First
    Obtain pre-approval from your chosen lending institution. Pre-approval will let you know the amount you will be able to spend on your new home. By providing your lending office with some financial information including how much is in your savings account, what investments you have and your annual income will allow them to come up with an amount you'll be able to spend on your home.

    The recommended amount you should plan on spending is no more than three to five times of your household income. Another factor you should prepare for is the down payment. A 20 percent down payment has long been considered standard; however, there is more than 2,000 down payment assistance programs available throughout the country, so do some digging to find the best one that fits your needs.

  3. A Great Real Estate Agent
    Having a great real estate agent like our team at Margaret Rudd & Associates is crucial. Your agent has access to homes for sale that will meet your criteria in matters such as the size of house, neighborhoods, costs and much more. Their knowledge is valuable when it comes to negotiating prices, familiarity with the homes on the market, and what is involved throughout the entire buying process.

  4. Your Home Search
    During the process of looking for your new home, you will tour many houses on the market. It is a good idea to keep a checklist of what you are looking for. You should also make notes on what you like and don't like about each home you go through. These notes will be invaluable when you start the final decision process and have to eliminate choices.

  5. Buying Your Dream Home
    When you get to the point of buying the home you've been dreaming about, you still have another item on your checklist to finish. You will be asked to pay "earnest money" at the time of closing. Earnest money is usually a small percentage of the selling price and will be returned to you if the financing does not go through.

The process of buying a new home is more enjoyable when you work with professionals who understand the market.  Our team at Margaret Rudd & Associates is ready to help you through every step of the home buying process.  Contact us today to get started with your search for your Coastal Carolina dream home.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


5 Must-Know Tips for Buying a Home in a Hot Housing Market

Hot Housing Market
Buying a home can be a stressful undertaking under the best of circumstances, but when you're looking for a home in a competitive seller's market, it can be downright agonizing.  

Our REALTORS® understand the local Brunswick County real estate market is hot and want to do our best to turn the tables in your favor. These tips are your ticket to closing on your Carolina Coast dream home in today's competitive market.

  1. Get your finances in order first.
    Months before you start looking at homes, take the time to check your credit report and make sure you're in a good financial position to buy. Knowing your credit score—and understanding how it affects your buying power—is a crucial first step to buying a home. If your score isn't all that you hoped it would be, spend some time rebuilding your credit before you start your home search. Then, it's time to get pre-approved for a mortgage, so you will have a good idea of what you can afford, and how much a lender will be willing to offer. 

  2. Move quickly, but do your homework.
    Homes often sell in a heartbeat in a competitive market, which means you need to be on your toes. Check listings frequently, and visit newly-listed homes as soon as possible. You should also be willing to make an offer quickly, but be careful—the biggest mistake you can make is jumping too soon at a house that isn't really right for you. The key is to be efficient but thorough, and not to make snap judgments without having all the information.

  3. Make a list, and check it twice.
    You can streamline the home search process by making a list of all your "must-haves," "like-to-haves," and "dream features." Once you have your checklists handy, you can quickly evaluate every home you visit. These lists will also help you avoid falling for a home that doesn't really fulfill all your needs.

  4. Make a solid offer.
    There's a time and a place for negotiation and lowball offers, but a competitive market is not that time and place. When you're facing stiff competition from other potential buyers, it's important to make a good offer right off the bat so that the seller knows you're serious. You don't necessarily have to start by making your maximum possible offer, but it should be pretty close.

  5. Work with a trusted real estate agent.
    Having a knowledgeable agent on your side is one of the best ways to stay ahead of the competition. Find an agent who has an intimate understanding of the local market and knows the neighborhood you're looking at inside and out. Just be sure to avoid agents who also represent the seller; it's important to know that your agent is working solely for you, and has your best interests in mind.

Don't let the whims of the housing market determine your future. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today to get a knowledgeable real estate agent in your corner, and make your dream home a reality.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Best Shopping in Southport Includes Homes

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


Brunswick County - Where Pinterest Dreams are Made

Brunswick County Where Pinterest Dreams are Made

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

Pinterest Dreams Brunswick County

Perfect for Pinterest: The Beautiful Beaches of Brunswick County

  • Bald Head Island – Homes on Bald Head Island are always some of the hottest in Brunswick County, because this is the quintessential NC beach community. When you look to the skyline, you'll see the unmistakable silhouette of Old Baldy, which was one of the first lighthouses built along the NC coast. Beyond the lighthouse, you'll find beautiful beaches and ample recreation options.

  • Caswell Beach – If you're looking for a fun, quiet beach town to call home, homes on Caswell Beach are an excellent option. This is the sort of place where life moves at a different pace, and you can explore the whole community by golf cart when you don't feel like getting behind the wheel of your car. And when you're in the mood for some actual golf, Caswell Beach is located close to some of the best courses in the area.

  • Holden Beach – Set on a sliver of sand along the North Carolina coast, Holden Beach is a small, tight-knit beachfront community. Homes on Holden Beach are an ideal choice for families, because the beaches here rank tops in North Carolina for family fun. Enjoy the best of small-town living, with views you can only find along the NC coast.

  • Ocean Isle Beach – Homes on Ocean Isle Beach are set on the sandy, wind-swept beaches of the barrier island, with waterfront views that stretch all the way to the horizon. This is a great community for chefs and crafty types, because the Ocean Isle Beach Waterfront Market always offers a healthy dose of inspiration.

  • Oak Island Do you prefer to explore the scenery by golf cart, while playing 18 holes at a world-class course close to home? Homes on Oak Island put you in close proximity to the famed Oak Island Golf Club, which consistently ranks among the best in NC. That's just the start of what you'll find in this vibrant community, which also features a historic lighthouse of its own.

  • Sunset Beach – Anyone who has spent time on social media knows that pictures of puppies and sunsets always play well. You'll have to bring your own puppy, but homes on Sunset Beach are certainly among the best places in Brunswick County to catch the sun setting over the ocean. The island is also home to a turtle sanctuary, birding trail, planetarium, and a classic pontoon bridge, so you'll never run out of share-worthy photo ops.

  • Southport – The scenic city of Southport is filled with historic brick buildings and businesses that have been run by the same families for generations. Homes in Southport put you in the center of this quaint seaside community, where there's always another opportunity to spend some quality time with your neighbors.

Brunswick County

Our REALTORS® are here to help with all of your real estate needs in the coastal communities of North Carolina. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to buy and sell homes in Brunswick County, NC.


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.


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.


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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