Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Masonboro Forest Subdivision is in southern central Wilmington, NC.
It is a 60 acre subdivision in which is carved estate homes, mid range homes and patio homes. It is 20 minutes to all area beaches.
The lower priced patio homes enjoy all the amenities of the subdivision and were based on 3-4 bedroom plans on a small foot print. These are pictured in 2nd row left side. Pricing is generally in the $300K price range. Landscaping is done for you on the front for which there is a minimal charge in addition to the main HOA fees. You can use all the amenities of the subdivision and enjoy the leafy tree lined streets and great location.
The mid size homes are of traditional style and craftsman style as pictured above. Their price range is from $ 300k to $ 425K and go from 2000 sq ft to
2800 sq ft. This is representative of the last house shown.
The executive style homes are 4-6 bedrooms and range from 2500 to 5000sq ft and range in price from $450K to 700K depending upon the size and condition of the homes. This type home is depicted in middle right.
The big drawing point of this neighborhood is its family friendly amenities including a clubhouse, tennis, olympic size pool and pool house. The dues are not excessive for such amenities. Dues run less than $ 70./month.
The club house is equipped with seating and a kitchen for which you can rent out the property for parties and events for a minimal charge. The pool is great for kids and families looking to escape the warm summer days. There is also tennis courts and swings and play area for the kids.
Topping off the location are the New Hanover county schools of Hoggard, Myrtle Grove and Parsley.
This is a desireable location and destination for boomers, their parents and their kids alike.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wrightsville Beach, NC - White Sand being DREDGED for the BEACH

YES WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH - you will have sand this year. The dredging boats and barges are working overtime in the channel pumping sand up from the channel and piping it to the pristine beaches of Wrightsville and Masonboro Island. THis is a very expensive propositon for the government and state but totally worth it as our tourists certainly expect the gorgeous white sand of Wrightsville to be there when they want to sun in it, play in it and relax o it. Don't worry folks when you come to town there will be sand....


Situated a few short blocks from the Cape Fear River is the Wilmington Historical area. It is comprised of single family homes, churches, some commercial offices, bed and breakfasts, rental homes and homes subdivided into apartments. Houses range from early 1800's to early 1900's. This area is closely controlled by Wilmington Historical Zoning Dept which closely reviews every change planned for each home. They are very interested in perserving the Historical nature of each home in this district. This historical area is within 2 blocks of the river and runs approximately 7 city blocks deep and 12 - 15 blocks long.
Historical zoning personnel are very involved in any change planned for a house. They review house colors, trim and main colors, roof styles and colors, window changes, any modern updates planned and the like. They are mainly concerned with ensuring each individual realizes the historical value of each property and is willing to practise conservation methods approve to ensure the historical value is perserved of each home. They even have the power to fine a property not in conformance with the guidelines set forth for this historically designated area.
Many of these homes have been used in movies. The yellow Queen Anne above was used to film the movie Cape Fear - a good part of the movie was filmed on its porch. Right around the corner John Travolta filmed a movie at St. Mary's school. A Bed and Breakfast downtown has wallpaper that Oprah picked out for it.
A great number of these homes are plaqued and named with original owners name and date the home was built. One homeowner told me that all the materials for his home came into Wilmington via boat. The materials were delivered up the hill from the river to the property by horse and flat carts.
These homes are desireable not only because they are old but there is a strong sense of community in this area. Homeowners participate in home tours by allowing the public to see their homes during the Azalea Festival that Wilmington is known for and also the Historical Candlelight Tour a benefit for the Historical Society that takes place the 1st weekend in December. A secret garden tour is usually in the fall when you can see private gardens not open to the public. Also there is a kitchen tour where owners who have done innovative renovation to their kitchens open them up for a benefit kitchen tour. Horse drawn carriages give tours of the area daily. Most everyone knows their neighbors, there are sidewalks and wine tastings. People can walk downtown from their homes in this district to restaurants, shops, bakeries, and all the festivals Wilmington has going on downtown.
You just can't help love the live oaks and the lively colors of these wonderful Grande Dames of yesteryear still around for us to enjoy.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Conversation overheard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai . It's too good not to pass along.. The conversation went like this... Iranian Air Defense Radar: 'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.' Aircraft: 'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.' Air Defense Radar: 'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!' Aircraft: 'This is a United States Marine Corps F-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!' Air Defense Radar: (no response .... total silence)