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Oct. 22, 2018

How to Have a Spooktacular Halloween in Wilmington, NC

When it comes to Halloween, Wilmington, NC knows how to celebrate. From haunted streets to dinner cruises to theaters to museums, it seems all our favorite places are getting in on the action.

If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate our favorite fall holiday, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve scared up five of our favorite ways to have a spooktacular time. Enjoy!

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Celebrate Halloween by solving an exciting who-dunnit and mingle with unusual characters at the Beau Rivage Ballroom on October 26th. Cocktail Hour starts at 6:15 PM sharp, and you'll be able to get tasty appetizers including: Devilish Chicken Dip w/ Parmesan Pita Points & 'To Die For' Cocktail Meatballs, along with a Cash Bar. 

The dinner itself begins at 7 PM, where you'll have access to Beau Rivage's notoriously delicious Buffett.  All of this while participating in an exciting Murder Mystery!  Don't forget, it's a Mascarade Party, so dress appropriately - there's a prize for best dressed!

Tales from the Grand Guignol

We'd normally recommend the yearly production of Rocky Horror Picture Show at this point, but it was unfortunately delayed until next month due to Hurricane Florence.  But never fear - there's another Horror themed play happening Oct 19-Nov 10! 

'Tales from the Grand Guignol' is an anthology production, showing a variety of tales based on classic horror monsters like vampires, ghosts, & werewolves.  These alternate with classic vaudeville comedy acts, for a truly unique experience unlike anything you're likely to have experienced previously.  The show (with an optional dinner for an extra fee) will start at 7 pm at TheatreNOW.

Haunted Cotton Exchange Tour

The Cotton Exchange is a historic landmark in downtown Wilmington, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that in addition to galleries, local stores, and a coffee shop, the place is also teeming with ghosts! And you can meet all of them by signing up for a Haunted Cotton Exchange Tour.

Let by a five-star storyteller, you’ll get the inside scoop on the chills and thrills that await you. Tours take place 7 days a week, tickets are $12, and children under 12 are free. Call (910) 409-4300 to book your spook-fest now.

Creature Feature

If you have a child 5 or under - you can't miss this event.  It's the perfect opportunity to get them interested in the natural world, by introducing them to the things that go bump in the night (aka. snakes, spiders, and other creepy crawlies).  The event takes place Oct. 31st between 10 am - 12 pm, at the Fit For Fun Center.  Call (910) 341-4630 for more info.

Monster Movie Madness At The Mansion

Why should kids have all the fun this Halloween? For an upscale yet scary good time, adults can head to the Bellamy Mansion on October 26th from 7 pm - 10 pm.  There, you'll be treated to a double feature of the original "House On Haunted Hill" & "Night Of The Living Dead". 

They'll project the movies on an outdoor blow-up projector screen, & you'll be able to purchase hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, beer, and wine.  Don't forget to dress up -- and bring your own lawn chairs & blankets for extra comfort!  This is an adults-only party, so - no kids allowed!

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Posted in Local Events
Sept. 20, 2018

Hurricane Florence - Insurance Information For Wilmington, NC

First, we hope this article finds you safe & sound. Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Florence & the subsequent flooding issues.

We understand that most of you are interested in filing insurance claims to help recover from the storm.

Unfortunately, between the generalized news media & the scattered nature of online information, it can be quite a hassle to get the information you need about insurance.

That's why we wrote this all-encompassing article for you - so you can get back in the swing of normal life as quickly as possible!


Your Homeowners Insurance Policy & Hurricane Florence.

Unfortunately, a Homeowners Insurance Policy will not typically cover flood damage like we've seen during Hurricane Florence. In fact, policies don't cover flooding at all.

Luckily though, you can buy Flood Insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. Of course, this is something you would have had to have done before the Hurricane hitting Wilmington.

To plan for the future, it's a great idea to consider buying this insurance, which you can usually do through your normal home insurance agent. The best test to see whether you need this extra expense is to simply consider how much flooding, if any, you had during Hurricane Florence.

Every storm is different though, so it's worth considering paying for Flood Insurance even if you had no issues with this Hurricane. This is especially true for residents of a coastal town like our beautiful Wilmington, NC.


After the storm hits - how to file an Insurance Claim.

If Hurricane Florence damaged your home or other property, our hearts go out to you sincerely. We hope that your insurance will help foot the bill for most, if not all of the damage. In order for that to happen though, you must file an insurance claim. Here are a few of our best tips for doing so:

  • File the claim as soon as you can. Your provider will generally process the claims in the order they came in, so the quicker you file, the quicker you'll be able to have your repairs done.

  • Write down your claim number and keep it in a convenient location until the insurance company settles your claim. This will make sure that you'll have all the information you need on hand when your insurance provider calls you about the claim, which they undoubtedly will.

  • Keep track of all receipts related to expenses during or after the hurricane. This includes things such as food, gas, travel expenses, hotel costs, etc. There's a chance your insurance company will reimburse you for these expenses, and it's always worth a try.

  • Take photos or videos of the damages, before repair. This helps prove your claim's validity. Additionally, it's helpful to record the date in these photos, by including a view of something timely like a newspaper in the shot.

  • Call your auto insurance agent if you have any damage to your car from flooding or fallen trees.

  • If you have no insurance, reach out to groups such as FEMA. You can do this by downloading their app to your phone, or by calling 1-800-621-3362. They can help provide things such as temporary housing, home repairs, legal help, and crisis counseling.


How does Flood Insurance work?

As we mentioned above, it's too late to get Flood Insurance to cover Hurricane Florence at this point. But so you're informed for future storms, there is a 30 day waiting period for Flood Insurance coverage.

This means that you shouldn't wait until the last second to buy it, or else it won't help at all. Another thing to keep in mind is that you have to renew this policy every year.


What happens if you don't have Flood Insurance?

Sadly, if you don't have Flood Insurance, it's likely that you'll need to pay for the damages yourself. Though it most likely won't cover all the expenses, FEMA offers a $5,000 disaster grant (one per household). It's certainly better than nothing!


Windstorm Insurance

Much like Flood Insurance, many Homeowner's Policies will not cover Windstorm Insurance. This is especially true if you live in a Hurricane prone area like Wilmington. Luckily, you can still buy a separate Windstorm Insurance policy in this area.


Rental Insurance

If you're currently renting, it is a mistake to think that your landlord's insurance policy will cover you. If you're in this position, you'll need to buy a separate Renter's Insurance for the insurance company to cover you.


Condo Insurance

Similarly, if you live in a Condo, you are not entirely insured by the condo association's policy. Most often, their coverage extends only up until the exterior walls of the condo. This means that you are responsible for the interior walls & everything else inside the unit. You can buy a personal Condo Insurance policy if you are in this position.


If Hurricane Florence damaged your home beyond repair, or you need a place to stay while the repairs are being made, we would love to help. Reach out to one of our friendly agents today!

Posted in Local Events
Aug. 30, 2018

What Is HOA Management?


What's The Role Of The HOA?

The HOA, or Home Owners Association, is responsible for a variety of activities in the specific neighborhoods & developments it oversees. These activities include:

  • Providing shared services.
  • Collecting dues.
  • Overseeing the maintenance of common areas.
  • Administering a reserve fund, which is used for major expenses.
  • Paying bills with the dues.
  • Enforcing the rules of the community & disputes between residents.


What Are The Struggles Of The HOA?

The HOA of any given community is usually run by members of that same community. These leaders are usually elected through a democratic voting process by residents of the community. Because of this, it can be difficult for a new resident to make an impact on their community - if that is something they're interested in doing.

There are also struggles when it comes to being an elected official in the HOA. For instance, you will be doing a lot of work for the community along with attending frequent meetings, all without getting paid for it. This is the reason that many communities choose to outsource their HOA to a professional third-party management company, such as ours.


What Does An HOA Manager Do?

HOA management companies like ours simply help a communities Home Owners Association fulfill its many duties. If they decide to go all in with the management company, all they'll need to do from there is maintain a board of decision-makers.

The board may also choose to take calls from the community members & handle disputes between them. Besides that, the HOA management company will fulfill all the other duties mentioned above, taking a huge load off the shoulders of the HOA itself.


What Does HOA Management Cost?

The amount that an HOA board will pay to the management company is most commonly calculated based on how many doors or houses they'll be managing, and they'll charge a flat fee for each. Hiring an HOA Manager often saves the board money as opposed to doing it themselves.

That's because the professional managers will have lower cost vendors than they'd be able to get for themselves. Either way, hiring a management company is often the only way for an HOA board to fulfill all their duties.


Tips For Home Buyers


1) Go to an HOA meeting before you buy.

Sitting in on an actual meeting can tell you all that you need to know about how the community is run, and you'll also get a good gauge on your potential neighbors.


2) Figure out what fees you'll need to pay.

There are a variety of things that can impact your fees. For instance:

  • How much goes into the HOA's reserve fund.
  • The annual increase in overall fees, which is common.
  • The things that may or may not be included in the HOA service, such as trash pickup & cable.


3) Learn the rules of your HOA.

Specifically, you should find the rules regarding what happens when you don't pay your dues on time. In some cases, the HOA can actually foreclose on your property if this happens for a certain amount of time. Make sure to read the fine print of your HOA's rules & regulations for things like this.


4) Check your ego.

If you're not the kind of person who likes abiding by common rules and getting penalized for not following those rules - living in an area with an HOA may not be the choice for you.


5) Make sure the home you're interested in buying is in compliance with the HOA rules already.

It would be a shame to move into a place only to find that you're going to have to do immediate renovations in order to comply with your HOA. This compliance breakers often take the form of specific landscaping choices, as well as outside decor options such as the color of your front door.


If you're an HOA looking for professional management services, learn more here. If you're a potential home buyer, talk to one of our friendly agents today!

Posted in HOA Management
Aug. 21, 2018

Top Destinations In Carolina Beach, NC For Senior Vacations

If you're like most, there are a few avenues you go down when trying to plan your next vacation: asking friends for recommendations, hiring a Professional Vacation Planner, reading a vacation guide, or simply making it up as you go along.

All of these options have their benefits and limitations. Specifically:

  • Your friends might not share the same idea of "fun" as you & your loved ones.
  • A Vacation Planner can be expensive.
  • There may not be a good Vacation Guide for the place you're planning to visit.
  • Leaving it to chance runs a high risk of disappointment.

So, I've written this article to address those issues - and to put you on the pathway to the most perfect vacation you've ever had in Carolina Beach, NC. Scroll to the bottom for a Map to all the locations mentioned.

First thing's first - what are you looking to get out of your vacation?

*Click on your choice to be taken directly to that section.






1) Lounge on the beach.

You didn't expect to see a Carolina Beach Vacation Guide that didn't mention the beach, did you? Get there early, or come later in the afternoon to avoid the major crowds while you relax and soak up some rays.



2) Stroll down the Boardwalk.

The next thing you'll want to do for a relaxing trip is to walk along the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, as it was ranked among the top 10 in the country by Food & Wine Magazine. There you'll find plenty of things to keep you full & busy, including fresh fudge, homemade donuts, and a Ferris Wheel.



3) Visit the NC Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

If experiencing the wonders of the underwater world (without even getting wet) sounds more like your cup of tea, then the Aquarium is the perfect choice for you. You'll see everything from sea turtles to sharks, rays, and eels.



4) Read on your porch.

At the end of the day, you're here to relax. And if you're the kind of person who enjoys winding down with a good book, there's nothing better than sitting on the porch of your vacation rental with a cup of coffee and your favorite read. Check out some of our options below:




1) Take a Fishing Charter.

If you're in for a real adventure on your next vacation, there's nothing like taking a Fishing Charter. Plus, if you catch something, you'll be able to bring it home to cook for your family. Either way, you're sure to come home with a memorable "Fish Tale".



2) Hike through the Carolina Beach State Park.

If you're more of the woodsy type, a beautiful hike through the Carolina Beach State Park is certain to delight. You can go it alone, or schedule a tour guide to take you through.



Looking for a place to stay in Carolina Beach during your vacation? Contact one of our friendly agents below today!

Posted in Vacation Rentals
July 24, 2018

Reasons To Buy A Home In Carolina Beach In 2018

1. Golf Carts!

As of January 1, 2018 - you can legally drive your golf cart down any road with a speed limit 35 and under. If you know Carolina Beach, that's almost all the main roads.

That means you can essentially get anywhere you need to on the island without even using a car - and how cool is that?

2. New Restaurants

The Squeeze Steak and Seafood

Carolina Beach locals will undoubtedly know (and probably love) Pop's Diner. Well, the man behind this town staple, Ralph "Pops" Roof has done it again!

This time, he's focusing on steaks & seafood, along with a large variety of other items. Check out the menu here.


Soul Flavor Kitchen & Bar

For the true foodies out there - how about a new restaurant that prepares everything in-house? I'm talking everything - right down to the syrups & bitters that they use for their cocktails!

Aside from the drinks, they serve all sorts of Southern comfort food, including homemade soups, fresh seafood, brisket, and black bean chili. Their signature dish is "Nana Maria's Paella": a delicious mix of seafood in a vegetable and saffron tomato broth. Check out the menu here.


Crush and Grind

You've been to a coffee shop before. You've also probably been to a bottle shop. But, have you ever been to a cafe' that seamlessly blends the two? That's exactly what you can do when you visit Crush and Grind in Carolina Beach.

Taste delicious cold brew coffee, made from their own "secret recipe", and grab some local beer or wine while you're there. Check them out here.


Interested in buying a home in Carolina Beach in 2018? Reach out to one of our friendly agents today!

Posted in New Home Sales
July 17, 2018

Top 5 Places To Stay In Carolina Beach For Independence Day 2018


Looking for something to do for Independence Day 2018 (August 15th)? Then you're going to want to check out Carolina Beach, NC.

And while you're here - you're going to need a place to stay. Luckily, we wrote this article to give you an inside scoop into the top 5 places to stay in Carolina Beach for Independence Day 2018.

First off, why choose to stay in Carolina Beach, when Independence Day only lasts for a day? That's easy - because it doesn't! Okay, technically it does, but not in Carolina Beach.

That's because we've got enough activities going on to easily fill up a few days here with you and your family.

Just to name a few:


Painted Man: Fireworks By The Sea & Boardwalk Blast

Bring your entire family for a night of music and fireworks, featuring the area band Painted Man. This Soul, R&B, and Dance Music band can't be missed!

Date: August 23, 2018
Location: (Boardwalk at the Gazebo) Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave North Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Contact: (910) 458-8434
Time: Music: 6:30 PM, Fireworks: 9:00 PM
Cost: FREE
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Nu-Blu Concert

If you like American Roots or Country music, then you can't miss the Nu-Blu concert. Don't forget to play around at the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park while you're there!

Date: August 19, 2018
Location: (Kure Beach Ocean Front Park) 105 Atlantic Avenue Kure Beach, NC 28449
Contact: (910) 707-2015
Time: 5 PM - 7 PM
Cost: FREE
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Zion Roots: Fireworks By The Sea & Boardwalk Blast

Here's another night for everyone's favorite - music & fireworks! This time, with the funk, pop, & reggae band Zion Roots.

Date: August 16, 2018
Location: (Boardwalk at the Gazebo)
Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave North Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Contact: (910) 458-8434
Time: Music: 6:30 PM, Fireworks: 9 PM
Cost: FREE
More Info


Okay, so you've decided to come on down to our sunny beach town for Independence Day 2018 - now you just need a place to stay. Never fear, here are our top 5 recommended Carolina Beach Vacation Rentals.


1) Sunshine House

  • Oceanfront
  • Internet Access
  • Four bedrooms upstairs & One on the lower level.
  • Only 4 blocks from the Carolina Beach Pier.


2) Peach House A

  • Oceanfront
  • Internet Access
  • 4 Bedrooms and 4.5 Baths
  • Only a short walk from the Carolina Beach Boardwalk & Carolina Beach Lake.


3) Luna Sea

  • Oceanfront
  • Internet Access
  • 4 Bedrooms & 2 Baths
  • Located on the Southern end of the island, near the boardwalk and downtown.


4) Waterview Condo

  • Oceanview
  • Internet Access
  • 3 Bedrooms & 3.5 Baths
  • Located across the street from Carolina Beach Lake.


5) Sun Skipper # 10-E

  • Oceanview
  • Internet Access
  • 3 bedrooms and 2 full Baths.
  • Located near the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier.

Looking for a place to stay in Carolina Beach for Independence Day 2018? Contact one of our friendly agents below today!

Posted in Vacation Rentals
June 15, 2018

Should I Replace the Roof Before I Sell?

There are many things to consider when thinking about whether or not to replace the roof on your house before you sell it. It could be the difference between someone buying your house or skipping to the next option. Here, you will find a list of the things to consider before replacing your roof: 

1. Is the house 100% yours? 

If you are the sole owner of your house and you don't need to pay off a large mortgage, perhaps you could leave the old roof on. If you chose to replace the roof, you would be lucky to get the same amount back which you paid for the roof. 

2. Is your roof in good shape? 

A lot of people are looking for a house that is in good condition when they buy it so they don't have to spend a lot of money on repairs soon after they buy. Sure, there are those who are looking for a fixer-upper, but there are more people looking for less problems. If your roof is not in good shape, and could lead to a large financial burden in the near future for a potential buyer, maybe you should consider replacing it. 

3. Are you the only person trying to sell a house where you live? 

If there are a lot of houses being sold around you, that means you have to compete with the other people who are trying to sell their houses. Potential buyers will choose a house with a new roof over a house with an old roof. 

4. Do you have house insurance that could help you pay for replacing the roof? 

If your roof on your house has been damaged by a storm or other disaster, it wouldn't hurt to file a claim to see if your insurance will foot part of the bill for replacing your roof. That way, even if you need to replace the roof, you can still come out with a nice profit. 

All in all, potential buyers like looking at the for sale sign and reading "Look! New Roof!" That looks more attractive than a house with old shingles. It's just a matter of seeing how it will benefit you in the short and long terms.

If you do decide to replace your roof make sure you contact a reputable roofing company.
Posted in Selling Your Home
June 14, 2018

Celebrating Father's Day 2018 In Wilmington NC

Sunday, June 19 - Fathers Day

So, your Dad's going to be in town for Father's Day & you don't have anything to do besides sit around the house watching TV? Never fear - if you live near Wilmington, NC, I've come up with more activities for you to do this weekend than you could possibly fit in! (Unless you take that as a challenge, in which case - go for it!)

Here's what we've got going on in Wilmington, NC during Father's Day Weekend of 2018.

Friday (17th):




Other Outdoor Activities:

Inside Activities:

Saturday (18th):



Sunday (19th):




Oh no - you just realized you don't have enough room for your parents to stay with you this weekend! Well, take a deep breath - and reach out to one of our friendly agents today. They'll find the perfect short-term rental for your folks, so they don't disown you.

Posted in Local Events
May 14, 2018

Renovating Your Vacation Rental Condo

As the owner of a vacation rental condo, ROI (return on investment) is the name of the game. I mean, it's the whole reason you bought the property in the first place, right? Okay okay, we know having a place to stay when you're on vacation is a pretty great deal too.

But today we're directly concerned with showing you how to make your rental even more appealing to guests, which will, in turn, increase your bookings & ROI.

So, let's get this party started.



First off, never undervalue the importance of good pictures. Most of the time, the first impression a potential renter will get of your property will come from the pictures they see of it when they're browsing on a site such as ours.

As you know, first impressions are supremely important, so you really can't afford to mess this part up. When taking the photos, keep in mind that you're not necessarily optimizing for "fanciness". Instead, your goal should be to make the property look as inviting & livable as possible.

Another thing to keep in mind is that every time your property is rented, you can expect it to suffer at least a small amount of damage. This is important to know because no one want's to rent a run-down property.

Unfortunately, most people booking a vacation rental simply don't take care of it the way they would if it was their own home. So, the more often your property is being rented, the more often it will need to be repaired/renovated.

When you're planning out the updates to your property, be sure to take the actual vacation season into account. We always recommend that you get as much of your work done during the off-season when the property is likely to be vacant anyway.

That's because you never want to cut into your heavy-season profits when you'll get the best ROI all year. If you have a lot of repairs to make, it's probably better to segment & then prioritize them based on what you can actually accomplish in a single off-season.



A quick way to turn potential renters away from your property is by having an outdated TV set. Flat-screen TV's are no longer any more expensive than other types, and the picture quality is far better.

That means there's really nothing that should prevent you from making the switch, besides yourself of course. Renters expect a flat-screen TV these days, so you might as well bite the bullet and get one if you haven't already.

When it comes to choosing which renovations are the most important for you to make, there's no better way to figure it out than to go directly to the source - i.e. renters. They're the ones you're trying to impress in the first place, so getting their opinion can be supremely helpful.

You may not be able to talk to them in person, but you can always ask your rental management company what people are saying, or even read the comments people are making about your property on your rental listing service.

When you're improving your rental, there's something you should focus on before replacing things - and that's repairing them. This might seem like a no-brainer, but we've seen far too many property owners wasting tons of money "keeping up with the Joneses".

Remember that your renters aren't necessarily looking for "fancy" - instead, they're looking for clean & up-to-date. So, make sure you're getting the best ROI possible by focusing on repairing before you replace.

If there's one thing renters complain about the most, it's the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of the vacation rental property. That's because, for whatever reason, many rental property owners are fairly lazy about their cleaning strategy.

That's good for you because it means that you can really stand out from the crowd simply by having the rental thoroughly cleaned after each booking. That will do wonders for your property's reviews, which will lead to recommendations & more bookings.



To leave you with some actionable tips, here are some specific renovations to consider:

  • Replace the carpet (every 7 years, on average).
  • Remodel the kitchen & bathrooms (new renovations can have an 80% ROI upon selling).
  • Paint the rental (at least every 5 years).
  • Change the lighting fixtures.
  • Updating appliances.
  • Updating furniture.
  • Keep the landscaping looking nice, if your rental has a yard.


Interested in listing your vacation rental on our site? Reach out to one of our friendly agents today!

Posted in Vacation Rentals
May 8, 2018

Top 5 Best Neighborhoods In Carolina Beach

So, you've finally made the choice to move to Carolina Beach, NC. First off - congratulations on such a wonderful decision!

But, now you've got one more tough decision to make - which Carolina Beach neighborhood will you live in? Well, with their plethora of charming coastal communities, it's honestly pretty hard to go wrong. To help you out, though, we've put together this post highlighting some of our favorite neighborhoods in Carolina Beach, NC.

Check out the map below for directions to all of the following neighborhoods


1) Carolina Sands

  • Location: Carolina Sands Dr, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Average Selling Price: $254,348
  • Average Square Feet: 1,721 sq. ft.
  • Built Between: 1982 to 2011
  • Special Features: playground, clubhouse w/ full kitchen, community pool, private beach, tennis court.


2) Harbour Point

  • Location: Green Turtle Ln, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Average Selling Price: $290,584
  • Average Square Feet: 2,146 sq. ft.
  • Built Between: 1985 to 2010
  • Special Features: townhouse community, boat slips available, pool, clubhouse, dock, marina, community pier, southern porches, upscale interiors.


3) Seagrove

  • Location: Spot Ln, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Average Selling Price: $363,041
  • Average Square Feet: 2,400 sq. ft.
  • Built Between: 2003 to 2010
  • Special Features: coastal cottage-style homes, pool, clubhouse, award-winning community design, palm tree lined streets, conservation area within the neighborhood.


4) SeaWatch

  • Location: 1401 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Average Selling Price: $650,000
  • Average Square Feet: 2,464 sq. ft.
  • Special Features: beautiful homes, community pool, tennis court, playground, clubhouse, minutes from Ft. Fisher, palm tree lined streets, private beach access, walking trails.


5) Wilmington Beach

  • Location: Wilmington Beach, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Average Selling Price: $300,000
  • Average Square Feet: 2,100 sq. ft.
  • Annexed by Carolina Beach In: 2000
  • Special Features: partially isolated, nestled between Carolina & Kure Beach, central to everything on Pleasure Island.



Looking for Houses for sale in Carolina Beach NC? Contact one of our friendly agents below today!


Posted in Buying a Home