Friday, April 29, 2016

May Events In and Around Wrightsville Beach

Ribbet the Exhibit-Encore! Airlie Gardens - Thursday, May 5th 9 am until 5 pm - Just in case you missed last year's whimsical garden display, here's your chance! Make plans to see these charming copper frog sculptures from the very talented artist, Andy Cobb. From a leaping ballerina to a serene yogi, these fantastical frogs delight kids of all ages. The natural beauty of Airlie Gardens is the perfect backdrop for this installation, which was one of the most well-attended exhibits Airlie has seen. Make plans now, because after their gig at Airlie, the frogs are visiting gardens up and down the eastern seaboard and points west as well! Details can be found here:

Plastic Ocean Project Cleanup and Vegan Potluck - Saturday, May 7th at 6 pm - Johnnie Mercer's Pier - Be a good citizen and meet some great people in the process! Please bring your own containers for trash pickup and gloves are always a good idea too. After the cleanup, gather round for a seaside vegan potluck picnic! Please bring your own reusable utensils, plates and bowls-the goal is always to avoid single-use plastics. Please visit the event Facebook page to learn more:

Summer Stock Auditions for Kids - Saturday May 7th, 12 noon - Get your aspiring thespians to the Fran Russ Studio, located at the WB Parks and Recreation complex-1 Bob Sawyer Drive. This summer's shows include: Legally Blonde Jr. (June 24-25) and Freckle Face Strawberry (July15-16). The Legally Blonde production seeks actors in the 11 to 18 age range and 7 to 14-year olds are encouraged to audition for Freckle Face Strawberry. Actors should wear comfortable shoes and clothing and have a song ready to sing a cappella. Further details available by calling 910-338-3378 or visiting

Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and Resilient Design - Thursday May 12th, 6 pm - (admission $35) Bluewater Grill - Presented by the N.C. Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, this informative program will focus on the science of climate change and what design professionals can do to reduce and perhaps reverse its impact: "Coastal communities are some of the most vulnerable to the effects of emerging weather patterns and sea level rise." The Bluewater grill is located at 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville beach. Please learn more and get your tickets here:

Wrightsville Beach Farmer's Market - May 16th-running Mondays from 8 am until 1 pm - Sweetwater Lane - WB Municipal Complex - Finally-It's Back! Here's the place to get luscious produce, succulent seafood, farm fresh eggs and baked goods to create your own "farm to table' meals! Expect to find an assortment of other items from market vendors including dog treats, natural health and beauty products, fresh flowers and more! Running from now until September 26th. More information here:

Pier to Pier Swim - Saturday, May 21st-9 am - Crystal Pier - Grab your goggles and show your skills for this awesome event, which is now in its 3rd year. The swim is a distance of 1.7 miles and the course is form the south end at Crystal Pier to the north, finishing at Johnnie Mercer's pier. Register online and get all of the details regarding divisions and awards here: Swim proceeds to benefit UNC-W's swim and dive programs.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Paddlers are Coming!

This marks the sixth consecutive year for what has become the largest standup paddleboard race on the east coast. Make plans to participate or spectate during the 6th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup April 19th - 24th. Presented by Surftech, this year's race is bigger and better than ever! Athletes from far and wide are expected to attend this event, which kicks off the SUP race circuit season.

Along with demos and clinics plus before and after parties, the Carolina Cup features 4 courses: a kids course, the Harbor Island Recreational "fun" race, the Money Island open race and the coveted but treacherous Graveyard Elite Race.

In 2012, the Carolina Cup made the news as the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers turning out for the first day of races. In 2013, over 600 hit the water and over 700 paddlers participated in 2014! Last year's Carolina Cup was recognized as the largest SUP event in the world. This year is expected to be another record-breaker with around 800 paddlers expected! According to the event's organizers, "Competitors include Olympians, world-record holders, and champions in the disciplines of standup, prone, surfski, and outrigger canoe paddling."

Australia's Travis Grant will be back to defend his title as the male champion of the brutal 13.5-mile Graveyard race. According to Grant, "The Graveyard race is a very fitting name. It is just that, a tough one. Anyone can potentially win, there are a lot of different elements to get right: surf, flatwater, inlet currents, wind and there's always a slight bit of luck involved."

Grant defeated the 3-time title-holder last year, Danny Ching who has been ranked #3 in the world. Ching, who hails from Hermosa Beach, CA, will be back again this year as well! Grant and Ching will be joined by an impressive group of international competitors from over fifteen countries, including New Zealand, Australia, France, Canada, Spain, and Mexico.

An exciting new event will be unveiled during this year's competition: six-man Hawaiian outrigger canoes, or "OC-6", will be competing at noon on Sunday, April 24th. The Carolina Cup's race director Mark Schmidt believes that this will be the first event of its kind in the Wrightsville Beach area. Heats will take place around Harbor Island in Bradley Lightning outrigger canoes, which were commissioned by Reggie Barnes of Eastern Surf and Skate Supply. This is huge folks! Some of the biggest names in Hawaiian outrigger paddling are expected to attend. Race director Mark Schmidt reflected, "To see an event like this would typically require traveling to California or Hawaii. It will be a great show."

There will also be an outrigger clinic taught by designer Johnny Puakea, who is the founder of Puakea Designs-plus he's Danny Ching's coach! Other clinics and demonstrations scheduled throughout the five-day event will feature many of the top paddle experts in the SUP world, including Larry Cain, Travis Grant, Lina Augaitis, Dan Gavere, Dr. Bob Arnot, Fiona Wylde, and Zane Schweitzer.

Each clinic is unique and addresses a different SUP topic. Please be aware that clinics have a limited number of spaces, so register early to secure your spot. The event's Demo Zone will give visitors the chance to try boards, canoes, and a variety of equipment. In fact, around sixty vendors are slated to have the latest equipment, boards, and boats on display.

 The Blockade Runner Beach Resort will be the venue host once again and serve as the hub for all starts and finishes. Please note that a portion of event proceeds will benefit The Ocean of Hope, a team of paddlers dedicated to the sea of people affected by cancer.

For all of the details, visit this link:

Monday, March 28, 2016

Stunning Wrightsville Dunes Condo for Sale - Unit#3-F

The latest report from real estate data tracker Trulia revealed that listing prices in the Wrightsville Beach area have been slightly lower than this time last year. For house hunters this is positive news  as we sail into our busy spring season! Of course any savvy house hunter knows that location is everything and most "locations" can't hold a candle to oceanfront. Perhaps it is time to consider one of our most desirable listings: Wrightsville Dunes, Unit#3-F, located at 2514 N. Lumina Avenue. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo is not only oceanfront, it also has sweeping views of the surrounding saltmarsh.

Tucked away on the north end of the island where peace and tranquility prevail, this top floor end unit will certainly not be on the market for long. Thanks to the fact that it is an end unit, there is plenty of energizing natural light. The views are truly spectacular. From the front of the home, there's the glistening Atlantic, and to the back, a nature lover's delight: the saltmarsh that is home to an abundance of wildlife.

An open floor plan and classic interior features enhance the spacious first floor. Wood floors, white-washed wainscotting and a vaulted, polished beam ceiling convey a cheerful ambiance. Since glass sliders open directly onto an oceanfront deck, it's hard to be anything except cheerful!

The unit's updated kitchen is filled with all of those must-haves that today's discriminating buyers seek. Crisp white appliances and cabinetry, a large pass-through window, easy to clean tiled backsplashes and a roomy pantry make it a pleasure to use.

A spiral staircase leads up to the next level. The master and two other bedrooms all have built-in storage and large windows. The condo's master suite faces both west and soundside, and offers a ringside seat to each evening sunset. Of course one of the bedroom spaces would be ideal for a home office or media room.

Along with its unbeatable north end location, Wrightsville Dunes boasts enviable amenities. There are two oceanfront swimming pools, a tennis court and several private walkways to the beach.
When you'd like to see this property in person, please contact one of our experienced agents!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Community Spotlight - Plastic Ocean Project

As the purveyors of some of the most gorgeous real estate along the Eastern Seaboard, we take great pride in our community. That is why we strongly support the local and global efforts of the Plastic Ocean Project or POP. If you appreciate the natural beauty of our region and know as we do that it is irreplaceable, we encourage you to get involved with the work of P.O.P.

UNC-Wilmington is home to the first college chapter of POP. Samantha Athey is the chapter's current president. Last year for her efforts she was awarded the Lumina News 2015 Person of the Year award. The group is enthusiastically working within our local community to foster awareness and clean up area beaches, waterways, creeks and rivers. One of their biggest initiatives is to discourage and significantly reduce single use plastics. Those are items such as plastic grocery bags, restaurant utensils, cups and drinking straws. The Earth Day Network reports that, "Currently about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world. Unfortunately, only about ten percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused."

An alarming amount of that plastic waste ends up in our coastal waters and poses a direct threat to marine wildlife. POP notes that, "Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean's surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile." That is why the UNC-W POP chapter is spreading the word to local businesses in an effort to get them on board with the Ocean Friendly Establishments agreement. POP is working with the Surfrider Cape Fear chapter and Wrightsville Beach Keep it Clean to encourage local businesses to be more mindful of their use of disposable plastics. The biggest step right now has been identified as limiting the use of plastic drinking straws. Please use this link to discover which businesses are already on board:

Please join the Hardee Hunt and Williams team and together let's become more mindful of our beautiful environment. For inspiration, check out these 3 facts taken from POP's website:

An average US citizen throws away an average of 185 pounds of plastic each year.
A discarded one liter plastic bottle breaks down into enough small pieces to potentially end up on every mile of every beach in the world.
US residents use around 380 billion plastic bags annually-that is over 1200 bags per resident each year.

Here is the link to POP's website:

Monday, February 8, 2016

Two Super Sundays in a Row!

With Super Bowl Sunday behind us, don't let this coming Sunday get away from you. If you're scratching your head, please note that this Sunday is Valentine's Day. Considering the naturally romantic backdrop of Wrightsville Beach, it will be easy to show your Valentine how much you care. Of course, nothing gets that message across quite like a new beach house!

If a coastal property just isn't in the cards right now, here are a few suggestions for the Valentine's Day holiday…

Weekend Escape - Check with the beach hotels and resorts to discover the different packages they are offering. From the north end to the south end, there are plenty of choices! Here are a few links to get you started: ,

Wrightsville Beach Scenic Cruises - No boat? No worries! Just leave the cruising to the seafaring folks at WB Scenic Cruises. They have several excursions to choose from, including sunset cruises all Valentine's weekend and trips to Masonboro Island. If your Valentine is an angler, a fishing charter may be the perfect way to say, "I love you." For schedules and prices, visit their link here:

Don't Make Dinner - Make Reservations - The area has so many wonderful dining establishments to choose from, that a better idea may be breakfast, lunch and dinner! Although there are plenty of excellent choices on the island, it may also be fun to cruise into town and discover a new spot. The Port City is quickly becoming a hotspot for foodies, so regardless of your sweetie's taste, there should certainly be a restaurant that fits the bill. Please use these link for ideas, they include a number of Wrightsville Beach options: -

DIY Valentines Day - If you agree that the best things in life are free, this one's for you! Weather and conditions permitting, make some plans and surprise your Valentine with an action-packed afternoon. Perhaps a walk around the loop, stroll along the beach, SUP cruise or refreshing February surf session will be good choices? Of course you'll want to include a homemade card and home-cooked dinner! And remember, the more you save now, the faster you'll be able to save up for that Wrightsville Beach oceanfront condo.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Selling this Winter and Gearing Up for Spring

O.k.---it many not seem like it, but for anyone with plans of buying or selling a home this year, the busiest season for real estate activity will be here before we know it. House hunters could do themselves a favor by actively searching now before the competition gets tougher. Shopping for coastal property during the less desirable winter months can often lead a hopeful buyer to a motivated seller. If it's just not in the cards right now, then go ahead and plan your strategy for the spring!
For sellers, the winter months can be a more challenging time to prepare a property for the sales market. Cold cloudy days, chilly winds, and wintertime precipitation can definitely take some of the fun out of getting a place move-in ready, and let's face it, that's a number one priority for today's buyers. Here are a few tips  to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

Keeping up appearances - When your home is up for sale, make sure to maximize its curb appeal by keeping the yard and driveway fresh and tidy by raking, mulching, and blowing leaves. A few pops of color outside your home can work wonders for a drab backdrop. Cheery pots of pansies and ornamental cabbage do really well here and easily brighten up beds and entrances.

Light & airy - If you want to evoke the feeling of easy breezy coastal freshness, keeping your windows squeaky clean is a must. Yes, this time of year it can be a tricky, however, having a smudge-free view of the outside will create an open feeling and hopefully let in a few energizing rays of sunlight!
In addition to keeping the home spotlessly clean and ready to show at a moment's notice, also consider how to improve its air quality. Since many houses remain closed up during the winter, they can become extremely stuffy and filled with stagnant air. When weather permits, turn off the heat, open a few windows and doors and air it out. Keep carpets vacuumed, pet areas tidy, and if you have any throw rugs, be aware that they can hold odors that will permeate an entire room, such as damp doggie or wet wetsuit! Be diligent about changing filters and if you burn wood in a fireplace, keep it clean when not in use. Finally, provide plenty of doormats to prevent prospective buyers from tracking in mud or dirt.
Appeal to the senses - Using pleasant scents to make a home more appealing is not a new concept. Perhaps it is so effective during the winter because we spend a lot of time indoors. The goal in using aromatherapy is to impart a cozy and inviting feeling for potential buyers. Try a crock-pot full of mulled cider or carafe of vanilla-flavored coffee paired with the inviting aroma of still-warm baked goods. Naturally fragrant scents like pine, bayberry, and cloves are another good choice. A bowl of citrus fruit or beautiful apples is another way to add pops of color, and guess what?-fruit usually last longer than flowers!
Even along the Cape Fear Coast, the winter months have always been regarded as the slowest time of year for home sales. However, that trend seems to be shifting. This phenomenon is likely due to an increase in online home shoppers.  Regardless of why, just make sure that you're ready to list or search and remember, spring really is just around the corner!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Carolina Cup Event Update

Well, it has been in the works for sometime now and it was just announced last week that West Marine will be the title sponsor for this year's Carolina Cup. This marks the sixth year for the Wrightsville Beach-based SUP race, which will take place from April 19 through the 24th. It is reportedly the world's largest gathering of stand up paddleboard racers. Race director, Mark Schmidt responded, "We are honored to have West Marine on board. Watersports and the water lifestyle are a unique and special family. West Marine has been a mentor and part of this family for almost 50 years." A spokeswoman from West Marine, Deb Radcliff, who is the Senior Vice President of Marketing, responded with, "We're proud to have West Marine associated with a race of this caliber. The Carolina Cup encourages people to participate in stand up paddling at all skill levels. It's a ideal partnership, and we're looking forward to a great event!"
The race is organized each year by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and has been sanctioned by the World Paddle Association. Last year's gathering attracted top paddlers from around 20 nations and 40 states. Based on race and clinic registration figures, last year's crowd of participants averaged 950.
It was also announced that Surftech will serve as a presenting sponsor for The Carolina Cup. Surftech is paddleboard manufacturer and highly regarded among enthusiasts and those in the industry as an innovator in SUP design.

Last year's race series attracted some of the greats with Australian Travis Grant claiming the 2015 men's stand up paddleboard championship in the grueling 13.2-mile Graveyard Race. Danny Ching of California came in a close second and was a multiple Battle of the Paddle winner. Ching has also been a three-time champion of The Carolina Cup.

For the women's division of the elite Graveyard Race, New Zealand's Annabel Anderson, who is coincidentally the top-ranked paddler in the world, returned to Wrightsville Beach and captured her third consecutive victory. Germany's Sonni Hönscheid placed second in the women's division.

As always, the Blockade Runner Beach Resort will be the start and finish site and the best place to take in the action. For all of the details, please visit this official link:

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Season of Giving…

At Hardee Hunt and Williams, we deeply appreciate what a truly special place the Cape Fear Coast is. This time of year, as we all hustle and bustle to parties and frantic searches for that "perfect" gift, we may lose sight of what is really important. That is why we encourage you to take a moment and consider how vital it is that we work year round to preserve our beaches, creeks, inlets, rivers, lakes, ponds, sounds and salt-water marshes. Not only are these areas the natural habitats of our local wildlife and treasured plant life, they are also what make New Hanover County special in the first place!

We would like to spotlight four organizations this month and encourage you to learn more about the vital work they do. Each of them have frequent volunteer opportunities and getting involved is not only easy, it's fun! And…please browse each of their websites-you may luck into one of the "perfect" gifts, which will allow you to both give and give back!

The Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project - This group strives to protect nesting sea turtles along Wrightsville Beach. See their amazing photo gallery and learn more about their mission here:

Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. - This organization has recently launched a very effective partnership with UNC-Wilmington, Surfrider-Cape Fear Chapter and Wrightsville Beach Keep it Clean. In addition to educating undergraduates and the public about plastic marine debris and their devastating impact, there is also a local initiative to promote curbing the use of single-use plastics such as drinking straws and eating utensils. Read more about what they do here and see which local businesses are doing their part:

(there are also some awesome gift ideas available that fund their work and help spread the word)

The N.C. Coastal Federation - If you have not stopped by their new headquarters that is adjacent to the Wrightsville Beach Museum, please do! That way, you can learn about the extensive work they do, not just here but throughout the state to protect coastal interests, promote conservation and preserve our coastline. Please read more here:

Surfrider Foundation - Founded in 1984 to protect and preserve the world's oceans, waves and beaches, our local Cape Fear chapter works hand-in-hand with this nonprofit. From annual beach sweeps to community partnerships and education programs, there are scores of ways to get involved. Read more and check out their great merchandise, including Surfrider's 2016 calendar here:

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Gift of Real Estate this Holiday Season

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" quite like the gift of real estate! Investing in property along gorgeous Wrightsville Beach ensures decades of enjoyment, great ROI potential, plus it is also one of those gifts that never stops giving. From a vacation home, shared family compound to rental investment home, the appeal is tough to beat! If you have not considered a coastal home purchase in a while, you may be surprised at what is on the market. Please also keep in mind that oftentimes, the winter months can be a strategic period in which to secure a competitive price!

As so many Baby Boomers are looking ahead to retirement and wondering when to downsize from their McMansion-sized empty nests, condominium properties are an excellent choice! Currently, we have a nice selection of Wrightsville Beach condo properties listed, so please, have a look! We have observed that those new to this lifestyle frequently ask the question, "Why didn't we do this sooner?"

Virtually no yard work, smaller space to keep tidy, built-in amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, and for the lucky few-boat docks, are just a few reasons why condo life is so appealing. And in the case of Wrightsville Beach, most are steps from the beach strand, sound or waterway!
The keys to one of these would fit perfectly into some lucky loved one's stocking:,%20CT&featured=1&page=11,%20CT&featured=1&page=13,%20CT&featured=1&page=16

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Feautred Listing - 12 Heron Street Wrightsville Beach

How many times have you reluctantly trudged back from a wonderful day at the beach along a sandy path to your car? Chances are, you wistfully gazed up at a few oceanfront homes and wished that you never had to leave. If this scenario sounds all too familiar, it could be that your chance is finally here!

We are pleased to offer one of our favorite listings: #12-A Heron Street. The classic 2-story, oceanfront condo is situated just a few blocks north of Johnny Mercer's Pier and downtown Wrightsville Beach. It is one half of a duplex condominium. With 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, it covers a spacious 1752 square feet. Large windows and sliding glass doors give way to the stunning backdrop provided by the sea and endless sky. Imagine waking up each morning to awe-inspiring sunrises and the sound of gentle waves along the beach strand. Those lucky enough to live at the beach full time know all too well how truly special it is!

The living room is quite expansive and even has a wood-burning fireplace, which is perfect for those cozy winter evenings. A well-planned galley kitchen opens onto the living and dining areas, so the cook will never miss a beat. There's also a breakfast bar, which is ideal for feeding the kids before they head out for an action-packed day at the beach!

Large decks offset both the first floor living space and the upstairs master bedroom. They are the perfect spot for casual entertaining, al fresco meals and just relaxing. With three bedrooms, there's definitely room for everyone! Like the master suite, the upstairs guest bedroom also has its own private bath.

A covered carport is roomy enough for 2 cars. There is also ample enclosed storage space for stowing beach chairs, bikes and boogie boards. Back the cars out a bit and BAM!-you have just the place for an impromptu oyster roast or shrimp boil.

The winter months are an excellent time to snag a great buy on a beach home. If the timing is not right for a relocation, #12-A Heron Street may also make a good investment property.

See for yourself just how wonderful this property is:,%20CT&featured=1&page=8
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