Thursday, October 29, 2015

Surf to Sound Challenge sees a Surge in Competitors

Organizers of this year's North Carolina Surf to Sound SUP Challenge are expecting the best turnout in the event's five-year history - with participation possibly doubling last year's numbers, according to 2015 Race Director Mark Schmidt.

The Challenge will be held November 6 - 8 with a variety of stand up paddleboard races, the most grueling being Saturday's 6.5 mile ocean start competition.

Last year's addition of the Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship is being credited for the surge in competitors, since it allows paddlers who may not want to brave the unpredictable November ocean conditions to still participate.  The 9 mile Flatwater race will be held on Sunday.

Other competitions in this year's Surf to Sound Challenge include the 4-mile Harbor Island Outer Loop and a kids' race.  The 5th annual event is being hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club.

Visit the Paddle Club's website for additional information on race schedules and instructional clinics.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Featured Listing – 6226 Richard Bradley Drive in Bradley Hills

Hardee Hunt and Williams is pleased to present one of Wilmington's most extraordinary properties, 6226 Richard Bradley Drive in Bradley Hills.

This stunning Tudor Revival is situated on a gated, 3 acre estate and is the absolute epitome of gracious, luxurious living.

Inside this 4 bedroom, 6 bath home, you'll find master-crafted details formed from teak and cypress and beams milled before the Civil War.  The expansive dual kitchen is a chef's dream, and the 1500 square feet collector's garage is a truly rare amenity.

Outside, the rest of the world seems far away under the canopy of southern oak trees, where a stunning in-ground swimming pool and tennis court await.

This home is truly a masterpiece.  Call us today for more details or to make an appointment to see this royal property for yourself.

Details on 6226 Richard Bradley Drive:

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Square Feet: 5225
  • Age: 38
  • MLS #: 529013
  • Current List Price: $1,895,000 (as of 10/19/2015)
Additional Features: Garden space, landscape speaker system, security system.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Featured Listing: 8232 Bald Eagle Lane in Wilmington, NC

Why waste the time and energy to build your waterfront dream home when it is already waiting for you? Even better, it's just a wedge shot from the prestigious Eagle Point Golf Club which will host the 2017 Wells Fargo PGA Tournament! Located along a pristine stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway, near Wilmington, NC, Wrightsville Beach and Figure Eight Island, this one-of-a-kind luxury property is an elegant example of classic architecture that marries form and function.

Built in 2006 by one of the state's most innovative, mindful builders, the goal was to create a home that would serve as both an idyllic coastal escape and family compound. One visit to 8232 Bald Eagle Lane, and you'll agree that goal was surpassed! The attention to detail involved in the compound's design is immediately apparent thanks to the charmingly landscaped grounds. Native plants and shrubs gracefully offset the 8,850 square foot, 6-bedroom main house as well as the adjacent 1,800 square foot, 1-bedroom carriage house. Both residences have 2-car garages.

The 3-story main house is a true Southern beauty. An inviting front entrance gives way to an absolutely stunning interior with custom features too numerous to mention. However, there are a few standouts, such as locally built black walnut cabinetry, hand-hewn pine floors, Pella windows throughout, and fully tiled, spa worthy bathrooms-complete with German-made fixtures. In addition to solid, no expense spared construction, both properties are state-of-the-art Green Builds. A few impressive high-tech components include 50 solar panels, icynene insulation and cement bond Hardie Shake shingles.

It is difficult to say which aspect is more impressive-the home itself or the property it's situated on. With the Intracoastal Waterway as a backdrop, residents are provided with unparalleled views-year round. Two full porches and a ground level portico grace the entire east side of the home. In addition to being the perfect places for entertaining and relaxing, they are also ideal vantage points for taking in the glowing natural canvas of blues, greens, and golds that illuminate the water and lush marsh grass. Living right on the waterway means easy access to boating, paddling, fishing and bird watching. How does a morning kayak trip to Figure Eight sound? From breathtaking sunrises to dazzling sunsets, living here offers an immediate connection to this home's spectacular natural setting. Of course there is a private dock, complete with a covered gazebo and two boatlifts that can accommodate 32 to 34-foot vessels.

8232 Bald Eagle Lane 
Wilmington, NC 28411
Price $2,295,000*
Type Single Family
Style 3 Story, Other
Rooms 14
Bedrooms 7
Full Baths 7
Half Baths 2
Age 9

County New Hanover
MLS# 498382
Take a virtual tour of this property

* Listing price as of 10/21/2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Massive Storm – Massive Cleanup

The recent storm that pounded our coast did more than sweep away lifeguard stands and cause beach erosion - it also washed a heart-breaking amount of debris onto our shores.  Fortunately, the annual Keep America Beautiful Beach Sweep just days after the storm was a well-timed and hugely successful event.

Coordinated by the Cape Fear River Watch, the October 10th cleanup on Wrightsville Beach had the support of scores of volunteers, many of them from partner organizations like the Surfrider Foundation, Wrightsville Beach Keep it Clean, and the Plastic Ocean project.

According to the Plastic Ocean Project, the beach sweep collected more than 1000 cigarette butts, more than 600 plastic bottle caps, and hundreds of plastic straws.  Other common items collected were food wrappers, children's toys and aluminum cans.

The final haul hasn't been announced yet, but according to Wrightsville Beach Keep it Clean, volunteers in 2014 collected a total of 525 bags of litter from our beaches.

If you'd like to join in the year-round effort to keep our beaches beautiful and our marine life safe, visit the websites of the Cape Fear River Watch, Wrightsville Beach Keep it Clean, The Plastic Ocean Project, or the Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation  to learn how you can become involved.
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