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: http://www.plasticoceanproject.org/#/

(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: http://www.nccoast.org/

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: http://www.surfrider.org/

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:




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:

Friday, December 11, 2015

December Events Around Wrightsville Beach

As December sweeps through the Cape Fear Coast, we've been especially fortunate with some surprisingly nice weather! Warmer temps have made it easier to get out and enjoy all of the holiday happenings. Here are a few you don't want to miss:

The Cookie Walk - Saturday, December 12th-Wrightsville Beach Methodist Church. Make plans to attend this drool-worthy event that benefits the worthwhile church missions program. Even though this extreme bake sale will feature literally thousands of cookies, candies and maybe even some sugar plums-plan on arriving early for access to the best selection of amazing goodies! This is also a great stop to pick up a few thoughtful gifts for those on your holiday shopping list. You could stock up, fill your own tins and keep it on the down-low! Someone's got to be naughty, right? The hours are from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm and the address is 4 Live Oak Drive/Wrightsville Beach.

Hark the Herald Angels Swing VII: A Christmas Cabaret - Saturday December 19th and Sunday brunch on the 20th-The Blockade Runner Beach Resort/275 Waynick Boulvard. If you are looking for a "wow factor" gift for a special someone or the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, this is it! The renowned Opera House Theater Company will be at the helm for a fun-filled evening that includes cocktails, dinner and a show. Local legend, celebrated director and choreographer, Ray Kennedy has put together an impressive cast for this unforgettable evening. (A portion of the proceeds will benefit the theatre company.) Showtimes are Saturday and Sunday, 7 pm with cocktails at 6pm and Sunday Brunch, beginning at 12:30 pm with cocktails at noon. Admission is $70 per person-for further details, contact: Robert Astraikis at 910-256-2251

Enchanted Airlie -Y es! There are still a few dates available for this spectacular evening of unique entertainment. Celebrating its 10th year, each evening brings a different line-up of activities for kids of all ages, plus local musical talent. This year is the most magical yet, with over 750,000 festive lights, holiday refreshments and regular visits from Santa-and…you only have until December 22nd to experience the wonder that is Enchanted Airlie! Before your visit, the coordinators have a few suggestion of how to make the best use of your time while taking in all of the amazing sights and sounds:

  • Don't wait to get your tickets because as the final night approaches, they're going faster that Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve!
  • Increase your chances of securing tickets and avoiding the crowds by choosing a Thursday night and there are not many left! There are also some upcoming dates for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Also, please note that each night, you must select a scheduled date and choose between the 5-7pm and 7-9pm time slots. All guests must leave by the time designated on their tickets.
  • If the night you want is sold out and you're coming from out of town, why not plan a holiday getaway at one of our area hotels or beach rentals? The Blockade Runner Beach Resort is offering a special Enchanted Airlie package that includes tickets and a free shuttle ride.
  • Families with small children will want to visit the North Pole to see Santa first so they have not over done it by the time they get in line.
  • To avoid losing any members of your party, stay together. Airlie Gardens covers many acres and although it is beautifully illuminated, it is a nighttime activity and best to exercise a little caution.
  • Parents of special needs kids can make a reservation for "A Quiet Visit with Santa" by calling 910-319-7744.

To check dates and obtain more event information, please call the Airlie Gardens office at 910-798-7700 or visit this link: www.airliegardens.org or http://www.visitnc.com/event/enchanted-airlie
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