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Landfall Prepares for Independence Celebration

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July4 2008 smallerLandfall NC property owners and Country Club of Landfall members anxiously await the July Fourth activities planned for the weekend.  Friday, July 3, dinner will be served at the Landfall Clubhouse before the big fireworks show that blasts off at 9:15.  Saturday, July 4, is jammed packed with festivities  for everyone!  A 5K run/2K walk is scheduled to start off the day at 7:30am.  Afterwards, kids’ games will be set up at the soccer field  and continue until the soft ball game begins at 11:45.  Poolside will be rocking with DJ music, games, and a hot dog/hamburger cookout.  At 3:30 spectators line the streets of Landfall as the Motor Vehicle Parade passes by on its way to the clubhouse for the Flag Raising Ceremony held in front of the Landfall Clubhouse with special guests, Uncle Sam, Miss Liberty and the Landfall Color Guard.  The day ends with a delicious old-fashioned cookout with all your American favorites… A fabulous way to socialize with friends and celebrate our independence in style!! Owning real estate in Landfall NC provides unending opportunites for having fun.

Audubon NC Ecotours in Wilmington

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Just outside the gates of Landfall NC, in any direction you care to travel, you can find something interesting, fun, and educational to do.  Case in point?  Every Friday at 9:00 AM Audubon NC offers field trips to Mason’s Inlet.  These birding tours take you on a hike where you’ll discover the sights and sounds of our unique coastal birds.

Least Terns, Black Skimmers, American Oystercathers and Wilson’s Plovers nest here due to the Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Plan that was developed between New Hanover County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to assure the protection of the critical nesting site.  The result of that plan was the creation of this 300-acre bird sanctuary which you can tour with Audubon bioligists to see all kinds of North Carolina waterbirds.

Skimmers at Masons Inlet
Skimmers at Mason’s Inlet Photo from Audubon NC

Registration is not necessary for these weekly tours, simply meet at the Mason Inlet Information kiosk located off the cul de sac near the Shell Island Resort.  About .1 mile south is a public parking lot (there is a fee required to park).  Bring binoculars if you have them, sunscreen, a hat and comfortable shoes for walking on the sandy beach and water.  For more information call 910.686.7527 or email   What a wonderful way to jump start a Wilmington NC weekend!

Wilmington, NC Commemorates Independence Day!!

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Living and owning real estate at Landfall, NC allows you tons of choices for activities all year round, and the 4th of July is no exception. You can kick off the day by heading down to Hugh McRae Park at 11AM for the Red, White and Blues which offers free fun and games for the kids, raffle, music and more.  Coolers allowed, beer and wine only.   For more info email

Then at 5PM join the Riverfront Celebration on Water Street which goes until 10PM with food, music, fireworks and entertainment in Historic Downtown Wilmington! The 440th North Carolina Army National Guard Band will be performing in Riverfront Park and the evening’s festivities end with the 13th Annual Battleship Blast, a huge choreographed fireworks display beginning at 9:05PM that explodes over the Battleship North Carolina.  For more information on this and other events go to or call 910.251.5795 EXT.2048.


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The City will be closing streets beginning at 2PM and will direct traffic during and after the event.  For those viewing the fireworks along the river bring your radios and tune to WGNI 102.7.  Primary viewing of the fireworks will be from downtown and WECT-TV 6 will also broadcast the fireworks live beginning at 9PM.  For more information and all the pertinent details call 910.341.7855 or log onto

Buying a Boat

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I wanted to share some thoughts about boat buying.  I’ve been around boats most of my life, in fact my father used to tell me stories about going fishing with him while I was in a baby carrier.  It has been said that the two happiest days in your life are  the day you buy your boat and the day you sell it.  I can’t imagine owning real estate  in Wilmington, NC without a boat and I hope I never experience the latter part of that old adage.

I want to talk a little about an “all-around” boat, something you can fish inshore and on calm days head out on the ocean.  I would recommend something in the 17-19 foot range with a center console.  In today’s tough economic times a boat like this can be easily maintained at little cost.

19ft inshore boat

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When looking at boats, keep versatility in mind.  You might have a family that likes to water ski or go tubing and a boat like this will do the trick as well as being rigged as a fishing machine.  Also, keep freshwater fishing in mind as you can trailer it to some of our local rivers and lakes.

One of the biggest mistakes that I see folks make is buying a boat that is functional for their immediate need but which does not accommodate all their current and potential requirements.   Time, money and frustration could be saved by carefully looking at all potential current and future uses.

This is a great time to buy as  there are plenty of good used boats out there.  There are also terrific deals on new boats as well.  Just turn left out of the Eastwood Gate from Landfall NC and guess what?  Water galore!!

Remember to practice catch and release and, please, take a kid fishing!

Jim Coley/Broker

Spectacular, Stand Out Home On the Market

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2017 Pelican Reach Place

Elegant French Provincial home stands above all the rest in this price range.  This custom 5 year home encompasses both indoor & outdoor comfort including heated hot tub, pool and lush plantings.    Overlooking Nicklaus Marsh #8 fairway, this home features 5 bedroomns, screened porch, 3-car garage,  formal areas, media room and all the newest amenities so there’s no need to even think about updating.   You just have to see this specatular home in Wilmington, NC to appreciate all it has to offer. 

For more information on this house, click on the photo to visit our website.

The Whole Enchilada!

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If you’re contemplating a move, let me share some of the many reasons you might want to consider the Wilmington NC area.  Wilmington is a small city, with all the benefits that brings, but also has about all the features you’d find in any large urban locale.  We have a wonderful donwtown that sits on the Cape Fear River, including  an historic district that offers a glimpse into our illustrious past.


Photo courtesy of Bellamy Mansion

 Then there are the beaches, all of them pristine and beautiful.  While we do have four season, we can continue to enjoy most of our favorite outdoor activities without a hibernation period.  Wilmington NC also has many venues for theater and the arts, as well as the benefit of our local college and university campuses, both of which offer cultural and educational learning opportunities.

Our own Landfall NC community is minutes away from Airlie Gardens, the New Hanover County Arboretum and Wrightsville Beach, as well as some of the best dining and shopping in southeast North Carolina.  A fully mature community, Landfall, with its unspoiled lakes and ponds, emerald green golf courses, conservation areas, and nature trails will continue to be, as it has been for twenty years,  a fantastic place to live.

Alison Bernhart

Country Club of Landfall, NC Summer Bash

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Country Club of Landfall’s Annual Summer Bash was also their 10th Anniversary Grand Finale and they pulled out all the stops for this one!  Several of our agents were in attendance and they vow they’ll never miss another one.  Two of them were gracious enough to fill us in on all the details.

Becky Spivey and her husband, Sean, were in attendance and both found themselves enjoying the various food stations scattered throughout the dining room, grill room and the outside tent.  Becky’s absolute favorite was the “ceviche” station.

Martie Davy and a group of her friends got together and even those who weren’t members were able to enjoy the events of the evening with easy check-in and tracking of fees posted directly to their own credit cards.  They were all impressed with the abundance and variety of food (no small feat since Martie is a fabulous cook herself), the shrimp and steaks were a hit with these folks.



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Both Becky and Martie agree that the well over 500 guests who were kept well fed were also all very into the evening’s musical group and were getting down with “Party on the Moon,” the band that was featured at this event (and word has it that they’ll be the entertainment at the 10th Annual NHRMC Founder’s Gala on January 23, 2010).  No one wanted to be the first to leave and just about everyone danced til the last note was sung.  Sounds as though this Club event well might be the one all other Wilmington, NC events will be compared to in the future!

Secluded Southern Home Becomes Available

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Oversized  cul-de-sac lot backs up to wooded conservation area creating a private, peaceful setting for this lovely brick Southern home.  This extraordinary piece of Landfall real estate features five bedrooms (3 of which are on the first floor), large Bonus Room and Craft Room.  Wood burning fireplace and built-in shelves in Living Room.  Cedar closet, walk-in pantry  and gobs of storage just begin the list of extras.  Large covered terrace is the perfect spot for entertaining and outdoor living.  Priced to sell.


2221 Moreland Drive

For more information on this home (or other Landfall Wilmington, NC listings) please click on the photo or visit our website at

Annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament – June 25-27, 2009

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Whether you’re an avid deep sea fisherman or you just enjoy being on the open sea, if you’re planning on being in the Landfall NC or Wilmington, NC area this coming week you might want to join the excitement of the 36th Annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament taking place June 25-27. 

marlin1The adventure begins at 3:00PM on June 25 with registration for all competitors at the Wrightsville Beach Marina.  A Captain’s party follows from 6:00-9:00PM that same day.  Fishing times are Friday and Saturday from 8:30AM-3:00PM.  Friday’s festivities will end with a cookout starting at 6:00PM and Saturday’s Grand Finale Party starts at 7:00PM and will end at 10:00PM.  The Awards Ceremony takes place during the Finale Party.

Once again the headquarters and weigh station will be at Wrightsville Beach Marina and Bluewater Grill will host all of the tournament’s social functions.  This year’s tournament is expected to be the best ever, so if you’d like to participate, or even if you’d just like to be a spectator, plan on getting to Wrightsville Beach for all the Blue Marlin action.  For more information  please call 910.256.6666 or log onto to download a registration form and visit the tournament site.

Spectacular Estate Homesite Available

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407 Marshland Drive has just come on the market and is one of the premier estate homesites in Landfall.  High on rolling hills overlooking Pembroke Jones Lake, this 1.83 acre site is in  the prestigious  Highland Ridge area with breathtaking views of the Nicklaus Marsh course’s 5, 6, and 7 holes.  A piece of Landfall real estate like no other!

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