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Come On Down to Wilmington, NC Riverfest 2009

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As most Landfall, NC property owners already know,  this event is held annually to benefit the Cape Fear River environment and this year it kicks off with the Meka II Pirate ship (sponsored by WHET) exchanging fire with the Southport Cannon Group at 5PM on Friday, October 2nd.   Riverfest continues  October 3 and 4 with  activities, shows, competitions, a street fair and much, much more happening throughout the weekend.  Beginning at 10AM  on Saturday  you can take your little ones to the Kid Zone (a freebie at The Cotton Exchange), then over to the Adventure Zone (ride Fees), cruise through the Classic Car display (free), or visit the Exhibits and Displays (free).  You will have ample opportunity to peruse Arts & Crafts from around the country while keeping hunger at bay with the many food vendors.  Anxious for more?  You can wander along all evening stopping at the Rail Jam (free), enjoying the Street Dance (free), and watching the fireworks.   

Riverfest Art  2009 by Magon Dew

Riverfest Art 2009 by Magon Dew

If you’ve got the energy on Sunday you can head on back downtown and catch all the events, shows, vendors, and competitions you didn’t have time for on Saturday!   And don’t forget to pick up your Riverfest T-Shirt featuring this year’s art work winner by Magon Dew. Please call 910.452.6862 or log onto their website at for all the details, times and events of  this fabulous Wilmington, NC event.  You’ll find us on Water Street (where the food is)!

Tips for Home Sellers

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If you are considering placing your Landfall NC  home on the market for sale, there are a number of  mistakes you don’t want to make, yet which are common.  Some of these are:

1) Don’t think your home is special, and thus immune to normal market conditions.  Most everyone in Landfall has a special home.

2) Don’t ignore what your sales associates tells you about what has sold, and for what price. 

3) Don’t fail to make needed repairs.

4) Don’t show a cluttered home.

5) Don’t be in the home during showings.

6) Don’t take negotiations or offers personally.  Remember, this is a business transaction to your prospective buyer.  You have no obligation to accept any offer below your asking price, but always respond professionally; you might be surprised by the prospect coming back at a latter date with a better offer.

Your Landfall Realty sales agent is always pleased to help with all components of the listing and sales process.

Charming Villa Home in Landfall’s Most Coveted Neighboorhood

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Located in a beautiful area of Landfall, beyond the Dye Clubhouse, close to the Intracoastal Waterway, surrounded by moss-covered Live Oaks, this 4-bedroom brick home features over 3,000 square feet and boasts an inviting exterior with fenced rear yard, expansive deck, brick patio and tranquil Koi pond.  Its private setting is wonderful for outdoor entertaining!

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For more information on this home, click on the photo or visit our website for this property as well as other Landfall listings.

Fall Landfall Real Estate Update Forum

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As requested by a number of attendees at Landfall Realty’s spring real estate forum, I will host a fall followup at the Nicklaus Clubhouse at Country Club of Landfall at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 21st.  I will update Landfall transactions for the year, and comment upon regional and national real estate trends and their impact on Wilmington and Landfall.  Again, questions will be welcome, and there were many good ones last session.   I look forward to seeing you at the forum.   This time, the bar will be open at the Club following the gathering, so if the news is not to your liking, a drink can be purchased.

Kenneth M. Kirkman

For Wilmington, NC Theater Enthusiasts – PHANTOM is Here This Week

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Phantom_musicalLandfall NC property owners and the entire Wilmington NC community have a chance to enjoy a fascinating theater experience this week only.  Thalian Association, due to the on going renovations at the historic building that houses their theater, is presenting PHANTOM:The American Musical Sensation  on September 24th through the 27th at The Kenan Memorial  Auditorium.   Shows are  at 8:00PM with a 3:00 PM matinee on Sunday.  Based on the Gaston Leroux novel Phantom is a completely different musical than Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” with its own music and a storyline that has the Phantom as the hunted rather than the hunter.  This production first appeared in Houston in 1996 with lyrics and music by Maury Yeston, and book by Arthur Kopit.   

Kenan Memorial Auditorium

Kenan Memorial Auditorium

 Our local production is directed and choreographed by Debra Gillingham with music direction by Jonathan Barber.  Kenan Memorial Auditorum is a state of the art, 1,016 seat facility  and the perfect  venue for this  production.  Tickets are $25 for VIP seating and $20 for general admission.  There are also discounts available for student and senior groups.   Call 962.3500 or log onto for more information and tickets.  This a theater experience  that Wilmington, NC will be talking about for a long time and one that you definitely do not want to miss!!

Your Dream Home is Waiting in Landfall, NC

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1220 Arboretum Drive, Rear

1220 Arboretum Drive, Rear

Situated in the seclusion of mature hardwoods and overlooking the Dye Course #7 Fairway, this gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3 full & 2 half bath Cape Cod style home is move in ready.  This exquisite home features volume ceilings in the Foyer and Great Room and an open floor plan that invites entertainment.  2008 renovations include a gourmet kitchen with Viking 4-burner cooktop, double ovens, dual sinks, and rough edge granite counters.  The generous Master Suite includes a comfortable sitting area for getting away from it all.  A covered rear terrace is accessed from either the Great Room or the Master.  Hardwood floors and built-ins abound in this must see dream home with amenities too numerous to list.    For more information on this or other Landfall properties click on the photo, call 910.256.6111, or log onto

It’s a Musical Weekend for All Ages Coming up in the Landfall, NC Area

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Gates will open at 10AM on both Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th  for the  7th  Annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area at Kure Beach, NC.  This hugely poplular festival is sponsored by The Thalian Association and features great bluegrass and bluegrass gospel along with good food, arts & crafts, storytelling, clogging and square dancing.  Bring your own blankets and chairs but, please, leave the pets and coolers at home.  For more information log onto

And making its debut on Saturday, September 19th at 11AM is the 1st Annual Carolina Original Music (COM) Festival.  Held at Hugh MacRae Park, this is an outdoor music festival for local Wilmington bands, including my own personal favorite Daniel Parish, along with Redwood, Ten Toes Up, Silver Judas, Parmalee and Jonas Sees in Color. To add to the fun, local pizzerias enter their pizza for a chance to be crowned Best Pizza in Wilmington. Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 at the gate and are available at Gravity Records, CD Alley, or by calling 888.512.SHOW. Beer, wine and coolers are allowed, however, no liquor and no glass.

 Once again, there’s plenty to keep you busy and keep your feet tappin’ in Wilmington, NC this weekend.

Artists, Babies, Veterans, and Blacksmiths in Wilmington, NC this Saturday

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8th Annual Downtown Wilmington ArtWalk showcases various New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick artists of all categories.  Participants are invited to make their costumes in advance.  The Grand Procession of Peculiar Pets starts at 1 PM.  Downtown city parking decks will be free all day.  Call 216.374.8884 or email for more information.

Cape Fear Maternity and Baby Expo starts at 9 AM and brings the most comprehensive display of community resources under one roof for expecting parents or families with young children.      A $5 admission gets you into this one stop solution for all parenting needs.  Call 910.617.8666 for more information.

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“Salute to World War II Veterans” Jamboree assembles veterans and home front workers to exhibit memorabilia, uniforms, and photographs.  In 2005 nearly 1,000 visitors and over 80 veterans participated and this one should be an even bigger success.  Donations will be accepted and there will be refreshments. Sponsored by the World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition and the Community Arts Center.  Call 910.796.3292 or email for more information.

“Hammer In” at Poplar Grove, where members of the Artists Blacksmiths Association of North America (ABANA) demonstrate styles and techniques used in forging iron, including folding and veining.  An old fashioned forge and a modern gas forge will be in use.  Information on ABANA will be available.  The public is welcome to come and see the Iron Artists at this free event.  Call 910.686.9518 for more information.

If all these happenings in our Landfall, NC region aren’t enough for you, you can still catch some great shows in downtown Wilmington, NC this weekend as well!

New Listing Has it All for $639,000

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817 Fox Ridge front

817 Fox Ridge Lane

If easy living,  regardless of the season,  is what you have in mind then this is the house for you.  One level brick home features an open floor plan and a Bonus Room over the garage. Majestic living room with three Palladian windows allows an abundance of  light that brightens the interior and the Breakfast, Living , and Master Sitting Rooms overlook a serene pond and the emerald fairway of Nicklaus Ocean #7.  3 Bedrooms and 3 full baths in a split floorplan  maximizes   privacy for family or guests.  Well maintained and in immaculate condition, with plenty of storage and expertly designed built-in cabinetry,  this home is a cheerful retreat with a lovely landscaped garden.  For more information on this and other Landfall Realty listings, click on the photo or go to

Wilmington NC Celebrates Labor Day All Week Long!

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WILD Festival kicks of f  September 1st  and runs through Labor Day.  The aptly named “Women in Labor Daze” celebrates all mothers, grandmothers, and mothers-to-be with events that include a Mayfaire concert featuring Michelle and the Midnight Blues, a comedic improvisation workshop with local pro Brooklin Green and much, much more all week long.  Please see the website or call 91.815.4775/910.398.4607 for more details.

September 2nd through the 6th you can catch the Thalian Hall production of Grey Gardens at City Stage.   Based on the lives of Edith Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter “Little Edie,” it is the tale of the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  The musical tells the hilarious though heartbreaking story of the once spirited women.  Call 910.343.3664 or 800.523.2820 for more information.

September 3rd through the 6th the Cape Fear Playhouse presents Stop Kiss .  This poignant drama is about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change forever.  It examines issues of tolerance and intolerance, and challenges attitudes about who and how we love.  Adult themes and language may not be suitable for everyone.  Call 910.341.7228 for more information.

Choose your music venue on September 5th!  6:00 PM at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater it’s Outformation, Bloodkin, & DJ Logic in concert.  Tickets are $15 in advance.  Visit the Penguin webite at for more information or for tickets. Jazz Under the Stars is being held on the beach stage in front of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 9-11 PM with the El Jay Johnson band.  This performance is free.

Thank goodness Monday is the Labor Day Holiday, you’ll need to relax and recuperate  from the very busy weekend you’ll have if you’re anywhere near the Landfall, NC area and join us for these events!