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August 2022 Around the Azalea Coast | What to do with the Kids | Community Spotlight: Jacksonville | What's Up at KBT

Wednesday, July 27, 2022   /   by Anne Rose

August 2022 Around the Azalea Coast | What to do with the Kids | Community Spotlight: Jacksonville | What's Up at KBT

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Updates and Happenings from beautiful Southeastern Coastal North Carolina.

“There is no failure. You win or you learn. Either one is okay.”
- Gary Keller, Founder of Keller Williams

What's Up | what to do with the kids

My son and his friends love Fort Fisher, for the aquarium and beach. You can drive on if you have 4x drive and the day pass isn't too expensive. Also, Flip N Fly and Jungle Rapids mini golf and water park. Teach your kids how to care for a plant and take them to Shelton Herb Farm in Leland to pick one out. We also visit Carolina Beach State Park, which is great for camping or walking the trails. In Carolina Beach, the Boardwalk has a firework show every Thursday night at 9pm. Pineapple Studios has pottery classes; one year he made a cookie dish for Santa and gave it to his grandparents. It was the cutest thing! - Audrie Sierra, Broker/Realtor®  

There's so much do in the area for kids. When ours were growing up, we were regulars at Fort Fisher Aquarium. Add these to your list: Jungle Rapids (for the water park, putt-putt golf, and arcade), Cameron Art Museum with great classes for children, Cape Fear Museum of History, Railroad Museum, Children's Museum, laser tag, Moores Creek National Battlefield, Brunswick Nature Park, Mike's Farm, fishing off the piers in Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach, and bowling. For kids with disabilities, Miracle League is a godsend. - Janine Pugh, Director of Recruiting

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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher provides hours of entertainment and education

Kayaking at Shark Tooth Island and looking for sharks teeth of course! - Nancy Schappell, Broker/Realtor®

Both locals and visitors love surf lessons. Of course, fishing at the pier in Carolina Beach - or better yet, a fishing charter. Charters leave out of Carolina Beach, and all of the seaside communities along the Carolina coast. - Mary Ellen Slugg, Director of Operations

Kids - and BIG kids, too - love taking the ferry from Fort Fisher to Southport. Load the kids and the car onto the ferry and relax for the 35 minutes ride. The ride is inexpensive, and it is first-come-first-serve, so check the schedule and be there to be in the line when the ferry comes in to load. When you get to Southport, burgers at Blue Cow Grille, hot dogs at Trolly Stop, and ice cream at Spike's Dairy Bar are super kid-friendly and won't break the bank. I have to also get SkyWatch Bird Rescue a shoutout because kids love visiting the exotic rescues, including the emu, and their educational programs are really interesting. - Anne Rose, Director of Marketing

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Community Spotlight | Jacksonville, North Carolina

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Have you explored Jacksonville and the surrounding communities? Home of the largest Marine Corps base on the East Coast, Jacksonville has a deep sense of community, plenty of young families in addition to a sizable retired population, and a wide variety of real estate options for home buyers as well as investors.

Joanna Prinz and David Barr, both Jacksonville residents, share their insights on Jacksonville in this new video on "Where We Sell."

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Tips from Real Estate Experts | Buying Waterfront Real Estate

Buyers looking at waterfront property are often motivated by the convenience and caché of owning private, direct access to water. In southeastern coastal North Carolina, this could be property with frontage on the Cape Fear River, Intracoastal Waterway, or the Atlantic Ocean.

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Buyers considering purchasing a home on the water need to consider how they intend to enjoy their new waterfront home.

If the view is your primary motivation for living on the water, the direction that the home faces is important. An east-facing home will provide views of the sunrise, and over the Atlantic Ocean, those early morning vistas can be spectacular. For sunsets, west-facing windows and decks will give the optimal perch to enjoy the waning day. Homes that face south often have light all day, and can provide a view of both sunrise and sunset.

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Team Updates | kudos and community

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Shawn Roberts, Broker/Realtor@ - KBT Commercial, has been named to the board of the Pender County Humane Society. The Pender County Humane Society is a no-kill shelter in Burgaw, North Carolina, that works to find responsible permanent homes for homeless animals. 

Shawn lives with his best buddy, Archer, who you might meet walking along downtown Wilmington's Riverwalk. Archer is a Florida rescue pup, now living his best life on the southeastern North Carolina coast!

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Janine Pugh has been elected to the Access of Wilmington executive committee as secretary for the organization. AccessILM is a nonprofit organization that operates six different programs with the goal of eliminating barriers to health and wellness through sports, recreation and fitness for those in the greater Cape Fear area with disabilities.

(Pictured: Janine, right, and her daughter Samantha.)

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Ketasia was born in Wilmington and has been involved in sales with her family business since she was twelve. Ketasia is enthusiastic about community volunteerism, and has been active contributing her time at Goodwill, soup kitchens, and hospitals, as well as at several local churches.

Gianni attended West Brunswick High School and then Brunswick Community College in Bolivia NC. Originally from Phoenix, Gianni now lives in Wilmington.

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Teri Moylan, Broker/Realtor®, won the KW Culture Award from the Wilmington Keller Williams Market Center for the month of June. This award recognizes contributions to Keller Williams for associates who are "shining examples of giving, sharing, and aiding in the growth of the KW culture." Nominated by their peers, Cultural Ambassadors are selected for their ongoing, inspiring endeavors, and volunteer efforts.

Teri continually makes exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in the Cape Fear community and for her team members at KBT Realty.

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Listings | featured properties

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3206 E Lagoon Court SE, Southport NC - St. James Plantation
3 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 3,432 sqft

Stunning, free-flowing open floor plan in a golf-front resort home at the resort community of St. James Plantation. Beautiful pond views at both front and rear on a private cul-de-sac, and overlooks the 14th fairway on the Members' Club course. Three bedrooms and a French-doored home office are all conveniently located on the main floor, and an additional fourth bedroom or bonus room with its own full bath is on the second floor.

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8803 Ramsbury Way, Wilmington NC - Custom-built with six bedrooms!
6 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | 4,088 sqft

Beautiful custom-built home with expansive living and storage space. The floor plan includes a foyer flanked by formal living and formal dining room upon entry. The gorgeous great room includes a cathedral ceiling with 3 windows bringing in wonderful light. The spacious, covered front porch or backyard screen porch with fan are both perfect to enjoy the outdoors.

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LANDING LISTING - Extraordinary Opportunity!
996 Acres - 7 Parcels 

Within the boundaries of Rosindale and Airport Road just outside of Elizabethtown, North Carolina, this property is perfect for recreational vehicles or horses as trails run throughout. Good dirt road system and currently managed for deer, quail, and turkey hunting. Six+ acre pond on the property. 

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Reviews | feedback from our buyers and sellers

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"Our agent, Rick Binford did an amazing job for us! We received two offers and he explained everything very well and helped us make the right choice. If we had to choose again, we would choose the same person/agency. The work they did, pictures, brochures, website stuff was all first class. Thanks for helping us move on to the next step in our journey." - Jeannie Rodbell, Google Reviews

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"Alex Hernandez was fantastic in all she accomplished for my family. She was on top of everything continually and made the sale happen quickly. I highly recommend her to anyone I speak to. Thank u Alex ??????" - Adele Cappuccilli, Google Reviews

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"I recently purchased a property in Southport with Audrie Sierra. It was very enjoyable working with her and her team. Audrie has a very engaging personality. She did a superb job answering all of my questions regarding the local real estate market. As a veteran, I greatly appreciated her attention to detail when responding to all of my questions throughout the buying process. The guidance and assistance she provided was invaluable to me. What really made this purchase truly exceptional is that I never had to leave my home in Minnesota. All of the details were flawlessly handled by Audrie, Transaction Coordinator Krystal Baird, and the KBT Realty Group in a timely manner. I highly recommended anyone looking to buy property or sell their property to contact Audrie Sierra. She exemplifies the model of a truly professional real estate agent. I am looking forward to working with her again." - Wendy Buffington, Google Reviews

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