Thursday, December 16, 2021 / by Anne Rose
Kyle Frie, with KBT Realty Group in Wilmington, moved from Holly Springs, North Carolina to become a full-time real estate agent while finishing his bachelors degree from Eastern Carolina University online.
I've been in real estate for just under a year. I got into real estate because I knew it was something that I've always wanted to pursue. My original idea was to go to college, get a degree, get a job. And due to COVID, I got my real estate license kind of just for fun.
And, it turned into me working full time as a Realtor down here in Wilmington. I love it down here. There's such a diverse group of people and homes.
I was originally born on Long Island, New York. I lived there until I was six years old, and then my family moved to Holly Springs, North Carolina, which is about 20 minutes from Raleigh. I love the beaches, but I have to say I like the river more.
I live in Riverlights right behind me, and Riverlights is kind of a newer community, and it's not as well known. The river is rich in history, and there's a lot of cool trails and sites to see. The nice thing about Wilmington is the diversity of the beaches. You have Wrightsville, which is close right to downtown Wilmington. And then if you go over the bridge, you got the quieter southern beaches like Sunset, Holden, Ocean Isle, Oak Island, and then just about 40 minutes away from Wilmington, you got the small town of Southport, which is really rich in history and is one of my personal favorite places to grab lunch and watch the boats come in and out.
In the evenings, I like to walk my dog down here to the water and we watch all the big cargo ships come in and it's cool to see where everything is coming from. Some of the ones that are even a step down from that are massive. It looks like a skyscraper is coming across on the river and makes me wonder - when they finally do get the river deep enough to take the big ones - what it's going to look like. But they're really cool to see, and when they're full of cargo, you can guess what's on it.
So in the community of Riverlights, they have multiple public accesses to the river. And people like to take their kayaks and paddleboards out. And you can actually go out to some of these islands out here and get out and walk around. One island called Shark Tooth Island is full of fossilized shark teeth. When they dredge up the river for the cargo ships, they pull up all these old teeth and you can go out there and find hundreds of teeth in one day.
In Wilmington, I like to play pick up soccer. I played soccer all my life, so I have a good group of guys that play soccer Hoggard High School over here, and I also play disc golf. It's kind of a newer sport, but Wilmington is actually known for some of their better disc golf courses and so there's a group that meets every Monday night and we play $10 buy-in and everyone plays for some money. That's fun. You meet a lot of good people.
Being originally from Long Island, New York, I have a lot of family that lives up there, and a lot of friends. I seem to be drawn to the people that are moving down from the Upper East Coast. And I love to show Northerners the joys of being down here in the South and the quiet, relaxing life on the beach.