Fun Places to Go In and Around Wilmington on Your Dogs’ Day Off

by seacoast_ashley 24. March 2015 03:47


Empie Park

This is my favorite pooch place in Wilmington. The dog park is large and located right near the front of Empie. Two acres are divided up by chain fencing to separate the dogs by size. There is one area specifically for dogs under 20 pounds. The park is well-maintained. Empie is a great park for humans too! It boasts one of the best playgrounds, tennis courts, walking trails, and picnic areas. As Wilmington’s first off-leash park Empie has proven to be a huge success. There are always furry friends enjoying the dog park.

This is the link with the list of rules for Empie Dog Park (and I believe all New Hanover Dog parks):

Ogden Dog Park

Another dog park that satisfies both human and dog friends is Ogden Dog Park. Ogden Park is on the newer side. The only complaint that regulars have is the sand in the dog area. Some dogs have gotten sand spurs in their paws, and we know that cleaning sand out of dog fur is a never ending process.  But, as a human living at the coast, I have come to know two things quite well...sand and sand spurs! Ogden park offers a great walking trail, good playground for the kids, and covered picnic areas. Ogden Park is currently raising money for a new skate park! As the Ogden area grows I expect that this park will gain popularity pretty fast.

Hugh Macrae Dog Park

Hugh Macrae Dog Park is set up much the same as Ogden and Empie. There are both small and large dog areas. Because Hugh Macrae is so large and popular with Wilmington residents, this dog park tends to be a bit busier than the others. If you are looking to meet a human dog-loving friend, this might be the park for you. With the larger crowds here, it is important to watch your dog a little more closely. This park does have more grass than Ogden Dog Park, so there is a slightly lower risk of sand spurs.


Oak Island

The beach at Oak Island is not a dog park, but is a great place for you and your dog to run! Oak Island allows for leashed pets on the beach year round. They do require a leash from March 15 - October 15 (peak tourist season). A day trip to Oak Island is easily accomplished as there is ample free parking on the island, most beach accesses are equipped with waste baggies and waste receptacles, and it is only 30 minutes away from downtown Wilmington. I often find it easier to shoot down to Oak Island than to battle parking at Wrightsville. Bonus, I get to take my dog!

Abbey Nature Preserve at Poplar Grove

If you are looking to exercise yourself as well as your pooch, the Abbey Trails might be the thing to do. The trails are dog-friendly and are often used by pet owners. The trail is 2.4 miles long with a beautiful pond located at its end. You will want to bring your pets water, etc. with you. This trail is easy to hike but will most likely take over an hour. At my last visit there were no rules posted. Many people have dogs off-leash, so be aware that you may have overly excited company! You may want to check the Poplar Grove calendar (its located Some events are extremely popular and people often take to the trail while visiting Poplar Grove.

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Meet Patty Paone Pet Person of the Week

by seacoast_ashley 20. March 2015 02:49

Patty Paone is one “failure” that Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is happy to have on our team. Patty is what is known in the rescue world as a, “foster failure.” Believe it or not, she has fostered successfully (8-10 times). Patty recently moved from New York where she was active in a dog sanctuary. Obviously, Patty is an extremely patient and giving person. She currently has a pack of FIVE dogs, all rescues. I’m pretty sure that she has enough material to write a book, but this is Phoebe’s story.


My Phoebe was rescued from a Puppy Mill in Ohio in March of 2013.  By the time she got to us in August 2013, she had been in 3 foster homes and a short stay at the sanctuary.  She was so shut down. She was getting bounced around trying different situations to help her.  She wouldn’t go out or come back in on her own. She had to be carried out and then chased down to get her back in.  We would often bring our dogs to the sanctuary when we were going up for the day.  In comes my overly social boy (Mack) who got her out of her shell one day while visiting the sanctuary. He just wanted her to play and wouldn’t give up until she did.

After 2 weeks, we decide to see how she would do in our house.  We have a very social pack. Hoping less chaos and a smaller pack would help her, we took her to ‘foster’.  

I used to just sit outside and give attention to all the other dogs, letting her come to me when she was ready.  

We thought about rehoming her when she came out of her shell, but we think it is our pack that keeps her going, after all she has been through. We cannot imagine causing her to shut back down.


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by seacoast_ashley 18. March 2015 08:32

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word "Luck" as, “A force that brings good fortune or adversity”. On St. Patrick’s Day, we frequently heard the word luck. This had me thinking about the ways in which I have been lucky, and what I would do if Big luck struck.

I have been the winner of exactly one contest in my life. When I was 11 years old, I purchased a raffle ticket at my local pharmacy. The ticket sales were to sponsor a Special Olympian in my hometown. I won! The pharmacy called, and told me that I was the winner of one of the five or so prizes that were up for grabs. I pictured over and over the bucket of beauty items that I would be picking up later that day. When I arrived the counter clerk handed me what every 11 year old girl would oscillating fan.I did not win the make-up. I won the fan.  Lucky streak number one seemed to have come to an end. As an adult living in Wilmington, North Carolina I can now see the benefit of winning a fan!

I may not have won very many contests, but I am still prone to buying a lottery ticket if the jackpot is huge. Luck can change in an instant, right? As soon as the ticket is mine, I think of all the ways that I could spend the money. I wonder what the very fortunate lady from Brunswick county (she won $188 million) will do with her riches? For me it always goes back to charity (animals and the arts), my family and friends, and my home. And, I mean a big home with a stunning view and a pool.


6454 Shinnwood Rd. Wilmington, NC

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage gets to be a vehicle for luck everyday. When a seller gets his/her offer or when a buyer has his/her offer accepted, those people feel lucky. Once a month we call one very fortunate person to tell them that they are the winner of our ongoing Coast in and Win contest. This person is the recipient of a $500 check from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. How did they enter the contest? By walking in and looking at one of the beautiful homes hosting a weekend open house! What luck!

February 2015 - Katee Evans (Debi Byrd) 2.JPG

It is a pretty big stretch to think that I would ever win the lottery, but $500 seems pretty possible. I think I would treat myself to a shopping day at some of my favorite local stores, and hire a really nice babysitter for the evening. What would you do with an extra $500? Would you donate it? Would you treat yourself?

Let us know what you would do with an extra $500

Learn more about our Coast in and Win Contest and view our open houses

You can find more information on the house in the photo above by visiting

(Home listed by Jessica Edwards and Associates The Carolinas Finest)

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage in Oak Island, N.C. Earns Premier Office Award

by seacoast_ashley 23. March 2012 10:20

The Oak Island, N.C. office of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage has been named a Coldwell Banker® Premier Office, the highest honor given to Coldwell Banker® offices.  The sales associate team includes Lynda Haraway, Neva Cardwell, Leslie Cross, Bobbi Diaz-Welch, and Gladys Smith.

“The Premier Office award is the most prestigious designation that can be given to an individual Coldwell Banker office, representing the highest level of teamwork and achievement,” said Tim Milam, president of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage.  “Managing broker Chloe Grant and the sales associate team at the Oak Island office of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage exemplify excellence for offices throughout the Coldwell Banker system.”

“Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage consistently demonstrates the high standards of customer service, professionalism and excellence that define the Coldwell Banker brand,” says Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “It is my pleasure to recognize Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage with this award for their hard work and success in 2011.”

“Home prices have begun to stabilize, interest rates remain low and affordability has improved with many markets at historically strong levels,” says Gillespie.  “While the last several years have clearly been a challenge, homeownership is still in our DNA as part of the American Dream.”

Kay Baker & Associates Ranks in the Top 10 Coldwell Banker Teams in North Carolina

by seacoast_ashley 21. May 2011 03:00

The Kay Baker & Associates team with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty in Wilmington, N.C. was ranked in the Top 10 teams in North Carolina for the Coldwell Banker® franchise system for the first quarter of 2011.  The Kay Baker & Associates team consists of Billy Baker, Kay Baker, Debi Byrd, Robin Jones, and Chris Rice.

The Kay Baker & Associates team ranked No. 9 in Adjusted Gross Commission Income, No. 4 in Selling Units, and No. 10 in Total Units out of the approximately 100 Coldwell Banker affiliate teams in North Carolina.

“Billy, Kay, Debi, Robin, and Chris exemplify the standards of excellence for which Coldwell Banker professionals are known,” said Frank Lindsay, Southern regional director for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “It is an honor to recognize them as one of the top 10 teams in the state of North Carolina.”

Susan Williams Joins Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty

by seacoast_ashley 24. January 2011 04:21

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty is pleased to announce that Susan Williams has joined its South Brunswick office. Williams is a multi-million dollar real estate producer and brings 10 years of experience to Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty

Williams is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina and West Virginia. In addition to working with Sea Coast Realty, Williams will continue to work with Coldwell Banker Home Town Realty, located in Franklin, West Virginia. 




Williams is a member of the National Association of REALTORS, Brunswick County Association of REALTORS, West Virginia Association of REALTORS, Potomac Highlands Board of REALTORS, and the Metropolitan Regional Information System. She studied Criminal Justice at Fairmont University. As a full time real estate broker, Susan is able to devote her full attention her clients and as such has a successful track record with buyers and sellers.




In addition to her activities as a real estate professional, Susan Williams is a volunteer fire fighter with the Sunset Beach Fire Department and Franklin Volunteer Fire Department.  She currently attends Brunswick Community College, where she is working to further her emergency medical training to become a paramedic.  She is also involved with the Franklin Rescue Squad, where she is an emergency medical technician and member of the tactical skills team. Her leisure activities include fun with her family, NBHA/barrel racing, dirt bike riding, fishing/hunting & enjoying the outdoors. Susan has rescued several horses that she has placed with new owners.




Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty’s South Brunswick office is located at 127 Village Road, in Shallotte, N.C. and can be reached at 910-754-6782. Susan Williams can be reached directly at 1-855-358-3400 (toll free). Find out more about her at and

Getting Your House Ready to Sell: Part IV

by seacoast_ashley 7. January 2011 02:17

Fixing up the outside of your house is much like fixing up the inside, with a few simple adjustments you can turn the outside of your house into someone’s dream home. What was it that first attracted you to your new Jacksonville, NC real estate? Most likely, it was how attractive the home looked from the outside.

While it is sometimes customary to fix-up the outside of your home before you work on the interior, we believe it may be more beneficial to work on it last. There are two main reasons for this. First, the initial steps in preparing the interior of the house are easier. They also help put you in the proper mind set required for selling. Second, the exterior is the most important. A homebuyer's first impression is based on what the outside of the house looks like as they pull into the driveway for the first time.

So take a little walk across the street and take a long look at your house.


How does your landscaping compare to your neighbor’s? Is it at least similar?  If it isn’t, buy a few bushes or shrubs and plant them in the yard. It is an inexpensive way to give your yard an instant face-lift. If you have any room for flowers, buy mature, colorful flowers and plant them. They will add vibrancy to the yard, creating a favorable first impression.

Imagine how excited you felt when you pulled up to the fresh cut, green grass of your Wilmington NC real estate. That’s the same feeling you need potential homebuyers to feel about your house. Your lawn should be evenly cut, freshly edged, well watered, and free of major brown spots. If there are any problems, deal with them immediately to give the grass plenty of time to grow.

House Exterior

To paint or not to paint? Deciding whether or not to paint your home is a difficult decision. When you step across the street, does the house look tired and faded? If so, it may need painting or at least a solid power-wash.  New paint or a solid cleaning spruces up the appearance of a house, which can add dollars to offers from potential homebuyers.

The Back Yard

While it isn’t something the homebuyer will immediately see, the back yard of your house should not be neglected. If you have a pool or spa, keep it freshly maintained and cleaned. If you have swing sets, patio furniture or any other backyard accessories, it may be beneficial to remove them from. They may take up a lot of room, and you want your back yard to appear as spacious as possible.

The Front Door & Entryway

Pay special attention to the front door of your house, since it is the entryway into the home. Polish the door fixtures so they look brand new and wash or repaint the door if necessary. Remove any personalized name plates or mailbox accessories to provide potential homebuyers with a blank canvas to imagine their new life. Invest in a plush door mat to use when homebuyers are visiting, you can always take it with you to your Carolina Beach NC home when you move.

Now that your home is homebuyer ready from the inside out, you can start looking towards your future in your Wilmington, Carolina Beach or Jacksonville NC new home.

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