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

by seacoast_ashley 24. March 2015 03:47


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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):

http://bit.ly/1tKcHzL


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.


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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 http://www.poplargrove.org/). Some events are extremely popular and people often take to the trail while visiting Poplar Grove.



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Lucky

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 want...an 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.


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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!


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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?


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








My Top 5 Secondhand Stores in Wilmington, North Carolina

by seacoast_ashley 13. March 2015 04:39


I recently wrote a blog on furniture that I regretted selling. This got me thinking about the ways that I have replaced the items that I regretted letting go of. Every single piece has been replaced by something found in a thrift / consignment / vintage store. Thrifting is an addiction for me, and luckily Wilmington, North Carolina has some great spots for finding a deal. Listed below are my favorite five. Please leave your favorites on our Facebook page.

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1. The Eclectic, etc.

831 South Kerr Ave. Wilmington, NC 28403

This store has an amazing array of vintage pieces. The prices are low. One of the nicest things about The Eclectic, etc is that the whole store is broken into “shops” that are stocked by different dealers. This gives the store a unique flea market feel. They have lots of great midcentury pieces.


2. The Ivy Cottage

3020 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28403

The Ivy cottage has been a Wilmington, NC staple since 1998. The Ivy Cottage is huge. It consists of 3 large buildings bursting with beautiful consignment items. They even have a jewelry counter! If I am looking for a truly unique gift, I head to this place. I have purchased anything from furniture, to artwork, to a jar of local honey at the Ivy Cottage.


3. Tin & Oak

709 N. Fourth Street Wilmington, NC 28401

The Tin and Oak is one of the new secondhand stores to open shop in Wilmington. It opened last year in the revitalized area of Fourth Street downtown (The Brooklyn Arts District). It is not a huge shop but is packed with quality items at amazing prices. Seriously, amazing prices! The Tin and Oak lists many of their items on Facebook and Craigslist, and often have “deals of the day.” I have seen beautiful furniture listed for as low as $49! Have you ever been into a secondhand store with a whole wall of clean beautiful throw pillows in every color? They have it!


4. Home Again Fine Consignments

1115 Military Cutoff Road Wilmington, NC 28405

Home Again Fine Consignments are just what the name implies. They are a large consignment store with flawless pieces. Everything in the store could pass as new. Most of the items in the store fit nicely in a coastal decor. If I am looking for a big piece of furniture that feels new, I head to Home Again.


5. GFC Drop-off and Donation Store

1745 Sir Tyler Drive Wilmington, NC 28405

Although finding a great piece of furniture in this store might be difficult as their supply constantly fluctuates, finding great home accessories is easy. The new GFC store is located right across the street from the Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage building. This is especially dangerous for me as I work in the Coldwell Banker building. It opened just a few short weeks ago so supply is up and the building is very clean. Some of my recent scores were a cast iron skillet and a like new karate suit for my son. Another advantage? You could potentially find a new house and a new coffee maker for your new house with a couple of short steps across the parking lot!


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Have you ever regretted selling an item? I do.

by seacoast_ashley 10. March 2015 02:56

I can remember various furniture items that have been a part of and then left my house without much fanfare. Very few of the things that I have sold had any sentimental value at all. Three pieces of furniture are the exception...they float through my memory on a whim and instantly make me feel deep down remorse.


Long lost item number one: a dresser that my Mom had given me. This dresser had been mine since I was 3 years old. It was ugly, dog-bitten, crooked, and crayoned. I sold it. To this day I wish that I had kept that ugly old thing. If Pinterest had been a website at the time I may have covered it in chalk paint or turned it into my daughter’s dress-up area. Who knows?


Ghost furniture item number two (and possible the saddest one): my Mother’s childhood vanity set from the 1950’s. My Mother still has no idea that it is gone (sorry Mom). I had no idea that it was her childhood piece! I found out after a massive yard sale when she said, “Just as long as you didn’t sell that vanity. That would break my heart.” It was a perfect little mid-century modern design that would fit flawlessly into the decor of my home now. Mom thinks the vanity set is in my attic. I search Craigslist for that vanity at least one time a week.


My last and most recent furniture sell regret is an antique iron bed that my grandfather spent hours welding and repairing for me when I was a little girl. That bed served me from the time it was painstakingly restored until the 6th year of my marriage. It weighed 1000 pounds. I loved the bed, but as space got tighter and the bed’s condition deteriorated I had to either fix it or sell it. While scrolling through the pages of a Coastal Living magazine I found my bed. 100% positively my bed. I immediately texted my husband a pic of the bed with a crying emoji.


By giving up these pieces of my history I allowed for space to add new memory makers. I will grieve them always. But at least now I know what I’m looking for when I furniture shop!


Have you ever sold, lost, or given away something that you later regretted? Did you replace it or just move on? Where did you find the replacements?


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Stay in touch for the next blog highlighting some of my favorite secondhand stores, i.e. the places that I frequent to see if my old furniture has been turned in!

STAR NEWS SHORE PICKS We Made the Top 3 Finalists!

by seacoast_ashley 17. September 2014 10:03

Voting for the annual Star News Shore Picks - Best of the Cape Fear Region is underway! The goal is to honor "the best bites, businesses, locations and personalities in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties."

We're so excited that we made it into the Top 3 Finalists!

We'd Love Your Support!

www.StarNewsOnline.com/shorepicks

 

New Waterfront Community! River Bluffs – Castle Hayne, NC

by seacoast_ashley 14. January 2014 05:17

View of Cape Fear River at River Bluffs River Bluffs, a new gated waterfront community along the Cape Fear River in Castle Hayne, is preparing for its inaugural property release scheduled to happen in March 2014. Located off Chair Road, the 313 acres being developed for the new community are full of beautiful hardwoods and amazing wildlife. 100 acres will be reserved for green space and nature preserves. Plus, with 3,000 feet of navigable river frontage, every resident will have direct access and plenty of gorgeous river views! 

In total, the community will have 750 single-family home sites with 221 available during phase 1. Homes will have southern architectural details (see example home rendering) and will be priced between $300,000 and $500,000 (lot included), and higher. Lots will range between 1/4 and 1/3 an acre, and will be landscaped with native plants. Most importantly, River Bluffs is a low-impact development utilizing techniques that prevent soil Example River Bluffs Homecontamination, poor water drainage, and excessive destruction of the surrounding ecosystem.

Recently, River Bluffs was approved for a 143 boat slip marina, of which 15 slips and a t-dock will be available during phase 1. The initial phase will also include a river club, riverside park, pool, general store, post office, boat ramp, and kayak launch. Later phases will include more parks, nature trails, a fitness center, and an organic farm that residents will be able to use.

For more information about River Bluffs, ask your Sea Coast real estate agent. Don’t have an agent? Contact River Bluff’s onsite agent, Meredith Jackson.

 

Meghan Riley

Featured Home of The Week!

by seacoast_ashley 21. November 2013 05:20

6901 Runningbrook, Wilmington, NC 28411

Homes For Sale, Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

This executive craftsman style home in Demarest Landing overlooks beautiful Howe Creek. Demarest Landing is unique with winding paths, abundance of trees and lush landscape, neighborhood pier, dock and boat house, club house, pool and tennis courts. From the rich hardwoods and custom mantel and window seats, it's the perfect home for entertaining and family memories. The gourmet kitchen includes a Wolf gas cooktop, custom cabinets, tiled back splash, refrigerated drawers and large granite island with prep sink. The great room (kitchen, breakfast and family room) has views of Howe Creek as does the living room and all bedrooms. The main floor Master has his and her vanities and closets. Upstairs you will find 3 bedrooms and two baths with extra room for play or reading. The ground floor has a sitting/bonus room and study/5th bedroom with full bath. Expansive deck along rear of home offers great sunsets over the water. A stone retaining wall and dock complete your private enclave.

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Homes for Sale, Real Estate, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

People are back to buying houses right now and supply is low. If you see a home that you love, make sure you give one of our SeaCoasters a call right away, before it’s gone! It’s a seller’s market and we need houses… list with us! We can get it sold for you - Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is Southeastern North Carolina’s real estate leader for a reason.

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Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Ranks in the Top 25 Nationally!

by seacoast_ashley 18. November 2013 04:34

Coldwell Banker, Real Estate, Wilmington North CarolinaColdwell Banker recently released their National Awards Rankings through October:

Top 25 Teams 

Top 25 Offices

Office size 51-100 agents

Office size 101 agent +

Congratulations Team Gale and to our Fayetteville and Wilmington offices for these tremendous rankings on a national level!

What's Happening This Weekend in Wilmington, North Carolina

by seacoast_ashley 8. November 2013 08:50

Oak Island North Carolina Sunset

 

Here are just a few things happening in and around the Wilmington, North Carolina, area this weekend:

  • Historical Southport Bicycle Tour: The Adventure Kayak Company in Southport, NC, has teamed up with Southport Parks and Recreation to offer Historical Southport Bicycle Tour. Bring your own bicycle and helmet. Tour and rental prices can be found on their website.
     
  • Wine Tasting Cruise: Wilmington Water Tours presents a Wine Tasting Cruise featuring three wine tastings that include a red, a white, and a rose. Food pairings are also included and typically consist of fruit, cheese, and olives. On top of all that, you’ve got the beautiful water view!
     
  • Festival Latino: “The 15th Annual Festival Latino at Ogden Park in Wilmington, NC, is a cross-cultural celebration that includes food booths featuring cuisine from all over Latin America, music, dancing, a kids fiesta, the great Mexican Hat Race, plus crafts and information booths. Please note: Saturday is the Big Event with lots of activities for kids. Sunday features music and food but nothing geared toward kids.”via WhatsOnWilmington.com.

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National Philanthropy Day 2013

by seacoast_ashley 7. November 2013 09:10

Today was the 2013 National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast at UNCW, where theThe Cape Fear Region Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionalsrecognized nominees in six philanthropic categories. We are proud that our very ownBrain Moxey (Vice President – Director of Business Development at Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) was a nominee for “Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year“!

Brian Moxey, Wilmington North Carolina, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Brian Moxey

From the awards breakfast pamphlet:

On New Years Day 2003, Brian led a group of friends on the beach of Surf City to start the year with a plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. Over a decade later, the New Years Day Dolphin Dip at Surf City is now America’s biggest New Year’s Day Swim Event. From a group of 20 to last year’s crowd of over 5,000 participants, the event has brought the community together while raising funds for various organizations.

Brian has a big heart for giving and inspires others to do the same. There is no cost to participate in the event, but it raises about $10,000 every year. Brain selects a different nonprofit to honor each year, trying to spread it around because there are “so many wonderful charities”. In the past, funds have supported Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, and Hope for the Warriors.

With a passion for giving and helping, Brian Moxey advocates for many local organizations, including United Way of the Cape Fear Area and for the YMCA as a PPD Beach 2 Battleship Triathlon director. This year, Brian and his family were honored by the Karen Beasley Turtle Hospital when they named a rescued cold-stunned turtle Moxey. Moxey was released this June with much fanfare. Now the fanfare should be in honor of all the many other philanthropic efforts by our energetic friend Brian.

Thanks to all the community leaders, organizations and individuals who continue to make a difference in our community! You are all very much appreciated, and congratulations to all the nominees!

Brian_Moxey_Tim

Brian Moxey & TIm Milam, owner of Coldwell Banker Sea Coaset Advantage

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