Coastal NC

VOL14ISS1 2018

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12 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 CAPE FEAR LIVING Let's jump back on our boat as we traverse the remainder of the Cape Fear River. To the right is the city of Wilmington's port, part of what makes the region's economy so robust. Getting closer to the ocean, the river widens as it moves south, passing by several communities that are still largely untouched by city living. Wave to the diners enjoying the sunset as they munch on raspberry-chipotle glazed chicken wings at new riverfront eatery Smoke on the Water, located in the Riverlights community. Soon we reach Southport, the quintessential beach town—so much so that it's played that role in many a movie, like Nicholas Spark's Safe Haven. Southport is also where the Cape Fear River loses its individual identity and merges with the Atlantic Ocean. Other beaches in Brunswick County include Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle, Holden Beach, Oak Island and Caswell Beach, all known for their serenity and splendor. You won't find high- rise condominiums here, but tons of charming bungalows nestled among the sea oats. These barrier islands are perfect for long bike rides on quiet streets and dropping a fishing line in the channel behind your home. But for many, the jewel in the Brunswick County crown is the Village of Bald Head Island. Just off the shore of Southport, this exclusive island, reached only by ferry, is the location of many beautiful homes in a maritime forest setting, surrounded by the Cape Fear River on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other three. The island's population explodes during the summer, but over 150 households find happiness here year-round. Now let's head out on the ocean. From Bald Head Island, we'll move up the coast to Kure Beach, home of historic Fort Fisher and an excellent aquarium. Next on the tour is the Carolina Beach area, more geared toward the enthusiastic tourist crowd who love the famous boardwalk and shopping and dining galore, but beachcombers looking for affordable housing drop anchor here as well. In a few short miles, we reach Wrightsville Beach, the beach most often associated with the city of Wilmington and the embodiment of primo oceanfront property. Restaurants, both old and new, welcome visitors and locals alike. And cowabunga—the surfing! The beach consistently receives kudos for being one of the best places to surf in the United States. Let's give the boat a rest and head back into Wilmington for a bit. We've visited the downtown district, but there's much more to this seaside city. Home to approximately

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