Living Beside the Beach Has Never Been Better

Brunswick County is located in a coastal plain region of southeastern NC. Known for it’s stellar list of NC beaches, including Bald Head Island, the southernmost point of North Carolina. Brunswick County is a well loved tourist destination. It was formed in 1764 from parts of New Hanover and Bladen Counties and is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Tourism is a thriving part of the economy here. From Oak Island to Calabash (located on the border of South Carolina), there’s a plethora of tasty seafood restaurants, local surf shops and shopping experiences. Let’s not forget the stunning beaches to explore.

Investing in Brunswick County Real Estate

To live in a county with a large variety of beaches is like living in paradise. Just to name a few, there are: Bald Head Island Beach, Oak Island Beaches including Caswell Beach and Long Beach, along with the South Brunswick Islands including Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach. If beach life is calling, Brunswick has something for every beach comber. Each coastal beach community has it’s own feel and charm. Throughout these beach communities, you will find several public beach access points. Other coastal towns include Southport, Calabash, Shallotte and Leland.

Summer time means seeing loggerhead turtle hatchlings and enjoying many festivals and events spread throughout the coastal beach towns. Whether you’re into breweries and wineries, golf, shopping, wellness spas, produce markets, or lazy beach days, Brunswick County is your complete destination.

Oak Island, An Attractive Second Home Market

A quiet beach community, this nostalgic beach town is a well loved family vacation spot. Think bike riding and trips to the ice cream shop, Take a visit to the Oak Island Lighthouse, located in the town of Caswell Beach, not far from the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Built in 1958, Oak Island Lighthouse is one of the youngest lighthouses to line the NC shores. For the ultimate day of golf, visit The Course At Oak Island. Many Wilmington locals enjoy this golf course, being only 30 minutes away. Head to the Oak Island pier and hang out at Koko Cabana Restaurant, and choose anything from fried green tomatoes to local seafood dishes. Another great restaurant option is Rusty Hooks Dockside Grill with food fare including anything from crab cakes to tacos, fresh seafood plates to ribeyes. With a full bar, ‘Southport Magazine’ notes it as “Best Dinner With A View.” Don’t forget to visit The Point at Oak Island. With great shelling and beautiful maritime views, its the perfect spot for fishing the sound or watching the sunset. For more water views and a bit of cornhole competition, visit Lone Riders, with seafood, burgers and wings, this brewery is a hot spot. Of course the water is the main attraction at Oak Island. There are more than 60 public access points and two fishing piers (Oak Island Pier and Ocean Crest Pier), giving beach days the center stage!

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Wrightsville Beach Outdoors: Things To Do

Many families, even locals within an hour, choose to spend a week or two vacationing every year. Many families have chosen to make Ocean Isle and Sunset Beaches their permanent or second home. There are lots of reason why Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach have been a favorite for years! White sandy beaches, seashells, restaurants, outdoor activities-come have it all, with two beaches that are so close they seem seamless as one large community. After a day of sun and fun, cool down with a visit to Ingram Planetarium. From free summer concerts to local shopping venues, there is plenty to do here! Check out Island Breeze for upscale clothing and accessories. Stop in at Pelican Book Store and grap that next book for beach time relaxing. For pier fishing and awesome views, check out the Sunset Beach Pier or Ocean Isle Beach Pier. Both with their own grill and each with their own unique vibe. Located at the mouth of the Shallotte River and the Intracoastal Waterway, is a local favorite restaurant, deep in history, with stunning water views and a great menu- enjoy a late dinner and enjoy the sunset at Inlet View Bar and Grill. Stay in the loop with all of the fun events, check out the Ocean Isle Beach Events Calendar

Ocean Isle Beach & Sunset Beach - Set In Tradition

Take an out of the box sight seeing walk to the Kindred Spirit Mailbox, located on Bird Island, where people walk just to put their secret thoughts, dreams, prayers, all written down on a piece of paper. The walk to the box itself brings soothing ocean sounds and birds chirping, while viewing parts of the undeveloped beach. The unique mailbox was the inspiration for author, Nicholas Sparks. His novel, Every Breath features Sunset Beach and the Kindred Spirit Mailbox. Our NC southeastern beaches have given much inspiration and are highlighted in his books, including Southport, NC.

Calabash - For Seafood Lovers

You can’t take a trip to Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach NC without making a stop at Calabash! Well known for it’s local seafood, the shrimp boats back right up to the restaurants. Once a small fishing village, it has grown into a quaint town with lots to offer. For all the best seafood restaurants, check out the Calabash Resource Guide. A favorite stop for all kinds of shopping is Callahan's of Calabash. It offers one of the best Christmas decor sections, a rather large one! Pick up your sentimental local Tshirts and hoodies with your favorite featured beach town. Enjoy fudge by the pound, beautiful jewelry choices, beach necessities and so much more! Enjoy breakfast and lunch at The Original Famous Bagel Dock Cafe, (psst…they have more locations nearby). For the best toasted bagels filled with any kind of yumminess you can imagine, this is the place! With ice cream shops With ice cream shops dotting the streets, you can cool off with a delightful scoop of your favorite flavors as you wander through the charming streets of Calabash. This coastal gem invites you to experience a slice of paradise where savory seafood, shopping treasures, and culinary delights converge in a town that embodies the heart and soul of coastal Carolina.

Real Estate in Brunswick County

Whether you choose an inland destination as far out as Bladen County, NC or you prefer the coastal scene of the local beaches, Tatum Realty is a local real estate firm that knows the ins and outs of local coastal towns and even farmland and acreage. We are your real estate choice for finding the perfect location that fits your needs. NC real estate is at your fingertips.

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