Brunswick Forest is opening several new neighborhoods that may suit your needs. Schedule a visit this winter and you will be among the first to view these newly released properties. Now is the perfect time to visit prior to their spring events. The weather is mild and there are plenty of things to see and do within the community and in nearby Wilmington. Reserve a Coastal Discovery tour today.
Opening This Spring
Don’t miss the release of Egret Cove! This charming neighborhood features one of their most popular architectural styles, the coastal cottage. These homes feature spacious open floor plans. Pictured above, is the Shelter Bay, built by Kent Homes. This lovely home offers a spacious kitchen with an entertaining island that opens up to a great room and dining room with trey ceilings. Expansive doors lead out to a large screened loggia with adjacent patio to enjoy the coastal weather. A private master suite features his and hers walk-in closets, his and hers vanities, and a large walk-in shower. A study, two guest bedrooms, and a second floor optional bonus room and bath allows for plenty of space and storage. This is just one of the many floor plans and builders you may choose from when you purchase a residence in Egret Cove.
Discover the Coastal lifestyle with Complimentary Discovery Package.
*Visit now until April 7th and your stay is on us!
Your Coastal Discovery visit includes: 3 days/2 nights stay, a tour of our community and model homes by one our knowledgeable agents, owner privileges during your visit, and your choice of activities: a round of golf on Cape Fear National Golf Course, a Water Tour on the Cape Fear River, or a Horse Drawn Carriage ride through historic, downtown Wilmington, NC.
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Brunswick Forest’s coastal lifestyle brings nature into your everyday life. Whether it’s a walk along one of our many trails or a bike ride into The Villages at Brunswick Forest for a bite to eat, the natural beauty of our community will become a part of you. You’ll also enjoy the amenity-rich community within minutes from your doorstep. Visit Brunswick Forest and become an owner for a day so you may try out all their amenities. Theater, live music, eclectic shopping, history, and 5-star dining are just minutes from the neighborhood. Wilmington is also home to an International Airport, a movie studio and the University of North Carolina.
What’s Happening This Month
Spring is coming soon! Thank you Mr. Groundhog. At Brunswick Forest it feels like Spring is already here. Just take a look a what is going on this month in the region. Can’t get away right now? Brunswick Forest may be coming to a town near you. Check out their schedule below and come visit them at the Ideal Living Shows this winter.
Local Events & Festivals in Wilmington
Feb. 7th: Jazz at the CAM Cameron Art Museum
Feb. 9 – 10th: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Thalian Hall
Feb. 9th: Wilmington Food and Wine Festival Historic Firehouse
Feb. 11- Mar. 7th: Oil & Water: Works by Laura Smith and Patricia Barrow Bellamy Mansion
Feb. 12-14th: 5th Annual Tournees French Film Festival Union Station
Feb. 13th: Bird Walk Airlie Gardens
Feb. 14th: Senior Moments 2 (Dinner Theatre)TheatreNow
Feb. 14th: The Odd Couple Thalian Hall
Feb. 14th: UNCW Men’s Basketball vs. Northeastern Trask Coliseum
Feb. 16th: UNCW Men’s Basketball vs. Hofstra Trask Coliseum
Feb. 19th: Black History Film Month Main Library
Feb. 22-23rd: Live Stand up with Anna Drezen Dead Crow Comedy Room
Feb. 23-24th: The Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge Moores Creek National Battlefield
Feb. 23rd: Dance Theater Harlem Kenan Auditorium
Feb. 23rd: Kidz Expo Wilmington Convention Center
Events at the Forest at Cape Fear National
Feb. 7th: Cigar Night
Prime Rib Night Every Monday at the Forest Restaurant
Taco Tuesday every Tuesday at the Forest Restaurant
Burger Day every Wednesday at the Forest Restaurant
Karaoke Most Friday Nights at the Forest Restaurant
Join us for Brunch every Sunday at the Forest Restaurant
Events in The Villages at Brunswick Forest & Leland
Feb. 6th: Trivia Night at the Joyce Irish Pub
Feb. 6th: Bingo every Wednesday at Locals Tavern
Feb. 7th: Meet Ruth Mulligan at the Community Table Lowes Foods
Feb. 8th: Gary Unger Band Locals Tavern
Feb. 9th: SCE Rocks Locals Locals Tavern
Feb. 9th: Jenny Pearson at the Joyce Irish Pub
Feb. 9th: Paint your Pint at the Joyce Irish Pub
Feb. 14th: My Funny Valentine Comedy Night LCAC
Feb. 15th: Music by Samuel Hatch Locals Tavern
Feb. 15th: Valentine Sock HOP LCAC
Feb. 16th: Bad Decisions Band Locals Tavern
Feb. 28th: Music by John Toppings at Willoughbys
Visit Brunswick Forest at the Ideal Living Show
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February 9-10th: Greater New Jersey Hilton Parsipanny
February 16-17th Fairfield County, Connecticut Hilton Stamford March 2-3rd: Greater DC Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner
Dog parks are a top amenity on the ideal lifestyle list for many dog families.
A quick scroll through your Instagram or Facebook feed will prove that 21st century dogs are officially in the limelight, right where they belong. Many who are looking to relocate consider an area or community as much for the sake of their dog(s) as they do for themselves. Dog-friendly hiking or walking trails – check. Dog-friendly beaches – check. Leash-free dog parks? More and more checks guaranteed. As people become aware of the benefits of having a pet, they’re also coming to the realization that, in essence, “pets are people too”. Roaming outdoors, getting plenty of exercise and staying social are all as important to a dog’s health as they are to our own.
Master-planned communities across the country are heeding the healthier living calls of canines and their humans by creating spaces for dogs and their owners to mingle with other dogs…and their owners.
Here are a few communities that have gone above and beyond for their canine residents:
Keowee Key, a lake community just outside of Clemson, SC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is full of parks. But, its latest addition may be one of the busiest. Residents are thrilled to have a place where they can plan doggie dates or schedule daily or weekly visits to so that dogs can play off-leash both on and off the “agility equipment” with new and old canine companions. Owners can also sign up for dog training sessions held at the park.
At Lakewood Ranch, the three acres of fenced-in, leash-free space at the Paw Park is every dog’s preferred stomping ground. Also a resident favorite, the Paw Park is a popular spot for neighbors to mingle. A doggie drinking fountain, a separate small dog and puppy area, benches and a bag dispenser are on site.
The folks at Hampton Lake in Blufton, SC are convinced that pet companionship can be vital to health and well being at all ages. So, they went all out for resident canines and their families. Sand pits, earth mounds, and grass fields allow dogs to do more than just stretch their legs. And, the six ft. fire hydrant and handheld shower is a hit with dog owners not so fond of mud-covered paws. The picnic shelter with tables and benches is a great space for neighbors to become friends and for good friends to spend time together.
The Villages at Citrus Hills on The Nature’s Coast in Florida has decided to integrate two and four-legged exercise spaces. At Rockwood Park, you can play basketball, bocce ball, run with your dog(s) on the fitness trail, or let them run free at the Rockwood dog park. Aside from the standard dog park amenities, bone-shaped sand traps and water-play features like the spraying fire hydrant keep dogs digging and diving, providing the ultimate in doggie aerobics.
At St. James Plantation near Southport, NC dogs are everywhere – hanging their heads out of golf carts, running with their owners, and paddling alongside swimmers in the surf. But running leash-free, socializing and relaxing at one of St. James two dog parks – Woodlands Park and St. James Drive Park – are dog and owner favorites. If access to a restroom is essential, then Woodlands Park is your best bet.
Master-planned communities are integrating parks and ample spaces for dogs to roam because a dog’s life is the good life. And, given the benefits of having them in our lives, communities and their residents want to do whatever they can to make a dog’s life even better.
On Callawassie Island, active living unfolds in classic Lowcountry style. What better way to truly experience the lifestyle and community of Callawassie Island than to visit? Drive across our private, 1/4-mile causeway, and leave the hectic world behind as you enter paradise.
[ Learn more about our Callawassie Island Discovery Visit by clicking HERE. ]
Through our Discovery Visit, you’ll enjoy on island accommodations with unlimited access to our state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six Har-Tru tennis courts, 27 holes of Tom Fazio designed championship golf courses and magnificent dining at our Callawassie Island Clubhouse.
Callawassie Island is the epitome of Lowcountry living.
Book your Discovery Visit today, and enjoy an island experience like no other.
The Lake and Hills Garden Club Celebrates 30 Years
Keowee Key’s Lake and Hills Garden Club celebrated their 30-year anniversary this year, and it’s stories like this one that have helped hold it together.
Laura Havran has roots at Keowee Key; a fairly rare phenomenon for residents living in 20th century-born master-planned communities. Havran’s mother, Jeanette Dodge (known as “Parky”), and her father, J.T. Dodge, settled in at Keowee Key in 1989, 14 years after the community formed. Laura and Dick Havran and their three children spent summers on the Lake and fell in love with the lifestyle there. So much so, that when they started exploring retirement options, they consistently compared communities they visited to Keowee Key. And, nothing measured up.
“Finally, my husband said to me, ‘Remind me again why we’re not considering Keowee Key?'” Havran said with a chuckle. “It was then that we realized that this was where we really wanted to be.”
Not long after they moved to Keowee Key, Havran followed in her mother’s footsteps again when she joined the Lake and Hills Garden Club.
“My mother was a 27-year member and a former garden club president, so when I moved here it was sort of expected,” Havran said. Not to mention, Havran, one of eight children, grew up with vegetable gardens, freshly cut flowers from front yard gardens in vases on every table, and good weeding and harvesting skills.
“Gardening is sort of in our blood,” Havran said. “Both of my parents grew up on farms, so growing things was just a way of life for them.”
The Lake and Hills Garden Club, of which Havran is now president, was formed by seven women residents at Lake Keowee in 1988 and has since made a name for itself in the region. 2018 marks the club’s 30th anniversary.
“People come from all over the region to attend our annual October auction. We have several that come from Clemson every year,” Havran said. “The garden club is kind of known in the region for the work we do. So, supporting it at the auction has become a tradition that people really look forward to. Everyone gets all dressed up. It’s quite an affair.”
Due to the auction’s success, the Garden Club is able to host community programs and initiatives, such as seminars presented by Clemson professors and area authors, planting 100 dogwoods near the clubhouse, the nursing home project, and the National Wildlife Federation Certification program. The Club’s goal is for the entire community, including the clubhouse gardens, to become a Certified Wildlife Habitat®.
Members like Alice Guzick (head of the National Wildlife Federation project), Barbara Shaver, Irene Feber, and Edna Mallamed have been with the club since its inception.
“They’ve done what it takes through the years to rejuvenate membership and to keep the club alive and vibrant,” added Havran
Garden Club members take their skills and big hearts into nursing homes to work with residents. They allocate funds raised to support relative local and national initiatives. And, they spend time together at floral arranging and planning workshops, and working on planting and preservation projects.
Havran says that while she loves all the work that they do together, she loves the fellowship almost as much.
“We have such a great mix of ladies with so many different skills and backgrounds. It’s just a whole lot of fun, and we’re able to do a lot of good and learn so much in the process.”
And, as for her mother’s legacy, Havran carries it with her.
“I’ll just be going on about something, and one of the club members will say, ‘oh, that’s so something Parky would say,'” Havran said with a laugh. “And then, I realize that they’re right.’
The Lakewood Ranch 21st Annual Tour of Homes is happening now through November 18th. Lakewood Ranch is the #1 best-selling multi-generational community in the country for reasons one must be there to understand. And, this month-long event may be the best time. Activities and events are scheduled throughout the month in order to highlight the best of the Ranch. There are more than 70 models and move-in-ready homes to tour on the Ranch, ranging in price from the $200,000s to more than $1 million. This year, guests will be able tour homes in the 14 actively-selling villages, including the two newest additions: Toll Brothers’ The Isles, and Lakewood Ranch Waterside.