New Hospital open in Brunswick County

The new Brunswick Novant Medical Center opened July 31 at 6:00 a.m., the same time the old Brunswick Community Hospital closed its doors. By 9:30 am, 24 patients were transported to the new facility, with the new emergency room seeing 3 people within its first hour of opening.  The new replacement hospital received an exceptional response during opening events. Approximately 700 people purchased tickets to support the medical center’s new foundation and to preview the facility. Nearly 5,000 people toured the facility during the community open house, which also included a dedication ceremony highlighted by remarks given by U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre. Guests at opening events learned about the new hospital’s expanded emergency department, state-of-the-art operating rooms, maternity center and the facility’s all-private patient rooms. They also learned more about the new patient-focused amenities, including dining-on-call room service, wireless Internet through the facility and extended visiting hours. “The turnout for this event was tremendous,” said Denise Mihal, hospital president. “After more than four years of planning and community support, it was an honor to share this celebration with the community we serve.”

The opening of this state-of-the-art medical facility reinforces what those who call Brunswick County home know – that it is an exceptional place to live that both cherishes its relaxed and un-crowded lifestyle, while continuing to develop the technology and modern conveniences that you’d expect in a prosperous, growing community.

The Pure Joy of Paddling

“Voyage upon life’s sea, to yourself be true, and whatever your lot may be, paddle your own boat.”  -Sarah Bolton

As we journey through life, many of us have attempted and failed to do what great poets and philosophers have advised for centuries: “paddle your own boat.” Alas, life’s unpredictable circumstances usually end up steering us instead. This is probably why the literal side of the saying has become one of the most popular past times for retirees in southeastern Brunswick County North Carolina.

On the Atlantic Ocean, Shallotte River, Mercer Mill Creek, Intracoastal Waterway, or local streams and lakes, the canoe and kayak are personal craft that envelope and embody the variant nature of both humans and water. Long before interstate highways, railway systems, or the Internet, exploration was first and foremost indulged with a paddle. Just ask the American Indian, Inuit fishermen of the Arctic, and Lewis and Clark as they mapped the amber waves of grain and purple mountains majesty.

Paddling is a voyage of discovery as you maneuver your canoe or kayak over the gentle waters of a glassy lake or stream, escape from a crowded day through winding creeks and marsh savannas, or push your way courageously through a spectacular set of waves and sea, streaking up and over a giant swell into the blue valley of the next great wave. It’s just you and the water, experiencing the natural world the way it was meant to be…head-on.

Of course, you don’t necessarily have to live on the coast to experience the ride.  But if you are fortunate enough to live in southeastern North Carolina, your choices for adventure are endless. Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation offers opportunities for you to enjoy the pure enjoyment of paddling. This impressive community offers the experience of kayaking or canoeing on Palmer Lake. If it’s your first adventure, don’t worry…there are boat rentals and guides available locally.

After all, paddling your own canoe or kayak is what it’s all about and here on the coast. Plan your visit today and you may find an adventurous new pastime that you adore with health benefits.

A Look Back and a Peek Ahead

In the message below, Director of Real Estate Sales Eric Johnson offers a look back at the Rivers Edge community and a peek ahead.

“A new year is well underway, and I thought you might be interested in a few 2010 highlights, as well as a projection or two for 2011.

Eight homesites were sold in 2010 for an average sales price of $103,785.00. We also had three Gallery Townhomes sell or go under contract for an average sales price of $211,333.00. Additionally, there was a large home along the Shallotte River and 16th Green that sold for over $700,000.00.

As for new construction, we were pleased to see the completion of four new homes in 2010, with three more currently under construction. With construction prices as low as they have been in years and interest rates at all time lows, it makes sense that many of our residents are taking advantage of the current opportunity to build their dream home – getting more for their construction dollar than they ever thought possible.

All indications are pointing to an increase in sales over 2010 numbers for this year. While it’s difficult to forecast an increase in values for our community, we do predict more sold properties this year and we are certain that we’ll see more people taking advantage of the tremendous opportunity to build.”

Director of Real Estate Sales Eric Johnson
Director of Real Estate Sales Eric Johnson

New Design Center Open for Mark Saunders Luxury Homes

Over 25 years of experience and an impressive portfolio of architectural innovation and superior craftsmanship have distinguished Mark Saunders Luxury Homes® as master builders of extraordinary homes.

Mark Saunders Luxury Homes Design Center
The Mark Saunders Design
Center Located in Supply, NC
Mark Saunders Luxury Homes Design Center Selections
The Latest Styles and Selections
at the Mark Saunders Design Center

Now a new Design Center makes the decision to build with Mark Saunders Luxury Homes even easier. Whether your style is classic, coastal, or comfort, all the essentials to create a retreat perfect for your lifestyle is there. The Design Center, located in Supply, North Carolina, is equipped with the latest styles and selections for the interior and exterior of your home. Featuring James A. Hardie exterior siding, Moen plumbing fixtures, Mohawk Portico flooring, Daltile, General Shale brick, Owens Corning Cultured Stone, Sherwin Williams paint, and a variety of cabinet companies, the possibilities are endless. An in-house Interior Design Coordinator, Jennifer Anderson  guides clients through the selection process choosing the perfect colors, fixtures, and finishes allowing them the enjoyment of creating a home unparalleled in luxury and style.

Jennifer Anderson
Design Coordinator
Jennifer Anderson
Jennifer Anderson and Mark Saunders Luxury Homes Design Center
Selections with Jennifer at the
Mark Saunders Design Center

Fall is for Festivals – Part 2

As noted in a recent post about River Fest in Wilmington, Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival in Kure Beach, and the North Carolina Oyster Festival on Ocean Isle Beach, the Fall Season here in southeastern North Carolina is filled with festivals.

This weekend is Holden Beach’s Festival by the Sea, the largest festival in the South Brunswick Islands. Activities include live music, arts/crafts/food vendors, parade, horseshoe and sandcastle building contests, face painting, and the Charlotte Kite Club flying kites.  After the parade on Saturday, hundreds of people will walk across the Holden Beach Bridge (this is the only day of the year you can walk the bridge) to enjoy the vendors and other activities.  Schedule of events here.