380 Brunswick Drive NW, Calabash, North Carolina 28467
Brunswick Plantation, a Resort That Caters to Baby Boomers and Retirees, Boasts Three Golf Courses, a Tennis Center, Manicured Open Spaces and a Variety of Home Styles
Launched by the Caw Caw Land Corporation in 1991, the gated resort community of Brunswick Plantation spreads across 1,750 manicured acres of prime coastal Carolina land. The development is not an age-restricted 55+ community but is age-targeted, meaning that it markets to empty nesters, baby boomers and retirees. Most residents are age 45 or better.
More than 1,000 town homes, condominiums, and custom single family homes populate the plantation. At build out, there should be 2,000 or more residences. The condos start at around 750 square feet with one bedroom and one bath and are in buildings with three stories. Most town homes and single family homes have three bedrooms and two baths. Custom homes have up to 3,000 square feet and four bedrooms. The town homes have brick and vinyl exteriors, while the single family homes come in a variety of styles and colors. Energy efficient building practices are prevalent, as are golf course and lake views.
Condominium and town home prices start below $100,000, and single family home prices start in the low-$200,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change. The property owners association has almost 1,800 members and currently operates at a surplus.
Residents enjoy has three golf courses. The 27 holes were designed by Willard Byrd and feature Bermuda grass greens. The golf club has a full pro shop as well as a bar and grill. Brunswick plantation has four other clubhouses, too, some with a library, a card rooms, or a ballroom. The community manages seven swimming pools, a tennis center and an exercise spa. Residents have formed recreational groups based on the love of kayaking, biking, hunting, and fishing. For people who need more golf, more than 100 courses are in the area.
Brunswick Plantation is minutes from the small fishing village of Calabash. Myrtle Beach and Sunset Beach are also in the neighborhood. The Brunswick Islands are packed with lighthouses, museums, marinas, boat ramps, and pristine shorelines. The nearby Waccamaw National Refuge is open for fishing and wildlife viewing.
Calabash does not have an accredited hospital, but Grand Strand Regional Medical Center is accredited and is 16 miles away in Myrtle Beach.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the receives 52 inches of rain per year.
Visit www.brunswickplantation.com for more information. Go to tinyurl.com/y75ck53d for listings.
Sir Walter Raleigh sent English colonists to North Carolina in 1585 and 1587 to settle Roanoke Island. Permanent settlements were established in 1653, and early conflicts included pirate raids, the Quaker-led Cary Rebellion and the Tuscarora Indian War.
North Carolina didn't see much fighting during the American Revolution, but many residents went out of state to fight. A lot of locals were pro-Union and anti-slavery, but the state joined the Confederacy during the Civil War.
The state is the nation's largest tobacco producer, furniture maker and brick and textile manufacturer. Papermaking, chemicals, and metalworking are important to the state economy, too. Most lithium and mica come from here.
Tourists spend more than $1 billion in North Carolina annually. Sporting options include skiing, golfing and fishing. Major attractions include the Great Smoky Mountains, Cape Hatteras, the Blue Ridge National Parkway, the Wright Brothers memorial, Carl Sandburg's home, and an Old Salem re-creation in Winston-Salem. North Carolina's climate is warm and tropical most of the time, but it can be subject to fierce storms part of the year.
Population - 10,146,788
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 28%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 65%
Median household income - $46,848
Median home value - $154,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Why Choose a 55+ Community?
Most people who choose to live in a 55+ development are looking for a sense of community with other people of similar backgrounds. Many of these developments are gated and guarded, adding to a sense of security. Often the homes are low maintenance or "lock and leave," giving owners the freedom to do things other than mow the lawn, shovel the snow or replace the roof. The biggest draw is often the amenities, ranging from lavish clubhouses to activity directors and championship golf courses, making some developments akin to country club living (or summer camp for adults). While 55+ communities are not for everyone, they continue to be a popular choice for many people.
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