St. James Plantation
4006 St. James Drive, Southport, North Carolina 28461
Along the North Carolina Coast, Amentity-Rich St. James Plantation is Popular with Baby Boomers and Boasts a Variety of Neighborhoods and Home Prices, a Marina, a Private Beach Club and Plenty of Golf
St. James Plantation spreads across 6,000 acres of tidal creeks, salt marshes and scenic coast along the southern North Carolina coast. Only 30 miles from Wilmington and four miles from Southport, St. James opened its doors in 1991 and incorporated as a town in 1999. It is now home to more than 4,500 people and is the fastest selling community in the Carolinas. Although St. James is open to all ages, it markets itself to empty nesters, baby boomers and retirees.
The development has five distinct neighborhoods and three gated entrances. Residences include condominiums, town homes, cottages and single family houses. Cottages at Seaside and Regency Lakes are low maintenance sections with a wealth of floor plan options. The Harbor Walk neighborhood features luxurious condominiums along the St. James Marina. Most of the Plantation's homes have a garage, an optional patio, a master bath and a study.
Prices for condominiums begin in the low-$100,000s, and cottages start in the mid-$200,000s. Single family homes and custom designs can vary from the low-$200,000s to the millions. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change.
Residents at St. James Plantation have access to four on-site restaurants, 81 holes of golf, two complete cardio fitness centers, clay and hard-surface tennis courts, pools, community gardens, as well walking and biking trails. The plantation's private beach club has a boardwalk, gazebo, and shower area. The St. James Marina and Marketplace is a full-service protected facility with deep-water passage to the Intracoastal Waterway.
Homeowners can also partake in Southport's amenities. These include big box retail, specialty shops, wineries, galleries, a community college, and a community theater. Riverboat crewmen, shrimpers and Civil War blockade runners have all left their mark on this fishing village over the years, and Southport still reaches out to Intracoastal Waterway boatmen with its tall Pilots River Tower. It is a working town and always has been, although these days more people manage shops than manage fishing boats.
Dosher Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.
This area has hot, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s and and mild winters temperatures in 40s, 50, 60s. On average, it receives 55 inches of rain per year.
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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
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
Newer Communities vs. Older Communities
Retirement communities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These days new communities have a lot of bells and whistles, often including a large clubhouse with a state of the art fitness center, a resort-style swimming pool, an 18 hole championship golf course (or two or three), concierge services, transportation services, a rental program and much more. Something to keep in mind with newer communities is how the development will look when it is completely built out. And who will the residents be? Older communities often cannot match the amenities of newer ones, but they make up for that by having an established group of residents. You have a better idea what you are getting when you buy into an older development.
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