What to do this week – look for Wilmington NC real estate

Trying to think about what to do while you are in town visiting?  Here are just a couple of things that are going on around Wilmington NC this week.   While you are here, if you are interested in Wilmington NC real estate, the market prices are good and the interest rates remain steady.  Now is the time to search for Wilmington NC homes.  The last 30 days there have been 131 single family homes in Wilmington NC go under contract.  The pending stats for these homes are as follows: 

Quick Stats – Averages
  Listing $ SqFt Listing Pr/SqFt DOM/CDOM
Single Family (131) $255,773 1910 $128 113/142

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Preview this listing at 511 Macon Drive in Preston Woods on our website.

To search Wilmington NC real estate with a click of a button, go to www.cbbaker.com for virtual tours and more.  Call us if something catches your eye. We are natives of Wilmington and would love to share our excitement about the area we call home. 

Ideas for things to do while in Wilmington NC are compliments of our great official Wilmington NC tourism website, www.capefearcoast.com

Wednesday, 07/07/2010 8:30 PM

Family Movie Night at Wrightsville Beach Park
Bring the family and enjoy a free movie under the stars hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Rec Dept. Tonight’t feature “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be cancelled. Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed. Concessions will be available – popcorn, soda, candy, Kohl’s frozen custard, and Vito’s will be on site to take orders for pizza delivery. For more information: 910-256-7925
Wrightsville Beach Park
321 Causeway Dr
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480


Thursday, 07/08/2010 6:30 PM

Sounds of Summer Concert
Bring a picnic and enjoy a music-filled day in the park. Sponsored by WECT and hosted by Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation, tonight’s band is Big Al Hall& The Marching Rams. In the event of rain, concerts will be held the following Thursdays.
Wrightsville Beach Park
1 Bob Sawyer Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Friday, 07/09/2010 – Sunday, 07/11/2010

Annual East Coast Got Em On Classic King Tournament
The East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament- This is our oldest and biggest fundraiser. Sponsored by the East Coast Got Em On Live. Details Call 910.512.0542 for more information.
Carolina Beach Yacht BasinCarolina Beach, NC 28428


Friday, 07/09/2010 2:00 PM

NC Aquarium Behind the Scenes Tour…and More
The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is now offering an Extended Behind the Scenes tour that takes participants deeper into the hidden layers of the Aquarium. The program will feature the traditional behind the scenes tour, which includes exploring animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. The tour will then continue to the top of the Aquarium’s largest exhibit, the Cape Fear Shoals, where participants will have the rare opportunity to view a live feeding of the 235,000 gallon tank from a newly created viewing deck. Sharks, stingrays, moray eels, spadefish, and other large fish call the exhibit home and will be swimming below during the tour. The 2 hour tour is for ages 8 and up, children 8 to 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The fee is $20.00 for ages 13 and up, and $18.00 for ages 8-12. Aquarium admission is included. Register by calling 910-458-7468.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Rd
Kure Beach, NC 28449


Friday, 07/09/2010 6:30 PM

Free Summer Concert
Summertime at the beach is all about sun, sand, waves, seafood and MUSIC! So we’re bringing you our FREE Summer Concert Series held at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach. Bring blankets and chairs for the whole family and prepare to boogie the night away. please do not bring pets or beverages. Beverages will be for sale. Call 910.458.8434 or email visitor@pleasureislandnc.org.
Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area
118 Riverfront Rd
Kure Beach, NC 28449


Saturday, 07/10/2010

Life on Fort Fisher’s Waterways
Celebrate NC’s “2nd Saturdays” at Fort Fisher as we look at life between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Demonstrators and vendors will exhibit and sell traditional water crafts. Period music and costumed tours with weapons demonstrations will happen at scheduled times throughout the day. 910-458-5538
Fort Fisher State Historic Site
1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S
Kure Beach, NC 28449


Saturday, 07/10/2010 6:00 AM

28th Annual Tri-Span Race – 5K and 10K Race
Race will begin at the Wilmington Hilton on Water Street, proceed from Water to Ann, Ann to Front, Front to Church, Church to Front, Front to Wooster, Across the Memorial Bridge to US 421, across the 3rd Street Bridge to Front Street, Front to Red Cross, Red Cross to Water to the finish line. Call 910.251.9622 Ext. 224 for more information or email gray.lambeth@wilmingtonfamilyymca.org.
Downtown Wilmington
Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
View the varied turn of the century Wilmington NC real estate architecture as you run.


Saturday, 07/10/2010 9:00 AM

Classy-Chassis Car Show & Country Flea Market
STS TOP 20 EVENT for 2010. The most memorable show of the summer takes place under big old shade trees at Historic Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington NC. Cars and trucks 1985 and older may register to compete for trophies and wall plaques. Antique (1975 and older) Tractor Display. A Country Flea Market spreads front to back on this old peanut farm. Vendors offer handmade crafts, furniture, jewelry, gently used goods and more. Take a break from the summer heat with an ice cream sundae in the air conditioned barn. Show-goers can treat themselves to real southern bar-be-cue sandwiches, hot dogs, beverages, funnel cakes and of course, peanuts! Free! Car entry registration $20 before June 30. $25 after. Call 910.686.9518 for more information.
Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Hwy 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28411


Saturday, 07/10/2010 10:00 AM

Battleship Arts Fest – A 2nd Saturday Event
Arts Fest features creations for sale by local artists working in ceramics, metal, wood, and other media. The DREAMS Center for Arts Education, whose focus is offering free-of-charge arts programming to youth, will have young artists selling their work, face painting by donation, entertaining the crowd with African drumming, and offering bottled water and baked goods for sale. This event is free at the park and open to the public with ample free parking available but does not include the tour of the ship. For more information call 910-251-5797 x3004.
Battleship NC
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Enjoy and have a safe week.

Kay Baker & Associates

Wilmington NC local newspaper | Wilmington NC real estate


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The local newspaper in Wilmington NC is the Star News.  If you do not receive the daily paper, you can go online to www.starnewsonline.com and get up to the minute breaking news.  There also is an application to download for mobile newspaper access. Real estate is also available online, but a complete up to the minute Wilmington NC real estate search can be done from our premier website, www.wilmingtonncrealestate.biz.  Virtual tours, photos, google maps and Wilmington NC city and county information is at your fingertips. We serve the tri county area of New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.  If there is any question you may have about our Wilmington NC area, please do not hesitate to ask.  We are natives of the Wilmington NC real estate area and our motto is “Knowledge and Experience makes the difference.

Cost of Living In Wilmington NC? | Wilmington NC real estate

The Greater Wilmington NC Chamber of Commerce has released it’s 1st quarter report on the cost of living in Wilmington NC.  How did we do? Average.  Which is a good thing.  The Cost of Living Index measure 308 Urban areas on cost of goods and living.  The Wilimington NC real estate and housing was 91.3 right in the middle of other North Carolina Cities.  See the spring Wilimington Index chart on the chamber site. Read more here. See page 11 for chart.

To search all Wimington NC real estate please visit www.kaybakerwilmington.com or www.cbbaker.com or kaybaker.realtor.com .  Join us on facebook, twitter, linkin and more.

Wilmington NC real estate and choosing your childs School.

Now is the time to look into the Wilmington NC area schools and view all the reports and make sure you have registered your child.  There are traditional schools and year rounds schools in Wilmington NC.  Both can be found on my new digital school magazine.  You can search Wilmington NC real estate around your childs school my website, to make your home buying search a little easier.  Take a peak at the magazine, and take the time to go a little slower, enjoy the scenery and all that Wilmington NC has to offer.  What a great area.  Like real estate? Search all Wilmington NC real estate online at www.cbbaker.com or your phone, Text 14059 to 44133

Enjoy your search

Waterfront In Southeastern NC | Wilmington NC real estate




Wilmington NC waterfront real estate




Now is the perfect time to search for Wilmington NC real estate and waterfront estates.  North Carolina’s finest properties can be found on www.wilmingtonncrealestate.biz. Please take time to look at virtual tours and photos.  Google Maps on each listing.  Need more help. Let us know.  www.kaybakerwilmington.com

Landfall Country Club | Wilmington NC real estate

Wilmington NC real estate | 1903 Prestwick Court | New Listing in Landfall Country Club, Gated community | One of Wilmington NC real estate finest communities. 

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Dye and Nicklaus Golf courses, Drysdale Tennis and Swim Club.

Please Visit www.wilmingtonnchomeonline.com for more information, also visit www.landfallcountryclub.com to learn about the community.

To search all Wilmington NC real estate, of course visit www.kaybakerwilmington.com

TGIF Scoop Wilmington NC May 21| Wilmington NC real estate

    Events in Wilmington NC week of May 21 – 28, 2010

TGIF Scoop
 presented by Kay Baker & Associates     

Hello and welcome to TGIF Scoop! Congratulations to Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty as the Real Trends magazine has ranked us in the top 500 most successful real estate companies nationwide. Read the rest of the story..

2010 should be one of the best years in history for  home buying opportunities due to historic low interest rates, foreclosure and short sales, the tax credit and the large inventory to choose from.  Call us, use our local knowledge and experience to help guide you. Visit www.cbbaker.com for up the minute MLS listings of homes in our tri-county area. And, we can send you a detailed list of all the short sales and foreclosures on the market. Just send a quick email to kaybaker@seacoastrealty.com. We will send the list right to your email box.

Get out this weekend and enjoy all the activities. And, remember, TGIF…..

  Kay Bakers Blog

Wilmington NC Real Estate – cbbaker.com


 Art Show

All Day May 22 at Blue Moon

233 Racine Drive

Wilmington, NC

photo: Blue Moon

“The Madness of May”

Thalian Hall

3PM Matinees Sunday and May 23, 8PM May 20-22


 “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog!”

Musical At Brown Coat Pub
  8 & 9:30PM May , 20-22, 27-29th

“Good Bye Charlie”

Hilarious Comedy

Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St.

8PM May 20-22; 3PM May 23


      “The Real McCoy” Pottery Exhibit 

Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S 17th St.

Friday, April 23-Sept 12


Grand Re Opening

Monday, May 24th at 6:30PM

Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.



Paul Hill’s Sculptures

Featuring “Southern Hospitality”

Bijou Park

Downtown Post Office

Riverfront Park

Third and Chestnut St

153 Water St.

Pork Medallions 5 Spice
1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of all visible fat
2 teaspoons five-spice powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons better butter or trans-fat free spread
3 large granny smith apples, cored and sliced in 1/2″ wedges
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup water

Cut the tenderloin in half to create two equal pieces. Rub the spice powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt over all sides of each piece.

In a small skillet, melt 2 teaspoons of the butter or spread over medium-high heat. Add the meat and cook, turning as needed, for about 4 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Cover and continue to cook, turning occasionally, for about 12 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the center reaches 155°F and the juices run clear. Remove and let stand for 5 minutes. Cut each piece into 6 medallions.

Meanwhile, in a heavy skillet set over medium-high heat, combine the apples, cranberries, remaining 2 teaspoons butter or spread, water, and the remaining pinch of salt. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the

liquid has almost evaporated and the apples soften. Serve

Five-spice powder is a Chinese seasoning mixture comprised of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns. Look for it in the spice section of the supermarket



New Elements Gallery



   Wilmington NC  Night Spots

   Friday, May 21

Piedmont Boys – Wild Wing

Craig Woolard Band – Sea Witch

The Casserole – Kefi

Saturday, May 22

HIp Hop Co Op  – Beach  House Bar ‘n’ Grill

Lethal Injection – Grand Union Pub

Ragweed Boys -Ocean Grill


Sunday, May 23

Central Park Band – Bluewater



WoW! Builder to supply a “Builders $8,000 Stimulus


to Help You out on purchase of a Carleton New Unit!  details at www.thetownesatcarleton.com limited time

To find out what your home is really worth….. visit www.housevalueswilmington.com   Find your dream home at a price you can afford. www.dreamhomesofwilmington.com FAST, EASY, AUTOMATIC and FREE! Free list of homes with pictures delivered to your email.


I would like to personally thank you for your time and I hoped you’ve enjoyed hearing the Scoop.

Please feel free to pass this information along!   Best Regards, Kay Baker, ABR,CRS,GRI

Wilmington NC real estate | Wilmington NC made the list again!

RelocateAmerica.com Announces America’s Top 100 Places to Live for 2010

Wilmington NC makes top 100 places to live

 Wow!  On the list again.  Wilmington NC is in the top 100 places to live according to RelocateAmerica.com.  With the Historic Dowtown Wilmington district, Intracoastal Waterway, Cape Fear River, gorgeous golf courses, Masonboro Island, beautiful and pristine beaches of Wrightsville, Kure and  Carolina Beach, how could we not make the list.  The best part is the people. Southern hospitality abounds.  Wilmington NC made the top 10 for Recreation Cities.  If you would like to search for Wilmington NC real estate, please visit www.kaybakerwilmington.com .  Thanks RelocateAmerica.com!

Top 10 Recreation Cities:                
    1.  Boulder, CO                          
    2.  Santa Cruz, CA                      
    3.  Flagstaff, AZ                        
    4.  St. George, UT                       
    5.  Ithaca, NY                        
    6.  Corvallis, OR                        
    7.  Salt Lake City, UT                  
    8.  Stevens Point, WI                    
    9.  Wilmington, NC                       
    10. Portland, OR

2010 RelocateAmerica.com’s Top 100 Places to Live Award Winners
    Anchorage, AK                  Columbus, GA            Plymouth, MN       Harrisburg, PA
    Fairhope, AL                     Peachtree City, GA      Stillwater, MN      Pittsburgh, PA
    Huntsville, AL*                  Valdosta, GA               O’Fallon, MO       Charleston, SC
    Bella Vista, AR                  Des Moines, IA            St. Louis, MO       Greenville, SC
    Hot Springs
    Village, AR                        Grinnell, IA                  Billings, MT               Knoxville, TN
    Little Rock, AR                 Iowa City, IA              Ashville, NC            Nashville, TN
    Springdale, AR                  Boise, ID                    Charlotte, NC*           Austin, TX*
    Flagstaff, AZ                      Batavia, IL                  Raleigh, NC*               Dallas, TX
    Green Valley, AZ             Bloomington, IL      Wilmington, NC        Fort Worth, TX
    Prescott, AZ                     Chicago, IL                   Lincoln, NE                McAllen, TX
    Scottsdale, AZ                  Bloomington, IN        Nashua, NH                San Antonio, TX*
    San Diego, CA*               Fishers, IN                      Cherry Hill, NJ          The Woodlands, TX
    Santa Cruz, CA                Indianapolis, IN             Summit, NJ               Orem, UT
    Temecula, CA                  Overland Park, KS         Albuquerque, NM    Salt Lake City, UT
    Vacaville, CA                   Lexington, KY                Las Cruces, NM        St. George, UT
    Boulder, CO*                  Louisville, KY                   Henderson, NV        Alexandria, VA
    Colorado Springs,CO      Lafayette, LA                 Ithaca, NY                 Fairfax, VA
    Fort Collins, CO              Boston, MA                       Rochester, NY          Richmond, VA
    Trumbull, CT                    Pittsfield, MA                  Cincinnati, OH          Burlington, VT
    West Hartford, CT           Baltimore, MD                 Columbus, OH          Bellevue, WA
    Washington, DC*             Bangor, ME                     Norman, OK            Everett, WA
    Oviedo, FL                      Portland, ME                    Tulsa, OK*              Spokane, WA
    Sarasota, FL                    Ann Arbor, MI                 Ashland, OR             Madison, WI
    East Grand Rapids, MI    St. Augustine, FL              Corvallis, OR            Stevens Point, WI
    Tampa, FL                       Minneapolis, MN*            Portland, OR             Casper, WY 

source – relocateamerica.com