Brunswick County, North Carolina, is home to a stretch of coast that is a warm, inviting place to call home. Quiet oceanside towns, mild weather, and mild-mannered Southern charm make Brunswick County an ideal place to relocate, whether you’re changing careers, raising a family, or preparing for retirement. With beautiful Myrtle Beach to the south and charming Wilmington just north, Brunswick County is surrounded by attractions, tourist-draws, and the finest in Southeastern coastal living, without the crowds.
Why Brunswick County is a Favorite for New Homebuyers:
1. You Can’t Beat the Lifestyle.
If “central North Carolina coast” evokes sleepy towns and silent neighbors, think again. While the towns in Brunswick County remain small, many of them have experienced substantial growth in the last decade, doubling in population and more. The boom-town effect is alive and well in this peaceful enclave for many reasons – the biggest draw is the ease and comfort of the lifestyle.
Daily walks on the beach are a practical reality in Brunswick County, as is frequent golf. With the 100+ world-class tee-offs of Myrtle Beach just a short drive away, the region is a true golfer’s paradise. Brunswick County is home to more than 30 championship golf courses, each with its own unique sampling of fantastic scenery, from crashing waves to wetlands to forests. Courses in the area are open year-round thanks to the gentle, sub-tropical climate. True golf fanatics can soak up some star power while playing since several Brunswick County courses were designed by some of the sport’s most legendary players, such as Arnold Palmer and Fred Couples.
People in Brunswick County are friendly, approachable, and ready to meet you with Southern hospitality. Transplants from elsewhere in the country – mainly from Eastern locales, from New Hampshire to New York to Florida – are welcomed with pride in North Carolina. Recent arrivals Gary and Erica Beaudet, who opened a wood-fired pizza restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach, sing Brunswick County’s praises: “We love it here. The folks are friendly and the weather is SO not Vermont.” With gracious locals and grateful new residents, the local culture is alive and well.
Brunswick County is practically synonymous with delicious seafood. Quaint restaurants, fine dining, and informal local haunts alike are found throughout the area. Some favorites include:
- Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach is a relaxed Marina mainstay where you can dine outdoors with sand in your toes or enjoy the views from the bustling indoor dining room.
- Inlet View Bar & Grill, a must-try for shrimp lovers. Come for the skewers, stay for the tiki drinks.
- Fishy Fishy Café, an affordable, friendly spot in the Southport Marina.
- The Oyster Rock, a hip spot with a raw bar in North Carolina’s seafood capital, Calabash.
2. Brunswick County is a Gateway to the Great Outdoors
Whether you have a love of the sea or the forest, Brunswick County gives residents easy access to some divine nature. Ferries connect locals to the five Brunswick islands, which boast 45 miles of stunning, unspoiled beaches. The islands form a barrier from the Atlantic, so swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and beachcombing in this area is easy with calm, smooth waters. Each island has its own notable seaside towns with their unique take on marina-style living.
Beautiful nature preserves await you at Bald Head Island, renowned for its birdwatching. Bird Island is home to dunes and marshes alike. Boiling Springs Lakes Preserve supports to a variety of exciting wildlife. The otherworldly Green Swamp Preserve is a longleaf pine savanna that features orchids, alligators, and carnivorous plants. If forests captivate you enough to draw you away from the seashore, do not miss a chance to explore Brunswick Forest.
Nature lovers with a soft spot for wildlife cannot miss a trip to Oak Island, Caswell Beach, or Sunset Beach during nesting season when baby sea turtles hatch in the sand and make their iconic wiggle into the water. Sea turtles hatch between July and October each year.
If catching your own local seafood is of interest, look no further – fishing is a beloved hobby in the area. Curious beginners and seasoned fishermen alike can enjoy Brunswick County’s many fishing piers or spend time on an adventurous charter either inshore or in the deeper waters beyond the Brunswick Islands.
3. Brunswick County is a Haven for Families
The beach and seaside recreation options promise fun for the entire family – but the action doesn’t stop there. Brunswick County has a wealth of exciting, educational attractions designed to appeal to kids. Sunset Beach’s Ingram Planetarium has daily astronomy shows to delight and enchant young people of all ages. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is a hub for exploring the science of the coast and its history. Take a detour to Greenlands Farm to check out some farm and food-focused educational programs and stop by the petting zoo. At Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, kids can experience a crucial pre-Revolutionary war port that became a Civil War fort a century later. The picturesque, legendary Old Baldy Lighthouse is another must-see for families. Climb the 100+ stairs of the lighthouse to take in the stunning surroundings, or simply enjoy learning about the site’s legacy at the Smith Island Museum of History.
Schools in Brunswick County rank among the top 50% of public schools in the state. For families that want to keep their young adults close to the nest, North Carolina offers some of the country’s finest options for higher education. High school grads have their pick of premier institutions with state universities nearby and powerhouses like Duke University in Durham, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, UNCW in Wilmington, and University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Families can count on exciting community events at some of Brunswick County’s most celebrated festivals. Each year on the 4th of July, Southport hosts an unforgettable celebration, complete with games, live music, food, and fireworks. Patriotic moments like the raising of the flag and the freedom flotilla make the day extra special – and attract thousands of excited tourists. After the high tourist season, the NC Festival By The Sea takes place on Holden Beach. Local craftspeople, artists, food vendors, and musicians take over the beautiful Holden Bridge for a weekend of fun and festivities. For 40 years, Ocean Isle Beach has hosted the North Carolina Oyster Festival, a tasty time for families to sample local oysters, watch the oyster shucking contest, and enjoy crafts, games, and live music. Neighboring Wilmington is home to a thrilling variety of festivals and cultural events, from film festivals to craft beer festivals to half marathons.
H&H’s New Homes in Brunswick County
H&H Homes is here to help you find your dream home in Brunswick County, North Carolina. We take pride in making home buying as seamless and hassle-free as possible. Our homes are built to last, with high-quality construction and a rigorous quality assurance and testing program to give our customers peace of mind. H&H Homes has housing communities in neighborhoods throughout Brunswick County and nearby Myrtle Beach and Wilmington. Find the perfect balance of coastal tranquility and convenience in Calabash, Carolina Shores, and Sunset Beach.
The beautiful Landmark at Lighthouse Cove is a new section of our much-adored Lighthouse Cove community. This affordable, inviting new development features H&H’s Purl Homes, perfect starter homes that come with pre-packaged, thoughtfully selected features. Located in the heart of Carolina Shores, homebuyers at Landmark at Lighthouse Cove have quick access to the beach. Take in the ocean breeze from the comfort of your patio, or journey out for sightseeing in North Myrtle Beach. When you choose a newly built home at Lighthouse Cove, you’re choosing both a sturdy place to live and a lifestyle that will bring adventure, relaxation, and discovery to you and your family.
Make the seafood capital of the Carolinas your home when you pre-purchase a brand new home at Calabash Station. H&H Homes is beginning construction on this beautiful community. Homes are currently available for pre-sale. Let us know if you’re interested in updates on specific home plans, site releases, and special incentives. Investing in a brand new home at Calabash Station connects you to a wealth of opportunities for golf, lifestyle amenities, seafood restaurants, and access to the waterfront.
Construction is kicking off soon at our to-be-built Villas at Seaside townhome community in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. The Villas are ideal for those who are lured by the sea, with a yacht club, marina, and the famous stretch of Sunset Beach just minutes away. Get a feel for the local scenery in this video we created to show off the home development site and nearby attractions.
H&H Homes takes pride in building attractive, long-lasting homes throughout North and South Carolina. Get in touch today with our skilled team of Online New Home Sales Counselors to learn more about one of our brand new Brunswick County communities. We are here to help you explore great deals, estimate your home loan costs, and tour model homes. We prioritize our customers at every step of the homebuying journey. Let us help you find your place in the sun in Brunswick County, North Carolina.