Topsail Beach Turns 50!

Topsail Beach NC was incorporated in 1963 and will celebrate this momentous birthday Saturday, August 31st from 5:00 to 9:00 pm in front of the Assembly Building on Channel Boulevard. Activities are as follows:

5:00 to 10:00 PM: Free Shuttle provided by Island Taxi will pick up on Anderson Blvd.
4:00 to 10:00 PM: Free Parking at Anderson & Davis Ave. and Anderson & Flake Ave.
5:00PM to 8:15 PM: Beer, wine, soft drinks, water & merchandise will be on sale
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM: BBQ by Bill’s Barbecue of Wilson $7.00 per plate
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM: Music by the Fantastic Shakers (Dance Floor will be set up)
~8:30PM: Fireworks by Zambelli

Topsail Beach’s proud past and bright future is being celebrated during the year of 2013. This cozy little beach town is located on the southern end of Topsail Island, NC. Legend says the name “Topsail” was derived when pirates waited to see the top of sails from ships passing the island, then attacked for bounty. Fifty Years ago, Topsail Beach was incorporated with a goal to provide an environment that promotes family activities and protects our natural resources for our children. Come celebrate with us and see how our dreams have come true!

Submitted by Rhonda Schoolfield of Representing Buyers Only Inc.


Carolina Beach Boardwalk Improvements


Rendering of the proposed expansion of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk courtesy Town of Carolina Beach

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to help fund a massive improvement of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. The town of Carolina Beach asked for a $500,000 grant to help finance a $1.55 million renovation of the boardwalk. The town will use a variety grants to pay for the majority of the renovation.

Carolina Beach Mayor Bob Lewis says the renovations will return the area to its former glory. The project will double the length of the 800-foot boardwalk. It will also widen the boardwalk from 9 feet to 16 feet, making the boardwalk more wheelchair accessible. The new boardwalk will also lead to the construction of a new hotel.

Work on the project is scheduled to start in September.


Submitted by Rhonda Schoolfield of Representing Buyers Only Inc.


Wilmington Area Produces Three No. 1 Movies



For the first time in Hollywood East’s history, Wilmington has produced three No. 1 hits at the box office in one yearwith the release of “The Conjuring,” “Iron Man 3” and “Safe Haven.”

Now, local film industry leaders look to the Port City’s latest flick, “We’re the Millers,” a raunchy comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, to see if moviegoers will flock to the film of the R-rated road-trip.

Developed by writing teams Bob Fisher and Steve Faber (“Wedding Crashers”), and Sean Anders and John Morris (“Hot Tub Time Machine”) and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Dodgeball”), the movie filmed in Southeastern North Carolina and in New Mexico about a year ago. Several downtown Wilmington spots stood in for Denver, while filming locations on Blue Clay Road, Carolina Beach State Park and Dow Road in Kure Beach were used for some of the road-trip scenes.

Since “Iron Man 3” kicked off the summer movie season with its debut at No. 1 in the United States on May 3, it has flown from its North Carolina roots to score more than $1.2 billion in global ticket sales. The third installment of the Marvel franchise also doubled the worldwide gross of the two prior installments ($585 million for “Iron Man” and $623 million for “Iron Man 2”) and made more money in its opening weekend than any other made-in-Wilmington movie has made in its entire run.

More recently “The Conjuring,” which was met with good reviews by film critics, has grossed about $110 million domestically since its July 19 debut.

The region’s first hit of the year, “Safe Haven”, starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, the Nicholas Sparks film adaptation edged past the action sequel “A Good Day to Die Hard” to narrowly win the Valentine’s Day box-office race. “Die Hard” later rebounded and took the weekend, but “Safe Haven” still earned about $21.5 million in its first few days in theaters.


Submitted by Rhonda Schoolfield of Representing Buyers Only Inc.


Reasons Northerners Are Moving To Southeast North Carolina

by Representing Buyers Only, Inc.

TRAFFIC AND TAXES: Both of which are greatly reduced compared to life in the Northeast.

WEATHER: North Carolina has four seasons, like up North, without the snow … unlike South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

LOCATION: In addition to 9 gorgeous beaches, the city of Wilmington provides arts, culture, and entertainment.

BABY BOOMER PARADISE: Everything necessary for an active retirement … along with comprehensive medical services.



Submitted by Rhonda Schoolfield of Representing Buyers Only Inc.


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Step Back In Time At The Topsail Skating Rink


The Topsail Skating Rink takes folks back to family vacations in simpler times.

The skating rink and Topsail Beach’s post office have the same phone number, a throwback to the party line days when neighbors shared a phone line. It’s a scene straight from the 1960s, when phones were used for talking and not tweeting or taking photos. Everything about the Topsail Skating Rink resonates with nostalgic charm. From the old-school roller skates to the box fans in the windows, it’s not hard to imagine what life was like in the 1960s. Really, you don’t have to imagine at all. Nothing has changed … not even the cash register … it has white keys with numbers from 10 to 90 and black keys with symbols from $1 to $5. Proprietor Doris Jenkins punches the $5 key whenever she collects an admission fee. She tried a more modern cash register once, but the humidity short-circuited it, she said.

Perhaps the most revered treasure in the rink is Jenkins’ record player. She piles stacks of 45s and spins classic tunes, mostly from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Sometimes, she’ll turn on the disco lights for a boogie song. And that’s about as racy as it gets. Jenkins watches out for the kids. She won’t let them leave until she knows a parent is there to pick them up. If the parents say, ‘Don’t let them leave the building,’ I don’t let them leave the building,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins took over as the town’s postmaster in 1962, and her husband, Sonny, built the post office and skating rink the next year. Now, it’s just Miss Doris. And if you’ve ever seen her carrying crates of mail for the post office, you know that she can handle a few kids on skates. Jenkins is unquestionably tough. She runs the post office during the day and the skating rink at night. So, when does she rest? “Between midnight and daybreak,” she said.

At 75, she still skates with the kids. Jenkins has seen profiles in Rink magazine of skaters in their 90s. She hopes to do better than that. “I want to be skating when I’m 100,” Miss Doris said.

Country Club Pines in Wilmington, NC

by Representing Buyers Only, Inc.

Hi all,
We’re kicking off the week with another neighborhood showcase page, this one featuring homes for sale in the Country Club Pines neighborhood just off Oleander Drive here in Wilmington, near the Cape Fear Country Club.

In addition to being very close to the country club, residents are just minutes from shopping and fine dining in Wilmington’s downtown Historic District in one direction, and just minutes to the Independence Mall and Wrightsville Beach in the other. To see all homes currently for sale in this neighborhood, follow this link:

Country Club Pines:

Have any questions about this neighborhood, the surrounding area, or want to see any of the properties listed? Send us an email or give us a call and we’ll be glad to help.

Have a great week!

Carriage Hills Real Estate and Homes – Wilmington, NC

by Representing Buyers Only, Inc.

Hi everyone,
We’re back today with another neighborhood showcase page – this one featuring the Carriage Hills neighborhood which is located in the south-central part of Wilmington between 17th Street and Carolina Beach Road.

Residents in this beautiful, family-oriented neighborhood can enjoy the use of the community pool, playground, tennis court, and clubhouse, and all is conveniently located within 10 minutes in each direction to either downtown or the beach! To see all properties currently available, click on the following link:

Carriage Hills:

If you have any questions about this neighborhood, the surrounding area, or would like to see any of the properties listed, please give us a call or send us an email.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Bayshore Estates Homes and Real Estate – Wilmington, NC

by Representing Buyers Only, Inc.

Hi all,
Hope everyone had a great weekend. The dust has settled from another successful Azalea Festival here in Wilmington, and we’re back today to showcase another neighborhood for you on our website. Today we’re featuring the Bayshore Estates neighborhood, which is located in the Ogden area on the northeast side of town, just off Market  Street.

This neighborhood is located close to schools, shopping, and outdoor recreation at Ogden Park, and features a boat ramp for use by residents. To see all currently available properties, click here:

Bayshore Estates:

Have any questions about this neighborhood or the surrounding area? Want to see any of the properties listed? Send us an email or give us a call and we’ll be glad to assist you.

Have a great week!

The Azalea Festival …

… has begun … come join us for the festivities … the weather is Beautiful here in Wilmington!



                                                       April 10, 2013 – Downtown Wilmington, NC