Three of the homes that we featured last week went under contract. Here is the list of the best deals for April 12, 2019.
BEST DEAL IN CASTLE HAYNE
3912 Lynn Avenue,
Where in New Hanover County are you going to find 2,800 square feet for less than $260,000? From the outside, this home looks unassuming, but we were pleasantly surprised the moment we walked in the front door. The hardwood floors appear to be in great condition. There’s a ton of natural light flowing into all the rooms. The kitchen is a galley style with stainless steel appliances and an island counter with a six burner stove top. The counters are not granite, but the Formica is in great shape and would only need to be replaced as a preference. The living and dining rooms are huge and the master bedroom is especially large. There’s also a mini master with its own full bath and an office that could easily function as a guest bedroom. The wow factor comes from the closets! The master walk-in closet is what you’d expect to find in a home priced two or three times more. There is also a walk-in closet in the guest bedroom that is a nice size. You won’t surprised . One of those is the house is on a septic system that is permitted for only two bedrooms,\. Still, at $89 a square foot, this is a deal. Asking price $259,900
BEST NEW DEAL ON THE MARKET
217 Carolina Farms Blvd, Carolina Shores
You just have to glance at the numbers to realize why this is a good deal. Of 83 homes that have gone on the market in the Farm Subdivision in the last year, this one is listed at the lowest price per square foot. The average price per square foot in this area is around $124. This home is listed at $94.55. Furthermore, a replica of this home went under contract last month with a listing price that was $30,000 more. The house offers the extras like views of a pond from the screened porch, granite counter tops with stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, an open floor plan with a two-story living room, downstairs master suite and office, and upstairs mini-master/bonus room. There are five bedrooms, four bathrooms in more than 3,000 square feet (and that number does not include a 200 square foot walk-in attic.) Plus all this is located in a community that offers a pool, clubhouse, playground, gym and even a cable and internet subscription for a monthly HOA fee of $164. We didn’t fall in love with some of the colors in the upstairs bedrooms. Still for the price of a few cans of paint, we think you will come off way ahead in this deal. Asking price $289,900. Click here for more information.
BEST DEAL ON PLEASURE ISLAND
1506 Makerel Lane, Carolina Beach
This nearly 3,000 square foot condominium was featured last week on Kathleen Baylies report on WECT. Click here to view the segment. This home is five blocks from the ocean and from the shared rooftop deck, you can see the water. The average price per square foot in this part of the island for a townhome/condo is $196. By contrast, this home is a steal at $138.64. The first thing we like is the size. The master bedroom is large. In addition, the property has a “mini master” with its own ensuite bathroom. There are three other bedrooms and two bonus rooms that could be converted into sleeping areas if needed. We also liked the detail; including six-inch baseboards and triple crown molding. In the kitchen are all the perks today’s buyer is looking for, granite counter tops, tiled backsplash and stainless steel appliances. If we are going to be nit-picky, for a home this size the dining room was a little on the small size. Our main concern is navigating four floors without an elevator may be an issue for some buyers. Asking price is $409,000
BEST DEAL ON A TOWNHOME
7423 Promontory CT, New Hanover County
This property proves that it’s still possible to own just a few minutes away from the beach without winning the lottery. In addition to being affordable, there’s also plenty of room. Plenty of living space with a living room that opens to the kitchen on the first floor. There’s a loft style family room on the second floor and a bonus room just down the hall. Plenty of closet space with a walk-in in the master suite and nice size units in the guest rooms. Plenty of room for parking with a two car garage and a driveway large enough for several guests. And plenty of green space with a lawn located at the end of a culdesac that you don’t have to mow because the HOA takes care of all that. The $300 per month HOA fees cover exterior maintenance of the home, water for irrigation, pest control, a termite bond, and trash removal. Other features we like include wood floors throughout the first level(except tile in the bathrooms) and a comfortable screened porch. Not everyone will like the green carpeting in the loft area, but the listing agent tells us that changing it to the new owner’s preference is negotiable. The best part, in our opinion, is getting this much property this close to the Pleasure Island beaches for this low a price. From doorstep to beach sand is 3.2 miles or 6 minutes. Kathleen Baylies recently featured this home on her report on WECT News, click here to see the segment. Asking price is $254,900.
BEST DEAL ON A HOME BELOW $200,000
809 Chestnut Street, Wilmington
The only word to describe this house is “cute.” Even if this is not what you are looking for, we highly recommend following the link below and checking out the interior pictures. They belong on Pinterest or HGTV. The way this is decorated proves you can do a lot with a little space. Built in 1913, this home has over 1,400 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. The owners have fitted the master bath with a free standing claw foot tub. The kitchen is a nice size, especially for a house this age, and it’s done in a country style with plenty of open shelves. What really separates this home from others in the area is the outdoor living space, (pictured above.) The home is currently used as an investment property with a monthly rent of $1200. Some issues of concern are the lack of off street parking and, while this is in a part of town that is being revitalized, some of the other homes in the area don’t look anywhere near as nice as this one. Asking price $197,000.
BEST NEW DEAL IN THE COUNTRY
1831 Anderson Road, Willard
UNDER CONTRACT APRIL 12TH
Let’s start with the numbers. This 4,272 square foot home with four bedrooms and three baths, on more than one acre of land, is only $63.18 a square foot. You’ll find this deal in Willard, North Carolina. The Pender County town is located halfway between Watha and Wallace. The home is in good shape, but perhaps slightly dated. It features a style, especially in the kitchen, that was more popular in the ’90s. Our favorite part of the house is the wrap-around porch. The house also includes an attached two car garage and a detached workshop. This is a bank owned foreclosure and is being sold “as is.” Asking price $269,900.
BEST DEAL IN THE BLUFFS ON THE CAPE FEAR
3769 Goden Pear Run NE, Leland
This home was featured by Kathleen Baylies on her weekly report on WECT. Click here to watch the segment. By our count, there are 16 developments in the tri-county area named “bluff” something or another. You’d be forgiven if you can’t keep them all straight. Having said that, The Bluffs on the Cape Fear, deserve to stand out. Like many new neighborhoods, it has all the extra amenities: clubhouse, pool, pickle-ball courts, walking trails, man-made lake, beach clubhouse at Oak Island and future plans for a marina. This particular house made our list, because it gives you access to all the above for less than $400,000. The house offers an open floor plan with four bedrooms, four baths in just under 2,500 square. The house has everything you’d expect, like granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. It even has some extras like a telescoping door that leads out to the screened porch. From there you have a perfect view of a beautiful outdoor fireplace, which may be our favorite part of the home. Asking price $379,900
THE BEST DEAL ON A HOME WITH A BOAT SLIP
1019 Marshside Way, Leland
This home was recently featured on our weekly best deals segment on WECT. Highland Shores is a waterfront community tucked off Highway 133 in Leland, roughly 7 minutes from downtown Wilmington. This home was once the private residence of the contractor who built many of the other homes in the subdivision. It has many upgrades including Brazilian cherry floors, built-in cabinets, vaulted and tray ceilings, master tile shower, crown molding, extra storage, surround sound and 3 separate heat/cool zones. Three bedrooms are located on the first floor in a split floorplan. The second floor has a fourth bedroom, two large bonus rooms, an office, and a cedar lined storage closet. The backyard is on a large, fenced lot, with a nice sized screen porch and deck. The home comes with a 30′ boat slip and 10,000 pound electric lift. There are currently 54 homes with boat slips on the market in the tri-county area. This house has the lowest price per square foot of all of them at $119.56. Asking price $440,000.
BEST DEAL IN CAROLINA PLACE
2002 Metts Avenue, Wilmington
Our Kathleen Baylies toured this house earlier this month in her weekly report on WECT. You can click here to view the report. Carolina Place is one of the more trendy neighborhoods in Wilmington. The homes were built in the 1930s and ’40s and in the last couple of decades, most of them have been updated and remodeled. This dutch colonial style home was built in 1940. The median price per square foot in this area is $175. This home is listed at $151.09. The current owner has been using it as a vacation home, and it’s only occupied half the time. It’s 1979 square feet with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and original hardwood floors. A rear deck with an arbor was recently added. You can fit a couple of compact cars in the back, but as is the case with many homes in this area, street parking is the norm. Asking price is $299,000.
BEST DEAL ON A LARGE HOME
6719 Finian Drive, Wilmington
It’s hard to get a sense from the photographs alone of the actual size of this house. It’s located off Masonboro Loop Road and it’s mammoth! At 6,066 square feet there are only 19 larger homes currently for sale in New Hanover County and all of those come with a seven-figure price tag. By comparison, this home has an asking price of $725,000 or $119 per square. You still get all the custom extras including high soaring ceilings, Italian tile surrounding the fireplace, built-in bookshelves, wide plank hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, gourmet kitchen with double ovens and a five burner gas stove top. It has five bedrooms, 4 and a half baths, and in addition to a two car garage, there is a detached two car garage/shop.
BEST DEAL IN THE 28403 ZIP CODE : 2103 Ascott Place $399,950 Click here for more information.
BEST DEAL UNDER $150,000: 486 Hollyview Drive, Bolvia $119,000 Click here for more information.
THE BEST DEAL IN LANDFALL: 813 Oak Creek Place, Wilmington $599,000 Click here for more information.
THE BEST DEAL WITH A POOL: 1860 Oak Harbour DR, Ocean Isle $424,900 Click here for more information.