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For the first time in over a decade, a premier Hampstead waterfront community is opening a new section of land to homebuyers. Pecan Grove Plantation, located along the Intracoastal Waterway off of Sloop Point Loop Road in Pender County, will release 63 lots in phase six of the development for custom built homes.

Amanda Lisk

The first 24 lots will be available for purchase this spring and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis, says Lisa Mathews, RE/MAX certified residential specialist and Pecan Grove Plantation phase six listing agent who is expecting the lots to go fast.

“There are not many areas that compare to Pecan Grove because we have larger lots, deep water boat ramp access as well as a pier and gazebo for paddle boarding, kayaking or simply watching the boats go by. Also, Pecan Grove is conveniently located by Sloop Point Loop Marina which offers dry stack storage,” says Mathews.

The lot sizes are a rare find, ranging from a half acre to 1.2 acres. The expansion of Pecan Grove Plantation is in direct response to the incredible growth Pender County is experiencing. More than 10,000 new residents have moved into Pender County between 2010 and 2018. Many of these new residents are coming from other states and are looking to enjoy an authentic, coastal lifestyle in a neighborhood with water access.

“Whenever you have people coming here for the same reasons that you love it, you have to say, wow we really have something here,” Mathews says.

Named for its southern pecan trees that line the front entry gates, Pecan Grove Plantation provides a full amenity resort-like experience with an Olympic size pool, lighted tennis courts, a fitness center, game room, playground for the kids, sidewalk lined streets, and a clubhouse where residents can enjoy all sorts of community events. The biggest draw to Pecan Grove, of course, is the convenient water access. Pecan Grove’s deep-water boat ramp offers what New Hanover County can’t; a convenient straight shot to the Intracoastal Waterway. Pecan Grove residents enjoy boat rides to waterfront restaurants and days on the water exploring neighboring sandbars.

“The beach is 10 minutes away, we are minutes to surrounding golf courses and we will be conveniently located near the Hampstead Bypass on schedule to be built,” Mathews says. Lisa Mathews has been in real estate for 17 years. She grew up in Wilmington until she and her family moved to Pender County in 2003 for the schools, as Topsail schools are ranked among the best in the region. “It’s been a really good place to raise my kids and have them in a really great school district,” says Mathews.

Pecan Grove’s new phase of lots will start at $139,000. Many of these lots sit on an elevated bluff overlooking the tidal marshes of Mullet Run with long range views. “Growing up in Wilmington, I’ve watched how the area has grown and I’ve seen the changes” says Mathews. “Now we’re seeing that same kind of growth in Pender County. The secret’s out!”

Population growth for Pender County 2010: 52,217 2017: 57,630 2018: 62,162

Single Family New Home Construction Building Permits issued in Pender County 2010: 206 2019: 748


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