Let’s Send Some Cheer to the Staff and Residents at Crystal Bluffs

Creating Bright Smiles at Crystal Bluffs

Help Us Send Some Cheerful Letters to the Staff & Residents at Crystal Bluffs

For the last month, the residents at our local rehabilitation center, Crystal Bluffs, have been without visitors. They have not been able to visit with their families, spouses, children, grandchildren and friends. One of those families affected by the new protocols to protect these residents is Allison Bernauer, one of our Realtors in our Atlantic Beach office. Allison and her mother Anita have been focusing on mailed letters and FaceTime to stay connected.
We hope that you will help make these beloved people within our community feel a part of our community. We hope that you will make them feel loved. We hope that you will take a moment of your day to say hello, write them some uplifting words, share a piece of art from your children or send them a funny joke.

About Crystal Bluffs

Crystal Bluffs provides long-term residential nursing care and short and long-term residential rehabilitation services.  Respite care for those who normally live at home is also offered as a service; this gives caregivers a period of rest.

Built in 2008, Crystal Bluffs’ 92 beds and Rehabilitation Suite are located minutes from the hospital and the medical office park.  They offer a warm, inviting, home-like and comfortable environment, with a commitment to meeting the wants, needs and wishes of all who walk through our doors.

Discover our experienced and caring staff, our activities, and our high standard for customer service in a place where we want you to feel welcome from your very first visit.

Card for Crystal Bluffs Residents and Employees

Mail your letters to:

Crystal Bluffs
ATTN: Residents and Staff at Crystal Bluffs
4010 Bridges Street
Morehead City, NC 28557


38 Letters

A letter for each day the residents at Crystal Bluffs have not had visitors from loved ones.


Allison Bernauer- Broker/Realtor with Copeland & Bernauer team at Bluewater Real Estate in Atlantic Beach, NC

    Message from Allison Bernauer

    My mother Anita and I are extremely close. In September she had a massive stroke. Our world has been turned upside down since then. She has been a resident at Crystal Bluffs in Morehead City since October and I couldn’t ask for better care for her. Everyone there is very helpful and all the residents receive personal attention and extra loving care. I have gotten to know the staff and many of the residents over the last 6 months.

    I visited my mother almost every day and many of her friends visited weekly. We felt that if we could have someone there she loved every day it would make her days a little brighter. Once Covid-19 came into the picture Crystal Bluffs was very pro-active and, as normal, thought about what was best for the residents there. They stopped visitors weeks before other places of business. I will forever be grateful for their attention to this crisis and for putting their residents and staff first. Although I was crushed and my mother was so sad, we have made it work by FaceTiming.

    Many of her friends and family have been sending cards and letters to help make her days without visitors better. She mentions these often, always with a smile on her face. My mother is lucky to have so many family and friends to care for her and send her cards but there are many people who could use some of that same love and kindness shown to them.

    Please join me and Bluewater by sending cards, kids drawings and letters of encouragement to the residents at Crystal Bluffs. I also want to personally ask you to send some to the amazing staff there thanking them for caring for our loved ones during this crisis. Together we can make someone’s day by showing love and gratitude to those that need to know that we, as a community, have not forgotten them.

    Thoughtfulness, Peace and Love is what the world needs right now…… Let’s start with our neighbors.



    Allison’s suggestions to help our local residents & staff at Crystal Bluffs

    • Write an encouraging letter

    • Send them coloring pages, cross word puzzle or word searches

    • Drop off your child’s artwork

    • Tie balloons to the outside of their windows

    • Provide a meal to the staff memebers

    Mail your letters, art & activities to:

    Crystal Bluffs
    ATTN: Residents and Staff at Crystal Bluffs
    4010 Bridges Street
    Morehead City, NC 28557

    Using Technology During Times of Social Distancing

    Using Technology During Times of Social Distancing

    We understand how difficult a time this is for so many families in our country and extend our deepest condolences to those suffering from the Coronavirus. Our goal at this point is to socially distance our employees as much as possible to help stop the spread sooner than later, as we all would like more than anything to restore a sense of normalcy.

    Currently, our offices are limiting in-person interaction, with a majority of our staff working remotely from home. With that being said, we would still be honored to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about the current status of the Real Estate market. Our team of talented and dedicated Real Estate Agents are standing by and ready to help however possible; We simply ask that you reach out via phone call or Email rather than stopping by one of our offices. This has been a difficult decision to make, as extending handshakes and hugs are naturally ingrained into our brains as signs of appreciation.

    We have all the tools and technology in place to digitally complete a Real Estate transaction with no-human interaction, and can assure you that it’s been done before. We have been utilizing Electronic Forms and E-Signature Programs, Integrated Virtual Tours, Video Messaging Tools, and online Custom Search Filters and Comparative Market Analyses for years to help both buyers and sellers seamlessly complete their transactions remotely.

    Times like these are best known for bringing communities together, and that’s what we intended on being a part of. Even though we may not be together physically, please know that we are always standing close with confidence and excitement to serve you and your family.

    Take a look at the list below to see some ways we are able to connect with you while maintaining the appropriate social distance.

    Virtual Home Tours

    Even if you’re unable to travel to see a home in-person, our partnership with local vendors for Matterport Virtual Tours can help you navigate every room just like you’re there. You can use your mouse to walk the view perspective through hallways, bedrooms and even out onto a balcony to take in that one-of-a-kind view!

    Electronic Communication Tools

    With the recent breakthroughs in technology over the last decade, we are now able to virtually process every part of the home buying or selling process! Whether we’re on the phone discussing offers, securely signing electronic documents, Emailing local vendor information, or video-conferencing through a final walk-through, there are no tasks that can’t be completed remotely.

    • dotloop
    • Allows agent and clients the ability to collaborate on tasks, electronically sign and safely store all necessary documents.
    • FlexMLS
    • This is the Multiple Listing Service that showcases all of the available and recently closed properties in our area. For buyers, specific search criteria can be saved and provide updates to new listings that may interest you. For sellers, your property information will be uploaded and broadcast out across the internet.
    • Facetime/Zoom/Google Hangouts
    • Video tools that can be used to discuss documents, showings, and any other general conversations that may arise throughout the buying/selling process.
    • ShowingTime
    • Scheduling service that provides sellers peace of mind, knowing that every buyer touring their property is entering alongside a locally trusted Real Estate agent at a time that works within your schedule.

    Using Technology For Communication During Times of Social Distancing
    Using Technology For Communication During Times of Social Distancing

    Hearts for Essential Workers

    Hearts for Essential Workers

    A Sign of Heartfelt Gratitude

    The health care workers and essential workers are heroes during this trying time in the midst of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). While they care for their community,  families, and themselves, we cannot thank them enough for all they do.

    They are working around-the-clock to take care of and provide for the community they love and care so deeply for.

    Now is the time to show how much we appreciate their hard work!

    How to Participate
    1. Find paper or a similar material for your hearts (construction paper, old cards, tissue paper, cardboard, and so on)
    2. Cut material into hearts of any size, and shape then decorate with family and friends (your quaran-team)
    3. Tape your hearts to front windows, doors, mailboxes, etc.

    Show your love for these hard workers during this difficult time as they drive to and from their own homes to the front line everyday!



    You may have seen the #heartsforhealthcareworkers on your social media feeds recently.

    Here at Bluewater, our staff and families are displaying hearts for the healthcare workers as well as all the essential workers out there.

    Please join us in this movement!

    Tag us in your heart display photos!

    Bluewater Real Estate and Vacation Rentals | Displaying Hearts

    Marketing Manager, Jordan D. Displaying Hearts

    COVID Hearts on windows for essential workers

    Carteret County Schools Delivering Breakfast and Lunch While School's Closed

    Carteret County Schools Delivering Breakfast and Lunch While School’s Closed

    Carteret County Schools Delivering Breakfast and Lunch While School’s Closed for COVID-19

    Carteret County Schools Deliver Meals

    While Carteret County schools have been closed due to the worldwide concern of COVID-19, school cafeterias have not closed. Carteret County Schools are delivering meals, wellbalanced breakfast and lunch for county kids. In an initiative to ensure all schoolaged kids are provided their school meals each day – elementary schools across Carteret County are providing meals and meal deliveries.

    Meals have been served and will continue to be served at Beaufort Middle, Bogue Sound Elementary, Morehead Primary, Newport Elementary, Smyrna Elementary, and White Oak Elementary from 11 AM to 1 PM on weekdays.

    In addition to the meals being served at the schools, they are enlisting the elementary buses to deliver 2 meals on weekdays and 6 meals on Fridays. The elementary buses will be driving their normal routes delivering both lunch and breakfast at each stop on weekdays.

    Parents are encouraged to use the “Here Comes the Bus” app to view the bus schedule and know when the bus will be arriving to their neighborhood stop for meal delivery. Parents of Middle and High School students will need to partner with an elementary neighbor to learn the bus delivery time as the “Here Come the Bus” app will only report to the elementary routes.

    The Carteret County public schools announced they they served over 4,800 meals on Friday, March 20, 2020.

    A special thanks to all those teachers, bus drivers and Child Nutrition Staff for all your hard work to reach these children, some of them who rely on their school provided lunch each day. This is an incredible thing for our kids to look forward to each day!

    The Carteret County Public Schools System will continue to monitor and adjust plans accordingly to continue in improving the process. Carteret County schools have been providing meals while the schools are closed. Schools are not plan to open until mid May at this time. 

    Carteret County Schools Delivering Breakfast and Lunch While School's Closed

    Here comes the bus app

    Carteret County Schools Delivering Breakfast and Lunch
    here comes the bus app
    Bluewater Real Estate Sales Agents Swearing into Oath to serve on the CCAR Board of Directors

    Bluewater Agents Join Local Boards

    Embracing the Call to Serve

    Every year, a ‘Changing of the Guard’ occurs during the 4 Quarter Membership Meeting for the Carteret County Association of REALTORS®. The CCAR Board of Directors and the Crystal Coast MLS Board of Directors help steer the Real Estate Industry for our area over the course of the year. We’re always extremely proud when our Bluewater agents volunteer their time to serve in this capacity, and this year we are excited to have three members of our organization at the helm to help set the standard for excellence in our area. Check out the newest members below and be sure to wish them the best of luck with their new commitment!

    Jim Bailey

    Jim Bailey, of our Atlantic Beach Office, has proven his passion to our community through multiple avenues and will continue to use his unique perspective for the betterment of all as a Director for the Carteret County Association of REALTORS® in 2020.

    Pat Copeland

    Pat Copeland, Broker-In-Charge of our Atlantic Beach office, will also serve as a Director for the CCAR Board. Pat plans to use his experience as a leader to help the board in the decision making and goal setting process.

    Alison Jaeger- Crystal Coast Realtor with Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

    Alison Jaeger

    Alison Jaeger, of our Emerald Isle office, will serve as a Director for the Carteret County Multiple List Service. Through this endeavor, Alison will assist the board in ensuring that the information secured in the MLS is accurate, up-to-date, and always accessible to participating members.

    A Special Thanks to

    Stephanie Ross

    Stephanie Ross- Bluewater Real Estate Broker/REALTOR- Atlantic Beach, NC

    We also want to give a quick shout out to Stephanie Ross, who has served as a Director at Large for the CCAR Board over the last year. Stephanie has done an amazing job to make sure that all area REALTORS® are benefiting from their membership through the local organization.

    Thank you for serving, Stephanie!

    All Other Agents

    There are plenty of other Bluewater agents and staff members who have served on the local boards in previous terms, and countless others who have and volunteered and continue to contribute their time and efforts for subcommittees including:

    • Awards Committee
    • Education Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Grievance Committee
    • Legislative Committee
    • Professional Standards Committee
    • Property Management Committee
    • Public Relations Committee
    • RPAC Committee
    • Scholarship Committee

    Thank You!

    Salvation Army Bell Ringing

    Salvation Army Bell Ringing

    Every year, we look forward to spreading Holiday Cheer and raising money for an amazing local charity!

    In partnership with the Carteret County Association of REALTORS®, we are always proud to volunteer our time as a company to ring the bells outside local grocery stores for the Salvation Army. It is always a great time to get to know one another and help out in supporting our local community.

    Did you know?

    • 1 in 5 Morehead City residents lives in poverty
    • 1 in 5 Carteret County residents is over the age of 65
    • Single parent households are increasing
    • Since 1960, this area has been struck by no fewer than 95 hurricanes with varying degrees of destruction.

    For the past 26 years, The Salvation Army of Carteret County has served as a resource and an anchor of hope for our neighbors struggling with poverty, hunger, job loss, addiction, and natural disasters.

    The Salvation Army of Carteret County ministers to many with the most basic needs — food, utilities, mortgage/rent assistance, clothing and life skills training — as well as spiritual care. Even more residents of Carteret County depend on the Salvation Army when a natural disaster strikes, providing food, clothing, cleaning supplies, a helping hand and counseling.

    Thanks to many years of generous donations from our local community, the local Salvation Army of Carteret County was able to open up a brand new Family Store in Morehead City! We’re hoping that this can be a place for people in need to go for a very long time.

    Operation Christmas Child

    Operation Christmas Child

    As a part of the Bluewater Annual Tradition, we partook in another year of Operation Christmas Child. With 4 year old, Macon, leading the charge! She put together 22 boxes filled with toys for boys & girls to open on Christmas Day this holiday season. Bluewater as a whole, put together 48 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We thank all those who helped and worked to make this year the best one yet!

    If you would like to Build a Shoebox for a child in need, click below to find out how to get started!

    Crystal Coast Holiday Events

    The Crystal Coast is a wonderful place to celebrate the Holiday season!

    Take advantage of the local parades, flotillas, and other events for some great family-fun.

    Beaufort- America’s Favorite Small Town

    And maybe Santa’s too!

    • Annual Christmas Parade

      • Downtown Beaufort- Saturday, December 7th  |  1:00 PM
    • Crystal Coast Flotilla to Beaufort

      • Downtown Beaufort Waterfront- Saturday, December 7th  |  6:15 PM
    • 9th Annual Holiday Art Walk

      • Beaufort Historic Site (130 Turner St)- Saturday, December 14th  |  5:00 PM
    • Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour

      • Beaufort Historic Site (130 Turner St)- Saturday, December 14th  |  5:00 PM
    • Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout

    Morehead City- A Fisherman’s Paradise

    Will you ‘fish what’s on your list’?

    • Small Business Saturday & Artwalk

      • Downtown Morehead City – Saturday, November 30th
    • Chowder & Cheer

      • Downtown Morehead City – Saturday, December 7th  |  *Ticketed Event
    • Breakfast with Santa

      • Floyd’s 1921 (400 Bridges St) – Saturday, December 14th  |  8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, & 10:30 AM
    • Christmas Flotilla

      • Downtown Morehead City Waterfront- Saturday, December 7th  |  5:30 PM
    • Morehead City Christmas Parade

      • Arendell St (17th- 4th Street) – Saturday, December 14th  |  11:00 AM
    • Community Tree Lighting

      • Jaycee Park (807 Shepard Street) – Saturday, December 14th  |  6:00 PM
    • Downtown Countdown

      • Downtown Morehead City – Tuesday, December 31st  |  6:00 PM- Midnight

    Atlantic Beach- Catch all the action at The Circle

    Because it’s never too cold for a day at the Beach- Right?

    • ‘Light Up the Night’ Christmas Parade

      • AB Town Park to The Circle – Friday, December 6th  |  6:00 PM
    • ‘Smoke on the Water’ Bonfire on the Beach

      • The Circle (201 West Atlantic Blvd) – Sunday, December 29th  | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    • Penguin Plunge

    Emerald Isle- Where ‘Nice Matters’

    So you better make sure you’re on Santa’s ‘Nice List’!

    • 16th Annual Christmas Parade

      • Lee St to Mangrove Drive – Saturday, November 30th  |  3:00 PM
    • 8th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

      • Emerald Isle Community Center (203 Leisure Lane) – Saturday, December 7th  |  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    • Santa & A Movie

      • Emerald Isle Community Center (203 Leisure Lane) – Friday, December 13  |  6:00 PM
      • Admission is one unwrapped gift per child- Regsitration Required! Call (252) 354-6350

    Preparing Your Home for the Winter

    Are You & Your Home Ready for the Winter Season?

    Take a look at some of these great tips to help prepare for the cold months that are to come.

    We all depend on our heating systems to keep us warm and comfortable when the temperature drops.  There are some things you can do to help your home stay nice and toasty when you need it!

    Do you have a fireplace?  Whether it’s a gas or wood burning fireplace it is important to get it checked out.  Hiring a professional to check the chimney on your wood burning fireplace for any critters that may have made a home, that the damper is functioning properly and also for any cracks or crumbling masonry will get a jump on any repairs that may be needed.  This will help to ensure any issues are addressed immediately to prevent future problems.  Gas burning fireplaces should be checked as well to make sure they will function properly before use to identify serious problems such as checking the lines for any carbon monoxide leaks, cleaning the blower and checking the pilot light.

    This beautiful gas-log fireplace warms the room in more ways than one. Whether you plan on using your fireplace throughout the winter, or are just closing it up for the season- it’s crucial for the safety and protection of your home to have a professional check to make sure it’s in working condition.

    The following winter maintenance schedule (Provided by Old Republic Home Protection) can help you prepare your home for winter weather and keep your home systems and appliances in tip-top shape!

    • Plumbing
      • Close and drain hose bibs
      • Inspect Water Heater temperature pressure relief valve for signs of leaks or discharge
    • Electrical
      • Ensure flashlights have fresh batteries in case of a power outage
    • Heating & Cooling
      • Have fireplaces and flues inspected and cleaned; repair as needed
      • Schedule heating system tune-up and cleaning
    • Exterior
      • Check paint, siding, or masonry for deterioration (detereriorated paint can lead to widespread rot)
        • One topcoat of paint sohuld last four or five years, but coats can last twice as long
      • Trim foundation plantings to leave a foot of clear space between plants and home
      • Rake debris away from house and other structures
      • Clean gutters and downspouts; repair as needed
      • Check roof and roof penetrations for leaks
      • Check exterior house siding for signs of rot
      • Trim any tree branches near or touching roof or gutters
      • Check all exterior caulk; repair as needed
      • Insulate for winter
        • On a windy day, feel around the edges of doors, windows, and fireplaces for any air leaks
        • Look for dust piles as clues to leaks
        • Caulk and repair weather stripping as needed
      • Clear debris from storm window weep holes
      • Clean out under decks and porches, as well as the space between deck boards
      • Clean out basement window wells

    The contents of this blog was prepared by:

    Jane Burger


    Jane Burger- Broker/REALTOR with Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

    Fall Styling With Pumpkins

    Make your home cozy, festive, and stylish this holiday season with this collection of fall inspiration!

    Welcome fall with open arms using pumpkins in your entryway, porch, fireplace, or as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner! This is a simple and affordable way to decorate in a modern way.


    Take a peek inside the beautiful 5 bedroom, oceanfront home located at 173 Atlantic Boulevard Atlantic Beach, NC – the backdrop of our fall shoot!

    Tag us on Facebook or Instagram with your fall decor for a chance to be featured on our page!

    Tag us on Facebook with your Fall Designs!