Posts

National Parks Week, Celebrating National Parks Week, North Carolina's National Parks, Cryatal Coasr National Parks

National Parks Week on the Crystal Coast

National Parks Week: 4 Parks to Explore on the Crystal Coast

Join us celebrating National Park Week 2021 from April 17 to 25!

Crystal Coast Map

“National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks!”

-National Park Service

harkers island national park

 It is almost a pleasure to get lost here with its bridges spanning sparkling waters, marshes of waving grasses, flocks of birds swirling like autumn leaves, and cool wooded sanctuaries harboring vintage residences. It is also good to know there’s a helpful soul at virtually every turn of the road, at gift shops, convenience stores, gas stations, real estate offices, boat building concerns, marinas, seafood concessions, pizza, and burger joints.


Situated in Atlantic Beach, Fort Macon is packed to the brim with southern history. When you tour, take the time to have a tour guide show you the ropes.

There are cannons galore as well as great informative videos to begin your visit. There is history on the stairs, on the walls, and even on the doors. Be sure not to miss an inch on your trip back in time.


Fort Macon Atlantic Beach NC, Fort Macon National State Park


cape lookout national park

The Cape Lookout National Seashore consists of 66 miles of beautifully undeveloped coastline stretching in barrier islands from Ocracoke to Beaufort Inlet. A short 3-mile boat ride off-shore takes you to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore where you can enjoy activities like shelling, fishing, birding, camping, lighthouse climbing, and touring historic villages. Enjoy your time on the island searching for the famous wild horses of Shackleford Banks, across the way. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled day at the beach. You can even bring your dog!

There aren’t any restaurants, so be sure to pack a lunch, sunscreen, water, and other necessary supplies!


Find Paradise on the unspoiled sands of this barrier island and National Park Hammocks Beach State Park is one of the few locations along the coast that remain nearly completely untouched. Ride a passenger ferry over to the island and spend the day exploring or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. Load up your gear and reserve a campsite on the sound or ocean.

The ferry operates every half hour throughout the day during the summer season, giving you the chance to spend the entire day exploring the 4-mile long island. Once the ferry docks, there is a 1/2 mile trail that leads to the beach where you can swim, shell, kayak, or camp overnight.

Bring everything you need, there isn’t anywhere on the island to purchase food and drinks.

Ferry Services:

Hammocks Beach State Park | Swansboro

(910) 326-4881



Hammocks Beach National Park

Check out our publications to learn more about the National Parks on the Crystal Coast. If you take pictures while exploring these National Parks, please share them with us. Have a blast exploring!

Spring on the crystal coast

Why Spring is a Great Time to Visit the Crystal Coast

Spring on the crystal coast

Spring on the Crystal Coast

Spring on the Crystal Coast is the perfect way to have fun in the sun on an early getaway! 

Are you planning a trip to the Crystal Coast during Spring? Here are a few reasons why the Spring on the Crystal Coast is a great time to visit!

  • Warmer Temps Mean An Abundance of Wildlife – As the water and the salty air warms up, the local birds and dolphins return to our coast. Pods of dolphins arrive and even a whale or two are known to skirt the coast in the spring. You may also see fawns on Coast Guard Road.
  • Warmer Temps Also Mean More Fun Outside – Warmer weather and waters mean comfortable weather for fishing. If you enjoy laying out in the sun with a nice cool breeze running across you, this is the time of year for you! Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are finally reasonable activities for those of us who like a little sun on an outing. Walking along the waterfronts of Beaufort, Swansboro, and Morehead City becomes a relaxing way to spend a day of sunshine in the Spring.
  • Everything Is Open – All the shops, stores, and restaurants that closed for the Winter are back open in the Spring. The piers open, flowers bloom, and you can beat the Summer rush of crowds during a spring trip! 

Which town is your favorite to visit in the Spring? 

Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you! 

nc coast fishing
whale sighting crystal coast
coastal kayaking in nc

WATER TEMPERATURE

Average High 71F | Average Low 65F

AIR TEMPERATURE

Average High 70F | Average Low 55F

Be sure to check out the many budget friendly activities to do this Spring while visiting the Crystal Coast.


Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest


Beaufort Food & Wine Festival


100 Free Things To Do

Slime Time Challenge – Raising Money for Local Organizations

Featured New Listing | 536 Hickory Shores Drive

236 Hickory Shores Drive

Newport, NC


3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Lower Level Bonus Area, 2,400 Square Feet



Enjoy the coastal breeze and sound views from the front porch of this charming home. Plenty of space to spread out and host family and friends, lots of closets, and an over sized garage with ample storage for all your toys. Game room and bonus room with a full bath and laundry room on the ground floor. Upper level has an open concept dining, kitchen, and living area. Large master bedroom with TWO walk in closets, spacious master bath with walk in shower. Home is located in the Hickory Shores subdivision which boasts a scenic day dock to enjoy boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, or just relaxing. Close to shopping and restaurants of Cape Carteret and historic Swansboro and the highly sought after Croatan school district. Vacant lot next door is not part of the sales price but is negotiable.







Kristen Furtner

Broker/REALTOR



kristen furtner- Bluewater Real Estate Broker- Atlantic Beach, NC


  • Email

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Kathy Furtner

Broker/REALTOR



Kathy Furtner- Broker/REALTOR with Bluewater Real Estate in Atlantic Beach, NC


  • Email

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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



HELP US REACH OUR GOAL


38 Letters

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

MEET ALLISON


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.


    sincerely,

    Allison



    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
    New Listing at 510 Front Street

    Featured New Listing | Sea Spray 145

    Sea Spray- Unit 145

    Atlantic Beach, NC


    2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 840 Square Feet



    You’ll adore this lovely Oceanfront Condo at the popular Sea Spray complex in Atlantic Beach. This unit is move-in ready, has excellent rental history and wonderful ocean views from almost every room! You will certainly enjoy the convenience of having a first floor unit for easy access. Interior offers tile and bamboo flooring, bar seating, an open floor plan along with beachy décor and furnishings. Your summer days will be filled with fun, sun, views, the beach and more! You will love ending the day on your private covered deck listening to the sounds of the ocean roll in. Sea Spray offers a community pool, beach access, picnic area and more. This is the perfect unit for a permanent residence, sound investment or a vacation get-a-way! Flood insurance, master insurance, cable, water and sewer is all covered in your HOA dues.







    Heather Krohn

    Broker/REALTOR®



    Heather Krohn- Bluewater Real Estate Agent Atlantic Beach, NC



    Featured New Listing | 120 Sea Dunes Drive

    120 Sea Dunes Drive

    Emerald Isle, NC 28594


    3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 1,781 Square Feet



    An oceanside Island gem, this move-in-ready home has been immaculately updated and meticulously well-maintained in all areas. You”ll be instantly welcomed with a beautifully manicured front yard (equipped with sprinkler system), plenty of space for parking, an outdoor shower, plus a storage room and an oversized garage. Making your way up to the one-level living space, you”ll notice ample indoor and outdoor gathering space for friends and family, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, gas fireplace, hardwood floors, and large vaulted ceilings. The inviting bonus area was recently added in 2016 and includes an office space, full bathroom, bonus room and sunroom off the back of the home, allowing plenty of light to shine through and ample storage space. You’ve got to see this home in person to believe for yourself! To top it all off- this home is not located in a flood zone, has never been rented, and the central location provides excellent water quality, a short walk to the beach and local restaurants, shops and community events.







    Linda Strickland

    Broker/REALTOR®



    Linda Strickland- Bluewater Real Estate Broker Emerald Isle, NC




    Featured New Listing | 107 W Landing Drive

    107 W Landing Drive

    Emerald Isle, NC


    3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2,208 Sq Ft



    Better than new 5th row ocean view home offering 3 Bedrooms plus a ground level bonus room which expands living space. The spacious great room has two-story vaulted ceiling opening to loft/stairway above. Expansive windows throughout allow lots of natural lighting and views of maritime oaks perfectly nestled around decks. The beautiful ocean view off the private Master Bedroom deck is one to cherish. Many recent improvements & upgrades include roof, siding, carpet, bamboo laminate floors/stairs, interior paint, refinished kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, lighting, outside shower, furniture and more! A beautiful manicured lawn and landscaping add character to this beach home’s outdoor space. Offered furnished & ready to go for summer fun. Not currently a vacation rental but rental income projection available upon request. Make your 2020 family beach memories here!







    Syndie Earnhardt

    Broker/REALTOR®



    Syndie Earnhardt- REALTOR at Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC






    Featured New Listing | 129 Hawthorne Drive

    129 Hawthorne Drive

    Pine Knoll Shores, NC


    3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1,798 Square Feet



    A beautiful sunroom and a screened-in porch are perfect spots to enjoy this home nestled among the trees in the tranquil environment of Pine Knoll Shores. A finished bonus room not included in the heated square feet provides ample storage space. Additional features such as a handicapped accessible walk-in Jacuzzi brand whirlpool tub, Corian countertops, and hardwood floors are a nice bonus. Enjoy all that the 298 acres of Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, located just down the street has to offer. Private beach accesses, parks, a kayak launch and boat ramp / dock are just a few of the perks of home ownership in this quaint community. Boat slips are available on an annual rental, first come-first serve basis (rentals are handled by the Harbormaster). This home is also close to the Country Club of the Crystal Coast where memberships include access to tennis, golf and pools. This home had a new roof in 2018 and is in a part of PKS that has not flooded even after two 500 year flood events.







    David & Julie Perry

    Brokers/REALTORS®