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Love Golf? Plan a Crystal Coast Golf Vacation!

man swinging a golf club on the crystal coast of nc

Love Golf? Plan a Crystal Coast Golf Vacation!

If you love golf, I bet when you think of a golf vacation, places like California or Florida are probably the first places that come to mind. But, if you haven’t considered North Carolina’s Crystal Coast as a golf destination, put it on your list, now.

North Carolina has been a golf destination since the 1890s, and the legendary Pinehurst course has been dubbed the “Home of American Golf.” There are hundreds of golf courses in the state, but one of the most underrated places to play is on the Crystal Coast. The breathtaking coastal landscapes combined with the excellent beaches and mild weather truly make it a golfer’s paradise.

Golf vacations have become a popular way for tourists to unwind and experience new places. And, golf is much more than just a fun activity; it has excellent mental and physical health benefits. These benefits include reducing stress, maintaining mental alertness, and exercise. We’re sharing a few reasons why you should plan a golf vacation in North Carolina, specifically on the Crystal Coast.

Crystal Coast Golf Courses

man dressed in blue golfing on a beautiful, lush, green golf course with vivid green trees in the background.

Golf lovers, put the Crystal Coast on your radar. There are dozens of golf courses, both on the coast and within short driving distance, you can choose from, ranging from beginner to championship courses. We invite you to explore our scenic courses and experience everything our slice of paradise has to offer. So why not start planning a Crystal Coast golf vacation? It’s good for your health!

Crystal Coast Country Club

The Crystal Coast Country Club is an 18-hole championship golf course in Pine Knoll Shores. The beautiful rolling terrain here provides a picturesque background for your day at the course. You can play on the newly renovated championship golf course, fit with new tee boxes, fairways, bunkers, and more. And when you’re ready to play, you can book your tee time at Crystal Coast Country Club here.

Star Hill Golf Club

The fairways of Star Hill Golf Club have been a favorite spot to golf on the Crystal Coast for over 50 years. This challenging golf course in Cape Carteret features 27 holes on beautiful greens. All rates include a golf cart, and the course is open, rain or shine. Call (252) 393-8111 to reserve your tee time at Star Hill Golf Club, a favorite among locals. 

Brandywine Bay Golf Club

Golfers of any skill level will love playing a round of golf at Brandywine Bay Golf Club. There are even junior holes perfect for beginners or young children, so you could even make your golf vacation a family golf vacation! The newly renovated greens recently reopened so now you can play the entire course once again. If you’re interested, you can find the Brandywine Bay Golf Club rates here. 

Crystal Coast Vacation Rentals

crystal coast golf enthusiast getting ready to tee off

Now that you’ve read about a few of the Crystal Coast’s golf courses, it’s time to start planning your North Carolina vacation. Our vacation rental properties are the perfect setting for your getaway. Whether you’re visiting the Crystal Coast on your own, as a couple, or if you’re traveling with a bigger group, you’ll find something everyone can enjoy! Browse all of our properties here, and we’ll see you on the golf course!

Have you been golfing on the Crystal Coast? Let us know your favorite courses in the comments below!

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!

Crystal Coast Home and Garden Show

31st Annual Coastal Home & Garden Show

March 2nd & 3rd- Crystal Coast Civic Center

With a sense of Spring finally hitting the air in Carteret County, now is a great time to start thinking about an improvement to your property. There’s no better place to gather ideas and information than the Crystal Coast Home & Garden Show. The event features dozens of local vendors- including pool builders, landscaping professionals, interior designers, and much more. You’ll be able to speak directly with representatives from these companies, and ask any questions that can directly relate to your situation. The cost of admission ($5 per person, kids 12 and under free) is well worth it for such a wide variety of helpful resources. You can sign up to win prizes throughout the day, and even schedule a further consultation with a company you’re looking to work with. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to improve your property value, and get more out of your Crystal Coast Home!




Agents Giving Back to the Community

This Holiday season, Bluewater agents, employees, and owners were able to come together and help families in need along Carteret County. We all understand how fortunate we are to be able to live, work and play in this beautiful community- but also how important it is to help those that are less fortunate. We agreed that families suffering from the effects of Hurricane Florence were a high-priority to assist, and that a monetary contribution could make things a little easier for a lot of families as Thanksgiving and Christmas come and go.

Food Pantries at area high schools were brought up as a great resource for young adults to discreetly take home food and help contribute to family meals. There’s no charge, or sign-up fee for the usage of these pantries, and the school’s Exceptional Children programs go to purchase and stock these food banks when the funds arise. As a team, we came together in about one week and raised over $1200. The contribution was matched by the gracious owners of Bluewater and we were able to donate $1,000 to both East & West Carteret High Schools, with an additional $211 going to the Marine Science & Technology Early College in Morehead City.

Pat Copeland, Broker in Charge of Bluewater Real Estate Atlantic Beach presented a check for $1000 to West Carteret High School’s Food Pantry this Holiday Season.

Bluewater Real Estate agent, Allison Bernauer present a $1000 check to the East Carteret High School Food Pantry program.

4th of July: 2018


All on July 4th

Bogue Inlet Pier @ 9:00 PM (Emerald Isle)

Morehead City Waterfront @ 9:00 PM (Morehead City)

Captain Stacy Fireworks Cruise @ 7:00 PM (Atlantic Beach)

Beaufort Gallants Channel @ 9:00 PM (Beaufort)


Jaycee Park

@ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

July 6

Morehead City Waterfront

Performance by Night Years


Beaufort Waterfront

June 29 @ 11:00 AM

at Gordon & Front Street

Wagons | Kids | Pets | Music | Flags

Free Ice Cream at the County Courthouse


Western Regional Access Emerald Isle

@ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

June 28 Wild Honey (Blues Country)

July 5 Justin Castellano (Eclectic)

Bring a chair or blanket!


Atlantic Beach

@ 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, & 3:30 PM

July 4

Civil War Cannon Firing


Big Rock Stadium

@ 7:05 PM

July 3 vs. Wilmington Sharks

July 5 vs. Holly Springs Salamanders


Olde Town Square Pavilion

@ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Summer Sundays

in Downtown Swansboro

59th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament


Back in 1956, sailors from cargo ships that came to the Morehead City port would tell the locals they had seen blue marlin not too far offshore. Many did not believe them and thought this was chatter; however, some were wishful thinkers and hoped that these stories were true. These optimists were members of Morehead City’s Fabulous Fishermen Club.

Bob and Mary Simpson, Tom Potter and Dick Parker – charter members of the Fabulous Fishermen Club – convinced local business leaders to put up a cash prize of a few hundred dollars to encourage the area’s charter boat industry to head further offshore to find these blue marlins. Parker, who frequently fished for billfish in the Caribbean, knew what a blessing this would be to the waterfront’s charter boat business.

The prize money that they had raised was what really did the trick – boats traveled further offshore in search of these elusive fish. Soon, captains and fishermen alike began reporting their own blue marlin sightings. Although throughout the summer of 1957 no blue marlins were caught, the hunt continued.

It was in the September of 1957, Jimmy Croy of Raleigh fishing aboard the Mary Z with Captain K.W. “Bill” Olsen, reeled in a 143-pound marlin. This catch forever changed the face of fishing along the North Carolina coast. Capt. Olsen radioed back to the Morehead City port and word of this historical catch spread like wildfire across the small town. When the Mary Z finally docked back at the port, the boat and crew were greeted by a herd of people and blaring police sirens. There was a child’s red wagon filled with silver dollars that was presented to the lucky fishermen.

No one knows exactly where Olsen and Croy made their historic catch, most think that the two had reached the Gulf Stream – about 40-60 miles south of the Morehead City port. As the Gulf Stream drifts north along the NC coastline, it crosses a structure on the continental shelf called “Big Rock” from which the tournament takes its name. This is a haven for small reef fish – the type that attract the larger fish that blue marlin prey on.

Early on, the competition consisted of a handful of charter boat captains hoping to win a few dollars and the bragging rights that came with a Big Rock victory. Currently, hundreds of fishermen participate, representing the best marlin anglers in the world. The Big Rock has become the “Super Bowl” of fishing because of the way winners feel after capturing the event. The tournament is wild and unpredictable, but it always holds the promise of a big payday. It attracts competitors to come back, year after year, and has grown exponentially.

It all started in 1957 with one lucky catch. The competition for many years offered a huge purse, but that’s  not the true satisfaction of the competition. Billfish captains want to be crowned Big Rock champions and set their sights of the Big Rock competition every year. It is truly a one-of-a-kind Gulf Stream fishing tradition that always seems to all come down to one lucky catch.


WELDOR’S ARK

Angler: John Roberts

Captain: Mike Taylor

Weight: 484.9 LBS

Date: June 12, 2017


Photo is Property of Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament


REHAB

Angler: Ryan Howard

Captain: Nathan Shepard

Weight: 506.9 LBS

Date: June 16, 2017


Photo is Property of Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament 


RUN OFF

Angler: Matt Hanley

Captain: Brian Harrington

Weight: 533.8 LBS

Date: June 12, 2017


Photo is Property of Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament



Photos are Property of Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament


Run Off came out on top as the Big Rock Champions with a record $1,161,450 prize at the 59th annual tournament. Run Off weighed in a 533.8-pound blue marlin, the first marlin of the tournament, caught early on Monday by angler Matt Hanley of Glen Allen, VA. Hanley’s catch stayed at the top of the leader board the rest of the way. Captain Brian Harrington, Morehead City, and first mate, Marty Hiatt, teamed with Hanley to reel in his first-ever blue marlin.

Hanley’s catch initially won $467,500 on Monday because it was the first 500-pounder caught by a team in their division. Run Off also received an additional $693,950 for finishing first with the largest blue marlin.

Run Off took home a record-breaking prize of $1.16 million!

Good Things Come to Those Who Bait…

We are already looking forward to next year!

The 60th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is set! Tune in from June 8 – June 16 2018!

For more information about the Big Rock Tournament, please visit: http://www.thebigrock.com/

Wine and Design

Are you ready to unleash the inner artist in yourself on your vacation? Well, we found the perfect place for you! Sign up, show up, sip up, and PAINT! At Wine & Design in Morehead City, you can have fun and socialize all while you sip on a tasty glass of wine and paint something absolutely beautiful! These group painting classes are taught by local artists and are so much fun! Show up with friends or go alone, you are sure to have a great time.

paintbrush

The Wine and Design studio is a quaint little “hole in the wall” located at 412 Evans Street, Unit B in Morehead City. When you walk in you instantly feel like you’re ready to create something unique to your style and taste. The walls are lined with beautiful paintings by the artists themselves and also by those who have attended the classes. The artwork doesn’t even stop there! If you walk into the restroom, it’s covered in colorful canvases! Even though it’s small, it is a very inspiring little space.

This whimsical studio allows you to bring your favorite beverage of choice: beer, wine, soda, juice or water. You can also feel free to bring your favorite snacks, appetizers or even catering – any of your favorite eats! There is plenty of table space for food and drinks, so go crazy! Luckily, the studio provides the plastic cups and the corkscrew! Of course, you must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol, but people of all ages are welcome.

The more the merrier! Come alone or bring a group! I went with my mom, who is as much of a wine “enthusiast” as I am. We got to mingle with the other members of the class and it was so much fun! It’s best to arrive at the studio 15 minutes prior to get signed in, fix a glass of your favorite drink and mingle with the others. When we walked in we were immediately greeted by the artist, Rhonda. She was a sweetheart and you could tell she really enjoyed teaching this class. She made sure to make a personal connection with each of us and made us all feel warm and welcome. This really is the perfect place to sip, chat and paint!

Just remember, there are 3 very important rules! 

Rule Number One: There are no mistakes! Take your creativity to infinity and beyond!

Rule Number Two: Paint brushes go in the water – not in your wine!

Rule Number Three: HAVE FUN!

Seriously… This is like paint by numbers, but for adults, with wine. Are you convinced yet?

The fun doesn’t stop here! Another great thing about the studio location is that it’s right near the Morehead City waterfront. Here, you can take in beautiful views and also grab a great bite to eat at one of Morehead’s well-known restaurants. My personal favorite is the Ruddy Duck and it’s within walking distance of the studio!




Wine and Design in Morehead City is the perfect thing to do to bring out your creative side and sip some tasty wine! A wonderful attraction in Morehead right by the waterfront with a beautiful view, right down the street from divine restaurants with mouthwatering dishes, and an entertaining activity for an evening out. How could you go wrong?!

I had so much fun spending my evening at Wine and Design and I cannot wait to go back again and bring more friends! I found the inner artist in myself and now you can too!

Coming Home to Carteret County

Coming Home



 :  grew up in Carteret County, but I never fully understood why everyone came here on vacation or to escape the city for the weekend.  Then I left for a decade and realized I grew up in a pocket of paradise.  This is my story of why I love text:  Carteret County and how a unique opportunity to restore a house lured me home.
            




My family embraced the water, like most families in Carteret County.  We had two deep freezers packed full of seafood.  My dad caught most of the fish off shore in the gulf stream; we ate from those coolers all year long.  I thought everyone bought 20 pounds of shrimp from the Fulcher Family and put them up for the off season.


I went out on the boat to the Cape or over to Atlantic Beach with family and friends regularly.  Our dogs ran wild on sandbars.  Sunburns and sandcastles were commonplace for me six months out of the year.  We only locked our doors when we went out of town.  My neighbors were my extended family, and I shared meals with them multiple times a week.  I thought all of this was normal.

Then I left for a decade and realized I grew up with an exceptional quality of life in a place surrounded by preserved landscapes.  My adventures provided me the opportunity to live in England, Italy, Washington D.C., Maine, Mississippi, South Korea, Alabama, Colorado and a couple of cities in North Carolina.  My experiences in each of these places shaped who I am today, but I realized I am different from other people because of where and how I grew up.  My desire to be near water came out, especially salt water.  If water existed in any form, I found it, but deep down I was longing to smell the salt marsh and hear a sea gull.  I wanted to sit on a dock with my toes in the water and look up at the moon.  I developed an aversion for frozen store bought seafood and would only eat it when I came home.   And, I always made a point to come home to visit.  With each oyster roast or boat ride down Taylor’s Creek, I wondered if I could move back home.

Ultimately, it was the opportunity to restore a 1920 fisherman’s cottage in downtown Morehead City that lured me home.  While away, I fell in love with historic narratives, buildings and places.  I always did my best to live in historic areas.  I grew up in Morehead City by the Country Club, but my godparents lived in an historic home in downtown Morehead City on Fisher Street.  I loved how they walked along the sidewalks to dinner on the waterfront or a few blocks over to the public water access.  I decided I wanted to be near them, enjoy that kind of lifestyle and live in a historic home.

The neighborhood is called Conch’s Point, located between 4th and 11th Streets on the north side of Arendell Street, and it is Morehead City’s original neighborhood.  It was developed by Govenor Morehead’s Shepard Point Land Company and began to flourish after the Civil War.  Several of the city’s historic churches are in the neighborhood, along with a few businesses.  The two neighborhood corner stores still stand but are vacant.  The homes in the neighborhood vary in age.  Some were floated over from the banks in the 1880’s and 1890’s and others were built later, like mine.  Some have been restored and other’s haven’t.  I found one that hadn’t, and bringing it back to life was an adventure.
I’ll tell the story of my house at 706 Fisher Street, and its restoration in my next post.  I hope you’ll come back to the blog and check it out.

Written by Andrea E Smith

Andrea loves life on the Crystal Coast.  She returned home to Carteret County in 2015, after living in multiple states and countries. She restored and lives in a historic fisherman’s cottage in downtown Morehead City.  She enjoys walking her dog, Riley, riding her bike in her neighborhood and taking her skiff out in the inland waterways.

She is very active in the community and is a member of the After Hours Rotary Club and The Sunshine Community Band.  Recently, she founded the Carteret County Carolina Club through the UNC-Chapel Hill Alumni Association and the Bunco Beach Brunch to support the Sally B. Smith Scholarships at Carteret Community College.

Born and raised in Morehead City, Andrea attended St. Egbert’s Catholic School and graduated from the Carteret County School System. She went on to graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, Mississippi College School of Law and Johnson and Wales-Charlotte. With degrees in history, law and culinary arts, she is a true Renaissance woman.

Licensed since 2005, she has acquired, managed and sold numerous personal and investment properties of her own, in addition to consulting clients on their real estate matters. Andrea wholeheartedly believes real estate is the ultimate wealth building tool. She looks forward to assisting others in their real estate endeavors, as a Broker with Bluewater.



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My Revitalized Home

Fisher Street Revitalized

I closed on my Fisher Street house in Morehead City sight unseen in February 2015.  I relied on photos and my previous knowledge of the neighborhood.  That is the thing about real estate, especially unique properties in up and coming neighborhoods, if you don’t move quickly someone else will beat you to it.  In my case someone almost did, but I got very lucky.  Unbeknownst to me, my godfather who lives across the street actually had an offer in on it when I called him to ask his opinion of the property.  We discussed my desire to move home and restore the property, and he agreed to assign the offer to me.  Fate!  

The house was uninhabitable and in disrepair, but it had good old bones and a water view.  My home inspector, JP Davies, later told me my house was the worst he had ever inspected.  Several feet of water was under the house, and the backyard was the neighborhood drainage pond.  But, my godfather, GA Jones Construction, and I could see past it and set out to bring it back to life.  

The crew first set out to remove the water from under the house and yard, but doing so was an issue because it kept raining.  It delayed us about a month or so.  I was still living in Colorado at the time, so I wasn’t around to witness the miracle of removing the water or lifting the house.  My godfather told me over the bathroom floor actually fell out when ​they​ lifted it.  I think most people would have panicked at this point; I’m not really sure why I didn’t.  But, I went into this project with the mindset that I had to accept unforeseen mishaps and move on, so that helped.  Nonetheless, lifting the house was a necessity because it consistently flooded in storms, and it would save me thousands of dollars on my flood insurance.  

I drove from Colorado back to Carteret County the first week of May 2015.  My house was up on giant steel beams when I arrived​,​ and the bricks for the new foundation were piled in the yard.  The water was gone, fresh dirt was everywhere, and the house was only accessible with a ladder.  It was at this time that we discovered original heart pine bead board behind the sheet rock walls.  My contractor convinced me to pull all of the sheet rock out of the house and expose the original bead board.  This was a messy and time consuming ordeal, but it was so worth it in the end.  The back of the house was added later, so we put new bead board in those rooms create a cohesive look.

The sub floors are wide heart pine planks, but couldn’t be left exposed because they had so many holes drilled in them over the years to let the flood water out.  Thus, we put in pine floors in throughout the house, except for the bathrooms where I used a retro black and white mosaic tile.  The house originally only had one bathroom with an antique claw foot tub.  I added a second bathroom with a shower off the master where two closets backed up to each other.  
We then designed and built two freestanding closets in the corners to compensate for losing the storage space.  They are constructed out of bead board and utilize original interior doors and locks.  However, not all of the locks were working, and I needed some switch plates.  Rather than using new locks, I opted to use reclaimed locks and switches from an architectural salvage business in Jackson, Mississippi called Old House Depot.  I knew about them because I lived in Jackson for three years and use to walk through their space and dream about renovating a home using their stuff.  They mailed me what they had, but they didn’t have enough.  Old House Depot recommended a locksmith in New Orleans called H Rault and sure enough they mailed me the last of what I needed

We then designed and built two freestanding closets in the corners to compensate for losing the storage space.  They are constructed out of bead board and utilize original interior doors and locks.  However, not all of the locks were working, and I needed some switch plates.  Rather than using new locks, I opted to use reclaimed locks and switches from an architectural salvage business in Jackson, Mississippi called Old House Depot.  I knew about them because I lived in Jackson for three years and use to walk through their space and dream about renovating a home using their stuff.  They mailed me what they had, but they didn’t have enough.  Old House Depot recommended a locksmith in New Orleans called H Rault and sure enough they mailed me the last of what I needed.

As I was picking out paint colors and light fixtures from Coastal Lighting Gallery​, various subcontractors replaced all of the windows, electrical, plumbing and hvac systems.  Fulcher Electric rewired the home and ran the power outside underground.  Golden of Beaufort replaced all of the plumbing and installed all of the plumbing fixtures.  Professional Heat and Air installed the new duct work and new unit.  Scott and David of GA Jones Construction did so much of the other work associated with the house like painting and carpentry.  I only used four paint colors.  I opted for soft coastal colors including green, blue, cream and white for the trim and ceilings.  All of my fixtures are bronze​ and came from Longley Supply​.  

The exterior of the home is grey with white trim, just as it was before I bought it.  The previous owners installed vinyl siding.  I removed it from the front and replaced it with hardi​e ​board shake, but I kept the vinyl on the sides and back to cut costs.  I added a three foot wooden picket fence around the front yard for my dog.  I moved in around Labor Day 2015 and furnished it with my family antiques.  I am so proud to call it home.    




I researched and applied for a Historic Plaque from the Carteret County Historical Society this past winter​, as I was settling into the home​.  I traced my deed all the way back to the original developer, The Shepard’s Point Land Company, at the Register of Deeds Office in Beaufort.  I also utilized the Research Library at the History Place in Morehead City to learn more about the family that built my house.  Using the Census Records and the Carteret County Family Records, I learned that Martin T. Wade built the house and lived their until 1922 with his wife and four children.  In 1922, Martin and his wife died in New Bern; the records didn’t provide a cause of death.  Three of the children went to an orphanage in Raleigh and one went to live with an Aunt in New Bern.  The Bank of Morehead repossessed the home.  It changed hands several time, but in 1925 Lola Smith claimed title to the property.  She lived ​at 706 Fisher until 1975 and worked ​out of the home ​as a seamstress.  The historic plaque for the home reads “Wade-Smith” in honor of these two families.  Any structure over seventy-five years old is eligible for a plaque.  Applications are available at the Research Library at the History Place.

However, the one thing I didn’t do in 2015 was replace the roof.  In retrospect, I should’ve done it.  We thought we might be able to squeeze a few more years out of it, but that wasn’t the case. I had several leaks over the winter and spring, so I finally decided I had to replace it to protect my investment.  Thus,  just a few weeks ago Advanced Roofing installed a dark grey shingle roof.  It took two full days and was fascinating to watch.  The new roof really adds a polished finished look to the exterior.  Without a doubt, there isn’t anything major left for me to do.  However, I still need to paint the fence and hang a few more pictures.

I look forward to returning home each day to my eclectic historic home by the sea.  I’m so thankful that I took the risk to truly create the home I wanted in downtown Morehead City. I know I made the right decision to come home, live the Carteret County lifestyle and save this house.  If I can do it, so can you!  Contact me and let me help you find the home that fits the lifestyle you want to live in Carteret County.    

Written by Andrea E Smith

Andrea loves life on the Crystal Coast.  She returned home to Carteret County in 2015, after living in multiple states and countries. She restored and lives in a historic fisherman’s cottage in downtown Morehead City.  She enjoys walking her dog, Riley, riding her bike in her neighborhood and taking her skiff out in the inland waterways.

She is very active in the community and is a member of the After Hours Rotary Club and The Sunshine Community Band.  Recently, she founded the Carteret County Carolina Club through the UNC-Chapel Hill Alumni Association and the Bunco Beach Brunch to support the Sally B. Smith Scholarships at Carteret Community College.

Born and raised in Morehead City, Andrea attended St. Egbert’s Catholic School and graduated from the Carteret County School System. She went on to graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, Mississippi College School of Law and Johnson and Wales-Charlotte. With degrees in history, law and culinary arts, she is a true Renaissance woman.

Licensed since 2005, she has acquired, managed and sold numerous personal and investment properties of her own, in addition to consulting clients on their real estate matters. Andrea wholeheartedly believes real estate is the ultimate wealth building tool. She looks forward to assisting others in their real estate endeavors, as a Broker with Bluewater.



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