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.

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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

    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


    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


    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


    Featured New Listing | 5118 Holly Lane

    5118 Holly Lane

    Morehead City, NC

    3 Bedrooms, 2 & 1/2 Bathrooms, 2,154 Square Feet

    This newly renovated home is located in a highly desirable neighborhood, with a community sound-front park and convenient location to everything. The spacious brick ranch has an open, flowing floor plan with new Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring throughout, updated bathrooms & kitchen with all new cabinets, counters, appliances and fixtures. A new roof was also installed in 2019. The large yard (fenced in rear) has endless possibilities for kids, pets, gardening and/or entertaining. Don’t wait to see this beautiful, move in ready home- It surely won’t last long!

    Stephanie Ross


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    Carteret County Tax Re-Evaluation

    A Quick Look Inside the Carteret County Tax Re-Evaluation Process

    What to Expect

    Property owners in Carteret County will soon receive a re-evaluation of their assets from the county Tax Office.

    The re-evaluation process was pushed back one year due to the widespread damage due to Hurricane Florence in Fall of 2018 and is the first adjustment since 2015.

    Property appraisals will be calculated as close to their current status as of January 1st, 2020 as possible- and value letters will be sent out sometime within the first or second week in February.

    The appeal process will then begin, with tax bills being mailed mid-fall once the rates are established by the County Commissioners.

    For 2019, Carteret County residents enjoyed the lowest property tax rate in the state of North Carolina. The rate of .31% was unchanged from 2018.

    * Image above is courtesy of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners

    Duties of the Assessor

    The Assessor evaluates all property subject to taxation. The Assessor is required by North Carolina law to list, appraise and assess all property within the county at 100% of market value. In addition to the over 58,000 parcels of real property (land, homes, commercial buildings), the Assessor must value business personal property (approximately 7,000 businesses, ranging from multi‐million dollar enterprises to one person operations). There are over 7,549 manufactured homes, over 77 aircraft and over 26,129 boats, motors and jet skis and any other personal property which is taxable. There are over 6,500 motor vehicles which are billed monthly.

    The Carteret County Tax Assessor’s Office creates over 150,000 tax notices annually. Because there is such a volatile real estate market, reappraisal for Carteret County is done every four years. The 2020 Revaluation will include the use of county maps, aerial photography, street level images, sales analysis, field visits, and other tools to gather data used in determining fair market value. Carteret County appraisers will review and analyze the information including comparable sales within your neighborhood.

    Market Value is the most probable or most likely price that the property would sell for. It is not the highest, lowest or average price. It requires a willing buyer and a willing seller with neither under any pressure to buy or sell. It implies that the buyer and the seller are fully informed of all the purposes to which the property is best adapted and is capable of being used. It recognizes the property’s current use as well as its potential use.

    Appeal Process

    If you agree with the Market Value stated in the Notice of Assessed Value, no further action is required.

    If you wish to request an informal appeal, please chose from one of the three methods below:
    1. An On-line appeal can be completed and submitted on the Carteret County Tax website;
    2. Email a scanned informal appeal form and any supporting documentation to
    3. Mail the completed Informal Appeal Form and supporting documentation to:

    Carteret County Tax Department
    2020 Revaluation Appeal
    302 Courthouse Square
    Beaufort, NC 28516

    *On-line and emailed appeals will receive a confirmation email that the appeal was received by the Tax Department. All appeals will be reviewed by staff appraisers in the order that they are received. Your right to appeal to the Board of Equalization and Review is protected during the time the Tax Office is processing your Informal Appeal.


    Valid Reasons to Appeal the Assessed Value
    1. The market value substantially exceeds the actual market value of the property.
    2. The market value is inconsistent with the market value of similar properties within your

    Invalid Reasons to Appeal the Assessed Value
    1. The market value increased too much compared to the 2015 market value.
    2. The market value is more than the insurance value.
    3. The market value is just too high.
    4. The owner does not have financial ability to pay the taxes.

    *All information courtesy of the Carteret County Tax Office. Please contact them if you have any questions, or are interested in beginning the appeal process.

    Tax Office Divisions
    Business Personal 252-728-8486
    Collections 252-728-8525
    Land Records / Mapping 252-728-8490
    Personal Property 252-728-8486
    Western Tax Office 252-222-5833
    Fax 252-732-2064
    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!