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Looking east from No. 9 Oyster Catcher Road, Figure Eight Island, which sold for $1,800,000 in April 2014. PHOTO COURTESY OF FIGURE EIGHT REALTY Full of expectation, founding a new firm, Pier House Group Broker Margaret Collins returned to the real estate market in the spring of 2014 after several years in retirement. “The market is rebounding,” Collins says. “I think 2015 is going to be another year similar, but better.” Wrightsville Beach had seven of the Top 20 sales all over $1.8 million. Of these, two were on Wrightsville’s Harbor Island. Randall J. Williams, Broker on Team Hardee, Hunt and Williams says, “I would characterize 2014 as a solid year in real estate.” He sees a shift in the buyer demo-graphic at Wrightsville. “A subtle change in the demographic of the buyers is the number of homes that are being bought as primary residences,” Williams says. “That adds a layer to the marketplace that may not be as prevalent in other more seasonal beach communi-ties. As Wilmington has evolved, more and more of our clients are considering Wrightsville Beach as a place to live full time. That, in part, may explain the number of homes that have been purchased in recent years for substantial prices, only to be razed to make way for extravagant new homes.” Landfall, with $92 million in Realtor-assisted sales, saw three sales in the Top 20, followed by one on the waterway at nearby Summer Rest and one at White Hall. The No. 9 high dollar sale at $2.150 million was the modern version of the Summer Rest cottage designed by Scott Sullivan at 315 Summer Rest Road. The 5-bedroom, 5 and one-half bath, 4,700sf home, on a one-acre lot, has a private pier, with a 60ft floating dock and boatlift. Listing agent Karen Allison from Laney Real WBM february 2015 38


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