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74 WBM february 2017 Wrightsville Beach from the air. Of interest is the large, brown oceanfront home of Dino De Laurentiis which sold in January 2016. De Laurentiis also owned the vacant lot at 19 E. Fayetteville to its right sold in December for $1.2 million, the top lot sale at Wrightsville. PHOTO COURTESY OF HARDEE HUNT & WILLIAMS in 1964 and renovated by Nick Garrett, which sold for $2,712,500 Feb. 2. “That was a Wrightsville Beach classic cottage that had been redone. It had really, really good views. South of the Oceanic Restaurant on Wrightsville Beach is the preferred location,” Buzzy Northen says. The sellers of the 3700sf second house were a North Carolina couple who will use it as their primary residence, Lee Crouch says. The oldest home sold was 113 S. Channel Drive, the for-mer year-round home of Mark and Debbie Mitchell, who built a larger home next door. The 3,995sf completely reno-vated 1929 cottage, sound front on Banks Channel with a boat dock, sold for $2.18 million on Sept. 17. The sale was No. 1 on Harbor Island, No. 16 at Wrightsville Beach. A non-Realtor sale of significance was 17 E. Asheville, owned by the widow of Dino De Laurentiis, which sold in a private transaction Jan. 27, 2016 for $3.750 million. Then Dec. 22, De Laurentiis also sold the vacant oceanfront lot at 19 E. Fayetteville Street to a buyer represented by Hardee Hunt & Williams for $1.2 million. Eighty-three of the town’s approximately 100 sales offered a natural water feature; 31 were located oceanfront, 32 were sound front and 15 additional had a water view. Thirteen of the sound-front properties offered boat docks. A great example was the seventh top sale in the county and No. 3 at Wrightsville, new construction at No. 17 Bahama Drive that sold for $2.7 million. It offered between 3,500 and 4,000sf, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, sound front, a bulk-headed, waterfront location on a residential dead-end street with deep water and permitting for up to four boats. “A local couple bought it as a second home. It shows the need for new construction on Wrightsville Beach — the fact


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