home of distinction
NICK Nixon and Beth Connell fondly recall the first time they drove down the narrow
road off Masonboro Loop, heading toward the Intracoastal Waterway.
Nixon was in the process of selling the North Myrtle Beach-based self-storage busi-ness
he owned with his brother. When the sale went through, he and Beth — who
runs a physical therapy practice on Oleander Drive — would move from Leland to
Wilmington. The married couple had just one criterion: Their new home had to be on the water.
They explored virtually every creek between Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach looking for
their perfect spot.
“We drove down pretty much every road looking for something on the water,” Nixon says.
“If there was even a hint of something that was for sale, we’d look at it.”
As the road zigzagged and turned from paved to sandy dirt, they saw it — a lot with a breath-taking
view of the ICWW, and with plenty of room for their two goldendoodles, Zeke and Kelso.
It was the ideal spot.