Laid-Back, Horse-Friendly Country Living

by Jul 2, 2019Featured

The Reserve at Town Creek offers a new style of living near Leland. 

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Corey Gooden knew exactly what she wanted for her family: a custom-built home with a spacious yard and friendly neighbors. But finding her dream home in the fastest-growing county in North Carolina proved to be harder than she’d expected. 

“My husband and I had been looking for property around the area for over two years and could never find a place where the houses weren’t on top of each other or where we had the freedom to build what we wanted to build,” Gooden says. “We knew we couldn’t be the only people in Brunswick County looking for this type of community.” 

When a 35-acre parcel became available, Gooden’s father, Riley Evans, a local developer and general contractor, saw his opportunity. After purchasing the land, he carved out two roads surrounded by mature oaks and pines. Then he divided the property into 10 spacious lots with two cul-de-sacs, and The Reserve at Town Creek was born. 

The Reserve at Town Creek is an equestrian-oriented, gated community that offers security and room to breathe with 1.5 to 5-acre lots. Perched on George II Highway about 1 mile south of U.S. Highway 17, the neighborhood is just outside of Leland, 20 miles from downtown Wilmington and the seaside town of Southport, and 25 minutes from the Brunswick County beaches. Town Creek Elementary and Middle Schools are right around the corner as well. 

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Families seeking a quiet community can rest easy knowing The Reserve at Town Creek is set at 10 lots, with no plans for further expansion. Gooden says the new neighborhood will provide residents with privacy and freedom for their children to roam and play. “It’s small and quaint, yet you have more space here than you would elsewhere in Brunswick County,” she says. 

Another benefit lies in the neighborhood’s homeowners’ association, which prides itself in not weighing down residents with overly strict guidelines. “Here, people can live how they want to live, with common-sense rules to protect their property value,” Gooden says. For would-be homeowners, the only building requirements are that homes have a minimum of 2,500 square feet and are not made with vinyl siding in order to retain a refined, upscale aesthetic. Gooden describes her home, the community’s first property, as a traditional-meets-modern farmhouse style. Since The Reserve at Town Creek is a horse-friendly community, homeowners are also allowed one horse per acre with a matching barn. 

If you’re looking for laid-back country living just a stone’s throw away from Leland, contact Corey Gooden, sales representative, at or (910) 874-2630. Lots start at $89K, and HOA fees (which cover streetlights, landscaping at the front of the neighborhood, and road and gate repair) will be about $100 a month. Currently, the property owners are offering a special 10% off rate for the purchase of the first lot. 

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