Resident Showcase: Mary & Bill Breedlove of Leland, NC
Back in 1970, when Brunswick County’s population was only around 24,000, most of the people who lived here were born here. But then the word got out about Brunswick County and all of its wonderfulness and people began to move here. Leland residents Mary and Bill Breedlove share their story on how they ended up living in Brunswick County!
Where did you live before relocating to Brunswick County and what was your occupation?
We lived in Jamestown, North Carolina, for 23 years. Bill was an engineer with Duke Energy and retired in 2014 after 41 years with the company. Mary retired early from Duke Energy after 14 years.
Why did you choose to move here and did you previously have friends or family here?
We had planned to live in Jamestown forever, but our son-in-law planted a church in Wilmington (The Bridge Church on Market Street), and as Bill was to retire at the end of 2014, we decided to move to the area to help with the launch of the church and to be near our only daughter and our three granddaughters.
What community did you decide to move to and why?
The Bluffs on the Cape Fear. We had looked for a house for a few months and just didn’t find anything that met our criteria of being built on a crawl space and an open floorplan. We continued to search through our Realtor and happened upon our house on Trulia. We decided to come down the next weekend to see the house, and it was exactly what we were looking for. We liked the neighborhood and it was close to Wilmington, so we bought and have enjoyed living here since.
What is your job or what are your hobbies here?
Bill enjoys playing golf, and several of the men in the neighborhood have formed a group to play weekly at various courses around the area. He also likes working in the yard, being at the pool at our clubhouse and, of course, playing with our grandchildren. Mary enjoys sewing, going to movies, painting, working with flowers and plants and being with her grandchildren and friends.
How long have you lived here?
August marked five years.
Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them?
Southern Pines Homes built our house. It was in the process of being completed when we came to look so we were able to pick a few things out, but we were happy with the house as it was. Also, the completion date worked well with the timing of our move.
What’s your favorite thing about southeastern North Carolina?
We like living close to our family and the coast.