Resident Showcase – David and Maryann (Mory) Conrad
David and Maryann (Mory) Conrad relocate to The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach after falling in love with the Southport area.
Where did you live before relocating to Brunswick County and what was your job?
We were both lifelong residents of Connecticut. Dave was an editor for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association in Hartford and Mory was on the administrative team at Covenant Village of Cromwell, a continuing care retirement community.
Why did you choose to move here?
We knew we wanted to move to the South when we retired but had looked only at Florida for several years. One year we decided to spend a week checking out southeast North Carolina and fell in love with Southport. The area is so beautiful and so quiet, and the people are so friendly. Our Realtor, Suzanne Polino of ASAP Realty, showed us some great options on the coast, and we knew this was it.
What community did you choose and why?
We chose The Retreat t Ocean Isle Beach probably as soon as we drove in the first time. The creative home designs, the colors, the pool, the smaller scale of the development and its location about a mile from the beach all reeled us in. Oh, and OIB Surf and Java is just around the corner. We “retreated” there many times for coffee as we pondered our future life here!
How long have you lived here?
We’ve lived one year in The Retreat, but we rented on Oak Island for six months before that while our house was being built.
Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them?
We went with Bill Clark Homes for a lot of reasons. For us, it was all about quality construction, the variety of home styles to choose from and the ability to customize just about everything to our lifestyle. And Debbie Dorset of Bill Clark Homes went the extra mile for us throughout the whole process.
What are your hobbies here?
We’ve found so many things to plug into. We love being drivers for the Meals on Wheels program of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., and Dave manages the website for the Friends of the Library of Southport and Oak Island. We joined Generations Church in Southport and host a weekly Bible study in our home. We also joined the Southwest Brunswick Newcomers and enjoy those activities as well as the resident recreation events here at The Retreat. Last summer we even sold donuts at our friends’ store, Ahoy Doughnuts, on Oak Island.
What’s your favorite thing about southeastern North Carolina?
If we had to choose one thing it would probably be the quiet and gentle Southern lifestyle. We had tough jobs for many years, so the beauty of this area — the beaches, the live oaks, the birds, the sunsets — and the amazing friendliness of people is literally a dream come true.