Resident Showcase – Dencil & Dortha Johnson
Dencil & Dortha Johnson choose to build in The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach, NC and never looked back.
Where did you live before relocating to Brunswick County and what were your jobs?
We currently live in Culpeper County, Virginia, and will be relocating to Ocean Isle within the next year. Dencil works for Columbia Gas of Virginia as a on-the-job trainer and will be retiring in August of this year; he been with the company for 31 years and in the gas industry since 1978. Dortha is currently a regional director for University of Virginia Community Credit Union and has been in the credit union industry for 30+ years.
Why did you choose to move here and did you previously have friends or family here?
We have been vacationing in Ocean Isle Beach for the last 35 years. Each summer there was no doubt that we would be spending our week of vacation with our toes in the sand and the wind in our hair. We always knew that we when we retired, we wanted to be on and/or near the water. Ocean Isle has always been that special place where we could relax and enjoy the beauty of the area.
What community did you decide on and why?
We have recently completed our home located at The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach. From the moment that we drove through the neighborhood, it was apparent that this was a community where we could see ourselves living, relaxing and enjoying the friendly neighbors. It is just a short drive to the beach on our golf cart, and the neighborhood has a shopping center nearby as well.
When will you be moving in?
We closed on our home on May 7 of this year and hope to be full-time residents within the year.
Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them?
Of course, our home was built by Bill Clark Homes with it being in The Retreat. On our first visit, we met Debbie Dorset and, to be honest, she made everything as simple and easy for us as possible. We have always been able to reach out, even after our closing, and know that she will take care of us. We have met so many nice, friendly and helpful individuals throughout the build. We feel very blessed to have met them when we did.
What are your hobbies here?
We enjoy sightseeing, walking and swimming but most of all, we are happy to have a gathering place near the beach for friends and family. Family is huge to us!
What’s your favorite thing about southeastern North Carolina?
Friendly people, beautiful sights and a quiet lifestyle. From the moment we crossed the bridge over the waterway to Ocean Isle Beach 35 years ago, I can remember thinking that this is the most beautiful place that I had ever seen. The fact that we are able to call this home is a true blessing!