Resident Showcase – Lynne and Myron Berkowsky
Myron and Lynne Berkowsky choose to build in The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach because they liked the proximity to the beach and the convenience to grocery stores, gas stations and banks.
Where did you live before relocating to Brunswick County and what were your jobs?
We moved to OIB from Hershey, Pennsylvania. Lynne is a retired manager of recruitment for Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center in Hershey. Myron is a retired general manager for Sunrise Transport, a transportation company within the family of Four Seasons Produce in Ephrata.
Why did you choose to move here and did you previously have friends or family here?
After retirement we looked at all options and considered moving to Ocean City, Maryland, downsizing in Hershey and taking on the snowbird life in a warmer climate during the cold months or doing major architectural changes to the home we had there. Friends who were building down here encouraged us to consider checking out OIB. Keeping an open mind, we came down to look and do our research (no intention of committing to live here) and ended up putting a deposit down on our lot.
What community did you decide to move to and why?
The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach. We liked the proximity of the community to the beach (1 mile away from OIB), and we also liked that the community was convenient to grocery stores, gas stations, banks etc. We liked the look of the colorful, well-built homes in The Retreat.
Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them?
Bill Clark Homes was our builder. We liked the items that are considered standard that BCH offered. We felt they were higher-end touches that were being offered. We researched the stability of BCH and felt comfortable with their options and the quality of their homes. They have a large variety of models to select from and they have a beautiful design center.
How long have you lived here?
We moved to North Carolina in June 2019 and lived in a temporary residence until our home was finished being built. We closed on our new home in November 2019.
What are your jobs or hobbies here?
For hobbies we enjoy golf, walking every day (either on the beach or in the neighborhood) and water aerobics and are looking to invest in bikes. We enjoy our time drinking wine and participating in wine tastings. Lynne works part time at the Coastal Wine and Brew in OIB. We both volunteer for the Brunswick Family Assistance Food Bank when opportunities present themselves.
What’s your favorite thing about southeastern NC?
We like the year-round warmer climate, proximity and availability of beaches, the opportunities to have great local produce during the season and the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities, including playing the variety of golf courses in the area. We like the small-town feel of OIB but enjoy being within a 15-minute drive of North Myrtle Beach, which has a ton of shops, restaurants and activities.