The Bluffs on the Cape Fear
Southern charm on the waterfront can be found at The Bluffs on Cape Fear.
The winding, lamp-lit drive to the immaculate white gates of The Bluffs on the Cape Fear harks of centuries past, when stately rice plantations lined the river banks of Brunswick County. Illuminated with natural gas, the flickering lamps are beacons home. They’re just one of the reasons that The Bluffs on the Cape Fear stands apart from other local developments.
Offering quarter-acre to full-acre home sites, The Bluffs on the Cape Fear is a private, 600-acre preserve just 15 minutes from downtown Wilmington. Situated at 32 feet above sea level, The Bluffs is elevated well above flood stage and is a much sought-after location along the Cape Fear River.
Doug Talbot created the lushly landscaped neighborhoods and natural preserves with privacy, tranquility and woodland beauty in mind, but he added the modern conveniences of natural gas and city water and sewer. Four quaint wooden bridges span meandering streams, and a half-dozen ponds beckon to migrating waterfowl.
The Bluffs has placed an emphasis on style and craftsmanship, privacy and nature.
In fact, each home site backs up to a natural area, including ponds, mixed hardwood and pine forests and even the Cape Fear River. Three local builders are the featured builders here: Legacy Homes by Bill Clark, Arthur Rutenberg Homes and Southern Pines Homes offer elegant and luxurious custom home designs.
Marc Wilson is the director of sales & marketing at The Bluffs. “The popular low-country designs range from 1,800 to 5,000 square feet, with sweeping front porches and room for two- to three-car garages,” he says. “And the rolling topography lends itself to walkout basement designs in several locations.”
Amenities include a clubhouse with an indoor and outdoor kitchen and a resort-style pool next to a 6-acre fishing and recreation lake with a small beach, pier and kayak launch. Kayaks are included. There is a children’s playground, a bocce ball court and a tennis court that converts to two pickleball courts. There are also several nature and walking trails throughout the development.
“The riverfront is a highlight of the development,” Wilson says. A 6-foot wide, 600-foot-long boardwalk stretches from a parking area through the stands of towering cypress, loblolly pines and dogwoods, down to the future 50-slip marina. “From here, residents can boat to downtown Wilmington in less than 30 minutes,” he adds.
Development is underway for a 2-acre riverside park with an outdoor pavilion for cooking and entertainment, accessible by bicycle, car and walking trails. Clearly, The Bluffs has placed an emphasis on outdoor living and recreation.
“One of the favorite amenities is our private beach club,” Wilson says. “It is one of only three private clubs on Oak Island.” Located on the second row, the club offers spacious porches, a full-sized kitchen, a living and dining area and bathrooms with showers, all of it tailored to relaxation after a day at the beach.
The Bluffs offers a true waterfront experience from riverside to oceanside to pondside to poolside.
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9700 Strawberry Hill Drive Leland, NC 28451