The Good Life: Compass Pointe Comes to Leland
New neighbors are on their way to Brunswick County. Developers Bert Exum and D. Logan, best known for Logan Homes and Waterford Village, have broken ground on a 2,200-acre, gated golf community just ten minutes from downtown Wilmington. Compass Pointe will feature amenity-rich, resort-style living, while housing neighborhoods of varying architectural feel and character. And people are buying.
For John and Lorrain Field, it was the golf that encouraged them to buy in Compass Pointe. The Fields, current New Jersey residents who plan to retire in the next three to five years, had already fallen in love with southeastern North Carolina and made several trips here to look for the perfect neighborhood in which to retire. They first learned about Compass Pointe at a Live South home show and were immediately impressed with several things about the development.
Says John Field: “Well, we wanted to golf. And to be in a gated community near the ocean, within a half-hour. The fact that there was going to be this amazing fitness center was big on Lorrain’s list. Plus it was within a good price range for us.”
The golf course is a 27-hole championship course, which those golfers of non-Tiger Woods caliber will have the option of playing at a par three. Also planned is an 18-hole putting course, two putting greens and golf clinics to help beef up one’s game.
Compass Pointe’s other amenities are similarly dynamic. There will be two fitness centers that planners say will go far beyond the usual row of treadmills. Picture instead state-of-the-art equipment, plus a variety of services to help interested residents develop plans for healthy living. There will be swimming pools for laps or taking it easy in the sun. For those whose moods are a little more outdoorsy, there are miles of planned walking trails, in addition to a dog park and kayak launches. Developers are also planning a lodge called the Passage Pointe Club, which will have a rustic, woodsy feel reminiscent of the old gentlemen’s fish camps. This club will be the place to launch kayaks, go fishing and enjoy the water.
Compass Pointe spokesperson Susan Johnson says, that the community is more than the sum of its amenities. “Compass Pointe feels like home,” says Johnson. “The streets will feel like home. There will be families; there will be retirees.” A typical day for a resident might include a morning walk over to the spa, then a playground play date with friends, followed by an evening of casual jazz at the outdoor amphitheatre.
But Compass Pointe will not be some removed Neverneverland. In fact, it’s Compass Pointe’s central location that struck Lorrain Field the most. “Here in New Jersey, we’re very much out in the country, and I didn’t want that anymore,” says Field. “I wanted something close to shopping, close to the beach.” The fact that here she’ll be able to hop in her car and drive five minutes to Leland or downtown Wilmington meant a lot to her.
Johnson says that Compass Pointe is substantially more than mere vision. In fact, right now, it’s a lot of earthmovers and shovels. Developers have broken ground, people are purchasing home sites and construction is underway. Compass Pointe is a major, long-term undertaking to Exum and Logan, two established names in regional development. “To get the entire community established, we’re talking about a 15 to 20 year commitment,” says Johnson.
The developers are planning a community of neighborhoods that are in sync with the Coastal Carolina feel surrounding them. Earning the distinction of an Audubon International Gold Signature Community, Compass Pointe’s builders have gone above and beyond basic environmental standards for protecting the area’s wetlands and forests.
This land is something special to its owners. For years now, they have owned the sprawling woodlands that will comprise Compass Pointe. Since they themselves did not pay a high price for it, says Johnson, “they can now fulfill their mission of building communities for hardworking families at reasonable prices.”
Home sites at Compass Pointe start in the $70,000s, and homes with land range from the $200,000s to $500,000s. And now that the days of wild housing speculation have come to an end, she says that Exum and Logan are looking for residents, not just buyers.
“They don’t want to see people rent them out or have people sit on homesites forever,” says Johnson. “This is a community where people will enjoy living and participating in the activities and amenities it offers.”
Johnson says Compass Pointe will appeal to the first-time home buyers: “They’ve saved their money, they’ve got good credit and they want to be in a nice community. Compass Pointe is what they may have dreamed of, but they still can actually afford it.”
The community will also appeal to retirees, like the Fields. Earlier this year, a sales specialist gave the Fields and two other couples from New Jersey a tour of Compass Pointe’s woodsy property. It was a beautiful morning in coastal North Carolina, and Lorrain Field all of a sudden had the sales specialist stop the vehicle.
“And I just stood there and said, ‘This sir, this is what I want.’ And so, we bought that piece of property right in front of us,” Field says.
It’s a place they’re looking forward to calling home in a few years. And they’ll already know their closest neighbors, since their friends purchased the adjoining lots.
It’s not like the Fields — or anyone else — are expecting mambo bands at the amphitheatre or a conga-line at the pool. Compass Pointe’s aim is less cruise ship, more the real good life. Johnson puts it this way, “What that might mean for some people is being out with their dogs on the trails; and for others, it might mean lounging by the pool.” What it means for everyone is relaxation at an affordable price.
Learn more about Compass Pointe by visiting www.compasspointenc.com