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Finding the perfect place to live at retirement can be a challenge. While it’s fun to look at homes for sale right away, we encourage folks to focus on being sure they have found the right location. For some that means urban living where you can walk to shopping and cafes. For others it means more rural living away from the congestion of a big city.

Country living is very appealing to many. It means peace, quiet, prettier landscapes, and a small town feel where everyone knows your name. Where the air is fresh and the water is clean. A neighborhood in the suburbs of Wilmington caught our eye last year and we can’t stop thinking about it.

River Landing is an impeccable award-winning gated community located in the quaint historical town of Wallace and offers traditional country club living properties and amenities that are unmatched in the region.  River Landing was created as a vision for the employees of the then “Murphy Family Farms” in 1996 and has become a showcase community over the last 20 years.  Built on 1600 acres of lush preserved woodlands surrounding the serene Cape Fear River this gated community is one of Wilmington’s best kept secrets.

The River Landing country club has incredible curb appeal and two award-winning “Top 50” River Landing golf courses designed by renowned architect Clyde Johnson from Hilton Head. The Wilmington NC real estate development has a “family friendly” atmosphere catering to members of all ages. It’s 48,000 square foot Clubhouse provides formal and casual dining with a menu that features regional cuisine. Wellness amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools; groomed walking and biking trails; and a River Lodge that allows easy access for canoes and kayaks for water exploration on the Cape Fear River as well as outdoor grills for entertaining.   

Options seem endless when living the country lifestyle found at River Landing.  Whether it’s a round of golf followed by lunch with friends at the clubhouse, working out followed by a relaxing massage, fishing, hiking, bird-watching or simply enjoying a beautiful sunset sipping wine with neighbors on the back porch.

Home shoppers who drive through the front gates of River Landing quickly fall in love with the exquisite home designs, towering oaks, impeccable natural landscaping, the serenity of the Cape Fear River, and the overall warmth that the neighborhoods radiate.  Add well appointed amenities and a highly active social calendar, families soon realize that this is indeed the perfect place to call home. Often times, it’s hard for families to find the perfect re-sale home that matches their criteria. With land at River Landing still available, families have the option of building their perfect dream home instead. New homes are also more energy efficient and have less maintenance.

River Landing sets the standards for home designs with its “Custom Home Program” (CHP) by offering the expertise of highly prestigious architects, custom home designers, builders, landscapers and interior designers making the process of designing a new home seamless.  To insure continuity in maintaining the ambiance of the community and preserving the natural setting of the property, the Architectural Standards Committee (ASC) oversees the compliance of home designs which makes River Landing living unique and protects resident’s investments.

There are three superb home builders to choose from at River Landing. Each has a stellar reputation and skill set. More about River Landing home builders:

1) Barker & Canay Custom Homes has an impressive history building custom homes in the Carolinas since 1981.  One of the philosophies shared by Tom Canady, President and Philip Barker, Vice-President is “Our quality designs lean toward exteriors and interiors with a transitional flair.  We custom build to the homeowner’s request and pay particular attention to customer’s needs and values.”

The company carries an unlimited North Carolina contractor’s license and have proudly built over 1000 homes to date  Each project includes an on-site professional project manager overseen directly by Tom Canady, President of the company.  In order to insure a stress-free building experience, Barker & Canady follows a step-by-step building process with all of its projects.  Starting with a detailed proposal, spec sheet and contract the company then aids with the coordination of a lender.  Once complete then comes the home site preparation and surveys.  Next the exterior selection is determined followed by an orientation with the new client.  The next phase involves designing the interior to insure that the home is created according to an individual’s style.  After the design is created a timeline and schedule of visits is determined to insure satisfaction is guaranteed.  Prior to finish, any final selections are put together followed by a walk through with 100% of the Punch List completed prior to moving in.  This formula has been effective for the Company who boasts on-time finishes within 7 months depending on the size of the home.

Happy customers throughout the years has built Barker & Canady a stellar reputation as dependable, reliable and reputable home builders.  Here is what some homeowners say about Barker & Canady:

From our initial meeting with Tom and Jennifer, we felt they understood our needs and worked to make it happen.  Our Project Manager, Nick Woehr was on-site and available to answer every question matter how small.  Nothing but high praise for Tom and the team he has supporting Barker and Canady.”-Brian and Dotty

“Our first contact with Barker and Canady was Bridget who was knowledgeable, professional and great to deal with throughout the process…Overall, this was an excellent experience and I would highly recommend Barker & Canady.” – Frank and Pat

2) River Landing Custom Home Builders (RLCHB) encourages its clients to take their time when it comes to buying or building a home.  “At River Landing Custom Home Builder, we take personal responsibility to make sure we provide a positive, satisfying home building experience while giving you the best value for your dollar.”

RLCHB takes pride in their custom homes as a North Carolina General Contractor by creating a simple, predictable and stress-free home building experience with assured quality construction and attention to every single detail.  The RLCHB team is led by Vice-President/General Contractor Courtney St. Pierre whose passion for building began 10 years ago while designing his own home for himself and his wife Alice who assists the company as a Design and Lighting Consultant.  Together they streamline their efforts in creating the perfect home designs.  Their passion is apparent in their impressive and creative architectural style.  The team has built over 30 homes in eastern North Carolina and they truly have gained recognition for their work in the region.

Mark Scronce is the Construction Manager for RLCHB with over 10 years of experience working in the construction industry.  He is known for his precise project management skills through the use of computer technology to track job progress and control project costs to insure that jobs are completed on time and on budget.  Mark and his family are proud home owners at River Landing.

Here are some comments from RLCHB clients:

We couldn’t be more excited about our new house!  River Landing Custom Home Builders exceeded our expectations.  They delivered a quality built home at a great value. Hats off to Courtney and his team,” –AJ and Marty

“Having built several homes on the East Coast we were pleasantly surprised to have a builder who actually “DID WHAT HE SAID”.  From start to finish, Courtney and his TEAM were in constant communication with us.  It’s not only the builder but the on-site Supervisor as well as the Subcontractor team who make it happen…It is indeed rare to find this “do what you say: philosophy in a builder and we we’re so happy to find it as a major component of River Landing Builders...” –Bob

3) Wilkins & Wilkins - “Takes pride in custom home building, remodeling and cabinetry since 1975.”  Jim and Lisa Wilkins make a remarkable team when it comes to building the ideal home.  Lisa’s father was architect and builder and Jim grew up helping his dad at his custom cabinet shop even as young as the age of 5.  Jim later discovered his true passion was incorporating his woodworking skills with building homes and started his own successful construction company in Long Island.  Lisa and Jim relocated to North Carolina and in 1993, Wilkins & Wilkins became incorporated in the state.  Since inception they have become known for their passion for perfection and impressive detailed home designs.  Working as a team they believe in taking on only one project at a time to insure flawless completion.

Jim uses his expertise in planning and construction with “hands-on” experience as he spends his days overseeing the project to ensure that every detail meets the stringent Wilkins & Wilkins standard of perfection.  Jim is on-site making sure every aspect of the building process goes smoothly.  Lisa provides precise organization from the office in the preparation of paperwork related to estimates, contracts, project budgets and payroll.  Both Jim and Lisa answer questions directly eliminating any miscommunication.  When hiring this team, the owners are the ones who you will be dealing with.  Together they create beautiful homes with meticulous wood-working accents.  They dedicate their joint efforts “hands on” from start to finish and build each home as if it were their own.

One distinction at Wilkins & Wilkins is they have an in house wood-working shop where custom designs are created by hand.  From cabinetry, built-ins, trim to molding, each piece reflects the artistry of a true craftsman insuring that every detail of a Wilkins & Wilkins home is exquisite.  Here are some raves from happy clients:

“Jim and Lisa,

Amazing…wow…beautiful…these are just a sample of our thoughts as we walked through our finished house for the first time…Since you have built the perfect house for us, we have no plans to ever build another house, but if these circumstances changed, Wilkins & Wilkins would be our only choice…” – David and Debbie

“Jim and Lisa,

I don’t know where to start.  It seems hard to believe that last January we were in your office talking about what Bettymarie and I liked in houses and here we are the very proud owners of a house that far surpasses any or our expectations…Bottom line – you have created yet another satisfied customer and have two new members of the Wilkins & Wilkins fan club.  One last time – THANK YOU!” -  Barry and Bettymarie

While visiting River Landing, be sure to stroll through downtown Wallace which is quite charming.  It is filled with historical buildings, antique shops and quaint restaurants featuring regional cuisine.  The local farmers market is popular with residents and there are festivals year round to enjoy small town living.

Wallace is located in Duplin County and is known for its infamous “world’s largest frying pan”; the Duplin Winery, as well as the Country Squire Winery.  Plantations of yesteryear also are scattered throughout the town as well as museums featuring the rich history of the past. Here are a few of the festivities to look forward to:

  • Carolina Strawberry Festival in downtown Wallace
  • Grape stomping at Duplin Winery
  • NC Musadine Harvest Festival at Duplin County Events Center
  • The Blueberry Festival in downtown Burgaw
  • Candlelight Christmas at Liberty Hall

Wilmington is only a short 35 drive and offers some of the best beaches in North Carolina.  Art galleries, theatres, impressive eateries, and an international airport are all within reach.  When seeking the perfect place to live in North Carolina, take the time to explore the River Landing country club, the River Landing golf courses and discover that the best find for Wilmington NC real estate is found at River Landing.

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