Located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Wilmington, North Carolina, Porter’s Neck Plantation is a private, gated community that spreads across 650 lush acres full of live oaks and tall pines. Where to Retire magazine named Porter’s Neck Plantation one of the “100 Best Master Planned Communities in America.”
At the heart of the residential community is a well-maintained 18-hole, par-72 Tom Fazio golf course that was named “#1 Coastal Golf Course in North Carolina” by Golf Digest magazine. Golf practice facilities include a driving range, putting and pitching greens, bunkers and a teaching tee. Golf pros are on hand for group clinics, private lessons, and organizing league and tournament events.
A large, colonial-style clubhouse provides socialization opportunities, The Grill restaurant, a full-service pro shop, and several areas designed for events, meetings, weddings and receptions. Country club membership packages vary and are designed for individuals or families, and membership is available for residents and non-residents. Member benefits include the opportunity to play more than 200 private golf courses across the country through the Private Club Network.
The Sports Center at Porter’s Neck Plantation is a fully equipped fitness facility open seven days a week. It offers a wide range of cardio-aerobic machines, free weights, trainers, yoga, aerobics classes, table tennis, flat-screen TV and speakers, and a changing/shower area. The aquatic area features a junior Olympic pool, a four-lane lap pool, a toddler wading pool, a changing/shower pavilion, and a snack bar serving sandwiches, salads, ice cream, treats and beverages. Seven hydro clay, lighted tennis courts are also available for member residents and their guests, as are ball machines, tennis clinics, private or group lessons, and children’s tennis leagues.
Several small neighborhoods make up the larger neighborhood of Porter’s Neck Plantation; some homes overlook the golf course’s fairways and greens while others are nestled in wooded lots. Charter Building Group has been building homes in collaboration with Porter’s Neck Plantation for more than 20 years, and they offer 40 distinctive home designs as well as design/build plans for custom homes. The range of homes includes large estate-style homes, low-maintenance patio or villa homes, and townhomes, with prices varying between $300,000 and $900,000. Lots are also available starting at $79,000.
Surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway’s creeks, marshes and ponds, Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches, and the Cape Fear River, water-related activities of swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing and sailing are abundant. Wilmington also offers numerous art galleries, museums, antique shops, larger malls, restaurants, parks, library branches, theaters and clubs.