WILMINGTON, NC, December 20, 2011 – Grand opening ceremonies were held last week marking the launch of Josh London State Farm Insurance office at The Villages at Brunswick Forest.
There for the event was State Farm Insurance staff and officials from the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and Brunswick Forest.
Housed in a 1,450 square foot office located next to Port City Java in The Villages complex, the agency will offer both personal and commercial lines of State Farm insurance offerings, plus Humana medical supplement policies and wind and hail insurance through the North Carolina Joint Underwriter’s Association.
“We’re a full-service State Farm agency that can handle virtually any insurance needs our clients might require,” said London, the agency’s sole proprietor. “Our staff is well-trained, highly knowledgeable and eager to help.”
London, a former marine and now business executive who has been living and working in the Raleigh, NC area for the past 13 years, recently moved to Brunswick Forest in advance of the opening of the State Farm agency. His wife, a teacher, and three children will be joining him this summer at the conclusion of the school year.
The Villages at Brunswick Forest is a 160-acre complex that will be made up of more than 500,000 square feet of retail and professional establishments. It is located at the entrance to Brunswick Forest on US Hwy 17 ten minutes south of Downtown Wilmington, NC, a 4,500-acre residential community offering homes, town homes and home sites with extensive community amenities.
“We’re delighted to welcome State Farm Insurance to The Villages,” said Alan Kerry, president of Lord Baltimore Properties, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lord Baltimore Capital Corporation and the sole developer of the community. “Clearly the firm recognized our growth and decided this is where they wanted to be. They’ll be serving our growing community and the surrounding areas for years to come.“
London said that he choose The Villages of Brunswick Forest for his office after an exhaustive search of the area. As he put it, “There were many good choices for us, but in the end I felt I could not have found a better location.”
“Brunswick County continues to grow,” said London, “and Brunswick Forest is setting the pace. We’re looking forward not only to serving the Brunswick Forest community but all of Brunswick County as it continues to mature and expand.”
In 2011 more homes and home sites sold in Brunswick Forest than at any time in the community’s five-year history. According to the development’s closed sales records, more than 160 homes and home sites sales were recorded in 2011, representing a volume in excess of $40 million. More than 800 families now call the community home.
The Villages at Brunswick Forest
The Villages project has been enjoying steadily growing occupancy by a variety of businesses drawn to the growing Brunswick Forest property owner base and to the growth of the Brunswick County area in general.
Most recently, construction work is well underway for a coming Lowes Foods FreshSmart store and a CVS/pharmacy store.
The two anchor tenants represent approximately 55,000 square feet of additional offerings at the Wilmington, NC community town center. Developers expect the opening of both stores sometime around the middle of 2012 in not before, along with an additional 8,000 square foot retail complex nearby.
Last summer New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) opened a 40,000 sq. ft. Health and Diagnostics building in The Villages, bringing physicians, technicians and other healthcare providers to serve Brunswick forest and area communities. Most recently,
Wilmington Health Associates, a multi-faceted medical practice that last summer moved into 5,000 square feet of office space in the New Hanover Regional Medical Center office building, doubled their existing space.
With a main campus in central Wilmington, NC, recently opened is the Glen Meade Center for Women’s Health, which has nearly 2,000 square feet of additional practice space in the NHRMC office building and has begun seeing patients following several months of upfit work to install state-of-the-art medical equipment.
Also occupying the NHRMC medical office building are practices that include Atlantic Orthopedic, Morgan Internal Medicine and Urology Comprehensive Services. In a standalone building, operations have begun at the Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital, a 4,500 square foot, highly specialized facility representing one of the most advanced in the area.
Also already located in The Villages is Port City Java, BB&T Financial Center, Blue Wave Dentistry and a Brunswick County Sherriff substation. Announcements regarding the start of construction for other major shopping, professional and lodging facilities is expected shortly.
Brunswick Forest is situated on 4,500 acres of woodlands, creeks, forests and natural areas. Residents choose from a wide range of prices and lifestyle options, from low-maintenance luxury town homes to home sites and spacious custom homes. Secluded neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive character, are found throughout the community. Residents also enjoy a wide variety of amenities in place today, including an 18-hole Championship golf course at Cape Fear National®, an 18,000 square foot Fitness and Wellness Center, a Community Commons, a River Club, parks and natural areas and more than 100 miles of paths and trails.
Home sites begin at $75,000; homes start in the $200,000s.
For more information regarding The Villages at Brunswick Forest, contact Lannin Kerry, Brunswick Forest Property Management, at 910-341-4224.
For more information on the Brunswick Forest community, call 910-371-2434; 1-888-371-2434 or visit www.brunswickforest.com.