Celebrating 10 Years of Brunswick Forest with the Top 10 Reasons to Love It

November 1, 2017
Beth Burgee

Star News Article – Brunswick Forest Celebrates 10

The premier master-planned community of
Brunswick Forest has garnered awards and
accolades from far and wide, including thrice
being named on The Short List: The 50 Best
Master-Planned Communities in the United States
by Where To Retire magazine.

“We always appreciate being recognized for the
quality of our community by some of the most
respected names in the real estate industry,” said
Jerry Helms, director of sales for Brunswick Forest.
“However, by far the accolades that mean the most
are the ones we hear nearly daily from our residents.
Ten years into building this remarkable community,
those affirmations continue to provide us with
inspiration to create the best community possible.”

People move to Brunswick Forest from all regions
of North Carolina, as well as from many areas of
the country. Once they choose the Wilmington
area for its phenomenal geographic, recreational
and cultural advantages, they compare local
communities and Brunswick Forest’s fabulous
selection of homes and unparalleled amenities
typically rise to the top.

“We chose Brunswick Forest for the location and
the people,” said Deb Steinmeyer, who moved there
five years ago with her husband Lee. “We feel so
comfortable and safe here.” The Steinmeyers owned
their Shelmore home for two years before they
permanently relocated from Falls Church, Virginia.
“It’s about balance and community,” added Lee.
“We have great neighbors and we can do as little or
as much as we’d like.”

Living in a renowned golf course community
often brings expensive country club dues and fees.
However, Brunswick Forest’s award-winning Cape
Fear National® is open for public play, so residents
are not only relieved of paying for its upkeep, they
actually receive preferred greens fees and tee times.

Brunswick Forest has two fitness and wellness
centers: the larger, primary one near the
community’s entrance and a second, recently
built beside beautiful Hammock Lake Park. Both
are poolside and provide a variety of exercise
equipment, as well as meeting spaces for the nearly
unlimited resident clubs.

Also in more than one location for the ultimate
in convenience, tennis and pickleball courts see a
remarkable amount of action at Brunswick Forest.
Tennis is a treasured timeless sport that is in full
swing year round, while pickleball is among the
hottest new activities in the country. Brunswick
Forest is the undisputed pickleball capital of the area.

Hands down, the most popular amenity among
residents, the network of walking and biking trails
in and around Brunswick Forest is both sprawling
and stunning. With more than 100 scenic miles
connecting the homes, amenities and commercial
offerings, it’s no wonder this amenity won the Real
Estate Score Card’s Bliss Award for Best Hiking
Community in 2016.

While they play golf several times a week and
use the wellness center regularly, the Steinmeyers
said they enjoy the walking and biking paths of
Brunswick Forest almost daily. “We walk and ride
for miles and miles,” said Deb. “There’s not much
traffic, and we stop and chat with neighbors along
the way.”

The only thing that beats being beside the water
is being on it. In addition to the nearby ocean
beaches and majestic Cape Fear River, Brunswick
Forest provides liquid pleasure with its onsite
small craft launch into Town Creek, and its own
centrally located Hammock Lake. While Ideal
Living named Brunswick Forest as The Best of The
Best for Kayaking, the community is also a mecca
for standup paddle boarders (SUP) and canoeists.

Brunswick Forest offers residents not one, not
two, but three swimming pools. And because one
is indoors, this universally appealing activity can
be enjoyed year round. For the warmest months,
residents can also divide their time between the
main pool at the primary fitness center and the
picturesque pool beside Hammock Lake.

Access to shopping, dining and medical care is
a huge factor in quality of living. The Villages at
Brunswick Forest provides all of that, and more,
at the community’s entrance. In fact, the abovementioned
walking and biking trails make all of
these incredibly convenient without ever getting
into a car.

“We use all of it,” said Deb. “We are thrilled with
the shops and restaurants, and we even see the
doctors there.”

While they couldn’t exactly mandate a warm,
hospitable community, the developers of
Brunswick Forest did everything they could
to attract people who are outgoing, active and
interested in much of what life has to offer. They
also helped residents start dozens and dozens
of clubs that foster the sense of inclusion and
bonding with like-minded folks.

Case in point: When called for an interview about
living in Brunswick Forest, Laura Hinton said she
didn’t have time to talk. “I’m out the door to the
Evangeline Ladies’ Luncheon,” she said, referring
to the neighborhood where she and her husband
Will have lived for five years. “We get together
once a month. It’s great!”

The developers of Brunswick Forest also initiated
special events that promote community spirit and
social interaction. The annual cardboard boat
regatta is a signature Brunswick Forest event that
brings many residents out to participate, and the
rest to watch and cheer. Outdoor concerts in the
park are additional community-wide events that
warrant a save the date on nearly every calendar.

The homes and home sites of Brunswick Forest
cover a range of living styles and price points. To
learn more about Brunswick Forest, or to take a
personalized tour among the dozens of model
homes open daily, stop by the Welcome Center
or call 910.239.3786 for an appointment.