Peaceful Intercoastal Living

Living at Porters Neck Plantation has its perks, namely living in peaceful intercoastal North Carolina. Like many other coastal Carolina towns, Wilmington offers relaxation at its best. In this blog, we’ll explore what makes Wilmington the perfect place to live and spread your roots into the water.

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Porters Neck Residents Enjoy Our Gated Community Lifestyle

Residents of Porters Neck gated community will tell you how much they love living in Wilmington’s premier gated community located only four miles north of Wilmington’s city center. The gated community lifestyle involved a lot of relaxation and peace of mind thanks to our state of the art country club. There’s no better time to explore why gated communities are becoming the standard for retirees and families alike.

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A Closer Look at Porters Neck Fairway Commons

Looking for Villa-style homes in walking distance to the Carolina coast? Look no further than Porters Neck Fairway commons. These homes are inspired by French Country architecture and range in size from 1,950 to 2,900 square feet. With elegant brick exteriors and wide views of our Fazio golf course and scenic ponds, Fairway Commons makes a great choice for families looking to downsize without compromising beauty and functionality.
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Why Golfers Love Living in Porters Neck Gated Community

Porters Neck gated community invites its residents to a unique golfing experience that incorporates the unaltered landscapes of coastal Carolina alongside its featured amenities – all from right outside your doorstep.

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A Closer Look at Porters Neck Club Homes

One of the benefits of living in Porters Neck is having direct access to the Tom Fazio designed, Porters Neck Golf Course. This 18-hole, par-72 course has water features and beautiful greenery. Living in one of Porters Neck’s Club Homes puts you right on the course. Continue reading “A Closer Look at Porters Neck Club Homes”

Gardening 101: Making Your Property Beautiful

Gardening is a favorite pastime of retired seniors for many reasons. First and foremost, it’s fun! But the perks aren’t limited to the excitement of seeing your garden come to life. A beautiful collection of plants can create a gorgeous outdoor space, provide you with some moderate exercise, and allow you to see to your mental and physical health by offering a great amount of time to think.

If you already have a garden up and running, keep up the great work! But for those of you who are a bit lost when it comes to starting your garden, below are a few basics to keep in mind as you start to cultivate the earth.

What Should You Plant? And Where?

The first question is always what to plant. While you might feel inclined to go to the home improvement store or local nursery and pick up some seeds and plants that you find visually appealing, it is a good idea to do a bit more digging, as it were, before making this decision.

Each climate, and by extension each region in the United States, has different planting seasons. Flowers, vegetables, herbs, and other common garden residents need specific conditions in order to grow and thrive. For instance, some need direct sunlight and some need minimal sunlight. Likewise, they grow best when planted at a certain time of year, so you will need to plan out your garden according to the seasons.

Another consideration to make is where you will be placing your plants. For example, a larger garden in the backyard will be perfect for different plant varieties than a container-based garden on a balcony. As such, think about where you want to house your garden and whether or not you will be putting the seeds directly into the ground or in planters.

Getting Started

After you’ve decided what kinds of plants you will grow and where you will put them, it is time to collect all the necessary materials. If you are going to plant your garden in containers, make sure that you find products that offer the right degree of drainage and enough room for your plants to grow. Additionally, you may need soil, fertilizer, a shovel, a hand trowel, a bucket, a rake, a watering can, a hose, gloves, a hat, and knee pads.

After gathering your tools, take the time to survey your land and decide where, exactly, you want to plant your garden if you are doing so in your yard. The location of your gardening efforts will, really, depend upon what you are aiming to achieve. For instance, you will be planting flowers all over your property if you are looking to landscape; if you want to grow vegetables, herbs, and the like, you will probably want to put a decorative fence around a patch of land in your backyard and do your gardening there.

Make sure that you follow the instructions you have researched when planting, but also remember that this is a personal activity that you need to enjoy. Try talking to your plants to nurture them and help them grow. Additionally, you might play music while gardening to keep both yourself and your plants happy. While this may sound a bit out of the ordinary, studies have shown that interacting with plants actually can help them to thrive!

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle after Retirement

When you retire, you may finally get the opportunity to live the lifestyle you want, rather than the lifestyle you have had to maintain in order to see to it that your professional responsibilities were fulfilled. For many seniors, this means relaxing and enjoying a slower pace—but it should never mean becoming physically inactive or forgoing important health considerations. Staying healthy after you retire is integral to the ability to actually enjoy your golden years. Below are a few tips to help you to keep your body moving and keep your diet in check while living the lifestyle you have dreamed of.

Staying Active

There are two options for getting workouts in each week: going to the gym or engaging in other physical activity. Many seniors enjoy going to the gym, as it allows them to socialize with other people and use equipment that allows them to maximize their workouts. Additionally, working with a personal trainer can provide targeted assistance that allows you to work the areas of your body that need the most attention while avoiding overworking other areas.

But the gym can become quite boring if you are someone who doesn’t enjoy running on a treadmill. In this case, it is probably a good idea to get your exercise in another way. Try attending group classes, such as an aerobics or yoga class, to benefit from socialization and a new experience with each workout. Additionally, you can get a group of friends together to go walking in the park, play tennis, or go swimming. Choose activities that you enjoy and you will come to love working out!

Eating a Healthy Diet

When it comes to your diet, there are several things you should keep in mind. First and foremost are any recommendations that your doctor has made. For instance, if you have high blood pressure you may want to stay away from sodium. Likewise, if you have high cholesterol you may want to increase your intake of fiber.

In general, a healthy diet is one that that doesn’t provide you with too many or too few calories, that keeps sweets in moderation, and that offers the right balance of vitamins, nutrients, and other key substances. If you aren’t sure what kind of a diet you should be sticking to, it’s always a good idea to ask a doctor or nutritionist for a bit of guidance. Even just one meeting with a nutritionist can help you to better understand your body’s needs and how to use food to keep yourself in the best health possible.

Learning to cook in different ways is also a wonderful approach to improving your diet. For instance, broiling instead of frying foods cuts the fat and cholesterol and can enhance flavors. Try taking a cooking class to expand the scope of your skills and learn new ways to approach food preparation.

Why Live a Healthy Lifestyle?

The idea that a healthy lifestyle is important is repeated countless times by doctors, family members, friends, magazines, and other sources; if you aren’t sure why this is so, you may not be as inclined to keep yourself in tip top shape. A healthy lifestyle increases your body’s ability to thrive in this world, thereby allowing you to live a longer, more active, and happier life. As such, it is integral that you are able to maintain a great diet and exercise routine!  

DIY Projects for Enhancing Your Home’s Exterior

Retirement is an exciting stage of life because it affords you the chance to finally get around to some of the projects you have long been putting off. Keeping up with your home is something that may have fallen by the wayside when your schedule was packed with professional responsibilities; however, now that you have started to enjoy your retirement you may find that you have more time to spend on your house’s maintenance. Whether you opt to move into a new house when you retire or you decide it is best to stay right where you are, these do-it-yourself projects will keep you busy and help you to inject a bit of personality into your home’s exterior.

Get Creative with Paint

Painting is a quick way to give any space a facelift, whether it is indoors or out of doors. When it comes to the exterior of your home there are several ways that you can use paint to spruce up your property’s curb appeal.

First and foremost, take a look at what needs a fresh coat of color. You may want to call in the pros for a full paint job if your home needs a top to bottom makeover; however, you can certainly go the DIY route with the finishing touches. In many instances, all you need is a bit of trim work and a pop of color to make an incredible difference.

When it comes to the trim, choose a crisp color that will really make your home stand out. A neutral is always a good way to go, but keep in mind that you can create a wide range of looks with neutrals. From a bright white to even black, these staple colors can contribute to virtually any style. When you paint the trim, you will probably want to paint the area along the roof, around doors, and around windows. Additionally, you might paint any stair rails to match.

To bring in a pop of color, choose a bold hue for the door or the roof of the front porch. From red to blue to green to yellow, this color will make your home appear more vibrant.

Remember the Details

While there are many large projects that you can take on to create a beautiful home, there are smaller initiatives you can complete to put the finishing touches on your property. Start by looking at the hardware that is on the exterior of your house. Go ahead and update the door handles, locks, window hardware, and even house numbers. Choose a certain style (i.e. modern or vintage) and stick with it throughout.

Replacing key accessories, such as the mailbox and the lights at the entryway, is also a great idea. A new mailbox, or even a refurbished old one, can make all the difference when it comes to curb appeal. Additionally, updated lighting can better frame the house and create a more welcoming, comforting environment at night.

Keeping your home beautiful is not always an easy job. In fact, it can be time consuming and quite challenging. But the important thing to remember is that you can pick DIY projects that you enjoy when updating your house and enhancing its curb appeal! These are just some of the simple projects that you can do on your own.