Sunset Harbor, North Carolina

Fishing on the beach at Sunset Harbor, NCWord is getting out. Sunset Harbor in Brunswick County, North Carolina, is one of the most interesting coastal towns on the East Coast.

Surrounded by Lockwood Folly River, Lockwood Folly Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway, it's easy to see why fisherman, nature enthusiasts and those in search of the good life are drawn to "the Gateway of the Atlantic Ocean."

"Most people's first impressions are of surprise. They can't believe this quaint, sleepy, fishing village is so close to Southport," said Torrie Dinyovszky, managing broker of Southport Realty.

"Sunset Harbor offers a variety of housing options, including lots, patio homes and town homes, oceanfront residences and more, ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million..."

Sunset Harbor's land and water features make it the perfect home for retirees and owners of second homes, as well as for permanent residents. They all share the area with a wide variety of wildlife, including deer and rare birds. And the views go on and on and on. Along the waterway, you can see Oak Island, the Lockwood community and Holden Beach, along with some spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

The area's history, culture and feel is that of a fishing village. In fact, fishing shacks still dot the coastline. This community is home to the Brunswick County Fishing Club, a public fishing pier and the recently renovated Sunset Harbor boat ramp, which is now open and free to the public.

If the fish aren't biting or if you need a few hours out of the sun, Shallotte and Southport – a historic town with boutiques and antique shops – are a quick 20-minute drive away. And when you live in the heart of Brunswick County, you are surrounded by golf courses galore, including nearby Winding River Plantation and the Lockwood Folly course.

Dinyovszky pointed out that Sunset Harbor offers a variety of housing options, including lots, patio homes and town homes, oceanfront residences and more, ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million. No matter where you choose to call home in this sun-kissed part of the world, you are guaranteed to find a place away from it all.

"People just want to get away from the hustle and bustle," Dinyovszky laughed. "Just remember your fishing pole."

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Thursday, Oct 19, 2017  |  10:20 AM