Sunset Celebration Gives Rise To New Family Tradition on Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island is big on traditions. We pay homage to traditional seaside pastimes, like beachcombing, fishing and crabbing. We gather for family traditions, with all generations coming together season after season, year after year. And we hold distinctively Bald Head Island traditions, first and foremost the July 4th Golf Cart Parade and the BHI Club’s Gala in White.

While traditions are often rooted in the past, there is no reason people can’t start a new one… anytime, anywhere.

Island resident and business owner Harper Peterson, whose own history on the island spans more than three decades, took that thought and ran with it when he started Sunset Celebration in 2013.

“It really grew out of the intrinsic nature of Bald Head Island,” said Peterson. “If you like a getaway and you want to spend time with your family, just relaxing and getting to know one another, this is a great place to go. Sunset Celebration is a way of gathering together to celebrate all of that: family, nature, the sense of escape. People are looking for a way to interact and connect. We just provide a place for that to happen.”

Y’all Come

Co-sponsored by Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales and two of Peterson’s businesses, Delphina Cantina and Riverside Adventure, Sunset Celebration is a free evening of fun for the entire family. Weather permitting, every Monday from June 4 through September 3, residents and visitors will gather around a bonfire at access #5 on West Beach, and enjoy live music, dance contests, games, s’mores and more. You might catch a puppet show, or two pirates in a swordfight, which marks the beginning of the evening’s Ghost Walk. Be alert: juggling, face painting or a drum circle might break out at any minute.

While a relatively new event, it’s a throwback to good, old-fashioned family fun. You’ll see people of all ages, often accompanied by dogs of all breeds. As the sun sets over the Cape Fear River, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond, the golden light reflects back the warmth of people gathering in community, celebrating the end of another wonder-filled day in a magical place.

See you there.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun on Bald Head Island

Summer is right around the corner. What better way to kick it off than a three-day holiday weekend on Bald Head Island!

Memorial Day weekend events include fun-filled activities, celebrations, nature events and more.

No matter what your interest, there is something for everyone. The Bald Head Island Conservancy offers plenty of programs for the children such as dissection classes and tidal explorations, fishing school and nature tours.  Bring the kids to the Shoals Club for a scavenger hunt, craft hour, beach games or a triathlon. The BHI Club will offer family beach games, a tennis round robin, and beach volleyball.

Stop by the Maritime Market for the Nye’s Cream Sandwich Eating Contest on Saturday. Don’t fill up; you’ll want to save room for the Coastal Feast at the Shoals Club that evening.

Several celebrations take place on Sunday including the Memorial Day Cookout at the BHI Club, the Side Porch Oyster Roast at the Maritime Market Forest Pavilion. The first Sunset Celebration of the season takes place that evening. This free, family event has music, games, s’mores and more.

There will be plenty of shopping and open houses for the entire family. For art enthusiasts, the BHI Artisans Show and Sale and an art show at All About Art is Saturday, as well as Champagne Shopping at Island Passage. Make sure to stop by the Southern Living Idea House in Cape Fear Station for a self-guided tour of the newly redecorated home. Also, Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales offers Parade of Homes throughout the weekend. Download the list of homes on tour here.

On Monday, a traditional Memorial Day Service will be held on the Old Baldy Grounds. The ceremony will honor all branches of the military.

To view a complete list of Memorial Day events, click here.


Meet Jennifer Van Ness, David Wray and Lindsay Farris

Each Personally & Professionally Connected To Bald Head Island

Many visitors to Bald Head Island describe an immediate connection, the sense of having found a place that feels like home. Some rent year after year, while others purchase a vacation home, escaping to the island as often as possible. And then, there are those who choose to make it their primary residence.

Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales Executives Jennifer Van Ness, David Wray and Lindsay Farris have found their own sense of place here, where their personal and professional passions happily coexist.

Jennifer Van Ness

Jennifer and her husband Jim took their first ferry ride to the island in 2006 and fell in love with Bald Head. They knew having a place here would be a wonderful gift for their family that would create a lifetime of memories, and promptly returned a week later to purchase a vacation home. They continued to raise their two children, Ashton and Hank, in Richmond, Virginia, where Jennifer had a successful real estate career for more than 15 years, enjoying their island home whenever schedules would allow.

With a spirit of adventure that harkened back to Jennifer’s college experience of sailing across the Atlantic, the family embarked on another great adventure in 2015: making Bald Head Island their permanent home. Because Jennifer is totally immersed in the island, she is able to beautifully balance her commitment to her clients and time with her family. She loves helping others give the gift of Bald Head to their families.

David Wray

David stepped on a ferry in 2004 to come to the island we call paradise and has been a property owner ever since. In addition to his degree in Real Estate and Urban Analysis from Appalachian State University, he is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, as well as a member of the Residential Real Estate Council. David provides outstanding service throughout your real estate transaction and beyond.

In 2014, he joined the Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales team, where he enjoys spending time with guests and visitors, telling them about the island. He serves on several boards on the island and enjoys volunteering. Having a passion for the water, he enjoys walking the docks talking to folks passing through on boats. He knows building relationships is the key to his success.

Lindsay Farris

Lindsay has been with Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales since 2015 and was instantly enchanted by the island’s peaceful setting and charm. From her roots in the foothills of North Carolina to her alma mater of UNC-Charlotte, Lindsay finally made the East Coast her home in 2006. Excellent management and customer service abilities influenced Lindsay’s passion for helping island lovers make Bald Head their home. Her dedication for going the extra mile with her clients makes for smooth transitions into longtime friendships.

Lindsay resides in downtown Southport and can be found walking her dog, Lucille, along the waterfront or fishing in the creeks off the Cape Fear River. She says commuting by ferry is one of the best parts of the job, as getting there is half the fun!

To speak with any of these agents about island real estate, call 800-888-3707.


Listing Your BHI Home: The Short List

This home at 202 S. East Beach Drive epitomizes outdoor living at its best. Located in the Southern Living Inspired Community, it is also for sale.

When the time comes to sell your island home, you’ll find significant advantages in listing your property with Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales

Because we know the island better than anyone, we can help you set a price that is based on a current market analysis, factoring in your individual motivations and timeline. We are also the only company on the island offering access to all island properties for sale, including exclusive new home neighborhoods like the Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station, as well as resale listings in MLS. Plus, our robust nationwide marketing efforts ensure maximum exposure for your property.

In preparation for listing your property, we will also evaluate your home and share specific suggestions on how to make it stand out in the market. To get started, however, we offer three common recommendations based on knowing what appeals to resale homebuyers island-wide.

  1. Renew and refresh.

Updating, especially kitchens and master baths, is key. Most people are not looking to buy a project and would rather spend their island time relaxing as opposed to renovating.

  1. Bring the outside in. 

Life on Bald Head is lived outside as much as inside. Screened porches, especially for dining, are always desirable, as are outdoor cooking and entertaining areas.

  1. Maximize your first impression.

Curb appeal is very important, even on an island that prides itself on minimal disturbance of the natural environment. Upgrading your street-side appearance is bound to pay off in increased showings.

So what about timing? While it’s hard to nail down an ideal timeframe to list your home, it is smart to consider the increased exposure you’ll get if you’re on the market when the island expects more visitors. While we’re active year round, spring, summer and early fall are typically are our busiest seasons.

To talk with us about listing your island home, contact us at 800.888.3707 or To learn more about Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales, visit


Bald Head Island is Hopping this Easter

Easter weekend on Bald Head Island is around the corner and promises to be full of activities. The weather forecast calls for perfect springtime weather.

For the shopping enthusiast, several of the island’s retail shops are offering special sales. Head over to Riverside Adventure Co., Turtle Central, Old Baldy, Island Passage and even sweet treats at Noonie Doodle.

Outdoor activities include several program offerings by the Bald Head Island Conservancy, including birding and night explorations, nature and Bald Eagle tours, reptile and dissection classes. The Sail Shop is offering sailing voyages daily and kayak safaris. The Shoals club offers beach games, tie-dye, scavenger hunt, a block party and a triathlon.

In addition, Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales offers a Parade of Homes throughout the weekend. Download the list of homes on the tour here.

The Maritime Market hosts an Easter side porch oyster roast and an evening of Scotch and Cigars at the Forest Pavilion. Adult karaoke returns to Mojo’s on Friday evening. For art enthusiasts, the BHI Artisans Show & Sale and an art and book signing at All About Art happen on Saturday. A family-favorite event, Howl at the Moon, occurs at beach access #39 Saturday night.

The Village Chapel hosts several services throughout the weekend. DJ Fray will be at the Wisp for Fray’s Loco Pop Easter Hop for kids and the BHI Club hosts an Easter Egg Hunt.

Check out the full weekend’s activities here.


Cape Fear Station’s Southern Living Inspired Community: A Best-Seller Destined To Become A Classic

Angelou. Percy. Twain. Williams.

Named for these renowned Southern writers, coastal cottages in the Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station line up along aptly named streets like Writer’s Way, Scrivener’s Alley and Author’s Way like treasured volumes on a book lover’s shelf.

Place is often cited as one of a Southern novel’s most influential characters, so it’s easy to understand why this neighborhood carries a literary theme. More than simply a sense of place, there is a distinct pride of place. Bald Head Island’s Southern Living Inspired Community is as steeped in tradition as the region’s signature sweet tea.

Southern Living handpicks communities for the prestigious Inspired Communities program, and to be considered for inclusion, developments must:

  • Embrace the natural beauty of the Southern landscape
  • Display the best of Southern Living inspired architecture
  • Contain environments that foster communal gatherings

Not only did Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island qualify to receive this elite designation, the magazine recently presented it the 2017 Southern Living Inspired Community of the Year award.

Stunning home design here is the product of Allison Ramsey, a distinguished architecture firm in Beaufort, South Carolina, whose Low Country, high-style creations have won numerous awards and legions of fans. The community’s lead builder is Whitney Blair Custom Homes, a two-time Southern Living Custom Builder of the Year award winner.

Just around the bend and over the dune ridge from the Atlantic Ocean, the community carries the scent of fresh ocean air and the sights of native coastal vegetation, including stately live oaks and tropical sabal palms.

Its western border is the east end of Cape Fear Station’s Common, a community green that hosts island-wide events throughout the year, as well as impromptu gatherings like family picnics, evening strolls, and rousing games of Capture the Flag on any given summer day.

It’s Cape Fear Station’s residents who breathe life into this idyllic setting, with profound gratitude and joy in simple pleasures, like passing the time with family and friends or curling up in a rocking chair with a good book.

As the distinguished playwright Tennessee Williams (whose namesake cottage is a Charleston-style, double porch beauty) so perfectly put it: Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.

 Learn more about the Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station here.

Living Among The Trees: An Elevated Luxury

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There's a reason people often use words like enchanted and magical to describe forests. Tucked among lush foliage, especially under a canopy of live oaks, you can feel as if you’ve slipped into another, more mystical world.

Covering 173 acres in the center of one of the most beautiful barrier islands on the East Coast, Bald Head Island’s maritime forest preserve is surely one of the most magical of all.

In addition to the aforementioned stately live oaks, Bald Head Woods is populated by a remarkable variety of vegetation, including laurel oaks, red cedar, American holly, yaupon, wild olive and catbrier, all protected from the ocean’s salt spray by the forest canopy.

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An impressive range of animals and birds thrive in the forest, too, including Carolina wrens, cardinals and painted buntings, plus migratory species such as catbirds, towhees, blue jays and twenty-two species of warblers.

The same forest canopy provides protection for the homes that are nestled in this enchanted environment. During storms, the trees act as a buffer from the wind and salt spray, creating an obvious maintenance advantage, as well as an undeniably cozy atmosphere.

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The environments that host island homes range from oceanfront to dune ridge, Harbour Village to salt marsh, and golf course to maritime forest, each with its considerable charms. The forest, however, may be the most unique for a coastal home, as Bald Head’s maritime forest is without rival on the Eastern Seaboard. Inspired by the surroundings, many of these homes feature custom wood finishes and features. Design cues may come from the variety of hues in the woods and foliage, from textures that range from rough bark to delicate ferns, and from fabrics that mimic and complement nature’s patterns.

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View some of the beautiful forest homes and homesites currently available and set up an appointment to tour them with Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales on your next visit. You may find that the centrally located maritime forest is the best kept secret within the hideaway of Bald Head Island, offering tremendous value in addition to tranquility.

Winter on Bald Head Island: Keeping It Cozy

The delights of spring, summer and fall on Bald Head Island are numerous and in many cases, rather obvious. But those who are strictly fair weather visitors might never discover the considerable joys of cozying up on Bald Head Island.

Notwithstanding an occasional spike into the mid 70s, the average high on the island this time of the year is in the 50s; the average low in the 30s. Think that’s too chilly for a getaway to Bald Head? Not if you loosen up your definition of beach weather, and layer up your clothing.

Light Up Your Life: Indoor and Outdoor Fireplaces

As effective at adding ambiance as they are at making frosty toes feel toasty, fireplaces are among the most desired features in island homes that see year-round use. As homebuilding trends have seen a huge surge in outdoor living spaces, fireplaces have begun taking center stage in elegant, open-air rooms.

Gather ’Round, Everyone: Backyard Fire Pits

Usually less elaborate than a full-on fireplace, fire pits are an extremely popular alternative. With their 360-degree access to the flames, these typically simple additions make conversation easy and marshmallow roasting effortless.

See the handsome incorporation of a custom fire pit in this Southern Living Idea home in Cape Fear Station.

Beach Blankets, Redefined

Chances are you won’t be spreading them out on the sand in January, but you will want to keep a stack of blankets handy all the same. You’ll want some for snuggling up on the sofa, and others to wrap up in should you decide to take your coffee or cocktails to the porch. Keep a few more on the golf cart, as most are not heated and an extra layer is welcome.

Exercise Your Options

Once you get moving, you might even find a slight chill invigorating. Golf and tennis are usually ideal pursuits in this weather, as are long walks and bike rides throughout the island.

The Up Side of Downtime

Here’s another seasonal plus: your get-up-and-go is free to take a guilt-free respite. When the weather is warm, the urge to get outside and seize the day is strong. But when it gets dark early, curling up with a hot beverage and a good book just might be the perfect way to pass the day.

The Price Is Right, Too

The winter months aren’t just the coziest on Bald Head Island; they are also the most economical. Take a look at off-season vacation rentals in all of the island environments and find out what our year-round residents already know:

It’s not hard to warm up to winter on Bald Head.


Coastal Carolina Beach Getaways: Find Your Way Home to Bald Head Island

Biking on Bald Head Island
With no bridge connecting Bald Head Island to the mainland, islanders are treated to a car-free and carefree environment.

When planning a beach getaway, choose a resort that has something for everyone. Bald Head Island, NC, offers miles of family friendly beaches as well as world-class golf. Arrive by passenger ferry and travel the island by golf cart, bicycle, or on foot, at an easygoing pace locals call “turtle time.”

At the center of the island’s recreational life is the Bald Head Island Club. Along with its top rated golf course, the Club offers tennis, croquet, and a resort-style aquatics center. The oceanfront Shoals Club which overlooks the Point of Cape Fear, offers dining, pools, and direct beach access. Vacation rentals on the island range from cozy cottages to spacious homes that accommodate extended family. Be sure to request temporary membership in the Bald Head Island Club and the oceanfront Shoals Club.

Real estate offerings run the gamut in terms of size, setting, and price, with shared ownership cottages in The Hammocks neighborhood starting under $50,000. Just steps from the ocean, the Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station combines a perfect location with charming Low country architecture, with homes ranging from $750,000 to $1.5 million-plus. A picturesque 10-acre marina serves as the island’s “front door” and can accommodate vessels up to 100 feet. Contact a Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales executive to learn more.

Cape Fear Station Awarded Southern Living Inspired Community of the Year


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A view of the Southern Living Inspired Community looking south down SE Beach Drive

Bald Head Island Limited, LLC, is excited to announce Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island was recently named the 2017 Southern Living Inspired Community of the Year by Southern Living magazine.

“Southern Living Inspired Communities are neighborhoods marked by charm, taste and Southern spirit that embody a distinctive pride of place. Since becoming a Southern Living Inspired Community, Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island has exceeded our expectations on all fronts,” said Kristen Bryan, marketing director for Time, Inc. “The quality of the homes within the community combined with the commitment to fully embrace the program has earned Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island the Community of the Year Award.”

The neighborhood, which was first released for sale in 2015, is located a short walk to the Atlantic Ocean, just above Cape Fear. About a dozen families have homes completed or underway in the development. Home prices range from around $750,000 to over $1 million.

“With most properties in Phase I spoken for, we’ve just started releasing homesites in the second phase of the neighborhood,” said Chad Paul, CEO for Bald Head Island Limited. “We expect those to be spoken for quickly,” he added.

The community’s lead builder is Whitney Blair Custom Homes, named Southern Living Custom Builder of the Year in 2016.

“The success of the Southern Living Inspired Community and the Southern Living Idea House recently built on the island generated excitement and interest not only in Cape Fear Station, but in real estate throughout Bald Head Island this past year,” said Jeff Leonard, executive sales director for Bald Head Island Limited.

About Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island is a boat-accessed community located two miles off the coast of Southport, NC. Transportation on the island is restricted to golf carts, bicycles and pedestrian traffic. Of the island’s 12,000 acres, 10,000 acres of beaches, salt marsh and maritime forest are protected and will remain undeveloped. To learn more about the Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station, visit

About Southern Living

Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden and travel. Reaching more than 23 million people each month, Southern Living connects consumers to the region’s rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest media companies in the world.

Roast & Toast on the Coast Returns with Acclaimed Chefs, Live Music and Award-Winning Wines

Bald Head Island Limited, in partnership with Southern Living, announces Roast and Toast on the Coast, a three-day event weekend at Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island, Oct. 6-8, 2017.

Events take place in and around the Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station. Tickets are available for purchase at online. The neighborhood is located a short walk from the Atlantic Ocean, just above Cape Fear.

“I think just the journey to Bald Head immediately tells you that you’re going to someplace different and someplace special,” said Southern Living Editor Sid Evans, referring to the community’s ferry access.

The weekend kicks off Friday night with a traditional oyster roast at the Bald Head Island Club or a four-course dinner hosted by Southern Living Test Kitchen Chef Director Robby Melvin and Shoals Club Executive Chef Caitlyn Fisher.

Saturday features home tours in the Southern Living Inspired Community in Cape Fear Station and at the Southern Living Idea House. The afternoon continues at The Common at Cape Fear Station with a tasting event featuring wine, craft beer and specialty cocktails along with a Southern Smoke BBQ dinner by pit master Matt Register. The evening concludes with live music under the stars by “new grass” band The Midatlantic. On Sunday, the weekend wraps up with a wine tasting and seated dinner at the Bald Head Island Club featuring fine wines by B Cellars of Napa Valley, all rated 90+ by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

“Now in its third year, the Roast and Toast on the Coast event is one of our most anticipated weekends on Bald Head Island,” said Jeff Leonard, Executive Director for Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales. “Vacationers are making their plans months in advance to come to the event. If you’ve never been to Bald Head Island, it’s the perfect introduction to our carefree, relaxed way of life.”

Bald Head Island is a boat-accessed community located two miles off the coast of Southport, NC. Transportation on the island is restricted to golf carts, bicycles and pedestrian traffic. Of the island’s 12,000 acres, 10,000 acres of beaches, salt marsh and maritime forest are protected and will remain undeveloped. To learn more about the Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station, visit

Financial Considerations for Vacation Home Owners


Bald Head Island Real Estate
Buying a Vacation Home


If you are thinking about purchasing a second home for use during vacations, as rental property or as an investment, you should consider the current tax breaks when conducting your research. There are certain tax rules that apply depending upon how you plan to use your potential new investment. Since many homeowners plan a mixed use of their second home by renting it and using it for personal vacation, understanding how the current tax laws would apply to your situation will be a useful factor in making a final decision. Let’s examine a few of the most common financial questions:

  1. Will we use our new vacation home as rental property or a “second home?”

If your plans are to make your new purchase as a second home, you may deduct the mortgage interest just as you would on your primary home. Currently, you can deduct 100% of your interest up to $1.1 million of debt secured by both your primary and second homes. In addition, you can also deduct your property taxes on your second home.  However, general expenses like utilities or maintenance costs are typically exempt from interest deductions.

  1.  How many days do I plan to rent out my vacation home?

The tax implications for renting out a vacation home can be complicated and depend upon the length of time that you rent it. You can rent out your second home for any amount for 14 days or less without having to report any of the income generated to the IRS. Since the house is considered a personal residence, you would still be able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes under the standard second home rules.

When you rent out your home for 15 days or more, it is considered rental property. In this scenario, all rental income must be reported to the IRS. You can also deduct rental expenses such as property management fees, 50% of depreciation, insurance premiums, utilities, property taxes and mortgage interest. In addition, up to $25,000 (ex. Repairs from a hurricane) in damages may be deductible each year. However, you will have to determine how much time in the year you used the property for personal use versus rental use. Time spent in the home for maintenance or repairs does not count as personal use and means that you can spend more than 14 days in the home.

If you use your vacation home more than 14 days or 10% of the time that it’s rented, the rental loss can’t be deducted because it would be considered a personal residence. It is important to note that if you rent your home to a family member or friend that time is considered personal use unless you receive a fair amount for rent.

  1.  What taxes are owed if I sell my second home?

When you sell a vacation home that is not your primary residence, you will likely have to pay capital gains tax. Now, if you move into your second home at least two years prior to selling it, you may have some tax benefits due to the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. However, you will want to check with your real estate agent at Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales to completely understand your options before listing your second home.

Purchasing a vacation home can be rewarding, both personally and financially. Whether you plan to use a second home for personal vacations or rental property prior to moving in during retirement, there are several financial considerations that should be examined prior to purchase. If you are considering acquiring a vacation home on Bald Head Island, contact one of our knowledgeable real estate agents to assist in your search by clicking here.