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.