Meet Stephanie Blake and Doug Oakley: Teaming Up to Help People Find Their Ideal Island Home
Posted on October 12, 2018
Originally from Maryland, Stephanie first came to the area in 2014, when her husband was transferred from Charleston to Southport with the U.S. Coast Guard. She began working for Bald Head Island Limited in the membership office at the Shoals Club and transitioned to real estate sales the next year.
Stephanie said she didn’t know about Bald Head Island prior to moving to the area, but “quickly became enamored with it.”
“I love that every day is different, and I get to experience the various island environments,” she said of her work. “From the marsh to the beach to the maritime forest to Harbour Village, there is something for everyone here. It’s not a one-dimensional island.”
Stephanie said her approach to client service is to listen carefully and pay attention to their wants and needs. “There needs to be a level of trust when I’m working with a buyer or seller,” she said, “and I take that trust very seriously.”
Stephanie also pointed to the team approach as a significant benefit for her clients. “Working with Doug and Garrett means our clients get three times the knowledge and experience,” she explained.
As Stephanie puts it, the Blakes live “just across the pond” from Bald Head Island in Southport. She said they are “not yet” property owners on the island, but are very interested in purchasing property.
My husband wants a house on the marsh and I want one on the beach,” she laughed, “so we will have to work that out.”
Doug first came to Bald Head Island in 1993, and has lived on the island full time since 1998. He and his wife Jane, who is a past executive director of Old Baldy Foundation, live on West Bald Head Wynd. Doug says the home is technically second row, but offers unobstructed views of the mouth of the Cape Fear River and the ocean beyond.
In 2001, Doug went to work for Bald Head Island Limited, leaving behind a successful career in medical device packaging, sales and marketing. He hasn’t looked back.
“I love this job because I really enjoy helping people,” said Doug. “It’s wonderful helping people experience what my wife and I have found on Bald Head Island. It’s a way of life that is special and unique. I love showing off my hometown.”
Like Stephanie, Doug said listening is central to helping people find the perfect island home. “The more I can listen and learn, the better I can help them,” he summarized.
Throughout the years, Doug has consistently been a top-producing agent on the island, and especially enjoys being part of a very successful, client-focused team with Stephanie and Garrett.
Beyond his passion for the island is his heart for volunteer work, especially related to flying. A licensed pilot, Doug volunteers with Pilots n Paws, flying rescue animals from kill shelters to their adoptive or foster homes. He also works with SouthWings, taking scientists and officials over areas of particular environmental concern, and with Young Eagles, a program that allows children 8-18 to discover the thrill of flight.
To speak with either of these agents about island real estate, call 800-888-3707.