Southport, NC (June 11, 2013) - The number one-selling St. James Plantation is at it again! We’re thrilled to once again be named a 50 Best Master-Planned Community In The US by Where To Retire Magazine – THE authority on retirement relocation!

The July/August 2013 issue will hit newsstands on June 18th and the rankings mark the eighth biennial edition dedicated to the best-of-the-best across the nation – in 17 of the most desired states to retire. Information for the issue was gathered on hundreds of retirement communities across the nation and eventually zeroed in on the 50 that are amenity-rich, with activities and interests to help residents stay fully-engaged.

In selecting the 50-Best, Where To Retire points out that buyers are searching for a well-rounded retirement community with plenty of options for healthy living. And, WOW -- does St. James Plantation deliver! With 81 holes of golf, a private beach club, a full-service marina, walking and biking trails, athletic centers, tennis courts and more…healthy healthy retirement living is paramount. And, our mild southeastern NC climate doesn’t hurt either!

In addition, the top retirement and master-planned communities aren’t just amenity-rich according to WTR, they’re also socially gratifying. Just ask our 4,500 happy owners! The St. James Plantation social scene includes a variety of clubs and hobby groups for residents to forge lasting friendships -- it’s the true lifeline of our community. Susan and Bill Edwards know all about it, they moved here from Virginia in 2010.

“St. James is made up of transplants from all over the country” commented Susan and Bill, “And everyone has been warm and welcoming because they were once a new kid on the block.” The Edwards have enjoyed meeting friends and trying out new sports and activities. “That’s the best part of living at St. James Plantation – trying new things.”

Behind all the trends, WTR reports a renewed optimism among retirees and pre-retirees about real estate, housing and the economy. And, we at St. James Plantation are seeing the same thing! 2012 was a robust year in real estate sales for us -- selling 194 homesites, 98 resale properties and 30 new homes. Our total sales volume for the year was more than $52 million, slightly better than 2006 activity.

And, 2013 is looking much the same way. In April, new property in our Woodlands Park neighborhood nearly sold out of available inventory, necessitating an acceleration of the next release of additional homesites for summer buyers. We’re excited to continue that momentum into the fall.

Over the last 22 years, we’ve worked hard to remain the number one-selling community in the Coastal Carolinas. So if you’re considering where to retire, or if you're looking for a top-rated master planned community along the NC coast, we invite you to explore beautiful St. James Plantation this summer and discover our incredibly active retirement lifestyle for yourself! Call us at (800) 245-3871 or email us for more information today!

About St. James Plantation:
Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, along the North Carolina coast near Wilmington and Southport, St. James Plantation offers numerous amenities: four championship Audubon-Certified golf courses, private beach club, full-service marina village, tennis courts, swimming pools, fitness centers, waterfront park, over 15 miles of walking and biking trails and 500 acres of nature preserves. Lots priced from $75,000 to $500,000; Condos and Townhomes from $100,000 to over $300,000; Custom Homes from $200,000 to over $1 million.

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