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Southport, North Carolina
Southport, North Carolina | Realtor.com

Southport, North Carolina

$354,000

The exterior of this cottage-style home built in 1999 and expanded in 2006 was modeled after coastal homes of the late 1800s, says Laura LeFevre, broker with Southport Realty.

Its interior features a modern design with cathedral ceilings, clerestory windows and an open stairway.

A granite bar wraps around an open kitchen with glass-fronted cherry cabinets, double ovens and stained-glass accent window. The pantry is outfitted with a wine fridge.

The adjacent dining area with large picture windows opens to the screened-in porch.

The 2,501-square-foot house with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths has recessed lighting, ceiling fans and plantation shutters throughout, plus maple floors on the first level. It also has a detached garage with extra storage.

And it's "less than a mile from downtown," says LeFevre.

A little about Southport

Southport, which sits at the mouth of the Cape Fear River buffered by barrier islands, is known for its beaches.

The average home sale is $262,508, according to Realtor.com.

While residents have access to everything, including shops, galleries and a regular slate of community events, the real draw is the water and that invigorating salt air, she says.

LeFevre adds, "You walk out to that waterfront and feel like you're a million miles away."

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