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This private home and garden estate located south of Wilmington along the Intracoastal Waterway is secluded from street view by a pine forest and is surrounded by majestic live oaks elevated high above the flood plane with a great view of the ocean beyond Masonboro Island.  The house approach is down a stone pebble driveway that gracefully winds through a grove of pine trees until you reach a paisley garden where you are greeted by large mature live oaks.  Shortly after passing through the gated area is the meticulously restored original cottage which is now used as a guest home.

Beneath the shade of the live oaks is the beginning of the formal garden space which was artfully designed by Tracy McCullen.  It consists of a series of paisley shaped planting beds bordered with liriope, canvassed with holly fern, and interspersed with camellias of various variety and color.  St Augustine lawn is interwoven throughout the pattern of paisley’s which is within the larger paisley teardrop island of the driveway just in front of the home.

The entry garden to the main home is surrounded by a low brick courtyard wall and a well established boxwood hedge creating a very elegant and formal courtyard entrance balanced by two extra large Haddenstone urns displaying sago palms.

Passing through the house and onto the large covered porch is a spectacular view of the ocean and waterway as a backdrop to the formal and private courtyard designed around a formal reflecting pool for swimming.  The view from the pool looking back at the majestic Charleston style home is equally spectacular.  Other features of the garden include a meadow of lawn with rolling terrain towards the waterway reminiscent of Middleton Place Estate near Charleston, South Carolina. A formal vegetable garden, herb garden, secret garden, and nature trails and much more can be found at this large and peaceful estate by the sea. 

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Tracy McCullen
6813 Mayfaire Club Drive (#304), Wilmington, NC 28405 • 910-279-1902

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