America’s Happiest Seaside Town: Southport

Coastal North Carolina is known for scenic beaches, southern charm, and hospitality. Visitors and locals alike flock to the shores of the Carolinas whether for vacation or to call home. With mild weather, lights and beaches, oak-lined streets, and a small-town feel, it’s no wonder the allure the area brings. FromTopsail Beach and Surf City down to Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach, there is something for everyone. One gem that continues to entice people with coastal beauty and historic charm is the smalltown of Southport, NC

Voted“America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living, Southport is a true seaside paradise. Although only 2.2 square miles, there is so much attraction to the area. The streets are lined with enchanting historic homes, coastal native landscape, and vast water views of the Cape Fear River. The town is filled with locally-owned coffee shops, quaint boutiques, and restaurants serving seafood fresh from the marina. Lively streets fill with events every weekend, such as farmers’ markets, seafood festivals, and parades. The most famous event in Southport is the NC 4thof July Festival, celebrated for over 220 years. The annual festival includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a flag-raising ceremony, Freedom Flotilla, Classic Car Show, live music and of course, fireworks!

Southport’s rich history intrigues history enthusiasts with its many sites of significance. Founded in the mid-1700s, you can find pieces of history all throughout the town. Attractions such as the River PilotsTowers, Old Smithville Burial Grounds, and historic churches and homes give insight into a different time. Fort Johnson-Southport Museum overlooks the mouth of the Cape Fear River, displaying original artifacts about Fort Johnson for your viewing pleasure. Tours of the historical sites of Southport are offered both by bus and by foot for visitors to explore.

The allure of Southport has caught the movie industry’s attention as well. The backdrop of massive live oaks, water views, and 19thcentury architecture create the scene for some of your favorite films! Dawson’s Creek, Secret Life of Bees, A Walk to Remember, Safe Haven, and Weekend at Bernie’s are among some of the most famous feature films shot in Southport, and the town offers a map to tour all the cinematic locations!

With so much life and activity in the small town, it’s no wonder the residents are smiling! Interested in making your new home in “America’s Happiest Seaside Town”? There are plenty of opportunities to move to Southport, including one of the newest communities, The HomePlace of Southport, pre-selling now. Coastal Community Real Estate Group can help acquaint you with the area and find the perfect place for you. Give us a call at 855-902-9575.