WHAT Waterfront second-home community.
WHERE Merry Hill, N.C.
AMENITIES A completed 18-hole golf course and a planned marina, among others.
PRICES Home sites start at $125,000, and furnished cottages start at $475,000, including lots.
STATUS Three homes have been completed so far; more are now under construction. Work on a clubhouse with a pool is expected to begin this spring.
DEVELOPER IMI, based in Greenville, S.C.
CONTACT (877) 847-3727 or scotchhallpreserve.com.
DETAILS The development’s site is dotted with ponds and includes three miles of shoreline, part of which belongs to the vast Albemarle Sound estuary in North Carolina, a section of the Intracoastal Waterway. Lately, to capitalize on the popularity of the nearby Outer Banks archipelago, a large area that includes land on the sound has been labeled “the Inner Banks” by developers and others hoping to attract crowds of travelers and second-home hunters. Scotch Hall Preserve, one such new development, is on a cape about a two-hour drive from the Outer Banks. It covers 900 acres, and there are plans for 450 home sites, with 119 lots and 10 cottages in its first phase. The home sites range from around one-quarter acre to over an acre each. The company is also offering furnished cottages of roughly 2,500 square feet to be built on lots clustered near the center of the community. A private golf course with a number of waterfront holes that was designed by Arnold Palmer opened for play in mid-2008. The marina is to have 107 slips, and there will be dining areas in both the main clubhouse and in a golf clubhouse building. Other planned amenities include a shooting and hunting club on adjacent land, a children’s activity center and a program of outdoor activities like fishing.
Breaking Ground covers projects, planned or under construction, that include weekend or vacation homes.