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A rendering of the luxury apartment complex in Brunswick Forest. The first phase of construction is expected to be finished in fall 2017. Courtesy images.
A rendering of the luxury apartment complex in Brunswick Forest. The first phase of construction is expected to be finished in fall 2017. Courtesy image.

A rapidly growing neighborhood just over the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will soon become even larger.

Wilmington-based firm GHK Cape Fear Development recently announced it will oversee the construction of Headwaters, a 360-unit luxury apartment complex within The Villages at Brunswick Forest in Leland.

“We believe there is strong demand for higher-end rental residences in Brunswick County,” GHK team member Brian Eckel said. “The Villages at Brunswick Forest provides the ideal location because it is right beside the premier master-planned residential community of Brunswick Forest, and an easy drive to downtown Wilmington and the beach communities beyond.”

Built in 2009, Brunswick Forest is a sprawling 4,500 acre development with a booming commercial hub—The Villages—at its entrance. Anchored by a CVS and Lowe’s Foods, in recent years the shopping center has become home to Pizzetta’s, Port City Java, retail stores and medical offices. According to GHK, The Villages of Brunswick Forest will give Headwaters residents “front-door access” to those offerings.

And as with the developer’s existing Headwaters complexes in Wilmington, the Brunswick Forest site will include amenities like a resort-style pool with an outdoor grilling kitchen and cabana, a clubhouse containing a business center, coffee bar and gym. Headwaters also offers round-the-clock security and staff available to drop off dry cleaning or make a package delivery.

But unique to the Leland project is immediate access to award-winning golf course Cape Fear National, located within the Brunswick Forest community.

Eckel said the luxe layout and perks of Brunswick County’s Headwaters complex will likely appeal most to baby boomers looking to retire but not interested in keeping up with a single-family home.

“Our communities are designed to provide a refined lifestyle for people who simply prefer to rent. Renting is most often a choice of financial flexibility for our residents,” he said.

One, two and three bedroom floor plans will be available, each with modern touches like stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and brushed nickel hardware and lighting.

“The design is first-class and it will only enhance our entire community,” Brunswick Forest president Jeff Earp said. “We have been aware of the need for this level of rental option for years…”

The first phase of the project—216 units—is expected to be complete by fall of 2017.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at