Take a tour of St. James Plantation without leaving your home

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The virtual tour of St. James Plantation begins high over Southport, NC. (Courtesy St. James Plantation)

SOUTHPORT — The St. James Plantation, founded by WWII veteran and North Carolina native Homer Wright, is an award-winning planned community. For many potential guests, however, visiting the Plantation meant a long drive, taking time off from work and making other logistical arrangements. That is, until now.

This week St. James Plantation went live with a new, state-of-the-art virtual tour that allows a visit to the location from any phone, tablet or computer (you can take the tour for yourself). The tour features 14 aerial views and 15 ground based walk-through, which are linked together in a 3-D virtual reality interface. The effect is of being able to fly over the Southport area, swooping down into the marina, the clubhouse or available properties.

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A virtual walk-through of the marina area.

The tour was designed by Wilmington based SIS Digital, and incorporates several next-generation technologies, including high-resolution drone-based photography, 360′ photography and navigable virtual spaces. The later is similar to Google Maps street-view. Icons on the screen allow users to access site photographs, walk-throughs and information about the different locations and amenities.

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The marina from above, with walk-through and information icons.

St. James Plantation, which opened in 1991 as a small cluster of homes and “the Gauntlet,” a golf course. Now the community has grown to include multiple neighborhoods, a marina, a town center and parks – most of which are part of the virtual tour.

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