Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Where We Live: ‘Twin Oaks by the Sea’ has dolphins, natural light and ‘porches galore’

Where We Live: A weekly look at the homes in the Cape Fear Region

WILMINGTON—You often hear about development’s trees being rearranged to make way for a home or business, but rarely do you hear of a building being designed around trees.

At “Twin Oaks by the Sea,” two 400-year-old live oaks surround a three-story southern-style home that overlooks Bradley Creek.

The oak branches have wound for centuries and can nearly be touched from the top floor of the low-country house, custom built for Bill and Brenda Barker.

The home sits across the waterway from Airlie Gardens, and even includes a coffee bar in the master bedroom.

Brenda Barker is originally from Georgia and always dreamed of a southern home with plenty of natural light and porches galore.

At just under an acre, the live oaks and view of Bradley Creek connect this property to its natural landscape. Rainey Wallace, a realtor currently co-listing the home, said dolphin and pelican sightings are frequent.

The master bedroom was designed specifically to capture the first light of dawn, which falls over the open tidal creek.

Built in 2005, the 4,840 square foot home was designed to reflect a southern history and Charleston charm.

Twin oaks host twin docks, which extend out toward the deep channels of Bradley Creek. Brenda Barker once found a ballast stone while landscaping the property, an 18th-century weight used for early shipping voyages to the coast.

The Barkers connection to the past is present throughout the interior of the home, with historical southern furnishing and a balcony that comes with each of the five bedrooms.

“Twin Oaks by the Sea” is currently on the market and co-listed by Leslie Hales and Rainey Wallace for $2,800,000.

Johanna Ferebee can be reached at johanna@localvoicemedia.com or @j__ferebee on Twitter

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