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Southern Pines, North Carolina Offers Small Town Southern Charm   by Fred Waters


Southern Pines, North Carolina is located approximately 60 miles south of Raleigh. It is adjacent to the world renowned Pinehurst golf resort. Many who come to this area for a visit or to play golf, end up falling in love with Southern Pines and the old southern town atmosphere. Southern Pines was founded around 1820 as a train stop from the north and south. In fact, the railroad tracks run in the middle of the historic town. Through the year this charming town has developed into a resort community offering the best in golf and horse activities.

Many moved here to retire, but in the last decade numerous professionals, with their families, are escaping the urban sprawl for the tranquil lifestyle found in Southern Pines. Its eclectic neighborhoods surround a quaint and inviting historic business/shopping village with tree lined streets, restaurants to satisfy any appetite, coffee shops, art galleries and boutique shops that offer a full range of clothing and gift items.

There is always some activity going on downtown, such as the annual Blues Crawl, Spring Fest, Tour de Moore, Fall Fest and the New Years Eve celebration, First Night. If you like to commune with nature, within the city is the 500-acre Weymouth Woods, a wildlife refuge and long leaf pine forest offering hiking and educational nature programs. A popular attraction is the Sunrise Theatre, offering a variety of live music, avante garde movies and theatrical plays.

Southern Pines Golf Courses

Pinehurst may be known as the golf capital of the world, but Southern Pines also has its own world class courses. For example, there are three golf courses designed by the legendary Donald Ross. He is best known for designing the Pinehurst #2 course, which hosted two U.S. Opens recently. In Southern Pines he designed the Southern Pines Country Club, Pine Needles and Mid-Pines. Pines Needles has been home to the U.S. Women's Open for a number of years. In addition, there are three Arnold Palmer courses, the Talamore, Mid-South, and The Carolina. In Southern Pines we have very moderate weather all year long. That means we're always open for golf.

The Aspen of Equestrian Activities

Southern Pines is also known as a horse lover's paradise. The area's temperate weather and ideal sandy footing has attracted a large concentration of equestrian enthusiasts. What is commonly known as "horse country" generally refers to an area right around Southern Pines and includes the well known Walthour-Moss Foundation, which offers 4500 acres of longleaf pine forest dedicated to equestrian pursuits.

There are world-class trainers, the best veterinarian professionals available, and an abundance of tack shops and other proprietors serving horse owners and their needs.

Exceptional Real Estate Opportunities

Real estate properties in Southern Pines are available for every demographic category, ranging from upscale family sized homes in quiet, gracious neighborhoods to somewhat smaller retiree residences lining the fairways of the numerous golf courses in the area. On the outskirts of Southern Pines, you will find beautiful horse farms. For those who are looking for casual living in a golf community, horse country, or retirement venue, Southern Pines is a "must see" in North Carolina.

Southern Pines combines the north and south, old and new. It is especially appealing to both its residents and to those who visit. Southern Pines has a unique shopping hospitality. You can enjoy the quaint Broad Street downtown area, which looks the same as it did years ago, or you can visit the newer modern shopping areas. The attraction for the town is its horse farms, festivals, golf courses and street fairs. Anyone interested in combining city life with the charm of a small town will feel right at home.

Two of the most appealing features of Southern Pines real estate are the reasonable prices and the low property taxes. For those moving from big cities they are pleasantly surprised what their money can buy. You can get considerably more home and land for less.

Southern Pines, North Carolina is one of those rare finds where you have the best of small town living with the amenities of a city.

About the Author

Fred Waters is author of the McDevitt Sotheby's International Realty web site, where you can find the perfect Southern Pines Real Estate. We also have numerous listings in the Pinehurst area. Whether looking for a home, condo, farm or property, we have just what you want.

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