Children living in Brunswick County and Brunswick Forest are served by the Brunswick Public School District. The district is comprised of eight elementary schools, four middle schools, and five high schools, with one of the high schools, Early College High School, located at the Brunswick Community College. Parents may also choose to send their children to any of the area’s five private school facilities.
For students and adult learners ready to make the jump to a collegiate learning environment, Brunswick Forest is located within driving distance to a number of colleges, universities, and trade/vocational schools. Students can choose to attend the University of North Carolina, Wilmington campus—recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 10 regional public universities in the South; Brunswick Community College; Cape Fear Community College; Mount Olive College; and Miller-Motte Business College.
Economy & Job Market
Brunswick Forest is less than 10 miles from the Wilmington metropolitan area, making it easy for residents to commute in and out of the city in a short amount of time. A few of the top employers in Wilmington include New Hanover Regional Medical Center, the County of New Hanover, UNC Wilmington, General Electric, Corning Incorporated, and PPD, Inc. A few popular employment industries within Brunswick County include health care; construction; arts, entertainment, and recreation; accommodation and food services; retail trade; and education services.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Residents looking to spend the day out on the town can drive to the riverfront metro of Wilmington. If shopping is your idea of a terrific way to spend the day, Wilmington offers a number of boutiques and malls such as the Independence Mall, Mayfaire Town Center, Hanover Center, and Long Leaf Mall. Many dining establishments are located in the downtown area of Wilmington, in addition to sidewalk cafes, jazz clubs, theatres, and other eclectic shops. Residents of Brunswick Forest will also be able to shop at the conveniently located Villages at Brunswick Forest. Grocery stores, fine dining, and other entertainment options will be easily accessed by car or through a network of paths and trails.
History buffs will want to make the trip to Wilmington for its 230-block National Historic Register District, which runs along the Cape Fear River. This district features homes built in the antebellum style, which reflects the English heritage of Wilmington, set along cobblestone and brick streets. One of the most famous homes in the district is the Burgwin-Wright House, which was built in 1781 and served as the home to Lord Charles Cornwallis, a significant figure during the Revolutionary War. The Bellamy Mansion is another site that history lovers will appreciate as the home served as the headquarters to Federal troops in 1865 and was built by free and enslaved artisans. For more museums that showcase artifacts of North Carolina’s history, be sure to stop by the Cape Fear Museum.
The area also has its own movie studio, the Screen Gems Studio. Set on 32 acres, the studio offers tours of the facility and is a full-service motion picture studio. For live theatre, patrons can visit Thalian Hall. Known as one of the oldest community theatres in the country, Thalian Hall hosts a variety of performances, from children’s plays and Broadway performances to music and dance concerts.
Parks & Recreation
Residents of Brunswick Forest won’t have to go far to participate in any recreational activities. Golfers will appreciate the fact that the Cape Fear National® golf course is located on-site and features 27-holes of golf set amongst the beauty of the forest. Designed by architect Tim Cate, the first 18-holes are set to open in fall of 2009. Additionally, there is a Fitness & Wellness Center located inside the community, which includes an indoor and outdoor pool, gym, tennis courts, and meeting rooms, among an expansive list of amenities.
Brunswick Forest is perfect for those who are looking to lead a healthy lifestyle. Over 100 miles of walking trails and unpaved paths connect throughout the neighborhoods of Brunswick Forest, ideal for jogging, biking, or moseying along on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Brunswick Forest is also a pet-friendly community, with parks such as the fenced-in leash-optional Bark Park (located in Meadow Park) designed specifically with our canine friends in mind. Other parks located within Brunswick Forest include Annsdale Park, Walden Park, and the aforementioned Meadow Park.
Water plays an important role to the lifestyle of Brunswick Forest, offering plenty of opportunities to fish, boat, paddle, and kayak. And since the community is located right along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, residents have private and convenient access to the many boating facilities of the planned Ocean Club.
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