About Southport, North Carolina

You'll find a desirable neighborhood of single family homes located within the town limited of the charming coastal village of Southport, NC.

With a vibrant downtown district that includes shops, restaurants, art galleries and more, Southport is ranked by both Rand McNally and Kiplinger as one of the most desirable places in the U.S. to retire. Turtlewood’s cozy cottages and bungalows invite you home each evening after a day of culture, special events and relaxation. Take a leisurely stroll along our marsh boardwalk, meet neighbors in the gazebo, and enjoy the relaxing sights and sounds of life in this beautiful coastal town.

Interesting Facts About Southport, North Carolina.

  • Founded in colonial times and steeped in military history, Southport was originally named the town of Smithville in 1792, after Benjamin Smith, a colonel during the Revolutionary War and later governor of North Carolina.
  • Smithville grew as a fishing village and in efforts to be known as a major shipping port, Smithville was renamed Southport in 1887.
  • Southport features stately, restored homes from the 1700 and 1800s overlooking the mouth of the Cape Fear River, where Waterfront Park, City Pier and Whittler’s Bench can be enjoyed .
  • The town is home to several historical sites – Old Brunswick Jail, NC Maritime Museum of Southport, and Fort Johnston.
  • Southport waterfront offers Deep Point Marina – home of the Bald Head Island Ferry, Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, South Harbor Marina and Southport Marina of the North Carolina State Ports Authority.
  • Downtown Southport is home to more than 30 specialty stores, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants along tree-lit streets
  • Southport has a thriving television and movie industry, featured in many television series and used as a filming location for numerous movies.
  • Southport is the location of the North Carolina Fourth of July Festival, which attracts 50,000 to 60,000 visitors annually for parades, fireworks and festivities.

Brunswick County

  • Brunswick County 2012 Census population: 112,257
  • Brunswick County was ranked the 89th fastest growing county in the country in 2011
  • Brunswick County is home to several beaches including Caswell Beach, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.
  • Brunswick County features three Islands: Bald Head Island, Bird Island and Oak Island.