The Vision of Cottage Point
Cottage Point began in 2004 with the idea to create a community that blended with the traditions of Southport's historic downtown. We imagined a place where families could watch sunsets together, glimpse wildlife from their back porches, and take in the stunning views offered by the marsh, creek and Intracoastal Waterway. And, all in walking and biking distance to downtown Southport and the waterfront.
Our priorities were to preserve as many natural features native to the location as possible while mirroring the historic culture of Southport. That vision has not changed.
To help us achieve our vision, we employed local consultants familiar with the area to help us understand the needs of the town, as well as the ecological needs of the environment. Soil, water, and vegetation all had to be taken into account. This process involved survey, forestry, civil engineering, geology and real estate. We identified environmentally sensitive areas, and contracted the U.S. Army Core of Engineers to determine the Base Flood Elevation.
Early on we decided the best lot was simply too good to be sold, and on it we built a screened-in gazebo for the use of the entire community. This space is maintained by the homeowners' association.
Preserving valuable local features like wetlands, dogwood, myrtle, sweet bay and oak was an integral part of our vision, so streets were revised to fit these features instead of removing them. In order to meet city standards for roadways some small areas of wetlands had to be filled in, and with the help of a botanist, undesirable vegetation was removed and replaced by better, more ecologically-valuable plants and grasses.
Preservation of Southport’s character is encouraged in the building guidelines for our homes. Key features of the guidelines include wide front porches, steep roof lines and quaint fences. In keeping with the old-fashioned atmosphere, oaks were planted on both sides of the streets and all utilities were buried. Low brick columns and plantings designate the Owens street entrance of Cottage Point, with another entrance in development connecting Cottage Point with St. George Street via Arabella.
We hope that Cottage Point will grow over time and that the residents of Cottage Point will become an integral part of Southport living experience.
Please contact us at http://www.cottagepointnc.com/contact-us.html for more information.