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The Carolina Sandhills

A beautiful area, with it’s own unique ecosystem and style.  Sandy soil, moderate climate, and home to the famous longleaf pine tree... halfway between the mountains and the beaches. Our quality of life attracts people from all over the country. 

By way of background, this area was originally settled in the 18th century by the Highland Scots. Pinehurst and Southern Pines, adjacent towns, both began as resort communities at the end of the 19th century. 


The village of Pinehurst was developed by the Tufts family of Massachusetts and was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted, whose many achievements include Central Park and Biltmore House in Asheville, the largest private home in America.

The Holly Inn, Pinehurst
The Holly Inn


Givens Memorial Library, Pinehurst, NC
Givens Memorial Library

Historic Old Town Pinehurst, with its clapboard or shingled homes and picket fences, is New England in style, with the feel of Nantucket in architecture and charm, and, like Nantucket, much of the town is in the National Register of Historic Places. The village features excellent restaurants, upscale boutiques and, of course, the famous Pinehurst Country Club.


The Theatre Building, Pinehurst, NC
The Theatre Building

The Village of Pinehurst


The lovely old Carolina Hotel, “The Queen of the South,” is a National Historic Landmark, one of the oldest wooden structures in existence in the United States.  It is the showpiece of Old Town Pinehurst, and can be compared to its sister, The Homestead, in Virginia. Guests over the century include Andrew Carnegie, Theodore Roosevelt, the duPonts, Rockefellers and Morgans.  Today, the hotel embraces golf, tennis, croquet and water sports at the 200-acre lake and marina. 

The Carolina Hotel


The $12 million Spa, designed after the famous Spa at The Homestead, recently opened adjacent to the Carolina.  It offers 28 treatment rooms, a three-lane lap pool, steam rooms, and a fitness center.  Treatments available are endless.

Pinehurst is fabled worldwide for it’s golf -- Course #2 is one of the top ten in the world, and has seen more championships than any other site in the country -- just recently, two U. S. Opens, the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and the U. S.  Senior Open.   There are two private country clubs in the area, many other semiprivate and resort courses, in total, over 42 courses in Moore County, more than 700 holes.  Golf is only one of many things available in this area -- tennis, croquet, kayaking, cycling, hiking, canoeing, and horse sports are enjoyed by many.

Southern Pines

Southern Pines, four miles away, is absolutely charming, with its tree lined streets, colorful shop awnings, and an azalea studded boulevard.  It originally started as a health resort before Pinehurst developed, on the railroad line between New York and Palm Beach.  There is a great cross section of people with interesting backgrounds, and it is an outstanding place to bring up a family.

Downtown Southern Pines, NC


Gus Brown on Cassie's homebred colt
Cassie's homebred colt racing in Virginia

The year-round mild climate and sandy soil has attracted horse people for 90 years.  The Southern Pines horse community is renowned, with the Moore County Hounds, the Stoneybrook Steeplechase in April, horse shows weekly, and several annual national level eventing, dressage and driving events. The 4,000 acre Walthour Moss Foundation is open for riding and driving to all. 

horse and carriage

The Moore County Driving Club, with over 200 members, is the oldest in America and high level competitions are staged several times each year.  According to the American Driving Society, Moore County's 283 zip code indicates the largest concentration of carriage drivers in the world.   

The Carolina Horse Park has also hosted the American Eventing Championships.  The Harness Track in Pinehurst, built in 1915, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Prominent saddlebred harness horses winter here from October through April in its 20 barns and exercise on its 2 tracks.  Off season, the infield hosts horse shows, antiques auto shows, dog shows, festivals...

Cross Country event during the American Eventing Championships at Carolina Horse Park

This area’s cultural life is diverse.  The North Carolina Symphony performs here more often than in any other location outside of Raleigh.  We have 19 art galleries. 


The Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, NC
Weymouth Center

Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, once the home of the writer William Boyd, was purchased by the community, saved from the wrecking ball.  This lovely old home  hosts many community events -- lectures, music programs from chamber to classical to jazz -- the Ragan Writers-in-Residence program, the charming gardens open to the public.  Weymouth Center is beloved and protected by the town. 


The volunteer “Dirt Gardeners” care for the glorious English gardens -- a water garden, a witches garden, a poet’s garden, writer’s retreat, herb garden, long beds, butterfly nursery, etc.  When the famed Japanese weeping cherry trees bloom in the spring they will take your breath away.

Japanese weeping cherry trees
Weymouth's Weeping Cherry Trees


Campbell House in Southern Pines, NC

Campbell House, just across from Weymouth Center, another wonderful old home built in 1903, houses the Arts Council of Moore County, which hosts art exhibits and lectures throughout the year.

Sunrise Theatre in downtown Southern Pines, NC

The vintage Sunrise Theater, like Weymouth Center, was also saved from the wrecking ball through an enormous grassroots effort by the townspeople, and regularly hosts wonderful films, concerts and live performances, including the yearly Blues Crawl and Raising the Roof. 

Outdoors and Nature

The 898 acre Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve, a state park right in Southern Pines, offers regular interpretive programs ranging from astronomy to chimney swift counts, from owl prowls to wildflower walks.  Migratory birds are banded here each spring and fall for research, and volunteers are encouraged to come along. 

bird banding
Bird Banding


Coastal Carolina Birding
Coastal Carolina Birding

Weymouth Woods is the base for the Sandhills Natural History Society, which meets monthly, and offers field trips such s hawk watches at Raven Rocks State Park, a winter trip to Pungo National Wildlife Preserve to visit the snow geese and tundra swans, and weekend Carolina Coastal bird field trips. Weymouth Woods has miles of hiking trails, and two other nearby sections of the park just a few minutes drive away expands the trail system. 


There is much designated green space for walking.  The Reservoir Park in Southern Pines is a local favorite, with it’s 2 mile walk around the perimeter, and a web of other trails branching off.  Many come to kayak or canoe here.   As well, Southern Pines is a base for the Nature Conservancy and the Sandhills Area Land Trust.

Resevoir Park in Southern Pines, NC
Reservoir Park

The range of housing prices and styles here is enormous. There are five elite gated communities, charming vintage village cottages and everything in between.  One thing is for sure -- the cost of living is far less than other locations -- and the quality of life is far higher.  Visit my “Properties for Sale” section.

Medical Care

First Health Regional Medical Center in Pinehurst is a huge 385 - bed acute care hospital that is growing in size and technology yearly.  An active medical staff of 192 physicians is backed up with a professional staff of 2,700.  It is one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation, rated in the top ten stroke hospitals in the country, and in the top two in North Carolina (which includes Duke) in thoracic and orthopedic surgery. 

First Health Regional Medical Center

Fitness Center in Pinehurst
Wellness Center

First Health also owns a $55 million fitness and rehabilitation center adjacent to the hospital.  This facility offers memberships to the community, and offers many rooms of training and weight equipment, an Olympic size indoor pool, a basketball court, track, racquetball courts, etc., and classes in everything from yoga to kickboxing.

The Carolina Eye Associates Clinic here in Southern Pines is also renowned, with patients from all over America and 10 foreign countries. The clinic has some of the top lasix surgeons in America, and has 9 ophthalmologists on staff.

Schools and Churches

There are 22 schools, public and private, in Moore County and one community college. Details can be found on the Moore County website.  There are churches in 29 different denomination, and details about services and locations are published in the local newspaper weekly.  The Sandhills Community College has courses, lectures and concerts open to the community, it’s extensive horticultural gardens open to the public. 


There are at least a dozen chef-owned excellent restaurants in Pinehurst/Southern Pines, well supported by the community. We have an organic gourmet market in the style of Whole Foods, a large health food store, several farmer’s markets each week, Harris Teeter, wonderful bakeries, many coffee houses. The Wine Cellar is open as a casual wine bar. Many local pubs and restaurants offer live music on weekends.

Downtown Southern Pines, NC
Downtown Southern Pines

We enjoy easy access to the conveniences of national chain stores such as Staples, TJ Maxx, Best Buy, Petsmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Talbot’s, Panera Bread, Pier 1, Belk, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store, Ross, SteinMart, Waldenbooks.... These commercial areas are clustered just south of Pinehurst and Southern Pines. It is nice to be able to have easy access to shopping, without having the big-box stores in our midst.


Southern Pines Train Station
Southern Pines Train Station


Raleigh International Airport is about an hour and 15 minutes away, and Moore Regional Airport regularly hosts hundreds of private planes flying in for golf, etc.

The People

It is said that if you come to visit and stay two weeks, you’ll never leave. 

There is a very strong community spirit here -- probably because many people move here by choice, rather than being transferred.  Some, like me, like it so much we decided to move here and hang our various professional shingles.  Many are young retirees, who have enjoyed much success and not only want to enjoy life, but to start to give back.  There are many programs for people who want to volunteer at this point in their lives.  Our Habitat for Humanity is one of the strongest in the entire country.  The Literacy Council, Manna, the Coalition for Human Care, Service Corps of Retired Executives, Animal Advocates and many other groups are staffed with local volunteers and funded by the community.

Southern Pines Civic Center
Southern Pines Civic Center

This area has recently attracted Floridians, and folks from other Southern coastal communities, who come to flee the traffic, home insurance increases and hurricanes.

The people who come to live here are quality people of all ages with great values and who are great fun. Kind, polite people -- who go out of their way to welcome newcomers, which most of them once were not too long ago. 

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