Life In A Seatown

Originally incorporated in 1792, Smithville was named after Benjamin Smith, a Continental Army colonel who later became governor of North Carolina. In 1887, Smithville was renamed Southport to promote efforts to become a major southern port for steamships and railroads. It has been a fishing village and military town since it was established and more recently known as a “movie town.”

The historic charm of Southport will captivate you as you walk under a canopy of live oak trees more than 200 years old. Take a stroll through the town and enjoy the historical heritage.

Just four miles from our main entrance, downtown Southport is alive and bustling with the small town feel that just makes you feel, well, at home. Antiques and collectible shops, great restaurants and fabulous boutiques fill the storefronts.

Even better? Stroll under the 200-year-old live oak trees and past historic Victorian homes that once housed river pilots and maybe a pirate (or two!) and now act as the backdrop for many a TV show or movie. Oh, if walls could talk!

Coastal life in Southport – Attractions & Essentials

People are drawn to our historic hometown by the sea. Quaint shops, grand old homes and streets lined with enormous live oaks blend with fresh, new options for shopping and dining and movie-set charm.
– Antebellum architecture & live oaks
– Great restaurants & coffee shops
– Unbelievable fresh seafood, daily
– Eclectic art galleries & shops
– So close to education opportunities & attractions

Plan A Visit

Discovery Visit Package

Visit St. James & Experience Our Unique Coastal Lifestyle!

3 Days & 2 Nights with an exclusive real estate tour of the community

$449 per couple


*Price includes:

  • A round of golf for two or dining gift card
  • Guest access to The Clubs at St. James, including the Seaside Wellness Center and pools.
  • Access to the Oceanfront Beach Club, Waterway Park and miles of walking trails
  • A private real estate presentation and tour of St. James Plantation

*Conditions of offer: The Discovery Visit Package is designed to acquaint you with the St. James Community real estate opportunities. To qualify for our discovery package, you must complete a real estate presentation and tour with one of our St. James Broker/REALTORS®.  All those participating in the package must be present. Please confirm your reservation with a major credit card.

**Restrictions may apply.

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