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ONLY ON 3: 2012 best year for homes sales at St. James

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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) -- A Brunswick County golf community is experiencing a boom in home sales. In fact, the leaders at St. James Plantation say 2012 was their best year yet.

"We welcome a new family every 27 hours to St. James, and that's unbelievable," General Manager Bob Duffy said.

Through the many struggles in the housing market, St.James Plantation has survived and even thrived.

"Last year we welcome over 275 families and closed over $40 million worth of property," Duffy said. "In addition, we constantly have well over 150 homes under construction in the community at any given time."

The 6,000-acre golf community is constantly building new homes to try and keep up with the demand. And it is no average neighborhood.

"We're our own town," Marketing Director Katie Campbell said. "We have a mayor. We have an EMS and fire department. What they give back to the community, I think, sets us apart."

Campbell says she believes the main attraction is it offers something for everyone

"We have 81 holes of golf, a full-service marina, private beach club on Oak Island, tennis and 4,500 owners, so they keep us all very busy," she said.

Campbell says the residents love the sense of community and are there to help one another.

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