Inside Beaufort County’s $8 million listing

Published 9:49 am Monday, August 7, 2023

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By Clark Curtis for the Washington Daily News

Unique would be an understatement when describing Flowers Landing near Belhaven, and with a price tag of $8.2 million it should be. Located on historic Woodstock Pointe, circa 1738, this 59 acre estate is described by listing agent Chris Respess, owner of United Country Real Estate/Respess Real Estate, as more than a home, but an experience. And by his recollection this would be one of the largest commercial home sales ever in Beaufort County. “Unique is definitely the perfect way to describe this property,” said Respess. “It has so many things that it can offer to the right buyer. It currently is being used as a wedding venue, but could also serve as someone’s own personal compound. The home and property was designed in a way that allows ones imagination to run freely over all of the possibilities.”

Designed exclusively for comfort and lavish living, the main home offers over 7,000 square feet of luxury living space with 32 total rooms, which includes three bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths. There are a total of four spacious guest homes, three of which are over 2,100 sq ft., and have four bedrooms and three baths each. On the lower level one of the guest homes is the 2,100 sq ft Dock House Bar & Grill, complete with a commercial prep kitchen. What was once the indoor swimming pool now serves as a banquet hall and boardroom. The pier has two covered boat lifts, as well as a covered boathouse. And the boat previously used for excursions, now stands dry-docked and has been converted into four bedroom, two bath rental, with incredible water views. “In all the property has 3,000 feet of waterfront that has been bulkheaded and protected by Riprap to prevent erosion from the water, and includes ten acres that have been cleared and remain undeveloped,” said Respess. “There is an additional 15 acres of woodland which are perfect for wildlife viewing and walking trails. The property also boasts a massive fire pit, tennis court, and lighted sidewalks which lead to the guest homes. And, permits are already in place to build six additional guest homes.”

Woodstock, North Carolina was the first County Seat of what is now Beaufort and Hyde counties. According to historical records, the town was located on the plantation of William Webster and was comprised of a courthouse and municipal buildings. It also served as a port for the shipping of naval supplies and local produce. In 1789 the court house and jail burned to the ground. Eventually all of the public lots were sold. Due to rising sea levels, exposure to coastal erosion, and the impact of hurricanes, what remains of Woodstock is buried in the sediment beneath the Pungo Rifer. The existing home was built in the early 2,000’s on what is now know as Flowers Landing,” said Respess. “Phil Flowers purchased the estate in 2012  and would add his own personal touches over the years. The owner of a very successful wedding venue business in Greenville, Flowers elected to use the estate as another wedding venue, but never renting out the main home, where he lived part time throughout the years.”

As Respess pointed out Flowers Landing is truly an amazing property. “It offers unsurpassed, breathtaking views of the Pungo River and the Intercostal Waterway along with luxury living at is very best,  all in a very private, tranquil setting. It is the perfect canvas to paint ones dreams upon.”