The Coastal Companies ~ More than a real estate company



The Coastal Companies has been in business for more than a quarter of a century, centered between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach in the beautiful southeastern coastal stretch of North Carolina – the Brunswick County islands – and is the leader in perfecting the coastal lifestyle experience from start to finish.

Founded by Mark A. Saunders, The Coastal Companies is 100% committed to excellence and, as the parent company, has grown over the years to include coastal home design and construction, real estate brokerage, vacation rentals, golf course ownership, mortgage brokerage, timber management, and the design and development of award-winning residential communities, all of which contribute to our area’s recent unprecedented growth.  Since 1985, The Coastal Companies has helped create good jobs as one of the largest employers in the county; has been one of the largest tax revenue contributors; and has created quality places to live.   Our dedicated staff of professionals and nearly 250 employees, work and play here – it’s our home – and provide exacting services in the design, development, financing and building of truly extraordinary coastal homes and communities.

One of our greatest joys is to receive affirmation through letters received from customers about our tradition of exemplary service.   Another pleasure – and privilege – has been our support, organizationally and individually, of a wide variety of charitable, leadership and stewardship efforts. We demonstrate faithful stewardship for our magnificent properties by recognizing the sustaining value of pristine beaches, marsh savannas, maritime forests, and natural habitats that populate our native flora and fauna.

…grown over the years into coastal home design and construction, real estate brokerage, vacation rentals, golf course ownership, mortgage brokerage, timber management, and the design and development of award-winning residential communities…

Our company was chosen by Coastal Living Magazine as both the community site and builder for the 2009 Coastal Living Idea House, featured in its November 2009 issue, in our Seawatch at Sunset Harbor community.  Coastal Living enthusiasts from all over the country arrived by the thousands during the 13 weeks the nationally-acclaimed home was open for tours, bringing droves of new visitors to the Brunswick County area.

The unique thing about The Coastal Companies is our ability to offer a turn-key experience.  From choosing a vacation property to selecting the perfect homesite and building your dream home, to loan origination and financing, we pride ourselves in offering experience, integrity, and one-of-a-kind excellence.  We serve our customers through Mark Saunders Luxury Homes, Coastal Construction, Coastal Development & Realty, Coastal Vacation Resorts at Holden Beach and Oak Island, The Mortgage Company, five championship golf courses, and an impressive class of master-planned coastal communities.  Perfecting the coastal lifestyle is our passion and why the reputation of each of our divisions is one of experience, integrity and excellence.

Mark Saunders Luxury Homes / Coastal Construction

Capturing the ideas of our clients and turning them into reality is our passion.  Mark Saunders Luxury Homes has over a quarter of a century of experience designing and building some of the most beautiful homes on the southeastern coast of North Carolina. Whether it’s a permanent residence or a seasonal vacation home, a low country cottage or a country club estate, on the waterfront or on the golf course, our designs and construction standards are unparalleled, with many featured in national magazines.  From choosing a homesite to refining your dreams into a custom home plan that reflects your taste and your lifestyle, Mark Saunders Luxury Homes offers you design excellence, building standards of the highest quality, and craftsmanship down to the very last detail.  A proven team of seasoned professionals provides dedicated, skilled and conscientious expertise to every phase of home design, construction, and completion care.

The many customer testimonials we receive consistently speak of the dedication of our design and construction teams to complete client satisfaction during every step of the home building process.  We also specialize in luxury home renovation.  The Mark Saunders Luxury Homes Sales and Design Studio offers the unique turn-key service of planning and designing, with the finest selection of building materials and specialized products available, making decisions easy and pleasurable.  The end product is the finest architectural designs and the highest quality craftsmanship…and consistently satisfied customers.

Coastal Development & Realty

Since 1990, Coastal Development & Realty’s progressive full-service real estate offices on Holden Beach and Oak Island, representing expansive coastal Brunswick County, have been assisting clients with all of their Brunswick County real estate needs. Whether buying or selling a home, homesite or coastal property, Coastal Development and Realty’s solid commitment to your complete customer satisfaction is unparalleled.  We’re always eager to put our combined knowledge and experience to work for every client we serve, and our success is the result of our solid commitment to honesty, communication, and complete customer satisfaction.

Coastal Resort Vacations

For generations, families have been returning to Holden Beach and Oak Island to indulge in a slower pace of life, where unspoiled family beaches and warm, southern hospitality beckon. The South Brunswick Islands of North Carolina have clung to the traditions that turn vacations into lifetime memories.  With the finest catalogue of vacation destinations in Brunswick County, Coastal Vacation Resorts offers a week or more of solace in a private oceanfront home or a weekend of excitement at an exclusive golf resort.

Both island offices are conveniently located along the popular coastal corridor between historic Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and work hard daily to help families plan memory-making vacation getaways.

The Mortgage Company

Financing any property is a very important decision and The Mortgage Company is committed to helping  make that decision a good one. In fact, our motto is “Expect us to earn your business.” It’s the foundation for everything we do for our clients, and we’re dedicated to providing the best rates, terms, and service available anywhere, as well as  educating and informing our clients of all options available to meet customized personal financial objectives.  It’s a team effort.

Seawatch at Sunset Harbor

Emerging on the southern tip of the North Carolina Coast, Seawatch at Sunset Harbor is a charming coastal village with miles of natural beauty reflective of seafaring towns of yesteryear. Over 3,000 acres of protected maritime forest, towering bluffs overlooking cypress ponds and pristine marshland, provide perfect pockets for beautiful waterfront, water view and nature preserve homesites and exquisite streetscapes among nature trails, biking and walking paths, and shady cypress and hardwood trees. Dream homes in quaint neighborhoods are also complemented by the Kayak and Canoe club on beautiful Mercer Mill Creek, boating on the Intracoastal Waterway, and lazy afternoons on the quiet, sandy beaches of nearby Oak Island, which USA Today recently announced on its list of great beaches.  With planned direct deep-water access, Seawatch’s exceptional 23-acre amenity campus will also include swimming, tennis, and fitness; a golf technology center; and a private beach club.

Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Shallotte River and its tributaries, the lifestyle at Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation is not to be rushed, but savored. This premier master-planned community is surrounded by water and over 500 acres of lush landscape. Rivers Edge offers an exemplary and private club lifestyle with an array of first-class amenities, including the award-winning, 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course with sweeping marsh and river views, walking trails, the 27-acre freshwater Palmer Lake, the River Hall Residence Club with indoor/outdoor pools, a fitness center, tennis courts, and an oceanfront beach club at nearby Holden Beach. Custom designed homes and townhouses offer luxury living on the waterfront or with golf and nature views.

Seascape at Holden Plantation

Nestled at the tip of Holden Beach and the Lockwood Folly Inlet, SeaScape at Holden Plantation offers residents a cozy waterfront enclave of beautiful homes with a private community marina.  Additional amenities include extensive walking and biking trails; The Grand Manor House with indoor/outdoor pools, fitness center, and meeting rooms; a private beach club at Holden Beach; preserved village green; and breathtaking views.

Ocean Ridge Plantation

As southeastern North Carolina’s premier residential golf and beach community, Ocean Ridge remains one of the Top 100 Communities in America. Pass through its private gates and you’ll discover a world of traditional residential neighborhoods, each with distinct characteristics and charm and exquisitely designed homes, and influenced by lush landscapes, manicured fairways, protected woodlands, tranquil lakes, and miles of walking and biking trails. The elegant country club lifestyle at Ocean Ridge offers first-class amenities, including four award-winning Big Cats golf courses (Lion’s Paw, Panther’s Run, Tiger’s Eye, Leopard’s Chase) with another underway (Jaguar’s Lair); grand clubhouses; a private oceanfront beach club; community gardens; a nature park with fitness trails and open-air pavilion; a spa and fitness center; tennis and racquetball courts; pro shops; active residents and social clubs; and a convenient location. The well-established community was recently named again as “One of the Top 50 Communities in America” by Where to Retire Magazine.

The Big Cats

Ocean Ridge residents can immerse themselves daily in unforgettable, championship golf. The award-winning Big Cats, feature challenging holes for all levels, beautiful landscapes, exciting elevation changes, diverse fairways and sloping greens for an unparalleled experience – the way golf was meant to be played. Even our well-stocked pro shops have received acclaim. Golf Digest has described our first three premier courses, Lion’s Paw, Panther’s Run, and Tiger’s Eye, as exemplary. Our fourth course, Leopard’s Chase, opened in February of 2007, and reviews have been exceptionally high. Our next course, Jaguar’s Lair, will increase Ocean Ridge to 90 highly acclaimed golf holes when completed and provide another world-class golf course in Brunswick County back yards.