Welcome to The Coastal Companies

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 anchor 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.


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.

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