St James Plantation: Southern Living With Coastal Style

Written by Elizabeth Barrett Wiles

The Town of St. James—also known as St. James Plantation—is located along the southeastern coast of North Carolina, just a few miles from Southport and about 30 miles from Wilmington. Nestled in one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States, this community features unique, southeastern-style homes. Here’s a peek at one of the finest on the market.

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With its southern-style exterior and coastal vibe accents, this St. James Plantation residence is one that stands out among its counterparts. Positioned at the end of the cozy cul-de-sac, the home is an eye-catcher yet offers the privacy and space expected in this exclusive, gated community.

Located in Southport, NC, St. James Plantation is a town in itself featuring two golf courses, multiple tennis courts, swimming pools, parks, a marina, and an abundance of dining options.

The 4000-plus square foot home, designed by current owners Wayne and Susan Deutscher, features three bedrooms, three and a half baths and plenty of space surrounding the property for rest and relaxation.


The house was built by the couple in 2006 with concentration on the screened-in porch, outdoor patio, and kitchen, which the Deutscher’s consider their “pride and joy.”

Designed in collaboration with a now-retired designer and architect, the kitchen offers custom cabinets, granite countertops, a farmhouse sink, double wall plus warming ovens, microwave, Viking 6-burner gas cooktop, pot filler and built-in refrigerator and wine cooler.

Upon entering the home, its expansive windows and cathedral and trey ceilings give the feeling of both elegance and comfort. The welcoming entryway and common area provide ample natural light, accenting the wainscoting and plantation shutters and providing the home that classic Southern—yet modern—charm.

Filled with the artwork the couple has collected over the years, they consider themselves neither art collectors nor designers, despite the adornment of various paintings and photography throughout, accented by the beautifully designed crown-molding, hardwood floors, and handcrafted cabinetry.

They no longer utilize the dry stack or wet slip at the community’s beautiful marina after selling Wayne’s 28-foot Searay Sundance two years ago. That fuel is saved for Mr. Deutscher’s 1950 MG TD replica custom car, which is housed, polished and admired in the three-car garage. He affectionately refers to the beautiful oldie as his “baby.”  Perhaps he subconsciously considers it his child, as it took him nine months to build back in 1992. He now uses it to cruise the Cape Fear when he needs to enjoy the weather and just “get away.”

With ample room for multiple vehicles, storage and working space, the garage also features a custom toolshed, which is the home of the wide array of gear used to care for the “baby.”  

The backyard area, carefully designed back patio and intimate screened porch of the home leave plenty of room to enjoy the coastal atmosphere. The property is unique, however, as while there is an awareness of the close proximity of the nearby oceanside, the abundance of forestry and landscaping provide a feeling of a rustic, distant homestead.

Jerry and Patricia Wisdo, the husband-and-wife broker duo representing the home, are affectionately known throughout St. James Plantation and beyond as “Team Wisdo.”  In 2006, the couple moved from Winston-Salem to Southport with plans to enjoy the luxuries of their upcoming retirement. With one change comes another, as they were both still young in age and at heart and decided to seek a new venture. After receiving their brokers licenses in 2006, they joined Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty. In August of 2009, they joined the Willetts Team, with over 44 years of real estate sales and financial and marketing experience.