By: Christine Hennessey

Then, in May 2018, Hope and her daughter attended the Parade of Homes to kill time while Phil was in a meeting. In the Autumn Hall neighborhood, just down the road from Wrightsville Beach, they wandered into a house built by Vahue Building and had one thought—WOW. As soon as Phil’s meeting was over, he drove straight to Autumn Hall to see the house for himself and had the same reaction.

“It wasn’t so much as the neighborhood as it was the house,” Hope says. “Everything about it was fabulous.” After walking around the house several times, they spoke to Marty Vahue and his son, Michael, asking questions about the house, the neighborhood, and whether there were any available lots. “We didn’t have any intentions of buying a lot or building a house on that particular day, but it seemed to be heading in that direction. Marty walked Phil and I down the street to see the remaining lots that he either knew were available through Autumn Hall or for sale by owner. He also took us into another one of his homes that was part of the Parade of Homes, that at one time was going to be his own personal house.”