Bald Head Island Conservancy

Sponsor Spotlight: Atlantic Realty Professionals

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Atlantic Realty Professionals, owned by David Berne, has been in business on Bald Head Island for over 20 years. David’s parents, Bill and Billie Jean Berne, and godfather, Thad Wester, and wife, Lee, built the first two homes on BHI in 1973. Dr. Berne and Dr. Wester helped start the BHI Conservancy 10 years later.   

David remembers his father and godfather’s enthusiastic commitment to educating their children and others about the importance of conservation and preservation, which is why his company has supported the Conservancy for over 20 years through Gold and Platinum sponsorships, donations, and picnic sponsorship.   

“My commitment to the Conservancy is born out of that education and the many memories I have growing up on the island in the 1970s,” shared David.  “From surf fishing and exploring the beaches to navigating the creeks and the maritime forest – I want my kids and grandkids, as well as other children, to be able to learn about and enjoy BHI’s nature, just like I did.”   

Atlantic Realty Professionals is located at 2C Merchant’s Row on Bald Head Island. If you are interested in buying or selling a home or homesite on the island, you can contact one of their agents at the numbers or emails below.


Gordon Davis started his relationship with Bald Head surfing off of the island’s beaches in the 1960s. He has been in the real estate business on the island since 2000. (910-470-0620,


Jennifer Van Ness is an Island resident and has sold real estate for more than 20 years. She has owned property on the Island since 2006. She was a Naturalist for two summers in college and has a special affinity for the mission of the Conservancy. (804-356-6480,

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Jim Brown first visited Bald Head Island in 1975 and experienced the beauty and saw the potential of developing the Island. He began his real estate career in February 1991 with the Developer and recently joined our team. Let Jim share his 30 + years of real estate experience on Bald Head Island with you. (910-540-8263,

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David Berne has completed more real estate transactions on the island in the past 25 years than any other agent on the island. He has been coming to BHI since 1973 and has been practicing real estate since 1995. (910-470-0198,

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Patricia Wingfield has been connected with Bald Head Island since 1987. Not only has Patricia sold real estate on the island for 35+ years, she lived here for 17, making her the 27th permanent BHI resident. Patricia loves meeting and teaching new buyers everything about Bald Head Island and working in the beautiful place she still considers home. (910-470-5387,

To learn more about Atlantic Realty Professionals, click here.

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