From affordable seaside homes to a relaxed, yet active beach lifestyle, people across the country are discovering the lure of living on the North Carolina Coast. For those of you still pondering a move, we are highlighting the top reasons to live in Wilmington NC and surrounding areas.
DOG & BEER LOVER PARADISE:
Home to Wilmington are many dog-friendly establishments and walking trails as well as unique beer and wine shops, including Cape Fear Wine, Wilmington Brewing Company, Flytrap Brewing and Waterline Brewing Co.
PRISTINE COASTAL BEACHES:
Unlike most beach towns, Wilmington boasts an assortment of beaches close to one another, each with their own local flare. Choose from Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Oak Island, Southport, Topsail Island and Masonboro Island. Whether you’re in the mood for boardwalks, fishing, swimming, sunbathing or nature walks, the Wilmington area has you covered.
SEASIDE LIVING THAT’S AFFORDABLE
Wilmington and Leland have been featured on the “Best Places to Live” lists for the last 10 years. Although Wilmington has seen a boom since 2015, both cities are still considered up-and-coming and thus are still very affordable compared to other coastal towns.
The year-round warm climate and access to the water makes for a very active, healthy lifestyle. You’ll find locals outside enjoying nature around the clock, whether they’re running the Wrightsville Beach Loop, surfing, boating or paddle boarding on any body of water or enjoying a stroll on the waterfront Riverwalk in Downtown Wilmington.
WARMER CLIMATE YEAR-ROUND
The Wilmington weather is fairly mild throughout the year, allowing locals to escape the extreme temperatures of winter.
ELEGANT DINING ON THE WATER: (On the rivers, Intercoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean)
Smell the salty air or watch the sunset while noshing on fresh, local seafood atop terrific outdoor patios around the city. Bluewater Grill, Dockside, Pilot House Restaurant, Fish House Grill and Smoke on the Water are just a few local favorites.
As a historical coastal town established in 1542, Wilmington has an array of captivating visitor attractions for kids and adults:
- Battleship North Carolina: Envision what it was like for the crew during World War II aboard the Battleship North Carolina docked in Downtown Wilmington.
- NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher: Discover aquatic wildlife at free daily dive shows and animal encounters. Explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures and kid friendly camps. From touching stingrays and climbing the adventure reef to talking with expert shark divers and looking alligators in the eyes, there is something for everyone at Fort Fisher!
- Tregembo Animal Park: Experience 100+ species of animals, including bears, tigers, lions, birds, reptiles and more.
- Airlie Gardens: Airlie Gardens, a premiere garden of the coastal South, features 67 acres of walking paths, formal gardens, seasonal blooms, mighty live oaks, historic structures, and contemporary sculpture.
- Poplar Grove Plantation: Tour the Manor and grounds at Poplar Grove, formerly a sweet potato and peanut plantation that’s one of the last remaining plantations open to the public in southeastern North Carolina.
DREAM HOMES AT AN AFFORABLE PRICE – FOR NOW!
As many are discovering the lure of Wilmington and surrounding growing communities, many are buying and/or building their dream homes now. Prices are predicted to skyrocket as people continue to discover this hidden gem of a coastal town.
As a longstanding home builder in Wilmington and surrounding areas, we have a variety of new and established neighborhoods throughout historic Wilmington and up-and-coming Leland. We have available homesites for you to choose the ideal location for your new home or you can choose from a plethora of quick move-in ready homes.
We build new homes in the following communities throughout Wilmington and Leland:
Lanvale Forest (NEW PHASE SELLING!)
Lanvale Forest is nestled in the heart of north Brunswick County only minutes from Downtown Wilmington. The community offers a pool and pool/bath house, sidewalks and street lights. Leland is a new, up and coming area that gives residents the convenience of proximity to Wilmington while choosing from a variety of beaches in either Brunswick or New Hanover County. Enjoy Leland and it’s exciting activities such as, the annual Town of Leland Founder’s Day Celebration on the second Saturday of September at Founders Park.
Model Home: 4505 Combs Forest Court Leland, NC 28451
Clay Crossing (FINAL OPPORTUNITIES!)
A quaint twenty-one lot community perfectly situated off Darden Road between Middle Sound Loop Road and Wendover Lane in Wilmington.
Clay Crossing features our European elevation floor plans, giving the neighborhood a unique look. Just minutes from the intracoastal waterway, the new Ogden Market Place, local restaurants, Pages Creek Park Preserve, and beaches!
Clay Crossing is in the Ogden Elementary school district!
Model Home Address: 404 Middle Grove Ln at Darden Rd, Wilmington, NC 28411
Cameron Trace is in a quiet, private part of Wilmington yet has easy access to I40 / College and N. Market offering privacy and convenience! There are several ponds in the community, the largest of which is over 3 acres. Cameron Trace will have approximately 120 single family homes. The exterior elevations will showcase the McKee Homes’ unique coastal characteristics and most homesites will allow for an optional 3rd car garage.
Model Home: 1621 Flushing Drive Wilmington, NC 28411
Hanover Reserve (NEW PHASE SELLING!)
Location and value are the biggest draws to Hanover Reserve. It offers the opportunity to be in Wilmington with easy access to everything in town, great beaches and parks.
Hanover Reserve is convenient to Ogden Park, one of Wilmington’s largest and most complete parks, with playgrounds, picnic areas, lighted playing fields and tennis courts, perfect for youth leagues.
Model Home: 1353 Eastbourne Drive Wilmington, NC 28411
Bellaport is a new single family home community just minutes away from Carolina Beach, NC. It is convenient to shopping, restaurants, and the beach! Historic Wilmington is also a quick trip to visit. Enjoy the quiet surroundings of the Cape Fear River and Snows Cut Park on River Road as you watch boats sail by.
Model Home: 131 Bellaport Lane, Wilmington NC 28412
Courtyards at Mallory Retreat
The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat is a new phase of the established Mallory Creek Plantation community in Brunswick County near Leland, NC. This community features a natural setting with wooded areas and ponds and is only 15 minutes from Wilmington with its historic downtown and access to some of the best beaches the area has to offer.
The Courtyards at Mallory Retreat will showcase our single-story Epcon floorplans designed with minimal stairs for easy access between indoor and outdoor areas, wider interior doorways and open areas perfect for entertaining.
Address: Salter Path at Mallory Creek Drive, Leland, NC 28479
If you choose Wilmington as your new home, we look forward to calling you “neighbor” and welcoming you to town!
Whether you choose to buy a resale home or build a new home, we’re here to answer any questions about real estate in Wilmington, the home buying process in general and our available new homes in Wilmington and Leland. We know moving to a new city, like Wilmington, can be overwhelming and we’re happy to help ease the transition however we can!
Please feel free to reach out to one of our friendly and knowledgeable New Home Experts through the form below or call us at: 910-672-7296.