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WilmingtonNC_historicHomeThis charming port city is located in the southeastern corner of North Carolina, between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Wilmington has become a popular destination because of its moderate, four-season climate, historic preservation district, annual events such as the Azalea Festival and Riverfest and numerous championship golf courses.

In 2008, The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Wilmington one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Wilmington experienced staggering growth in the 1990s, ranking at one time as the second fastest growing city in the country, which makes it one of the best retirement places.

Wilmington offers a historic downtown with a one-mile long Riverwalk as a main tourist attraction. It is also home to the World War II Battleship, the USS North Carolina—a war memorial that is open to public tours and on display across the Cape Fear River from downtown. The city is minutes away from many nearby beaches. Wrightsville Beach is a Mecca for sailors, surfers, sunbathers, beachcombers and seafood lovers. It is also a sportsman’s paradise for anglers, mariners and water sports enthusiasts.

WilmingtonNC_filmWilmington is home to a regional visual and performing arts center, a regional medical center and Screen Gems Studios, one of the largest motion picture and television studios outside of Hollywood. Several movies and the popular TV shows, Sleepy Hollow and Under the Dome, are filmed here. The city supports a very active calendar with its showcase theater, the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts about 250 events annually. The complex has been in continuous operation since it opened in 1858. Also in Wilmington’s historic district is the recently opened Brooklyn Arts Center, which is one of the hottest new boutique concert venues in the South. There are more than 20 regional theater companies in Wilmington, such as Red Barn Studio, founded by actress Linda Lavin, and City Stage, residing in the old Masonic Building theater and was renovated by actor, Dennis Hopper, in the mid 90's. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has a state-of-the-art Cultural Arts Building and houses a music recital hall, art gallery and two theaters for major events. Golf is a year-round sport, thanks to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream flowing close offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

Lifelong Learning Opportunities

WilmingtonNC_CarriageRideBecause of the Wilmington area’s popularity and recent growth, educational facilities have been growing in number and reputation. Cape Fear Community College has two campuses that offer classes for degree seekers, continuing education and personal enrichment to 27,000 students annually. For the past 10 years, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington has been ranked as one of the ten best public universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. The campus is among the most rapidly growing universities in the 16-campus UNC system.

Green Initiatives

The Cape Fear River Watch organizes environmental seminars for the public that cover a variety of topics and issues that are pertinent to ecological concerns on the Lower Cape Fear River Basin. At Wilmington’s downtown Greenfield Lake, environmental education classes are given for school-aged groups and other organizations, as are ongoing eco-tours and bird watching expeditions. The CFRW offers water quality education programs to civic groups, developers, homeowner associations, trade associations and other organizations and provides storm water management training for local government staff.

WilmingtonNC_SurferLocal builders and developers have been working together to promote environmentally friendly forms of development and construction in the region. These companies have implemented green building techniques that use less energy, water and materials not only during construction, but also during the lifetime of the facility.

Medical Facilities

Not only is Wilmington the financial center of southeastern North Carolina, but it is also the center for medical treatment and education. New Hanover Regional Medical Center and its associated facilities throughout the area provide a wide range of health care services.

Grande Dunes

Grande Dunes

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This is Grande Dunes, a unique and elegant community of luxurious natural beauty featuring an ideal club lifestyle including golf, tennis, fitness, a private marina, superb dining and private beach access, with breathtaking homes designed for just such a place, all located within the heart of Myrtle Beach.
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Kingfish Bay - Homes in Coastal NC

Kingfish Bay - Homes in Coastal NC

Calabash, North Carolina

he setting for Kingfish Bay is a sprawling 60+ acres of coastal Carolina. Great care was taken to weave the development design into this natural setting, while creating a functional, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing lifestyle community.
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Legacy Homes by Bill Clark

Legacy Homes by Bill Clark

Wilmington, North Carolina

Legacy Homes by Bill Clark is the crown jewel in a long line of North Carolina home building history. As one of the Nation's "Top 100 Builders" for over a decade, the Legacy Homes division is a trusted partner in the Wilmington, NC region that spans four counties, and is a featured builder in many of the South's premier planned communities, such as Brunswick Forest, Bluffs on the Cape Fear, Compass Pointe, River Bluffs, Riverlights, St. James, Summerhouse, with more to come
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Salters Haven

Salters Haven

Hampstead, North Carolina

Nestled along the sparkling Intracoastal, in the growing coastal town of Hampstead, NC, Salters Haven will be the place for those who seek an active lifestyle on the water. Enjoy a celebration of family, community, recreation on the water and elegant coastal homes here at Salters Haven.
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Palmetto Creek of the Carolinas - North Carolina Gated Communities

Palmetto Creek of the Carolinas - North Carolina Gated Communities

Bolivia, North Carolina

Imagine the serenity of a completely nature front community lined with palmetto palms and walking trails created for long walks and naturalist activities. Located just minutes from Southeast North Carolina's beautiful beaches, Palmetto Creek offers nature and wildlife beauty up close
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Compass Pointe - North Carolina Coastal Communities

Compass Pointe - North Carolina Coastal Communities

Leland, North Carolina

Compass Pointe is more than a community. It's a destination. Only 10 minutes from historic downtown Wilmington, NC, and 20 minutes from Wrightsville Beach, it is the very best of coastal North Carolina.
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The Bluffs on the Cape Fear

The Bluffs on the Cape Fear

Leland, North Carolina

The Bluffs on the Cape Fear is a vibrant, master-planned community perched on a pristine stretch of the Cape Fear River. Just 15 minutes from the classic waterfront hometown of historic Wilmington, NC, The Bluffs is a private, coastal haven for the families who call it home.
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Riverlights

Riverlights

Wilmington, North Carolina

Enter the home of your dreams and the lifestyle you crave in RiverLights ™, Wilmington's newest waterfront community. Designed to foster a coastal, wellness-centered environment, RiverLights offers the energy of a city amid miles of tranquil beauty. Set along the naturally magnificent Cape Fear River, it's a new kind of community that celebrates family, honors nature and breathes new life into Southern heritage.
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The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach

The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach is a special community just 1 mile away from the beautiful sand and waves of Ocean Isle Beach. Residents at The Retreat are positioned uniquely within walking distance to the local grocery store, incredible restaurants and quaint shops that make Ocean Isle Beach so desirable. The colorful homes and lush landscape pay homage to the bold and bright colors you'll find lining the oceanfront streets just across the causeway.
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Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Leland, North Carolina

Brunswick Forest, the Coastal South's fastest growing community, is located on North Carolina's Cape Fear coast, just minutes from historic Wilmington. This 4,500-acre retreat features a wide array of neighborhoods and lifestyles, 18 holes of golf at Cape Fear National, a Clubhouse, River Club, Fitness & Wellness Center, parks and more than 100 miles of walking, biking and nature trails linking residences and amenities.
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Horizon Homes of Wilmington LLC

Horizon Homes of Wilmington LLC

Wilmington, North Carolina

As a family-owned and operated business, Horizon Homes of Wilmington has one main mission in mind: to design homes that suit homeowners' individual needs and lifestyles with quality materials at an affordable price.
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Carolina Colours - North Carolina Gated Communities

Carolina Colours - North Carolina Gated Communities

New Bern, North Carolina

Carolina Colours brings to life the very best of small Carolina towns-past, present and future. A mere 30 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, the waters of the Trent and Neuse Rivers converge to surround the vibrant waterfront town of New Bern, NC. Community amenities include the 25+-acre Carolina Lake, a Harris Teeter grocery, parks, trails and sidewalks, an Activity Campus with golf, fitness, tennis, swimming, pickleball and-for those quiet moments-rocking chairs
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Preservation Point

Preservation Point

Wilmington,

Preservation Point is the newest and most unique waterfront community in beautiful Wilmington, NC. This exclusive community sits on the banks of the majestic Cape Fear River, just 1 mile from historic downtown Wilmington. Residents will enjoy large home sites with gorgeous hardwoods, a 7-acre private island with a marina and a West Indies styled clubhouse with pool and workout facility.
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Beau Coast

Beau Coast

Beaufort, North Carolina

For many, the dream of owning a home at the North Carolina coast has been just that-a dream. Until now. Located in historic Beaufort, NC, Beau Coast offers a relaxed atmosphere with a wide selection of homes to fit every pocketbook and lifestyle. Best of all, each home is located in an amenity-filled neighborhood that makes living in Beau Coast that much more desirable.
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Logan Homes - Home Builders in Premier North Carolina Communities

Logan Homes - Home Builders in Premier North Carolina Communities

Leland, North Carolina

Logan Homes offers 80+ beautiful home plans, tons of choices, quality craftsmanship, energy efficiency and the innovation that will enhance your lifestyle - all for a very smart price.
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