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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.

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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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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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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Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales

Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales

Bald Head Island, North Carolina

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The Bluffs on the Cape Fear

The Bluffs on the Cape Fear

Leland, North Carolina

This waterfront community is renowned for its stunning Bluffs overlooking the Cape Fear River and offer entertainment options for every member of the family. Welcome to The Bluffs on the Cape Fear, where privacy and tranquility are joined in a setting of transcendent natural beauty. Here you'll discover the best of both worlds - a private preserve in the midst of nature, but an easy drive from everything Wilmington and the Coastal Carolinas have to offer.
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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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River Bluffs

River Bluffs

Castle Hayne, North Carolina

Located just 10 minutes north of Downtown Wilmington, NC (by boat or car) sits River Bluffs, overlooking the North East Cape Fear River. Residents enjoy a serene community where they live and play. Together, residents and the neighborhood's developers have established over 30 clubs. The clubs include boating, kayaking, dancing & more!
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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

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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

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The Village at Mott’s Landing

The Village at Mott’s Landing

Wilmington, North Carolina

Conveniently located within Wilmington, NC, The Village at Mott’s Landing features new homes, a pool and clubhouse, tennis court, and - above all - a peaceful setting. This new home community has been thoughtfully created for retired and semi-retired active adults (those who have paid their dues, raised children, worked hard throughout their lives), looking to enjoy retirement living at its finest.
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The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach - North Carolina Retirement Community

The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach - North Carolina Retirement Community

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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Summerhouse on Everett Bay - North Carolina Coastal Community

Summerhouse on Everett Bay - North Carolina Coastal Community

Holly Ridge, North Carolina

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Sunset Ridge

Sunset Ridge

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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Landfall - North Carolina Premier Gated Communities

Landfall - North Carolina Premier Gated Communities

Wilmington, North Carolina

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St. James Plantation - NC Gated Community

St. James Plantation - NC Gated Community

Southport, North Carolina

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