Moving to Wilmington

Three colorful beaches and one historic river setting- Wilmington NC is the place to be!

The historic river district of Wilmington, NC is a wonderful mix of progressive culture in a setting rich with memories of the past and coastal charm. The area boasts some of the most interesting sites in the state that can be fun for tourists as well as local residents.

Home of UNCW and New Hanover County Schools, Wilmington provides a great place for students and families alike. New Hanover County Schools includes terrific schools from Pre-K through High School. It encompasses a tight knit parent/teacher community creating a great environment for children. Holding the values “a commitment to the journey of learning, a love of place, and an unshakable conviction in the power of ideas and innovation.”, UNCW offers undergraduate and graduate studies on a beautiful campus close to the water’s edge. It is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 20 regional universities in the South and also holds a top ten ranking as one of the best public institutions in the South on the “Best Colleges” rankings.

The suburban neighborhood of Forest Hills lies just East of historic downtown Wilmington. The area is filled with stately homes built between the 1920’s and late 1970’s, setback on large pieces of property doused with grand oaks, pines and lush magnolias draping over it’s quiet streets. Residents of Forest Hills have easy access to Downtown and Wilmington’s medical corridor making it a popular location for medical and business professionals. 

The quiet neighborhood of Masonboro is loaded with gated, waterfront, lifestyle communities and regal estates. Just south of Wrightsville beach, the neighborhood is bordered by the Intracostal Waterway and Masonboro Island. Further inland the homes are more moderately priced and filled with large aged oak trees. The parents of Masonboro take great pride in the Masonboro public schools making it a fantastic neighborhood for families with children.

The community of Landfall lies on 2200 acres with around 2000 home sites and is home to the largest gated golf and country club in Wilmington. Landfall has an abundance of recreational activities to offer with two golf courses, two clubhouses, 14 tennis courts, sports center, Olympic pool, 30 lakes, and around 300 acres of conservation area. The neighborhood is just minutes from Wrightsville beach and caters to a variety of people including retirees, families, and outdoor enthusiasts.

Ogden, located between the Intracoastal Waterway and Pages Creek, is a community filled with a variety of real estate ranging from town homes, single family homes, horse farms, and waterfront estates. Ogden is home to Wilmington’s largest park, Ogden Park, which is on 125 acres with baseball, softball and soccer fields as well as tennis courts, jogging paths, playgrounds, and a dog park. Ogden has excellent homes and affordable single family homes making it a popular location among families.

Historic Downtown Wilmington is home to many attractions. Battleship NORTH CAROLINA allows you to walk the decks of the ship that fought in every major navel offensive in the pacific of WWII. The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design is an architectural treasure that offers guided and non-guided tours. Poplar Grove Plantation is one of the oldest peanut plantations in North Carolina. The plantation, which began in 1795, now offers live craft demonstrations, farm animals, and other exhibits. Every September, historic downtown Wilmington holds it’s Anniversary Celebration open to all ages. The festival features live music, art displays, food, and plenty of other activities! Also held every year is Wilmington’s Riverfest, which includes over 200 craft and food vendors, fireworks, entertainment, several races, exhibits and even a pirate invasion.

Carolina Beach is a beautiful location that offers a unique experience where retro beach feel meets a modern, fun, family-friendly vibe. The town offers plenty of live music, fishing, festivals, and events for all ages. The Carolina Fall King Challenge and the Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge are land-based fishing tournaments held every year! Pleasure Island Seafood and Jazz Festival, also held annually, is a two-day festival featuring live music and seafood. The Carolina Beach Boardwalk is ranked one of the top 10 boardwalks in the country by food and wine magazine. The boardwalk features shops, restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment.

Kure Beach home of the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic Coast and some of the best surfing on the East Coast, Kure Beach is also called North Carolina’s small wonder. It is a quaint and relaxing beach town, perfect for those who want to explore the natural joys of the coast. Kure Beach Ocean Front Park and Pavilion holds the beaches largest public green space and a pavilion that is popular for concerts and events. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is a reserve with a short trail that runs through the marsh and allows visitors to really experience the landscape.  North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is great for all ages! The aquarium offers much more than just indoor exhibits, you can even explore the aquarium’s garden walkways where there are waterfalls, bays and swamps!

Wrightsville Beach is known as North Carolina’s most accessible beach and never short of something to do! The beach offers both a large water sport culture and a very vibrant social scene. With plenty of watersport rentals and lessons available, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect place to try something new. The beach is home to many triathlons and road races that occur annually and draw visitors from all over the country. Lumina Station is a shopping village close to the beach. It is the winner of Coastal Living magazine’s fist-ever award for contextual design and offers a unique shopping experience with boutiques and restaurants. 

Wrightsville Beach Video by Ned Leary Photography from Wrightsville Beach Loop on Vimeo.