Why The Wilmington Area is a Great Place to Live

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Wilmington NC

Wilmington is located in the coastal southeastern part of North Carolina and has a population of 112,067. Wilmington is one of the south’s biggest vacation destinations- with something to do for everyone in the family:

  • Visit Airlie Gardens
  • Stroll along the pedestrian friendly Riverwalk lined with shops and cafes
  • Hop aboard a water taxi to the famous World War II Battleship, the North Carolina
  • Take a scenic cruise or sightseeing tour
  • Explore the city’s National Register Historic District, which spans 230 plus-blocks filled with churches, classic architecture, moss draped live oaks, brick lined streets and antebellum homes.
  • It’s all here in Wilmington. A beautiful vacation destination but an even better place to call home.

Great Places to Live Around Wilmington

Although Wilmington is the center of the metropolitin area, there are many great places to buy a home or visit - all within a short drive from Wilmington.  Each area has its own unique fee and atmosphere as well as uniqe real estate amenities.  

Below we will cover a few of the most popular areas around Wilmington. 

Pleasure Island

Pleasure Island is one of the close knit communities of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. This area offers affordable home prices and activities for the whole family. Located at the southern tip of Wilmington NC, Fort Fisher is nearby where you can catch the ferry for a day in Southport to take in some rich history or just relax on the beach with the family.

The undeveloped north end of Carolina Beach offers a rustic beach option for those who like to drive up to the shore and take their furry friends along too. You can build campfires, have parties and even pop up your tent and spend the night.  

The median home price in this neighborhood runs around $275,000.  Neighborhoods in Carolina Beach are growing rapidly, making it the perfect area to raise a family with plenty of great schools and kids to play with on your block.

Wrightsville Beach

Retirees are drawn to the small-town beach community of Wrightsville Beach and the surrounding conveniences of the city of Wilmington, just five miles away. The well-preserved atmosphere of Southern charm, family values, and exclusivity enhance the rich natural splendor of the island.

Indeed, the natural beauty and serenity of Wrightsville Beach make it a crown jewel on the Carolina coastline. The homes in Writesville beach are in very high demand, parly becasue of the temperate climate, laid-back pace, and gorgeous sunrises are also a big selling point for those seeking an idyllic location in which to enjoy their golden years. During summer months, temperatures usually fluctuate between the 80s and 90s, with July being the hottest month.

During the short winter, temperatures average in the 40s but sometimes dip into the 30s. The rest of the year means pleasant, mild temperatures in the 60 to 70-degree range.  For retirees who still have four-legged children at home, pets on leashes are permitted on Wrightsville Beach during the off season (October 1-March 31).

In short, Wrightsville Beach is a treasured oceanfront community with tons of great neighborhoods where one can enjoy retirement (and beach living) at its finest: inviting waters, soothing sands, picturesque surroundings, a strong community, and all of the amenities that Wilmington and New Hanover County have to offer.

North Topsail

Located at the Northern end of the island and located in Onslow County, North Topsail is known as “the quiet end” of the island. Many amenities are sprinkled throughout the town, such as the neighborhood park, which boasts a picnic shelter, volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts, a nature trail, rest room facilities and a gazebo with a breathtaking view of the sound. The tip of the island is a popular fishing area and beautiful golf courses are minutes away.

Topsail Beach is the smallest of the three communities located on the island. High-rise development is not allowed, beautification is encouraged, and conservation of the island environment is a top priority. Topsail Beach truly has a family oriented, small town feel – from its old-fashioned roller skating rink above the post office to its many ice cream shops. This ocean community is also home to waterfront dining, gift shops, a fishing pier, bookstore, and several businesses.

Take a look at the most recent real estate statisics below.

Wrightsville Beach Real Estate Market Statistics

Pleasure Island Real Estate Market Statistics

Wilmington Real Estate Statistics

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