Your dream home deserves a dream location. Southeastern North Carolina is a top destination for those seeking an easy, coastal lifestyle. From its sparkling waters and pristine natural areas to welcoming neighborhoods and metropolitan flair, you’ll love calling this place home.
Our historic downtown area is anchored by The Cape Fear River which is bustling with antique shops, boutiques and stores, great restaurants and vibrant nightlife. The Riverwalk, which recently won “America’s Best Riverfront,” features a 1.75-mile boardwalk for exercise and dog-walking, taking in the scenery and enjoying views of the Battleship North Carolina.
Stretching over 230 blocks, Wilmington’s downtown historic district is lined with cobblestone streets and much of the area is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll fall in love with the neoclassical architecture of the city’s stunning homes, many of which are now B&Bs. Preservation efforts remain an important part of the community’s mission.
Ranked one of the fastest growing areas in the United States, Leland is conveniently located in the middle of it all – minutes from Wilmington and minutes from Southport, Brunswick County’s beautiful beaches and Myrtle Beach.
Leland has become Wilmington’s suburban destination and its home to a growing list of master planned communities. You will find everything you need for modern day life in Leland: grocery stores, medical centers, hotels, shopping and eateries and restaurants conveniently await. The area’s future Leland Town Center will offer 200,000 square feet of retail space for additional hotels, shopping and dining.
Wilmington is bordered by the beautiful Cape Fear River and North Carolina’s scenic Intracoastal Waterway, which makes the area an outdoor paradise. Explore nearby Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach and the more than 25 marinas dotted across the area.
Nearly 50 public golf courses are only a chip shot away! Explore the 84,000-square-foot N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher or visit the Battleship North Carolina. Also close at hand is the popular Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area – famous for its more than 120 golf courses, theme parks, miles and miles of “grand strand” and extensive dining and dancing venues.
Brunswick County and southeastern North Carolina have long been a preferred retirement destination for Baby Boomers’ looking to relocated from the northeast for better weather, lower taxes and an improved quality of life. In fact, Brunswick County has experienced one of the highest growth rates in the state in recent years and remains one of the fastest growing counties in the USA!
Our area is home to FIVE beautiful beaches: Caswell Beach, Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach. With opportunities for beach walks, fishing and boating, it is no mystery that Brunswick County celebrates a water lover’s lifestyle!
One of Brunswick County’s most popular historic towns is Southport. This quaint fishing village is full of historic homes, huge live oaks, antique shops, art galleries, activities, parks and restaurants. The town is home to the annual North Carolina’s 4th of July Festival and the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament.
University of North Carolina-Wilmington offers 70+ bachelor’s degree programs and 30+ graduate programs and is consistently recognized for affordability and academic quality. UNCW is ranked 95th in the nation according to the latest list of “Best Colleges 2021” from U.S. News & World Report.
Cape Fear Community College was ranked the best community college in North Carolina by Niche reporting, and Brunswick Community College was ranked the best community college in the country by SmartAsset. Needless to say, these award-winning institutions offer plenty of opportunities for continuing education, live performances and visual art exhibitions throughout the year.
Pre-school, middle and high schools options in this area are highly esteemed. The public schools, in addition, to the five private schools serving the area, have programs that offer a variety of learning environments.
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New Hanover Regional Medical Center offers southeastern North Carolina patient-focused, award-winning healthcare services to a seven-county area. NHRMC's Emergency Department is the region's only Level II Trauma Center and is open 24/7 to respond to emergency injuries and illnesses.
NHRMC’s network includes hospitals, outpatient centers, emergency services and 740+ physicians all working together to help you get the care you need, wherever you are in southeastern North Carolina.
Centrally located in Brunswick County, Brunswick Novant Medical Center (BNMC) features 74 all-private patient rooms as well as five operating rooms. Offering a full range of healthcare services, BNMC offers a comprehensive range of services includes a 24-hour emergency department, maternity center, surgical services, specialty and progressive care units, and imaging and laboratory services, as well as physical therapy, speech therapy, cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation.
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Enjoy a new gallery show at the Cameron Art Museum, take in a play at historic Thalian Hall or see an exciting show at the Wilson Center. A world of entertainment is your oyster in Wilmington!
Cameron Art Museum provides a cultural gathering place that enriches visitors with high quality exhibitions, lifelong learning in the arts, dynamic public programs, and stewardship and interpretation of the permanent collection.
One of the oldest theatres in the US and an iconic Wilmington landmark, Thalian Hall has been in continues use since opening in 1858. This historic landmark stays very busy offering shows, events and films throughout the year attracting audiences of all sizes.
The Wilson Center, located at Cape Fear Community College, is a state-of-the-art auditorium hosting popular musical acts and Broadway plays, plus classical concerts throughout the year.
Wilmington has earned the nickname “Hollywood of the East” and “Wilmywood” as the area has been the location for many films and television shows. Screen Gems Studios is a 50-acre, full-service studio lot offering 10 stages with 150,000 sq. ft. of column-free shooting space. Production support includes multiple mills, storage, wardrobe space, special effects water facilities, production-ready office suites and on-site lighting, electric and grip.