Wilmington Homes For Sale
Beautiful Port City of Wilmington, NC.
Wilmington is one of the state’s most delightful vacation destinations. Through diligent preservation efforts, buildings have been restored and maintained, creating one of the largest historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places, encompassing 230 blocks. Some of these elegant old structures are now B&B’s, where you can enjoy these gems from the past as their owners did two centuries ago. Across the river from the waterfront, the USS North Carolina, a decorated WWII battleship considered the high-tech marvel of its time, is permanently moored as a memorial and museum.
The historical downtown feels like a step back in time and is refreshing to Baby Boomer’s who value history at retirement. But head in any direction and new urban-ism touches every edge of the city, from new town centers to affordable resort-style coastal real estate developments and custom home builders Wilmington NC. Money Magazine named Wilmington NC as a Best City to Live in North Carolina. Highway connections between the north, south and west make access to Wilmington North Carolina relatively fast and easy.
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Attractions include the beaches of Wrightsville, Kure and Carolina, with 31 miles of beautiful sandy shoreline, all only minutes from downtown Wilmington. At Topsail Island, a quiet family beach just 30 miles north, visitors are welcome at the turtle hospital where endangered loggerheads are nursed back to good health. The affluent come to stay and play at Figure Eight and Bald Head Islands. The area is a fisherman’s dream with 20 marinas, 60 fishing boat charters, deep-sea, pier, surf and bottom fishing, and 12 annual fishing tournaments. For those whose tastes lean more towards the bright lights, Wilmington is also a movie town. Those familiar with Wilmington may recognize favorite landmarks when they watch Sleeping with the Enemy, Crimes of the Heart, and Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, among others. With the largest film production studio east of Hollywood, more than 500 film-related projects have been produced on Cape Fear locations. Iron Man III was recently filmed in Wilmington.
Parks and Recreations
There are 54 parks and gardens, and many arts and cultural attractions to enjoy. This is a virtual paradise for the festival lover, with more than 85 annual festivals. The North Carolina Jazz Festival is held in February, Riverfest in October, and in April, the queen bee of them all – the Azalea Festival, at more than 50 years and still going strong. The North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher allows visitors to journey from freshwater rivers and swamps to reefs and the open ocean. A 235,000-gallon tank, with sharks and loggerhead turtles, offers amazing up-close adventures with sea life.
The Ft. Fisher State Historic Site is a Civil War battlefield and museum, showcasing artifacts and featuring an interactive battle map, as well as swords and sabers. The 42,000 sq. ft. Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum features North Carolinian and American art from the 18th Century to the present – a fantastic visual experience.
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