A Community with Many Faces
Wilmington is truly a community with many faces, and thinking about coastal NC how do all these retirement articles actually find a city like Wilmington North Carolina and put it on the HOT list of places to live?
It is called a BUZZ, and people talk, and the talk is about the wonderful lifestyle, climate, attractions, opportunities for the movie industry and the affordability of living in a seaside resort area. My husband and I found Wilmington quite by accident back in the eighties (living in upstate New York), when our vacation hotel in Myrtle Beach suffered some storm damage, and would not be able to accommodate us. The hotel management suggested we try Wilmington, as it is only 70 miles away, and we could obtain a town home on the ocean for a reduced rate for the inconvenience. Well needless to say we discovered Wilmington, moved here a few short years later, and have never looked back.
Our reasons for moving here are many and we are now looking forward to decades in North Carolina, your visions go to the beaches, sand and southern cuisine. What most individuals aren’t aware of is how diverse Wilmington really is.
Neighborhoods run from the rivers to the sea and beyond the busy city streets. If you are seeking a night life and city life, historic downtown will be your cup of tea. Walk to restaurants and shops, take in an event at Thalian Hall, visit a museum, take an art class, live in a condo, historic home or loft. Street side you can sip coffee at a bistro table or just ride the trolley for fun. Downtown offers bungalows, vintage homes and views of the riverfront activity and famous USS Battleship NC along with our Convention Center.
To get away to the suburbs, as the northerners call it, you can find yourself living on a golf course, along the Intracoastal waterway or in a town home or condo with amenities galore including theater rooms, fitness centers and Olympic size pools. Many of our neighborhoods are just that – quiet areas for families, empty nesters or singles. Lush green grasses, crepe myrtles, oak and magnolia tress grace the yards.
Across the River you will find Leland and the Brunswick Beaches. This area has resort communities, golf courses, shopping and of course several beaches to choose from. Looking for new construction? Some of the best values and low taxes can be found in Brunswick.
As a University town, we are the answer to a lot of parents’ dream. The Wilmington area is where many parents purchase a house, condo or town home for their college bound students with the ultimate motive of turning it into a second or retirement home in the future. This is just another diverse feature of this community which also appeals to today’s investor.
As we move away from the downtown hustle and bustle, through to the outskirts of the city, we find …one of our ‘smart growth’ communities outfitted with its Charleston style homes, luxurious condo’s and small condo’s situated above some of the retail stores. Here you can visit your guests at the newest hotel in town, walk to the 16 screen movie theater, the fitness club, the fresh food market or walk to a a variety of eateries from fast food to gourmet or talk at walk to Belks, World Market, the Hallmark store, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble and others. Toss away those car keys – you have arrived. Out on the River, we have a Del Webb community which offers a lot to retirees and families. Along the northern part of the River, we find River Bluff which has a lovely cafe, post office, beautiful amenities and a restaurant which features food from it's community organic farm.
And, when all else has been explored in our diverse area, some just choose to laze away the days at the beach with their fishing piers, walking loops, pet friendly areas, condos, single family homes, marinas and homes with private boat slips. Get ride of the suit, tie or business suit. Here you find a more laid back community where flip flops and Hawaiian shirts rule.
Head north or south and you find quieter areas where growth is beginning to be noticed, but where value is top notch. The area offers new communities everywhere for first time home buyers or multi-million dollar spenders looking for a large estate. There are gated communities, revitalized communities, art communities, family oriented communities, and communities where culture is steps away. The area boast a friendly International Airport which can serve you or your guests needs whether traveling close by or abroad.
This isn’t a remote area but a most warm, inviting friendly area of wonderful people from all walks of life. In the words of Lady Bird Johnson,
"While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many" Lady Bird Johnson
Thinking about a new community where the sky’s the limit? Consider Wilmington, NC and all it has to offer. Sandy Beals of Wilmington Real Estate 4 U can and will find the perfect community in Wilmington for you, your family and friends.
Try Wilmington and me out. As a resident for over 20 years, I have knowledge that I would love to share with you You’ll love it as my husband, Dick, and I have and you will never, never have any regrets about moving here –you’ll only wish you did it sooner.
You can contact Sandy at (910) 258-7593 or on the web at www.WilmingtonRealEstate4u.com, email sandy@BealsTeam.com