Best Places to Live in Wilmington NC


With an over 30-year history in the Wilmington, NC area, Network Real Estate has a lot of neighborhoods that we love. We wanted to highlight a few of them here for those considering a move into our lovely city. Read on for detailed information about our top 5 best places to live in Wilmington NC, and browse each neighborhood’s available homes.

1) Rivers Edge

River's Edge Wilmington, NC For Sale

As the name suggests, River’s Edge is at the edge of the Cape Fear River in Monkey Junction. The River’s Edge community a stone’s throw from Echo Farms Golf & Country Club, with many homes directly adjacent to the grounds. This idyllic community is close to several public and private schools. It is also a short drive to the center of Historic Downtown Wilmington, shopping malls and restaurants, and the beautiful shores of Carolina Beach. Homes in River’s Edge are unfailingly elegant, offering modern amenities and laid-back charm.

2) Water Street

Water Street Center Wilmington, NC For Sale

The Water Street Center condominiums are the place to live in Historic Downtown Wilmington—you simply can’t beat the view, location, and amenities. If you want to be in the heart of the historic district, within walking distance of Wilmington’s best restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment, Water Street Center is the place for you! At 9 stories tall, Water Street Center is one of the tallest structures downtown, so you’ll have amazing views of the mighty Cape Fear River or the bustling city skyline. You’ll love the openness and modernity of the space, and the wide balcony overlooking downtown is the perfect place to relax and take it all in. Water Street Center is great for couples and singles!

3) The Cape

The Cape Wilmington, NC For Sale

The Cape boasts charming homes and friendly neighbors. The area has plenty of starter homes perfect for couples, as well as lovely homes for large families. Homes within The Cape typically range from approximately 1300 – 2500 SF, with prices starting in the low $200’s. Homeowners enjoy an HOA-maintained community, waterfront properties and the Masonboro Country Club, and a world-class premium public golf course.

Encompassing the areas of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher, Pleasure Island contains miles of beautiful beaches and an array of restaurants and shops. You can even venture out to the Aquarium at Fort Fisher and discover the state’s diverse aquatic wildlife. The Cape is also located just fourteen miles from Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC, a beautiful riverfront community with a rich history, exquisite dining and vibrant nightlife. Buyers looking for Carolina Beach, NC real estate might also enjoy living in The Breakers, in the heart of Carolina Beach.

4) Harbor Oaks

Harbor Oaks, Carolina Beach NC For Sale

Harbor Oaks is one of the most sought-after condominium communities on the North Carolina coast. Harbor Oaks boasts 11 stories of beautifully designed apartments in the heart of Carolina Beach. Because of the blend of luxury and beach casual, openings at Harbor Oaks are rare, but Network Real Estate has you covered. You can watch the sunset from an outdoor balcony that overlooks downtown Carolina Beach, or from your own private boat dock. Harbor Oaks makes an excellent vacation home to enjoy the warmer months in, but many residents enjoy the community year-round. Homeowners enjoy that Harbor Oaks is HOA maintained. Luxury meets the beach... what's not to love?

5) Sentry Oaks

Sentry Oaks, Wilmington NC for Sale

A community nestled in southeastern New Hanover County just off Myrtle Grove Road, the established Sentry Oaks neighborhood is located just south of Monkey Junction in Wilmington, NC. The area hosts a variety of shopping and dining options, as well as terrific local schools. Sentry Oaks is also within proximity to Pleasure Island. Including the coastal communities of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher, Pleasure Island contains miles of beautiful beaches.

Homeowners in Sentry Oaks enjoy a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood with a variety of home sizes, styles, and prices. This lovely neighborhood has something for everyone!

With so many stunning real estate options, you’ll be calling Wilmington, NC home in no time! Contact Network Real Estate today to inquire about our properties!