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Located on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Historic Downtown Wilmington is full of charming homes and apartments, which are rich in historical significance, but renovated for the modern homeowner. There are real estate options to suit any buyer due to the area’s quality homes, some of which have stood proudly for over 200 years. The port was originally settled in 1773, and many homes date back to the 19th and early 20th centuries. Think wrap-around porches, arched shutters, hardwood floors, and plenty of Southern charm. Old-time horse and carriages regularly traverse the streets as part of the city’s many tours, as well as vintage-looking trolleys. Wilmington’s Historic Downtown is one of the most sought-after places to live, eat, shop, and explore.
Most historical homes are within walking distance of Front Street, the center of downtown Wilmington’s thriving restaurant and nightlife scene. Every block offers an array of restaurants and bars—try the oysters at Dock Street Oyster Bar, or stop for a craft beer brewed on site at local favorite Front Street Brewery. There is also an abundance of coffee shops, art galleries, and boutique clothing stores. Locals can also stroll along the gorgeous Wilmington Riverwalk, the scenic boardwalk along the Cape Fear, which is lined with boutiques and seafood eateries boasting spectacular river views. You can watch the sunset from the pier as the ships roll into the harbor, dine and drink on a riverboat, or, for the more adventurous, take a kayak tour of the Cape Fear River. Because the area enjoys gorgeous warm weather most of the year, Historic Downtown is also a popular place to jog, cycle, or stroll with dogs. The streets are well lit and the locals are friendly. Oh, and it’s just a short drive from the gorgeous beaches at Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach, and Carolina Beach. What’s not to love?
Wilmington, North Carolina is often referred to as the Hollywood of the South. It boasts a thriving film industry and is home to national film studio Screen Gems. Historic Downtown’s architecture and scenery make it a much sought-after shooting location for films and television shows, and on-site film shoots are an exciting addition to everyday life. Recent movies filmed locally include Iron Man 3, Meet the Millers, and the television shows Revolution and Sleepy Hollow. Historic Downtown is also the site of several annual festivals, including the Cucalorus independent film festival, and the North Carolina Azalea Festival, a community celebration of food, music, and culture that takes place in the Historic Downtown streets.
The Historic Downtown community is a wonderful mix of young professionals, families, and the occasional student. Its vibrant culture and events attract all ages, and the variety of home size and type ensures that there is something for everyone.
There are plenty of professional opportunities downtown, including in the hospitality industry, retail, law, administration, and education—Cape Fear Community College is located in the heart of downtown, and UNC Wilmington is just five miles up the road, making it an easy and short commute. The variety of professional industries and the influx of summer visitors ensure that the Historic Downtown economy thrives all year round.
We have an abundance of homes for sale in Historic Downtown, in many price ranges, sizes, and styles. Whether you are a first-time buyer or looking for the perfect rental, we can provide you with all the real estate services you need. Feel free to contact one of our real estate agents, or search for your dream home in Historic Downtown Wilmington now!