Posted on: February 16th, 2022 Posted in Around ILM

Considering a move to the North Carolina coast?

Look no further than Wilmington, NC! This culturally immersive and magical city has everything you need to feel right at home.

Plus, Wilmington’s lush parks, southern charm, and relaxed seaside vibes are just a few reasons why this city continues to top “Best Places to Live” lists for the past decade. 

If you’re in search of your next coastal home, here are 10 reasons why Wilmington will be the perfect move for you.

1. Affordable Intracoastal Realty

Booming since 2015 (but still considered up-and-coming), Wilmington is one of the most affordable coastal towns to live in with several oceanfront properties.

At River Bluffs, we offer lots starting at $90K and single-family homes from the $400’s (including riverfront lots). You can also pick from several neighborhoods with unique floorplans and designs.

2. A Haven for Boaters

Wilmington is also close to all major waterways, making it the ultimate place to live for boaters.

Here at River Bluffs, our waterfront community is located in the heart of Southeastern North Carolina, with proximity to downtown (at around 10 minutes). We also offer a marina thanks to our community border along the scenic Northeast Cape Fear River. 

3. Healthy Lifestyle

Research supports that choosing marine and coastal margins over urban habitats can offer several benefits. 

First, seaside living can increase your happiness levels and provide cleaner air. And, living by the water can improve your sleep while giving you more ways to stay physically active during the day.

Especially if you’re searching for relief from stress and anxiety, adopting a slow-paced, coastal lifestyle can improve your quality of life.

4. Tourist Attractions

Since Wilmington is a historical coastal town (established in 1542), it’s fully equipped to captivate kids and adults alike with several visitor attractions. 

Here are five great places to start:

  1. Airlie Gardens: Featuring 67 acres of walking paths, beautiful blooms, and historic structures.
  2. Poplar Grove Plantation: Visit the Manor and grounds at Poplar Grove, one of Wilmington’s remaining plantations (formerly a sweet potato and peanut plantation) open to the public.
  3. Battleship North Carolina: Immerse yourself World War II aboard the Battleship North Carolina experienced. 
  4. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher: See (and touch) aquatic wildlife, including stingrays, alligators, and sharks!

Tregembo Animal Park: Meet 100+ animals, including reptiles, lions, birds, and more!

5. Beer Enthusiast’s Paradise

If you’d rather create a pub crawl with friends or enjoy a night out in this vibrant city, Wilmington has you covered!

Home to over 16 breweries and counting, Wilmington is ranked one of the top 15 best cities in the US for beer drinkers.

6. Food

Wilmington was also voted #1 Fresh Al Fresco Dining Neighborhoods by USA TODAY 10 Best readers, so whether you’re craving casual American seafood fare or something Asian– Wilmington won’t let you down!

And if savory seafood feasts aren’t enough, Wilmington also has several fresh markets and cozy cafés along Cape Fear River.

7. Entertainment & Shopping

If you want to flank yourself on all fronts (not just cuisine) with shopping, unique museums, and live entertainment, stay in Wilmington.

Home to the 100-year-old Chandler Wharf building, which houses several chic boutiques and family-owned establishments etched along Market and Front Streets, there’s never a dull moment here.

And, if you’re searching for antiques, art, eclectic gifts, or clothing– Wilmington has it all. Plus, the Azalea Festival takes place here, the largest festival of its kind in North Carolina (founded in 1948).

8. Pristine Beaches

If nightlife or shopping isn’t your scene, Wilmington is also overflowing with coastal activities. 

Wilmington’s beaches are visually alluring and restful, whether you enjoy water sports or lounging underneath the sun. 

You can even paddleboard through waterways, kayak, or visit surfing estuaries!

9. International Airport

Coastal activities can feel more joyful with good company. But, if your friends and family live far, traveling from and to Wilmington is a breeze.

With its very own international airport, you can always stay in touch with your loved ones.

10. Buzzing Historic Districts

Because Wilmington has a rich history, you can explore many points of interest in this city, including the Neoclassical Bellamy Mansion and the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens. 

When casually strolling along the Riverwalk, you’ll also catch a glimpse of the coastal waterway and a peek at the iconic WWII Battleship, North Carolina. 

Eager to explore Wilmington real estate? 

Contact River Bluffs today! Our friendly team of brokers and realtors look forward to helping you find the home of your dreams!