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5 Reasons to Move to Wilmington, NC

Categories: Blog, Wilmington NC | Posted: January 13, 2022

Wilmington, NC is a historic port town on the southern shores of North Carolina, known for its laid-back coastal style, place in U.S. history, and of course, beautiful beaches. This low-key town has actually been in the spotlight (literally) over the years as its picturesque neighborhoods and scenic landscapes have been the backdrop of productions such Matlock, Dawson’s Creek, and Iron Man 3. Let’s take a look at why Wilmington’s population has grown by 18% in the last 10 years, and why people continue to move there today. 

 

Reasons to Move to Wilmington, NC

 

1) Beautiful Beaches

Beaches in Wilmington always have just the right amount of people to make them feel lively but never overcrowded. Charming bungalows and local hotels give way to scenic dunes and white sand beaches, where swimming, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and diving are among the locals’ favorite pastimes. Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are premier destinations for travelers from throughout the region.

 

2) History and Culture

Wilmington’s history dates all the way back to 1524, when it was first explored by the Italian navigator Verrazano. It was first settled in 1725 and experienced important milestones through the 20th century. Today, there are many museums and cultural landmarks to visit and learn about this area’s important role as one of America’s first port cities. Visitors and locals alike love soaking up history at The Burgwin-Wright House, Latimer House Museum, Bellamy Mansion Museum, Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and others.

 

 

3) Low-Cost Coastal Living

Wilmington is one of North Carolina’s most affordable cities. It’s in line with the average cost of living in the U.S., which is significant considering its prime coastal location. You’ll save most on transportation, since much of the area is walkable and the city’s footprint is small if you do need to drive, followed by utilities and housing. 

 

4) Career Opportunities

Thanks to large education institutions like New Hanover County Schools and the University of North Carolina Wilmington (two of the area’s biggest employers), Wilmington is poised for strong job growth over the next 10 years. The city boasts a lower unemployment rate than the national average, and above-average future job growth. Healthcare, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing are other major employment sectors. 

 

5) New Homes for Sale

You can find beautiful new homes for sale in Wilmington in our communities throughout the area. Woodlands Grove at Echo Farms boasts a central location between Wrightsville and Carolina beaches and is close to shopping, parks, trails, golf courses, and more. Homes range from 2 to 5 bedrooms and are priced from the $320s. Summer Bay Villas are a collection of modern, 2-story townhomes just minutes from shopping, dining and retail in Leland, NC. Only two opportunities remain from the $240s!

 

If you’re thinking of making the move to Wilmington, contact us to learn more about our new homes and beautiful communities built for you to enjoy the city’s cool coastal style. 

The Beach Meets the City in Wilmington, North Carolina

Categories: Wilmington NC | Posted: July 15, 2021

Wilmington, North Carolina, is famous for many things – the “Hollywood of the East” is a hot spot for film and television shoots. Plus, the city boasts riverfront beauty and gorgeous Atlantic beaches, and the old-town charm is unmissable in many of its neighborhoods. Here’s a new accolade to add to the mix: according to a 2021 study, Wilmington was ranked #1 for inbound moves in the United States. With families and young professionals saying goodbye to harsh big-city life, Wilmington’s amenities, affordable cost of living, and mid-size appeal have drawn more relocators than any other destination this year. 

5 Reasons Why Wilmington is Booming 

Riverfront Walks

1. From Riverfront Walks to Beachside Strolls to Long Days at the Lake

Water babies, take note – Wilmington makes it easy to take your pick for waterside enjoyment or water sports and recreation. In addition to being beautiful, the natural landscape that surrounds Wilmington made it an early hub for trade and culture. The Cape Fear River’s vast banks and gentle, lapping water lends tranquility to a vibrant downtown. Today, residents can enjoy endless shopping, restaurants to try, and relaxing promenades along the Riverwalk, named one of the best in the country. The Riverwalk is an elevated, wooden boardwalk that stretches “from bridge to bridge,” or nearly 2 miles from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to the Isabel Holmes Bridge. A walk along the Riverwalk promises gorgeous vistas, a tour through Wilmington’s historic district, and easy access to show-stopping attractions like the Cotton Exchange and the USS North Carolina Battleship. Locals take to the Riverwalk for an evening jog while tourists lap up the scenery, including pastel buildings and beautiful decorative lighting at night. Locals and tourists alike celebrate special occasions with a sunset cruise along the river. 

When the ocean calls, Wilmington residents are rich in beachcombing options. Just minutes from the city, some of the most beautiful stretches of the East Coast await. Many beaches are easily reachable by car, like family-favorite Wrightsville Beach or Carolina Beach, which boasts a beautiful boardwalk flanked by casual restaurants. There are also many delightful island beaches off the coast of Wilmington that are easy to access by ferry, including Topsail Beach and the surfers’ choice, Figure 8 Island. On calm days, paddleboarding is a favorite beach activity. Adventurers will find no shortage of options to up their adrenaline with jet skis, scuba diving, and performance sailing. 

For a relaxing escape from Wilmington’s dense and desirable riverside and beach fronts, Greenfield Lake in Greenfield Park is an urban oasis. Fishing and kayaking among the Spanish Moss and ivy-laden shores are both popular water activities. Greenfield Park is also a welcoming picnic spot with grills and picnic shelters. 

2. Events Keep Wilmington’s Community Vibrant

Wilmington’s residents tend to keep an active social calendar. There’s always something to do in Wilmington, with an ever-growing calendar of cultural events, celebrations, and festivals. 

The Riverwalk is a hub for local events all year round. Every Saturday morning, vendors set up shop on the boardwalk with handmade wares and fresh delights as part of the Wilmington Farmer’s Market. Riverfest, an annual celebration that happens in October, features fun for the entire family. This free festival includes live music, craft vendors, kid-friendly games, and a showcase of classic cars. The Riverwalk is also home to any number of impromptu happenings, from musical performances to garden parties.

The Cucalorus Film Festival happens every year, showcasing innovative cinema from all over the world. Another tradition locals love is the fabulous Port City Azalea Festival. This springtime celebration announces the blooming of the Azaleas with music, street fairs, and historically dressed southern belles. Tens of thousands of regional enthusiasts flock to the Azalea festival to join in the festivities, partake in a street fair, or sample treats from a street food vendor.

3. Where There’s History, There’s A Sense Of Belonging

The Wilmington area’s rich nautical history led to early explorations in 1524, long before the colonies were established. Today, residents enjoy sharing local lore about Wilmington’s pivotal role in just about every national event from the 18th century to the present. Wilmington wears its history proudly through its buildings and neighborhoods. You don’t need to be an architecture buff to marvel at the dazzling construction of many of Wilmington’s beautifully preserved historic buildings. A saunter through any of the city’s seven historic districts acts as a tour through time, with preserved streets, enormous trees, and neoclassical building details that will charm and surprise you. 

Wilmington is home to an impressive bunch of historic houses and museums for those with a thirst for historical knowledge. A 1770 gem, the Burgwin-Wright House is a mansion built out of an earlier jail that offers a glimpse into life before the American Revolution, as well as an impressive orchard and rose garden. The stately Bellamy Mansion is a remarkable relic of early Wilmington life, constructed during the height of the Civil War. The Smithsonian-affiliated Cape Fear Museum casts an even larger historical lens on the Wilmington area in ancient times. It is a favorite for families with young children. Civil War Buffs can explore Fort Fisher, home to one of the most significant land-and-sea battles in U.S. history.

4. Smart People Choose Wilmington

Living in a college town comes with all kinds of perks. Wilmington locals enjoy a cutting-edge scene, food that appeals to young people, as well as a healthy love of college sports. The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, is home to the beloved Seahawks, a renowned basketball team that rallies up fans from the campus and beyond. Hawks games are a great excuse to check out one of Wilmington’s many breweries. 

UNC Wilmington and New Hanover County Schools are two of Wilmington’s most significant job creators. So, not only are interesting people cycling through the city every academic tear – many locals are education professionals. A well-educated population is a trend throughout the region in cities like Raleigh and Charlotte, as well. 

5. Wilmington Offers Unparalleled Bang For Your Buck

Where else can you own a home that is both a short commute from a bustling city and a stone’s throw from pristine beaches without breaking the bank? Despite the access Wilmington provides to some of the finest amenities in the South, the cost of living remains manageable. Real estate costs align with the national average, and new homes in Wilmington are comfortably priced. Seaside housing costs a pretty penny in many cities – however, in Wilmington, the average house costs around $230,000. For a city with a mild climate, ocean access, southern charm, and an influx of new residents looking to call Wilmington home, the value is tremendous. 

H&H’s New Homes in Wilmington, NC

Ready to settle down in an affordable new home in Wilmington? Find the perfect blend of sea breezes and local color with a quality-built H&H Home. We build newly constructed homes throughout the Wilmington area, with communities in neighborhoods like Southport, Hampstead, Leland, and Bolivia. 

A short drive north of Wilmington, Sparrow’s Bend graces Hampstead, North Carolina, where residents enjoy peace, quiet, and the good life. Sparrow’s Bend is a quick skip to the beach, just minutes from local boat ramps, and features a pool and cabana for easy relaxation a few steps from home.

H&H Homes is building brand new constructions at Highlands at Boiling Springs Lakes, a sparkling new community with refreshingly low property taxes and easy access to the Southport neighborhood’s exciting tapestry of activities. Named for its many spring-fed lakes, Boiling Springs Lakes is home to some beautiful swimming lakes and is a destination for boating, water skiing, and freshwater fishing. 

If a newly-built home in the heart of Southport suits you, consider a brand new construction at The Preserve at Fisher Landing, where homeowners will have immediate access to all that Southport has to offer. Museums, the Oak Island Lighthouse, the Waterfront Park, and many historical attractions dot the Southport landscape. Additional new and to-be-constructed homes are now selling at The Villas at Fisher Landing, also in the heart of Southport.

Making strides toward owning a new home should be an enjoyable process. This is why at H&H Homes, we are committed to offering our customers a smooth, hassle-free experience. We specialize in making the homebuying journey as seamless as possible for first-time homebuyers. Together with our preferred lender, we collaborate with our customers to explore loan options and openly discuss pre-approval on home loan costs. To plan your new home purchase, get in touch with our team of skilled New Home Sales Counselors and schedule a tour of our many floorplans and take the next step toward owning the home of your dreams.