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Welcome to New Hanover County, NC

What does New Hanover County, NC have to offer you and your family?

No matter why you are moving to New Hanover, you’ll be surprised by all you’ve been missing out on:

About New Hanover County, NC

New Hanover County, North Carolina is home to an estimated 200,000 residents. In 1990, the completion of Interstate 40 linked this area sandwiched between the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean with the rest of North Carolina and the country. The proximity to beaches, improved accessibility, availability of top-quality healthcare, and thriving business climate quickly made this area one of the fastest growing areas in the country. 

The city of Wilmington and the beach towns of Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach are all popular destinations for vacationers, retirees, and those looking to make coastal living their way of life in New Hanover County homes.


New Hanover County Homes

Planning a move? New Hanover County communities offer a wide variety of real estate and lifestyle options. Each offers unique scenic beauty and all the conveniences of contemporary living. The real estate professionals at Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage can help you find New Hanover County homes that fit your specific needs. We serve New Hanover County with a convenient office in the heart of Carolina Beach and our Wilmington headquarters near Mayfaire Town Center.
On the banks of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington’s historic downtown area has tree-lined streets with a mix unique historical homes and urban lofts close to some of the area’s hottest restaurants and night spots. The island towns of Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach all offer relaxed, beach living and an assortment of homes that range from humble beach cottages to the palatial. Looking for something exclusive? The private island community of Figure Eight Island is a favorite of celebrities like former Vice President Al Gore. New Hanover County has an array of condominiums and single-family homes in golf course communities, including Landfall and Porters Neck Plantation. 
In addition to these great areas, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage also serves the New Hanover County communities of:
  • Bayshore
  • Castle Hayne
  • Hightsville
  • Kings Grant
  • Kirkland
  • Masonboro
  • Murraysville
  • Myrtle Grove (also known as “Monkey Junction”)
  • Ogden
  • Sea Breeze
  • Seagate
  • Silver Lake
  • Skippers Corner
  • Wilmington Beach
  • Wrightsboro

Whether you’re interested in existing homes or new construction, the real estate experts at Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage can help you find something perfect for you.

Contact Sea Coast Advantage today to start your search for New Hanover or Kure Beach, NC real estate.

Activities and Entertainment

Whether you are six or sixty, there is something for everyone in New Hanover County. From biking to sitting in the sand, it is impossible not to enjoy yourself in this beach community. Get your entire family involved in some much needed outdoors time with one of the following exciting activities available to residents in New Hanover, NC:

  • Biking at the beach
  • Camping in Freeman Park
  • Fishing at Kure Beach Pier
  • Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington
  • Haunted Pub Crawl
  • Hiking in Carolina Beach State Park
  • Horse-drawn carriage tours
  • Kayaking
  • Kiteboarding
  • Running Wrightsville Beach’s famous “Loop”
  • Paddleboarding near Masonboro Island
  • Parasailing
  • Performing arts at Thalian Hall
  • Segway tours of Wilmington
  • Skateboarding at the Greenfield Grind Skatepark
  • Surfing in Wrightsville Beach
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing

New Hanover County City Attractions

If you’re looking for new experiences, you never have to venture far in New Hanover County. Our cities are full of museums, gardens, parks and tours to entertain even the hardest to please person.

Just think, if you choose to shop for Topsail, NC homes or Kure Beach, NC real estate, you’ll never be far from exciting attractions, like these:

  • Airlie Gardens
  • Battleship North Carolina
  • Bellamy Mansion Museum
  • Burgwin-Wright House
  • Cameron Art Museum
  • Carolina Beach State Park
  • Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
  • Cape Fear Serpentarium
  • Children’s Museum of Wilmington
  • EUE/Screen Gems Studios
  • Fort Fisher State Historic Site
  • Fort Fisher-Southport Ferry
  • Henrietta III Riverboat Tours
  • Historic Downtown Wilmington & Riverwalk
  • Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park
  • Latimer House Museum
  • NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
  • NC Military History Museum
  • New Hanover County Arboretum
  • Poplar Grove Plantation
  • Tregembo Animal Park
  • Wilmington Sharks Baseball
  • Wilmington Railroad Museum
  • Wrightsville Beach Museum

New Hanover County, NC Events

Show your town spirit in one of the many year-round events in New Hanover County. From festivals to oyster roasts, your entire family will enjoy making valuable memories year after year. Getting involved in the community can help your family develop a sense of connectedness to their new home.

Be sure to visit one of the following New Hanover, NC events throughout the year:

  • Airlie Gardens Oyster Roast
  • Art in the Arboretum
  • Battleship Alive
  • Cape Fear Fair & Expo
  • Cucalorus Film Festival
  • East Coast Wahine Championships
  • Lighthouse International Beer Festival
  • NC Azalea Festival
  • NC Holiday Flotilla
  • NC Jazz Festival
  • Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival
  • Riverfest
  • Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival

New Hanover County Schools

Often when making the decision to buy a home in a particular area, the nearby school systems can be the deciding factor. Class size, staff qualifications, graduation rates, access to instructional technologies, extracurricular activities, and parental involvement are all factors to consider when purchasing real estate in New Hanover County NC.
Browse the list of New Hanover County schools below to find one that’s perfect for your children:

New Hanover Elementary Schools

  • Alderman Elementary School
  • Anderson Elementary School
  • Bellamy Elementary School
  • Blair Elementary School
  • Bradley Creek Elementary School
  • Carolina Beach Elementary School
  • Castle Hayne Elementary School
  • Codington Elementary School
  • College Park Elementary School
  • Eaton Elementary School
  • Forest Hills Elementary School
  • Gregory School of Science, Mathematics and Technology
  • Holly Tree Elementary School
  • Lake Forest Academy
  • Murrayville Elementary School
  • Ogden Elementary School
  • Parsley Elementary School
  • Pine Valley Elementary School
  • Rachel Freeman School of Engineering
  • Snipes Elementary School
  • Sunset Park Elementary School
  • Williams Elementary School
  • Winter Park Elementary School
  • Wrightsboro Elementary School
  • Wrightsville Beach Elementary School

New Hanover Middle Schools

  • Holly Shelter Middle School
  • Murray Middle School
  • Myrtle Grove Middle School
  • Noble Middle School
  • Roland Grise Middle School
  • Trask Middle School
  • Virgo Middle School
  • Williston Middle School

New Hanover High Schools

  • Ashley High School
  • Hoggard High School
  • Isaac Bear Early College High School
  • Laney High School
  • Mosley Performance Learning Center
  • New Hanover High School
  • Wilmington Early College High School

New Hanover Private Schools

  • Amy Bradley School
  • Calvary Christian School
  • Cape Fear Academy
  • Cape Fear Center for Inquiry
  • Coastal Christian High School
  • Friends School of Wilmington
  • Life Christian Academy
  • Myrtle Grove Christian School
  • New Horizons Elementary School
  • Noah’s Ark Children’s Center
  • Pine Valley UMC Wee Care Preschool & Kindergarten
  • St. Mark Catholic School
  • St. Mary Catholic School
  • The Children's Schoolhouse of Wilmington
  • Wesley Memorial Child Education Center
  • Wilmington Academy of Arts and Science
  • Wilmington Christian Academy
  • Wilmington Montessori School
  • Wilmington Preparatory Academy
  • Winter Park Baptist Preschool & Kindergarten

New Hanover Year-Round Schools

  • Codington Elementary School
  • Eaton Elementary School

New Hanover Magnet Schools

  • Annie Snipes Academy of Arts & Design
  • Gregory School of Science, Mathematics and Technology
  • Rachel Freeman School of Engineering

New Hanover Special Needs Schools

  • Easter Seals UCP Developmental Center
  • The Child Development Center

New Hanover Higher Learning

  • Cape Fear Community College
  • Miller-Motte College
  • Mount Olive College at Wilmington
  • Shaw University
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Ready to start shopping for your ideal new home? Let Sea Coast Advantage help you find out more about the communities that make up New Hanover County homes.


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