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North Carolina Beach Winter Weather

Posted: January 04, 2016 by Kathy Alexander

Whether you're tired of battling sub-zero winter temperatures, heavy snowfalls and slippery streets, or if you've always dreamed of living near the sea, the southeastern coastal region of North Carolina just may be the area for you.

Wilmington, Holden Beach, Carolina Beach, Oak Island, Southport and the surrounding areas are small, friendly communities that offer great options for families of all ages, retirees, vacation home owners and investors.

Homes in our area are available on the white sands of our beaches or on the serene waters of the Intracoastal Waterway. Even in the winter, waterfront living in our area provides a relaxing lifestyle centered around our stunning coastline and its many features.

What About Winter Weather?

For most of the year, there are two defining characteristics of the Southeast North Carolina coast: breezy and sunny. In winter, North Carolina is protected by the Appalachian Mountains in the west, which means that cold fronts the Gulf of Mexico and Canada rarely make it into the state.

Winters along the coast are usually particularly mild, with average temperatures the 40s and 50s most of the time, although we can see a few dips into the 30s and 20s at night or during a winter storm. Because winter temperatures on the coast are mostly due to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream, the average January water temperature in Southport is still higher than the ocean temperature in Maine during July.

For those of you escaping the Great White North – snowfall is rare – if it does happen, the accumulation normally amounts to less than an inch, which is gone within hours. The mild, sub tropic temperature and climate allows for year-round outdoor fun and entertainment.

No snow does not mean a lack of winter fun, though. Most waterfront communities go all out during the winter holidays. For example, Carolina Beach comes alive with holiday spirit starting with the Lighting of the Lake celebration the day after Thanksgiving and continuing with a Christmas parade, flotilla and more, ending the season with a bang at the New Year’s Eve lighted beach ball drop and fireworks show.

When you’re right on the water, the holidays mean one thing: Flotilla. The annual boat parade, involves decking all sizes and types of boats out in epic Christmas lights. Some neighborhoods have a house-decorating competition, but in Wilmington, it’s all about the boats.

Living on the Coast

Some define the waterfront lifestyle as a constant opportunity to enjoy the sun, sand and surfing. For others, waterfront living equals a quiet place to connect with nature, a cozy place to raise children or that dream location with the million-dollar view where they can enjoy fine meals with friends while watching the sunset. Whatever lifestyle you're looking for, our southeastern coastal area offers a multitude of possibilities for everyone who yearns to live near the water.

So, whether you love nature, water sports or golf and sun worshipping, you can choose the perfect home in a variety of communities in and around Wilmington. Stand-alone homes, beach houses, condos, patio homes and gated waterfront communities make up idyllic neighborhoods where year-round residents, part-time residents and investors create a perfect blend.

Choosing Your Waterfront Property

It’s vital to know exactly what you want and need from a home in order to make the best decision.  Special considerations should always be taken to ensure that your property will suit your or your family’s lifestyle and allow all of you to enjoy the activities you love.

Because Wilmington and the surrounding area offers a wide array of waterfront property choices, it’s important to become familiar with the terminology commonly used to designate such properties.

For example, beachfront homes are normally located on or near the beach, meaning you can walk out your back door right onto the sand. This location is ideal for early walks or for watching a beautiful sunset.  Another plus is being able to hear the ocean and enjoy the ocean breeze while staying protected from the elements.

Ocean view Homes are not situated directly on the beach, but close enough so homeowners can enjoy the beach with a short walk. You'll still smell the salty air, but there’s far less chance of constantly tracking sand into the house.

When searching for the ideal beachfront property, make sure you consider amenities beyond the proximity to the water. Ask yourself whether you’d rather be closer to the shops and restaurants or the golf course. If you travel often, consider narrowing your search to homes within reasonable driving distance of the Wilmington International Airport.

Living in North Carolina

One of the first words people use when describing the Wilmington area is “charming”. The residents are welcoming and friendly, the beaches are pristine and the air is salty and fresh. The entire area is rich with history, local shops and artists, fresh-grown produce and a variety of entertainments.

Our population includes young families who enjoy the excellent schools and outdoor activities, professionals who prefer a relaxing place to live and retirees who enjoy the year-round temperate climate. 

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