If you're part of the ever-growing number of people considering a move to the coastal region of southeastern North Carolina, get ready to be impressed, because there is no such thing as 'ordinary' along any of our many waterfronts. Our area offers a wonderful variety of homes built on white sandy beaches, along the more tranquil waters of the Intracoastal Waterway or desirable lakefront properties in the Boiling Spring Lakes area further inland. Maybe the idea of living on the Cape Fear River or near one of our marshy sounds is more appealing. No matter which area piques your interest, waterfront living is a relaxing lifestyle.
With any home purchase, it's important to figure out exactly what you want and need in both a home and location in order to make the right decision – especially if you're choosing what may be a long-anticipated waterfront home.
Ask yourself these very important questions to narrow your focus on properties that will be best suited to your needs and desires:
What are your must-haves for the perfect waterfront lifestyle?
· Do you want to be able to walk right onto the beach or water’s edge?
· Do you want or need a dock or boat slip?
· Do you prefer a quiet place for fishing and enjoying nature, or a livelier area for jet skiing and beach parties?
· And finally – is this an investment, vacation or full-time residential property?
Not all buyers looking for a seasonal or investment property prefer oceanfront homes, just as not all full-time residents prefer homes on rivers, waterways or lakes.
For many homeowners, living by the water represents the highest level of luxury or the answer to a lifelong dream. Whether you're interested in an investment property, a vacation home, a retirement home or a full-time residence, here are several areas to consider.
The Cape Fear area includes the seaside villages of Southport and Wilmington, as well as other communities like Oak Island, Bald Head Island, Sunset Beach, Holden Beach and more. Wilmington is the major urban area in the region, finally receiving that name in 1729 after first having been christened New Liverpool, New Carthage, New Town and Newton. Still a vital seaport city, Wilmington’s location near the Atlantic Ocean, mixed with the many pristine beaches, unique culture and history found in the area, draws thousands of tourists to the area each year.
The Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington – originally conceived in the 1980s as a way to steer public interest and tourism to the Cape Fear River waterfront area – now covers a full mile along the river’s scenic boardwalk. The Riverwalk provides easy access to historic area attractions such as The Cotton Exchange, the USS North Carolina Battleship, and the 1914 Murchison Building. The Riverwalk area is also home to the city’s annual Riverfest, a decades-old Cape Fear celebration featuring a full weekend of arts, food, and continuous entertainment.
This federally protected and maintained shipping route winds its way through sounds, rivers, creeks, marshes and manmade cuts for more than 300 miles in North Carolina. While the waterway is still important to commercial and sport fishermen, its use is increasingly associated with pleasure craft, which explains why many Intracoastal Waterway homes are flush to the seawall of the waterway. These homes can vary in size, but most include private boat slips for easy access to the water. They're an ideal choice for those interested in boating, fishing, kayaking and other water sports.
Riverfront homes are situated right at the edge of the Cape Fear River, which meanders for more than 200 miles through the area. There's an impressive offering of available riverfront homes ranging from the historic mansions in downtown Wilmington to newly developed riverfront communities further inland.
Kure (pronounced CURE-ee) Beach, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River, is about a half-hour’s drive south of Wilmington. It offers all of the features that homeowners could want in a beach town, including brightly colored homes, palm trees, and the choice between ocean or river views. With slightly more than 1,500 local residents, Kure Beach offers a peaceful environment for potential homeowners.
Although the area features beautiful beaches and exquisite dining, Kure Beach usually sees a lower number of tourists than other area beaches, making it a gem for the homeowner seeking a quiet, upscale coastal town to call home.
Authentic southern charm and history abounds in the waterfront town of Southport, which overlooks the Cape Fear River where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. This town of about 2,700 features stately oak trees draped with Spanish moss along streets still lined with Victorian-Era homes. The town is a living display of historical seacoast life – including tales of Confederate blockade runners and pirates, antiques and beautiful scenery. The area is also home to two significant lighthouses, including the oldest lighthouse in the state, Old Baldy, which was erected in 1817, and the the Oak Island lighthouse, the brightest light in the United States.
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