Downtown Wilmington Real Estate
Located along the Cape Fear River, downtown Wilmington is full of history from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War ll. Established in 1739, this Port City has been the primary influence on the area, providing a pathway for trade. The invention of steam-powered vessels and rail services led to Wilmington being North Carolina’s largest town from 1840 until the early 1900’s.
These days Downtown Wilmington holds onto its historical background proudly, while evolving to stay up to date with local needs. All over town you can find historical monuments, museums, and evidence of what the town once was. Cobblestone roads from the 1800’s are still scattered throughout, and long standing historical homes line the streets.
Bellamy Mansion, a 10,000 square-foot home of antebellum architecture and Victorian gardens takes you back to Civil War times. The home is now a museum, paying tribute to the lives of the enslaved residents, and their children, of this home and ones like it. The WWll USS North Carolina Battleship is stationed across the Cape Fear from downtown, giving a glimpse of what life was like for soldiers living aboard what was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon. Museums such as: The Wilmington Railroad Museum, The Cape Fear Museum of History & Science, and the North Carolina Military History Museum each holds artifacts and memories dating back to the start of our Port City.
Downtown Wilmington is still full of life and culture. Front Street and River Street are often full of residents, and visitors, meandering the local shops, restaurants, and breweries. Summer concerts are held weekly at Riverfront Park and on the steps of the Federal Courthouse. At night, local bars are full of people dancing, mingling, and having a great time. Multiple rooftop bars allow sipping on a refreshing drink while overlooking the river and listening to live music.
Throughout the year countless festivals are held in the streets: The North Carolina Azalea Festival, Port City Rib Fest, Riverfest, Cucalorus Film Festival, Jazz Festival, and the Cape Fear Blues Festival are only a few. On holidays such as Fourth of July, St. Patrick’s day, and Christmas the streets are blocked off for parades and town gathers. Day or night enjoy a long stroll along the riverfront boardwalk taking you past local business, marinas, and restaurants.
Some are lucky enough to live within this historical bubble, walking distance to everything downtown has to offer. Condos and townhomes are available through
out starting at $150,000. Single family homes in the heart of downtown can range from $130,000 upward to the millions.