About the Area


Downtown Wilmington’s picturesque riverfront emerges from the Cape Fear River and gracing its banks is one of NC’s largest historic districts. Tour downtown landmarks by horse-drawn trolley/carriage tours, river boat cruises, restored trolley cars or walking tours given by our port city’s most intriguing residents. Museums, antique shops, eclectic boutiques, fine dining, art galleries, and cobblestone roads are just part of what makes Wilmington distinct. The live oak-lined streets, charming architecture, relaxed atmosphere and gentle hospitality are cherished by all. Business 2.0 Magazine recently named Wilmington 7th in the top 10 places to buy a home.


Carolina Beach offers an original kind of beach experience from the past with old-time beach charm combined with a fun, family-friendly spin for today. You can experience the seaside boardwalk, live music, miles of beautiful beach, world-class fishing. There is always something to do in Carolina Beach. At Carolina Beach State Park, hike a scenic white-sand trail leading to an overlook with gorgeous views of the Cape Fear River. Cast a line from the wooden Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Watch a shark swim right in front of you – in a 235,000-gallon saltwater tank at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. For the history buffs, explore the Civil War’s largest land/sea battle site at Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum. Experience a vibrant nightlife that’s curiously entertaining by visiting local favorites from tiki bars to colorful island hot spots. Wherever you are in Carolina Beach, it’s only a short walk, drive or bike ride to all the activities the island offers.


Wrightsville Beach is North Carolina’s most accessible beach and known for its clear blue waters and spacious, clean beach. With an abundance of water sports and outdoor activities and a vibrant social scene, there’s never a shortage of something happening year-round. Kayak or paddle board, tame the area’s world-class surf, reel in a prize-worthy fish, or just enjoy the spectacular views during an evening harbor cruise. This walk-able, village-like town is known for its welcoming, social community, beautiful beach homes and fabulous restaurants and bars.


Jacksonville is the commercial center of Onslow County and home to the largest Marine force in the world with Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River. Some 72,254 people make the city their home. The once quiet farming community has grown into the business, retail, medical, banking and cultural center for Onslow County. It consists of 30 miles of breathtaking beaches, rich heritage and quaint maritime towns and villages. Jacksonville offers many shopping opportunities, outdoor activities, water sports and family entertainment. It has recently been named an All-America City by the National Civic League.


Burgaw was named after a group of Indians that resided along a creek in Western Pender County, NC. The town grew from a Wilmington & Weldon Train Depot and was incorporated in 1879. Downtown Burgaw is located 25 miles north of Wilmington and has that “small-town charm” with good, old-fashioned Southern hospitality. The business community consists of warm and friendly retail merchants and an industrial community that boasts some of the Cape Fear areas best corporate partners. Burgaw continues to grow and expand with new communities and conveniences, while preserving the essence that makes the town so unique.


Hampstead was once a small fishing village and a whistle stop alongside the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Now it is one of the fastest growing areas in the state, as more and more folks are choosing to live here. Many communities are forming along the waterway, creeks and numerous golf courses. Hampstead is well known for the golfing amenities that it offers, including The Highlands at Castle Bay. Topsail Beach is just a short drive from town and offers opportunities for fishing, surfing and sun bathing.


Perfectly situated between the “big city” attractions of Wilmington and its historic waterfront and the beaches of Brunswick County. Leland offers immeasurable opportunities for whatever the type of getaway you need and its just a stones throw to thriving Wilmington. Quickly visit the USS North Carolina and step back in time and tour the battleship. Moored in quiet dignity and majesety across the river from downtown Wilmington, the battleship is one of North Carolina’s premier attraction.


Southport is located on the coast in Southeastern North Carolina, where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. They are known for their stunning setting on the banks of the Cape Fear River, their history (chartered as Smithville back in 1792), the maritime heritage of our forebears, and the salubrious breezes which cast a calm and welcoming ambience over the residents and those who chose to visit a little slice of heaven.
The quaint historic City of Southport is an ideal choice for any relocating individual, family or business. City of Southport area businesses and residents enjoy an unparalleled quality of life. Southern hospitality, a rich history, natural beauty, warm weather and year-round activities and events, are just a few of the reasons many are happy to call the area home.