Wilmington's remarkable history consists of a variety of cultures including Swedish, Dutch, and British, along with a Quaker influence. Over the last 16 years, Wilmington has grown substantially due to the completion of Interstate Highway 40, which links the city and the port to the rest of the state and nation. And with the recent addition of the PPD Corporation, we have grown even more. Future additions to Wilmington include the Wilmington Convention Center and the new Skyway. Since then, Wilmington has become coveted real estate for everyone from retirees to new families, to single professionals. Once you’ve taken the opportunity to look at Wilmington North Carolina real estate, you’ll surely want to be part of our community as well.
Over the last few years, the city of Wilmington and the Cape Fear area have experienced a incredible building boom. Shopping centers boast national chains such as Target, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Lowe's, Hecht's, Dillard's, Sears, JC Penney, Kohl's, Home Depot and others, all of which have improved the region's shopping options considerably. Many upscale, designer, and specialty stores have also appeared throughout the area.
With all the new growth and the continuing popularity of the area, Real Estate is a lively business. "Plantations," gated communities and neighborhoods are developed so quickly that natives have been heard to say they occasionally get lost because of the changing landscape. However, in spite of the rapid growth, new housing in the area still remains quite affordable.
Wilmington remains the educational hub of the southeastern North Carolina coast, with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College within its boundaries. Miller-Motte Business College and a branch of Mount Olive College are also in Wilmington.
The city holds the distinction of being the cultural center for not only this corner of the state, but also the whole North Carolina coastline. Performances by touring and home-based theater, dance and music companies enliven the local stages of Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts downtown and Kenan Auditorium and Trask Coliseum on the campus of UNCW. Writers, artists and musicians are in abundance. The Louise Wells Cameron Museum of Art is a showcase of regional and international artists.
The film industry provides an exciting opportunity for spotting the occasional celebrity or just watching the process of making movies. For many years, filmmaking accounted for a significant portion of the local economy; it still has the potential for growth because of Wilmington's well-established film industry infrastructure. The cornerstone of the local film industry, EUE/Screen Gems Studios, is complemented by a seasoned crew base, an active regional film commission and a large talent pool.
Wilmington has been home to more than 300 movies and seven television series, including Matlock and Dawson's Creek and currently, One Tree Hill. Stars spotted in recent years include Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Katherine Hepburn, Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Mathew Modine, Sharon Stone, Patrick Swayze, Julie Harris, John Travolta and Anthony Hopkins. Linda Lavin, Broadway star and a woman known affectionately as "Alice" from the '70s TV series, lives downtown and works closely with the Community Arts Center.
The North Carolina State Port at Wilmington and some of the industrial complexes north of downtown host hundreds of ships and barges from many nations every year. The river recently has been dredged and deepened so that larger cargo ships and some of the cruise ships can now dock in Wilmington.
Take a look at Wilmington, we are sure you’ll like what you see.