Historic Downtown

Wilmington is perhaps best known for its River District and National Register Historic Downtown, a destination for tourists and locals alike. Wilmington’s Riverfront Historic District is characterized by its walkability, natural beauty, architecture, and historic preservation. Sprawling Antebellum and Victorian landmark homes and gardens, Spanish Moss draped trees, and cobblestone walkways are among the most iconic elements of Wilmington’s downtown. A walk through the area, however, will reveal a variety of dwellings, including its historic mansions, 20th century bungalows, high-rise condos, above-retail apartments, and houseboats.

Residential Downtown Wilmington is uniquely positioned in walking distance to various dining and retail options. Local cafes, upscale restaurants, breweries, venues, and boutiques populate Front Street and beyond, and the River District offers abundant al fresco dining options. The nearby Riverwalk— a two-mile scenic walkway along the Cape Fear River— boasts stunning views of the river, Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, and WWII Battleship North Carolina. Recent attraction to Wilmington’s downtown has also prompted the revitalization of its North and South districts, including Brooklyn Arts District, South Front District, and Castle Street Arts and Antique District.

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