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RiverLights Welcomes Fall with the Fall Festival of Homes

9/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

Come celebrate cooler temperatures and the feeling of fall at RiverLights! During our Fall Festival of Homes on September 30th, you’ll be able to enjoy a sampling of seasonal foods paired with local beer and wine, listen to live music from Folkstone Stringband in Live Oak Commons, then take a shuttle over to see the model homes.

Tags: Events,Community,Fall,Concert

Movie Under the Oaks — The Goonies

9/9/2017 12:00:00 AM

Get ready for a night of laughs during our first ever Movie Under the Stars event in Live Oak Commons on Tuesday, September 26! Relax in the great, fall weather while watching the hilarious American classic, The Goonies.

Tags: Events,Community,Live Oak Commons,Free

Discovery Series — History of the Bellamy Mansion and Downtown Wilmington

9/6/2017 12:00:00 AM

Join us on Wednesday, September 20 from 6 to 7 pm for the second presentation of our Discovery Series — History of the Bellamy Mansion and Downtown Wilmington with Gareth Evans, Director of the Bellamy Mansion Museum.

Tags: Wilmington,Community

Fall Yoga & Coffee in Live Oak Commons

9/5/2017 12:00:00 AM

Experience the serenity of Live Oak Commons while you set your intentions for the day during a peaceful yoga practice in the park. Yoga sessions will be held every Saturday of September at 8 a.m.; tickets are $8 for RiverLights residents and $10 for the general public. Tickets also include a coffee or tea from Magnolia Social Café, so guests can relax a little longer in Marina Village.

Tags: Community,Healthy Living,Events

Discovery Series — History of the Cape Fear Region

9/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

Join us on Wednesday, September 27 from 6 to 7 pm for the final presentation of our Fall Discovery Series — History of the Cape Fear Region with Jan Davidson from the Cape Fear Museum

Tags: Community,Wilmington,Cape Fear River,Events

RiverLights Craft & Unwine | September

9/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

Please join us for our September Craft & Unwine night on Friday, September 8. The cost is $25 and includes all the materials to make the craft of choice that night, which will be a fall wreath pictured above.

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Discovery Series — The History Behind the Land

9/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

Join us on Wednesday, September 13 from 6 to 7 pm for the premiere presentation of our Discovery Series — The History Behind the Land with local archaeologist Bill Green.

Tags: Community,Wilmington,North Carolina

RiverLights September Craft & Unwine

8/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

Join us for a night of crafting and of course, a glass or two of your favorite wine. During our September Craft & Unwine class, we’ll be creating a fall-themed wreath, the perfect decoration for your front door.

Tags: Events,Community,Crafting,Family Fun

RiverLights Real Estate Professional Mix & Mingle

8/23/2017 12:00:00 AM

We are ready to kick off Labor Day weekend with our annual Real Estate Professional Mix & Mingle event! This private event will be held Thursday, August 31 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Live Oak Commons in Marina Village.

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RiverLights Sun Coast Cruisers Cruise-In

8/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

From Ford Mustangs and Street Rods to Oldsmobiles and Rat Rods, Wilmington’s own Sun Coast Cruisers will be taking us back in time on Saturday, September 16th from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tags: Wilmington,Local,Community,Free,Events

RiverLights Craft & Unwine

8/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

Join us for a night of painting and of course, a glass or two of your favorite wine. During
our August Craft & Unwine class on Saturday, August 12, we’ll be painting a nautical themed pallet, perfect for your coastal home.

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Final Summer Concert

7/26/2017 12:00:00 AM

We’ve had so much fun dancing the summer nights away with you and are hoping you’ll join us for our final concert in our Summer Concert Series. L Shape Lot, one of Wilmington’s favorite local bands, is helping us close out our concert series with a night full of great music and good times on Friday, August 18.

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Discovery Series — Cape Fear River History

7/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

Join us on Wednesday, July 26 from 6 to 7 pm for the final presentation of our Discovery Series — Cape Fear River History with Frank Yelverton from Cape Fear River Watch.

Tags: Community,Wilmington,Cape Fear River

Community Open House

7/11/2017 12:00:00 AM

Come see what life in RiverLights is like with your own eyes. Our upcoming community open house will be held Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take the tour of our incredible model homes and meet the best builders in Wilmington!

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Yoga and Coffee in Live Oak Commons

7/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

Experience the serenity of Live Oak Commons while you set your intentions for the day during a peaceful yoga practice in the park. Yoga sessions will be held every Saturday of July at 8 a.m.; tickets are $8 for RiverLights residents and $10 for the general public. Tickets also include a coffee or tea from Magnolia Social Café, so guests can relax a little longer in Marina Village.

Tags: Community,Healthy Living

Discovery Series — Native Birds of Southeast North Carolina

7/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

Join us on Wednesday, July 12 from 6 to 7 pm for the premiere presentation of our Discovery Series — Native Birds of Southeast North Carolina with Jill Stitt from Wild Bird and Garden.

Tags: Community,Wilmington,North Carolina

July Summer Concert

7/5/2017 12:00:00 AM

Enjoy a summer evening under the Oaks with our inaugural Live Oak Commons Summer Concert Series — a free, outdoor concert series that will feature live performances from local bands. The first concert of the summer was a hit so please be sure to join us for the July concert featuring Wilmington’s favorite Indie Rock Band, Onward Soldiers on Saturday, July 15 from 6-9 p.m. 

 

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How to Create the Right Home Plan for Your Family

6/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

Everyone wants to live in the home of his or her dreams, which leads many to have a home built for them rather than buying one that already exists. While going this route is exciting and allows you to make your family’s dreams a reality, it’s best to take first things first — before the builder even starts on the foundation, you need to decide on a home plan.

Tags: Homebuilding,RiverLights Custom Homebuilders,Custom Homes,Builders

The LakeHouse Opens Just in Time for Summer

6/24/2017 12:00:00 AM

The weather is warmer, the flowers are in full bloom and you can hear Kenny Chesney singing “summertime is finally here” from your neighbor’s back porch — ah, sweet summertime. Now it’s time to grab your towels and sunscreen and head to the LakeHouse, the newest amenity at RiverLights, to relax and soak up the Southern sun.

Tags: Community,Amenities,LakeHouse,Now Open

Summer Concert Series: Kickoff Concert

6/16/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Kick off your summer with our inaugural Live Oak Commons Summer Concert Series — a free, outdoor concert series that will feature live performances from local bands once a month in June, July, and August. The first concert of the summer will feature Wilmington’s favorite party band, Jack Jack 180, on Saturday, June 17 from 6-9 p.m. 

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Beachcombing in Wilmington

5/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

If you’ve ever been to the beach, chances are you’ve spent some time digging or looking for seashells and shark teeth. Did you know there’s actually a name for what you’re doing? It’s called beachcombing. Beachcombing is the act of searching the sand for nautical treasures. It’s a popular pastime for beach fanatics, so if you have a hunt that yields few treasures, you’re in luck, the tides change all day, sweeping the sand with new goodies to be discovered. 

Tags: Beaches,Wilmington,Local,Activities

RiverLights Shines as Showcase Community for Wilmington Parade of Homes

4/17/2017 12:00:00 AM

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For the 31st time since its creation in 1986, the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) will be showcasing 84 of the area’s finest homes in the annual Parade of Homes. Builder members of the WCFHBA compete year after year for the titles of gold, silver, and bronze in their respective category. Homes are categorized based on price range and are judged based on interior and exterior features, quality of materials, and craftsmanship.

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Top 5 Annual Wilmington Festivals to Attend This Year

3/17/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Wilmington, North Carolina, is one of the most vibrant riverfront cities in the country. The Port City offers its visitors plenty of Southern charm to go along with the stunning views from the Riverwalk along the Cape Fear River, so it’s no surprise that Wilmington’s was voted the Best American Riverfront in USA Today’s “10Best Readers’ Choice” contest. The best part? All of this could be a short drive from your new home at RiverLights.  

The city also has some incredible festivals throughout the year that you won’t want to miss. Here are five of the top annual festivals in the Wilmington area.

Tags: Wilmington NC,Community,Local Attractions

In-Community Dining With a View

3/14/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Sitting a stone’s throw from the Cape Fear River, seafood and barbecue restaurant Smoke on the Water brings a delicious new aspect to the RiverLights community. The site was originally expected to be a second location for owner James Smith’s Fork-n-Cork restaurant. However, the view from Marina Village sparked an epiphany, and Smith began planning the concept for what we now know as Smoke on the Water.

Tags: North Carolina,Restaurants,Amenities,Newland Communities,Community,Newland,Outdoor Lifestyle

Our Grand Opening Celebration Welcomes Thousands of Guests Eager to Explore More

2/2/2017 12:00:00 AM

On December 3, thousands of potential new homeowners and community members joined us at our RiverLights Grand Opening Celebration to celebrate the holiday season and experience firsthand what life at Wilmington’s newest waterfront community will be like. 

Guests met representatives from our hand-selected team of homebuilders and toured model homes. The tours showcased each Wilmington homebuilder’s models, as well as allowed our guests to speak with others interested in calling RiverLights home.

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4 Exciting Day and Weekend Adventures Near Wilmington, N.C.

1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM

North Carolina's diverse geography provides an idyllic backdrop for a variety of weekend and day trips. Whether they crave cities or wilderness, beaches or mountains, adventure or relaxation, RiverLights residents can enjoy it all with only a short drive from home. From a girl's getaway to a family trek, the area is sublime for excursions.

Tags: North Carolina,Family Fun

Grand Opening at RiverLights

11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

One of the most anticipated openings in Wilmington is just around the corner.

Tags: Wilmington,Welcome Center,Wilmington NC,Newland Communities,Grand Opening,dining,Homebuilders

Fall Activities in Wilmington

10/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

The warm summer air is slowly vanishing, and fall’s cool air is now gracing us. This brings with it an aura of excitement, as there are plenty of activities to enjoy this season in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Tags: RiverLights,River Road,Wilmington,Wilmington NC,North Carolina,Fall,Family Fun,beach,cape fear river

Meet the Builders Event: You Came, You Saw, You Were a Pleasure to Meet

9/10/2016 12:00:00 AM

A sunny August Saturday ushered in the first of many exciting days at RiverLightsTM. August 6 was the first time guests were able to visit the new home community and see all the great things in store for Wilmington’s newest coastal community.

Tags: RiverLights,RiverLights Custom Homebuilders,Coastal Community,builders,Homebuilders,Newland

Builder Spotlight: The Cottage Building Company

9/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

As a leading boutique, coastal cottage builder in southeastern North Carolina, The Cottage Building Company is proud to offer its homes in RiverLights. Set to open in spring 2017, RiverLights is Wilmington, North Carolina’s newest waterfront home community. This picture-perfect coastal home community is set on nearly 1,400 acres encompassing picturesque wetlands, tidal marshes and sand dune

Tags: RiverLights,RiverLights Custom Homebuilders,Wilmington NC,Coastal Community,Newland Communities,Custom Homes,Walking Trails,Healthy lifestyle

Builder Spotlight: H&H Homes

8/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

Established in Fayetteville, North Carolina, H&H Homes was initially formed to provide high-quality new home construction at unusually low price points to military families serving at Fort Bragg. As a hand-selected RiverLights™ homebuilder, H&H Homes has expanded its customer base and is providing an exceptional selection of new homes in Wilmington’s newest Cape Fear riverfront community.

Tags: RiverLights,RiverLights Custom Homebuilders,Homebuilders

Summertime in Wilmington

7/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Wilmington, North Carolina, provides beautiful, coastal scenery and great fun throughout the year. The city and its surrounding beaches truly shine during the summer.

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How RiverLights™ Got Its Name

7/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

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RiverLights™, a 1,400-acre planned community in historic Wilmington, North Carolina, found its name through centuries of history. Here is how the name RiverLights came about.

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Why Newland Communities?

6/29/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Newland Communities has a reputation for creating attractive, unique communities throughout the country. RiverLights is the newest one in North Carolina.

 

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How to Keep Your Home Pet Friendly

6/24/2016 12:00:00 AM

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When you buy a new home, you want to enjoy it & be free of pet challenges. Here are a few low-key steps you can do to be worry free of pet damages to your house. 

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10 Reasons to Love RiverLights™

6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

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RiverLights™ in Wilmington successfully combines residential, waterfront living with unique amenities, planned green space and more.

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Outdoor Living Becoming the New Trend

6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Since spring and summer is hard to beat in North Carolina; outdoor living is being the next big thing. Check out the top 3 trends for outdoor living this year! 

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Helpful Moving Tips

6/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

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When you make the decision to move to RiverLights™, you are already on your way to a wonderful new lifestyle. We’d like to offer you a few tips to make your move into your new Wilmington, North Carolina, home a bit easier. 

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Move This and Not That

6/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Don't let moving intimidate you. With a little thought ahead of time and some deliberate planning, it can go much more smoothly than you may think.

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How Moving Can Be a Good Thing

6/10/2016 12:00:00 AM

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When people think of moving they think about how stressful it can be. Check out how moving can be a great decision through the benefits it presents. 

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Relocating With Kids

6/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Moving into a new home is challenging for any adult, but for kids it can be especially tough. Here are several great tips that can make it easier for everyone.

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Moving to Wilmington?

6/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

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An in-depth look at what Wilmington, North Carolina, is really all about. Read these helpful tips to ease your transition to this beautiful city.

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How to Know When It’s Time to Move

6/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

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It may be time for you to say goodbye to your home and move into a new home. Check out the seven reasons why it may be time for you to move. 

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Beaches, Flowers, Museums, and More...

5/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Wilmington was recently named one of the best vacation spots for families by FamilyFun magazine. The city features a historic downtown river district, island beaches, the Cape Fear River, and more. 

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5 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster

5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM

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When it comes to selling your house, it can be stressful. HGTV has put together 5 tips to help sell your house and have every homebuyer wanting your property. 

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10 Steps for Selecting the Right Builder

5/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

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When you are seeking a new house you want to make sure you select the right homebuilder. Check out these 10 steps to make you are confident in your decision. 

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Newland Awarded Developer of the Year

5/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

Newland Communities have a great attention to detail and with their dedication they have been awarded developer of the year by Builder and Developer Magazine.

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Make your Home Design Modern & Timeless

5/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

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When you redesign your house you don’t want it to be considered outdated months later. Check out some ways you can make your house modern & up-to-date for years.

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Sustainable Living as a Community

4/30/2016 12:00:00 AM

Sustainable living is tremendously important in today's world. It is a forward-thinking lifestyle intended to reduce the impact a person has on the Earth's natural resources — and as time goes on, its importance only grows more vital.

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3 Sweet Reasons to Love Wilmington, North Carolina

4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Amazing artistic displays, historic sites, and outdoor recreation opportunities will inspire you to adopt Wilmington, North Carolina, as your new home.

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Why Building a New Home Makes Sense

4/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

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There are many reasons why people are building their homes brand new. Check out how building a new home is stress free while including all your wants and needs.

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Builder Spotlight: Plantation Building Corp.

4/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

RiverLights and Newland Communities are proud to have Plantation Building Corp. as one of RiverLights’ premier new homebuilders.

Started in Wilmington in 1997, Plantation boasts a passion for team unity and building “cool places to work and live” that sets the company apart from the rest. Plantation is known for clean designs with a refined aesthetic that incorporates the area’s coastal lifestyle.

Tags: RiverLights,RiverLights Custom Homebuilders,Newland Communities,Newland,Partners in Building,Builders,Plantation Building Corp.,Parade of Homes,Homebuilders,Custom Homes

What to Keep, What to Toss, What to Sell

4/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

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When you are cleaning out your house, you don’t know what to keep, toss or sell. Take a look to see what to do with items that range from memories to giveaways. 

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Open Spaces and a Healthy Lifestyle

4/15/2016 12:00:00 AM

Homeowners and homebuyers in North Carolina increasingly desire communities offering open spaces. For those considering relocation, a key factor in the decision-making process can be a state’s natural resources —such as the climate, mountains, ocean, lakes, hiking trails and wildlife — that make life more enjoyable.

Tags: Healthy lifestyle,green space,Newland Communities,RiverLights,Wilmington NC

Check List Prepping to Get Top Dollar

4/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

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When you sell your house you want to get the highest amount, FAST. Check out these few house-prepping steps to welcome buyers into offering the top dollar!

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New Road, New View, New Experience for All

4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Imagine a smooth drive to work or school — the kind of commute that allows you to enjoy your coffee without having it end up in your lap. Imagine passing by vibrant trees and plants on that drive, improving your mood instantly. Now envision making this journey through a community offering plenty of room and dedicated spaces for cars, pedestrians and cyclists, where everyone can exchange a nice wave. Introducing the new River Road — where you don’t have to imagine this new experience any longer. It is there in reality, waiting for you.

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Open Floor Plans - The Way We Live Today

3/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

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You see two houses that have the same square footage; however, one seems bigger. Take a look at what builders are focusing on to make new homes feel bigger. 

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Meet the Builders of RiverLights

3/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

Meet the featured custom homebuilders that were handpicked by Newland Communities to showcase their designs and esteemed expertise, and ultimately be a part of what is sure to be a growing and thriving community.

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