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What size community is Riverlights?
Riverlights is a 1,400-acre property built in 2016 with its very own shopping and dining district and a 7-mile lake. Owned
by the award-winning Newland Communities, Riverlights is currently home to 1200+ residents with 160+ new homes on
the way. Currently, we have over 700 families. By 2026, when the community is complete, Riverlights is estimated to have
3,000 front doors.
How can I experience Riverlights?
People tend to fall in love when they visit in person. You can schedule an on-site tour 7 days a week by giving us a call or
going online and book the tour at your convenience. We also take walk-in appointments.
Is Riverlights a gated Community?
No. Riverlights is not gated.
What amenities does Riverlights offer?
At our community’s lakefront amenity center, the Lake House, you’ll find a zero entry, outdoor saltwater pool, fitness
center, yoga studio, kitchen space, billiard room, media center, oversized outdoor fire pit and more. It overlooks our 38-
acre lake where we canoe, kayak and paddle board. Looped by a 3.1-mile paved path for jogging, strolling, dog walking
and bike riding and plenty of green spaces to roam, connect to a 7-mile nature trail throughout the community. In our next
phase we will introduce a dog park and a children's playground.
What months are the pool open?
The pool is open 7 months out of the year. It opens in April and closes in October.
Will amenities increase as the number of residents increase?
Yes, the next phase will include a dog park and a children’s playground. There are pending plans for an additional pool.
Future amenities will be decided based on what residents are most interested in having.
Are Marina Village and the future retail sites walkable and accessible by golf cart?
What stores are going to be in the new retail district? Any anchor stores slated yet?
We are looking to feature a variety of retailers, which potentially include a service station, medical offices, childcare provider, and salon and nail spa as well as additional restaurants.
Do HOA fees cover gym membership, classes and community center memberships?
HOA fees cover access to our fitness center. Classes offered may come at an additional cost.
What are the current age demographics of your residents?
Riverlights has a diverse demographic mix of young families and active 55+ adults who are retired or semi-retired and anyone in between!
What states are your residents coming from?
We continue to see our highest number of residents coming from our home state of North Carolina, but we also see a great deal from New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the DC Metro area. But we have a resident from almost every state in the US!
Will there be a lot of short-term vacation renters in the community?
No, Riverlights is a long-term rental community. Rentals must be approved by the HOA at a minimum of 6 months in duration.
How much are taxes to live here?
Our current taxes are .4750 per hundred from New Hanover County plus .3808 per hundred from the city, totaling .8558
Example: $400,000 home = $3,423.20/year
Are pets allowed?
Yes! Dogs especially are well loved in the Riverlights community and can be seen daily out and about utilizing our abundance of walking trails.
Do you have any breed restrictions?
Riverlights does not have any breed restrictions.
Do you have a dog park?
Currently, there is a dog park located in the Del Webb neighborhood. In 2023 we will have a dog park located in our new phase.
Is this in a flood zone? What is the elevation?
No, Riverlights is not located in a flood zone and flood insurance is not needed. Riverlights has some of the highest elevation in New Hanover County, and all lots are built 8 to 60 feet above sea level.
What is the school district?
Riverlights is in the highly rated New Hanover County School District. We’re less than 5 miles from many of the county’s 33 public schools and 15 private schools, like Mary C Williams Elementary School, Myrtle Grove Middle School, and New Hanover High School. Riverlights has donated 15 acres to New Hanover School District, and will have a state-of-the-art elementary school on the south end of the community. This will serve Riverlights families and surrounding area. The project is estimated to be complete by 2026.
Is there a restaurant on the Del Webb side?
No, there are no restaurants in the Del Webb neighborhood.
How cold does it get in the winter?
We experience milder temperatures here with an average between 40-50 degrees during the winter.
Is Riverlights on municipal water and sewage?
Yes, we are on Wilmington municipal water and sewage.
What is the process of home-buying?
The lots and homes in Riverlights are sold as a package deal, directly from our builders, except our custom homes. The first step is to find the builder that you love most. Then, they will show you their available lots. We have 9 builders in Riverlights who offer 60+ floorplans. Use our Home Finder tool to easily explore our builders and floorplans.
What is your home pricing?
How much are the lots?
Lots are not sold separately, everything in Riverlights is sold as a house/lot package, except custom homes in Hamp’s Landing.
Are fenced backyards allowed? What are the fencing regulations?
Yes, fences are allowed and the regulations are determined by our HOA and DRC Committee.
Do homesites include yards?
Yes, homesites have yards but the size of your yard will vary depending on your lot size.
Can other models be built if they are not listed on the Riverlights website?
No. All builders have approved plans they can build only at Riverlights.
What are the lot sizes?
Lot sizes for front load homes vary, but typically range in the 50’x120’ to 75’x120’. Alley load homes range from 30’x120’ and 45’x120’ cottage homes.
What is the typical build time?
Currently, homes are taking 12 months until move-in ready.
Do the townhomes have elevators?
The Laurel townhomes do not have elevators.
Do you have any immediate move-in homes right now?
We encourage you to check our quick-move in page where we update homes coming on the market soon.
Are builder reps available when touring the model homes?
Yes. Builder reps are inside of their models to answer any questions and provide information about other plans they offer in Riverlights to suit your lifestyle. They are open the same operating hours as the Information Center Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 12pm-5pm.
(Trusst Builder Group's model is closed Sundays)
(Pulte's model is closed Monday and Tuesday)
What makes the Del Webb neighborhood great for active adults?
As a 55+ low-maintenance neighborhood, Del Webb has a separate amenity center energized by saltwater indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, yoga studio, full kitchen, pickle ball, tennis and bocce courts, plus spaces for hobby clubs to gather.
• Enjoy adult-only activities coordinated by a full staff and lifestyle director.
• Join a social club like book club, bike club, and wine club.
• Resort-style amenities, outdoor green spaces, and lot maintenance are included in the HOA fee of $263 per month.
• Choose from over 500 low-maintenance home sites.
Contact the Del Webb sales center for details on floorplans, pricing, and upgrades at 910-467-0200.
If you live in the traditional neighborhood, do you have access to the Del Webb Amenities?
Del Webb amenities are exclusive for the Del Webb residents.
What is the HOA in Riverlights?
In the main Riverlights neighborhood, the HOA fee is $105 per month. This gives homeowners full access to the community’s amenity center and goes towards up keeping our beautiful community’s green spaces. Every homeowner is responsible for maintaining their own lot.
For townhomes, and duplexes the HOA fees are from $330-$365 per month. This gives homeowners full access to the community’s amenity center and goes towards up keeping our beautiful community’s green spaces plus the exterior maintenance of the townhome.
Is landscaping included in the HOA?
Landscaping is NOT included on the traditional side of the neighborhood where HOA fees are $105 a month, $1,260
annually. However, landscaping IS included if you are in one of our townhome or duplex neighborhoods, as well as our
Del Webb neighborhood, which all have higher HOA fees.
• Laurel Town Homes: $330/month
• Trusst Duplexes: $365/month
• Del Webb: $263/month
Can I rent in Riverlights?
Yes! We have flats, lofts, or apartments available to rent. Interested in the MV Flats or RL Lofts? Contact Sweyer Property
Management at 910-256-3031. There are also apartments for rent at Oasis at Riverlights. Please contact their leasing
office for rental rates and availability. Next year we will provide single family rentals, The Cottages at Riverlights. To be
added to the interest list for the Cottages, please visit this link: https://www.thecottagesatriverlights.com/.
Is there air traffic noise?
Although the Wilmington International Airport is only 9 miles away the only air traffic noise we experience is occasionally from really cool military airplanes and helicopters that are traveling to and from the nearby military base.
Do you rent kayaks?
We do not rent kayaks at this time.
Is there a diverse variety of food in downtown Wilmington?
Oh yes! Wilmington has a vibrant foodie scene with new places popping up all the time.
Are there biking trails in the Wilmington area?
Absolutely! We have 20+ bike trails throughout the Wilmington community.
Is there shopping and dining at Marina Village at Riverlights?
Riverlights is proudly home to local purveyors such as The Getaway Café and Provisions, Shore Break Bikes, Southern Shores Bottle Shop, Smoke on the Water Restaurant, Water + Color Art Gallery, Club Golf, The Woman’s Place, Edward Jones, and Girls with Dough.
Look forward to Friday Night Artisan Markets, live concerts, movies in the park, car shows, art walks and more throughout the year.
How close are you to grocery stores and the University of North Carolina Wilmington?
UNCW is 7 miles, approximately 15 minutes, from Riverlights. Local grocery stores such as Harris Teeter and Food Lion are within a few miles of the community.
What is coming to Riverlights?
To continue bringing convenience right to our residents, the vision for our community includes a mixed-use space of 120 acres with more shopping, dining, multi-family cottage rentals, healthcare offices, and more.
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