The new year is finally here, and Wilmington is packed with events all year round with nothing but fun, and memories to share for you and your family. Ranging from markets, concerts, festivals and more, check out our top events happening in the Wilmington area in 2023!
The Holiday season is upon us, and Wilmington is packed with seasonal events to bring nothing but holiday cheer and memorable photos to share. From Christmas flotillas to enchanting candlelight tours, enjoy the season with your friends and family in the Port City.
From an historic home in downtown Wilmington with views of the Cape Fear River, to Riverlights’ Riverview Townhomes in 2018, to a move across the street to Riverlights’ River Row today, Jenny and Richard are drawn to be together riverside.
At this year’s North Carolina Home Builders Association STARS Awards Gala, Riverlights was named North Carolina Community of the Year! We are delighted and recognize this is a terrific reflection of so many teams doing their best and sharing a commitment to do it right.
Southport is a quaint coastal town full of history, shopping, dining, and stunning water views. While it’s tempting to stay in Wilmington, we recommend a day trip to Southport for its abundance of activities and rich history.
Fall has arrived in Wilmington and we’re ready to celebrate with festive markets and fun events in and around the Cape Fear region. We are thrilled to see the return of many Wilmington festivals and fall events this season.
Retirement often ushers in uncertainty as to how one might fill an endless calendar of days off. Given Wilmington’s outdoor recreation vibe and accommodating climate, many retirees are finding opportunities to pursue “the active adult lifestyle.”
There’s nothing like ending your day with a sunset and living on the coast gives some great ones! We have done our homework to provide you the top places to catch the gorgeous sunsets Wilmington has to offer.
While those who live here have long appreciated the beauty of Marina Village and its Live Oak Commons, the Cape Fear Garden Club recently and most publicly agreed, by awarding it with a Beauty Spot Outstanding Landscape Award.
With its amazing river views and countless cafes, bars, and shops, the Downtown Wilmington Riverwalk is a site not to be missed. The Wilmington Riverwalk was developed back in the 1980s and was officially completed in 2017. It has been gaining national recognition ever since.
The latest phase of Riverlights is opening this summer and potential new neighbors got their first look during our “Dusty Boots Tour” in June. Dozens of visitors met with participating homebuilders, toured model homes and explored the initial 42 homesites to be released.
The rich history and fun-loving spirit of Carolina Beach is best showcased through artwork. With the Carolina Beach Mural Project, talented artists have a chance to celebrate life in Carolina Beach by creating engaging murals for the public to enjoy.
Warm weather is finally here, plants are blooming, and so should your garden! For tips on keeping your garden and lawn looking fresh this season, we went straight to the experts at Airlie Gardens and the NC Cooperative Extension.
We know Wilmington is the perfect place if you’re a beach lover, beer lover, or foodie. But do you know who Wilmington is also perfect for? Shopping lovers! Wilmington has plenty of shopping centers available that sell everything from brand-name clothing to consigned home furnishings.
Moving is certainly very exciting, but we also understand it can by a little stressful and exhausting at the same time. Preparing for a move ahead of time will help the transition to your new home be a lot smoother. Here are our top 10 reminders to check off before moving into your new home.
For Jeff Bartholomew, principal of AR Homes, “there’s just nothing else like Riverlights in the Wilmington market. It’s very welcoming with shops and restaurants and club-like amenities, delivering a day-to-day that doesn’t require you to run all around the city,” he says.
Historic landmarks, award-winning eateries, and scenic river views can all be found while visiting Downtown Wilmington. There’s something for everyone to enjoy from fun dining spots to fabulous boutique shops, and so much more.
With the weather finally getting warmer, we are ready to get outside and get some sun! Whether you want to go for a run, fish, or lay out and read, Wilmington has an excellent selection of parks and outdoor space to choose from so you can get out and enjoy this beautiful weather.
One great thing about living in Wilmington is it’s so easy to support local businesses. Wilmington, North Carolina houses tons of boutiques with one-of-a-kind pieces you can’t find anywhere else. There's nothing better than supporting local and looking fashionable at the same time.
The Wilmington Fire Department is in the process of completing the design for what will officially be WFD Station No 6. While we’ll affectionately be calling it the Riverlights Fire Station, it will also serve a portion of Independence Boulevard and the Echo Farms community.
It’s possible the spring season in Wilmington, NC is the most captivating. The city is delicious with the scent of jasmine. Azaleas are bursting forth in various hues of pink. The beach sun is warm on our faces. There is no city quite like Wilmington in spring!
The salty air and sea breeze found in Wilmington, NC creates the perfect atmosphere for relaxation and rejuvenation. Everyone loves a good beach day, but have you tried these other activities to help relax and recharge in Wilmington?
Need a morning cup of joe or an afternoon pick-me-up? In Wilmington, you’ll find some of the most delicious and diverse coffee shops around. Here are our top 5 coffee shops in town that have become steeped in niche bean roasters and specialty retailers for all to enjoy.
Nationally, real estate sales were a top story throughout 2021, with low interest rates, continued workplace flexibility and crazy demand for inventory. Certainly, Wilmington’s real estate sales reflected all these trends with Riverlights serving as a perfect Exhibit A.
The mild temperatures, and coastal landscapes make fitness activities attractive to those who live in Wilmington. From fun runs to triathlons, avid runners will find no shortages of races in the area. Wilmington has become a destination for avid fitness gurus or enthusiasts alike.
Need advice on narrowing down your Valentine’s Day plans? Or maybe, you are planning a special Galentine’s Day evening with your besties! Either way, we have a great round-up of lovely ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Wilmington.
Newcomers and longtime locals of the port city find joy in such a wide variety of events and happenings, so we thought it would be fun to make a list of our top things to do in 2022. And don’t worry- there’s something for the foodie lover and the nature enthusiast to enjoy.
This December, Riverlights is commemorating its 5th Anniversary! Since emerging on the Cape Fear Riverfront in 2016, Riverlights has thrived as Wilmington’s only master-planned community, creating connectivity between nature and neighbors coexisting for a year-round active outdoor lifestyle.
Wilmington, or as the film industry calls it, Wilmywood, is known for being a location where many famous movies and television shows have been filmed. We decided to compile a list of 10 movies that were filmed right here in Wilmington.
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One of our beloved builders here in Riverlights, Charter Building Group, has recently opened a new model, the Devonshire on model row! This spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home has all the desired fit and finishes you are looking for.
If you enjoy a cold brew, check out our top 10 breweries, all less than 20 minutes from Riverlights. Maybe even create your own pub crawl with friends for a fun weekend or night out in the city of Wilmington.
Looking for some Labor Day weekend fun? No matter what you're into--festivals, live music, swinging a club or the great outdoors we've got a way to soak up the long weekend. Will you pack in all five or choose just one? It's up to you!
Where Charleston Style meets Coastal Carolina Charm! We are pleased to introduce the newest builder to our community, New Leaf Builders, offering a variety of homes ranging from 1,500 sq.ft. to 2,400 sq.ft.
This Sunday, September 5 is known as the International Day of Charity. There are countless nonprofit organizations in our local area that always need volunteers, and we've highlighted a few to get you started! Remember, there is no better feeling than giving back to your neighbors.
In today’s world healthcare is a top priority when considering where to live. Luckily, Wilmington offers excellent healthcare facilities and a wide range of specialists and providers that make it easy to find care without having to travel to outside cities such as Raleigh, Chapel Hill, or Charlotte.
It's been a busy summer for film crews across the port city! As "Hollywood of the East", Wilmington continues to attract production companies to the area with it's charming homes, river-facing historic downtown, and lush natural surroundings.
With three beautiful beaches near the city of Wilmington, it’s no surprise we are quickly becoming one of top places to live. For locals, visitors, or those exploring the area, read this blog for a quick run down of our beautiful North Carolina shores.
Over the past 4 years, the Wilmington area has seen its fair share of hurricanes and severe weather. Hurricane season will run until November 30, with September usually being the most active month. Check out the tips below to make sure you are prepped and ready to go!
Riverlights community saluted the red, white, and blue this 4th of July holiday weekend. The Riverlights Resident Event planning committee started the weekend off with their first annual golf cart parade where spectators lined the streets to cheer on the patriotic display!
Looking for a fun day trip to take this summer? We've listed a few of our favorite destinations that are located 100 miles or less from Riverlights. Each city has unique features that are guaranteed to bring a fun day trip!
What better way to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave then spending it in the Cape Fear Region! Whether you are a local, or visitor, we are giving you a quick rundown of the biggest events happening around the area.
This Saturday, June 12 from 8:30-11:00 am, we are partnering with Cape Fear River Watch to clean up the Riverlights lake trail and the Cape Fear River Edge. The event is part of the Great American Cleanup.
Start your 4th of July holiday weekend with a live concert in Marina Village at Riverlights! As part of our annual summer concert series the Imitations will be performing at Live Oak Commons on Saturday, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Summer is right around the corner, and you may be considering brightening up your indoor spaces. We have some great, cost-effective tips that will help bring that sunshiny summer feeling inside all year round.
Here at Riverlights, we had a blast participating in the Parade of Homes. It was two weekends filled with fun and excitement as residents and newcomers alike visited our community to tour our beautiful homes and to experience the energy and warm welcomes that make Riverlights so special!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year...The Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association Parade of Homes!Riverlightsis this year’s Showcase Community, and you better believe we have plenty of family fun activities lined up.
When looking into new construction floorplans, you often times see a space labeled as flex space or bonus room. This is a beautiful thing indicating you have options. Do you want that fourth bedroom or a home office? Do you want a dining room or a sitting area for the family? You get to choose!
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it is time to finalize your gift-giving plans. If you are looking for ways to splurge on your loved ones, here are a few ideas to help you spread the love, locally, in our beloved Cape Fear Region.
Riverlights has continued to develop and change over the years, and this year is no different. AR Homes, the nation’s leading custom homebuilding franchise, has officially joined the list of amazing homebuilders at Riverlights.
In 2020, we all spent an exorbitant amount of time indoors, and during that time, many found ourselves itching for some type of change. Luckily, one of the simplest ways to alter the interior of your home is with a fresh coat of paint.
You might have heard about the return on investment and other benefits of owning a new home. It’s helpful to have all of your financial documents in one place, and a checklist ready to go. Click for some tips to help get you up to speed!
Not sure if you should take the leap into homeownership? It’s a big decision, but here are a few of the top reasons why it may be smarter to own your own home versus renting. And at Riverlights in Wilmington, NC, we think we have a lot of reasons for you to own a home here!
If you’re looking to design the kitchen of your dreams, then look no further than these stunning options. Each of these models include all the ingredients for a warm, inviting, and sophisticated cooking space: modern features, the perfect color palette, and inspired accents.
Now until May 21st, RiverLights will be hosting a Housewarming Incentive for all spec home buyers that go to contract during this promotional period. This incentive gives new RiverLights residents that purchase a spec home a selection of items from Leisure World totaling a $1,200 value.
The Cape Fear Region has quickly made a name for itself in the world of micro brews. As one of the fastest growing beer communities in the southeast, Wilmington is home to almost 20 (and counting!) breweries. There is a pint and an atmosphere to fit every beer lover’s interest. Most area breweries are family and pet-friendly and host events such as pop-up farmers and artisan markets, outdoor movies, live music, dinner pairings, tap takeovers and more!
On any warm summer night in Wilmington, North Carolina, there’s bound to be a grassy lawn or back patio filled with music, good drinks, and a beach-y breeze coming off the water. If the mood is right, those spaces will also have happy couples dancing the night away — and there’s only one top locals’ choice when it comes to the dance style!
A popular spot for outdoorsmen, photographers, family campers, beachgoers, and everyone in between, Masonboro Island Reserve offers something for all ages to discover. It’s located just off the coast of Wilmington, only a few miles from RiverLights.
With its charming homes, river-facing historic downtown, and lush natural surroundings, it’s no wonder why Wilmington makes the perfect set for Hollywood smashes and small indie films alike. In fact, nearly 1,000 productions have been shot in North Carolina since 1980, and more than 500 of them right here in the Wilmington region.
In the Wilmington area, RiverLights has become synonymous with riverfront beauty and a community-focused lifestyle. The health-centric features, thoughtful community design, and unique amenities have certainly made a positive impression on residents. And now, you can experience the waterfront community for yourself from the comfort of your couch!
For its beauty, its arts and culture, and its abundance of outdoor activities, Wilmington stands out as a top place to call home. One of the city’s most loved (and most practical) highlights is its unbelievably mild climate. The average annual high temperature is 74 degrees F!
Just because the summer months have ended doesn’t mean the beach fun has! Because of the mild year-round temperatures in Wilmington, going to the beach is a fun family outing in any season — even winter.
From the historic Southern mansions to the twinkle light-filled riverfront, Wilmington is full of idyllic holiday charm. And this winter, there are a number of ways to spend an afternoon or a night out and about.
Fall in Wilmington is full of charm and vibrant colors — from the blue hues of the Cape Fear River to the bright scarlet of the red maple trees. Among the best things about the area are the mild temperatures in the fall and winter.
For those who were raised in the south - specifically along the Carolina coast, Thanksgiving traditions and menus may be a little different than those from another area of the country. In the south we enjoy the average 75 degree weather, football, southern comfort food, local seafood, the river and the beach.
With miles of nature trails, plenty of open spaces and a long, winding Boardwalk along the Cape Fear riverfront, RiverLights is an ideal place for active beings — both two-legged and four-legged! Though owning a pet is certainly no requirement here, pet owners are attracted to RiverLights for a variety of reasons.
Among residents, RiverLights is beloved for more than just its winding nature trails, bustling Marina Village, and riverfront beauty — there is also an undeniable sense of community here that radiates warmth and hospitality.
The Tanners were inspired to start the club after attending a Del Webb ‘Wine and Design’ class. But Deborah and Jay put their own local spin on this class format – part arts, part carafes, and part giving back to the community.
While sunshine and blue skies are two of Wilmington’s most beloved attributes, those heated midday hours can elicit a strong desire to cool off. Some of the best places to be during the high Carolina heat — in, on, near, or by the water, of course. And luckily, RiverLights provides multiple options for residents looking to escape the blasting sunshine. From waterslides to solitaire, keep these top four ways to keep cool in RiverLights handy.
One of the best features of RiverLights is that the community has a place for people in all walks of life. Whether you are a young professional looking to put down real roots for the first time, part of a growing family seeking a neighborhood that’s ideal for young ones, or a retiree looking for a peaceful place that radiates life and offers socialization, RiverLights offers a water-centric, vibrant lifestyle to all. And one of the newest additions to the community’s list of hand-selected homebuilders is Laurel Homes.
From researching the best locations to picking paint colors to deciding on doorknobs, the homebuying process is full of exciting — and sometimes overwhelming — choices. In Riverlights, we are committed to easing that challenge by offering each person a home that’s perfectly suited to their needs — and that begins with the builder. Each of our hand-selected homebuildersprovides a unique home offering and years of expertise to help guide you. One builder on the Riverlights roster that’s here to help make the entire homebuilding process go smoothly is The Cottage Building Company
Whether you’re new to the Wilmington area, checking out the city as a potential new area to live or staying through the RiverLights Resident for a Day experience, don’t miss your chance to explore all that this waterfront town has to offer. Below, we’ve rounded up our top 20 favorite things to do in Wilmington.
Warm weather means many things in the RiverLights community: bright chatter from residents walking along the Boardwalk, kayaks adding color to the Cape Fear River, and refreshing afternoon dips in the pool. And, it means perfect weather for perusing the new Marina Village Marketplace! This farmers market is all-new to the Wilmington area, and it’s already a favorite Friday-morning activity.
Spring fever is hitting the South and it’s early April! If you’re itching to get out of the house to enjoy the sunshine, we have suggestions for some simple local activities your family can try this season.
Spring is officially here! This means longer days spent outside with family and friends and enjoying the mild temperatures with the promise of summer around the corner. Spring also means it’s time for cleaning out your closets, kitchen pantries, and yes, even the garage! Here are some tips to make this year’s clean out a little more efficient.
Starting a new chapter in your life is exciting but it can also be nerve-racking. Not knowing how to get from one place to the next, where things are located in your new grocery store – it can all seem overwhelming, especially when you don’t have a tribe to support you in this new community. Here are six ways we suggest to become acclimated to your new life here in the South.
At RiverLights, we strive to create an environment where our residents can live fully, seamlessly connecting their home to a dynamic community that offers all of the joys of an outdoor lifestyle along with local shops, restaurants and events – all right from their doorstep. This past year was one for the books as we celebrate a successful first year, welcoming several new families to the community and their homes.
Want to know the best thing about living in RiverLights? Being a part of the Wilmington, NC community and super close to all of the unique experiences it has to offer. Wilmington is one of the best beach towns on the East Coast because it provides a sense of belonging and makes you feel truly at home. The offerings in Wilmington will give you and your family something new to explore every weekend. Every RiverLights resident should check out these 10 places that are all within 10 miles of the RiverLights community.
Over 800 cheerful Wilmington residents attended the RiverLights Holiday Festival of Homes and raced through the decorated Dashing Thru the Glow 5K course on Saturday, Dec. 2. Riverlights hosted this second annual holiday event to celebrate the merriment of the season for the Wilmington community to enjoy, while marking one year of the community’s official open.
Since 1992, TrusstBuilder Group has built more than 3,000 homes throughout New Hanover and Brunswick counties, which includes the RiverLights community in Wilmington, NC. Over the past 24 years,TrusstBuilder Group has evolved into one of southeastern North Carolina’s leading land developers and newhomebuilders.
RiverLights is pleased to announce the addition of the Southern Gale Townhomes,developed by Wilmington-based builderLaurel Homes. Coming in 2018, the townhome neighborhood will expand the roster of home options within the RiverLights community with packages starting in the mid-$200,000s.
Versatile and perfectly positioned are two ways to describe the latest addition to Marina Village in RiverLights. Magnolia Social Café is more than just a coffee shop, and that’s exactly what owner Tammy Tilghman envisioned from the start. From the moment Tilghman saw the future location of her café, her dream began to take shape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.