Who doesn’t love spring? It’s not too cold, not too hot, and it’s the perfect time to get out-and-about! While the local beaches such as Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have the allure of salt air and rolling waves, there is plenty to do in Wilmington, without getting sand between your toes. Here are just a couple of options to spring into the Port City.
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.
The power of color and its effects on our day-to-day is undeniable. Colors invoke feelings, influence thoughts and spur creativity. They have the ability to sway our decisions and influence our moods. 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.
Riverlights has officially welcomed 500 families! To kick off our celebration, we asked residents and area neighbors to vote on three nonprofits to receive $500 each. We started with nine incredible finalists. From helping sheltered dogs find their forever homes to supporting hungry children in our area, all the nonprofits selected are helping to make Wilmington the amazing city we know and love.
You might have heard about the return on investment and other benefits of owning a new home. But, it can be an extensive process for someone purchasing their first 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!
The fall season is a crowd favorite almost everywhere in the country. But where is the fall lifestyle the best? If you live in Wilmington, you can easily answer this apple-scented question. Between our colorful seasonal beauty, the perfectly crisp weather, and the outdoor fall activities that bring us together, Wilmington wins at fall!
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.
Legacy Homes is the custom homebuilding division of Bill Clark Homes, an award-winning homebuilder in the Carolinas for over 40 years. Since 1977, the builder group has earned a reputation for helping buyers get the highest-quality materials and value for their money. And now, the Legacy Homes division maintains that ongoing mission while focusing on tailoring homes to the homebuyer’s unique lifestyle. And in RiverLights, that lifestyle often looks laid-back, airy, close to nature, and family-oriented.
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.
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 isThe 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.
The purchase of a new home is a major decision and at RiverLightswe are committed to supplying attracted residents with the best homes available. This all begins with selecting one of our experienced building companies we’ve trusted with building your new home. Each of ourhand-selected homebuildersprovides a unique style of homes. Today, we put a spotlight onAmerican Homesmith.
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.
Selecting a new home is a major decision and at RiverLights™ we are dedicated to providing interested residents with the best homes available. This starts when we select upstanding companies to build your new home. We work with nine different builders each providing a unique style of homes. Today, we put a spotlight on 70 West.
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.
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.
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.
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.