While the beaches, historic downtown and relaxed recreational vibe make Wilmington an ever more popular destination, the Port City can also claim an altogether new energy and in its emerging districts. Last time, we explored the Brooklyn Arts District. This round, grab your friends, your out-of-town visitors, and head to Wilmington’s Soda Pop District.
There are as many reasons to retire to Wilmington as there are retirees. But having talked to many who have settled here and, particularly those who have retired to Riverlights, these are among the reasons most top-of-mind.
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.
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.
Believe it or not September 22 kicked off the first day of fall! If you haven’t yet started to decorate your porch with holiday décor, we’d love to offer some quick and easy tips to bring the true autumn spirit to your outdoor sanctuary!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone dreams of living in a community where their neighbors are some of their best friends and weekly dinner parties or outings are a part of their schedules. At RiverLights, they are making this dream a reality by offering multiple activities and events that will help bring you and your neighbors closer.
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.
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.
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.