Located on the Southeastern tip of North Carolina, historic New Hanover County is bordered by 31 miles of Atlantic shoreline on one side and the tranquil waters of the Cape Fear River on the other. Home to nearly 200,000 residents, this fast-growing county marries 275 years of rich history with the appeal of a thriving, contemporary small city.
Just minutes from the beautiful surrounding beaches, Wilmington boasts one of the state’s largest historic districts with 230 blocks of homes and a downtown business district has a thriving arts community, independently owned restaurants and shops, museums and tourist attractions. Historic downtown continues to grow with the recent expansion of the business district as well as a new convention center and marina.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Cape Fear Community College and Miller-Motte Technical College are all located in the county. Additionally, New Hanover County boasts state-of-the-art medical facilities and a growing list of corporate entities officially headquartered within the county.
Island communities like Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher, and Wrightsville Beach, surround the City of Wilmington, offering pristine sandy beaches and a wide variety of leisure activities for nature lovers, anglers, mariners, and water sports enthusiasts. With boardwalks, piers, and marinas these communities embody the spirit of coastal Americana.
New Hanover County is also home to many established golfing neighborhoods such as Porter’s Neck Plantation, Echo Farms, Cape Fear Country Club, and Landfall. There are also multiple new home communities such as Marsh Oaks, Parkside at Mayfaire, Seagrove, and Tanbridge Park.
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