When any regular Tuesday afternoon has the chance of feeling like a day on vacation you know you have made it to South Harbor Island of Wrightsville Beach, NC. This hidden gem of a neighborhood is one of several communities that are consistently viewed as some of the most sought after real estate addresses in southeastern North Carolina.
South Harbor Island includes most of the residential area on the south side of the island, while its sister community, North Harbor Island, occupies the area to the north. South Harbor Island is located a short stroll away from the final access bridge that literally ends at the ocean’s edge. In fact, many locals consider Harbor Island an ideal
mix of island living and southern charm of neighborhoods found about ten miles away in historic downtown Wilmington, NC.
Once here, you are encouraged to leave your cares on the mainland! A short distance away from Causeway Drive the main thoroughfare on and off of Wrightsville Beach visitors can walk, bike or drive down less crowded streets lined with maritime oaks, well maintained yards and uniquely designed coastal cottages.
Excellent shopping, fresh seafood dining and even worldclass golf can be found close by…no long commute necessary.
The homes on South Harbor Island enjoy beautiful views from just about every angle. But one way to truly appreciate the breathtaking landscape is from the water. South Harbor Island property owners enjoy natural deepwater docks designed to accommodate boating adventures of all sizes.
If you are just visiting for the day it is good to note that Harbor Island offers the only free parking on the island during the busy summer months. You can reach the boat launch by crossing the drawbridge onto Wrightsville Beach and taking the first left. Depending on the tide, you may kayak or stand up paddleboard in either direction around the island. Circumnavigation of Harbor Island is approximately three miles.
Another great destination by boat is the 8.4 miles of pristine beaches of Masonboro Island. Located about a mile and a half south of the boat launch, this uninhabited oasis can be reached via the Intracoastal Waterway or via Banks Channel. Newcomers should be cautioned that crossing the inlet may be challenging at times due to changing winds, rising/falling tides, and of course other watercraft.
Imagine living within walking distance to a worldclass beach every day of the year. Add in access to the latest water sports, great yearround weather, and less than a five minute drive to shopping, dining and many area attractions, and you have just described one of the more perfect places to visit or live on the Atlantic Coast. The fivemilelong island overflows with coastal character, natural beauty and has been offering an ideal retreat from the summer heat for well over a hundred years.
For permanent residents, snowbirds and those desiring a rental home that offers consistently exceptional returns on investment, discriminating newcomers of all ages are giving careful consideration to making South Harbor Island their next great real estate purchase.
For families with school age children South Harbor Island residents have excellent choices with Wrightsville Beach Elementary, Noble Middle School and Laney High School, all exemplary facilities within the New Hanover County Public School System.
Regardless of where you look for a real estate investment along the Carolina coast, we can help you find the one property that was meant just for you. Intracoastal Realty agents take all the time needed to listen to your specific needs, ask the right questions and then go to work locating your next home in the right neighborhood. If you would like to learn more about homes and real estate in South Harbor Island or any one of Wrightsville Beach’s coastal communities sign up for our Free Property Watch service today! Better yet, stop by Intracoastal Realty’s Wrightsville Beach office location and speak with one of our knowledgeable realtors.