Coastal North Carolina Real Estate on the Water

There are many different options when searching for real estate that has water access or water views in Wilmington, North Carolina and surrounding areas. This highly sought after area is comprised of the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Cape Fear River.  All of these together create a plethora of navigable waterways, creating a water lovers dream. Below are some coastal North Carolina lifestyle options to choose from.

Ocean Front

There are many oceanfront real estate opportunities to choose from in the Wilmington, NC area. Many different styles and options are available to suit the needs of a variety of buyers.  From condos to townhomes, even custom homes that are oceanfront in many of the different barrier islands in this area, you will find it all here. Locating the perfect oceanfront home or condo in the Wilmington NC area can happen in a variety of locations. To the north of Wilmington you have Topsail Island, which is a beautiful barrier island stretch of beach approximately 22 miles long. Directly east you will find oceanfront condos and homes in the areas of Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach. Directly south of Wilmington buyers will find the sleepy barrier islands in Brunswick County, which offer many oceanfront real estate options. Come and see for yourself!


ICWW in Brunswick County NC

Some people call it “the ditch” and some people call it “Snowbird Lane”, but the Intracoastal Waterway runs from Maine to Florida, and is the path of many boaters trying to escape the cold winters of the Northeast. In Wilmington as well as Brunswick County, you will find beautiful homes with gorgeous views, access docs, and boat slips right off the ICWW. Down this beautiful waterway buyers will also find communities with marinas and boat ramps, which allows for direct access to the waterway and Atlantic Ocean. Most of the ICWW runs behind beautiful barrier islands surrounding Wilmington, but a part of it runs down the Cape Fear River. Many boating enthusiasts like this type of setting because it gives protection being just behind the islands, all the while giving you direct access to the waterway.

 Homes with boat slips on Wrightsville Beach, NC.

 More good news… You don't have to be directly on the ICWW in order to find a home that has water access or a boat slip. You can find homes for sale offering boat slips on the quaint Harbour Island. Harbour Island rests directly behind Wrightsville Beach and is a beautiful area.  Another option buyers have found is searching at the north end of Carolina Beach. Both of these areas offer a variety of condos and single-family homes for sale featuring water access and boat slips. 


Homes with River views in Brunswick County, NC.

If saltwater living isn’t your thing, you can also find different real estate opportunities that are situated on the riverfront. There are two main areas when looking for homes that have beautiful river views. In Wilmington, you will find homes that backup to the Northeast Cape Fear River, offering a quiet and more peaceful environment while remaining a little farther away from town. There also different areas of the Cape Fear River, some of which are in Wilmington and others in Brunswick County that offer riverfront living. Additional areas to search for real estate boasting river views would be Lockwood Folly, Shallotte, and Calabash, all located in Brunswick County, NC. So many options in this area when seeking waterfront/access living!