4410 River Rd., Wilmington, North Carolina
On the Southern North Carolina Coast, Riverlights is a Waterfront Community with Shops, Restaurants, a Boardwalk, a Lake and a Del Webb 55+ Single Family Home Neighborhood with a Beautiful Amenity Center
Riverlights is a lovely mixed-use, master-planned community along the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina. It broke ground in 2016 and is named after the lighthouses that once stood in this area. At completion, the community will have nearly 2,300 homes. Some of these properties are in a 55+ neighborhood built by Del Webb.
The overall community has 1,400 acres sprikled with live oaks, red cedars, sawgrasses, tidal marshes and sand dunes. Nearly half of these acres are open space, giving Riverlights a soothing quality. Homes, including condominiums, town homes, single family homes and apartments, spread across the other 700 acres. Seven developers in addition to Del Webb are constructing residences, each creating a separate neighborhood. Many of the homes are single story, and cottage and Cape Cod are two of the architectual styles. Many of the nine models, including Del Webb, have single story floor plans with two to five bedrooms, two to four baths, a pitched roof, a prominent two-car garage facing the street and a small front porch.
Prices begin in the mid-$200,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change.
Marina Village is the heart of Riverlights and has shops, eateries, a shaded riverfront boardwalk, a crab dock, an event lawn, offices, a 112 slip marina and a dock master. Red Oak Commons is a park that host concerts, a farmers' market and more. Four other parks are on the drawing board. A 38-acre freshwater lake provides opportunities for fishing and canoeing. Del Webb's gorgeous amenity center has a large, resort-style swimming pool, tennis courts, shuffle board courts and more.
Wilmington is an active port city on the southern North Carolina coast and has a mile-long river walk, a large, fun historic downtown and a 250 block historic district. Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts is the city's showcase venue and mounts 250 music and theater events a year.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has a new Cultural Arts Building and presents live performances. The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra has a busy schedule, and the city has a robust blues culture. North Carolina Jazz Festival is also popular. There are public gardens and an aquarium along the river.
Cape Fear Hospital and New Hanover Regional Medical Center are both accredited.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. The area receives 57 inches of rain per on average.
Visit www.riverlightsliving.com for more information. Visit tinyurl.com/ydd5cdhk to see the 55+ neighborhood.
Sir Walter Raleigh sent English colonists to North Carolina in 1585 and 1587 to settle Roanoke Island. Permanent settlements were established in 1653, and early conflicts included pirate raids, the Quaker-led Cary Rebellion and the Tuscarora Indian War.
North Carolina didn't see much fighting during the American Revolution, but many residents went out of state to fight. A lot of locals were pro-Union and anti-slavery, but the state joined the Confederacy during the Civil War.
The state is the nation's largest tobacco producer, furniture maker and brick and textile manufacturer. Papermaking, chemicals, and metalworking are important to the state economy, too. Most lithium and mica come from here.
Tourists spend more than $1 billion in North Carolina annually. Sporting options include skiing, golfing and fishing. Major attractions include the Great Smoky Mountains, Cape Hatteras, the Blue Ridge National Parkway, the Wright Brothers memorial, Carl Sandburg's home, and an Old Salem re-creation in Winston-Salem. North Carolina's climate is warm and tropical most of the time, but it can be subject to fierce storms part of the
Population - 10,146,788
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 28%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 65%
Median household income - $46,848
Median home value - $154,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Newer Communities vs. Older Communities
Retirement communities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These days new communities have a lot of bells and whistles, often including a large clubhouse with a state of the art fitness center, a resort-style swimming pool, an 18 hole championship golf course (or two or three), concierge services, transportation services, a rental program and much more. Something to keep in mind with newer communities is how the development will look when it is completely built out. And who will the residents be? Older communities often cannot match the amenities of newer ones, but they make up for that by having an established group of residents. You have a better idea what you are getting when you buy into an older development.
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