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Welcome to Historic Downtown/South Oleander

Vibrant, historic towns with upscale amenities close to beaches, shops and dining.

Located on the eastern coast of North Carolina, Wilmington is known as the “Port City” because of the large shipping port that plays an integral role in the area’s bustling economy.  Water is a way of life in Wilmington and there’s no shortage of it here.  The historic downtown area is anchored by The Cape Fear River which is dotted with antique shops, restaurants, nightlife, boutiques, stores and hotels.  The Riverwalk, which recently won “America’s Best Riverfront,” features a 1.75-mile boardwalk for exercise, strolling for scenery, views of the Battleship North Carolina, and stop overs at area restaurants.

Stretching over 230 blocks, cobblestone streets line downtown Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic district where you’ll fall in love with the neoclassical architecture of the city’s stunning homes.  Preservation efforts remain an important part of the community’s mission and much of the area is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

South Oleander is an area of town in west Wilmington known as the Forest Hills and Midtown neighborhoods. It is a quaint, beautiful area of town, dotted with some of the area’s most impressive estate homes and mid-century brick homes.  This historic area offers a prime location, central to lovely churches, eateries and boutiques, Independence Mall, Novant New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and area beaches.

The community and lifestyle in South Oleander have made it an intriguing, popular place to live. The area is known for established Live Oaks and mature landscaping, central location to all of the area’s best restaurants and shopping, and the mild coastal weather we enjoy here year round. The community offers a hometown-like feel to residents young and retired.

  • Close to highly rated beaches and water activities
  • Walkable spaces with many shops and eateries
  • Small-town feel and friendly locals
  • Outdoor lifestyle and mild year-round climate

The Historic Downtown and South Oleander have grown over the years by incorporating people from different backgrounds and religions. Many who call these communities home are retirees, families, and business owners, and enjoy its relaxing atmosphere, central location, and proximity to area beaches. They appreciate its natural beauty and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The residents especially love the walkable areas and well-kept community spaces and parks.


Circa 1922 is an upscale eatery in Downtown Wilmington that serves locally sourced ingredients and a seasonal menu filled with bold flavor and fresh meats. At Elijah’s, a casual grill on the riverbanks in the Historic Downtown, patrons can dine on seafood, specialty items, and craft drinks. Pilot House serves made-from-scratch cuisine with a Southern and Cajun flare. Floriana Wilmington is an upscale Italian bistro that serves locally sourced produce in an intimate and romantic setting. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is a fine dining experience that serves the finest cuts of prime beef in a custom broiler and handcrafted cocktails.


The North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington is a decades-old springtime tradition where locals can watch the festive parade. Wilmington Riverfest is an annual early fall celebration in the Historic Downtown that showcases the beautiful community. Both festivals have vendors, local cuisine, activities, live music and entertainment, fireworks, and more. Historic Thalian Hall is a theatre in Wilmington that supports the performing arts and culturally vibrant community by hosting shows, educational classes, and entertainment. At Live Oak Bank Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater, visitors enjoy riverfront concerts and other events.


New Hanover County Schools is a large district with 45 schools and 530 national board-certified teachers. The district serves more than 26,000 students across the county, including Historic Downtown and South Oleander in Wilmington.

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