Top 10 Reasons to Move to Eastern North Carolina
As a locally-owned family business based in Wilmington, Bill Clark Homes is proud to welcome new homeowners to the area each year and help them find their dream home. Even our distinct Coastal style is an homage to the relaxing way of life.
In no particular order, here are our top 10 reasons to move to Eastern North Carolina.
1. Downtown Riverwalk
Voted as America's Best Riverfront, the Downtown Riverwalk in Wilmington stretches a full mile down the Cape Fear River through the Historic District with local shops and restaurants. It is a community boardwalk and is open 24 hours a day for exercise and exploration with decorative hanging street lights and benches along the wooden path. One of the most popular attractions is the USS North Carolina Battleship which is stationed along the docks for a glimpse into history through self-guided tours. The annual Riverfest is a festival of food, arts, and entertainment.
2. Beautiful beaches
Coastal Carolina living would be nothing without its beautiful beaches that cover 300 miles. The coast comprises several distinct areas like Brunswick Islands, Crystal Coast, Topsail, Wilmington, and Outer Banks. Residents and visitors alike spend sunny days on the water boating, fishing, and swimming. Back on land, you will find quaint coastal towns and waterfront attractions.
3. The favorable climate
It is easy to enjoy all the outdoor activities and attractions in Eastern North Carolina with mild temperatures throughout the year. This makes it a popular destination for snowbirds and vacationers who are looking to get away from harsh winters too.
4. Microbreweries and wineries
What better way to relax than with an adult beverage in hand, watching the waves? Whether you prefer beer or wine, there are plenty of options to try including Cape Fear Wine, Front Street Brewery, Wilmington Brewing Company, Flytrap Brewing, Edward Teach Brewery, and Waterline Brewing Co.
5. Festivals and fun
The coast is also home to many cultural and arts events like the Cucalorus Film Festival that features cinema from around the world or Port City's Azalea Festival with live music, street fairs, balls, and garden parties celebrating the native flower in bloom. Local farmers' markets are another draw with local produce, art, and music.
6. NC Aquariums
Education and conservation meet in the North Carolina Aquariums that spread throughout the state. Take a behind-the-scenes tour, participate in outdoor adventures or enroll the kids in camps that introduce them to aquatic wildlife.
7. Wilmington Symphony Orchestra
The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra or WSO is a cultural beacon for the area offering performance opportunities for regional musicians and educational programs for area youth. The Orchestra performs in the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and includes 65 to 70 local musicians.
8. Golf courses galore
Eastern North Carolina is also a dream destination for golfers from across the country. Some are even paired with sprawling communities like Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest and the Club at Pine Forest.
9. Low cost of living
Retiring in Eastern North Carolina is easy on your income, too, especially if the primary source is Social Security. North Carolina does not tax Social Security retirement income, and all other forms of retirement income are taxed at the state's flat rate.
10. Easy travel
Direct flights from the Wilmington International Airport lead to many major cities like New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. It is also a practice location for the US Air Force, meaning you might catch a glimpse at Air Force One someday. The WAVE bus service in Wilmington is also available, with routes running 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. across the city.