It is often said that downtown Wilmington is a separate place from the rest of the city and New Hanover County. The tone is absolutely different from any other neighborhood in the region. If you appreciate being at the crossroads of the community, downtown is the place for you. If you are looking for history and charm as well as an energetic and culturally/socially inspirational atmosphere, downtown Wilmington is definitely the place to be. It's lively, warm and relentlessly interesting.
Many of the homes date from the mid Ð to late 1800s and the first quarter of the 20th century. There are stunning examples of Victorian, Italianate, Renaissance, Neoclassical and Revivalist architecture. Homes in the area, small cottages and large mansions alike, feature high ceilings, hardwood floors, front porches all of which one would expect of vintage homes.
Within the Historic District, many homes have been restored, but there are still handyman bargains to be had, especially in the areas outside of the district in the Historic Overlay.
There is a range of everything in the way of housing and prices downtown, from larger homes in the district to small cottages with prices ranging from $120,000 to more than $1 million, depending on the location and condition.
These neighborhoods date from the 1920s, and architectural styles vary. In the Mansion District you can certainly purchase a mansion-style home ranging from $400,000 to $1,000,000, but there are also appealing cottages. Many of the larger homes started out as handyman bargains or fixer-uppers and were returned to their former elegance.
Some solidly rediscovered older neighborhoods beyond downtown are the Mansion District and nearby Carolina Heights and Carolina Place. Both Flank Market Street byond 15th Street. These neighborhoods date from the 1920's, and architectural styles vary.
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