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The historic district in Wilmington, North Carolina is a charming and picturesque area filled with beautifully preserved architecture and rich history. This district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in the heart of downtown Wilmington and spans over 230 blocks.

Visitors can stroll along the brick-lined streets and admire the well-preserved Victorian, Queen Anne, and Georgian-style homes, as well as historic churches, theaters, and commercial buildings.

The district also includes the Riverwalk, a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to enjoy stunning views of the Cape Fear River. With its blend of history and modern amenities, the historic district in Wilmington is a must-see destination for anyone visiting the area.

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Recent Historic District Listings

5 Beds 6 Baths
The Charity-Prescott House (c.1837) located in Historic Downtown Wilmington has a bed and breakfast permit and is grandfathered in for short term rental use that transfers to the new owner upon sale. This turnkey short term rental business comes with five fully furnished and decorated 1 bedroom condos each come with a dedicated off-street parking spot plus 3 extra parking spots for maintenance. Parking passes can be purchase for street parking for you or your guest. The amazing location is a short walk to the famous Wilmington Riverwalk, dinning and much more. HOA agreement in place and each condo is allowed to legally operate as a short term rentals indefinitely. Each unit is decorated in a different style which comes with a new water heater, queen bed with hybrid mattresses and mattress protectors, a coffee and snack bar, welcome basket, kitchen basics, bathroom basics, linens, pillows, bedding, towels, decor, smart TV, appliances, and furniture. The 2nd floor condos have private balconies, and the 2 first floor condos have shared porch access. Wi-fi haș been integrated throughout the house for each condo. The building was fully renovated in the mid 2000's, including the installation of a metal and membrane roof. If the new owner wishes to operate the short term rentals themselves, WVH will include their short term rental inventory system, cleaning system, software setup, and a list of suppliers to help the new owner get started. The other available option is that Wilmington Vacation Homes can offer to continue to manage the property. The Wilmington Vacation Homes team is located in Wilmington and includes full-time cleaners, full-time management, maintenance, pest control, and in-house commercial laundry. If the new owner wishes, WVH can continue to book the units on Airbnb, VRBO, booking, expedia, hopper, and Wilmington Vacation Homes with their established ratings and manage the units.

415 S Front Street Unit #A,B,C,D And E, Wilmington

2 Beds 2 Baths
This house feels like home whether you want to live here or Airbnb it. It is a historic house known as the Athalia Hall House. The 1906 Athalia Hall House has been meticulously updated and restored and is offered fully furnished. Sit on the front porch and enjoy the horse and buggy saunter down the street or enjoy entertaining on the secluded back porch with a brick patio and walkway that was added in 2019 making your outdoor living maintenance free . This is a home with rich history that is the only one in the historic district that has a 45 record recorded by the 2nd owner. The 45 record is preserved on the wall in the home and conveys with the home. Feel free to listen to the song with the link provided in the media section of mls. (https://youtu.be/S9EGakSdQaA?si=c8IWKwsHbUn7pjLe)Some of the architectural details include 12'' baseboards, original heart of pine floors and beautiful stained glass windows that have been added in the kitchen and bedrooms. The front door's size and the design of the double door to the master bedroom and the door to the en suite master bath allow handicap access and a walk-in shower. This home has 4 fireplaces with capped chimneys. The 1/2 bath has been fully renovated and the flooring is marble. The kitchen is fully renovated including a soapstone countertop, an electrified mahogany island with much storage and a carrara marble countertop, a vaulted ceiling and is open to the dining room/living area. Just outside the back porch, there is a trap door to a root cellar that would easily convert to a wine cellar. All major systems have been updated:: the water heater (2015) and HVAC in 2014; all new plumbing in 2012 and 2013; The metal roof has a hydrostop coating system that was installed in 2012. This home has been featured on the Azalea Festival Home tour and the Back Door Kitchen tour. Please reach out to listing agent to view video of homes interior. Schedule a showing today and enjoy this peace of tranquility.

503 S Front Street, Wilmington

6 Beds 5 Baths
THE GILCHRIST MANSION AND CARRIAGE HOUSE Many buildings are built, but very few are createdIt is a rare opportunity to buy a 6,950 sq ft historical mansion that allows a person to create something truly magnificent and magical. This Queen Anne-style historical mansion was built by E. William Gilchrist in 1894. There are two options to consider when purchasing this property. One is to follow through with the seller's plan to subdivide the mansion into 4 upscale residences (The Gilchrist Mansion and Carriage House) or, Two - renovate the 6 bedroom, 5 bath mansion as a luxurious palatial estate for your own use. It has taken almost 2 years to get The Gilchrist project to this point. The site has been cleared, all approvals, architectural and engineering plans are in place and ready for this majestic conversion. The purchase price includes all architectural and engineering plans and more. Please visit online at TheGilchrist to get a detailed overview of this unique project. It is very unlikely to find a large lot facing two streets in historic downtown Wilmington. This property consists of 0.42 acre and fronts Market Street as well as 7th Street and is within walking distance to the heart of downtown and very close to the new Coca-Cola Soda Pop district. The exterior of the mansion is in great shape, the metal roof is newer, the interior has been stripped down to its bones, and its bones are in excellent shape. The house features 12-foot ceilings, a grand staircase, a basement, 8 fireplaces and so much more! I can assure you that once you visit this property, the experience will be one of wonder and wonderful!

708 Market Street, Wilmington

4 Beds 4 Baths
Neighbor to the governor, host to a president- Welcome to the Historic Parker-Saunders House, a magnificent Greek Revival at 401 South Front Street in Wilmington, North Carolina. Steeped in rich history and boasting exquisite architectural details, this 1844 masterpiece exudes timeless elegance. With 4 bedrooms and 4 baths spread across 4,450 square feet, this home is a true testament to craftsmanship and enduring charm.Upon entering, you'll be greeted by the grandeur of the cantilevered staircase, a striking feature that curves gracefully from the top floor to the English-style basement. The original heart pine flooring throughout adds warmth and character, exemplifying ''they just don't make them like they used to''.Balancing old and new, the home has been tastefully updated while preserving its historic essence. Fresh paint in areas, new bathroom vanities and countertops and a revitalized kitchen blend modern convenience and classic allure. The first floor holds all of the common living spaces including a library, adorned with built-in shelving, offering a quiet retreat for book lovers. A spacious parlor flows to the formal dining room, separated by sliding pocket doors. The 12 foot ceilings on this floor and intricate moulding detail add to the elegance and appeal. Upstairs holds the primary suite and three additional bedrooms. The English-style basement has another full bathroom, bonus room and two large additional flex rooms. There are 7 fireplaces scattered throughout the house, adding a touch of romance and a reminder of a bygone era. Outdoors, the original bath house, artfully converted into a shed, provides practical storage for gardening supplies. Brick walkways meander through the enchanting grounds, adorned with decorative patios and a beautiful brick wall offering both privacy and charm.Across the street stands the historic Dudley mansion, a grand residence built in 1825 for North Carolina Governor Edward Dudley. Its rich history adds to the allure of the neighborhood. Stroll along the picturesque, sidewalk-lined street, as horse and carriage tours pass by regularly, adding to the ambiance of historic downtown Wilmington. The location of the Parker-Saunders House is simply unbeatable. With views of the Cape Fear River, you're just a block away from the famous Wilmington Riverwalk. You'll find yourself within easy reach of the area's best dining, bars, and restaurants, offering an unparalleled lifestyle. Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts and culture scene at nearby Wilson Center, historic Thalian Hall or Live Oak Bank Pavilion. Don't miss this rare opportunity to own a piece of history, where the past blends harmoniously with the present. Come and experience the timeless elegance of the Parker-Saunders House, where each room tells a story, and begin writing its next chapter.

401 S Front Street S, Wilmington

4 Beds 4 Baths
Welcome to 508 S Front St, a beautifully restored historic home nestled in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The Wessel-Harper House built in 1845 combines timeless architectural details and greek-revival style with modern updates, offering the perfect blend of old-world charm and contemporary comfort. The main level boasts a spacious living area and family room, adorned with original hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, and large windows.The kitchen contains custom cabinetry, a large center island, new double oven and refrigerator. The open floor plan seamlessly connects the kitchen, extra living space, and dining area creating an ideal space for entertaining friends and family. You will also notice a wet bar across from the office including a new wine cooler and mini fridge.Upstairs, you'll find a sitting area and the primary suite. The suite features a generous bedroom with ample closet space and a spa-like en-suite bathroom, complete with a soaking tub, walk-in shower, and dual vanity. Two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom with walk in shower complete the second floor, providing comfortable accommodations for family members or guests.The home also offers a second porch with private entrance to an extra bedroom, bathroom, and versatile bonus room, perfect for a home office, in-law suite, or short term rental!!Step outside to the fenced in yard to find a patio ideal for an entertaining or off street parking for four cars.Located in the desirable Historic District, this home allows for easy access to the vibrant cultural scene, popular restaurants, and boutique shops that Wilmington is renowned for. This home is also conveniently located close to the public boat ramp. Don't miss the opportunity to own this meticulously maintained historic gem. Located in the desirable downtown area, this home allows for easy access to the vibrant cultural scene, popular restaurants, and boutique shops that Wilmington is renowned for. The Riverwalk, with its breathtaking views of the Cape Fear River, is just a short stroll away, offering a perfect spot for leisurely walks or jogging. This home is also conveniently located close to the public boat ramp. Don't miss the opportunity to own this meticulously maintained historic gem. Schedule your private showing today and experience the charm and elegance of 508 S Front St.

508 S Front Street, Wilmington

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