Why Live in Downtown Wilmington?

Downtown Wilmington is the area's best place to live.  Here are a few reasons why:

Wilmington's Historic River Area offers many amenities that make living in the area a pleasant experience. Serving as the cultural center for the region, it houses major arts and cultural facilities, such as Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, along with many private art galleries. The Community Arts Center provides programs and facilities in all the arts.
   
A beautiful riverfront park functions as a focal point for downtown activities, serving as a popular gathering place for daily lunches and conversation breaks, as well as the main stage for outdoor entertainment events throughout the year. Both the fall celebration of Riverfest and the spring Azalea Festival use this very functional downtown facility.

   

Riverwalk
Adding to the riverfront's appeal is the continually expanding "River Walk", a scenic brick and wooden deck walkway along Water Street on the Cape Fear River front. Antique lighting, trees and plantings, mini-parks, and overlooks combine to create a downtown amenity not found anywhere else in the city. The newest segments were completed in late 2002 and early 2003, linking Chandler's Wharf with a mini-park between Dock and Orange streets. Another segment, from the Coast Line Center northward, is scheduled for completion in spring 2004.
   

Variety of Shopping, Dining, & Business

The Cotton Exchange and Chandlers Wharf, restored as historic shopping complexes, are located at the northern and southern ends of Front Sreet, the main shopping street, and are host to a number of interesting retail businesses and restaurants. The Coast Line Center, including a convention facility, inn, shops, and restaurants, is housed in a restored railroad facility on the riverfront at Water and Red Cross Streets.
   
Coupled with over 150 of the area's finest shopping, dining and entertainment spots, these amenities make downtown Wilmington a "place to be" for business, visitors and residents alike.

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