Most Expensive Homes Sold in Wilmington, NC
The snowbirds are flooding our coastal sweet spot; in fact, according to a recent study by United Van Lines, Wilmington, N.C., was the No. 1 city in 2020 for inbound moves in the United States. Home buyers are fleeing major metropolitan areas in the north and migrating to Wilmington and North Carolina in general, with more than 60 percent of those inbound movers age 55 and older.
Out of the housing inventory that’s on demand in the Wilmington are, here are 10 luxury properties that sold at $4 million or more in the last six months, with all information pulled and cultivated from the listings:
2340 Ocean Point Drive, Wilmington, NC
Welcome to coastal North Carolina’s most iconic waterfront residences, a West Indies-inspired masterpiece set high on a bluff overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. You might recognize it from TV, as the home’s interior was the film setting for Madeleine Stowe’s Grayson Manor in “Revenge.” And it’s no wonder; precision craftsmanship can be found in every square inch designed by architect Charles Dietsche. Soothing shades of gray, sea salt, and aquamarine hues effortlessly contrast with the dark Brazilian walnut floors underfoot and the coffered ceilings, exposed beams and louvered transom windows above. That sense of grandeur with a distinct coastal flare continues throughout the great room flanked by spacious common areas, a south wing that features the kitchen, formal dining area, butler’s pantry, reading nook, and home office. The gourmet kitchen is exquisite, complete with a 6-burner range framed by a massive handcrafted vent hood and unique recycled-bottle Vihara backsplash. The living area is anchored by a parlor with a floating wet bar, 945-bottle, climate-controlled wine cellar, fireplace and waterfront billiards room. Another dramatic feature are the great room’s sliding doors that open onto the poolside veranda that showcases an infinity pool that blends seamlessly into the blue waters of the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic. Upstairs, the master suite features a glorious built-in headboard, fireplace, and spectacular views of the sea; the master bath is bathed in luxury, with shimmering glass tile shower, classic vanities and a soaking tub. The second floor includes a full guest suite with kitchenette, laundry, bath and an adjoining bunkroom, and the third floor tower provides flex space for something special, like a state-of-the-art fitness center. Additional outdoor amenities include lush landscaping, spa, outdoor fireplace, and putting green. The waterfront manor is offered completely furnished, decorated, and turn-key.
413 Beach Road, Wilmington, NC
This spectacular marshfront home on the north end of Figure Eight Island boasts panoramic views of the surrounding marshes, creeks and Rich’s Inlet to the north. Measuring at just over 4,500 square feet of fabulous living space, the home is designed to perfection, throughout 4 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and an office space that could be a fifth bedroom. And beauty abounds in all of the custom finishes spotlighted on this reverse floorplan home.
831 South Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach
This rare treasure lives on the highly desirable south end of Wrightsville Beach. The double lot features 100 feet of beach frontage on South Lumina and gorgeous ocean views! Built in circa 1972, the lovely home sits in the middle of the double-lot, but each lot could also be sold separately as well. What a beautiful investment!
17 Augusta St., Wrightsville Beach, NC
With a limited number of single family oceanfront properties available on Wrightsville Beach, this address is one of them. The home’s sleek modern architecture towers onto three levels, each boasting 9-foot-tall ceilings – a rarity on the island. At 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths (all en suites with a deck or balcony), it could double as a family beach retreat because of its one-of-a-kind custom-built, elevated Gunite infinity pool and hot tub on the main oceanfront deck. Inside, the spacious great room and kitchen area capture breathtaking, panoramic oceanfront views. The kitchen itself is equipped with serious, high-end amenities, such as two Viking dishwashers, range, wine fridge, beverage drawers, a pull-out microwave and 8-foot quartz island. High-tech features include the best Carrier HVAC system, with Wi-Fi-ready thermostats, interior lighting that has recessed zero glare can lights, zero entry showers and much more.
188 Beach Road, Wilmington, NC
This luxury oceanfront home is a dream! Located on the southern cusp of the coast’s exclusive Figure Eight Island, the 7-plus-acre estate is perfectly situated to capture panoramic views of the island, spanning from the ocean to the sound. The home’s modern design is seamless throughout 5 Bedrooms, 6 full baths, 2 half baths, a home gym or maid’s quarters, with kitchenette and full bath. Outside, you have access to a private bool and beachfront. With four spacious living areas, a formal and informal dining room, and an elevator to connect all levels and spaces, you won’t want to leave!
2 Beach Bay Lane, Wilmington, NC
This gorgeous oceanfront home is a showcase of modern architecture, renovated by notable designer Michael Kersting and has even served as a home-away-from home for several movie stars. The 4-bedroom, 7-bath home features two beautiful oceanfront master suites with private baths, an open floor plan on the main level that showcases a newly renovated kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean, an office and additional bonus room (each with full baths). On the third floor, there’s an unbelievable recreation room that has sweeping views of the island. On the ground level, there’s a den with additional sleeping spaces and covered deck. Overall, it’s a large home perfect for families that enjoy entertaining and all that island living offers.
142 Beach Road, Wilmington, NC
This property offers homeowners a rare chance to own a double lot oceanfront home on the south end of Figure Eight Island. Starting with ocean views from almost every room, the home’s grand open floor plan is perfect for entertaining, continuing with multiple outdoor living options that overlook the home’s lovely gardens. The gourmet kitchen is complete with a Viking stove and oven. Lastly, there is a separate guest quarter laid out with a bedroom, full bath and exercise/flex room.
1625 Futch Creek Road, Wilmington, NC
Aptly named “On Water,” this modern coastal getaway is uniquely situated on a knob in Futch Creek. Surrounded by water on three sides, the estate’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the living room’s east- and west-facing walls promises breathtaking views of both sunrises and sunsets that reflect off the water. Designed by Wilmington architect, Michael Kersting, this home is an architectural wonder, indoors and out. The formal dining room is uniquely centralized and extends from the living room to an eat-in kitchen, which features a travertine island, to a gracious screened-in porch that overlooks the water. The double-sided fireplace is the only original element that remains from the renovation in honor of the late Bishop of East Carolina and his wife, who built the original home and lived out their golden years on this property. The creek-side master suite showcases his and hers closets and a '”wet room,” where the shower and tub are blended for the ultimate spa-like experience. Wrap-around tiled porches extend nearly the entire perimeter of the home offering the perfect amount of space to relax or entertain. The 2,000-plus-square-foot nautical guest house is a mastery of efficiency, complete with built-in cabinets, pocket doors, and custom queen-sized bunk beds. Three bedrooms each feature an en suite bath. You and your guests will also enjoy the property’s saltwater pool, cabana, and garage-turned-game-room.
1 Surf Court, Wilmington, NC
Built by Jimmy Burris, this is a magnificent manor located on a private lot on the exclusive, gated Figure Eight Island community . In fact, because of its extraordinary privacy, Figure Eight has long been a retreat for celebrities, CEOs and prominent families from the major East Coast metros. Interior features of the home include a great room with soaring, coffered ceilings and a towering wall of windows that bring spectacular ocean views to both second and third floor living spaces. The kitchen is the perfect gathering area, with expansive bar seating, and a center island with two dishwashers, a double oven, and Subzero refrigerator. Each of the five sprawling bedrooms boast an en suite bath. The sprawling oceanfront decks are the ideal setting to relax and enjoy the endless views and sea breezes.
274 Beach Road, Wilmington
This stunning oceanfront home, located on the north end of Figure Eight Island, offers 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and 2 half baths. A treasure, built by the renowned David James, features an upper level with wide-open living areas, a spacious master bedroom, gourmet kitchen with a butler pantry and a wall of oceanfront windows in the dining room. Construction highlights and finishes include a new roof, sliding doors and hardwoods on the top level, along with new interior paint. The home comes furnished and comes with a Figure Eight Yacht Club Charter Membership.