Wilmington and its surrounding communities have been luring retirees for decades, and this trend is still going strong. What is it about this out-of-the-way stretch of the East Coast that has made it such a retirement destination?
A few key words can help explain it. Climate, water and culture say so much that the all-important “affordability” is often an afterthought. But this area's moderate cost and great quality of housing are also important factors.
As long ago as the early 1950s, guidebooks were listing Wilmington as one of the best places to retire. But the flood of relocating retirees didn’t really get started until the 1980s. Improvements in utilities opened up large expanses of land for residential development, and the construction of Interstate 40 promised to make it easy and convenient to get here.
This part of the North Carolina coast has an ideal climate. With four distinct seasons, unlike Florida, Wilmington features the short, mild winters sought by our northern neighbors. Spring and fall are lovely, offering months of low electric bills when neither heating nor air conditioning is needed.
Our welcoming climate has made an entire region, extending from north of Wilmington to Myrtle Beach and across to Pinehurst, one of America’s top golf destinations. Serious golfers know they can play here every month of the year.
With the ocean, Cape Fear River and our abundance of coastal rivers, creeks and sounds, Southeast North Carolina is a paradise for boating and fishing. The ocean is warm enough for swimming half the year, and boating season lasts even longer.
The appeal of the region’s history and traditional Southern culture is balanced by Wilmington’s lively urban environment, which offers a rich variety of shopping, social opportunities, arts and entertainment. Downtown Wilmington and its historic riverfront are attractions themselves, and museums, restored mansions and theaters appeal to both residents and visitors.
But when visitors start looking at all this, they want to know: What does it cost to live here? How far will our housing dollars go in the Wilmington market?
The good news is that for many retirees, they can buy their perfect retirement home, even have it custom-built to their precise specifications, for far less than the cost of comparable housing in the communities they’re leaving. That has been true for many years, and it continues to be true today.
And because of the strong demand for housing, driven in large part by retirees, Wilmington supports a large and talented pool of craftsmen who work with homebuilders like us. That means Wilmington continues to offer our newest residents the most beautiful, well-built and functional homes, in every style and size.
Since 1986, the mission of Logan Homes has been to continue to serve more clients, helping build countless dream homes through economic highs and lows. The company’s clients recognize that its tangible products – materials, fixtures and finishes used, the quality craftsmanship – are superior, but its intangibles – integrity, service, promises kept, expectations exceeded – elevate its work. Logan Homes has the experience, reputation, people, history and ability to build dream homes that suit its clients’ lifestyles and to provide sound home investments. Call 800.761.4707 or visit the company’s website at www.LoganHomes.com to begin building your dream home with Logan Homes.
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