Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, along a 3-mile stretch of Cape Fear River frontage, this 1,400-acre river-oriented community is planned for approximately 2,700 homes, including a mix of townhomes, diverse single-family home options, a 30-acre lake with lakeside amenity center, a mixed use commercial area, and an activated Marina Village featuring a 112-slip marina and dockmaster, live-work opportunities, shops, restaurants, a boardwalk, a crab dock, event lawn, and miles of trails to connect from the river into the community’s multiple neighborhoods.
In 2008 Newland Communities bought 1,400 acres of land and announced plans for a new neighborhood. It required moving River Road which will help restore natural wetlands and preserve sand dunes and wildlife. Located along three miles of the Cape Fear River, the RiverLights Wilmington NC, designed to be an environmentally friendly community, will ultimately include more than 2,700 homes, a town center, shops, restaurants, parks, five ponds, a 112 boat slip marina and a dry dock. The town center, shops restaurants and municipal parks will be open to the public. Events will be planned in and around the Marina Village for everyone to enjoy. RiverLights is zoned for up to 1 million square feet of commercial property on 184 acres. There will also be a 27-acre, mile and a half long lake stocked with fish with a three and a half mile walking trail around it. There are ten neighborhoods in RiverLights. Four around the lake: East Lake, West Lake, South Lake and River Lake. On the rest of the property are Motts Creek, Sandy Point, Oak Alley, Barnard’s Creek, and Crescent Pond. Sandy Point will have a clubhouse as well as one located on the lake. There will also be a neighborhood of condos and townhomes. River Road has been the largest undeveloped track of land in New Hanover County for decades but now crews have started clearing land for the RiverLights Development. The land for the housing developments has been cleared and the lake is in place. The land has been annexed into the city limits.