Masonboro & Myrtle Grove


Most folks rarely stop and consider the rich history that is entrenched in the southern regions of New Hanover County. For example, did you know that Masonboro Sound is the oldest known coastal resort area in North Carolina? Even before the Revolutionary War, summer cottages dotted the banks along the Intracoastal Waterway, neighboring sounds and tidal creeks. Places such as Live Oaks and Cedar Grove were immensely popular destinations for the state's well-to-do residents and visitors. From the 1700s through the turn of the century, they came to Masonboro Sound for its scenic beauty; to escape the heat, breathe the sea air and splash in the salt water. At that time, it was believed that a seaside environment was a cure-all for a variety of ills, including malaria! (We still think there's a lot of truth to those ideas!)

Myrtle Grove

The Myrtle Grove area was once what Wilmington residents considered, "out in the country".

For decades, picturesque Myrtle Grove was filled with small family farms and modest homes. Many seafarers, riverboat captains and commercial fishermen lived in the rural enclave of Myrtle Grove. There were even several resident boat-building operations, including that of Tom Simmons. He was the designer of a local icon: the Simmons Sea Skiff.  

Today the neighborhoods of Masonboro Sound and Myrtle Grove are more popular than ever! Thankfully, all of the natural beauty that enticed folks here in the first place has been carefully preserved. Acres of pristine coastal forest, wetlands, and established hardwoods, many dripping with Spanish moss, still give these places a rustic, coastal feel. Although this part of New Hanover County experienced commercial growth at a somewhat slower rate than others, there is now an abundance of goods and services that makes living here extremely convenient!

Whether you settle down in an older subdivision along gorgeous Hewlett's Creek or opt for new construction in Tidal Walk or Georgetown, you're still minutes from shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, schools, grocery stores, banks, and medical facilities. Another plus is the close proximity to historic downtown Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Masonboro Island, and Carolina Beach!

Please continue reading our neighborhood spotlights and get to know these wonderful neighborhoods a little better!

Recently Listed Homes in the 28409 & 28412 Zip Codes

3 Beds 3 Baths 100361122 MLS
Tranquility abounds in this waterfront Cape Fear River front home with the most spectacular Sunset Views that you will ever see! Sit back relax and enjoy the show of passing boats and ships coming by to unknown destinations, and the most incredible sunsets to end your day. Wake up to morning coffee on the sunroom that is ideal for year-round enjoyment, so that you never miss the action of wildlife, and the unsurpassed views that the east Cape Fear has to offer. This home is ideal as a second home, or primary residence with its one floor, open floor plan providing just enough space, without any wasted space. Light and airy living room, dining room, and kitchen all flow together to provide waterfront views at all angles. The master suite is located on backside of home to enjoy the views and access to deck and sunroom. Master bath features a large walk-in shower and separate jacuzzi tub with laundry room conveniently located to the side. Simple in design, the guest bedrooms are located on the opposite end of the home with the back bedroom located riverside. Graced with all hardwood floors, tile baths, smooth ceilings, and wainscoting this home is easy to love with an elevator to take you down to the garage and extensive under piling patio area ideal for family gatherings, cook outs, and entertaining!!! This piece of paradise is accessed by your own winding driveway with a gate accented with live oak trees, azaleas, palms, meditation bench and mature vegetation. Ideally located just minutes from down Wilmington and the beaches, but feels like you are miles away. Come experience breathtaking views and the perfect place to relax and unwind!!!

7848 River Road, Wilmington

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