New Hanover County Real Estate & Homes for sale

The county was formed in 1729 as New Hanover Precinct of Bath County, from Craven Precinct. It was named for the House of Hanover, which was then ruling Great Britain. In 1734 parts of New Hanover Precinct became Bladen Precinct and Onslow Precinct. With the abolition of Bath County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became counties. In 1750 the northern part of New Hanover County became Duplin County. In 1764 another part of New Hanover County was combined with part of Bladen County to form Brunswick County. Finally, in 1875 the separation of northern New Hanover County to form Pender County reduced it to its present dimensions. Some of the closing battles of the American Civil War happened in the county with the Second Battle of Fort Fisher (the last major coastal stronghold of the Confederacy) and the Battle of Wilmington. The Wilmington Insurrection of 1898 and its establishment of Jim Crow laws closed out the 19th-Century with civil rights injustices which would last until the African-American Civil Rights Movement through the second half of the 20th century, three generations later. The insurrection was planned by a group of nine conspirators which included Hugh MacRae. He later donated land to New Hanover County for a park which was named for him. In the park still stands a plaque in his honor that does not mention his role in the 1898 insurrection.

New Hanover County real estate is comprised of several different areas, with Wilmington, NC Real Estate being the most popular. It also includes Carolina Beach Real Estate, Kure Beach Real Estate, Castle Hayne Homes and Wrightsville Beach Real Estate. From water front and ocean front homes to interior subdivisions, there's something for every home buyer. Contact us today to buy or sell any New Hanover County homes you may need. Please visit our All Subdivisions & Communities page for a complete list of the subdivisions in the greater Wilmington NC area.

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New Hanover County NC Attractions

  • Airlie Gardens
  • Battleship North Carolina
  • Bellamy Mansion Museum
  • Burgwin-Wright House
  • Cameron Art Museum
  • Carolina Beach State Park
  • Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
  • Cape Fear Serpentarium
  • Children’s Museum of Wilmington
  • EUE/Screen Gems Studios
  • Fort Fisher State Historic Site
  • Fort Fisher-Southport Ferry
  • Henrietta III Riverboat Tours
  • Historic Downtown Wilmington & Riverwalk
  • Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park
  • Latimer House Museum
  • NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
  • NC Military History Museum
  • New Hanover County Arboretum
  • Poplar Grove Plantation
  • Tregembo Animal Park
  • Wilmington Sharks Baseball
  • Wilmington Railroad Museum
  • Wrightsville Beach Museum

 New Hanover County NC Events

  • Airlie Gardens Oyster Roast
  • Art in the Arboretum
  • Battleship Alive
  • Cape Fear Fair & Expo
  • Cucalorus Film Festival
  • East Coast Wahine Championships
  • Lighthouse International Beer Festival
  • NC Azalea Festival
  • NC Holiday Flotilla
  • NC Jazz Festival
  • Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival
  • Riverfest
  • Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival

New Hanover County Schools

Often when making the decision to buy a home in a particular area, the nearby school systems can be the deciding factor. Class size, staff qualifications, graduation rates, access to instructional technologies, extracurricular activities, and parental involvement are all factors to consider when purchasing real estate in New Hanover County NC.

New Hanover County NC schools include:

New Hanover County NC Elementary Schools

  • Alderman Elementary School
  • Anderson Elementary School
  • Bellamy Elementary School
  • Blair Elementary School
  • Bradley Creek Elementary School
  • Carolina Beach Elementary School
  • Castle Hayne Elementary School
  • College Park Elementary School
  • Forest Hills Elementary School
  • Freeman Elementary School
  • Holly Tree Elementary School
  • Johnson Elementary School
  • Murrayville Elementary School
  • Ogden Elementary School
  • Parsley Elementary School
  • Pine Valley Elementary School
  • Snipes Elementary School
  • Sunset Park Elementary School
  • Williams Elementary School
  • Winter Park Elementary School
  • Wrightsboro Elementary School
  • Wrightsville Beach Elementary School

New Hanover County NC Middle Schools

  • Holly Shelter Middle School
  • Murray Middle School
  • Myrtle Grove Middle School
  • Noble Middle School
  • Roland Grise Middle School
  • Trask Middle School
  • Virgo Middle School
  • Williston Middle School

New Hanover County NC High Schools

  • Laney High School
  • Ashley High School
  • Hoggard High School
  • Isaac Bear Early College High School
  • Mosley Performance Learning Center
  • New Hanover High School
  • Wilmington Early College High School

New Hanover County NC Private Schools

  • Amy Bradley School
  • Calvary Christian School
  • Cape Fear Academy
  • Cape Fear Center for Inquiry
  • Coastal Christian High School
  • Friends School of Wilmington
  • Life Christian Academy
  • Myrtle Grove Christian School
  • New Horizons Elementary School
  • Noah’s Ark Children’s Center
  • Pine Valley UMC Wee Care Preschool & Kindergarten
  • St. Mark Catholic School
  • St. Mary Catholic School
  • The Children's Schoolhouse of Wilmington
  • Wesley Memorial Child Education Center
  • Wilmington Academy of Arts and Science
  • Wilmington Christian Academy
  • Wilmington Montessori School
  • Wilmington Preparatory Academy
  • Winter Park Baptist Preschool & Kindergarten

New Hanover County NC Year-Round Schools

  • Codington Elementary School
  • Eaton Elementary School

New Hanover County NC Magnet Schools

  • Annie Snipes Academy of Arts & Design
  • Gregory School of Science, Mathematics and Technology
  • Rachel Freeman School of Engineering

New Hanover County NC Special Needs Schools

  • Easter Seals UCP Developmental Center
  • The Child Development Center

New Hanover County NC Higher Learning

  • Cape Fear Community College
  • Miller-Motte College
  • Mount Olive College at Wilmington
  • Shaw University
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington

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