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4.4 / 5

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A feeling of tranquility washes over the riverfront community as the breathtaking colorful sunset bathes the landscape in soft golden and pink hues. Welcome to River Bluffs in historic Castle Hayne in Hanover County, less than 20 minutes from all the wonders and modern conveniences at one of the top places to live in North Carolina.  In the 1730’s, the appeal of this land was recognized by Captain Haynes and selected to become his home, his dream.  His dream grew into the mansion and plantation affectionately referred to as “Haynes Castle”.  Now it’s your chance to experience the beauty of the area that drew Captain Haynes to this land so many years ago. 

One of the new Wilmington NC communities, River Bluffs is a low impact development built on a philosophy of preservation and sustainability of the natural resources.  More than one third of the 313 acres has been set aside as a permanent natural space for parks, trails and open space.   River Bluffs repeaded the rewards of their land stewardship with the 2014 Energy Efficiency Award.  


  • Gated Community
  • 3,000 feet of Navigable River Frontage 
  • Davis Square
    • Resort-Style Swimming Pool with Lanes and Zero Entry
    • Tennis Courts 
    • Fitness Center
    • Playground
    • General Store
    • Post Office
    • Café
  • 10 acre Organic Farm
    • Leasing Options for Your Own Plot within Farm
    • Greenhouses
    • Irrigation Pond
  • Hiking Trails and Golf Cart Paths
  • Planned 10,000 square foot River Club with Restaurant Featuring a Large Stone Fireplace, a Lounge and Widescreen TV's
  • Planned - Marina with 141 Boat Slips, Utilities, On-Shore Restrooms
  • Planned Boat Launch
  • Planned Boat and RV storage

River Bluffs will comprise of 740 residences built by the finest custom home builders in Wilmington NC.  The gated community consists of 6 neighborhoods developed among the native hardwood forest. Historic style homes recall the gentile living of years gone by and encourage interaction among neighbors, enhancing the community spirit. The Bowers neighborhood features single floor attached homes designed for those who are seeking a minimal maintenance living option. The homes offer 350 square feet of outdoor space which includes a screened-in back porch. Davis Square and The Blossoms neighborhood offer cottage style homes, both single and 2 story options available. Davis Square has smaller lots ranging in size from 40 to 50 feet wide while The Blossoms offers larger back yards for those who desire more privacy. If grand porches and plantation style homes or smaller historically inspired homes are desired, the Quince Commons neighborhood with lot sizes between 60 and 80 feet wide, may be for you. For those active adults nearing retirement, an all-brick, single level smart home in Rosewood Landing might be just what you are looking for. Breathtaking views of the Cape Fear River in one of the top places to live in North Carolina and the ability to custom design your home make the White Cliffs neighborhood an excellent choice too.

The custom home builders in Wilmington NC at River Bluffs are Jordan Built Signature Homes, Premier Homes, Stello Construction, and Summit Building Group.  All of the builders have designed homes in Wilmington NC communities in the southern style reflected in old homes along the river banks of Charleston, Wilmington and Savannah, assimilating these new homes into the existing native landscape. Jordan Built Signature Homes have created 2 attached home plans offering 1,800+ to 2,200+ square feet of living space.  Premier Homes has designed 17 patio homes, duplex, and villa floorplans featuring square footage options from 1900 to just under 3000.  Stella Construction has 7 2-story options.  These floorplans are constructed with square footages of 1,600+ to 2,700+.  Another option is Summit Building Group, who is offering 3 single family 2 story homes featuring square footage options from 1,800+ to 2,200+.  Prices range from $300k to $500k+.

The New Hanover County Elementary Cchool of Castle Hayne, the Holly Shelter Middle School and the Laney High School are the public schools that serve the area's Wilmington NC communities.  Private school in New Hanover County for children Pre-K through 8th include Calvary Christian, Friends School of Wilmington, Myrtle Grove Christian, and St. Mary’s Catholic School.  For 5th through 12th, the Academy of Excellence is an option.  Cape Fear Academy and Wilmington Christian Academy offer options for Pre-K through 12th grades.  There are numerous other options available in the Wilmington area.

Come live in the midst of the beauty of the south.  Wake to the call of wildlife and take advantage of the many opportunities in nearby Wilmington.  Or spend a day, strolling along the pristine beaches, all within an easy commute of your new home in River Bluffs.


Gated Community
Community Pool
Fitness Center
Walking/Hiking/Biking Trails
On-site Dining
Community Parks
Dog Park
Community Garden

River Bluffs Reviews

4.4 / 5 (7 reviews)
"Very pleased with the community and home"
-- Calvin, Resident
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5 / 5
"Amazing neighborhood - We love it!"
-- Shane, Resident
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5 / 5
-- Anonymous, Resident
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3.3 / 5
-- Emily, Resident
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4.2 / 5
"Beautiful community on river with lots of trees! "
-- Mike, Resident
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4.7 / 5