Ask someone who grew up in Wilmington, who is at least 45 or 50 years old, and they will tell you that back in the day Forest Hills was considered the most elite neighborhood in town. As a friend told us, “If you knew someone in Forest Hills, it meant their parents made it big.”
Forest Hills is still regarded as exclusive, but over the years other upper middle class developments have taken away some of the neighborhood’s prestige. Still, this is one of Wilmington’s gems, especially for those who love older homes. Some of the properties date back to the mid 1930s with most of them being built in the 1940’s. The community is a national register historic district.
Forest Hills is between Oleander Road and Market Street. It’s near the Cape Fear Country Club and Independence Mall to the south and the YMCA to the North. Like most subdivisions of its time, the lots are larger here and typically well maintained with beautiful landscapes. Many of the homes have gardens that have been featured in the annual Azalea Festival.
Our favorite things about this neighborhood are the tress. The main road in Forest Hills is called Live Oak Drive, named because the street has huge oaks that soar into the sky.
So far in 2023 a total of six homes have sold in the neighborhood for $924,500. Forest Hills is in the Forest Hills Elementary, Williston Middle, New Hanover High school district.