South Oleander Estates is located in Wilmington’s midtown area. It is one of the four neighborhoods (Glen Meade, Highland Hills, Jumpin Run) that surround the Cape Fear Country Club. The communities blend together in a massive upscale development that measures approximately one square mile.
The easiest way to get to South Oleander is off Independence Boulevard, although you can also enter the development from Oleander Drive and 17th street.
South Oleander was established in 1952, with most of the homes being built in that decade. The homes are of all different styles and varieties, but capture the essence of a time past. The lots are large, ranging from a half acre to one full acre, and most are beautifully landscaped.
Although it is an established neighborhood, there is a very youthful feel to it. We’ve never driven in the South Oleander, regardless of the time of day or year, without seeing a number of people out exercising. This is a neighborhood for active young adults who love jogging, roller blading, bike riding, or simply walking the dog.
Our favorite part of South Oleander Estates are the trees that hang over the residential streets. There is plenty of shade here which creates a feeling of seclusion, something that is hard to find in the middle of town.
Our least favorite part of the neighborhood is a direct result of the surrounding developments. All the separate neighborhoods connect, and it is possible to get from one to the other, but the layout of the roads are very confusing. It is easy to get lost in the massive development. It’s not really an issue for homeowners who’ve learned the streets, but it will be an issue for their guests. They’ll have to turn on their GPS to find your home, and then turn it back on when they leave to find their way out.
In 2020 a total of ten homes sold in the neighborhood with a median price of $603,000. South Oleander Estates is in the Alderman Elementary, Williston Middle, New Hanover High school district.