With some properties dating back to 1912, Sunset Park is one of Wilmington’s oldest neighborhoods. It is registered as a national historic district. The subdivision was first designed to be a high end residential park with traditional colonials ranging between 1,800 square feet and 2,800 square feet. But when World War Two broke out, the nearby shipyards needed a place to house their workers. And so bungalows, ranging from 800 square feet to 1,400 square feet, went up in several of the empty lots. Between the two styles and eras, today there are more than 400 homes in the neighborhood on a 600 acre track.
Sunset Park is located off Carolina Beach Road on Wilmington’s west side. It is near the State Port, Greenfield Lake Park and a short drive to downtown. Wrightsville Beach is roughly 11 miles away. While those who prefer Carolina Beach would only have to travel 13 miles.
What we like most about this neighborhood is the character that comes with owning a historic property. What we like least is the inconveniences that come with age. Sunset Park was built long before cars dominated the roads. Therefore most homes have no off street parking. We also like the trees, which are large and beautiful, but they tend to hang over power lines. When a storm kicks up, and the wind blows, branches fall and power is knocked out. Future homeowners may want to consider purchasing a generator and having it filled with gas for hurricane season.
Sunset Park is a neighborhood in a gentrified transition. Many of the homeowners have remodeled and updated their properties. Others still need a lot of work.
So far in 2021 a total of 19 homes have sold ranging from $115,000 to $315,000. Sunset Park is located in the Sunset Elementary, Williston Middle, New Hanover High school district.