The Bluffs on The Cape Fear
The Bluffs on the Cape Fear offers the best of two beautiful worlds; privacy in the midst of nature and an easy drive from everything that makes coastal North Carolina irresistible.
Steeped in rich maritime history, Wilmington, Brunswick County and the treacherous offshore shoals (dubbed the “Cape of Fear” by early mariners) have been vital to the fortunes of businessmen and buccaneers alike. This history drew the inspiration for The Bluffs on The Cape Fear, a private, 600-acre preserve just 15 minutes from downtown Wilmington. Situated at 32 feet above sea level, The Bluffs is elevated well above flood stage and can be found in a much sought-after location along the Cape Fear River.
Over 200 miles in length, the Cape Fear River once served as a key transportation route for those traveling into the interior backwoods of North Carolina, and today The Bluffs celebrates the river’s rich history and beauty as neighbors say “living on the water means more at The Bluffs!”
Doug Talbot created the lushly landscaped neighborhoods and natural preserves with privacy, tranquility and woodland beauty in mind, but he added the modern conveniences of natural gas and city water and sewer. Four quaint wooden bridges span meandering streams, and a half-dozen ponds beckon to migrating waterfowl.
The Bluffs has placed an emphasis on style and craftsmanship, privacy and nature. In fact, each homesite, offering quarter-acre to full-acre in size, backs up to a natural area, including ponds, mixed hardwood and pine forests and even the Cape Fear River.
Seven local builders are the featured builders here: AR Homes, Coastal Cypress Building, Hagood Homes, Horizon Homes, Legacy Homes by Bill Clark, Kent Homes and Southern Pines Homes offer elegant and luxurious custom home designs.
Marc Wilson is the director of sales & marketing at The Bluffs. “The popular low-country designs range from 2,000 to 5,000 square feet, with sweeping front porches and room for two- to three-car garages,” he says. “And the rolling topography lends itself to walkout basement designs in several locations.”
Amenities include a clubhouse with an indoor and outdoor kitchen and a resort style pool next to a 6-acre fishing and recreation lake with a small beach, pier and kayak launch. Kayaks are included. There is a children’s playground, a bocce ball court and a tennis court that converts to two pickleball courts. There are also several nature and walking trails throughout the development.
“The riverfront is a highlight of the development,” Wilson says. A 6-foot wide, 600-foot-long boardwalk stretches from a parking area through the stands of towering cypress, loblolly pines and dogwoods, down to the marina and boat ramp. “From here, residents can easily boat to downtown Wilmington,” he adds.
Development is underway for a 2-acre riverside park with an outdoor pavilion for cooking and entertainment, accessible by bicycle, car and walking trails. Clearly, The Bluffs has placed an emphasis on outdoor living and recreation.
“One of the favorite amenities is our private beach club,” Wilson says. “It is one of only three private clubs on Oak Island.” Located on the second row, the club offers spacious porches, a full-sized kitchen, a living and dining area and bathrooms with showers, all of it tailored to relaxation after a day at the beach.
The Bluffs offers a true waterfront experience from riverside to oceanside to pondside to poolside.
9700 Strawberry Hill Drive
Leland, NC 28451