Prior to its incorporation in 1989, the rural little hamlet of Leland had only around 1800 residents. Fast-forward a quick twenty years and Leland has hit the big time! Focused community planning, forward thinking, close-knit residents and a few impressive master-planned communities have made it one of the most sought after destinations in the Southeast. These days over 10,000 folks call themselves "Lelanders" and the once sleepy town has more than doubled its geographic size!
With a prime location along Hwy-17, that places it just ten minutes west of Wilmington's historic downtown riverfront and about an hour from the Grand Strand aka Myrtle Beach, Leland has definitely achieved "quality of life" star status. New home buyers are drawn to Leland for a few reasons that locals have known all along: location, location, location! As the "Gateway to Brunswick County" Leland encompasses thousands of acres of pine forests plus breathtaking spots along the Brunswick River and Sturgeon Creek. It is a dream come true for nature lovers, water sport enthusiasts, the golf and tennis set and those just seeking a slower pace of life. Leland's mild climate and close proximity to the ocean give residents countless options to enjoy year-round, such as boating, paddling, golf, hiking and biking.
Another plus is that Leland has an ample supply of spacious, affordable single-family properties and luxury home choices that are excellent options for young families, 9 to 5-ers, and empty-nesters. Properties in Leland are also proving to be smart investments! A few of the newer, amenity-filled standouts in the real estate arena include Brunswick Forest, Compass Pointe, Mallory Creek and Waterford. Of course it is still easy to find a fixer-upper that has limitless possibilities as well as an affordable price tag.
All of the must-have conveniences that today's homebuyers need are right here as well, including retail, medical, banking, grocery stores and more. Perhaps one of the best aspects of living in Leland is the amazing number of choices available for those interested in cultural activities, history, fine dining, upscale shopping and even nightlife. The hard part is deciding which activities to choose: dinner on the Southport waterfront, a little retail therapy at the outlets in Myrtle Beach, afternoon stroll along the Riverwalk, or taking in a show at historic Thalian Hall? And then there are the golf courses…Magnolia Greens, and Brunswick Forest's Cape Fear National. Those interested in furthering their education will be pleased to learn that a branch of Brunswick Community College is just outside the town limits.
By now it should be obvious, Leland is no longer just an after-thought across the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, but a serious option for those seeking the best place in which to live, work and play!
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