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Less than 5 minutes from Historic Downtown Wilmington and bordered by Carolina Beach Road to the east; Burnett Boulevard to the west; Southern Avenue to the south and Sunset Avenue to the north, Sunset Park is divided down the middle by Central Boulevard with its picturesque island center traversing its length which was recently replanted with lovely Laurel Holly trees.
Built from 1910 to 1960, Sunset Park received its official designation as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. The neighborhood's rich history is seen in its architecture. Many different styles inhabit Sunset Park among them, Queen Anne, Tudorbethan, Colonial Revival, and the most popular two, the Cape Cod and the American Craftsman Bungalow.
As diverse as the architecture is in Sunset Park so is her population. The neighborhood is alive and vibrant with a cosmopolitan mix of faces and personalities of all genders, races, cultures and professions. However, Sunset Park is a cohesive and cooperative neighborhood, the residents work together each Christmas lining Central and Northern Boulevards with luminaries.
The Sunset Park Garden Club is active as evidenced by the successful backyard garden tours and the explosion of color during the Azalea Festival. The entire neighborhood encompasses about 227 acres and is the closest neighbor to the State Port. It is also home to the First Methodist Church Building, once the largest congregation in Wilmington, which is no longer in use; the Sunset Park Baptist Church is on Central Boulevard and the Primera Iglesia Bautista is on Northern Boulevard. Sunset Park Elementary School is right across Carolina Beach Road.
There are 649 homes in Sunset Park with two rather famous ones. Ben Matlock's home in the television show of the same name was a Sunset Park home and scenes from David Lynch's Blue Velvet film were filmed in another.