South Oleander / Midtown

Near the vivacious heart of Wilmington, the communities of South Oleander and Midtown represent some of the most desirable and well-established residential neighborhoods around.

Welcome to South Oleander / Midtown

The desirable neighborhood where historic charm melds with new-build commercial districts and an effervescent personality

Near the vivacious heart of Wilmington, the communities of South Oleander and Midtown represent some of the most desirable and well-established residential neighborhoods around. The areas act as hubs for invigorating retail and culinary scenes, and anything that can’t be found in the town’s famed Historic District can be found here among the stately homes and lively pedestrian streets.
Much of the growth in South Oleander occurred during the 1950s, which has contributed to the plethora of enchanting brick ranches and single-family houses whose handsome exteriors reflect the upscale vibes of the community. Between the two, Midtown is the more recently developed neighborhood, and the burgeoning commercial district instills the neighborhood with remarkable vitality. 
Affordable yet immaculate single-family and executive-style homes on one-acre lots are abundant in both South Oleander and Midtown. For $500K and below, buyers can purchase an absolute dream home with four or five bedrooms, plenty of space, and elegant design. Architectural styles span throughout the century, though a majority were built in the post-WWII era. 

What to Love

  • Just 10 minutes from the lovely Historic Downtown District
  • Within 15 minutes of the Wilmington International Airport
  • Tons of shopping and retail diversity

People & Lifestyle

Under the shade of towering oaks and lush, manicured lawns, the residents of South Oleander and Midtown find a slice of heaven in the midst of life’s busyness. From lounging on front porches for morning coffee and people-watching to walking the kids home from one of the city’s top-rated schools, these neighborhoods are ideal for families and those who crave a quiet lifestyle with urban amenities. 

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

The large collection of shops and restaurants in South Oleander and Midtown means you’ll never have to go far to meet your daily needs or satisfy your need for a little retail therapy. Hanover Center is popular for its array of lifestyle locations, including banks, grocers, furniture stores, sports gear shops, and salons. Meanwhile, Independence Mall serves as Wilmington’s only enclosed shopping mall focusing on fashion-oriented retailers such as Express and American Eagle.

The cuisine is global in South Oleander and Midtown and can range from beloved national chains to niche hotspots. One such eatery for outstanding international cuisine is Indochine Restaurant, whose masterful blending of Thai and Vietnamese traditions creates a menu of unbelievably delicious dishes. Known as Wilmington’s favorite place for burritos and Tex-Mex, Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn has been serving fast and flavorful food for over two decades.

Things to Do

Entertainment opportunities abound in South Oleander and Midtown thanks to establishments like The Pointe 14, a luxury cinema where visitors can kick back and watch the latest releases. By becoming a member at the nearby Cape Fear Country Club, residents open up a world of lavish amenities such as a pristine golf course, swimming facilities, a fitness center, tennis courts, and dining, as well as a full calendar of social events. 

When residents are in need of fresh air, they head to the beaches or one of the many nearby parks, such as Empie Park. More than just its playgrounds, dog park, walking trails, sports fields, and several acres of verdant landscaping to enjoy, Empie Park is also the pulse of the tennis community in Wilmington and houses 18 lighted courts at its Althea Gibson Tennis Complex. 


South Oleander / Midtown is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Edwin A. Anderson Elementary School, K-5, well-rated public elementary school
  • John T. Hoggard High School, 9-12, No. 2 best public high school in Wilmington area


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