Where We Live: Riverside property provides plenty of outdoor entertainment options for families

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WILMINGTON — In past features of Where We Live, Port City Daily has brought readers to homes along the coast and in downtown Wilmington. But the latest dig takes you to the river.

This 2,700-sq. ft. home is located at 6501 River Vista Road, in the Elliott Place neighborhood, just off River Road. The quiet, small community of about 10 properties backs up to the Cape Fear River and has a boat dock, with a 30-foot boat slip available for the homeowner.

This riverside home features a unique outdoor entertainment area perfect for families who play outdoors. Photos by Christina Haley.
This riverside home features a unique outdoor entertainment area perfect for families who play outdoors. Photos by Christina Haley.

With a pool, outdoor grilling pavilion, pool house, fire pit, and large outdoor seating area, the home’s spacious .78-acre lot is perfect ideal for a lively family, who loves to entertain outdoors. The salt water pool is easy maintenance, and, along with the attached Jacuzzi, is heated. The air-conditioned pool house has a full kitchen and outdoor shower attached. The pool house could be converted into (and has been used as) a separate office area.

“Kids just love to go out there with their friends and sit around the fire pit and get in the hot tub,” said current resident, Angie Ball, about her back yard. “We have some café lights strung up across the back, that make it really beautiful at night.”

The entertainment area has been the spot for many parties, Ball said. But with the last kid soon to leave the nest, Ball said she’s looking to downsize. Something for the next potential homeowner to consider; this neighborhood is zoned for Bellamy Elementary School, Murray Middle School and New Hanover High School.

The three-story home has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half baths. The home features a reverse floor plan, which has the master bedroom, living room and kitchen on the top floor. Below the is a large fully insulated garage area that has space enough for four vehicles. With cable wired in the garage, Ball said she has used the space as a workout area.

There’s over 1,100 sq- ft. of outside porch space, with a unique white spiral staircase that connects the two-story deck. Every room in the home has a door that leads to the outdoors.  

“There are lots of doors to this house,” Ball said. “I think there are nine doors that lead to a porch.”

The riverside development has a small property base, but Ball said that’s what makes it a such tight-knit community.

“Very friendly. We’ve had some great neighbors,” Ball said. “There’s not the big neighborhood issues that you may have with big home owners’ associations. Everything is very well maintained.”

The home has a heated saltwater pool and Jacuzzi.
The home has a heated saltwater pool and Jacuzzi.

The neighborhood’s community boat dock, provides easy access for residents to go boating, fishing and paddle boarding, or just a find beautiful spot to catch a riverside sunset.

“There’s lots of fishing. You can actually fish off the dock,” Ball said. “We’ve caught everything from flounder to red fish to speckled trout. My son … also loves to go across the river to Brunswick County and fish.”

The neighborhood location on the Cape Fear River is just a short boat ride north to downtown Wilmington’s riverfront, or a trip down south for seaside access to the Intracoastal Waterway via Snow’s Cut. Ball said both trips are about a 10-to-15 minute ride. Her family has also stayed closer to home to enjoy the nature right outside the docks.

“There’s lots of little islands. We paddle board to the islands. You can hunt for shark’s teeth, and different things, and just enjoy the wildlife out there,” Ball said.

If land is more your thing, than the home is just a short drive to shops in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington or other entertainment at Carolina Beach.

This dig is on the market at $650,000.

Where We Live is a weekly feature looking at the homes and unique places to stay in the Cape Fear Region. Do you have a home, on or off the market, that our readers may be interested in seeing? Let us know at PCD@localvoicemedia.com.

For more information about this week’s home or to view the property, contact Paul Allsup, with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, at 910-200-7715 or email him at paulallsup@seacoastrealty.com. To take a “Virtual Tour” of the home click here.