Upper Downtown, Wilmington, NC

Upper Downtown Neighborhood Guide Wilmington, NC


Located in the heart of Wilmington, the upper downtown neighborhood is known for its charming historic homes and bustling commerce. This desirable area is just a stone's throw away from the Cape Fear River and the acclaimed Wilson Center for Performing Arts. With easy access to the Martin Luther King Jr Parkway and US Highway 17, it's a strategically positioned neighborhood that offers a perfect blend of urban lifestyle and rich culture.

What You Will Love About Upper Downtown, Wilmington, North Carolina

  • You'll adore the historic architecture that marks the Wilmington's past.
  • The convenience of having fine dining, shopping, and cultural venues at your doorstep is unparalleled.
  • The neighborhood's proximity to the Cape Fear River lends a tranquil ambiance despite its urban location.

What's Nearby

Upper downtown is conveniently close to other vibrant Wilmington districts – Riverfront, historic downtown, and the Brooklyn Arts District. It's also near the Battleship North Carolina, a popular attraction, and Cape Fear Community College.

The Rental Market

Renting in upper downtown has an average monthly cost of $1,947 for a one-bedroom apartment. Prices vary, with the minimum average rate being $1,580, while the most you could expect to pay on average is about $1,947.

Rental Price Stability

There's been a relatively stable rental market in the Upper Downtown neighborhood, with an average price fluctuation of only about $91 over the past year.


Life in upper downtown Wilmington, NC is a medley of history, arts, and city comforts. Its lively arts scene, abundant boutiques, and restaurants intertwined with beautifully preserved historic homes offer a unique living experience. Plus, the waterside setting offers a serene escape from the bustling city life.

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Explore the Neighborhood

There are 134 restaurants, 13 grocery stores, and 13 parks within a mile of the Upper Downtown neighborhood.

    Family Fare

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.3 miles

    502 N 3rd St

    Pet Dairy

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Dairy Store, Grocery Store

    0.4 miles

    1604 N 4th St

    Miracle Skin Relief

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.4 miles

    317 N Front St

    The Olive Shoppe

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Gourmet Store, Grocery Store

    0.4 miles

    331 N Front St

    The Foods Of Italy

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Gourmet Store, Grocery Store

    0.8 miles

    22 S Front St

    Up Beet Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Farmers Market, Fruit and Vegetable Store, Grocery Store

    0.9 miles

    225 S Water St

Upper Downtown Apartments and Rentals

30 Rental properties in Upper Downtown, Wilmington, NC.

  • Pier 33 property


    Pier 33

    Studio–3 Beds • 1–3 Baths

    582–1642 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • Metropolitan at the Riverwalk property


    Metropolitan at the Riverwalk

    Studio–3 Beds • 1–3 Baths

    555–1352 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • 224 S Water St #2-A property


    224 S Water St #2-A

    1 Bed • 1 Bath

    602 Sqft

  • 1108 Whistler Ave property


    1108 Whistler Ave

    2 Beds • 1 Bath

  • 1015 Rankin St property


    1015 Rankin St

    1 Bed • 1 Bath

    650 Sqft

  • 110 S 9th St property


    110 S 9th St

    1 Bed • 1 Bath

Cost of Living

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Upper Downtown Demographics

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Upper Downtown Reviews

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  • Mostly Older Buildings


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  • Area Has Potholes


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  • Quiet Area


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Upper Downtown Transportation

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Greyhound Bus Lines


201 Harnett St

Source: foursquare.com

Upper Downtown Schools

Neighborhoods Around Upper Downtown

NeighborhoodStudioAvg RentAnnual Change
Downtown WilmingtonNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina$1,490
SouthsideNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina----
NorthsideNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina----
RiverwalkNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina----
Dry Pond - Lake ForestNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina----
Devon ParkNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina$1,399
College ParkNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina$1,099--
Old East WilmingtonNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina----
North KerrNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina$848
South Wilmington HeightsNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina----
Forest HillsNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina$970
Winter ParkNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina----
Cape CottagesNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina----
Waterford of the CarolinasNeighborhood in Leland, North-carolina----
Sunset Park - WoodlawnNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina----
Birchwood ParkNeighborhood in Wilmington, North-carolina----