The sale of home sites in a new luxury neighborhood in Wilmington near Wrightsville Beach could be launched as early as the spring of next year.
State Street Companies, based in Charlotte, is developing Airlie at Wrightsville Sound, a neighborhood that will include nearly 50 homes sites on 11 acres along Wrightsville Avenue.
“The land planning guidelines for Airlie at Wrightsville Sound are based on new urbanism/smart growth guidelines and offer a walkable, pedestrian-friendly community similar to nationally acclaimed residential new communities such as Seaside and WaterColor,” said Jeff Kentner, president of State Street Companies.
State Street bought the property that used to hold the Galleria shopping center on Wrightsville Avenue in 2013 and has since amassed a total of 30 acres between Wrightsville Avenue and Airlie Road.
The other 19 acres that State Street owns on Wrightsville Avenue is expected to be developed as an upscale mixed-use community, pending negotiations with the city on street improvements that include bike lanes and pedestrian walkways.
Jim Wallace, CEO of Wilmington- based Intracoastal Realty, which recently built an office building along Wrightsville Avenue not far from the Airlie at Wrightsville Sound site, called the development site “a jewel box.”
“It really is the ultimate location because it’s surrounded by jewels like Airlie Gardens and Wrightsville Beach and Lumina Station and just all of what we call the bubble around here where you have all the restaurants and other places ... I think it’s going to be an amazing addition to our community,” Wallace said.
Wallace, who has met with Kentner about the project, said he likes the plan’s walkability and design in particular, including pocket parks and unique details.
“Parkside [which Wallace developed at Mayfaire] and Autumn Hall are examples of really well-done urban development, but I think this takes it to a whole other level,” Wallace said.
Kentner said other details in the neighborhood will include pervious pavers in lieu of pervious concrete, ornamental street lights, brick herringbone sidewalks, a cobblestone entrance with Belgian block vertical curb, a split rail fence along Airlie Road, extensive common area landscaping and gigabit fiber optic cabling for each residence.
Builders, who have not been selected yet, will adhere to an architectural review board’s design guidelines for each house, Kentner said.