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15 Amazing Airbnbs in Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington sits near the coast of North Carolina, and right on the Cape Fear River (yes, it is the inspiration of the fictional movie). The trendy downtown is known for being the filming destination of other flicks and shows, like One Tree Hill. But it’s that perfect balance of city travelers love to discover, since coffee shops, cafes and refined eateries are around every corner. The Airbnb game is solid, with inland options that can accommodate big families, ones closer to Wrightsville Beach, and some that sit against the river with the best views. Not only are most of our picks affordable, but they are some of the coolest around.

Carriage House at the White Barn Compound Carriage House at the White Barn Compound
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Carriage House at the White Barn Compound

A former carriage house has been magically transformed into a modern escape, that still holds on to the antique feel. A small subway tiled kitchen is met with rich wood floors, beamed ceilings and an interior barn door. It’s picture-perfect.

Hip Loft in the Heart of Historic Downtown Hip Loft in Heart of Historic DT 2 King BR + Pkg
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Hip Loft in the Heart of Historic Downtown

Lofts kind of epitomize the feel of downtown Wilmington. The industrial rustic vibes are met with a wave of modernity that has the ability to make one feel hip and artistic by just simply being there. Quartz countertops, original brick walls and age-old heart of pine flooring leave this apartment beaming with character.

Your Own Private Paradise Your Own Private Paradise
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Your Own Private Paradise

With the ability to house 12 guests, this home is an “easy on the wallet” choice for families wanting a mix of nearby Wrightsville Beach, and downtown. Traditional rooms exude a polished southern design, with glistening floors, upscale bathrooms, and plenty of home-like touches. The pool, complete with water slide, adds that paradise edge.

Private Tiny Home in the Woods Private Tiny Home in the Woods
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Private Tiny Home in the Woods

Very “Little House on the Prairie”, but with many modern conveniences, the rustic simplicity of this wee cabin it too precious to handle. A king-size bed sits under the additional sleeping space in the loft, and a few basics like a small fridge and teapot create somewhat of a kitchen. Glorious wood encapsulates the space, and it is oh so cozy. Yes, unlike days on the prairie, there’s a full indoor bathroom.

Artsy Studio Near Historic Downtown Artsy Studio - Walk Everywhere! Historic Downtown
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Artsy Studio Near Historic Downtown

Colors, details and artistry define the building that once was the 1914 Historic McClellan Livery building, a type of carriage house. From tin ceilings to masterful paintings, the space is a gust of new wind that will stimulate and relax at the same time. Walk right out the door to downtown attractions, and just leave the car in the provided parking space the entire time.

Wilmington Industrial Loft WILMINGTON an Industrial LOFT
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Wilmington Industrial Loft

Brick, copper, chunky wood flooring—it’s definitely another loft. Always classic, elegant and warm, lofts ideally fit into the area. While in the commons area it feels like a cool coffee shop, the bed and bath offer a spa-like an ambience. Walk to all the main attractions.

Beautiful Historic Firehouse Suite Beautiful Historic Firehouse Suite
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Beautiful Historic Firehouse Suite

One upon a time, this Castle Street Antique and Arts district located apartment once housed firemen who used horses and buggies when rushing to nearby fires. Today, the brick structure with a fitting fire engine red door is a chic apartment still featuring plenty of the old accents and materials. Totally unusual, a stay at the firehouse is memorable, and it’s close to all the coffee shops and so on.

The NoFo House Live like a local in the heart of downtown
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The NoFo House

The NoFo (North Fourth) House is a condo with one bedroom and one bathroom in Wilmington. Three guests can stay here and enjoy being in the heart of downtown but still a little off the beaten path. Since the home is downtown, expect to hear some noise from the street and surrounding businesses. You’ll be within walking distance of the Riverfront and the Wilson Center while staying here. It’s an eco-friendly space equipped with recycled materials, non-toxic products, and a sustainable vibe. Unique features of the Airbnb rental are a full-size washer and dryer, a sleeper sofa in the living room, streaming TV services, and free street parking. The condo also has fast Wi-Fi, a dedicated workspace, a kitchen, and a travel crib if you need one for a child.

Elephant on Market Stunningly renovated in the heart of downtown
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Elephant on Market

Here’s a renovated condo in the heart of downtown Wilmington that incorporates industrial and mid-century modern design. The condo can accommodate up to five people and has two bedrooms and one bathroom. It’s a unique space with 14-foot ceilings, exposed beams, and original heart pine floors. You’ll be just a block from the Riverwalk and close to restaurants, nightlife, and shops too. The Airbnb host provides guests with beach chairs and supplies, as well as a fitness basket with a yoga mat, resistance bands, and kettlebells. The condo is on the second floor and on the back side of the building, and it is accessible by both stairs and an elevator.

Luxury Loft on Market Lovely furnishings and close to the Riverwalk
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Luxury Loft on Market

Just a block from the Riverwalk and located on the third floor, this luxury loft has two bedrooms and one bathroom to accommodate six guests in Wilmington. It’s an industrial-style space with five-star touches and features elements of history and uniqueness. The Airbnb rental is in the heart of downtown Wilmington and in a beautiful historic building. Amenities offered in the rental unit include a dedicated workspace, Wi-Fi, and TV with standard cable. There is a paid washer and dryer in the building if you need to do laundry.

Great Studio Apartment - Walkable to Downtown Your own private space in a great location
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Great Studio Apartment - Walkable to Downtown

You can rent this studio apartment for your trip to Wilmington and have your own separate entrance and stairs to access it. The rental is ideal for two guests and has a queen-size bed, couch, bathroom, and TV with streaming services. It’s a beautiful property with hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and mid-century charm. The rental unit is located above the host’s detached garage and also has a kitchenette with some cooking basics. When you pay an extra fee, it’s a pet-friendly space for pets under 50 pounds and that are well-behaved.

Pecan Paradise: Getaway near Beach & Downtown Totally renovated and so charming
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Pecan Paradise: Getaway near Beach & Downtown

Six guests can book this Wilmington Airbnb that is charming and luxurious with coastal vibes. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in a location that is 10 minutes from both the Riverfront and the beach. Features of the home include fast internet, a shaded deck, grill, outdoor shower, and a spacious living room with a 50-inch smart TV. Early check-in and late check-out may be possible for an additional fee.

Coastal Glamping Retreat in Updated ‘74 Airstream A perfect backyard setting for glamping
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Coastal Glamping Retreat in Updated ‘74 Airstream

A unique way to experience Wilmington is to rent this 1974 Airstream camper that is in a peaceful backyard setting. Four people can stay inside the camper, which is 26 feet long and has two pullout, full-size beds. The camper has been updated with modern amenities, including internet, a projector screen with steaming TV services, air conditioning, and heat. Depending on the weather, it’s fun to enjoy the hot tub or fire pit on the property. There is also a dart board and horseshoes set up by the camper for a little outside playtime.

Crestwood Cottage A cute space and convenient location
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Crestwood Cottage

The Crestwood Cottage is a two-person Airbnb that is between Wrightsville Beach and downtown. It’s a guest house with one bedroom that has a queen-size bed, one bathroom, and in a studio-style space. There is a fenced-in yard area around the cottage that Airbnb guests will have access to. Access to the guest house is via an electronic keypad. It’s comfortable to stay here for just a night, for multiple weeks, or anything in between for your vacation. Amenities included with your stay are a kitchen, Wi-Fi, TV, air conditioning, and laundry machines.

The Side Piece Cottage Such a cozy place to come back to after a day out
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The Side Piece Cottage

The Side Piece Cottage sleeps four people and has two bedrooms and one bathroom for your trip to Wilmington. It’s a cozy Airbnb that is 10 minutes from downtown and 20-25 minutes from Wrightsville or Carolina Beach. This is a great place for a romantic getaway or a group of friends getting together for the weekend. Here you’ll find very comfortable beds, an array of coffee supplies, and eco-friendly bath and body products. You can park two cars in the driveway or park on the street for free. From this Airbnb, guests can easily walk to the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater or take a short drive to Castle Street for art and antique shops.

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