Let RiverLights Guide You Home

We’re honored to build our award-winning cottage homes in this new, master-planned Cape Fear River community.

A master-planned, mixed-use community featuring a variety of residential home sites, commercial spaces, parks, stunning views, and immediate access to the Cape Fear River, RiverLights is the kind of community that celebrates family, honors nature, and breathes new life into timeless Southern traditions.

The RiverLights community integrates practicality for today’s lifestyles into the treasured, pristine landscape by setting aside more than 500 acres for planned open spaces bordered by massive sand dunes, tidal marshes and wetlands. Overall, there are more than seven miles of walking trails and over eight parks and open natural areas that lure active individuals and families here to live, work and play.


In Marina Village, you can dock your boat for the day and stroll through the local shops, ending up at Smoke on the Water, a riverside restaurant offering drinks, dinner and a truly spectacular view of the sunset. While you wait for your order, take a stroll along The Boardwalk at RiverLights, a broad, beautifully constructed walkway that takes you out over the river so you can take in the panoramic scenery. Also in Marina Village, Live Oak Commons is in the heart of the community, hosting outdoor concerts, a farmers’ market and endless fun for all ages.

Ember Park, situated right along The Boardwalk, has three fire pits surrounded by Adirondack chairs and custom tables for enjoying oysters and roasting marshmallows with friends. The Lake House, home to the community’s clubhouse, fitness center and salt-water pool, is nearby on the banks of a 38-acre freshwater lake, making it convenient to jump from poolside to paddle-boarding whenever the mood strikes.

Beyond its well-designed homes, unique amenities and ideal proximity to historic downtown Wilmington, NC, RiverLights represents a fresh start, a new adventure, a strong connection to nature and to neighbors.

RiverLights At A Glance

Overall Size: Almost 1,400 acres, with up to 2,290 residences at completion

The Cottages at RiverLights: 27 homes initially; plans for 100 cottages.


  • On River Road, about five miles south of historic downtown Wilmington, NC, near the Independence Blvd. intersection
  • Occupying a three-mile stretch along the Cape Fear River, from Bernard’s Creek to Mott’s Creek
  • Only 11 mi. from Wrightsville Beach, 10 mi. from Carolina Beach and 14 mi. from Kure Beach

About the Community: The Cottages at RiverLights

As a company that shares the same values and standards as the developers of RiverLights, The Cottage Building Company is honored to have been invited to join the builder team.

Our Craftsman cottages are handsomely at home among the abundant longleaf pines and live oaks, as the Arts and Crafts architectural style underscores the community’s emphasis on nature. The signature porches give way to sidewalks that wind throughout the neighborhood, promoting a neighborly atmosphere that is as pervasive as the river breeze.

As in all of our communities, homebuyers can customize any of our plans extensively, creating their own dream cottage in this idyllic location. The riverside influence and the close proximity to downtown Wilmington’s historic district, for example, may lead homeowners to prefer a slightly different take on the coastal aesthetic than our communities that are by the ocean. Building with us allows for that flexibility and so much more.

Homes & Pricing:

The Cottage Building Company is one of only eight homebuilders that were carefully selected to comprise a builder team offering a wide range of home style options to appeal to buyers in all stages of life. Designs include single and two-story floor plans ranging from 1,262 – 3,500+ square feet, with prices starting in the mid $200,000s. Model homes are open daily.


About The Development Team Behind Riverlights

The RiverLights community is owned by the business entity North American Sekisui House, LLC (NASH), and is being developed by Newland Communities, one of the largest private developers of planned residential and urban mixed-use communities in the US. NASH and Newland share a deep commitment to sustainable development practices and RiverLights is one of more than 30 assets in 14 states the NASH-Newland partnership owns or manages together.

A Community Built to Last

The RiverLights philosophy of community means caring for the environment and living responsibly. A strong commitment to green spaces and the preservation of legacy trees, the river, and wetland habitats, as well as a focus on energy, and water conservation, has resulted in a socially sustainable planned design that will be preserved for generations to enjoy.

The RiverLights plan includes preserving open space and conserving at least 25 percent of the total land area; safeguarding unique environmental, geological, and historically significant sites; as well as conserving water and energy.

RiverLights Homes Price List