At the time of this writing, there's a lot of buzz in the air related to Wilmington Island. Specifically, news outlets from across the country are all abuzz with reports about celebrity chef Paula Deen putting her Wilmington Island home—known as "Riverbend"—up for sale.

This news has Greater Savannah in the national spotlight, y'all. And so, numerous non-locals are getting the scoop on something that those of us who live around these parts well know—Savannah is chock-full of highly sought-after communities, and Wilmington Island ranks high on that list.

And with good reason: Wilmington Island offers something for most everyone.

There's the Mélange of Housing Options for Instance

Wilmington Island homes run the gamut from starter and luxury town-homes and condominiums… to single-family homes at varied price points… to some of our city's most expensive, expansive and elite waterfront estates (including the home of the "Queen of Southern Cuisine," Paula Deen).

And, as well as an array of home types, residents-to-be will find that Wilmington Island also has:

Homes with different, yet equally mesmeric views. Some homeowners bask in sweeping vistas of the Wilmington River. For others, it's serene, meandering tidal creeks or sublime lagoon or lakefront scenery. Then there are homes that front the natural beauty of pristine marshes. And inland homes come with peaceful panoramas of large live oaks and pretty palm trees.

Updated, older homes as well as modern properties. For those who fancy vintage homes, Wilmington Island has classic properties constructed as early as the 1950's that have been or are being updated by new owners. Many of the island's homes were built from the 1980's onward, so there's a mix of neighborhoods with varying decades of modern styles.

And a Cornucopia of Community Amenities

Besides diverse housing choices and the blissful setting and lifestyle, Wilmington Island also offers on-island access to all manner of everyday essentials. Residents can get a quick cup of coffee, dine at their choice of various restaurants, or swing by their bank. There are retail stores and two major-chain grocery stores on shore too (both can lay claim to Paula Deen sightings by the way).

And there's more. Wilmington Island's family-friendly appeal is enhanced by the area's high-caliber schools and availability of pre-K through high school within the community. And then, there's the island's legendary amenity, the Wilmington Island Club.

Self-described as the "playground of your dreams," the Wilmington Island Club was originally built in the 1920's as part of a resort; the hotel has since been reborn as a luxury condo complex. Legend has it that the hotel construction was financed by the infamous Al Capone. And with the Teamsters Union as the owner when Jimmy Hoffa vanished, it's rumored that he is buried at the site. Urban legends aside, what is a fact is that the resort was grand in its heyday. Today, the island still boasts the famed 18-hole golf course that's been enjoyed by many since 1927. And the clubhouse sits on lush manicured grounds, and offers pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, and world-class dining.

Plus Outdoor Recreation of Your Choosing

Something else that boosts the island's all-around appeal is access to a wide variety of outdoor activities. It's a haven for water sports enthusiasts as well as for anglers who like shore fishing or those who prefer to hook "the big one" offshore. Bikers, walkers and joggers are at home on the nature trails. If you are keen on soccer, baseball or softball, there's a sports complex.

So, whatever your style, preferences or budget, Wilmington Island is likely to have "a dream home" for you. We're happy to help you find it. Let Live Love Savannah show you around, and we can share more about the real estate there and even talk some about the intriguing urban legends.

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