Serving the educational needs of students living in Leland are Belville Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Leland Middle School, Charter Day School, and North Brunswick High School. Two private schools are also located within the area: Emmanuel Christian Academy and New Jerusalem Christian Academy. For students interested in obtaining an undergraduate, post-graduate, or graduate degree, the University of North Carolina, Wilmington campus is located 10 miles away. Other nearby colleges include Cape Fear Community College, Coastal Carolina Community College, and Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
Economy & Job Market
Economic expansion and job growth is happening at a strong and steady pace with commercial centers, major retail shops such as Wal-Mart, businesses, and fine and casual dining establishments popping up in and around Leland. In the future, several hotels and more retail and grocery chains will soon follow, offering residents many opportunities for employment within the city. And with the Wilmington metro only five miles away, residents can easily commute in and out of the city in a short amount of time. A few of the top employers in Wilmington include New Hanover Regional Medical Center, the County of New Hanover, UNC Wilmington, General Electric, Corning Incorporated, and PPD, Inc.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Residents looking to spend the day out on the town can drive to the riverfront metro of Wilmington in New Hanover County. If shopping is your idea of a way to spend the day, Wilmington offers a number of boutiques and malls such as the Independence Mall, Mayfaire Town Center and Hanover Center. Many dining establishments are located in the downtown area of Wilmington, in addition to sidewalk cafes, jazz clubs, theatres, and other eclectic shops.
History buffs will want to make the trip to Wilmington for its 230-block National Historic Register District, which runs along the Cape Fear River. This district features homes built in the antebellum style, which reflects the English heritage of Wilmington, set along cobblestone and brick streets. One of the most famous homes in the district is the Burgwin-Wright House, which was built in 1781 and served as the home to Lord Charles Cornwallis, a significant figure during the Revolutionary War. The Bellamy Mansion is another site that history lovers will appreciate as the home served as the headquarters to Federal troops in 1865 and was built by free and enslaved artisans. For more museums that showcase artifacts of North Carolina's history, be sure to stop by the Cape Fear Museum and the Poplar Grove Historic Plantation. The USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, Saint John's Museum of Art and the Children's Museum of Wilmington are other museums of interest that shouldn't be missed.
Parks & Recreation
One of the more popular recreational spots in Leland is the Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation. Designed by Tom Jackson, the golf course features 27 holes, 419 Bermuda fairways, an on-site golf school, a fully stocked Pro Shop, and meeting rooms, among other amenities. Real estate is also available for those who wish to live in a golf course community. Other golf courses near Leland include the Cape Fear Country Club, Cape Fear National, Echo Farms Golf and Country Club, Pine Valley Country Club, and Wilmington Municipal Golf Course.
For those who enjoy spending the day away fishing, swimming and boating, or perhaps ending the day just hanging out on the beaches and admiring the sunset, Carolina Beach State Park and the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area are the places to be. Carolina Beach State Park features a marina that provides easy access for fishing and boating, in addition to camping areas, hiking and biking trails, and a visitor's center with additional information on the native wildlife and flora that inhabit the area. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is located along the North Carolina shoreline off of US-421 on the tip of Pleasure Island. White sandy beaches welcome visitors to explore its many salt marshes, mud flats, and tidal creeks where you can find an assortment of sea stars, keyhole urchins, gulls, brown pelicans and other shorebirds living in the area. Fort Fisher is truly a perfect destination for day trips!
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