While we can’t claim credit for Craven County’s breathtaking blue skies and scenic waterways, we take immense pride in our vibrant community of residents and professionals who call this place home. Our history is steeped in legacy, tracing back to Colonial times when New Bern stood as the inaugural state capital, Caleb Bradham birthed Pepsi Cola, and the Marine Corps found its home at Cherry Point. It’s the land where Babe Ruth pursued his passion for hunting alongside his baseball career. Above all, it’s where a resilient and compassionate community has thrived for over 300 years. Today, we remain a tight-knit community of hardworking people who appreciate all that Craven County has to offer.

Our diverse community is filled with a mix of young families, retirees, professional business owners, skilled tradespersons, active citizens and those who enjoy simple, easy living. We enjoy a moderate climate 12 months a year, have access to quality health care, solid education opportunities and a multitude of things to do. We also have a relatively low tax rate, available waterfront properties and a thriving, growing economy.

Golfing Lifestyle

Golf can be enjoyed year-round due to our moderate climate, with plenty of golf courses available throughout the area. Whether public or private, you’ll have a range of options to find the perfect course for you, putting you on the first tee in no time! Our featured golfing communities include:

Boating Lifestyle

With abundant access to waterways, the allure of being on the water resonates with nearly every resident in some capacity. There are many boating facilities, yacht clubs and marinas that offer our community a variety of boating opportunities. There are several storage options if you prefer the convenience of simply hopping in the boat and hitting the river. There are also many loading areas if you prefer to move your boat around and want to test new waters from different access points. The top boating communities include the following:

  • Fairfield Harbour
  • Brices Creek
  • Trent Woods
  • Carolina Pines
  • River Bend

Waterfront Living

There’s something about looking out on the water as you drink that first cup of coffee or watch the sunset after a long day. While many public areas offer the opportunity to savor waterfront views, others opt for the luxury of residing directly along the water’s edge, making Craven County an especially enticing choice. There are opportunities for lakefront and riverfront living, as well as the privacy of large creeks that open up to expansive waters. Each community offers its own distinct character, yet they all share an appreciation for Craven County’s coastal beauty. Waterfront areas include:

  • Historic Downtown New Bern
  • Trent Woods
  • Neuse Harbor
  • River Bend

Historic Neighborhoods

Not only does Craven County offer an abundance of boating and golfing opportunities, it also features the first state capital of North Carolina. New Bern is over 300 years old with plenty of historic architecture that reflects the shaping of our landscape, a vibrant downtown community with lots of boutique shopping, delicious dining, art galleries and more!

  • Historic Ghent
  • Historic Downtown New Bern
  • Historic Riverside

Spanning 540 acres in its first phase, West New Bern has been strategically designed to offer a variety of home styles in a wide price range to meet the needs of families of all ages and sizes.