Beautiful Upstairs Suite in the Historic Firehouse at 5th Ave. & Castle St.

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Last updated: 10/20/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This one of a kind property is truly the way to experience historic Wilmington....

In April 1915, Engine Company 2 began operation at 5th and Castle Streets. Their new station housed six men, two horses, and a two-horse hose wagon. Designed by local architect James F. Gause, Jr., the Italianate structure also housed a bell relocated from the corner of 4th and Dock Streets. The bell sounded alarms until the last fire horse was retired in 1918. In 1956, Engine 2 relocated to the new Headquarters Station on Dock Street.

Once the bunk house to the firemen, this spacious second floor apartment with open floor plan, has recently undergone an outstanding refurbishing and just started accepting reservations mid-April. The gracious apartment is 1709 square feet of light & luxury. Decorated by an acclaimed designer, with understated historic detail throughout, this unique and very large space combines comfort and privacy with a refreshingly hip style.

The unit contains 14 foot ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, concrete counter-tops, stainless steel appliances along with elegant furnishings and finishes. Original art work hangs in every room, including several pieces by renown local artists.

The living room offers quality and luxury including a large flat screen television with DVD, relaxing seating for your group and a dining area large enough to seat 10 comfortably. Reading nook in the tower and an office set up for those who still have to get work done.

Enjoy an afternoon cocktail in the perch of the firehouse tower or relax in the adjoining garden while watching the sunset. Note: this is a second story unit without an elevator; the unit is not handicapped accessible; you must be able to climb stairs to access the unit.

The Firehouse is ideally located at the gateway to the Castle Street Art & Antique District. Enjoy the Saturday Peddlers Market while perusing unique antique shops, vintage clothiers, wine shops, art galleries and restaurants. The Firehouse downstairs tenant is certainly worth a visit, bringing a national flair with HGTV's Meg Caswell's new venue, 5Th & Castle Design Shop.

Only a few blocks further you can enjoy the activity and excitement of historic downtown Wilmington after a quiet night’s sleep in the historic Castle Street Firehouse located 5 blocks from the waterfront. The location is convenient to everything downtown Wilmington has to offer: Thalian Hall, The Brooklyn Arts Center, casual to fine dining, hip coffee houses, art galleries, excellent county library, horse drawn carriage rides, Shops of Old Wilmington or the Cotton Exchange, historic tours, Screen Gems Studio tours, Ghosts of Wilmington Tour, haunted pub crawls, Wilmington’s Farmer’s Market (April – December), the Azalea Festival (April), Riverfest (October) and the NC Battleship. PPD, Cape Fear Community College and the new convention center are within easy walking distance. You can experience the night life, then walk a couple of blocks back to the apartment and spend a safe and quiet evening in your beautifully furnished unit. If you have a car, there is an abundance of free on-street parking . No need to pay for parking.

NOTE: We have just completed the renovations and have welcomed our first guests during Azalea Festival! Some interior photos have been downloaded....more to follow.

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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 1709 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Two beautiful bedrooms. Smaller bedroom has double bed. Larger room with queen size bed platform bed. Pricing as shown for 4 people. Can sleep 2 more in a full height high quality queen air mattress set up in the main room for additional person fee of $50.00 per person per stay....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Unusually large shower...moreless

  • 1 bath with unusually large shower.


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Enjoy your stay in the upstairs apartment of this historic firehouse. Located in the Castle Street Antique & Arts District or downtown Wilmington..just minutes from the Cape Fear River....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Off street non-metered...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden

Building Type

  • Building


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$275 $300
Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates


  • Exit Cleaning Fee $95 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Set up Air Mattress $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13%


Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.


Manager's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/20/2016
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Guestbook comments from the property manager

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  • Enter the gardens under the magnificent oak canopy.

    Enter the gardens under the magnificent oak canopy.

  • Newly renovated kitchen....

    Newly renovated kitchen....

  • Large, luxurious main room.

    Large, luxurious main room.

  • Enjoy the view of the majestic oaks...

    Enjoy the view of the majestic oaks...

  • Guest room with double bed.

    Guest room with double bed.

  • Queen sized bed in locker room.

    Queen sized bed in locker room.

  • The bathroom is a mix of old and new...

    The bathroom is a mix of old and new...

  • Welcome to 5th Castle!

    Welcome to 5th Castle!

  • Enjoy a glass of wine 
in the tower perch.

    Enjoy a glass of wine in the tower perch.

  • Beautiful private garden.

    Beautiful private garden.

  • Welcome to the Firehouse Suite!

    Welcome to the Firehouse Suite!

  • Great area for family gathering, girlfriend weekends or special events.

    Great area for family gathering, girlfriend weekends or special events.

  • Up to the tower....

    Up to the tower....

  • Guest room that was originally fireman's locker room.

    Guest room that was originally fireman's locker room.

  • Beautiful bathroom..

    Beautiful bathroom..

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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Historic District, Wilmington, NC, USA #696705

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