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Beautiful Upstairs Suite in The Historic Firehouse At 5th Ave. & Castle St.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,709 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom. Sleeps 4 in bedrooms and another 2 on air mattress

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 Gather Events who would be glad to host your wedding or other special event there on the property.

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.

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Historic District Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1709 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Unusually large shower
  • 1 bath with unusually large shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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


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Beautiful Upstairs Suite in The Historic Firehouse At 5th Ave. & Castle St.
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Amazing experience!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautifully renovated fire station!!! The photos do not so it justice. The living spaces were comfortable and clean!! I love the character this building has and the location was perfect!!! Thanks so much for accommodating our two dogs too!!! Rx Restaurant was AMAZING!!!! It was a perfect surprise for my husband who happens to work in the fire service. I love the history of the building and the charm it holds!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Heather, Wow! What a wonderful review. We love to have guests like yourselves feel so at home in our Firehouse Suite! We don't really look at the property as just a place to stay but, more of the experience of staying in Historic Downtown Wilmington! Thanks again and please come stay with us again! Terry and John
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Wonderful space!

  • 5 of 5

We used the house for a pre wedding staging area for the girls getting ready, lunch, and the "first look" pictures. It was perfect! The bride and her sister slept there the first night and then the bridal couple used it after the reception for their honeymoon night. Such a cool spot!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A very special place!

  • 5 of 5

I surprised my husband and our 2.5 yr old son with a father's day trip to Wilmington. We've driven past this building a million times and always wondered what was inside. The owner has renovated the property and it is gorgeous. All the historic charm has remained intact, but has a more modern functionality now.

The kitchen is fully equipped and nothing has been overlooked. There is plenty of space in the family room, and the open concept allowed our son to set up his trains and cars with lots of room to play. The bathroom is a good size and includes a stackable washer and dryer. Don't let the small shower entrance in the photo scare's quite a large shower! The second bedroom has enough space to one side for a pack and play or travel toddler bed (but no closet). The master bedroom is plenty spacious and the lockers provide tons of storage. My husband ventured up the tower and said it was cool, but you would need to be on the adventurous side to enjoy it. We were able to play in the yard for a few minutes (before it hit 100 degrees!) and relax at the table and chairs out there.

The location is great...easy access to downtown and not too far from the beach. I would recommend ordering your groceries online from Harris Teeter and either picking them up on the way to the house or having them delivered. Don't miss Jester's Cafe a block up the street for brunch and lunch. We also loved The Basics for dinner (their brunch is wonderful as well). Definitely head downstairs to check out Fifth and Castle...there are some great finds there, and they have an amazing fabric selection if you want something custom.

Overall, a very positive experience and a great property! Don't hesitate to reserve this one...we will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property Manager

Terry Espy
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful firehouse! We have a huge appreciation for old homes/buildings and the renovation of this place is gorgeous! Love the colors!

This was or first visit to Wilmington and we loved it! Everyone is so friendly, we especially loved Jesters Java!

We will most definitely be coming back and hope the firehouse is available when we do!

PS…The artwork is fantastic!
Sep 2015
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Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $250
Exit Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.


Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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