Masonboro dates from pre-Revolutionary War days, when it was a resort area. The area, on Masonboro sound, was named for a group of Masons who built houses there in the late 18th Century. It is located in southern east coastal New Hanover County. The oldest houses still standing, however, date from the 1870’s. Earlier houses were destroyed by fire. There is also an island called Masonboro Island – www.nccoastalreserve.com conservation area which is used for recreation by area residents. They dock boats on the island and surf and swim on this unhabitated 8 mile island. There are new townhouses in this area of town with a small shopping area and a large development of upscale brick homes starting in the $600K range and on up. Some of these subdivisions include: Windward Oaks, www.windwardoaks.org, Masonboro Forest, Treybrooke, the Reserve at Masonboro, Andrews Reach, Beasley at Masonboro.