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Old 01-02-2014, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Looking to buy now for a move in about 4 years.... coming from Long Island NY... love the water, boating etc... need a good school for our son (now age 5)...Any recommendations? We are looking at Hampstead on or near Intercoastal water.... ADVICE???
I would concur with Hampstead, but Newport and Dare County also have good schools.

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Old 01-02-2014, 10:29 AM
 
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Looking to buy now for a move in about 4 years.... coming from Long Island NY... love the water, boating etc... need a good school for our son (now age 5)...Any recommendations? We are looking at Hampstead on or near Intercoastal water.... ADVICE???
Just about anywhere on the Intercoastal will give you a good school district in New Hanover or Pender County.

The Topsails...South, North and regular are all perfectly good, as you get into New Hanover you could be at Ogden, Wrightsville Beach, or Parsley...all considered great.

Murrayville (just below Pender Co line), Bradley Creek (just south of Wrightsville Beach), Bellamy (Monkey Junction) and Anderson (before Carolina Beach) are good, but not considered great. Carolina Beach is above average. Here's a map for context...

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I would put my 7 year old in any of them.
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Norman,Oklahoma
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Hi, my Son, daughter-in-law, and 2 young grandsons are being transferred to Marine base, (career Coast Guard). They are looking for a family oriented neighborhood, good schools, activities and a good real estate agent! My daughter-in-law is a waitress. This Grandma wants them to find a great neighborhood, great friends and safe for the boys! Help! Away from base housing for the first time in 14 years!
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Hi, my Son, daughter-in-law, and 2 young grandsons are being transferred to Marine base, (career Coast Guard).
Do you mean Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville? They could live in a place like Carolina Forest in Jacksonville or Hubert or Swansboro. There are also numerous previous threads on this topic:
What areas near camp lejeune are good for young family to live?
Advice on where to live near Camp Lejeune
Towns surrounding Camp Lejeune?
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:39 AM
 
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As you'll see by clicking on the links provided, I'm the biggest proponent of if you work in Jacksonville there is no need to live an hour away. I'm assuming your son is going to be working at the JMTC which is out at Courthouse Bay on Lejeune whihc is close to the Sneads Ferry gate.That's going to give you about a 30 minute commute or more from anywhere in Jacksonville you'd want to live except maybe the Southwest/Verona/Haws Run area. The most convenient area to hi job would be Sneads Ferry, but those schools are falling apart, and though I'm sure the kids would do fine there, the worst in the county. Also with your son being in the Coast Guard, if he finds he likes the area and his job allows, when his time is up at the JMTCC he can transfer to the Coast Guard station in Wilmington. Being a 17 year veteran I'm sure this will be his last or close to his last tour. All of these things push to me recommend Hampstead. Still about a 30 minute or so trip to Courthouse Bay, but much better schools, closer to WIlmington which is a popular retriree destination. If he does have another tour in him, would allow him to get transferred to Wilmington and not have to move his family. A place that should he decide to stay put once he retires would have all of the things most retirees would look for.

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Old 01-05-2014, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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All of these things push to me recommend Hampstead. Still about a 30 minute or so trip to Courthouse Bay, but much better schools, closer to WIlmington which is a popular retriree destination.
As always, macjr82 give excellent advice from an insider's view. I will second the endorsment of better schools in Hampstead/Surf City in Pender County versus the Dixon schools in Onslow County. Of course, the real estate taxes in Pender County are a bit higher.
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