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Old 01-18-2015, 08:09 AM
 
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My family and I are relocating to the Wilmington area for our jobs. I will be working in the Rose Hill (Duplin County) area while my husband will be working in Wilmington. We are looking to live half way between. After doing some research, it looks like Hampstead would be a good fit. Am I correct? We have two daughters, one will be in high school and one will be in middle school. Schools are a big concern for me. Being new and at that age will be difficult to begin with. I want them to go to a school with good reviews and known for academics and being a good school with low bullying issues. Somewhere safe. We will be renting at first. Are there any communities that have a community pool? That is not a priority but is an option. My main concern is schools and a safe are to live. Any information is greatly appreciated. We are moving in. June.
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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My family and I are relocating to the Wilmington area for our jobs. I will be working in the Rose Hill (Duplin County) area while my husband will be working in Wilmington. We are looking to live half way between. After doing some research, it looks like Hampstead would be a good fit. Am I correct?
The Hampstead schools get good ratings, but you will have a looong commute out to Rose Hill. The mid-point between Wilmington and Rose Hill is Burgaw, but I can't recommend the schools.

An alternative might be to locate in the Laney High School district, which is in the north side of Wilmington. I don't have kids, so you might search the sub-forum on Laney. The comments were generally good. You can find a nice, safe residential area north of Market Street and the commute to Rose Hill will be shorter. One example is the Northchase community which has a pool. Northchase is assigned to Laney HS and Trask Middle Scool.

Before you move, you might want to contact your prospective high school and middle school choice to see their policies on bullying.

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Old 01-18-2015, 10:06 AM
 
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Eh, I can't recommend Northchase. They have a lot of flooding there and over the years many of the houses have become rental properties, which oftentimes leads to an air of...seediness. Locally - and I may catch some flack for this - Laney High has long been regarded as the local "redneck" school. Even kids my son's age (he graduated from high school 2 years ago) still view it that way.


You have a quandary on your hands - the best school districts are going to be very inconvenient for you and your commute to Rose Hill. I don't know how far out the Hampstead/Topsail school districts extend north west, but if I were you I would see if I could find a map for them online and then play around with Google maps and something like realtor.com to see if there's anything suitable in that direction.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:56 AM
 
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You want to be as close to I-40 (or I-140) as possible in my opinion. That road from Hampstead to Burgaw (if commuting from Hampstead) would drive me nuts...its 2 lane and long. Using the Interstate is the way to go.

I also agree that the Laney district would be an option. I would check the Gordon Rd intersection area since its easy access from there. There may be something up around Castle Hayne that works as well. You could head to Porters Neck, but you still want to have that easy "interstate" access to make your commute as easy as possible. Staying near the interstate can keep that commute to about 30 to 35 minutes one way. I think you are looking at 45 or so (much of it 2 lane) in Hampstead. As well being in Hampstead also makes your husband have to commute further (to Wilmington).
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