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Old 03-08-2019, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Scotch Plains, NJ
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We're relocating from central New Jersey to the Wilmington area for my husband's new job. My father lives in Brunswick Forest so we've visited and checked out the areas surrounding him, but my husband's job is in St. James, which we don't have as much experience with. I know its 'close-ish' to Leland but I'm sure we'd prefer to be closer to his job. Plus, I've heard Southport's schools are supposed to be better than elsewhere.
My husband and I are in our mid-30's, with two elementary-school age children, so we're looking for good schools and family-friendly neighborhoods. Our house budget is in the 350-400k range.

Any suggestions?
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Old 03-08-2019, 05:13 PM
 
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I wouldn't live in St. James with elementary school children, as the average age of St. James is between 60 and 70 and there are virtually no children who live there.

Frankly, the entire Southport area skews towards retirees. I'd look at the Smithville Woods subdivision if I were you; there are more children there than any other area, except possibly Boiling Spring Lakes, but most of the houses there are way below your budget, and its further from SJP. Either that or live in Leland and have a 30 minute commute. But Brunswick Forest has the same demographics as SJP.
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Old 03-09-2019, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Southport NC
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Sure, they have Santa at the firehouse on top of a fire truck around Xmas and a Easter egg hunt and a small playground at one of our parks, but these things are mostly for the grandchildren visiting. I last heard there is approx 100-125 school age children here at SJP, don't know if more toward HS age or elementary age. Busses come thru every day. But activities for young ones are limited and the odds of anyone on your block having kids same age as yours for playing are slim to none so driving for drop offs and pick ups will part of your daily routine. Leland is definitely skewed younger and can make the trip here in 25 min. Haven't checked for young, new home developments in Leland but brand new gorgeous apartment complexes are opening left and right with every amenity you can imagine so maybe a year there while you scope out homes could be an option. Downside is moving the kids again. Good luck and any questions, just ask!
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Old 03-10-2019, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Scotch Plains, NJ
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Thanks!
Would either of you recommend the Bolivia or Shallotte areas? My in-laws liked Winding River but I don't know a lot about it.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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You might want to consider private school.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:56 AM
 
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Would either of you recommend the Bolivia or Shallotte areas? My in-laws liked Winding River but I don't know a lot about it.

There are not a lot of families with small children in Winding River Plantation.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Scotch Plains, NJ
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Sassakitty, why do you say that?
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Scotch Plains, NJ
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Can any of you tell me about the schools in the area? Online, they don't rate as well as our current area but its hard to judge that without talking to people who's children are actually enrolled in these places.
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Can any of you tell me about the schools in the area? Online, they don't rate as well as our current area but its hard to judge that without talking to people who's children are actually enrolled in these places.
You might look for a social media site about the elementary schools that interest you. Belville Elementary is fairly close to St. James. Its web site is here: https://www.bcswan.net/Domain/8
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:15 PM
 
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You might look for a social media site about the elementary schools that interest you. Belville Elementary is fairly close to St. James. Its web site is here: https://www.bcswan.net/Domain/8
Thats a good idea, but just so the OP knows, Belville Elementary isn't the school that St. James is zoned to, Southport Elementary is...here is the FB page for it: https://www.facebook.com/SouthportElemSchool/
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