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Old 08-07-2009, 09:55 AM
 
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My husband and I are planning a move to the Hampstead area and would like some info on best areas to live. When looking online at houses, I've noticed that almost everything is located in a subdivision. Here where we live, HOAs tend to be very controlling (how many pets you can have, what color to paint your house, when to put out your garbage can, etc). Is this also true in Hampstead?
Can anyone give me a feel for the different subdivisions/areas of Hampstead? What's good/bad about them?
I'd appreciate any advice you can offer.
Thanks!
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:28 AM
 
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IMHO, so much of where you want to live in the Hampstead area will be determined by your circumstance....
Are you working in Wilmington? If so, you might want to live closer to the south part of Hampstead....
Military and commuting to LeJeune? Then head to the north part of Hampstead
Parks and schools a consideration? Some of the neighborhoods are more "kid friendly"
Retired? Many, many choices for you...
Is being close to the beach a big issue for you?
Don't worry about HOA's and the garbage can issue - unless you pay for private service, you will be hauling it yourself to the local transfer station. Some people think this is crazy - we love it because we can take our garbage anytime we want!
Of course, price is always an issue in where you live here, but there are plenty of houses that are not in subdivisions.
I won't comment on individual subdivisions here as not having lived in any of them, I don't have knowledge of them and their HOA's , covenants and restrictions.
Good luck in your move to the area!
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:06 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply, MTNesters. All good info to keep in mind. I do have a middle schooler and high schooler. The older one drives, so don't have to be right next to school. Right now my kids commute 45 minutes to school, so anything will probably seem close! Actually, the Topsail schools are one of the reasons we chose the Hampstead area.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:27 PM
 
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Glad the information was helpful. With a middle schooler and high schooler you may want to think about access to stoplights. I know that sounds crazy, but we all have to use Hwy 17 to get anywhere, and if you are going to have a high school student making left hand turns onto 17, it might be nice to pick a subdivision that you can get to a stoplight. I like Pelican Reef subdivision a lot and they have a pool and tennis courts, but making a left turn out of there is a little "dicey" on a daily basis. We like having access to the stoplights at County Club Dr. if we are heading south to Wilmington, and use the stoplight at Sloop Point Loop Rd. if we want to head north to the beach...makes it a little easier, and with a driving teenager, might be something to think about... there would be plenty of subdivisions to think about using those stoplights...

Hope you will enjoy Hampstead - our kids did not go to the schools here, but everyone here seems to be happy with the schools - we went to one of the Topsail High school's graduation ceremonies and were very impressed with what we saw and heard, and toured the new high school and thought it was lovely and were very pleased for the kids in this community.
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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Good point about the stop lights. Currently, we live in Tucson, AZ, so he get's lots of practice driving on busy roads, but I agree it would be best to make left turns on 17 as easy as possible. Didn't I read somewhere that they are going to widen Hwy 17? If they do that, I wonder if they will put in more stop lights.
We drove by the new high school when we were down there last month and were pleased by what we saw. I think both of the kids will do well in the Topsail schools.
Thanks again for the great advice.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:19 AM
 
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You are very welcome - glad any advice/suggestions I post could be helpful to someone.
About the widening of 17 - have heard they are thinking of this, but not sure when this would happen - there is some frustration over this, as we have been promised a by-pass for years and has never happened - and it makes a whole lot more sense than widening 17 - but folks are still working for this, so keep your fingers crossed! And welcome to our area in advance....when do you move here? Hope it will all go smoothly for you!
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Old 08-25-2009, 12:47 PM
 
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There are several variables that will control when we move. We are actively looking for a business to buy/start in the area. When we find something that suits us, we will move. Our house went up for sale yesterday, so as soon as it sells, we are on our way. At the latest, we will move at the end of the school year. We are excited and nervous.

Are there any particular areas that are prone to flooding?
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