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Old 03-04-2010, 01:08 PM
Location: Hampstead, NC
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We moved to Hampstead a little over a year ago from CT (originally from MD), with nothing but good things to say about the area at this time. Looked at St. John's County, FL, decided against it and focused on Wilmington, NC area. Wilmington a little bit more congested than we wanted, but really no more traffic than a moderate size suburb of DC or Phil. If you look at Wilmington, you would want to focus on areas that feed Hoggard (sp) HS.

Weather here is not as hot and humid as FL and I found my first summer not much hotter and humid than the DC area. Winter typically has average highs somewhere around 56-58, although this winter has been colder. If it snows, we get very little and melts within a day! No real crime to speak of compared to NY and DC suburbs. Daughter in Middle School loves it and adapted well, Topsail HS has ranked well in state with no more than @ 900 students. Only 12 minutes from Topsail Beach, never really that crowded, except a couple of weekends here and there, and parking is free (unlike Wrightsville). Very family oriented, but quiet with limited # restaurants. As others have said, need to go to Wilmington for major shopping. But there are Food Lions and new Harris Teeter grocery store. Hardware needs met at 2 ACE hardware stores and larger Lowes. 4 Golf courses, plenty of save jogging places. New public boat launch going in soon (3 bays), and surf city one too. Also, a new Movie Theater project is being started in Surf City on way to beach. People are nice, combination of Locals and newcomers, retirees, former military, healthy mix of blue collar/white collar, trade/service/etc employed people, rural folks. And everyone I see seems to tolerate and except one another well.

Plenty of doctors in Hampstead and Wilmington. Good Hospital in Wilmington 45 minutes away. Airport also about 45 minutes. Mrytle Beach about 1.15 hours away. Low R/E taxes a real plus from both NY/DC area, probably about 50% lower than DC, and 4 times lower than CT/N. Jersey. Finally, as you are aware always +s and -s with any area, but happy with our decision.

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Old 03-05-2010, 02:10 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Originally Posted by K&AMC View Post
Does traffic get ridiculous in the summer? I live in the southern most part of New Jersey right now. The summer comes and so do the people. Its not that I mind people but completely shuts you down from enjoying the key reason we live here (the Shore). Not to mention the fact that “Northerns” can be a little pushy and always in a rush. They come here to relax and all they do is rush around and seem aggravated (wonderful vacation huh).
Yes, of course traffic is bad during the summer at the beach (Note that in NC, we don't say "The Shore"--it's "The Beach" ), and yes, lots of them are "Northerners", maybe even your old neighbors . Good for the economy, not so good for the locals--but isn't every vacation town like that?
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:55 AM
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Thanks. I will remember "THE BEACH".
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:24 AM
Location: Washington, NC
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"What I dislike about the whole Wilmington/Hampstead/Sneads Ferry area is the lack of public access to the Intracoastal waterway. Towns like Beaufort and Southport have nice open and public waterfronts along the ICW. "
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