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Sneads Ferry, half way between Wilmington and Jacksonville along US-HWY 17, was once known has a small fishing town but has seen over 80% population growth in recent decades and now regularly sees new home and new community developments to accommodate new residents to this area. Popular with Marines working at Camp Lejeune looking for easy access to work while living off-base, Sneads Ferry is the second largest municipality in Onslow County and contains many public and private amenities for residents to enjoy.
The quaint laid-back town of Hampstead, North Carolina in Pender County is known as the Seafood Capital of North Carolina. The NC Spot Festival is an annual tradition that began in 1963 and continues today where locals fry up delicious fresh spot (a type of fish) to perfection, complete with crafts, inflatable fun for kids, face painting, local vendors and more. The Topsail school system is regularly rated among the top schools in the area, making this a great place to raise a family.
Surf City, North Carolina in Pender County spans both mainland North Carolina and part of a barrier island Topsail Island. This laid-back beach-front community is a popular destination for surfing, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, sunset tiki cruises and hosts everything you would expect from a beach town: surf shop, restaurants and a public pier spanning 937 feet.
Dubbed "Wilmywood" for its Holywood-style film studios, Wilmington, North Carolina in New Hanover County sits on the largest river in NC, the Cape Fear River. Hosting the Battleship North Carolina, a thriving arts community, independent film festivals and the annual Azalea festival, Wilmington is just a short trip to the beach and contains everything you would expect from a big city while maintaining its southern charm.
Home to Marine Corps Base Camp Legeune and Air Station New River, Jacksonville, NC in Onslow County is a young city with an average age of 22 that contains several waterfront parks great for relaxing, layaking, canoeing and fishing.