Among locals, the quaint village of Hampstead may be best known for its annual Spot Festival or the rare indigenous plant, the Venus Flytrap. Fish fries and carnivorous plants aside, Hampstead is now being recognized for what it has truly been all along, one of the best-kept secrets along the Eastern Seaboard! Once a sleepy coastal town that was largely home to family farms and fishermen, today's Hampstead is an up and coming community with enviable neighborhoods, top-rated schools and some of the most challenging golf courses this side of Pinehurst. Its convenient location along Hwy. 17, places it between Jacksonville and Wilmington. Hampstead is in Pender County and a quick drive to the pristine beaches of Surf City and Topsail Island. Even better, housing is affordable and some of the most talented designers and builders around have been hard at work to keep up with demand.

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Somehow, Hampstead has successfully avoided over development, which has allowed it to retain its unique small-town Southern charm. Newcomers will notice immediately that folks in Hampstead are sincere and friendly and really do make an effort to get to know their neighbors. Don't worry-everything one could need is right here, including medical facilities, coffee shops, restaurants, fitness centers and even a skate park! It may be small, but this unincorporated town's residents manage to get the job done. From Chamber of Commerce-sponsored activities to fishing tournaments, walkathons, and scholarship fundraisers, folks here support one another. For example, the Spot Festival has been going strong for over five decades, and directly benefits local schools. 

Embracing a coastal lifestyle is an easy thing to accomplish in Hampstead. There are several waterfront and water access neighborhoods to choose from. From lushly landscaped older developments like Washington Acres to newer, amenity-filled choices such as Hammock Watch, Pelican Reef and Graystone, hopeful home buyers should have no problem finding just what they're after. Several of the newer subdivisions feature direct water access, community piers and waterfront common areas. Such spots are ideal for fishing and crabbing or seeing migrating dolphins, diving oystercatchers, roosting egrets and of course, spectacular sunrises and sunsets! Those with water access can easily cruise to Surf City, Topsail, Lea-Hutaff Island or Wrightsville Beach.

Thanks to the state's DOT, significant highway improvements have made commuting from Hampstead a breeze. Whether your work takes you to Camp Lejeune or historic downtown Wilmington, getting there is now convenient as ever. What's even better is being able to get back to your Hampstead hideaway…far from the maddening crowd!

Ready to take a look at a couple properties in the cozy town of Hampstead? Call Nat Criss at (910) 547-6910

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