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Wilmington's Ogden community was once considered a rural area. Prior to the 1980s, it was sparsely populated except for a few family farms and residential enclaves situated on several tidal creeks such as Howe Creek and Pages Creek. Fast forward to the new millennium, and oh-how things have changed! It appears that the Ogden area has finally been recognized for all of its endearing qualities and now boasts over 6,000 residents with more on the way!
Located in northern New Hanover County, it is sandwiched between Military Cut-Off and Hwy 17 or Market Street. This convenient location places it minutes from Figure Eight Island, Landfall, Mayfaire and Wrightsville Beach. It is also just under an hour away from Surf City and Topsail Island. Long home to fishermen, boat builders, oyster operations and family farms, the true essence of Ogden is still visible in some of the charming neighborhoods found throughout Middle Sound and the Bayshore area.
There are plenty of new upscale developments as well, and many have water and marsh views, plus water access. Several developments are situated along the Intracoastal Waterway and others are located near tidal, saltwater creeks or on heavily wooded lots. A few standouts include Demarest Landing, Providence, Register Place and Marsh Oaks. There are also several developments that are just perfect for young families such as Anchors Bend and Middle Point.
Those with school-aged children will be pleased to learn that Ogden Elementary is one of the community's focal points. It is one of the oldest public schools in the county and was recently completely remodeled. It is a frequent gathering place for public meetings and yard sales. Several developments are situated along the Intracoastal Waterway or near tidal, saltwater creeks or on heavily wooded lots. Even though Ogden is not in the city limits, the conveniences of city life are just minutes away.
The Ogden area is very accessible to numerous grocery stores, excellent restaurants, retail venues and several banks and medical facilities. In the last few years, several neighborhood bars have become very popular. A few feature live music and have become regular stops for local food trucks. Another favorite spot for Ogden residents is the city's largest park: Ogden Park. It sprawls over 125 acres and features 3 lighted baseball fields, a lighted softball field, 2 lighted soccer fields, 6 lighted tennis courts, playground, picnic areas, jogging paths and a dog park.