Nestled in between Wilmington and Jacksonville, the town of Hampstead features the highly sought-after Topsail School district, many new-home communities and the vast network of waterways, which are perfect for boating, fishing, and bird watching. The town of Hampstead has witnessed substantial growth in recent years, with a population growth of around 40 percent between 2010 and 2020.
Located across the Intracoastal Waterway from the communities that make up Topsail Island, including Surf City and Topsail Beach, Hampstead offers easy access to local beaches, where it’s possible to go swimming, surfing or sun bathing. Several marinas in the Hampstead area are available to help boating enthusiasts access the pristine waterways and marshes, along with the nature preserve at Lea-Hutaff Island, a deserted barrier island that can sometimes feel like a private beach.
Employment in Hampstead
Many of the town of Hampstead’s approximately 5,200 residents either work in Wilmington or Jacksonville. Hampstead is convenient for commuters, as the area offers quick access to Highway 40 via the new Wilmington bypass, I-140, which also allows for an easy drive to points south, to communities such as Leland, Shallotte and Myrtle Beach.
There are numerous retail centers, locally-owned businesses and restaurants in Hampstead; owing to the fact the area has witnessed such a large increase in population in recent years. Many of the new home communities include a variety of amenities on site, such as marinas, private docks, walking trails, clubhouses, golf courses, tennis courts and pools, the idea being that the home owner will never have to leave their new neighborhood.
Teaching opportunities are available in the award-winning Topsail School district, which includes Topsail High School and Topsail Middle School, as well as North Topsail Elementary, South Topsail Elementary, Topsail Elementary, and Surf City Elementary.
Things to Do in Hampstead
Aside from the many opportunities for boating, fishing, golf, tennis and beach-going, the town of Hampstead is also home to a skate park, walking trails and a community park, Hampstead Kiwanis Park, which has a playground and picnic area.
If catching or eating fresh local seafood is a favorite, a visit to Hampstead should be on your list of things to do. The annual North Carolina Spot Festival is always a draw, as it is a large fundraiser for the school system that offers the chance to listen to live music, see a scholarship pageant, purchase locally made crafts, artwork and other goods, check out a petting zoo or enjoy a fresh, fried Spot dinner.