The Top 3 Cities In The Jacksonville, NC Area

Are you thinking about moving to Jacksonville, North Carolina, but aren’t sure where to settle? In this episode of Covering Coastal Carolina, I’m going to share the top three cities in the Jacksonville area you’ll want to check out. We’ll look at each city’s location, amenities, and housing prices so you can choose the one that fits you best.


The first city in the Jacksonville area you need to check out is Swansboro, North Carolina. This city is located between Emerald Isle and Hubert just north of the Jacksonville area. One reason that people love living in Swansboro is because of its quiet, small-town feel. It’s an adorable town with so many historic buildings and homes.

Because it’s only about 20 minutes from Jacksonville, Swansboro is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The area is also known for its tourist attractions, like Riverview Park and Bicentennial Park. These two hotspots have beautiful piers and boardwalks overlooking the water, with Bicentennial Park boasting a spot for fishing. Both are the perfect place to hang out for lunch and enjoy nature, and dogs are welcome, too. It’s the perfect place to bring your furry friends.

The average three-bedroom single-family home in Swansboro is roughly $300,000, depending on how close you are to the water. A two-bedroom home in Swansboro is roughly $210,000, and those will most likely be two-bedroom townhomes. If you're looking to rent in the area, you can plan on spending at least $1,600 a month for a three-bedroom single-family home. A two-bedroom unit in the same area will run you at least $900 a month.

Sneads Ferry

The second city you need to check out is Sneads Ferry, located just south of Jacksonville and north of the Hampstead Wilmington area. This city is quickly growing—and with that, housing prices are growing as well. One of the reasons that people love living in Sneads Ferry is its proximity to the ocean. It's also really convenient to the larger cities.

Choosing to live in Sneads Ferry allows you more work opportunities, as you'll have the option to work in Wilmington or Jacksonville. Additionally, the commute times are very similar. This area is known for being extremely close to the ocean; just over the Topsail Bridge and you'll be on the island. It's one of the most popular beaches on the East Coast.

The average three-bedroom single-family home in Sneads Ferry is about $275,000. If you're looking to rent in the Sneads Ferry area, a three-bedroom single-family home is going to run you at least $1,800 a month.


The third city that you need to check out is Richlands. Richlands is located near southwest Jacksonville and is another flourishing city that is becoming a great popular place to settle down. One of the reasons that people like living in Richlands is because it's a little more rural. You've got some neighborhoods that don't necessarily have HOA fees, more land, and more places to spread out—yet it's an easy commute to base, into the cities, and is close to the airport.

The Richlands Beulaville area is known for its small-town attractions. Most notable is Mike's Farm, a very popular place for locals all over Onslow County and North Carolina in general. Mike's Farm is a southern-style restaurant with a gift shop and artisan market, where local artists come together to sell their goods. The food is to die for.

Mike’s Farm is a real, honest-to-goodness farm. They grow strawberries and corn, and the creamed corn comes right off the stock to your table. It's just mind-blowing. So if you're ever in the area and you need a great place to eat—or you've got people coming into town for Christmas—Mike’s Farm is an absolute do not miss. Another cool activity is visiting the Onslow County Museum, where you can spend an afternoon soaking up all the rich history of Onslow County. They have some pretty interesting exhibits and artifacts.

The average three-bedroom single-family home in Richlands is about $175,000. A two-bedroom home in Richlands will run you about $140,000 to $150,000, and those options are most likely going to be townhomes. If you're looking to rent in the Richlands area, you can sometimes find a home in the $800 to $1,000 range. At the high end, expect to pay about $1,800.

Make Jacksonville Your Home

I hope this gave you some insight into three great cities surrounding Jacksonville, North Carolina. They're growing in popularity, so you’ll want to be sure to check them out. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. If we can help you move in, move up, move out, or move on, let us know and we're always here to help.

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