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Old 01-02-2017, 06:13 PM
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Default Creeks in the Hampstead/Wilmington area

My crew is moving to the Hampstead/Wilmington area. We are looking for a creek front home with the best water access possible. What creeks in the area have the most water? Virginia, Mill, Futch, Page? We like the Washington Acres and Mill Creek area a lot. Doubt I can get a 24' CC with a 20" draft in and out of any of these creeks.
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Shouldn't you make the home purchase your first priority?

Virginia very shallow, ok for kayaks. Badly shoaled up. Long run to NTI.
Mill good deep water access. Short run to either Rich's or NTI.
Futch deep access, a little difficult channel to follow. Close to Rich's.
Pages deep access on the south channel, lot's of turns & oyster bars to deal with. Closer to Mason's.

Check out Old Point aka Topsail Creek, easy & deep. Close to NTI.

Note Rich's & Mason's Inlet are not a navigable inlet according to CG. .......
Best inlet day or night in any weather is Masonboro ( don't confuse it with Mason's ).

Washington Acres is a really nice good choice, a little far from town, but up & coming area.
Hope this helps. ....... ICM
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Not sure what you mean by "make purchase of home first priority." It is. We have specific requirements for a home, but we are a boating family and want to be on a waterway with a decent amount of water. These areas have good schools and my understanding is that the summer crowd is much more manageable in Hampstead than Wilmington.

I do appreciate the information. You confirmed what I heard about Virginia Creek and I plan on doing some more looking around Old Topsail Creek. Looks like I need to drag the boat down and do some house hunting by boat.
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Originally Posted by nickbrink33 View Post
Looks like I need to drag the boat down and do some house hunting by boat.
That would prob be your best bet, just ride the waterway until you find one for sale that suits your needs. Good Luck.
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Originally Posted by back at it View Post
That would prob be your best bet, just ride the waterway until you find one for sale that suits your needs. Good Luck.

Another option is use Harbor Village Marina.
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Budget would help.
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Originally Posted by washedupoffroader View Post
Another option is use Harbor Village Marina.
Plenty options too launch there but yeah, HVM would be fine .
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wide open with out a budget...

Best I'm Wilmington would be 1) Bradley, 2) pages, 3) Hewlitts or 4) Howe (have not been up in futch a lot).

You'll need a big wallet if you want deep water on any of the creeks.

Good values can be had on non navigable creek front. You get constantly changing scenery but you have to find a slip elsewhere, which can be an expensive proposition in itself.
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several on Mill creek on Hughes Dr that is where I am and run a 21 ft outboard I am up the creek and have 4 ft or more on most low tides 32 inboard carver get out of the creek
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My favorite house in all of hampstead is for sale right now. I always see it while driving through hampstead. Do you prefer dock in the backyard or are you willing to marina? This house has a 30ish foot boat out front so depth is no issue there. I'll try to get an address.
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That would be awesome. Would prefer boat access in the backyard if possible. Obviously depends on the price.
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Budget depends on the success of selling our other two homes. One is a little fishing cottage on broad creek in Newport, between swansboro and morehead if anyone is looking.

If we sell both, budget is not so much the issue. It's more about picking the best location to spend the money.
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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
wide open with out a budget...

Best I'm Wilmington would be 1) Bradley, 2) pages, 3) Hewlitts or 4) Howe (have not been up in futch a lot).

You'll need a big wallet if you want deep water on any of the creeks.

Good values can be had on non navigable creek front. You get constantly changing scenery but you have to find a slip elsewhere, which can be an expensive proposition in itself.
I heard pages was shallow and boat access was tidal dependent for most of it. That sound right?
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Originally Posted by nickbrink33 View Post
I heard pages was shallow and boat access was tidal dependent for most of it. That sound right?
It's has a deep channel on the south side, mostly unmarked that weaves between oyster bars & marsh islands.
Can be tricky, but not impossible. Think there are 3 marinas on the south side. ...ICM

http://northcarolina.hometownlocator...es%20creek.cfm
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Originally Posted by nickbrink33 View Post
I heard pages was shallow and boat access was tidal dependent for most of it. That sound right?
http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale...78_rect/15_zm/

you should be able to get in and out of here at about any tide... this is on the south side.

You can actually get quite a ways further up if you know where you are going. did no see a whole lot for sale up there though.

no affiliation with the house or seller just know where its at.
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We live in Hampstead and absolutely love it. I currently use the public ramp on Sloop Point Rd but I second using Habour Village Marina. ITs only like 2500 a year. You will get a lot more home for the money in Hampstead.
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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale...78_rect/15_zm/

you should be able to get in and out of here at about any tide... this is on the south side.

You can actually get quite a ways further up if you know where you are going. did no see a whole lot for sale up there though.

no affiliation with the house or seller just know where its at.

I know this house and there is excellent trout and flounder fishing right off the dock. Pages is a great creek to move onto.
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Was a member at Hampstead marina at end of factory road until this they jacked their prices up again for membership. Started out at 500.00 went to 600.00 now 750.00 she lost a member. I will pull to nc ramp and put over there.
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Check out Snead's Ferry. A lot to look at on the ICW. Start looking around Grandview Dr, Waterway Dr, Singleton St and Alligator (all on the mainland side N of the Topsail high rise bridge). 10 minute run to NRI and several places currently for sale waterfront and some with lifts/docks already. Next look around Chadwick Bay....A lot of it is accessible with a 24' deep V and even closer to NRI

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