With a great location just minutes from the Intracoastal Waterway and a short drive to Wilmington and neighboring beach communities, Jacksonville is a popular place to live.
Include a wide variety of real estate ranging from: quiet rural properties, affordable homes near Camp Lejeune, to several new subdivisions, such as Sterling Farms and Beechtree Hills, and you have a winning combination.
Located approximately 40 minutes from Wilmington and 15 minutes from the Intracoastal Waterway, Jacksonville enjoys a stable economy due to the Marine Corp base and well managed growth throughout its history. With new roads and highways commuting in and around town is a breeze. Jacksonville real estate offers close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the beach communities of Topsail Island, Surf City and Emerald Isle, which provide endless recreational activities.
Jacksonville is situated in the southeastern part of North Carolina in Onslow County. This ideal location, along the New River, enabled the town's early growth in the naval stores industry, and the establishment of a courthouse there in 1755. Fueled by commercial fishing and the agricultural trade of tobacco, peanuts, corn and pork, Jacksonville became an economic hub of the area. First known as Wantland's Ferry, because of the major north-south ferry crossing, the town was later incorporated in 1842 and named after President Andrew Jackson.
In 1941 construction began on a Marine Corps Training Center, later named Camp Lejeune after Lt. General John A. Lejeune. Presently, the base covers 151,000 acres and houses the largest marine expeditionary force in the world including Camp Johnson, MCAS New River, and the recently completed Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MarSOC) headquarters at Stone Bay.
Today Jacksonville is the state's 7th largest commercial center. Approximately 80,000 people make the city their home. The once quiet farming community has grown into the business, retail, medical, banking and cultural center for Onslow County.