Although small in actual land size, Holly Ridge, North Carolina’s location makes it a convenient place to live, work and vacation. It is often called the gateway to the Topsail Island beaches, which offer the best in outdoor recreation year-round in a beautiful, coastal setting. Holly Ridge, NC residents enjoy a peaceful, friendly environment great for families, retirees or anyone who wants to be close to the amenities of beach living.
Before December of 1940, Holly Ridge was a very small community with less than 50 residents. Then came a United States government contract to build Camp Davis, an army camp to be located in and around Holly Ridge. By 1943, the population exploded to around 110,000 — from 28. In its military heyday, Camp Davis could boast that it was the only post with seacoast and antiaircraft defense, in addition to a barrage balloon under one base command. In September of 1944, the Army’s operations were transferred to another base.
Soon after WWII came to an end, the U.S. Marines took over the use of Camp Davis for training purposes. Then, in June of 1946, the Navy moved in. The area became known as part of “Operation Bumblebee” — a covert, guidedmissile testing initiative. Camp Davis was closed in 1948, but the rich military history has become a part of the cultural fabric that still exists in Holly Ridge today.
Holly Ridge residents embrace a small-town, laid-back, coastal Carolina attitude. With many residential developments recently renovated or still under construction, Intracoastal Realty agents say that Holly Ridge is becoming a sought-after location for people who want to live near the beach but are working with a budget.
Another great advantage of owning a home, condominium or rental property in Holly Ridge, NC is the convenience factor. The town is located between the bustling military community of Jacksonville, NC and the historic city of Wilmington, NC. A single stoplight, found at the junction of Highway 17 and Highway 50, can direct you to Surf City and then onto Topsail Island, which is about a fiveminute drive away. The actual city limits of Holly Ridge extend to the Intracoastal Waterway in several places, making the area an ideal residential area for those who enjoy recreational activities on or around the water.
Holly Ridge resides within the Onslow County School District, where children in the area will attend K-12 schools Dixon Elementary, Dixon Middle and Dixon High. The town is located only approximately 30 minutes from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 30 minutes from Coastal Carolina Community College and 40 minutes from Cape Fear Community College, so students have plenty of opportunities for pursuing higher education upon graduation.
Many in the real estate industry now regard Holly Ridge as a value-priced, extended beach community destination. A quick drive through the area will reveal new subdivisions, including single-family homes, condominiums and townhouses at prices that are hard to beat this close to the ocean. The Intracoastal Realty Team includes many representatives who live and work in and around the Holly Ridge area, so you can trust us to help you find your next primary home, second home or investment property.
For the budget-conscious traveler, or for those who would like to vacation with some room to spread out, Holly Ridge offers the best of both. Intracoastal Rentals offers a large selection of Holly Ridge shortterm rentals to choose from. Pick the number of bedrooms you need, the amenities you can’t live without and even some “wish list” items that would make your time in the area even better. Our experienced agents will do the rest.