Newport, NC is a close-knit and vibrant small town with a strong focus on civic pride and family activities. Legend says that its name comes from being the “New Port” as opposed to the “Old Port” of historic Beaufort, NC. Newport is a sought-after address in Carteret County real estate due to its affordability, outstanding schools, close proximity to the beaches of the Crystal Coast and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the many waterfront home sites and water accesses to the intra-coastal waterway, Newport River and Bogue Sound. Newport is part of the southern outer banks or Crystal Coast of North Carolina and is located in Carteret County.
Geographically bounded on the north by Havelock, the home of Cherry Point, on the south by Morehead City and Bogue Sound and to the east by the intra-coastal waterway (ICW), Newport covers a large land area encompassing several smaller and clearly identified communities.
Harlowe and Mill Creek are defined by the ICW and their proximity to Cherry Point and historic Beaufort. Shrimp trawlers line the creeks and share the waters of the Newport River with marinas full of recreational boaters who use the ICW year-round. Small family farms dot the landscape sharing roads with new subdivisions and older homes.
Bisected by Highway 70 and bordered by Highways 24 and 101, Newport offers convenient access to entertainment and larger shopping and dining areas in Morehead City and Havelock. The beach is just 15 minutes from your door at Emerald Isle or Atlantic Beach and a regional airport with major airline service is 40 minutes from town in New Bern, NC.
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Downtown Newport boasts small locally owned stores and restaurants that give this area a unique identity and a relaxed and friendly feel. The Newport Town Park is known for hosting the annual NC Pig Cooking Contest the first week of April and a Halloween Hootenany. Holiday parades are frequently seen with local clubs and organizations filling the ranks. Youth sports are extremely popular in Newport and the park is a regular gathering place for families. An adjacent playground, elementary school, public library, town hall, grocery stores, pharmacy, Rotary building and Boy Scout hut complete a main street that evokes a quieter and simpler way of life.
Carteret County offers some of the best scuba diving sites in the world and outstanding deep sea game fishing with dedicated fishing fleets available year-round. Golf courses in the county include Country Club of the Crystal Coast on Bogue Banks, Morehead City Country Club, The Beaufort Club in Beaufort and Star Hill and Silver Creek Golf Clubs in Cape Carteret.
Two of the county’s major employers make their home in downtown Newport. Veneer Technologies is an international wood veneers corporation and Frank Door Company has won awards as a top company for employees. Several small assisted care and nursing home facilities provide gentle care for the elderly.
Newport is served by a full-service hospital with birthing clinic, oncology center and specialized spine and orthopedic group in adjoining Morehead City.
The Carteret County School System is ranked as one of the top school systems in the state and serves Newport with 2 high schools, 2 middle schools and 3 elementary schools. Carteret Community College, also in Morehead City offers a broad range of courses of study for all ages and interests. Whatever you like to do, Newport and the Crystal Coast have everything you need while retaining the small town friendly feel of home.
Along Bogue Sound, which is part of the Intra Coastal Waterway (ICW), the communities of Bogue and Ocean hug the coast and are home to numerous sound-front subdivisions with water access and marinas. Newport is known for its horse farms and inland you can find great stables for horse owners who need to board their animals.
Newport offers the best of Crystal Coast real estate at an affordable price. Whether you are here for a few years or a lifetime, Newport has it all.
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