Living in Sanford

In 1847, two railroads intersected in a perfectly rustic spot in the heart of North Carolina to create Sanford. Once a small railroad town, Sanford is now a crossroads where the authenticity of local art and music meet the thrill of shopping and dining destinations to be discovered. Over the years, Sanford has sustained its strongly-rooted past while keeping a steady eye on future development—come explore all there is to see in Sanford, past and present! 

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Outdoor Recreation 

From four award-winning golf courses and plenty of community parks to mountain biking trails and clay shooting ranges, there are ample recreational activities in Sanford, whether you prefer leisure or adventure. Many of Sanford's outdoor recreation options revolve around the bodies of water in the area, including Cape Fear River, Deep and Rocky Rivers, and Jordan Lake. Local sports fans love to spend summer nights at the baseball stadium cheering on the Sanford Spinners, one of NC's collegiate baseball teams. 

Local Events 

Listen up, Sanford has a variety of signature music events that you won't want to miss! Because what's better than free concerts in the streets of downtown Sanford? From festivals with national headliners to special concerts from Sanford native and The Voice finalist Britton Buchanan, there are plenty of musical performances to match your vibe. The Sanford Farmers' Market has become a community staple over the past 23 years, providing a source of income for the local gardeners and farmers that share their goodies! 

Downtown Sanford 

Sanford has strategically preserved the historical significance of its downtown area while also developing it to be the primary economic contributor of the community. Here, the mural-lined streets are dotted with local restaurants and shops just waiting to be discovered. Downtown Sanford takes art appreciation to the next level with its interactive scavenger hunt—on this hunt, you'll have to find everything from hidden-gem murals to sculptures depicting the town's railroad history.  

Retail Therapy 

In need of a little retail therapy? Sanford has several unique shopping destinations, including plenty of locally owned shops to support small businesses! Shopping in Sanford is like embarking on an antique adventure, with vintage treasures at every turn. Find the home decor of your dreams at Bert's Furniture and ReDoux Home, and then you can't forget to peruse the massive showroom at the Sanford Antique Mall

Sanford Attractions

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Mrs. Lacy's Magnolia House

As Southern as it sounds, this historic home turned quaint tearoom will make you feel like royalty. The perfect representation of a Victorian-style home, the house has a wraparound porch overlooking an expansive, well-manicured lawn. Stop by here for a cup of tea and to savor lunch served daily outside in the sunshine.  Take a Sip » 

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

A premier camping spot, Jordan Lake boasts more than 1,000 campsites around the shoreline of the 14,000-acre reservoir. There are boat ramps scattered around the reservoir for easy access to the area's most popular fishing waters. Here, locals are known for casting a line and catching a variety of fish species from bass and crappie to catfish and bluegill.  Visit the Lake »

Mural Art Trail 

Exercise your wildest imagination while walking through downtown Sanford's mural art trail. From honoring hometown heroes to recognizing the area's best athletes, these murals are a testament to the town's strong roots and deep respect for its residents. Honoring the men and women of Lee County who protected our country during World War II, the "Off to War" tribute is especially valued among veterans. Admire the Murals »

Find Your Sanford Home

Sanford is full of unexpected surprises, and we know you'll love discovering all there is to do here. If you're ready to start your Sanford home search—or if you've already seen one that caught your eye—then contact The Helbert Team for more information or to schedule a showing today!