In the heart of the South and on the eastern cusp of the Appalachian foothills lies Sanford, North Carolina, a small city in Lee County. You will find a diverse range of homes that characterize Sanford, from modest bungalows to spacious ranch-style houses all the way up to classic Southern multi-level structures with wraparound porches. The trees of the North Carolina Piedmont provide an elegant backdrop to the plentiful neighborhoods and stand-alone homes that Sanford has to offer across its 24 square miles.
Located directly in the center of North Carolina, Sanford is home to nearly 30,000 people and has a small city appeal and feel, with plenty of culture and character. Interestingly, because its geographic location brings both sand and clay to the area, Sanford is known for its brick production. In fact, in 1959, it was named the "Brick Capital of the USA," and produced 10 percent of the country’s bricks. Brick suppliers still employ many workers in the area, along with other major workforces like the Central Carolina Hospital and Pfizer. With the county airport only a few miles from the city, transportation is convenient. Many students flock to Sanford to attend Central Carolina Community College or one of the six elementary schools, three middle schools, or three high schools in the city. Private education is also available through the Christian institutions or a Montessori-style school.
Sanford is unique in its situation between the mountains, the coast, and the forested lowlands; visitors enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities like canoeing, kayaking, and hiking. The Sanford Area Soccer League is a big draw to sports fans and keeps games, camps, and clubs going throughout the year. Depot Park, located on old railroad grounds, is the historical and now-revitalized hub of the classic downtown. Residents and visitors alike find that there is always something going on in the park space, from the Sanford Farmer’s Market to meetings of the Carolina Artist’s Colony. Plans for urban redevelopment and downtown enhancement are coaxing the city of Sanford into even more economic and artistic activity, and a promising and bustling future for the town’s business district is certain. The Railroad House Museum and Temple Theater keep out-of-towners entertained, while everyone enjoys the fine downtown dining at modern Americana restaurants like the Steele Pig and the Flame Steakhouse. With a lively atmosphere and easy access to all the best of North Carolina, Sanford is a charming place to call home.