Welcome to Sanford: A Lively, Endearing Community

Once a railroad stop south of the Raleigh-Durham area, today Sanford is a coveted area that’s a bit outside of the big city, yet still full of charm, art, music, and culture. The landscape is defined by historic buildings that mingle with modern retail districts and the natural beauty of North Carolina. Enjoying economic success from its growing reputation as a business and innovation hub, Sanford is a rapidly developing city, attracting top talent from across the country.

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Parks & Recreation

Sanford is a golfer’s paradise, with four award-winning golf courses to play, including one of the top-rated in the world, Tobacco Road. History mixes with outdoor recreation at Depot Park, a historic railroad station museum with swaths of green space and fountains. Enjoy getting out on the water in a variety of vessels, from kayaks to boats, along one of the many rivers and lakes. For a true journey into the wilderness, White Pines Nature Preserve is a short distance from Sanford, sheltering 275 acres of white pine forest and native wildlife.


Things to Do

Thanks to a busy event calendar throughout the year, residents of Sanford have ample opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and enjoy the welcoming neighborhood atmosphere in the town. Local songwriters and sounds are showcased at The Writers Round, Carolina Indie Fest, and Bluegrass 365. Strawberry Jammin’ celebrates all things berry with local farmers and tasty treats. And, downtown lights up during StreetFest with an artisan market, food, and fireworks.


Public Education

Sanford is in the district of Lee County Schools, which educates more than 10,000 students each year. With a low student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, children attending Lee County Schools are guaranteed more specialized instruction. It’s also recognized as one of the most diverse school districts in North Carolina. With programs focused on academic achievement, preparing students for a technologically-focused future, and real-world career development opportunities, Lee County Schools is a huge advantage of living in Sanford.


Local Amenities

It wouldn’t be North Carolina without barbecue, and there’s plenty to be had, all served with a side of Southern hospitality. Satisfy a sweet tooth with handcrafted gourmet cookies, homemade ice cream, and the finest chocolate treats. Sort through 18,000 square feet of one-of-a-kind finds at the Sanford Antique Mall, or pick up the latest fashions and furnishings at of the many unique boutiques in town. Major national retailers are well-represented, ensuring you’ll always find what you need (or want!).



Sanford is famous for its brick production—it was once considered the brick capital of the world! Its strong manufacturing base also includes employment opportunities in textiles. In the early 2000s, an effort to modernize by forward-thinking politicians was launched. They courted emerging industries like biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing. The effort worked, attracting major corporations and creating thousands of high-paying jobs in Sanford. Having diversified from brickmaking, the economic future of Sanford is bright.

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Sanford At a Glance

Quick Facts

Population: 29,456
Growth Since 2000: +28.2%
Zip Codes: 27327, 27330, 27332
County: Lee
Mean Home Price: $240,000

Travel & Commute

Downtown Raleigh: 44 mi
Downtown Cary: 36 mi
RDU Airport: 44.5 mi
Major Roads: US 1, N Horner Blvd, US Hwy 421

Sanford Real Estate Resources

Find your dream home or condo in Sanford by contacting me, Ann Milton, your Lillington, Fuquay and the surrounding area real estate expert, today.

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