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A small, unincorporated area outside of Wilmington, North Carolina, Monkey Junction has a unique history behind its name. In the late 1930s through the mid-1970s a gas station at the intersection was known for the live monkeys that it kept to attract customers. The bus driver would call out “Monkey Junction” upon reaching the stop, and thus the name was born. Recently, the area has undergone substantial commercial and residential growth.
Though once a more rural area, recent commercial development and growth in Monkey Junction has left the area with a number of strip malls, and major retailers. The area excels with their offering of restaurants, with an abundant mix of major chains, award-winning local favorites, and new options opening around every turn. Monkey Junction also has all the necessary amenities for a safe and welcoming community, with schools, a library and a fire department all in the area.
The area is also ideal for those with a love for the water. Several neighborhoods in Monkey Junction lay right on the water, with community marinas and owned boat slips available for its residents. There are also a number of public boat launches available for everyone to use. Just a short boat drive away one can find Masonboro Island, a beautiful, uninhabited 8.4 mile stretch of beach where visitors can fish, surf, and explore all that the island has to offer. Visitors can also take their boats directly to one of many waterfront restaurants and enjoy the food and scenic views.
Monkey Junction is home to many beautiful, gated golf communities and neighborhoods. These are very popular with residents for their well-maintained courses and friendly neighbors. Monkey Junction is also home to Wilmington’s only aviation community, Pilots Ridge, which features a private airport for its residents to use for their personal aircrafts.
As a part of New Hanover County, Porters Neck Plantation residents are served by Anderson Elementary School, Murray Middle School and Ashley High School. New Hanover County’s public schools are considered to be amongst the best in North Carolina, making this area great for education.
Monkey Junction’s recent growth and development in the commercial area has enabled it to grow economically as well. The area is also home to many affordable houses that still provide the opportunity to live the beach lifestyle, with Kure and Carolina beach being just a short drive away.
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