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Old 09-01-2010, 09:25 PM
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Just kidding... Thought that title would illicit more replies...

My family is seriously considering a move next June from Wilmington Delaware to Wilmington North Carolina. (I won't have to remember what city I live in then

We spend our summers at the delaware beaches and love to fish, boat etc... It's what makes us most happy.

We are ready for a place that offers more than 3 months of good outdoor weather and is not Florida. After all my looking, I keep coming back to Wilmington...

We have 2 kids (9 and 11) and we are both self employed and can bring our jobs with us so employment is not an issue. We are looking to rent a 3 or 4 bedroom house for the first 2 years then hopefully buy our dream home with an acre or 2 of land.

I am looking for accurate views and recommendations about the area. (no haters please).

I will be making a few 1/2 week trips in October, December and February to "check stuff out", but would love some info from the LOCALS!

Thanks in advance.

Mike
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:18 AM
 
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For boating and more outdoor activities in general, I'd look at Carteret County. Waterways are a lot more interesting that way and fishing is great as evidenced by the Blue Rock marlin tournament that takes place in Morehead City every year. School system is great as well. I'm no real estate agent but I believe two acres of land will be easier to come by and cheaper up that way too.

I don't know how it compares to DE but Wilmington's rental costs on average are behind only Asheville and Charlotte. (source: Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee ) . A 3bdr TH with utilities and insurance will run you about $1416, 3bdr detached $1608, 4bdr detached $1992 .

Still Wilmington is the closest to what anyone outside of NC would call a city (NC defines a city as any municipality with a population greater than 20k, it might even be 10K). The rest of the coast isn't exactly backwoods, though. My chief complaint about wilmington is one that pretty much goes along with all of the "cities" of NC. Population growing faster than infrastructure leading to a feeling of too many people in to small a place. Everything's relative, so you may not notice much of the perceived negatives of the area, as it may be an improvement on where you came from.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:59 AM
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macjr82 - Thanks for the reply... Carteret County seems much farther north than I was looking. I also like the idea of having somewhat of a larger city nearby with Hospitals, airports etc... Is Wilmington no good for fishing/boating etc?

I have heard great things about the Mayfair area. Can anyone else give me some info on some great areas for my relocation??
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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mayfaire is a very nice area of Wrigthsville, you will have to go north of there to find
2 acres of land.
as far as schools, will you need private schools? if so
you should really look south towards Monkey Junction, actually the area from
the intersection of Oleander and S.College all the way to Pleasure Island[ Carolina beach].
most of the private schools are located along the corridor of S.College.
this would also be the area where you can find a little acreage and still be in town.
lots of good neighborhoods along that corridor as well.
Wrightsville , Wilmington, Carolina beach is perfect for boating and fishing but Morehead city does have more waterways and smaller crowds.
Totally understand your wish to live close to a bigger town that offers more
opportunites.
Personally I would not want to live in Leland or on that side of the river , just my preference, seems a little
removed from the action .

for sure take a ride thru Forest Hills area , Landfall [ if you can get thru security]
out S.College , but make sure to get off that super hiway to explore the neighborhoods, take Myrtle Grove rd. ,Masonboro Loop , River road , etc. this will give you a good feel of the southern part of the
wilmington area. Hiway 17 will get you to the northern part but I am not familiar with little side roads in that area. only one being Bald Eagle lane , what a treat.
have fun exploring.
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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macjr82 - Thanks for the reply... Carteret County seems much farther north than I was looking. I also like the idea of having somewhat of a larger city nearby with Hospitals, airports etc... Is Wilmington no good for fishing/boating etc?

I have heard great things about the Mayfair area. Can anyone else give me some info on some great areas for my relocation??
There is a hospital in MHC, Carteret General Hospital. The airport that serves Carteret County is EWN in Craven which is 40 minutes away from MHC. If one of your trips is around the 1st week of October (literally Oct 1), it'd be worth a visit to check out the seafood festival.

http://ncseafoodfestival.org/

As far as Wilmington also look at places on the north side of town like Hampstead. South Hampstead Elementary, Topsail Middle, and Topsail High are all excellent schools if you'll be using public education. Also in Pender County you'll likely find that two acres of land you're looking for.
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