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Old 02-06-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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Default New Bern or Wilmington?

My family and I (which includes a 16 month old daughter and dog) are relocating to work at MCAS New River this summer. We want to live in a more "normal" town with restaurants, charm, amenities, and are debating between New Bern and Wilmington. I know Wilmington is bigger in the way of what it has to offer and size, but New Bern seems charming (at least from what I've found online).

Thoughts?

We also are considering buying but want to buy a house that won't just be "yet another house" in yet another subdivision in 10 years (I know that's hard to predict, but I what I mean is, not cookie cutter).

Thanks!
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:32 AM
 
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Both of these are too far from New River. Look as far as Swansboro, Hampstead, and Richlands as far as North, South, West and anywhere in between. Swansboro would probably be my personal pick, followed by Hampstead, then Richlands.
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:35 AM
 
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Thanks for this advice! Question - what is "too far"? We currently commute 45-50 minutes to our jobs now (and live in the middle of nowhere), so that is our "standard"...
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:14 PM
 
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Wilmington & New Bern are both about an hour away. Hampstead is 40 min, between Jacksonville and Wilmington on 17. Swansboro and Richlands are about 30 min away on either end of 24. If you're still interested in New Bern check out River Bend between New Bern and Jacksonville. It still carries a New Bern zip and places you a bit further down 17 toward New River. Probably about 45 min away.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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I'd also recommend looking at Holly Ridge/Surf City as well, which are small towns between Jacksonville and Wilmington. They are close to the afore-mentioned Hampstead.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Swansboro, NC
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Swansboro, Cape Carteret, Morehead City, Holly Ridge are all great areas, and plenty of established S/D, if schools are a major consideration, then consider Cape Carteret school district, best around, then probably Morehead City schools, then Swansboro, and schools around Sneads Ferry...Lots of communities with water access, recreational, close proximity to libraries, restaurants, etc..
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:19 AM
 
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Default calito carolina

For activities Wilmington may offer more. But buyer beware, most newer developements have HOA's and can affect resale of home. For less traffic and and a more informal life style New Bern offers up some interesting lifestyles.
This holds true as long as you are willing to travel to other areas. Morehead City and Beaufort for coastal experiences. Atlantic Beach or Emerald Isle for swimming with an aquarium as an added feature and a civil war fortification for history. Jacksonville 30 miles away for addtional shoppingor eating. Greenville 50 miles away for that collegiate feeling and to root for ECU teams and Kinston 40 miles away to see some great triple A baseball and have a hot dog or 2 without great expense. Lets hope the fuel prices stabilize.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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CalitoCarolina,
All of the towns mentioned in this thread are super. But each are unique with their own characteristics. You may love Morehead City. I might be partial to New Bern. Both of us would be "right" in our choices. Is there anyway you can tour the general area in advance of any big decision?
Bill
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