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Old 07-16-2011, 05:12 PM
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Hi all. I'm considering moving to Wilmington. I'm a 50 year old, single female. I'll be running my own business out of my home. I enjoy the arts (and Wilmington appears to have quite a bit, especially considering its size), and I love the idea of being in an area that has both river and beach right at hand. I'd also like a place that has some nightlife, as opposed to an area that rolls up its sidewalks at 8pm. And, would also like to be able to walk to restaurants, stores, etc., rather than having to drive everywhere. It sounds like Wilmington offers all this (especially if I was living downtown), but...is it easy to make new friends there? I'm fairly intellectual...is it a heavily beach-bum attitude there? And, how about the dating scene for a heterosexual 50 year old female?

Any input will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:57 AM
Location: Raleigh
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I think it'd be great for you. And no, especially downtown, it's not a beach bum mentality. Alot of people here are very friendly and I've had no trouble making friends
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:53 AM
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I think it is perfect for you. I would look for a storefront downtown that has upstairs living for you. You know live over the store.
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:13 AM
Location: Durm
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I think it would be great for you - also meetup.com is pretty active here, and there are a lot of people in their 50s (there's a very large singles group, and many people are 50-plus).
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:56 AM
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i'm not going to oversell you on it -- i lived downtown and i thought it was pretty gritty, considering how much it costs.

if you're the sort of person to take a strong interest in 'community events', then you'll like it.

however if you're the sort of person who likes to shop, who needs suburban conveniences (low crime, a place to park your car, a grocery store nearby, a yard), then you might be disappointed.
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:00 PM
Location: NC
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Originally Posted by Mollycat7243 View Post
I'm fairly intellectual...is it a heavily beach-bum attitude there?

hmmmm I'm more educated than the average bear and i consider myself a beach bum :P

I don't know that I would want to live downtown, but its more because of space and family needs than anything else. Although yes, there are parts that I wouldnt wander by myself late at night. I don't care where you are, that's just asking for trouble.

Lots of cool places to eat and shop and have a drink and, in my hubbys case, find cigars LOL
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:45 PM
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Hi I'm a 55 yr old woman that just moved to nc in may. Where I live now nothing to do unless your into church activities. No jobs available you have to find something 20-30 min. Away. Rent is high in town. I'm looking for a decent $11. -$12. Hr job. Mobile home /apt. Not downtown small pet friendly. Is there anything like this there. Or do I need to look elsewhere. Thanks
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:45 AM
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With your parameters - $11-$12 an hour, ok with living in a trailer/apt - you could probably do okay here, depending on what sort of job skills you have. I'm assuming no kids or other dependents?

You will have to do some serious research on a place to live, though. Cheaper places are usually in sketchy areas - there are exceptions, but you have to find them, and that mostly requires on-the-ground searching, not internet surfing and looking at pictures.
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