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Old 08-15-2007, 06:34 PM
 
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Which area along the coast is the most prestigious? With more upscale shopping, finer restaurants and just has that upscale feeling to it.
I'd recommend Wrightsville Beach ---upscale shopping at nearby Lumina Station, Landfall, and Mayfaire. Lots of nice restaurants. Not any real shopping on Figure Eight or Bald Head islands. Figure Eight is very exclusive and is probably most prestigious. You can't drive onto Figure Eight unless you have a pass - get there via Porter's Neck. People from Figure Eight come to Mayfaire, Wilmington, Wrightsville to shop or eat out (15 to 30 min. drive depending on traffic and where you're going).

Bald Head is very nice/upscale too, but is secluded --- can only get on or off the island via ferry or your own private boat. Some shopping and neat restaurants in nearby Southport, not much at all on the island itself.
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:00 AM
 
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One of my favorite stretches of beach is around Duck. It definitely has a more upscale feel, with a plethora of art galleries, nice restaurants and boutiques. In terms of settling down, it's also not far from the Tidewater area of Virginia. The Outer Banks in general might be of interest.

And as others have stated, the Wilmington area is nice.

Personally, I keep coming back to Topsail Island every year precisely because it isn't upscale- I appreciate the more down-to-earth, down home simplicity of Surf City. But I guess you weren't asking about non-upscale beaches, eh?
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:55 PM
 
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I'll agree with dsobatta about Beaufort. You should prepare yourself though because however prestigious our small, historic coastal town might be perceived, an 'upscale feeling' is the last thing we want to foster. It is all about coastal casual in Beaufort. Of course, that doesn't stop the $100 a plate dinners and million dollar condos (yes, we had one sell on Front St. for $1,000,000+ just recently).

btw, David, the Cedars is still available. It was under contract for about a year, but the sale fell through recently.
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:35 PM
 
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I would say Duck, NC - very upper class!
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Coastal counties with the highest per capita incomes:

1. Dare County (Pop. 33,935)
2. New Hanover County (Pop. 182,591)
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