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Old 08-24-2007, 06:41 PM
 
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I'm interested in living in a coastal community. I would love to move back to LA after I graduate from college, but I can't afford it. I'm searching for places on the Atlantic Coast, now. I would like to start a family soon. I am a dentist so the job factor doesn't really matter. I just want a place near the beach in a safe community that isn't outrageously expensive like LA.

If anyone has any other recommendations, please let me know.
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:01 PM
 
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http://www.city-data.com/city/Oak-Is...-Carolina.html
The Town of Oak Island, North Carolina, municipality
Southport Oak Island North Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Oak Island Crime Risk 147/National Average is 100.

Not sure what else you want to know right off hand...any particulars? Liz
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:19 PM
 
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Sorry about this, but I that crime rate is too high for me.

Could you give me any info on St. James, Southport, and Surf City?

My main concern is beach access and safety. Maybe schools in case i have children there.
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:36 PM
 
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Southport is a 75
Surf City is a 155
St. James is a 75

So I guess Surf City is also out. But the other two might work. Liz
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:39 PM
 
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where do you find that information?

and how would you describe those cities? are they all very similar? do they all have good beaches nearby?
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:01 PM
 
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I just sent you a message.

As to Southport. it's a nice town. I like it. If you want to see some photos, look at this thread: A visit to Southport and Orton Gardens

Not sure about the beaches. My husband and I aren't really beach people. He burns too easy. He's a true redhead. And I've always been more of a mountains type gal. liz
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:14 AM
 
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Default Oak Island

Oak Island beaches were renourished a few years ago and are wide, clean, and uncrowded Real family beaches.
St. James is very upscale, gated, and has golf courses, country club, etc. They have a marina on the Intracoastal waterway, and also their own beach club on the ocean with pool.
I'm no expert on education, but I did notice that a lot of the graduates go on to college, including the big name ones. I think the community is very invested in the kids.
It is a very laid back area, but Myrtle Beach and Wilmington are close by.
Oak Island/Southport has owned my heart since we first visited in 1989 with our 4 kids. Went every year--drove from CT. Never moved due to job and family stuff----but went every year.
There is quite an active arts community there as well as a group for whatever you're interested in--well, as you can see, I love the place.
Best of luck in your search. My sister lives near LA and her kids hate it.
Carol
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:50 AM
 
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so why does your sister hate Oak Island?
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Old 08-27-2007, 02:15 PM
 
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LA---my sister lives near LA, in Glendora
Her kids don't like it there ---they've been there for 20 years, previously lived in NH.
We're actually moving to New Bern in a year or so. Lots of building going on there.
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Old 12-04-2007, 10:09 PM
 
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I honestly do not see Oak Island having that high of a crime rate.. even the locals call it "Old people island". Oak Island would be a good place for a family, unless I've totally missed something after 9 months of being on 32nd st.
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