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Old 04-09-2012, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Mosquitos on the Outer Banks are ridiculous. I've thought of moving west to get better weather, too hot and humid in the summer, less traffic. It would be a huge change from Idaho. I was in Utah and Idaho the last two summers and loved it. Proceed with caution !
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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I think my husband and I need a reality check. We are relocating to the Wilmington/Hampstead/Topsail/Surf City region (we have wiggle room) and are sort of giddy at the idea of purchasing either on the ocean or very close. It has been years since we've lived in a place with hurricanes (Louisiana) so we are probably forgetting all the downsides of coastal living. Can anyone give their input? Right now I am just dreaming of being able to have my morning coffee while looking out on to the ocean....but I do want to make an informed decision. Thanks Annie
For me...

higher insurance costs

crowds in the summer

awful mosquito's and sandflies

having to evacuate for hurricanes and the possible damage or rebuilding one will cause you

corrosion of your vehicles

and finally sand everywhere (in your car, your home, your underwear )
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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Cool Deed Restricted near but not on beach?

We have been looking in Florida. But are there any safe, deed restricted (no RV's trucks, boats, clotheslines in yard) areas within a 20-30 minute drive of the ocean? Don't want to have to pay for flood insurance, Active community with sailing, tennis, good library, etc. no kids are OK. Large lots a must.
Being sailors, we understand what toll sun, sand, and most importantly ocean take on property. So we want to be near the ocean---but definitely not on. After llving through 6 major hurricanes and a flood, that has lost its appeal. If we want to be on, we'll sit on the boat....
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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As already mentioned, the hurricanes are a disruption and can be scary to go through and a pain after if the power goes out, which it usually does for varied lengths of time. The good part is how the community pulls together and helps out neighbors...

One downside is when the peak tourist season hits and your town fills with happy visitors. I welcome them as they help boost the economy and that's crucial, but at the same, time, it feels as though your tranquil little town has been invaded, it becomes challenging to drive anywhere, lines at the grocery stores become long, and it's hard, if not impossible, to get into your favorite restaurant.

But then Labor Day rolls around and the super busy lively town becomes once again peaceful and reverts to the year-round dwellers for another eight-nine months. It's then that I breathe a sigh of relief to have our town back...
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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But are there any safe, deed restricted (no RV's trucks, boats, clotheslines in yard) areas within a 20-30 minute drive of the ocean? Don't want to have to pay for flood insurance, Active community with sailing, tennis, good library, etc. no kids are OK. Large lots a must.
There are 1/2 acres lots available in Mimosa Bay in Sneads Ferry. Is that large enough? We have most of your requirements, but I'm not sure how good the sailing is in Alligator Bay. We are about 2 miles from the ocean and do not pay for flood insurance. The biggest disadvantage of the community is that the Marines explode things in the night.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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Please keep in mind that a fraction of coastal NC is "beach". And there are plenty of areas where tourist traffic is negligible. It isn't all beach grand strand.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:05 PM
 
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I'm considering moving from S. Florida (one block from the ocean) to NC or even SC. insurance here on/near the coast would cost upwards of $10,000/year, partly because of s. Fla's greater vulnera bility to hurricanes and partly because of politics (insurance!).
I like to walk on the ocean and take an occasional dip. I will rent initially to compare the sea with where I've lived for 22 months. I will buy if I like the area.
I'd like to live around a literate, politically informed population. What do you recommend?
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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I'd like to live around a literate, politically informed population.
Care to elaborate?
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Care to elaborate?
I think that's his way of saying liberals.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I think that's his way of saying liberals.
And that's bad to you?
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