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Old 05-27-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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My husband, toddler, and I are interested in moving to the NC coastal area from Asheville, NC. We LOVE Asheville, but would like to be at the beach. We can transfer our jobs with our company there. We are a young family and enjoy outdoors and gardening.

Just a few questions:

What cities/areas do you recommend? We heard Wilmington is a larger Asheville at the beach, and that's what we are looking for. Also, what neighborhoods? We would love to be able to walk to some things, have a great neighborhood vibe.

Any preschool recommendations? We are currently attending a holistic, Montessori-type preschool. Looking for something similar.

Are local restaurant jobs steady cash flow??


Any other info you have would be great!!!! We're all ears!
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:24 PM
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Dont leave the mountains. Period.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:44 PM
 
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Why do you say that??
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:34 AM
 
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look in the neighborhoods around Market street/17'th or Wrightsville avenue, downtown area.
not knowing your house budget it is a little harder to help, inlist the help of a good local realtor,
one who understands and gets what you are after.

there is also a great little area right around "Friends school" of wilmington, look there since this also
would be a great school for your child.

while we also say that Wilmington is Asheville by the sea, there are differences. not quite as much of a progressive
influence here but still way more than other coastal cities.

the older part of Pine Valley is also a great place to live , close to the newly opened Whole Foods and
an easy spot to bike downtown , the intercity bike path and to many small restaurants.

Carolina beach town has a wonderful public school and a great little town once you leave the tourist path. you will have a lot of tourist to put up with in this whole arrea but on Carolina beach you would be able to live most of your life on bicycles, at times dangerously but it can be done.

this area has a tremendous amount of cars pressed onto a few main roads and it does at times feel like
too much, won't get into the lack of infrastructure since this is prevalent thruout all the south.

best of luck.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:02 PM
 
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We are looking to rent for a year or so to get familiar with the area and with the neighborhoods. Our monthly rental budget is about $800.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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Make sure you have the job thing secured as jobs are hard to find in the area. It will be hot and humid during the summer months with mild winters. I think you may want to look towards the leland area to buy and rent as the area is growing and not as crowded as the ILM area. Still close to all the beaches, Wrightsville, Brunswick, Carolina, Southport, etc.

Born and raised here, hard to leave.
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