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Old 06-12-2012, 10:25 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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To help the members of the forum guide you more quickly towards a compatible neighborhood and lifestyle, here are "just a few" starter questions to choose from.

When are you moving? Possibly Sept-December
Where are you coming from? Las Vegas
Why are you moving? Looking for new life experiences and a less chaotic way of life
Where will you be working? no job yet
Where will your work location be?
Maximum commute time desired? 20 mins max
What city are you moving to? Wilmington
Have you been here yet? Not yet

Will you buy or rent?
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend?
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? would prefer between $500 and $600/month
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? no preference

Are you married or single? Do you have children? single with adult child
Do you prefer public or private schools?
Do you have pets? a dog
Do you want or need a yard? preferred but not necessary.
Do you have a car? or need public transportation? yes, I have a car
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Prefer quiet but access to bustling activity

Specific wants/desires? Would love to be near great parks for walks with my pup. And areas with great outdoor activities

Hi Everyone,

I am and have been contemplating a move to the area, for quite some time. I have been in Las Vegas my entire life. Its now to the point where I feel I am ready for a new chapter in my life. I am a single mother and my son is now an adult and now, more and more I find myself reflecting back on my life and where I would like to see my future. I have never been someone who enjoys the chaotic lifestyle of a big city and have craved being in a smaller town where I can enjoy life and take in the simple pleasures. I am very inspired by my surroundings and love the outdoors. From my only resource, the internet, it seems the coastal area of North Carolina fits my needs well.

My only hesitation. work. Obviously being in Las Vegas, my strengths are in the hospitality industry. All aspects of food and beverage and hotel. Hard to believe but, not so much within the casino. That area has never really interested me. Ive always worked in the hotel end of properties, more specifically within convention/catering operations.

I really don't know if Wilmington has demand in that type of industry? Of course, I am willing to do anything if I move out that way. I would just like the chance at a new start. I guess my real questions is... is there work? How long could it be before I find something? This can be in anything... retail, f&b, administrative...

Any insight anyone can provide is truly appreciated!! Thank you all for your time!
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:37 PM
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Hi There

I have been in the Hotel Industry about 8 years now (I formerly worked in mid level management for a 4 star hotel back in the Midwest) and have lived in the Carolinas for a little over 4 years. I live about 45 minutes north of Wilmington, in Jacksonville, as my husband is currently in the Marine Corps and based here.

First of all, decent hotel/ hospitality jobs are few and far between, and unfortunately don't pay well in this part of the world (less than what I was used to). Wilmington's only major, large, high end hotel is the Hilton and competition for the jobs that become available there is fierce. Of course, there are the usual limited service hotels (what I have unfortunately been stuck with these past years) such as Holiday Inn, Ramada, etc, but again- competition is tough, and pay is ridiculously low considering the cost of living in the area. Additionally, the majority of hotels out here are franchised and not corporate owned- which often times means no benefits, no 401k, etc.

I hate to bash North Carolina, because it does have it's merits, but it does have some pretty appalling working conditions. It's a "right to work" state, and labor guidelines are scant compared to some other states.

I personally wouldn't recommend moving here unless you had a firm job offer lined up first. Wilmington *will* meet your needs in that it is a slower / quieter pace than Las Vegas, but finding a decent job in the hospitality industry isn't easy.

Additionally, unfortunately $500-600 won't get you much of an apartment in the area. At most, a 1 bedroom in a decent area / complex. Possibly a small 2 bedroom with the concession that the complex will be of a lesser standard / geared more toward student living.

Wilmington IS a nice small city, with a lot of benefits, in addition to being extremely pretty, but it's definitely not super affordable, especially in relation to the wages / job prospects within the hotel industry here.

I hope that has helped though, and best of luck to you!

Before you do anything else- I would suggest looking up the hotels in Wilmington and start applying for jobs and finding out what they pay and whether any benefits are offered. Don't make the move before you've got a job for certain though! Unemployment in Wilmington is slightly higher than the National Average right now, so please don't underestimate the importance of finding a job first!

Best of luck again!
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:48 PM
Location: St. Louis, MO
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P.S. Myrtle Beach may be a better option due to the number of hotel properties and hospitality opportunities available down there. I don't know much about their economy or how hard it is to find a job there, but my husband and I frequently go down there for weekends. It does get busy in the Summer (it's a seasonal beach town) but there are areas of Myrtle, or slightly out of it, that are quieter and would totally be livable. Additionally, it has a few more amenities than Wilmington and the cost of living there is significantly lower (especially housing which is a great deal cheaper).

Myrtle Beach doesn't have the rustic, southern 'historical' vibe of Wilmington however.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:45 AM
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Glamatomic gave you great responses. All I would add is that the summer humidity here will be smothering if you are not used to it. Pollen levels in the spring are also a problem. If you are on the beach in the summer, the wind keeps the temperature down. Otherwise, in the town during about 3 months of the summer, it's unpleasant to be outdoors except very early. And, yes we have mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks, snakes and alligators.
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