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Old 08-02-2012, 10:19 PM
 
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We've been vacationing in the OKI/Southport area for almost 6 years, so we are familiar with both communities. While so close together, it seems the lifestyle/people who live there are different. My wish is to purchase a potential 2nd home...with the long term goal of relocating there (at least part of the year) when it's time to retire.

In the mean time, not sure if we will rent it out (to regular townies--not just vacationers) or if we keep it to just ourselves and family (using it when we can).

We are not surfers/boaters...just enjoy the water and its benefits. Do love the beach (tanning/relaxing).
Love the shopping/thrift stores/antiques...not much into night life but would enjoy either town's restaurants/bars. That's not so much the issue, a quick car ride to either town is less than 20 min.

The question is one town better than the other?

OKI residents love their town, and one Southport realtor said we'd get more more for our money on OKI.

Only chatted w/one Southporter (who was a Northern transplant) who loved Southport---said OKI was full of riff/raff and druggies and high taxes. So what do you think?

Our budget is not grand---we're not going to get a 2nd or even a 3rd row house on OKI, and will probably not get something really cute and quant in downtown Southport (budget would be $135,000).
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:30 PM
 
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I'm not sure why anyone else's opinion matters, but I would vote for Southport. I like being near shops and restaurants, and I would get bored with a beach area. There are also higher maintenance costs nearer the water, such as needed to replace the HVAC frequently.
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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Default Southport or OKI?

I vote for Southport. Small community feel, great restaurants, can walk or bike anywhere. Parts of OKI are a little dingy around the edges (IMHO) and I have heard there is a drug problem (mostly prescription drugs), and people have warned us about vehicle break-ins. But they do have a very well-staffed police department. The beaches here ARE beautiful. With a budget of 130,000 it will be very difficult to find anything near downtown Southport, and that's the place to be. We have been looking for a year and a half with a somewhat higher budget to no avail, not even a fixer-upper. In the meantime we are living on a boat. Will be hard to find something near the beach on OKI. Flood insurance is astronomical in some zones so be sure to address that. We found a cute little house across from the beach for a great price, but flood insurance alone was $8000/yr! Then add on regular insurance (300) plus wind insurance (1000 or more), yikes! It varies from property to property. You will need lots of patience!
We love it here and it has been easy to make friends and fit into the community. For some, a negative consideration regarding this area is the presence of the nuclear power plant a couple of miles from town. Also rates for water and electric are high compared to other places I have lived.
Have fun looking, and good luck!
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:24 AM
 
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We owned a beach house on Oak Island for 8 years. We did not rent it out and used it for friends and family only. We recently retired and spent almost 2 years living in our beach home full time. We love Oak Island and the friendly people however our beach home was a bit small. We spent a great deal of time looking at lots to build on Oak Island. Our dilemma was lack of any kind of zoning laws. If we found a great lot there would be an adjacent lot with cars on blocks, poorly maintained homes nearby, etc. We also had some rentals near our home with a revolving door policy! Lots of moving out in the middle of the night, noise at all hours and piles of trash and junk constantly at the curb. We decided to buy a home in Southport and we are very happy with our decision. It is a very short drive to the beautiful beaches we love. So, in my opinion, beach location is great for part time but you may re-think your decision when you decide to live here on a permanent basis. I am not even going to get into the major sewer fiasco on Oak Island! Good luck with your decision and house hunting. We love this area!
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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I would take Southport,,,number one hurricanes, while both get slammed the island gets it a bit more. I like the vibe in Southport over Oak Island as well. Just me personally... Cape Fear REstaurant is great also although I think the name changed
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