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Old 10-12-2006, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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I have a cousin that's looking into moving to the Southport, NC area. She's looking at Centex homes there (Rivermist Way-Palmetto II). Can anyone give me info on the area such as the builder, weather, traffic, convenience to shopping, flooding, etc...? Any info, good or bad, would be helpful & appreciated!

THANKS!

BxRosie

 
Old 10-12-2006, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I adore Southport and lived there for several years as a child. It's a small fishing village (or at least used to be, but it is still small) south of Wilmington. Most shopping will be in Wilmington.

Southport is about 30 minutes south of Wilmington. It's quicker to drive to Wilmington, but I recommend taking the ferry once in awhile if you have the time for it. (And the weather is cooperative.) It's a lovely crossing.

They're supposed to be putting a new state port there. I'm not sure what that will do to Southport or to its population.

As far as weather, I hope your cousin will be prepared to deal with hurricanes. I've never seen the town leveled by a storm, but that doesn't mean it will never happen.

Most of the annoying traffic is in the area leading to Oak Island. I can't remember the names of the roads, but it's where the few chain restaurants and stores are located. (Well, few compared to Greensboro and Wilmington.) Downtown Southport and the area on the river is pretty laid back. It's also quite beautiful.

I have some links I can PM to you if you like.

 
Old 10-16-2006, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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I adore Southport and lived there for several years as a child. It's a small fishing village (or at least used to be, but it is still small) south of Wilmington. Most shopping will be in Wilmington.

Southport is about 30 minutes south of Wilmington. It's quicker to drive to Wilmington, but I recommend taking the ferry once in awhile if you have the time for it. (And the weather is cooperative.) It's a lovely crossing.

They're supposed to be putting a new state port there. I'm not sure what that will do to Southport or to its population.

As far as weather, I hope your cousin will be prepared to deal with hurricanes. I've never seen the town leveled by a storm, but that doesn't mean it will never happen.

Most of the annoying traffic is in the area leading to Oak Island. I can't remember the names of the roads, but it's where the few chain restaurants and stores are located. (Well, few compared to Greensboro and Wilmington.) Downtown Southport and the area on the river is pretty laid back. It's also quite beautiful.

I have some links I can PM to you if you like.

THANKS Niki! According to my cousin, the area she's looking at is close to Hwy 211...off Swain Blvd if you're familiar with the area. She was told about a shopping mall/center that is planned for the area, but nothing about a state port. I wonder if anyone else has heard about this port...how big are they planning on it's being, etc...I also told her about the hurricanes & flooding & snakes.

You can PM me anytime with the additional info & links!!

THANKS!!!

Rosann
 
Old 10-17-2006, 07:50 AM
 
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THANKS Niki! According to my cousin, the area she's looking at is close to Hwy 211...off Swain Blvd if you're familiar with the area. She was told about a shopping mall/center that is planned for the area, but nothing about a state port. I wonder if anyone else has heard about this port...how big are they planning on it's being, etc...I also told her about the hurricanes & flooding & snakes.

You can PM me anytime with the additional info & links!!

THANKS!!!

Rosann
The new port is supposed handle 2 million containers per year when finished.
You can check-out The State Port Pilot http://www.stateportpilot.com (the weekly newspaper) on line for all additional info. There is a lot of other info about the area there also. Just click on the "archives" and go back to January and click forward. It should not take to long to read with it being a weekly newspaper.
 
Old 12-31-2006, 09:39 AM
 
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Smile southport info

Did your cousin find a home and make the move yet? If not and she would like to have additional information, please let me know and I will give you a contact number so I can attempt to assist her.
 
Old 12-31-2006, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Blacksburg, VA
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There is also a nuclear power plant very close by. Does that make sense in a hurricane prone area?
 
Old 11-06-2007, 04:42 PM
 
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Default Watch out for new developments

The Palmetto development is having trouble gaining occupancy. This could be a BIG problem. With so many empty homes, the problem is that the price may drop substantially, foreclosures, and unkept property. This is a real potential problem as it does not appear to be filling. A major builder in Southport went bankrupt leaving perhaps thousands of condos half built in Oak Island and given the disaster with builders like Beazer Homes, there is an awful lot of bailing out going on in developments all over the country. Southport is not immune. There are several developments that have started and gotten nowhere. Frankly, I think people would be nuts to buy into a new development in these areas. There are established areas and developments that are very nice and offer no risk and the area is way underpriced. Buy in Southport. Don't buy in new undeveloped "developments" where you could get scorched.
This particular development is pretty much out in the middle of nowhere. It is 15 miles from Southport and over 20 miles from Wilmington with no convenient grocery stores, stores, restaurants or anything near by. Maybe Dominos delivers out there but it will be cold. Otherwise you are in for a 40 minute back and forth drive.
The nuke plant is a non-issue for this dev as it is over 20 miles away. The nuke plant is near Southport. No big deal. Nuke plants in NY, Cape May county NJ etc... have not hurt those areas. Southport is a pretty town but the city government has been selling out or is so inept that they have been quickly letting it go. The builder who went bankrupt put a couple of three story condos on the end of the historic town pier -- so much for quaint. Still the town still has lots of victorians, Live oaks and pines. Recently and inexplicably over 25 mature pines were knocked down next to the hospital ruining the first pretty site that you see going into Southport. So, as I said, the city government is letting the place go. Hopefully, these "people" will be voted out and the city will gain competent management that can save the beauty of the town.

The big problem with buying into Southport proper however is the potential for this new port. That would be a disaster and appears to be going to happen. This plan was sprung on the city, no referendum, no nothing, and it is supposed to be one of the largest ports in the US. Southport currently has a population of 2500 or so. The Wilmington port, less than half the size of the proposed site, employs over 10.000 people. There are only two roads in and out of Southport. How is this sleepy little town going to accommodate a port of that size? This is government at its worst. There were other sites that COULD accommodate a port and actually wanted it, but our governor and the state government turned them down in favor of a truly flawed plan. If anyone has ever been to Southport, you would just laugh and say impossible and forget it. But obviously, the state of North Carolina does not care and simply because it is possible to put a port here, has decided to do so. Lots of money for the state: issues of historic preservation, turtle preserves and the IBIS population (over 10% of the population in the US) be damned. How they are going to get the millions of truckloads of containers out of this town remains the great mystery.

So, to be safe, there are some nice developments right out of town that will not be destroyed by the port, are not effected by hurricanes (please... yes you might have a little damage, but one bad hurricane in the past 150 years -- and look at all the old houses right on the river). If you are worried about hurricanes and other natural disaster, I suggest you live in Columbus Ohio. Watch out for the tornado though.

This is from a couple from metro NY, not of retirement age, who moved here two years ago, and love the quiet town, the pretty streets and access to some of the prettiest and least populated beaches in the country, but are very sorry to see the changes that are taking place. The city government is failing the town and the port would be an awful thing. But again, if you live outside of town in Smythville Woods, Walden Creek or Winding Creek, then you are on a marsh, and won't have to deal with the issues above. Don't buy in a new unpopulated development.
 
Old 11-06-2007, 04:52 PM
 
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Arrow What's Southporet, NC like?

As a transplant from New England I can tell you that it reminds me of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is a small fishing town but it has a number of small specialty shops. The beaches close by are small and never crowded and it is a great place for a vacation. As far as shopping goes you would have to do the 30 minute drive to Wilmington but if time is precious take the ferry. Sure it is a hurricane prone area but so is the entire eastern part of NC. We gave up nor'easters, heavy snow, blizzards and severe cold so a hurricane every so often is a good trade off. We live in farm country about an hour northwest of Wilmington but travel to Southport just to enjoy the view. If you are retired Southport is THE place, but if you are still in the work environment maybe a place half way to Wilmington would be better. Any way you look at it Southport is a place to consider moving to.
 
Old 11-12-2007, 08:11 PM
 
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Talking Tarheel Born And Bred!

I absolutely love Southport.
 
Old 04-09-2008, 12:04 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Default Looking for advise on Moving to Wilmington NC

My husband & I are born & raised in Northern New Jersey and have been considering a move into the Wilmington area for sometime now. We are vacationing there again in June and always look around. I am looking to connect with others that have made the move from the North or considering as well. I was looking into Brunswick Forest & considered the Southport area as well.

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate reading your post. It changed my mind on moving to Southport or the many "communities" in Brunswick county. I have recently changed my focus to Wilmington area because I want to be close to shopping, restaurants, hospitals, etc yet enjoy the beaches & warmer weather.

If anyone would like to email me, I would love to share with those of similiar interests.
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