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Old 08-04-2013, 05:43 PM
 
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Hello

My husband and I are considering a move to Coastal NC. We are looking to escape the high cost of living and frigid winters up here in PA. We also have family that recently moved to FL... we don't want to move quite so far south but would like to be closer to them.

We have two school age children, one entering 2nd grade and one entering 8th grade. They are both academically gifted kids so we're very concerned about school quality.

We both work in healthcare, I am an RN and my husband is a Respiratory Therapist. Can anyone speak to good healthcare systems and salaries?

Lastly, we'd really like to be within 30 minutes to a beach. We're interested in newer (less than 10 years old) housing and we'd really like to be part of a community with young families.

Thank you very much
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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We both work in healthcare, I am an RN and my husband is a Respiratory Therapist. Can anyone speak to good healthcare systems and salaries?

Lastly, we'd really like to be within 30 minutes to a beach. We're interested in newer (less than 10 years old) housing and we'd really like to be part of a community with young families.
Given your criteria, Jacksonville or Wilmington would be a good fit. Jacksonville has a younger population, but Wilmington has nicer amenities. You will obviously have to research the salaries with individual employers, but they are probably lower than in Pennsylvania. Many people are attracted to living near the coast, so you will have competition for jobs.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:58 PM
 
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I would also suggest looking into Wilmington, NC. I am an Ohio native, but I lived in Wilmington (currently living in Florida) and worked for New Hanover Regional Medical Center. I had, an overall positive experience working for New Hanover Regional, although I was administrative, not clinical. It is the main health care system in the city. Regarding salaries and whether or not this would equate to a cut in pay for you and your husband, this most likely will depend on what area of PA you are employed in. For example if you are in the Philadelphia area, then yes I would say you are looking at a pay cut for coastal NC/SC. The Wilmington area truly is a great place to live. There are affordable communities with good school systems within 15-20 minutes of the beach. I actually preferred living near the coast in Wilmington to where I live in Florida. I will be happy to answer any other questions you may have about the area.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Trinity Florida
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I would also suggest looking into Wilmington, NC. I am an Ohio native, but I lived in Wilmington (currently living in Florida) and worked for New Hanover Regional Medical Center. I had, an overall positive experience working for New Hanover Regional, although I was administrative, not clinical. It is the main health care system in the city. Regarding salaries and whether or not this would equate to a cut in pay for you and your husband, this most likely will depend on what area of PA you are employed in. For example if you are in the Philadelphia area, then yes I would say you are looking at a pay cut for coastal NC/SC. The Wilmington area truly is a great place to live. There are affordable communities with good school systems within 15-20 minutes of the beach. I actually preferred living near the coast in Wilmington to where I live in Florida. I will be happy to answer any other questions you may have about the area.
we lived in South Florida for 3 years im curious what was it about Wilmington you liked better than where you are in Florida? We have been researching the Area as well as we are deciding whether we want to return to florida or look elsewhere...we live in Charlotte and people tell me the coast of NC is beautiful...Would love to hear your thoughts
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Bear in mind that Greenville has the large medical facilities, but it's an hour to the beaches. It meets all of the rest of your stated criteria though.
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:37 PM
 
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we lived in South Florida for 3 years im curious what was it about Wilmington you liked better than where you are in Florida? We have been researching the Area as well as we are deciding whether we want to return to florida or look elsewhere...we live in Charlotte and people tell me the coast of NC is beautiful...Would love to hear your thoughts
I live in central Florida, but I work out towards Daytona Beach. The coast of NC is beautiful! That is why I prefer it to the Florida beaches I have been to. It seems to have more natural/unspoiled beauty. I don't care for the drive-on beaches on Florida's east coast. I don't think I appreciated all that Wilmington has to offer during the time l lived there. It has several unique beaches close to the area. The downtown area offers some nice restaurants and a fun atmosphere on the river. Where I live in central Florida could be a suburb of basically any city in the U.S (well at least the hot/humid ones )! Also, while it can get quite hot/humid during the summers in eastern NC, you do experience a slight change in seasons, which of course you know you don't get in Florida. You will find a much more laid back lifestyle in coastal NC then you have experienced in Charlotte or Florida. It is important to note that if you enjoy the bigger city vibe of Charlotte and South Florida, you may find the NC coast to be lacking in certain amenities you may have grown accustomed two. For example, if you like the shopping located in the Southpark area of Charlotte, you will not find anything comparable. Also, employment options (or lack thereof) can really be an issue. Let me know if you have any specific questions or comparisons you would like me to make.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Trinity Florida
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I live in central Florida, but I work out towards Daytona Beach. The coast of NC is beautiful! That is why I prefer it to the Florida beaches I have been to. It seems to have more natural/unspoiled beauty. I don't care for the drive-on beaches on Florida's east coast. I don't think I appreciated all that Wilmington has to offer during the time l lived there. It has several unique beaches close to the area. The downtown area offers some nice restaurants and a fun atmosphere on the river. Where I live in central Florida could be a suburb of basically any city in the U.S (well at least the hot/humid ones )! Also, while it can get quite hot/humid during the summers in eastern NC, you do experience a slight change in seasons, which of course you know you don't get in Florida. You will find a much more laid back lifestyle in coastal NC then you have experienced in Charlotte or Florida. It is important to note that if you enjoy the bigger city vibe of Charlotte and South Florida, you may find the NC coast to be lacking in certain amenities you may have grown accustomed two. For example, if you like the shopping located in the Southpark area of Charlotte, you will not find anything comparable. Also, employment options (or lack thereof) can really be an issue. Let me know if you have any specific questions or comparisons you would like me to make.
Thank You for your insight...Hubby would be working remotely so that wouldn't be an issue as Corporate is here in Charlotte...We have a lot to think about in the next few years, We love South Florida but there are a lot things we don't love and not sure if that is where we want to retire when that time comes...
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