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Old 08-12-2013, 12:14 AM
 
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I'm considering relocating to the Wilmington area. I'm a professional female, in my mid-30s and single. Just looking for input as to where might be a good area to live. A small coastal town outside the greater Wilmington area appeals to me, but I want to also be amongst people in my age range rather than a community made up of mostly retirees. Any suggestions??
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:23 AM
 
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I'm considering relocating to the Wilmington area. I'm a professional female, in my mid-30s and single. Just looking for input as to where might be a good area to live. A small coastal town outside the greater Wilmington area appeals to me, but I want to also be amongst people in my age range rather than a community made up of mostly retirees. Any suggestions??
I really think Wilmington (rather than a small town) is the best choice, both for jobs and social life. The areas within commuting distance of Wilmington are either summer resort/beach areas or retirement areas.

What is your plan for finding a job? Are you an RN? Do you need to work in a hospital?

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Old 08-12-2013, 11:59 AM
 
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Once you get too far outside of Wilmington, the landscape gets pretty rural. I'm thinking that's not what you're looking for.

Maybe Carolina Beach? That's coastal but still easily accessible to all the "stuff" in Wilmington. There are some really nice areas in Wilmington itself, too.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:21 PM
 
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Southport is the best coastal "town" outside of Wilmington, but its a bit isolated unless you know folks there.

I guess you are thinking Wilmington proper is too big? It is a busy place, high density. Much of the 30's crowd has children so they live near or east of College Rd. Near UNCW is all college kids. Maybe consider the Porter's Neck area which is a little slowed down from Wilmington (except Market St).

Lots of divorced men I know move to Carolina Beach, because of its fun laid back atmosphere....maybe that would appeal to you?
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:42 PM
 
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I really think Wilmington (rather than a small town) is the best choice, both for jobs and social life. The areas within commuting distance of Wilmington are either summer resort/beach areas or retirement areas.

What is your plan for finding a job? Are you an RN? Do you need to work in a hospital?
Is there an area it section of Wilmington that you would recommend that is closer to the coast? Yes I'm a RN. I would definitely have to have a job before moving. I have most recently been working in inpatient psychiatric nursing. I have just started doing some research job wise, any recommendations?
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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Once you get too far outside of Wilmington, the landscape gets pretty rural. I'm thinking that's not what you're looking for.

Maybe Carolina Beach? That's coastal but still easily accessible to all the "stuff" in Wilmington. There are some really nice areas in Wilmington itself, too.
What areas of Wilmington would you recommend? Is there a nice area that might be a good compromise like perhaps on the outskirts of Wilmington near Carolina Beach?
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:54 PM
 
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Southport is the best coastal "town" outside of Wilmington, but its a bit isolated unless you know folks there.

I guess you are thinking Wilmington proper is too big? It is a busy place, high density. Much of the 30's crowd has children so they live near or east of College Rd. Near UNCW is all college kids. Maybe consider the Porter's Neck area which is a little slowed down from Wilmington (except Market St).

Lots of divorced men I know move to Carolina Beach, because of its fun laid back atmosphere....maybe that would appeal to you?
I had actually put some thought into Southport, but wasn't sure what the commute would be like if I were to work in Wilmington. I do appreciate a small town...my hometown is less than 7000. I have lived in Charlotte and DC so I do also appreciate access to so much more "stuff"! I have always wanted to try out coastal living. So I guess I am just looking for a happy medium and the Wilmington area seems to offer that.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:34 PM
 
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Is there an area it section of Wilmington that you would recommend that is closer to the coast? Yes I'm a RN. I would definitely have to have a job before moving. I have most recently been working in inpatient psychiatric nursing. I have just started doing some research job wise, any recommendations?
There is only one hospital in Wilmington possible: New Hanover Regional. The other, Cape Fear, does orthopedic work only.

I can't really recommend any area without knowing your budget or preferences. However, there are many nice townhouse/condo complexes around New Hanover Regional. Everywhere in Wilmington is close to the coast; it is on a peninsula. NHRMC is 8 miles from Wrightsville Beach. The south end of Wilmington is close to Carolina Beach; the area the locals call Monkey Junction has affordable townhouses.

Another alternative for work is the Brynn Marr Hospital in Jacksonville. It does inpatient substance abuse treatment. Jacksonville is nowhere near as interesting as Wilmington, but then you could live in a small town like Swansboro.

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Old 08-13-2013, 04:00 PM
 
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There is only one hospital in Wilmington possible: New Hanover Regional. The other, Cape Fear, does orthopedic work only.

I can't really recommend any area without knowing your budget or preferences. However, there are many nice townhouse/condo complexes around New Hanover Regional. Everywhere in Wilmington is close to the coast; it is on a peninsula. NHRMC is 8 miles from Wrightsville Beach. The south end of Wilmington is close to Carolina Beach; the area the locals call Monkey Junction has affordable townhouses.

Another alternative for work is the Brynn Marr Hospital in Jacksonville. It does inpatient substance abuse treatment. Jacksonville is nowhere near as interesting as Wilmington, but then you could live in a small town like Swansboro.
GA...don't forget about Dosher Hospital in Southport and the new Novant Brunswick County Hospital which is in Bolivia....only about 15 minutes from Leland.
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:04 PM
 
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I had actually put some thought into Southport, but wasn't sure what the commute would be like if I were to work in Wilmington. I do appreciate a small town...my hometown is less than 7000. I have lived in Charlotte and DC so I do also appreciate access to so much more "stuff"! I have always wanted to try out coastal living. So I guess I am just looking for a happy medium and the Wilmington area seems to offer that.
Southport is known for its 4th of July festival, which was shown in the movie "I Know What You Did Last Summer"...its also known for its films, recently Safe Haven was shot there..and some of Iron Man 3.
Southport has its own hospital in Dosher Memorial. It has easy access to Oak Island, which is a very quiet beach in the offseason...and you can always take the Ferry to Fort Fisher/Kure Beach/Carolina Beach. Wilmington shopping or downtown would be a little less than an hour drive. N. Myrtle Beach stuff is a little more than an hour.
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