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Old 09-13-2014, 03:16 PM
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Washington is great. Very easy drive to Greenville, they have an outfitter in town that does lots of kayak trips, the summer street festivals are epic. I was so close to getting a great job in Washington, missed the job, but we were so excited about being able to live there. With a job, I would move there in a blink of an eye,
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:43 AM
 
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I think Washington is ideal for an active retired couple. It is a lot of long time residents, but many of them have come from other places long ago and stayed because they like it. Its a good slowed down pace without the "beach" summer craziness you find along the coast.

It has its issues, as does any place. For many people it is a bit too slowed down pace, but if you are retiring it would assume that would be what you are looking for.

I think the purchase of the hospital in Washington by Vidant is a real positive for Washington...it is now linked with the Greenville specialists system. Before the economy tanked, Washington was making strides...it has not come back yet...but slower growth maybe better right now.
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Old 09-14-2014, 05:42 PM
 
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I laugh at some of the comments on here. Did someone really describe Greenville NC as sophisticated ? Washington is an easy commute to Greenville.
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Old 09-14-2014, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Washington, NC
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Default Washington is a great little small town that is very welcoming to all

My husband and I moved to Washington a year ago after spending four year on the beach in North Topsail. We had planned on building on the mainland ( Mimosa Bay) but later We decided to check out Pamlico Plantation in little Washington and found it was just what we were looking for. It's a beautiful heavily wooded community with 150 homes and 80 town houses and approximately 50 lots undeveloped. Evey home comes with a boat slip so its very appealing to avid sailors and boaters.
The town homes are predominately young retirees as the original owners were getting close to 90 and have moved out to places that have less stairs. About 20% are younger and still work and many still have school aged children.The homes are mostly couples under 40 and the school buses I've noticed seem to be quite full. I have met just one person who was home schooling her special needs son. In the summer I've noticed children of all ages in the pool and on the playground.



AS FOR THE TOWN there are a some areas that seem quite run down and many of the people there are very poor. That being said, the crime rate in Washington is low and it is a much safer place to live than Greenville.

The town has many festivals and events along the waterfront all year and I have been quite impressed. There are many thing to do with kids. There are all kinds of sport teams, little league, soccer. There is a skate park as well as 5-6 great playgrounds.
We have a small movie theater.

The one small drawback is the lack of department stores. We have a Walmart, Lowes, Burkes outlet and Belk.
Two food lions and two Piggly wiggly's. We have 3-4 pretty good restaurants and maybe 6-7 ok ones.

I think there is a good chance you may really like Washington if you keep an open mind. I would highly recommend that you rent before you buy. Houses in small towns like this do take a while to sell unless they are a fantastic deal or on the water...and that's not a givinen anymore with flood insurance rates.

There are a few for rent in Pamlico plantaion by owner and some are on the internet good luck.
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:31 AM
 
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I laugh at some of the comments on here. Did someone really describe Greenville NC as sophisticated ? Washington is an easy commute to Greenville.
It probably seems sophisticated if someone spent their entire life in somewhere like Pactolus.....
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:18 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I laugh at some of the comments on here. Did someone really describe Greenville NC as sophisticated ?
No, i did not describe Greenville as sophisticated. I said it was more sophisticated than Washington and it is.

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AS FOR THE TOWN there are a some areas that seem quite run down and many of the people there are very poor. That being said, the crime rate in Washington is low and it is a much safer place to live than Greenville.
For the last year that data is available, 2012, Washington has a crime index of 541.5 and Greenville's is 347.7. Greenville is 10 times the size of Washington and has a major newspaper and 2 TV stations based there. You will hear about Greenville in the news more often.
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