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Old 09-12-2013, 03:58 AM
 
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Hi all- Hub and I are relocating our family to Wilmington in January. Wanting to know a bit more about the areas. Ogden? Murraysville? Leland? Hampstead? I will be working at the hospital - I dont mind being 15-20 minutes away - are these areas clean? safe? schools? any extra tips and advice would be really wonderful. We are dessert rats- no idea what "tropical storms" and "hurricanes" are, look like, feel like and what to do if they occur. fun things to do with kids? When we were there there were hundreds of kids racing small boats in the harbour. Thanks again!!
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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They are all clean and safe. Murraysville has large lots, but it is at the end of the airport runway, so you will get airplane noise. I won't recommend Leland because it is full of retirees, and the schools are average. Hampstead and Ogden are just suburban developments. The Hampstead schools are top-rated, but your commute may be further than you like. Unless you want a really rural setting, I'd also suggest closer-in Wilmington areas like Winter Park, Pine Valley, Masonboro or Myrtle Grove.

Hurricanes can be life-threatening, so you need to prepare for possible days without electricity. If you work at the hospital, you will probably get training on what do.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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If you don't mind crossing the bridge into Wilmington, I'll suggest Belville. Belville apparently has a well-rated elementary school, but it is a year-round school. Here's a discussion: Leland North Carolina
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:25 PM
 
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When you say family...what ages are you talking about?

Just wanting to know in reference of TTD and schools.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:22 PM
 
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Thank you all for your advice! Ages are five and three monster ages another quick question- we are looking into to building, online I have found Stevens and Schumacher - they seem like they build pretty decent homes? Advice?!
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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another quick question- we are looking into to building, online I have found Stevens and Schumacher - they seem like they build pretty decent homes? Advice?!
Stevens is a low-budget production builder. They give you a lot of space for the money, but I haven't been impressed by the quality. Schumacher is a different kind of business. They build a semi-custom home to order, and I have seen complaints that they are difficult to deal with. I think you should look at a few more options. If you specified your budget, people could make suggestions.
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:41 AM
 
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Thank you all for your advice! Ages are five and three monster ages another quick question- we are looking into to building, online I have found Stevens and Schumacher - they seem like they build pretty decent homes? Advice?!
This is going to sound a little brash...

Because you want to build, you want your kids spending most of their time in the car?

Let's say you build in Leland...to get to the Beach, that's about 30 minutes or more, to get to Monkey Joe's, the mall, Mayfaire, Jungle Rapids, etc...its 20-30 minutes. The closest thing to Leland for kids is the Children's Museum downtown...that's not a bad trip, unless the bridge is up. If you are considering private school...that's a trip as well. You better love you some Wal-Mart.

My point, you will be spending your time driving to Wilmington...constantly.

My suggestion for a starting point (ditch the idea of building)...one word...

Parsley.

Search the Parsley Elementary School district for homes, go look at them, see if you find one you like. If you had money to build, I'm betting you can afford in the Parsley district. If you can't afford anything in that district that suits you, search in the Holly Tree or Pine Valley district. You could head up the Middle Sound area (Ogden Elem) as well...but that's a pretty good haul to the hospital.

Hampstead and working at the Hospital?....know a couple that moved to the Porters Neck area (because they wanted a "new" home)...and they worked in the Hospital area...never saw the kids again, they've raised them in the car...Hampstead is even further than Porters Neck.

The only reason to drive all over town is if you can buy on the water with a dock...then its worth it, because the water acts as your activity a lot of the time.
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Cumberland County
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If you're working in the hospital and there's a real threat of a hurricane, most likely you will be required to at the hospital while your family will need to evacuate at least a couple of hours inland. And even a couple of hours inland, we can be hit pretty hard by hurricanes. In 1996, Hurricane Fran made landfall at Oak Island, wiped out a lot of Surf City, and 2 hours inland, we were without power for a week. In 1999, we had major flooding here 2 hours in from Hurricane Floyd (after being without power several days too), and the flooding seemed to have lasted for weeks.

You can google lists for supplies to have on hand during hurricanes. When they issue watches, be aware of where they're heading, and when they issue a warning for your area, do what officials tell you. Don't try to be brave and think, "oh, it's not that bad, we'll just ride it out."
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:06 PM
 
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It should be noted however that Wilmington fares fairly well in Hurricanes...not only does it have the barrier islands that function that way, but besides some local neighborhood flooding, it drains fairly well.

Additionally, part of the utilities in Wilmington are for drainage and the system has come a long ways since 1995. All of the new construction requires retention ponds, so the ponds just get higher during a Hurricane. I have a friend who has only seen water in the retention pond next to his house twice in 10 years.

If you are on the beach or right on the water, you have to leave and they will not let you back until the county/towns know it's safe. The worst area's of flooding will be inland upriver...Brunswick Co fares well, Pender has flooding on the Northeast Cape Fear.

Wind can knock stuff out for a few days in Wilmington, but keep in mind it can knock out stuff in Raleigh or Charlotte as well....
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:12 AM
 
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Hi Heather...we just moved here in June and bought near the bridge to Wrightsville beach...And also have my hubby working at the hospital. Feel free to contact me ks49546@gmail.com if you need to. My realtor gave us what I think is excellent advice..draw a one inch circle around mayfaire and try to find somewhere in that perimeter. We looked all around landfall, masonboro etc and now realize how convenient this area is. My son is building by Monkey Junction and I realize how long your day can be with traffic On college, etc. We almost built with Dennis Moeller and would choose him if necessary
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