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Old 03-10-2018, 08:56 AM
Location: Southport, NC
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Originally Posted by donjulio2018 View Post
... We can cash in and sell our home in the Northeast and basically pay "cash" for a nice home in the Brunswick County are (which we visited last year), and still walk out with a couple of $100K in our pocket...
If you can swing it by downscaling your expections, then get a nice but more modest place in Brunswick Cty, plus a small place that you can escape to in New England, away from the NE coast, where prices are high.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by donjulio2018 View Post
Is the humidiy and hot weather really that bad down there?.
Yes, unfortunately it is. Heat indexes can get up to 110 degrees and you will break a sweat the minute you walk outside. You just have to get used to it.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:35 AM
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BC, beer belly, goldenage 1, I apreciate your feedback. All valid points and good suggestions.

Yikes!! dew point...that is something to consider, but as beer belly says, better indoors with A/C than indoors with furnace blasting and having to wear heavy coats to go outside, and lets not forget the shoveling of the snow and scrapping the ice from the windshield of your car in the zero degree temp. It sucks!

My wife reads a lot, so in the very hot days she could be inside. On the other hand, we love to walk and normally we walk daily at least 45 minutes, so maybe we could do it in the early hours of the day. In any case, my goal is to retire at the end of 2019. Re-visit the area of Sunset Beach, Calabash and surroundings in the summer months to get a good feeling of what to expect. Then, perhaps we could find a place to rent (short term lease) to spend a few weeks and really get a taste of Coastal Living. We would not sell our home in the Northeast until being 100% sure that moving South is what we want and won't regreat it few months later. I can tell you one thing... give me a a beautiful beach for long, long walks along the shoreline, breathing the air..., to hop on a boat for a fishing trip, then going to dinner for some delicious seafood at one of the fine Calabash restaurants,...folks, for me that is what life is all about. I don't need fancy cars, fancy Mcmansions, expensive trips overseas, none of that crappola. Just doing what gives me pleasure in the good old USA. Cheers!
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:25 PM
Location: SW Corner of CT
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We may also consider North Myrtle Beach and Little River in SC....not far from my family in Calabash and Sunset Beach, and I think the state is a little better in taxing SS and Pensions....not sure, but my brother brought us to Captain Archie and Snooky's for some food, and had a blast....I think they were both in SC
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Old Today, 07:12 PM
Location: Washington, NC
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Default The weather is so much better than NY and NJ

We retired 10 years ago and our first place was on North Topsail Beach. We have many pictures with the grandkids on the beach with no coats or sweaters with temps in the high 60,s low 70,s. We did have cold days in the 30-40 but rarely had more than 3 days in a row when it was below freezing. We do get snow and have ice storms and schools are cancelled usually the day before in anticipation. It feels like winter in January,February and March and by April we are back in the 70ís. Some years we start getting temperatures in the high 80,s starting in May and still have days in the 80ís in October which means way more opportunities to do things outside in comfortable weather. All I can say is the weather is a lot less gloomy than the long,cold,sunless days in NY.
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