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Old 01-24-2015, 10:37 PM
 
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Ok, dumb ? but Wilmington w. hi crime is cheaper, obvious. But how's Southport? We're looking retire soon & it seems much better in all ways, huh? Thx for u in the know.

Hey, does Moon Handbook's latest Coastal NC travel guide help any -- when planning visits to Wilmington or coastal NC or it is bogus?

Hey, if anyone's got any sensible advice on this topic please let me know via here or by PM. I do thank u for the help & effort. I miss the east coast from all da way out west & soon, we hope, we'll migrate back from this tomfoolery & nonsense of the west -- & the dump it has become.

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Old 01-25-2015, 05:51 AM
 
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Well, movintime, I don't think anyone would agree that Southport is better in all ways than Wilmington. Each has its strong points. Southport is very small and is a longer drive to many amenities. Wilmington has a lot of theatre, art, the university, cultural activities, shopping, etc. There are neighborhoods in Wilmington that are very safe, and I would say that most retired people do not have a lot of worries about crime. Wilmington has a very helpful newcomers club that is a good way to make friends and get acquainted with the many things Wilmington has to offer. I don't know that much about living in Southport, but I imagine that most of the people who live there like it, just as most of the people who retire in Wilmington like it here.

I am not familiar with the Moon handbook on Coastal North Carolina, although I have seen it for other places. I think it is directed primarily to visitors to the area, tourists. The issues for residents are very different. I advise you to spend an extended time visiting if you are considering retiring here, both in Wilmington and Southport. Visit in both the winter and the summer. Think of exactly what things you don't like where you live now and try to find the reality of how things would be different here. If you have specific questions I am sure the people on this forum will be helpful.
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Old 01-25-2015, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Southport
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Ok, dumb ? but Wilmington w. hi crime is cheaper, obvious. But how's Southport? We're looking retire soon & it seems much better in all ways, huh? Thx for u in the know.

Hey, does Moon Handbook's latest Coastal NC travel guide help any -- when planning visits to Wilmington or coastal NC or it is bogus?

Hey, if anyone's got any sensible advice on this topic please let me know via here or by PM. I do thank u for the help & effort. I miss the east coast from all da way out west & soon, we hope, we'll migrate back from this tomfoolery & nonsense of the west -- & the dump it has become.
I love living in Southport, and I do actually live in Southport itself. The term "Southport" has expanded quite a bit, and many people use it when talking about developments that are actually a ways away from S'port proper. I say this in order to provide context to my comments, and also to prompt you to think about what you mean by Southport. I don't consider St. James, Winding River, etc. to be "Southport", although obviously many people do and those folks enjoy the amenities that Southport offers.

I jokingly call S'port "Mayberry by the sea". It's very safe, generally quiet and "neighborly" (without being suffocating).

It's a small town, busy in the summer and quiet in the winter. Tourism is big, so lots of visitors. But it also has a great sense of community, with many interesting and accomplished residents. It has a thriving art scene, nice restaurants, beautiful old houses, a lovely waterfront, a local music scene...I love it here. It's a very walkable town, and that's one of the great things about living in town versus out a ways. You can truly enjoy the joys of S'port by just walking out your door.

It's hard to compare Wilmington and Southport because of the size difference obviously. Its more about whether you want a small town environment or the amenities of a larger city. I don't think the generalization that Wilmington is cheaper than S'port is necessarily true. In fact, S'port is probably less expensive (for housing) than Wilmington, overall. But overall costs aren't what matters to an individual, what matters is the comparable price of real estate one is interested in buying.

Hope that helps. I'm happy to try to answer any specific questions you have.

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Old 01-25-2015, 06:56 AM
 
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Ok, dumb ? but Wilmington w. hi crime is cheaper, obvious. But how's Southport? We're looking retire soon & it seems much better in all ways, huh? Thx for u in the know.

Hey, does Moon Handbook's latest Coastal NC travel guide help any -- when planning visits to Wilmington or coastal NC or it is bogus?

Hey, if anyone's got any sensible advice on this topic please let me know via here or by PM. I do thank u for the help & effort. I miss the east coast from all da way out west & soon, we hope, we'll migrate back from this tomfoolery & nonsense of the west -- & the dump it has become.
What is it you are looking for in your next location? What are your criteria? What is it you would like to avoid in your next location?
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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It's hard to compare Wilmington and Southport because of the size difference obviously. Its more about whether you want a small town environment or the amenities of a larger city.
To address the OP's assumption that Wilmington is cheaper because of high crime-- Not true if you compare similar neighborhoods. Wilmington has million dollar homes on the waterfront as does Southport. Wilmington also has several high-end golf course or water accessible communities that are good for retirement, such as Landfall and Porter's Neck.

Wilmington also has a greater number of specialist doctors and more specialized hospital capacity. If you want organic food, furniture stores, quilt and craft shops, etc, Wilmington has more options.
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Southport
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Wilmington also has a greater number of specialist doctors and more specialized hospital capacity. If you want organic food, furniture stores, quilt and craft shops, etc, Wilmington has more options.
Yes, as I said, one factor is whether the OP places a higher value on the small town atmosphere of S'port, or the greater availablility of amenities in Wilmington.
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Old 01-25-2015, 08:14 AM
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IF your sole reason for moving to either Southport or Wilmington is "cheaper" you will be disappointed in the long term.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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I love living in Southport, and I do actually live in Southport itself. The term "Southport" has expanded quite a bit, and many people use it when talking about developments that are actually a ways away from S'port proper. I say this in order to provide context to my comments, and also to prompt you to think about what you mean by Southport. I don't consider St. James, Winding River, etc. to be "Southport", although obviously many people do and those folks enjoy the amenities that Southport offers.

I jokingly call S'port "Mayberry by the sea". It's very safe, generally quiet and "neighborly" (without being suffocating).

It's a small town, busy in the summer and quiet in the winter. Tourism is big, so lots of visitors. But it also has a great sense of community, with many interesting and accomplished residents. It has a thriving art scene, nice restaurants, beautiful old houses, a lovely waterfront, a local music scene...I love it here. It's a very walkable town, and that's one of the great things about living in town versus out a ways. You can truly enjoy the joys of S'port by just walking out your door.

It's hard to compare Wilmington and Southport because of the size difference obviously. Its more about whether you want a small town environment or the amenities of a larger city. I don't think the generalization that Wilmington is cheaper than S'port is necessarily true. In fact, S'port is probably less expensive (for housing) than Wilmington, overall. But overall costs aren't what matters to an individual, what matters is the comparable price of real estate one is interested in buying.

Hope that helps. I'm happy to try to answer any specific questions you have.
We're moving, in about 3 weeks, to Southport - can't wait. I'm wondering if you are aware of opportunities to meet new folks? We're probably going to buy in Rivermist as we want a community that has an active social schedule. Are there volunteer groups in Southport, or walking clubs, knitting groups, book clubs, anything that makes the social transition easier. My daughter lives in Southport and truly loves it there.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:59 AM
 
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IF your sole reason for moving to either Southport or Wilmington is "cheaper" you will be disappointed in the long term.
Very well stated. The OP must have factors other than cheaper to consider.
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Old 01-25-2015, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Southport
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We're moving, in about 3 weeks, to Southport - can't wait. I'm wondering if you are aware of opportunities to meet new folks? We're probably going to buy in Rivermist as we want a community that has an active social schedule. Are there volunteer groups in Southport, or walking clubs, knitting groups, book clubs, anything that makes the social transition easier. My daughter lives in Southport and truly loves it there.
Hi! I'd recommend you ask your daughter to get you a copy of the local weekly newspaper, the State Port Pilot, or go online and get a digital subscription. The second section has tons of information on clubs and volunteer activities...service clubs like Kiwannis, local groups like the Southport Historical Society and the Maritime Museum, dance clubs, Communities in Schools, Southport Womens Club, Dosher Hospital, etc. good luck!
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