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Old 02-06-2015, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Cape May County
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On a reason trip to see my brother who lives in Elizabeth City NC.Told me that Edenton NC on Rt 17,is a perfect place for my wife and I to retire.We were thinking about EC,but it way to busy,and alot of tourest to on certain times of the year.We want more relaxed,calm,not so much on the tourest game towns depend on,and the town fathers push and push tourest to visit.Does anyone have a good insight about the area?Looking for a reasonable home to buy around $100,000 or so,calm neigboorhood.Thanks
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Old 02-07-2015, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:10 AM
 
Location: The Emerald City
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I THINK it's more touristy than EC.

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It's beautiful. But any place near water will be more expensive that those that aren't.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:13 AM
 
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I agree with those above, Edenton is a popular tourist destination. I have also heard from many, who know about the area or have lived there, that people have a hard time finding a place to 'fit in' if they are not pretty well to do (financially). But it is a nice place to visit. Hertford, is between EC and Edenton and is a small quiet town. With less tourism, I believe.
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Cape May County
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Default Edenton NC

Thanks everyone for the input
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Old 12-30-2015, 11:44 AM
 
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Almost a year after your original post, but if you're still considering ~ Edenton is a beautiful SMALL town with so much potential. Keep in mind small town means fewer services, but if you're willing to travel, shop online, or just adjust ~ it's a special place to call home! Your budget will get you in several of the smaller neighborhoods closer to town. If EC is too busy for you, Edenton should be perfect.
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Piqua, OH
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How does Edenton compare with Southport for a retirement destination?


Have been to SP, but not Edenton.
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Southport
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How does Edenton compare with Southport for a retirement destination?


Have been to SP, but not Edenton.
Edenton feels much smaller, although the towns themselves are probably about the same size. There's no Oak Island, St. James, Boiling Spring Lakes around Edenton. Its very isolated...no Wilmington nearby. Edenton is much quieter...there are some tourists but not as many as S'port. Shopping and dining is much more limited in Edenton. Edenton is poorer, and you feel that.
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Old 01-14-2016, 07:46 AM
 
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How does Edenton compare with Southport for a retirement destination?


Have been to SP, but not Edenton.
The towns are similar size, historic and beautiful. Both have hospitals and all of the basic necessities. Edenton can easily be described as charming.

As CD mentioned, Southport's location is closer to the beach and closer to major urban areas in Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. That being said, Southport is much busier, crowded, has traffic problems, and its region is getting more developed every day. It's road system (that area of Brunswick County) is antiquated, with no good fix in site. Summer is crazy in that area.

Edenton, on the other hand, doesn't have traffic problems, has a interstate quality bypass that will be on the future I-44 corridor between Raleigh and the Tidewater area of Va, and doesn't have a huge seasonal population change. Besides its historic charm and waterfront charm, it also has a charming Main Street equipped with a two screen old style movie theater and its own summer league baseball team that plays in a historic stadium on Main Street. It was "blowing up" in terms of retiree's prior to the economic downturn.

IMO, both are great places...and both have a poorer element in and nearby that comes with the territory in rural counties (Brunswick used to be rural), so it really comes down to location and what type of amenities you want when you retire. Lots more people in the Southport area (mostly because of the beaches) and bigger cities nearby, but lots of hassle that goes along with that as well.
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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How does Edenton compare with Southport for a retirement destination?

Have been to SP, but not Edenton.
Back to the original poster's budget of !00K for a house, it is harder to find in Southport. You might find a condo, mobile home, townhouse or tiny cottage for $100K or less.

Edenton, on average, will be less expensive than Southport. There were several acceptable houses under $100K in Edenton-- ranches or cottages.
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