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Old 02-07-2015, 01:21 PM
 
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Next Saturday we're driving to WS to have dinner with daughter and son-in-law Sunday night. We will then travel to Hertford, Chocowinity and Elizabeth City. The developments that have attracted us are
* Albemarle Plantation
* Cypress Landing
* Pelican Pointe
Not having been to the Inner Banks it's tough to know enough about any of them to pick up lifetime roots in Chicago. We do want water access and hope to get a pontoon boat to "sail into the sunset" afforded by retirement.

We'd appreciate hearing the pros and cons from those familiar with the area.

Thank you.

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Old 02-07-2015, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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The developments that have attracted us are
* Albemarle Plantation
* Cypress Landing
* Pelican Pointe
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We'd appreciate hearing the pros and cons from those familiar with the area.
I hope you report back, as we rarely get information on these areas. I had never heard of Pelican Pointe, but I see that it is a relatively new 55+ community in Elizabeth City with houses priced starting below $200,000.

Albemarle Plantation and Cypress Landing are both more established, and are not exclusively for 55+ people. We looked a bit at Cypress Landing, but never found an affordable resale. We were also afraid the Chocowinity and Washington offered very few amenities.

We did not look seriously at Albemarle Plantation, as it seemed a very upscale golf community. While there are resales now available between $300-400K, there was nothing available at the time we looked. We would have had to buy a lot and build, and were not prepared to do that. However, of the three communities, I would today vote for Albemarle as the best community.

Of the three, Pelican Pointe seems to attract residents with modest budgets, while the other two attract some very affluent residents.

As I came from a major metropolitan area (Washington DC), there are many amenities I miss. I miss good newspapers, bookstores and classical music on the radio. We have to travel much longer distances to get medical care. Just be sure you are prepared to deal with the differences, as it is very different from Chicago.
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Old 02-08-2015, 07:08 AM
 
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Next Saturday we're driving to WS to have dinner with daughter and son-in-law Sunday night. We will then travel to Hertford, Chocowinity and Elizabeth City. The developments that have attracted us are
* Albemarle Plantation
* Cypress Landing
* Pelican Pointe
Not having been to the Inner Banks it's tough to know enough about any of them to pick up lifetime roots in Chicago. We do want water access and hope to get a pontoon boat to "sail into the sunset" afforded by retirement.

We'd appreciate hearing the pros and cons from those familiar with the area.

Thank you.

😊
Just know that you are looking at moving to some very small, remote places, with all the positives and negatives that entails. As goldenage says, be prepared to deal with the reality of what these places are, as compared to Chicago. It will certainly be very different!
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Old 02-08-2015, 08:26 AM
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I am a native North Carolinian and the area where you are thinking of moving is way too remote, even for me. I mean nowhere's ville.

If that is really what you are after, good luck, but just be sure. You will have very very few retail options, and even less entertainment options of course with Amazon it is doable, but what a change. And if you are after fishing, that is not the best area, either.

Just be sure.
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Old 02-08-2015, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I am a native North Carolinian and the area where you are thinking of moving is way too remote, even for me. I mean nowhere's ville.
The OP may be thinking it is only one or two hours to Norfolk and Virginia Beach. They do have good museums, entertainment, theater, etc in Virginia.

One caution is that Elizabeth City runs the electricity service within the city limits. They charge more than the surrounding county, so the OP should ask exactly where the Pelican Pointe development is. Property taxes are typically also higher within city limits. (Addendum: Pelican Pointe does appear to be within city limits, so ask them about taxes and electric bills. Also ask about noise from the helicopters at the Coast Guard base.)

Last edited by goldenage1; 02-08-2015 at 09:43 AM.. Reason: Located map of Pelican Pointe Drive
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Old 02-08-2015, 11:08 AM
 
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I am very familiar with Cypress Landing...it is one of the my favorite golf courses in the east. It was originally built as a retirement village, but didn't get enough traffic and in order to build it out, it recruited Washington area locals and even Greenville professionals willing to commute. It is a great neighborhood, IMO. It functions as a waterfront community for the Greenville area at this point. Because the schools are not the best in the area, it does tend to have a higher average age living in it...less families.
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