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Old 04-19-2015, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Southport
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:30 AM
 
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we too decided in the future to relocate to coastal nc as we enjoy the boating lifestyle. i looked in new bern and have a great contact at carolina colors if you need.the tax rates are higher in that area due to a lot of infrastructure work to support the influx of new residents. i wound up purchasing a lot further north in albemarle plantation and plan to look further south around southport and surrounding areas. i also have a contact for the new bern area at a realty if needed who showed me around new bern and oriental. feel free to contact me and ill give you any info i can.
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Old 04-19-2015, 10:22 AM
 
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If you need a realtor we worked with a great one in New Bern .She found us exactly the homes we were interested in and was very informative about the areas
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:53 AM
 
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Dear gjjb1953

Can you give me the name of the New Bern real estate agent you like? Washington, to the north, seems like another possible place to look at. The access to the water is not as iterating as New Bern, however. Anyone have opinions on Washington vs New Bern?

Al Mabari
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Anyone have opinions on Washington vs New Bern?
We looked online at both New Bern and Washington for retirement. Washington definitely has more limited options even if you include Chocowinity.

I personally like New Bern, but there are many negatives including the high price of electric power within the city limits and the amount of crime. I liked the Fairfield Harbour development, but ultimately rejected it because the houses and lots were too small, and most houses required significant updating.

On the plus side for New Bern, there is a good amount of culture and history and enough good restaurants and clubs to keep one interested. In addition, the moorings in Fairfield Harbour are deep enough for a sailboat. Other developments around New Bern like River Bend and Trent Woods offered good options for retiree housing. I will PM you the Realtor we met for viewing Fairfield Harbour.
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:22 PM
 
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ambricard I sent you a private message
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Southport
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Just to attempt to clarify some of the apparent misinformation surrounding New Bern's electric bills, I recently ran a comparison between New Bern and Duke's rates. For a monthly usage of 580 kwh, New Bern's cost would be $88.29 (plus taxes) and Duke's would be $66.14 (plus taxes). Thats a difference of 33%, not 100% as some people have claimed on other threads. And thats using New Bern's highest rate...it can be lower if one participates in the load management program.

I think what people fail to realize is that most cities who bill electricity combine all utilities on one bill, so the bill includes electricity, water, sewer, trash, etc. People often just look at the total amount of the bill, compare to an electric-only bill and fail to take into account the difference in whats included.
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Poway (San Diego), CA
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My women friend and I have also decided that New Bern would be a great place to relocate. We pan to rent for a year to see if we fit in. To get an idea of rentals use craigslist.com. Choose Eastern N.C. and apartments to rent. Enter you price range and check out the listings. I think for about $800 a month there are many very adequate rentals including small houses if you don't mind living a few miles out of town. Renting in any medium city there are areas that are more crime-likely than others. Although it is not a great concern of mine (I don't have much to steal) you might want to contact a realtor who can designate the different neighborhoods that you would feel comfortable living in. All-in-all I'd live anywhere in the city of New Bern just to be able to launch my kayak and drift about the Neuse and watch the sun rise.
Did you ever move to New Bern, NC? My husband and I are looking into that for ourselves, but have not actually visited it yet. We will go there as part of our vacation this fall. Have always lived in San Diego, CA. Love it but not enormous cost to live out our lives here. NB looks like a pretty town, smallish, but beautiful. Houses are reasonable, and we only want a cottage home, nothing elaborate. Would like to know your take on the area if you ever returned.
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Old 07-29-2015, 09:44 AM
 
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I live in New Bern and love it.
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Old 09-24-2015, 03:40 AM
 
Location: New Bern
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Default New Bern Electric Rate decrease

Updated Jun 24, 2015 at 5:17 PM

New Bernís retail electric customers will see a 12 percent reduction in their electricity rates separate from a 3 percent rate decrease July 1.
Aldermen approve electricity rate reduction - News - New Bern Sun Journal - New Bern, NC
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