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Old 05-11-2015, 11:53 AM
 
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I live in New Bern ,at least my zip code is New Bern.I don't use there utilities which I did my research on before moving here.I also pay county real estate taxes only and not city as well.
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:39 PM
 
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Hi gjjb1953 - how do you like living in New Bern?
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:52 PM
 
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We love it so far.We live in an area called Fairfield Harbour.I have no complaints about anything.We are a 40 minute ride to the beach
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Old 05-22-2015, 12:31 PM
 
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Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions! We've planned our road trip and have decided to visit: Crystal Coast - Morehead City/Beaufort, NC area, then on to Wilmington/Southport NC area, then on to Sunset Beach NC area, and finally Little River/N. Myrtle Beach, SC area - all in 5 days! Wish us luck! We'll let you know how it goes!
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:32 PM
 
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Good luck that is plenty to see.I was just in Morehead City Wednesday it will be bust this time of year as will the others you mentioned.
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:40 PM
 
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We have visited all of those places as a part of our "Where to Retire" tour! They are all good choices.

Downtown Beaufort NC is very quaint and charming, and it's on the mainland. It has its own barrier islands, e.g. Bird Island, and two of the barrier islands are home to wild horses. The real estate is pricey and it is a tourist destination. Its beach is Atlantic Beach, and the drive to it it not scenic. You'll have to drive a bit to get to a movie theatre, etc. Once outside of the downtown area, Beaufort isn't what you'd call nice.

Wilmington and Southport are about 45 minutes away from each other.

Wilmington has a wonderful riverfront and historic downtown, and lots of cultural interest. I'm not a fan of its traffic, especially at rush hour. It has a neighboring area over the bridge, Leland, that has a number of active-adult type communities like Brunswick Forest (the newest and biggest), Compass Pointe, Magnolia Greens, and more.

Southport is quaint and charming like Beaufort, and is also a tourist destination. There's a bit more there, e.g. shopping, hospital, etc. Its beaches are Oak Island and Bald Head Island, and there's a ferry to Fort Fisher, close to Kure Beach. St. James Plantation and Winding River Plantation are close by. I've heard that utility bills are high there. Traffic can be a bear at certain times of the day, due to major employers whose employees work in shifts. Southport is currently affected by the state's decision to discontinue tax incentives for the movie/film industry, so there's a lot of real-estate for sale as film crews move out.

Sunset Beach is another 45 minutes west of Southport. It's beautiful and quiet. They're currently building a new town park which will be very nice. It's been voted NC's best beach and is one of the few beaches that is actually gaining sand (beach erosion is a huge problem in the Carolinas). There are a number of communities on the mainland within 15 minutes of Sunset Beach, including those in Calabash and Little River (which has a cool casino cruise). North Myrtle is about 25 minutes from Sunset Beach. Ocean Ridge Plantation, 5 minutes from the beach, has a beach house on Sunset Beach for its residents. For basic shopping (Belk, Walmart, Lowes) and chain restaurants, you'd go to Shallotte...about a 10 minute drive from Sunset Beach. Not much quaintness/charm in Shallotte - it basically supports the shopping needs of the beach towns of Sunset Beach, Holden Beach, and Ocean Isle Beach.

We didn't look around much in North Myrtle - too commercial for us.

We have narrowed our search to the Sunset Beach area. Now that we are looking at actual real estate we are working with Doug and Seth at Brunswick County Homes for Sale | Carolina Plantations Real Estate. They are buyers brokers who are very familiar with all of the local communities, and they have been incredibly helpful (and patient - we haven't bought anything yet!).

Have fun on your trip! Please report back with your impressions of the various areas you're visiting.

Janet
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Old 05-22-2015, 10:26 PM
 
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Janet,
We love Sunset Beach too! If you get a chance take a walk along Sunset Beach onto Bird Island to the Mail Box and leave your note.

"Kindred Spirit" mailbox collects secrets from around the nation - CBS News

Over the years, the accretion and dune grasses connected the two islands. I am told by the locals that there are wild goats on Bird Island but we have never seen them!

Good luck with your search you are in good hands!
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Old 05-23-2015, 04:41 AM
 
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Southport is quaint and charming like Beaufort, and is also a tourist destination. There's a bit more there, e.g. shopping, hospital, etc. Its beaches are Oak Island and Bald Head Island, and there's a ferry to Fort Fisher, close to Kure Beach. St. James Plantation and Winding River Plantation are close by. I've heard that utility bills are high there. Traffic can be a bear at certain times of the day, due to major employers whose employees work in shifts. Southport is currently affected by the state's decision to discontinue tax incentives for the movie/film industry, so there's a lot of real-estate for sale as film crews move out.
Overall, thats a pretty good summation of Southport, with the exception of the last sentence. The states decision to reduce film incentives, while shortsighted, has had no effect at all on Southport's real estate market.
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Old 05-23-2015, 03:46 PM
 
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You could also live way up in the NE Corner of the state (Outer Banks) and be near the metro area of Virginia Beach/Norfolk with lots of hospitals and "city" stuff if needed.

The questions and factors you're considering are too complex and individualized to really be answered on the Internet alone, without a firsthand visit.
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:24 PM
 
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I don't know, Dawg...I heard about the film industry employees/real estate directly from a local. Maybe they were mistaken.
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