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Old 09-21-2015, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Cape May County
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I didnt see anyone mention about Edenton NC for retirement or just living there?Has anyone have any thoughts on Edenton NC?
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Old 09-21-2015, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Cape May County
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Its nice to see so many New Jersey folks on here.Iam from Over Taxed Jersey,and now way to many people here..That is all Cape May County,not to pick on Cape May.
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Old 09-21-2015, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Southport
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I didnt see anyone mention about Edenton NC for retirement or just living there?Has anyone have any thoughts on Edenton NC?
Its a very small town, not close any larger city. Very historic, with a beautiful neighborhood of historic houses and a charming downtown area. Are you looking for a small, quiet town and don't need a lot of amenities?
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Old 10-07-2015, 07:50 AM
 
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I have lived in Compass Pointe for five years and it is a great place to live with lots of friendly people and close to doctors, hospitals, the arts, beaches, and great restaurants. I would encourage everyone to stop by for a visit. If you decide to buy here make sure you get everything in writing. I was told no trains, no deer, and that I could have as many colors in my house as I wanted for a one time cost of $300. Also that the golf course would be done by 2011. All were not true. It does look like the course will be done by the summer of 2016. Also, I meet for the first time with the developer who appears to be a fine Southern Gentlemen only to find out that was only an appearance. You just can't judge the book by its cover.

The meeting were I had hope we could talk about improvements within the community did not go well because the developer only wanted to give me a hard time about negative comments I made about the person the developer has picked to run the Compass Pointe Golf Course. I had never meet with the developer before and found him very arrogant. He is use to getting things his way and was not only arrogant but argumentative. He accused me of being a bully but the only bully was him.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:40 AM
 
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When in Southport take a look at St James Planation. It has manny activities, it's own beach area, marina etc. however you will need an appointment to get through the gates. Worth a look and good luck.
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:10 PM
 
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No one mentioned Manteo. It is just across the bridge from the Outer Banks and back in time a few decades.
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Old 05-15-2017, 02:36 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

Hello - my husband and I are just starting our search for a retirement home. We have lived in New York (Brooklyn/Staten Island) our entire lives but are hoping to make a change. We too are working with Doug at Carolina Plantations - have a trip planned this July. Can you give me some feedback on your experience with him and his office please. We will be visiting Brunswick Forest, Compass Pointe, Magnolia and hopefully a few others. Not sure the gated community is going to be for us - did you research/visit any homes not in a community?
thanks in advance for your reply.
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:20 AM
 
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Hello - my husband and I are just starting our search for a retirement home. We have lived in New York (Brooklyn/Staten Island) our entire lives but are hoping to make a change. We too are working with Doug at Carolina Plantations - have a trip planned this July. Can you give me some feedback on your experience with him and his office please. We will be visiting Brunswick Forest, Compass Pointe, Magnolia and hopefully a few others. Not sure the gated community is going to be for us - did you research/visit any homes not in a community?
thanks in advance for your reply.
As an FYI, that poster hasn't been active on this particular forum in a couple of years. You might want to send her a direct message in case she doesn't see your post. You might also want to start a new thread with any specific questions you have, as more people will probably see it that way.

Most of Brunswick Forest isn't gated, nor is Magnolia Greens. I live in Southport, its a wonderful little town that you should definitely visit.
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:25 AM
 
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I didnt see anyone mention about Edenton NC for retirement or just living there?Has anyone have any thoughts on Edenton NC?
We've been to a bed and breakfast in Edenton about 10 years ago. I don't remember it having any retirement type communities and the 'downtown' I know was becoming tired....anyone else know more recent information for this person ??
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Old 05-18-2017, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Cape May County
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We've been to a bed and breakfast in Edenton about 10 years ago. I don't remember it having any retirement type communities and the 'downtown' I know was becoming tired....anyone else know more recent information for this person ??
Thank You missynancy for the reply
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