Originally Posted by McKendan
We close on our house at the end of February and have to be out three days later. We are planning to move somewhere between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, but are not sure where to go.
We have 2 young kids, ages 3 and 6, so I need a place where the schools are good and there is a lot of families around. I also want to be close to the beach. We lived in Wilmington 2 years ago and can't afford to live there again, as the home prices skyrocketed after we left there. Also, I would like to find somewhere a little less crowded and slower paced. We will probably rent for a year to get used to the area and figure out where we want to eventually build.
I was looking at Shallotte, but also keeping Leland and Calabash in mind. I remember the drive from Wilmington to Myrtle was pretty rural between Leland and Shallotte and don't want that. Leland seems to be up and coming, I'm just not sure what to do.
We will probably go out there in a few weeks to drive around, get a feel for the areas, and put a deposit down on a place. Any advice?
What you are describing sounds a lot like the Crystal Coast between Swansboro and Beaufort.
We live near Cape Carteret
and love it. There aren't as many services as the Wilmington area, but the schools are very good
and the pace is slower. You also have the Croatan National Forest to keep things from coming completely developed.
It's a nice area with lots of friendly people.
I have lots of info online about what I call our "coastal paradise in NC."
Hope you have good luck finding the right spot. The NC coast has lots of them.
If you change you mind and want to look up the coast and have questions, I'll be glad to try to respond. We're about 65 miles from Wilmington and are lucky to have south facing beaches which catch some nice sun even in the winter.
This was sunset yesterday
(http://coastalnc.org/coldsunsetatei - broken link).
It was cold this morning and our cove was iced up
(http://coastalnc.org/bluewatercoveicedup - broken link). The temperature is now 35 and hopefully the Herons won't have to wait much longer before the ice melts.