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Old 07-12-2015, 09:58 AM
 
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Hello,
I am planning on relocating to NC. I have been looking in Wilmington area and also New Been area.
I have 2 middle schoolers who are very active and also love sports.
I am taking a trip down in early Aug to narrow it down.
I am looking for any recommendations on good schools and active communities.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I am planning on relocating to NC. I have been looking in Wilmington area and also New Been area.
I have 2 middle schoolers who are very active and also love sports.
If you like the New Bern area, I think you should consider Newport for better schools.

If you are more interested in Wilmington, there are numerous comments on the schools already. I usually recommend Hampstead/Topsail schools, but there are decent middle schools within Wilmington. Check this thread for comments by locals like HP91 and PapPappy:
Wilmington school districts

Is commuting to a job a factor, or are you bringing a job with you?
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Old 07-12-2015, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC.
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There's a relocation magazine that just came out a month or so ago that goes into a little detail about the crystal coast communities. If u have a realtor they could send it to you, or just wait till you are there to visit and pick it up in a grocery store. It's pretty good, but I would just use the search function for this forum and you'll be overloaded with good information. I've been finding communities and then while on vacation driving through them seeing how they are and the distances to what we want to be close to. Very helpful as Google Earth isn't the best to judge driving time or traffic.
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:15 PM
 
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goldenage1,
I will be bringing my job with me.
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Southport
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I think Wilmington would be a much better choice.
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:47 PM
 
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It seems housing cost is much cheaper in New Bern. I am definitely am more concerned with school options but hoping maybe there is a happy medium?
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:45 AM
 
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Are you looking to rent or buy a home?

You can buy an older, brick ranch home in probably the best school district in Wilmington (Hoggard High and it's feeder middle and elementary schools) for $200k-ish - less if it needs work or hasn't been remodeled, more if it's been remodeled/updated and is closer to Wrightsville Beach.

Rent in that area for a similar type home will run anywhere from $1000 to $1500, depending on the same variables as buying.
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:40 AM
 
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Definitely renting to begin with until I learn what area I really fall in love with.
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:22 PM
 
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New Bern's housing is cheaper. For the main reason why...scroll out of a map of NC and look at the proximity to the Ocean of each place.

In general that's the rule for property costs (there are a few exceptions) in Eastern NC. Closer to the larger cities also affects property value...as certainly can the particular neighborhood.

I would answer your question this way...where would your kids be happier? Where there is more opportunity to be active, where there is more friends, etc...? Not hating on New Bern, but the reality is that New Bern is A LOT of retiree's. Not a whole lot of kids to play with. It has programs, they are just smaller in nature...and it doesn't have the beach.

I think you may be overthinking this...because of your wallet.
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:36 AM
 
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HP91,
I am really basing in the schools and not the wallet. Just trying to get an idea. I have heard great things about New Bern from other threads. The questions you asked are very much the information I am trying to learn. I would much rather have active areas. I have looked at maps and I do see how far from the ocean it is.
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