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Old 03-03-2014, 02:26 PM
 
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MarcandKat.... quite well said.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:18 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing your perspective. I have visited 4 times over the last few years and got the same good "vibe". My decision will be made in 2-3 years and after a 6 month or so rental just to make sure. I may be getting back to you in that regard.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:08 AM
 
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Caco-please keep me in mind. We may not be down full-time by then (live a couple of hours away currently) and our home may be available to rent out.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:19 AM
 
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Default St James Median Age

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We are finishing up a full month of visiting the area. My wife and I are both 58 and we’re lookingfor the next phase. Being earlyretirees, we looking for the near term. Werented a condo in St James and we spent the last month visiting communitiesfrom Hamstead to Ocean Ridge. At this point we like SJP more than anything elsein the area. Wilmington is too crowdedand the past financial troubles of Ocean Ridge are concerning.

Sooooo, we love the homes in St James. But itisn’t just about a nice new house. The Woodlands seem like a very nice neighborhood. But we are just not feeling compelled to makethe move. We’re not golfers but we understandthere are many other attractions to the region. I guess what’s making us hesitant are the demographics and maybe someonecan help us with this. Everyone we’ve methas been very nice but most seem to be in their mid 70’s or order. We would be more encouraged if we met a fewfolks in their mid to late 50’s. Anycomments or insights would be much welcomed.
Hello. Feel free to check my post from yesterday. The median age is more like 60 from what I have seen. You do see more older folks out walking etc. but they tend to be retired so the younger ones are out and about more. Our experience is this (we are 50) there are some older folks here but I know people in their 60's and 70's that act 30 and people in their 30's that act 70. From what I have seen folks at SJP are outgoing, active and happy. Would be more than happy to talk to you folks off-line with any questions you may have-we have owned there for a few years now and plan on moving down full-time in the near future. Good luck.
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:27 AM
 
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Hello. Feel free to check my post from yesterday. The median age is more like 60 from what I have seen. You do see more older folks out walking etc. but they tend to be retired so the younger ones are out and about more. Our experience is this (we are 50) there are some older folks here but I know people in their 60's and 70's that act 30 and people in their 30's that act 70. From what I have seen folks at SJP are outgoing, active and happy. Would be more than happy to talk to you folks off-line with any questions you may have-we have owned there for a few years now and plan on moving down full-time in the near future. Good luck.
Median age 60!! Perfect, I turn 60 on St Pattys day. And no, I don't know why my parents didn't name me Patrick!!!! Been answering that question since i was 7.!!!
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:33 AM
 
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I have been reading all the messages about St. James with some frustration. My wife and I (50y.o.) looked up and down the coast for about a year before settling on a condo in St. James two years ago. We were initially thinking about something for investment purposes and an occassional get-away but liked it so much we didn't rent for over a year. We have since bought a home there (great price w/membership-too good to pass up) and rent that out to folks building until we can get there full-time. I mention this due to the thought some uninformed people seem to have that everyone in St James are rich and "uppity". Far from it. We are blue-collar hard working people who finally were able to get to a point where we could plan on our retirement. I cannot possibly begin to put into words are warm, friendly and welcoming people in St. James are. We met one person in the three years we have been coming down who complained about the place-and that was just the speed enforcement. I have no problem with it-keeps things safe and quiet. As far as the Wal-Mart rumor about somebody asking that they close it for a day a week just for St James people-we heard it was Food Lion. Someone from St James asked the Food Lion Manager and he said it was a rumor-never happened. Let's face it-even if one crack-pot did ask someone this should you lump everyone in St. James into that? Of course not. I do think some jealousy is involved-not so much with St James itself but there are still some folks in the south who stereotype all folks from the North and the fact that St James does have a lot of northerners probably adds to their dismay. This ignorance is no different than the misconception that people from the south are not as intelligent. For all you haters and misinformed let me finish with this to give you all an idea of St. James. An employee of St. James was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease a couple of years back. The folks of St. James raised approximately $85,000.00 dollars to assist him and his young family. Recently an anonymous donor got him and his wife two Super Bowl tickets-when a concern was raised over one of the SJP internal web-sites about cost for the trip on a Friday afternoon the person who posted this had $15,000.00 dropped off to his house by Sunday to assist. There was a traffic jam in St James from people driving to the home to donate. Sadly most people would rather obsess over one or two negatives than look at the many positives. Our tenants, who are building a large home in SJP (very nice by the way) were shopping recently for landscaping. They checked a local spot and the son of the owner (said he was about 20) greeted them by telling him how much he hated "Yankees" coming down here and wished they would all go back. And you wonder where some of the negativity and rumors about SJP comes from? These folks would have spent a lot of money there and given him more business-he just had to be decent and not stereotype. I'm done squawking about this-just wanted to give my real views on the area. It is heaven for us-my blood pressure goes down just going through the gate. You can do as much or as little as you want. Perfect for us. Excellent food inside the clubhouses and in Southport. Big city shopping? No. But there are spots in Wilmington that can assist if that's what you want. Thanks

That term "Uppity" always killed me. People who ACT uppity are usually insecure people who feel they need to impress others. In other words phonies who not only want to keep up with the Jones but actually surpass them. I usually laugh at these type people. Wifecerous gets mad at me when i do this.

That's the problem when you grow up in hudson county nj, people don't impress us by what they have. Its whether they drink their beer from a bottle or a can.

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Old 03-04-2014, 08:45 AM
 
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I wish everyone would stop saying good things about this place... pretty soon the secret will get out and then..... MORE people.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:54 AM
 
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I wish everyone would stop saying good things about this place... pretty soon the secret will get out and then..... MORE people.
Stoney, Robert Seidden might get upset at that comment... Ha!!!!
Hows the building going on down there, still busy????

How is your house coming along? When will it be finished?
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:31 AM
 
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Busy ? Ya can't swing a New Jersey cat around here without hitting a new house going up and as a matter of fact we just got the building permit for our house on Thursday and poured the footings yesterday, the weather is now with us and I anticipate / guesstmate about 6 months. Our permit was number 382 for Brunswick county since Jan 1st and they tell me at the building dept that St James accounts for approx 65% of all the new permits in Brunswick County..... so things are bustling.
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:48 AM
 
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Busy ? Ya can't swing a New Jersey cat around here without hitting a new house going up and as a matter of fact we just got the building permit for our house on Thursday and poured the footings yesterday, the weather is now with us and I anticipate / guesstmate about 6 months. Our permit was number 382 for Brunswick county since Jan 1st and they tell me at the building dept that St James accounts for approx 65% of all the new permits in Brunswick County..... so things are bustling.
Wow!!!!!!

Sounds like your house will be ready end of summer. Grat news....
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