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Old 12-24-2016, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Southport NC
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Just joined the forum after reading most of the 2016 posts. My wife and I visited SJP 2 months ago, fell in love with it, and purchased a lot and home to be built in 2017 in Cottage Lakes. So far everything is going along well. We are from Long Island NY and have wanted to get a quieter lifestyle and better weather for years. I have done tons of research on SJP and other review sites. Yes, there are some complaints, but overall it was the place for us with the amenities we wanted. Most complaints are about the POA, but we have lived in a gated community with an HOA for 15 years so we familiar with the pluses and minuses. Look forward to chatting with everyone here. Also great to go back and read previous posts about such things as shopping expansion, widening of Rt. 211, etc.. Merry Christmas to all!
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Old 12-25-2016, 04:20 AM
 
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Welcome Yesterday and best wishes for Tomorrow.
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Old 12-26-2016, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Cape Fear, North Carolina
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Welcome, Steve. I'm sure you will enjoy SJP. Not everyone, however, wants 211 widened and more shopping. That sort of contradicts the reason for being here (-;
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Old 12-26-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Well ... that's exactly what the buggy whip manufacturers said .... but I guess you can't stop progress.
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Old 12-26-2016, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Cape Fear, North Carolina
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Think Rt 22 from Green Brook through Union. If that's progress, I'm a Luddite!
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Old 12-26-2016, 02:05 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Good evening Mr. Luddite !
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Old 12-29-2016, 09:44 AM
 
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Renting and looking at homes in SJP. There seems to be issues with moisture under the homes. Some homes seem to have encapsulated crawl spaces with dehumidifier. How serious is this problem
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Old 12-29-2016, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Southport NC
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When we toured SJP two months ago, our realtor showed us some existing homes for sale and one of them had a crawl space. I guess at some point the dehumidifier was not on or working properly and all the wood floors were "cupped". You could see it and feel it on your feet. House was 15 years old.
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Old 12-29-2016, 12:32 PM
 
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Renting and looking at homes in SJP. There seems to be issues with moisture under the homes. Some homes seem to have encapsulated crawl spaces with dehumidifier. How serious is this problem
I have discussed this in a number of places here but the gist is:

Heat and humidity in coastal NC is bad

Coastal area tend to be wet and marshy in many areas complicating the issue

Warm, moist areas grow mold and mildew

Craw spaces are often perfect environments for these issues

Solutions in order best to worst (in my opinion)

High ground
Pilings (in waterfront areas)
Raised concrete slab
Encapsulation
Dehumidifier


Regardless of your path, have an inspector go over any older home carefully, particularly foundation and crawl spaces. Look for signs of water damage around the home. Ask neighbors how drainage is in the surrounding area and so on.

Though it is a concern, do not let it deter you from moving to SJP. Just make sure you make good choices because like anywhere, a few lots and houses can be problematic either higher construction costs or long term issues.
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Old 12-29-2016, 12:57 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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A point to remember is that it is not a St James "problem" it is the same almost anywhere in North and South Carolina.
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