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Old 05-12-2017, 08:45 AM
 
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Hello all, let me start off by saying yes, I have used the search tool bar and have read some very useful information. However, I still have a few more questions We are relocating to the area, and trying to decide which town we would prefer to live in. I believe I have narrowed it down to Sneads Ferry, Beaufort, and Newport areas. I would love some opinions from those who live in these areas.

We are looking for low crime (we currently live in a town with 0 crime), good schools at (we have three young children), a community feeling, and on the coast. Jobs are not a concern, and we are looking to spend under $350k. I don't have trouble finding a home, I guess I'm looking more for some behind the scenes info that one can only have from living in a particular area.

I'd like an area that somewhat quaint, and is visually appealing (people that take pride in ownership of their homes/businesses appearance). We are prior military, so noise from a base is fine for us. We will be visiting soon for a first hand feel, but the more I can narrow it down, the easier it will be.

I don't think I did a very good job at describing what I'm looking for, so hopefully you can get a sense of what I mean. Also, if you have ever been to Bar Harbor Maine, that's exactly what I'm looking for...just warmer

Thank you in advance.

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Old 05-12-2017, 10:00 AM
 
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I think Beaufort is what you're looking for. Schools and crime info are easily researched online. Newport and Sneads Ferry aren't very quaint, for the most part, and Beaufort is all about quaint. Its also the most expensive of the 3, housing wise.
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:17 PM
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A number of people where I used to work live in Newport. They all love if. To me it is located conveniently, but not a lot of, oh, "charm." Some areas of Beaufort are very nice, but expensive. Good luck.
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Personally I wouldn't live real close to the coast due to Hurricanes and the high cost of insurance. As LLN says Newport is a very small but nice town. I know many people from work who live there and they all love it.

Sneads Ferry is nice but is rapidly growing due to its proximity to Jacksonville and the base but is trying to maintain the quaint coastal town image.

I am not a fan of Beaufort due to it being very touristy, especially at the waterfront, and not much else.
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:23 PM
 
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Thanks all for the info, we are headed down in a few weeks
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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Disclaimer: I have been a licensed real estate broker since February, 2005.
The difference between Sneads Ferry, Beaufort, and Newport is like the difference between night, day and a black hole that sucks both into it. For example, home price differences between Newport and Beaufort are about double. The character and "feel" of all three are completely different.
I have lived on the coast of North Carolina for almost 35 years. It is impossible to make a blanket statement about storms such as a hurricane. Your potential for damage to your home due to a storm depends on many factors such as the flood zone designation you are in. That can change from lot to lot. Example-I can throw a baseball from my yard to the North, South, East and West. The ball will fall in a different flood zone designation each time it lands. It also depends on your elevation. And still one more factor I'll mention is the direction of the storm. In some locations a storm bringing southerly winds will flood the home while a stronger storm with northerly winds will blow the water away.
There are many factors that can determine the probability of a flood event, all of which are easily found through a variety of resources online.
But when it comes to storms, I'll leave you with this. In 1989 Hurricane Hugo severely impacted Charlotte, NC, some 300 miles inland. In 1996 Hurricane Fran severely impacted Raleigh, NC, some 175 miles inland. In 2004, on 2 separate occasions, the remnants of two storms dumped almost 2 feet of water on the mountains of NC (some 300 miles plus from the coast) causing mudslides. Choose a qualified and experience real estate broker to represent you. They will know what to look for when helping you buy your new home.
God Bless!

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Old 06-05-2017, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I think Beaufort is what you're looking for. Schools and crime info are easily researched online. Newport and Sneads Ferry aren't very quaint, for the most part, and Beaufort is all about quaint. Its also the most expensive of the 3, housing wise.
Agreed, with the note that Newport has the best-rated schools. Beaufort is the most visually appealing, and the most expensive. Sneads Ferry has very little charm left after all the growth, but you can find a nice, large new house for under $350K.
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Old 06-06-2017, 07:16 AM
 
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Agreed, with the note that Newport has the best-rated schools. Beaufort is the most visually appealing, and the most expensive. Sneads Ferry has very little charm left after all the growth, but you can find a nice, large new house for under $350K.
Welcome back!
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Old 06-06-2017, 08:19 AM
 
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If I had a choice between the 3 of where to live, it would easily be Beaufort.
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