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Old 07-05-2017, 11:43 AM
 
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This board is only for the discussion of coastal North Carolina, so discussions of of other areas is off topic and will probably be deleted.

For me, its where I live now, Southport, NC. Beautiful, quaint small town, very safe, 30 minutes from Wilmington. But, my children are grown. Schools here are slightly above average, and whether there is a lot for children to do depends on what the children like to do.

I wouldn't discount Wilmington based solely on crime stats. They are inflated by drunk tourists, immature college kids, and drug issues in very localized areas that are easy enough to avoid.

Your housing budget obviously will impact any answers to your question. If its $200,000, the answer is probably "nowhere". If its $3 million the answer is probably "lots of places".
Somehow I missed the rest of your comment...not sure how I managed to not see it! Good advice on Wilmington - thanks! It's hard to gauge sometimes what crimes in the stats are "obvious" crimes as in which are right in front of you and affects the normal person going about their business and which crimes are late night brawls, drug use, and just stupid idiotic stuff. I'm more interested in the serious crimes - broad daylight middle of the street gun crime or home invasions. The rest I can probably turn a blind eye to
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Old 07-05-2017, 01:48 PM
 
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Huh, I never pegged NC to be good for skiing. Thanks for that, it's good to know!
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Old 07-05-2017, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Oh sorry. I just saw this on "new posts" and it didn't actually say North Carolina so I thought everywhere was open for discussion.
http://www.city-data.com/forum/general-moving-issues/
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Old 07-05-2017, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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This board is only for the discussion of coastal North Carolina, so discussions of of other areas is off topic and will probably be deleted.

For me, its where I live now, Southport, NC. Beautiful, quaint small town, very safe, 30 minutes from Wilmington. But, my children are grown. Schools here are slightly above average, and whether there is a lot for children to do depends on what the children like to do.

I wouldn't discount Wilmington based solely on crime stats. They are inflated by drunk tourists, immature college kids, and drug issues in very localized areas that are easy enough to avoid.

Your housing budget obviously will impact any answers to your question. If its $200,000, the answer is probably "nowhere". If its $3 million the answer is probably "lots of places".
Well now THAT'S rather distressing since supposedly many areas have a median home price in the mid to upper $100's Guess I'll have to recheck this info.
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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Well now THAT'S rather distressing since supposedly many areas have a median home price in the mid to upper $100's Guess I'll have to recheck this info.
Responding to myself - and anyone else interested

How much does the average house cost in North Carolina?
Average Commute time is 24 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. The median home cost in North Carolina is $153,400.
And this was on Zillow's page But this is the state and not soley the COASTAL part
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Old 07-06-2017, 05:59 AM
 
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Responding to myself - and anyone else interested

How much does the average house cost in North Carolina?
Average Commute time is 24 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. The median home cost in North Carolina is $153,400.
And this was on Zillow's page But this is the state and not soley the COASTAL part
And more importantly, its not for areas that meet the OP's criteria, so whats the point?
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Old 07-06-2017, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Simpsonville, SC
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This site is an interesting analysis of US weather measuring the number of "pleasant" days per year... kelly norton: The Pleasant Places to Live

Kill Devil Hills, NC ranks high.
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Old 07-06-2017, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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And more importantly, its not for areas that meet the OP's criteria, so whats the point?
Sorry. I thought that one of the respondents mentioned a range from 200K - so I assumed the OP had posted that. My error, I guess.
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Old 07-06-2017, 06:00 PM
 
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I was looking at Wilmington NC and thinking what an idillic, pretty place it looked. Then I checked out neighbourhood scout for the crime stats and saw that on a scale of 0-100 (100 being the safest), it had a rating of...5! Which got me thinking, is there ANYWHERE that's as near to perfect in the US that you can get to perfect?

What are people's thoughts? The boxes that I would like checked off would be:

* Crime. Needs to be safe. Very low gun crime, low property crime. No murders or at least hardly any.
* A town that is safe and pretty, surrounded by other safe and pretty towns.
* Good schools.
* Within 30 minutes of a city but not the most major US cities (NYC, Boston, LA...)
* Near a lake, on the coast or at least near mountains.
* Good for families with lots to do for children.

Does such a place exist in the US? I have found somewhere that SEEMS to have all the above but I want to see if anyone else suggests it first.

Would love to hear people's thoughts on their towns or towns they've lived.

Many thanks!
Spent a week here (in Wilmington) for vacation from Virginia. Moved down a few months later, started a business, love it. As far as the crime is concerned, yeah it's pretty low. There isn't a heavy police presence here at all which is a good sign considering its population which is growing exponentially. That brings me to the only downside; traffic. It looks like they are finding better ways to better manage traffic but average commute time should be around 20 minutes depending where you are at.

What I love about it is that it's huge. There is more beautiful subdivisions that I'm sure I will ever have the time to commit to memory, and my business caters to residential for the most part. The worst area I have been in isn't even bad. It's just lower class neighborhoods but they're all still clean and taken care of. I think the average home values are pretty high, but that's not a bad thing. If you can secure a place and plan on staying you would probably have a really nice ROI in the coming years with it's expected growth.

UNCW is right down the street from me and it's a great school if that's what you're asking. Other schools I have seen are extremely well taken care of from the looks of things. I love where I'm located. I'm on average 20 minutes from either of the three major beaches here on a good day. I would consider the whole area to be a spread out city. There's tons of businesses everywhere you go and plenty of lakes, and of course the river which is beautifully located downtown. Very nice area, not too busy or big. Much smaller than Charleston SC if you've been there. The river here is like downtown Savannah GA. There's also LOTS of parks here and seems to be plenty of community events going on if you look. A lot of great people here, lots to do, can't say enough good things. I've lived a lot of places along the east coast and this location is perfect to me. It has the perfect mix of all the seasons; not as hot as FL, not as cold as VA, when it rains, it's beautiful!

...Oh and stay away from Richmond VA
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Old 07-08-2017, 08:28 AM
 
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Tega Cay, NC
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