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Old 07-19-2017, 06:11 AM
 
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I'll jump in as we are thing of retirement on the coast. Our budget is around 500/700k. I like to sail and would get a boat suitable for the NC coast. Would like to be near a good marina : yacht club. Ideas?
What other criteria do you have? What type of neighborhood/community do you want to live in? That budget will enable you to buy almost anywhere on the NC coast. Marinas are ubiquitous.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:26 AM
 
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You sound like you would enjoy St James Plantation, or others on the Intracoastal Waterway.
absolutely, St. James Plantation - they have an awesome marina and they have inside boat storage, too. Various neighborhoods in this development. You will love it.
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:12 PM
 
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Thanks - St.James is the exact opposite of what we are looking for. What i have in my mind is a old place with good bones with some (if possible) acreage. Must have ICW access. I might be asking for too much. Just don't like planned developments , we are not into the "lifestyle".
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:23 PM
 
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Thanks so much! We're coming down for a couple of days next week.
We are looking at a couple of houses in Rivermist. Any feedback on the neighborhood?
Other retirees or are residents primarily younger. Desirable or not?
Isn't Rivermist considered Southport?


Any other suggestions?
A little further south, Calabash, Carolina Shores etc, easy access to OIB and Sunset Beach worth a look. N Myrtle Beach is 20-30 min. to the south.

A newer development in your price range-

Sunset Ridge Real Estate & Homes for Sale | Sunset Beach NC

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Old 07-20-2017, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Thanks - St.James is the exact opposite of what we are looking for. What i have in my mind is a old place with good bones with some (if possible) acreage. Must have ICW access. I might be asking for too much. Just don't like planned developments , we are not into the "lifestyle".
Then I think you will need a realtor with good search skills. There are some larger acreage properties in Hampstead, Holly Ridge, Sneads Ferry, Swansboro, Cape Carteret, Beaufort, Morehead City etc, but they are widely scattered. Much (or most) of the development along the ICW is newer and planned.

You might also look into Oriental, which is on a large sound rather than the ICW. It is the sailing capitol of ENC, and has many older homes.
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Old 07-20-2017, 06:37 AM
 
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Then I think you will need a realtor with good search skills. There are some larger acreage properties in Hampstead, Holly Ridge, Sneads Ferry, Swansboro, Cape Carteret, Beaufort, Morehead City etc, but they are widely scattered. Much (or most) of the development along the ICW is newer and planned.

You might also look into Oriental, which is on a large sound rather than the ICW. It is the sailing capitol of ENC, and has many older homes.
I agree with this completely. Find an area you like (Wilmington, Morehead City, Oriental, etc.) and contact a realtor in that area. What you're looking for definitely exists, although it may just be a raw piece of land without a house, and it may be somewhat isolated.
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Old 07-20-2017, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I agree with this completely. Find an area you like (Wilmington, Morehead City, Oriental, etc.) and contact a realtor in that area. What you're looking for definitely exists, although it may just be a raw piece of land without a house, and it may be somewhat isolated.
Just a few additions to this. I suggest also looking at the level of amenities in the towns, especially grocery stores and medical specialists. You probably don't want to drive 10 miles for groceries, but there are water-front places in Beaufort like that. Hampstead is pretty good with medical specialists, but Sneads Ferry is not.

Your budget may be a bit low for a place with a dedicated deep-water dock, but is fine for a place with a shared community dock or a place located near a marina. Realtors will be you best resource.
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Old 07-20-2017, 07:55 AM
 
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As an example, here is a 3+ acre lot near Holden Beach on the ICW for $450K, no house or dock:

279 Spring Branch SW Road , Supply, NC 28462
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:32 PM
 
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Thanks for the info all - Oriental seems to have potential - I found this listing -

https://goo.gl/rbZPUf

Any thoughts on this location? Is the center of Oriental touristy?

It is true, it would be nice if amenities were some what close. Wife does not like to sail.
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Old 07-21-2017, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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https://goo.gl/rbZPUf

Any thoughts on this location? Is the center of Oriental touristy?

It is true, it would be nice if amenities were some what close. Wife does not like to sail.
It's a beautiful house and location. There are a couple grocery stores near it. I think you should check on what you need for medical care.

With only a couple B&B places and a small motel, the town doesn't seem to have many places for tourists. I have never been to Oriental, but my impression is that it mostly exists to support the boating population.

If your wife wants something to do other than sailing, New Bern is nearby. New Bern has many cultural and historic resources. My other suggestion for a town is Beaufort which is historic but is a lot less remote than Oriental. I think you are going to have to visit to determine the best place for you both.

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