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Old 07-14-2017, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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We've been living in the Triangle for almost 10 years. While we enjoy living here, we're originally from coastal New England and really miss the beach. We are beginning to look into possible coastal towns for retirement in 2 years and will make weekend scouting trips.

What we are looking for:
We prefer ocean to the sound
Hopefully not a "ghost town" in winter
Proximity to a larger town or city for shopping
Proximity to airport (would travel 1-1/2 to 2 hr to RDU)
Ranch home 1600-1800 sf, approximately $250K. Less is more for retirement.
Decent healthcare - at least until we could get back to Duke for anything urgent. We are healthy!
Prefer not to be in an over 55 community (we live in one now) but not a deal breaker

We are early 60's, active, work in healthcare and pretty liberal. We know smaller towns tend to be more conservative but as long as there is a good mix of red/blue, we'd be ok.

Suggestions my CD friends?
We currently plan to visit Southport and New Bern (I know New Bern is not ocean).
We've been to Wilmington - like it but not certain it is the right place.
We've been to Elizabeth City. Pretty. Maybe a bit too conservative.

Thanks so much!
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Old 07-14-2017, 06:16 AM
 
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We've been living in the Triangle for almost 10 years. While we enjoy living here, we're originally from coastal New England and really miss the beach. We are beginning to look into possible coastal towns for retirement in 2 years and will make weekend scouting trips.

What we are looking for:
We prefer ocean to the sound
Hopefully not a "ghost town" in winter
Proximity to a larger town or city for shopping
Proximity to airport (would travel 1-1/2 to 2 hr to RDU)
Ranch home 1600-1800 sf, approximately $250K. Less is more for retirement.
Decent healthcare - at least until we could get back to Duke for anything urgent. We are healthy!
Prefer not to be in an over 55 community (we live in one now) but not a deal breaker

We are early 60's, active, work in healthcare and pretty liberal. We know smaller towns tend to be more conservative but as long as there is a good mix of red/blue, we'd be ok.

Suggestions my CD friends?
We currently plan to visit Southport and New Bern (I know New Bern is not ocean).
We've been to Wilmington - like it but not certain it is the right place.
We've been to Elizabeth City. Pretty. Maybe a bit too conservative.

Thanks so much!
I'm assuming you're ok being a 10 or 15 minute drive from the ocean, as thats a pretty low budget for a lot of coastal communities. You can probably find something near Southport for that price, and probably something in or around Wilmington. Most actual beach communities will be out of that range, and many are very seasonal anyway, but you might find something on Oak Island that is walkable to the beach. It is quiet in the winter, but isn't a ghost town. I would think you could find something in the inland areas of southern Brunswick County as well...around Shallotte/Sunset Beach/Carolina Shores/Calabash. Those are further away from RDU and Wilmington, but closer to Myrtle Beach.
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Old 07-14-2017, 06:55 AM
 
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We've been living in the Triangle for almost 10 years. While we enjoy living here, we're originally from coastal New England and really miss the beach. We are beginning to look into possible coastal towns for retirement in 2 years and will make weekend scouting trips.

What we are looking for:
We prefer ocean to the sound
Hopefully not a "ghost town" in winter
Proximity to a larger town or city for shopping
Proximity to airport (would travel 1-1/2 to 2 hr to RDU)
Ranch home 1600-1800 sf, approximately $250K. Less is more for retirement.
Decent healthcare - at least until we could get back to Duke for anything urgent. We are healthy!
Prefer not to be in an over 55 community (we live in one now) but not a deal breaker

We are early 60's, active, work in healthcare and pretty liberal. We know smaller towns tend to be more conservative but as long as there is a good mix of red/blue, we'd be ok.

Suggestions my CD friends?
We currently plan to visit Southport and New Bern (I know New Bern is not ocean).
We've been to Wilmington - like it but not certain it is the right place.
We've been to Elizabeth City. Pretty. Maybe a bit too conservative.

Thanks so much!
Sounds like Southport might work for you, maybe a community like Arbor Creek, about 5 miles to Oak Island in one direction and 5 miles or so to Southport Center in the other, 30 to 40 minutes to Wilmington and about an hour to Myrtle Beach.
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Old 07-14-2017, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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I'm assuming you're ok being a 10 or 15 minute drive from the ocean, as thats a pretty low budget for a lot of coastal communities. You can probably find something near Southport for that price, and probably something in or around Wilmington. Most actual beach communities will be out of that range, and many are very seasonal anyway, but you might find something on Oak Island that is walkable to the beach. It is quiet in the winter, but isn't a ghost town. I would think you could find something in the inland areas of southern Brunswick County as well...around Shallotte/Sunset Beach/Carolina Shores/Calabash. Those are further away from RDU and Wilmington, but closer to Myrtle Beach.
Yes, 10-15 minutes away from the beach is perfectly fine. We're 2 hrs now and just long for proximity to the ocean. I realize $250K is low near the beach. We can go higher but really prefer to stay under $300. I've seen several really nice homes in Southport that fit the bill. Would really love more information about the town, neighborhoods etc.

Thanks for the tips on Shallote and Sunset Beach. Will definitely look into these areas as well.
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Old 07-14-2017, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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Sounds like Southport might work for you, maybe a community like Arbor Creek, about 5 miles to Oak Island in one direction and 5 miles or so to Southport Center in the other, 30 to 40 minutes to Wilmington and about an hour to Myrtle Beach.
Thanks for the information!
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:21 AM
 
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Finding something for under $250K in Arbor Creek will be pretty much impossible. $300K might be doable. The Rivermist neighborhood is in your budget, as is Carolina Place, Oak Island proper, and some of the "outer" neighborhoods of Southport. I'd recommend either Southport or Oak Island. If you have any specific questions, I'm happy to try and answer them.
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Old 07-18-2017, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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Finding something for under $250K in Arbor Creek will be pretty much impossible. $300K might be doable. The Rivermist neighborhood is in your budget, as is Carolina Place, Oak Island proper, and some of the "outer" neighborhoods of Southport. I'd recommend either Southport or Oak Island. If you have any specific questions, I'm happy to try and answer them.
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?
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Old 07-18-2017, 01:57 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?
Rivermist is satellite annexed into Southport, so its in the city limits, but a bit outside the rest of the town. Its a new subdivision, with virtually no mature trees or landscaping. Its not my cup of tea, but it seems to have sold out fairly quickly. Mostly retirees.
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Old 07-18-2017, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Texas
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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?
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Old 07-19-2017, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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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?
You sound like you would enjoy St James Plantation, or others on the Intracoastal Waterway.
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