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Old 10-26-2017, 10:51 AM
 
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Greetings-

Thinking of checking out Wilmington as a retirement spot and was wondering what people's experiences have been for such in the downtown area. We would be moving from Brooklyn, NY, so we are very much acquainted with urban living, with all of it's pluses and minuses. We enjoy being near active areas that afford varied things to do, yet are still relatively close to the beach. I've checked out home prices and they are reasonable for what we can afford. Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.
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Old 10-26-2017, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.
Go for it. Wilmington has the best medical care in the area. There is a variety of housing in downtown, with reovated apartments, and charming older places that need TLC. There is also good restaurants, arts and entertainment.
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Old 10-27-2017, 07:05 AM
 
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Downtown is fine, just be careful, as the quality of the area can fall off rapidly. A block or 2 can make a huge difference.
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Old 10-27-2017, 05:39 PM
 
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Even though it’s a downtown it would still be worlds different from Brooklyn I don’t even think there is a full service grocer pharmacy also heavily stilted toward young people I would visit first

So I guess I’m saying you’d still prob need a car but Wilmington generally sure

The downtown district houses I like a lot not downtown but you 4th through whatever street

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Old 10-30-2017, 06:02 PM
 
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We moved to Wilmington this past September from Massachusetts via NY and love it. Lots of things to do, friendly people, great restaurants, close to beaches and culture up the wooza. Yes, there are some areas downtown you might not want to walk alone in at night, but that’s true for any city.
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Old 11-05-2017, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Downtown is fine, just be careful, as the quality of the area can fall off rapidly. A block or 2 can make a huge difference.
Can you elaborate more on this? I'm going to Wilmington this week for a few days. I've tried to google search areas to avoid in Wilmington but all the information available is older and probably not useful.
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:31 AM
 
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Can you elaborate more on this? I'm going to Wilmington this week for a few days. I've tried to google search areas to avoid in Wilmington but all the information available is older and probably not useful.
If you walk around I think it will be relatively apparent. As an example take Church Street. The corner of Church and Front Street is a great location. It stays nice as you move away from the river to Second Street, Third Street and Fourth. If you look closely you'll start noticing some changes, and as you progress to Sixth, Seventh and Eight Streets the difference becomes very noticeable. The houses aren't kept as nice, more are obviously rentals, people are less invested in the neighborhood, etc.
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Old 11-06-2017, 04:34 PM
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Planning to move to area near coastal NC. - but not right on beach. Not sure which area is best etc. coming from MD so very aware of "good" areas and "bad" areas. We will be retiring. Any suggestions of areas? Also considered Little River, SC
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Planning to move to area near coastal NC. - but not right on beach. Not sure which area is best etc. coming from MD so very aware of "good" areas and "bad" areas. We will be retiring. Any suggestions of areas? Also considered Little River, SC
There are already scores of threads on retirement in Brunswick County. Leland and Southport have many "plantations" popular with retirees. Examples are St. James, Brunswick Forest, Compass Pointe and Waterford of the Carolinas. Try this web site for ideas on the price ranges: Brunswick County Homes for Sale | Carolina Plantations Real Estate
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:10 AM
 
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Planning to move to area near coastal NC. - but not right on beach. Not sure which area is best etc. coming from MD so very aware of "good" areas and "bad" areas. We will be retiring. Any suggestions of areas? Also considered Little River, SC
New Bern, Beaufort, Morehead City, Swansboro, Wilmington, Leland, Southport, Shallotte and others...depends on what you want exactly.
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