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Old 12-29-2017, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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My husband and I are planning to retire there in the next 4-5 years. We have a few people we know there and visit. Our price range is the same as yours. Last time we were down we looked at some neighborhoods off of S. College Drive. We turned on to Pine Valley Drive which is near the Daphne Drive location mentioned. The neighborhoods are not cookie cutter, they had mature landscaping, and was in that price range. I really liked it all throughout there. Look around Myrtle Grove, Greenville Loop and Masonboro Sound. I think you will find some great homes there. There are so many areas to look at. We looked over at Leland and did not like it at all although it is a very popular up and coming area.
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Old 12-31-2017, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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My husband and I are planning to retire there in the next 4-5 years. We have a few people we know there and visit. Our price range is the same as yours. Last time we were down we looked at some neighborhoods off of S. College Drive. We turned on to Pine Valley Drive which is near the Daphne Drive location mentioned. The neighborhoods are not cookie cutter, they had mature landscaping, and was in that price range. I really liked it all throughout there. Look around Myrtle Grove, Greenville Loop and Masonboro Sound. I think you will find some great homes there. There are so many areas to look at. We looked over at Leland and did not like it at all although it is a very popular up and coming area.
Similar story here. We're originally from RI but have lived in their Raleigh area for almost 10 years. We really miss the beach! We looked at several coastal areas. Initially, we thought we would move to Wilmington but after several visits, decided on Southport instead. Only 30ish miles from Wilmington, small town, closer to the water. Truly charming and small town feel yet easy access to additional amenities in Wilmington.
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Old 12-31-2017, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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My husband and I are planning to retire there in the next 4-5 years. We have a few people we know there and visit. Our price range is the same as yours. Last time we were down we looked at some neighborhoods off of S. College Drive. We turned on to Pine Valley Drive which is near the Daphne Drive location mentioned. The neighborhoods are not cookie cutter, they had mature landscaping, and was in that price range. I really liked it all throughout there. Look around Myrtle Grove, Greenville Loop and Masonboro Sound. I think you will find some great homes there. There are so many areas to look at. We looked over at Leland and did not like it at all although it is a very popular up and coming area.
Similar story here. We're originally from RI but have lived in the Raleigh area for almost 10 years. We really miss the beach! We looked at several coastal areas. Initially, we thought we would move to Wilmington but after several visits, decided on Southport instead. Only 30ish miles from Wilmington, small town, closer to the water. Truly charming and small town feel yet has everything we need on a day to say basis with easy access to additional amenities in Wilmington and N Myrtle Beach.

We also did not like Leland. To me, it felt like an emerging suburb with only strip malls. No character. We also did not want an over 55 community as we live in a Del Webb currently and find it really is not for us.
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Old 01-01-2018, 09:24 AM
 
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We didn't like Leland either because as you said it has no character. We rented a condo in a marina in Southport last year (by the Dead End Saloon) and did like the feel of Southport, but it seemed a little too quiet for us and we ended up doing a lot of day trips up to Wilmington. We'll have to check out the Myrtle Grove/Greenville Loop/Masonboro Sound area as it sounds like what we may be looking for. Thanks for all the input!
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Old 01-01-2018, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Southport is absolutely charming and those that live there seem to love it. But, it is too quiet and reserved for us. One of my biggest drawbacks about Wilmington is feeling like it will not be a big enough city. I am convincing myself that at least once every 2 months I will go to Raleigh and have some fun. My daughter and her family will probably be living in Charlotte around that time too and we can visit there. So I should get my bigger city fix that way! Good luck on your move!
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