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Old 01-27-2018, 05:07 PM
 
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Another couple from the Northeast who wants to "retire" South, near the beach and away from the cold.


So, Coastal NC is in our list of places that is still "affordable" sort of..., we are researching the areas in and around Brunswick County. Already visited once and more visits to come. In the meantime, what is your take on the area? Does anyone care to comment on the beaches and towns located along that area?
Thank you.
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Old 01-27-2018, 06:29 PM
 
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Originally from Monmouth County NJ now live in Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach. Sunset Beanc and Ocean Isle Beach nicer than just about all beaches in NJ. Weather is great 3 of the 4 seasons. Summers are hot but Jersey is hot in July and August as well. Can't beat the cost of living down here.

What specific questions might you have.?
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Old 01-27-2018, 06:37 PM
 
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I live in Southport and LOVE it. The only downside is that its growing rapidly.
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Old 01-27-2018, 06:54 PM
 
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Lots of choices between Bald Head Island and Calabash NC.
On the ocean, Bald Head, Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.

All very different from the NE and that is the draw. No snow, less traffic, beaches, change of seasons (not as severe as the NE), not Florida.
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Old 01-27-2018, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Brunswick County is the most popular retirement location in eastern NC. There is already a plethora of comments and discussions.

It would help us if you narrowed down your requirements. For example: 1. What is your general price range? 2. Do you want to be on a golf course? 3. Do you want a boat? 4. Do you accept HOAs or do you hate them? 5. Do you want to be in a "real town" that feels like a town? 6. How far away from a hospital are you willing to be?
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:07 PM
 
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Thank you all very much for your candid responses. We are thinking perhaps a home in the $300K range. Could be a small home (with HOA, that is not astronomical) or a two bedroom Condo, again, with HOA and Condo fees that are reasonable. We are not into Golf, but we love to walk on the beach and breathe the morning ocean air. We also like to have a good supermarket not to far away and also be able to drive to restaurants when we are not in the mood for cooking. Finally, although we are healthy now, who knows what the future could bring, so we would like to be close to a good hospital (say...30 minutes away or so).

Again, thank you all for your feedback.
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:22 PM
 
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Last June we spent a week in Sunset Beach in a lovely B&B right on the island. We drove around, and of course went to Calabash numerous times to enjoy some of the good restaurants. Of course it was early June, so did not experience hot and humid weather people mentioned. We drove around The Sea Trails plantation and we really liked it. We wondering what the average folk pays for untilities in that area. Electricity, phone & internet, natural gas? not sure if they have city gas or if individual propane tanks is the norm. Also we are wondering about home owners insurance, flood insurance, etc. Yes, I know too many questions, but this is why we are starting our research early to avoid nasty surprises.
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:25 PM
 
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Last June we spent a week in Sunset Beach in a lovely B&B right on the island. We drove around, and of course went to Calabash numerous times to enjoy some of the good restaurants. Of course it was early June, so did not experience hot and humid weather people mentioned. We drove around The Sea Trails plantation and we really liked it. We wondering what the average folk pays for untilities in that area. Electricity, phone & internet, natural gas? not sure if they have city gas or if individual propane tanks is the norm. Also we are wondering about home owners insurance, flood insurance, etc. Yes, I know too many questions, but this is why we are starting our research early to avoid nasty surprises.
Lots of existing threads with general information on insurance, utility costs, etc. You can use the search feature to access them. Some examples are:

Homeowners insurance Southport area
Expenses: Brunswick Co., NC vs Horry Co., SC
Cost of Insurance
utility bills what are yours?

Natural gas is available in only a very small number of areas; propane is the norm. Water and sewer costs are high.
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Old 01-28-2018, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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We are originally from RI and have lived in the Raleigh, NC area for almost 10 years. We purchased our retirement home in Southport about 6 months ago. Our plan was to move down in June 2019 but we've been finding it more and more difficult to head back to Raleigh after spending weekends in Southport so we've decided to move down permanently in September.

There are plenty of homes for sale under $300k. We looked at quite a few homes, in several different neighborhoods, ranging from $250-300K and had plenty to choose from.

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Old 01-31-2018, 05:58 PM
 
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The more information and opinions I get related to Coastal NC and specifically Brunswick County, the more confused I become... How could it be possible that Brunswick County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state and a favorite with retirees and yet: 1) cost of utilities (electricity, propane gas, water & sewage) seems to very, very high. 2) Home owners insurance very expensive, wind and hail coverage very expensive, flood insurance hugely expensive, HOAs very expensive. Geez..., is there anything affordable down there besides the cost of the RE itself?
I mean...as a soon to be "retiree", I want to get the heck out of Boston, MA because is expensive and winters are cold, but....man, maybe the "grass is not greener" in the South.
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