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Old 02-03-2018, 08:01 AM
 
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We have searched and read and read some more. Lots of the info Iíd categorize as old news. Looking for newer news and thoughts. Thanks in advance for humoring me and for your time.

Wife and I are planning a long weekend visit to Wilmington next month or two to see the area and potentially look at properties. We are retired but not yet able to cut the cord from home here in PA due to family responsibilities. For now anything we buy would be a seasonal home with hope we would move there down the line.

We want a place within spitting distance to recreational boating/light fishing thatís close to coastal activities yet also close to a town for a little fun and basic life stuff. Outer Wilmington seems to fit the bill? Maybe Leland? More specifically a one story or MBR on 1st floor home with a community with a pool at least. Beach within reach, donít have to be on top of it.

Any advice is welcome.
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Old 02-03-2018, 09:41 AM
 
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What is "spitting distance"? What is "within reach"? Whats your budget?

I'd suggest Leland or coastal Brunswick County. In Leland, places like Brunswick Forest, Jackey's Creek, Magnolia Greens, Compass Point. In Southport, St. James, Arbor Creek, Rivermist. Further south in Brunswick County are many developments around the towns of Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Sunset Beach and Calabash.
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Old 02-03-2018, 10:21 AM
 
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What is "spitting distance"? What is "within reach"? Whats your budget?

I'd suggest Leland or coastal Brunswick County. In Leland, places like Brunswick Forest, Jackey's Creek, Magnolia Greens, Compass Point. In Southport, St. James, Arbor Creek, Rivermist. Further south in Brunswick County are many developments around the towns of Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Sunset Beach and Calabash.
Good questions! Sorry. Letís say 20 minutes to beach on weekdays not high season? More important for us is proximity to boating opportunities. As for budget, +/- $300k. Could be tempted to 400 but would much rather spend mid-hi 200s. From what Iíve seen Internet window shopping some places around Leland and Wilmington appealing, massiveness and reputation of SJP, notsomuch.

I know that an experienced realtor is what we need, and we will get one, but word of mouth is critical.
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Old 02-03-2018, 11:24 AM
 
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Letís say 20 minutes to beach on weekdays not high season? More important for us is proximity to boating opportunities. As for budget, +/- $300k. Could be tempted to 400 but would much rather spend mid-hi 200s.
Also consider the east side of Wilmington: Surf City and Topsail Island. I think you get more bank for the buck, and there are plenty of boating opportunities along the Intra Coastal Waterway.
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Old 02-03-2018, 11:29 AM
 
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The southern Brunswick locations will have quicker beach and water access than the Leland area. There are many public boat ramps, as well as private marinas on the Brunswick coast, so thats not really an issue.

There are lots of neighborhoods in Wilmington that would work, the problem is parking is very difficult at Wrightsville Beach and almost as bad at Carolina Beach, so daytripping to those beaches is difficult. Parking is much more accessible at the Brunswick beaches, and some developments have their own beach "club".

You can easily find something in your budget in Brunswick County.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:36 AM
 
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No one recommended RiverLights? Doesnt it have good boat access, is pretty easy access to Carolina Beach (via River Rd) and a bunch of brand new stores, etc...being built nearby?
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:28 AM
 
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No one recommended RiverLights? Doesnt it have good boat access, is pretty easy access to Carolina Beach (via River Rd) and a bunch of brand new stores, etc...being built nearby?
Parking at Carolina Beach is almost as tough as Wrightsville Beach, in season.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:45 AM
 
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Parking at Carolina Beach is almost as tough as Wrightsville Beach, in season.
Any beach is busy during the summer. Oak Island has 20K in July, about 1500 the rest of the year.

I would think the boating is the more important factor in this request, which you can use in the summer months if you have water access.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:50 AM
 
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Any beach is busy during the summer. Oak Island has 20K in July, about 1500 the rest of the year.

I would think the boating is the more important factor in this request, which you can use in the summer months if you have water access.
Sure, all beaches are busy, but some have more parking issues than others. I don't see boating access as a bigger issue, due to the presence of many public boat launches and availability of private marinas.
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Old 02-05-2018, 12:24 PM
 
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Let’s say 20 minutes to beach on weekdays not high season? More important for us is proximity to boating opportunities.

This is straight from OP's post. Weekdays at Carolina Beach or even Wrightsville Beach, non high season, parking is not an issue.
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