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Old 07-22-2018, 07:10 AM
 
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We are looking to relocate to the Carolinas and recently visited NC and SC. We liked the area south of Wilmington along 17 (Boliva, etc.) but really are not interested in a commute, we did not have a chance to go north of Wilmington but on the internet, like that area as well. We prefer smaller towns, under 20,000 but more in the 5000-12,000 or so range. Our children are grown so no need for the "Best" schools other than towns with better schools tend to be more in demand for housing. We are still many years away from retirement but the ultimate plan is to retire in the area.

We are not into big night life, prefer to socialize with having people to our home or more quiet activities. We golf but realize that won't be an issue out there. We would like to be as close to the beach as reasonably possible but would also like to stay in the $200,000-$300,000 range for housing. We would probably rent for a year or so to get a feel for the area. I think "quaint" describes the towns we like the most. As long as we have day to day shopping needs, grocery store, maybe a Walmart or similar, hardware/home store, we are good. We don't mind driving to do other shopping from time to time.

We work in Finance and Human Resources and are looking for jobs. While we realize that Wilmington is going to be our best choice for employment, we really did not care for the town, it's just too busy for our liking. Which other areas would be the best to consider with decent job opportunities? We did see some positions on the Outer Banks but not sure about living there or commuting there. We may head out that way again in the next month or two but no plans yet.

We are open to ideas and suggestions. Thanks.
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Jobs are hard to come by in the areas you mention. If you need income, do not come without a job offer, is my advice. The smaller the town, the fewer the jobs.
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:59 AM
 
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Have you explored New Bern? It's pretty nice IMHO. YMMV.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:28 AM
 
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Job opportunities will be the problem in the "small & quaint" towns.
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:27 AM
 
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We realized that job opportunities will be fewer in smaller towns and we would not come without a job. We are hoping to focus the search some is all.
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Old 07-23-2018, 11:26 AM
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We live in New Bern. Could have moved anywhere, wish we had gone with Morehead City. Better retail, closer to beach, better fishing. MHC does lose points on health care and time to Raleigh.

Good luck.
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Old 07-23-2018, 02:52 PM
 
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We live in New Bern. Could have moved anywhere, wish we had gone with Morehead City. Better retail, closer to beach, better fishing. MHC does lose points on health care and time to Raleigh.

Good luck.
I second Morehead City. We are from up north but looking in that area for rental property that will be eventual retirement home. Morehead has population of about 9,000, shopping, restaurants, very close to beach and beautiful clear water. Looked at a lot of other areas but coming from city of 70,000 this will fit us well I think.
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:29 PM
 
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Southport.
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Old 08-03-2018, 05:38 PM
 
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I live in New Bern now and it is great town, but really like the Morehead City/Beaufort area. We have a cottage down east in Gloucester and are just starting to explore that area. Great fishing and much closer to the beach.
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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Leland (Brunswick County) is close to Wilmington, as is Burgaw (Pender County). Both would be a great place to call home. Then, there is Boiling Spring Lakes and Southport, both close to Wilmington and to the beaches. Shallotte, in southern Brunswick County. It is a nice town, but not a lot of job opportunities. Brunswick Electric Co-Op, Novant health (hospital) and Atlantic Telephone CoOp, are near.....St. James Plantation (gated golf community with 4 full courses) and Bald Head Island are 2 employment possibilities near Southport.
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