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Old 01-31-2019, 11:59 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking to relocate to eastern NC next year. We currently live in the Northeast and have grown tired of the long and freezing winters. We are also avid sailors looking to fit more sailing months into our year.

Currently, we are looking at several areas and I'm hoping some locals could offer more detail as to real estate, climate, mosquito and flying insect advice, and jobs and taxes. We are considering area in the Albemarle Sound such as Elizabeth City & Edenton, but also further south in the areas of Oriental and New Bern. Lastly we've considered just outside of Beaufort or Morehead City. What would be the biggest differences between these areas?

We are looking for an area that it would be possible to purchase a couple of acres of land possibly with a boat dock for under 50K (planning on building). We don't mind being somewhat rural (big shopping not important) and in fact even prefer somewhere with a farmland feel. I am a nurse and so looking to live within 40 minutes of a hospital or medical center. Lastly, I understand that there are hot and humid months and mosquitos etc (we have them here as well), but just how bad is it and would any of the places listed above have more or lass of a bug problem? As residents what do you do to fight off the biting insects?

Thanks in advance for your advice
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:53 PM
 
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The heat, humidity and bugs will be pretty much the same everywhere, and will depend more on very local issues than large area issues (i.e. standing water near your house will produce more mosquitoes).

I think getting 2 acres of land with a dock on deep enough water for a sailboat for $50K will be tough. Oriental and Edenton are very small and remote. Oriental is the sailing capital of the eastern US, from what I understand, so its certainly a good fit in that regard. I don't know where the nearest hospital is to Oriental, probably more than 30 minutes away. Edenton used to have a small hospital, I'm not sure if its still open. Many hospitals in small eastern NC towns are struggling mightily, and some have closed. Edenton is charming little town.

Morehead City/Beaufort is a larger area, with a huge summer tourism industry. There is a hospital there, and you can definitely be out in the country if you drive 30 minutes, but again, waterfront may not be in your price range. I don't now much about Elizabeth City. I think there is a hospital there, and hospitals in Norfolk or Chesapeake VA may be within commuting range.

Edit: Here is a 1.9 acre lot for $24,500 in a subdivision near Oriental that isn't waterfront, but it comes with a deeded boat slip in the neighborhood marina: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...nt#M6716762887

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Old 01-31-2019, 03:19 PM
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There is a significant hospital (Carolina East Medical Center) with a lot of medical practices in New Bern. You could live down near Oriental and be just at 40 - 45 minutes.

I agree that a couple acres with deep water access will be tough. Your best bet may be community with access to docks as suggested above. There are marinas in both oriental and new Bern.

Good luck.
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Old 01-31-2019, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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Edenton used to have a small hospital, I'm not sure if its still open.
It is.

https://www.vidanthealth.com/Locatio...howan-Hospital
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Old 01-31-2019, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Lastly, I understand that there are hot and humid months and mosquitos etc (we have them here as well), but just how bad is it and would any of the places listed above have more or lass of a bug problem? As residents what do you do to fight off the biting insects?
The mosquitoes are bad, although they are less bad where the ocean breezes can be felt. You could have your land sprayed every three weeks during the season if you don't mind putting chemicals into the air and soil. Or you can cover your exposed skin with mosquito repellant. There is also mosquito-repellant clothing, but I have not tested it.
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:53 AM
 
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Have you considered Beaufort County and the Pamlico River?
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:31 AM
 
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Waterfront property in ENC is not cheap. There are routinely 300-400K houses on the waterfront, where a mile or two inland offers houses for $150k.

The reason is the "land value". Many times you have to spend over 100K for a waterfront lot. 50K may put you across the street from the water...maybe find a community that has dock access like Cypress Landing.

Also consider that available land to build is many times at a premium. You may want to just consider buying an existing house...there are more sellers than buyers at this point because many sellers are aging out of needing a big house. Many deals to be had out there. Finally, new construction costs are rising fast...and there are a limited amount of contractors/subs available in ENC, its a small market.

All signs point to not buying land and building and instead to buying an existing home.
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:23 AM
 
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Also be aware that if you live waterfront flooding is a real concern. See New Bern or Belhaven in Hurricane Florence. The storm surge was incredible in the waterfront areas there. Do some research before you buy.
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:33 AM
 
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Also be aware that if you live waterfront flooding is a real concern. See New Bern or Belhaven in Hurricane Florence. The storm surge was incredible in the waterfront areas there. Do some research before you buy.
Considering the flooding potential is a good idea, however, it wasn't the storm surge that made Florence so damaging, it was the rainfall. The storm moved very slowly and dropped huge amounts of rain, which combined with an already record rainfall for the year to create epic flooding.
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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It was storm surge in New Bern, though, wasn't it? If I recall correctly it started flooding there before Hurricane Florence even made landfall due to the wind pushing the water back up the river.

https://www.wral.com/weather/hurricanes/video/17841342/
https://www.wral.com/weather/hurricanes/video/17842098/
https://www.wavy.com/video/raw-video...545/1440835429
https://video.foxnews.com/v/5834926823001/
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/lo...218323475.html

Rainfall was also incredible, especially around Wilmington, but New Bern would have flooded even if Florence turned out to sea and never made landfall.

National Weather Service storm surge maps: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/nationalsurge/

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