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Old 04-16-2019, 02:08 PM
 
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Good morning all-

My wife and I are retired and looking to relocate to North Carolina. We have visited (in person and on the web) quite a few communities and are looking to narrow it down before we make our next visit. We just found out about Carolina Colors and we're looking to garner as much info as we can before we visit New Bern to see if it will be to our liking. Also what are opinions about New Bern?

Thanks in advance for any and all useful information and help .............. Joe
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Old 04-17-2019, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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There a good recent discussion of New Bern pros and cons here: http://www.city-data.com/forum/coast...n-nc-very.html

When Carolina Colours was first announced, I was put off by the very pretentious advertising. It also seemed excessiviely expensive. However, there seem to be some attractive houses on larger lots. The houses on the small lots are less attractive to me. If you like New Bern, please check out other housing options to see what you can get for the same money.
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:12 AM
 
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Thank you ....... Joe
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:47 AM
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Please be aware there is a major, prolonged road construction project between CC and New Bern starting “soon.”

Not a deal breaker, but something to think about. Good luck.

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Old 04-17-2019, 10:23 AM
 
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New Bern is a beautiful town but suffered significant flooding from Hurricane Florence last September. Check out some of the pictures online. Google flooding in New Bern. This was a deal breaker for us.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:32 AM
 
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I do like New Bern and it has nice amenities for a fairly small town. However, be aware of a couple of additional issues with Carolina Colours.

1. It is relatively far from the center of New Bern and its hospital. Please also check whether it has specialty physicians that you might need as you age past 65. Greenville has a large hospital and more secialists.

2. It is close to the Cherry Point Naval Air Station. I am not sure how much aircraft noise you will be subject to. I do know that some of your neighbors will be transient military families. Look at the number of resale homes in CC, and know that could affect neighborhood solidarity.

3. How much retail is available near CC? I know there is a Harris Teeter, but it is relatively expensive for every-day basic groceries. I hope there is some grocery alternative like Food Lion or Publix nearby.
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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We just found out about Carolina Colors and we're looking to garner as much info as we can before we visit New Bern to see if it will be to our liking.
I am wondering if you found the DR Horton homes in Bayberry Park targetted at active adults? They are priced around $250,000, and the strike me as a good value condiering the amount of amenities in Carolina Colours.

Despite my negative feeling about small lots, they could be a good option for people on a budget.
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:18 PM
 
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New Bern is a beautiful town but suffered significant flooding from Hurricane Florence last September. Check out some of the pictures online. Google flooding in New Bern. This was a deal breaker for us.
You do realize that much of New Bern wasn't flooded? Only areas right near the river and at low elevations were flooded.
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:24 PM
 
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You do realize that much of New Bern wasn't flooded? Only areas right near the river and at low elevations were flooded.
Driving through New Bern 6 months later and you cant even tell.
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:24 PM
 
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I do like New Bern and it has nice amenities for a fairly small town. However, be aware of a couple of additional issues with Carolina Colours.

1. It is relatively far from the center of New Bern and its hospital. Please also check whether it has specialty physicians that you might need as you age past 65. Greenville has a large hospital and more secialists.

2. It is close to the Cherry Point Naval Air Station. I am not sure how much aircraft noise you will be subject to. I do know that some of your neighbors will be transient military families. Look at the number of resale homes in CC, and know that could affect neighborhood solidarity.

3. How much retail is available near CC? I know there is a Harris Teeter, but it is relatively expensive for every-day basic groceries. I hope there is some grocery alternative like Food Lion or Publix nearby.
1. The hospital is only about 15 to 20 minutes away.

2. About the same for the base. Yes you do get jet noise but having lived near Oceana much of my life, it is not that bad.

3. Food Lion is about 10 minutes away and shopping about 20. Real shopping is in either Jacksonville or Greenville and both are about 45 minutes away. Morehead is about 30 to 35 minutes away.

Be aware that a major construction project with highway 70 thru James City will begin in 2020 and will take about 4 years to complete. It will lead to traffic congestion and jams.
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