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Old 04-18-2008, 11:55 AM
 
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Hello,

Does a town like this exist? Southeastern NC, within 30 minutes to the beach, small town within walking distance (a mile or so) to major grocery store(s), a shopping center/area, community activities/parks.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I would say that it doesn't exist. some people might tell you about shallotte or calabash, but these aren't really towns. they are more like strips of commercial areas surrounded by cookie cutter houses. you might want to look at conway, SC. it's really close to the NC border.
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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What about Southport?
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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southport isn't a bad option. it's really expensive though. there isn't a grocery store within walking distance of downtown southport either. but another good option.
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:55 PM
 
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Hello,

Does a town like this exist? Southeastern NC, within 30 minutes to the beach, small town within walking distance (a mile or so) to major grocery store(s), a shopping center/area, community activities/parks.

Thanks in advance,
I was looking for the same thing for my family and we eventually settled in Carolina Beach. It meets your requirements except for the the shopping. Although we have some independent shops, we have no major chains. For that, we have to go to Monkey Junction or Wilmington. But as for grocery stores, we do have a family grocery store, Sea Merchants Food Store, which is right in the center of town. There is also a Food Lion as you first enter onto the island.

BTW, tomorrow I plan on going for a hike at Carolina Beach Park and then take in the Chowder cook-off at the CB lake. And if the weather is nice, I'll go for a quick dip as well ;-) (all within walking distance.) Next week, it will be a short bike ride to the annual Kure Beach Festival.

PS. There are numerous links at the bottom of my website for various Island activities and festivals.
Carolina Beach Today

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Old 04-18-2008, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Hello,

Does a town like this exist? Southeastern NC, within 30 minutes to the beach, small town within walking distance (a mile or so) to major grocery store(s), a shopping center/area, community activities/parks.

Thanks in advance,
You can live in Cape Carteret and walk to a relatively new Lowes Grocery and other services.

Swansboro has more of a downtown, but the grocery store there might be couple of miles.

You can check them both out on this map. Just click the zoom button a couple of times and you can see how the services are located.

Here are a few pictures of Cape Carteret.

You can read my Swansboro travel guide to get info about Swansboro. The two towns are separated only by four miles and Cedar Point which doesn't have a grocery store.

We had a lot of fun at Cape Carteret's 48th Birthday Party last year. The mayor cooked burgers for everyone. It is the fourth post down in this series of stories about the Crystal Coast.

It's a fun area, we love it. The weather is outstanding today.

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Old 04-19-2008, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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housewatcher said, " Does a town like this exist? Southeastern NC, within 30 minutes to the beach, small town within walking distance (a mile or so) to major grocery store(s), a shopping center/area, community activities/parks."

You're going to have to look from New Bern south to the South Carolina line fulfill that request. Unless you would like to live on Roanoke, Hatteras or Ocracoke Islands.

And the coast of NC, its towns and environment can be distinctly different. Can you give us a detail or two more? Example-Do you fish? (If so-what type), Do you dive?, etc.

Bill
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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You'll find most of your shopping list in Beaufort. Where I live, I can walk or ride my bike to: two major grocery stores, hardware store, nursery (plants), two drugstores, my doctor and dentist, banks, and several discount stores like Rose's or Dollar Stores. A couple of restaurants, too--Chinese, Mexican, Subway, pizza, and such.

The great waterfront seafood places and upscale dining at Blue Moon, Stillwater, Beaufort Grocery, Spouters, Sharpies and more plus live music are a mile away on the waterfront.

Within a mile or so are the town center, the waterfront, many boutiques and art galleries --as well as the library, the Maritime Museum, and the Historic Site.

The ocean beach on Bogue Banks, as well as Fort Macon, is within 30 minutes or a quick trip on the little passenger ferry takes me to Shackleford Banks and the pretty beaches there...or a drive downeast to Harkers Island and a ferry trip takes me to the beautiful miles of untouched beach at Cape Lookout Natl. Seashore.

Morehead City would be another option as that's where the major big box stores are located (Lowes, Walmart, Petsmart, BestBuy...there's also a Lowe's super grocery there and a Harris Teeter grocery is being built)...and you'd be closer to the beach, too. Problem is, there's not too much of a Main Street town center there though there's a good effort underway to revitalize the downtown area. So in answer to your question, I think, yes, your list is do-able.
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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Thanks for the insight into some towns in/near SE North Carolina. I look forward to heading down there (from VA) this summer for vacation and look for possible relocation options.
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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"Problem is, there's not too much of a Main Street town center there though there's a good effort underway to revitalize the downtown area"

Ouch!!-I'm located right in the middle of downtown Morehead City!!

We're a waterfront downtown-A beautiful waterfront! Morehead City does not offer all of the waterfront shopping that say, a Wilmington does. But within 5 miles of downtown Morehead City you can be on the beach in Atlantic Beach, strolling in the Historic District of Beaufort, shopping in any of the afore mentioned mega-stores or be 2 miles out of Beaufort Inlet trolling for fish like king & spanish mackerel in 60 feet of water!

Morehead City-A pretty nifty location!
Bill
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