U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Coastal North Carolina
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 10-04-2020, 06:27 AM
 
2 posts, read 1,460 times
Reputation: 11

Advertisements

Greetings all. We're travelling to New Bern for our first scouting trip for possible relocation (we've just retired)...tomorrow! (Monday Oct 5) We had been planning to meet with a realtor to learn about the area, but that may have fallen through. Does anyone have suggestions as to how to get the most learning out of a few days there? Thanks!
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message

 
Old 10-04-2020, 07:17 AM
 
170 posts, read 176,968 times
Reputation: 251
My suggestion is to find another realtor to show you around and get information. If you plan on looking at Fairfield Harbour it is gated and you won't be able to get in without one. There is the historical area downtown, Trent Woods is very nice, but mostly older homes now. There are some subdivisions right outside New Bern heading toward Morehead City, too. Carolina Colors comes to mind. We used to have a second home on Northwest Creek in Fairfield Harbour. It's a very friendly neighborhood of mostly retirees. We sold it because we decided to just have one house and it wasn't large enough for our only home, but loved the peacefulness of the creek and the wildlife there. If you all are boaters that is a wonderful area for boating! If you do look at Fairfield Harbour and actually all of New Bern ask about flooding as many areas flooded during one of the hurricanes. You also may want to look at River Bend.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-04-2020, 08:45 AM
LLN
 
Location: Upstairs closet
5,244 posts, read 10,028,839 times
Reputation: 7116
I would categorize New Bern living into 4 or 5 areas.
1. Historical Districts: There are three or four. The "downtown" district is, well downtown. Rather expensive, but some really wonderful homes. There are several other historical districts, long walk, easy cycle to downtown
2. Suburbs: Pretty much like burbs anywhere.
3. "Developments": Carolina Colors, Taberna, and I guess, Fairfield Harbor
4. Everywhere else

You need to decide in what kind of environment you wish to live, and go from there.

New Bern Pros: Cool downtown, LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANTS, 2 1/2 "very easy" hours up US 70 to Raleigh, forty five minutes to Greenville, Jacksonville, Morehead City (much more "National" retail than NB), Carolina East Medical Center, and airport (though flights have been reduced as a result of Covid impact on travel)

Cons: Terrible streets, pretty inept local government, in some cases very nice areas are in close contact with not so nice areas. Lack of "national level retail/restaurants" since we are in middle (45 minutes) of three larger retail districts. I have had three unsatisfactory interactions with the New Bern Police Dept, but others speak highly of them.

Flooding: We have been here 13 years. We have had several (OK, a lot) of hurricanes. ((ADVICE: A slow moving Category 1 hurricane is trouble. DO NOT be lulled to sleep because it is Cat 1 —— DO NOT FORGET THIS ADVICE )).

We live in the Riverside Historic District, two blocks from the Neuse River. During Florence, we had water in the extreme lower corner of our lot. Exactly, and it is uncanny, along the flood line as shown on the flood maps. I think 11 feet was kind of the magic number, but research the elevation of any home you are interested in carefully.

Our house was fine, flood wise, but three of our 100 plus year old windows in the front of the house failed under heavy rain, and we had to replace the insulation and drywall on that side of the house.

While there was a lot of coverage of flooding related to Florence, because there was a lot of flood, the vast majority of the homes in New Bern were not flooded. It is very easy to find a home in New Bern where flooding is not an issue. If you want to live on the water, and many do, be aware.

We have lost power on most hurricanes, but never more than a day or so . . . certainly not the "week - weeks to be restored" you hear about on the nightly news, usually restored in hours.

Good luck.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Coastal North Carolina
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2022, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top