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Old 03-01-2012, 01:45 PM
 
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Please. I live in Forest Hills, quite close to where you live. It's a gorgeous, extremely safe neighborhood, with a lot of lovely old homes and many families that have lived in them a long, long time. There are many, many beautiful, safe, friendly neighborhoods in Wilmington, that are not right on the beach. The city has a vibrant artistic and cultural scene, wonderful restaurants, well-attended festivals all throughout the year, and a diverse population of smart, interesting, urbane folks of EVERY age and demographic. Your experience will largely depend on what YOU make of your life, and how YOU choose to conduct yourself, engaging in practices that will keep you both positive and safe.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:04 PM
 
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I know this is an old thread but I'll put in a plug for the Princess Place neighborhood off 23rd and Princess Place - very safe, convenient to everything thanks to MLK drive, close to downtown. Our biggest problem is the train going by behind Shirley - unbelievably loud - have no idea how people can stand to live on Shirley. Anyway it's a cute, walkable neighborhood of 1940s cottages and sidewalks. Very affordable to both rent and buy.

Having said that - I'm going to move back to Durham to buy in the fall - Durham's better IMO, even though it's a long drive to the beach.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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I know this is an old thread but I'll put in a plug for the Princess Place neighborhood off 23rd and Princess Place - very safe, convenient to everything thanks to MLK drive, close to downtown. Our biggest problem is the train going by behind Shirley - unbelievably loud - have no idea how people can stand to live on Shirley. Anyway it's a cute, walkable neighborhood of 1940s cottages and sidewalks. Very affordable to both rent and buy.

Having said that - I'm going to move back to Durham to buy in the fall - Durham's better IMO, even though it's a long drive to the beach.
What does IMO stand for?
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:19 AM
 
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What does IMO stand for?
In my opinion
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:47 PM
 
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Default definitely a crime-ridden city

I live in Myrtle Beach.. and I can't stand how touristy it is, no jobs, etc. I have been trying to get out of here for years. I have been looking for a place in Wilmington for a year.. and everything is dated and just not impressive. Pretty gross actually. Mayfaire or the golf course communities are it for "nice." I didn't realize that crime was so bad until I really started visiting there. It has a feel to it that is simply not safe. I went to look at a condo the other day, and it wasn't quite where I expected it to be. Very sketchy looking area, but the condo was beautiful. There just seems to be so much poverty, I'm sure that's what fuels the crime. The violent crime, well I don't know. Anyone who says Wilmington isn't dangerous hasn't looked at the CRIME MAPS.

Assaults on women were just dotting the map like crazy! It is just so very obviously dangerous there. I think I have changed my mind about it. I asked a friend about the good areas, and he said the area I was looking at was "iffy." Its not downtown, but midtown according to realtor. There was some shady lady on the corner of where the condo entrance is. I'm just too spoiled and haved lived in a very safe upscale community for 5 years... if I move to Wilmington, I would most definitely purchase a gun and dead bolts.. and when my daughter comes to visit... no WAY would I take her out walking. I just realized that I do not feel safe there, and ultimately that's going to make the decision for me. Sad, but true.

Not to mention its crawling with drunken Marines... no thanks!
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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p.s. and people there are horrible, horrible drivers. I can't figure it out. Every time I go, someone almost rear ends me, side swipes me, etc.

I have given my opinion without living there, obviously, but I talked to a LOT of people.. no one thinks Wilmington is a good idea. One guy (who lives in Raleigh) said if I moved to Wilmington I would leave after a year tops. He said you move there, you'll leave. You'll definitely leave.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:08 PM
 
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dana Elizabeth,,, it is not that bad. Like any place bad areas. But I will agree with you about the drivers! lol. Probably some of the worst. That being said instead of living in Wilmington proper, Wrightsville and Carolina Beach, Kure Beach are all nice, anything below Wilmington headed to Snows cut is not so bad. everything you need. Maybe check those areas.
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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It's definitely NOT that bad! And why don't I ever meet these drunken Marines? :-P

Drivers - yep that bad.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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I live in Myrtle Beach.. and I can't stand how touristy it is, no jobs, etc. I have been trying to get out of here for years. I have been looking for a place in Wilmington for a year.. and everything is dated and just not impressive. Pretty gross actually. Mayfaire or the golf course communities are it for "nice." I didn't realize that crime was so bad until I really started visiting there. It has a feel to it that is simply not safe. I went to look at a condo the other day, and it wasn't quite where I expected it to be. Very sketchy looking area, but the condo was beautiful. There just seems to be so much poverty, I'm sure that's what fuels the crime. The violent crime, well I don't know. Anyone who says Wilmington isn't dangerous hasn't looked at the CRIME MAPS.

Assaults on women were just dotting the map like crazy! It is just so very obviously dangerous there. I think I have changed my mind about it. I asked a friend about the good areas, and he said the area I was looking at was "iffy." Its not downtown, but midtown according to realtor. There was some shady lady on the corner of where the condo entrance is. I'm just too spoiled and haved lived in a very safe upscale community for 5 years... if I move to Wilmington, I would most definitely purchase a gun and dead bolts.. and when my daughter comes to visit... no WAY would I take her out walking. I just realized that I do not feel safe there, and ultimately that's going to make the decision for me. Sad, but true.

Not to mention its crawling with drunken Marines... no thanks!
you should definitely stay in your safe , upscale condo in Myrtle Beach. your friend from raleigh was right about that.

we have lived here four years now and have visited the area since 1978,
I still have not seen any crime nor any drunk marines.

the bad driving might be a combination of 14.000 students and tourists
who do not know the city.

I think I know the excact area you are talking about and reccomend that ,should you move here, look in a different area, this place has plenty others to offer . your realtor should be able to help you with that.
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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I live in Myrtle Beach.. and I can't stand how touristy it is, no jobs, etc. I have been trying to get out of here for years. I have been looking for a place in Wilmington for a year.. and everything is dated and just not impressive. Pretty gross actually. Mayfaire or the golf course communities are it for "nice." I didn't realize that crime was so bad until I really started visiting there. It has a feel to it that is simply not safe. I went to look at a condo the other day, and it wasn't quite where I expected it to be. Very sketchy looking area, but the condo was beautiful. There just seems to be so much poverty, I'm sure that's what fuels the crime. The violent crime, well I don't know. Anyone who says Wilmington isn't dangerous hasn't looked at the CRIME MAPS.

Assaults on women were just dotting the map like crazy! It is just so very obviously dangerous there. I think I have changed my mind about it. I asked a friend about the good areas, and he said the area I was looking at was "iffy." Its not downtown, but midtown according to realtor. There was some shady lady on the corner of where the condo entrance is. I'm just too spoiled and haved lived in a very safe upscale community for 5 years... if I move to Wilmington, I would most definitely purchase a gun and dead bolts.. and when my daughter comes to visit... no WAY would I take her out walking. I just realized that I do not feel safe there, and ultimately that's going to make the decision for me. Sad, but true.

Not to mention its crawling with drunken Marines... no thanks!
Something tells me you'd freak out if you saw the Myrtle Beach crime map.
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