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Old 02-09-2007, 01:27 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking to move to Wilmington by early 2009. Of course, so far we are very impressed by what we've read and seen. Being close to the water is a plus for us because we are living on Long Island and are close to the water now.

Can anyone provide some information on the schools? I don't have any children yet but we are planning on being pregnant within the year. Although I don't have anything against public schools, I'd also like to hear about Catholic/Private schools.

We don't necessarily have to live right in Wilmington...what are nice towns that are VERY close to Wilmington? If I don't live in Wilmington, I'd like to live within a 5 mile radius of the town, if the other town is nice.

Does anyone know any postal workers in Wilmington? My husband is a mail carrier and will be transferring to Wilmington. I have some questions regarding the post office turnover.

Can anyone tell me about the Nursing Program at Wilmington College? I am a Medical Assistant and will be pursuing a Nursing degree in the future.

Do you have many problems with vandalism? Right now we're having a problem with teens ruining private property--running through property fencing, stealing holiday lawn ornaments.

That should be it for now...maybe some of you kind people can offer me some advice and provide some information. I greatly appreciate your help!!!
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:22 AM
 
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Any input on Hampstead? That's close to Wilmington, right? Is it less hectic? What nice towns are close to Wilmington that aren't so busy? Peace and quiet would be nice too... =0)
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:33 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking to move to Wilmington by early 2009. Of course, so far we are very impressed by what we've read and seen. Being close to the water is a plus for us because we are living on Long Island and are close to the water now.

Can anyone provide some information on the schools? I don't have any children yet but we are planning on being pregnant within the year. Although I don't have anything against public schools, I'd also like to hear about Catholic/Private schools.

We don't necessarily have to live right in Wilmington...what are nice towns that are VERY close to Wilmington? If I don't live in Wilmington, I'd like to live within a 5 mile radius of the town, if the other town is nice.

Does anyone know any postal workers in Wilmington? My husband is a mail carrier and will be transferring to Wilmington. I have some questions regarding the post office turnover.

Can anyone tell me about the Nursing Program at Wilmington College? I am a Medical Assistant and will be pursuing a Nursing degree in the future.

Do you have many problems with vandalism? Right now we're having a problem with teens ruining private property--running through property fencing, stealing holiday lawn ornaments.

That should be it for now...maybe some of you kind people can offer me some advice and provide some information. I greatly appreciate your help!!!
MT,
First of all, good luck. My wife & I were in the same position you & your husband are now. Were moving down from a Philadelphia suburb. We fell in love with the area right away. We chose a town called Leland to re-establish our roots. Their building quaint neighborhoods five minutes from Wilmington that we could not afford in the area we are presently.

As for your specific questions...I don't know & won't be able to inform you for a year or so. I hope someone will be able to give you credible information. I can tell you the water is much nicer at Wilmington than the Hamptons or any of the Jersey beaches.

SC
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Old 02-09-2007, 11:28 AM
 
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Hi SC and thanks for replying. Is Leland close to Wilmington? Is it busy or quiet? How did you go about doing your research on Leland?
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:41 PM
 
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Default wilm.

hi!
leland is just west of wilm. when you cross over the Cape fear River. The prices are more affordable than Wilm. but the area has a "not so nice" reputation among locals. We are trying to move back to NC and my family in Wilm. says "don't move to Leland!" And we say " we may because of the good prices!"

Wilmington has gotten so pricey. We are building a house in the cottages at holly glen (cottagesathollyglen.com) (great zip: 28409 ) and that is a really nice area. We don't know if we will be able to afford it if the house prices here in FL fall any lower!

My family said to head north (Hamstead area) instead of Leland. I think with the area growing so much you can't go wrong with anywhere around wilm. The reputations will change as the towns grow.

good luck! Wilmington was a great place to grow up!
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Old 02-10-2007, 02:14 PM
 
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Thanks Mom! I think we'll go with our gut and start looking around Wilmington. The historical part of it is fascinating.
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Old 02-11-2007, 03:12 PM
 
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Leland used to be really, really small. The actual town/business district still is (not a traditional downtown, more a couple of shopping centers), but now there are housing developments sprouting everywhere. Some are affordable,
and a lot are very expensive. Small lots in most of them. Almost all have HOA dues. You can find some affordable housing in a more traditional neighborhood, but those are older.
There are problems with traffic b/w Leland and Wilmington around rush hour --
4 lane hiway that should be at least 6 lane ---- last week the local newspaper said it won't be widened until at least 2012. Traffic is a BIG
problem in Wilmington, unless you are centrally located.
Other affordable options might be Hampstead, Castle Hayne, Burgaw (25-30 minutes away, nice small town).
Access to the water is becoming a problem in Wilmington. Many boat ramps are crowded and they are becoming less in number as people on the water sell out to developers -- thus, it becomes private. You might want
to check out where you can keep your boat (if you have one) and put it in the water. Parking at the beaches is a BIG problem.
If you want to go to the beach, plan on getting there EARLY to find a parking spot you must pay for -- I think it's 25 cents per 15 mins? now at Wrightsville Beach.
Traffic is a problem as many roads are way beyond their capacity.
Wilmington is great, but has grown and developed past way beyond what
its infrastructure can support. For example, beyond road situation, the city has got to repair its sewer system (several spills in creeks/Cape Fear River the past couple of years) and they are trying to figure
out how to do that -- will cost milliions.
Visit for a couple of days at least before you decide to move there.
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Old 02-17-2007, 06:57 PM
 
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I think that moving to Leland would be a very smart decision.
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