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Old 11-20-2008, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Greeneville Tn
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My husband and I just retired and moved down to Winston Salem from Maryland. We are currently staying with my son and his family. My husband worked in Washington as a carpenter Superintendent for 20yrs, he was always stuck in beltway traffic.
We plan to rent an Apt. while we look for a place to settle so we would like to find an Apt. on the coast in a NICE QUIET SOUTHERN TOWN while we look around.
If anyone has any suggestions that would be great. We know nothing about the area.
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:28 AM
 
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Southport NC comes to mind. Pawleys Island SC if you don't mind going a few hours south.
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:02 PM
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New Bern is pretty near the coast, 45 minutes or so. On two rivers. Lots of retirees. Historic areas.

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Old 11-20-2008, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile Try Swansboro or Beaufort

NC's Crystal has a great assortment of small towns.

Beaufort has a tremendous amount of history with beautifully restored buildings. Swansboro which has less restoration has a charm of its own.

Both are right on the coast. Swansboro has better access to the beaches, but Beaufort has plenty to compensate.

There are plenty of rental properties in the area.

My post, Ten Ways Carteret County Met Our Needs, might be of interest to you.

This map will orient you to the area.

Our area benefits from being close to the beaches of Emerald Isle (http://coastalnc.org/emeraldislenctravelguidecd - broken link).

I grew up outside of Winston-Salem and lived in Columbia, Md for a couple of years.

Welcome to North Carolina and good luck finding the right spot.

Here are some pictures I took recently while walking the docks in Beaufort.

These are pictures from the Swansboro area last December. They were taken while driving around town and kayaking the White Oak River.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:11 PM
 
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Swansboro is a quaint little town located between Jacksonville (shopping) and the beach (Emerald Isle). I grew up in Swansboro and regret that I didn't see the beauty of it as I do know in my adulthood. Most of my family still lives in and around Swansboro, so I get to go back on Sundays for dinner at Mom's.
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Greeneville Tn
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Thanks to all of you, what a lot of great information. I loved looking at the pictures. My husband and I can't wait to get started looking. We plan to start taking trips down after Christmas.
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Greeneville Tn
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The information you gave me was great. I really enjoyed the pictures and the post you suggested.
Do you know anything about the apartments in the area? We would like to rent for at least 1yr. before buying, at one point we thought about renting with an option to buy but I don't know if they do that down here. Thanks again for the info.
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile Plenty of rental properties available

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The information you gave me was great. I really enjoyed the pictures and the post you suggested.
Do you know anything about the apartments in the area? We would like to rent for at least 1yr. before buying, at one point we thought about renting with an option to buy but I don't know if they do that down here. Thanks again for the info.
There are plenty of rental properties available in our area.

Cape Carteret-Cedar Point-Emerald Isle-Swansboro


There's everything from one bedroom condos over on the beach to large homes.

There are apartments, but not as many as homes and condos.

While I have nothing to do with rentals, our firm has 200 long term rentals from around $600 per month up. Usually utilities are included.

There are lots of rentals by other firms and plenty of private ones. You should have no trouble finding something that you like.

If you have questions on specific areas, I would be glad to try to answer questions or send a picture.
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Unfortunately between DC and Balto
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Wink You would like Ocracoke and Hatteras

Unfortunately I have never been to New Bern or Beaufort though I wanted to go this year, having spent almost a month this summer on Hatteras Island...you know relatives come down etc. I rented a place for a month that rented in mid June to mid-july for an average of $2800 per week. By guaranteeing a month rental I was able to rent for 4 weeks for $7500. Vacancies...even 4th of July week were high on Hatteras (a good thing for me) and one out of three houses was for sale.

How do you compare the New Bern/Beaufort area to Hatteras and Ocracoke? Have you been to Hatteras and Ocracoke?

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NC's Crystal has a great assortment of small towns.

Beaufort has a tremendous amount of history with beautifully restored buildings. Swansboro which has less restoration has a charm of its own.

Both are right on the coast. Swansboro has better access to the beaches, but Beaufort has plenty to compensate.

There are plenty of rental properties in the area.

My post, Ten Ways Carteret County Met Our Needs, might be of interest to you.

This map will orient you to the area.

Our area benefits from being close to the beaches of Emerald Isle (http://coastalnc.org/emeraldislenctravelguidecd - broken link).

I grew up outside of Winston-Salem and lived in Columbia, Md for a couple of years.

Welcome to North Carolina and good luck finding the right spot.

Here are some pictures I took recently while walking the docks in Beaufort.

These are pictures from the Swansboro area last December. They were taken while driving around town and kayaking the White Oak River.
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:07 PM
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BDOON: Here is a missive on New Bern from another thread: New Bern is not all all like the outer banks locations, but there is considerable "big water" here with the Neuse and Trent Rivers. Beaufort is a bit more village than town, but it too is not on the ocean, but rather on sound/creek/river near ocean. Each is a bit different.

Here you go:

Our family moved to New Bern last fall. My wife and I love it, our teenage daughters hate New Bern. Though they laugh at the frequent comments about gang activities at the local high school. Their school in Charlotte was much worse, though they never had an issue there, either. Don't let wild talk about gangs at New Bern High worry you.

We live in the Riverside Historic District. You will see New Bern has three historic districts (maybe four). The one downtown is very nice, pristine if you will, but the prices their are still outrageous. The Riverside district is about 3/4 miles north of downtown. We can bike to church, to the bank's ATM and other places. We could walk it, but it is just a bit far for that. Riverside is still in some degree of transition (meaning there are some very nice and a few not so nice houses), but prices for historic homes here are reasonable. We do have a pretty active Historic Riverside Homeowners Association. The other historic district is, I think, Ghent. Right now there are several homes for sale in Riverside, and one of our neighbors in Riverside is one of the top local realtors. She loves to sell homes in our (and her) neighborhood.

Right now the main bridge in to New Bern is closed for construction (If you have GPS it will probably direct you that way..watch the signs instead), and other the main road into town, Broad Street, is also torn up for a very ill advised "lane reduction and tree planting in the medium project" which has most citizens riled up.

As you approach New Bern, though the construction, it is a little grim...but keep on heading down town and you will be pleased when you arrive. There are two hotels on the waterfront, downtown, a Sheraton and ugh...can't remember but it looks pretty nice as well.

New Bern is about 2 1/2 hours from Raleigh, almost all interstate type highway, 45 minutes from Greenville, Morehead City (the beach) and Jacksonville. All of those have malls and big box stores. Our mall, here in New Bern, is pitiful, but we have about all you need otherwise, but my girls go to the above mentioned towns for "real shopping."

New Bern has good, not necessarily great hospital. There are a number of Doctors and Physician groups here. I spent four days there last spring and walked out!

Like many southern towns and cities, there are some undesirable areas sometimes pretty close to nicer areas, but that is the south. If you are afraid of seeing people who do not look like you, stay away, cause we are all in New Bern together! It seems to work well, by the way.

Today, November 2nd, we were on the water about 6 hours fishing. I was in shorts and fishing shirts, my wife was bundled up a big more, but I did get sunburned. You cannot hate fishing in November. New Bern is at the confluence of the Trent River and the Neuse River. Lots of water sports and a world class kayak club. The bridge complex over the rivers is pretty amazing for this size town...your NC tax dollar at work. By the way, one of the candidates for governor is from New Bern. UHMMMMM........

We have a superb restaurant in town, The Chelsea, and a number of other very good ones. You should try the Chelsea while you are here. The theater is active, the community college is very intertwined with the town. My girls think the local movie theater is pretty weak, but I don't go to movies, so I do not care.

There are a number of old, beautiful historic churches in New Bern. We go to Christ Episcopal, which is right downtown. You should check it out, too.

I do not believe the local government is all that sharp (trying to be polite), but that is the case in many small towns.

There are a lot of retirees here, I am not one, yet, and there is not a lot of quality nightlife, though I am not in search of any.

There are also a number of developments farther east on US 70 such as Carolina Colors and Taberna, but to me, New Bern is historic homes, with front porches with light (Carolina Blue) ceilings. You don't get that in the newer areas.

Hope this helps. New Bern is pretty small and may not have all the services you are used to, but we (at least my wife and I) are very, very pleased to be here, and wish we had made the move many years ago.

lln
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