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Old 12-13-2008, 07:00 AM
 
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Just wanted to say hello from Liverpool, UK. I am a huge nature lover and birdwatcher and am buying a place in Swan Quarter to use as a vacation home. I hope to be in the county 3-6 months of the year and would value any comments, recommendations and ideas any of you out there have. I am keen to make as much contribution to the local and online community as I can.

I would especially value any grassroots advice about insurance, transport, and local issues and events, that I am unable to find online.

Regards

Lisa

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Old 12-13-2008, 08:15 AM
 
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Be forewarned - it is very rural out there. While there will be lots of opportunities for boating and wildlife viewing, shopping will be limited. US Hwy 264 is the closest "highway" that will take you to Washington NC or the Outer Banks, which are the main shopping areas for that region. Belhaven NC is a smaller town that is closer by, but it doesn't have too much shopping.Not sure about insurance, but you'll have to have a vehicle of some type.Good luck!
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:22 PM
 
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Thanks for your comments. I'm aware of the isolation; that's what I'm going for, to be honest - it's what makes the nature watching opportunities so rich. I live in a big city in an overcrowded area of England and would relish the chance to have only a few neighbours and a wholly different pace of life for part of the year. Transport is more of a problem, as I prefer to use public transport or 'green' forms of getting around where possible.
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:36 PM
 
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I don't think there is public transportation out there. However, there are lots of migratory birds though! I've never been out that way, but I have heard a lot about the location because I live relatively close by (Greenville NC area). The Outer Banks are awesome and that wouldn't be too far away.
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:07 PM
 
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I've been searching around and have managed to find a lady on Craigslist who will do me an occasional shuttle service to RDU airport, and have been in touch with a company in Hyde County who do a 'dial-a-bus' type service within the county, plus occasional trips to bigger towns/areas. I reckon between these, ridesharing, my bike and a kayak/small boat I should be able to get around nicely. Plus the Ocracoke ferry is a total bargain at only $1 each way

I'm very excited about it all and can't wait to see the birds and the beaches.
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Arden, NC
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It's pretty but it's way out there. That ferry ride is 2 hours I think.

Local issues. Hrmm. They just built a new courthouse "downtown" (well, it's as close to downtown as it gets). It's a town to drive in, not a lot is in walking distance. There is a little market/restaurant that has sandwiches and stuff, nice people.

Just north of town is a large lake that gets a lot of birds. Pretty place but the bugs can be rough.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:43 PM
 
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Lady_ lucan, did you ever move here? If so can you fill me in on what it's like please. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:24 AM
 
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Hi ginbar. The sale is going through this week, so I'll be in a position to post info/updates this coming year.

Are you thinking of buying in the area?
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:49 AM
 
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Hyde County and Swanquarter are very unique. I have spent time there for 30 years and have owned various land tracts there. The county is a wildlife paradise but it is remote, the mosquitos are oppressive(like no other place on earth, seriously). The locals are extremely friendly in general but can be very backwards. The local politics are crooked and that will translated down to you as a landowner. There is alot of controversy over property taxes, garbage diposal fees, sewer hook ups, etc due to the backwards/crooked politics. Hyde was made for animals and that is all. There are no grocery stores, it is so poor there that even the new dollar general store is now for sale. No business seems to be able to make it there. There is extreme flooding in the county during storms(hence the storm **** around swanquarter that will not likely hold back anything). Hyde is a wonderful, quiet wilderness community but there is alot wrong with it. Alot of out of towners come down there to buy real estate due to it's proximity to the coast and go home laughing at what they find. Don't ge tme wron, if you are a hunter or fisherman you will love it but otherwise it is very tough to live there, even for a few months.

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Old 01-16-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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Hello Lady_ lucan,

Congrats on your sale. I look forward to reading your post info/updates after you move in and settle in.

We were looking at Hyde County.
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