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Old 03-15-2007, 01:34 PM
 
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just bought land in st james plantation near southport, can anyone tell me about the healthcare in the town, is healthcare insurance expensive? also does anyone have any feedback about this town??
thanks
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:56 PM
 
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A couple of years ago when we were looking for coastal property we toured St. James and the Southport areas. Southport is a quaint little fishing town.
We have friends whose parent moved to St. James 10 years ago and they love it there, the golf courses and recreational facilities are wonderful!
I believe there are plans to build a large sea port just north of Southport.
You will be about 30 minutes south of Wilmington and the medical facilities there. I don't know anything about health care costs-sorry.
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:53 AM
 
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Health Carecosts are probably the same as anywhere else. The key is what type of Healt Insurance plan you may have. Unfortunately when I retire I will have to buy my own being we don't have a Health plan for retirees. I estimate for my wife and me around 20k a year. This does not include Long Term Health Care.

Depressing isn't it!!!
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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We travel frequently to Southport from CT. Plan to retire in the area. Dosher Hospital receives additional funds from a voluntary tax paid by residents, and is very up to date. Brunswick Hospital is in the process of building a new facility. Many Wilmington specialists maintain offices in the area. IMHO, the healthcare is good. As for St. James, it's a beautiful area, lovely homes, lots of activities, and of course the golf courses. Not much right outside of St. James on 211, but that will be changing once the second bridge to Oak Island opens. We love the area.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:28 AM
 
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Good morning Poodle. Any idea when the bridge will be opening.

your comment on not much outside St James on 211 right now but will be changing once bridge opens got my attention because I noticed the same thing. What type of "retail" or other commercial type development do you see coming there once Bridge opens up.

Thats my only concern about retiring in St James is the apparent remoteness. Thats why I am debating between St James and Ocean Ridge Plantation.

All I know is either choice has to be better than staying up here in New Jersey when I retire.

Loce it down there!!!!
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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I'm thinking of St James too. I don't see it as being so remote. From the front gate to the beach house was a 7 minute drive. I know there's a Costco in Willmington but I already travel 25 minutes to get to one now. I don't look at the distance in miles but in time. On long island getting from one town to another can take a long time.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:14 PM
 
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I believe the bridge will be opening the end of this month. A Lowe's food is coming on 211 near St. James. Further up, where 211 meets 17, a gas station/quicki mart, a Domino's and a Dairy Queen are going in. North Myrtle Beach has a gigantic outlet mall, Wilmington has malls. I'm used to traveling a bit for shopping, so that doesn't bother me---hey, shop, eat out, you're retired, right? All the basic everyday things are nearby in Southport. St. James seems to be crime-free. The Oak Island beaches are GREAT---clean and uncrowded. Lots of amenities for the residents---parks, piers, activities. Do you have a subscription to the State Port Pilot? That would be a good move.I don't know anything about Ocean Ridge Plantation, so can't make a comparison.We've been coming to the area since 1989, and although every area has its negatives, we feel it's for us. We both grew up on Long Island Sound in CT, and I especially love being near the water. Guess I've rambled on, hope this has been helpful.
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Old 10-12-2010, 03:44 PM
 
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Hey all. Like has been mentioned in other areas of this Forum, Ocean Ridge and St. James both offer different pluses and minuses. One thing to keep in mind with St. James, or any community on 211 is summer traffic. While the new bridge should ease congestion where the traffic from Southport and Oak Island converge it is not going to help the heavy traffic on 211. This will continue to get worse as more folks move into that area. It's not impossible to deal with but it can be very aggravating in the summer months. It's anyone's guess as to when 211 will be widened... if ever. Just something to think about.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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While the new bridge should ease congestion where the traffic from Southport and Oak Island converge it is not going to help the heavy traffic on 211. This will continue to get worse as more folks move into that area.
Yes, well, that seems to be the irony of so many people moving to NC (and other "hot" places right now): They move here "because there's less traffic", but in the process, in coming here by the thousands, they bring the traffic with them and before you know it, the traffic is horrible.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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They move here "because there's less traffic",
That is true but there are a myriad of other reasons "they" move here. Like beautiful weather, great beaches, a slower pace of life, reducing their property tax bill by $15k a year, etc. Traffic is a by-product that can be remedied with the increased voice and tax basis. In can be an inconvenience in the interim for all of us. That's why is can be an important factor when considering a neighborhood. We welcome them with open arms.
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