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Old 03-16-2009, 05:32 AM
 
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My question is where would you live if you didn't have to worry about schools, taxes, or any of the long term issues. My husband and I are taking three months for him to prepare for a board test and since the last rotation was in the state, thought we might stay in the area.

The only things we would be concerned about are local attractions, be it beach or musuems, ease of finding a nice furnished rental for three months and a library where he could spend significant amounts of time without any problems.

We would like to stay in smaller towns (under 200,000) just because we don't want the hassle of trying to learn a new city and we are absolutely not partiers...bars and even restaurants are not that important to us. We've been looking at Wilmington and Southport, but it would be great if someone could point us in a different direction.

So for three months in NC, what city would you move to in a heartbeat???
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:01 AM
 
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I don't necessarily have your answer, but am very interested in what others say.

I too was going to suggest considering Wilmington, but western areas of the state might be pretty interesting as well.

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Old 03-16-2009, 04:30 PM
 
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I think if you want quiet-the mountains are good-Boone, West Jefferson, beautiful areas!

The beaches might be easier to find rental properties but will get crowded soon which means prices go up too.
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Old 03-17-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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The nice thing about the Outer Banks of NC is the variation...from terrain and water to population and traffic. You can go in the 'four wheel drive area' (Northern Outer Banks, and yes, you need a 4WD to get there...but there are AMAZING homes and wild horses on the beach and such...) or you can stay in Kitty Hawk or Kill Devil Hills and have a more bustling time of it...or go to Old Nag's Head for a bit more isolation...etc. etc.

The area has history AND beach AND calm water (Currituck, Albemarle, Kitty Hawk Sounds...) and good restaurants too!
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Old 03-21-2009, 03:25 PM
 
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Default Move to Southport...

No over crowding here - about 5,000 people. And for studying, you can walk to the library, but as quiet as the community is, you could study on your porch or deck. I know of some rentals...what time of year. Realize if it is spring/summer time you are planning to head this way, this is a peak rental season...


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My question is where would you live if you didn't have to worry about schools, taxes, or any of the long term issues. My husband and I are taking three months for him to prepare for a board test and since the last rotation was in the state, thought we might stay in the area.

The only things we would be concerned about are local attractions, be it beach or musuems, ease of finding a nice furnished rental for three months and a library where he could spend significant amounts of time without any problems.

We would like to stay in smaller towns (under 200,000) just because we don't want the hassle of trying to learn a new city and we are absolutely not partiers...bars and even restaurants are not that important to us. We've been looking at Wilmington and Southport, but it would be great if someone could point us in a different direction.

So for three months in NC, what city would you move to in a heartbeat???
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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What time of year were you thinking? If it is not in the summer season, one of the beach areas could be really nice.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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Default Southport gets my vote, too!

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No over crowding here - about 5,000 people. And for studying, you can walk to the library, but as quiet as the community is, you could study on your porch or deck. I know of some rentals...what time of year. Realize if it is spring/summer time you are planning to head this way, this is a peak rental season...
We lived in Southport for almost three years and absolutely loved it. Try to find a place close to "downtown" to have shopping handier. Or grab a place on Oak Island for a true beach experience -- they even have a library branch! Either way, I'm sure you'll find the living to be peaceful and relaxing.
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:18 PM
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I have lived in the Southport area so I understand what they are recommending, but i would say ASHEVILLE would be the best for three months. Would not want to live there long, but late spring, summer, in to fall, I do not think it could be beaten.


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