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Old 04-25-2007, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Glenolden PA
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Hi, I'm looking for a home near or on the beach in North carolina. Where is a nice place to have a home that is not too touristy. I'm concerned about hurricanes but that comes with the territory. A place close to shopping and beach. Also does anyone live further inland and drive to the beach. I would be willing to drive 2 or 3 hours to get to the beach if it means no flooding from bad weather. I live in philly, suburbs now and takes about 2 hours to get to the New Jersey beaches. I just hate the fast pace, over populated **** towns here. And I have a lot of money to spend. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 04-25-2007, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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First thoughts are Emerald Isle and Calabash. Most beach areas in NC are touristy, from hotel areas to the more common weekly house rentals. These two areas get their share of tourists, but there's a year-round component as well.
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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Hi, I'm looking for a home near or on the beach in North carolina. Where is a nice place to have a home that is not too touristy. I'm concerned about hurricanes but that comes with the territory. A place close to shopping and beach. Also does anyone live further inland and drive to the beach. I would be willing to drive 2 or 3 hours to get to the beach if it means no flooding from bad weather. I live in philly, suburbs now and takes about 2 hours to get to the New Jersey beaches. I just hate the fast pace, over populated **** towns here. And I have a lot of money to spend. Thanks in advance for your help.

I was going to say Emerald Isle also. That would be my choice but it depends what you mean by shopping. If you want a mall they don't have one. I'd love to buy a place there though.
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:23 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Hi you mention you are willing to drive 3 hours so that gives you alot of options if looking at a map any city and including from Greensboro down to Charlotte a 3 hour beach trip can be made. No area of this state is immune from hurricane damage whether it be flooding or wind damage or mud slides about all areas of this state has experience one of the above.

The southern portion of outerbanks is non touristy mostly just rental houses due to regulation also check out Vacation & Rental
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Glenolden PA
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Thanks everyone. Maybe NC is not for me. I have been looking at Virginia. But they also get flooding bad too at times.
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Thanks everyone. Maybe NC is not for me. I have been looking at Virginia. But they also get flooding bad too at times.
Before you give up, check out New Bern
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Old 04-25-2007, 01:04 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Far as flooding it really depends on terrain you live near for instance land that is in a flood plain vs a home no where near a river. Hurricanes dont scare me for some reason I guess because I live inland close to Charlotte but I also would feel safe in Raleigh Durham as long as I didnt live near one of the lakes, creeks, or rivers.

Only thing that has bother me with Hurricanes is the ones with wind but that was mainly of living in a house with a oak tree 3 feet from my bedroom window. I wasnt worry about wind doing damage to the house but what it would knock down if that makes sense.

I guess I accept hurricanes like Californians accept earthquakes. If experiencing a hurricane really concerns you I would take the time hurricane was forcasted in a area to take a mini vacation to visit your friends in PA.

Btw PA has not been immune from hurricane damage the state was affected from Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Floyd, and Hurricane Isabel.
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Old 04-25-2007, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Glenolden PA
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Living in pa my whole life floyd was the worst. We had some water in the basement and it was a big mess. But other than that it's ice storms and snow storms that cause some problems. I guess I can't complain some places in the US have some bad problems with weather. North carolina is just so beautiful. with mountains beaches and lakes. It seem like PA with beaches and less people.
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Old 04-25-2007, 01:33 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I would have to agree with above poster on New Bern for coastal living and not fear major hurricane damage even though I know it not immune of it and I was reading similar posts on New Bern and people of the area have similar view.

The other choice would be Greeenville NC but in the section that wasnt in hurricane floyd flood plain zone.
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Old 04-25-2007, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I lived in North Carolina for 25 years and have been in Virginia for the past 11. You can't really go wrong with either state for what you are seeking. I, too, think New Bern might be what you are looking for. Brunswick County and Wilmington should be strong considerations as well.

If you want to go toward Virginia, Williamsburg may be a good option. Williamsburg has a number of solid communities with quite a few people from the Northeast who have settled there (and it's not all touristy).
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