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Old 12-16-2009, 05:52 PM
 
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OK ,then,I live in greenville, sc, moving to wilmington, next month married with childern and lab,,,dont want to live in BFE but dont mind the country need to be with in 15 miles or so of the beach,,, Thanks up front for the help
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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Default Fellow SC resident moving at the same time

Hey, just wanted to say I'm moving to Wilmington next month and grew up in Clemson, SC (Greenville basically). I hope we both can find safe places to live! Good luck, PM if you want to talk about our moving experiences!
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:21 PM
 
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Check out Leland!
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:35 AM
 
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leland will not be 15 minutes from the beach,
we have a friend living over there and he finds
it a pain to get to the beaches.
looking at you "handle" seems to me that you would want to be
much closer.

look on the map and go either south or north of wilmington
or stay inside wilmington city limits.
lots of neighborhoods in all price ranges.
we are at 17'th and college road and about
15-20 minutes from either wrigthsville beach or carolina beach.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:13 AM
 
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The Monkey Junction area has a lot of neighborhoods to choose from. It's safe and about 15 mins. from the beach. Good schools, too. And not all of the neighborhoods are within the city limits (yet!), so you only have county taxes.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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We are also considering the same move into Wilmington area--would like at least 20 mins to a beach area doesn't have to be Carolina Beach but an area that is nice to hang out in and play in the water/sand. When visiting it was December and slow but I assume the Carolina Beach area gets really busy in the summer? Is that the case? If so, where do locals hang out that isn't over-run with tourists. The Topsail area seemed to have nice house prices with decent lots-which is what we are looking for and relatively close to town--of course on google maps it can be deceiveing-any idea of how far the drive is from some of the outlining areas?
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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topsail is a fairly good drive , 45min to an hour ,

You would most likely want to be in the same area as the OP , this way you can
choose all of Pleasure Isalnd beaches [ including both ends of island where you
can go in a four wheel drive ] or you can go to wrigthsville beach.

some of the wrigthsville beach crowd
looks down on the carolina beach crowd, it being more of a working class beach.
those things are changing and Carolina beach is really looking good,
the entry looks 200% better than coming into wilmington .

for us it was important to be close to everything , if you like to be a little
isolated then topsail might be a better fit.

there are turist everywhere but I never get the feeling that it is
over-run by tourists , they are there but living at the beach
means that one shares.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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good to know it's not over-run by tourists, that was my main concern about the area. It was too cold to hang on the beach two weeks ago when I got there but assumed in the summer it was fine but didn't want to fight huge crowds either. I would hate to move somewhere for a beach but not be able to enjoy it.
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:18 PM
 
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don't get me wrong , fourth of july on
wrigthsville beach will be crowded , espcecially around the piers.
being that we live here year round we just don't go
on the fourth.
the other thing with wrigthsville is that parking is at a premium,week-ends for sure,
we do however always have luck finding a spot.
the good thing is that one has the option of
driving south to carolina or kure beach where
parking is a little easier and if living on the north side one
can venture up to topsail and surf city.
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: wilmington, nc
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Hi: I hope someone will also answer me about Wilmington. Posted to the blog area but don't think that's right. Not sure how to start a post. My husband and I live in northern VA but will be visiting Wilmington this week to look for a retirement place. He loves to boat/fish in salt water so doesn't want to be far from water access; he also loves football and NC basketball on TV. I'm a glass artist so need a workshop and access to other artists. He's a retired Army MSgt, and we're both retired from the federal government. We both hate shopping except at Costco. Looking for a one-level house where we can put in a fence so our rat terrier can run around. Would love a community center where we could meet other good-natured people, but neither of us golfs. Our realtor has sent photos of very expensive houses while I send her MLS listings of more reasonable places. Anyone have recommendations for over 55, active boaters/artists?
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