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Old 01-20-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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Smile Areas on VA/NC border with fairly easy commute to Portsmouth??

Hi, my fiance and I are looking into purchasing a home within the next year. We are currently renting in va beach and love the area but single family homes in good areas, are a little above our price range here. My search has extended to the VA/NC border where i have discovered, prices are slightly lower and you can get more peace and quiet and larger yards (which we love). My fiance works in portsmouth, va at the shipyard and is willing to make a commute of about 45min but not too much more. I see that Moyock NC is one of the areas that is within range. Does anyone know anything about this area?? We have never been down there. Also, are there any other areas on the va/nc border where we should look?? thanks so much for your help and advice =)
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: on the road again
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Hi, my fiance and I are looking into purchasing a home within the next year. We are currently renting in va beach and love the area but single family homes in good areas, are a little above our price range here. My search has extended to the VA/NC border where i have discovered, prices are slightly lower and you can get more peace and quiet and larger yards (which we love). My fiance works in portsmouth, va at the shipyard and is willing to make a commute of about 45min but not too much more. I see that Moyock NC is one of the areas that is within range. Does anyone know anything about this area?? We have never been down there. Also, are there any other areas on the va/nc border where we should look?? thanks so much for your help and advice =)
A lot of Virginians have moved just across the state line into NC over the years, but many of them have moved back....yes the taxes are cheaper along with the real estate market but most people tire of the long commute and with the ever changing gas prices, much of the savings are soon consumed with gas and wear and tear on their vehicle.....Sure gas is pretty cheap right now but I dont think it would shock anyone if it was back to 3-4 dollars a gallon by summer
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Moyock is a great area. Laid back, a little country but will grow big time when the economy picks back up. Chesapeake hospital bought a hug parcel of land right on the border in Va. I think its worth checking out.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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Gates is the place, if you want to commute that distance. New homes and lots are for sale down there. I work with a couple peeps who built homes there a couple years ago. They're half mile over the boarder. They work 4-10 hour shifts for a 3 day weekend so they're not traveling too much back and forth. When the gas was over 4 dollars, they were screamin' about how much it cost them to travel back and forth to work. It's really up to you, but even the Suffolk peeps had it rough.
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg
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I have worked with a few folks who bought in Elizabeth City and commuted to Norfolk. It was a little over an hour so long as they didn't hit a major back-up. I thought they were crazy but couldn't talk them out of it. They bought an 1800 sq foot home for a little over $200k in a great area.
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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I have worked with a few folks who bought in Elizabeth City and commuted to Norfolk. It was a little over an hour so long as they didn't hit a major back-up. I thought they were crazy but couldn't talk them out of it. They bought an 1800 sq foot home for a little over $200k in a great area.
Yes, the assessments are much lower than ours. My friend's husband hand built their 4,000 sq. foot home. When they sold the one he previously built 7 years earlier at 440,000 in Suffolk, they made out compared to the new home in Gates. Same square footage, same quality workmanship, but assessed at 234,000.
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Upstate SC
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My advice is also to try Suffolk. Grew up there and all my family is stlll there. Carolina Hwy and Carolina Rd., Manning Rd, Whaleyville area and Holland area of Suffolk are areas that you should definitely look into. They are still in VA but are an easy 30min commute to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. There is also some homes off Turlington Rd in Suffolk that are nice too. (Land acreage is nice too)

Good Luck.
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