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Old 05-10-2012, 09:13 AM
 
Location: White Plains, Maryland
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I'm looking for great places relatively close to the Raleigh/Cary area (relatively close meaning... with in a couple hours), for my parents to retire. I think they would prefer a Lake House if possible, where their future grand kids can boat, jet ski, swim, and all that fun stuff.

Any suggestions? It would probably be best for them to be at least around 20 or so minutes from a small town where they can do their shopping and probably where a hospital is etc. My Mom really likes little towns, antique shops, colonial stuff, etc. But that isn't really a priority - just a little background. My Dad just would like the water I think.

Any info or experiences you have would be very helpful! Where are your parents retired? How do they like it?

(also... I think the in-laws would like living in a neighborhood near or on a golf course... but I think they like the "board walk" atmosphere.. so I was thinking Myrtle beach area might be better for them)
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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You have not mentioned a buget. Does the home itself have to be on a lake? The Preserve at Jordan Lake is a gorgeous golf course community built adjacent to Jordan Lake. It's literally a stones throw away from the lake. Homes are not allowed to be built on the lake itself. It's a short commute (about 25 mintues) to great shopping and restaurants of both Beaver Creek in Apex and Streets of Southpoint in Durham. Great healthcare is close as well.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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You have not mentioned a buget. Does the home itself have to be on a lake? The Preserve at Jordan Lake is a gorgeous golf course community built adjacent to Jordan Lake. It's literally a stones throw away from the lake. Homes are not allowed to be built on the lake itself. It's a short commute (about 25 mintues) to great shopping and restaurants of both Beaver Creek in Apex and Streets of Southpoint in Durham. Great healthcare is close as well.
Thanks! I'm not sure.. I think they would prefer to be right on the lake because they would like to be able to utilize the water in the future.. boating and stuff. So do you know what the water access is like in that community?

I think they wouldn't want the budget to be more than 350k. Between 250K and 350K would be a good estimate to start searching with.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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Anyone know anything about Lake Royale in NC, is that a lake big enough to jet ski or boat or anything?

Roanoke Rapids Lake, NC
Lake Gaston - close towards Roanoke Rapids side
Falls Lake?
Swan Bay?
Chocowinity Bay?
Elizabeth City area?
Kerr Lake?
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Thanks! I'm not sure.. I think they would prefer to be right on the lake because they would like to be able to utilize the water in the future.. boating and stuff. So do you know what the water access is like in that community?

I think they wouldn't want the budget to be more than 350k. Between 250K and 350K would be a good estimate to start searching with.
That's not a great budget for most lake property in NC I'm afraid.

The only place I can think of to tell you to check out would be Lake Tillery

Lake Tillery
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: White Plains, Maryland
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That's not a great budget for most lake property in NC I'm afraid.

The only place I can think of to tell you to check out would be Lake Tillery

Lake Tillery

I don't know I was looking at lake front places on Lake Royale and Lake Gaston and there seemed to be PLENTY of options. (They don't want an extravagant home... its the property they care about). So a nice little home on the water will do.. I don't think super fancy neighborhoods or houses is what they want.

I'll check that out! Thanks!
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Anyone know anything about Lake Royale in NC, is that a lake big enough to jet ski or boat or anything?
When we looked at Lake Royale it was during a drought summer. You could not have done much with a boat then. But the good thing about Lake Royale was that there were cheap properties. I was just researching Lake Gaston, and waterfront properties are $575,000 and above.

Correction: I just saw a 2000 square foot house with a dock and boathouse on Lake Gaston for just under $350K. It was on Hemlock Lane in Littleton, NC. It was rustic but livable. Does that sound feasible for your parents?
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: White Plains, Maryland
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When we looked at Lake Royale it was during a drought summer. You could not have done much with a boat then. But the good thing about Lake Royale was that there were cheap properties. I was just researching Lake Gaston, and waterfront properties are $575,000 and above.

Correction: I just saw a 2000 square foot house with a dock and boathouse on Lake Gaston for just under $350K. It was on Hemlock Lane in Littleton, NC. It was rustic but livable. Does that sound feasible for your parents?

Definitely... What I was most worried about around Lake Gaston was it being too far of a drive to shops and grocery and hopsital etc. But we just have to visit to find out. I have found several properties around 350k on lake gaston, in the SW and SE quadrants... I just need to know if they will be close enough to things for as they get older. I'm thinking within a 30 minute drive to that stuff.. maybe even 45 but it really depends on the area etc.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Salisbury,NC
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Check out High Rock Lake in Rowan and Davidson Counties. Bubba Watson has a lake front home for sale on the Davidson county side.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:49 PM
 
Location: White Plains, Maryland
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Check out High Rock Lake in Rowan and Davidson Counties. Bubba Watson has a lake front home for sale on the Davidson county side.
I've never heard of them. Thanks! I will!
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