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Old 01-22-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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Default Good place to move to in NC

Hi! My husband and I are currently renting an apartment in Jacksonville, NC (He's a Marine). He's getting out of the military in a year and a half, and we are definitely planning on buying a home then. We want to stay in North Carolina, but I absolutely hate living here in Jacksonville...too populated. I'm currently a student, and since some of my credits were unable to transfer from my previous college, I will still be a student for another 2 years. His main concern is being able to live near a college for me, but since there are so many, I'm not really worried about it. We both want a decent-sized home (It's just us two and a dog but we want children eventually!), with a large yard. We're both pretty outdoorsy people so living out in the country would be great, but I would also like to be in fair proximity to a city since I am in the medical field. If it's somewhere in good proximity to the beach it would be amazing! We also don't want to live in a place where the cost of living is so high - we want to live comfortably. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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If it's somewhere in good proximity to the beach it would be amazing! We also don't want to live in a place where the cost of living is so high - we want to live comfortably. Any suggestions?
One question for you is where would your husband be most likely to find a job? What is his specialty, and how would he transition to a civilian job?

Another question is what field do you want to study, and what college would you like to attend.

It's hard to make any suggestions without knowing more about you and your skills.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:06 AM
 
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Jacksonville is too populated.....hmm. You could go down the road to Topsail and be able to utilize the Wilmington colleges or maybe head up to the little Washington area where you are close to Greenville. Washington is a really affordable bedroom community to Greenville and is much less populated, but offers a waterfront & historic district. It also has its own CC but is only about 30 minutes to Greenville and ECU.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:13 AM
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Jacksonville is too populated.....hmm. You could go down the road to Topsail and be able to utilize the Wilmington colleges or maybe head up to the little Washington area where you are close to Greenville. Washington is a really affordable bedroom community to Greenville and is much less populated, but offers a waterfront & historic district. It also has its own CC but is only about 30 minutes to Greenville and ECU.
I was just about to suggest the same area. We visited New Bern this past Summer and my daughter had given us a book called the Backroads of North Carolina so we did the trip in that area. I was impressed with the area and if I were not already settled in the Charlotte area and was looking in North Carolina I think I would check out that much overlooked area for a home or land to put a home on.

For instance, Bath is the oldest town in North Carolina. Of course if she does not like crowding, she wouldn't want Bath in the Summer. Everybody was there but there were some really country roads in the area that were definitely back roads.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:21 AM
 
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I was just about to suggest the same area. We visited New Bern this past Summer and my daughter had given us a book called the Backroads of North Carolina so we did the trip in that area. I was impressed with the area and if I were not already settled in the Charlotte area and was looking in North Carolina I think I would check out that much overlooked area for a home or land to put a home on.

For instance, Bath is the oldest town in North Carolina. Of course if she does not like crowding, she wouldn't want Bath in the Summer. Everybody was there but there were some really country roads in the area that were definitely back roads.
Bath is a great suggestion, its just getting a little far from Greenville and economic opportunities...its a little more expensive in Bath as well, you just have to drive for everything.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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Thank you guys. I used to live in Maysville, right before New Bern. Although Maysville isn't at all populated, there isn't much to do there, and no job opportunities. I'm studying to be in the medical lab tech field, and i'm also taking a course in phlebotomy to go along with it. So my opportunities are pretty open to lab offices and hospitals. He's a bulk fuel specialist in the Marines...so he can work at an airport fueling the planes as a civilian.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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So my opportunities are pretty open to lab offices and hospitals. He's a bulk fuel specialist in the Marines...so he can work at an airport fueling the planes as a civilian.
If you want to be near the beach (1-2 hours?) then you both are limited to towns with a commercial airport and a hospital within commuting distance. You might look at the Wilmington area, and live further out, like Wallace or Rose Hill. Other towns with commercial airports are Greenville, Fayetteville, New Bern, etc.. Of course if Greenville is too big, look at towns further away. Here's a list of the airports in North Carolina, including executive jetports and general aviation: List of airports in North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . If your husband can work with the "executive jets" , Sanford can be a nice town. Southport is also a nice place near the beaches, but I have no idea how busy their airport is. Whiteville would also put you a short distance to beaches.
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