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Old 01-31-2007, 11:01 PM
 
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We are hoping to move to North or South Carolina from California this June. Currently, we live at the beach and we are looking for a similiar situation on the east coast. If anyone has any suggestions of coastal towns that are wonderful to settle in, we would appreciate the input. We would like to be no more than 40 minutes from a marina and we are interested in finding a town with a good high school.
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:29 AM
 
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Hi! Try Wilmiington NC. It's a great small city with lots of life and right by the beach!
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:26 AM
 
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Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC would be good choices. But be aware of the three H's (heat, humidity, and hurricanes ). But if those aren't issures for you, I'd recommend those areas. Good luck!!!
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:18 AM
 
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Thank you. You both confirmed the direction we were thinking. Is there a suburb outside of Wilmington or Charleston that is recommended for their high school? We are looking in the $500,000 price range for a home. Also, do you recommend New Bern or Oriental? We are visiting in March before are move and are trying to figure out what areas we need to cover. We are looking for employment as well, because we are not quite ready to retire. Therefore, that has to be figured into the equation. And by the way, how bad are those hurricanes anyways?
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:18 PM
 
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Not sure about HS's in the Wilmington area. Some that I've heard are very good in the Charleston area are Summerville HS (Summerville) and Wando HS (Mt. Pleasant).

You'll want to stick with Wilmington or Charleston as far as jobs go. They're much larger areas and you'll have a much better chance of landing one.

The farther you live inland, the less damage you'll get from hurricanes. You'll still probably get some wind damage, but most damage, they say, is from the storm surge/flooding. Wilmington is especially vulnerable. If you'll look at a map, it sort of sticks out in the ocean, a bit like a bullseye for a hurricane.
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:38 PM
 
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Have you thought about the Lake Norman area? I know its not an ocean by any means ( i am a Calif. transplant myself)but plenty of water activitys if that is what you are looking for.I do know that schools are pretty good too.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:30 PM
 
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Have you thought about the Lake Norman area? I know its not an ocean by any means ( i am a Calif. transplant myself)but plenty of water activitys if that is what you are looking for.I do know that schools are pretty good too.
I was about to add that too, mvn2nc!
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:06 PM
 
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Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC would be good choices. But be aware of the three H's (heat, humidity, and hurricanes ). But if those aren't issures for you, I'd recommend those areas. Good luck!!!
Coming from Calif., the 3 H's might be quite an adjustment. Myself I would not be afraid of taking my chances with hurricanes, what are the odds that one will do significant damage to you or your house? Also, it is hot everywhere at some point in time.

BUT....that other H...OMG people have to be able to breathe to survive!!
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:10 PM
 
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check www.charlestonhomelistings.com ; www.pluffmudproperties.com; (broken link)
www.ion.com for housing in mt pleasant charleston area for that price range.

excellent elementary schools in mt pleasant as it is the richest area in the state and right on the water. also check out the private schools in Charleston Porter Gaud Ashley Hall and Charleston Day School and many others
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:19 PM
 
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Great places in Mt Pleasant SC to live

Hibben
Dunes West
Park WEst
and definitely Old Village Mt Pleasant

check out www.charlestonhomeadvisor.com and you can see info on:

taxes
school
church
homes
neighborhoods
and golf

excellent tennis and great youth soccer programs too
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