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Old 06-28-2015, 08:02 AM
 
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If a middle aged or retirement aged person or couple were to make Cary their home, what would they find about Cary, NC to delight or dissuade.

Are there tax $$ exemptions to sweeten the pot of retirement,
Is the community healthy minded, green oriented, astute to non-GMO's
Lotsa traffic? ....Quiet, charming, or busy and harried. Does it feel safe?
Friendly open people, or do they keep to themselves not accepting newcomers.
Natural settings for walking, parks, lakes...anything stand out as the gem?
Convenient to major hospital or quite a distance away?
How about the arts.. symphonies, museums, or is best of nightlife bar hopping?
Is it particularly beautiful...picturesque?

Tell me your likes and dislikes... what would you change?
Why is it better?
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:38 AM
 
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So, you've never been here? What interests you in Cary?
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:50 AM
 
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Why is it better?
Better than what?
Most people are living here because it's a nice community close to their job. I'm not sure I would characterize it as a mecca that retirees are flocking to.
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:09 AM
 
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Wanting to get out of the north, winters are too long.. not the vibrancy I had hoped for here in the Poconos.
Looking to return a tad farther south (formerly from Virginia).

We have visited Wilmington a few times.. feels a bit large and spread out.
I had asked about Washington NC and from a few people's description, it sounds a little too small.
New Bern sounded somewhat sleepy too.

We look for a place that has an active arts community, a lively town but not tooo big.
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:36 AM
 
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visited Wilmington a few times.. feels a bit large and spread out
The area here is huge and very spread out. People keep sprawling out and Cary keeps annexing those neighborhoods. It can take you 40 minutes to get from one end of Cary to the other -- on a good traffic day!

I like it here because it's boring and suburbia.

It sounds like you'd like Hillsborough more than Cary.
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:40 AM
 
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We look for a place that has an active arts community, a lively town but not tooo big.
Then you are not looking for Cary....

Chapel Hill/Carrboro, Pittsboro, or Hillsborough fit what you are describing a little better.
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:46 AM
 
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Then you are not looking for Cary....

Chapel Hill/Carrboro, Pittsboro, or Hillsborough fit what you are describing a little better.
Agreed.

Though I think we should tell the OP that there are no real tax incentives. NC is not trying to "lure" any retirees or "sweeten" any "pot(s)."
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:32 AM
 
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Then you are not looking for Cary....

Chapel Hill/Carrboro, Pittsboro, or Hillsborough fit what you are describing a little better.
Actually, I'm thinking one of the smaller towns around Asheville. Flat Rock, Hendersonville, etc
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:29 PM
 
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Wanting to get out of the north, winters are too long.. not the vibrancy I had hoped for here in the Poconos.
Looking to return a tad farther south (formerly from Virginia).

We have visited Wilmington a few times.. feels a bit large and spread out.
I had asked about Washington NC and from a few people's description, it sounds a little too small.
New Bern sounded somewhat sleepy too.

We look for a place that has an active arts community, a lively town but not tooo big.
OK Goldilocks...concur with the others' recommendations.

Don't expect to be lured by tax incentives.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:38 PM
 
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OK Goldilocks...concur with the others' recommendations.

Don't expect to be lured by tax incentives.
There was one if you are high income. Tax revision cut lowest bracket .025% - highest was cut 2.5%.

Pension exemption was removed too when standard deduction was increased.

Not retiree-friendly except social security is exempt.
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