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Old 08-08-2011, 07:12 AM
 
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What do you consider 'cheap'?

I love Fairhope, AL on Mobile Bay.
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There is no state income tax on SS or on many pensions. The city is on a bluff overlooking the bay. It has become an artsy town too. It is a safe place to live too. You are also not too far from the Gulf or from Mobile which is a larger city. There are a couple of quaint small towns closer to the gulf too. Magnolia Springs where the mail is delivered by boat.. Bon Secur famous for seafood.
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:21 AM
 
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If cost isn't an issue...Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:53 AM
 
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:50 PM
 
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Mzfroggez, thanks for the info about Kure/Carolina beaches right outside of Wilmington, North Carolina!

If I understand correctly, you are living there right now or recently. The last time I checked about 18 months ago, there did not seem to be a decent city bus system which takes people out to Kure Beach or Carolina Beach right outside of Wilmington. I know that the city of Wilmington has a fairly decent bus system, but when I checked the buses did not go out to the very nice beaches right outside of Wilmington which was a big disappointment to me. You would think there might be public transit/buses to the beach communities. Correct me if I am wrong about this or the city bus situation has changed, that you know of.

I live without a car and want to rely on bus systems like I always have. So this put a damper on possibilities of Kure Beach and Carolina Beach right outside of Wilmington for me. From the photos I've seen and the literature I've read about the North Carolina beaches and beach towns, they are really great
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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There is a proposal to bring bus service to the New Hanover beaches per a recent article in the Star News, WAVE's plan would bring buses to the beach | StarNewsOnline.com It has some hurdles to get through, though. I had been going to suggest Topsail Island beaches to you for inexpensive beach property, but there's not a lot of year-round rentals here, and it's less accessible than the Wilmington area beaches.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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What do you consider 'cheap'?

I love Fairhope, AL on Mobile Bay.

Most Recent Photos | Beautiful Fairhope

There is no state income tax on SS or on many pensions. The city is on a bluff overlooking the bay. It has become an artsy town too. It is a safe place to live too. You are also not too far from the Gulf or from Mobile which is a larger city. There are a couple of quaint small towns closer to the gulf too. Magnolia Springs where the mail is delivered by boat.. Bon Secur famous for seafood.

Nice place. I've lived nearby.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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Mzfroggez, thanks for the info about Kure/Carolina beaches right outside of Wilmington, North Carolina!

If I understand correctly, you are living there right now or recently. The last time I checked about 18 months ago, there did not seem to be a decent city bus system which takes people out to Kure Beach or Carolina Beach right outside of Wilmington. I know that the city of Wilmington has a fairly decent bus system, but when I checked the buses did not go out to the very nice beaches right outside of Wilmington which was a big disappointment to me. You would think there might be public transit/buses to the beach communities. Correct me if I am wrong about this or the city bus situation has changed, that you know of.

I live without a car and want to rely on bus systems like I always have. So this put a damper on possibilities of Kure Beach and Carolina Beach right outside of Wilmington for me. From the photos I've seen and the literature I've read about the North Carolina beaches and beach towns, they are really great
You're right on that, public transportation and all. On the news recently, a story was featured concerning extending bus service out as far as ft fisher - apparently still has to be voted on so it will be interesting to see what happens. The city is presently trying to annex Monkey Junction which might explain why service is moving further "south". I'll keep you posted as I hear more.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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There is a proposal to bring bus service to the New Hanover beaches per a recent article in the Star News, WAVE's plan would bring buses to the beach | StarNewsOnline.com It has some hurdles to get through, though. I had been going to suggest Topsail Island beaches to you for inexpensive beach property, but there's not a lot of year-round rentals here, and it's less accessible than the Wilmington area beaches.
didn't read far enough! and you had more info than i gave
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:03 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Mzfroggez, that Is an area I have been looking at for retirement. How humid does it get in the summer - and how cold in the winter? Hurricane risk? (I'm more concerned with the price of insurance than the actual event)

Are there other towns nearby that have a bit more activity - restaurants, bars, movie theatres, etc?
I'm not Msfroggez, but I can answer that as one desert dweller to another. I spent a summer month in the Wilmington area. Oh my ghod, I couldn't breathe! Take a shower, get out of the shower ... and feel like you never took a shower! Try staying there first before you buy!
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:18 PM
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Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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An "inexpensive beach town" is an oxymoron in my book.

Just saw Escort's same definition further down on Page 1. Great minds think alike! :-)

Last edited by Lodestar 77; 08-08-2011 at 09:20 PM.. Reason: Added second sentence.
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