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Old 10-18-2006, 04:39 PM
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We are moving in the next few years and are looking at New Bern as a place to move! Our only concern is finding work to live as we are accustomed here in California. We want a change of pace and a different life for our son who is now 5.

Any advice or info on New Bern will be appreciated!
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:40 PM
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Well it all depends on your financial situation.
Are you bringing good CA cash for a home ?
New Bern use to be strictlly a retirement area but that has been changing a lot with a good amount of growth in new communities. They have some good schools (http://www.greatschools.net/schools....&lc=e&state=NC) they are the three B's........Ben, Brinson and Bridgeton.... It is a nice area but if you have more specific questions I can help you better...........
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:38 AM
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Default New Bern Questions

Thank you for your offer to answer questions. We are thinking of buying a condo/townhouse in the next year or so to use as a vacation home for a year or two after that and then move. That way we at least have a place to live when we get there.

We do not own a home in Calif. We rent and would rather pay a mortgage for a property there. We work for a Construction company-my husband as a driver/worker and I work as a Asst Project Manager.

We are saving until we move so that we have a little savings when we make the final move. We are either coming for a vist in April or next October to investigate our options.

Any details on the area would be great. Do you have a family you are raising there?

My email is kirajolene@hotmail.com.

Thanks Jaytee.
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Old 10-19-2006, 01:16 PM
Location: Wilson
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I lived in New Bern for 15 years. I am very familiar with the city.

They are getting ready to build some great condos where the trent and Neuse rivers come together. It is a marina type resort with condos and all. Supposed to be some of the nicest on the east coast.

There are other condos at old town, fairfield harbor, and trent woods. What type of job are you looking for?

Any questions just ask
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:47 PM
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Default Beffrey2

Thanks. What is the job industry in New Bern? Or the nearest town with jobs? We are in Construction.

I was also interested in the City you live in (Fuquay Varina) with regards to where it is and what it would be like to live there. I have seen some positive posts on this site about it.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:03 PM
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I'm interested as well in what types of jobs people work in or around New Bern, NC. My husband & I are looking to leave NJ (what else is new?) and are sailors so we would love to be near the water. I'm sure we can't afford waterfront but a tributary leading to open ocean would be nice. Basically we like friendly people and do like "small town". We live in a small town now but of course are surrounded by malls galore. A little less building and a lot more open space would be nice. I realize we have to actually travel to NC to check out the areas but overall, from people who've moved there and do sail/boat, what community jumps out that you feel is reasonably financially feasible to live in? We are only mid-50's and need to work (my husband is an IBM systems programmer and I'm a medical transcriptionist at home). Should we consider a different area and think of New Bern for retirement only? We're also not McMansion people. A simple, small (1000 or so sq ft home) would suit us fine in a relatively safe neighborhood. We appreciate any recommendations!
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:25 PM
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Here is a post I made on a similar question several months ago. A lot of folks I know work here, but there are many retirees. I would say your husbands best bet would be with a defense contractor at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, about 20 minutes east of NB. I teach down there, the commute is nothing. There is a hospital in NB and several large physician practices which could provide you a source of employment. I would strongly recommend looking in our neighborhood, Riverside, for the home you want. They are here. I just noticed from the below post that I fished in shirt sleeves on that day, I did yesterday too, though today is bit cooler.


Our family moved to New Bern last fall. My wife and I love it, our teenage daughters hate New Bern. Though they laugh at the frequent comments about gang activities at the local high school. Their school in Charlotte was much worse, though they never had an issue there, either. Don't let wild talk about gangs at New Bern High worry you.

We live in the Riverside Historic District. You will see New Bern has three historic districts (maybe four). The one downtown is very nice, pristine if you will, but the prices their are still outrageous. The Riverside district is about 3/4 miles north of downtown. We can bike to church, to the bank's ATM and other places. We could walk it, but it is just a bit far for that. Riverside is still in some degree of transition (meaning there are some very nice and a few not so nice houses), but prices for historic homes here are reasonable. We do have a pretty active Historic Riverside Homeowners Association. The other historic district is, I think, Ghent. Right now there are several homes for sale in Riverside, and one of our neighbors in Riverside is one of the top local realtors. She loves to sell homes in our (and her) neighborhood.

Right now the main bridge in to New Bern is closed for construction (If you have GPS it will probably direct you that way..watch the signs instead), and other the main road into town, Broad Street, is also torn up for a very ill advised "lane reduction and tree planting in the medium project" which has most citizens riled up.

As you approach New Bern, though the construction, it is a little grim...but keep on heading down town and you will be pleased when you arrive. There are two hotels on the waterfront, downtown, a Sheraton and ugh...can't remember but it looks pretty nice as well.

New Bern is about 2 1/2 hours from Raleigh, almost all interstate type highway, 45 minutes from Greenville, Morehead City (the beach) and Jacksonville. All of those have malls and big box stores. Our mall, here in New Bern, is pitiful, but we have about all you need otherwise, but my girls go to the above mentioned towns for "real shopping."

New Bern has good, not necessarily great hospital. There are a number of Doctors and Physician groups here. I spent four days there last spring and walked out!

Like many southern towns and cities, there are some undesirable areas sometimes pretty close to nicer areas, but that is the south. If you are afraid of seeing people who do not look like you, stay away, cause we are all in New Bern together! It seems to work well, by the way.

Today, November 2nd, we were on the water about 6 hours fishing. I was in shorts and fishing shirts, my wife was bundled up a big more, but I did get sunburned. You cannot hate fishing in November. New Bern is at the confluence of the Trent River and the Neuse River. Lots of water sports and a world class kayak club. The bridge complex over the rivers is pretty amazing for this size town...your NC tax dollar at work. By the way, one of the candidates for governor is from New Bern. UHMMMMM........

We have a superb restaurant in town, The Chelsea, and a number of other very good ones. You should try the Chelsea while you are here. The theater is active, the community college is very intertwined with the town. My girls think the local movie theater is pretty weak, but I don't go to movies, so I do not care.

There are a number of old, beautiful historic churches in New Bern. We go to Christ Episcopal, which is right downtown. You should check it out, too.

I do not believe the local government is all that sharp (trying to be polite), but that is the case in many small towns.

There are a lot of retirees here, I am not one, yet, and there is not a lot of quality nightlife, though I am not in search of any.

There are also a number of developments farther east on US 70 such as Carolina Colors and Taberna, but to me, New Bern is historic homes, with front porches with light (Carolina Blue) ceilings. You don't get that in the newer areas.

Hope this helps. New Bern is pretty small and may not have all the services you are used to, but we (at least my wife and I) are very, very pleased to be here, and wish we had made the move many years ago.

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