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Old 03-19-2014, 09:34 AM
 
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Hello all,

I am considering a job opportunity located in Nags Head and was wondering if anyone could tell me a little more about the area. We have a 4 1/2 year old son, so good schools are really important to us.

Here in PA, we visit the Jersey Shore quite often in the summer, but have always said we wouldn't want to live there year 'round because it is a complete ghost town in the winter months - crazy busy in the summer, but ZERO activity in the off-months. Just curious if the same is true for the Nags Head/Kitty Hawk area?

We LOVE the beach and it's such a drag driving 2+ hours each way where we currently are, so to have it be 10 mins. or less would be a dream! Plus, while we have a great school district here, the housing market and taxes (we pay about $9k in taxes/year) are a lot. Our budget for a home would be around $350-400k (preferably in the lower end). I get a little nervous seeing pictures of homes up on "stilts" and flood issues are a concern. Would love to have an actual yard, or be in a newer home, if that's do-able.

Not looking for night life or anything, but like other posters said, we want a small-town, family friendly, safe area with activities for our little guy and nearby shopping and restaurants. If there are towns close to Nags Head (I really would want my commute to be under 30 mins., if at all possible) that you think fit the bill, please let me know!

Thanks so much!
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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If there are towns close to Nags Head (I really would want my commute to be under 30 mins., if at all possible) that you think fit the bill, please let me know!
I personally would not want to live on the Outer Banks because of the cold and wind in the winter. However, I have friends who live in Harbinger, just inland in Currituck County and they love it. Another good place for year-round living would be Manteo on Roanoke Island.
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:18 AM
 
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hello all,

i am considering a job opportunity located in nags head and was wondering if anyone could tell me a little more about the area. We have a 4 1/2 year old son, so good schools are really important to us.

Here in pa, we visit the jersey shore quite often in the summer, but have always said we wouldn't want to live there year 'round because it is a complete ghost town in the winter months - crazy busy in the summer, but zero activity in the off-months. Just curious if the same is true for the nags head/kitty hawk area?

the only place in the us where you won't get a pronounced lull is hawaii.

we love the beach and it's such a drag driving 2+ hours each way where we currently are, so to have it be 10 mins. Or less would be a dream! Plus, while we have a great school district here, the housing market and taxes (we pay about $9k in taxes/year) are a lot. Our budget for a home would be around $350-400k (preferably in the lower end). I get a little nervous seeing pictures of homes up on "stilts" and flood issues are a concern. Would love to have an actual yard, or be in a newer home, if that's do-able.

then don't live by bodies of water. Nc has been flooded or had large storm swells more times than i can count in the past 50 years.

not looking for night life or anything, but like other posters said, we want a small-town, family friendly, safe area with activities for our little guy and nearby shopping and restaurants. If there are towns close to nags head (i really would want my commute to be under 30 mins., if at all possible) that you think fit the bill, please let me know!

you didn't mention jobs. That would also be a pretty big factor for most, and i wouldn't assume they are in any way abundant in the area you are looking at.
thanks so much!
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:37 AM
 
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Hello all,

I am considering a job opportunity located in Nags Head and was wondering if anyone could tell me a little more about the area. We have a 4 1/2 year old son, so good schools are really important to us.

Here in PA, we visit the Jersey Shore quite often in the summer, but have always said we wouldn't want to live there year 'round because it is a complete ghost town in the winter months - crazy busy in the summer, but ZERO activity in the off-months. Just curious if the same is true for the Nags Head/Kitty Hawk area?

We LOVE the beach and it's such a drag driving 2+ hours each way where we currently are, so to have it be 10 mins. or less would be a dream! Plus, while we have a great school district here, the housing market and taxes (we pay about $9k in taxes/year) are a lot. Our budget for a home would be around $350-400k (preferably in the lower end). I get a little nervous seeing pictures of homes up on "stilts" and flood issues are a concern. Would love to have an actual yard, or be in a newer home, if that's do-able.

Not looking for night life or anything, but like other posters said, we want a small-town, family friendly, safe area with activities for our little guy and nearby shopping and restaurants. If there are towns close to Nags Head (I really would want my commute to be under 30 mins., if at all possible) that you think fit the bill, please let me know!

Thanks so much!
I love the Outer Banks, but it would take a VERY special situation to live there year round. According to the census, less than 35k live there. It wouldn't surprise me if there were less. I know a good number of people who live out of state, during the winter.

I've never been to the Jersey Shore, but something tells me there is even less to do at the Outer Banks.

Yes, driving 2+hrs to the beach is a drag, but the biggest major city/airport is 2hrs away (Hampton Roads area).
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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The OB are so remote that you can't NOT live there, and yet be only 10 minutes away. It's an all or nothing kind of decision unlike other shore areas in NC. I don't think you'll find many OB people posting here. We tend to be people who have chosen NOT to live in the OB. I won't go into my reasons for that decision, but if you're really set on the OB, you might try posting on an OB centered site. You'll get more current, local knowledge, but of course then you'll need to keep in mind they've had reasons to make the opposite decision.
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:31 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Go to site OBXconnection.com. You will find just about questions you may have. Vacationing there, rentals, fishing, local issues. Its a forum. I grew up in Currituck, just over the bridge. Been over there hundreds of times. Worked there for 2 years out of high school. When I heard the fish are running, I ran over there many of times. I can tell you I would never live there. Dont get me wrong its a great. Lots of out of the way places if you have a 4wheel drive vehicle, which I did for 35+ years. Its nice to play there and then go home. You dont have as much freedom there as you use to have, 4wd wise.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:30 PM
 
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Hello all,

I am considering a job opportunity located in Nags Head and was wondering if anyone could tell me a little more about the area. We have a 4 1/2 year old son, so good schools are really important to us.

Here in PA, we visit the Jersey Shore quite often in the summer, but have always said we wouldn't want to live there year 'round because it is a complete ghost town in the winter months - crazy busy in the summer, but ZERO activity in the off-months. Just curious if the same is true for the Nags Head/Kitty Hawk area?

We LOVE the beach and it's such a drag driving 2+ hours each way where we currently are, so to have it be 10 mins. or less would be a dream! Plus, while we have a great school district here, the housing market and taxes (we pay about $9k in taxes/year) are a lot. Our budget for a home would be around $350-400k (preferably in the lower end). I get a little nervous seeing pictures of homes up on "stilts" and flood issues are a concern. Would love to have an actual yard, or be in a newer home, if that's do-able.

Not looking for night life or anything, but like other posters said, we want a small-town, family friendly, safe area with activities for our little guy and nearby shopping and restaurants. If there are towns close to Nags Head (I really would want my commute to be under 30 mins., if at all possible) that you think fit the bill, please let me know!

Thanks so much!
Lived there for 2 1/2 years and my brother has for over 30 tears. Great if you want the ebach in Summer and to be laid back the rest of the year. I moved due to work and am considering moving back. I was born and raised in So Cal and the biggest draw to the Ob is it is far less crowded and hectic and WARM beaches not the cold of CA..
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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I live there now and have raised my family here for the last seven years. Nags Head has great schools. Jobs are tough down here. I am very fortunate that I work from home and have a job that is not based on the local economy. I know people with Masters who are working at Lowe's. I love the winters here and am not crazy over the summers because of traffic and crowds.
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