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Old 03-31-2019, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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My boyfriend is interviewing for some positions in/around Calabash and if all goes well (sounds like it is), we would be relocating from the Chicago area. I'm starting my research early (nothing like putting the cart before the horse) in looking at towns/neighborhoods we should consider. We aren't opposed to driving up to 45 minutes to get to our jobs and are leaning closer towards Leland/Wilmington/Southport direction versus going into South Carolina. Does anyone have any recommendations or neighborhoods we MUST check out? We are pretty open as far as what we are looking for -- but pros would be: able to have a fenced yard, less than 10 years old, two story, out of flood zone, low crime area.

Also, I will be looking for education jobs and can teach general education or special education. Any recommendations for public or private schools to look into?

Anything else I need to know or should be asking???

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:08 AM
 
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You don't say how old you are, but I'm guessing you're much younger than the average age of most people in the Calabash area, as its a retiree-heavy area. You might like Shallotte, although its demographic skews old too. Leland would probably be better, as its a bit more diverse age wise, and more centrally located relative to Wilmington, offering access to more shopping, restaurants, nightlife, etc. It would be a bit of a commute to Calabash though.

Public schools in NC are at the County level, so there is the Brunswick County school system in Calabash, Shallotte, Leland, etc. and the New Hanover County system in Wilmington. There are a few private and charter schools. Do some research on teaching in NC before getting too excited about it.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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Thanks for the response. I realized after I posted and was reviewing some other posts that I should have included more details. We are in our early 40s with no kids (just dogs) and are looking for a easier (or rather different) lifestyle compared to the hustle and bustle of Chicago. I have a friend who now teaches in Fayetteville and she has filled me in on how very different NC is to IL. I guess you could say I'm more excited about moving to the area/change in lifestyle versus the job. We aren't super huge into nightlife, but love the outdoors and trying out new restaurants. Honestly, even though we are in our 40s, we probably act like more of the retirees than people our own age. However, with that being said, we probably would like to be closer to a mixed demographic. I think we will be coming down in early June, so we will make sure to check out all routes along the Calabash to Wilmington line.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I would personally not commute from Leland to Calabash- it is too far. There are decent options for younger people in Conway and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

I will echo the caution about teaching in NC-- it does not pay well.
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Live in SC. It will be closer to Calabash and more going on. Calabash is very very very retiree heavy. I don't think Wilmington is a good option if the job is in Calabash, but North Myrtle or Little River could be.
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Old 04-01-2019, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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I do know that the pay for teachers will be significantly less than what I make now. However, I am paying almost 2x more in property taxes and other ridiculousness here. We are leaning more towards the north versus going into South Carolina because my sister lives in Wilmington.

Traffic in our area is awful and can take over an hour to get to our current jobs now (that’s to go less than 15-20 miles). We are okay with a 45 minute drive if it puts us in the right location.

Is Southport/St James more retiree as well or is there a good mix? We are fine with minimal kids being around. )
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Old 04-01-2019, 12:58 PM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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I wish you good luck, and a happy move, but coastal NC has some financial drawbacks.

You need to familiarize yourself with home insurance, wind and hail, and flood. Though you will probably still be positive in regard to tax, the additional cost of insurance could be significant. Also please understand that while real estate taxes are lower, the level of tax funded services are also lower, too.
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Old 04-01-2019, 01:34 PM
 
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I do know that the pay for teachers will be significantly less than what I make now. However, I am paying almost 2x more in property taxes and other ridiculousness here. We are leaning more towards the north versus going into South Carolina because my sister lives in Wilmington.

Traffic in our area is awful and can take over an hour to get to our current jobs now (that’s to go less than 15-20 miles). We are okay with a 45 minute drive if it puts us in the right location.

Is Southport/St James more retiree as well or is there a good mix? We are fine with minimal kids being around. )
St. James is very retiree heavy, and it can take 15 minutes or more just to get out of the development, which would make your commute even longer. Southport is nice, but also retiree heavy, although there is a smattering of young people here (I live in Southport). However, the state is about to begin a 3 year project to widen Hwy. 211, which connects Southport/St. James/Oak Island to Hwy. 17 and I'm sure it would make the commute something close to hell on earth, so i would not recommend that option at this time.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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St. James is very retiree heavy, and it can take 15 minutes or more just to get out of the development, which would make your commute even longer. Southport is nice, but also retiree heavy, although there is a smattering of young people here (I live in Southport). However, the state is about to begin a 3 year project to widen Hwy. 211, which connects Southport/St. James/Oak Island to Hwy. 17 and I'm sure it would make the commute something close to hell on earth, so i would not recommend that option at this time.
Thank you for the heads up! That is definitely something we will need to consider!
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Google Maps gives the commute from Wilmington to Calabash as 1:03 right now at 9:40pm on Monday night. You can be sure that would be a lot longer on a summer Saturday! There is some seriously slow beach traffic on the weekends.
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