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Old 04-12-2008, 09:57 PM
 
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Hi
Please bear with me as i write all this, i want to be really informative to get back the info I need.
I am a californian looking for an east coastal home. My mother is moving back to virginia (where she grew up)to retire and live out her years, and as my only living parent I want to be near her.
I am a teacher so money is an issue (lack of rather). I am single so it is just my cats and myself to support.
I have researched salaries and I realize they are lower there in the state.
It seems as if the Wilmington or surrounding area are relatively affordable. (as compared to northern nc and va. beach).
I am a surfer so I am attracted to the surf community atmosphere. A small city is okay but I am okay with rural as well. I have lived in both.
In the beginning I am looking to rent until I feel out the area, where i will eventually buy. I a, looking to settle down as i am now in my 30's so I don't need the party life etc. Really I want a nice community to live and surf in, safe with my animals and some room to grow in (house wise), Where I have the opportunity to become involved with my community.
My one concern with wilmington is the college town atmosphere and transience that seem to go with. I am wondering if somewhere smaller might not be better? However, i do have to be somewhere there are teaching jobs.
Whew.. so on that note.. anyone dying to tell me anything?
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Old 04-13-2008, 12:09 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Keep in mind Atlantic Ocean is vastly different than the Pacific so come with a open mind and try not to do comparisons. The water is more choppy here and has rip currents due to the sand bars. The waves at high tide are like low tides on the pacific. The water is generally alot cooler for more of the year as well. Wilmington does have a college but I definite would not consider it a college town.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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Seaweed,
Best surfing place and closest to Virginia is Cape Hatteras, a little fishing village with plenty of surf people. Below is a link to an article you should read about surfing on the Outer Banks. There are other websites that have Web Cams of OBX surf areas.

SURFS UP AT CAPE HATTERAS: Big Waves Make Hot Surfing Spot

The coastal road from Norfolk VA down into NC goes all the way to Hatteras, I guess a couple hours plus. There are elementary schools in Hatteras. Also, elementary and high schools are up in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head, plus every grade and a community college is in Manteo, just over the sound from Nags Head, which Manteo Island is where the original "Lost Colony" was.
GG
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:44 AM
 
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Thanks gigmac
That was a good article. I know a bit about the waters there but didn't know there were so many surfing restrictions that's wild! I guess I take it for granted here, surfing tends to dominate on the beaches but there is a lot of coast here to surf and fish, not quite as crowded either except in socal and around santa cruz.
Anyway I will look in to hatteras thanks!
I am very active in surfrider and for the marine mammal center stranding rescue so I am stoked to see the community being active around there. I would think the outer banks are really at risk for development? How do they keep em' out? hurricanes? haha!
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Old 04-13-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Seaweed,

I am a native Californian, also in my 30's who relocated to Wilmington. I feel like I know you already! Being from N. Cal., I was delighted at the water temp and conditions in NC. Have you looked into what is required to teach in NC? Can you get your NC license while teaching? I can help with schools in wilmington that need teachers, charter, public and private, if you decide this is the place. I can also tell you from personal experience that it took me at least 6 months before I was convinced I hadn't made a mistake by moving here- no offense to natives- I love you all now!!! It is just very different from Ca. Also, re: marine animal rescue- UNCW does a lot of work, as well as the turtle hospitals on Bald Head Island and Topsail Island. Kure Beach (stones throw from Wilmington) has a great NC Aquarium. I would recommend volunteering there and who knows it may turn into an educator position.... If you give me some idea about what you want to spend on rent, I'll send you my recommendations. Don't worry about the college town thing, I don't think Wilmington is like most college towns. We have a very diverse group of residents: college, retirees, young professionals, etc... I hope this helps.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:45 PM
 
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Thanks Blackcat!
There is reciprocity beween Ca. and there so should be no problem. Any extra testing can be done while working there. I am a mild/moderate special education/resource/reading specialist. I work with all age groups of learning disabilities and some autism.
I also plan on doing a second credential in science when I get settled. Hoping for a district to pay since that is a shortage area. My undergrad is biology so a private school is always an option. However I prefer public for the retirement benefits.
Rent depends on if I am living on my savings or have a job lined up for fall! I would like a small house away from traffic ideally, near the beach if possible. Rent around 800 -900 a month would be good.
You rock! thanks!
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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Seaweed,
There are restrictions because the water on the Atlantic is much rougher than the Pacific, particularly at Cape Hatteras. When you stand on the beach at that farthest eastern tip of the country and look at the surf, it's humbling how wild it is.

Some of the Outer Banks is indeed built up, the halfway point from Norfolk to Hatteras is where Nags Head is, and it's got a bunch of hotels and such in there. But when you leave that area and head south to Hatteras, it's all a preserved area for many miles. Hatteras is so far away from everything that it's not big, the only way to get there is the long drive from the north and ferries to the south.

But sounds like you might have a friend in Wilmington now!
GG
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:23 PM
 
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[quote=gigimac;3455604]Seaweed,
There are restrictions because the water on the Atlantic is much rougher than the Pacific,


lol , that's doubtful but I'm sure there are areas and times of year when it gets that way. The california coast is home to some of the biggest waves in the world and is very rugged from the central coast up, anything north of point conception is wind bashed unprotected open ocean except for the odd small bay here and there. Check out ghost trees and mavericks just to name a couple in the area I live.
Ocean beach in San francisco gets very dangerous and we have drownings and coast guard bail outs every year but still no restrictions. Not sure why. In southern California they have lifeguards and blackout days etc, but i believe that is more due to crowding than anything else.

I bet hurricane season is gets pretty whipped up over there!

Yes somewhere around wilmington though prob. not IN wilmington,
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Old 04-15-2008, 09:52 AM
 
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bcgirl
What is Southport like? I would rather live in a beach town than city, I thought Wilmington was smallish for a city but from reading other posts it is not? How is Kure beach? They both seem easily commutable to Wilmington
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:15 AM
 
Location: yep i made it to wilmington!
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Hi Seaweed, my husband and I are in our 30's and just moved to Wilmington last month. So far we love it! The surf is decent and the locals are friendly. There's tons of great restaurants and plenty to do.



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