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Old 10-04-2020, 06:27 AM
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Greetings all. We're travelling to New Bern for our first scouting trip for possible relocation (we've just retired)...tomorrow! (Monday Oct 5) We had been planning to meet with a realtor to learn about the area, but that may have fallen through. Does anyone have suggestions as to how to get the most learning out of a few days there? Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2020, 07:17 AM
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My suggestion is to find another realtor to show you around and get information. If you plan on looking at Fairfield Harbour it is gated and you won't be able to get in without one. There is the historical area downtown, Trent Woods is very nice, but mostly older homes now. There are some subdivisions right outside New Bern heading toward Morehead City, too. Carolina Colors comes to mind. We used to have a second home on Northwest Creek in Fairfield Harbour. It's a very friendly neighborhood of mostly retirees. We sold it because we decided to just have one house and it wasn't large enough for our only home, but loved the peacefulness of the creek and the wildlife there. If you all are boaters that is a wonderful area for boating! If you do look at Fairfield Harbour and actually all of New Bern ask about flooding as many areas flooded during one of the hurricanes. You also may want to look at River Bend.
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Old 10-04-2020, 08:45 AM
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I would categorize New Bern living into 4 or 5 areas.
1. Historical Districts: There are three or four. The "downtown" district is, well downtown. Rather expensive, but some really wonderful homes. There are several other historical districts, long walk, easy cycle to downtown
2. Suburbs: Pretty much like burbs anywhere.
3. "Developments": Carolina Colors, Taberna, and I guess, Fairfield Harbor
4. Everywhere else

You need to decide in what kind of environment you wish to live, and go from there.

New Bern Pros: Cool downtown, LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANTS, 2 1/2 "very easy" hours up US 70 to Raleigh, forty five minutes to Greenville, Jacksonville, Morehead City (much more "National" retail than NB), Carolina East Medical Center, and airport (though flights have been reduced as a result of Covid impact on travel)

Cons: Terrible streets, pretty inept local government, in some cases very nice areas are in close contact with not so nice areas. Lack of "national level retail/restaurants" since we are in middle (45 minutes) of three larger retail districts. I have had three unsatisfactory interactions with the New Bern Police Dept, but others speak highly of them.

Flooding: We have been here 13 years. We have had several (OK, a lot) of hurricanes. ((ADVICE: A slow moving Category 1 hurricane is trouble. DO NOT be lulled to sleep because it is Cat 1 —— DO NOT FORGET THIS ADVICE )).

We live in the Riverside Historic District, two blocks from the Neuse River. During Florence, we had water in the extreme lower corner of our lot. Exactly, and it is uncanny, along the flood line as shown on the flood maps. I think 11 feet was kind of the magic number, but research the elevation of any home you are interested in carefully.

Our house was fine, flood wise, but three of our 100 plus year old windows in the front of the house failed under heavy rain, and we had to replace the insulation and drywall on that side of the house.

While there was a lot of coverage of flooding related to Florence, because there was a lot of flood, the vast majority of the homes in New Bern were not flooded. It is very easy to find a home in New Bern where flooding is not an issue. If you want to live on the water, and many do, be aware.

We have lost power on most hurricanes, but never more than a day or so . . . certainly not the "week - weeks to be restored" you hear about on the nightly news, usually restored in hours.

Good luck.
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