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Old 08-29-2020, 12:10 PM
 
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My partner and I want to get out of Florida in the next 2-3 years and are considering NC. We love the idea of being close to mountains, while also taking quick drive to the beach.

We are considering buying land and building a home on it. We do have two horses, so we need at least 10+ acres.

Since we are part of the LGBT+ community - we are always cautious about where we go, especially in the South. What areas of NC are more open? Where should we be looking?

How easy is it to find buildable land on?
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Old 08-29-2020, 01:01 PM
 
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Will you be working? Any other criteria thats important to you?

Most likely, if you are in the general proximity of any major city, you'll be fine. Whats your budget for the land?

Durham, Orange and southeastern Alamance Counties might be good places to start looking.
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Old 08-29-2020, 03:20 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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We love the idea of being close to mountains, while also taking quick drive to the beach.
define quick. really.

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We are considering ...
Rent before buying. let alone building. Anywhere.
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Old 08-29-2020, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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How easy is it to find buildable land on?
If you can narrow it down by county, use a rural land search engine like this: https://www.landandfarm.com/

Moore County, away from Pinehurst, should have some options under $200K for the land. Alamance and Person Counties are also good choices.
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Old 08-30-2020, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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We love the idea of being close to mountains, while also taking quick drive to the beach.
The mountains and the beach are much closer together in Virginia or Maryland. They are about 500-600 miles apart in NC.
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Old 08-30-2020, 07:54 PM
 
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The mountains and the beach are much closer together in Virginia or Maryland. They are about 500-600 miles apart in NC.
Not true. Boone to Wrightsville Beach is 319 miles. Hendersonville to WB is 316 miles.
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Old 08-30-2020, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Ah, I stand corrected. I did not map it, but the state is wide and the mountains and beaches are not close together in NC. Beaches and mountains are much closer in Virginia.

Soooo, looking at the map now...

In VA, there are many areas that are around 200 miles or less between beach and mountains. Richmond is about 100 miles from Virginia Beach and 90 miles to Shenandoah National Park at the Afton entrance. Google Maps tells me it's 198 miles/3 hrs between Afton and VA Beach.

If you are in Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh area (the Triangle) it is about 2.5-3 hrs/190 miles to the closest bigger mountains (Boone, Blowing Rock), 4 hrs/250 miles to Asheville and 2-2.5 hrs/130 miles to the closest beach (Wrightsville Beach) and many beaches are more like 3.5 hrs, with parts of the Outer Banks being further. From Asheville to Nags Head is about 7 hrs/450 miles. It's about 500 miles from the NC side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nags Head.

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Old 09-03-2020, 12:02 PM
 
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My partner and I want to get out of Florida in the next 2-3 years and are considering NC. We love the idea of being close to mountains, while also taking quick drive to the beach.

We are considering buying land and building a home on it. We do have two horses, so we need at least 10+ acres.

Since we are part of the LGBT+ community - we are always cautious about where we go, especially in the South. What areas of NC are more open? Where should we be looking?

How easy is it to find buildable land on?
Why have you shown disrespect to the entire southern part of our country? It is very rude .
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Old 09-03-2020, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Fields of gold
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Not true. Boone to Wrightsville Beach is 319 miles. Hendersonville to WB is 316 miles.
true, but not a "quick" ride
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Old 09-03-2020, 12:42 PM
 
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true, but not a "quick" ride
Irrelevant. I wasn't suggesting the OP consider Boone or H'ville.
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