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Old 01-22-2021, 10:51 AM
 
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Hi All. My family and I currently live in SE Pennsylvania. I am originally from New Hampshire she is from PA. We have decided PA is costing us too much to live and realize there is cheaper and better living outside of PA. We initially were going to look into moving to NH due to lack of sales and income tax and cheaper property and property taxes. She is not fond of winter up there. We have been exploring better climates and NC came up as a possibility. We currently live close to Philly and are not city people. We prefer more rural areas with low density. Looking to stay off the coast out of direct impact of hurricanes. I know the whole state can be affected but i feel inland more might have less damage and impact? We like beaches so don't want to be too far of a drive away(2-3 hrs tops). Looking for a small home on an acre or two of land for buffer preferably wooded. Budget 250k - 275k. Having only been through the state can anyone provide some ideas of towns we could search out or areas to investigate that might fit our criteria? We have two children elementary school and middle school aged. I have a background in mortgage finance 14 yrs and construction management with a civil engineering firm serving municipalities. I also have background in business development municipal government. We hope this provides enough info. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-22-2021, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Gaston County, N.C.
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The main hazards from hurricanes are falling trees and floods. So even if you examine some coastal cities, you can locate a home that is unlikely to be damaged, as long as there are not large trees near it, and you study the flood maps closely.

If you are OK with longish commutes, you could live in the outer areas of the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) or counties adjacent to Charlotte.

I would honestly say, keep an open mind to most cities in the state and just continue applying for job openings. There are positives and negatives to any location. But you will certainly reduce your winter weather experiences here.
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Old 01-22-2021, 11:45 AM
 
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You'll get more housing bang for your buck in the Triad area (Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point) and given the number of desirable places to live there would highly suggest it first versus the more expensive Raleigh-Durham or Charlotte metros.
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Old 01-22-2021, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Wilmington area would be my suggestion
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Old 01-22-2021, 03:57 PM
 
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Wilmington is too close to the coast for the OP; Charlotte too far. I'd suggest Fayetteville, Greenville or the eastern portion of the Triangle (Johnston County)
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Old 01-22-2021, 04:01 PM
 
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Wilmington is too close to the coast for the OP; Charlotte too far. I'd suggest Fayetteville, Greenville or the eastern portion of the Triangle (Johnston County)
I hear fayettville is not a good area? Can anyone shed light on that? I have a cousin who lived in wilmington an loved it but for my wife's sake something more off the coast to avoid such an impact from hurricanes.
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Old 01-22-2021, 04:04 PM
 
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I hear fayettville is not a good area? Can anyone shed light on that? I have a cousin who lived in wilmington an loved it but for my wife's sake something more off the coast to avoid such an impact from hurricanes.
F'ville has a reputation as not being very desirable, and has a heavy military influence. Like most places, it has its good points and bad points. Given your geographic preference, need to find a job and housing budget, its worth looking into.
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Old 01-22-2021, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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I'd suggest Clayton, Zebulon, maybe Angier or Lillington.
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Old 01-22-2021, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Hi, you sound a bit like me and my husband. I am from the Philly suburbs, and my husband is from New Hampshire! I would recommend the Greensboro/Winston Salem area. It might be a bit farther from the beach than you want, but is overall cheaper than the Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) area. Your price point is pretty low. You will find that North Carolina isn't a whole heck of a lot cheaper than Pennsylvania. If you tell me where you are from or where you like in the Philly area, I may be able to make some comparisons.
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Old 01-22-2021, 09:55 PM
 
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We are in bucks county. Not really a fan of here compared to my living in NH an growing up there. I never really settled in or called this home. But i get no land an pay 4k in property taxes a year. I just cant justify that.
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