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wetaline
04-19-2010, 11:32 PM
Myself and the Mrs are thinking about moving down to NC within the next few years. I'm mostly a inshore/near shore fisherman with a 21 Parker CC. (I may upsize to a 25ft'er in the future) I've always dreamed of living on the water and having my own dock. I've been looking at the Pamlico Sound region on the internet and looking at all of the real estate websites of the area. I'm open to all of coastal NC. The big question is what towns should I be looking to buy in?

I don't want to worry about flooding and I want to be in a good fishing area. We wanted to spend less than $500K. I'm open to suggestions.

thanks for the advice!

Wetaline


Ice Cream Man
04-20-2010, 02:49 AM
wetaline ........ Welcome to NC - You have a lot of different choices, from rural country areas to small established beach towns, from gated communities to open farm land ......
We all worry about flooding & hurricanes but we never dwell on it, it's part of living on the coast ......
Have you considered Wrightsville Beach, Southport, Morehead City, the Outer Banks, New Bern, Top Sail Island ?

I see a road trip in your future. Good luck discovering the beautiful NC Coast ......... ICM

baypro21
04-20-2010, 05:51 AM
If you are leaning more towards a slightly protected/sound type area, check out the Oriental area. I have a customer that owns a home somewhere around there and he talks like (and has proof on his walls) it's world class red fishin' down there.


prodiver
04-20-2010, 06:18 AM
I live in Raleigh and have a place at Wrightsville beach. Great area to live/fish. If you want to be closer to the gulfstream, then Morehead City can't be beat.

I'm also a Realtor, and prices are very attractive right now. Carolina Beach is a buyers market as are most places. Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach seems to be picking up pretty well..

My partner in Wilmington has a new website: www.wilmingtonmaphomes.com (http://www.wilmingtonmaphomes.com) that is fun to use.

It's a long run to the stream from WB, maybe 55 miles. But you don't have to go that far... caught grouper 10 miles out, king mackerel come in pretty close. Spanish Mackerel on the beach. Lot's of inshore fishing too.

davedowneast
04-20-2010, 06:26 AM
Fishing wise, there's hardly a bad place to go. If you're thinking of moving up to a 25' Parker, then I assume you want to do some ocean fishing and you'd do well to be near an inlet. Do you want to be near town or out in a rural area. I don't know what part of LI you're from, but there's little up there that compares to down here. Some areas here compare to the North Fork or to what Montauk was 30 years ago.

In town, a condo with a dock is in your budget. 15 miles and one stoplight out of town, will get you a nice (new) house and a dock on your budget. When I first thought about coming down here, I vacationed in Emerald Isle for several years and scouted many areas before deciding on Downeast (very rural with town of a few 100 people). It's a 15 minimum trip to chain stores, or if you want to go "into town", figure on taking at least a half a day.

A lot to consider, depends on what you want.

davedowneast
04-20-2010, 07:09 AM
BTW, the Neuse and South River ares flood more than most other areas, it's about wind direction and no place for the water to go. A friend of mine in Marshallberg had 3' of water in his house during Hurricane Isabel, my house a half mile away had nothing more than standing rain water. Harkers Island never floods, the water just goes around it. A few years ago, during Hurricane Floyd or Dennis or both, a lot of the flooding and damage was inland. If we get a direct hit from a Cat 4 or 5, all bets are off. Still, I'd rather be here than were I was during the blizzard of 78 or during Hurricane Gloria (no power for 8 days).

liveaboard74
04-20-2010, 07:47 AM
Moved from Lake Waccamaw to Elizabeth City for the fishing.
To me OBX area if you can keep up with your lifestyle is the best. Parking 4 80 foot toys ran into a issue with the codes in OBX so I settled for more land than location.
Ended up being the perfect spot for me.
76 miles to OI going both ways around the sound and 74 miles to Rudee or Crab creek just beside the CBBT. Best fresh water fishing in the world right at my back door if you do both and we do.
You Gmen know the prices and fees at OBX. Land is still very cheep 70 miles off the front 40 and I'm talking waterfront.
Your not to far from the major city's like Va beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and anything you need is not that far away.

Zero crime in my area but i"m 8 miles out of town. Very slow pace, but country living at its finest and at a price most can enjoy.

davedowneast
04-20-2010, 08:30 AM
liveaboard74, I spent a year and a half working on Bells Island in Currituck. All I can say is FLOUNDER!!!!! I could also say, duck hunting and water moccasins. It's a great area up there, short ride to the beaches and restaurants that you can tie your boat up to. My best friend here grew up near Elizabeth City and he says we should be on the Chowan River right now fishing for very large catfish. The only negatives that I have to that area is: distance to an inlet and it's about 10 degrees colder there than here.

liveaboard74
04-20-2010, 08:46 AM
Grew up Duck hunting before school , quail, dove, and deer. Safe full of shotguns but got soft about 20 years ago and just hard to pull a trigger on anything to me any more. Two duck blinds directly cross the river and have been ask several times to go.
All my friends catfish off our dock. Rivers are full of them enjoy them often.
Took off last Nov to Feb and this cold we had up here this year made me think about Looking for warmer waters. LOL
I'll tip the hat to you on that one. The older I get the more I hate cold.

Came back and added this. Also have our own crab pots we run off the dock and they stay full spring, summer and fall. Got a eel pot last year and they work great but fishing for Rock when its 20 just won't in the program. Eels didn't mind.

jaybyrd83ecu
04-20-2010, 09:10 AM
It stinks down here. You might as well just stay in N.Y. :grin:

keith powell
04-20-2010, 09:16 AM
Guys, Please keep the ideas coming in. I am also gonna head to the NC coast in a couple of years. I may consider buying now if the price is good on the "perfect" property.

Keeeefus
Lowcountry Native
23TE Onslow Bay
300 Vrods

ytmorris
04-20-2010, 09:29 AM
Depends on how quiet you want. I would reccomend Bath or Washington. There is some great inshore fishing and with a 25' boat Hatteras and OK island are an hour and a half boat ride away where you can stay for the weekend and be 20ish miles from the stream. Makes a great weekend trip. I have really enjoyed MHC and Oriental would be a little like Bath. Small town on the water with great people and fishing.

creekman
04-20-2010, 10:13 AM
I was in Holden Beach a few weeks ago. They have houses on the Canals for less than 500k.

liveaboard74
04-20-2010, 01:05 PM
Don't forget New Bern also.
Lived there for a short while. Beautiful town and other than Wilmington its the only other major city on the water.
New Bern is a lot slower pace and reminds me some of Charleston SC but not with the cost. If you enjoy street side eating places and that type of quite times New Bern might be somewhere you would want to look into. Still have most of what the bigger city's have just sized down some. I had a blast there and stayed a little longer than I had to but can't tell you about the crime rate or township to much.

miktri
04-22-2010, 09:23 AM
Well we did it, I retired last October, have been researching and visiting various areas in NC since 2001. We are having a house built in Swansboro. My wife LOVES the area and so do I, and we all know if mama isn't happy no one is. Sold our house of 32 yrs today :(..new house ready in late June, can't wait.:)

frozenh2o
04-22-2010, 02:39 PM
Another vote for Oriental...50 minute boat ride to MHC and 1.5 hr to Ocracoke or Hat.

demolition_x
04-22-2010, 04:35 PM
My parents retired right next to Holden beach. It is an absolute killer spot. Ocean is a stones throw away and the area is quiet unlike the OBX scene. I think OBX has better offshore fishing but near shore fishing is pretty damn good.

davedowneast
04-22-2010, 05:27 PM
d_x, anything is going to seem great compared to Toms River NJ. :grin:

Then again, it's probably changed a bit since I was there, 1966 to 1968. :roll

chenango21
04-23-2010, 06:54 PM
Our place is between New Bern and Oriental.....great fishing for red drum, flounder etc inshore and not too far for a run to the ocean off Morehead City (or Pamlico Sound) ...here is detail and pics on web site
http://www.bairdcreekpoint.com
(all the homesites are 15-25 feet above the water level....can get an interior lot almost an acre with a boat slip for around 80k).
http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr322/PivotCoastal/Baird%20Creek%20Point/waterfulltextedit.jpg
http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr322/PivotCoastal/lumixmarina.jpg
http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr322/PivotCoastal/aerial4text-809x278.jpg
http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr322/PivotCoastal/P1000471.jpg

robschonk
04-24-2010, 10:17 AM
I bought canalfront in Avon, on Hatteras Island. Yes, it does flood, but everyone expects it, and parks their cars on high ground, and waits it out. All the houses are on stilts.

$243,500

tlasbill
04-24-2010, 01:48 PM
yall dont want to live here, trust me, yall can just stay up there. to many bugs and humidity and country, yall like it up there in the city better.

chenango21
04-25-2010, 06:07 AM
I get a kick out of the posters who try and convince the yankees to stay up north and keep paying those peroperty taxes!

Here is a picture of the waterway at our our place between New Bern and Oriental: oops didn't work....see next post where I figured it out.

chenango21
04-25-2010, 06:37 AM
Here is a picture of our waterfront between New Bern and Oriental NC
http://www.bairdcreekpoint.com

liveaboard74
04-25-2010, 07:26 AM
Robschonk, you should feel guilty. You got a DEAL!!!
You Gmen post so photos of your places. Those two shots of the waterfront are really nice. I"d enjoy seeing other area's of NC I have not been to and I'm sure the others would to.
BTY, I get tickled at the joke about taxes to but you poor guys up in the NE pay more taxes in one year than we pay in several. One of the Brokers I run for lives in RI. His taxes IN TOWN are right at 5 G a year.
Those guys up there move down there they would feel guilty and want to pay more. :rofl:

robschonk
04-25-2010, 08:37 AM
Robschonk, you should feel guilty. You got a DEAL!!!
:

Yep, they started out asking 525k, it went into forclosure, etc. Got it for 243.5k:):)

Patience pays! I was watching the market for a year and a half before I made my move.

westco
04-25-2010, 11:23 PM
Harkers Island, NC

Loafer
04-26-2010, 02:23 AM
Colington Harbour in Kill Devil Hills for about 3 years now. About 20 miles to Oregon Inlet. Lot's of my neighbors motor out the the stream from here. Very reasonable prices for canalfront homes and much better water depth (6') for deeper draft boats. More upscale choices like Pirates Cove close by but bigger $ as well. I kiteboard more than I fish (OK, not your average THT member) so the OBX was an easy choice for us. Year round below Oregon Inlet was a bit too remote for our liking. Good Luck!

(Many years dreamin of a dock behind the house. Built this one myself, including the lift, last summer)

chenango21
04-26-2010, 05:01 AM
Loafer,

How the heck did you set the pilings yourself? What is decking material made of?

Nice pics.

Paul
http://www.BairdCreekPoint.com

ZIGZAG
04-26-2010, 05:23 AM
I think you'd be a lot happier in Va.

robschonk
04-26-2010, 04:06 PM
My favorite mainland location is Bellhaven. Beautiful little town.

Be sure to try the Buffet at River Forest Manor.

http://belhavennc.us/

http://www.pamlico.com/belhaven/

http://www.riverforestmanor.com/

CaptGorges
04-27-2010, 03:56 PM
If you want to get away from civilization somewhere downeast is a sportsman's paradise. Quick run over to the banks, nobody really to bother you. Dad is from Atlantic originally, bought a 3bdrm/2 bath, waterfront, on 3 acres for <$300k when real estate was high.

Pelagic_Angler
04-27-2010, 07:47 PM
Definitely consider Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach, NC....Wrightsville beach may be a little to pricey, but i know a Realtor here in town if you want to look at some places.

Libra
04-27-2010, 08:24 PM
Now that Avon place I like!!!! But, way many places in NC to retire, be on or near the coast, be able to dock boat at your back door, close to inlets or backwaters/rivers. Carolina Beach, Southport, Holdens Beach, Ocean Isle... and those are just some of the s/e ones.

Loafer
04-27-2010, 10:18 PM
Loafer,

How the heck did you set the pilings yourself? What is decking material made of?

Nice pics.

Paul
http://www.BairdCreekPoint.com

Ooops, had someone else set the pilings and the top I-beams. I did all the rest. Actually the lift was pretty straight forward other than debugging the 240 V circuit which was tripping the GFI when I first installed it. There's a second outside slip that will handle 36' with a 14' beam but I just keep a jet ski floating dock and a 17' daysailor there for now

I put down composite decking (not trex but I forget the brand). Not cheap but the jury's still out on any long term advantage. Having the boat 40 ft behind the house on a lift is absolute heaven:) Time to build the fish cleanin station

liveaboard74
04-28-2010, 04:19 AM
Not cheap but the jury's still out on any long term advantage. Having the boat 40 ft behind the house on a lift is absolute heaven:) Time to build the fish cleanin station
Quick post and not trying to get off topic. If any of you are thinking about a dock, and like Loafer worry about it lasting try cement. Totally different concept but last forever.

Zig=Zag To funny. You must have missed my post with the bob cat on my shoulders and our morning friends visiting that live between mine and my neighbors house. We kinda enjoy them and they don't seem to mine us at all. LOL
There on my photos on here along with the cement dock. Someone will start a thread about dock and piers sometime and we can talk about this there. Have a great day..

ZIGZAG
04-28-2010, 04:51 AM
[quote=chenango21;2932716]I get a kick out of the posters who try and convince the yankees to stay up north and keep paying those peroperty taxes!

Why would we want the Yankees coming down here to the south and bringing their problems to us? We don't want to see our property taxes get any worse than they are now. Wx sucks in NC, to many bugs, snakes and outside varmints, Va. is nicer.

chenango21
04-28-2010, 06:56 AM
Good points ZigZag....besides the bugs and snakes suggest you just get folks to remember the movie Deliverance with Bert Reynolds and Jon Voight....that will get the Yankees to stay up north!

wetaline
04-29-2010, 12:33 AM
[quote=chenango21;2932716]I get a kick out of the posters who try and convince the yankees to stay up north and keep paying those peroperty taxes!

Why would we want the Yankees coming down here to the south and bringing their problems to us? We don't want to see our property taxes get any worse than they are now. Wx sucks in NC, to many bugs, snakes and outside varmints, Va. is nicer.

spent a lot of time at Ft.Bragg bugs and snakes don't bother me none Boy!;)

wetaline
04-29-2010, 12:36 AM
thanks to everyone who gave me good advice,I truly appreciate it. Me and the wife need to take a road trip and spend some time down there to get an idea of the area. Keep the suggestions coming.

thanks!

ZIGZAG
04-29-2010, 05:17 AM
[quote=ZIGZAG;2939274]

spent a lot of time at Ft.Bragg bugs and snakes don't bother me none Boy!;)


Well good for you BOY!!;)

davedowneast
04-29-2010, 09:47 AM
[quote=wetaline;2941451]


Well good for you BOY!!;)

Hopefully you mean, Thank You for your service. ;)

Ya can't help where your born, but you can tell where your heart is. Coming to NC looks good on paper to a lot of northerners, but you really don't get Southern life if you think Asheville and Cary are nice towns. For that matter, there's a whole lot of towns from Corolla to Sunset Beach that have nothing to do with living Southern. But, if you're looking for a place that has lower taxes, natural beauty and great people, bring your butt down, there's a place for you. If you're the golfing, boating, big house type, you're especially welcome, because I know you're going to spend money, pay taxes and you're not going to want to live where I do. :grin:

mrz333
04-29-2010, 12:47 PM
Check out Southport. Beautiful small town at the intersection of the cape fear river, intercoastal waterway and the ocean. Willmington, Bald Head Island, the Brunswick beaches and islands, Kure beach, Myrtle beach. Bored? head North - South. Miss the kids? 1 day by car north, want to get away from them 1 day south - Head to south or sw florida. Make all the stops along the way.

Taxes are low, land and houses are cheap, waterway communities are beautiful. Area was primed for the 'great Northern Boomer migration that never happened.

deesdr
04-29-2010, 07:52 PM
There ain't no more places in NC to retire. They are all gone, yep all taken up. I wish there were. I have been looking for a similar place, but nada. Every where I look to retire in NC there are already plenty of retiree's there, too darn many of them to boot.
I guess you will probably be better off to stay right where you are. Give me your phone number and if a place comes open, I'll be sure to give you a call.

Now, listen close, I heard there were pleny of places like you are looking for in Marco Is Florida. Gated retirement communities, lots of other folk to associate with, people with common interests, fair weather winters, and everyone is very polite.
Retiring in NC is kind of like trying to buy a villa in Tuscany Italy, there just aren't any more villas left. Nothing avaiable.

Double negative in the first setence, I know..I apologize, but I think the message is still clear.

bellsisland
04-30-2010, 07:55 AM
Hence my handle, lived on bellsisland for 5 years. Out of the city but still close to everything. Check it out.

hblac
05-02-2010, 07:09 AM
Try this link out. Lots of great deals at the waters edge:

http://www.mattmyatt.com/OBXForeclosure.htm

Elizabeth Reed
05-03-2010, 09:30 AM
These pics are off our back step on the ICW on Oak Island. We love it here. Been here since 1974. You can't go wrong anywhere along the NC coast.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l145/rottinpeach/Beach%20%2005-05-07/102_0305.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l145/rottinpeach/Beach%20%2005-05-07/000_0046.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l145/rottinpeach/Beach%20Fall%202007/102_0624.jpg

Elizabeth Reed
05-03-2010, 09:33 AM
Also some pretty nice flounder out of the inlet too. (Lockwood Folly) It can be a shallow inlet at times, but we also use The Cape Fear as well. Lots of creeks and some great near shore fishing to off Oak Island.


http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l145/rottinpeach/Beach%20Fall%202007/102_0661.jpg

robschonk
05-03-2010, 10:25 AM
Just for grins and giggles, I went on Realtor.com and picked out some listings between Avon and Hatteras that might meet your criteria.

No, I'm not a realtor, don't have financial interest, yada yada; just a happy Avon homeowner.

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/39171-S-Albacore-Lane_Avon_NC_27915_1118308980

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/50115-Snug-Harbor-Drive_Frisco_NC_27936_1115468795

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/39098-Tarpon-Lane_Avon_NC_27915_1115468800

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/39304-Tarpon-Drive_Avon_NC_27915_1116865992

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/39199-Amberjack-Court_Avon_NC_27915_1116342304

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/50078-Blackbeards-Court_Frisco_NC_27936_1105712228

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/50230-Captains-Court_Frisco_NC_27936_1113337263

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/39166-Weakfish-Drive_Avon_NC_27915_1111790148

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/50163-Freebooter-Court_Frisco_NC_27936_1110617381

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/57017-Kohler-Drive_Hatteras_NC_27943_1112395553

mrz333
05-03-2010, 12:55 PM
[QUOTE=Elizabeth Reed;2950580]These pics are off our back step on the ICW on Oak Island. We love it here. Been here since 1974. You can't go wrong anywhere along the NC coast.

Beautiful lot Elizabeth!

Check out The Landings at Southport. A nice small developement with water access 1 mile from the City of Southport. Get 100' x 150' for 120K, I'll build you a custom home there for $175 Sq. Ft. Taxes on that should be about $4500.

We owned a lot there until a few months ago when we cashed out to buy a foreclosure on Marco Island Fl for 1/3 its' value.

Elizabeth Reed
05-03-2010, 01:15 PM
[QUOTE=Elizabeth Reed;2950580]These pics are off our back step on the ICW on Oak Island. We love it here. Been here since 1974. You can't go wrong anywhere along the NC coast.

Beautiful lot Elizabeth!

Check out The Landings at Southport. A nice small developement with water access 1 mile from the City of Southport. Get 100' x 150' for 120K, I'll build you a custom home there for $175 Sq. Ft. Taxes on that should be about $4500.

We owned a lot there until a few months ago when we cashed out to buy a foreclosure on Marco Island Fl for 1/3 its' value.


Thanks, mrz

I do need to clarify that Elizabeth Reed is a song by one of my favorite bands. I named one of my boats Elizabeth Reed. She lived from 1843-1935 and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon Ga. You can call me John. :) The boat has since been sold. I loved that old Boston Whaler.....:)


Her full name was Elizabeth Jones Reed Napier,

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l145/rottinpeach/Macon%202010/IMG_0220.jpg

mrz333
05-03-2010, 04:29 PM
JT: I saw the boat name and figured you had to name it after her to get her OK to raid the bank accounts, or something. Thanks for the explanation - I know those lots and they are beautiful! My family lives in Calabash.

chenango21
05-04-2010, 05:44 AM
regarding above posted comment "I'll build you a custom home there for $175 Sq. Ft"

Where we are between New Bern and Oriental, NC a very nicely finished 3400 sf home with granite, high end fixtures and private boat slip cost 135-140 dollars per sq ft.(excluding land cost). We are working with a local designer/builder on plans for a 2200 s.f. home that will cost about 220,000.....so the total cost for homesite (including boatslip) plus the home will be around 300k.....interior homesite a short walk to the marina.
http://www.bairdcreekpoint.com

mrz333
05-04-2010, 07:41 AM
"Where we are between New Bern and Oriental, NC a very nicely finished 3400............"

I've done true custom projects for over 30 years. Granite can cost $25 a sq ft or $300 - and up. Ordinary, so called 'custom' homes are nothing more than vanilla boxes or McMansions. I build & design quality and detail into real custom homes. Some folks understand and appreciate the difference. On my last project just the kitchen, 2 guest baths and master bath alone had a budget of $400,000.

Yes, most people don't need a $200K+ kitchen but, with me the same guy that designs and builds those also does every project with the same attention to quality. I've worked from Park Ave NYC to Pasadena CA on projects large and small and know design and creative bang for the buck. My rule is to exceed clients' expectations not their budget.

I'll tell you what! Over the years I've saved people millions and made them millions on resales. Send me your plans - if I don't come up with some great ideas within an exact budget you pay nothing. If I do, pay me what you think it's worth. I'll earn my keep just by showing you what, where and how to buy to give you a competitive edge in the bidding process.

finrazor
05-04-2010, 10:35 AM
I have a 2 year old house that I am selling next month for $500k. A couple of pics for you to drool over! Its located on the Neuse River across from Oriental. 25 min from Morehead City. The house has a concrete dock with a 12000# lift. You can fish, crab, net shrimp, whatever. Absolutely pristine.

Michael
703.598.9376

finrazor
05-04-2010, 10:36 AM
The house is 100% finished (Jan 2008) now, just didn't have fresh pics to post.

davedowneast
05-04-2010, 12:55 PM
mrz333,

I used to work on houses similar to what you describe and they're very few around these parts. Quality is improving here, but the expectations are relatively low. People here are more interested in fishing, hunting, going to the beach, etc. Even the "rich and famous" that come here, stay in houses that would unacceptable if they were in NY or LI or FL, it's just a different perspective on what's important.

Most houses that are oceanfront are part-time and/or rentals. They may go for over a million $, but it's about how many bedrooms, amenities and the location vs high end finishes. Heck, people here thought I was crazy for installing radiant heat. One person commented "Must be a Yankee thang". :roll They'd really think I'm crazy if they knew what I paid for the spray foam insulation. ;)

mrz333
05-05-2010, 08:14 AM
davedowneast,
The area I considered building in before retiring, Brunswick county, had lots of quality homes. It's true that the buyers were people coming from up north. A house is a tool we use to help us enjoy the lifestyle we've chosen. Its' location and amenities are so much a part of the everyday that we overlook them until they break. A house we'll retire in is even more important. Upkeep and operating costs need to stay low as we go on to fixed incomes. You were smart to put that foam insulation in. It's a job that will pay for itself over many years and, in a very small way, enable you to live a lifestyle you want.

I say the right tool for the right job!

Educating clients is a big part of my job as is listening to and understanding their needs. We go to financial planners to help us manage our retirement. Who helps us to manage the initial and future costs of our prime investment? Sound choices now will only make the future, or at least that part of it, better and easier.

So a guy buys a 3500 sq. ft. house that a builder cut corners in making a profit. Where were the corners cut? It passes local inspection codes - SO! Meanwhile it's a house with quality like something built in China. To those in the 'know' it stinks of cheap. To late now - the woes will be all yours!

davedowneast
05-05-2010, 08:40 AM
I also did Hardie plank siding (I even have the shears, etc), Azek trim, and standing seam metal roofing. At the time, all I heard was "vinyl is fine and will last forever". 5 years later, the people with fading vinyl were pressure washing their houses to get the mold off. You're preaching to the choir here about quality, what I don't believe in is excess beyond reasonable need.

I'm retired and have no vested interest in this discussion, but trying to sell quality here is like a salmon swimming upstream, even if you get to the top, you die. Or, as in my case, get divorced and she has what I built. :banghead:

I am thinking of building a small cottage, what's your opinion on Silestone Quartz Countertops? I don't care for Corian and some granite is OK, but can be a pain. I do have a funny granite story, too long to write here.

mrz333
05-05-2010, 12:18 PM
"....what I don't believe in is excess beyond reasonable need." A GOOD WAY TO THINK!


davedowneast: Silestone, and other quartz products, are good. Consistant quality, color, fabricates like granite, limited colors, repairs easily for the most part, same price as level 1 & 2 granites, easy to clean, no upkeep like granite. In a well designed project I would opt for granite over silestone. Good stoneyards will keep some nice level 2's, 3's & 4's that have lots of color variation and natural graining. The cost differential between quartz & natural stone is not that great as fabrication & installation costs are the same. Silestone has blues which in granite is expensive.

For a kitchen, take a level 2 Giallo Veneziano as an example, 3 CM (don't build-up), ogee edge ($$ go to 1/2 bull nose to save), spend a little more on backspash tile, nice cabinets (tough because there's a lot of well marketed junk), a nice stone tile floor although there's a lot of stone looking ceramics out there since the fabrication process has made leaps & bounds improvements, good but mid market appliances - unless your a chef, together with a great design. You'll spend, maybe, an extra $5 to $10K in upfront costs. The difference? Ten years down the road, when others w/builders kitchens are ready for a complete remodel, yours is a classic beauty.

TVBX
05-05-2010, 04:16 PM
Edenton

liveaboard74
05-05-2010, 04:33 PM
EdentonX2... Beautiful little town. Just got a hospital to. Lowe's on the way.
Hop the 32 bridge and your at OBX.

wetaline
05-07-2010, 12:41 AM
I have a 2 year old house that I am selling next month for $500k. A couple of pics for you to drool over! Its located on the Neuse River across from Oriental. 25 min from Morehead City. The house has a concrete dock with a 12000# lift. You can fish, crab, net shrimp, whatever. Absolutely pristine.

Michael
703.598.9376

does it have an elevator?

thanks for posting all the pictures folks!:thumbsup:

davedowneast
05-07-2010, 06:23 AM
does it have an elevator?

thanks for posting all the pictures folks!:thumbsup:

Most new houses close enough to the water to have a dock are going to be raised at least 8' above grade to meet codes. Few have an elevator and those that do, are well over $500K.

finrazor
05-07-2010, 09:11 AM
No elevator and it still appraises for over $600k. I just have to get out of it due to a divorce.

wetaline
05-07-2010, 06:36 PM
Most new houses close enough to the water to have a dock are going to be raised at least 8' above grade to meet codes. Few have an elevator and those that do, are well over $500K.

here's a beauty for $499K with and elevator on the water. just needs a dock and boat lift


http://www.homesandland.com/Real_Estate/NC/City/Stumpy_Point/ListingId/14832908.html?ListingAdditionalDetail=Gallery

davedowneast
05-07-2010, 09:30 PM
Looks like a nice house, don't know anything about the area. My fist thought was, is the water deep enough for a 25 footer? how long a trip to the inlet? etc., etc.. You need to do some scouting in person.

beber
05-11-2010, 01:12 PM
How about Wilmington NC. I moved down here a few years ago and I'm really liking the area.

$430k pool and 30ft boat slip
http://www.coastalcarolinaproperties.com/listings/PropListing.asp?frm=bysearch&type=RA&maxprice=500000&boat_slip=1&page=12

$350 25ft boat slip and comunity pool
http://www.coastalcarolinaproperties.com/listings/PropListing.asp?frm=bysearch&type=RA&maxprice=500000&boat_slip=1&page=20



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