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Old 04-19-2010, 10:32 PM
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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!

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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
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.

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It stinks down here. You might as well just stay in N.Y.
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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.

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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.
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I was in Holden Beach a few weeks ago. They have houses on the Canals for less than 500k.
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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.
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:23 AM
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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.
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Another vote for Oriental...50 minute boat ride to MHC and 1.5 hr to Ocracoke or Hat.
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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.
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d_x, anything is going to seem great compared to Toms River NJ.

Then again, it's probably changed a bit since I was there, 1966 to 1968.
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:54 PM
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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).




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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.

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