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Old 04-12-2019, 01:21 PM
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Old 04-12-2019, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by gillnetflounderman View Post
Its a flip of the coin as to whether the Merrimon area is better than down town North River and about the only better thing is that North River is a little closer to Beaufort but That micky mouse town is nothing to brag about unless you like a bunch of old homes and high priced restaurants.
Beaufort.......North Carolina's newest Oriental except with higher taxes.
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:44 AM
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You're talking to someone who lives in New Jersey. Trust me, you have no idea what high taxes are. I guess it's a personal preference of what coastal areas in NC are "worth it". Being close to the water always carries a risk, but as a fisherman, I don't want to live in the middle of nowhere, NC. I love Beaufort, because it reminds me of where I currently live, Keyport, NJ. Small fishing town with lots of history. I see that Beaufort is a little pricey, that's why I'm looking at other areas surrounding it.

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Old 04-13-2019, 07:09 AM
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Lived here all my life. Beaufort has become handicapped and infiltrated with assclowns. Merrimon area severely floods on strong winter north winds and hurricanes. Ask the local elders of the area, not forums, imports or realtors...

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Old 04-13-2019, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by mpm87 View Post
You're talking to someone who lives in New Jersey. Trust me, you have no idea what high taxes are. I guess it's a personal preference of what coastal areas in NC are "worth it". Being close to the water always carries a risk, but as a fisherman, I don't want to live in the middle of nowhere, NC. I love Beaufort, because it reminds me of where I currently live, Keyport, NJ. Small fishing town with lots of history. I see that Beaufort is a little pricey, that's why I'm looking at other areas surrounding it.
OK, since you are from Jersey and can probably handle directness, I'll be as direct as a southern gentleman that grew up in eastern North Carolina can be about the area - it's a friggin' soggy-ass middle-of-nowhere dump! Merrimon, North River, Bettie....damned if I would want to live there, waterfront or not. And I have family all over Carteret, Craven, Beaufort, and Pamlico counties. My ancestors are from the area - I mean, hell, my grandmother was the schoolteacher on Portsmouth Island for several years....but there ain't no way any of them would live in friggin' Merrimon, NC.
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:01 AM
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Originally Posted by mpm87 View Post
You're talking to someone who lives in New Jersey. Trust me, you have no idea what high taxes are. I guess it's a personal preference of what coastal areas in NC are "worth it". Being close to the water always carries a risk, but as a fisherman, I don't want to live in the middle of nowhere, NC. I love Beaufort, because it reminds me of where I currently live, Keyport, NJ. Small fishing town with lots of history. I see that Beaufort is a little pricey, that's why I'm looking at other areas surrounding it.
Merrimon is the definition of "middle of nowhere, NC".

If you're ok with going to town no more than once a week it might not be a bad choice.
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:18 AM
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Might want to check out the area around Swansboro which is not far from Jacksonville and around an hour away from Wilmington. Might be some property along the White oak river available which would be fairly high ground in many locations. Do not know much about the prices. Bogue Inlet which allows access to the ocean is near along with Bogue banks which has plenty of ocean front . I have never lived in that area but have been thru it many times and would prefer it to the Beaufort or Morehead city areas. Might want to check it out. I don't know you but do not believe you or your family would be too happy living in the eastern part of Carteret county due to the insects that will torment you along with the fact that most of the property is barely higher than sea level. There is a good reason why the western part of this county has grown rapidly over the past 30 years while anything east of the beaufort area looks pretty much the same as it did 50 years ago.
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by STIPulation View Post
Merrimon is the definition of "middle of nowhere, NC".

If you're ok with going to town no more than once a week it might not be a bad choice.
While my body lives in Pitt County, my soul lives in Carteret County.

And even I am not sure about living in Merrimon.
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by aFORDable View Post
While my body lives in Pitt County, my soul lives in Carteret County.

And even I am not sure about living in Merrimon.
I live 9 miles as the crow flies from Merrimon, we looked out there, but there was just no way I could commute to work from out there.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:11 AM
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Thanks NC Native for the directness, love a straight shooter! Also thanks to gillnet and everyone else. I appreciate the honesty because touring several areas in a week won't tell you much, and I wouldn't trust a realtor to give me the facts. My only goal was to find some honest locals (I think I did that) to give me their opinions of certain areas so that I might have some places to check out next time we visit your beautiful state again.
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:02 AM
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One hint... if you are on the water look for areas that area on the east, north east north west shoreline. Much less of a mosquito or biting knats since the spring and summer months are primarily s,sw,se. We have done exactly that and it works our great.

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Old 04-14-2019, 09:13 AM
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This might help. https://ss2.climatecentral.org/#13/3...feet&pois=hide
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Old 04-14-2019, 05:03 PM
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Flying down to coastal NC tomorrow for the week to check out some lots for sale. Been keeping an eye on these threads. I definitely want rural, but I fear some of the spots I've looked at might be too rural. This would be for retirement, so no worries about school systems or being close to "culture".

Looking forward to visiting your lovely state, and I'm more than willing to leave NE politics in the north east. Merrimon and Oriental are on the list, possibly Havelock.
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Flying down to coastal NC tomorrow for the week to check out some lots for sale. Been keeping an eye on these threads. I definitely want rural, but I fear some of the spots I've looked at might be too rural. This would be for retirement, so no worries about school systems or being close to "culture".

Looking forward to visiting your lovely state, and I'm more than willing to leave NE politics in the north east. Merrimon and Oriental are on the list, possibly Havelock.
What are you looking for in which those 3 destinations are on your short list? Just curious.
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:22 AM
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Originally Posted by one wolf View Post
What are you looking for in which those 3 destinations are on your short list? Just curious.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:02 AM
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One thing I didn't see mentioned is this area doesn't have public water. You're gonna have well water. The most frustrating part about living in this area is, unless the area is experiencing a drought it is a soggy rain forest

The east side of Adams creek is Merrimon, and being on the water there is not a bad gig.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:54 AM
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I have a buddy in this area and he loves it.



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Old 04-16-2019, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Flying down to coastal NC tomorrow for the week to check out some lots for sale. Been keeping an eye on these threads. I definitely want rural, but I fear some of the spots I've looked at might be too rural. This would be for retirement, so no worries about school systems or being close to "culture".

Looking forward to visiting your lovely state, and I'm more than willing to leave NE politics in the north east. Merrimon and Oriental are on the list, possibly Havelock.
It would be great if you posted your experience good and bad. I am in the same situation. I am looking into the MHC area. Knowing where not to look is just as helpful as where to look. Enjoy your trip and good luck.
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:22 PM
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Anyone staying at Oriental Marina and Inn. Ask for unit #26. Great views and right over the pool and Tiki bar.
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I stayed there a few weeks ago in room #28
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