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Old 02-18-2020, 05:13 PM
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:18 PM
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Have you considered lower/mid chesapeake bay? Western shore. Lots of waterfront property above the flood zones.

My boating experience is basically split between the areas you describe, and the bay. The only reason I'd choose eastern NC over the bay, is access to the gulfstream.
Old 02-19-2020, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by bluejack View Post
New Waterfront Homes for Sale Washington, NC

Have no idea what the lots cost but I think it's a pretty neat development in Washington, and has docks right out your front door.
These are $500K +... you can purchase a dock for around $30K... Check out Pamlico Plantation in Washington... waterfront neighborhood with clubhouse, pool, ect.. each residence includes a private boat slip with water/electric.. AND private boat ramp.. There are a few lots available if you want to build, a couple out of the flood zone..
www.PamlicoPlantation.com
Old 02-19-2020, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by amofgreenville View Post
These are $500K +... you can purchase a dock for around $30K... Check out Pamlico Plantation in Washington... waterfront neighborhood with clubhouse, pool, ect.. each residence includes a private boat slip with water/electric.. AND private boat ramp.. There are a few lots available if you want to build, a couple out of the flood zone..
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There are plenty in there under 300. Its a very nice neighborhood and literly right around the corner from my main house
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Old 04-01-2020, 01:08 PM
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Thank you all for continuing to give me great information. We were set to buy tickets and come out until this virus pandemic started. I think our loose itinerary (once we arr able to start travelling again) will consist of flying into Raleigh, driving through Greenville to Washington. Scout around Washington to get a feel for the inner banks. Drive south to New Bern and Beaufort, spend some time there and then head down the coastline concentrating on the Wilmington, Southport and Supply area. I think it might be better for our financial situation to be focusing on a residence that is not right no the water. I'm thinking a nice boating community with a private marina would be ideal. Or even a nice public marina such as Southport marina where we can either lease a slip or keep our boat in dry storage. Not spending every dime we have on a waterfront house definitely frees up a lot of options. As long as I have a place to leisure around near the water when I prefer not to take the boat out, I'll be happy.
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for those pushing Beaufort, think three times. All of Carteret County is going through tough times. Taxes are off the charts, Restaurants are simply not nice. Almost all of it floods at King Tide and don't even as when there is a storm which seems like every week. Crime, I won't even go there; every one is packing a gun.

Probably mart to go to SC.
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Old 04-01-2020, 01:54 PM
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It's probably been mentioned already, but a good waterfront community in Washington (Chocowinity, actually) is Cypress Landing.
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Originally Posted by ylyl1943 View Post
for those pushing Beaufort, think three times. All of Carteret County is going through tough times. Taxes are off the charts, Restaurants are simply not nice. Almost all of it floods at King Tide and don't even as when there is a storm which seems like every week. Crime, I won't even go there; every one is packing a gun.

Probably mart to go to SC.

Just based off my searching, I'm thinking more south like the area of Southport or even closer to the SC border. The carteret county area looks to be really congested and more expensive. But my wife want to look there. I'm not leaving where I am now just to relocate to the same. Wilmington is probably close to what you guys are describing carteret county to be like. But hell, I might find it to be less than where I'm from. My "town" here in California has a population of 383k. But its spread out vastly. If I want to put my boat in the ocean, I have to drive through Los Angeles in 2.5 hours of traffic. Beaufort and Wilmington might actually be considered slow paced compared to what I'm used to.
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trying to be funny beaufort is wonderful
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Wilmington is significantly more congested and busy compared to the Beaufort and Morehead City area.
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Housing market in Southport is still depressed. Never recovered from the 2008 dump. Sold my $380,000 house with deep water access for $290,000 2 years ago. $120,000 water access lots are sitting at $25,000.

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Originally Posted by rdmallory View Post
Housing market in Southport is still depressed. Never recovered from the 2008 dump. Sold my $380,000 house with deep water access for $290,000 2 years ago. $120,000 water access lots are sitting at $25,000.

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dang. If I had some extra cash I would go get a couple of lots.
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May also consider going down to Bath and Bayview area can find homes and property down there in your price range.
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If you want to be in NC, here's what I would do. Meet with a realtor in Greenville, Jacksonville, New Bern or Wilmington. Look for a good deal on inland residential properties, and the towns I mentioned are an hour or less from the water. Trailer your boat to different areas, drive to different areas, and just get a feel for the ENC area. You need to experience a hurricane and see the prep and post hurricane recovery (and aggravation). The hurricane issue should work itself out, since we have a hurricane just about every year. (So many issues a hurricane brings. Loss of a dock, boarding up, loss of power, mandatory evacuation)
I just don't think you are doing yourself any favors by asking where to move to on a message board. Maybe asking for a restaurant recommendation or nearest gas station, but way to many factors in moving to the NC coast to make a decision to "fly out" and make a decision.
This is just my opinion. Best of luck.
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Originally Posted by goheelzfan View Post
If you want to be in NC, here's what I would do. Meet with a realtor in Greenville, Jacksonville, New Bern or Wilmington. Look for a good deal on inland residential properties, and the towns I mentioned are an hour or less from the water. Trailer your boat to different areas, drive to different areas, and just get a feel for the ENC area. You need to experience a hurricane and see the prep and post hurricane recovery (and aggravation). The hurricane issue should work itself out, since we have a hurricane just about every year. (So many issues a hurricane brings. Loss of a dock, boarding up, loss of power, mandatory evacuation)
I just don't think you are doing yourself any favors by asking where to move to on a message board. Maybe asking for a restaurant recommendation or nearest gas station, but way to many factors in moving to the NC coast to make a decision to "fly out" and make a decision.
This is just my opinion. Best of luck.

Thanks man. I appreciate your response. Those are definitely issues that I've thought of that will have to be addressed. The purpose of this post was to kinda get a feel for what I'm looking for and what I need to avoid. I'd like to think of myself as an average guy and most people here being average guys themselves, would be able to give good insight as many have. And you are quite right. I can't exactly just look at a menu and order up a new place to live like I would a rib eye. I understand there will likely be many trips out there in our future to come out and visit. Hell, we may actually stay mobile in the rv or rent for a year once we come out and spend that year trying to find our place to make home. Anyway, I'm not the type to make uneducated decisions. I've done very well in my life making sound decisions that will allow me to retire at 50 in a few years. Thanks again for your response.
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Originally Posted by CarolinaCowboy View Post
Wow i didnt know we had this many assholes in NC. I take it not a single one of you guys know this guy as neither do I. He may be the biggest SOB out there or he may be the guy take cooks steaks and beer every sat night and invites you over. Fellow there are alot of great places in ENC. I actually live in a waterfront town Washington, born and breed, and have a house in Beaufort. You can find what you are looking for in your price range but it just might take a bit. Either way if you do move here, Welcome to ENC
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I second the "dont take the ball busting personally" thoughts mentioned above. There has been a steady mass migration from the NE to NC and many of those folks want to bring the NE with them. That's where a lot of that comes from. But it sounds like you'd like to embrace the local culture. You will be welcomed just fine. It's not really about politics, just the folks that are from here dont feel like it needs to be changed. Enough said about that.

Good luck!
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I might suggest that you refer to it as Harkers Island.


Exhibit A.

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Originally Posted by round2it View Post
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Exhibit A.

? Just trying to help someone get accepted by the locals.
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We're a year out from retirement. As we started to contemplate where we wanted to retire to, ocean communities were top of list. As a teenager, I spent a great deal of summers at the Jersey shore, and then Hilton Head. As a teenager, the idea of hurricanes never crossed my mind. Fast forward to several years ago, we decided to visit a relative that lives on Hilton Head, having not been there in a long time. This was months after the hurricane that hit that area. The amount of massive trees taken down can't be explained. It changed the landscape, permanently.

What I didn't see mentioned in this thread (didn't read every post though), and my reason for posting, is to not underestimate the psychological impact of hurricanes and flooding - both threats and actual experiences.

We ended up tossing the idea of an ocean community for several reasons, but the top of the list was the reason I just mentioned. We currently have a property on Lake St. Clair in Michigan (inherited) that sits low. Water levels are setting records every month. Last summer we had a point where the lake came up and filled yards with feet of water, cascading into crawlspaces and into homes (just our crawlspace). Wondering if the next storm is going to do it in, or wondering what's happening when you're not there, is stressful.

We visited the coast several times - Hilton Head again, Beaufort, Charleston - and then made the decision that having to evacuate every year (it worked that way recently for many), or having the threat of evacuation, or being somewhere else enjoying our retirement and wondering if our home had survived - was more stress than we wanted in our retirement lives. Sure, those that have lived in that type of area for a long time may have adjusted to this. We decided we don't want to, and have now moved our search to hours in-land on big lakes that don't flood ever (at least not up to homes).

Something to consider.
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I have been a longtime THT forum watcher but decided to make an account to respond to this thread. I was born and raised in New Bern and have been currently living in Wilmington for the past 6 years after attending UNCW and deciding to stay because of work opportunities. Wilmington continues to grow and the infrastructure is feeling the impacts, especially boating. I am not saying this to sway your decision but it's the reality. If it wasn't for me and my significant other having great jobs in Wilmington, I would be looking to relocate. I never plan on leaving NC but if I could relocate right now and money was no object, I would be looking for an isolated piece of property in Harker's Island or Atlantic area. My S.O. is from Pamlico County, about 15 minutes from Oriental and they do have some great fishing but there isn't much there besides that (IMO). I agree that south of Wilmington has some great locations as well. New Bern will always be home but I don't plan on moving back anytime soon but older retirees seem to love it. Hope your search goes well.
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Originally Posted by rheist View Post
? Just trying to help someone get accepted by the locals.
Man, just busting your chops a little. Surely you can see the irony in the post sequence when you told him how he should post his comments.

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