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Old 08-14-2013, 09:51 PM
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Hello future constituents,

I just got news from my company that they will transfer me pretty mich anywhere I want and NC is first on the list. We are in NY now and can't wait to get out. Tired of the rules, taxes and I like my guns (republicans here)

So the question is, where should I look? My company has offices in Wilmington, Charlotte, and Raleigh.

Thanks!
Old 08-14-2013, 10:19 PM
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Wilmington if u like to fish.
Old 08-14-2013, 10:23 PM
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Wilmington, Raleigh, Charlotte in that order. But that's just my personal preference.
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Charlotte but live in surronding counties. If you have guns I am presumming you like to hunt and here in the Piedmont area is some of the best hunting around. I am 35 miles NE of Charlotte and only 2.5hours from the beach and 2 hours from the mountains. Lots of good lakes for rec.and pretty quiet as well. I to want to live at the beach one day and will if job ever lets me transfer. I grew up here and can tell ya our coastline is awesome. Like mentioned though if its salt water fishing you love then top choice is Wilmington but prepair to deal with the tourist during the summer. Pretty nice though from October to May. Im just dont deal with traffic very well and it gets crowded during the summer months !! Good luck and best wishes in your job transfer.
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You should look at SC.
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Raleigh; less than 3 hours to the beach and less than 3 to the mountains (if that interests you).
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Originally Posted by AaronMdln View Post
Charlotte but live in surronding counties. If you have guns I am presumming you like to hunt and here in the Piedmont area is some of the best hunting around. I am 35 miles NE of Charlotte and only 2.5hours from the beach and 2 hours from the mountains. Lots of good lakes for rec.and pretty quiet as well. I to want to live at the beach one day and will if job ever lets me transfer. I grew up here and can tell ya our coastline is awesome. Like mentioned though if its salt water fishing you love then top choice is Wilmington but prepair to deal with the tourist during the summer. Pretty nice though from October to May. Im just dont deal with traffic very well and it gets crowded during the summer months !! Good luck and best wishes in your job transfer.
If you can't handle traffic, how the heck to you handle living NE of Charlotte? Do you actually work in and commute to Charlotte? My gf lives in Charlotte, and I'm in and out via 85 from Raleigh frequently. Traffic from Salisbury to Charlotte is a total nightmare for me, every single time. If you have a secret low traffic route, I'm all ears. I sometimes go highway 27/24, 15/501, and US1 just so I don't have to deal with that stretch.
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Wilmington if you like to boat and it's a little warmer in the winter. Raleigh is a great town but it's a 2.5 to 4 hr drive to the cost, depending where on the cost your going. My pick would be Wilmington, Raleigh, in that order. I wouldn't move to Charlotte.
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We're full....no room, sorry. lol

I would look at New Bern if I were moving to the area. Less traffic than Wilmington, as close to Raleigh too.
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Of those 3 choices, for me it would be...
Wilmington, Raleigh (distant 2nd), Charlotte (only if I had to)

We have lived in Raleigh, since 1995...
  • Decent lakes: Falls & Jordan are nearby. Kerr & Gaston are within an hour or so.
  • Location: Although further from NC's beautiful mountains than Charlotte is, Raleigh is very convenient to the NC coast and close to 95 for travel up & down the entire east coast. We still have family in NY, DC, & FL, so Raleigh is great for us to go in both directions.
  • Economy: Better than most places
  • Dining, Sports, Culture, etc: Enough variety & quality to keep most people entertained... although Charlotte probably has the edge here, but I think Wilmington has the edge in History & definitely in charm/character. I don't think Raleigh, nor Charlotte, has much character... both are fine places to live, but nothing charismatic.
  • Housing: Plenty of safe, family friendly neighborhoods
  • Good schools & excellent Universities

Several years back, my parents moved just south of Wilmington across the Cape Fear River to South Port (another great town on the NC coast). But ever since we moved to Raleigh, my family has been traveling to the Wilmington area regularly. Bottomline, I have never lived there, but have spent enough time in the area to appreciate Wilmington (albiet from a recreational/vacation stand point)

As far as NC in general...
  • It is a beautiful state.
  • Both our boys played on traveling soccer teams for years. Their travel brought us to dozens of NC towns (including Charlotte, more times than I can count) in all corners of NC.
  • The NC mountains are very pretty: Blowing Rock, Asheville, Biltmore Estate, Grand Father Mtn, Blue Ridge Parkway, etc
  • But, for me it is the NC coastline. IMHO, it is extremely diverse & simply fantastic... Beautiful beaches, Marsh lands, Historical Forts, Light Houses, The OuterBanks, Manteo, New Bern, Beaufort, Bald Head Island, South Port, etc
  • Our new Governor: Pat McCrory (former Mayor of Charlotte) has the potential of being a real leader. Just this week, he signed into law: Photo ID for Voting ( as to be expected under our current Obamanation, the liberal DumbAsses & RaceBaiters are already challenging the new law. )
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Wilmington has great quality of life and is pretty much paradise if you are a boater. As a transplant (albeit one from farther South) who moved here about 10 years ago, here are the only downsides I have experienced:

(1) Not much of a sports town. Good college ball is 2 hours away, pro ball 4.
(2) It's expensive, especially if you expect private water access, and public access is crowded and a PIA.
(3) If your job doesn't work out, you may need to move. Depending on your industry, the job market is pretty tough. There's a lot of money here, but much of it was made elsewhere.
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Raleigh/Wake county SUCK !!
I was born and raised there, retired 6 years ago and moved to the Crystal Coast (Morehead City area) and hope I never have to go back. Years and years ago living in Raleigh/Wake County was O.K. but now the traffic is unreal and the property taxes have gotten sky high.

Where ever you relocate to remember that in N.C. you pay property taxes(on home, cars, boats, trailers, etc.) to both the county and the city in which you live. So to keep those taxes down try to live outside any corporate city limits.
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Wilmington the logical choice.
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Wilmington
Charlotte
Raleigh

I am in the triad area and beach house is at Wilmington (right at Wilmington).

If you like boating Wilmington. I think Raleigh traffic is about 100x worse than Charlotte and I travel thru Charlotte at least 2 times a week and Raleigh at least 2 times a month. Charlotte seems to have a lot more to do (depending on your age).
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Fort Mill, SC is next to Charlottee and you get a lot for the money.
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You should look at SC.
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Wilmington....no contest
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Who said there was a state named North Carolina?
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Originally Posted by Graddy-fied View Post
Wilmington has great quality of life and is pretty much paradise if you are a boater. As a transplant (albeit one from farther South) who moved here about 10 years ago, here are the only downsides I have experienced:

(1) Not much of a sports town. Good college ball is 2 hours away, pro ball 4.
(2) It's expensive, especially if you expect private water access, and public access is crowded and a PIA.
(3) If your job doesn't work out, you may need to move. Depending on your industry, the job market is pretty tough. There's a lot of money here, but much of it was made elsewhere.
This sums up my feelings having gone to UNCW and lived in ILM for 10yrs. 1 didnt bother me much and 2 never meant anything cause I rented but it is still WAY cheaper than Virginia Beach. 3 is why I am in Virginia Beach. Had to change careers, marine to medical, and had to move.

Raleigh and Charlotte have much more job opportunities if you company doesnt work out and most folks in Wilmington came from somewhere else having made money and then rolled east. If the market for your ILM office is good, then ILM in a heartbeat. Toss a coin up between Charlotte and Raleigh cause I have family in both and cant stand those cities, except for the one or two visits a year.

Good luck!!!
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I live in Raleigh. If I had to choose to move now to your choices, I'd pick Wilmington area.

Altho, Raleigh is great restaurant town and great college sports, respectable NHL franchise that has awesome home ice atmosphere. Charlotte traffic keeps it from being a great place to live, altho it's the only real city in the Carolinas and has several great lakes nearby (and they have water in them this year).
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