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Old 03-23-2019, 06:37 AM
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Our realtor focused us to new bern, Oriental, and Merritt. Didn't look much in Carteret County. We did see a nice property in Havelock but the traffic (and strip club) discouraged us from serious consideration.

What I may do is keep my house in Virginia or get a town house in Raleigh. Keep a waterfront house somewhere in Oriental.
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:06 AM
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What exactly did you give the realtor for your search criteria? I can't imagine why they did not have you looking in Morehead. Unless you told them it had to be waterfront, then had a budget that was too low for Morehead area waterfront.
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:19 AM
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I wanted waterfront. Guess my budget was too low
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:39 AM
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OK. But do you want waterfront, or just water view? What other things are you looking for? Isolation? Conveniences? Activities?
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Old 03-23-2019, 09:00 AM
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Personally, I'd recc New Bern or Morehead. I've lived in New Bern for 20+ years, but had a boat down in Morehead for all of that time. So I know those two areas fairly well. There simply aren't enough stores/restaurants/activities in Oriental for me. I don't want to have to drive an hour+ round trip just to run pick up something at Lowes. But again, it depends on what you're looking for. Too may people in Raleigh for me, but not enough people in Oriental.

My suggestion... look for a great water view (vs water front) in the Morehead area, then keep the boat close by on a lift. All sorts of options for inshore and inside fishing if you do that. And having the boat somewhere with other boats also gives you the chance to make friends and get info from other fishermen. As was mentioned, it's an easy run up the ditch from Morehead to the Neuse if you want to fish the river. But I doubt you would do that very often, with all of the fishing possibilities around Morehead. The only time I've ever done it is for the drum fishing.
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Old 03-23-2019, 09:04 AM
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Also, wherever you buy, keep in mind if you build a house on pilings, if you're still there at 70, you may need to have an elevator installed. I would plan the house for that possibility.
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Old 03-23-2019, 02:28 PM
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Step 1. Get a new realtor.
seriously.
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Old 03-23-2019, 02:55 PM
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We will be looking with a new realtor next week south of the neuse river from Havelock to Morehead.

Wife did pick out a house plan with an elevator shaft. Can add the actual elevator later when I need it. If I put in the actual elevator when I build, its an extra 20k
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Old 03-23-2019, 05:41 PM
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I myself wouldn't install the elevator during a build. Unless you just want one. You never know if you'd ever need it. But building with enough space to easily install one later is smart. Just use it for closet space.

You said you had ruled out Havelock. A good move. But you're looking along the Neuse south of Havelock. How 'out there' do you want to be? There are some very nice homes with great views south of Havelock on the Neuse. But those are out off of Hwy 101 and that is 'out there'. A long drive to most of what you'd likely be doing as far as shopping and restaurants. Are you looking along Hwy 24 in Newport? That area would be much preferable to anything off Hwy 101, as far as convenient to things.

If you want to PM me some of your criteria, I'd be happy to keep an eye out for you. County vs city. Neihborhood vs some land. Waterfront vs waterview. Budget. House size. House style. Etc, etc. I'm not a real estate agent. But I still get all of the listings in the area via email every day, ever since we bought our house. For the Beaufort and Morehead areas (which includes the stuff off Hwy 24 in Newport). So I sort of keep up with what's on the market. I may also be able to comment on some of the areas as well. Happy to help.
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Old 03-23-2019, 05:52 PM
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You're getting some good advice all around, from folks who haved lived or are currently living in the area.
One thing to keep in mind about most all of eastern NC is that you're likely to find plenty of extravagant houses and/or subdivisions mixed right in amongst "white trash" and unsightly places - it's just the nature of the region.
Regarding Oriental - if you have a serious medical issue like a heart attack or stroke, it is going to be at least 30 minutes before you get to a hospital...at least 30 minutes.

I really like what JB2C said: "Too many people in Raleigh, not enough in Oriental".
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Old 03-23-2019, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by NC_Native View Post
You're getting some good advice all around, from folks who haved lived or are currently living in the area.
One thing to keep in mind about most all of eastern NC is that you're likely to find plenty of extravagant houses and/or subdivisions mixed right in amongst "white trash" and unsightly places - it's just the nature of the region.
Regarding Oriental - if you have a serious medical issue like a heart attack or stroke, it is going to be at least 30 minutes before you get to a hospital...at least 30 minutes.

I really like what JB2C said: "Too many people in Raleigh, too many yankees in Oriental".

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Old 03-23-2019, 06:08 PM
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Well, I didn't want to possibly offend someone, Chevyman. ��
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Old 03-23-2019, 07:38 PM
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Please don't call it Oriental. It should be named Asian ;-)
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Old 03-24-2019, 05:13 PM
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I may take a kayak with me to explore the local waters when I come take a look for other properties
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You haven't told us much about what you are looking for other than water front with proximity to inshore trout, flounder, and reds. The more you share, the more we can help you.

You can (and should) do a whole lot of local exploring with google maps and zillow before you ever get here to look at properties with a realtor. Do your own homework and do not rely on a realtor to decide what area is for you - realtors will show you what they know and what's convenient to them, and that's it. Also, for the time you would spend launching a kayak and paddling around in 1% of the area, you would get tremendously more bang for your buck just doing a planned self-guided driving tour of Craven/Pamlico/Carteret Counties. You are in the right forum here for assistance but you could help by giving us even more details on exactly what it is you're looking for other than low cost waterfront with good inshore fishing nearby.

The brackish rivers (Neuse, Pamlico, Bay) are great and for some people they are heaven on earth. My parents live in Bath and wouldn't be anywhere else. For others (myself included), these areas are just too far off the grid. What appeals to you? Do you like the idea of water destinations within 30 minutes other than just fishing or do you not see youself as a boater, just a fisher? Are you comfortable with a local greasy spoon and deli/pizza place nearby and nothing else within 30 minutes? Do you have kids or grandkids that you hope will come visit you and will want things nearby to do? The rivers are inexpensive and remote. Very serene, very private. There is no tourist season, there are essentially no tourists. There are no water destinations (islands, waterfronts with bars and restaurants, beaches, etc.) on the rivers. Maybe that's a positive for you, maybe a negative?

The rivers are awesome, the coast is awesome - but they offer very different lifestyles. Other than fishing, what do you see yourself and your family doing in the next 2-5 years if you were here in eastern NC?
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Old 03-24-2019, 08:25 PM
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I still can't get over your realtor showing you something in Havelock. What in the world.
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:55 AM
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I still can't get over your realtor showing you something in Havelock. What in the world.
The waterfront from Brices creek to Adams creek would be an "Area" upgrade from Oriental. You'd have the amenities of a decent size town, the same body of water, and closer by car to the beach.
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:39 AM
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Oh shame on me, I didn't realize Havelock extended up to and bordered the river. So yeah I get now why that was explored. If river is OP's primary interest independent of affordable properties, then either side of the Neuse or Pamlico would be good options. Lots of affordable properties, plenty of flounder and specs.
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Old 03-25-2019, 09:34 AM
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You might explore these areas-







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Old 03-25-2019, 11:52 PM
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I did look at a property off of adams creek. Lot was nice! View was pretty good. Wife did not really like the feel of havelock.

I plan to retire in about 10 years. I may keep my house in Va or sell it and get a town house/condo in Raleigh. The waterfront house would be a second home in these cases. I don't know where the kids will end up and I hope they will give me a few grandkids. Ultimately, I would want the waterfront to be a quiet laid back place. I don't need a development with HOAs. I like my privacy, but a few nice neighbors would be helpful as I get older. I personally hate the beach, but the mrs loves it. She is willing to drive maybe 90 min to get to the beaches.
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