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Old 03-26-2019, 03:53 AM
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I wouldn't describe Adams Creek as Havelock. It's not really part of a town. Although the address may be Havelock. It's out there on its own. From out there, I suspect you'd be driving into Morehead or Beaufort more than Havelock. It's probably a 30 minute ride into Beaufort. And more like 40 minutes to either Havelock or Morehead. So distance to stores/conveniences is one of the very first decisions you need to make.

We still don't have very much information on exactly what you want beyond what you first told us. But if you're thinking of buying a condo or townhome in Raleigh as your main place, it doesn't sound like you are the type of person who would want to be 'out there' with little in the way of conveniences. For me, that rules out Oriental and anything off of Hwy 101 between Havelock and Morehead. But who knows. Maybe you want the second home to be really isolated. But then, one person's definition of 'isolated' isn't the same as the next person's either. I would think as you get older, 'isolated' loses some of its charm. For whatever reason, I've started thinking that I need to be within about a 15 minute drive of a Lowes or Walmart store. Many other stores locate close to those, so it tends to be an indicator of available conveniences. I don't want to make an hour drive round trip to run get something I need.

You'll have neighbors just about anywhere you go. Just a matter of how close. Do you need land/space around you? If so, how much? Is a 1/4 acre lot OK? Or do you need a couple of acres or more? Do you want a neighbor close enough that you can talk with when you go out to work a bit in the yard? Or just close enough that you can walk to their house on occasion?

If fishing is a major criteria, in the areas you're looking, I think you'd find that the Morehead area would be your best option. You may also want to look along the lower Newport River as well. A reasonable drive to the Morehead stores and to the beach, but isolated. And a short boat ride to all of the fishing around Morehead as well. The only downside there is the water is pretty shallow. And like any area you're considering, be very careful of the flooding potential.
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Old 03-26-2019, 04:54 AM
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JB gives excellent advise. ^^^
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Old 03-26-2019, 06:11 AM
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I posted a very similar thread here a year and a half ago. I was looking at a house on Smith Creek in Oriental and was trying to get peoples opinions of the town. I got much the same responses. Mosquitoes, gossip, not much around, all blow boats.
I ended up buying the home and it is one of the best decisions I have made.

I have not found that the mosquitoes are worse here then anywhere else. Infact since I was able to afford a place right on the water the breeze keeps them down on most nights.

Gossip,, yeah I have no idea. Worrying about what someone else says about me has never been an issue with me.

The person who said fishing sucks here...not sure where that comes from. Go to Neuse River Bait and Tackles bait shop instagram for proof that is wrong. Great guys btw.

Not much around. This is certainly true. But that is preference. Staying away from tourists was a goal of mine. The restaurants (if you can call them that) do suck. There is a great Hardware store in town and in 30 minutes Grantsboro has a walmart (and a Bojangles cant live with out my bo time)

I leave Wake Forest any day, any time July 3rd, Labor Day weekend, I get to my home in 2 hours 15 minutes. I paid $260k for a 3 bedroom lifted home on 1 acre, right inside the bridge in oriental. Directly on the water with a deep water dock that has room to park any size boat I would like. At the time I could not find anything remotely close to that within a 2 hour 30 minute drive to Wake Forest.
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Old 03-26-2019, 07:24 AM
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So the advice from 1.5 years ago was about the same. At least we're consistent!

Glad you are happy with your purchase. It does really all depend on what each person wants and is looking for. No doubt you'll get a far better deal in Oriental on the water than in Morehead or New Bern on the water. But you do need to realize the difference. If isolation and fewer folks and longer drives to get to things are all OK, then Oriental is a good choice. I myself prefer to have some choices of places to go out to eat (fast food or restaurants) and a decent selection for shopping. Whether it's for clothes or paint or boat parts. Without making an hour+ round trip drive. I like Oriental. To visit.
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by JB2C View Post
So the advice from 1.5 years ago was about the same. At least we're consistent!

Glad you are happy with your purchase. It does really all depend on what each person wants and is looking for. No doubt you'll get a far better deal in Oriental on the water than in Morehead or New Bern on the water. But you do need to realize the difference. If isolation and fewer folks and longer drives to get to things are all OK, then Oriental is a good choice. I myself prefer to have some choices of places to go out to eat (fast food or restaurants) and a decent selection for shopping. Whether it's for clothes or paint or boat parts. Without making an hour+ round trip drive. I like Oriental. To visit.
No doubt. 100% true. Nothing worse then forgetting something for a project and having to drive 35 minutes each way to New Bern for part or tool. Also older kids, gotta think about them. Not much to do here if they are not into water activities.
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Old 03-26-2019, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by tomverni1 View Post
No doubt. 100% true. Nothing worse then forgetting something for a project and having to drive 35 minutes each way to New Bern for part or tool. Also older kids, gotta think about them. Not much to do here if they are not into water activities.
I couldn't even begin to count the times that I had to go back to Lowes or Home Depot to get more stuff even for the simplest of projects!!!!!


I don't mind the drive though. Have a peaceful place with great view is more important to us.
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Old 03-26-2019, 07:07 PM
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That's what I thought when we bought a place at the beach. It's only 15 minutes to Lowes. I thought that would be fine. But it's only 5 minutes to Lowes from home. So it seems like it takes forever to run across town to Lowes when down here. I have to go tomorrow to get 3-4 more bags of mulch, as I didn't have enough. Maybe I'm wrong, but I suspect you'd get tired of those drives pretty quickly.
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by tomverni1 View Post
I posted a very similar thread here a year and a half ago. I was looking at a house on Smith Creek in Oriental and was trying to get peoples opinions of the town. I got much the same responses. Mosquitoes, gossip, not much around, all blow boats.
I ended up buying the home and it is one of the best decisions I have made.

I have not found that the mosquitoes are worse here then anywhere else. Infact since I was able to afford a place right on the water the breeze keeps them down on most nights.
Mosquitoes have been tame the last 2 or 3 years, even with all the rain. I'm at loss as to why, but to say mosquitoes aren't bad in this area is bad advice, believe me I've been in this area for over 20. Honestly biting flies were worse last year, and when you combine them with a bad mosquito year its brutal.
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:26 AM
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I still can't get over your realtor showing you something in Havelock. What in the world.
LOL, I have to go through Havelock about once a week and in my opinion the best thing about Havelock is the road that carries you out.
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by goheelzfan View Post
mosquitoes have been tame the last 2 or 3 years, even with all the rain. I'm at loss as to why, but to say mosquitoes aren't bad in this area is bad advice, believe me i've been in this area for over 20. Honestly biting flies were worse last year, and when you combine them with a bad mosquito year its brutal.
^^^^^this x1000
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:26 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.
I know of house going up for sale on Adams Creek. Nice lot, great dock and lift. Great neighborhood. The house is located on the water, near road 1316 located in the second picture of post 38 in the thread. Fisher Point or Fisher Landing is the name of the subdivision, I think.

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Old 03-27-2019, 07:28 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
Put in an external elevator/lift on the porch. No need for an internal one.
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:46 AM
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wait until the fire siren goes off 4 or times back to back, its behind the town hall not even close to the fire dept on straight rd. Never under stood why they have never moved it to the top of the water tank outside of town...
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by CNC Boater View Post
Put in an external elevator/lift on the porch. No need for an internal one.
Now why the hell didn't I think of that? It's so obvious that I now feel like a dumbass.
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:14 AM
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Fire siren???? Who uses that anymore? There is much better technology since maybe 1980
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Fire siren???? Who uses that anymore? There is much better technology since maybe 1980
Well, it's not 1980 yet in "the county"!
We do have two intersections now with real electric stoplights though!

On a quiet night I sometimes hear the Grantsboro, Reelsboro and Bayboro sirens all going off for a big callout!

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Old 03-31-2019, 04:44 PM
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We spent an extended weekend in the area and looked at New Bern, Oriental, Merritt, Morehead and Beaufort. After the additional searching, we have made an offer on a lot in Oriental. More $ than the lot we were considering before. Great view and very nice neighbors.
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Where at in Oriental?
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:53 AM
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Off of Broad creek
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:33 AM
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We spent an extended weekend in the area and looked at New Bern, Oriental, Merritt, Morehead and Beaufort. After the additional searching, we have made an offer on a lot in Oriental. More $ than the lot we were considering before. Great view and very nice neighbors.
Can I ask your opinion and observations when you visited? I've been lurking around, studying those areas first on paper, and now I'm flying down in two weeks to go visit. I like rural areas, large lots, and few neighbors over convenience and HOA's. Where I grew up had an ocean view, but was 15 minutes to the nearest convenience store, 30 minutes to Home Depot, and an hour to a major city. I want to go back to something like that, with our boat tied up to a dock at the end of the property.
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