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Old 03-20-2019, 08:04 AM
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I was reading the "living in New Bern" thread and it got be looking for opinions on Oriental NC. We have visited and stayed in New Bern. Love that area. But, saltwater fishing would likely be better in Oriental. I found a beautiful lot there and plan to make an offer. In a few years, we would build a house on pilings, maybe elevated 10 ft (I believe flood is 7 ft where the lot is). Is there a downside to the area that I have not seen? What are others thoughts on the area?
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:19 AM
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Its a beautiful area. Not really "saltwater fishing" Its still brakish/fresh water in oriental, and a long run across the sound to hatteras or ocracoke inlet to get the ocean. Or run down the intercoastal to Beaufort inlet.

Only down I would see is there is not much for shopping or anything around oriental, long drive to washington or new bern for any kind of normal food/supplys
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:28 AM
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Oriental is the last place in NC I would want to live.. there's nothing there and the mosquitos will pick you up out of your seat.
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by amofgreenville View Post
Oriental is the last place in NC I would want to live.. there's nothing there and the mosquitos will pick you up out of your seat.
Hey, there's a Piggly Wiggly and a Dollar store, what more do you need?

I believe it's also a requirement to have at least one sailboat, a Volvo or Subaru and a poodle. If you're used to HOA's it's also a big plus.

Seriously though, if building anywhere in that general area near the water, I wouldn't think about less than 12' above MHW elevation for any home! Last couple storms were 10-11' in many places!
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:37 AM
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Its not for people that have everything at their fingertips, Grantsboro is the nearest food lion or wally world, All medical my Dr's are in New Bern a 45 mile drive. I live in the village and living in a garage apt until the repairs on my flooded house are finished, as they are supposed to start next month. You are out in the sticks, period... but there are advantages, people are friendly and look after one another. If you move here be prepared to drive alot for things and pay more for them out here. and if you live downtown the fire siren is behind town hall unlike other towns that place it near the fire dept noooooo some dumbass wanted it down town nice at three in the morning.......

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Old 03-20-2019, 08:57 AM
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I need more going on than Oriental offers. But everyone is different. Just not enough shops/stores/restaurants for me to survive there.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:09 AM
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See my post and thread on the next page here entitled "Pamlico River Fishing?" Not the exact same area as Oriental but one that I am also looking at and close enough geographically that some of the advice and links there might be helpful to you. The colorful commentary on commercial fishing in that area is an added bonus for perspective.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:09 AM
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"The Sailing Capital of North Carolina" is also the gossip capital of North Carolina. We love Oriental and visit there often, but usually just for lunch. There is very much a social "click" there... and they will turn on you if you are not in their good graces. They do have a strong community there. But I swear to you, they could base a Real Housewives series from there. There are younger people and families starting to move in as the old guard ages out and (frankly) dies off, but I still don't know if I would want to be there full-time. Not yet anyway.
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:05 PM
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We have a place on greens creek in Oriental and run the intra costal to Beaufort inlet regularly it isnít that bad of a ride takes 45min or less depending on how fast you cruise but itís an easy, relaxing ride... in the summer we fish the break offshore when the weather allows... there are plenty of large drum to be caught on the Neuse locally around Oriental in the fall so thereís definitely some local fishing to enjoy also.... the piggly wiggly there is relatively new and has most grocery related things you would need and if not the food lion and Walmart in grantsboro are about 25min away.... as far as the cliques mentioned I havenít noticed it everyone has always been friendly as far as Iíve seen... but then again we are mostly there on the weekends only and besides cliques arent my thing so I donít seek acceptance regardless... and we donít own a sail boat and Iíve never been sailing in my life
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my aunt and uncle retired in Oriental , old navy guy, big time sailor perfect lifestyle for him, flooded out 2-3 times, FEMA raised his house then he moved 2 years ago to New Bern , 4' of water in his house from Florence, not sure how much more an 80 yr old can take, he's a tough guy.

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Old 03-20-2019, 07:54 PM
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The traveling sales/service guy from a chopper gun company lived there. He called Oriental "A drinking town with a sailing problem".
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:38 AM
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When we were looking to move to NC, Oriental was on the list.

We decided that unless sailing was your life, you're better off elsewhere.
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:05 AM
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Sailing is not my thing. I do enjoy boating and fishing.

The lack of shopping does surprise me. We saw the Piggly Wiggly and stopped in. Quite small for a supermarket. We didn't mind the drive to New Bern, but we are in our 50's now. Don't know how I will feel when I am in my 70's. The neighbors were very friendly. They saw us on the lot in the rain and stopped by to chat for almost an hour.

We did speak with a few builders. One suggested building the lot up and then use pilings to raise another 8 to 10 feet. That should bring us well above flood levels.

Our realtor did mention the cliques and the gossip mill that are in the town. I guess that is one of the down sides of a small community. We did look at a lot or two in Dawsons creek area. Loved the lot but the views were only ok and the bridge seems to limit boat size/access.
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Real estate here is overpriced for muddy water. Most of this area will flood and most of these old houses are built on the ground. If you are looking to buy a lot, then it probably hasn't been developed because it floods. Just build it up on pilings about 10 feet up and have nothing but a open area with concrete on the bottom and you'll see more good days than bad, with cheap flood insurance rates as well.
If you have to go this route on a build, don't overpay for a lot and maybe start your search over. You can build in a lot of coastal areas if you are on pilings.
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Originally Posted by raybark View Post
When we were looking to move to NC, Oriental was on the list.

We decided that unless sailing was your life, you're better off elsewhere.
That kinda sums it up right there.
My mother's side of the family is from there and we still have relatives and property (lot) there. She grew up a couple of blocks from the harbor and I've witnessed the evolution of the village from a sleepy fishing village to the "in" place to be for yuppies and retired sailors from up north. While I still have roots there, there's no way in hell I would want to live there.
Except for big red drum fishing for a few weeks in the late summer and fall, the fishing there generally sucks.

And regarding flooding: My grandmother's house, which still stands on Academy St., had 1-inch holes drilled in the hardwood floors all over the house with cork plugs stuck in them. Back in the day, when the house flooded you just let the flood waters recede and then washed all the mud out of the house. Of course, the walls didn't have insulation, so mold wasn't an issue.
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:36 PM
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in terms of fishing, I do not go offshore. I enjoy stripers, flounders, smaller reds. I am told that the area has good fishing for these species. I also love to eat blue crab. I was also told that crabbing is plentiful
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Old 03-22-2019, 04:01 AM
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I have caught plenty of drum and flounder off our pier, and thereís always crabs stealing bait and hanging out on the pilings
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Old 03-22-2019, 04:51 AM
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If you are into offshore or nearshore fishing you want to be closer to Morehead City. Lots of nice places and you have access to a inlet the is kept open.
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Old 03-22-2019, 06:17 AM
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Keep in mind that in addition to shopping options (including more upscale and complete grocery), all the medical services are in New Bern too. Likewise what passes for movies and entertainment. And the airport and the roads to the big cities . If you want to enjoy the beaches and delights of Morehead City, Beaufort, and the barrier island communities without schlepping the boat over there, then you have to take the Minnesott ferry and drive on from Harlowe. If you don't need any of those things, fine. If you do, get ready to put in a lot drive time and mileage. It's a nice area but there's no free lunch, as they say.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:08 PM
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Why would you not just go to Carteret County?
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