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Old 01-10-2010, 06:10 PM
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I am always entertaining the idea of moving south, and every year I get closer to doing it. My reasons for staying (parents) are willing to relocate to be with us, so its a bit easier then I imagined.

We visted Beaufort NC two years ago, I was told it was a beautiful area, but I just didnt see anything that nice about it. The waterfront was nice, but a block away appeared to be the ghetto. Maybe I am being too judgemental, but it is what I saw.

We really enjoyed Emerald Island, but the housing is a little pricey and I am not sure of many jobs around?

I was looking at the Albemarle Sound and see Elizabeth City, the housing seems affordable but we were warned to stay away from this area.

Basically, what is a good coastal area for jobs, low crime, and affordable housing?

Thanks for any input.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:25 PM
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We live in Kitty Hawk on the outer banks,close to the fishing,

but further from the hunting.

I'm retired and luckly don't have to work.

not many jobs in the area and crime is low (rental house break in's off season)

what is your idea of affordable housing and what type of employment are you in?
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:27 PM
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I am always entertaining the idea of moving south, and every year I get closer to doing it. My reasons for staying (parents) are willing to relocate to be with us, so its a bit easier then I imagined.

We visted Beaufort NC two years ago, I was told it was a beautiful area, but I just didnt see anything that nice about it. The waterfront was nice, but a block away appeared to be the ghetto. Maybe I am being too judgemental, but it is what I saw.

We really enjoyed Emerald Island, but the housing is a little pricey and I am not sure of many jobs around?

I was looking at the Albemarle Sound and see Elizabeth City, the housing seems affordable but we were warned to stay away from this area.

Basically, what is a good coastal area for jobs, low crime, and affordable housing?

Thanks for any input.
Elizabeth City is fantastic, as long as you don't have to work out of there. Not to much crime and most is in town. No jobs and 1/3 the county does the transit to VA area for work. OBX,, forget it unless your retired with a good income. That place is low income in the summer and after school starts they roll up the streets but thats what those that retire there enjoy. Same here on the sound. Prices for waterfront are still very cheap, but then again work else where on over the internet. Lived on the yacht in New Bern for a while and loved the area and there are some jobs there. Greenville is growing but not coastal but for slow pace easy going with not much crime I'd try New Bern, and that would be the first place I would look for a local job. Next place is Wilminton but prices have moved past the local income down there also but its a pretty town. Lived in Lake Waccamaw for 20 years by Wilmington and those two towns are the only two with jobs left other than Greenville. Not much left around here. I travel so it never bothers me. Moyock to the beach area and transit into VA would be your best shot up around OBX area. Least from there you would be local to the good fishing in both states. Something to think about anyway.
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My wife likes Willmington a lot, it sure seemed nice when we were driving through.

I am in electrical construction on the business end of things at the moment (project management), but have worked in the field for many years. My wife is an RN and can pretty much work anywhere she wants (must be nice!).
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North Topsail is nice, kinda quite.... If you are looking for a busy place Wilmington is nice!!! That is where I would live!

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Take a extended vacation down there and do a serious leader recon of the area. I'm moving south when I retire in 10 years but I'm going way down south. Corpus Cristi area.
My two cents of N.C. coast from someone who was station at camp Lejeune, Jacksonhole for some time I would pick New Bern to Emerald isle or Wilmington area.
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I am always entertaining the idea of moving south, and every year I get closer to doing it. My reasons for staying (parents) are willing to relocate to be with us, so its a bit easier then I imagined.

We visted Beaufort NC two years ago, I was told it was a beautiful area, but I just didnt see anything that nice about it. The waterfront was nice, but a block away appeared to be the ghetto. Maybe I am being too judgemental, but it is what I saw.

We really enjoyed Emerald Island, but the housing is a little pricey and I am not sure of many jobs around?

I was looking at the Albemarle Sound and see Elizabeth City, the housing seems affordable but we were warned to stay away from this area.

Basically, what is a good coastal area for jobs, low crime, and affordable housing?

Thanks for any input.
Keep going to Florida. NC stinks for the most part. You would feel at home in FL.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:26 AM
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Keep going to Florida. NC stinks for the most part. You would feel at home in FL.
You may be right. Dont move to Wilmington without doing some checking. inside the city limits and youll pay higher taxes for no additional services. A convention center is being built which has already gone over budget and will continue to do. that will raise the taxes again. Dont think you can avoid the tax by buying outside the city in New Hanover County. Our city council is annexing everything in sight and has their eye on the entire county. Pender county would be a good choice and still allow you to be within 15 miles or so of downtown(not much of a downtown). Oh and if you have school age children forget it, schools used to be good, going down hill. now they will start busing and get away from neighborhood schools. They are actually proposing that some students go to school up to 15 miles from their home just to "even out" the makeup of the schools. Yeah thats gonna cost big time in transportation cost. Good luck. I'am bound for getting out of this state as soon as i can.
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Go to Wilmington. Jobs for you may be tough as construction has just about stopped but your bride should have no problem. Medical is the bright spot in the local economy. You also need to have access to doctors and a major medical center for your parents. Wilmington has that. As for housing, depending on the $$ you can bring to the table, there are some good deals to be had.
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Wrightsville Beach or Wilmington.

Wilmington has some bad parts a few blocks from downtown, but what town doesn't?
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New Bern NC, seems the building is still going on, as it was under developed before. Anyway great little place to live.
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Why cant you Yankees just stay up north???
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Hey, he said NC, not Va or SC. NC is great, I am sure you will ove it.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:27 AM
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Why were you warned to stay away from the Eliz City/Alb Sound area? just curious?

Do you have school age kids? Currituck and Camden Co Schools are the best around here anyways and there are a few private/Christian schools that are good...considering.

There are some good deals around here right now in real estate. There are some waterfront bargains to be had esp. comapred to 4-5 years ago. There isnt really any crime unless you are where you know you shouldnt be late at night. And thats pretty easy to figure out. Great fishing and boating and close to Oregon Inlet and to Ches Bay. Plus no seasonal traffic which you would defintely have at the OBX proper or in Currituck Co.

Jobs are scarce here because we have no industry and everything is in Va. I MEAN EVERYTHING! A lot of commuters because our taxes are lower and property is more affordable than Norfolk.

I think you will find with all of Eastern NC, you can live in a great community, have waterfront property, a nice house etc. and still pass 200 doublewides and shacktowns on the way in and out. Its our way of life!
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Good info, thanks. I was told to stay away from Elizabeth City due to crime and no work.

I remember visting South Port and it sure looked nice, but not many jobs?

I do have one child with another in the works (I hope).
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Good info, thanks. I was told to stay away from Elizabeth City due to crime and no work.

I remember visting South Port and it sure looked nice, but not many jobs?

I do have one child with another in the works (I hope).
The no work part is true, esp in this economy.

If you consider one homicide in 2 years and some petty theft due to people being broke and stealing stuff to re-sell high crime, then yes its a high crime area.

Stay outta the hood, dont be the white guy in a black bar on Sat night at 2am and use some common sense and you are good to go! One of my buddies is a Probabtion Officer (one of ab 3 for the whole county-population ~40K) and he spends more time chasing dead beat dads and making sure people that are on house arrest are home than on drug dealers and murderers.
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Elizabeth City Violent Crime Rate per Capita:

Murder Is 1.50 times the National Average
Forcible Rape Is 1.10 times the National Average
Robbery Is 1.34 times the National Average
Aggravated Assault Is 1.44 times the National Average
All Violent Crime Is 1.45 times the National Average


I see those stats on the web and they make me question the area.
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Elizabeth City Violent Crime Rate per Capita:

Murder Is 1.50 times the National Average
Forcible Rape Is 1.10 times the National Average
Robbery Is 1.34 times the National Average
Aggravated Assault Is 1.44 times the National Average
All Violent Crime Is 1.45 times the National Average


I see those stats on the web and they make me question the area.
I hear ya.....sending you a PM. Dont want to bilge this if you know what I mean!
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I was raised in Wilmington and I'm of course partial to it. I still have a rental house there. For me you can't beat Topsail Island/Surf City area. Carolina Beach is okay and pretty affordable Wrightsville Beach is beautiful but traffic sucks and it's pretty expensive. South Port is nice but on the wrong side of the Cape Fear it can be really rough at times if you want to go north where I prefer to fish.
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I believe its illegal to live in Elizabeth City if you still have 50% of your teeth,
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