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Old 04-06-2004, 12:43 AM
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what is the most desireable place to live in north carolina. would like to be near the ocean, schools must be top rated. have young ones.
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Old 04-06-2004, 03:42 AM
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Public schools, or private?


If public..
If I remember right, North Carolinas schools are ranked like 49th, followed only be South Carolina.......

With that in mind, in the coastal areas, I would say the better ones would be in the Wilmington, New Bern, Morehead City areas. But, in these cities, like most cities, there are good school districts, and not so good school districts.
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Old 04-06-2004, 06:23 AM
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I live in Goldsboro and I am also looking to move to the coast. Moorehead always seemed like it was deserted and no industry. Alot of retirees. Nice community, I don't know how the schools are. Wilmington was another option I looked at and I looked at houses. Man was I shocked at the price of houses. Schools must be good for the price you pay for a house and taxes. I would look north or south of Wilmington. Might be cheaper. I have not checked out southport yet. My quest for a house still continues.
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Old 04-06-2004, 07:24 AM
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Check out this web site the comment about NC schools is way off base. http://www.nea.org/goodnews/nc01.html
Do some research on NC Schools they have come along way in the past 10 years.
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Old 04-06-2004, 08:23 AM
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Wilmington
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Old 04-06-2004, 08:53 AM
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Morehead City.
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Old 04-06-2004, 09:32 AM
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You may want to give Dare County a close look. Housing is available on the banks or back on Roanoke Island or the Mainland. Schools in Manteo, Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, are in the top performers in the entire state.......with big tax revenues to keep all facilities modern. Housing costs on the banks continue to climb as the availability of land dimishes. We locals are thankful that the Park Service bought all that southern land back in the 50's so there will always be some territory that looks like it did 50 years ago........some places are wall to wall houses now. Anyway, fishing can be great.....only issue right now is Oregon Inlet........it was opened by a hurricane and it continues to shoal badly.....and the Feds do not seem inclined to do anything to fix it on a permanent basis.

I love it.....but then I've been here for over 50 years. Oh, BTW I have my permanent house on Albemarle Sound which is continuing to have new communities develop along it's shores. Let me know if I can answer any other questions.
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Old 04-06-2004, 10:05 AM
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Offshore,

I was referring to the public school systems
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You're absolutely correct. I apologize. North Carolina has, in fact, come a long way in the past 10 years.

However, I think you'll find that schools in Eastern North Carolina, especially rural Eastern North Carolina, don't perform nearly as well. That's why I mentioned the particular areas I did in my first post. These areas have the higher rated school systems.
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Old 04-06-2004, 10:07 AM
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Wrightsville Beach, NC!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-06-2004, 11:29 AM
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Wrightville Beach????? Don't you have to be rich and own a 45+ Hatteras to live there???? Either that or have a really fast boat to run back and forth to miami couple times a week.
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Old 04-06-2004, 12:40 PM
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How about the Manteo area?

Just curious my Dad has been pressuring me to relocate down to Manteo for some time now, but the problem is I love New England
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Old 04-06-2004, 12:47 PM
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Overall = Wilmington

Nice change of pace = OBX
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I live in Wilmington and boat out of Wrightsville Beach. Wrightsville Beach-beautiful but very expensive, forget about real estate unless you print your own money. Wilmington-also beautiful, historic, nice downtown on the river,however growth is mostly uncontrolled and unplanned and the city is starting to suffer. Traffic is a nightmare. Both are located in New Hanover county- two areas NH county are leading the state in. We have the most car accidents per capita than anywhere else in the state and we have the highest property taxes in the state. Not sure how the school systems stack up against other places. I do love the area but we need some planning before its too late. Let me know if I can answer any specific questions.
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You didn't mention $$$$, so I assume moving from north to south....you have $$$$
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Most desireable? Figure 8 Island (3o minutes from Wilmington....where Al Gore came to vacation when VP) connect to mainland by guarded bridge.
Lots begin (so I understand) approx 1 mil.

Next? BaldHead Island (even bigger bucks than fig 8) access by boat/ferry only

Next around Wilmington area? Landfall (right before going onto Wrightsville Beach.....Doctors, Judges, Lawyers, etc.....no vehicles in yards, lots of yuppy restrictions) (You can guess it....I don't llve there! lol)


If you can afford to live at any of the above, you can afford private school for your kids.


Traffic around Wilmington...Wrightsville Beach, area is horrible. Had little or no planning for the future (or now)

Come on down and spend your money!!! Help our economy!
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Old 04-06-2004, 03:07 PM
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Landfall = no boats in yards. I live in Wilmington right outside Carolina Beach. (3 miles) and I love it.
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Old 04-06-2004, 04:15 PM
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Southport. Beautiful historic area. Nice waterfront. Close to Wilmington. Far enough from Myrtle Beach that you're not bothered but can still go to the shows. Better buy now. When the road is completed around Wilmington connecting I-40 to US 17S prices will go ballistic.
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Old 04-06-2004, 04:35 PM
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Southport is great but has a quite limited waterfront. You can get a house in town and keep your boat in the marina. The Brunswick beaches offer quite a few places where you can have a house on the water with a boat in a lift in your back yard. Prices are going up fast but are still in reach of many people.
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You didn't mention anything about your line of work, so i don't know if that is a consideration or not. If you don't have to worry about that, i would personally check out some of the more laid back coastal towns like Southport, Manteo, and Swansboro. There are many more. The school situation will vary and the only way to know for sure is to check it our yourself. Personally, i like the idea of raising kids in small town and think that the 'social' education that you get in a smaller town far outweighs any real or perceived school quality issues.
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Old 04-06-2004, 07:25 PM
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i agree with hydro. i live in southport and dock my boat at indigo plantation which is about a 5 minute walk. i
drive my truck so it is 2 minutes
a lot of good (well great atmosphere) resturants on the icw all easy by boat. then you have the mouth of the cape
fear river for getting offshore. which is nice most inlets around the se coast are a bear at best!!!
the schools are pretty good....surfer dudes are generally more laid back!!!!
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Old 04-06-2004, 07:41 PM
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I'm right partial to Carolina Beach. Small, Close enough but not to far, Great Schools, Excellent Fishing!
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