There is a place here for you! Call or email me and I would be happy to show you around the area!
Having spent time myself in the north and farther south I love the middle. The best part of North Carolina is being close to everything the beach or the mountains. If you want the beach then I agree the triangle area (Raleigh, Durham area) is a good choice in having plenty to do. My sister-in-law lives in the Gaithersburg, MD so I do about your prices. I will say that they are looking to our area the triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point area) to retire to. We have a growing economy and plenty of choices of brand new schools and plenty of activities for the family. We are a bit farther from the beach but, plenty of lakes nearby.
If you like I can sign you up on one of our websites so that you can look for yourself at all the triad area MLS listings.
Coldwell Banker Triad
Hi there! I am glad to hear you are considering a move to North Carolina. Except for a few years in Tennessee, I have lived here most of my life. The pace of life is slower, but not backwoods! The cost of living is reasonable, and home prices, while not on the bottom of the chart, are still very, very reasonable here.
I am located in the Raleigh/Durham area. Raleigh is located in Wake County, which was cited on CNN last week as the 6th fastest growing county in the US. While Raleigh is certainly growing, so are the bedroom communities surrounding....and that is where I spend the majority of my time. I have access to a great supply of homes for clients...homes that have a 'country' neighborhood atmosphere but are within a 15-20 minute commute to the city.
Please feel free to contact me for more information at 919-906-8865, or visit my website at http:// http://www.mikecarswell.com .
I'd love to add you to the list of our happy homeowners!
The Charlotte area is the closest to Silver Spring feel without all the crazy traffic and having to deal with the beltway. The south of town has a more metropolitian feel with lots of parks, greenways, wooded streets and some older brick homes like North Bethesda. Within 20 minutes you can be in the center of town however most of the malls, great shopping, and restaurants are in the south side of town anyway. This is great because when you're working, you have lots of options of cities to travel to for business...just like where you are now.
The beaches are 2 1/2 hours away and the Blue Ridge mountains are 2 hrs as well. You're also 3 hours from Atlanta for trips to the aquarium, more theatre options...kinda like having New York close by for a day trip. For quick fun, a Carowinds (Kings Dominion) is located right on the state line - 20 from town.
For school reports, visit http://www.ncreportcards.org/src/. Plan to visit to see the area, tour some homes and neighborhoods, and even go through the schools. For more info on the area, visit my site below and http://www.charlotte.com/livinghere/, which is the Charlotte Observer's newcomers guide.
The cost of living difference between NC and DC/MD is huge, so from a financial point of view you can get a lot more for your money. We can provide you some data that documents that .77 in NC is 1.00 in DC. Locating a good neighborhood in NC is also not a problem, but it would help to know more information about your budget, personal preferences on housing, job situation, etc. Please give me a call and lets talk. Our business the retirement, second home and vacation property market, but we have been doing this for so long (over a decade) that we have a very good understanding of most areas across the US. NC is one of our most favorite areas.
Hope to hear from you
The Schaffer Realty Group
I have to tell you about Richlands, NC! Richlands is a beautiful community just outside of Jacksonville, NC. Jacksonville is home to the Camp Lejuene military base. Richlands has lovely, affordable homes. You will also be able to choose homes from the 1800's if that is your style. Richlands is mainly a farming community. It is located approx 15 minutes to Jacksonville (beaches), 45 minutes to a very popular city called Wilmington (beaches), 30 minutes to Sneads Ferry (beaches), 35 -45minutes to Swansboro and Cape Carteret(beaches) and 2 hours to Raleigh. Check out our schools! Our crime rate is extremely low!
Our colleges are very good as well. It is a grat place to open a business as well.
My husband and I came here because we were transferred by the military in 1990. We have 4 children. We ended up changing our plans and have decided to retire here.
I hope to see you here!
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New Bern, the second oldest town in North Carolina, is situated where the Trent and Neuse Rivers meet. New Bern abounds with history around every corner with over 150 historic landmarks, the magnificent Tryon Palace, Birthplace of Pepsi and a 157,000-acre national forest. For a change of pace, New Bern sailing on our endless rivers is relaxing. Golf at one of the excellent championship courses in the New Bern and Havelock area. Camp or hike in the 157,000-acre Croatan National Forest. New Bern has three historic districts with homes stores and churches dating as far back as the early 18th century. In fact, there are 36 individual listings and more than 150 sites included in the National Register of Historic Places. As a mother of two great kids I cannot stress out quality of life that I can offer to my kids here is New Bern with beaches 30 min away and mountains 6h away. You can get more info on my web site as well as see some of the currently available listings. If you would like to receive complimentary New Bern Info Pack just E-mail me you mailing address.
If there is anything else I can help you wioth please donâ€™t hesitate to contact me!
I'm late in answering but I have to encourage you to look in the Morehead City, NC area. We are minutes from the beach, sound and rivers of the Crystal Coast in Carteret County. Our lifestyle is relaxed , affordable and our weather is mild. The schools in our county are rated in the top 10 in the state. There is almost no crime, no traffic and our communities are family oriented. An example of housing possibilities is a 5 bedroom home with 3 baths that I just put under contract for a little over $250,000 on a quiet street with a huge yard close to schools and the beach. Visit my website at http://www.NCBeach4Sale.com to look over homes in the area and to check the local paper and employment security for jobs. I hope you decide to give our area a look.
Our cost of living and tax rates are typically very attractive for people moving from larger cities. Our website, http://www.wileyprice.com has links to most of the information you are seeking, so I hope you will check it out and consider Greenville NC as an option.
As for commute time, folks who move here are pleased to find that one can traveerse one side of Greenville to the other in approximately 20 minutes.
We are two hours away from the beach which maybe a draw back for you.
Please let me know if you would like a relocation package or you can go to my web site to do property searches.
I am from the DC metro area also, moved to the Triangle in 2001 and love it. I would be happy to work with you as a buyers agent if you should choose the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill area. Please contact me and I will be happy to provide any information you need.
Crime rate depends on where you're located, but in most areas is very low. Commutes can be great as well.
Here's a Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill relocation package, which might help you get a feel for the area:
It sounds like you're just getting started, and you're on the right track.... Do some online research, then see if you can spend a day or so in your top choices to get a feel for the neighborhoods and towns!
If you're thinking of the Carolina's ....consider Greenwood, SC! It's a average size town with a great deal of growth and development going on. We have Lake Greenwood which is a very large draw to the area.
It is also the home of Lander University as well as a 2 year college. Travel is pretty much effortless (no traffic jams!) and we're approximately 3 hours from the beach and 1 hour from the mountains! As for cost of living....it's incredibly low in comparison to what you're use to. I have friends in the area so I'm aware of the cost of living.
Email me and I'll be happy to provide you with more information on the area!