My name is Jim Willis, a Realtor w/Century 21 Down East Realty, Beaufort, NC. I am a native of Carteret County and know the area very well. I lived in the San Francisco Bay area for approx. 2 years and you will like coastal NC. Carteret Community College is a very nice school and the area has a number of things to offer you that you will like. There are a number of very reasonable properties in the area that I think you will like. You can find a condo in Morehead City within a short distance of the college to meet your needs and at a relatively low price compared to CA prices. Prices starting the $100Ks, some even less and go up, depending on the area you choose to live. Beach condos and mainland condos are available to choose from and all located in very nice areas and at reasonable prices.
I would be more than glad to provide you with information on property available that might meet your criteria. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (252) 241-1986 at anytime.