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Best place to retire

Posted April 27, 2009

It’s about time I got back to blogging! I’ve missed all of you and your interesting comments. I was in New Zealand for two weeks with only sporadic access to computers so I decided to take a blog break. But I’m back and I’d like to get things going again. By the way, I am finishing up a special online series on the New Zealand trip including a slide show and I hope you will check it out.

Today’s question: where is the best place to retire in North Carolina? Feel free to give us your top five or top ten communities. I know there have been numerous surveys on this issue but I’d like to get your thoughts. Pinehurst, Asheville, Oriental, New Bern and Blowing Rock come to mind but I am sure there are other favorites. Please discuss.


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  • CindysPetSittingServices Apr 28, 2009

    We personally like Carolina Beach, NC - it's near Wilmington and Wrightsville but it's a smaller community with great friendly people. We love to take our dogs to the beach and Freeman Park is great, it's at the dead-end and only 4WD vehichles can drive on the beach. We are going for a week in June and can't wait to relax with the girls on the beach!

  • fishnett5977 Apr 28, 2009

    Welcome back! You were missed on here and on TV!!! Hope your trip to New Zealand was all you dreamed it would be. Can hardly wait for those pics!
    The best place to retire? Anywhere in NC as far as I am concerned but only in the country. Don't need the city stress once you have decided to take it easy!lol I personally love the beach and I keep trying to get me a job at Sunset Beach with the beach patrol. Summer work would be good, winter would be slow but still there's nothing like the beach in winter. Wouldnt mind, it I win the lottery(lol), to have 2 places to live. In the mountains and at the beach. With my kids and grandkids living in between!!lol
    Have a great day, ya'll! :)

  • eyesblue Apr 27, 2009

    Edenton, New Bern, West Jefferson, Murphy area, Black Mountain...or most anywhere with lower property taxes and ones that aren't increasing every year. I've lived in Wake Co for 14 yrs and my taxes have gone up 13 times. Fortunately in NC, we have it all...the mountains, the beaches, and everything in between !

  • For-Better-Or-Worse Apr 27, 2009

    Anywhere that your family is. I work in healthcare and it is sad to see many elderly patients without family support. We frequently see patients whose families live hours away and are not able to help out.

  • Wheelman Apr 27, 2009

    I can't tell you because then everyone would want to go and then I would be unhappy. I will give a hint...go west old man, go west!

  • blytle Apr 27, 2009

    Bill, so glad you're back. Hope your trip fulfilled all of your expectations. Would love to travel to that area of the world! My husband and I have talked about retiring in the Wilmington/Southport area, especially if the major cruise lines put a port in Southport. We would love to work for one of them in our retirement years, checking in passengers and maybe taking a cruise every now and then!!

  • marywag Apr 27, 2009

    Hi Cuz, welcome back, missed your blogs!!! Can't wait for New Zealand series!!! Cary or Blowing Rock, Boone, Morganton, New Bern!!

  • bleslie Apr 27, 2009

    Thanks for the "welcome back" and yes, the South Island of New Zealand would be a wonderful place to spend a lot of time!

  • wolfpack_girl1976 Apr 27, 2009

    lovetheheels - I'll be right there with you in a few years and to be more specific, I'll be in Bushy Fork!!

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 27, 2009

    I grew up in Stokes County. While in education I have lived in several places. But, I have lived in Southern Pines two times. I was working in a school system(s) nearby and when it became time to retire, I knew that this was the place for me.

    I have been back since 03. Great and friendly place to live. We have several great restuarants, golf of course, and we are growing. I wouldn't live anyplace else. Southern Pines has much to offer.




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