Coastal North Carolina Best Small Towns and Cities To Live

 

Last week if you remember, we ended up on the beautiful white sandy dunes of Coastal North Carolina best beaches.

Coastal North Carolina Best Small Towns and Cities To LiveYep, we’ve been to all the hot spots of North Carolina’s Piedmont Region.

And we took a detour to the Coastal South Carolina best places to live.

Wow, we’ve covered a lot of ground over the last couple of months or so.

We started looking at what I consider are the North Carolina and South Carolina best small towns and cities to live with populations under 30,000.

This week we’re still on exploring Coastal North Carolina best places to live but not the one most people think of.

North Carolina has two coastlines.  An outer and an inner! And since we’ve already looked at the Outer Banks.  So today we’re going to visit a few of the small towns and cities on the inner coast.

Coastal North Carolina best places to live on the inner coast has great river estuaries. And yes, miles of white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, nature reserves and cool breezes.  And one of the most pleasant climates around.

Today we’ll look at an area often referred to as the “Crystal Coast. ”

The Crystal Coast contains not only some of the faster growing best places for living in North Carolina small towns and cities. But also a lot of our best places for living in Coastal North Carolina small towns and cities.

So saddle up and let’s get started.

Coastal North Carolina Best Small Towns and Cities To LiveAlmost two hours northeast of another Coastal North Carolina best places to live of  Wilmington.

The Coastal North Carolina best place to live of New Bern sits at the convergence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers.  New Bern is North Carolina’s second oldest city.

It would seem Coastal New Bern NC has it all.

A multitude of historic landmarks and neighborhoods.  Near perfect weather.  A dazzling array of outdoor happenings, and a lot of natural beauty.

Have you been from the Pamilco Sound to the nearby Croatan National Forest?

A lot of people are into New Bern’s small town feel. And you might be amazed you can many of the amenities of a much larger town.

New Bern residents enjoy a lot of green spaces.  And I particularly love walking around the various historic neighborhoods marveling at their many colorful gardens.  In fact I don’t think I’ve seen so many crepe myrtles in my life!

New Bern NC has long drawn a lot of retirees, especially from the northeast. But now younger families are calling it home!

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The downtown has a variety of quaint shops, restaurants, antique stores and other businesses but the general atmosphere is calm and laid back.

Housing is quite affordable in New Bern NC.

A few years ago, the estimates were a yearly influx of 2000 retirees.  But recent figures show New Bern isn’t just for retirement.  Many younger families are choosing to relocate to Coastal North Carolina best places to live.

Many of whom are sold on New Bern’s pleasant climate, affordable housing and the growing number of planned retirement communities in the area.

New Bern NC is truly one of the gems of the Crystal Coast.

Morehead City Coastal North Carolina Best Small Towns and Cities To Live

If you head south from New Bern NC on NC-70, just before you hit the ocean you’ll run into the Coastal North Carolina best places to live of Morehead City.

Morehead City NC has a long history as sea port.  With an active fishing industry.  A lot of the best features of this small town draw you close to the water.

The waterfront is amazing with wide boardwalks.

All sorts of public art, new docks and a public park with a gazebo.

If you cross over Arendell Street (main street in downtown) you start to get into little neighborhoods.  You’ll soon see refurbished old homes.  Many of which are now shops and restaurants.

For fun and sun, some of Coastal North Carolina’s best beaches are just across the Bogue Sound.  And there’s always fishing, crabbing, golfing and boating.  And whatever else you can think of doing outside.

Oriental Coastal North Carolina Best Small Towns and Cities To Live BeachesLast but not least this week of Coastal North Carolina best places to live small towns and cities is one of my favorites.

The sleepy little fishing village of Oriental.

Oriental’s location at the southern tip of the Pamlico Sound has left if free of most automobile traffic.

But its natural harbor has also made it the “Sailing Capital of North Carolina.”

Oriental NC isn’t just a haven for sailors and its laid-back harbor lifestyle has attracted a multitude of artists and free spirits over the years.

In the last decade or so it’s also attracted a fair amount of development.  In comparison to other small towns in the area. However as you would suspect,  housing is not cheap in Oriental.

I’ll see you next week and see where we end up next!  As we continue to hit all the Coastal North Carolina Best Small Towns and Cities To Live.

Until then…make it a great one!

north carolina and South Carolina Best Places To LiveAbout The Author

Robert Bencivenga is a professional site locator for major corporations. Bob finds affordable best places to live in North Carolina and South Carolina. Bob Does Not Sell Real Estate!
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