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I just realized the title could have been confusing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
So we were all set to head down to check out Asheville when DH got offered an opportunity to re-hab a 100+ year old historic house in Bayboro, NC (close to Oriental/New Bern). AHHHH! The deal is we could live for FREE & he would get paid to help the owner restore the house. I've looked at the local websites & the area seems to be little "fishing/boating villages". Oriental seemed to have a crunchy feel, but more older people, def not a "hip town" LOL. I did find a charter school (Arapahoe) but not much more info. Anyone around these areas or been there? This is great opportunity for us but I so totally don't want to be miserable either. The new freaky tattooed mom, yikes! Here we go again... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I have never been to that area and I understand you were probably excited to move to Ashville, perhaps the "crunchiest" place in the state, but as a northern transplant to NC (Triangle area) I have found the whole state to be very welcoming and full of other transplants. The coastal areas have their own feel, I am sure, and I have been to the coast here only once, but I think you will run into people from NJ (see that's where you are from) throughout the sate, including the coast -- they might be more retirees, but I have found none of the stereotypical "southern" close-mindedness anywhere in the state. It's actually a litle disapointing how non-southern it is since I always had lots of friends from the south and loved what I knew of the real old south and all the partying that went a long with it. I do wonder how the real natives feel about all the transplants but they seem fine with it. Good luck with your decision.
 
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