Sunday, August 7, 2011


Spanish Wells, Bahamas

Knowing that we will not be able to continue our current lifestyle forever, part of our quest is to find the “perfect” place to live once we decide to become “landlubbers” again.   As we travel up and down the coast, we see houses and towns that look interesting.
Carolina Beach, NC

St. Augustine, Florida is one of our favorite cities, but it may be one of those places that is better to visit than to make your home.  Living in DC was great, but we found that we did not take advantage of the culture offerings due to congestion, traffic, parking, etc.  And, we vowed never to do another Snowmageddon.   Towns like Georgetown, SC are great, but a little too sedate.  Others have not embraced their history and are little more than a collection of strip malls and tract housing. 

We spent this weekend in New Bern, NC.  New Bern has certainly made our Top 10 list for now. 
Governor’s Palace

Completed in 1770, Tryon Palace served as the first permanent capitol of North Carolina and home to the Royal Governor William Tryon and family.  Tryon Palace was the site of the first sessions of the general assembly for the State of North Carolina following the revolution and housed the state governors until the state capitol was relocated to Raleigh, NC.  The original Palace building was destroyed by fire in 1798.  After a 30-year campaign, the Palace was rebuilt and the grounds were restored reopening in 1959.  That’s dedication to history!
Palace Gardens

The rest of the town’s public buildings aren’t too shabby either.
County Court House
And, the town has some very impressive residential property.

There is also an impressive stock of what appears to be affordable housing in historic neighborhoods.

But, until we decide to “swallow the anchor,” MOTIVATOR will be our home.
Skipjack Landing, New Bern, NC
(Impressive and very reasonably priced)

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