Wednesday, August 29, 2018 / by Anne Rose
How do people choose where to move?
If you are thinking about moving, first you list the things that you want to move away from: snow, congestion, a hectic lifestyle, or lack of adventure. Of course, there are many more reasons that people change city, state, or even country.
The top reasons people move range from wanting a nicer apartment or house, to relocating closer to family. The U.S. Census groups the motivators for making a move into four categories: housing (48 percent), family (30 percent), career or job (19 percent), with "other" picking up the remaining 2 percent.
When you feel very clearly that a change is in order for the place you call home, it's time to start searching for your next place of residence.
Why do house hunters move where they do?What tips the decision from one city to another?
Here are ten of the top reasons that motivated house hunters to choose Wilmington, North Carolina as the focal point of their real estate search.
1. Trader Joe's
People are very loyal to their favorite stores, especially grocery stores. Trader Joe's is as much a lifestyle as a retailer. Many house hunters - from as far away as California - say that they Googled Trader Joe's locations around the country, and marked those cities as potential new hometowns. Trader Joe's is one of the top selection criteria we've heard. Wilmington is fortunate to have a bustling Trader Joe's, centrally located, and easily accessed from various points around the area.
2. Whole Foods Market
Pretty much the same as #1. People shop where they have always loved to shop, and loyalty can last a lifetime. Where we purchase our groceries, especially the brands we have used for years, makes us feel at home. If you are a Whole Foods aficionado, can you imagine living somewhere there is no Whole Foods store? Nope, we didn't think so.
Lots of people say they want to be "close to the water." If you are an ocean person, then your home search will obviously go up and down the east and the west coasts. The Wilmington area offers nine distinctive beaches, each with their own personalities. Opt for Carolina Beach with its family-friendly, fun, nostalgic beach-town vibe, or the traditional small town feel of Wrightsville Beach. Check out Southport, Oak Island, Kure Beach, and Topsail Beach. The Atlantic Ocean is your oyster along the southeastern coast of North Carolina.
With University of North Carolina - Wilmington sitting on a 661 acres campus between historic downtown and the coast, Wilmington can claim the title "college town." Even if you are not a student, a college town is an awesome place to live. Educational opportunities - public lectures, author events, and art exhibits - as well as sports, nightlife, and dining, are abundant close to a university. University towns attract transplants who value lifelong learning, and residents are usually highly engaged in local issues, community development, politics, and social events.
House hunters make easy access to a multiple sources of transportation a high priority. Wilmington connects easily to Interstate 95. That makes states along the coast, going either north or south, an easy drive. Wilmington also has its own airport, ILM, which is undergoing expansion and has recently added direct flights to Chicago. Myrtle Beach and Raleigh-Durham airports are an easy drive, and expand airfare and route options.
It doesn't snow in Wilmington. Well, there may be a rare "frozen precipitation event," but the effects rarely last more than a day. If it gets too cold outside, Wilmingtonians tuck in with their fireplaces and movies. There is enough of a seasonal change to allow for wardrobe adjustments and relief from either heat or cold, and the Christmas holidays look like Christmas for northerners.
The New Hanover County Public Library, with three branches, is a great resource for technology, information resources, and research. In addition to the library, the other cultural institutions in Wilmington - Cameron Art Museum, Cape Fear Childrens Museum, Fort Fisher Aquarium, Symphony Orchestra, among them - are enjoyed by both visitors and residents.
In addition to cultural institutions, Wilmington is replete with cultural events. There are Contra dance groups, live folk music, art openings, theater productions, comedy clubs, and Thalian Hall's indie films. World class acts come through both Greenfield Lake Amphitheater and downtown's Wilson Center. Don't discount the fun of historic home tours, the annual Azalea Festival, and year-round farmers' markets. Wilmington is a foodie town of some renown.
9. Great Getaways
No matter how much you love where you live, having a number of exciting getaways for weekend trips or a break in scenery is top of mind for many house hunters. Wilmington offers its beaches - many residents "staycation" at a beach during the off-season - as well as North Carolina's Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Myrtle Beach is always open for a party, Charleston South Carolina is an easy drive, and Asheville North Carolina offers a whole other list of cultural and dining opportunities.
10. Life on the Water
Boating and kayaking are hallmarks of Wilmington life, and there is the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River, various lakes, and marshlands. If your sport of choice involves water, you will find plenty of opportunity to be active in Wilmington.