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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Holden Beach, North Carolina?

Overview:   This tiny South Brunswick island town is sandwiched between Ocean Isle Beach and Oak Island on the southern North Carolina coast. It is known for its oceanfront beaches and a dramatic bridge that rises over the Intracoastal Waterway and connects the island with the mainland.

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Although the Holden Beach boasts that it "is proud of what we do not have," the community has much to offer. Fishing piers, a full service marina, and charters cater to the nautical-minded. Kayak rentals and surfing lessons are readily available. The town has a driving range and golf school, and the nearby Lockwood Folly Country Club's golf course makes its way through salt marshes, forests and creeks. Holden Beach's newest waterway park, Bridgeview, includes a transient dock and bocce ball courts. Residents enjoy turtle talks, yoga classes, pickleball tournaments, and beach walks. The town pavilion is the home of Tide Dye Tuesdays and a summer concert series. Popular festivals include Days at the Docks and the North Carolina Festival by the Sea.

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Holden Beach is only four to six blocks wide, so many homes face either the Atlantic or the Intracoastal Waterway. All properties sit atop stilts and most have a garage underneath the main living area. Residents can shop or dine at causeway galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. For those who need or want big box retail, Shallotte is only 10 minutes away.

Population:  650 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:   65%

Cost of Living:  Meets the national average

Median Home Price: $178,000

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in 80s and 90s and winter temperatures are in 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but Brunswick Community Hospital, 10 miles away in Supply, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    No, but Brunswick Community Hospital, 10 miles away in Supply, is accredited.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:  Conservative

Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Somewhat

Cons:   Hurricanes can happen.  

Notes:   Holden Beach is popular with vacationing families. Many businesses close during the winter.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes, although this is a quiet place in winter.

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