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Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smoky Mountains in scenic western North Carolina, Asheville, home to retirees, artists, farmers, affulent professionals, old hippies, New Agers, young families, spiritualists and outdoor types, is artsy and funky with a Southern sensibility and an emerging resort-like atmosphere. Is it a great place to retire?
Pleasure Island sits along the southern North Carolina coast and is bounded by the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. On the island's northern end, laid back Carolina Beach makes its home.
Inviting Chapel Hill boasts a funky, academic vibe, leafy neighborhoods, good medical facilities, a fun foodie culture and more. It is a great retirement spot!
Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills of southwestern North Carolina, Columbus is nice little town in a growing wine and equestrian region.
Tiny Duck is one of the newest additions to North Carolina's Outer Banks and has an affluent seaside ambiance. Currituck Sound is to the west and the open ocean is to the east.
Sanderling stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to Currituck Sound. Most of the 191 single family homes here face the water, but a few sit in between.
Etowah is a nice little community (census designated place) in a scenic valley on the edges of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest in southwestern North Carolina. It got its name from the Native American word for a river in Georgia and dates from the late-1800s.
Built in the early 1990s and nestled on 74 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Riverwind is an appealing 55+ manufactured home community. Clean and nicely landscaped, it has nearly has 200 homes in a secluded setting with beautiful mountain views.
Charming Flat Rock started out in the early-1800s as a summer retreat for wealthy Charlestonians and today is known as "Little Charleston of the Mountains."
Devoted to the idea that "smaller is smarter," the cute little Village of Wildflowers sits on 26 acres and has tiny homes for sale and lease.
Nestled in western North Carolina, Fletcher is a Blue Ridge Mountain town with a nice reputation. It sits in hilly terrain between Asheville and Hendersonville and has country, suburban vibe.
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.
Along the shores of High Point Lake in hilly north central North Carolina, quiet Jamestown was founded by Quakers in 1816. For several years it was home to the Confederate Arms Factory and had an Underground Railroad stop.
The Tar Heel State was one of the first to instruct its Continental Congress delegates to vote for independence from British rule. After the Revolutionary War, it entered the Union on November 21, 1789 and started developing an extensive slave plantation system. It became a major exporter of cotton and tobacco and was one of 11 states to secede from the Union, leading to the American Civil War.
The state is bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Atlantic ocean. Its geographic regions range from the barrier islands and low plains of the eastern Atlantic coast to the mountainous regions of the west. The rolling hills and waterfalls of the Piedmont lie in between. Because of a wide variance in altitudes, North Carolina's climate can be hard to predict. Winters, especially on the coast, can be warm and mild.
The state has 17 major river basins and is rich in hydroelectric power. Tobacco, sweet potatoes, hogs, trout, and turkeys are a few of its agricultural products. The arts and culture industry has become an economic driver. It supports more than 43,000 jobs and generates almost $120 million in state and local revenue.
North Carolina is the home of several firsts. Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville. The Wright brothers launched the first manned, self-propelled airplane from a cliff near Kitty Hawk. Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern. Vernon Rudolph first sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Winston-Salem.
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