I am actually a mom from Texas. We are wanting to relocate to the NC coast this summer. Our family loves to go surfing and want to be in a beautiful, safe city with good...hopefully great schools.
In doing research in NC I have found Wilmington to be a really fun city, with some fun surf and good schools. Except I am hesitant to move in to the middle of the city hustle and bustle again. Right now we live live about 3 miles from downtown Houston, Texas and know ALL about BIG city living. It's fun for a while. But I am burned out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to go back to the simple living again.
So I like what Wilmington has to offer...but I would like to live a little OUTSIDE of the city limits. I found a city called Hampstead. Can you give me any input on this city and if you would raise a family there? It seems like you could enjoy everything Wilmington has to offer, but not be right in the mix, and still have great schools.
Or do you think Wilmington is a GREAT CITY to live. Despite the increased "crime" and hustle and bustle. Believe me when people talk about "crime" it's ALL relative. We are from Houston where crime, even our on street, is a weekly thing. I have had to even run off druggies myself from the park RIGHT in front of our home. So we are not new to the whole big city shenanigans that goes on. :) But Houston compared to Wilmington....Wilmington probably would still seem like Mayberry...right? ha ha
Any input would be greatly, greatly appreciated.
We are planning a trip to come out and see this June '10. We are self-employeed with an Internet based business. So theoretically we can pick up and move anywhere...right? We will see how that goes... ;)