Being Bruce -: Being At the Beach

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Being At the Beach

If you've ever lived near a beach, in a coastal area, or even within a couple hour drive of the ocean, there's a strong draw to the big water that's hard if not impossible to sever. I'm obviously highly biased in favor of living in the Wilmington, NC area and as a REALTOR(tm) I'm invested in helping others move here, too, so there's my disclaimer.

However, while I can recite a long and very real list of great reasons to move to Wilmington, NC, which I won't recount here, clearly the greatest and strongest attraction is the beach. Yeah, we're a resort/vacation area but so are a lot of other places but people don't want to move to live there full time.

I believe that many of the other reasons people make the decision to move to the Cape Fear region are rational (jobs, health care, the arts, restaurants, business opportunities, growth, etc), but those are all justifications. The core reason to live in our area is the beach, and I believe that's a decision one makes with one's heart.

So if you live here and would never consider leaving or if you're thinking about moving to the Wilmington, NC area, don't kid yourself. The primary draw is the beach. And I think that's a good thing.


  1. Bruce, Yes, I get it! Hubby and I moved to a South Carolina beach before we even had jobs, the pull was so great! Nothing like it to put life back in perspective.

  2. Indeed, Cindy. Thanks for your comment. One of my best friends from the northeast took advantage of our great buyers market last summer and bought a big older home on Carolina Beach. They are ecstatic!

  3. I'd love to see your beach one day. Currently living an hour's drive from the Finnish Gulf ...there's the Baltic Sea and Denmark between me and the Ocean.. I test if Blogger comment field accepts links This is how the sea looked like in January. Will update when next visiting.

  4. Gorgeous photos of Finland, Irmeli, thanks!

  5. Not gonna lie, the beach is the main reason we'll be moving to Wilmington.

  6. Aaron, It's pretty universal. We may talk about the planned infrastructure, the acceptance and traditions of entrepreneurship, and the carnivorous plants, but really we're all about the beach. I've had clients from California (where the ocean water is pretty much always v. frigid) stand up to their ankles in the water in February and call their friends on their cell phone in joy. So you're not alone, man. - Bruce