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New Bern, NC..."The Southern Surprise"
Nestled at the confluence of two of the South's loveliest rivers, the namesake of Berne, Switzerland, New Bern surely qualifies as one of the most pleasant surprises in the South, if not the nation. Although small - the metropolitan area numbers about 45,000 - New Bern has a surprisingly sophisticated manufacturing base (Bosch and Moen are major employers), a hospital with the services of a city many times larger, a wealth of recreational opportunities, and a quality of life that is truly unique.
Founded in 1710, New Bern was the colonial capital of North Carolina and home to Tryon Palace and Gardens, and was the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola. This charming city has long been a destination for tourists. New Bern has a myriad of homes dating to the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries which have been lovingly restored to their previous grandeur. Chyrsanthemums blaze across the landscape in the fall, and the almost continuous splash of azaleas and dogwoods in the spring are breathtaking.
New Bern also attracts large numbers of retirees looking for a mild climate with which to enjoy the many outdoor recreational opportunities. Sailors and fisherman ply the waters in the Neuse River and nearby Pamlico Sound twelve months of the year. The graceful Trent River is a water skier's delight. There are public, private and semi-private golf courses from which to choose in and surrounding New Bern.
Military, both active and retired, make New Bern their home because of its proximity to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
Festivals and cultural events are practically perpetual. Just walking down the quaint tree-lined streets of New Bern is a great way to spend the day. A warm welcome awaits those who come, whether they come for a day or a lifetime. The only thing that isn't surprising is the "southern hospitality" which is as present today as it was in the 18th century! Search for a home in New Bern.
Oriental, NC..."Sailing Capital of North Carolina"
Located in Pamlico County, not far from where the Neuse River connects with the Pamlico Sound, the village of Oriental is aptly referred to as the sailing capital of North Carolina. Oriental offers residents and visitors modern conveniences blended with miles and miles of beautiful shorelines, water access and wildlife. The Neuse River is 5 miles wide, offering endless water views, unmatched anywhere on the Eastern Carolina Coast. The area is also ideal for kayaks and canoes with a myriad of creeks and bays catering to all skill levels.
Although originally named Smith Creek and settled in the early 1700s, the town was named Oriental in 1886 at the suggestion of the wife of Oriental's founder and first postmaster. She saw the name on the transom nameboard of a steamship that sank off Hatteras in 1862. The nameboard washed ashore and was displayed in a residence in Manteo, NC where she was visiting.
Incorporated in 1899, today it is estimated that the town is home to some 900 permanent residents and roughly 2,700 sailboats, sport fishing boats and commercial trawlers.
Connected by a short channel to the Intracoastal Waterway, Oriental has earned a reputation as a popular stop on this well-traveled route. The town itself has a unique charm and is home to many local artists, quaint shops, and restaurants serving local seafood. In addition to some of the East Coast's finest sailing, the town of Oriental hosts the Oriental Cup Regatta, the Croaker Festival, and the Spirit of Christmas.
Waterfront cottages, Victorian homes, marina villages and gated communities can all be found in and around Oriental. Residents can enjoy the laid back, coastal lifestyle that features a mild four-season climate. Our boating season never ends!
If you are dreaming of owning waterfront property in coastal North Carolina, you owe it to yourself to consider New Bern, conveniently located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. Along with its deep navigatable creeks, close proximity to the Pamlico Sound, with access to the intra-coastal waterway and Atlantic Ocean, New Bern is a boater's paradise.
At New Bern, the Neuse stretches over a mile, and widens increasingly as it flows into the Pamlico Sound at Oriental, the sailing capital of North Carolina! The Neuse, with its diverse ecosystem is unique with fresh, brackish and salt water. New Bern is fortunate to have one of the widest rivers on the East Coast. Waterfront communities along the Neuse River include Historic Downtown New Bern, Historic Riverside, Fairfield Harbour, River Bluffs, Carolina Pines and Stillwater Harbour.
The Trent is smaller, a peaceful river with deep water, and its shores are lined with the moss covered cypress and live oaks. The river is ideal for all types of boating activities from fishing and crabbing to water skiing, paddle boating and kayaking. Waterfront communities along the Trent River include Trent Woods, River Bend, Olde Towne, and Brices Creek.
The rivers are central to much of New Bern's character, from its past as a bustling port city to its present with marinas and waterfront dining. These rivers are as much a part of New Bern's identity as its long and rich heritage.
If you are interested in Waterfront properties, we would be happy to show you what New Bern has to offer...by land or by boat!
Why Do So Many People Choose New Bern and Oriental, NC for Retirement?
Because New Bern and Oriental are ideal choices for retirees seeking a mild four-season climate to enjoy year-round activities -- fishing, sailing, golfing, exploring and beach-going -- Atlantic Beach, prized for its white, sandy beaches, is just a mere 35 miles from