Originally posted by Iron Nose
I'm looking for a peaceful place that is within reach of city amenities. ... Being within reasonable reach of lakes for fishing and boating, and the ocean for fun would be AWESOME.
There are lakes all over the state. If you are more interested in ocean than mountains, and you want city amenities, then you might consider Wilmington. Nice town. Old Southern charm but modern high tech outlook. And it's full of non-southern immigrants so you would feel at home.
Hurricanes are a consideration though. If you want to move inland, you could consider the Raleigh area... very fast growing... lots of job opportunities and about 2 hrs. from the coast. NC summers are hot but not as bad as Georgia or Texas. Winters are mild. You'll love it.