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Best Coastal NC base for cruising?
Oriental, as you can probably guess, has been discovered by a number of individuals from "north of the Mason & Dixon line". Although real estate (both sale and rental) hasn''t yet reached the absurdity of "Long Island prices", many of the locals are surely being priced out of the market.
The village is quite small, but a number of condominiums and homes are being built in and near the village. Obviously, prices and distance from the village itself are in direct relation to each other. The single highway (NC55) to Oriental from New Bern is presently being expanded to four lanes, an event likely to increase the pressure on real estate prices.
You might visit www.towndock.net, the unofficial website for the village.