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Interviews - Lauren Korch

Wilmington from Forked River, NJ

Can you tell me what brought you to Wilmington?

My brother lives here. We wanted to move to Flroida, but we have six daughters, all over the east coast and we figured this is a good middle spot. The weather here is not as severe as New Jersey and not as hot as Florida. In visiting my brother we liked the area.

How did you go about choosing where to live?

We had been with a real estate broker and we looked around and we wanted to be not far from the water but not on the water. Then it took our house in New Jersey two years to sell. We found a model home down here and fell in love with it. We’d been looking for two years then we found this model home that we loved and the price was right.

If you had it to do over again, where would you live?

The same thing we’re doing now. We love the spot where we’re building our house right now.

What do you like about living in Wilmington that was a surprise to you?

We were very pleased by the medical services and doctors. Also, everything seems pretty convenient in this immediate area. You don’t have to travel out of Wilmington to get to things you need. I like that the people we have met are a lot of out-of-state people, and we seem to have a lot in common with a lot of the people in the area.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend here?

Right now we’ve been spending a lot of time on the beach because we like the beach area. We’ve been going to the convention center and downtown. They have a lot of things going on down there, especially for newcomers. We’ve gone to the Bridge Tender to eat, on the Intracoastal. We like to have people visit from out of state, and we like showing off this area.

What sort of cultural activities are available to you?

Right now I’m enjoying the Pleasure Island Women, they do fundraising, and it’s a nice group of ladies who meet once a month for breakfast. It’s a nice thing for new people to get involved with. And my husband is trying to get involved with the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus.

What advice would you give someone considering a move to the Wilmington area?

I would tell them to buy a new home. If you build new you can ensure everything is up to code. When you are older you don’t have time to fix everything that breaks or worry about whether your home can withstand a storm.

Do you worry about hurricanes?

We survived Sandy up in New Jersey and there couldn’t be anything worse than that. That’s one reason we didn’t want to build on the water. If something happened, we’d drive west somewhere. It’s not our top worry.

What’s your favorite local attraction/restaurant/event?

We like the Fort Fisher area. We like seafood restaurants like Shuckers and Bridge Tender. We like the aquarium, the downtown area, the beach. It offers what we had up north, but just a bit more. We didn’t want to move where there was nothing to do.

Are there activities for retirees?

I know there’s a lot of golfing. And I know moving into the cape they have a wine club, bowling they go to. There are things for older people to do. And when my grandchildren visit, there’s plenty to take them to—parks, zoos, aquariums.

How is the cost of living, compared with other areas you have lived?

So far we’ve found that the food and gas are more expensive, but the taxes are much lower. Car insurance is lower.

How is the Buddy Blake experience different?

We really love Shannon, our broker. She’s been wonderful because it was a long distance thing. She kept calling to see how we were doing and letting us know what was going on down here. If I call her she always answers my questions and is there for us. I really appreciate her. She is very, very good.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Everybody we have met has said that when they move from anywhere they love it here. I have not heard one person say they don’t like it here. You are going to love it here, everyone keeps telling us. I have no heard one person with a negative word about this area.

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