Interviews - Sharon Cavill
Wilmington from Wayne, NJ (Part Time Resident)
Can you tell me what brought you to Wilmington for a second residence?
My daughter lives here and it’s a beautiful area. I really love the area. It has the beaches and it’s just a nice area.
How did you go about choosing where to live?
I liked the area because it’s close to everything. You have the restaurants, a shopping area in Mayfair. There’s a lot of things to do in the immediate area. You don’t have to go very far.
If you had it to do over again, where would you live?
I would choose the same place. I just like the area so much. It’s just convenient. The homes are very pretty.
What do you like about living in Wilmington that was a surprise to you?
I was pretty familiar with the area before I moved here. There weren’t many surprises. I like that there are a lot of people from areas in the northeast and other parts of the country. It’s really a conglomeration of a lot of people from all over who want to move to an area with a better climate. I also like that the overall cost of living—taxes and those kinds of things are significantly lower.
What is your favorite way to spend a weekend here?
To go out on the boat. You can take the boat up to the islands and get off and go on the beach. I like to walk the beach and go to the restaurants on the beach. Especially the Oceanic. I like relaxing—doing yoga. There’s a large number of yoga studios and programs here.
What sort of cultural activities are available to you?
Thalian Hall, we like to go there. They have plays, they have children’s shows, and they have special cinema things where they show movies. They also have a small theater called the Black Box where there’s very small performances. They also have music and symphonies there. There’s a lot of things going on. I was surprised by the opportunities at UNCW for adults to take classes. They have a lot of good programs there.
What advice would you give someone considering a move to the Wilmington area?
I would tell them to spend some time down here to make sure they like it. It’s a beautiful area, but it’s a big change from anywhere. Make sure you see all the areas—there are a lot of areas that are lovely so get a chance to explore all the other areas before they decide to land here.
What do you do to stay out of the way of the tourists?
Well, I don’t know. I am a tourist! It doesn’t really seem like there are tourists. It just seems like people live here. I guess in the summer you go to the beach or restaurants a little earlier or later to make sure you get a parking spot.
What’s your favorite local attraction/restaurant/event?
I like the parks, I love Airlie Gardens. I love the Azalea Festival. All the restaurants downtown are great. Touring the big ship downtown is a good family activity. A lot of times there are art shows on the street. It’s so much fun to walk up and down there on the river.
Are there activities for children and families near you?
Yeah there are. There’s a water park, the beaches. Sometimes we go to Carolina beach in the summer – they have all the rides. It’s pretty close to Myrtle Beach and there’s fun to be had there.
How is the cost of living, compared with other areas you have lived?
I think the everyday cost of living-- food gas that kind of stuff is comparable. But the larger items like insurance, tax, purchasing a home, those items are significantly less than they are in the northeast.
How is the Buddy Blake experience different?
One of the things is that he knows the area extremely well. I had some anxiety about purchasing here, and he’s so honest and he’ll really tell you the truth about certain areas and certain items, and he just gives you a good feeling.
What advice would you offer someone purchasing a second home?
One of the things that was really important to us was to be in a community where they take of the property, so we didn’t have to impose on other people to take care of lawn or things around the house when we weren’t there. It’s important to be part of a community. The other thing is to have a community with facilities—play area, pools, tennis courts--close by so you really don’t have to go far when you come down. You can go to the beach but you also have facilities within walking or biking distance.